Here For You

My card today was inspired by a Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #48.


This card will be going on a journey in the mail to a friend of mine that is having a baby some time in the next three weeks. I know how tough that waiting can be in the home stretch and wanted to show my support for her!


To make this card I used Wildflower Designer Series Paper (from Sale-a-bration), the bear from the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, a sentiment from the And Many More stamp set, and one tiny stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set. All of these products are from Stampin’ Up! though all but the tiny dandelion are retired or retiring soon.

Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are amazing! I didn’t have a Chocolate Chip ink pad for my bear, so I had to get creative; I used the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker to add ink to my stamp. Then, since it didn’t stamp very dark, I colored a second layer of ink over the top of it. It worked great and gave the bear a dark, rich color.


I normally love lots of colorful layers and frames around everything, but this card really wanted to be clean and simple. I tried each color around the border, but none of them looked nearly as nice as plain white. I normally have to try extra hard to keep a card clean and simple, but this time it was easy!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends, Balloon Celebrations, And Many More stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

A Cupcake Kind of Day

The layout for this card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches challenge #237.

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I chose a bright happy color scheme, pulled out my Cupcake Builder punch and went to town.


I love washi tape. LOVE IT! With this tall skinny layout, I knew it would be perfect for washi tape, like the Hello Honey striped Washi tape I used here. To be honest, I built this entire card around this one element. This is my thought process while making this particular card (and to be honest is a pretty typical example of how I come up with card ideas).


  1. I like Washi tape! I like THIS washi tape. What other colors do I have that would look good with this washi tape? Yellow and… blue! Yeah, that’s good.
  2. Ooh, this sentiment is the right shape! Okay, it’s cupcake themed, let’s put a cupcake on there. Hey look, those sprinkles look like polka dots! I have polka dot paper!
  3. Man, my polka dot paper has Very Vanilla polka dots and my paper is Whisper White. Oh well, I’ll put it on there anyway. Maybe no one will notice. ūüôĀ
  4. Man, I only have blue on the cupcake, I wish I had some blue on the border somewhere so it would all tie together. ūüôĀ
  5. …20 minutes later… Oh my gosh! I can COLOR the polka dots blue! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! ūüėÄ

Tip: Don’t forget that you can alter your Designer Series Papers to suit your needs by coloring on them! It’s fun and it adds a personalized touch.


Another Tip: If you want to have part of a sentiment on a shape that is punched out, like I did above, it is easier to stamp the sentiment onto the paper first THEN punch it out.

Yet Another Tip: It gives a little added depth to add some diagonal shade lines on punched out shapes. It is also super easy. Just draw little diagonal lines along the bottom and one side. They don’t even have to be straight! I used the same color Stampin’ Write Marker as the paper.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Pool Party, Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Create A Cupcake stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape, Pool Party and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Snow Place Like A Tropical Place

These two cards are in response to two challenges. The first challenge is from The Paper Players.


I went with a “wild” penguin card for the Paper Players’ challenge.


This penguin from the Snow Place stamp set by Stampin’ Up! are far too much fun to use only in the winter. I thought that a wild animal challenge would be the perfect time for this little guy to take a break from the arctic, don a wild Hawaiian shirt, and visit the tropics!

Tip: Make a simple Hawaiian shirt using the bottom of the cupcake from Stampin’ Up!’s Cupcake Builder Punch. Just turn if upside down, trim off the scallops, cut it in half, and fold down the corners for the collar.


He makes me with I was going on vacation, too!

The second challenge came from TGIF Challenges. They selected me as their challenge winner last week, for which I am SO honored. Thanks again! Here is the current challenge:

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I made a tropical d.i.y. designer paper to use for my four panels in this card.


I used a masking technique to create this colorful floral pattern with Botanical Blooms stamps from Stampin’ Up! First, I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry. I stamped additional flowers on a couple¬†of post-it notes. I cut out the post-it note flowers and used them to cover up the one on my paper. Then, I could stamp leaves and background flowers in the background without getting the ink on my foreground flowers.

Tips: Cut through a couple of post-it notes at once to speed up the process of making several masks at once!

I also used the masking technique to give the penguin his sunglasses.

Bonus Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are a great way to do touch ups or fill any white gaps that might have been left behind by your post-it mask.


This card reminded me of some advice from some very wise people. The first is my mom who warns on any construction or craft project, “Measure twice, cut once.” I did not remember this in time… which brings me to Tim Gunn of Project Runway who says, “Make it work!” After trimming one of my four panels too short, I trimmed the¬†one on the opposite side to match. I actually like the asymmetrical look better than when all they were all the same size.

Tip: Turn your mistakes into opportunities to try something different!


Thanks for visiting!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black,¬†Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Snow Place, Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Decorative Label Punch¬†(c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Post-It Notes, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers in¬†Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Basic Grey¬†(c) Stampin’ Up!

Radiating Lions

My amazing Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, Jan V, issued our card club¬†a triple challenge this month! (See the first challenge here.) The second¬†challenge was to find an image in a magazine and make a card inspired by the image or color scheme.

I do most of my reading of articles and things online. The only magazine that actually gets delivered to our house is Healthy Cooking, so this was an interesting challenge indeed!  I found a whimsical waffle advertisement with a primary color scheme and turned it into this bright and cheerful card.


I love how the little red lion noses mimic the color and shape of the strawberries! These were easy to color with the skinny end of a Stampin’ Write Marker.

Mind the Gap! I stamped both layers of this card at the same time so the lions¬†would match up perfectly. When you stamp on two layers of paper, there is a little area where the papers overlap that doesn’t get inked because the papers are at slightly different elevations. This is okay, though, because once a colorful border is added around the stamped layers, you can’t see the gap any more!


Layers and layers! I like to add three dimensional aspects to my cards. The center panel is raised one level with dimensionals and the sentiment and one of the lions are raised yet another level. This adds texture and depth and I think makes a card more interesting.

This is a festive color scheme and card for any occasion. I sent this one to a good friend that is having a baby soon.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Zoo Babies, Perfect Pairings stamp sets¬† (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Real Red Stampin’ Write¬†Marker¬† (c) Stampin’ Up!

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