Stampin’ Up! Creating Own Background w/ Hand-Penned

Hi Everyone – it’s a rainy Sunday. How the plants have loved the cool weather and Spring rains! It really helps them get established with strong roots, which leads to our roots. What are your strong roots? What is it that keeps you grounded? Great question, right? And one that requires some thought. I’m going to suggest you write those ideas down on paper. Writing them down helps confirm them, makes them more real, firms them in your head and can encourage action in one direction or another.

Today’s ‘action’ or creation is one where we create our own background and I’ve used a new bundle called Hand-Penned. It’s lovely and looks a bit like watercolor – it’s fluid. And I’ve coordinated two of the new In Colors: Polished Pink and Pale Papaya, which would not have occurred to me to do at one point. But I like this combo along with Flirty Flamingo. Let’s take a look.

Creating own background w/ Hand-Penned – #1

I began by stamping the floral pattern randomly on a Basic White panel with Polished Pink ink. It’s a fairly large stamp so it only took a couple of times to cover the panel. Then I played with several filler colors before settling on stamped-off Flirty Flamingo ink. This took a bit of time to fill in all the areas – and I’ve said before I rather lean toward monochromatic. That means leaves and flowers all were stamped with the stamped-off once Flirty Flamingo ink. And notice it doesn’t fill in the entire leaf or flower – a bit like watercolors. Nor is it a perfect match for all the flowers – it’s fluid, giving it an easy look. Once done I played with colors for the mat, knowing I wanted a contrast but something soft, and settled on the Pale Papaya. What do you think? I really like it… it’s like a neutral that makes the pink pop but not too much. Because of the mat, I wanted to use more of that on the front to tie it in and chose to use one of the new ribbons: Pale Papaya & White 1/2″ ribbon and simply folded it back on itself. I attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Seal but could have used a glue dot or two just as easily. I then took the Penned Flower Dies and die cut one in Pale Papaya card stock. I stamped the sentiment in Polished Pink ink on a scrap of Basic White card stock and die cut it with the Ornate Frames Dies. I die cut a background layer, again with the Ornate Frames dies, but in Polished Pink card stock. I popped the Basic White sentiment on with dimensionals, added dimensionals to the Polished Pink panel and layered it over the die cut flower flourish (which had been adhered with spots of liquid glue). For a bit of glam, I added three In Color Rhinestones in Pale Papaya. This entire front panel was adhered to the Polished Pink card base with dimensionals – and the front was done.

Creating own Background w/ Hand-Penned, inside – #2

For the inside, I did the same as with the front: stamped the outline of the floral image with Polished Pink ink in the two corners of a Basic White panel, then stamped the filler stamps with stamped-off once Flirty Flamingo ink. I layered this on another Pale Papaya card stock then into the inside of the card – and the card was complete.

Creating own Background w/ Hand-Penned – #3

For the front of the envelope, I followed the same procedure: stamped the outline of the floral image in Polished Pink ink then used the filler stamps, stamped off once with Flirty Flamingo ink. Voila! I really really like this color combo! The Flirty Flamingo with the Polished Pink is a great combinations and using Pale Papaya as an off-set neutral worked.

I hope you like the card and have this Hand-Penned bundle as on your list for a first purchase. It is gorgeous.
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If I can help you in any way to order these items, or others, please give me a holler. As a thank you to my customers, when the order is between $50-$150 I offer a SU! item of your choice valued at $10. Remember to use MY CURRENT HOST CODE – 2HWX9GEA – good Apr 16-30 . When the order is over $150, you still receive that free gift from me, but SU! has Stampin’ Rewards that may be used for additional products, so don’t use the host code at that time. If you have questions just let me know. Card cuts are listed at the bottom of this post. If you would like to be able to order products early from catalogs, join my team now… you may do that here. We have lots of fun and are a creative bunch that encourages & supports one another.

For items available to purchase now, please see the list below.

I am offering Designer Series Paper Shares for the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Please see my offer below.

Trying some of the NEW Designer Series Paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog gets you in the spirit of creating with some gorgeous papers. I’m offering a Designer Series Paper share from that Annual Catalog and it would be my pleasure to supply you!  I‘ll place my share order early on May 4 and use the expedited shipping option so I should be able to have the shares cut, bundled and back out to you that very next week. Please place your order with me by May 2 @ 9 PM ET.

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Designer Series Paper Shares!

New Designer Series Paper Share – $55.00 plus $7.75 for Priority Mail shipping

You will receive one 6×6 sheet of each design from the following DSP packs (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):

  • Beauty Of The Earth – 6
  • Bloom Where You’re Planted – 6
  • Expressions In Ink Specialty – 6
  • Hand-Penned – 6
  • In The Wild – 6
  • Pansy Petals – 6
  • Simply Elegant Specialty – 6
  • Sweet Symmetry – 6
  • Tidings Of Christmas 6″ x 6″ – 6
  • You’re A Peach – 6
  • 2020-2022 In Color 6″ x 6″ – 10
  • 2021-2023 In Color 6″ x 6″ – 10
  • Brights 6″ x 6″ – 20
  • Neutrals 6″ x 6″ – 20
  • Regals 6″ x 6″ – 20
  • Subtles 6″ x 6″ – 20
  • Ombre Specialty – 4 (one of each color)
  • 2021-2023 In Color Shimmer Vellum – 5 (one of each color)
  • Gold & Rose Gold 6″ x 6″ – 2 (one of each color)
  • Linen Specialty – 1
  • Ombre Gift Bags – 5 (one of each color)

In all, you’ll receive 172 – 6” x 6” sheets of designer or specialty paper plus the awesome food safe gift bags!

Double DSP Share – $110 + $8 Shipping by Priority Mail – if you’d like double shares of the designer paper, I can do that as well. The designer paper sheets will be cut into 6×12 so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (Tidings Of Christmas, 2020-2022 In color, 2021-2023 In Color, Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles and Gold & Rose Gold 6×6, you’ll get double sheets of those since they’re already precut).

FREE Gift from me! – As a bonus for joining my share, you’ll get a sampling of the new host exclusive Pattern Party 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper!

Anyone is welcome to join in my share (please note, I can only ship to addresses within the US).  If you’d like to join, either complete the form below or email the following information to

  • Your first and last name
  • Your share selection
  • The email address that is connected to your Paypal account. I only accept Paypal for payment unless you are a customer of mine.  If you are a customer, I will accept payment by check.  ***You do not need to have a Paypal account to pay the invoice, you can choose to pay by credit card without having a Paypal account.

Deadline to sign up for my share is Sunday, May 2 at 9:00 PM ET.

4 responses to “Stampin’ Up! Creating Own Background w/ Hand-Penned”

  1. Love the colors! Your background panel turned out great! Pretty card! 🙂

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  2. Wow – this is just gorgeous! Your background is stunning and I love the colors! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Well thank you very much Mary!


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