Quick Weekend Cards


A few cards I whipped up for the weekend! I took these photos from my phone, I was in a pretty big rush to get these done for all the birthday parties/events this weekend.


This one is a cased card (original here):



My usual little boy card, slightly varied:



This card is a work-in-progress. I whipped it up fast because I was in a rush, but in the future, I think I’ll probably alter the design a little bit more. Some of the elements don’t really flow as well, but for now, it’s good enough, I suppose.



My Little Mini Stamper


My older son (he’s currently 3 years old right now) is always begging to play in my craft room and play with my stamps, watercolors, and my big shot machine (I recently showed him how to die cut, he is obsessed). So I use that to my advantage and treat it like a privilege. There are days when taking away this privilege is more effective that a time-out. =) (Plus, I’m always trying to justify my stamp/art supply collection, and if I’m able to use it to encourage and influence a budding stamper, so be it!)


His preferred type of stamp: clear acrylic
Favorite stamp sets
: Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABCs, Quinn’s Capital ABCs, Quinn’s 123s
Favorite inks: Jenni Bowlin inks, Memento inks, Hero Arts Shadow inks
His wish list: He is always begging to use my alcohol markers and my watercolor markers (Distress & Tombow both) but right now he’s not allowed to touch them. =)


I recently bought a “My First Journal” for him, so he could practice writing on lined paper. Each page featured a letter from the alphabet, and allows for a drawing of an item starting with that letter, and lined space next to it to write whatever you want. My son was not comfortable with free form drawing, so I thought stamping would be a fun thing for him to do. And he could color the stamped images afterwards. Here he is coloring the fries in his “french fries”:


I am pretty happy that he is fond of Lawn Fawn stamps (yay!!), since I have so many of their sets. Their stamp images are perfect for kids and perfect for coloring. Paper Smooches are great too. Here is a page out of his journal:

Of course, I had to help him with the spelling of most of the words.

Outside of his journal, he likes creating scenes. He stamped this out a couple months ago, and we watercolored the images together (used various Lawn Fawn and Market Street Stamps stamp sets):


And here is his usual layout with his favorite stamps (we have several versions of this scattered on our walls throughout the house):

rainbow alphabets



I’m hoping one day he’ll start an art journal of his own, and dabble in some mixed media. Oh, and he’ll learn to knit, of course! A crafty mom can hope…

Teacher’s Appreciation, Part 2


Surprise! A scrapbook page!

This was a collaborative effort between myself and my 3 year old, for his teacher. In truth, it was my first real scrapbook layout, and it took me nearly a week to figure out a sketch, and then a handful of hours to put it together. Here is the entire page on my cutting mat:


page WM


Snapshots of my son and his teacher:

pictures WM


The title:

title WM


My son wrote out a little something for his teacher, and drew a little picture too =)

mini letter WM


drawing WM


I put the page in a shadow box:

frame WM



It came out a little busier than I had anticipated, but that’s probably because I purchased an 8×10 frame, and I had to scale everything down. I’m still a newbie with composition, so I struggled with trying to figure out a layout that was interesting to the eye, yet well balanced. I don’t know how successful this went, but in the end, it is a gift and I hope Ms. Bianca likes it!

Mini 3×3 Easter Card (with a crocheted egg & chick)


Happy Easter! Here is a fun little Easter project I whipped up:


Chick & Egg


Chick in Egg

 (Pattern source here; Yarn is Lion Brand Cotton Ease; Hook is US #00/2.7mm)


And it comes with a little mini card!

Mini Card with Chick & Egg


By the way, I got Kristina Werner’s new Simon Says Stamp envelope die that is meant just for 3×3 cards. I originally used it for this card, but then realized that it created an envelope that was way too snug for this particular card I created. I think that envelope die is good if your 3×3 card is pretty flat without any dimensions or raised parts. So I made my own usual mini envelope (it gives a tiny bit more wiggle room than the die) and it worked perfectly.





Uncle Danny’s Birthday Card

This week is a different kind of card – most of it is made by my 3 year old son. I had to help him a little with the stamping bit (he’s getting a lot better about inking up stamps, pressing down, etc.), but he had lots of opinions on what he wanted to stamp, where it should go, what color it should be, and all that. And he’s starting to get the hang of it.


By the way, for those who don’t know him, he’s really into writing letters and numbers everywhere (and in rainbow colors) and he insisted they be part of the sky (and ground).

card front


Card interior:

card interior


He insisted on decorating the back of the envelope as well:

envelope back


Proud of his card, but a little camera-shy:

proud but shy =)





(not shown – Crayola Twistable Crayons)