Creativity is for Everyone


“I’m not creative”. How many times have you heard someone say that?
Yet, is it really true?

The Creative Process

When someone makes that statement in reference to
card-making, to me it means “I have not had the chance to play and explore
enough to feel confident in using the products available and coming up with my own designs”.
Did you make your first card or your first art project completely
on your own, with no instructions, and with materials you had never used before?
If you did, were you overjoyed with the way it turned out?

The Learning Curve

Most of us have had the experience of being a bit  intimidated when we’re asked to do something we haven’t done before, or when we’re asked to do a familiar process in a different way. There’s a learning curve that makes us uncomfortable. Until we’ve gone through the process a few times (or
many times), we have to think about it each time, and maybe try different ways of doing it until it becomes our new routine.


That’s part of the fun and excitement in life – trying new
things, or trying old things in new ways! Challenging ourselves and exploring opportunities
keeps things fresh. We try new recipes, new restaurants, new hobbies, etc.
Sometimes we’re forced to do it because we’ve lost a recipe or our favorite
restaurant closed. Sometimes we do it just because we want to shake things up.
I went through this learning curve the other day when I  opened the Stampin’ Up! “Hooray It’s Your Day” Simply Created kit I received at Leadership Convention in Orlando last week.  The kit contains card bases, envelopes,
die-cut accents, baker’s twine, cute star paper clips, washi tape, spritz
masks, Stampin’ Spritzers, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  This is a great kit with several different card designs, and one is a gift card holder! You’ll need to add a few additional items for this project, such as the coordinating Hooray It’s Your Day stamp set and re-inkers.


Most of these products in the kit I had used many times before, but
when I read the instructions and found out the first thing I needed to do was
spritz the card with two colors of ink, I had a small panic moment.
“Spritz? I don’t really know how”, I thought. “How hard can  it be?” was my next thought. Well, it turns out that it’s really easy to spritz, but a bit more
difficult, but doable, to get the exact results you want.Basically you put either water or  rubbing alcohol in the spritzer and add a few (or a lot) of drops of ink, put  the cover on, and shake it up to mix it. Then you spray (spritz) it on your
project. Easy.
The more difficult part is getting the exact color and spray effect that you want. This depends on your combination of ink and  water/alcohol, as well as how much pressure you put on the spritzer and the distance between the spritzer and the project when you spritz it. If you spritz  too much, you may end up with a blob, or the color may bleed through the cardstock. Too little, and you might not get the color or coverage you want (but you can always add a little more spritzing).
If you haven’t tried spritzing before, I suggest that you:
  • Cover your work area with scrap paper first.
  • Then watch this entertaining video by Brian Pilling to learn some tips. I tried to embed the video here, but the wrong video comes up when I do that!
  • Finally, get some Stampin’ spritzers and re-inkers. You don’t have to have the kit in order to get started spritzing, but it is a fun one!
  • Point the spritzer at your project and spritz away!
 Here is my first spritzing attempt (before I watched the


The ink colors are Pretty in Pink (retired) on the right
side, and Strawberry Slush on the left. As you can see, the color coverage is
not uniform across the background pattern, but that’s OK.

Use scrap paper and just play around and experiment with
your ink and water/alcohol mix until you get the color you want. Once you’re
satisfied with the color mixture, test spray patterns to see what works best
for you. Then, just go for it, and spritz your project!!!Look for more spritzing samples that I’ll be sharing in the next couple of days.Happy stamping!

Still enjoying Orlando after Stampin’ Up! Leadership Convention

Our Stampin’ Up! Leadership Convention in Orlando ended yesterday and was outstanding! We learned a lot about Stampin’ Up! products that we may not have had a chance to play with yet, (No matter how much time I have to play in my stamp room, it never seems like enough – Lol!) We also got a sneak peek at the next two Paper Pumpkins – so cute!

There was also plenty of information about how to keep our customers happy, so I hope all of you will benefit from that training in the near future :).

