July 2015

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This scrapbook page was a page I made for my friend as an example of a traditional scrapbook page using Project Life cards. I didn’t want traditional scrapbookers to feel limited by Project Life’s photo sheets, but rather the card sets could be used on a more traditional page.

Her son had gone to some type of swim park with his friend’s and she had captured the moment with pictures she wanted to place in a scrapbook. I didn’t have any 12×12 SU! new 2015-2017 in-color paper (Watermelon Wonder); so, I took a piece of Very Vanilla 12×12 and adhered the solid side of the new envelope paper to the Very Vanilla base. Hey, it worked. I used Project Life cards to add commentary areas and sentiments. I then wanted a 3D effect. I took baker’s twine and punched out banner shapes from the Project Life cards and adhered them to the twine (some with glue dots others with dimensionals. I used Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party card stock as coordinating colors for the mats.

Summer Fun


One of my friends asked me to make a birthday card for his wife. I asked him what she liked and he responded her favorite colors were white, navy, and gold and she liked geometrical shapes. I began to think how I could incorporate the geometric shapes into the card design. I remembered geometric shapes were a feature of her wedding decorations and they reminded me of diamond, like the jewel, shapes. I did not have a stamp set of geometric diamond shapes, but I knew where I could purchase one . . . at the Duluth Scrapbook Expo.

My friends Cheyenne, Kevin (she is a female with a guy’s name), Robbi, and her friend Cindy attended the expo somewhat together, meaning Cheyenne and I were together and briefly encountered Robbi and Cindy. Kevin attended the Thursday night Make-n-Take (well worth the $$ spent), and she took a scrapbook class with us on Friday.

Anyway, back to the stamp set. I found only TWO out of a center full of stamps, glitter, ribbon, embellishments, dies, etc., etc., etc. . . . . . I went with Pink and Mains geometric stamp set. Here’s a picture and link to Pink and Main website:



I got busy and made a blinged out card for his wife incorporating all of her favorite colors and shapes. I used Whisper White as a base, I used SU! Brushed Gold paper, along with Night of Navy, and glimmer paper while embossing the birthday stamped image and the geometric bling shapes with gold embossing powder. I accented the geometric shapes with diamond rhinestones. I posted two different photos but neither one captures the “bling” effect of the gold paper, gold embossing, and rhinestones. Personally, I was very excited to give the card to my friend. I really think this card turned out awesomely well.


Anisha Bday

Anisha Bday

Supplies: (not pictured – Pink and Main stamp set “Bling”

A really great simple and quick card I made was one where I used cards from the Project Life card set. The set I used is a retired set; therefore, I am going to list a current Project Life card set in the supply list.

This is such a clean and simple/quick card I think it fits this week’s TGIF Card Challenge.  Here is their sketch:


Using the Project Life cards for mats and sentiment holders on a card is a great way to introduce stamping to new customers that might be intimidated by more technically challenging cards. This takes away the guess work of color combinations that work and limits initial supplies to a bare minimum. It’s also a great way to make cards for those crafters that already have a full plate.

All I had to do was cut my base, fold in half, cut down the largest project life card to 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp a sentiment on a coordinating smallest project life card, and adhere all of the cards to the card base. This took all of five minutes, at the most. It will take you longer trying to decide what sentiment to use on the card.

I think this card turned out really well.

Project Life Card


I have an online Facebook Stampin’ Up! workshop with one of my long time friends. She just had her first grandchild this past May, and she wanted to showcase her in a scrapbook page sample. I thought this was a great idea.

The mother loves various shades of purple. I decided to use a 12 x 12 sheet of Elegant Eggplant (the only purple I had on hand). I added some depth and dimension to the base card stock by daubing Blackberry Bliss onto the Elegant Eggplant using one of the masks from Happy Patterns stencils/masks.

The photograph of the mother and daughter was initially a full photograph, BUT somehow a dot of water got on it; therefore, the silhouette of mother and child. I had some Project Life cards from last year’s catalog and found a really cute saying that just fit the page so well. I added another strip of a Project Life card to the bottom to even the edges of the rectangle. I matted the cards and photo onto a piece of Basic Black card stock and placed it onto a mat of Pool Party.

The page is blinged out with clear rhinestones on the Elegant Eggplant (yellow colored ones on the project life card using Blendabilities) and yellow stars from Silver Glimmer paper. The birth statistics are printed onto a piece of pool party and then punched with the small oval punch (not pictured in supply list – oval thinlits should work).

The page is just adorable.


I looking, yet again, through my retired stamp sets and espied Bronco Buster. It made me think of my friend Cheyenne and the cards she makes for her dad’s birthdays. I had looked at the SUO Challenge and TGIF card challenge for this week and felt I could use this card for both challenges.

