All Things Thanks All Around the World

All Things Thanks All Around the World

I am thankful for the crafting community all around the world. Crafty bloggers in particular are so kind, thoughtful, helpful…. and inspiring! Given the same challenge, such as an “All Things Thanks” theme, they will come up with ideas I never would have thought of myself and seeing their projects sparks even more ideas in my mind!

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Botanical Tic Tac Toe

This card was inspired by the Paper Players challenge #297.


I was so excited to do this challenge that I ran down to make a card immediately without stopping to double check ALL the details. The result was that my first card didn’t actually use three of the tic tac toe elements that actually lined up in a row. Oops! I guess the point of a challenge is to inspire, so it definitely worked! With a few slight modifications, such as tracking down a paper clip, I completed the challenge.


Let’s talk about crooked panels for a second. I really wanted a crooked panel as the background for this card, with a nice 90 degree angle at the top. My first instinct was to turn my paper at an angle, glue it on, and cut off the excess. I had the glue poised and ready… and then I realized I was about to waste a whole sheet of 6″ by 6″ paper for a card that isn’t even 4 inches wide.

Don’t make the same mistake I almost made!

It is more economical (and easier, too) to cut the paper the correct width to match the bottom of the card and then create a nice 90 degree angle at the top.

I’m a picture person. I have to see it for it to really have an impact, so in case you are like me, here is a graphic to demonstrate what I’m talking about:


Once I got that figured out, the rest was all pretty simple. Some rectangles, some Botanical Builder dies, some dimensionals to hold it all together.

I did have a lot of fun with Stampin’ Write markers on this project. I drew details, like stripes and dot patterns on my flowers and leaves to add some texture and a little bit of fun. You can see some close ups below. I also colored my designer series paper; it is normally Very Vanilla hexagon patterned and I colored it with Daffodil Delight to coordinate with my flowers.



Thanks for visiting and happy stamping everyone!

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Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper(c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Botanical Builder Dies(c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Paper Clip


A Rose For Your Birthday

You can never have too many roses! I recently posted several of my favorite cards that used Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! created by amazing and inspiring artists, here. Now Rose Garden/ Rose Wonder are the theme for a challenge by What Will You Stamp!

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This is so exciting!

For this card, I wanted to try and create a rose with two tone petals. I started with Calypso Coral and sponged on Melon Mambo ink around the outside, so it gradually changed darker the farther from the center of the paper it got. I also prepared a piece of Wild Wasabi paper with Wild Wasabi ink in the same way.

Next, I used the Rose Garden Thinlit Die to cut out the large rose shape, once in black, once in Calypso Coral/Melon Mambo, and once (just the leaf) in Wild Wasabi. I carefully kept all the little pieces together after cutting the roses.

I covered a piece of paper (slightly larger than the rose image) with solid snail adhesive. I glued the black rose outline to the paper. Then I placed the little pieces of coral and green inside the black outline so they stuck to the snail adhesive. This was actually much quicker and easier than I thought it would be. Yes, it’s a little fussy, but not anywhere near as difficult as I was preparing myself for.

Finally, I cut around the border of the rose, trimming off the excess background paper. I created a simple black and white pattern using the Happy Birthday Everyone stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and attached the rose to it with dimensionals.


The black outline with bright colored petals has a really beautiful stained glass look and I love the way the two-tone petals turned out, though the contrast between the two colors is a little more noticeable in person than it turned out in the photos.

After using the petals from the two toned paper, I was also left with a beautiful two toned rose cutout! Part of what makes these stained glass cards so fun, is that you get two beautiful rose cards out of one piece of paper!


This is quite possibly my favorite card I have ever made. Now I have to wait for someone really special to have a birthday so I can give it to them!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals


B is for Birthday, Z is for Zebra

I am in a birthday kind of mood. There are several birthdays coming up in my family and friend group in the next month, so I’ve had lots and lots of birthday ideas floating around in my head. Since I have been so birthday focused, it seemed like a good time to play along with a Seize the Birthday Challenge. Their theme this week is “Anything Goes”.

