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Stampin’ Up! NEW Beautiful World

It is Tuesday and just one more day before the 2020-2021n Annual Catalogue goes LIVE! Eek… More new stuff 😁 –  Today’s card features several products that are part of a suite of absolute gems… Beautiful World stamp set with coordinating World  I almost forgot… the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder (fabulous!). Let’s take a look…

Beautiful World stamp set
World Map Dies

Basic ingredients for this card…

  • Cinnamon Cider cs
  • World of Good Specialty DSP
  • Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder
  • Brass Foil Sheets
  • World of Good Memories and More Card Pack
  • Beautiful World stamp set
  • World 0f Map Dies
  • Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Misty Moonlight cs/ ink
  • Very Vanilla cs (for the fussy cut sentiment and inside panel)

While this seems like a lot of items, this card goes together very quickly. – and here’s how to do that… card cuts are listed at the bottom of this post.

  • Using the fabulous (oh, did I say that already?) Old World Paper 3D Embossing folder, emboss a panel of the World of Good Specialty DSP. This paper is thin enough and I don’t think it needs spritzing before putting through the embossing folder.
  • Adhere this with liquid glue to your Cinnamon Cider cs base
  • Die cut the two worlds using the World Map Dies and a strip of the Brass Foil Sheets,
  • Adhere with liquid glue to a card from the World of Good Memories and More Card Pack
  • Put dimensionals on this and adhere to another panel of the World of Good Specialty DSP. Add dimensionals to this and adhere to the card front.
  • Stamp your sentiment from the Beautiful World stamp set with Misty Moonlight on Very Vanilla scrap and fussy cut. Adhere this to the Misty Moonlight strip that was cut with the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.
  • Attach the label with liquid glue at the top and mini dimensionals along the bottom. Card front is complete!
  • Now for the inside and the envelope…
  • Stamp the world using the Beautiful World stamp set, stamping off twice with Misty Moonlight on a Very Vanilla panel.
  • Stamp the sentiment using the same set and Misty Moonlight ink, stamping at least twice to darken.
  • Adhere the Vary Vanilla panel to a piece of Misty Moonlight with liquid glue and attach to the card inside.
  • The envelope got this cuter little inkwell with Basic Gray ink and the feather in Misty Moonlight  – looks like an old world pen & ink!
  • Beautiful World stamp set

  • Whee – your card is complete! Isn’t this stunning? (even if I do say so myself) It is such a special masculine card. It could be used for a graduation card, someone changing jobs, someone exploring different options for their life. This particular card is going to someone who just passed a certification for a different direction in their career. I hope they like it!

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Stampin’ Up! Using Retiring Paper

Hi Everyone! I hope you are doing well. It’s beautiful today on the East coast and cries out to be enjoyed and appreciated. One of the things I did this past week was open our backyard to a specific group of folks for meditation and social distancing. They were thrilled at the opportunity to get out! Our backyard provides a peaceful setting and is full of birds so it’s perfect for this. Today may be the time to do that again…

To today’s card(s)… Peaceful Poppies DSP and Lovely Lipstick are not a perfect match, but my challenge to use retiring papers moved me in this direction, and I don’t think it’s too bad. My other challenge was to create something simple, few embellishments (no extra postage!) and be cheerful. I also needed a lot of them. Let’s take a peek:

Peaceful Poppies DSP
Fun Folds

Each card was either a Gatefold or a Z fold to create a bit of fun. And here are the details…

Z Fold Card…

  • Z fold cards are all cut 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. I used Lovely Lipstick.
  • DSP is 3 x 4 and i used the retiring Peaceful Poppies.
  • The DSP was adhered to basic Black 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 with liquid glue. This was adhered just to the left portion of the Z fold – again with liquid glue.
  • Whisper White cs for the sentiment panel – die cut with the Layering Circles Dies. The sentiment comes from Under My Umbrella – NOT RETIRING!
  • The inside panel, 3 x 4 in Whisper White, was stamped in Black Memento ink using the Peaceful Poppies stamp set. Adhere this so it does not show when the card is closed!

Gatefold Card… I created eight total but used two different dimensions

  • 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 from each end. The Whisper White inside panel is 5 1/4 x 4
  • 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 from each end. The Whisper White inside panel is 4 x 5 1/2
  • The DSP is 3 x 4, adhered to Basic Black 3 1/4 x 4 1/4. Adhere to the left front ‘gate’
  • The inside panel was stamped using the Peaceful Poppies stamp set  – NOT RETIRING!
Peaceful Poppies DSP

The envelopes…

  • All were stamped in the lower left corner with the beautiful poppy from Peaceful Poppies stamp set
  • DSP was adhered to the envelope flap with liquid glue and trimmed to fit. I ran out of this particular DSP so on one envelope I stamped the flap with the same poppy stamp. You can see that in each of the photos.
Peaceful Poppies
Peaceful Poppies DSP












All in all I was able to create 11 cards in such a short time. I’m generally not one to make multiples of the same card, but cutting everything and laying it out made it so easy peasy. I hope you enjoyed this little exercise and make use of some of your retiring papers.

Peaceful Poppies
Gatefold and Z Fold

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Stampin’Up! More of Celebrate Sunflowers

Woohoo – it’s Saturday! How are you doing during this time of isolation? I’m praying you and your family are well and safe. It’s a scary time for sure and awkward to not be able to hug one another, console one another in the way we used to. In the meantime…. I couldn’t resist making another card using the Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflower and Sunflower Dies – just too beautiful and fun! Take a look at today’s card…

Celebrate Sunflowers
Sunflowers Dies

Items I used for this card:

  • Mango Melody Blends and marker
  • Bronze Blends
  • Light and Dark Soft Suede Blends
  • Gilded Gems
  • Antiqued Corners and Slides Elements
  • Wink of Stella
  • Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon
  • Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • So Saffron cs
  • Seaside
  • Spray cs
  • Misty Moonlight cs
  • Shimmer paper or Thick Whisper White cs
  • Sissix adhesive sheets

How to:

  • Adhere the Sissix adhesive sheet to the back of the Shimmer or Thick Whisper White cs
  • Die cut the sunflower from Shimmer paper or Whisper White. Here’s why I say OR… Originally I wanted the sunflower to be all white with just the center colored, but I didn’t like it once I die cut the sunflower. So, we adapt!!! But on with the directions … The sunflower is die cut, still on the cutting plate, now what… Remove the top cutting plate keeping all the die cut pieces in place. Put a layer of Press n Seal over the sunflower and press firmly so all pieces stick to it.. This will help keep everything right where it needs to be. Here’s the point – you want to raise the die cut pieces of the sunflower by putting dimensionals on as many of those little sunflower petals as possible, and not lose the petals from their designated place. Pull on the Press n Seal lifting all the die cut pieces off the cutting platform. Pretty cool, right? You are now ready to put dimensionals on those petals. Add mini dimensionals to as many of the flower petals as you so desire, cutting some dimensionals to fit the petal. Some are soooo tiny. And I did not put dimensionals on all of the petals  – as you see empty spaces in the photo – as though some of the petals have fallen off the sunflower. :o) Carefully remove the backing on the dimensionals.
  • Place a 3 1/8 square of Seaside Spray over the sunflower so the sunflower petals adhere to it. What should still be on your Press n Seal is the outline die cut of the sunflower. Isn’t it gorgeous?
  • Now is when I colored the petals with Dark and Light Mango Melody Blends 
  • Remove the outline die cut from the Press n Seal and color the center: Bronze for the very center, then Light and Dark Soft Suede Blends. Put a dimensional on the small center piece and set aside.
  • Remove the Sissix adhesive backing from the remaining outline die cut Place it onto the Seaside Spray, lining it up over the appropriate petals. Press it down so it adheres to the Seaside Spray. Gorgeous and stunning! You have done the hard part – whew…
  • Adhere the Seaside Spray to Misty Moonlight 3 3/8 square with liquid glue. Add these fun Antiqued Corners with glue dots, Put dimensionals on the back and set aside.
  • Run a  4 1/8 x 5 3/8 panel of So Saffron through the Tasteful Textured 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Adhere the Misty Moonlight decorated panel to the embossed So Saffron.
  • Stamp your sentiment with Misty Moonlight ink spot (that’s all we have right now until we can order the ink pad on June 3! It came from the May PP) The sentiment is from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.
  • Wrap a length of Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon around, adhering with a glue dot , then attach the buckle and adhere that in place with a glue dot as well.
  • Add three Gilded Gems around the sunflower and the card front is done!

