Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #53

Well, I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring in some popular card challenges.  I’ve enjoyed following Freshly Made Sketches for a while, now and decided to join in there first.  I love their appreciation for clean design.  Here is this weeks sketch:

I decided to try something new with my paper daisies for this one.  I used my brayer to ink summer starfruit onto them and then primrose petals to stamp the background.  I love that I can customize the daisies to fit my project.  So here is what I came up with:

Go check out Freshly Made Sketches, wish me luck, and……

Get Busy Stampin’!


Stampin’ Up! Ingredients

Stamp It: En Francais

Paper It: Summer Starfruit Card Stock, Primrose Petals Card Stock, Raspberry Ripple Card Stock

Ink It: Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad, Raspberry Ripple Classic Stampin’ Pad!

Embellish It:  Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon3/16′ Metallic Brads, Paper Daisies Accents

Work It: Brayer,  Fancy Fans Folder, SNAIL Adhesive, Tabletop Paper Trimmer

Cards with my Simply Scrappin’ Kit

I had some leftovers from my Simply Scrappin’ Kit so I decided to whip up a few cards.  My scrapbook pages offered the inspiration and the card stock stickers made these 2 cards take a total of 10 minutes to make.  Only 10 minutes to make something cute and meaningful AND save $3.99 on a store bought card?  Count me in!

Now get busy stampin’!


Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Stamp It:  Raining Flowers Clear Mount Set, Petite Pairs Clear Mount Set

Paper It:  Simply Scrappin’ Afternoon Daydream, Whisper White Card Stock

Ink It: Versamark, Primrose Petals Classic Stampin’ Pad

Embellish It:  More Mustard 1/2″ Scallop Dot Ribbon,  Simply Scrappin’ Card Stock Stickers from Afternoon Daydream

Work It: Stampin’ Trimmer,  SNAIL adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch


Paper Pleats!

I am having a ton of fun with paper pleats.   I thought a mailbox would make the perfect card box so I picked up this paper mache one at my local craft store and embellished it  with my favorite Designer Series Paper, Comfort Cafe, and some simple pleats.  It took less than an hour and now I can house my cards in style!  Stay tuned for my perfect pleat tutorial video and some paper ruffles that will be coming soon!

Now get busy stampin’!



Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Paper It:  Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper, Midnight Muse Card Stock, Summer Starfruit Card Stock

Work it:  Simply Scored,  Sticky Strip

I’m loving this easy, yet dreamy little 3D paper bird’s nest!

I just love nature and am just tickled when I see it brought indoors.  Bird’s nests are an adorable way to add a bit of love and nature to your projects and they are oh-so-trendy in crafting right now!  This one is super quick and easy to make.  Wouldn’t it be adorable for an “about to hatch” baby shower?

This is all you need:

1. Your favorite Stampin’ Up! designer series paper.  My current favorite is Comfort Cafe which I used above.

2. Soft suede cardstock

3. Crystal Effects

4. 3 paper mache eggs

To do:


1. Cut your chosen designer series paper into strips.  The size and number of strips will vary depending on the size of the eggs you are using.  My eggs are 2 inches tall, so my strips were 1/2 inch wide and 2 1/4 inch long.  I cut my paper as I went so that I wouldn’t waste any paper.  It took 5 strips, but again it would vary depending on the size of the egg.

2.  Add Crystal Effects to the egg from end to end in the width of one of your strips and begin shaping your paper onto the egg.  You want the paper to be saturated enough with Crystal Effects that it is pliable, but not so wet that it rips.  The paper will not be completely smooth on the egg, but that is okay.  Just   fold, squish, pinch however you need to to form to the shape of the egg.   Continue around the egg with strips until it is covered.

3. If you want to, add a layer of Crystal Effects over the paper/egg for added shine and protection.  I balanced mine on the rim of an old baby bottle to dry, moving it periodically so that it didn’t stick and rip the paper when I moved it.


1. Use your Stampin’ Trimmer to cut 1 sheet of cardstock into 1/4 inch strips.

2. Separate into 4 bunches and scrunch the bunches a little in your hand to wrinkle.

3. Now I wish I had a better explanation for what comes next, but it is a messy nest so the only way I can think to describe it is to haphazardly weave the bunches together to form a nest.

And Voila!

Now get busy stampin’!




I love versatility therefore I love Versamark!

Versamark is my friend!  I am obsessed with using it.  On this little card, I stamped my own background using Versamark and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it texture.  I also love using it without embossing to spruce up cards or scrapbook pages by adding a subtle design to colored card stock.  Check out an example here.  Instead of using a border punch or edgelit to create the decorative strip, I decided to use a repeating punch to get the same effect.

Now get busy stampin’ and don’t forget if you are in the Roseville Ca area this Saturday,  Sept. 15 from 10:00am to 3pm is my Busy Stamper Open House!  Join me to see lots of cute samples, do free make & takes, and win some fabulous door prizes.  1620 Oak Tree Drive.  See you there!



Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Stamp It:  Four Frames, En Francais, Petite Pairs

Paper It:  Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Comfort Cafe        Designer Series Paper

Ink It: Versamark, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse

Embellish It:  Stampin’ Emboss Powder Clear

Work It:  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Trimmer, Decorative Label Punch, SNAIL adhesive