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A Little Wonkiness

Totally Trees

Hi All,

Today I used the new Totally Trees set by Stampin’ Up! With a mostly stamped card like this, colors are really important. Although you might not think to do it, adding a neutral color to the mix really helps to complement the other colors. I used Smoky Slate on this card, and Crumb Cake is another good color to use.

I slanted my Wonky Windows for something a little different. I like how unique these dies are. I used both the small and larges ones on THIS CARD.

Enjoy the video!



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Totally Trees
Totally Trees
Wonky Windows
Wonky Windows
SSS Sketchy Banners
SSS Sketchy Banners
Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay Ink
Bermuda Bay Ink
Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight Ink
Daffodil Delight Ink
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Zig Glue Pen
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 6:11 am


    Your perfectionism kills me! 🙂 Glad I’m not the only OCD cardmaker out there. I love your windows and the whole Frank Lloyd Wright look of this card. Thanks for sharing!!

    • wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 4:34 pm


      I love how honest Darlene is about that. A lot of us have those tendencies too but it helps when you can “normalize” it and even tease yourself about it. It’s not just your AMAZING talent that keeps every one of us tuned in Darlene, it’s also your kind, caring demeanour and authenticity.

  2. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 6:46 am


    When I saw this card, I knew that it had to have been designed by you. Darlene, it is totally unique in every way – the colours you chose, the layout, simply everything. However do you come up with these clever ideas consistently?! That’s what I’d like to know.

  3. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 1:24 pm


    Love the card. You are amazingly talented.

  4. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 2:50 pm


    Love the wonky windows and thanks for showing another way to us the die!

  5. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 4:05 pm


    Very quiet card. I like how it is crisp while having a softness about it. Maybe it’s the gray. Classy card there.

  6. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Sherry W.

    Nice card. I have to giggle, though. The windows are wonky, but everything else is precise. Unfortunately, I’m not good at precision.

  7. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 5:27 pm


    Great card design, Darlene! I totally agree about using that neutral with your colors, I probably would not have thought of that. Turned out beautifully!!

  8. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 6:05 pm


    I’ve been thinking about this stamp set and am now soooooo going to order it.
    Love what you’ve done here and the possibilities.

  9. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Laura Norris

    Fun card! I like the wonky with the precise! And I love my Zig 2-way glue pen! Use it all the time!

  10. wrote on September 9th, 2016 at 7:42 pm


    Love this card and the colour combination is magic. I think I am going to have to buy the Totally Trees stamp set. I already have wonky windows. Yet another great video. Thanks Darlene.

  11. wrote on September 10th, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Peg C

    Amazing card and agree with all the comments above

  12. wrote on September 10th, 2016 at 7:19 am


    This is one classy card even though it is on the wonky side! Thank you for the tip about the perfect x in the middle and right angles. I really like that stamp set. Lots of possibilities.

  13. wrote on September 10th, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Barb H.

    I am so happy you used the wonky windows in this card! I just received an Ellen Hutson order with this die set and had thought, when I ordered it, this die set cut out a frame…I didn’t realize it just cut the center out and the stitched lines until I got it two days ago.. Now I have an idea how to use it! Of course, I now want the tree stamp set too……

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