Cake Party

This card layout was inspired by Mojo Monday challenge #448.


Having remembered earlier this week that it is possible to color on Designer Series Paper to customize it, I decided I wanted to do some more coloring! I chose a paper that I hadn’t used before that was perfect for the occasion.

Recognize it? This is from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! Normally it is Watermelon Wonder with Whisper White cakes on it. I colored all those cute little cakes in with Pool Party, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers. It started as an experiment to see if I liked it… and I definitely did! Now I want to see what other papers I have that would be good for coloring!


You don’t have to color perfectly. Don’t be afraid to try! I definitely did not stay in the lines completely, but the overall effect is so cute that we don’t notice tiny imperfections (or if we do, we are too polite to comment).


I’m sitting outside in the (finally) warm sunshine and these summery colors remind me of cool and tasty tropical drinks.

Have a good weekend and happy stamping everyone!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Create A Cupcake stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up

Here For You

My card today was inspired by a Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #48.


This card will be going on a journey in the mail to a friend of mine that is having a baby some time in the next three weeks. I know how tough that waiting can be in the home stretch and wanted to show my support for her!


To make this card I used Wildflower Designer Series Paper (from Sale-a-bration), the bear from the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set, and one tiny stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set. All of these products are from Stampin’ Up! though all but the tiny dandelion are retired or retiring soon.

Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are amazing! I didn’t have a Chocolate Chip ink pad for my bear, so I had to get creative; I used the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker to add ink to my stamp. Then, since it didn’t stamp very dark, I colored a second layer of ink over the top of it. It worked great and gave the bear a dark, rich color.


I normally love lots of colorful layers and frames around everything, but this card really wanted to be clean and simple. I tried each color around the border, but none of them looked nearly as nice as plain white. I normally have to try extra hard to keep a card clean and simple, but this time it was easy!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends, Balloon Celebrations, And Many More stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

A Cupcake Kind of Day

The layout for this card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches challenge #237.

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I chose a bright happy color scheme, pulled out my Cupcake Builder punch and went to town.


I love washi tape. LOVE IT! With this tall skinny layout, I knew it would be perfect for washi tape, like the Hello Honey striped Washi tape I used here. To be honest, I built this entire card around this one element. This is my thought process while making this particular card (and to be honest is a pretty typical example of how I come up with card ideas).


  1. I like Washi tape! I like THIS washi tape. What other colors do I have that would look good with this washi tape? Yellow and… blue! Yeah, that’s good.
  2. Ooh, this sentiment is the right shape! Okay, it’s cupcake themed, let’s put a cupcake on there. Hey look, those sprinkles look like polka dots! I have polka dot paper!
  3. Man, my polka dot paper has Very Vanilla polka dots and my paper is Whisper White. Oh well, I’ll put it on there anyway. Maybe no one will notice. 🙁
  4. Man, I only have blue on the cupcake, I wish I had some blue on the border somewhere so it would all tie together. 🙁
  5. …20 minutes later… Oh my gosh! I can COLOR the polka dots blue! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! 😀

Tip: Don’t forget that you can alter your Designer Series Papers to suit your needs by coloring on them! It’s fun and it adds a personalized touch.


Another Tip: If you want to have part of a sentiment on a shape that is punched out, like I did above, it is easier to stamp the sentiment onto the paper first THEN punch it out.

Yet Another Tip: It gives a little added depth to add some diagonal shade lines on punched out shapes. It is also super easy. Just draw little diagonal lines along the bottom and one side. They don’t even have to be straight! I used the same color Stampin’ Write Marker as the paper.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Pool Party, Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Create A Cupcake stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape, Pool Party and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Snow Place Like A Tropical Place

These two cards are in response to two challenges. The first challenge is from The Paper Players.


I went with a “wild” penguin card for the Paper Players’ challenge.


This penguin from the Snow Place stamp set by Stampin’ Up! are far too much fun to use only in the winter. I thought that a wild animal challenge would be the perfect time for this little guy to take a break from the arctic, don a wild Hawaiian shirt, and visit the tropics!

Tip: Make a simple Hawaiian shirt using the bottom of the cupcake from Stampin’ Up!’s Cupcake Builder Punch. Just turn if upside down, trim off the scallops, cut it in half, and fold down the corners for the collar.


He makes me with I was going on vacation, too!

The second challenge came from TGIF Challenges. They selected me as their challenge winner last week, for which I am SO honored. Thanks again! Here is the current challenge:

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I made a tropical d.i.y. designer paper to use for my four panels in this card.


I used a masking technique to create this colorful floral pattern with Botanical Blooms stamps from Stampin’ Up! First, I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry. I stamped additional flowers on a couple of post-it notes. I cut out the post-it note flowers and used them to cover up the one on my paper. Then, I could stamp leaves and background flowers in the background without getting the ink on my foreground flowers.

Tips: Cut through a couple of post-it notes at once to speed up the process of making several masks at once!

I also used the masking technique to give the penguin his sunglasses.

Bonus Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are a great way to do touch ups or fill any white gaps that might have been left behind by your post-it mask.


This card reminded me of some advice from some very wise people. The first is my mom who warns on any construction or craft project, “Measure twice, cut once.” I did not remember this in time… which brings me to Tim Gunn of Project Runway who says, “Make it work!” After trimming one of my four panels too short, I trimmed the one on the opposite side to match. I actually like the asymmetrical look better than when all they were all the same size.

Tip: Turn your mistakes into opportunities to try something different!


Thanks for visiting!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Snow Place, Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Post-It Notes, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Basic Grey (c) Stampin’ Up!

Polaroid Plane

This card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #300. Woah, congrats on 300 challenges!


I love this layout. It was so easy to come up with ideas, I probably could have made about 10 cards using this layout. Someday I probably will. What a great sketch!

I started out with an exact square with a thin border all the way around it, but once I stamped the plane and started adding color, I realized it needed to be a polaroid shaped frame instead of square.

The plane stamp is from The Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I sponged Pool Party ink to make the sky color. I used Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Markers to color the body of the plane (these colors look way more vibrant in these photos than they are in real life for some reason). I used a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background stripe is from It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, also from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment could easily be switched out and this could make a great Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card.


This plane stamp always reminds me of my uncle, who loves planes and loves to visit Oshkosh for the annual plane show, and basically taught me everything I know (and several things I have forgotten) about planes. He has a great t-shirt that has an image of a plane on floats, and another plane similar to the one above. It is captioned, “See plane, buy plane.”

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Cardstock: Light Grey (was wishing for Smoky Slate), Whisper White

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers