Cool Party Penguin

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday challenge #450.


Recognize that paper? It is It’s My Party Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! with a few modifications. Here’s what it normally looks like:


I learned some interesting things about colors while making this card. I figured that Cucumber Crush could adequately cover the Crushed Curry Balloons, and it did, but the resulting color was very close to Old Olive and not very much like Cucumber Crush at all. Similarly, Elegant Eggplant + Melon Mambo = Rich Razzleberry.

I love how changing the colors completely changes the feel of a paper, even though the pattern is the same. Without the color change, this penguin would have been headed off to his niece’s birthday party. With the new colors, he’s heading instead to a snazzy New Year’s celebration.


This is the first time I tried to use actual string, thread really, instead of drawing or stamping balloon strings. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Put a glue dot on the back of the balloon, just above the neck of the balloon.
  2. Secure the end of the thread on the glue dot, leaving a little bit of a tail.
  3. Wrap the long end of the thread around the balloon neck, secure once again on the glue dot.
  4. Create a small loop so thread is now pointing downward, secure one last time on the glue dot.
  5. For added security, add another glue dot on top of the thread like a glue dot sandwich.
  6. Attach the dimensional that holds the balloon on top of the glue dot sandwich so there is no space for it to wiggle loose.

If all that doesn’t hold it, I don’t know what will.


I used Post-It Notes on the penguin’s neck so the tie would only appear on the white part of the penguin. I love his little tie! I never in a million years would let my husband out of the house wearing this tie… but somehow it looks adorable on this little guy!

Tips for ribbon:

  1. Melt the ends with a lighter so they don’t fray.
  2. Have one piece of ribbon go all the way across the card and tie a second, separate piece around it.
  3. Secure a single knot with glue dots so it doesn’t come untied.

That’s all for today, happy stamping everyone!

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This is a classic “cool” color scheme.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Snow Place Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Elegant Eggplant, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, So Saffron, Old Olive, Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Balloon Bouquet Punch, Snow Friends Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Generic Purple Ribbon, Gold Thread, Vellum

Warm Greetings For You

This card was inspired by TWO challenges. The first is the Global Design Project Challenge #038. The second is TGIF Challenge #58.

I featured some of my favorite things on this card. It makes me so happy to be able to combine so many of them!

  1. Washi tape! It’s so easy to use and completely repositionable in case you are like me and tape it down crooked the first time.
  2. Color your own DSP! This designer series paper is the Wildflower DSP from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration. It is white with black, perfect for coloring.
  3. Intricate thinlit dies! The leafy shape comes from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I haven’t gotten to use it yet… I may have been distracted by the rose images that come in the set prior to now… but that leaf is beautiful too!

Tip: My Rose Garden leaf cutout is cut in half so not a lot of the image is hidden behind the greeting. This effectively stretched out the shape so it is longer looking than normal.


Don’t be afraid to color! This paper is so “sketchy” that if you color outside the lines it looks completely normal. I colored these with the wide end of my Stampin’ Write markers without worrying about staying in the lines in the least… and it looks great! (This is my not-so-humble opinion. If you have a different one, keep it to yourself so I may remain happily delusional.)

In all seriousness, many papers and stamps have a loose artistic quality to them and coloring them loosely actually adds to the unity of the entire card, because the stamps, paper, and coloring are all done in a similar “loose” style.

I think my art teacher is showing.


Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Accessories: Beach House Washi Tape, 2014-2016 In-Color Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

You Send Me Soaring, Rochelle Blok

This card was created for TGIF challenge #57.

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I LOVE this challenge idea! What a great way to spread the love and let people know you loved what they made! I had so many favorites, it was really tough to choose…

I chose to CASE (copy and selectively edit) a card by Rochelle Blok.

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Rochelle made this gorgeous (or should we say handsome) masculine-friendly congratulations card for the make-a-manly-card challenge. I love the stripes, love the layout, love the accents, love everything about this card!