The inside and envelope is easy peasy:

Celebrate Sunflowers
  • Stamp the sentiment with the ink spot Misty Moonlight, then stamp the sunflowers in Mango Melody. I took the Light Mango melody Blends and created an abbreviated outline, just cuz. It makes it look similar to the sunflower on the front.
  • Adhere this panel to the inside of your card with liquid glue. Card is complete!!!
  • Stamp the envelope flap and front with the same sunflower and mango Melody. Done, done done.

Don’t you love this? Here’s another picture.

Celebrate Sunflowers
Sunflowers Dies

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Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers

Hi Everyone.. EEK – SO EXCITED!! I had placed a rather large order a bit ago and it took longer than usual to get here (I didn’t expedite – grrr). Anyway – it arrived yesterday and I’m thrilled – got some really fun items to play with 😁 and the first one I chose is… Celebrate Sunflowers. So, so pretty. Here ’tis…

Celebrate Sunflowers
Sunflowers Dies
Flowers for Every Season DSP

I fell in love with this sunflower… and also the Flowers For Every Season DSP. The dies are … to die for!  :o) And no, I didn’t use them all – next card maybe…

Items used for this card…

  • Flowers For Every Season DSP
  • Celebrate Sunflowers
  • Sunflowers Dies
  • Ivory and Bronze Blends
  • Just Jade cs
  • Whisper White cs
  • Misty Moonlight cs for the card base
  • Shaded Spruce ink and sponge dauber
  • White embossing powder

And here’s the deets…

  • Misty Moonlight cs 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Flowers For Every Season DSP 1 1/2 x 5 1/2, adhered to Whisper White cs 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 with liquid glue. Adhere to card center with liquid glue – about 1 1/4 from top and bottom.
  • Stamp sunflower in Versamark  ink on Whisper White scrap. Emboss with White Embossing powder.
  • Because of the flower on the DSP, I wanted to match it so pulled out several blends colors, played a bit and settled on… ta da – the Ivory and Bronze Blends! Quite frankly, I had never used them like this and they match! Of course the Bronze Blend is the darker and I would do little bits of a sunflower petal with that and then use the Ivory Blends to blend it. After doing all the outer petals, I applied the Bronze Blend to the outer ring, then the Ivory Blend next and the Bronze Blend again for the center. I covered all that with Wink of Stella. It doesn’t show in the picture well, but it is stunning!
  • There are two leaf dies in the Sunflower Dies set, one with the outline and the other more intricate that shows every vein – eek gorgeous! I cut two of the intricate large leaf dies out of Just Jade cs and colored with Wink of Stella.
  • I stamped the leaf stamp with Shaded Spruce – goes well, doesn’t it? Then cut it out with the outline leaf die – and yep! covered it in Wink 0f Stella :o)
  • I cut two more sprays out of the Just Jade cs, sponge daubered a bit with Shaded Spruce to darken in places and then yep – colored with Wink of Stella!
  • I laid all the pieces on to determine placement for the sentiment – that’s from the wonderful Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. It was stamped in Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • Place dimensionals on your sunflower and adhere to your card front. The rest of the die cuts were adhered with liquid glue.
  • I curled the leaves and curled the sunflower a bit as well but I had put my dimensionals out too far on the sunflower, which made them not curl as much as I wanted. Learning curve! Card front is done…

On the inside…

Celebrate Sunflowers
Sunflowers Dies
  • In the stamp set is this adorable smaller sunflower with leaves. It was stamped in Versamark, heat embossed with white embossing powder and colored just as the large sunflower – with Ivory and Bronze Blends.
  • The leaves were colored with both dark and light Shaded Spruce Blends and everything covered with Wink of Stella.
  • This was die cut with the Sunflower Dies and adhered to a Whisper White panel 4 x 5 1/4, then adhered to the inside – all using liquid glue.

The envelope..

  • I covered the flap with the Flowers For Every Season DSP using liquid glue, and trimmed to fit.
  • The envelope front got leaves stamped all over with Shaded Spruce from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.
    Celebrate Sunflowers
    Sunflowers Dies
    Flowers For Every Season DSP

    Gorgeous paper!  Stunning  sunflower – what a match! Love this set and it’s a ‘gotta have’. 😁😁

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Stampin’ Up! In Good Taste, Mix and Match

Hi Everyone! Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend… it was cloudy and overcast, perfect for yard work, not so much for partying… and with the pandemic, not really possible anyway.Still, so thankful and appreciative to those who served our country, sometimes losing their lives, and those who still serve… Grateful, thankful, appreciative…

Today’s card is masculine! I know, a bit unusual for me. I like the simplicity of this card, yet it still has several elements and dimension. This could so easily be a Father’s Day card or birthday card, or a card of thanks and appreciation. Let’s take a look…

In Good Taste DSP Well Said stamp set #1

And here’s what you need to make this card…

  • In Good Taste DSP
  • 2020-2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP
  • 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots
  • Misty Moonlight cs and ink
  • Whisper White cs
  • Braided Linen Trim
  • Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Well Said stamp set
  • Ornate Style stamp set

And here’s how to do it…

  • Cut a piece of Misty Moonlight for your card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4. Set aside
  • Cut a piece of 2020-2022 In Color 6 x 6 using the Misty Moonlight color, 4 x 5 1/4 and adhere to Whisper White cs 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.
  • Fussy cut a panel of the In Good Taste DSP and adhere to a panel of Whisper White about 1 1/2 width for stability. I like this blue/ white piece as it reminds me of Delft and Bing and Grondahl plates. Does it for you? I put this panel on dimensions and set it aside for now.
  • Next I cut a 1/2 strip of Misty Moonlight for a background for my sentiment. I punched the one end using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.
  • Stamp your sentiment using the Misty Moonlight ink spot provided in the May PP. (I used the Well Said stamp set and taped off the IS YOU. to use for the inside) on a Whisper White scrap, punch the end with the same Lovely You Pick a Punch and adhered to the Misty Moonlight piece.
  • I laid this on the card front and decided something was missing – so the Braided Linen Thread to the rescue! This is a nice masculine type trim and I like the neutral and how it seemed to tie everything together (PUN :)) Add snail to the back of the 2020-2022 In Color DSP and Whisper White panel, placing the trim 3/4 from the bottom of your panel.
  • Since the sentiment is going over the braided trim, cut your dimensionals in half and place on opposite sides so the sentiment panel doesn’t wobble (ask me how I know that!). Once you have your sentiment strip where you want it, adhere over the trim and cut off the extended end.
  • I added three 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots to the sentiment panel and felt something was still missing. Braided Linen trim to the rescue again! I cut a length and tied a half knot just beyond the sentiment panel and adhered it with a glue dot. Then I frayed the ends of the braided trim cuz I like the look 🙂
  • Let’s see, did we do everything?   Yikes – remember the In Good Taste panel – it has dimensionals on it ready to be adhered – do that and your card front is nearly complete.
  • Put this entire panel on the Misty Moonlight card base in the very first step and your card front is done… yay.

For the inside…

Well Said stamp set
Misty Moonlight
  • Cut a panel of Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4,.
  • Adhere a 1/2 strip of the 2020-2022 In Color DSP to the right  about 1/4 from the edge.
  • Stamp the rest of the sent (is you.) with the Misty Moonlight ink spot
  • Adhere to the inside of your card with liquid glue

Remember to do your envelope… See photo..

  • I adhered the 2020-2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP to the envelope flap and trimmed to fit
  • I stamped this fun decoration that seemed to fit the Delft look – using the Ornate Style stamp set and the Misty Moonlight ink spot.
In Good Taste DSP
2020-2022 In Color 6 x 6
Well Said stamp set
Ornate Style stamp set

Done done done… And as I said earlier, this card could fit so many occasions for a man.It’s also feminine enough for a woman as well. So many of these products will be available to customers beginning Jun 3. They are part of the NEW and exciting  2020-21 Annual Catalogue. Shop with me, join my team (for those extra discounts!) – lots of bonuses either way. When shopping with me please use my CURRENT HOST CODE J2E4VDGM to receive an item of your choice worth $10 when your purchase is between $50- $150. One free item per customer per month please… Feel free to contact me for further details.

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Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches, Forever Fern and Forever Flourishing Dies

Hi Folks! Gosh, yesterday it was 74 and rainy, today is 58 and a bit cloudy but sun should come through. Quite a disparity still in weather temps. I’ll be working out in the front later this morning as we had to remove a tree a couple of years ago and the pachysandra got fried last year in the summer sun. Removing pachysandra is a job and a half! Plus the soil needs amending a bit as it’s very sandy and new plants are going in. I just may be out there a while…

So here’s today’s card… I love the soft colors used here and the fonts in the Forever Fern stamp set are just lovely

Tasteful Touches flower
Forever Flourishing Dies

Here are all the goodies I used to make this beautiful card…

  • Petal Pink cs
  • Crumb Cake cs
  • Soft Sea Foam cs and ink
  • Whisper White cs
  • Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon 5/8″ white
  • Braided Linen Trim 3/16″
  • In Good Taste DSP
  • Ornate Floral 3D Embossing folder
  • Forever Fern stamp set
  • Forever Flourishing Dies:
  • For the flower… Tasteful Touches stamp set; Soft Suede ink, Wink of Stella and Dark So Saffron Stampin’ Blends

Here’s a photo of the flower created a few days ago and sitting on my desk just waiting 😏 Remember I used the flower on the right in yesterday’s post.

Tasteful Touches

Here are the details for making this card…

  • Using the Forever Flourishing Dies, die cut sprig and spray in Soft Sea Foam cs and sponge dauber the edges to give them more dimension
  • Again using the Forever Flourishing Dies, cut the berry spray in Crumb Cake and “color” with Wink of Stella. This helps tie in the flower that is covered in Wink of Stella and gives it glimmer, sparkle and glam!
  • Cut a 1/2  x 4 strip of the In Good Taste DSP. Gosh there are some gorgeous patterns in this pack!
  • Petal Pink is cut 4 x 5 1/4 and is embossed with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing folder. Spritz lightly with water prior to sending it through your embossing machine. This allows the paper to have a bit more ‘give and flexibility’ to take on the design of the folder. This is a must have folks – just sayin…

