Quick Card Weekend: Washi Tape Background with Big Impact

Quick Card Weekend is a monthly post sharing little tips & tricks and musings about pulling together “Pops of Paper” with limited time.

Hi Friends!! Welcome to the weekend! Today, I’m sharing a quick CAS card using Doodlebug Rainbow Stripe Washi Tape as my background and the big bold sentiment from Essential by Ellen Thank You For Being a Friend stamp set. I absolutely love this block lettering sentiment from Brandi…I find myself humming the Golden Girls theme song each time I work with it 🙂

Essentials by Ellen Thank you for Being a Friend Stamp Set

Quick Card Details & Creative Process

Time: 10 Minutes & 3 Steps

Timesaver: Washi Tape and Bold Sentiment Stamp

  1. Place several diagonal rows of washi tape to your card panel. Meet each row at the seam and try not to overlap the washi tape for a smooth background paper look.

Tip: Just fold your washi ends over your card panel and tear the washi from the roll. No need to pull out your scissors.

  1. Stamp your bold sentiment with black ink on a white card panel and die cut the sentiment using the Essentials Circles Designer Dies. This design die is AMAZING because its a ”two-for” it gets you both a circle sentiment and a perfectly sized thin circle border. To highlight the sentiment with a little extra pop, I colored the thin border with a Copic marker (RV55) that matches the Washi tape.
  2. Adhere your bold circle sentiment to your washi background and you’re all set! Easy Peasy!

So there we are friends, a quick & easy card for those times when you need a little something and you’re short on time. Hope you enjoy and Big Paper Hugs!

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Camp Wanna Stamp Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle Collaboration Blog Hop

Hi Friends! Welcome to Pops Of Paper and thank you for joining me on the third Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping Release Blog Hop. We’re sharing inspiration with the most adorable EH Exclusive Avery Elle Stamp set: Peek-a-Boo Camp Wanna Stamp.

If you are stopping by while on the Summer Of Stamping Blog Hop, you should be arriving from the Ellen Hutson blog where you can find the entire hop list. Blog Hop Giveaway Details and the entire hop list are at the end of this post. Next on the hop is the awesome Amy Kolling from the Avery Elle Design Team!

Product Release Info: Camp Wanna Stamp is sold as a Stamp/Coordinating Die combo or stamp-only (dies are not sold separately).

For my projects today, I have two cards combining all cuties canoeing from Camp Wanna Stamp and the EBE Constellation Background Designer Die. I also snuck in a little paper piecing on the bear’s red bandanna using the plaid stamp from the EBE Plaid Maker Stamp Set. All of my images were stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Another Year of Adventure

It’s so much fun to build little scenes with these critters. For my background, I ink-blended the Constellation Background with Blue Distress Oxide Inks and then spritzed with Sparkle Shimmer Spray. For a extra pop, I added star embellishments from my stash and little white gel star polka dots. Everything was adhered inside a rectangle frame using foam tape and liquid glue. 

Written in the Stars

With the sweet sentiment, I thought it would be cute to have the bear catching a couple stars alongside his bunny friend. I created the fishing line using silver metallic thread and used glue dots to attach the double-sided stars to the fishing line. 

So there we are friends, two adventure under the stars cards using the ADORABLE Peek-a-Boo Camp Wanna Stamp Collaboration Stamp Set. I hope you enjoyed my projects today, and it inspires you to stretch your stamps and metal dies in fun new ways. Have a fun time on the hop and enjoy all the inspiration from all the talented designers. Big Paper Hugs! 🤗

Blog Hop Details

Hop Prize Info: We’ve got a super fun prize!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! And don’t forget to comment here too for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday, July 25th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email.

Blog Hop List:

EH Blog 

Emily Mydlowski (you are here)

next on the hop—>Amy Kolling 

Elena Roussakis 

Ashley Marcu 

Heather Campbell 

Kelly Griglione 

Katie Gehring 

Sandy Allnock 

Jamie Gracz 

Carly Tee Minner


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Rainbow Ink Swatches with Essentials by Ellen Better Days Ahead Exclusive Gift with Purchase Set

Hi Friends, hope you are having a great week! Today, I’m so excited to share a swatching project that I’ve been working on. I love the idea of color swatches and always love looking at ink swatch photos (it’s crafty eye candy for me) but until now I haven’t taken the plunge. When I realized I could swatch the four beautiful ink combinations from Pinkfresh Studio with the four rainbow ribbons in the exclusive EBE Better Days Ahead Gift With Purchase Stamp Set, I jumped for joy and went all in because (1) I needed my own color swatches in my life and (2) Rainbows are my absolute favorite. There’s definitely better days ahead in my craft room with the addition of these happy rainbow ink swatches.

