The Year in 20 Cards

Happy New year! Bonne année! I don’t have my card- making supplies while visiting family in France, but I thought it might be fun to look back at some of my favorite cards from the last year. So…

One of my favorite stamp sets!
My first slider card.
Gorgeous diecut.
Outstanding 3D embossing folder!
Shaker card.
Watercolored image!
An adaptation from an ATC.
Super simple!
Fun fold.
And another!
Color sprinkles.
Florida fun!
I love vellum.
Featuring beautiful paper.
Watercolored background.
Fun with punches.
Multi-step stamping.
“Mercury Glass” acetate.
“Snow Globe” shaker card.
Slider, stamped background, rounded and punched corners.

Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane, and that it inspires your own cardmaking. Start 2020 by sending your favorite people a card! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping-


Cool Tools

Quite a few of my card class “students” are relatively new to papercrafts, or some are scrapbookers just getting into cardmaking.  Anyway, many of them don’t have a stamping platform like the (fabulous) Stamparatus.  Seriously, I think it’s the best one out there.  Anyway, we were making this card:


It’s a simple card, Balmy Blue cardstock base, Very Vanilla embossed with the Basketweave embossing folder.  I had the students use the Stamparatus to do the two-step stamping for the flower.  I diecut a flower (see the blue paper on the Stamparatus platform in the photo).


Then we diecut multiple flower shapes (from the To A Wild Rose stamp bundle) in Whisper White. I used both doors of the Stamparatus, and centered each stamp in the outline before picking the stamp up with the doors.

When they popped their blank flower shape into the negative, they inked up each stamp in turn, and stamped the image.  Next person, next flower, next person, next flower.  It’s so great for classes, and for individuals making stacks of cards!  A little ribbon, dimensional foam to pop up the flower, and the card was done.  I love the instant gratification of cardmaking!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and if you haven’t seen one, check out the Stamparatus.  You can do that by clicking the Visit My Site button on this page, and searching for Stamparatus.  Stop back again- in the meantime, happy stamping!


Happy Holidays!

I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, with just too much going on at home, work, and with friends.  I DID manage to finish and address all of my handmade Christmas cards (about 50 of them), and I have started packing to visit my daughter’s family for Christmas.  Unfortunately, my hubby won’t be joining me, so I’m leaving him in the care of friends and family, who I know will help him have happy holidays. This week, I wanted to show you something different than my usual cards.  It’s an ornament, made with a 3 inch embroidery hoop, which I ordered online.

I used a retired stamp, Stampin’ Up!’s By the Dunes, but you could use any stamp you like.  This one is for a New Englander.  I hope she likes it!

I stamped the image and the sentiment (from the Merry Christmas to all stamp set) on the back in black Memento ink- the image is on Whisper White, and the sentiment on Balmy Blue cardstock.  I hand-colored the image with Stampin’ Blends markers in light Pool Party and Petal Pink, light and dark Crumbcake, light and dark Smoky Slate, and light and dark Granny Apple Green. I used a Micron black pen to extend the image a bit in parts, and to sign on the back.  The hanger is made with the Copper Trim.  All items, aside from the stamp, Micron pen and the hoops, are in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  I diecut the images with a 3-inch circle die, and used Tombow Multi Glue to adhere one to each side.

If you don’t feel confident hand-coloring with alcohol markers, try colored pencils, which are easier to control.  Or, just choose and image that doesn’t need coloring, or fussy-cut and glue down an image from our gorgeous designer series papers. Anything goes!

Thank you for stopping by; I sincerely appreciate your interest and support.  Say hi in the comments, let me know if you’d like to recieve emails, or shop in my store by clicking the “Visit My Site” button.  Stop by again, but until then-

Happy Stamping!


Dino Days

One of my fellow stampers shared a sketch and challenged us to come up with a card.  This is the sketch:


It happens that I had just finished fussy-cutting all of the dinosaurs from one sheet of designer paper (while I sat with hubby watching a football game- it was actually kind of zen!).  This is what I ended up with- aren’t they adorable?


I’d been sorely tempted to buy the coordinating stamps and dies, but as I’ve said before, I’m trying to focus on stamps that will be most useful for my classes, so I just bought the paper instead.  Here’s what I did- super simple, and I probably will tweak it considerably if I do it for a class (I think tone on tone stamping on the orange would look nice).


