A CASE for Shawn De Oliveira

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #40.

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Shawn’s card is gorgeous; he put together such beautiful colors and painted them with such rich shading and lovely texture and he tied all of that together in a perfectly balanced asymmetrical layout.

I loved the rich yellow of the flowers in his card, so I decided to focus on that and keeping the same layout. I also added texture, but mine is real rather than painted and stamped. I also chose a natural accent, but chose burlap instead of twine.


I have had Into the Woods Designer Series Paper for awhile now… I have loved it since it first came out, but I didn’t get a chance to purchase it until Christmas, and I haven’t been using a lot of those fall colors since then, so I haven’t used it yet! This sheet was perfect for this card, a bright and cheery Daffodil Delight leaf pattern!



I embossed the inner panel using the Grass Embossing Folder from Darice and sponged just a hint of Daffodil Delight on it to highlight the image.

I added thin outlines of black around each panel to add some contrast. I popped the grassy panel up on dimensionals to give the card a little more depth, and to have space to tuck the burlap ribbon slightly behind it.

The burlap ribbon is held on with glue dots. Those things are miraculous! I haven’t yet come across something that they won’t hold.

This is a great any time card! It could be for either gender and would work for either a joyous, grateful, or solemn occasion.

Thanks for visiting!

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

Paper: Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ Up!

Embossing Folder: Grass Embossing Folder (c) Darice

Other: burlap ribbon, dimensionals, sponge

Happy for Kim VanDiepen’s Inspiration

Today’s card is inspired by Pals Paper Arts challenge #305.


I love the way Island Indigo looks with Pool Party. These same colors could be on a masculine card, a sympathy card, a baby card, or a birthday card!

I had two goals in making this card. One was to use washi tape, because I had to leave it out of my last card. The Second was to use my new Hello You thinlit dies to make two-tone words.


To make two-tone words I had to make two tone paper first. I used whisper white paper and sponged Pool Party ink on the bottom inch or so of the paper, darker at the very bottom and disappearing into white. About three inches above that I started sponging Island Indigo and faded it the opposite direction, so as it got closer to the Pool Party, it got lighter and lighter.

Next, I cut out my words. With the Hello You thinlits, I find it helpful to use a double layer of wax paper between the paper and the die. It keeps the words I cut out nice and smooth, so they don’t pick up little bumps from the holes you use to poke out the paper if it gets stuck in the die.

Finally, I created some long and skinny layers to go beneath my thinlit word. I used a strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, an extra strip of the sponged paper created above, Beach House Washi Tape, and a strip of vellum. I arranged these in a little collage, with the vellum strip on the top so the colors were softened a bit and the thinlit word could be easily read.


Deciding which layers to use and how to arrange them was SO difficult. I love this mini collage look, where there are several layers beneath the focal point and lots of white space around the rest of the card… but I am definitely still learning how to make it work and look good. I ended up with a pile of rejected elements for this card that was larger than the pile of things that actually made it onto the card!

When I got stuck on this particular card, I turned to Kim VanDiepen’s blog at stampinbythesea.com for inspiration. She does an amazing job of adding layers while keeping her cards looking clean and fresh. I love her style! A small dose of her pintrest page had me inspired again, and I was back to the office to bust my creative block and finish up this card! Thanks, Kim!

For those of you who haven’t been to Kim’s blog, here are some of my favorite cards she has made:

(It’s so hard to pick just a few!)

Where do you turn for inspiration when you get stuck?

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

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, Beach House Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Hello, Favorites!

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper challenge #52 and Can You Case It challenge #124.

It just so happens that watercolor is one of my favorite things, so these challenges worked magic together. I got to use my favorite colors of all time, two favorite techniques, and a brand new die set that has jumped right to the top of my favorite stamping tools.

Pardon me in advance for the excessive exclamation points throughout the rest of this post. I just got so excited by these challenges and how this card turned out in the end!