Putting it all together…

  • Adhere the DSP about 1 1/4″ from the bottom using liquid glue.
  • Cover this with a strip of the Polka Dot Tulle 5/8″ ribbon. Adhere in back with snail.
  • Wrap a piece of the Braided Linen Trim over this, centering, and adhere in back with tape.
  • Slip the larger foliage die cut between ribbon and DSP and adhere with liquid glue., leaving many of the leaves loose to curl for texture and dimension.
  • Adhere the Crumb Cake berries with a glue dot, then add the leaf swag over this adhering with a glue dot
  • Add the prepped flower with dimensionals.
  • Finally add the linen and Polka Dot Tulle bow with a glue dot.
  • Adhere this embossed panel to Petal Pink cs cut to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2. Your card front is complete! Easy peasy…

For the inside…

Forever Fern stamp set
  • Stamp the leaf and berry stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set with Soft Sea Foam. While it’s readily available, go ahead and stamp your envelope flap and front as well
  • Stamp the sentiment from the same set using Soft Suede.
  • Adhere to the inside of your card and voila – all done! Even your envelope is ready 😉

This would make a fabulous wedding or anniversary card! So what do you think? This stamp set – Forever Fern with matching dies, Forever Flourishing Dies, are must haves for this next year. Matter of fact, I just might wear them out from use!!! And Tasteful Touches is another equally beautiful set, They coordinate so well together. I love how Stampin’ Up! does that.

Tasteful Touches stamp set
Forever Flourishing Dies
Tasteful Touches stamp set
Forever Fern w/ matching Dies

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Stampin’ Up Tasteful Touches and Forever Fern

Hi Everyone ~ it’s Sat and Memorial Day weekend. Do you have big plans? It’s raining here this weekend so outdoor activities are pretty much canceled – ugh… Mon. the actual day to memorialize those who have sacrificed their lives for all of us, may be a clear day. We’ll see. At any rate, the traditional picnic is called off due to the pandemic. I’m all for being safe and staying well, so I’m ok with that, but I do miss some of the tradition in which we have participated. Thank you to all those who have served our country, sacrificed time with family and sometimes lost their lives to protect our rights. Blessings on ever one… so grateful.

Today’s card began with the flower made a couple of days ago that I never used. Here it is…

Tasteful Touches

Aren’t these gorgeous? I’m using the flower on the right today… and here’s the card…

Tasteful Touches and Forever Fern stamp sets
Forever Fern Dies

I REALLY like how this card turned out. Here are the items used to make this card:

  • Thick Whisper White cs for the base
  • Soft Suede cs and ink
  • In Good Taste DSP
  • Forever Greenery DSP
  • Forever Flourishing Dies
  • Pear Pizzazz cs and ink
  • Tasteful Touches flower
  • Organdy Striped Ribbon 5/8″
  • Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack
  • Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • In Good Taste Wooden Elements

And here’s to pull it all together…

  • Stamp the flower from Tasteful Touches stamp set in Soft Suede; color with Petal Pink and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends and Fussy cut
  • Cut Soft Suede cs 2 1/8 x 5 3/8, trim diagonally so right side is 1 1/8″
  • Cut In Good Taste DSP 2 x 5 1/4, trim diagonally so right side is 1″. Adhere with liquid glue to the Soft Suede.
  • Adhere both of these to Thick Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Stamp the tall thin fern from the Forever Fern stamp set onto Pear Pizzazz cs using Pear Pizzazz ink. Cut out with the Forever Flourishing Dies and your die cutting machine
  • Find the coordinating DSP in the Forever Greenery DSP that matches the leaf die used and cut out with your die cut machine
  • Pull out coordinating elements from the In Good Taste Wooden Elements.

Further directions

  • Begin by gluing the Pear Pizzazz fern in place with liquid glue
  • Adhere the fernie type wooden element with glue dots
  • Adhere the wooden leaf element similarly
  • Adhere the leaf die cut from the Forever Greenery DSP using dimensionals
  • Make a few loops (I did three) with the braided gold trim in the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and adhere with a glue dot or two
  • Add the flower with dimensionals
  • Add the bow made using the Organdy Striped Ribbon 5/8″ with glue dots
  • Stamp your sentiment in Soft Suede ink using the Forever Fern stamps
  • Embellish using the wonderful Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels. They tie the pink in the DSP, the Petal Pink in the flower and the Soft Suede together so wonderfully

Here’s the card again – what do you think?

