A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Gold Cardmaking Confidence


Gold is not a color on my wheel – I don’t even  wear gold jewelry – but today, I decided to explore the possibilities for the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge.  This week, we are inviting you to join us for a Silver or Gold Challenge AND I have a free gift for those of you who join this challenge.  You are to choose Gold or Silver with two accent colors. Are you ready? (Don’t forget to read all the way through to learn about your free gift.)


Like I said, Gold is not something I use very often. Maybe the occasional Christmas card or anniversary gift, but not on my everyday color grid. I am more of a brassy, pewter girl. Today, I decided that it was high-time I explored some of our Gold products and this is what I came up with – a Simple Sand Dollar card.


Honestly, it turned out so much better than I had hoped. For my accent colors, I chose to use Almond and Peacock to reflect the Sea and Sand.♥  The Sand Dollar image was stamped using VersaMark™ Ink, then heat embossed with our Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. (I have become fond of the texture that the Tinsel Embossing Powder brings to a project.) 

After stamping the image, I used a Waterbrush with Almond Ink to shade the Sand Dollar. As I explored my Gold options, I realized that I could add a little Gold Shimmer to the center of the Sand Dollar.  Shimmer Brushes are one of my “must-have” tools.


Once the stamped image was complete, I cut out a Stencil and some Seaweed-like images from our Cricut Collections using my Air 2 machine™.  I used the Stencil to add some Texture Paste to my inked background, then layered the random plants, which were cut from Vellum and Gold Foil paper, onto the card.

The Design Space File™  I created includes the stencil and leaf images. It is free to anyone who links their project to this challenge & comments below with a link to their creation. 

A few final touches of White & Gold Twine, Gold Glitter Gems, and some splashes of Gold Shimmer and it was ready to be layered onto the card base. I even took the time to finish off the inside of the card using the You Are My Sunshine stamp set. (The purchase of this stamp set helps to provide a SMILE through Operation Smile.)

I adore the textures, contrast of color, and the overall simplicity of this card.  I hope that it inspires you to join the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge this month.  All you have to do is upload your creation to our Facebook Page and we will link it to the blog. How easy is that?? AND you get a FREE Design Space™ file from me just for participating. (Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your creation.)

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Some of the links below are affiliate links.  By clicking on these links and purchasing the product, a small portion of the sales helps to support my small business at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support. 

Beach Treasures
Beach Treasures Stamp Set

Almond Cardstock
12 x 12 Almond Cardstock

Gold Foil Paper
12 x 12 Gold Foil Paper

Vellum Paper
12 x 12 Vellum

You Are My Sunshine
You Are My Sunshine Stamp Set

VersaMark™ Ink Pad
VersaMark Ink Pad

Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder

All-Purpose MatAll Purpose Mat

Anti-static PouchAnti-Static Pouch

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Waterbrush—Small Round
Small Round Waterbrush

Almond Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Almond Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Gold Shimmer Brush
Gold Shimmer Brush

Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection
Flower Market Collection

Palette Knives
Palette Knives

Air Two™ Machine

Opaque Matte Texture Paste
Opaque Texture Paste

Stencil Sheets
Stencil Sheets

White & Gold Twine
White & Gold Twine

Gold Glitter Gems
Gold Glitter Gems

Mini Ink Blending Tool-1 Round (Mini Ink Blending Tool With Replacement Foams)
Mini-Ink Blending Tool

White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
White Card & Envelope Value Pack

3-D Foam Tape
3D Foam Tape

Valentine Kisses Box

Valentine’s Day allows us to show others how much we care,  and this simple Valentine’s Kisses  Box will allow you to do that without breaking the bank.  By following the instructions below, you can make FOUR of these simple, treat boxes from one sheet of cardstock.  The added bonus to this project is that the True Love stamp set supports Operation Smile.  (Another way to show you care.) At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I’ve used to create this project.


Paper Needed: 5″ x 4¼” Cardstock (I used Blossom), 1½” x 4½” Cardstock (I used Raspberry), 2½” x 3″ Window Sheet, 2″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. With the 5″ side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the
5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock at 1¼”, 2½”, and 3¾”.
3. Fold the 5″ x 4¼” piece of cardstock in half along the score line, and center a 2″ acrylic block ½” down from the fold. Trace the block and cut out the window. kissboxpicone
4. With the 2½” side at the top, use the scoring blade of the paper cutter to score the window sheet at 1¼”. (Note: I use old Cricut mat covers as window sheets.)
5. Fold the window sheet in half along the score line and use a bone folder to create a crease. Using Glue Dots, adhere the window sheet to the inside of the cutout matching the crease with the score line.
6. Using Raspberry Ink, stamp the “XOXO” sentiment onto the right side below the window on the outside of the box.
7. Lay the 5″ x 4¼” cardstock flat so that the inside of the box faces up and the sentiment is at the top (facing down). Using Glue Dots, adhere 5 pieces of candy to the bottom flap inside the box.kissboxpictwo
8. Fold the top over the candy and adhere the bottom flaps of the box together to close.
9. Attach the triangle box to the 1½” x 4½” base.
10. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the Girl image on the White Daisy cardstock.  Color the image with ShinHan markers, then cut out the image.  Attach the image to the front of the box using Thin 3D Foam tape.

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True Love – Operation Smile Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″  Blossom Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Raspberry Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Black Memento Ink Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Micro Glue Dots

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ShinHan Colorless Blender Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Pastel Peach Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Mahogany Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Barely Beige Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Tender Pink Marker

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ShinHan Twin Touch Cherry Pink Marker

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Bone Folder

3L EZ Dots Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Bonding Memories Glue

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer