How to Create Shadow Box Cards – with Video

Do you feel that your gorgeous cards should be displayed rather than hidden in a drawer? We make cards to cheer up people and wouldn’t it be great if they were always out in the open, brightening up everyone’s day? I like to put my favorite cards on my mantle in the living room, but sometimes they fall over. That’s why I wanted to show you how to make a Shadow Box card. Shadow Boxes are great for displaying our cards. They stand up beautifully and have a striking 3-d effect. I also love the depth they give to projects.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

One of the best features of a Shadow Box is their versatility. You can make them any size. In my video, I show how to easily measure the paper so you can make them as wide or as narrow as you like – in any dimension.

Decorating Shadow Box Cards

I had a ball decorating this shadow box. They are particularly fun to decorate because you can have stamped images on both the outside and the inside the box. I do both in the sample above. I decorated the outside (front) of the box with the stamped purple border and the trees glued to the front. The inside of the box is decorated with images I stamped and punched or cut out.

Decorating the outside (front) of the box is optional. If you’re looking for a fast project and don’t want to do the added step, this project is still lovely if there is only decoration in the inside. Especially if you choose to make yours smaller, it may not be necessary to decorate the outside.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Although I punched all the images for the the inside of my Shadow Box, you could easily stamp your images. In my video, I suggest tracing the shape of the framelit onto the cardstock lightly in pencil so you know where to stamp your images. Once you’re done your stamping, use a good quality eraser to remove the pencil markers.

See my video for detailed instructions on how to do this project. If you don’t have time to make it right away, save this post to Pinterest so you can go back later and make this project.

Display your cards:

I hope this post inspires you to display your beauties! Whether you choose to make a shadow box to show your stunning creations, or choose to display your standard cards, please set them out and don’t hide them away! And for the most fun, rotate them around so you they’re always changing and inspiring you in your creativity.

Shadow Box Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Foxy Friends
Paper: Pool Party and Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Other: Fox Builder Punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies

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Cute Boat Birthday Card

Did you know that the stamp set, Swirly Bird, has a boat with it? Me, neither! When the stamp set came out and I saw cards with boats on them, I was thrilled. I bought the stamp for the swirls, but I’ll take the boat and the bird and the kite, and all the other lovely stamps that come with it.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Practice Makes Better

This card may go down as the first masculine card that I made that was EASY for me! Woohoo! I always tell my kids that practice makes better and finally, it’s happened! This image was so cute that I had no problem (finally) making a masculine card that wasn’t too frilly and that looks clean and nice.

What kind of card do you struggle with? Let me know in the comments. If you’re struggling, keep at it! You’ll get better, I promise. Practice really does make better.

Simple Watercoloring

Besides the adorable boat, there are two elements that made this card easier for me create. First, I used watercoloring. I used to be intimidated by watercoloring but now that I’ve done it a few times, I realize it’s not a big deal. It’s just ink and water on paper. However, there’s something about it that makes any card look really neat and put together.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To do the watercoloring, I used Pool Party ink on Shimmery White paper (my favorite paper for watercoloring). I brushed the ink over it, let it dry, and repeated. This, my friend, is the secret to great watercoloring. By doing the process twice, the color gets darker. If you try to make it perfect the first time around, you will get too much water on the paper and you could possibly make a mess. (Nope, this has never happened to me….smile.) By letting the paper dry and doing it again, the color gets much darker without the mess. Simple. Easy. That’s my kind of stamping.

Here’s a video I made on watercoloring that may help you learn some tips and tricks.

Crooked Sentiments

The reason why I love sketches is because it gets my creative juices flowing. I loved that in the sketch below for the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#208), there were several sentiments coming off the side – and some were crooked!

Paper Craft Crew Sketch #208

I know it’s a little thing, but seeing those crooked sentiments makes me smile. I think it makes the card. Every time I stamp crookedly (on purpose — mess ups don’t count) I always LOVE the effect. It gives cards a playful character, even serious cards, which is so much fun.

The best part of this card – now I have a masculine card in my stash, ready to go! Isn’t that a great feeling?

