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This Shaker Card Has a SECRET… (Mistakes Happen!)

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IMG_0160The letters cut from the card front were used to decorate the custom-made envelope

This cute shaker card was created on my Brother Scan-n-cut and I liked the result.  However, when I turned it over to put my newly-acquired, personalized stamp on the back – OOPS – ink from my work surface smudged the inside of the card! I was fairly irritated with myself for making this dumb mistake but I was not going to throw away all of my work so…


… strips of the paper used on the card front were glued inside to cover the ink smudge. I actually liked it better that way!

I admit this was not a watershed moment or even the worst mistake I have ever made when creating. However, it caused me to think about the pressure we put on ourselves as artists and crafters; often we are afraid to try new things because we may reveal our imperfections.

The iconic painter, Bob Ross, famously said: “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” Think of mistakes as opportunities to grow and become a better and more confident artist.  Be fearless, try everything and expect to screw-up occasionally!

How do you fix your crafting errors?  I’d love to hear about it so please comment and share below!

Smiling at you,







Author: Craft a Smile!

Welcome! I'm Catherine... My art philosophy: art is about emotions; music and visual art can inspire memories, make us laugh or cry, calm or energize us and make us feel hopeful. Artistic pursuits are therapeutic for the creator but aren't truly complete until shared with others. (Imagine if no one ever heard Beethoven's compositions or saw DaVinci's paintings!) So, let's share crafty goodness and inspire each other to bring a bit of "happy" to ourselves and others. I am a technical writer by trade, a singer and artist by choice and live in a small town in southern New York with my adorable Dachshund, Brando. Please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions or just to shoot the breeze! I'd love to see your creations...

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