Watermelon Ice Cream

Today’s card was created for TGIF Challenge #63!

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This is such a cute concept for a sketch and I had a lot of fun with it!


Ever since the Foxy Friends stamp set first came out I’ve been wanting to make this little guy! I realized almost immediately that this ice cream cone stamp from the Snow Place stamp set would fit perfectly in those little paws! Finally, the day has come!

The little raccon turned out to be a little fussy to make, but he was well worth it. For example, to get those paws looking like they are holding the ice cream, they have to be fussy cut out and attached to a background. That meant ALL the pieces had to be fussy cut out for consistency (art word: unity). The double layer makes him nice and solid for popping up on dimensionals!

Rewind a bit. Stamping comes before fussy cutting! To stamp the raccoon body I used one layer of smokey slate. To stamp the mask and tail stripes I stamped Smokey Slate three more times for a total of four layers! I wanted it nice and dark. Luckily these are photopolymer stamps, so they are completely clear and stamping an image right on top of another is relatively easy.

Notice how this particular stamp doesn’t have an extra little bump for feet? There is a cute paw print stamp in the set that fits perfectly on here to make it look like the little feet are turned up and facing towards you. I intended to stamp it on here… but I forgot until the little guy was already up on dimentionals! Oh well, next time!


In comparison, the ice cream cone was easy! Stamped with black, colored with Watermelon Wonder and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers, and cut out!

Once I positioned the raccoon where I wanted him to be, I lined lined up my ice cream cone stamp with the one the raccoon is eating and stamped a whole row in Watermelon Wonder. These were colored with lighter versions of the original with Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand markers. I really wanted the primary ice cream cone to stand out. The colors still weren’t quite light enough for the background cones, so I put down a strip of vellum, and voila!

Confession time: I intended to use polka dot Watermelon Wonder paper in the background, but I confused my designer series papers and used Flirty Flamingo instead. I had already glued everything together when I realized. I could have fixed it, but I liked the gradient of pinks it created so I left it. I love happy accidents!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations, Snow Place, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Punch: Fussy Cutting only!

Markers: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, dimensionals


Christmas In July

Today’s card is in response to Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #56!


The designers over at S.I.P. have it right! It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas cards! The closer you get to the actual holiday, the less time there is to do all the shopping, bake all the cookies, trim all the trees, take holiday photos, and, oh yeah, make Christmas Cards.

It can sneak up on you, and by the time you finish all the Christmas tasks, you might find yourself thinking, “It’s Christmas already?”


I made this little deer out using the Fox Builder Punch and the Foxy Friends stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The coordinating stamp set comes with little antler stamps, but real reindeer have HUGE antlers! (I just saw some at the zoo this weekend, so I am an expert on this subject.) I opted to use the Tree Builder Punch to make some slightly larger antlers.

The paper is Stampin’ Up!’s new This Christmas Designer Series Paper. It normally pairs with Very Vanilla, but I chose a piece that didn’t have any so I could put it with crisp, sharp Whisper White. Vanilla gives Christmas cards a more traditional look, while white seems more modern to me.

I finished off the card with a greeting from the Snow Place stamp set. It normally says, “Snow Way! It’s Christmas Already?” I covered up part of the sentiment using Post-It Notes for inking, then removed them for stamping. What a perfect saying for a Christmas in July challenge!


Thanks for visiting! Merry stamping and to all a good night!


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Cardstock: Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: This Christmas Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Snow Place (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Fox Builder Punch, Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Shiny red cardstock, standard size hole punch


Happiness Is Polka Dots and Rainbows

Today’s card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #244!


Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved rainbows. My sisters and I knew which weather conditions and times of day were ripe for rainbows, and if one of us spotted one, we’d alert each other by shouting, “Rainbow! Rainbow!” and running out into the driveway to gawk at it. As we grew up we joked that if we started a band, it would be called “Rainbow Alarm”.

I also love polka dots, though maybe not quite as much as rainbows. If I had to design a designer series paper, it would certainly be a whole stack of papers with different sized polka dots in every color.


This card was incredibly easy to make.I had several words from the Hello You die set from Stampin’ Up! already cut out (I tend to get carried away and cut more than I need) and I had a stack of white ovals already cut out. I made my own ovals in Illustrator and cut them out with the Cricut Explore Air.

All I had to do was add color! And trim the background paper.

To add the color, I sponged Crushed Curry ink onto the middle section of the oval (using circular rubbing motions and starting the sponge off the side of the paper). In the same way I added Watermelon Wonder ink to one side and Island Indigo to the other side, letting them overlap the Crushed Curry.

Add glue and some dimensionals and the card is complete!

So simple, and yet it still makes me as happy as a card that I’ve spent hours laboring over! Maybe even happier!


Happy stamping and thanks for visiting!


Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Smokey Slate


Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air

Time For A Party

Woo! I’m back from vacation! I have missed challenges and posting! So, for today’s card I have a double challenge for you! You can tell I’m excited by all the exclamation points.

The challenges that inspired this card are Global Design Project Challenge #043


and Pals Paper Arts #308!


I have been so excited to use the new Fox Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up! and it works really well with accessories from other stamp sets. In this case I paired it with a party hat from the Sale-a-bration set called Hello, also from Stampin’ Up!


A note about legs. Sadly the punch does not punch out legs for this cute little fox. There is a stamp… but it doesn’t look quite right to me if the legs don’t stick down a little bit from his body, because it flattens out the poor guy and spoils any 3D effect. To fix that, I stamped on a separate piece of paper and fussy cut out the tiny little legs. Now he is ready to be raised up on dimensionals!


I also got to use a new paper from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, though not a piece that actually has pink on it. I love the bold black and white patterns that come in this stack, and have been dying to use them!

I stamped and fussy cut a party hat (from the Hello set). I also tried the party hat from the No Bones About It set… but it was sadly too small, so I had to use a retired stamp instead. Ah well.

Thanks for visiting, I’m glad to be back! Happy stamping!


Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black


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

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Hello stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air


Thanks to an Amazing Sister

I made this card for my sister who recently came to stay at our house for a whole weekend to watch my son and our various pets. They all survived, even my sister!

This card is easy to create, but turns out stunning!

It’s a little difficult to tell, since I was in a rush and had shaky hands when photographing these cards (so sorry, all!) but the white word is actually inlaid in the Blackberry Bliss background. I don’t recommend doing this. It’s not that it is really difficult, but it is so much easier and just as effective to just put the white word right on the background without the fuss of the inlay.


One of the flowers comes with the Hello You thinlit dies and the other comes from the Botanical Builder Dies, both from Stampin’ Up! I cut out several and added a couple here and there until the card seemed full enough and balanced.  I used the squinting technique, patented by Brian King (and if you, dear readers, use it on the following images, they might not look quite so blurry). Brian, I’ve started a jar of nickles for you, because I do this all the time! When I’ve got enough to buy a stamp (the kind you put on an envelope) I’ll send you what I owe!


Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

At the time you read this, I am probably covered in mosquito bites, sunburned to a crisp, and starting to think longingly of air conditioning! See you again soon, dear readers!

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Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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