Stamp Ink Paper Challenge – Shake Shake Shake

The most creative endless weeks of Stamp Ink Paper are often the days that get my week started or feeds my creativity.  I don’t make many shaker cards because it’s not my strong suite.  But it doesn’t mean that I won’t try, so I made this for a future #BringingBirthdaysBack card.  Show me one that you have made at the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge.

Join the Stamp Ink Paper challenge and rock this shaker card!

The Details:

  • Use of Framelits to create shaker.  Use a framelit, like a square or a circle that will leave a large opening to give the contents a better view or make it fun to shake shake shake.  I’ve just had a thought (as I type this post), I’m going to try a shaped framelit to make a shaker card….so let me go shake, shake, shake…shake my craft room. LOL
  • Foam Adhesive Strips.  These strips ROCK because they are perfect for shaker cards.  They also give a little bend to create a shape.  I’ll definitely show y’all how to make one this week.

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One Year Anniversary Hop with Stamp Ink Paper!

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge

Hello and welcome to the one year anniversary of the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge! Can you believe that it has already been a year?! We have had so much fun creating the challenges and seeing all of your beautiful work that you share with us in the gallery each week!


To thank you we are going to have three giveaways! All you have to do is enter a card in this week’s challenge! We hope to have some participants from Australia where Carolyn will be suppling the goodies! And the other two winners from this week’s challenge will get some goodies from the rest of us! Everyone has something to add to the prize pack! You can find out what each person is giving by checking out their blog and to make that easier we have a Hop for you!

If you click on the NEXT button and the very bottom of this post you will go to JK Cards and start the hop from there! For our fifty-second challenge we have one of your favorites!! Card Maker’s Choice! You have until Sunday evening at 8:00pm on June 19th to enter your project. Winners announced on Monday, June 20th! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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  • Stamped Rainbow Sprinkles.  I used each of the new In-Colors to make the sprinkled background paper with the sprinkles stamp in the Party With Cake stamp set.
  • Sequin Correction.  At the time of card creation the sequin used were mistaken and they are no longer available via Stampin’ Up!, but if you place an order for any of the items used…I will send you a handful after the order is received.  Just remember DO NOT use the No Contact button or I will not know who placed an order.

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50 is Big News!


The inspiration for my card came from one of my Pals, Brian King after he made a baby card using this stamp set and paper.  The stamp set actually says, “your little baby is BIG NEWS.”

However, my card is for a friend who will be turning the big five-o.  I removed the “your little baby” portion by masking it with clear tape before embossing it with silver embossing powder.  The new Perfect Print Numbers were the perfect size too!

Oh the two little banners on upper left hand side where just left overs from a previous project a long time ago.  I don’t ever throw any paper away.  As you see for yourself… it always comes in handy.

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Sunshine Birthday

Sunshine Birthday

I still can’t get over the beauty of the Blended Bloom regardless of the color Blendabilities you choose. Today, six colors of the Blendabilities are now available to the public AND you can buy them  below.

When I initially saw this paper print I didn’t think I was going to like it. But as with anything Stampin’ Up! it grew on me and as I created this birthday card I knew it would go well with the Blended Bloom… what do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think about it.

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Getting your package was amazing, I don’t think you could have come up with anything better. I loved how each set was packaged separately, and it blew my mind that you included stickers with the names and the coordinating colors. The card you included was lovely. It felt beyond opening a present, it was like opening a party. – Thanks for the fun, Brenda

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Shoebox Card Share

In the craft business there is a term we use called Copy and Share Everything (CASE).  As paper crafters we love it because it’s an honor when someone reproduces our designs and adds a twist to the original design.  Creativity spawns more creativity and it is meant to always be shared.

These cards came from the Shoebox Card Share I organize once a month.  We come together as papercrafters to share what we love and together we develop new skills, make new friends, and share what brings us together… papercrafting.

I believe the only card that is CASE’d below is the one belonging to Joy Cinotto.  I didn’t write down where she saw it when she showed us how to make it, but I know it was a new technique to me.  All the cards are just simply so pretty.  None of these ladies have blogs, so if you’d like to leave them a comment, I will make sure they see it.  Thank you so much.

If you are interesting in attending anytime, wether it’s once or twice you can find the dates we meet here.


Card Share

Card Share

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My Paper Pumpkin

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Bootiful Birthday

A Bootiful Happy Birthday

There are times when I sit at my craft table without a challenge sketch or even an idea of what I’m going to make.  That’s when so much time is wasted and I get only one card done consuming many more hours that I don’t have.  Do you ever feel this way?

However, I found a solution to assist with time management when in creation mode.  At least for me, I have found through trial and error that if I have a sketch handy then it’s not just easier, but less time consuming to put a card together.  So, what I do and what I recommend is that you make simple sketches on a piece of scratch paper or even a notebook small enough to carry in your back pocket, a purse, or a backpack.