Below you’ll find my swatching process and more color combo photos.

The Swatching Process:

  1. Die Cut 12 Circles that fit on a circle tag.
  2. Add the 4 Rainbow Ribbons and 1 Heart to 5 different Stamping Blocks.
  3. Open up the ink cube packaging and stamp each color from darkest to lightest. 
  4. Use the darkest ink to add the cute little rainbow heart. 
  5. Free-hand scribble in the names of the inks between the first and second rainbow ribbon. 
  6. Die cut 12 circle tags in “matching” rainbow color cardstock. I used the the Hero Hues Sampler for my circle tags.
  7. Adhered Rainbow Swatches to the circle tag and insert circle ring for storage.

Here’s to Better Days Ahead full of colorful rainbow cards & swatches. Be sure to stop by Ellen Hutson and do a little wishlist shopping so you can get your hands on this awesome stamp set! Better Days Ahead is available with purchase when you spend $100 or more between July 15-19, 2020. 

Big Paper Hugs!


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Please note that some items are currently out of stock but should be restocked soon…be sure to use the notify me feature if there is a color combo you have your eyes on. You can also find all the ink colors at Pinkfresh Studio

What “Inkspires” You! Card Hop

Hi Friends! Hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying the Handmade Happiness What Inkspires You Card Hop. If this is your first time stopping by, I’m so glad you are here and big Welcome!! You can find the entire card hop at the end of this post.

Not only are we sharing our Inkspirations but we’re also celebrating my friend Courtney Kreeber’s Create and Inkspire business launch! Make sure you stop by and have a look as I hear there might be an amazing card kit launching a July 15th.

My Inkspiration

When the cardmaking/stamping bug hit, I was in need of a creative outlet to stay centered. What truly inspires me is the creative process and how my mind can escape for a little while as I take an image, a sentiment, a color palette or a new crafty tool and pull all those elements together to create a bright and cheerful smile on paper and in my soul. When I create my cards, I not only get joy from the process but it’s common for me to create fun little stories in my mind about the images or to reflect on the sentiments or the person I’m making the card for.  It helps me to be mindful to giggle and remember how important it is to play as an adult.

So today, I’m sharing a slimline card using the Take a Leap Stamp Set from Evelin T Designs. Evelin’s stamps and storybook designs are my perfect creative getaway. Don’t these little critters look like they are having the best day ever!! Bouncing on the trampoline with arms stretched wide embracing all the fun and joy of a carefree day.

The Card Making Process:

Creating the Critters: I stamped all of the critter images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to white card stock. Then I colored the images with different Copic markers in browns and grays. To add a little whimsy to a couple of the critters, I added little hearts on their belly. The bunny with a gel pen heart and the kitty with a colorless blender heart belly —after I colored the kitty with my Copics I used my colorless blender to remove some of the ink to create the heart pattern. After coloring, I fussy cut the images and set them aside for my final card assembly.

Creating the Slimline Card Panel: My overall goal for a slimline card is to fit into a Business/#10 Envelope. The white card panel for the background design was cut to 8.5 x 3.5 inches. The aqua card base is approximately 8.75 x 3.75 inches.

  • I stamped the tree and trampoline directly to the card panel and colored with copics and white gel pen along with the grassy ground cover.
  • Then I used a stitched heart from Trinity Stamps Slimline Series Die Set to create the heart background elements. Originally, I was going to make a shaker but instead decided to ink blended the heart die cuts using blending brushes and The Stamp Market Inks and then adhered the colorful hearts back into the stitched heart “frames”. I really love the extra pop this color combo brings to the card design. 

The Final Assembly: To complete the card, I adhered the critters to their hearts using thin foam adhesives and added the “Keep your spirits high” sentiment with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. 

So there we are friends, a happy slimline card that’s jumping for joy. I hope this project Inkspires you to enjoy the full creative process to create a fun, playful smile on paper. Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to join the talented card makers along the card hop. 