My hubby and I are still enjoying the warm Orlando weather, although it is very overcast today, with a chance of rain in the forecast. Our flight home last night got canceled, due to the Milwaukee airport being closed. I thought it was odd when I looked at the flight status on my phone an hour before our flight and it said the departure from Orlando was on time, but the arrival in Milwaukee was canceled.

Right after that the gate attendant announced that our flight wasn’t going and that we should re-book. The earliest we can get out of here is tomorrow morning, and there’s snow in the forecast in Milwaukee again tomorrow 🙁  I’m ready to go home now, so hope we can fly. Otherwise we may have to book a flight to a warmer destination. Cancun, anyone?

Stampin’ Up! Another Side to Best Year Ever!

In the past few days I’ve shown a couple of cards with one sheet of paper from the Best Year Ever package, available as a FREE ITEM when your Stampin’ Up! order reaches $50 (before tax & shipping).

Today I’m excited to show you the reverse side of this paper used to create two easy cards. Here’s the first one:

This card is very quick and I love the bokeh effect on this paper!

Here’s another quick and easy card using the same paper:

If you need any of these supplies to complete your card, just click on the link in the directions and it will take you to my online store, where you can purchase any of the items you need. You can also find color-coordinated accessories simply by entering the name of the color in the search box of the online store. Here’s an example of coordinating products for ‘Bermuda Bay’:
I hope you enjoyed these cute and quick cards and that you have some time to stamp today!
Be sure to check out all the awesome new items available in the 2015 Occasions catalog too!



Versatile Best Year Ever Paper

Tonight is a frigid night here in Wisconsin, so I’m at home playing!
As promised in my last post, I have two more samples using the 3″x 3″ squares that we cut from a 3″x 12″ piece of the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper.

Happy Birthday Card:
That’s it – easy and cheery!
The colors in the Best Year Ever paper are Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, and Whisper White. So you have lots of choices for color combinations!
Happily Ever After card:
  • Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base from Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock
  • Cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Sahara Sand paper from the retired Neutrals Pack, but you could substitute a plain piece of Sahara Sand cardstock, or one subtly stamped with a background so that it doesn’t compete with the DSP pattern.
  • Adhere the Best Year Ever DSP 3″ x 3″ piece to the Sahara Sand square, then adhere the square to the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.
  • Stamp the Happily Ever After sentiment from the Big News stamp set in Versamark ink and emboss it with White embossing powder.
  • Stamp the hearts from the Big News stamp set in Calypso Coral ink, and you have a pretty card for the happy couple.
See how versatile this paper is! We’ve made a baby card, a birthday card and a wedding card so far.
Tomorrow I’ll show some additional ideas for using your pretty DSP.
Just by varying the card base color, and using the 3″ x 3″ DSP alone, or backed with a dark color and 1/8″ border all the way around, or backed with a lighter color 1/4″ border, you can change the personality of your card.
Don’t forget that you get one free product from the Sale-a-Bration flyer for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping).
This pretty paper is one of your options, but there are lots more options for free product.
See them here.

Happy Stamping!

CASEing is FUN!

If you think you’re not very creative, I’m here to tell you that’s OK! Don’t let that stop you from making something beautiful.

To CASE, means to Copy And Share Everything! Stampin’ Up! makes that really easy by providing catalogs (also called Idea Books) full of samples you can recreate exactly as shown, or you can personalize them by changing one or more elements.

The GOOD NEWS: Today Stampin’ Up! released the 2015 Occasions catalog, full of fresh ideas for many spring occasions: Valentine’s Day (well, OK – maybe that’s not really a SPRING occasion in WI), Easter, Mother’s Day and more!

You are encouraged to CASE them. Some projects, like the Valentine treat boxes on page 4, list all the items you’ll need. You can also find videos filled with product information and inspiration HERE.

To sweeten the new catalog release even more, for a limited time, for every $50 order (excl. shipping & tax) you’ll earn a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog, which was also released today.

By choosing products that go together, you can maximize your crafting dollars.

To get you started, I’ve created some simple samples. I’ll give you the first peek today, then show more samples throughout the week. You can also see many of my cards in My Card Gallery on this blog or on Pinterest. There’s an additional Pinterest board for samples from the Occasions catalog too!


