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


Dandelion Delight

This card is a submission for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #49.


Dandelions are flowers, too! My two year old son just learned about dandelions this Spring. He gave me my first little bouquet of yellow dandelions about two weeks ago. Squee! Then they started going to seed and we have been blowing on them to make wishes. (I’m sure our neighbors are very happy with us!)

Getting my first dendelion bouquet reminded me of this poem:

A rose can say I Love You,
Orchids can enthrall;
But a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
Oh my, that says it all!

-From Raising Boys, by Roberta I. Teague

So, since I’ve had dandelions on my mind, my flower card became a dandelion card!


All the stamps used in this card came from the set Balloon Celebrations by Stampin’ Up! The dandelion started as a dotted circle, then I added two balloon strings to make the stem. There are two sizes of dandelion seed that I added in small bunches, as if most of the seeds have already blown off. Two seeds are flying away.

The sun in the background is built using the balloon string over and over in a radiating pattern; I drew a dot where I wanted my dandelion seed to go, then connected all the lines to that dot. I added Hello Honey ink using a sponge (is circular rubbing motions) gradually graduating the color so it is lighter in the center.

The dandelion fluff paper is from the Wildflower Designer Series pack from Sale-a-bration.

All the circular shapes are popped up on dimensionals.

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Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations

Ink: Pacific Point, Hello Honey

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Gold ribbon

20,000 Leagues of Missing You

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #037.


I was also inspired by Crystal Komara over at Super Stamp Girl. Go check out her blog! Every card she makes is amazing and it is well worth the visit. She made this gorgeous card for the same GDP challenge:

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I loved how she used mostly Island Indigo to make this beautiful background. I wanted to make a pretty background, too!

That’s about where the CASEing (copy and selectively edit) similarities end, though. Once this card got started, it totally had a mind of it’s own.

I started by sponging Island Indigo ink onto a piece of Mint Macaron paper, using circular motions to apply the ink from the outer corners into the center. As soon as I finished, I realized it looked like I was underwater, looking up. I pulled out the little school of fish stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set, Sea Street. I inked the fish in Tip Top Taupe and stamped them off once or twice before stamping them on the paper. This gives the effect of depth, making some of the fish look farther away.

I made the seaweed using the stamp sets Light Hearted Leaves and No Bones About It, both from Stampin’ Up! I layered these in from the edges, from every direction, so it looked like weeds were growing up all around me.


The Tip Top Taupe color was perfect for creating a parchment look to my sentiment from the Going Global stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Again, I sponged on a little extra ink to give it a distressed look, like an old pirate map. I stamped the sentiment an extra time so I could fussy cut the “Love” banner and pop it up on dimensionals.

I finished the whole thing off with some vellum accent layers behind the sentiment, including one cut from the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, again from Stampin’ Up! It looks just like seaweed!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron

Stamp Sets: Going Global, Sea Street, Lighthearted Leaves, No Bones About It

Ink: Island Indigo, Tip Top Taupe

Dies: Circles Dies, Botanical Builder Dies

Other: Vellum, Dimensionals, Sponge