Monsters Vs. Aliens

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Some time ago I saw the most adorable card when I was looking for inspiration using Paper Smooches stamps (which I love – they are so unique – especially the fonts).  It used a couple of images from the Space Cadets stamp set.

I finally got around to recreating the stacked images on a card last weekend.  I actually made the card for my uncle’s birthday but I think it might be a bit too juvenile to give to him.  Perhaps I’ll give it to our nephew instead and make something a little more age-appropriate for Uncle D.

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I love torn edges on patterned paper.  These two pieces of paper were in my “good” scrap pile (i.e. papers that I intend to use on a future card).  The sentiment is from the Your Next Stamp set I used on my last two Monster cards (thus my post title) and I used a few random bits of bling and a spiral paper clip to embellish the card.  The star is coloured with a Copic marker.

I love this little alien stack so much that I’m thinking of making another card using the same images but with “girlie” pinks and purples…but first I have to come up with a new card for Uncle D!

Monster-ous Birthday

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I really enjoyed making today’s card.  It’s colourful and cheerful and it’s great for a masculine birthday (always harder than feminine birthday cards).

I used another fun image from Your Next Stamp as well as a curved die from Simon Says Stamp, a journal card die from Lawn Fawn, and a mixture of patterned papers (Doodlebug and um, Echo Park who have a few great “boy” themed paper collections)


The grass is a little wonky as I haven’t quite figured out how to properly line up the curved die.  Hills are not usually symmetrical anyway so not a huge problem!

Since the arrival of enamel dots on the paper-crafting scene, it sure is easy to embellish masculine cards!  I’ve certainly embraced the trend and I’m pleased that I’m actually using that particular craft supply.  Now if I could only make a dent in my washi tape collection!

Monster Hugs (with extra eyes!)

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Not so long ago, I posted about not needing EVERY monster stamp set you come across (obviously, I was speaking of the personal appeal to cute monster stamps) but I recently caved after over 2 months of craving a set from Your Next Stamp.

It’s the darn eyes!  How can I resist a stamp that begs to have googly (or googlie if you prefer) eyes adhered to it?

This is a simple card but I double-stamped the monster and popped the body up on dimensional foam. (FYI, I’ve just ordered a butt-load of 3M double-sided foam tape in hopes of reducing the number of little wax paper squares that seem to wander around the house)

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This was a really fun stamp to colour and it was pretty easy to fussy-cut the body of the stamp so that’s a bonus.

Back tomorrow with another monster.

Sunshine – I Need Some!

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I cannot wait for “Sprinter” to be over.

We had almost 40 cm of snow last Wednesday – just when it looked like the grass was finally going to burst through the Winter snow residue.

I’ve lost my craft room window again (totally blocked by snow) and every driveway in the city is now a hidden surprise…you have to inch out ever so slowly so you don’t get hit by a passing car!

In hopes of coaxing the Spring to appear, I made a bunch of sun-themed cards over the last week (some are CASEd) using my SSS Card Kit of the Month for March (April’s kit will probably reach me by May…gotta love Canada Post).

Card 1:

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This card didn’t turn out as I’d planned (surprise!  They hardly every do) but I had lots of fun playing with embossing paste (used ink to colour it for the first time) and a new Tim Holtz stencil I picked up at my LSS on Thursday (hey, they were having a sale…and I have to support the local economy!).

Card 2:


I had a little trouble photographing this one so apologies for the wonky pink.  This card is a complete rip-off (CASE) of a card from the Simon Says Stamp blog.  I loved it so much I had to reproduce it. (only flaw is that the sequins in my kit were obviously substituted for the ones featured as they are a lot bigger – that’s not a complaint…the card kits clearly state that products might be substituted)

Card 3 (and 4):


This is also a CASE but I did slightly change up a few things.  (also from SSS blog)  I loved the yellow patterned paper so much that I had to make two cards to use up the sheet as I didn’t want to waste any of it.

That’s it!  The end of my Sprinter (Spring/Winter for those that are not familiar with the seasonal portmanteau) Sunshine Series.

Moving on to Monsters and Mother’s Day so check back soon.

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