Category Archives: Techniques

Combining Stamping & Children’s Artwork

If you are a parent, you likely have a good bit of children’s artwork. We certainly do at our house. When opportunities arise I like to use the artwork for gift giving. Today is our sitter’s birthday. For the card from our daughters, I decided to combine a painting that my 3 year old did along with a little but of stamping and some ribbon. Here is the card:



The ribbon is 1/8″ taffeta in marina mist (119257) and I mounted my daughter’s artwork on some marina mist card stock (119682). The card base is whisper white card stock (100730) and my gumball green stampin’ write marker from the 2012-2014 in color collection (126856) was used to ink the stamp. The stamp is part of the Happy You set (122800 wood / 122802 clear) — this set is exclusively available when you shop online and are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards or when you host a live workshop.

Do you find ways to use your children’s artwork? I would love to hear about them!



PS: the remainder of my daughter’s painting is being saved for future cards or it may go on the front of a gift bag as it is perfectly sized for that purpose!

Celebrate…it is a Mojo Monday!

Today’s card has been inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch 224.

Once again, I am giving you the dimensions that I used…if you want to replicate this card you know know precisely the measurements I hated used.

A couple things to know before you take a look at my card…
1. This card features the new Happy You hostess set (122802).
2. It also features two of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors for 2012-2014 and they are Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit (126856 is the In Color marker assortment and 126838 is the assorted pack of 8.5×11 card stock).
3. The printed paper is from the new Floral District Designer Series Paper (126919)…and I love this paper!
4. Today I managed to assemble my entire card before I did any stamping…this does not allow you the option to turn over your paper if the stamped image does not turn out just how you wanted. And a couple times I did not have precisely the effect I wanted so I used the fine tip of my Gumball Green Stampin’ Write Marker to do some touching up.
5. And one last comment before you take a look…using markers to color on your stamped image allows you to stamp only the portion of the design that you would like to and this is a perfect example of a card where only select portions were used at a time. I think this will be self-explanatory as you look at my card but please ask if you have questions!

Here are the pics for you…








Hope you are inspired!


Carry On…Cupcake Style!

Today’s stamping inspiration comes in the form of another card made from the same sneak peek supplies as yesterday…just a little less without the buttons or twine!

In order to get the three strips well centered, I first mounted them to another sheet of card stock. In this photo you can get a glimpse at the reverse side of this Designer Series Paper.

Here are some more photos for you…




Hope you are inspired,


Work in Progress: Assembling a Card

As I sat down to assemble this card, it dawned on me that you might enjoy seeing each piece as I assembled the layers of the card…








And now the finished card…

The Inspired by Nature stamp set (item 111656) is retiring as of May 31…it is definitely one of my favorites!

Until next time,


My Mojo Recipe

As promised, here are the details for the card I made for this week’s Mojo Monday entry.  My “ingredients” were:

  • Sprinked Expressions Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set (clear mount; item #125132)
  • Marina Mist 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (item #120929)
  • Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (item #102977)
  • Card Stock:
  • Crumb Cake (item #120953 / Neutrals Collection item #119707)
  • Marina Mist (item #1119682 / Subtles Collection item # 119704)
  • Perfect Plum (item #101889 / Subtles Collection – see above)
  • Lucky Limeade (item #122926 / complete 2011-2013 In Colors collection item # 119797)

And I must tell you that Monday’s card had a hidden mistake! I decided to add the sentiment to the card and stamped it onto my perfect plum which was already mounted to the card base…take a look at the result:

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

Do you  notice the outline of the stamp itself up above the stars and along the left? Clearly I was a little overzealous with my inking and when I pressed it on the card stock. Rather than start new, I just re-stamped the sentiment on a small piece of Luck Limeade card stock and adhered it over my mistake.  Bottom-line, if you do something you don’t like when making a card see what you can do to remedy it…sometimes that is as simple as turning over a piece of card stock and re-stamping.

Until next time,



This post is has nothing to do with cows or gratuities…it has to do with one of my favorite stamping techniques. Some people might call the technique something else, but I call it tipping.

What exactly do I mean? Take a peek at my post from January 2nd. Do you notice the dark edges around most of my cardstock? That is what I refer to as tipping. To achieve the dark edge, I pulled the edge of my cardstock along my ink pad. Depending on the angle that you use you can get a little or a lot of ink on the edges. Instead of a darker color, you can also use white craft pink which will give a slightly different effect.

I like tipping because it is a quick and easy way to add depth to a project without having to pull out additional supplies. While this is easy to do, be sure to hold your paper carefully to avoid smudging! Sometimes when I’ve gotten a little smudging, I simply “tip” some more to get more ink all around and other times I’ve turned the paper over and started again.

Do you have a favorite technique or perhaps one you’d like to learn? Please leave me a comment and perhaps you’ll see that technique featured in the future!

Happy crafting!