Thankful for Pleasant Pheasants

Today’s card features another new stamp set in the upcoming Holiday catalog, which will be available to order from beginning September 5, 2018. Pheasants are dear to my heart, as they remind me of my dad. Back in 2009, Stampin’ Up! released a stamp set called Autumn Days, which also featured a pheasant. I bought the set to make my dad’s Birthday card with it. Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks before his Birthday. I made him a Missing You card and placed it in his casket. You can see that card here. So, as you can imagine, as soon as Hunter and I saw this new Pleasant Pheasants stamp set, she looked at me and said I had to get it…in my dad’s memory. So, dad, this card is for you, too.

Keep reading for a couple of techniques featured on this card.

Thankful for Pleasant Pheasants


Background Block Stamping With Markers
I know for myself that it can be difficult to color in images that are realistic, so I tried a technique that is new-to-me. This was super easy – as you can see by the steps below. I used Block E and scribbled Stampin’ Write markers on it. Then I spritzed it about 8 to 10 times with water. I then placed it directly on to the Whisper White cardstock. I wasn’t able to capture it on a photo, but when you place it on the cardstock, you can actually see the color absorbing right into the cardstock. It doesn’t take very long to dry, either. Just keep in mind that the cardstock will bow a little.


Customizing Pearls
I adore the new Braided Linen Trim, but I needed a little something extra. I grabbed my Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends marker and colored directly onto the pearls with the brush end. Since Blends are alcohol markers, they dry almost instantly and the color won’t rub off.  Another excuse for me to buy more Blends colors so I can have pearls of any color I need!
Blends on Pearls

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Pleasant Pheasants
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Stampin’ Write Blends:  Dark Soft Suede
Lovelies: Braided Linen Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Stampin’ Spritzer, Banner Triple Punch, Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder, Big Shot

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Elliott’s Awesome Big Sister Zoey!

As you can guess from the title, we have a new member in our family – my great nephew, Elliott Patrick. He is practically perfect in every way! And he has an awesome big sister, Zoey! I made a congratulations card for my niece and her husband, but I wanted Zoey to feel extra special and get a card just for her. I thought the Z behind the unicorn would be a cute detail. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but I added Clear Wink of Stella to the entire unicorn as well. The inside sentiment is “And an Awesome Big Sister!” that I typed up on my computer and printed in Mint Macaron. She’s 2 ½ years old, so it must be all about Miss Zoey!
Awesome Big Sister Zoey
Stamp Set:  Magical Day*
Cardstock:  Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper*, Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Pack*
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron
Lovelies:  Wink of Stella
Tools:  Magical Mates Framelits*, Large Letters Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Banner Triple Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Heart)*

*Retired Product

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Petal Passion Blends

I must admit that I felt intimidated by the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  But now I can’t get enough of them – they are so easy to work with. I relaxed in front of the TV and colored in the beautiful flowers on one of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper sheets and the vibrant colors are gorgeous with this black and white paper! The DSP makes 6 full card fronts, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out different color schemes. I wanted the focus to be on the flowers, so I chose a small sentiment. To make it pop a little, I added a black banner underneath that I brushed Wink of Stella on for a little sparkle.  I love how these turned out and I can’t pick a favorite – I love all of them. Relaxing and fun!

Petal Passion Blends 1

Here are all 6 cards:

Petal Passion Blends 3    Petal Passion Blends 2

Petal Passion Blends 4

Stamp Set: Happy Birthday, Gorgeous
Cardstock: Various, Basic Black, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Petal Passion
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Various Stampin’ Blends
Lovelies: Brights, Regals and Subtle Enamel Shapes, Wink of Stella
Tools: Banner Triple Punch

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Lovely Amazing Valentine Fancy Fold

I was trying to find a fun way to showcase the Lovely Words Thinlits and found this post by Connie Stewart: https://simplysimplestamping.com/fancy-folds-blog-hop-cherry-sundae-box-card/  Her fancy fold is awesome and I was super excited to give it a try with my stamp club. So, here’s my version of a fun Valentine! You can see the Sparkle Embossing Folder detail even better on the top view. And the icing on the cake? It lays flat to fit into a standard size medium envelope!

Lovely Amazing Valentine Fancy Fold

Lovely Amazing Valentine Fancy Fold Top View

Stamp Set:  Amazing You
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Red & Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Real Red
Tools:  Banner Triple Punch, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Lovely Words Thinlits, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Big Shot Die Brush

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Dapper Bethlehem

I am trusting I’m not the only person that had completely forgotten to get any Christmas Designer Series Paper yet, so here’s a fun alternative – I searched through all my DSP and knew as soon as I saw the black and white sheet in Whole Lot of Lovely, I would sponge it with Dapper Denim to make it match! Remember that any DSP that has white or light areas can be sponged to match your project!

Dapper Bethlehem Front

Here’s a side angle to see that I glued the background die flat to the card and popped the front die cut up with Dimensionals to give it a little pop:
Dapper Bethlehem Side
Now get busy making your Christmas cards – it’ll be here before you know it!

Stamp Set: Night in Bethlehem
Cardstock: Basic Black, Dapper Denim
Designer Series Paper: Whole Lot of Lovely
Ink: Dapper Denim, VersaMark
Lovelies: 1/8” Silver Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder
Tools: Stampin’ Sponges, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Banner Triple Punch, Bethlehem Edgelit Dies, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot Die Brush

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Pain Stinks

The Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating Fox Builder punch are so versatile and makes it easy to put together animals other than just foxes. A gentleman at my church has missed the past two Sunday services because he is experiencing bad hip and leg pain. I want him to know he’s missed and that I’m praying for complete healing. I thought a fun card would give him a chuckle, so the Here for You set saves the day with the perfect sentiment for a skunk! It’s hard to tell, but both the skunk and sentiment banners are popped up on dimensionals.  The inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment, “So sorry you’re hurting. Hang in there.”

Pain Stinks

Stamp Sets:  Foxy Friends, Here for You
Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Kraft*, Whisper White
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Memento Tuxedo Black
Lovelies:  Subtles Enamel Shapes
Tools:  Fox Builder Punch, Banner Triple Punch, Woodgrain Embossing Folder*, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot

The Holiday Catalog is ready for you! Get to shopping!
Holiday Catalog

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To My Amazing Son

I had a wonderful time visiting my son this past Memorial weekend. He left the base and stayed with his sister and me at our hotel. It was a much needed vacation for all of us and it went by way too fast. I love to sneak a card into his suitcase any time he visits and I completely forgot to make him a card before his sister and I hit the road for the 14 hour trip. I know he’ll still appreciate it, though. By the time this blog post is published, he should have already received it.

To My Amazing Son

I made a fun Z-fold card and decided to rough up the edges a little.  Even though I have lots of awesome new products, these work together quite nicely for a classic masculine card.

To My Amazing Son Open

Stamp Sets: Guy Greetings, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake
Tools:  Banner Triple Punch

Don’t forget to check out the new catalog and get that Shopping List started!
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Annual Catalog Cover

2017-2018 Annual Catalog

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