Happy Birthday

Lesson Learned: When you’re at a loss for how to add dimension to a flat card choose a stamp that is simple in design and perform a little bit of fussy cutting.  If the image has a pattern inside of it, like the starts on the boot, stamp the image on a different color and fussy cut those too.  Adhere them to the image and you will have instant pop to an otherwise flat image.


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Happy Birthday Star Burst & Blog Candy

Happy Birthday Star BurstOver the weekend I finally took my own advice.  I spend a few hours each day first thing in the morning before anyone woke up in my craft room.  I had a couple projects to work on because they are time sensitive.  Besides discipline is supposed to be my forté right!?  I haven’t been in the military for 24 years for nothing.

When I share my love for paper crafts I often hear, “oh, I’m not crafty”.  Oh boy, those words are music to my ears because I become determined to show them that their definition of not being crafty is not in the standard stampers vocabulary… HA!

Blog Candy for Two Lucky Winners:  Who wants to know what it feels like to receive a handmade card?  I will send you one of my Maggie Made Cards and SIX Happenings Simply Created cards for you to put together and send them to six people on your list.  You will be amazed at how you will make them feel.  So, put your hand down and tell me which stamp set from the Spring Catalog is your favorite.  A winner will be announced on Sat., March 1st.

Card Challenge

An extremely talented fellow demonstrator & friend, Bring King joined the Fab Friday design team and I have decided to enter this weeks card sketch challenge in his honor.  I hope he doesn’t deny my friendship because if he does then I’ll have to send him an envelope full of glitter… LOL.

Happy Birthday Starburst

Lesson to Be Learned: I’m not an expert when it comes to color, heck, I can barely dress myself with my inability to color coordinate. Thank goodness I wear a uniform during the week… LOL.  I do have a secret weapon though… my Color Coach!  It helps me with color coordination without having to “think” about what color will match my card stock.  Our own Designer Series Paper is marked with all the coordinating card stock right on the packaging.

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Fit for a Queen

I've been caught in a whirl wind of travel and visiting family & friends after returning from my deployment.  It took me a week just to reorganize my craft room.  I only had time to post one card over a week ago and I'm back for now.

At the beginning of the year I will begin a monthly shoebox card exchange using Stampin' Up! products for my local guys/gals.  Once that kicks off, I will offer free card classes for hostesses who want to earn free products.

For those of you who submitted a request for a free card kit… they will be the mail by this weekend.  I do apologize for the delay, but I underestimated how busy I would be.  Thank you so much for your patience.

Now let me tell you about this birthday card that I made for a sweet friend of many years.  This is one of those cards where the card itself has become a gift.  A quite quick & easy card to make with a clean & simple twist!


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A Birthday Wish (RemberingYour Birthday)

A Birthday Wish (Remembering Your Birthday)

I know how easy it is to forget somebody's birthday and that is why I believe we should celebrate birthdays for a whole month… agree?  Anyone can send a birthday e-card, but what means the most is sending a handmade birthday card!

Often the card itself is a part of the gift.  Especially when the flowers you put on them make the card jump in 3D.  Now you know, this card is a keeper for years to come and the special day will never be forgotten.

I always try to use the favorite colors of the person I make my cards for.  This way, it will be even more extra special to them.  You tell me, would it be easy to throw away this colorful cheerful card?

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A Birthday Wish (Remembering Your Birthday)

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A Birthday Wish (Remembering Your Birthday)
Paper:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
Inks/Color:  Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
Other:  Basic Pearls
Remembering Your Birthday

Finally, A Day About You!

After I made this card, I got around to thinking that it can be used for a variety of occasions.  A birthday, Mother’s & Father’s Day, Graduation, a little hokey for a wedding, but hey don’t judge… hahaha.  Any other’s you can think of?  I think it’s perfect for any occasion really!

I used my paper-piercing mat and tool to give the card a little subtle face lift… since I did not use the framelit that coordinates with the pattern.  But maybe you can try it and show it to me.  I’d love that!

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Blue Waves Birthday

Today we celebrate not just a birthday, but a bon voyage to those that I have become friends with for the last month.  Every half a year there are new rotations… it’s a never ending cycle, unless you’re one of the lucky one’s and get to stay an entire year.

I’m being sarcastic… LoL.  Seriously, it’s bitter sweet in the deployed life of a service member.  We make friends with those that we met while deployed and we build strong bonds.  Our bonds are sometimes closer than with those we are stationed with back on the motherland.

However, we never say good-bye… we say, “see you on the other side my friend.”

If you’re wondering how I made the butterfly shadow……. keep reading.

Punch out two additional butterflies with the color of your choice.  Cut one in half length wise and the second one width wise.  Then just simply glue them together, so that each side shows some slight color.  Easy Peasy.

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