For A Tweet Friend – Freshly Made Sketches 277

Foratweetfriend card ideas - shannon jaramillo shannonkaypaperie

After a long day at work, my heart and spirit are lifted by these luscious colors and darling birds!!

The Details:

  • Papertrey Stamper’s Select white card base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Pattern Paper cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Papertrey Stamper’s Select white card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Sentiment panel is 3 3/8″ x 11/16″

Foratweetfriend cards ideas - shannon jaramillo shannonkaypaperie

  • Coloring terrifies me but even knowing that, I keep buying stamps that need to be colored!! And these darling Doodled Birds from JustRite Stamps begged me to add color so I pulled out my Shin-Han markers and played a bit. It’s not professional by any means but it makes me happy 🙂
  • I added a bit of black card stock with the sentiment embossed in white for an added pop
  • Random pretty sequins adhered with glue dots reinforce the whimsical feel

Foratweetfriend cards idea - shannon jaramillo shannonkaypaperie

  • The birdies wings and tail feathers are made super sparkly with the addition of Wink of Stella. Best. Invention. Ever. -Okay.After.The.Big.Shot. -And.The.MISTI. –But.Still.!!

Foratweetfriend card idea - shannon jaramillo shannonkaypaperie

  • I mimic the front of the card on the interior and added a sweet sentiment. I can’t wait to pop this in the mail!

Thank you Jen T and all of the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team for providing inspiration for today’s card!:

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Products Used:

Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink and Basic Black by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Sweet Celebration by MFT Stamps

Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento Ink

Stamps:   Doodled Birds by JustRite Stamps

Dies: Envelope Line Die (Retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI; Shin-Han Twin Touch Markers

Embellishments: Random Sequins

Other – Envelope – Stampin’ Up!

With Sympathy – The Paper Players 333

With Sympathy Sympathy Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Lil Inkers

Hello my friends! I had fun getting inky this weekend with a new challenge! I had an idea for a card in my head but when I was flipping through stamp sets I came across this never-been-inked set from Lil ‘Inkers and changed direction completely! I love when that happens!

The Details:

  • White card base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Enchanted Evening card stock card stock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Pattern Paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″

With Sympathy Sympathy Cards Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Lil InkersIt was super fun to play with all of the “inky” blooms in this set, throwing another one here or there while staying within the guidelines of the sketch. I used Spring Rain for the flowers and Soft Stone for the three random dots stamp that I used on yesterday’s card as well. I’m on a bit of a tear to “bash my stash” so I found three darling itty bitty buttons and attached them with glue dots.

With Sympathy Sympathy Cards Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Lil Inkers

And the inside. I forgot AGAIN to snap a photo of the stamping I did to the front of the envelope as well (insert mad face). Oh well, next time!

Today’s card was inspired by the Paper Players sketch…thanks Leanne, it’s a sketch with LOTS of possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Products Used:

Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White and Enchanted Evening by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Seaside by Authentique

Ink: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain and Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink

Stamps:   Inky Flowers by Lil ‘Inker Designs and Thoughts & Prayers by Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Envelope Line Die (Retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI

Embellishments: Bitty Buttons by Making Memories

Other – Envelope – Stampin’ Up!

Bright & Bold Thank You

Bright & Bold Thank You Thank You Card Ideas -Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

We’ve a little bit of overcast going on today so I chose to combat it with some delightfully spring-y colors that I found in a retired pattern paper from Stampin’ Up! – Painted Blooms. We need more Rose Red!

