Update: Hug a Heart Card Drive Prize Giveaways Winners

Hello and welcome everyone!  Thanks for joining me today for the announcement of the Hug a Heart Card Drive prize giveaways winners.  First, I would like to begin by acknowledging and extending my heartfelt gratitude to Donna EllisSue DreesKT Fit KittyEdwina BrownBecky PartanSybrina K. and Lori Kobular for all their help with organizing the launch of the card drive and the blog hop. I truly could not have done this without each and every one who contributed. 

What an incredible turnout we had for this Heart Month card drive!  We were able to bring smiles and heartwarming encouragement to 364 heart patients and their families at Nationwide Children's Hospital!  That's more than double from our first card drive in November!  Your generosity has made Heart Month extra special and lightened the hearts of many hospitalized patients.  For many patients, families and staffs the message goes beyond the amazing cards but gave hope and encouragement when they needed it most.  Words cannot truly describe the impact that you have had on these patients.  We would like to thank each and every one of you for the beautiful and inspirational cards and would like to share the power of your generosity from some of the families and staff.

"It was really kind and considerate.  It made me smile" - Kayla, Mother of Grayson.

"It was a really nice surprise. I showed Matthew.  I think it might be more meaningful to know that Matthew has had significant neurological devastation.  For him to look at something and it resonate with him is noteworthy" - Heather, Mother of Matthew.

"It brightened my day to be able to give them to our families." - Brittany, PCA.

"I thought it was so nice that someone took the time to make those for our patients and families.  They were very detailed and clearly made with love. I hope I will be able to give them out again if more are made in the future." - Julie, RN.

"I passed out the cards last Thursday to all the patient's on the floor.  It literally made the parents' day.  They commented on how beautiful they were, and how nice it was for someone to think of them.  I had one parent start to cry she was so touched. " - Stephanie, BSN, RN, CPA, H4A Program Manager.

"I would like to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to create such amazing and vivid cards that are so inspirational. I wish you could see the smiles and the impact your cards have on everyone. For many patients it made their day, while for others it went beyond that" - Dr. Kan Hor, Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

It's time to announce the winners of the prize giveaways.  There are four prize packages and the winners were randomly chosen, except for the first prize package which goes to everyone that send in a card.  We also decided to reward 4 instead of 2 winners for the Box of Craft Goodies prize package.  And finally, we added on one additional prize package.  Nancy Kalbach helped made this card drive extra special by getting her three grandchildren Lily, Maura and Declan involved.  We would like to thanks the children with a Special "Young Cardmakers" Recognition Award. :)

HEART PANDA DIGI SET:   This prize goes to everyone that send in a card.  Please check your Inbox as well spam folder. The digi set was send out last Thursday, February 23rd to everyone except for Julie Just

Julie, I've attempted to reach you at the e-mail provided.  But received a fail delivery message.  Please e-mail me at info@christinahordesigns.com and I will get the Heart Panda digi set over to you asap.  

BOX OF CRAFT GOODIES (4 U.S. PARTICIPANTS):  Bunny Hoyle, Migdalia Rodriguez, Pat Loar and Verna Angerhofer.

Bunny, Migdalia, Pat and Verna, I will have your goodies mail out later this week.  Thanks for your patience.


Jeanie and Sam, the gift card has been issued to you this morning and will be e-mail directly to you from Simon Says Stamp.  Please allow up to 48 hours.  If, however, you do not receive it by end of day Friday (March 3rd), please notify me immediately.  


Lenora, the gift card has been issued to you this morning and will be e-mail directly to you from Simon Says Stamp.  Please allow up to 48 hours.  If, however, you do not receive it by end of day Friday (March 3rd), please notify me immediately.  

SPECIAL "YOUNG CARDMAKERS" RECOGNITION AWARD:  Lily, Maura and Declan Cleary - grandchildren of Nancy Kalbach.

Nancy, I will email you later tonight with the details of the girls' prize :)

Thank you so much again to each and every one who contributed!  We hope you will be able to join us in the next card drive.  I will be hosting the card drive bi-annually during the month of January and July.  As soon as I have the details finalized for the next card drive, I will update it on the card drive page of my blog as well in a blog post.  So please stay tune!   :)

Thanks for joining me today.  May you have a lovely rest of your day.  Take care!

Kids' Birthday Cards & Invitations Sets + Masking Technique With Clear Stamping Tutorial

Good Saturday everyone!  I hope this week has been kind to you and the weather is beautiful in your part of town.  Here in Columbus we've been experiencing a spring-like weather all week long until today.  We're back to the chilly 30s degree temperature.

Today I would like to share the birthday cards with matching invitations that I made for Catherine's and Matthew's birthday parties last month.  I hesitate sharing the project with you at first because of the poor photos quality.  But it has been awhile since I last share the masking technique using clear stamps and since Catherine's card was created using this technique, I figure now probably would be a great time to reintroduce it.


A quick photo of their birthday cakes - Finding Dory and The Angry Birds.  We ordered the cakes from the bakery department of our local Kroger grocery store.  I was very amazed by the artistic talent of the lady who did the kiddos' cakes!  I wish the photos show better.  Especially on the Finding Dory cake.  Her icing skill of the water was beyond anything I have ever seen!

How quickly time passes by!  Catherine is now 9 and Matthew, our little rascal, turned 7.  Since their birthday only ten days apart, each year we tried to celebrate their birthday together.  But this year they asked if they could have separate party.  Luckily for us, the places they wanted to have at were just 2 minutes drive from each other.  So we have the parties back to back, with a 30 minutes break between the two.  Kan and I were exhausted by end of day. But it was so worth it.  Seeing the smiles on their faces and of how much fun the kiddos have celebrating with their friends and fellow classmates was priceless!

"cute Chicks" Birthday Marching Band

This first birthday card and invitation set was for Matthew featuring the oh so cute Simon Says Stamp Cute Chicks Neat and Tangled Exlusive clear stamps set.  The moment Matthew saw this stamp set, he asked if I could create a "Cute Chicks" birthday marching band for him.  The fun upbeat of the design was really fitting for his party as it was held at The Bounce Club.

I started with the birthday card first, which is a 5"x7" finished size. I stamped the chicks, clouds and musical notes onto Neenah cardstock and colored them with Prismacolored premium color pencils.  I then colored on grass and then scanned the finished design into my laptop and saved as a JPEG format.  You'll see why I did that in a minute.

I then went back to finish up the card by mounting the finished design over a piece of Bazzill Licorice cardstock and then onto the Bazzill Robin Blue cardstock card base.  Then, I stamped out two balloons from the Reverse Confetti Boxes 'N Balloons clear stamp set with Hero Arts ink pads in Soft Pool and Soft Lilac Purple.  Fussy cut them out and mount onto the card with foam tape and finished the card by freehand draw in the balloon strings.

For the invitations, which is a 5"x7" finished, I created them in picmonkey.  Remember how I scanned the finished colored scene design into my laptop and saved as a JPEG image?  Here's where I use it.  After I layout the party's information, I insert the image in using the masking with digi technique I show in a previous post here.  Then print, trim and adhere onto the Bazzill Robin Blue cardstock.  If you have to make LOTS of invitations, I recommend you create them on your computer and print.  It will cut down time and stress.

"Game On" Soccer Theme Birthday

For Catherine's birthday card and invitations, I follow the exact process on her as I did with Matthew's by working on the card first.  Then the invitations.

Catherine wanted a soccer party at Locker Soccer, an indoor soccer academy where the kiddos brush up on their soccer skills during winter season.  So I got this very cute Cleary Besotted Game On clear stamp set just for her.   And she was head over heel in love with these very adorable sport dogs!  How about you?

Below I will share how I combined the masking technique with my own freehand drawing of the goal post to create this very adorable soccer game scene on Catherine's card.




  • Copic multiliner pens
  • Copic markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser


1. Set the scene by first stamp the two dogs and soccer ball with the Lawn Fawn Black Licorice ink onto Neenah 80# cardstock (or any white cardstock).

2. Lightly sketch out the goal post around the images in pencil first.  Then go over it with Copic multiliner pen, using the ruler as guide.  Erase the pencil marks.  Now add on grass by doing a upward flicking strokes with the multiliner pen.

3.  To create the masks, stamp the images again onto the masking paper and fussy cut them out very close to the line if you do not want to leave any white spaces between the ink and the images.  NOTES:  This method apply to rubber stamping too.

TIP: substitute the masking paper with Post-It note and apply temporary (removal)l adhesive to the backing to hold it in place over the stamped images.

4.  Apply the mask pieces over the images.  With the blending tool and applying gentle pressure, blend in blue sky with the Tsukineko VersaMagic Ink Pad Sea Breeze.

5.  Tear a piece of paper towel to create the hill template.  Working off the paper towel, brush the Hero Art Mid-tone Green Hills ink onto the cardstock in an upward stroke with the blending tool.

6.  Remove the masking pieces to reveal the white images underneath.  Draw a flower clip on the head of the dog doing the kicking.  Now color the images with your favorite mediums and mount onto your card base.  I used Copic markers.  

And here are the kids' invitations.  We invited their entire class plus a few other friends.  We end up with exactly 25 kids at each party.

Did you enjoy this little masking technique using clear stamps tutorial?  Please share with me in the comment below what other stamping techniques or card style tutorials you would like to learn.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit me today. May you have a lovely rest of your day!


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Just click on the thumbnail or wording and it will redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item is individually hand coded.