Tasteful Touches and Forever Fern stamp sets
Forever Fern Dies

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And …. Happy Memorial Day! Stay safe and be well

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches

Hi Everyone! It is a cool Thursday here on the East Coast, much cooler than usual for May 21. It is however, sunny – yay… Today’s project began because I saw a card in the new catalogue that had a flower that I really, really liked (see pg 19)and I didn’t know to what stamp set it belonged as it is a new item. I searched and searched and finally found it 😁 (now go to pg. 124) And guess what… I have the stamp from my preorder!!! Little did I know/ realize. So I pulled it out and began playing. The set is called Tasteful Touches and I love everything about this set – from the sentiment fonts to the beautiful images. Here is the start of my playing…

Tasteful Touches

Since I was playing, I first stamped in Soft Suede and prepped two flowers. Aren’t they stunning? I was thinking sepia tone. I colored in all the flower petals for the flower on the left using Wink of Stella – can you see the sparkle in the photo? Then I used Dark So Saffron Blends to color the center. I like it but the flower appears more yellow than sepia tone so I continued playing. The flower to the right is colored using both Light and Dark Petal Pink Blends and Mango Melody for the center. I like this too! In this stamp set is a lovely leaf bunch and I began playing with that… stamping in Soft Suede and coloring in the leaves with Granny Apple Green Blends – again doing two of them. I fussy cut them and decided to make my card with this bunch.  What to do… Here’s the final card – waaay different than my original intention. My hubby calls it ‘rustic’.

Tasteful Touches
  • Crumb Cake cs – roughed the edges by moistening on the back side with an aqua painter then scruffing with my open scissors
  • In Good Taste DSP
  • Soft Sea Foam cs cut with Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Gold Hoop Embellishments
  • Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack
  • Gilded Gems
  • Linen Thread
  • Soft Suede ink
  • Thick Whisper White cs

The inside…

Tasteful Touches

And another view…

Tasteful Touches

What do you think? It is definitely not my ‘run of the mill’ card but I like it a lot. Hope you do as well. The sentiment on the card front is fussy cut and set on dimensionals. The envelope got it’s special treatment as well: In Good Taste DSP on the envelope flap and sentiment from Tasteful Touches on the card front stamped in Soft Suede.

Perhaps tomorrow I will have something creative using the beautiful flowers I prepared today! In the meantime…

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card. 😘


Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Hello All! Today’s post is all about Paper Pumpkin, primarily the May ’20 PP. The colors in this kit show off the new In Colors: Bumblebee, Cinnamon, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Midnight. I really like the names AND the colors themselves – together, well, not so much 😏. Included in the kit was a new ink spot from the new In Color Misty MidnightLet’s take a look…

This first card is made just as suggested…

PP April ’20
Card 1

Card #2 is similar, except I cut it apart vertically in various widths and mounted it on Magenta Madness cs. Everything else is the same.

PP Alternative 1
Card 2

Card 3 I cut apart again making various sizes of squares. They didn’t fit together quite the way I wanted (ugh!) Again I mounted the squares on Magenta Madness. I used a sentiment from Silhouette Scenes. 

PP Alternative #2
Card 3

Card 4 wasn’t cut at all, simply mounted on the Magenta Madness and put on dimensionals, again using the sentiment from Silhouette Scenes.

PP Alternative #3
Card 4

The second set of cards I chose to do was a bit more of a challenge and I made not one the way it was suggested. Card 5…  I removed the card front and cut it in fourths, adhered to Misty Madness cs and mounted on dimensionals, adhering to Thick Whisper White cs. I cut a 1 1/2″ banner from the In Color 2020-2021 6 x 6 DSP using the Triple Banner Punch and adhered to the vellum banner that was part of the kit. I trimmed the vellum banner point to match. I stamped a sentiment on a  1 1/4″ banner from Silhouette Scenes stamp set and adhered that to the same banner. I wrapped the Ruched Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ribbon around and tied a knot, adhering with a glue dot. The full banner then got dimensionals and was placed as you see it.