  • Start by cutting a 3″ x 12″ piece of your favorite pretty paper into four 3″ x 3″ squares. Here I used the beautiful paper from the Best Year Ever DSP – one of your free item options in the Sale-a-bration catalog (p4).
  • Today’s card is for baby, so I chose a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock for the card base.
  • If desired, cut a piece of coordinating ribbon and attach to the 3″ x 3″ square. I used some retired Crisp Cantaloupe ribbon, but you could leave it off, substitute another color, or even use a 1/4″ wide piece of cardstock instead.
  • Adhere the square to the card base with Snail or your favorite adhesive, leaving about 1/4″ of space below it.
  • Stamp Happy New Baby from the One Tag Fits All set in Soft Suede ink on Crushed Currry cardstock.
  • Punch out the stamped sentiment with the Extra Large Oval punch and adhere it to the 3″ x 3″ square with Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up.
  • Finish off the card by stamping ‘Congratulations’ from the Big News stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink above the square.
Here’s a sample order to create this card and earn a free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog:
$6.95 – Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock 131298 – 24 sheets; enough for 48 cards!
$31.95(Clear) – Big News stamp set; this set has birthday, wedding, thank you, congratulations, baby, and more – 11 stamps in all!

Total that up and you’re at $50.80 in product – enough to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog!

If you like this Best Year Ever DSP I used in this project, you can get it FREE – what a great deal! One pack of paper goes a long way, and it’s very versatile. I’ll be showing more samples with this pretty paper later this week. Another great option is the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, which has 3 colors of coordinating buttons and ribbon:

Why not get both? Just make sure your order totals $100 before shipping and tax and you’ll earn 2 free Sale-a-Bration items that can be used to create cards for many occasions this spring.

Add the:
$17.95 One Tag Fits All stamp set Clear 138583
$6.95 Crushed Curry Cardstock 131199
$16.95 Extra Large Oval Punch 119859, a clear block (F-$16.95 would be a good choice for the large Big News stamps, but E might work), maybe some Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430 ($3.95), and Snail 104332 ($6.95). Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack  and Weekly Deals for other great bargains.
I’m looking forward to sharing more stamping inspiration with you. If you have samples to share, I’d love to see them as well!
Happy stamping!

Bermuda Bay Merry Little Wish

The color of this card base, Bermuda Bay, always makes me happy! It reminds me of the beach. So my merry little wish today is to be somewhere warm, with my toes in the sand :).
Don’t you just love the texture of the burlap ribbon against the Bermuda Bay background? The Christmas tree from the Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees set is embossed with Pool Party embossing powder on Whisper White card stock, then the ornaments were stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. Finally, the tree was topped with a gold glimmer star, punched with the itty bitty accents punch.
The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White card stock and punched with the large oval punch, and added to a Coastal Cabana scallop oval.
Dimensions: Bermuda Bay: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, Coastal Cabana: 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″, Whisper White: 2″ x 3-1/2″. Both the coastal cabana and whiper white piece are rounded on one side with the Project Life corner rounder punch.
Click any of the links in the project description to go to my online store to find these products. I’d love to see what you create!
Happy Stamping!


Big News Birthday

Birthday cards seem to be the cards I need most often, so I like to keep a variety on hand. Today’s card is an easy (less than 10 minute) card for the Song of My Heart Christmas party Shoe Box Swap.
If you’re not familiar with shoe box swaps, basically each person who is attending designs a card and cuts a set of all the pieces for each person who is attending and puts them in a shoebox or other container. Then they add the stamp set, any ribbon, embellishments,  a glass block, punches, ink pads, etc. to the box so that everyone else can recreate the card that they designed. We go around the room, making each of the cards, with a break for fun and food about halfway through the process. Since we have about 20 people attending, that’s quite a bit of stamping!
The Designer Series Paper (dsp) is from the Stampin’ Up! Lullaby pack. There are some great patterns in the set that can be used not only for baby cards, but for many other occasions too. I thought that the baked brown sugar and pistachio pudding patterns worked well for a more masculine birthday card.
Start by cutting your 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 card base from Crumb Cake card stock and folding in half.  Then cut a 1″ x 5-1/2″ strip of the brown sugar Lullaby dsp, a 3-3/8″ x 2-1/2″ piece of whisper white card stock, and a 4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of pistachio pudding Lullaby dsp. Stamp the birthday sentiment from the Big News stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink on the whisper white card stock, then attach the pieces. Next, stamp the candle twice in Pistachio Pudding ink. If desired, you can use the Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker to darken the wick a little, especially on the dsp.
Punch two stars from gold glimmer paper and attach with a glue dot at the top of the stamped wick.

