Compass Challenged

This card was inspired by the color challenge at Stamp Ink Paper (#303).


I substituted Tip Top Taupe for Sahara Sand. I did lots of coloring on stamped images and on DSPs for this card.  I would normally share more… but my two year old son has come down with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. I already made this  card so I thought I’d better post it quick.

Happy stamping!


A Night Downtown

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #50.


I maaaay have taken some liberties in interpreting what shape to use for the circle. Instead of a circle I used a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping around downtown. That seemed like a lot more fun to me!


I stamped the city twice using an old set called Calling All Heroes from Stampin’ Up! One city was placed directly on the background panel and I fussy cut out the other one and popped it up on dimensionals.

The dinosaur is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and is also fussy cut. The dino comes from a set called No Bones About It, also from Stampin’ Up! The sentiment (RAWR) also comes from that set. I used a Post-It to cover up the rest of the sentiment. Luckily I didn’t have to fussy cut the word bubble, there’s a framelit for that! The set is called, logically enough, Word Bubble Framelit Dies.

This would make a great birthday card for a kid… or if your adult friends are anything like mine, they would also enjoy a dinosaur card!


Tip: A Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker works great to darken stamped images if you want them really, really black and don’t mind spenind a little extra effort coloring.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

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Cardstock: Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

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

Stamps: No Bones About It, Calling All Heroes stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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