Colorful Backgrounds: Polka Dot Cards

A few weeks back I got into a stamping kick – specifically stamping colorful backgrounds for my cards. I think it was because I discovered how well the Stamper’s Secret Weapon works. I had bought it on a whim to try it out and HOLY MOLY was I impressed! I am now able to get such a clean, crisp image when I stamp with solid images. I’m so darn impressed. Only wish I had bought this thing sooner!!

Paper Smooches polka dot background

I’m sharing a set of fun cards I made from Paper Smooches Clear Stamps. I had stamped and colored these little guys with various methods: Copics, colored pencils, etc. But the stamped backgrounds were all done with some Papertrey Ink Polka Dot background stamps – something I’ve had in my stash for years. Such a great stamp set.

Here’s a close up look at each of the cards:




The images in this stamp set are so darn cute. I love how this set of cards turned out.

Craftsy Blog

If you’re looking for more info on how I create my colorful hand stamped backgrounds, check out my recent Craftsy blog post. I share some tips and how-to’s. Thanks for looking!!

Craftsy Hand Stamped Backgrounds

12″ x 12″ Layout: Ladybug Girl

Ladybug Girl Scrapbook Layout

Ever have so many cute pics you can’t decide which to use on your layout? Um, that is me ALL the time. I finally decided instead of trying to squeeze my pics onto one layout (and I’m not a fan of 2 page layouts these days) that I would simply use a 6″x12″ insert and DUH: Problem solved. Not sure why I haven’t thought to do this sooner? Clearly I own these inserts and they were just begging to be used. Anyway, this layout came together quickly and I LOVE that I got all my favorite pics into one layout/insert. Woop!!

Ladybug Girl Scrapbook Layout

This page started off a little tricky because I didn’t want it to be overly “themed” with ladybug stuff – but I certainly wanted the colors to match. I decided to simply use some red polka dot 12″x12″ patterned paper, some touches of striped paper – and then I punched out some black circles with various sized circle punches. This gives the hint of a ladybug, without being ladybugallupinyourface. Know what I mean? 😉

Ladybug Girl Scrapbook Layout

I ran a 3″x4″ card through my printer for journaling and used a piece of ladybug flair that I have literally had in my stash for YEARS. These were the original pieces of flair that American Crafts came out with in like, 2008. Can’t believe I still had it (and was able to find it! HA!!)

Ladybug Girl Scrapbook Layout

Here’s a closeup of the insert. It holds 3 4″x6″ pics and I think they are from American Crafts (snagged them at Hobby Lobby). I didn’t really do any embellishing on these pics at all, aside from these few words stamped with a Heidi swap stamp set. Done!

Ladybug Girl Scrapbook Layout

Patriotic Pinwheels: How to make pinwheels from scraps


4th of July will be here soon! Check out my simple tutorial on the Craftsy blog for making these cute pinwheels to decorate your 4th of July BBQ!


12″x12″ Layout: A View of Our Everyday

Sharing another layout today. I recently bought a package of cards from Simple Stories, from their Sn@p “Everyday” collection. The cards in this pack vary in size, from 4″x6″ to 4″x4″ and other small square shaped cards. I love all the colors and they coordinate with the original Sn@p collection nicely. I pieced together this layout with a grid of these cards arranged on the page. It turned out to be quite colorful…!

Simple Stories Everyday Snap Layout

This part of the page was made using scraps of Sn@p paper, and stickers from the Sn@p collection. It’s sort of busy looking – but I do like it. Just a high level glimpse into our week right now – and what typically goes on each day:




I think this would be a great page to make once or twice a year, to get a glimpse into our daily life and routine. I also love this photo of the kids so so so much, that I knew I had to make a page about it. It was just a candid moment of them playing in their PJ’s that I caught one morning while drinking my coffee. But it’s totally our life right now – love it :)