Doggie Thank You

Dog thank you card

I owed a thank you card to my best friend, who read about 100 cover letters when I was out of work.  Since he loves dogs, I wanted to use this adorable dog from Paper Smooches.

I stamped the dog and bones in brown ink, cut them out, then colored them in with markers.  I stamped the sentiment on a square of white cardstock in brown ink, then adhered it on patterned “paw” paper for the background.  I adhered the dog with dimensional adhesive to the center of the square, and glued the bones around the square.

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  • Markers: Spectrum Noir
  • Stamps: Paper Smooches, Penny Black

Fishbowl “I Miss You” Card

"I miss you" fish card

I love my Silhouette. With the 1000s of designs available, it’s great when you have a very specific idea for a shape, as I did in this case: a fishbowl with a fish.

I used the Silhouette to cut out the fishbowl and fish from white cardstock. I cut a second “water” piece out of a plastic-y material. I decided to use a single fish inside the bowl so it would fit an “I miss you” theme. I colored the water with blue ink and the fish in yellow and orange; I used a blue marker for the bubbles.

I colored a strip of white cardstock with a dark teal colored texture spray, then cut a fishtail in the end. I stamped the sentiment in teal on white cardstock. For the little decorative piece of paper, I die cut a small piece of white cardstock, then inked it with light blue-green ink. I adhered all the elements, adding a strip of blue ribbon.

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  • Die cuts: Silhouette, Spellbinders
  • Stamp: Paper Smooches
  • Ribbon: American Crafts

Go to your happy place

ImageI love pinwheels. As a design element, pinwheels are whimsical enough for children but still appropriate for fun-loving adults. And, when you discover how easy they are to make, you find yourself using them in a lot of craft projects — at least, I did. For this card, I used colors that would give a summery feel. With the versatile sentiment, it’s appropriate for many occasions. People will marvel you made the card yourself; remember, there’s no need to tell them how simple it is.


Cut out a pinwheel shape using a die cut machine. (If you don’t have a die cut machine, use this template to cut the shape out. Cut along the lines and punch holes with a needle or awl where indicated.) The pinwheel used here is 3.5” square.

Ink up a brayer with Kaleidacolor Dye Ink in Caribbean Sea.  Spray the brayer with Ink Potion No. 9 to blend the ink (optional), then roll onto the pinwheel shape. Add more ink and IP 9 as needed. Repeat to color the other side.


Create the pinwheel by folding each hole into the center. Secure with a brad.

Cut a 6” piece of yellow ribbon and tie a knot in the center. Glue the ribbon in the center of the pinwheel, over the brad.

Cut a piece of manilla cardstock approximately 6” x 5.25”. Cover the cardstock with VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Key Lime, applying the ink directly from the pad. Let air dry for a few minutes or dry with a heat gun.


Using Kaleidacolor in Caribbean Sea, stamp a swirl (Fancy Pants) several times onto manilla cardstock.

Apply clear embossing powder to a few of the stamped swirls, then emboss with a heat gun.

Adhere the pinwheel to the cardstock.


Cut a piece of green polka dot ribbon (May Arts) about 4” long and adhere under the pinwheel to form the stick. Stamp sentiment “Go to your happy place” (Paper Smooches) with Memento Dye Ink in Cottage Ivy.

Adhere the layering piece to a 6.5×5” manilla card.

You’re done!


  • Ink and related: Kaleidacolor Dye Ink in Caribbean Sea, Ink Potion No. 9 Blending Solution, VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Key Lime, Memento Dye Ink in Cottage Ivy (all by IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko); Clear Embossing Powder (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Ribbon by May Arts
  • Stamps by Fancy Pants and Paper Smooches
  • White and manilla cardstock
  • Brad
  • Brayer
  • Heat gun
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

Hugs galore

hugsI love using Goosebumps Texture Spray to create resist. For this card, I decided to add some color to the resist.

With an InkBlusher, I dabbed Goosebumps directly onto the flower stamps, then added a little bit of Fireworks! Craft Spray in Rosebud. Then I stamped my paper randomly with the flower stamps, reapplying Goosebumps and Fireworks! each time. Once the Goosebumps and Fireworks! dried, I covered the paper with VersaMagic Ink in Aquatic Splash, applying the ink directly from the pad. Then I stamped the sentiment with StazOn Ink in Blazing Red.

To finish, I sponged Fireworks! onto the edge of the card, then adhered the layering piece to it.

Thanks for looking!

Products used:

  • Goosebumps Texture Spray (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Fireworks! Craft Spray in Rosebud (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • VersaMagic Chalk Pigment Ink in Aquatic Splash (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • StazOn Solvent Ink in Blazing Red (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • InkBlushers (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Flower stamps by Maya Road; sentiment stamp by Paper Smooches