Stampin Up “Choose Happiness” Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Another Thursday and  another blog hop for you all.  Today was a sketch challenge.  I must say this sketch was a bit tricky but I worked out the details for my design, I  hope you enjoy my tone on tone card today.



Here is the sketch:

I decided to  turn my sketch horizontal instead of vertical


Choose Happiness:

I started out with a card with big bold colors and it just wasn’t working for me so I pitched all the pieces and decided on a soft monochromatic card today.  This stamp set just lends itself to a subtle design.  That did not stop me from using a boat load of goodies on my card though.  My dear friend Sandi and the head of our Blog Hop Team was my teacher.  She taught me how to get lots of goodies on a card and make it work.

Stampin Up Choose Happiness card by Kristi @

Here is the card recipe:

Card Base:  Soft Suede 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, scored at 4-1/4

Mat: Crumb Cake 4 x 5-1/4

Art Piece: Very Vanilla 3-7/8 x 5-1/8

Banner: Soft Suede 1 x 5-1/8

Squares: 2 at 2 x 2 embossed with Gently Falling Embossing folder

Tag: very vanilla inked with the Tip Top Taupe using the wood stamp from “Choose Happiness” and cut with the banner framelits

Sentiment: 1/2 x 3-1/2 inked and sponged with soft suede.

Ribbons:  Tip Top Taupe  lace ribbon  and Crumb Cake satin ribbon and gold metallic thread.

The Details:

Stampin Up Choose Happiness card by Kristi @

The Background: On the Very Vanilla art piece I inked the flower from “Choose Happiness stamp set in Crumb Cake and randomly stamped the flowers in the front.  Then I inked the leaf stamp from the same set in old olive and filled in the empty spaces in between the flowers.  Using more old olive ink and my blender pen I colored in the leaves

The Flowers:  I made two  flowers with very vanilla card stock inked in crumb and one in soft suede ink.  Get out your  scissors and fussy cut the flowers out.    After you ink them up scrunch them up in a ball  to wrinkle them up.  Do this several times to break the fiber in the paper to make them soft.  After then are nice and supple sponge the edges with soft suede ink.  The center of the flower has a gold metallic button tied with some metallic thread.

I added some gold sequin, basic pearls  here and there on the card to add more sparkle.  Enjoy your finished card.

Here is a look at the inside:


Stampin Up Choose Happiness card by Kristi @

The inside:  I inked one flower in soft suede and one in crumb cake and added some soft suede leaves.  That cute little birdie was inked in soft suede.  All of the stamps were once again from the “Choose Happiness” stamp set.


Here is the rest of the team:

Sandi MacIver

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Heather Wright-Porto


Can I help you?

Do you need product to make this card?  If you do not already have a demonstrator I would be happy to help you.  To shop you can click the “shop with me” button on my blog or contact me and I would be happy to assist you.

Happy Stamping, Kristi

Here are the products I used to make this card:

Product List


  1. Pssequimages says:

    I LOVE the monochrome look and the exquisite detail in this card. I feel a REAL “card-lift” coming on! Thanks for your inspiration, Kristi. This is beautiful.

    • Kristi says:

      Thanks Amy. I first tried using bright colors, then changed to the softer hues. Be on the lookout next Monday. I am posting the same card, mixed up a bit.

  2. Debra says:

    Wow, this is really a beautiful card! Love the color, plus all the pieces you used. Even the inside looks great!

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