Happy Stamping

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe
Other: Aqua Painters, Linen Thread, Classy Designer Buttons, Metallics Sequins


Bright & Colorful Moroccan Nights

When I was little, some of my closest friends were from Morocco. I loved them because they were the sweetest friends. They would give the shirt off their back to anyone. And if they thought I was wrong about something, they explained why, so I learned to think differently and more broadly. I’m sure it’s because of these childhood friends that I was drawn to the Moroccan Nights set. It was in my first package when the new catty arrived.

Using Bright Colors with Moroccan Nights

My friends adored bright colors. When I saw the large stamp from the set, it screamed “bright.” I took out almost every bright marker I owned to color the circle. It did take me awhile. LOL. But is was worth it! The card is as colorful as I’d pictured it.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to see in the picture, but in the box with the stamp I also lightly stamped with the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge so that the paper didn’t look overly bright. I first dipped it into Smoky Slate ink, stamped off twice, then randomly stamped on the image.

To complete the card, I stamped the images in Basic Gray in random depths under the focal part of the card. I’m thrilled with how it came out since the bright colors remind me of the colors in my friend’s house.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Scenes from Morocco

Even though the Moroccan Nights suite comes with more neutral colors, I invite you to use your creativity and stamp images in colors that you love, or that you imagine are found in Morocco.

I just did a google search and the colors I remembered were SPOT on. Check out these lovely photos of life in Morocco. Now I want to go for a visit!

moroccan vendor


moroccan baskets


morocco street

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Various Bright Colored Markers, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Other: Delicate Doilies, Silver Thread

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Adding Bling to our Lives

After using the Irresistibly Floral paper last week, I couldn’t help myself from using it again! I love being able to create my own custom paper. Have you used it yet? If not, be warned, it is addicting!

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

Letting the Bling In

One of the things I love about stamping is the opportunity to be girly and use some bling. In my real life, I don’t get many opportunities. I dress seriously (I’m wearing almost all black today), my home is practical and elegant (nothing pink or blingy!), and my car is a classy shade of silvery…gray!

If you’re like me, and every part of your life is muted except for your artwork, let’s resolve to change it! I’m bringing the bling into every area of my life.

Do you have ideas on how to do this? If yes, please comment below! Here are some things I’ll be trying:

  • Wearing clothes with more colors I love (light blue, pink, purple. No more buying black!)
  • Buying home accents with bling. A picture frame studded with gems would be ideal!
  • Buying  costume necklaces with sparkle!

What will you do to bring your fun personality to your every day life? I’m so excited to get started. I can just see the smile on my face when I look in the mirror and see the bling!

Irresistibly Floral Paper

Below is the card that has started the revolution. And for good reason! The card uses so many colors that I love. Being able to customize the paper means that I was able to throw any color that I love at it. I used Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo (my absolute favorite color!), and Melon Mambo. And what a great effect! The yellows and pinks made a spectacular result.

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

I made the card by using sponges in the ink colors mentioned above. Sponges are my secret weapon. They are the cheapest tool in the catalog and they create such an amazing effect. Click here to pick up a package.

I loved the background paper and wanted an image that wouldn’t cover it up. I went with the Hello You Thinlits Dies. If you don’t have these thinlits yet, you’ll definitely want to think about getting them. I only got mine a few months ago and I don’t know why I waited so long. I’ve used them so many times. They are large, yet airy looking. They also offer a trendy, chic look to cards. They are a great tool to have on-hand.

For the sentiment, I used silver foil for a blingy effect (we’ve already talked about how much I love bling….)

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

Don’t the colors and the bling make you want to smile?

Let’s put these smiles in our lives every day. If you are reading this post and are like me, and only put these bright colors and sparkle in your artwork, let’s change that starting today! Can’t wait to see the new you.


Supplies Used:

Paper:Irresistibly Floral, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach
Ink: Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits Dies, Rhinestones, Doilies, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Silver Foil Sheets

Love You Lots and Lots

The Love You Lots hostess set so adorable! All the creatures are so cute. The best part of this stamp set, though, is its versatility. It can be used for adults (even men!), kids, or babies. It’s rare for a stamp set to be so incredibly versatile. I appreciate this because it means we get to save money. And we all love to save money.

Since this is a hostess set, it’s an even better deal. If you’re not familiar with hostess sets, it’s a stamp set that you can choose if you host a workshop/party with at least $150 in sales. You can self-host your own party, too, which is how I earned the stamp set. *smile* The stamp set is subsidized and costs only $13 for the wood-mount version and $9 for the clear mount version. I had to guard my stamp set when it arrived because my kids almost made off with it!

Using Love you Lots for a Birthday Card

Below is the first card I made with the stamp set. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I can sometimes struggle with making masculine cards. This card is for my sweet hubby, Tim. I made it in gray and dark colors with only limited pink. Sometimes I can’t resist stamping with my favorite colors, so I just went with it when I felt I needed the pink border. He won’t mind. Really!

Love you Lots stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tim’s birthday is later this month. He is an amazing husband, father, friend and brewer. 🙂 He’s also my greatest supporter. He’s actually the one who encouraged me to join Stampin’ Up! so I could go to convention, which is a dream I’d had for years. He’s encouraged me in this business in so many ways. He’s also there to listen to my latest idea or give advice. I hope he likes the card!

Using a Sketch

Making the card was easy because I used the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew. (PCC#207). If you’d like to play, click on the link and join!

Love you Lots stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For the porcupines, I first inked the stamp in crumb cake using an ink pad. With Garden Green and Rose Red markers, I went over the stem again in the markers. This recolored just the parts of the stamp that I wanted a different color. Cute trick, no?

The washi tape is from the Moroccan Nights suite. It was perfect for this card because the colors helped make the card more masculine.

I used a neutral gray background which helps focus the eye on the porcupines. Here is the sketch I used:


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Love You Lots
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Rose Red, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede (sentiment), Rose Red, and Garden Green
Other: Buttons, Linen Thread, Moroccan Washi Tape, Delicate Doily, Large Dots embossing folder, Rhinestones

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If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code QKPJFVPY.

Love you lots, too 🙂

Making the Jar of Love Glow

Isn’t it awesome when we buy a stamp set that we use again and again and again? If you’re like me and enjoy getting some bang for you buck, check out the Jar of Love collection. These cute jars can be filled with anything! If you’ve seen my previous post, you know that they make great shaker cards, too!

For my card today, I wanted to fill my jar with fireflies. I have great memories of fireflies from my childhood. When I was very small, watching them move through the cool summer nights would fill me with delight. I caught a few in a jar similar to the one below.

Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Making the Jar of Love Glow

My challenge in creating this card was to figure out how to make the fireflies glow in their jar. I went through several sheets of paper and some failed attempts as I tried different inks and accessories, but that’s how we learn, right? I actually love it when that happens since you get to learn from my boo-boos and save some time!

To make the effect shown in the card, I used Whisper White craft ink and a sponge. Gotta love sponges. They are the best bang for you buck since they only cost $3.50 and you can use and reuse them forever. They make such a statement on cards, don’t they?

With your sponge, lightly dip into the white craft ink and then sponge onto dark card stock to form little circles. Keep sponging until the ink is a bit dispersed. It sounds harder than it is. Give this a try on some dark scrap paper so you get the feel for how much ink to pull up from the ink pad, and how to spread it evenly. Such a fun effect, isn’t it?

Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In real life, the card sparkles. The fireflies are colored in with gold Wink of Stella. I also splattered  gold stella onto the card. I brought in more gold with the sentiment embossed onto to the card, gold thread, and gold ribbon.

Isn’t the Jar of Love stamp set versatile? On my team, we’re showing each other the different cards we’ve made with the stamp set. Each card that’s been shared has been so different. It’s fun to see what everyone’s come up with. I hope you give this stamp set a chance. You’ll love it!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Basic Gray
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Jar of Love Framelits, Dapper Denim Ribbon, Gold Ribbon

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If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code QKPJFVPY.

Have a great week!

Shaking up with a Shaker Card

I love to shake things up! Well, maybe not in my life, but definitely with my cards! I adore shaker cards. Do you also love them? I think I love them so much because I have a deep affection for anything that sparkles. Shaker cards can have sparkle. Lots and lots of sparkle. That makes me so happy.

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I was inspired to make shaker cards because Stampin’ Up! now has Foam Adhesive Strips available in its catalog. These strips make creating shaker cards so incredibly easy. You’ll also need Window Sheets. That’s it! No other specialty items needed.

PDF Download for Shaker Cards

Creating shaker cards is not hard. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it. But as I went through the process, I realized there were some steps that needed to be done in a certain order to make sure the project was successful. I therefore created a free pdf you can download that lists each of the steps. Click here to download it.

The video below also takes you through each step of the process. I show you some tips. I also showed you a trick I used when I didn’t have a supply I needed! That happens to all of us sometimes, doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy the video and that you make your own shaker card!

Tips for Creating a Shaker card:

  • When creating a shaker card, one of the most important tips I can share is that you should stamp the front of your card before you put the adhesive strip on the back of card (see video). This will keep your stamping lookin’ great.
  • You can use anything that you can imagine to fill the shaker card. Even candy! Though no one will want to destroy the card to get it out J Other ideas are sequins, glitter, beads, buttons, hardware, dried flowers, little bits of paper. Anything!
  • You may want to make two cards while you’re at it, because you’ll have a hard time giving your shaker card away. Trust me on this one!

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Try making your own Shaker Card!

If you’re interested in winning prizes for stamping, come join my creative challenge. We’re making shaker cards this month. Anyone who makes one will be part of a raffle to win some lovely crafting supplies from moi. Click here to join anytime. You will love it!

Supplies Used:

Stamps and Framelits: Jar of Love, Seaside Shore
Paper: Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, By the Shore DSP
Ink: Versamark, Basic GrayOther: Window Sheets, Foam Adhesive Strips, Silver Sequins, Embossing Buddy

Click here to place an order. I love my customers 🙂 You will get a class tutorial via email, as well as a hand stamped card.

If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code QKPJFVPY.

Happy Stamping!!

My Own Irresistibly Floral Paper

One of my favorite new favorite designer series paper in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is  Irresistibly Floral. It’s such a fun concept. You can use it as-is, which is a beautiful white color with shimmery white designs, or you can color it any way you like.

Crazy About you stamp set by Stampin' Up using Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper

In the card above, the diamond shape pattern came from the Irresistibly Floral paper. I wanted to make a statement while also keeping it simple.

Here’s how the paper looks on its own, without coloring it:


My design process

I was inspired to use the paper because I’m following the Paper Craft Crew design challenge. For this challenge, we’re supposed to use paper in an interesting way. I therefore decided to use the most interesting paper I owned! Click here to follow the Paper Craft Crew sketch.


To start creating my design, I first went onto Pinterest where I’d saved several beautiful color inspiration palettes. To follow me on Pinterest, click here. Below is the palette I decided to use.


After deciding on my palette, I then re-interpreted the colors using the Stampin’ Up! inks that I own. I decided that the colors most resembled Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Tempting Turquoise. I specifically chose a palette with a bright blue since I want to use more Tempting Turquoise. It’s a gorgeous color, but one I rarely reach for when making cards.

Because the of the color palette, my hard work was already done. To put the color on the paper, I used sponges for each of the 4 colors. Starting with the lightest color at the bottom, I worked my way up. I did run into a problem because the Blushing Bride did not show up well. To fix the problem, I simply shaved off the part of the card stock at the bottom that I felt was too light. I did keep a little bit at the very bottom to show some color gradation.

Crazy About you stamp set by Stampin' Up using Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper

What fun! After I was done, I realized I’d made my very own custom piece of designer paper. First time ever!

For the rest of the card, I kept the design simple so that it wouldn’t detract from my lovely paper. I used the Crazy About You stamp set and using Flirty Flamingo, cut out a flower and added a few layers. Not much else was needed.

I hope that you give the Irresistibly Floral paper a try! There are infinite possibilities with it and its such fun to make your own custom paper to match your projects.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Crazy About You
Paper: Irresistibly Floral, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Tempting Turquoise
Other: Metallic Doilies, Silver Thread, Rhinestones

Click here to place an order. I love my customers J You will get a class tutorial via email, as well as a hand stamped card.

If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code QKPJFVPY.

Birthday Blooms is Stunning Watercolored

Do you have the same “problem” as me,  some stamp sets get used and used and yes, used again? Birthday Blooms is a stamp set I reach for again and again. Sometimes I use the large flowers, other times I use just the sentiments in the beautiful fonts. For the card below, I used both!

Later in this post, I’ll be discussing my vacation. But first I want to tell you about the card!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques. I also love to emboss. When you put them together, you have a technique called “Emboss Resist” or “Watercolor Washing.”

Below is a video I made on how to do this technique. It’s striking, isn’t it?

I first embossed the image using versamark ink and white embossing powder. I embossed on Shimmery White cardstock (my favorite for watercoloring. It shimmers, after all! Gotta love it.) I then used my AquaPainter to color in the flower.

  • Crushed Curry for the the center of the flowers
  • Watermelon Wonder for the outer flowers
  • Wild Wasabi for the leaves
  • Soft Sky for the area around the flowers

Here is a close up:

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Isn’t it a fun technique? I chose the yellow Crushed Curry ink for the center because I love the coral color that it turns into when it meets up with the red Watermelon Wonder ink.

The “For You” sentiment is embossed onto vellum with Copper embossing powder. I used vellum so it would have a soft effect and not detract from the flower. You can also see through it to the soft sky ribbon under it.

This effect is gorgeous and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

My Vacation

Last week I went on vacation and unplugged. This was huge for me and it was something I really needed. I stayed in Upstate New York, in the mountains. It was beautiful!!! Here’s a view of the Hudson River. I took the train up from Maryland, and rode alongside the Hudson for two hours. It was a treat!


While on vacation I did a lot of reading. I was lucky because the place where I stayed had a library. It was gorgeous and there were little cozy areas to read throughout the library, along with gorgeous views. I could not focus on my book, I kept gazing outside, at the beauty around me. Can you blame me?


This picture shows some flowers and just one of the gorgeous views.


I did one thing that I’ve wanted to do for months now. Since reading Henna House by Nomi Eve with my book club, I’ve been obsessed with Henna. The book talks about the history of Henna, the meaning of it, and the beauty of it. There was a Henna artist at the spa, so of course I had to book an appointment. I asked her for a meaningful design with swirls. Here’s what she did.


The Henna was the icing on the cake for me. I loved it and I was so thrilled to experience it. The artist explained that the design was for new beginnings, specifically used in India. Every time I glance down at my hand I smile and remember something wonderful about my vacation. It was a great trip and who knows, maybe I’ll make this an annual vacation?

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Shimmery White, Vellum, Soft Sky
Ink: Versmark, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi
Other: Soft Sky Ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder

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If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code QKPJFVPY.


Taking Care of Yourself

I’m doing something BIG. I’m going on vacation for a week and I’m unplugging. I’ll be resting and rejuvenating my mind and body, and most of the time I’ll have no Internet, computers, TV, or phones. I know you’re thinking – why am I doing something so extreme? How will I manage? What will I do with my time? My answer to these questions is “How will I manage if I DON’T take the time to unplug?”


I think it’s important in our busy modern lives to give ourselves a rest. Our eyes get tired, our minds never seems to get a break, and we’re chronically short on sleep.

Receive Encouragement to Take Care of Yourself

A common theme I hear when I chat with stampers is that lots of us aren’t taking care of ourselves. We love to stamp since it’s a great stress reliever, but we’re so busy taking care of everyone else that we put ourselves last. I’m on a quest to change that!

In my stamping newsletter, I have a special feature called “Taking Care of Yourself.” In each newsletter, I suggest a different idea that you can do to take care of yourself. Even little things, like drinking more water, will add up and keep you healthier and more energized.

Subscribe to my  newsletter here. You’ll also receive projects and project sheets that I don’t post anywhere else!

While I’m Away

Since I’ll be unplugged, I won’t be posting to my blog this week. I’ll miss you and our interactions a ton and I already look forward to saying hello when I get back.

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever taken a vacation where you unplugged. How did it go and what were the benefits?

Have a fabulous week!