#BeKind – CAS(E) this Sketch 207

Today’s project was inspired by the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge:

The flowers I used are one of my favorite stamp sets by Stampin’ Up! called Garden in Bloom. It’s a three-step stamp but I chose to use just the outline stamps in Simon Says Stamp Black ink. I love the stark contrast with the vivid pink!

I used Rustic White card stock so please know that those flecks you see are not a stamping mistake! lol I did some masking with the flowers and the leaves to get a nice overlay. I’m so happy with the way everything turned out!

I’ve been redoing my craft room since my “incident” last October and tomorrow hubby is going to start hanging things on the walls! Progress!! And then the Super Bowl! I love football so my crafting will have to wait until the evening!

I’d love to hear how you spend Super Bowl Sunday?

How every you choose to spend it, I hope you have a great day!!

Products Used:

Card Stock: Rustic White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Unknown

Ink: Black by Simon Says Stamp

Stamps:   Garden in Bloom by Stampin’ Up!; Inside & Out: Thank You by Papertrey Ink

Dies: Envelope Liner Framelit Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI

Embellishments: Baker’s Twine by Doodlebug Designs

Other – Whisper White Envelope – Stampin’ Up!

Bloomin’ Buttercups – Freshly Made Sketches 273

Bloomin' Buttercups Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo

The bright and beautiful weather outside today has inspired my color palette today! Can’t help but be happy when the sun is shining and the windows are open!

When I peeked at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge today, I was so inspired by Jen Mitchell’s card. We seem to have an affinity for Rubbernecker Stamps and seeing her card made me just HAVE to pull one out! And it’s never seen ink before…even better!

Bloomin' Buttercups Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo

As quite often happens, today’s card started life in a completely different state but a funny accident happened along the way! I had stamped the flowers in a Sunshine ink, which is a bright yellow (buttercups, of course!) and then added the background elements and realized I should have started with the stripes first. So, I started over but by the time I got to the flowers I had added the background paper so I decided to stamp the flowers in blue instead. I chose Sea Glass by Simon Says Stamp which is a soft blue, but the flowers came out this most unexpected green-y blue!  I was surprised but in love!! Then I had to start over again (I forget why) and this time when I stamped my flowers using Sea Glass, they were a completely different shade of blue than they were the first time….WHAT?!?

It turned out that I had forgotten to clean the stamp after stamping it in Sunshine ink so when I stamped it the second time in Sea Glass ink, I made a new color! Which was the PERFECT shade of blue, but now I had to re-create it! Ackkk!! Luckily I managed it. It’s so funny how things happen…

Bloomin' Buttercups Cards Idea - Shannon Jaramillo

When I saw Karren’s sketch and looked through my stamps, I KNEW this was the stamp I had to use. But I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate the three horizontal elements. After much agony, I decided to use this background element stamp by Papertrey Ink. I stamped with the same stamp three times in Soft Stone, just moving my paper up as I went and stamping over twice for the middle stripe and three times for the bottom stripe to create a graduated effect. I love how they play off of the same soft color in the patterned paper…

By the time I got to the sentiment I realized that I should have masked the stems off to leave space for the sentiment (oops) so I went with Plan B and used a pierced rectangle die to die cut it and then popped it up. And I just realized that the outside border is stitched, not pierced…sigh. Getting back into the swing of things can be challenging but no matter, I still love the way this turned out!!

I added Wink of Stella to the buttercups and I’m thrilled that it actually showed up in the photographs! I LOVE the sparkle!! I threw in some sequins just because…

Thank you Karren and the Freshly Made Sketches design team for getting me going this morning!

Products Used:

Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Happy Day by My Mind’s Eye

Ink: Black, Sea Glass and Sunshine by Simon Says Stamp; Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink

Stamps:   Buttercups #910 by Rubbernecker Stamps; Ombre Builders by Papertrey Ink and Pretty Petals by Clearly Besotted Stamps

Dies: Femme Frames by Mama Elephant and Pierced Rectangle STAX by MFT Stamps

Tools:  MISTI; Big Shot and Envelope Liner Framelit Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Embellishments: Sequins – Unknown Source (from my stash)

Other – Envelope – Stampin’ Up!

Sweet Avant-Garden – Freshly Made Sketches 272

Sweet Avant-Garden Thank You Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

Avant-Garden is such a dreamy stamp set, soft and romantic…it seemed to call for a dreamy color so out popped Wisteria Wonder!

The Details:

  • Thick Whisper White Base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Wisteria Wonder card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4
  • Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Subtles Designer Series Paper Stacks cut to 2″ x 5 1/2″

Sweet Avant-Garden Thank You Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • Stampin’ Up!’s new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies work perfectly with the sketch I chose to use today. I love, love, love the subtle detail they add to any project. I used three of the four sizes to create my four layers, using both card stock and designer series paper
  • I used my MISTI to stamp the flower images in Memento Ink Tuxedo Black on my focal layer as well as on a second piece of white card stock, and then simply die cut the flower shape out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies
  • I put sticky tape on the back of the 3/8″ White Metallic Ribbon and adhered it to my card front, snipping off the right side after I adhered it. I LOVE the subtle shine it provides!
  • The MISTI made quick work of positioning my sentiment – love the font!!

Sweet Avant-Garden Thank You Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • I used my Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Marker and a blender pen to add color to my floral stem – easy peasy! – and left the stem uncolored for contrast
  • Enamel Dots are my fun and easy go-to for adding a pop of color!

Both the Avant-Garden stamp set I used here today and the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon are both Sale-A-Bration items, which means they are available to get FREE – one item for every $50 spent!! What are you waiting for???

Inspiration for today’s card was provided by the fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I would love to hear what you think of today’s color choice! Love it? Hate it? I’m a Prince fan so purple is a ‘thing’ for me. It’s funny that I don’t decorate my house with it but when I buy flowers to plant in the garden? Always purple!


Bold Balloon Adventures – Freshly Made Sketches 271

Bold Balloon Adventures Birthday Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

Happy New Year Peeps! I’m thrilled to dip my toes back in the crafting pool with new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog 🙂 This print from the new Party Animal Designer Series Paper caught my eye with its’ brilliant color and neutral pattern. Perfect to pair with Emerald Envy for a clean and simple masculine birthday card!

The Details:

  • Thick Whisper White Base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Emerald Envy card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4
  • Party Animal Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Thick Whisper White Banner cut to 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Backed by Emerald Envy cut to 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

Bold Balloon Adventures Birthday Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • The sentiment from the new Balloon Adventures Stamp Set is so cheerful in a fresh fun font and pairs beautifully with this balloon die from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies and can be purchased as a bundle for a savings of 15%! Awesome!
  • I die cut the balloon from both Emerald Envy and Pacific Point and used the Fin Tip Glue Pen to adhere the pieces to my card front.
  • Yes, the Envelope Liner Die is retired but I just cannot resist showing off more of the pretty papers in this DSP!
  • The Fine Tip Glue Pen makes adhering a bit of Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine a snap!

Bold Balloon Adventures Birthday Cards Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • I used other sentiments from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set to decorate the inside of the card as well!
  • I couldn’t stop stamping so I added some fun confetti and a balloon to the outside of the envelope…I just love Pacific Point and Emerald Envy together!

I looked to my favorite challenge blog for layout inspiration for today’s card:

Thank you to all these wonderful ladies for providing inspiration each and every week!

So what do you think? It’s pretty simple, I know, but not having put ink to paper in almost three months, I have to start somewhere!

Thank you so much for your continued message of courage and inspiration while I have been away, I have read and deeply appreciated each and every one. The world is still a very scary place for me, but little by little, I feel the fog lifting and look forward to each new day.


When Life Throws a Curveball…I Re-Organize!!


So, a week ago Saturday, I fell getting in the shower. Ugh. I had cards done and ready to blog for a few days and then the posts petered out as I was unable to move! I tried to create but couldn’t move around enough and had zero mojo while on pain pills:) Then, this past Friday, I posted this picture on my Facebook account as I headed out to run an errand, my first outing that week, and Walt thought he was driving! Isn’t he adorable?? He’s seven months old.

A half hour after this picture and post, after I had run my errand to pick up papers for work, I thought Walt deserved a treat since he had been cooped up all week too and had eaten all his toys:) so we headed to Petsmart to grab a few. Just something we would do, right?

As I stepped out of the car after parking, a man approached me and I was carjacked by a man with a gun. Really. He let Walt and I go, so thankful for that, and took off in my car. I’ll spare you all the nuts and bolts, but basically he led police in a pursuit, drove on the freeway the wrong way at over 100mph and eventually crashed the car. Thankfully again, he hurt NO ONE other than himself. Here is what’s left of my car:



Since this happened on Friday, I have been living in a cocoon of sorts, completely sheltered by my husband and children, never alone. And I am thankful for that as well, as I worked through the trauma of what happened to me. I couldn’t sleep for a few days, and if I fell asleep, I immediately jerked back awake, I kept seeing him in my face screaming at me to give him the “f”ing keys. So I went to the doctor and got some sleeping aids, which I hate to take as they can be addictive, but thankfully they did help. Not the first night really, as I was able to fall asleep but woke up about 15 times, but after that I slept for what feels like 36 hours. When I finally woke up I felt (and feel) much better. Much more able to process and cope. I may even go to the store by myself:)

But…this event has turned my view on everything I do upside down. I’m evaluating everything to decide if it really means anything. Including my crafting. So I have no idea where the next few months will take me but I know that wherever I end up will be a better fit for the “new” me.

And what do I do when I have troubles? I reorganize!! My husband treads very carefully when he walks in to find a perfectly clean house, top to bottom, lol. This time, it is my craft room that is bearing the brunt of my efforts:




It all started with me moving my computer monitor. After I had done so, I stopped to look at the mess moving just one thing had created and whamo! I realized this is a perfect analogy for my life right now. Just one change in my life has left me feeling this out of sorts. As I sort through the bits and pieces, deciding which ones stay and which ones go, and finding new homes for what stays, I will doing the same in my overall life.

It’s a disaster, which I feel mirrors my state of mind, and will be a wonderful journey of purging, cleaning, and organizing. I probably won’t be crafting much but I will pop in from time to time to share my journey, both in this room and in my life.

So thank you my friends for always being there and following my blog. Please hug your peeps and enjoy each moment given to you, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

With Love,


Petals & Paisleys Meets Birthday Blooms – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 18

Petals & Paisleys Birthday Blooms Birthdays Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

I had this beautiful Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper out on my desk after creating yesterday’s card, it just called to me to use it again!

The Details:

  • Soft Suede card base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
  • Night of Navy card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Designer Series paper layer cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Rich Razzleberry card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 1 3/4″

Petals & Paisleys Birthday Blooms Birthday Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • I ran the Rich Razzleberry card stock through the Big Shot using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder. The texture is amazing! I also cut a teeny tiny banner using another of the patterns in the Designer Series Paper. The Mint Macaron pattern pops very nicely against the darker color.
  • The sentiment is from the Birthday Blooms Clear Mount Stamp Set. It’s such a pretty combination of fonts! I die cut the circle out and added a scalloped circle backing in Night of Navy using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and then popped it up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Petals & Paisleys Birthday Blooms Birthday Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • Do you love these little flowers on the sentiment panel?!? I found them in the Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set. They even have a coordinating die! They have been stamped in Rich Razzleberry, die cut, popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and then topped off with a single Pearls Basic Jewel. So sweet!
  • The final detail is some yummy Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, tied off in a flirty bow with long dangly tails.

