So Thankful – CAS(E) This Sketch $239



I made this card this past weekend and then was sick and didn’t get the post completed so I’m squeaking in at the last minute for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge for this week. I’m having so much fun with Fall themes this year! Here’s the sketch that was my inspiration:


  • It’s funny that I almost didn’t purchase the fall DSP from Stampin’ Up! called Painted Autumn this year. I’m glad I did because I’m loving the way the patterns play off of each other. For this card, I didn’t add any base layers under the DSP, I just let the patterns shine.
  • One of my all time favorite stamps sets is Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!. I just love the illustration of the leaves. I love this leaf particularly (although I have no idea what tree it’s from…Maple?) and stamped it in Early Espresso ink and die cut it with the coordinating framelits.
  • The ‘thankful’ die is by Catherine Pooler and came in one of her Stamps of Approval kits. It’s perfect here in Early Espresso. I die cut two of the word dies and layered them one on top of the other for a bit of added depth.


  • A double looped Linen Twine bow and a single sweet Early Espresso button (retired) finish this clean and simple card.
  • I accidentally pulled out the wrong card stock for this card so it’s Rustic White instead of Vintage Cream, but I think it works better, I believe some ‘accidents’ happen for a reason! 🙂


Thank you so much for stopping by to see my post and I hope you are inspired to check out the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge…they have fun designs to work with, week after week!

Blessings to you!


Card Stock: Rustic White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Painted Autumn by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Early Espresso by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Leaflets Framelits and Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

Embellishments: Linen Thread and Button (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Fall is in the Air – Stamp, Ink, Paper #116 & The Paper Players 362


Saturday was a beautiful day here in Southern California with temperatures in the 70’s and a nice crisp feel in the air. I stopped by the local Home Goods store and picked up some fall decor and did a little decorating around the house which translated in to fall cards as well, lol.

The ‘At Home with You’ stamp set has a darling pot of sunflowers that has been calling to me so I pulled it out and colored it with my Shin-Han alcohol markers. I then die cut it with the coordinating die, popped it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Very Vanilla card base and stamped a sweet sentiment from the ‘One Big Meaning’ stamp set in Early Expresso. This darling pattern from the Painted Autumn DSP is a great compliment to my coloring, and the linen bow the finishing touch!


It’s seems like I’m not the only one feeling “Fallish” – Fall challenges are also in the air this week so I’m playing along with both the Stamp, Ink, Paper Clean and Simple Fall challenge as well as The Paper Players Clean and Simple Harvest Challenge (LOVE their inspiration photo!):


Thank you for stopping by! I’d love to know if you’ve been inspired by the changing seasons too 🙂


Clean and Modern Country for Inspired by All the Little Things

I am thrilled to share some news with you that I’ve been keeping under my hat for a few weeks now. Nance Lempinen-Leedy, design team member for the challenge blog “Inspired by All the Little Things has invited me to be a guest designer for this week’s challenge!! I am SO honored and tickled to be considered and couldn’t say “yes” fast enough!

Doesn’t the name itself “Inspired by All the Little Things” just contour up lots of pleasant images in your head? It sure does for me and when I saw the inspiration photo, I just had to sigh in delight…

Isn’t the inspiration photo wonderful?? I focused first on the Mason jars, then the colors, then the flowers, and then finally saw the wood texture in the background. I took the photo quite literally at first but as I pondered it, my inspiration shifted from what I actually saw to the overall feeling the photo gave me, which was a fresh clean take on country. And not your grandma’s country either but rather, Joanna Gaines’ kinda country!! And this is where that inspiration led me…



  • I picked up the wood texture with my background paper from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I layered it on the card and also covered my envelope flap in it. It looks a lot darker in the photo than it is in real life.
  • I carried with the flowers theme with a tripled layered daisy using the new Daisy Punch. It’s very easy to create – just punch three daisies and adhere them together with glue dots! The large daisy was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for added depth.


  • I loved the vivid blue in the inspiration photo so I chose Pacific Point as my blue. It’s a very vivid hue of blue so I used it sparingly – stamping splatters on the background using the Timeless Textures stamp set and one single retired Pacific Point button as my “wow” factor.
  • Gold on my cards can be tough for me so I again kept it simple with looped Gold Metallic Thread wrapped behind the daisy and a prettily embossed sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. And just the tiniest bit of shine from the gold metallic thread wrapped through the button hole!


And there you have it, my clean and modern take on a country inspiration. I can see this as the foundation for my dream kitchen…lots of light, bright white cabinets with the wood floors, a big white country table set for breakfast with a big white milk pitcher filled with white daisies…yes, all that from a card, lol.

And I can’t wait to see how the inspiration photo inspires you!!

I hope you are inspired to check out this amazing challenge blog “Inspired by All the Little Things” and visit each of the very talented designers and then I hope to see you in the gallery as well! There is also a short bio on me if you care to take a peek!



Pretty Poppies Healing Wishes – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #15

Good Morning! It’s Thursday and that means a new challenge from the Tic Tac Toe design team! This week’s board was designed by Rosanne Mulhern, one of my favorite clean and simple designers!

There are so many fun options to choose from that I couldn’t make a decision, so…I tried to use them all! I managed all but two – baby and embossing:



  • I don’t have any measurements today other than the standard card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″. The other layers were created using a die.


  • I loved the idea of monochromatic and yellow is one of my favorite colors I dug around in my stash until I found this bright and cheery 12″ x 12″ pattern from Echo Park. I love that the scale of the design works for both scrapbooking and card making.
  • The Mama Elephant Femme Frames die set is a staple in my stash. It creates the lovely scalloped edge on the bottom layer and a pretty stitched edge on the top layer…and best of all…no measuring! It’s done for you!


  • This stamp set, Pretty Poppies, was on the clearance rack over at MFT Stamps so I scooped it up for a steal! My Lemon Tart ink pad from PTI was a close match to the yellow in the paper and it has a matching ribbon! I had to stamp the poppies about 5 times to get the depth of color I wanted and then I applied Wink of Stella liberally. The stems and sentiment were stamped in Smokey Shadow ink. It’s a dark grey, but not quite black, for a softer feel.
  • This sweet mixed font sentiment is from the Inside & Out: Healing Touch stamp set by PTI. I set it off wish Lemon Tart satin ribbon and Lemon Meringue sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


  • Love the inside sentiment as well and isn’t the border too cute?? It’s a border stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps…a craft show discovery!

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my project for the Tic Tac Toe design team this week and please stop by to see what the rest of the design team has for you! I hope you are inspired to play along!


Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Hello Summer “Banners” by Echo Park

Ink: Lemon Tart and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink

Stamps:  Pretty Poppies by MFT Stamps; Inside & Out: Healing Touch by Papertrey Ink; and Freehand Border large by Rubbernecker Stamps

Dies:  Femme Frames by Mama Elephant; Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot; MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Lemon Tart 1/2″ Satin Ribbon by Papertrey Ink; Lemon Meringue Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and Wink of Stella

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Wishing You a Day of Love and Happy Memories


Good morning and welcome to another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! This is my week off but my niece requested a wedding card so I thought “why not?!” Happy to have an excuse to make a card, lol!

This is the challenge board this week. I chose the bottom left to top right diagonal, gold, embellishment and celebrate:

Now, if you read my last post, I used a layout that I thought could be very versatile simply by changing the paper up…I think this card proves that point!! You may notice I have used some products that are not Stampin’ Up!, but I’m sure you can easily find something in your stash to recreate the general design!


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink
  • Next layer 4″ x 5 1/4″ Sweet Blush by Papertrey Ink
  • Next layer 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink
  • Top layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Left 1 1/2″ x 5″
    • Top Right 2 1/4″ x 3″
    • Bottom Right 2 1/4″ x 2″
  • Sentiment Base 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Sentiment Middle 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Sentiment Top 3″ x 3″


  • I’m going to share a secret…the words “pink” and “gold” together in relation to a card evoke a primal fear response in me. I know, but they do.  But when I saw this pattern paper with the grey undertone to compliment the pink and the gold, I thought “I can do THAT”. So I bought it! I chose the grey paper with the shiny gold letters as the main pattern with one floral and one simple repeat pattern to compliment it.