First, my favorite colors: Crushed Curry is the brightest and possibly happiest of of the yellows from Stampin’ Up! It’s strong enough to be used with dark colors without looking wimpy or getting overshadowed. Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo are both in the “teal” family. I’m nuts about teal and have been since I was little. I LOVE teal! From wallpaper, to bridesmaid dresses, to my blog logo, to the shirt I was wearing when I created this card (and about 1/3 of the rest of my wardrobe) I have chosen to surround myself with variations on this color for as long as I can remember. Bermuda Bay is a warm tropical teal that works well with bright colors to create a festive feel. Island Indigo is a twilight sky teal that is rich and bold; it works equally well in jubilant and somber settings.

Second, watercolor! I have loved watercolor ever since I had those coloring books that came with the little palette printed at the bottom of the page; when you added water they became paint that you could use to fill in the pictures. I learned how to do real watercolor in a high school art class. I only started using watercolor to make cards recently… I guess I technically started making all kinds of cards recently! Anyway, I love watercolor effects on cards! This particular effect is called a wash and there are two simple steps:

  1. Get the paper wet. Wherever the outer edge of the water is will be the outer edge of your painted shape.
  2. Add ink to the water on the paper. I use my Stampin’ Up! ink pads, give them a little squeeze while they are closed, then use the excess ink on the inside of the lids. Ink refills are also a great source of inky color.

Okay, three steps. You also have to let it dry. I use a little spare washi tape or masking tape to stick the paper to my table so the water will not make the paper buckle (as much).


Third, layers! I really like adding layers to cards. I especially like thin layers of black, since they make the card looks so bold and exciting! The contrast between the black and the white is incredibly eye catching. It reminds me of comic books, to have every panel outlined in black. These particular black outlines are just 1/16″ all the way around. You don’t need much black to make a big impact!

Fourth, new thinlits! I was so excited to get these in the mail that I immediately ran down to my office to “just cut out one word to see how it looked” and didn’t emerge again until this card was complete. This little thinlit was just so inspiring that I couldn’t wait to create with it! I’ve only had this set two days and it is already my favorite.

In the end, I just LOVE how this card turned out! Imagine that, using all* your favorite things and ending up really liking the card in the end.

*My final favorite thing is washi tape, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it into this card. My next card will have to use washi tape to make up for it.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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

Paper: watercolor paper, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush, water


Complementary Flowers

This card features one of my favorite color schemes! The official art term for this type of color scheme is “complimentary” color scheme, meaning the colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel.

Here’s what this color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

Color Wheel Complimentary Colors

This image comes from color.adobe.com, a great tool for all artists who use color!

See how far apart those colors are? Okay, not exact opposites, but pretty darn close. When colors from far apart on the color wheel are juxtaposed, they create a lot of contrast which can make the elements on a card really pop!

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If you, too, like a lot of contrast, try this color combination!

Lessons learned: I attached my ribbon using snail adhesive, but I didn’t think I needed to cover the entire back of the ribbon with it. It looked fine at first, but the ribbon loosened up just a little bit and it sags just a tiny bit where there wasn’t adhesive. Learn from my mistake and make sure your ribbon is firmly attached!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials used:

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

Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watermelon colored ribbon, pear colored ribbon


The Sky is the Limit, for Dad

The layout for this card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches challenge #240.

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I’ve been hard at working making cards for all the dads in my life, and each of them is the “World’s Best” in the world of their own child. Each dad is amazing in his own way, and each one deserves the title of “World’s Best”.


These stacked panels are each 1 inch wide. The tallest is 5-1/4 inch tall, and each of the following panels gets shorter by 1/2 inch. The black square is 2″x 2″. I stuck to a simple, masculine color scheme with Old Olive as the star.

One of the principals of art is movement, which can either mean something that physically moves, like when a pop-up card opens, or the illusion of movement. In this card, I tried to give the plane movement by placing it slightly out of the black square, rather than putting it right in the middle of the black square, which would have made it feel boxed in. I further added to the sense of movement by adding a white trail behind the plane.

This weeks design sketch also helps add movement! The repeated rectangle shapes and the diagonal lines formed at the tops and bottoms lead your eye in from the left, narrowing down to help the viewer focus on the focal point, which is the airplane.


Happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

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

Paper: Pretty Petals, Going Places Designer Series Paper Stacks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

Markers: Old Olive, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white colored pencil, dimensionals