Petals & Paisleys Birthday Blooms Birthday Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • The font on this sentiment found in the Birthday Blossoms Clear Mount Stamp Set seems to fit the overall all feel of this card well. I also stamped an image of leaves from the same stamp set in Mint Macaron, stamped off once.
  • A layer of Night of Navy card stock around the sentiment panel adds a pretty layer of color:)

Today’s card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week, and like yesterday, I am just squeaking in under the deadline!


Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!!


Price: $110.00

Petals & Paisleys & Posies – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 17

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies Thank You Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

I’ve lived almost all of my life in Southern California and we DO NOT have fall. So I never understood all the cards with a fall color palette. Then I went to Missoula, Montana in October, and while the colors were not fully developed, I saw enough to understand how beautiful they are. And because of that, I finally ordered the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is AMAZING.

The Details:

  • Card layers:
    • Delightful Dijon case base cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
    • Very Vanilla layer is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Soft Suede layer is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
    • Designer Series Paper is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Soft Suede is cut to 2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Designer Series Paper is cut to 2 1/2″ x 4″
    • Soft Suede Layer is cut to 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″
    • Designer Series paper is cut to 3″ x 3″

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies Thank You Cards Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • I know there are a lot of layers (!) But I felt that every layer was necessary to do justice to the colors in the pattern paper. I originally did not have the Very Vanilla layer but when I layered the sentiment layer on top of the card, it was just too bright. The Very Vanilla in the Designer Series Paper is muted. So to compensate, I added the VV layer and now everything is balanced!
  • The sentiment from the Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set is so simple and graphic, it really plays off of the striped DSP nicely. I used my MISTI to stamp. I stamped the top image onto a piece of acetate, then set the acetate over my Very Vanilla piece of card stock. I lined the image up and stamped it in Delightful Dijon, then moved the Very Vanilla card stock up until I had the second image lined up. I removed the acetate, stamped the image in Cajun Craze and then repeated the process, stamping the last image in Soft Suede.

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies Thank You Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • I confess, I bought the Paisleys & Posies Bundle because of this leaf die. Isn’t is stunning in Cajun Craze? Jumps right off the card!! I die cut the leaf twice and then used my fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the two layers together, as well as adhere the leaf to the card. Love, love, love it.
  • I played around with the ribbons, adding and subtracting the Rich Razzleberry ribbon. I hadn’t used it anywhere else on the card so wasn’t quite sure it fit, but in the end, I loved it and it had to stay.
  • I added Rich Razzleberry to the overall design by using the color in the envelope liner. I think the three patterns are fantastic together.

Stampin Up Petals & Paisleys Thank You Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • I also added Rich Razzleberry on the inside of the card as well. Soft Suede for the sentiment, Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze for the leaves, which mimic the die cut leaf on the front.

I am OVER THE MOON for this card. The colors, the patterns, the stamps and dies, and the ribbons. WOW. What a great suite of products. And I almost didn’t buy them. Crazy.

Here is the view from my mom’s balcony in Missoula, Montana that changed the way I look at fall:


I came across the layout I used here today in the current challenge from the Global Design Project challenge. I’m sneaking in under the wire but thankful to be able to play along!!


Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have been inspired to get inky!!


Price: $110.00

Stampin’ Up!’s Spooky fun Halloween Treat – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 16


Stampin Up Spooky Fun Halloween Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays; however, I am finding the older I get, the less scary and more fun Halloween needs to be!

I think this card fits that bill perfectly!

The Details:

  • Card Layers:
    • Whisper White Base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
    • Pumpkin Pie card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ (popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals)
    • Basic Black card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″

Stampin Up Spooky Fun Halloween Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup


  • I LOVE these bold stripes!! So fun, cheerful, and absolutely NOT scary! I layered card stock underneath it to mimic the colors and used a quarter inch spacing between the layers to really play up the bold colors.
  • The Halloween Treat stamp set is a single set, PERFECT for treat bags and tags. Since that is the obvious use for it, I wanted to add it to a card instead. I stamped it, fussy cut it out, and popped it up onto Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The peeks of Halloween Night Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment are darling and really set off the double bow, attached to the project with a rolled up mini glue dot.