  • On my previous card I stamped the sentiment repeatedly on the popped up panel but for this card and this sweet sentiment, I visualized it on a banner, in grey to compliment the pattern paper, and embossed in gold to really bring that element out. So…I pulled out a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Stamps and set to embossing a banner! Next, I pulled out a stamp set I JUST added to my stash last month from Concord and 9th called “Hope”. It has these lovely blooms in the set which I stamped in Sweet Blush and Pale Peony with Prairie Grass and Olive Twist leaves, colors by Papertrey Ink. Look at the floral pattern paper, don’t you think the inks match perfectly? Squeee…..
  • The flower centers were stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Stampin’ Up! gold embossing powder.


  • I added a length of pink fiber from my Making Memories stash along the vertical seam line and the looped Stampin’ Up!’s Gold Metallic Thread around the back of the raised panel to add more of the gold element. I also added two of Stampin’ Up’s Gold Faceted Gems to the bottom right and top left of the corner to provide balance (and more bling!)


  • I used more of the pretty floral pattern on the inside of the card and then stamped the bloom again in Sweet Blush with Pale Peony Accents and then stamped this lovely sentiment from Stampin’ Up’s Beautiful Bouquet in Smokey Shadow ink. I’m so pleased with how this turned out!

I hope you will take a minute to view the inspiration from the Tic Tac Toe design team for this week’s challenge and perhaps even play along!!

Blessings to you!


Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White, Sweet Blush, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Heart of Home by Jen Hadfield

Ink: Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Prairie Grass, Olive Twist and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink

Stamps:  Fancy Sayings by Clearly Besotted; Hope by Concord & 9th; Beautiful Bouquet by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Pierced Fishtail Flags by MFT Stamps; Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder by Stampin’ Up!; MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Fibers by Making Memories; Gold Faceted Gems and Gold Metallic Thread by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Urban Underground Birthday Wishes


We finally celebrated my son’s 29th birthday so I can share his birthday card with you all. 29. Not a child anymore by any means so I wanted his card to reflect who I think he is right now…and I thought this Urban Underground Designer Series Paper, though retired, perfect for him!


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Middle layer 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Top layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Left 1 1/2″ x 5″
    • Top Right 2 1/4″ x 3″
    • Bottom Right 2 1/4″ x 2″
  • Sentiment Base 3 1/2″ x 3 3/8″
  • Sentiment Middle 3 1/4″ x 3 1/8″
  • Sentiment Top 3″ x 2 5/8″


  • I managed to use 6 of the patterns in this DSP pack. I love the rugged feel of them!
  • I was looking for a basic block font for my sentiment and found what I was looking for in a Papertrey Ink set called Birthday Basics. I used my MISTI to line up the sentiment and stamp repeatedly in Delightful Dijon, Basic Grey and Memento Tuxedo Black


  • I also pulled out some VERY old fibers from Making Memories (yes, THAT far back!) and layered them along them vertical seam for some texture without adding foo-foo. My son HATES foo-foo!
  • It was at this point that I realized I don’t have the Metallic Enamel Shapes from Stampin’ Up! so I pulled out these epoxy dots from Queen and Co.
  • Did you notice the sponging I did around the sentiment panel? I used Basic Grey to add that bit of texture.


  • Can you see the flecks in the ivory card stock? I used Rustic Cream card stock from Papertrey Ink specifically to get that textured feel for this masculine card.

I’m pretty sure this layout is an old Operation Write Home layout designed to use up those pesky scraps. What I really like about this layout is that it can be easily updated for the person you have in mind (or occasion), simply by changing the pattern paper out…I think I just may do that!!

Anyway, I know we all struggle with masculine layouts so I hope you can add this to your arsenal!



Cardstock: Rustic Cream by Papertrey Ink; Basic Black by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Urban Underground (Retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Delightful Dijon and Basic Grey by Stampin’ Up!; Tuxedo Black by Memento

Stamps:  Birthday Basics by Papertrey Ink

Dies:  None

Embellishments: Fibers by Making Memories; Epoxy Dots by Queen & Co.

Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Remarkable You in Blushing Bride – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #13


It’s time for another fun challenge board from the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! I love, love, love to see your creations every week and am looking forward to seeing how you interpret this week’s board! It’s my turn to design the challenge board so I hope you are inspired by it and play along! I chose to use the middle row across: Circle, Flower, and Lace:



  • Pink was my starting point so I chose a sweet pattern from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s perfectly pretty with a clean design.
  • I tend to lean towards one focal image but as I couldn’t decide which image from the Remarkable You stamp set I wanted to use…(they are all so pretty!),  I decided to go bold and layer two of the images!
  • The leaf image was stamped in Always Artichoke on a Very Vanilla card base.
  • The bloom was stamped in Blushing Bride onto Very Vanilla card stock and then fussy cut and layered on top of the leaf image with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This image was very easy to fussy cut!


  • This Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim is delightful to work with…so pliable and soft! I wrapped it around the card stock and tied it off. I covered the knot with a sweet sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set, stamped in Always Artichoke and die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • I added a thin layer of Always Artichoke card stock between the Very Vanilla layer and the DSP but it felt a little bare so I pulled out the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, which is new in this year’s catalog. I love the pretty design of  the punch but decided this card just needed a little of the design peeking out. This punch is so versatile as the look of it completely changes depending on how much you choose to show – and the other side of the design is a small pretty scallop!
  • Instead of sequins, which would have given me the top row as well (pink, pattern paper and sequin), I chose to use Pearl Basic Jewels. They always add such an elegant feel to any project!


So there you have it! A sweet all occasion card that is easy to create! Before you go, please take a few minutes to pop over and see the other Tic Tac Toe Challenge design team members projects…they are super inspirational!


Price: $110.00

I Have Enough Stamp Sets…Oh Look, More Stamps!!


How seriously fun is Stella Stamper?? I purchased this stamp set from someone who was selling all of her stamps and thought “This is a CLASSIC!” Had to have it and today’s challenge from The Paper Players to color was the incentive to pull this girl out and color her up!! CAS(E) this Sketch has a great layout and here we are, it all just came together so easily!!


  • 1999. This stamp set is 18 years old and inked up perfectly! Now that is Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y.
  • There isn’t anything hard about this card, I just stamped Stella with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and pulled out my Stampin’ Write Markers!
  • I must have 25 markers strewn all over my work space, so I’m not going to list all the colors. Some are current and some are retired.


  • I do remember that Stella’s dress is Powder Pink (I seriously love this pink) and her smock is So Saffron. These are regular markers, not alcohol markers, so some lines do show when coloring, especially when coloring large areas like her smock so I just added squiggles in after the fact. Now it just looks like it’s been well loved!
  • I love the cord from her heat tool dangling out of her bag…she’s so excited to stamp she just threw everything in higgily piggily!
  • For those who are new to Stampin’ Up!, that’s a Stampin’ Wheel in her hand. We used to be able to purchase different stamp designs wrapped around a wheel so we could use them to stamp borders 🙂


  • She who dies with the most stamps wins…in Stella’s case it looks like she who dies with the most INKS wins!
  • I colored the ink pads in all different colors, I love how there are smudges of ink everywhere, we must be honest here, stamping IS messy!!
  • I backed my colored image with Basic Black and Fresh Fig card stock and added an itty bitty bow to the sentiment in Linen Thread.
  • The envelope flap is covered in Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.

Today’s card is a reminder to let your hair down and have fun with your hobby! Stella is and I am too! Hope you make something fun today!!

Thank you to both The Paper Players and CAS(E) this Sketch design teams for always providing such great inspiration!

Blessings to you!


Price: $110.00

More Painted Harvest Inspiration! – Freshly Made Sketches #301


I just wasn’t quite ready to put Stampin’ Up!’s new ‘Painted Harvest’ stamp set away…so I tried another soft and non-fall color combination out on a card I need for an upcoming wedding…what do you think?


  • The new Powder Pink in-color has to be my favorite pink ever and when combined with Smoky Slate…swoon!
  • I’ve had many questions about the stamping of this stamp set so I want answer them all:
    • The only color I used on the flowers was Powder Pink
    • I DID NOT do any stamping off
    • I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp each of the two flower petal stamps three time each
    • There is a notch next to the flower stamp on the stamp index that shows how to line them up
  • The magic is in the design of the stamp set itself…the depth you see is built right in! Honestly, it’s amazing.