I thought the window would be a cool way to feature the cut image, rather than attaching it to the front.  I used a punch for the opening, and here is the inside.  Cute, right?


I think it would be appropriate for any age.  We should all dream big!   Thanks for stopping by.  If you are interested in any of the items used here (listed below), or need other stamping items, please visit my shop by clicking on the Visit My Site button on this page.  I love feedback, so if you are so moved leave a comment!

Happy stamping!



cardstock- Whisper White, Mango Melody, and Flirty Flamingo, and DinoRoar Designer Series Paper

ink- Flirty Flaming, Mossy Meadow

stamps (sentiments)- Capture the Good, and Over the Moon

2-inch Circle Punch, Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer for cutting and scoring, Glitter Enamel Dots






Everyone Loves a Little Sparkle

Ha! Another Christmas card, though it’s still getting to 87 degrees every day in SW Florida.  I’m not complaining, though.  That’s why I (and millions of others) moved here. Anyway, in my class yesterday, we made a birthday card, an all-occasion note card, and this Christmas card.  It was a hit, so I thought I’d share it with you.


The cardbase is 5.5x 8.5 inches, folded in half to make a 4.25x 5.5 inch card.  I used a fabulous Mercury Glass acetate for the background, cut a 3 inch circle from it, and glued it with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I diecut the trees in white and silver glimmer paper, and I diecut the deer three times- twice in navy and once in white.  I diecut the silver circle twice, with circle measuring 2.75 and 3.25 inches- I found it better to cut them separately as it caused less distortion.  I ran a bone folder (you could use the back of a spoon) over the back of the circle to get it nice and smooth. I glued the deer diecuts together with the white on top, and ran that through my diecutting machine with the 2.75 inch circle, so it would fit snugly against the silver circle without having to glue the circle over it. Assemble as shown, first the silver circle, then the trees, and finally the deer.  I didn’t use any glue on the antlers so they stood up a little.  I added my sentiment over a strip of glimmer paper.

I love how the navy behind the deer gives it just a little definition against the trees.  What do you think?

All materials (with the exception of the circle dies, but I have listed the SU equivalent below) are available from my Stampin’ Up! shop- you can get there by clicking Visit My Site on this page, and I appreciate your support.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!



Cardstock/specialty papers- Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil Sheets, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Ink- Night of Navy

Dies-Snow Globe Scenes, Layering Circles

Stamp- Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set



Hello, again!


I just wanted to pop on this evening, because I was so pleased with this card.  I had seen a layout like this on a Jennifer McGuire video, and was inspired by this beautiful paper to give it a seaside twist.

A 2 inch by 5.5 inch piece of designer paper  was glued to the card base, and 1 inch and 2 inch wide pieces of cardstock had a 1/8 inch strip of navy cardstock was glued to each as shown. The sentiment was stamped on the 2 inch piece, and both were attached to the card base with foam dimensional tape.  I stamped the shell and fussy-cut it, gluing one end to the white cardstock and attaching the other end with a foam dimensional to the designer paper.

Hope you like it as much as I do!

Happy stamping!


Materials, all from Stampin’ Up!: Whisper White cardstock for base, raised panels, and shell. Night of Navy cardstock for the strips.  See a Silhouette designer series paper. Seaside Notions (shell) and Colorful Seasons (sentiment) stamp sets. Tombow Multi Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals. Miscellaneous: dimensional foam tape.







Stamping, Coloring, and Pretty Papers

Yep, I’ve been playing with my stash, old and new, and it’s all in here.  Most of my classes are three cards, but sometimes I make A LOT of cards before I settle on the ones for the class.  I try to make at least one simpler card, to encourage beginners and let experienced stampers breeze through that one.  Instant gratification!  That’s what I love about making cards. Here is my simple card, letting the designer paper do all the work:


Gorgeous paper, matching cardstock, and a heat embossed sentiment.  Boom. Inside it says “today blooms just for you”.  Next up is a card inspired by one in the SU annual catalog.  Here, I stamped my own “designer paper” using a beautiful fern leaf stamp.


I adhered the stamped paper to the background piece, and I adhered the oval directly to the vellum.  The sentiment was raised on the vellum with foam dimensionals.  Once those were in place, I carefully positioned foam dimensionals on the backside of the vellum, making sure they could not be seen by hiding them behind the other elements. Attach the vellum to the stamped paper, and adhere the whole works to a card base.

