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Hi All!

Although I didn’t plan it this way, today’s video shows my process for creating cards. I’ve mentioned before that 99% of the time I design and create the full card off-camera. Then, I re-create with some improvements on camera. For this card, I felt like my sketch was pretty solid, so I went straight to recording on my first try. It was confirmation that my normal process works best. 🙂 I made my improvements on camera and left them in the video as-is.

BIG, BIG… one week from today is the first birthday of LiveLoveCards!!! I can’t believe it has been a year since this site launched. I’m so grateful for the community you have helped to build. There are so many wonderful cardmakers out there – I’m so proud to have you as members. And honestly, friends. It’s strange how you can connect with people you’ve never met through our common interest in cardmaking.

In honor of the first birthday, I am having a BIG giveaway for all members – I can’t wait!! I also have some fun things planned in the next month or two, including a live chat! And, of course, my new craft room will be done and you’ll be invited in for a guided tour.

There have been several questions about renewal, since many of you signed up on the first day (thank you :)). Unless you specifically requested not to auto-renew, you are signed up for an auto-renewal. The only thing you need to do is verify that you have a valid payment method on file in your Paypal account (either credit card, credit balance, or bank account). Probably the most common issue is an expired credit card. If all is in order at Paypal, you’re good. If there are any problems, you’ll receive an email. I truly hope to see all of you in the next year. 🙂

Okay, one more thing… the December challenge ends tomorrow, so get your card(s) uploaded to enter into a chance to win a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card.

Now for the video. Enjoy!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: W1, W3, W5, 0, C9, C4

You Make My Tail Wag
You Make My Tail Wag
Halftone Hello
Halftone Hello
Stampin' Up! Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Avery Elle 6x6 Brights
Avery Elle 6×6 Brights
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals


  1. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 10:12 am


    Thanks for showing “the process.” That’s what I admire about your cardmaking. I love how you pick out the fine details that I would have missed and, in the end, it does make a big difference with the final product. I’m going to have to invest in that Hello stamp. I love that two-tone look. Thanks for sharing!!! Have a Happy New Year!!!

  2. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 1:19 pm


    Love your card. Nice to see others create. I watch videos and think, why is it so much more difficult for me. So it is nice to see others change their minds, redo, get ink where it isn’t supposed to me. Love your site and your cards.

  3. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 1:41 pm


    Watching you rethink your card was nice. I make mistakes and often make a few of the same card fixing things the second or even third time. I love that paper and own some but forget about it. Glad to know that pool party blends nicely with the paper.

  4. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 1:47 pm


    Loved seeing your mistakes/fixes on this card, as like others, feel I’m the only one who always seems to make a million tiny mistakes before producing a final card (i.e., transferring ink from my fingers to the card, tearing the paper when pulling off tape, etc.). It was also fun to see you use the halftone stamps – I purchased them a bit ago, but have yet to use them, now I’m anxious to give them a try! Although I don’t comment often, I LOVE your site and your cards 🙂 Thanks Darlene

  5. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Thank you sooo much for ‘keeping it real’; it’s so nice to know you are truly human and DO make errors (not that it was necessarily an error, but you’re right, the balance is perfect in the 2nd card). We so rarely see the process, it’s sometimes hard for us to imagine it doesn’t always work perfectly for you!! Thank you!

