A Rose For Your Birthday

You can never have too many roses! I recently posted several of my favorite cards that used Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! created by amazing and inspiring artists, here. Now Rose Garden/ Rose Wonder are the theme for a challenge by What Will You Stamp!

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This is so exciting!

For this card, I wanted to try and create a rose with two tone petals. I started with Calypso Coral and sponged on Melon Mambo ink around the outside, so it gradually changed darker the farther from the center of the paper it got. I also prepared a piece of Wild Wasabi paper with Wild Wasabi ink in the same way.

Next, I used the Rose Garden Thinlit Die to cut out the large rose shape, once in black, once in Calypso Coral/Melon Mambo, and once (just the leaf) in Wild Wasabi. I carefully kept all the little pieces together after cutting the roses.

I covered a piece of paper (slightly larger than the rose image) with solid snail adhesive. I glued the black rose outline to the paper. Then I placed the little pieces of coral and green inside the black outline so they stuck to the snail adhesive. This was actually much quicker and easier than I thought it would be. Yes, it’s a little fussy, but not anywhere near as difficult as I was preparing myself for.

Finally, I cut around the border of the rose, trimming off the excess background paper. I created a simple black and white pattern using the Happy Birthday Everyone stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and attached the rose to it with dimensionals.


The black outline with bright colored petals has a really beautiful stained glass look and I love the way the two-tone petals turned out, though the contrast between the two colors is a little more noticeable in person than it turned out in the photos.

After using the petals from the two toned paper, I was also left with a beautiful two toned rose cutout! Part of what makes these stained glass cards so fun, is that you get two beautiful rose cards out of one piece of paper!


This is quite possibly my favorite card I have ever made. Now I have to wait for someone really special to have a birthday so I can give it to them!

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Materials used:

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

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

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals


Polaroid Plane

This card is inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge #300. Woah, congrats on 300 challenges!


I love this layout. It was so easy to come up with ideas, I probably could have made about 10 cards using this layout. Someday I probably will. What a great sketch!

I started out with an exact square with a thin border all the way around it, but once I stamped the plane and started adding color, I realized it needed to be a polaroid shaped frame instead of square.

The plane stamp is from The Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I sponged Pool Party ink to make the sky color. I used Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry Markers to color the body of the plane (these colors look way more vibrant in these photos than they are in real life for some reason). I used a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background stripe is from It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, also from Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment could easily be switched out and this could make a great Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card.


This plane stamp always reminds me of my uncle, who loves planes and loves to visit Oshkosh for the annual plane show, and basically taught me everything I know (and several things I have forgotten) about planes. He has a great t-shirt that has an image of a plane on floats, and another plane similar to the one above. It is captioned, “See plane, buy plane.”

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Cardstock: Light Grey (was wishing for Smoky Slate), Whisper White

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers

Oh Boy!

My card today was inspired by the Global Design Project challenge #035!

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This was a tough one because the only thing I own that is even remotely related to Project Life is the corner rounding punch. This means I had to think a little more outside the box. These extra challenges can be extra fun, and this one certainly was!

I decided to make a standard sized card, but have the layout mimic a Project Life page. The first thing I had to do was math. Lots of math. Math helped me figure out exactly what size to make my miniature project life cards so they would fit perfectly on my card. For those of you who actually use Project Life pockets with cards already pre-cut to the exact right dimensions… I hope you realize how much time and headache you are saving by not having to measure and cut!

If you want to make a card like mine, I’ll spare you the math headache. Here are the panel sizes I used:

Left two panels: 2 and 9/16 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Top and bottom right side panels:  1 and 1/2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.

Center tight side panel: 2 inches tall by 1 and 15/16 inches wide.


Next, I set out to make my miniature panels. I had to have at least one “photograph” so I turned to an old retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Dear Heart. It has these adorable little boy’s faces with all different hairstyles and hats and is super cute. I hand drew some simple bodies for them with the skinny side of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. Then I colored it in using mostly the colors from my chosen color scheme with a couple of accent colors added in.

Scrap heap romance: When I trim my papers, I don’t throw the scraps away right away. (The garbage can is all the way over there…) Once I have a sizable little heap, I pull out any little strips of solid colors (throw away all the white ones) and mix and match them to find new and interesting color schemes that I hadn’t thought of before. Many times those scrap strips can even be used in a card! That’s what happened with the two striped panels in this card!

I had a raindrop patterned Designer Series Paper (from the Wildflower Sale-a-bration pack) that was sitting out on my desk and happened to match one of my color strips. That quickly got incorporated and even gave me the idea for the mini story on this card!

I cropped the corners of everything to make it look even more Project Life-y. The normal Project Life Corner Punch was too big for these mini cards, so instead I used the curved part of the Cupcake Builder Punch (not quite as exact) and rounded out any imperfect corners with a pair of scissors.

Whew! This card took a long time to assemble, but it was so much fun!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower* Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Dear Heart* Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Staz-On Black

Dies and punches: Word Bubble Framelit* Dies, Project Life Corner Punch, Cupcake Builder* Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Hello Honey (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

*These are retired or soon to be retired! I had to work with what I had!

Get the Mojo Flowing

This card design was inspired by Mojo Monday’s Challenge #447.


I get Blank Page Syndrome sometimes. This is similar to writer’s block, but is more inclusive of people who aren’t using words. It occurs when a person, like me, sits down to create something and gets stuck. That blank page, that squeaky clean stamping area, that nothingness staring back at me is very daunting. It makes it hard to get started sometimes.

Once I’m in the groove, I get lots of ideas… more than I can ever actually create. So when I am in the groove, I do future me a favor to help jump start my groove again. Rather than leaving my workspace 100% empty, I try to leave out something to inspire me later. Sometimes it is inkpads that correspond to a color scheme I’d like to try. Other times I leave out a card that I recently made that I am especially proud of. Still other times, I will sketch out an idea on a post-it note and stick it where I will be sure to see it again.

For this card, I knew ahead of time what colors I wanted to use, so I took out all the scraps of designer series paper I had in those colors and left them in a little pile.

Sure enough, when I came back to my stamping area the next time I went, “Ooo!” and got right into card making. Blank Page Syndrome… cured!


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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stacks (c) Stampin’ Up!

Inks: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sea Street Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Circle Dies, Vellum, Dimensionals, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

A Minute Before Midnight

This is a last minute entry for the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #171.


Last minute means only pictures for now, because it is past my bedtime!  I will add witticisms and directions for how to make this card tomorrow when I am more awake!


Tomorrow has arrived! Hooray!

This card is for a “Clean and Simple” challenge, and making a card simpler and cleaner is often a challenge all on it’s own, whether or not you are trying to stick to a certain sketch idea or a particular color scheme. I stuck with a single color for this card: Lost Lagoon from Stampin’ Up!


I tried a new splatter technique I hadn’t used before. To use this technique, you take a Stampin’ Write marker and use the inside of the cap to flick the tip at the paper. This results in several small, dark spatters as opposed to the larger lighter spatters one might achieve by using a paint brush, water, and ink to spatter the paper. I was a little worried that this might damage the marker tip, but it survived completely unscathed. This is definitely a technique I will have to remember for the future when I need a little background texture.


You can really see how dimensionals add layers to this card in the above image.

I didn’t really intend for this card to be a sad card, but I think it could work very well as a sympathy card.

Thanks for visiting!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Lost Lagoon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: And Many More Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!