World’s Best Dad

We all get used to doing something a certain way. We don’t even think about it, we just keep doing it that way because that’s the way we’ve always done it.

On thing I’ve noticed about the world of card making is that when it comes to adding three dimensional elements using dimensionals, the tried and true rule that almost everyone follows almost all the time is: if you have two shapes and one is smaller, the smaller one can pop OUT of the card. This is fine, it adds texture and movement and several other artistically desirable things. The only thing is, we all start doing it by default… automatically without thinking about it.

In this card, I tried to do something different.


If you take a close look at the black square and the world (this is easier in person than looking at a photo) you’ll notice that the black square is the shape that is popped out and the world is behind it, looking out through a circular window.

This reverses the normal order of things, which makes it different and perhaps a little more interesting.

What do you think? What other stamping conventions are out there that you either have or would like to see turned on their heads?

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Materials used:

Stamps: Going Global Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Versa Mark Black

Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up

Designer Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle dies


Jelly Bean Builders

The Balloon Builders set from Stampin’ Up is a lot of fun. There are countless kinds of balloon animals to build and the regular shaped balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch. Additionally there is a hidden Easter Bonus, that I first discovered being used by Carolina Evans. One of the balloon shapes makes PERFECT jelly beans! Jelly beans are perfect for Easter, birthdays, or any festive occasion card. Thanks for the idea!


I am still amazed by the details you get when you stamp these images. They have shading to them, they are shiny… and you get all that from little pixel stamp dots! I’m still surprised that the ink doesn’t clog up all those fine details, but they come out perfect every time!

This card is quick and easy and FUN to make, and would be perfect if you needed to make a whole bunch of cards all the same: Make it for a swap, send it out to all the relatives on Easter, or make party invitations!

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Materials used:

Ink: Melon Mambo, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White, Generic pink (though I was wishing for Melon Mambo… use your imagination!)

Other: Circle die set, yellow ribbon, Polka Dot embossing folder (c) Darice


Quick, Easy, and Cute Dino Valentines

These are simple enough that you can make enough for a whole classroom of kiddos in 2 hours. Here’s how:

  1. Colorful panel: Cut 32 colorful outer panels. An 8.5×11 inch sheet of cardstock makes exactly 8 cards at 4.25×2.25 inches. 4 sheets makes 32 cards total!
  2. White panel: Cut 32 white inner panels. These should be 4×2 inches.
  3. Dinosaur: Stamp a dinosaur on each white panel. I used 4 different dinosaurs, stamped 8 times each, half in one color and half in another color. This gave me a total of 8 different colors (I used blues, greens, and yellows).
  4. Heart Balloon: Stamp a balloon on each card. I used 4 different color balloons (8 of each) and shuffled the cards a bit so different color dinosaurs got paired up with different colored balloons (reds, pinks, purples).
  5. Strings: I used a thin black marker to attach each balloon to the dinosaur. A little figure 8 on each end of the string makes it look like it is tied in a bow.
  6. Sentiment: I stamped a sentiment on the back of each card, but it could also go on the front, if you wish (and have room left).

All that’s left is to have your kiddo sign the cards to their friends!


Materials used:

No Bones About It Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink pads in a 12 different colors (c) Stampin’ Up

Rose Red, Whisper White cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up or near equivalents


Lost Without You

I gave this card to my sister, Angela, for Valentine’s Day, but it could have been for any occasion. I’m lost without her year round!

Angela is my travel buddy. She keeps me from wandering away from the tour group, getting left behind with my nose is in a sketchbook, and forgetting to eat because I’m too busy taking in all the sights. Even when we aren’t traveling, she gives me perspective on life.

My favorite part of this card is the three dimensional, upside down map.


This card was created with:

Going Global Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Dear Heart Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up <– This is a retired set, but it is still available to order on the Stampin’ Up website (as of 2/24/2016). With the thin tipped Basic Black marker I added another arm to each alligator so they could point the way and hold a map, respectively.

Confetti Hearts Border Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Forest Embossing Folder (c) Darice <– This could also be cute with the Softly Falling or World Traveler Embossing Folders (c) Stampin’ Up.

Very Vanilla Cardstock  (c) Stampin’ Up <– Or a near equivalent ivory cardstock.

Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers  (c) Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up


Here is my color palate for this card.

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I’d like to give a special thanks to Marie Shaughnessy from Her color chart is amazingly helpful for translating Stampin’ Up colors to RGB and hex color values for my Bewitching Color Combinations, like the one above. Click the thumbnail below to visit her page.



Snow Place Valentine for Mom

My mom, Lois, is the one who got me started with stamping. She made my graduation invites, and my sisters’ gradutation invites, she made my wedding invites, and the whole family participated in all the associated assembly lines to get all the aforementioned cards completed. I helped out, but I never thought that I could design cards. I was a fine artist, who painted and drew with charcoal; I didn’t do perfectly straight edges and regimented sizes. I didn’t think cards offered the chance to be creative, because there were so many rules.

This summer my mom invited me to go to a Stampin’ Up card class (with demonstrator Jan V, an amazing teacher) where we made a stack of useful cards for all occasions. I was hooked. I joined Jan’s monthly Stamp Club with my mom, my aunt Sue, and several other lovely ladies. It’s a blast!

Life is busy and I have a family now; there isn’t time (or space in my house) to complete grandiose paintings or minutely detailed drawings. Making a card takes the perfect amount of time that I complete an entire little piece of art and clean up after myself all during the span of nap time. And it IS creative. Even though you use the same stamped image on two different cards, each one can be completely unique. No two people ever create the same exact card, even if they have all the same stamps, papers, and inks.

This blog is the perfect place to document the cards I’ve made. So I dedicate this first post to my mom with a Valentine card made just for her.


This card was created with:

Snow Place Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Hearts Border Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

No Bones About It Stamp Set  (c) Stampin’ Up <– I used the spots that go on the dinos’ backs to create the black and white spotted strip.

Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White paper (or approximate equivalents) (c) Stampin’ Up

Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker  (c) Stampin’ Up

Heart Mom (c) Fiskars <– A cute alternate would be Groovy Love (c) Stampin’ Up.

Stampin’ Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up <– I used two for extra pop behind the penguin!

Whisper White and Basic Black Archival Inks (c) Stampin’ Up

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I got the idea to have the penguin popping out of a circle shape from Brian King’s Bear Hug card.  Click the picture to check out his post on how to use dies to nicely trim off animal feet. Thanks for the idea!