Hi! I am back again with a brand new Saturday Stamp Day card and video. In today’s video I am creating a fresh and fruity card with Create A Smile Stamps. Lately, I just love to mix yellow, pink and peach colors on my cards. Another thing I like lately is wood veneer shapes!

I started out by ink blending the Leaf Effect stencil from Winnie & Walter on some white paper. Because the shape of the leaves reminded me of lemons, I used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. This made sure that my fresh and fruity background matched with the stamped images from the Served Up stamp set from Create A Smile Stamps.

ssd-treat-yourself-full-cardI am determined to get better at Copic Coloring. So after lots of practicing and watching tons of YouTube videos, I switched up my technique. Nowadays I like to start out with my darkest color to add my first layer of shading. Then, I use the medium toned color to blend out the darkest shading. Next, I use the lightest color to blend everything together and finally I go back to that dark color to add extra pops of shading. I only used three colors for the hippo. When I want to do some basic coloring, I use only two markers. I use the darkest marker to add the shading first, then I blend it out with the lightest marker and finally I go back to that darkest color to add more shading.

IMG_0680I had no idea where I was going with this card, so I just played with the goodies I had on my desk. After adhering my hippo to a die cut circle, I created a matching banner by scribbling the RV13 Copic marker on some white paper. I heat embossed a sentiment on there from the Served Up stamp set from Create A Smile. As soon as I finished my main element of the card, I started assembling everything together.

I adhered a strip of yellow woodgrain patterned paper to some white card stock. Then, I created some extra interest behind and around the circle. I mixed some wood veneer shapes with lovely sequins from the Fruit Sorbet mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I really like to use wood veneer lately and I especially love how it looks paired with sequins. 🙂

That’s it for now. Thanks so much for watching my video. See you soon! Xo


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Hey everyone! It’s Laura here and I am glad to be here with a new video series featuring Close To My Heart products. A while ago CTMH reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in using their products. After checking out their website, I immediately knew I was up for it! Each Monday (until July 11) I will be sharing a new video featuring their products. And… there will be some giveaways, too!

NOTE: Like I mentioned in Saturday’s blog post, I got a new camera and a new set up. I created this card and photographed it before buying the new camera, so that’s why the set up is different in this picture.

In today’s video, I am creating a fun clean and simple card with a very summery color combination!

I know I say this all the time, but I truly enjoyed making this card! I did a lot of stamping and coloring for this project and those are just two things I really like doing. Before I’m moving on to the information on this card, I wanted to tell you that the yellow on these pictures is way brighter than in reality. The aqua color looks the same in the photo, but the yellow looks way brighter in this picture. The colors in the video give a better view on the actual card! It was a very bright day when I photographed this card and I think this is why the yellow looks a bit different. 🙂

ctmh-video-series-fullI started out by stamping a fun background using the Charming Cascades stamp set. I inked up the dots with Glacier ink. This ink color is a perfect soft aqua color and I really like it to create a soft background. Next, I took a piece of white paper and I masked off some stripes with leftover washi tape. I used an ink blender and Amber ink from CTMH to create yellow stripes. I was really amazed at how easily this ink blends on paper!

ctmh-furever-closeupAfter stamping and coloring the cat from the Friendly Pets set, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set. I stamped it with Black ink since I wanted to add a bold touch to this card and I also didn’t want the sentiment to get lost on the project. I die cut a circle out of the masked striped pattern and I adhered it to the card with foam adhesive. After adding some white thread to the card, I of course needed to add some little touches of sparkle on this card. So I used the Close To My Heart Calypso Sequins and the Bitty Sparkles to add extra bling bling. What I like about these sequins is that they have adhesive on the back so there’s no need to mess around with other liquid adhesive. Fast and easy! 🙂


Onto the giveaway! CTMH has been very generous and offered a giveaway. You could win a prize pack including the Friendly Pets stamp set + one acrylic block + one ink pad. Close To My Heart is a big fan of Instagram so this is an Instagram exclusive giveaway. Simply like my latest post on Instagram (the picture of this card), follow CTMH and my profile on Instagram and tag a friend in the giveaway post to earn another entry. Good luck and thanks for checking today’s post! 🙂


Go to http://www.closetomyheart.com for more information on how to purchase the products I used. Unfortunately, I can’t link directly to them and create a supply list like usual. Here’s a list of the CTMH products I used:

  • CTMH Friendly Pets Stamp Set
  • CTMH Charming Cascades Stamp Set
  • CTMH Glacier Ink
  • CTMH Black Ink
  • CTMH Amber Ink
  • CTMH Amber Card Stock
  • CTMH Bitty Sparkles
  • CTMH Calypso Sequins

Happy Friday, all! Today I am part of a fun video hop in honor of the Snow Dance Kit from Create A Smile Stamps. You all loved their previous kit so I am sure you’ll love this one as well. It’s filled with lovely goodies such as stamps, patterned paper, a die cut, a stencil, sequins and much more!

In today’s video I’m showing you how to create a cute and clean Christmas card made with the Snow Dance stamp set, the beautiful stencil and patterned paper and of course the amazing chipboard pieces and sequins.

cass_snow_dance_fullI started out by creating a pretty background using the stencil and white embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi. I applied a thick layer of paste because I wanted to create some extra dimension on this card. After applying the paste and removing the paper underneath the stencil, I scraped off all of the excess paste since I didn’t want to waste any of it. I colored the Santa image from the stamp set using Copic markers and I added some extra sparkle using a Clear Wink of Stella Pen. Don’t you just love that Santa image? It’s like baby Santa. So cute!

cass_snow_dance_close_upAfter I cut out Santa, I adhered some of the chipboard pieces to the card. Oh my word, I love these so much! Just look at those teeny tiny circles. They are so detailled! My favorite is the one with the stag head. Christine did an amazing job designing these! I wanted to create a tad bit more dimension so I curled up the right edge of the paper. I also adhered some foam squares underneath that piece to give it more support. Finally, I finished off the card by adhering the Pretty Pink Posh sequins from the kit.

That’s it for now! Thanks so much for watching today’s video. xo


There are two fun giveaways! Just visit the Create A Smile blog and the Create A Smile Facebook page for more information. Good luck!


Here’s a full list of hoppers!


There won’t be a Saturday Stamp Day video tomorrow. Lots of assignments came up for college and I need to finish those first. 🙁 I am very sorry! Have a great weekend! Big hug to all of you! xo


The Snow Dance Kit will be available for purchase tomorrow, Saturday, October 17th at 4 pm CET/ 10 am EST.