PP Alternative #4
Card 5

Card 6 was done similarly except… I placed a 1/2″ strip in the middle from the In Color 2020-2021 6×6 DSP pack (new and available Jun 3), included the vellum panel from the kit, cut a label from Tasteful Labels Dies (new in catalog and available Jun 3) in the In Color 6×6 DSP pack and adhered in the center with dimensionals. I cut another label from the same die set (this is an awesome die set folks!), stamped the sentiment using the ink spot Misty Midnight from the Well Said stamp set. (Father’s Day is JUST around the corner and I thought this could be a fun masculine card)This was adhered to the blue label with dimensionals. I added three 2020-2021 n Color Enamel Dots

PP Alternative #5
Card 6

Card 7 I got a bit more creative and decided a lighthearted Father’s Day card would be fun. I again removed the card front, then used the Balloon Punch to create two balloons. Using the colors in the stripes, I punched additional balloons from Bumblebee cs, Misty Midnight and Pumpkin Pie. I stamped the sentiment on various balloons using the Well Said stamp set. Special Someone stamp set was used to create the rest of the card: tails on the balloons, the raccoon (Soft Suede), the mouse (Smokey Slate). The little embellishments were included in the kit. I added a banner at the bottoms from leftover parts of the card front. This Whisper White got dimesnionals and adhered to Misty Midnight card base.

PP Alternative #6
Card 7

Card 8 and I went a little crazy over the top…  There were left overs from the previous card front so I cut it down to make a square (about 3″), adhered that to a Misty Midnight scallop square cut from the Squares Dies and adhered this to a Bumblebee 3 1/2 x 7 panel (scored at 3 1/2). I used a section of the card front for the inside that shows a bit of the colors where I removed the card front 😉

PP Alternative #7
Card 8
PP Alternative #7
Card 8 small panel inside










Using a Misty Midnight card base, I adhered a panel 4 x 5 1/2 from the 2020-2021 In Color 6×6 pack to the card front . I then adhered the Bumblebee piece all the way to the top of the fold with liquid glue. I stamped a sentiment from the Dressed to Impress stamp set to a piece of Whisper White and cut a banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies (did I say I love these dies?). I adhered one of the fun embellishments from the PP kit to the banner, added dimensionals and adhered to this Bumblebee panel. For the bottom of this card, I stamped another sentiment from the Dressed to Impress stamp set using the included ink spot and cut it using another banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I stamped the show in Melon Mambo, colored in with Wink of Stella to give it some glimmer and fussy cut it and adhered to this banner with liquid glue. This banner was added to the card with dimensionals. Again, more embellishments from the PP kit.

Since this card was made with someone special in mind, I wanted lots of room to write something. I simply adhered another of the leftover pieces from the removed card front to a Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4. This was adhered with liquid glue and this card was now complete.

PP Alternative #7
Card 8

Whew! That was fun… 4 more cards in the PP kit to make, but not today. Paper Pumpkin is a fun “gift” to receive each month. It most often has cards to make, but sometimes includes bags or boxes. Each kit includes a stamp set, an ink spot, embellishments such as seen today, also ribbon, adhesives, AND instructions – how great is that?! Consider a PP kit for one month, six months or a years subscription. Ship with me now…

The new Annual 2020-2021 Catalog goes live Jun 3. Start making your list and checking it twice. When shopping with me, include my CURRENT HOST CODE J2E4VDGM  for a free gift from me when your purchase is between $50 – $150. No more than one free gift per customer per month though – let’s not be greedy, ok? That free gift is an item of your choice worth $10.

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card. 


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