CutCardstock Project: Sending Happy Thoughts

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One of the sentiments I see a lot in stamp sets is “sending happy thoughts”.  This is one of my favorite greetings to send to people because it let’s you know you are right there cheering them on in their journey or just reminding them that they are important to you.  For today’s CutCardstock design team project, I was inspired by my variety of Astrobright cardstock to create a happy rainbow of clouds with a clean and simple style.


I chose 6 swatches of Astrobright to create my clouds–Lunar Blue, Martian Green, Venus Violet, Sunburst Yellow, Cosmic Orange, and Fireball Fuchsia.  Don’t you love those names?!  When you buy Astrobright, you can choose the “Create your own assortment” option and try out as many colors as you’d like.


I cut out the clouds using an older die from Paper Smooches called, Curly Clouds.  Since the clouds are just outlines, I glued each to a sheet of Curious Translucent Vellum and trimmed them out.


I love the bright, happy outlines with the soft vellum. I used the Zig 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere the delicate die cuts.


I created a 4.25 x 5.5″ note card using Cougar Super Smooth 100# card stock and blended a little bit of Salty Ocean Distress Oxide to create a sky for the clouds and sentiment.

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I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh on to a stitched heart die from Kat Scrappiness and added all the parts to the card using foam tape and small bits of clear pop dots for behind the vellum.

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I placed the clear glue dots strategically where the clouds curl so it would not show through as much.  I love how this card turned out with the Astrobright.  The colors are so cheerful against the soft white and blue background.

Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to head over the the CutCardstock shop to see all the Astrobright color options on sale this month.


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For this project, I created an encouragement card using their DIY Coupons set along with a sentiment from You and Me Quotes and Sayings.


I started off by masking off the edge of one of the Neenah A2 Solar White notecards.  This helps to keep the back of the card clean when I do my stamping.


Instead of using the coupon stamps as actual coupons, I thought it would be fun to create a background with them and then add an encouraging sentiment over the top.

I chose some bold colors from Lawn Fawn’s ink collection for a bright backdrop.


Since I would not be using a stamp platform and just free-hand stamping, I placed a pad underneath my card along with some scrap paper, so that when I stamped, it would be easy to get a clear image on the first try.


After stamping the first image, I placed a little masking tape over the first stamp just at the edge so I could stamp over it to start creating the background.


I continued adding tape and stamping to create the look of the coupons laying in front of and behind each other.



I heat embossed a sentiment from the You and Me Quotes and Sayings stamp set onto some black cardstock using white embossing powder and popped it up over the background with some foam squares.


I added a couple of the little circle stamps from the coupon set that I punched out with a 1″ paper punch for embellishment.




A bright, cheerful card for the favorite person in your life!

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Horses Everywhere

I recently took some time to experiment with a stamp set I’ve had in my stash for awhile.

This unique set from Inkadinkado is not normally my style, but there was just something about it that made me purchase it….  Those horses are so lively, and full of detail!  Sometimes, it’s great to get out of your comfort zone and just have some fun.  I had to see what I could do with them.


I love combining stamp sets from different companies, so I thought this set from Papertrey Ink would be perfect to pair with the line of horses running.  Mountain Majesty is a beautiful and easy to use layering stamp that creates a gorgeous mountain background.


To create a bigger space for the horses to fit, I stamped the first mountain layer higher up on my white notecard with some Distress Oxide Ink in Hickory Smoke.  I mainly just stamped the top of the mountains since I would be blending more of the Hickory Smoke downward on the card.


I filled in the extra space with more Hickory Smoke.


After stamping the peaks with some white pigment ink and adding the trees, I created a sunset look with more Distress Oxide ink.


I stamped the horses in brown ink, then added some more color with a tan colored pencil.  The stamps already have shadowing so that makes it so much easier.


I used a sentiment from the Papertrey Ink set called Bold & Beautiful Sentiments.


Here’s another card I did using an older sentiment set from My Favorite Things called Life’s Direction.   I blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide into the corners of the card panel and colored the horses with Copics.  Then, I adhered everything to a navy blue notecard.


