This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #039!


This challenge comes at the perfect time; my mom is going to be having surgery in two weeks. It’s not an emergency, but is still pretty major. Along with a card, I’m planning lots of meals and pampering.


The layout for this card is based on two equal sized panels set at angles. I added washi tape at the top to make it look like the panels are attached with tape, though they actually have snail adhesive holding them to the card as well.

The back panel is Wildflower Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up and uses one of my favorite color combinations! The front panel is stamped with Botanical Blooms stamps and accented with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.


Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Sweetly Framed (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape,

Father’s Day Sunset

This card was inspired by Stamp Ink Paper challenge #51.


I’ve been hard at work making cards for all the dads in my life. Each dad has the title of “Best Dad” in their own child’s world.


For the sunset challenge, I wanted to try a little different twist: viewing a sunset from outer space!


  1. First, I cut out a circle from a Post-It Note and stuck it down where the sun would be.
  2. Next, I sponged Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy, and Elegant Eggplant in the sky. I worked in from the outer edges of the paper using circular motions.
  3. I sponged a little bit of Crushed Curry on the sun.
  4. I added stars using Whisper White ink and a stamp from the Going Global stamp set from Stampin’ Up! After the initial Big Dipper was stamped, I wiped off the constellation lines. I also stamped off more and more ink as the stars got closer to the sun so they got lighter.
  5. I added some accents, like extra constellations, with white colored pencil.
  6. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner and used the white colored pencil to add some flare marks so it looks like it is sparkling as well.


  1. Using Old Olive ink, I stamped the Earth image from the Going Global stamp set onto a piece of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up!
  2. I cut out the Earth using a circular die.
  3. I sponged shadows on the dark side of the Earth with Tuxedo Black using circular motions.
  4. I added the Earth to my background using dimensionals.

Disclaimer: For all of you astronomy geeks out there, the constellations are not accurate in any way and the relative sizes of the Earth and sun are out of proportion (I know it hurts, sorry). Also, the moon is hidden behind the Earth from this vantage point; I tried adding it in, but it didn’t fit in with the rest of the composition.


Have a stellar day and happy stamping!

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

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Going Global stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circular Dies, Dimensionals, Sponges, White Colored Pencil, Post-It Note


Father’s Day Is Coming

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Challenge #451.


Father’s Day is on it’s way and I’ve been busy at work making cards for all the dad’s in my life. They all have the title of “World’s Best Dad” in the worlds of their own children.


This card is pretty simple to figure out without a lot of directions, so I’ll just leave you with one simple tip: if your stamps don’t stamp dark enough or solid enough, touch them up with markers!


Happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

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

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Going Global stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

Stripes and Cakes

I’ve been having lots of fun drawing on my designer series papers lately. For today’s card I spiced up a Pacific Point striped paper from the Pretty Petals Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up! The Pacific Point color is dark enough that adding Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight stripes doesn’t affect the existing color very much if it overlaps… and where it does overlap to make a little purple, it looks artsy.

I only made a little scrap, but using careful positioning, I was able to cut out six cupcake papers using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up!  That was enough to make two cards. Woo!


In this first card I cut three panels out of white paper and rounded the corner using the Project Life Corner Rounder punch. The size of the panels was 4-3/4”x 1 (plus a hair)”. This reminds me a bit of a shop window.

I added a little HB flag as an accent… but I had the stamp to inky at first and the letters were not visible. Of course I’d already glued everything together, so it was time for a cover up! I stamped and cut another little flag and placed it right over the top of my flubbed first flag with a glue dot. This actually give the flag a little of a three dimensional effect, a positive side effect!


In this second card, the stripes go horizontally, but the cupcakes go vertically! After several different arrangements, I decided to place them in a whimsically wobbly cupcake stack.


The cherries on top of the cupcake are punched out of the leftover scraps of the striped paper and are so much fun! I know cherries aren’t really striped… but cupcakes can’t really stack up like that either. In the world of art anything can happen!



Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Cupcake Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Cupcake Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals




Happy Birthday Little Sunshine

Today’s card was inspired by the Seize the Birthday Challenge: Sunshine Theme!

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I kept this card clean and simple, opting for a wide center panel with a thin border of Basic Black and a strip of Crushed Curry patterned paper from It’s My Birthday Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!


The Little Sunshine stamp (from the Hello stamp set by Stampin’ Up!) was stamped on vellum so the Happy Birthday stamp (from Happy Birthday Everyone) could shine through.

Vellum is clear, so it is sometimes (read: nearly always) difficult to figure out how to stick it to the card without the adhesive being really obvious. In this card, I used two glue dots, placed right at the ends of the straight lines that go through the sentiment. Glue dots work really well for this: they are strong, clear, small, and easy to camouflage under a stamped sentiment or an embellishment of some kind.

This clean and simple card would be a great birthday card for a baby…or really anyone whom you consider your sunshine! This card, or one of a similar layout, would make a great swap. It would be really easy to make multiples.


Tip: I use Staz-On ink when stamping on vellum. It is a very permanent ink that is resistant to smudging and it sticks to everything, including really smooth surfaces like vellum.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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

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

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Hello (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum