Sweet View

Dear Friends,

There is something very special about the stamp set “Happy Home.” Its name fits the design. Every card I make with it puts me a happy mind frame, thinking about joyful things, such as playing outdoors, a beautiful view through a window, flying a kite, or sitting on a bench and watching nature.

The idea to add a matching window frame thinlits is fresh and fun. I’ve enjoyed playing with the set immensely.

My card today follows the Paper Craft Crew PCCCS195 sketch. As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew it would be ideal for the window shape. I had fun playing with it.

Happy Home Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s the sketch I followed. Another amazing sketch by the Paper Craft Crew!


I used a few techniques to make the card:

  • For the tree, I used a bunch of different markers. You never know how the finished project will look when you color randomly, and I was happy with how it turned out – it’s hard to make a mistake when you use the same color tones within a picture.
  • For the background, I sponged Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi ink. To control the sponge, squeeze it as you use it, and that will give you control over where the ink lands.
  • The gray ribbon is thick Smokey Slate baker’s twine, with some threads removed, to make a loose bow.

Happy Home Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

After I’m done writing this post, I’m heading outside to take a walk . Even though it’s raining today, being in nature and seeing scenes similar to the card, is good for the soul. Don’t you agree?

Have a happy day. And who knows – maybe after reading this post, you’ll also head outside.


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Happy Home
Paper: Smokey Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP
Ink: Smokey Slate, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, and Markers for the tree scene
Other: Hearth and Home Thinlit Dies, Metallic Sequins

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Adding Personality to Cards

Dear Friends,

One of the cool things about card making is that we can design cards in different styles. Sometimes we want a strikingly beautiful card or a card that makes us laugh. When I’m in an artistic mood I like to make modern looking cards or a funky card fold.  Other times, however, I want a card with some personality. The card below definitely has some personality!


When I first designed it, I didn’t have the dog peeking out the window, so the card was pretty, but had no personality.   I thought — this card needs something extra to give it “oomph.” (Which usually equates to glitter in my book, but not today :)) Then I remembered the little dog in the Beautiful Ride stamp by Stampin’ Up!  Ohhhhhh, that sweet dog.  I carefully rolled up the window shade and put the dog in there, peeking out.  And with that one addition, my card now had a story.

“Missing You” is the perfect sentiment, isn’t it? The dog is waiting in excitement for someone to come home.


The siding on the card is made with strips of Very Vanilla card stock, cut into 1/2 stripes.  I cut the strips a little larger then the card, then trimmed them when done so that strips would all be the exact right width.

Have  fun with this!!!!  Hope you have some time to stamp this weekend.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Happy Home, Beautiful Ride
Paper: Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Regals DSP


Reflection Technique Made Easy

This is the last week of my three-week challenge and I had a surprise for the challenge members. Both other weeks were actually leading up to this week — for the Reflection Technique.  I developed my own method for doing this technique but I didn’t want new stampers to be intimated. So first I got them used to coloring on stamps.  Next I got them used to sponging (they sure made some fine clouds last week).  Finally, when it was time to do the reflection technique, they weren’t intimidated since they already knew all the components to it. I felt sneaky.  It totally made my day.  LOL.

Below is the card used in the challenge.  Click here for a pdf of the dimensions and supplies used.

Pretty neat, no?  I cannot WAIT to see what they come up with.  I know it will blow me away, as all their cards have.

Tips – The top of the card is inked in Marina Mist and the bottom is inked in Soft Sky to give a bit of variation in color.  Also, it is subtle, but I drew small squiggly lines in the water with Pool Party marker.  The water is all covered in Wink of Stella and glistens beautifully in person.



Making Clouds

We are focusing on clouds in my creative challenge so I wanted to make another sample to show everyone.  I also used the technique I taught last week to make the tree colorful.  I am loving these techniques.  The cool thing about trying something new is that the more you do it, the more comfortable you get with it. I’m making cards left and right with these techniques. Such fun!  I bet I’ll be using them a ton long after the challenge ends, too.

To make the card, I combined two stamps in the Happy Home stamp set, which made a scene.  I love love love how they look together.  The bench stamp was a hard one to use on its own since there’s not much going on in that scene.  Add the tree and it becomes a beautiful park scene.

To make the clouds, I sponged both Marina Mist and Soft Sky ink.  (Just be careful not to move the template when using more than one color.)  The grass is sponged in Wild Wasabi.  The tree has many colors in it. I started with Crushed Curry and added reds, pinks, oranges, and purples.


Here are the supplies used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blo

Simple Stamping for this Technique

Okay, so I know I shouldn’t have favorites.  But I sure do love the Cloud Sponging technique. The card below is the one I used for my instruction video that I made for my Creative Challenge, showing how to do this technique. I love that the stamping is so simple!  The design is one stamp.  That’s it.  The rest of the card consists of background, the clouds and the grass.  Yet it looks fab-u-lous because of that background.

You should see the cards that everyone is making for the challenge.  They are breathtaking.  (BTW, if you think this technique knocks your socks off, wait till you see next week’s technique  .  .  .)


I hope you give this technique a try.  It’s fun!  The kite does have some glimmer but it’s not showing up in the picture.  I used my new fav, Wink of Stella.

Here’s a link to the dimensions and supply list: Click Week 2 Supply List.

Watch the video below for information on how to do this technique.


Creative Challenge! Thumping Technique

This is has been a very exciting week.  Sunday marked the first day of my Creative Challenge! My challenge will last for three weeks and we have a facebook site for our members.  Every week I post a video showing a different technique and the challenge members make cards using the technique.

For the first week, I did the Thumping technique.  With this technique, you first color a stamp (using the lightest color) and then thump other colors onto the stamp. Once you have all the colors on the stamp, breath onto it to remoisten the ink and stamp your image.  It creates a BEAUTIFUL effect, one you can’t achieve with just one color.

Here is the card I created for the video:


I purposely kept the design simple so we could focus on the technique.

I have the supply list and dimensions in a file here: Week 1 Supply List

During the week, I’ll be posting more projects I made using this technique.  The neatest thing about the challenge is the friendships it is forming.  I am getting to know so many different women from all over the United States.  And you cannot imagine how sweet they are. I am constantly getting emails and messages.  The women are supporting each other, too.  It’s been the most wonderful experience.