  • If you are a free spirit, instead of stamping three (or four) times in the same spot, turning the stamp once between stamping will achieve a different look. Isn’t it wonderful to have so many options? Each artist can create their own, one of a kind design!
  • If there is just one shout out I can give to Stampin’ Up! this year, it’s fonts. They have really delivered some timeless, elegant sentiments. The two I used today (one is on the inside) are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (another favorite of mine).
  • DSP. I have been having so much fun mixing old and new product. The Smoky Slate pattern on the card front is from the retired Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. It looks so sweet with the coordinating bow and flower centers. And it sets off the yummy Powder Pink pattern (Whole Lot of Lovely DSP Pack) on the envelope flap perfectly!


  • The 1/2″ Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon…seriously, is there anything better than gingham? Well, yes, gingham in every color. Just sayin’!
  • Love the bow? I learned from the best, fellow Pal Ann Schach. Watch her video and learn to make one too! Everyone can do it, I promise.


  • I only stamped the Powder Pink flower one time with each stamp on the card interior, and I DID stamp off for the Smoky Slate flower center as I was worried the sentiment wouldn’t show up otherwise. I’m in love with stamping a design underneath the sentiment, it’s such a pretty effect!

The layout for today’s card is courtesy of this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge…

…oops, I took a few liberties with my design! lol, that’s what happens sometimes!! I loved the idea of the angle and enjoyed playing along!



Sweet ‘Painted Harvest’ Thank You – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #11


Welcome Friends! It’s time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge! I SO enjoy playing with this challenge – sometimes the boards are hard for me and then others come very easily. I love that and feel challenged as a card maker to stretch and grow! I hope you’ll find yourself intrigued and excited with the challenge and join us this week! Here’s the latest challenge board!


  • I was so excited to received the new ‘Painted Harvest’ stamp set in my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog preorder and already had a rough idea for a card in my head when I looked at the challenge board and thought the first column on the board would be perfect for my idea; burlap, flower and leaf.
  • I ADORE sunflowers and this set is delightful with two layering stamps for the sunflower to create depth, one stamp for the center and another for the center dots. I’m not QUITE ready for fall though, in Southern California we don’t really have fall, it will be in the 100 temps through October so I decided to stamp them in another fun color instead!

  • I stamped first with the background stamp, stamping three times with Soft Sky ink. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is the perfect tool to make sure I stamp in exactly the same spot! I then stamped over it exactly with the detail image, again stamping three times in Soft Sky and using the guide provided on the stamp set to line the images up perfectly. What a help that was!!Stampin-Up-Oh-So-Sweetly-Thank-You-Card-Ideas-Shannon-Jaramillo-stampinup
  • The center is stamped with Crumb Cake ink and then I stamped over it in Crumb Cake again with the little detail dots stamp.
  • I used the little dots stamp again in So Saffron to add yellow detail around the flowers, stamping off for a more subtle effect.
  • Timeless Textures has the perfect little splatter stamp so I added random splatters to my card, stamping off again for a softer look.
  • This font for the thank you sentiment is the prettiest ever! This stamp can be found in the retired Thoughtful Branches stamp set…a keeper for sure!!
  • I pulled out some retired ribbon for the burlap element, snipping it into a banner and attaching it to my card front with the retired handheld stapler.


  • I rarely make one layer cards but I forgot to trim my card front down prior to doing my stamping and then was so in love with the final product that I couldn’t bring myself to cut it down, so this is a one layer card and I’m using that for the ‘free’ space on the challenge board:)
  • I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and leaves (of COURSE I did!) so they all sparkle SO prettily!
  • And did you SEE the envelope!! Oh my gosh! I couldn’t stop stamping these adorable sunflowers! Scroll up to take a peek!! SO FUN!!

I had the BEST time with this challenge board and managed to use eight of the nine boxes on this one clean and simple card!

Please do visit the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see what other amazing inspiration the design team has for you and I hope to see you over in the gallery!