Lastly, stamp ‘Enjoy the fuss’ in the lower right corner in Baked Brown Sugar ink.
Quick and easy! Just what this season of holiday busyness calls for.

Visit my online store to purchase these or many other great Stampin’ Up! products. As always, the clearance rack items are in the rotating display on the right panel of my page, so check there for great stocking stuffers!

Happy stamping!

Merry Little Wish Bag

No time to make a card today, but I found a little time this week to finish up a couple of Paper Pumpkin bags that were left over in my craft room from the In the Bag Kit:

The first one just uses the circles and letters from the kit, and may get more embellishments at a later date. It’s looking a wee bit plain for a party bag 🙂


For the second one, I turned the blue circles over and used the plain white side, then added circles of wild wasabi behind the letters. I cut a star with the star framelit die from Wild Wasabi card stock, and cut an additional star the same size using the red-flocked window sheet from the Stampin’ Up! Candlelight Christmas stack (retired). Then I used two star framelits to create a Real Red border around it.  Little gold glimmer stars were punched using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

If you don’t have the February 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, you could make your own circles with punches or dies and add lettering with stickers or stamps. For the red-flocked window sheet you could add color to a plain window sheet with heat embossing or craft ink, or substitute a stamped star for the window sheet. There are SOOOO many possibilities!

Paper Pumpkin kits make great gifts too! You can purchase them as a prepaid subscription or as a month-to-month subscription. See all the details on prepaid subscriptions here.

If you’re interested in a month-to-month subscription you can visit My Paper Pumpkin to get more information and to sign up today! There are many ideas for Paper Pumpkin kits on my Paper Pumpkin Ideas Pinterest board. So check them out, then come join the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Merry Little Wish Upon Christmas Stars

At our October Stampin’ Up! demonstrator group meeting I shared this card as our Make ‘n Take.

After I designed it and cut the pieces I laid them all out on the floor. I checked twice to make sure I had cut all the card stock pieces, had included the Delicate Designs embossing folder, the star framelit die, heat tool for embossing, gold embossing powder, envelope punch board (to round the corners), gold baker’s twine and stamps for the Festival of Trees star and sentiment and Stampin’ dimensionals to pop up the Old Olive piece. Suddenly I realized I was missing the Crumb Cake card bases! (Hard to make the cards without those – LOL!) So back to the cutting table to cut card bases…

Then I thought I was all set. But the night of the demo meeting I noticed everyone was making the card without doing the embossing for the stars. Why was that, I wondered? Then one of the ladies informed me that there was no Versamark ink pad AND they were borrowing a glass block from another table because I forgot that as well. Duh! The best laid plans don’t always work out the way you imagine!

The card looks so simple, how can it possibly need all that stuff????
So don’t worry if you don’t have all the supplies I used, just substitute as needed and make your card! Happy Stamping!

Starry Medallion Wreath

I went down to my craft room for a little stamping time and once again, those cute little stars from the Noel Paper Pumpkin kit grabbed my attention. There was a stack of partially finished Paper Pumpkin kits on my desk, and these stars were on top. If you’re not familiar with Stampin’ Up!s My Paper Pumpkin subscription service, you can find the details here.

The Daydream Medallion stamp set had also been left out on my desk (I don’t always have the neatest stamp room – LOL!), so I inked it up in Versamark and heat embossed the stamp in silver with the intent of making a wreath. Then I used the coordinating Floral Frames framelit die to cut out the medallion.