All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.

SSS Cute Chicks Clear Stamps Set

Clearly Besotted Game On Clear Stamp Set

Reverse Confetti Boxes 'N Balloons Clear Stamp Set

Copic Markers

Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Be Creative Tape

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

Bazzill Cardstock Robin Egg

Bazzill Cardstock Licorice

Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools

Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Tsukineko VersaMagic Ink Pad

Copic multiliner pens

Prismacolor Premier COlored Pencils

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Soft Pool Aqua

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Soft Lilac Purple

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Green Hills Mid-Tone

Lawn Fawn Ink Pad Black Licorice

Scotch Foam Tape

How-To Work With Digital Images In Picmonkey + Catherine's Monkey Jo-Jo

Hello everyone!  And a warm welcome to all my newest followers and first time readers to my blog.  I'm so glad you are here.  Today I am excited to be sharing a set of 10 clean and simple kid's cards with you, featuring a very cute monkey drawing done by my daughter Catherine, who just turned 9 last month.

The set also include my own heart drawing and the beautiful sentiment by the lovely Donna Ellis for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  The card drive is over now and I wish to thanks everyone that helped send in a card for this heartwarming cause.  On February 28th I will be announcing the winners for the prize giveaways along with the final card count update.  I hope you will be able to join me then.

How cute is this little monkey!   Doesn't that sweet smile just melt your heart away?  When Catherine first show me this little monkey back in November (which I shared in my blog post here), I immediately drawn to its sweet smiling face and knew I have to make a card with it.  But first I have to successfully convert the original 8.50"x11" size drawing in color pencils to a black and white digital image.  It turned out quite easy as Catherine has done a beautiful job keeping her lines very clean.

tutorial: How-To Mask Digital Images In Picmonkey

Did you know you can "mask" digital stamp images?  Yes you can and it is SO much easier than masking with clear or cling stamps.  There are many different ways you can do that.  But for today, I am going to show you how I "mask" Catherine's monkey, the heart and sentiment together and saving them as a single flat image file using picmonkey, a free online photo editor.  So let's get started!

First, I go to picmonkey.  Then I click on Edit to open up the monkey file (the main file I want to work with).

Next, I click on the Overlays button (the butterfly icon) from the toolbar on the left side of the screen, then click on Add Your Own button to insert in my heart drawing.  Then I resize the heart and position it over the hands.

Next, from the Blend Modes drop down menu option (#3 arrow above), I select "Darken" to "mask" the heart inside the hands.  Finally, I click on the Add Your Own button again to insert in the sentiment and position it to the right of the heart.  Then saved the "masked" images as a single, flat JPEG file.

My original plan was to create a set of 14 cards with this sweet monkey layout.  So after picmonkey, I opened up the "masked" image file in Microsoft Word (Window 10), resize it to 3.3x4.62 and print out 2 images per page onto Neenah cardstock. Then, I die cut them out with the MFT DIE-namics STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle.

Next I create the A2 card base by trimming the Bazzill Easter Grass cardstock in half at 5.50" mark and then score each half at the 4.25" mark. I did this 14 times.

I colored the images with Copic and add a spark of glitter to the heart and vine with the clear Zig Wink of Stella. Then adhered them to the card base with double sided adhesive. 

Unfortunately I messed up on a couple images along the way coloring late in the night, leaving with just 10 good one at the end.  

Here's the ten finished cards.  I always stored my finished cards (with envelope) in a clear bag with a flap seal to keep them safely protected until time to send (deliver) them out.

And here are all the cards that I made for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  I did not share a post on all of them.  But you can find the post for the Jar of Daisy Shaker card HERE, A Daisy Garden card HERE, the Pilot Panda Plane cards HERE, Rainbow cards HERE, the Heart Panda card HERE and the Rainbow Balloon card HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your comment with me. May you have a lovely rest of your day.


I would like to share my cute monkey cards in the following challenges: Artistic Inspiration - Challenge #172 ATG; Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #146 ATG; Crafty Sentiments Design - Your Favorite Combo (mine is combining own artwork with dies cut and color in Copic); Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge - #226 Love Is In The Air; Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Your Favorite Tool (mine is definitely the Sizzix Big Shot Express); Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Cute (mine is Catherine's cute monkey drawing); The Cutie Pie Challenge - #108 Simply Love ; Word Art Wednesday- ATG #270-271


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Just click on the thumbnail or wording and it will redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item is individually hand coded.

All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.

MFT DIE-namics STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle

Clear Flap Seal Bag

Bazzill Easter Grass Cardstock

Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock

Tonix Maxi 12-Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Be Creative Tape

Zig Wink of Stella - Clear

Copic Markers

Sizzix Big Shot Express


I would love if you pin this Cute Monkey Kid's Card summary photo and be my pinterest buddy :)