Finally, the coloring:

I stamped both cows with Memento.  I used Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) on the front paper, because I knew I could hide any bleed-through with the blue backing paper. The inside cow wasn’t colored, but I added a little color with green “grass” and a red heart, which was done with a water-based marker, taking care not to smear the black ink (start coloring from the middle of the image, and get close to the black line without going OVER it).  This way, there was no bleed-through to the back of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.  I’m guessing all three may eventually make it to a class, but we’ll see!  Let me know what you think!  If you want to purchase any of the supplies (I’ll list them below), click on the Visit My Site button.  If you want to be notified when I post a new blog, follow me!  I’m also on fb and instagram @readyinkgo

Happy stamping!


Card 1: Blackberry Bliss cardstock and ink (interior), Crushed Curry ink and clear embossing powder, Perennial Essence designer series paper, Very Vanilla cardstock (interior), Perennial Birthday stamp set.

Card 2: Very Vanilla cardstock for card base, 4x 5.25 for leaf stamping and misc. pieces for stamping.  Crumbcake background (4.25x 5.5 inches), Vellum, Old Olive ink, Daisy Lane and Perennial Birthday stamp sets, Stitched Ovals dies.

Card 3: Whisper White card base and 4x 5.25 inch piece for front, Pacific Point cardstock for base piece (4.25x 5.5 inches), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin’ Blend Markers, Stampin’ Write Markers, Over the Moon and Perennial Birthday stamp sets.

Planning for Christmas!

Because I sell cards and teach cardmaking, I need to stay ahead of the seasons!  I am teaching a Christmas card class this week, and have designed three cards. First is a fun fold, with 4.25 by 8.5 inch cardstock, folded at 2.75 and 7 inches.


The gorgeous paper is Brightly Gleaming designer paper, and the stamp set is Christmas Gleaming, with coordinating punches.  Punches are great if you don’t have a diecutting/embossing machine!  After the fold, I just made panels to fit, stamped and punched the ornaments (and their “shadows”), gluing them to the left panel, with one overlapping the gap, and I stamped a sentiment from the Still Scenes stamp set, matted it and glued that to the right panel.

Next I made a simpler card, using two of the designs from Toile Tidings designer paper, Real Red cardstock for the mat, and Real Red Ruched Ribbon. I stamped the sentiment using stamps from the Merry Christmas to all set, and cut it and the mat with the Stitched Shapes ovals.


Lastly, I used the Snow Globe Shaker Domes, Snow Globe Scenes dies, and Still Scenes stamp set.  I love this suite, and can imagine lots of non- Christmas snow globes!  The stamps and dies give you lots of options for scenes, and I chose to combine the homestead stamp with the church diecut.  Our Snowfall Accents Puff Paint adds to the dimension. The paper is another design from the Brightly Gleaming set.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards.  All supplies mentioned are from Stampin’ Up!, and can be purchased by going to my store- just click the Visit My Site button on this page.  Thanks for stopping by; follow my blog for more stamping fun, or see my cards on Instagram @readyinkgo.

Happy stamping,


Gift Card Holder in a Card



This is a card I came up with to combine a gift card holder in a regular-sized (4.25×5.5 inch) A2 card.  I decorated this one for Christmas, but it is really an all-occasion fold.  It starts with an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock, cut lengthwise into equal halves, 4.25 x 11 inches.  Score along the long side at 2.75 and 5.5 inches.


Watch a video here:

Next, make a notch at the top of the first panel so you can easily remove the gift card.  In the example above, I used a small circle diecut, but I felt a larger notch would be better, so here I used a 2 inch circle punch, centering on the first panel.


Now you’ll adhere the side and bottom of this panel to the next one.  Be sure to use adhesive (Tear-n-tape or Tombow Glue, for example) only on the edge of the side of the panel, but at the bottom, use the adhesive high enough to keep the card up near the top of the card.


Decorate the card as desired, and use an additional piece of cardstock to make your front piece, which can be any shape or size, depending on your sentiment or image.  Center the front piece on the card, but be careful to glue it only to the top panel of the card.  Be sure your inside sentiment is hidden completely by the front piece.  You’re done!

I hope you enjoy making this card for your next gift card occasion.  If you need any of the materials used, clicking Visit My Site will take you to my store. Thanks for stopping by, and comment or add pics of your own if you like.

Happy stamping!