Share the Dirt :)

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the weekend! Lots to do, but at least it’s the weekend, right?! πŸ™‚

Today’s Paper Smooches card is a fun one to pop in the mail! πŸ˜‰

I die cut the cactus several times from both cardstocks and patterned paper. Then I pieced it all together and added some googley eyes for fun! πŸ™‚ To finish off the cutie cactus I stitched him to the PP. I scored the card base, and added the patterned paper panel on top with some foam adhesive for dimension.Β  I recommend backing your patterned paper with a little cardstock to stiffen it up a bit.(I forgot to do this before I put all the foam on this time. I was on autopilot apparently. shhhh! πŸ˜‰ )

This is a fun one to mail!Β  πŸ™‚ Paper Smooches: Cactus Die, Word Bubbles Dies, Green Thumb.

Check out the Paper Smooches Blog everyday! Such fun projects from the PS DT there! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by!


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Enjoy the Journey

Hooray for Friday! πŸ™‚

Today’s Paper Smooches card is a nod to Dad and SUMMER! πŸ˜‰

For this card panel, I cut several strips of red cardstock and adhered it all to a piece of copy paper, alternating strips of white cardstock along the way. (I don’t measure the strips width, I just eyeball it.) I trimmed all the edges to make it *square* and then die cut the Paper Smooches Sailboat into the center. I always hold my breath a little when I cut into something that took some time to lay up. Truth be told, it wouldn’t be tragic to recreate the panel, just time. πŸ™‚ I then die cut the Sailboat from different colored cardstocks and inlaid it all. I think this turned out fun! πŸ™‚I stamped the sentiment simply and trimmed it out, before adhering with foam adhesive and polishing off the whole thing with some simple stitching. A great card for Father’s Day this year!

Paper Smooches: Sailboat Die, New Beginnings 2

Be sure to hop over to the Paper Smooches Blog for lots more fun from the Paper Smooches team! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by!


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Ellen Hutson’s New June Release!

Today, there is a fun NEW RELEASE from Ellen Hutson! eeeeeep! The Leading Ladies are quite lovely. When I saw the cute little accessories and little stamps Brandi Kincaid included in the sets, I found myself repeatedly stamping them. ❀This tiny little crab received all my attention in the newly released ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN DESIGNER DIES, LEADING LADIES – BEACH LADY BY BRANDI KINCAID! Ha! Such a fun summery set! πŸ™‚

How cute is this little crab?!! And I am a HUGE fan of Brandi’s other new set, ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN CLEAR STAMPS, PATTERN PLAY BY BRANDI KINCAID. Such sweet and playful little backgrounds! πŸ™‚

I colored him with Copic Markers. ❀

Here’s another crabby card:

This one is so beachy!! πŸ™‚

Let’s Sea Where the Wind Takes Us! ❀

And of course, I had to have a crab with the cute googlies! πŸ™‚ Again, I used another background from the afore mentioned set. I think I used all of them? LOL

And lastly, I decided to let the cute little crab rest, and bust out all the beachy accessories. πŸ™‚

Again, I colored all these with Copic Markers too. To polish it off, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear confetti bits and some stitching.

I’m looking forward to mailing out these lil’ summer hellos!

Be sure to check out all the fun new products released today over at Ellen Hutson HERE! Have a great Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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Hey Chick!

Happy Friday, crafty peeps! πŸ™‚ I’m here to share this fun little Paper Smooches card that I made for a friend today. πŸ˜‰ It is the perfect card to send her. ❀️

I colored this cutie flamingo with Copic markers.  I reverse scored the card base and set it aside. For the background, I masked off a rectangle and blended on some Distress Oxide Inks. I used Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover. I spattered on some black acrylic pain, added some stitching and complete. ❀

Paper Smooches:Β Baby Birds, Baby Birds Icons dies, Feathered Friends.

Be sure to hop over to the Paper Smooches Blog for lots more to see throughout the week! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by!


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Free Hugs!

It’s the last day of school here!! I’m most excited about not packing any more lunches for a while! whoooohoooo! πŸ™‚ Ha!

Today, I’m popping in to share this sweet Paper Smooches card. πŸ˜‰ I just think this little cactus is so sweet! ❀

After stamping with Copic friendly ink, I die cut the little cactus out. After that, I colored the cactus with Copic markers. I die cut the flower frame and added that the card panel with some stitching and the sentiment. I adhered the cactus with foam. I added the cute little hearts with some Wink of Stella sparkle and some Glossy Accents on top of that.

This card ended up being so sweet to me, I had to give it to someone I love immediately. ❀

Paper Smooches:Β Comforting Hugs, Comforting Hugs Icons dies, Flower Frame Dies, Hearts Dies.

Check out the Paper Smooches Blog for great projects–Every. Single. Day πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by!


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Technique Tuesday Release Day! June!

The day has come for all the new Technique Tuesday June products to be available HERE!

For this fresh new card, I used Technique Tuesday’s newΒ Strawberry Stamp Set and the new Jam Jar Labels Crafting Dies. For this, I stampedΒ the strawberries with Versafine ink and then I decided at the end, I wanted to color that one strawberry. Well, I was too far along to turn back now. Since Versafine is not Copic marker friendly, I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils. Whooohooo! I quite enjoy how it all turned out in the end. πŸ™‚

I added a smidge of stitching and some twine, and the card was complete!

Be sure to head over the Technique Tuesday Blog HERE so you can check out all the DT’s projects. I always enjoy seeing them!

(If you missed my first NEW release post, click HERE. If you missed my post yesterday, catch up on that one HERE!)

Also, you can find all the NEW June products from Technique Tuesday HERE!Β  πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by again today! πŸ™‚

Take care–Jill πŸ™‚

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Believe in Yourself!

There is a fun challenge over at Lawn Fawnatics–an inspiration board! I love this summery feel. πŸ™‚

You can check it out HERE.

When I saw this board, I kept thinking summer break!! I thought of our son and I wanted to make him a card to go along with all his end of the school year treat and summer books. Ha!!!

Anywho, I started out making this in the vein of a summery, bright background. Then, unbeknownst to me, I ended up with this galactic goodness. Ha!! So the result is a far stretch from the inspiration board, but this is where it took me. πŸ™‚

You’re a Star! tooooooo cute! πŸ™‚

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn’s stamps: Beam Me Up and the coordinating dies.Β  I colored everything with Copic Markers. I created the background loosely with Distress Oxide inks and water, letting it spill over the masked lines. At first I thought I’d toss the background, but then I was down with the blobs, so I finished it all off with some stitching and adhering all with foam tape. πŸ˜‰

I’m sure he’ll think these little guys are too fun! πŸ™‚

Be sure to check out the challenge and join in HERE! Fun fun!

Have a great rest of the week!

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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