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Cupcake Party and Age Awareness for PPA223 Color Challenge


When I saw the color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts, I thought, Oh no, I already did that color combination two weeks ago.  How am I going to come up with something different, so I don’t repeat myself?  After all, that is part of the criteria.

This week’s color challenge. 10-9

View my previous card here .P1020090

Well, my Dad-in-law’s birthday was coming, so I thought, it can’t hurt to try.  I worked to come up with something using those same colors that didn’t look like Halloween or what I had already created.


I wanted to make sure the Tangelo Twist ink didn’t look too dark, so I stamped it off before stamping the “frosting” from Cupcake Party and the “happy birthday” from Age Awareness.  I did stamp the candles directly onto the Tangelo Twist cardstock using the Tangelo Twist ink, so they would be nice and dark.


I popped everything up with Dimensionals and double popped “happy” just to be different.

Even though the colors are bright, I think it still has a masculine feel because of the grid design from the Flashaback Designer Series Paper, and it does not look like a repeat of my Halloween card (phew).  It wasn’t easy, but I believe I met the criteria for new, and the card is definitely inspired by the PALS color challenge.  Thank you Pals, for making me rethink those colors!

Thanks for stopping by and come back Wednesday to see my next project.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.


Letterpress Winter Snowflake Card – 5th Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


Here is a fun flip card we’ll make for the Hero Hugs event.  I will pre fold the card for speed and accuracy (even I get my folds backwards sometimes).  I am making this with the extra flap like my previous Snowflake card, (see how here), so volunteers will have room to write a nice message.


The card base is Soft Sky and is stamped in Night of Navy and Rose Red ink.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Good Greetings set.  A a hostess can get it free in addition to all the normal perks, with a $300 workshop (or you can just purchase it for $17).  I then punched it with the Modern Label punch, and sponged the edge, so it would stand out more.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Monday to see my next project.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Festival of Trees – 4th Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


This is another easy card for my Hero Hugs event.  I will let stampers choose between some of the trees in the set (Festival of Trees), but the rest of the card will be the same.


This is the filigree version, and I think it is very pretty, but since I don’t know if the cards will go to men or women, I’ll set this tree aside.  Ignore the fact that I didn’t emboss the accent piece with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  I actually made this version first, then decided I wanted a more masculine version (regardless of the Strawberry Slush accent piece) and chose the pine tree, and the embossed stars.  Because the color scheme has a contemporary flair, I don’t think it will offend the men.


I wanted the front of the card design very clean, so I put both sentiment stamps on the same block and stamped them inside.


The cardstock is Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush, and the ink is Strawberry Slush.  I punched the star using the Itty Bitty Accents punch out of Gold Foil Sheets.  The banner for the tree is cut using the Banners Framelit.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Friday to see my next project.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Cheerful Christmas – 3rd Christmas card for Hero Hugs

First, I want to thank the Pals Paper Arts team for “picking” my Octopus card as one of the winners for the PPA 221 Sketch Challenge.  If you missed it, view it here.  I was so excited to see my name on their list!  If you ever need inspiration, visit Pals Paper Arts, and you will see tons of sketch ideas and color schemes, plus see how artists interpret the various challenges.


And now, another simple Hero Hugs Christmas card for your viewing pleasure.  This one uses classic red and green.


I embossed the cardbase with the Filigree Frame embossing folder, and it is a tight fit on the Hero Hugs card, because these cards are .25″ narrower than a standard A2 card (They are sized to fit in a special care package box).  When you use it for your own cards, it will fit just fine.


I used a Sponge Dauber to color the swirls of the embossed image using Real Red ink.  I then stamped the Cheerful Christmas sentiment with Garden Green ink.  I will pre-emboss and ink the red swirls for my volunteers.  Volunteers will stamp the outside and inside sentiments, and then write something nice inside.  If this were a smaller group and we didn’t have 500+  cards to make, I would certainly have the volunteers emboss and ink this themselves.  That isn’t difficult, it just takes time.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my Hero Hugs event is partially sponsored by Thrivent Financial.  If you are a Thrivent member, there is a new benefit that any member can apply for to get up to $250 to use for a service project.  Go to Thrivent.com/actionteam.  It was very easy to apply, and since Hero Hugs is a 501 c (3), my project qualified.  Previously, I paid for all the Hero Hugs supplies myself, so I really appreciate the opportunity to get assistance with the expenses!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back on Monday for a short interruption in Hero Hugs Christmas cards, so I can post my PPA 222 Color Challenge card.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Mingle All The Way – 2nd Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


I am working on the rest of my cards for my Hero Hugs Christmas card making event on October 19th (cards for the deployed men and women in the military).  For this event, I am receiving partial sponsorship from Thrivent Financial, and I’ll share more about that on Friday.  If you missed the first card, view it here.  Because I have both experienced and inexperienced stampers help, I make the cards simple, so everyone can produce an aesthetically appealing card and enjoy the process.  For this card, I chose to make it contemporary and fun.


I taped the Real Red Woven Satin Ribbon to the back of the Back to Black Designer Series Paper (DSP) with plain Scotch tape and then used Fast Fuse to adhere that to the Whisper White card base.  For the event, I will provide Scotch double sided tape, because that’s easier for most, but if you attend, and are experienced with Fast Fuse, I will be happy to let you use that while you are here. We need to use a strong adhesive like Fast Fuze or Scotch double sided tape, so the materials hold together in a variety of climates.  Unfortunatley, this is not the time for the easy to use “Snail” adhesive.


The focal sentiment uses the Mingle All The Way set, stamped in Real Red ink, and I cut the Basic Black mat with the Starburst Framelit.  I will actually use up retired DSP to make most of the cards (see above), before switching to my current stock.  If you still have the retired DSP, you can make this card.  Just use Very Vanilla with the retired DSP, instead of Whisper White.  Other than that, it is made exactly the same.


My next four cards will all focus on the designs I’m having volunteers make for Hero Hugs, so for anyone looking for quick and easy cards, or just cards you can make en masse, without stress, you will appreciate these posts.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Happy Halloween from Paper Pumpkin


Here is my second variation of a Halloween card made with “leftovers” from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  I made six goodie bags, and then used the remaining tags to make six cards (three like above, and three like the previous design).  If you missed the first card, view it here.  The tag pieces gave me an easy focal piece to build around.


I made my own “Designer Series Paper” by stamping the raven image from the included stamps onto Tangelo Twist cardstock.  The tree sticker and twine were included in the kit.


This is just another version of the same card, using the included skull stamp.  I did try tiny Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the eyes of a skull, but it made it look happy, so I pulled them off.  I was definitely going for creepy, rather than cute, with this particular card.

Things to know

Substitutions – If you don’t have Memento ink, there are a ton of stickers included in the kit with the raven, skull, bat and tree.  I just like stamping, so that was my preference.

You say Tomato…  – Tangelo Twist ink is included in the kit, and matches the “orange” in the provided pieces.  I just chose to stamp the sentiment in Tangerine Tango, because I wanted a brighter color.  The previous card was stamped in Tangelo Twist, so you can see the difference.

It’s not what you think – The photo looks like the card frame (On Film framelits) and sentiment piece are white, but they are actually Very Vanilla.  I used Basic Black cardstock to back the frame, and to get a grungier look, I sponged Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto the Very Vanilla pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, visit Stampin’ Bon.    Click Here to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription.

Sea Street for PPA221 Sketch Challenge


When I saw the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge 221, I immediately knew what stamp set and Designer Specialty Paper (DSP) I wanted to use.   I’ve been in love with this octopus from Sea Street since it was introduced, and every time I look at him, he makes me smile.


Here is the sketch by Nicole Watt that inspired my card.   I like this sketch because there is so much you can do with it, as you’ll see from the Gallery.   I saw cards where artists had even just snipped certain parts of DSP and put them in the squares, so this will be a great go-to sketch for everyone.


Cutting a circle into four equal parts isn’t easy, but I have a tip to help.  I measured my base piece, divided that measurement in half, and placed a strip of cardstock at the halfway line where I should rest my circle edge.


After the first cut was done, it was even easier to cut those two pieces in half, because I rested them with the flat edge against the top of my trimmer, and again, rested the edge against my cardstock that indicated the half way mark.


Now, the fact that I didn’t line up Mr. Octopus perfectly on my circle mat is another issue, but really, isn’t an octopus squishy anyway?  Whose to say that my octopus didn’t look lopsided when I spied him through my submarine porthole!  He is adorable regardless.


I originally thought I’d just make a square version, but I do like the round version better for this card.  I think if I’d backed the Real Red DSP square of the octopus in white, so the candy dots stood out better, it would have been an almost even match.

Please don’t ask what type of knot I used.  I just purposely tied something that looked lumpy and nautical.  I untwisted the ends of the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine (only available in the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit) to make them look tattered.  The card colors are Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Night of Navy.

Things to know:

Even though the coordinating color for the DSP is Coastal Cabana, I used Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, because it ends up looking like it matches, as long as it isn’t right next to Coastal Cabana.

The Whisper White octopus background is color washed in Coastal Cabana, using an Aqua Painter.   You really need to use a high quality cardstock like Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White, or you wont be able to spread the ink nicely.  Ask me how I know.

I used the sentiment from Hello Love, a Hostess only set (only a hostess can purchase the set, and it is a discounted price).  Hostesses earn free and discounted products with a qualifying workshop.  Let me know if you’d like to host a workshop for me!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Halloween card with Paper Pumpkin


Here’s a fun card I made using a leftover piece from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, and the included stamps.  Besides the complete materials for the projects in the kit, Stampin’ Up! always provides extra pieces to do your own thing.


Here is a quick view of this month’s kit.


Here is a close up of the goodie bags.


I used a leftover oval tag and stamped it with Tangelo Twist (included in the kit) and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink with the included stamps.  I popped it on top of my card with Dimensionals.

P1020092Inside, I just added a small piece of Very Vanilla for signing, and stamped it in Tangelo Twist with the included stamp.

Dimensional Support – Designer Series Paper is thinner than cardstock, so besides using Dimensionals in the corners, I also placed one in the center and one along the middle of each side.

Go easy on yourself – I adhered a transfer adhesive sheet to Basic Black cardstock before die cutting the Stripe Scallop piece.  That way, I wouldn’t have to apply adhesive to the thin scallps by hand.   If you don’t have the sheets, then use Tombow liquid and just dab in various spots around the edges of the die cut.  It doesn’t have to go everywhere.  Save the punch out pieces of the die for a reverse effect or use for a roof design.

Memento Vs StazOn – When stamping black images, I prefer to use Memento for a nice solid image, especially on the new Photopolymer stamps.  StazOn tends to stick to the polymer stamps, but if you do any water coloring, you must use StazOn.  For anything else, you can use Memento.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.    Click Here to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription,

White Christmas Watercolor


Stampin’ Up!’s White Christmas set is so much fun, giving you a variety of choices to use with the tree setting.  It can be secular or sacred, depending on the images you choose.


I used Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Paper with Aqua Painters and Stampin’ Ink Refills to color my images, after I had stamped and embossed them.  Since it is a watercolor image, you aren’t looking for complete coverage.  It actually looks better with white showing through (unless you are close up – ahem).

Coloring Tip – to make your water coloring dry faster, use rubbing alcohol instead of water, or a combination of both, if you are worried about the wash drying too fast.  Water gives you more blending time.

Adding No Fuss Glimmer  – Use the Two Way Glue Pen wherever you want some “see through” sparkles and shake on Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.    It’s quick and easy, plus it doesn’t cover your design, it just enhances it.  I also added a punched a star in our Silver Glimmer paper, for a solid glimmer design.

Back it up – if your watercolor piece gets very wet, it will warp (like mine).  Where I neatly glued the water color to a hidden mat, it stayed nicely flat, but I did miss a spot near the top, so just make sure you get complete adhesive coverage.  I cut a mat just slightly smaller than my water color paper, so it wouldn’t show.  I placed a piece of scrap paper over the top, and then a heavy book.  After everything was dry and set, I popped the image on top of the Wisteria Wonder card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Snowflake Card – changing things up


The Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Die Thinlet makes a beautiful card, and you can use it just as it cuts, but I wanted to share how you can manipulate the die to make two easy additions.


Flip Flap – I prefer a private area to write a note (because I have horrible hand writing, and it ruins the nice design of the card), so on our flip cards, I extend the card design to achieve a flap that covers the inside sentiment and my personal note.

P1020071To do this, cut cardstock 5 7/16″ X 8 1/2″.  Then slip the edge of the cardstock through the outside edge of the die, as shown above. Run the die through the Big Shot just like you always do.  You will end up with a slight crease where you should fold the card over and it fits right under the “flip” element.


This is how it looks with the extra piece folded up, with the “flip” open.


This is how it looks completely open.  I used the sentiment from Christmas Bliss.


To get a contrasting snowflake, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock about 3 1/2″ square and place it under the snowflake portion of the die.  I chose Soft Sky to complement the Lost Lagoon card.  Once you run it through the Big Shot, snip off the extra pieces that block some of your view of the edges, but be careful not to cut off the pieces that are not yet defined.


Make sure your die is face up for easier placement and turn your die cut piece 1/4″ turn and put back onto the die.  Run it through the Big Shot and you will have a snowflake piece to add to your card.

Bling Bling – I’m making up for Wednesday with extra bling on this card.  I stamped both snowflakes with the coordinating Letterpress stamp set in Encore Silver Metalic ink.  On the front snowflake, I used Iridescant Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I would have a glittery but flatter image, because I wanted to add Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  On the back, I set the ink with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I’d have a lovely image to stand on it’s own.  I didn’t want Rhinestones inside, because they would put dents in the opposing side of the card.

No Fuss Design – I used  one of the smallest rolls from the All Is Calm Washi tape and pressed it to each side of the card, then trimmed the ends with Paper Snips.  Stampin’ Up!’s snips are great for getting a close cut and are easy to maneuver because of their precision size.  This added a touch of designer paper feel, without any work.

Keep it Simple – I didn’t want the whole card embossed, but I like the silver ink contrasting against the Lost Lagoon cardstock, so I heat set the the stamped images I didn’t want to emboss using the Heat Tool.  You can also just wait for the designs to dry, but in a humid climate like Georgia, that could be awhile.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration to change up your own dies.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.