Cards, Techniques

Birthday Bear Bookmark and Card

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I’m pretty pleased with how this creation turned out. I found a bunch of bookmark bases in my Close To My Heart Stash that I had never used! Not once! I’ve made a few bookmark/card combos this week, but this one is my favorite.

Birthday Bear Bookmark Card Gift
Birthday Bear Bookmark Card Gift

I mean look at this guy. He’s so stinkin’ cute!

I am just learning how to use alcohol markers so he was good practice. I bough the Spectrum Noir TriBlend Brushes and I LOOOVE them. The each have three shades in a single marker (hence the TriBlend) so it makes it really easy for beginners to practice shading.

I fussy cut the bear, cake, hat and gift and attached them to this little plastic base.

I thought I was done, but then I realized he would look really cute on a card. Then it would be like a card and little gift in one!

Birthday Bear Bookmark Card Gift
Birthday Bear Bookmark Card Gift

I’ve made a couple other bookmark/card combo’s I’d love for you to see! Come on over and visit me on Instagram and take a peek! I post over there a bit more often, follow me if you’d like to see what I’m creating daily!

I’ve also got a little clip of this guy in action on insta. You know, as much action as a bookmark can have 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tags, Techniques

Three Stamp Challenge

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tag with fairies, flowers and word background created by using three randomly selected stamp sets

My kids do this thing called the Three Marker Challenge, where they randomly choose three markers and have to color or draw a picture using only those three markers.

To help inspire me, I took a page from their book this weekend. I pulled three random stamp sets out of my bins to make a tag. I knew I was choosing a background, a floral and and a misc stamp set. I did not randomly choose the colors I had to use, I intentionally picked the yellow and the blue. I think that would be a fun thing to add to this challenge in the future.

All the sets are retired Close To My Heart stamp sets I have in my stash.

These are not sets I would have ever used together, but I am happy how it turned out.

Second Generation Technique

The flowers, I think they are daffodils, are a fun layering stamp. I stamped the solid base of the flower by doing a second generation stamp. Second generation is done by inking up the stamp and stamping on a scrap piece of paper first. Then without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image on your project. The image will be in a lighter shade.

I then stamped the second layered stamp on top of flower base in the same color, but as a first generation. You can see the lighter yellow and darker yellow on each flower. This was done with the same ink pad.

The flowers were randomly stamped on the back ground of the tag and three were stamped on scrap paper and fussy cut.


In addition to the flowers, the background also has a small decorative swirly stamp, from the fairy stamp set, that I stamped in blue. I stamped the words in black over the top of the flowers and swirly.

I have actually never used the word background before! There is another background stamp in that set I typically use. I thought the words like “together”, “embrace” and “devoted” went very well with this fairy couple.


The fairy couple are part of a stamp set that I got when I first started paper crafting. This is one of my first, and still one of my favorite stamps! I used Spectrum Noir TriBlend Brushes to color them.


It is hard to tell from the picture, but the fairy couple and the flowers are attached using various thicknesses of 3D foam adhesive strips.

I certainly think I will try this three stamp challenge again. It helped me feel more inspired and work with stamps I wouldn’t have normally used.

It is a good way to practice trying new things and creating out of my comfort zone. Next time I may do three random colors on any stamps sets of my choosing, or maybe even doing both three random stamps and random colors!

Thanks for stopping by today to see my creation. Be sure to stop by my Instagram to see more of my creations. I try to post something everyday.

Cards, Techniques

Playing with White Space on Cards

Happy Birthday White Space Card

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I’ve really been trying to experiment with leaving more white space on my cards.

I am so used to covering the whole back ground with patterned paper.

Many of the cards and even scrapbook pages have lots of beautiful white space.

White Space Thank you card

For both of these cards, I used Close To My Heart stamps from my stash.

I can’t get enough of these layered flower stamps.

I’m still loving the Blossoms paper pack as well. Also it helps that I already have that pile of scraps out and ready to go!

I love the simplicity of the black outline on white background.

The Thank You card uses a spotlight technique. I stamped the back ground in black outline and popped card stock that matched up with the background, but had color added.

The Happy Birthday card is actually from an idea for a scrapbook layout I adjusted to fit onto a card.

Happy Birthday White Space Card Close Up

White space is really starting to grown on me. It takes me a little bit to get my head around “less is more” for cards, but I’m starting to like it!

Thanks for stopping by Emma Hearts Paper.

Happy Crafting!

Floral White Space Cards Pin Image
Cards, Techniques

Embossed Vellum Floral Card

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white embossed flower on vellum with background colored on card

I’m just going to share this creation real quick today.

I’ve been on a Close To My Heart Blossoms Paper Pack kick lately. I’ve got a pile of scraps that are just too pretty to go unused, so I’m making lots of cards.

This card has a stained glass vellum technique that I’d never tried before. It is very very simple!

After I heat embossed the stamp with white onto vellum, I used CTMH markers to color on the back of the vellum where I wanted the color to show.

I love how soft the colors look showing through the vellum.

I’d really like to experiment with this technique some more. It is such a quick and simple way to make add a bit of soft color.

Cards, Techniques

Inking Stamps with Sponge Daubers

Finished card with inks

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This is one of my favorite cards I’ve made recently. I used a Close To My Heart stamp set called Blossom Blocks. It is great for this technique because of the large solid surface to ink.

I began by mentally splitting the stamp image into thirds. I used the sponge dauber to pick up the Sunflower color ink and dabbed onto the bottom third of the stamp.

I didn’t want defined lines where the color changed so I made sure to dab into the middle part of the stamp as well.

After that Sunflower I dabbed on the Sorbet color in the middle of the stamp and into the top third a bit. I also dabbed down into the Sunflower color as well.

To finish it off I used the Hollyhock to color in the top third of the stamp, being sure to dab the color down into the Sorbet section too.

Stamped Images

This was repeated for another stamp block from the same set. I fussy cut each image.

I used another CTMH stamp set called Adorable Backgrounds to random stamp the background on a white card.

The small colored strip was made using the same Sponge Dauber technique. I simply dabbed directly onto the paper instead of onto a stamp.

Sunset Background Finished card

After attaching the black card stock and colored strip to the card base I used 3D foam adhesive to attach the sunset stamped flowers to the card. I did add a white square distressed on the edge with black in behind each image. You can see I also used the black ink to distress the edge of the image and the card base.

I made a quick video of how I used the Sponge Daubers to add ink to the stamps. This is my very first YouTube video ever! I know I have a lot to learn, but I enjoyed making it. I wasn’t going to do anything on YouTube, but my daughter convinced me to just do it, who cares if it isn’t as good as others out there! So I did it!