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TruthHi All!

I totally love this new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! My original intention was to make little notes for my girls with it, but it’s great for cards too!

I like the sketched feel of the letters, so I thought, why not add more sketching detail? I outlined the letters with a Copic liner. And since the letters are so dimensional, I decided to create more dimension in the background stripes, which I did with a Versamarker.

I used So Saffron today. I haven’t used that color in forever. I had forgotten what a beautiful, subtle yellow it is. It’s a nice change from the typical sunny, lemony yellow.

We took the kids to Grand Cayman last week. It was such a fun week! There’s so much to do – we swam with dolphins, turtles, and stingrays. My oldest daughter, Alaina, is very adventurous. Here she is swimming with a turtle from underneath:


And here are the three of us on the boat to the stingrays. We all needed a relaxing getaway.


Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Words of Truth
Words of Truth
MFT Striped Background
MFT Striped Background
Stampin' Up! White Ink
Stampin’ Up! White Ink
So Saffron Marker (part of Subtles)
So Saffron Marker (part of Subtles)
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Stampin' Up! So Saffron Cardstock
So Saffron Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 8:17 am


    This is a super simple and very effective card. Thanks too for sharing with us your holiday with the girls. The three of you looked so cute together. It is really obvious that you are their Mom!

  2. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 8:55 am


    Love that you added to this stamp set – so clever. This set is on my SU wishlist – if I can get myself to buy more, this will be on the next purchase! Thanks for sharing photos of you and the girls! It’s great to see your faces.

  3. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 9:29 am


    Love this and love all the fine details you added. It really makes this card extra special! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 11:42 am


    I love the shadowing you did on the background stamp…made it look like you dry embossed it! Kewl card, thanks for sharing!! =)

    That pic with your daughter swimming with the turtle is ‘all kinds of awesome’!!!

  5. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 1:25 pm


    This is SO COOL!!! I ordered this stamp set after you recommended it, because put notes in my daughter’s lunch every day! I also bought the Notebook ruled-line background stamp. I’m thinking of using your idea and tweaking it with that background instead! Thank you!
    Your vacation pictures look amazing too!

  6. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 1:29 pm


    Very fabulous card, quick to make too. Love the shadowing on the perfectly white embossed lines, awesome detail.
    But what I love the most is the pictures of your girls and you Darlene, WOW!! they have grown!!! The picture of Alaina swimming with the turtle is just fantastic and your little Epic Courtney’s smile tells me she is back to her normal and healthy self.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    PS. I need to get me one of those white gel pens and one Versa marker, these are great tools to have.

  7. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 1:59 pm


    Darlene, my Versamarker pen didn’t last but a couple of months with very little use. Is there a way to reins one or am I just going to have to buy another so soon? BTW, I love this card. I don’t have this background stamp, but I have an embossing folder like this that I hope I can make this similar to yours. Thanks for the advice on the marker. And anyone who has an idea about it. Myra

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Carol Mac

      Hi Myra, you cannot buy a versa marker from Stampin Up anymore as it is discontinued. Not sure if anyone else sells them, but if you have some versa mark ink refill, you can “refill” your versa marker with it.

      • wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Oh I just replied without seeing your comment Carol. I didn’t realize SU doesn’t sell them anymore.

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 5:06 pm


      Myra, you can probably get a Versamarker at Hobby Lobby, if you have one near you. It’s listed on their website for $3.99, plus you could use their 40% off coupon to make it even less! Simon Says Stamp also sells them, if you can’t get one locally. You could probably also try Ellen Hutson or Scrapbook.com’s websites. HTH! 🙂

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Myra. I think you can actually refill a Versamarker by removing the tip and filling with Versamark refill liquid. Not sure how easy it is though, since the ink is fairly sticky (I’ve never tried it myself). I’ve had mine for at least 5 years and it still works great, so yours may be defective if it lasted just a couple of months. If you got it from Satmpin’ Up!, I would ask them for a new one.

      • wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 7:31 am


        I will try and reink it today, and I will comment after with the results. I’m almost positive I bought it at a big box store as I haven’t ordered from SU since I left as a demonstrator. But I’m going to have to have that Calla Lily stamp set soon.

    • wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 8:05 pm


      I bought mine on Amazon 🙂

  8. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Brenda L.

    Love your card Darlene, all the extra touches look amazing. I loved seeing some pictures of your vacation. The girls really look like you! Looks like you all had a great time. Hugs, Brenda

  9. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 2:06 pm


    What a terrific card. The diagonal stripes really add to the graphic feel of this. Great masculine card, too. You’re so meticulous with your assembly.

  10. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    Great card, and beautiful pics. Your daughters are lovely – as are you. Elyse

  11. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 2:28 pm


    I like the card, but I like to turtle swimming with your daughter better!!! : ) That looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  12. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 3:08 pm


    Awesome Photos Darlene. Glad you had a great vacation. Love the card too. All your cards are great!!

  13. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Cynthia Berquist

    Darlene, Love all the extra detail you added to this card! The sea wildlife of the Grand Cayman makes for such unique adventures! Enjoyed your picks, your daughters are precious — just like their mom!

  14. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Carol B

    Beautiful smiles on such pretty young ladies. Love your card.

  15. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    Thank you for a lovely crisp card. It’s funny how one forgets little tips like the shadowing with the Versamark Pen. I always find some kind of tip in your videos Darlene. Thanks for sharing. Love the card. I also love the etch look.

  16. wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 8:20 pm


    I LOVE the shadowing you got by lining the stripes with a Versamarker!

    I also love the pictures. Thank you for sharing them. Aren’t you glad Alaina is so confident?!

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, definitely! It has been a long middle-school road. She starts 9th grade this year and is the happiest she’s ever been in her life. It’s such a joy to see. 🙂 Now I just need to get Courtney through middle school. Ha!

      • wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 5:42 am


        I was a teacher, and I used to tell people that I’d taught every level from PreK to adults except for middle school–because I’m not crazy! 🙂 It’s a tough time!

        • wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Yes! And when you’re going through it, you think “this is my life now”. It’s hard to imagine that it ends, but thank goodness it does. 🙂

  17. wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 2:36 am


    Thanks so much for the tips on using the Versamarker and the White Gel Pen. I love the idea of this card.

  18. wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 3:07 am


    Great idea and inspiration Darlene, thank you. Love the family pics, they are beautiful little ladies. Hope you had a relaxing time away.

  19. wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 5:13 am


    Thanks for sharing your family pics 🙂

  20. wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 6:10 am


    It’s those clever fine details that make this card POP!

  21. wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:42 am


    Hi Darlene, As usual I really loved your video especially the little extras you put on the card. Your daughters are gorgeous and so like their mum. Looked like a great holiday.

    • wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Glenis! 🙂

  22. wrote on July 23rd, 2015 at 12:46 pm


    Cool card ! Awesome picture with your daughters and also the one with the turttle !

  23. wrote on July 24th, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Susan Berry

    What a great card, love the shadowing and slating of the top part. Love it. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us. That must have been so much fun.. The swimming with the turtle must have been so much fun.

  24. wrote on July 25th, 2015 at 12:15 pm


    Awesome card Darlene! Love the way you put this together and thanks for giving us great tips on how to do this so easily.

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