I decided to change up the color scheme to make a girly version for all the female champs out there. Here is my card:


I used this gold trim on a doublet I sewed for my husband’s renaissance costume. It took hundreds of pins and hours of squinting at a sewing machine to get it looking just right. On this card, it took a couple of glue dots and a matter of moments to get it attached perfectly. This is why I paper craft instead of sew. 🙂


Happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Sky Is The Limit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Mint Ribbon, Gold Trim, Bell, Dimensionals


Bold is Beautiful

Today is SO exciting!

First, I was selected as an honorable at the Global Design Project for last week’s challenge. Thank you SO much to the GDP team! There were so many great cards entered from all around the world, I am humbled to have been mentioned!

Second, the new Stampin’ Up catalog begins today! I am picking up my catalog live and in person next week, so I’ve been pouring over the new items on the website. Squee! There are so many cute things!

For today’s card, I am sharing one of the things that I am very glad did not retire. Rose Garden Thinlits are one of my favorites! The image is so bold and beautiful.


I used the stained glass technique to create this image. I’ve described it before, so here are the abbreviated steps:

  1. Cut out one image in black. Save the outline.
  2. Cut out one image in color. Save the itty bitty pieces.
  3. Cover a piece of black background paper completely with snail adhesive. Glue on the outline first, then fill in the itty bitty pieces.
  4. Trim off the edges of the background paper.

In addition to the bold rose image, I also played around with the layers a bit. The polka dot pattern (from the Pretty Petals DSP) is the farthest back layer. The white is raised up on one layer of dimensionals and the rose is raised up another layer.

The bold rose fills up a card so nicely, that a sentiment is not necessary. This means that this card works well for a plethora of occasions!

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

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

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

Other: Dimensionals

World On A String

This card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #302.


Hey wait a minute… were those balloons always those colors? Nope! This is what It’s My Party Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! normally looks like:


I decided that I wanted to experiment with a little bit different color scheme, so I reached for my Stampin’ Write markers to coloring. I changed the Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Whisper White balloons into Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, and Pool Party, respectively.

Dark Over Light: When coloring over colored designer series paper, it works best to color a darker color over a lighter color. It also helps if the color you are covering up is similar in hue to the marker color going over it. The marker ink will be a little translucent, so you want whatever color is shining trough underneath to work well with the marker color on top. For example, it works well to cover Mint Macaron with Bermuda Bay, but it wouldn’t work as well to try and cover it with Tangerine Tango.


After coloring my background paper, I continued on with a balloon and ribbon theme for the rest of the card. The balloon outline and star patterned background come from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set. The sentiment is from the Balloon Builders stamp set. Both sets are by Stampin’ Up!

Masking: To make a star background, stamp an extra balloon image on a Post-It Note, cut it out, and stick it on top of the stamped balloon and sentiment. Then, go to town stamping stars without fear of messing up the sentiment below! For new stampers: this is called the “masking technique”.

Easy Banners: I added banners with hand-cut points on the bottom; no fancy trimmers or punches for me! To make sure the points are even, cut a slit up from the middle of a paper strip, then cut in from the two bottom corners up to the top of the slit. So easy! With all the money you will save on fancy trimmers, you can get more stamps instead! Yippee! I also curled up the ends of my banners to give them a bit of a three dimensional effect.

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Melting Ribbon: I added a generic yellow ribbon. To keep it from fraying on the ends I ran the edge through a lighter flame to melt them slightly.


It’s okay to redo! When I first made this card, the tilted yellow square behind the sentiment and the outer card border were both white. After a weekend up at the cabin I returned home to photograph and post about this card… but first I decided that it needed more color to draw out those brightly colored balloons from the designer series paper!

Card CPR: I used snail to attach these layers together, normally it’s considered a pretty permanent adhesive. However, if you breathe on it as you slowly peel the papers apart, it is possible to separate them again without ripping the papers (even after a whole weekend away). My amazing demonstrator Jan V. calls this “Card CPR”.

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Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Builders, Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pool Party, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Fire, Generic Yellow Ribbon, Plenty of Hot Air