  6. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 2:33 pm


    Darlene, I really love it when you leave the mishaps you encounter while creating your cards, in this instance, I saw that you were having trouble aligning the outline stamp on top of the solid image and then, you went and used the Stamp–magig to do it without the MISTI.
    Well, I sometimes have the same troubles, specially with sentiments so what I do is, I place the plastic sheet from the Stamp-a-magig on top of my card stock that is on the MISTI, align the stamp, ink it up, close the lid and see if it’s where it’s needed to be, if I’m off, I just wipe the plastic and the stamp, re position it again and do it over.
    It always gives me great results, specially if I want to use different stamps, this eliminates the danger of a smudge on your card stock and your images are exactly where you want them.
    I had to stop watching the video to come and write down this suggestion, otherwise, I might forget or somebody might call me to pick up the kids or whatever.
    In this card, all you needed to do is to put your card stock with the word HELLO already stamped, place the plastic from the SAM on top of it, position your outline stamp on top of that, ink it up, stamp it and see if it’s aligned, if yes, just ink it up again, remove the plastic sheet and stamp it, if it’s not aligned, wipe the plastic sheet, re position it, ink it up and stamp on top of the plastic, this way it’s always perfect.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work with this amazing blog, I renewed my subscription and I can’t wait for another year full of your inspiration, fun challenges and awesome videos.
    Congratulations on a fantastic year, my dear.
    The Rodriguez family wishes your family, Joy and Health for 2016!!!!!

    • wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


      I forgot to mention that, when you were stamping the little word “friend” you said it was to close to the “HELLO” but you just left it alone. Well, doing it like I’m suggesting, would have helped you stamp the word ”friend” a little lower, because you would have stamped it on top of the plastic sheet and you would have noticed it was to close to the big HELLO. I hope this suggestion helps you.

      • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Thank you for all your suggestions Maria! Indeed, that is one nice thing about the SAM – you really get to see how something will look before it is stamped. Happy New Year to you and your family! 🙂

        • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:03 pm


          I hereby declare you the owner, manager and creator of a real, bona fide craft STUDIO. You, amongst us all, are deserving of this status. 🙂

          • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:26 pm

            Darlene DeVries

            Haha – thank you Amy. I need to just start using that word full-time. 🙂

    • wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 7:10 pm


      Thanks for the tip Maria! I’ll be trying it for sure.

  7. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Sherry W.

    As others have already said, I enjoyed watching the process and your fixes. Goodness knows I have plenty of do-overs!

  8. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 4:08 pm


    Cute card! Thanks for sharing your reality card creation with us!! Comforting to know my process is not so crazy as I make same mistakes! Happy and Joyful New Year!! Looking forward to following you in 2016! Julie L

  9. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 5:21 pm


    Such a cute card! I like your idea of putting the absorber in tupperware, because mine dried out in a baggie. It was actually crispy. Have no fear! I submerged it in my bathroom sink, and it’s good as new!! Wishing you and your family, a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year filled with lots of love! Actually I wish this for all of us, who doesn’t need more love???

  10. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 5:28 pm


    JEEZ….this was so helpful!!! I LOVED seeing your process. And now I know that even the experts can make booboo’s or change direction in the middle of a project. Thanks so much for showing us, Darlene. I am running up to my craft room (er…I mean STUDIO) and pulling out my inks!
    Happy New Year!!

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Amy, I’ve been calling my new craft room my “art studio” to some people, and I think of you every time! 🙂

  11. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 6:14 pm


    You make the best cards. I think of you as a genius. Thanks for showing your process.

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      OMGoodness Patti. You are seriously way too kind. Thank you. 🙂

  12. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 6:36 pm


    The first card looked fine, but after seeing the second one it was very much improved!! Adorable card!! You do such good work!

  13. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 6:47 pm


    Darlene, I love what you do. Thanks for sharing. Would you mind checking to see if I am renewed for another year’s membership? I received a notice early this fall and thought I had renewed. But let me know if it didn’t come through. This blog is a bargain!

    • wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 7:13 pm


      Hi Disna. Just got to your account and you can check it now.

  14. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 7:00 pm


    When you put the black strips under the panel. You were worried about the bump. I over come this by tearing the edge which is hidden under the panel. This gives a lovely graduated edge which does not show up. I usually cut the strip just over twice the depth and tear it in the middle using a ruler edge.
    Thank you for a lovely year. It’s nice sharing our hobbies and learning from each other.
    May you have a Happy New Year and be blessed by God.
    Bye for now,

    • wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 7:15 pm


      That’s a good tip. I learn so much from Darlene as well as others on the site. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you for the idea jomorgan – I’ll have to give that a try!

