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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Back to School with a Cut File & Pocket Cards

It’s time to be inspired by the Creative Design Team! This month, we are showing you a variety of projects with a Back to School theme. We are so excited to share all the designs with you, and teach a few new techniques you can use on your own creations.


At this stage of my life, I do not have many Back to School themed projects. My kids are grown and almost all gone, so this month’s video collab project was a challenge.

Thank goodness I have a daughter who enjoys posting photos of her milestones. I loved this photo of her and am so proud of all her accomplishments these past five years.

My inspiration for this page came from a PageMaps Sketch and a Cut File design on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. When I saw that adorable little backpack created by Paige Evans, I knew that I needed to use it on this page.

I love how Erica Thompson used the backpack image with patterned paper and chose to dig through my scrap stash of mix-ins and seasonal patterns.

To create the backpack, I uploaded the cut file into Cricut Design Space and used the Contour Tool to create the various patterned images. At the end of my video, I have a quick tutorial showing you how to use Contour on your SVG images.

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The pattern papers I chose for the backpack match the designs in the As You Grow collection. The papers and pocket cards in this collection appear to be baby-themed, but they matched my photo, well, so I chose to use them.

I really liked how versatile this collection is. All the patterns, florals, and images can be used for so many projects that are not baby-related. On my page, the background gingham paper, the charcoal woodgrain, and the plaid paper are all from that As You Grow paper pack.

I also added a few pocket cards to the page to create the look of patterned paper. Pocket cards are great for photo mats and allow you to expand your product collection when you are on a budget. I use them for card fronts, photo mats, scrapbook page strips, journaling, and so much more.

All of the elements on this page came together beautifully. The flowers, the die cuts, and the charming backpack complement the photo so well and allowed me to share the story of our daughter’s first day of school.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you enjoy all the projects in this month’s Creative Design Team video collab.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)