6x6 Paper Pad Donation Card Project

I've been working on a project for the past few weeks that I finally finished and am ready to share with you. I recently came across Kristie Marcotte's YouTube channel, and she has an amazing series which uses a single 6x6 paper pad to make somewhere in the range of 35 cards. The process videos are fascinating to watch. I was inspired by her videos to start using up the incredible amount of scrapbook paper and 6x6 pads I have in my stash. I also thought it would be a good way to get myself back into card making after taking such a long break. I sort of did that with my holiday cards this year but only made a few and I really needed a big project to get my mojo flowing.

For Kristie's 6x6 Paper Pad tutorial, you can check out her blog post here. I encourage you to check out her blog and YouTube.

Here are the 29 cards I made for this project. Continue on for a link to the sketches used and close ups of each card. I will try to list products used (links where possible) at the end of the post, but I'm not going to list everything as there are lots of older products. My point was to use what I had to do this project and not purchase new.




I plan to donate these cards to Cardz for Kidz. There are lots of places you can donate handmade cards, I just chose this one for this project, but I may use others in the future. Other places you can check out are Send A Smile 4 Kids, or Card Care Connection.

I chose one of my unopened paper pads and went to work:


This is the My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy paper pad which I picked up at least a few years ago. Next I went through my solid card stock and chose some Stampin' Up! card stock that coordinated (colors include Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, and Sahara Sand. I also later found a dark brown (unknown brand) in my stash and used some of that too. I followed Kristie's lead and pulled all the papers out of the 6x6 pad and lay them out. Some patterns I didn't care for so I just used the opposite side.


Most places that accept cards for donations follow similar guidelines. The cards shouldn't be too thick, have glitter or elements that can easily fall off, and should include uplifting messages. In most cases these go to children in the hospital, so they prefer not to have phrases like "get well soon." So I opted for minimal embellishing, and chose stamp sets I had that had positive messages. You'll note a lot of them are used over and over again in the cards I made, but that makes me happier because I'm getting good use out of these stamps and dies!

I followed card sketches as Kristie does, but rather than going from site to site for different sketches (because there are thousands out there), I stuck to My Favorite Things sketches. I felt drawn to those and there are over 360 so far to choose from. Here is a link to the MFT blog where you can find all of their sketches. I have lots of their stamps and dies as they really fit my style. Check out their shop here.

One thing Kristie does is make several of the same card from a sketch which helps with using up every bit of the paper pad she can. I wasn't as concerned with waste, honestly these papers have been here for years in some cases and I just want to create. So I made 2-4 different cards from each sketch. In some cases they're the same card but slightly different papers/colors. I did have quite a few small scraps leftover but not many large enough ones worth saving.

The first sketch I used was MFT sketch 353:

I made three cards with this sketch:


I did do some white heat embossing on the sentiments for these cards. I think heat embossing is a good way to add a little bit of dimension but without using foam adhesive or anything that can easily be pulled off the card.

Next, MFT sketch 366:
I made two cards with this sketch:


I love those butterfly dies I used on the card on the left. I've only used them once before so I was excited to break those out.

MFT sketch 320:


I made two cards with this sketch:


The card on the right took me FOREVER to do, so it's definitely not practical for this type of project. I wanted to create evenly spaced windows for the patterned paper to peek out from behind the main panel but getting them to line up perfectly took me a good 5 tries. Blah!

MFT sketch 267:


And I made three cards with this sketch:


That "hello" stamp is definitely in my list of favorite stamps. And ah, those birdies are so cute!

MFT sketch 259:

I made three cards with this sketch:


I'm in love with the card on the left, with the yellow "you" die cut. I layered three of the same die cut together to create some dimension and used some Distress Collage Medium for adhesive. I recently got those fine tip bottles with the pins in them and what a difference for applying thin amounts of liquid adhesive!

MFT sketch 185:

I made three cards with this sketch:


I like that all three of these cards look quite different yet use the same sketch.

MFT sketch 110 (this one is my favorite and I think I'll use it again in future projects):
I made three cards with this one. I just looooove this layout!


I think it's the oval stitched die I used in these that I love so much.

MFT sketch 278:
I made four cards with this one, but really two different sentiments used twice.


Again with that "hello," this time in die form. Favorite!

MFT sketch 296:
I made four cards with this one too:


The number patterned paper I was struggling to come up with a sentiment that didn't just say "happy birthday" since I'm not sure if they want birthday cards. I think "happy everything" works because the card could be used for many different things.

And last one is MFT sketch 306:
I made two cards with this sketch:


These were the last two cards I made and I really wish I'd used the "thinking of you makes me smile" stamp more in this project. It just stamped so clean and crisp (it's a wood mounted stamp) and it is a perfect sentiment. I also like that the paper pad came with owl patterned papers and I was able to use some owl themed stamp sets I had to coordinate.

Overall I really enjoyed this project. I like that I was able to be crafty, use up supplies, and that these cards will go to hopefully brighten the days of some children who need lots of love and positivity. I'll be writing a small positive sentiment and signing the insides of these as requested by the Cardz for Kidz organization, but make sure to check the guidelines for wherever you may donate - some prefer blank insides, some ask for envelopes with the donations, etc.

Here are some of the supplies I used in this project:

Avery Elle Sentimental Too stamps and dies
Stamps of Life owls2love and moreowls2love
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut happy, hello, thanks
Altenew Painted Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks
Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me
Hero Arts Hooray
Stamps of Life tinytitles2stamp
Hero Arts Messages With Flourish
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals
Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card (used for the stars)
Crafter's Companion Stars
My Favorite Things Stitched Circles
Stampin' Up! Banners Framelits
Spellbinders Curved Square
Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio

Most of my adhesive is my ATG roller and some of the Distress Collage Medium.

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