Stampin Up Spooky Fun Halloween Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup


  • I mimicked the colors again on the inside of the card and then used the Spooky Fun Stamp Set to add a fun (not scary) sentiment. I must say, I prefer orange spiders to black ones! Not scary at all!!
  • What do you think of the envelope liner?? Such beautiful patterns in this pack of paper!!

There you have it! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! Please let me know what you think, I SO love hearing from you!!


Oh Happy Day! – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 15

Stampin Up Scenic Sayings Celebration Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

It’s a happy day for several reasons…it’s FRIDAY!!! It’s Day 15 of the card challenge, half way there! AND, I get to celebrate the success of a very special person to me!! That’s a lot of happy for one day!!

The Details:

  • Layers:
    • Thick Whisper White Base: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
    • Melon Mambo, trimmed to 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8″
    • DSP Layer in Crushed Curry is 3 1/2″ x 5″
    • Thick Whisper White Layer 3″ x 4″

Stampin Up Scenic Sayings Celebration Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • I chose some bright patterns from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. I love that the theme of the set is really Southwestern but they also have some patterns that are not so obvious and can be used in a different way, more bang for your buck! (and the paper is on SALE this month…buy 3, get 1 free!)
  • I had passed over this sentiment in the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set but took another look at it last night…it really stamps prettily and is darling in Melon Mambo.
  • Of course, I dressed the sentiment up with Wink of Stella…HAD to!

Stampin Up Scenic Sayings Celebration Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • This itty bitty butterfly is a die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies…isn’t it sweet? I die cut it in Crushed Curry card stock as well as Festive Birthday DSP and layered the two. I then popped the butterfly up on a snipped strip of a Stampin’ Dimensional and dressed it up with a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels.
  • I also sprinkled rhinestones across the card front. That combined with the Wink of Stella on the sentiment makes for a very “glam” design!

Stampin Up Scenic Sayings Celebrations Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • Simple and to the point on the inside…I love the way the sentiment is “shout-y” 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and for all of your kinds words about yesterday’s card, I appreciate each and every comment so very much!


Price: $110.00

Masculine Vintage Leaves – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 14


Hello my stamping friends! I’m excited to see the number “14” in the title of my blog post today…I’m almost halfway through my 30 day “post a card a day”challenge!! Today’s card was made with a 20-something young professional in mind. I hope he’s not too old to receive a hand made card from his mom 😉

The Details:

  • The card base is Tip Top Taupe, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″
  • The next layer is Early Espresso trimmed to 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The stamped layer is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″. I trimmed it close so just a peek of Early Espresso would be visible.

Stampin Up Vintage Leaves masculine Birthday Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampinup

  • I wanted a nice masculine pattern and color palette so Stampin’ Up!’s Moroccan Designer Series Paper is the color inspiration for today’s card.
  • Guy Greetings is the source of this classically styled birthday greeting. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp it repeatedly over the card face in Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon


  • Fall leaves seemed like the perfect focal point. These leave are from Vintage Leaves and are stamped in Early Espresso onto Tip Top Taupe and Cajun Craze card stock and then die cut using the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies.
  • Linen Thread peeks out from behind the leaves to ground them and a little knot of thread sits on top as an additional accent.


  • Stampin’ Up!’s Party with Cake provides the sentiment today, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, along with three silly little candles stamped in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon to dress it up.

The Paper Players challenge this week is clean and simple: leaf so I’m thrilled to link up and play along with their great group!


And my card also fits the Seize the Birthday challenge where their theme is “Anything Goes” Birthday with the added topping of: “Lots of Leaves” so I am playing along there as well! Whew!



I’m tickled with today’s project, the colors really balance well and make me happy. And with the wind blowing yesterday and today, there are LOTS of leaves on the ground! It’s almost like fall here in Southern California!! (Almost)


Price: $110.00