The Details:

  • Thick Whisper White Base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4
  • Rose Red card stock cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″

Bright & Bold Thank You Thank You Card Idea -Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • Stampin’ Up!’s Avant-Garden is the stamp featured today. It seemed to go well with the lines of the pattern paper. I masked the stamp in order to stamp three close together. The stems and leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi (which is a less frequently used color for me but I LOVE it here!)
  • The Rose Red card stock and bow really make everything P-O-P! The ribbon is retired-love it when I can bash my stash!
  • I went a little crazy with the three dots – they are a stamp from Stamps by Judith and add the perfect finishing details 🙂

Bright & Bold Thank You Thank You Cards Idea -Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • I again added Rose Red card stock on the side of the card as well the bloom from Avant-Garden, stamped off three times for just a soft image, perfect for stamping the sentiment over!
  • I just realized I forgot to take a picture of the front of the envelope, I stamped more blooms there as well and they are really pretty!

Thank you for stopping by today!!

Products Used:

Card Stock: Thick Whisper White and Rose Red by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Painted Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Rose Red and Wild Wasabi by Stampin’ Up!; Tuxedo Black by Memento Ink

Stamps:   Avant-Garden by Stampin’ Up! and Inside & Out: Thank You by Papertrey Ink

Dies: Envelope Line Die (Retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI and Big Shot

Embellishments: Rose Red Seam Binding (Retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Other – Envelope – Stampin’ Up!

Whimsical Birthday Wishes – The Paper Players 332

Whimsical Birthday Wishes Birthday Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

Every once in awhile a product comes along that just makes you melt. This pattern paper is it for me. It’s called Cupcakes and Carousels by Stampin’ Up! and is new in the Occasions Catalog. It comes in the perfectly porportioned 6″ x 6″ size and has the most delightful patterns in it!

The Details:

  • So Saffron card base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Early Expresso card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Early Expresso card stock cut to 2 1/2″ x 4″
  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack cut to 2 3/8″ x 3 7/8″

Whimsical Birthday Wishes Birthday Card Ideas - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • This playful sentiment from the Better Together Stamp Set pairs perfectly with the playful pattern paper. It’s stamped in Bermuda Bay and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (first time using them, can’t live without them), and then layered onto a lovely scalloped oval die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. I wasn’t sure they would pair together since they are from different die sets, but of course they do, because Stampin’ Up! takes care of us like that 🙂

Whimsical Birthday Wishes Birthday Cards Idea - Shannon Jaramillo Stampin Up

  • The darling party hat was stamped in Early Expresso ink, fussy cut out, and colored in with my So Saffron Stampin’ Marker. I thought about coloring the polka dots in Bermuda Bay but chickened out because I wasn’t sure I would like it and added Wink of Stella instead. Perfect choice! Love it!

Whimsical Birthday Wishes Birthday Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo StampinUp

  • I used Early Expresso Baker’s Twine (which is retired BTW) to make a cheerful double bow and added So Saffron Enamel Dots as the final accent. I LOVE that they are available in all the colors!
  • Each layer that you see backed by Early Expresso card stock is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love layers and the depth they provide. Hint: I snip my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half so they go twice as far…I may or may not be a Dimensionals hoarder 🙂

Whimsical Birthday Wishes Birthday Card Idea - Shannon Jaramillo stampin up

  • And the inside! This sentiment is from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set, also from the 2017 Occasions Catalog and is a favorite of mine. It’s so fun here stamped in Bermuda Bay onto Very Vanilla yardstick and backed by Early Expresso card stock. Love, love, love this color combination. My mom insists blue and brown do not go together, so funny enough, they are one of my favorite combinations! lol

Today’s card was inspired completely by my desire to use the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack and this week’s challenge over at The Paper Players:

Thank you to the lovely design team for the inspiration and thank you so much for stopping by!

Products Used:

Card Stock: So Saffron, Early Expresso and Very Vanilla by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay and Early Expresso by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:   Better Together and Balloon Adventures by Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes, Layering Ovals and Envelope Liner Framelit Dies(Retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips, So Saffron Stampin’ Marker and Stampin’ Dimensionals

Embellishments: Early Expresso Baker’s Twine (Retired) and So Saffron Enamel Dots by Stampin’ Up!

Other – Very Vanilla Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

#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!!


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