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!



Sneak Peek – New Count My Blessings Stamp Set


As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I get a sneak peek at upcoming catalogs and this divine stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog was at the top of my wish list!

The first chance I got, I sat down to create the card that popped into my head the minute I saw this set. I adore these whimsical flowers!! I used three stamps from the set this time, the sentiment, the large stem of flowers and the itty bitty filler flower stamp set. I did a bit of masking with the little flowers so I could fill in the white spaces.Stampin-Up-Count-My-Blessings-Love-and-Friendship-Card-Ideas-Shannon-Jaramillo-stampinup Details:

  • I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flowers. Let me just say for the record, I AM NO ARTIST. I never took art class and have no idea where the shadows go. And I HATE to color outside the lines. But I pulled the markers out and colored anyway. IT WAS SO FUN!! I filled in the large flowers with my Powder Pink Stampin’ Marker. Once I had colored all the flowers, I went around and added a second layer to add shading. On the next go around, I used my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Marker to added more depth of color towards the lower part of the flowers. Again, I went around a second time for another layer of shading. I also went in and added more color at the base of each flower. I used the same process to add color to the stems. I used Lemon Lime Twist and then Pear Pizzazz for the darker shade.


  • The itty bitty flowers are as cute as can be, but after coloring in the larger images, I couldn’t decide if they should be blue or purple, so…I used BOTH colors!! The flowers are colored with Soft Sky and then a dot of Wisteria Wonder was added at the base of each flower.
  • Of course, Wink of Stella was added to ALL of the flower stamens, the pink flowers, and the stems and leaves. You can see a bit of the sparkle in my photos, but shimmer is just gorgeous in person. Whoever invented Wink of Stella, I love you!
  • The FONT. Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!? The catalog is chock full of fresh and very trendy stamp sets! And of course the Stitched Shapes Framelits really bring the sentiment front and center.


  • I pulled out the 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon again, this time in Pear Pizzazz. It’s such a pretty accessory! I just have to share that I originally snipped the ends of the knot much longer, but when trimming I couldn’t get the two sides even and had to keep snipping!! In the end I think the darling knot is the perfect size, so as not to hide any bit of the pretty sentiment 🙂
  • I HAD to add some DSP to my envelope and found a very complimentary pattern in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper Pack! Don’t you LOVE it when you find JUST the right thing??

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek of new products coming soon! I’m looking forward to creating so many more cards with this set!! Imagine the fall colors…….


One Stamp Wonder – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #9

Hello my stamping friends! Wow, I can’t believe it has been TWO WEEKS since my last post! I have been enjoying the last of summer with my hubby…school starts for him next week. I’m already counting the days until NEXT summer!! lol ANYWAYS…that’s not why you are here! You are here for a NEW Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Woot Woot! And without further delay…here is the newest challenge board!

I was immediately drawn to the top row of ‘thank you, sequins, and all things round’. But funny story about that last category…all things round? I tend to be quite literal so I pondered that for awhile and then I even posed that question on my FB page to get my friends to sound off on their ideas for ‘all things round’. I LOVED their suggestions and looked through every stamp set I own before finding ONE LITTLE STAMP in a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Work of Art that sealed the deal for me. Remember how I said I tend to be quite literal???  Take a look at this!!


Ha! Can’t get much rounder than that!! TeeHee!! Okay, maybe a circle shaped card but I’m not a fan of odd shapes so that was out… Okay, on to the dets:


  • The variety of choices in Stampin’ Up!’s Work of Art stamp set gives you as an artist an infinite range of possibliliities. Unless you are me, then you will only see the obvious:) But the obvious can be fun too!

  • I used the tiny circle stamp, rotating it each time I stamped it so that the tiny clear spot in it would be more random looking. I based my color palette on the ribbon I wanted to use, the 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon in Peekaboo Peach. I added Daffodil Delight, Powder Pink and the retired Crisp Cantaloupe. And now I’m craving Sherbet ice cream!!
  • I started stamping in the bottom right hand corner and changed colors with each circle I stamped to get some consistent spacing between the dots. It wasn’t a lot of work, I just had to remember to clean the stamp each time so I didn’t stamp Peekaboo Peach into my Daffodil Delight ink pad! Yikes!


  • I love this thank you sentiment from the One Big Meaning stamp set, it’s perfect for circle die-cutting.
  • The rest of my layers were a bit more tricky. I discovered that I didn’t have any circles in my Stampin’ Up! stash to do three graduated layers like this, I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t. So the white layer is the Stampin’ Up! Stitches Shapes Framelits, the Daffodil Delight layer uses a circle die from The Stamps of Life and the darling stitched scallop layer in Peekaboo Peach is made by MFT Stamps.
  • This Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon is a MUST for your stash. It is seriously great to work with. I truly hope they come out with it in more colors. I will buy a full roll of each color, it’s THAT amazing!


  • When I stood back and looked at my card, I decided it needed a little bit “more” so I pulled out this super darling itty-bitty butterfly stamp and die from the most recent Catherine Pooler Stamps of Approval box. I added some Wink of Stella to it and of course a sequin!
  • My last sequin is covered up by ribbon in this photo but be assured, there are three sequins…because odd numbers always look better!
  • I layered everything on to Crisp Cantaloupe and Daffodil Delight card stock and then added circles to the envelope flap…they are so stinkin’ cute!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my interpretation of ‘thank you, sequins, and all things round’. Please pop on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see what the rest of the design team has for you this week! They are amazing!! We would love to see your art in the gallery!!


Price: $110.00

Pretty Posy – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #7

Welcome to a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Today, designer Teresa brings some fun new elements to the mix! I chose to draw inspiration from the far right column: die cut; floral; and yellow. Remember, you can chose any row or column, or on the diagonal, just as long as you choose three in a row! Here’s my card for this challenge:


Yup, I pulled out the Beautiful Bouquet bundle again (said in my best Forrest Gump voice), I’m just so in love with it! Floral, well, that’s obvious; Die Cut, yup, I think I have that covered as well, and yellow! My first inclination was to make the entire CARD yellow, but I’m glad I went for a more balanced option today 🙂


  • Tip for the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle: Make sure you know which stamps have matching dies and which do not! Contrary to what I believed, the floral stems stamp does NOT work with the floral stems die! I took a bit of time in preparation to create, and laid all the dies out on a piece of 4.25 x 8.5  card stock and ran it through the Big Shot. This helped me identify what stamps and dies matched up. I cut the negative in half and now have it stored with the stamp set so I will forever more be able to be sure that the stamp I want has a matching die!

  • The flowers stamped on the background are what I think of as filler, or Baby’s Breath, and are stamped in Soft Sky.
  • I stamped the pink flowers on the background after I had laid all of the dies out. I love how Powder Pink blooms peek out and add a subtle touch of softness.


  • The other flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry (with Chocolate Chip centers), Perfect Plum and Island Indigo. The flower stems are stamped in Always Artichoke.
  • The bow is stamped in Island Indigo to play against the small flowers and the teeny tiny (adorable) tag is stamped in Crushed Curry to play against the largest flowers.


  • I added Blushing Bride and Island Indigo Enamel Shapes to the flower centers and then just added Wink of Stella to the Crushed Curry flower centers.
  • I couldn’t stop there so I unwound a length of Linen Thread and used just a half thickness of thread to loop behind the flowers, peeking out to add some texture!


  • I left off stamping a sentiment on the inside as I know I want to write a personal message. I keep the decorations minimal, with only Crushed Curry and Perfect Plum layers to mimic what what done on the outside.
  • The envelope liner is made using a retired pattern from the Regals DSP Stack that retired with the last catalog. I think it compliments the design nicely.

So…what do you think? Are you sold on the Beautiful Bouquet bundle yet? No? Okay, I’ll keep the samples coming! 😉

Please pop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see what the design team has created for you this week! I hope you are tempted to play along…we would LOVE to see you in the gallery!

Hugs until next time!


Price: $110.00

Clean and Simple Dragonfly Dreams


This weekend I wanted to show a friend how the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) works. I just grabbed a stamp set and started stamping – NOT how I usually work. That saying “Hold on while I overthink it” fits me to a T!! Somewhere along the way I fell in love with what I had created and realized that it can be fun to just sit down and play!


  • This is literally the first time I have inked this set up! I stamped the outline of the dragonfly in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and demonstrated how, if the first stamp isn’t sharp enough, you can re-stamp it easily! Then I added the wings detail stamp in Sweet Sugarplum (randomly picked from my inks), demonstrating how easy it is to line layered stamps up and make sure you get it right! Wink of Stella adds a pretty sparkle to the wings and body of the dragonfly.
  • Next came the sentiment. The grid lines on the MISTI make it simple to get the sentiment stamped straight and without the dreaded “shadow” that can happen with a wood stamp or acrylic block.
  • A simple snippet of sparkly (retired) ribbon stapled to the card with the retired Stampin’ Up! stapler and a few layers of card stock and BOOM! done! Super pretty and super fast – I think it took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish!
  • The envelope is lined with retired DSP, the perfect shades for this card!


  • I kept the inside simple with no layers this time…just a pretty sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will check back in soon for more inspiration!


Gingham Garden Birthday – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #6

Good Morning! I hope your weekend has been a good one! Today I am playing along with the latest Tic Tac Toe Challenge! This week’s fun board was created by Shannon Fralish. There were so many fun options to choose from, but in the end I went with the top row: shadow, layers and square:



  • Can you see all my squares?!? I’m pretty sure a gingham pattern qualifies for squares 🙂 I had to pull from my retired stash for this oldie but goodie. It’s from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper pack and is about, oh, five years old? I absolutely could not part with this cheerful paper!
  • Layers, layers, layers. When in doubt, add a layer 🙂 I built several layers using the Island Indigo pattern paper and Basic Black card stock.


  • Shadow. This was was a cinch! I cut two of the Happy Birthday die cuts and then glued them together with the Basic Black die cut slightly offset to create the shadow.
  • I adore these flowers and tend to reach for them when I need a small detail. I stamped them using a flower stamp from the Best Birds stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating die. Are they the sweetest popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and with matching retired Candy Dots for their centers?
  • The simple knot from retired Island Indigo cotton ribbon pulls everything together and then I carried the theme over to my envelope as well.


  • Inside is a sweet sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I love the curly font!

I hope you are inspired to play along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week! It closes on Tuesday at noon CST so you still have time!! Please pop over to the Tic Tic Toe Challenge and see what our designers have cooked up to inspire you this week!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty day!!


Price: $110.00