You Send Me Soaring, Rochelle Blok

This card was created for TGIF challenge #57.

TGIF MAY 2016 New Challenges-007

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


Botanical Tic Tac Toe

This card was inspired by the Paper Players challenge #297.


I was so excited to do this challenge that I ran down to make a card immediately without stopping to double check ALL the details. The result was that my first card didn’t actually use three of the tic tac toe elements that actually lined up in a row. Oops! I guess the point of a challenge is to inspire, so it definitely worked! With a few slight modifications, such as tracking down a paper clip, I completed the challenge.


Let’s talk about crooked panels for a second. I really wanted a crooked panel as the background for this card, with a nice 90 degree angle at the top. My first instinct was to turn my paper at an angle, glue it on, and cut off the excess. I had the glue poised and ready… and then I realized I was about to waste a whole sheet of 6″ by 6″ paper for a card that isn’t even 4 inches wide.

Don’t make the same mistake I almost made!

It is more economical (and easier, too) to cut the paper the correct width to match the bottom of the card and then create a nice 90 degree angle at the top.

I’m a picture person. I have to see it for it to really have an impact, so in case you are like me, here is a graphic to demonstrate what I’m talking about:


Once I got that figured out, the rest was all pretty simple. Some rectangles, some Botanical Builder dies, some dimensionals to hold it all together.

I did have a lot of fun with Stampin’ Write markers on this project. I drew details, like stripes and dot patterns on my flowers and leaves to add some texture and a little bit of fun. You can see some close ups below. I also colored my designer series paper; it is normally Very Vanilla hexagon patterned and I colored it with Daffodil Delight to coordinate with my flowers.



Thanks for visiting and happy stamping everyone!

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

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

Dies: Botanical Builder Dies(c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Paper Clip


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

Dino-rrific 2nd Birthday

My son turned two this month: my how the time flies!

I tried to make his birthday card as interactive as possible. The front of the card features four flaps with brightly colored dinosaurs hidden underneath.


The inside of the card features a pop up volcano and palm trees- slightly risky that a toddler would rip these off, but I figured the entire card probably wouldn’t last long. I free cut these using scissors. The ground has dinosaur bones stamped on it, like fossils. Finally, there are two dinosaurs that are attached with velcro to their matching fossil.

My son loved playing hide-and-seek with the dinosaurs hiding behind the volcano! They were a big hit!


Happy Memorial Day and have fun stamping!

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Stamp Sets: No Bones About It

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies

Cardstock: Red, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Green

Ink: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Old Olive