I knew I wanted to use those little stars, so I chose a stamp from the Letterpress Winter set for the center of the wreath and embossed that in silver as well. It fit so nicely inside the Daydream Medallion set, leaving just enough room for me to add stars! It doesn’t show up real well in the photo, but the silver embossing is gorgeous. You can see the embossing a bit better here:

To attach the stars, I simply added a mini glue dot to the back of every other star and pressed them in place. Easy!

Once the stars were in place, the middle of the wreath begged to pop a little more, so out came the Flower Patch stamp set, which has a flower just the right size for the center. I stamped it in Real Red ink and added a rhinestone to the center for a little bling.

The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set and is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on a small rectangle of retired Designer Series Paper (DSP), but any Real Red dsp scrap will work.

I love the Smoky Slate, Real Red and Whisper White combo. What do you think? I still have a lot of stars to play with, so look for more starry cards here on my blog.

Noel Paper Pumpkin Meets String Art

Yesterday, while cleaning up my unread email, I found this blog post on The Twinery’s website and pinned this card:

I really liked the idea of using the twine behind the circle on a card. Immediately I ran down to my craft room and started to create one. However, my card took on a life of its own and there’s no twine to be found on it…
When I sat down at my desk, it was piled up with several unfinished Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kits. One of them was the Noel kit which has many little silver, gray and red stars stitched together. So I got the ‘brilliant’ idea of using the stars instead of the twine behind the cut out circle.
Umm, that didn’t work out so well. The stars kept flipping over in the middle, then I got glue dots stuck to everything, and finally I moved on to plan B. Here’s the result of my efforts:

To make the inside a bit neater behind the cutout, I added a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red card stock and a few Christmas trees. Two of them are stamped with trees from the Festival of Trees stamp set. The other was punched out from the circle removed from the front of the card. The stamps and punch are also available as a bundled set, which makes popping these trees out super-easy! I added a sentiment (May the sparkle of the stars and all the peace on earth be yours this Christmas) from the Stampin’ Up! Christmas Bliss photopolymer set (one of my faves).

Here’s the inside:

Now, back to the craft room to finish the card I initially set out to create…..
Happy Stamping!

Turkeys at Turner Hall

How many turkeys will be on your Thanksgiving table this year? These little Toms will be at the Turner Hall craft fair in Watertown, WI tomorrow!

Use the Stampin’ Up! scallop circle punches, oval punch, the feet, eyes and heart from the owl builder punch, and the nose from the tip of the tree punch to make these guys.

After the show, some may show up on my Thanksgiving table along with the Big Tom Turkey.

Come visit us on the first floor at Turner Hall on Sunday!

One Sheet Wonder Candlelight Christmas

Isn’t this Stampin’ Up Candlelight Christmas paper festive?

Usually by this time of year, I’m nearly done making my Christmas cards to send to friends and family. This year, I’m behind, plain and simple. To make up for lost time, I’ve been going through the One Sheet Wonder templates I’ve saved to Pinterest and making about 10 cards at a time. For these, I used Sylvie’s template at, but I was having a difficult time reading some of the dimensions, so I just made some changes.
Here are 2 photos of the 10 cards I completed. (I stole the Christmas Bliss piece that belonged to card #11, so that one isn’t done yet….shhhh, don’t tell!).






These little gingerbread folks are ‘Early Espresso’, even though they’re looking a bit green here!





The Designer Series paper is Stampin’ Up’s Candlelight Christmas and is not in the current catalog. All other products are also Stampin’ Up! except for the Christmas trees with the gold stars, which were cut from a recycled Christmas card.
Please leave a comment if you have a question about dimensions or products. Many of these products are available in my Stampin’ Up! online store.

Happy stamping! I hope you have time to create something fun today.


Challenge Yourself

On Sunday I had some time to play in my stamp room – Yay! Since I’ve been busy with workshops, I decided it was time to just create something. So I scanned my Pinterest pins for a One Sheet Wonder template and used it to create these 9 cards:

The template I used was for an 8×8″ piece of Designer Series paper, but I actually used both sides of a 12″x12″ piece of Holiday Treasures (in the 2008 Fall Winter Stampin’ Up! Idea Catalog). That was my challenge – to create something using the Holiday Treasures paper that I had in my stash for quite some time.

