Poppies: Bold Outlines using the Cricut Explore Air

I love the look of bold flower outlines. Ever since seeing a sneak peek of Stampin’ Up’s Rose Wonder Thinlit Dies on Mary Fish’s blog, Stampin’ Pretty, I literally could not wait to get my hands on this die. I couldn’t even order it yet! While I waited, I decided to make my own image inspired by Rose Wonder, but using a different type of flower.

I am fortunate enough to have access to a couple of really fun art tools: Adobe Illustrator, a drawing tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. I can use these to design my own images and cut them out. They look very similar to die cutouts and gave me the bold outlines I was looking for.

This image works well over a watercolor wash, as in the “Congratulations” card above. I especially like it over bright spring colors, like these ones:

Color Combo 4

I didn’t stop there, though…


I also created this birthday card, by using a layer of Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up under a layer of vellum. The vellum softens the bold design of the paper so the shape of the poppies takes center stage.


Color Combo 3

If you would like to create cards similar to those above and you are lucky enough to have access to a Cricut Explore Air, feel free to use my Poppies image. Just leave me a comment to let me know you used it, so I know it was appreciated! If you post an image of your card somewhere, I’d love to see what you made; please leave a link!

I’ve included the image below, full size. Just save it to your computer, then import it into Cricut’s Design Space. If you don’t know how to import images, there is a great explanation at the Sew Woodsy blog, here.

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The above cards were made using the following materials:

Basic Black Cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up (or an approximate equivalent)

Water color paper

Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up <- I drew with the markers on my clear blocks to get a bit of ink on it, then scooped that up with a paintbrush to do the wash.

Paint brush

Sky is the Limit Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up


Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up

StazOn Black Ink

Adobe Illustrator

Drawing Tablet

Cricut Explore Air

Lost Without You

I gave this card to my sister, Angela, for Valentine’s Day, but it could have been for any occasion. I’m lost without her year round!

Angela is my travel buddy. She keeps me from wandering away from the tour group, getting left behind with my nose is in a sketchbook, and forgetting to eat because I’m too busy taking in all the sights. Even when we aren’t traveling, she gives me perspective on life.

My favorite part of this card is the three dimensional, upside down map.


This card was created with:

Going Global Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Dear Heart Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up <– This is a retired set, but it is still available to order on the Stampin’ Up website (as of 2/24/2016). With the thin tipped Basic Black marker I added another arm to each alligator so they could point the way and hold a map, respectively.

Confetti Hearts Border Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Forest Embossing Folder (c) Darice <– This could also be cute with the Softly Falling or World Traveler Embossing Folders (c) Stampin’ Up.

Very Vanilla Cardstock  (c) Stampin’ Up <– Or a near equivalent ivory cardstock.

Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers  (c) Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up


Here is my color palate for this card.

Color Combo 2

I’d like to give a special thanks to Marie Shaughnessy from www.MarieStamps.com. Her color chart is amazingly helpful for translating Stampin’ Up colors to RGB and hex color values for my Bewitching Color Combinations, like the one above. Click the thumbnail below to visit her page.



Snow Place Valentine for Mom

My mom, Lois, is the one who got me started with stamping. She made my graduation invites, and my sisters’ gradutation invites, she made my wedding invites, and the whole family participated in all the associated assembly lines to get all the aforementioned cards completed. I helped out, but I never thought that I could design cards. I was a fine artist, who painted and drew with charcoal; I didn’t do perfectly straight edges and regimented sizes. I didn’t think cards offered the chance to be creative, because there were so many rules.

This summer my mom invited me to go to a Stampin’ Up card class (with demonstrator Jan V, an amazing teacher) where we made a stack of useful cards for all occasions. I was hooked. I joined Jan’s monthly Stamp Club with my mom, my aunt Sue, and several other lovely ladies. It’s a blast!

Life is busy and I have a family now; there isn’t time (or space in my house) to complete grandiose paintings or minutely detailed drawings. Making a card takes the perfect amount of time that I complete an entire little piece of art and clean up after myself all during the span of nap time. And it IS creative. Even though you use the same stamped image on two different cards, each one can be completely unique. No two people ever create the same exact card, even if they have all the same stamps, papers, and inks.

This blog is the perfect place to document the cards I’ve made. So I dedicate this first post to my mom with a Valentine card made just for her.


This card was created with:

Snow Place Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Hearts Border Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

No Bones About It Stamp Set  (c) Stampin’ Up <– I used the spots that go on the dinos’ backs to create the black and white spotted strip.

Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White paper (or approximate equivalents) (c) Stampin’ Up

Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker  (c) Stampin’ Up

Heart Mom (c) Fiskars <– A cute alternate would be Groovy Love (c) Stampin’ Up.

Stampin’ Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up <– I used two for extra pop behind the penguin!

Whisper White and Basic Black Archival Inks (c) Stampin’ Up

Color Combo 1


I got the idea to have the penguin popping out of a circle shape from Brian King’s Bear Hug card.  Click the picture to check out his post on how to use dies to nicely trim off animal feet. Thanks for the idea!