The Card Hop

Courtney (You Tube)

Pennie (You Tube)

Michele (You Tube)

Emily (you are here)

Amanda (You Tube)

Amalia (You Tube)

Cyn (You Tube)

LeeAnn (Blog)

Laura (You Tube)

Terra (You Tube)

Maria (You Tube)

Karen (Blog)

Jennifer (You Tube)

Keionna (You Tube)

Mary Ellen (You Tube)

Christi (Blog)

A few of the Supplies:

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Summer of Stamping: Brandi Kincaid EBE Release Blog Hop

Hello Friends and welcome to Pops of Paper! Today, I’m joining several of the EH Design Ambassadors on a Blog Hop celebrating Ellen Hutson’s Second Summer of Stamping New Release. 

The release includes two Gorgeous 4×6 floral stamp sets (Mondo Pansy and You Should Know) and the Thank you for Being a Friend 3×4 Stamp all designed by the amazing Brandi Kincaid. There’s also a combo of all three sets!

What I love most about this release are the sentiments. They’re like little paper pep talks and reminders of how special and important we are for each other and to ourselves.

My first project features the You Should Know Stamp Set and coloring with Prismacolor Pencils on both color cardstock (mossy green) and white cardstock. I love it when you can use the exact same coloring supplies and get two completely different (but both very pretty) results. List of the pencil colors: Poppy Red, Pale Vermillion, Process Red, Blush Pink, Pink, Peach, Mulberry, Parma Violet, Lilac, Violet, Yellowed Orange, Spanish Orange, Canary Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, Grass Green, Colourless Blender.

You are doing better than you think: Stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Colored with Prismacolor pencils; blended with a Prismacolor blender pencil and little pops of white gel pen polka dots for extra dimension. I added  pretty sparkly sequins for the flower center. For a little more pop, an Essentials Rectangle White Frame Border and black and white sentiment block popped up with foam tape.

We’re in it together: Stamped with Versafine Clair Ink in Green Oasis and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Colored with Prismacolor pencils; blended with a Prismacolor blender pencil and pretty sparkly sequins for the flower centers. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiments with Nocturne Versafine Clair Ink and added a skinny strip of polka dot washi tape. 

My second project features the Mondo Pansy Stamp Set. Wow, this set is amazing to color! I stamped and masked the image to cover the bottom of the card panel with pansy stems and flowers. Then I heat embossed my images with clear embossing powder.  I colored the florals with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in the following colors: Pink-025, Peach Pink-202, Yellow-050, Lemon Yellow-051, Bright Yellow-052, Turquoise Green-042, Persian Green-033, Light Violet-081, Lilac-083, English Lavendar-803.

Then I added white gel pen stipple dots and shading to the florals. For the sentiment, I used the EBE Big Scripty Hello with a vellum shadow piece and stacked black cardstock “hello”. To finish the card, I added clear sparkly sequins and sparkly Stickles

Tip: To pop-up your vellum sentiments without foam, after stacking your sentiment on the vellum, turn your sentiment over and adhere several sentiments on the underside of the layered piece. Then add adhesive along the sentiment and adhere to your card panel for no-show glue or foam spots with extra dimension.

So there we are friends, three floral cards using the new Essentials by Ellen release. I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Be sure to stop by and take a look at the entire release and all of the amazing inspiration from the talented EH Ambassadors on the Blog Hop…details below!


We’ve got a super fun prize!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! And don’t forget to comment here too for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday, July 18th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email.


EH Blog 

Jessica Frost-Ballas 

Adelina Starace 

Lisa Spangler 

Michele Ferguson 

Ashlea Cornell 

Carissa Wiley 

Carly Tee Minner 

Laurel Beard 

Emily Mydlowski (You are Here)

Julie Ebersole 

Additional Supplies:

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One Stamp Three Ways with Trinity Stamps: Shellabration Stamp Set

Hi Friends and Welcome to Pops of Paper. I hope you had a great weekend and off to great start into the new week. I’m over on the Trinity Stamps Blog sharing three cards using the ADORABLE 4×8 Shellabration Stamp Set.

Birthday Fishes to You!

For my first card, I created a colorful slimline using the super sweet Octopus who barely has a leg empty with all his party favors. I colored all of the images with Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers and then fussy cut the images…you can also save yourself a ton of time by using the Coordinating dies.

I used the Stitched Waves Die Set to create the background. If you have a collection or starting a collection of seaside/ocean stamps, the stitched waves is a great set to add quick dimension to your scenes or CAS cards. 

To attach the balloons, I used glue dots to adhere DMC floss in pink, blue or purple to the back of each balloon. Then I taped all of the strands to the back of the Octopus image and snipped any extra threads. After I attached the Octopus (with foam tape) to the card panel, I then positioned the balloons and strings in place. To finish the card, I added some yummy Candy Confetti Embellishments and polka dot washi tape to the bottom of the card panel. 

Let’s Shellebrate!

Oh, my goodness this crab just cracks me up. He is having the time of his life with his strawberry sorbet and yellow balloon that’s as big as the sun. For the palm tree and sandy beach background, I used the Layered Palm Tree Stencil with Distress Oxide Inks and my blending buddies. Because you can’t have a palm tree without coconuts, I added two glitter resin embellishments. To finish the card, I added the sentiment and a few Sunset Beach Shell Confetti embellishments.

Happy Birthday Balloon Bonus Card

While the Party Crab and Octopus are the main feature of this adorable stamp set, I do love a basic balloon celebration card. I stamped and colored the balloons in cheerful rainbow colors. Then I layered the balloons and adhered them to a white card panel. 

Tip: For ease of layering and adhering all the balloons in the exact place I originally arranged them, I use Glad Press N Seal method (as seen on Jennifer McGuire’s Blog) to place and pick up all the images at once, then add my glue and apply all the image to the card panel at once.  

For extra pop, I added my favorite Holographic Star embellishments and a Happy Birthday banner sentiment. 

So there we are friends, three Celebration Cards using the ADORABLE Shellabration Stamp Set. I hope you enjoyed my project today and it inspires you to stretch your stamps in fun new ways. 

Big Paper Hugs!


Creating an Alice-Themed Bookmark Collection with Miss Ink Stamps

Hi Friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful start to the week. Today, I’m on the Miss Ink Stamps blog with a collection of bookmarks highlighting Alice’s adventures.

There are so many wonderful Alice scenes to bookmark so I used all four Alice images from the Alice Images to create my bookmarks.

All of the Alice images were colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Cobalt Blue-031, Blue-030, Yellow-050, Light Brown-061, Flesh Colour-071, Pink Haze-201, Black-010. 

The background images were stamped with VersaFine Clair Morning Mist. For the stenciled rabbit hole design, I used Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink.

To create the bookmarks, I die cut four bookmarks using the narrow bookmark die from Trinity Stamps. Then I stamped or stenciled the gray backgrounds and adhered the Alice images in place using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. For the tassel, I combined several blue, gray and yellow strands of bakers twine. 

So there we are friends! A set of Alice-themed bookmarks for your favorite book lover. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and it inspires you to stretch your stamps and stencils in fun new ways.

Stamps & Stencil Supplies:


Smokin’ Caterpillars

Queen’s Castle

Forest Path

Rabbit Hole Stencil

Big Paper Hugs!


Creating a layered CAS card with Evelin T Designs Best Friends Fur-Ever! Stamp Set

Hi Friends! Hope you are all having a great week. Today, I’m sharing a simple way to add layers to a Clean and Simple (CAS) card design using a newly released stamp set from Evelin T Designs.

When I saw the Best Friends Fur-Ever! stamp set from Evelin T Designs, I knew I wanted to create a fun reading inspired card for my tween daughter. My daughter has always been an avid-reader with a wild imagination that I attribute to the portable magic she *always* carries with her. And of course, the monsters in this set are absolutely ADORABLE that they had to have a home in my stamp collection.

To create the card, I stamped all of the images with Memento Tuxedo ink and then colored the images with one of my favorite color combo (Purple & Greens). Then I fussy cut the images. 

Copic Colors: Monster: BG10/11/13, Bunny: N0/1/2, R30 Folliage: BV00/04, V06, V01, YG23/25, G16/19, Jeans & Shirt: B91/93, Hair: Y31/26, E31 

For a extra depth and to create a “silhouette effect” in the background, I stamped the foliage with VersaFine Clair Ink in Monarch on my card panel. Then I layered the colored images (tucking the monster and bunny behind the foliage) using thin foam tape and Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and added little star embellishments for extra pop. 

So there we are friends, a layered clean and simple design using the ADORABLE stamps from Best Friends Fur-Ever!. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

Supplies Used:
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