  15. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 7:18 pm


    Hi Darlene! Thanks for confirming you too goof up sometimes. We all do it but it’s nice to be reminded it also happens to the best. And none would’ve been the wiser when looking at the end results!

  16. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 9:09 pm


    Thank you for a fabulous year of card designs! So looking forward to the coming year! Healthy and Happy New year to you and your family!!!

  17. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Beverly Ann

    Well, Hallelujah and pass the strawberries, Darlene! My heartiest congratulations for for Live Love Cards’ one year anniversary. What an accomplishment! Bless you for sharing your gifts and growth with us stampers. You are an amazing inspiration!

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you so much, Beverly Ann! 🙂

  18. wrote on December 30th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Beverly Ann

    Delete extra “for” in brain editor, please.

  19. wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 7:40 am


    I love your videos! If I am ever not sure about my placement on the MISTI, I place the imaging sheet in the corner of MISTI, stamp and then move my cardstock under it to line it up. Hope that makes sense.

    • wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 8:03 am


      It totally makes sense, I do it like that only I place my card stock in the MISTI first, then the plastic sheet, then I place the stamp where I want it, ink it up, stamp it onto the plastic sheet to make sure it’s where it should be, if not, I just wipe the sheet and the stamp, re position it, and stamp again, this saves me a lot of frustration and messed up panels.

  20. wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 11:53 am


    I always love cards you make with cute little animals. How did you get the pool party ink lighter at the top of the ‘hello’? Love how it turned out sorta ombre looking!! =) Also, I think you would benefit from a Brother ScanNCut. I love mine and steer away from buying dies that go with matching stamps…I still buy some dies but I use my SNC for cutting out a LOT of my stamps and even stamps that never had matching dies to begin with. Thanks for sharing another awesome card video!! =) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sandra! The stamp is actually made to be ombre – just ink and stamp. I had a Sillouette and used it for awhile, but then I just stopped wanting to use it. Same with the Cricut. I don’t know why, as they are so much more flexible than a Big Shot. Maybe my brain doesn’t want to switch to something logical/computer-oriented when I’m creating. Happy New Year!

      • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:07 pm


        That’s okay! I just didn’t know and wanted to open the door for ya. Maybe someday you might be ready to give it a shot. I don’t think you can use the Cricut for that but you can definitely the Sillouette (or so I have heard). As long as you are happy doing what you are doing, that is all that matters, right?

        That is very kewl about that stamp. Here I was thinking you had magical powers!! hehe

        • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:27 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          LOL – I would love some magical powers – especially to remove ink smudges in the middle of my white space. 🙂

          • wrote on January 18th, 2016 at 4:32 pm


            Sometimes fine sandpaper works…but I usually end up replacing the card if I want it to be white space…otherwise just cover it with something. LOL

  21. wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 1:16 pm


    Hi Darlene!

    I really enjoy seeing the entire process. Maybe it’s in the engineer in me and he explanation of the design process is quite helpful.

    You should do more of these ?

  22. wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    Congratulations on the first anniversary of LLC Darlene! There’s no doubt that this community will continue to grow. We love your fantastic work! Even your little “oops” moments : ) We feel like we can be a bit more patient with ourselves when we have our own mishaps.

  23. wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    Thanks to Maria Rodriguez for the tips on the use of Misti

  24. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 2:55 am


    I like to see the process you go through when creating a card. It is helpful and makes me feel that I am not the only one who smudges ink or transfers it from my fingers. Thanks for this video.

  25. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 4:30 am


    This is a so cute card Darlene, thanks for rectify your mistake in real and I also like better the second way. I don’t watch you video for a long time because of lake of time so I have so much to see ! 🙂

  26. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 4:31 am


    And of course wishing you and family the best year 2016 !! Greetings from France !

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Isabelle! Happy New Year to you too!

  27. wrote on January 12th, 2016 at 5:42 pm


    I am sooooooooo glad to be here!!!! That doggy hello card is soooooooo CUTE!! Oh I have missed your creations!!

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