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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Tuesday Tip: Create a Swatch Book

Do you keep track of all the markers, paints, pencils, and inks you own OR do you trust you can find them in your craft space and hope that you don’t buy doubles when your favorite craft store has a sale? If you are looking for a way to keep track and stay a little more organized, then today’s Tuesday Tip is for you.

In my latest Craft Space Tour, I briefly mentioned my Swatch Binder. Today, I am going to show you how I use this book and share ways that you can make a few swatches of your own.


For those who are new to color swatching, let me explain what these are and how I use them. Swatches allow you to see the dried result of a specific medium – paint, ink, gel, spray, etc. When you create a swatch, you can see the variety of tints, gradients, and patterns in that medium.

I keep all of my swatches in my planner because it travels with me everywhere. When I shop, I can check my swatches to see if I already own a specific color. When I am crafting, I use my swatches to match my papers or cardstock to the medium I plan on using.

In the video, I show how I create swatches for Spectrum Noir Triblends and Watercolor Paints. The alcohol marker swatches are self-explanitory. I simply shade in the area with the color label.

Watercolors are swatched a little differently. When I use watercolors, I can change the shade of the pigment by adding more water. I created my swatches to show the variation of pigment to water ratios.

I have labeled both my watercolor swatches and my watercolor palette using a label maker. This may seem a bit tedious, but it is much easier for people to read the labels when I am teaching in-person and online.

Once I have completed a swatch sheet, I use a Disc Punch to add it to my planner. If you don’t want to use a disc planner, you can create a three-ring binder full of swatches or add it to an artist’s notebook.

No matter how you organize your swatches, they will be a great reference for you. If you would like to learn how to create a swatch book of your own, go ahead and watch today’s Tuesday Tip!

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My swatch book stays in my craft space and goes with me when I shop and go to weekend retreats. I keep it near when I am crafting so that I can see which colors will go best with a pattern paper I am using. These swatches also come in handy when my favorite craft shop is having a sale. No more buying doubles of my favorite ink or marker. πŸ˜‰

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip inspired you to create a swatch book of your own. If you have already made one, I would like to know how you store your swatches. Feel free to comment below and tell me about your swatch book or post any questions you have.

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Welcome to the In This Together Blog Hop

This week, our team will be sharing projects to inspire you using the In This Together papers, stickers, and stamp set. This limited-time special has been designed for you to celebrate the happy moments from the past year.  

What is a blog hop? 152397897_10158228882137686_5824777505515155670_nThis is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting out here or you may have come from Kristine Ponte’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Quirky Quarantine card, click the link at the end of my post to β€œhop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


One year ago, no one expected that we would be experiencing a quickly changing world. A life locked down, full of virtual events, and learning to adapt to daily changes. Many of my friends are still struggling with the changes, so I decided that I would cheer them up with a Quirky Quarantine slimline card.

Just roll with it. That’s how I have had to live life over the last year. I am sure many of you felt the same way. There was absolutely nothing I could do to change what was happening, so I just had to roll with the punches. That little stamp made this saying even more amusing being placed on a TP roll. Do you remember that shortage?

I chose to stamp the image on yellow pattern paper using Intense Black ink, shaded it with watercolor pencils, and added it onto the card like a tab. I created a matching tab at the bottom using our Tabs & Tags thin cuts.

The background papers from the In This Together collection were adhered to a slimline card base and a little stitching was added for texture. I love how bright and cheery these papers are and plan to use them for a few of my spring layouts.

To break up the plaid pattern, I cut a circle and flipped it over to reveal the dots on the back. This circle helped me to frame my sentiment with the stickers.

The remaining parts of the card were simple. These are all stickers from the In This Together sticker sheet layered atop each other using foam tape. I added some flowers, hearts, a cheerful sentiment, and a few silly additions to put a smile on the recipient’s face.


I hope that this project inspired you, brought a smile to your face, and triggered a few happy memories from the past year. Now head on over to the talented Cat Nowak β€™s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Don’t forget! These In This Together items are only available until March 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn more about the discounted bundles and how you can earn 15% in rewards as a VIP

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