Creating Garden Cards with Baby Papers

What does a girl with grown kids do when she has a stack of baby-themed paper and a gnome stamp set? She makes gardening cards!

So…. I really had to giggle when I won this mini garden gnomes stamp set at virtual convention. If you have watched me on Craft Roulette, you know that I am not a fan of gnomes. Give me a fairy, a brownie, a troll, even a pixie….but gnomes are not my favorite.

When my name was listed as a winner of this stamp at convention, I just started to laugh. I should have never said anything about my gnome-a-tude on a live video.

I also received a pack of As You Grow paper in my convention bundle. In the catalog, this appears to be a baby-themed collection, but, if you saw my most recent Back to School layout, you know that these paper patterns are anything but baby-themed.

I have always tried to be thankful for whatever I have been given. Instead of being cranky at the gnomes, I decided to take a look at all the other fun images in the stamp set and I noticed how well they paired with the patterns and stickers in the As You Grow paper pack.

I decided to create a set of mini-mushroom garden cards. The paper pack has some charming patterns with mushrooms, which I chose to replicate using the images and watercolor pencils. On the first card, I created a mini-garden scene on a hand-cut tag.

The second card was created using a variety of layered paper patterns and a mini-garden scene. The mushrooms and watering can were shaded with watercolor pencils then layered together with a snail sticker.

I added some stitches here and there for texture on each of the cards and called them complete. Both were so simple to make and are adorable even without the gnomes.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s project and were inspired to give these cards a try. If you have any questions about the cards or the products I used, please comment below.

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Celebrate Scrapbook Day with Me!!

This year, for National Scrapbooking Day 2021, CTMH is putting on one of the biggest celebrations and I would love for you to join me as we create FIVE amazingly creative projects. There is so much planned that the celebration will need to be spread over two days! You’re invited to order yourself a few of these exclusive kits and join the fun online April 30 – May 1, 2021, on the Close To My Heart Facebook page. 


We will get to spend two days creating five amazing creative projects and learn some great papercrafting tips & techniques AND join in on some product giveaways.  Below, you will see all of the projects we will be making along with their FREE cutting guides so that you can you have everything prepped and ready for the event.

You can craft right along with me as we make a variety of scrapbook layouts, cards. I will be joining the event, too, just like you on the Close to My Heart Facebook Page. We will also get to make a 4″ x 4″ mini-album. How cute is that?! 


Each of the five crafting projects that we will be making during the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration has its own exclusive workshop bundle, complete with an exclusive stamp set. 

When you purchase these bundles, you get the stamp sets, a new paper packet, die-cuts, and a sneak peek of the You Are Enough Coordinating Cardstock pack. You can’t get these anywhere else on my website. They are only available with the kits.  


On April 30th & May 1st, we will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day during this event, but there are also some great possibilities for cardmakers, as we will be featuring two cardmaking workshops along with the scrapbooking workshops.

There will be two cardmaking workshops during the celebration – Sending You Hugs and Cheerful Humor. Both workshop kits include an exclusive stamp set that can only be purchased with the kit. I am JUST loving those snarky comments!


Each of the workshop kits are available individually at full retail price, but you can get all five together in a bundle at a 30% discount. VIPS also get 15% back in rewards with each purchase!

Here is What Comes in Your NSD Bundle

  • Party Girl D-size Stamp Set
  • More Than You’ll Ever Know D-size Stamp Set
  • Send You Hugs D-size Stamp Set
  • Cheerful Humor E-size stamp set
  • These Little Piggies D-size Stamp Set
  • Mix-in Paper Packet (May–Jun)
  • Lovely Paper Packet
  • Exclusive Patterned Paper NSD Pack
  • You Are Enough Coordinating Cardstock
  • 17 – White Daisy cardstock sheets
  • 16 – cardstock sheets (Black, Blue Belle, Peach, Smoothie, Ballerina, Candy Apple, Clover, Flamingo, Lagoon, Lemonade, Mint, Wisteria)
  • Exclusive black glitter die-cut sheet; 6″ × 12″
  • Exclusive die-cut overlays
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Exclusive stencil; 6″ × 6″
  • Blue Belle Pearls
  • Julep Loose Sequins
  • Wisteria Ribbon
  • So Much Happy Puffy Stickers
  • Springtime Flower Sequins (Z3874)
  • White 4″ × 4″ Album (Z4285)
  • 20 – white card bases & envelopes (36 standard, 4 slimline)
  • 8 – Top-load 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™

This one-of-a-kind National Scrapbooking Day celebration will take place April 30 and May 1 and will be jam-packed with creative fun. The online event is FREE to attend and will be open for anyone, but in order fully participate and make all these amazing projects, you will need to purchase the bundles from my website.

I plan on attending this amazing event and I can’t wait to see what the beautifully talented ladies at Close to My Heart have in store for us. Here is the final scrapbook kit that is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to learn hwo to make these pages!


I can’t wait to join you as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day together and create these incredible workshops! Our National Scrapbooking Day Celebration event is sure to be something crafters everywhere won’t want to miss. Make sure to tell your friends!

This is going to be a wonderful weekend of celebrating what we love by connecting and crafting with other memory keepers!

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Welcome to the Creativity in Motion Blog Hop

It’s National Stamping Month and we are celebrating with Creativity in Motion. 118698173_10157792632757686_706124891864027141_nThis animated stamp collection has been paired with some bright six-inch papers, tab dies, and fun animation sheets – all of which our team will be featuring today.  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Simple Butterfly Box tutorial, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


For the past three months, I have been creating quite a few animated projects using the Creativity in Motion collection, so, today, I decided to go a little rogue and feature the Bright Paper stack instead. I chose to create a simple little box using those bright six-inch papers, the Border Tab dies, and the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. 

I even had time to create a little video tutorial for you, but before you scroll down to the video link, I want to tell you about this adorable little box. 

As you can see, it was created primarily from the papers in the Bright Paper stack which is a collection of six-inch papers made from some of our favorite patterns scaled down to fit the smaller size.  In the video, I show you how to make this box using a single sheet of this paper. 

All of the tags, tabs, and embellishments were also created using those adorable little papers.  The back of the box has a pull-out insert that was created using some polka-dot paper, white cardstock, and cut with one of the Border Tab thin cut dies. 

Those fun little Border Tabs are designed to help “move or pull” the animated images on your Creativity in Motion Projects, but I have found that they also make great tag toppers, hidden journaling tabs, and box tops.  There is even a little stamp set designed to go with the tabs that you can get at a discount when you buy the Border Tab Bundle

The butterfly image is one of the lenticular stamp images in the collection that is designed to “move” with the animation sheets. This one was leftover from the butterfly layout I created earlier in the month and it fit perfectly with this design. 

Alright…..enough yammering. Time to show you how you can make one of these boxes using some Creativity in Motion products.  This process video will walk you through step-by-step so that you can create a simple little box using some six-inch pattern papers. 

Once you have finished making your little boxes, you can fill them with post-it notes, a fancy pen, pampering goodies, and, of course, coffee & chocolate. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use a few of your Creativity in Motion products. If you haven’t ordered any yet, make sure to stop by my website or talk to your consultant to learn how you can save 20% on the bundle during the month of September. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the Creativity in Motion collection.  

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)