I love making encouragement cards and I think this Horses set is perfect for that.

Thanks so much for joining me today–if you have this stamp set, I’d love to see what you’ve tried with it.  Tag me on Instagram @bluescallopcreations and I’ll take a look.


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I’m Here For You


It’s time for another My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar contest and I’m entering my project into the “Clean and Simple Genius” category.  Their prizes are a cardmaker’s dream–a $250 shopping spree to the shop!

I love CAS cards, but I’m telling you, they are not as easy to do as they look.  This one took me quite awhile because I was trying to get everything clustered together perfectly.  Not too squeezed together, yet not too far away.  A teeny 1/2 millimeter makes all the difference in the look.

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I started off with a circle frame I made from two Inside Out Stitched Circles Stax and Lemon Chiffon cardstock.


I framed the circle over two vases I die cut from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set and placed in the corner of a white notecard with foam tape.  I used Blu Rasberry and Orange Fizz to stamp the vases.  I love this color combo with the yellow frame.


After trimming off the excess part of the frame, I stamped a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set and heat embossed it in white on Gravel Gray cardstock.  I made it into a strip and tucked it under the blue vase.  I scattered a few Ripe Raspberry hearts I stamped using the Boss Babe stamp set.


For CAS cards, I like to have all the elements equal an uneven number.  In this case, if you look, there are seven elements on this card including the hearts and sentiment strip.  Everything is tucked close and kind of intertwining which makes it “pleasing to the eye” according to the rules of design.  I think it’s so interesting how your eye “likes” a certain look.  It’s true though, I think if I added an extra heart, it might not look quite right.



There’s still time to join in this fun challenge.  They have 2 other categories too–Coloring and Specialty cards.  Thanks so much for joining me today–have a great weekend!

CutCardstock Design Team Project: Clean and Simple Encouragement

Clean and simple will always be my favorite when it comes to card making.  I love to start with a crisp, white backdrop, then take it from there with a cute and colorful focal point.  For today’s project, that I first featured on the CutCardstock blog, I started with my favorite basic white card stock from the Cut Cardstock shop–Cougar White Super Smooth 100lb, and added some adorable fortune cookie stamps for a happy encouragement card.

To give my little cookies a place to rest, I brushed some light blue watercolor over the center of my note card.  This heavier card stock takes watercolor paints really well.  I set the card aside to dry for a bit and got to work on my stamping.


After stamping 3 cookies onto some more Cougar White, I colored them with Copics in bright, cheery colors.  This card stock is great with Copics too!



The stamps came with a matching die, so I cut each one out and placed them on the front of the card over the watercolored area.



I adhered 2 of them flat with tape runner, then popped the middle one up with foam squares for interest.

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Those cookies just “pop” against the crisp white!

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Thanks for joining me today.  If you like making CAS cards with lots of white card stock–you’re in “luck”–white and cream card stock in on sale this month over at the CutCardstock shop!


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Stamp set–Cheeky Modern Pop Collection–Michaels Stores

Artist’s Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set

Spellbinder’s Prism Die Cutting Machine

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Layton’s Legacy Card Drive

Hi Everyone,

Today, I’m participating in a very special card drive dedicated to the memory of a dear little baby and to all parents that find themselves dealing with life in the NICU.  The drive was started by Lea Lawson, a card maker and mom, in honor of her little boy, Layton.   You can read more of Lea’s story here and find out how you can help.

For my project today, I am using this inspiration board that Lea has provided.  Cards created using this mood board can be mailed to Lea and she will be giving them to NICU parents at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to provide encouragement.  All the details on how to participate are here.

I used an older stamp set from Papertrey Ink called Heart 2 Heart #6.  That little happy face on the sunshine is so sweet, I had to use it.  I punched out the sun using the circle from Enclosed: Sun and popped it up on the sun rays from that die set.  Before I did that, I ink blended both with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink.  For the spotlight circle, I just blended some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide over a circle mask.   The sentiment is from Simon Say Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts–a perfect set with lots of encouraging words.


Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to head over to Lea’s blog to read her beautiful story.