The SUO Challenge is to use a DSP (Designer Series Paper) as a major part of your card design and TGIF color challenge is . . . . .TGIFC10

I immediately thought of the new Bohemian DSP featured in the SU! 2015-2016 catalog.

I made an initial mat out of Smoky Slate and placed the Bohemian DSP paper on top. I took the Blackberry Bliss ink pad and inked up the Hardwood background stamp, and I stamped the image onto Island Indigo card stock. It look really cool! I then cut out strips and made a frame to border around the cowboy stamped image in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla card stock. I accented the card with a miniature lariat. I think the card is really cute.

SUO and TGIFC10Supplies: not pictured – SU! Bronco Buster and twine


One thing and another has kept me from submitting a regular card challenge to Paper Craft Crew, but this week I’m ahead of schedule. Here is the PCCS151 sketch:


This week I have been drawn toward my retired stamp sets. I found Birthday Banter and it just puts a smile on my face. I love frogs; therefore the frog letting the birthday recipient know at least they we haven’t croaked.

Unlike this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge, it did not take me a long time to make this card. I pulled it together with little effort and a lot of ease. I think you’ll agree it is just adorable.



Update: On the original card there was a lot of negative space in the top right hand corner of the stamped frog image. I added a dragon fly from the SU! retired stamp set Organic Grace. It really made the card pop.

Supplies: not pictured – SU! Organic Grace stamp set, SU! Birthday Banter stamp set, Tempting Turquoise, Watermelon Wonder, and Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers, paper-piercing mat

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I really loved this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The design team’s cards are gorgeous and the gallery has so many awesome cards posted. Here is the sketch for this week:

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I had been feeling as though I didn’t have enough of a selection of stamps to keep my card challenges varied (I’m sure no one out there feels like this – LOL) until I remembered I had a few retired stamps in the cabinet which are out-of-sight and out-of-mind. I chose my color palette of Watermelon Wonder and DSP paper from the Cherry On Top paper stack. I accented the card with Watermelon Wonder ribbon.

You might think this was a quick card for me, but that was not the case. I started out doing just fine. I had first stamped the chicks with the Momento ink and used some Blendabilities but the lightest blue I used was too dark and I couldn’t get it to blend with the color lifter pen. So, I re-stamped the chicks with my Staz-On and used Stampin’ Write Markers along with watercoloring for the background.

Next step, a sentiment. I had a great idea, I thought, I’ll add a die-cut “thanks” at the bottom of the card in Tip Top Taupe. Once I cut it out, it was too wide which required me cutting some of the letters apart and gluing them together with less space in between each letter at the bottom of the card. Ok, it didn’t look great (the word was too large and overwhelmed the card), but I was going to go with it until I . . . . . decided to stamp the chicken feet as a signature at the bottom of the card. Oh good grief, it just looked like a jumbled mess. Then, I had the bright idea of cutting out the thanks, meaning fussy cutting behind all the letters to keep the thanks on the white card stock because I knew I couldn’t pull it off without tearing all the letters (I used the liquid Mono glue – can I get an Amen?). As I’m sitting there cutting the word out, I think, “You know, I could have re-cut this die word at least five times in the time I’ve sat here cutting this word out.”  Hmmm. “Why don’t I just use the word that goes with the chicks?” Hmmm. I did just that and I’m very happy I did. This card looks sooooo much better than the original. I hope you enjoy it and PIN it.


Supplies: not pictured – SU! Best of Cluck stamp set, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers, Aqua Painter, Tip Top Taupe ink

I wanted to complete a Center Step fold technique card this month. I began with a card stock choice of Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder.  I, then, made my cuts and scores and suddenly thought maybe one of the card challenges this week incorporates some of what I was including in the card. I began to browse through the sites of the card challenges I like to submit and low and behold there are my colors with the addition of Night of Navy on the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge!  So, now, I feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone!!! Yippee!! 6a00e54f95df92883401b7c7a76b46970b-800wi

I think the Night of Navy really adds a lot of dimension as a mat choice. As you can see in the card pictures below, there is a border on the vertical mat at the bottom of the card. This was a case of being given an opportunity to embellish. Yes, I made a boo boo. I scored ALL the way across when I should have scored only to the cut line. I’m really bad at watching and reading directions. LOL

I thought a bright birthday theme with a yummy cupcake would be just right for this card; and, as I was putting the card together, I realized I didn’t have to keep my banners within the confines of the white mat. How liberating! I really love this card.

PPA258 front

I took a picture of the side view so the cuts and folds would be showcased as well.

PPA258 sideview

Supplies: not pictured (Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Markers, scallop border punch)

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