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Inspired Koi Friend


Koi Friend

Today’s challenge at The Paper Cabana is an Inspiration Challenge: Bright Wishes Kanzashi Studio.  While browsing on Etsy one day, I ran across this little shop that carries the prettiest fabric hair clips.  I loved all the beautiful flowers, colors and fabrics used to make these handmade hair ornaments.  The hand-dyed silks are my favorite, the colors and shading are just exquisite.  I chose this Summer Goldfish Hair Clip as the inspiration for my card.  I just love the beautiful shading on the goldfish!

Materials List 

Koi Carp Fish by Sarah Bailey Cut File

3d Flower – Water Lily by A Little Hut Cut File

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, Basic Black, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Green Galore and Whisper White Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Raspberry Ripple Ink

Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Marker and Signo White Gel Pen

Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up! Spring Bouquet, Modern Label, Word Window and Hand Held Circle Punches

Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder


Happy Fall Y’all!


Apple Bushel Basket

Here is my submission for Challenge #2 at The Paper Cabana.  When I think of fall, I think of the apple orchard we always visited near my grandparents’ home in Central PA.  This Apple Bushel Basket reminds me of the baskets we used to bring the apples home in and is so easy to put together.  It makes a great presentation for a muffin, cupcake or other  sweet treat.   I created the cut file for the Bushel Basket from an old paper template.

Materials List

Apple Basket Tall Cut File

Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Gumball Green and Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Designer Paper Unknown

Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip Ink

Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon

Apple from 4 Fall Icons Cut File by Lori Whitlock

TTF Aharoni for Title

The Paper Cabana, A New Challenge Blog!


The Paper Cabana

Now that my daughter is heading back to school, I decided I needed something to do with myself!  Last year, I wasn’t really an empty nester because I was so busy taking care of my dad, who passed away the end of January.  But this year, my nest will truly be empty, just me, Stella and Lucy at home for 12 hours each day.  If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you know how much I love a good challenge and my new Silhouette Cameo has reignited my love for electronic cutters.  So I have decided to combine these two loves and start a weekly challenge blog for electronic cutters!  The first challenge will begin on Wednesday, September 5th at 9:00am.  You can do a card, a layout or any other project, as long as it has at least one SVG cut.  The prize for the first challenge is a $10 Download Card for the Silhouette Online Store!  I am also looking for a few guest designers for the first challenge, if anyone is interested, please email me at thepapercabana@gmail.com.

For more details, please visit The Paper Cabana

Color My World with my Silhouette Cameo


You Color My World

Today I have a quick card for the Ways to Use It Challenge WT388 School Tools on Splitcoaststampers.  When I was a kid, back to school was one of my favorite times of the year because I got new art supplies!  I always got a new box of 64 crayons, new watercolors, new markers, construction paper, paste, glue, felt and pipe cleaners.  I was an only child and spent many hours with my art supplies, so getting new stuff was a treat!  When I saw the challenge to make a card using school tools, I immediately thought of art supplies.  I designed my watercolor paint box for my Silhouette Cameo, but you could do the same thing with punches.

Materials List 

Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Gumball Green, Brilliant Blue, Concord Crush, Chocolate Chip Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip Ink

Stampin’ Up! Silver Dazzle Marker

Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow, Gumball Green, Brilliant Blue and Concord Crush Markers




Extremely Hot Birthday! Apron Strings & Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Card #2


Extremely Hot Birthday!

I snuck another card in today between laundry and watching the Olympics.  This was a fun one to make, but a bear to photograph! Sorry for the glare, but I used Glossy cardstock and it was too dark to photograph without the flash.  This one was for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge #2 and Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #19.  Here is the Apron Strings Inspiration Photo:

Pinterest Challenge #19


Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Glossy Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Textured Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Real Red Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Whisper White

Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Ink

Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Ink

Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango Ink

Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink

Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Ink

Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray Ink

Stampin’ Up! Extreme Surf

Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners

Stampin’ Up! Framelits Bitty Banners

Stampin’ Up! Sponges

Sizzix Texture fades Rays Embossing Folder

Nestabilities Circle Die for Masking

Painters Tape for Masking




Birds on a Branch Inspiration Challenge


Birds on a Branch

Today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC347 is a neat Etsy jewelry store, BeautySpot.  There are lots of interesting pieces for inspiration, but I was drawn to this Birds on a Branch ring:

Birds on a Branch ring

I love the graphic feel of the birds in silhouette on the turquoise background.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the birds and branch silhouette and Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park for the sentiment.


Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park

Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Ink

Assorted Perching Birds Cut File

Branch & Flowers Cut File






Technique Challenge Serenity Shells



Serenity Shells

I hve a fun technique for you today, the Splitcoaststampers Wednesday Tutorial – Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing.   This card was made for the Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #17.  Here is the challenge photo:

Pinterest Challenge #17

The colors reminded me of the beach, so I decided to use the Spellbinders Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder because it gave me a good base for the Distressed Watercolor Dry Embossing Technique.  I used the PSX Serenity Prayer stamp and added the shell accents with Crystal Effects.


Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo Ink

Stream Distress Ink

Sailboat Distress Ink

Mustard Yellow Distress Ink

Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities Folder

Stampin’ Up! Clear Emboss Powder

PSX Serenity Prayer stamp

Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle Dies

Stampin’Up! Crystal Effects


Sailing Hello


Sailing Hello

It’s Inspiration Challenge day on Splitcoaststampers, my favorite challenge!  Today’s challenge is IC346 ~ Rellique, a very interesting website with lots of vintage and repurposed items.  I chose this Repurposed Vintage White Sail Hand Soap Can Lamp as my inspiration for my card.  I used this coloring page for the sailboat and cut it with my Cameo.  The waves were cut from a download from the Silhouette Online Store and the clouds were cut with a Memory Box Die.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park in Midnight Muse, using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to position it on the cloud die cut and mounted all the pieces on a Midnight Muse card base.  I am having a ball with my new Cameo, just wish I had more time to play!

Inspired Tropical Wreath


Soap Inspired Tropical Wreath

This is the card I made for today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge   IC344 ~ Indulgence by SV Soaps and yesterday’s Free for All Challenge F4A124 Wood You Like a Challenge?, to make a card with something related to wood.  This was a fun card to make, but a little time consuming.  I was inspired by the colors in this Island Nectar Soap and this Passionfruit Nectarine Soap.  I used the Palm Frond stamp from Stampin’ Up! Tropical Party to create the wreath.  I punched a small circle to use as a guide and layered the palm fronds stamped in Gumball Green.  I the cut the center with a die a little bigger then the circle punch to clean up the edges and the outside with a die just larger than the wreath.  I stamped shells from several Stampin’ Up! sets, Along the Shore, Stipple Shells and Calm Seas, and colored them with Stampin’ Up! Markers.  I sprayed them with homemade glimmer spray I made using Stampin’ Up! Frost White paint.  When that was dry, I added Crystal Effects and sprayed another coat of glimmer spray.  While the shells were drying, I embossed a piece of  Soft Suede with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, sponged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted it on a Gumball Green card base.  I attached the shells to the wreath with Crystal Effects and mounted on the background with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up Christmas Greetings in Calypso Coral, cut with a Nestabilities Banner die, sponged the edges and mounted to the card wih a little pouf in the middle.  This card was a little too time consuming for mass production, but I might make a few more before Christmas.

Hello Froggy Inspiration Challenge


It’s Saturday, time for another Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers!  The inspiration site for today’s challenge IC343 is Denizmom’s Etsy Store, which sells Amigurumi patterns and dolls.  For my inspiration piece, I chose this darling little frog.  It reminded me of the little tree frog that lives in our front yard.  Most days you can find him on the ceiling of our front porch.  In the evening, I often see him on the palm frond outside my studio window.

Hello Froggy

I don’t have a frog stamp that I liked for this challenge, so I searched for tree frog coloring pages. When I found this one, I decided to combine this challenge with yesterday’s Splitcoaststampers Free for All Challenge F4A123 What a Load of Scrap!  The challenge was to use paper scraps from your desk to create an interesting background.  I gathered up all my green scraps and cut strips to represent the palm frond.  I glued them to a scrap of cardstock and then used a ruler and Wild Wasabi marker to draw the lines.  I colored my frog by first using a Real Red and Basic Black marker for the eye and Barely Banana for the belly.  I then sponged Tangerine Tango on his toes and Lucky Limeade on the body.  I meant to leave the belly Barely Banana, but got Lucky Limeade on it, so that was it for that idea.  Next, I cut the frog out, covered it in VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing power.  I stamped Hello from Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park in Tangerine Tango on a scrap of Whisper White.  I used Old Olive and Tangerine Tango for the mats.  I mounted the background on an Old Olive card base, added the sentiment and then mounted the frog with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.  I think he is cute, but not as cute as the inspiration froggy!