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My mom got me into stamping by convincing me to join her card club. We often share stamp sets and trade back and forth, effectively doubling the number of stamp sets we have access to. I recently borrowed the Zoo Babies stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! from her. They are so cute! They are perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and many other occasions. I’ve been using them in all kinds of cards! I decided wanted to do a card that featured a zebra from that set.

Next, card I dug through my Basket of Lost Dreams. What’s that, you ask? It’s a basket (or bucket or box) of papers that were stamped or cut for other projects and never got used. I often stamp multiples trying to choose the best color, or get carried away with builder punches and punch out a whole sheet of balloons when I only really need one. I used to call this my scrap pile, until I learned that Brian King (one of my favorite card artists) also has a bucket of scraps like this, but he calls it his the Bucket of Lost Dreams. What a great idea! I’ll have to send him a nickle…

Anyway, I found several “lost dreams” in black, white, and vellum. These seemed perfect for a zebra’s birthday party! There was even a birthday hat, stamped and ready to go.


I needed a little splash of color to coordinate with the zebra’s birthday hat, so I added a skinny stripe of Watermelon Wonder around the edge. What size makes a “skinny” stripe? I’m so glad you asked.

Recipe for a Perfect Skinny Border:

  1. Card Size (black): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches
  2. Outer Panel (pink): 5 1/4 x 4 inches (or the previous size, minus 1/4 inch)
  3. Inner Panel (white): 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (or the previous size minus 1/8 inch)

There we have it, an Anything Goes, Lost Dreams, Skinny Stripe, Zebra Birthday Bash card!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies, Word Bubble Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals

Vellum Windows

Water color washes and vellum makes for layers and layers of fun!

I originally made this watercolor wash for a background on a different card, but it was too exciting to just sit nicely in the background. There is a lot of contrast to it, and it drew too much attention away from the part of the card that was supposed to be the focal point.  That meant it needed to be its own card.

I also got some vellum recently and wanted to play around with it. Vellum is like paper made out of fog. You can see through it, but it has a cloudiness to it that adds mystery. I thought it would be fun to try making a window you could look through to see all the way to the inside of the card.

For layout ideas, I looked through some old Mojo Monday sketches for ideas. I often look at these (or other card makers galleries) for ideas on layouts I haven’t used before. In this case I found this Mojo Monday sketch and thought I’d give it a try:



Here’s how the card turned out. The balloon on the inside is just peeking over the top of the card’s front in this image.


In this image, you get to see a side view of the card’s front. I used lots of dimensionals to give the layers of this card a lot of lift. The balloon on the inside is my favorite part!


Tips on watercolor washes:

  1. Use actual watercolor paper. It is thicker and it holds up better than even the thickest cardstock when you completely soak it.
  2. Use tape to hold your card flat. Put it on before you do the wash and don’t take it off until after the paper is dry. This keeps it from curling. Painters tape, masking tape, and even washi tape work well; they will peel off the paper without damaging it.
  3. If your paper curls, never fear! Placing it inside a book for awhile will flatten it out again. You just won’t be able to finish your card until tomorrow… or maybe the next day.
  4. Get the entire paper a little wet first.
  5. Add your colors to the water and let the water do the work of blending it.
  6. There are several ways to use your ink pads like watercolors. With Stampin’ Up pads: One is to squeeze the lid of the ink pad while it is closed. When you open it, there will be excess ink on the cover. This is perfect for water coloring!
  7. For starburst-like effects, I added a drop of clear water to my brush and let it fall onto the paper.
  8. Coarse ground sea salt also makes an interesting effect on top of a wash.
  9. There is no wrong way to do a watercolor wash! They all turn out different and beautiful!

Good luck and happy papercrafting!

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Materials Used:

Dies and Punches: Circle dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Papers: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up, Watercolor Paper

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant

Ink: Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay

Other: Paintbrush, Dimensionals