The original card designs can be seen here. As you will see, I modified the cards and colors for the paper and stamp sets I had in my stamp room. Many of these items are retired, but there are also some stamps and punches from the current Holiday catalog and the 2014-15 Annual Catalog.

I challenge YOU to create a One Sheet Wonder set using a piece of Designer Series Paper in your collection and substituting the stamps and paper that you have on hand!!!!

First, I will show the photos, then I will list the items used to create these cards (I may miss a few, but if you have questions about a particular card, just leave a comment!) All supplies are Stampin’ Up! except the trees with gold stars that were punched from an old Christmas card.

Card #1:
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: Many Merry Messages, Jolly Bingo Bits
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Other: 1/2″ Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Antique Brad
Card #2:
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DSP: Holiday Treasures; Tree punched from a Christmas card
Stamps: Good Greetings, Letterpress Winter
Ink: Versamark, Primrose Petals
Other: Gold embossing powder, Framed Tulips embossing folder
Card #3:


Cardstock:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Coredinations Primrose Petals
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: More Merry Messages
Ink: Primrose Petals
Other: Petals a Plenty embossing folder, Dimensionals
Card #4:


Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: Festival of Trees, Good Greetings, Letterpress Winter
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Primrose Petals
Punches: Modern Label, Merry Mini Punch Pack
Other: 1/2″ Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver Glimmer Brad, Silver Glimmer paper, Dimensionals
Card #5


Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: Tags 4 You
Ink: Primrose Petals
Other: 3/8″ Primrose Petals Satin Stitched Ribbon, Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Dimensionals
Card #6


Cardstock: Whisper White, Coredinations Primrose Petals
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: Tags 4 You
Ink: Primrose Petals
Punches: Merry Mini Punch Pack, Label Bracket, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle
Card #7


Cardstock: Whisper White, Coredinations Primrose Petals, Certainly Celery
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Good Greetings
Ink: Primrose Petals
Card #8
Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
DSP: Holiday Treasures
Stamps: Good Greetings
Ink: Primrose Petals
Other:  Lovely Lace embossing folder, Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon
Card #9


Cardstock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Coredinations Primrose Petals
DSP: Holiday Treasures, Chocolate Chip from Neutrals DSP stack
Stamps: Holiday Home, Letterpress Winter, Jolly Bingo Bits
Ink: Primrose Petals, Always Artichoke
Whew! That’s it for today. Hope you’ll have some time to play with YOUR stamps and paper this week! Happy Stamping!


Busy Pattern Paper Challenge

What do you do with paper that has a really strong pattern and lots of colors like this one?

That was the challenge put to the Song Of My Heart Stampers team a few weeks ago. Would you like to see some examples of what they came up with? If not, close your eyes and step away from the computer now, because I’m going to show a few.

How about a card border, or a banner? This card uses lots of white space with only a small border of the paper showing.

Or maybe you’d like a cute Christmas tree? Again, there’s lots of white space on this card, and an embossed snowflake adds texture and also offsets the colorful paper pattern.

Another option is to use this paper for a kite pattern on a pretty scrapbook page. This time the Pistachio Pudding paper acts as the backdrop. I love the “Soaring” sentiment on the bottom too!
For my sample, I chose to make a baby card! Baby card? Yes, I think it works. Take a peek and see what you think!

The Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper was embossed with the Argyle embossing folder and lightly sanded, then added to some Basic Gray card stock on a Pistachio Pudding base. Both the embossing and sanding help soften the pattern. The giraffe from Zoo Babies was stamped in Summer Starfruit and added to the Smoky Slate tag. A little sentiment and some rhinestones, and there you have it – a baby card!

Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the ways that you can take a strong pattern and break it up so that it doesn’t overpower your card, scrapbook page or banner! It’s fun seeing how the same product in the hands of different stampers can look totally unique, don’t you think?

Happy Stamping!