Pocket Full of Springtime Posies

I am in love with the soft lavender shade of the new In Color Purple Posy. I was saddened to find out that we currently are unable to order Purple Posy Classic Ink Pads or Ink Refills. I had to wait until the catalog release to order the color in the Stampin’ Blends alcohol ink Marker and Stampin’ Write Marker. I’m so thankful we can at least use these for coloring and stamping. I’m also thankful that Stampin’ Up is committed to bringing us top-notch, quality products and aren’t settling for anything subpar. I’m sure the manufacturer will get the ink pads and ink refills up to standard so we can then purchase them. In the meantime, it’s the old-fashioned way of stamping – using the Stampin’ Write Marker directly onto the stamp. I find the quality is just fine when using red rubber stamps. This is how I was able to stamp the sentiment on this card. I used the Stampin’ Blends Marker to color the Pearl Basic Jewels so they would match. I thought out of the box with the Scalloped Linen Ribbon and cut the Purple Posy edging away from the linen in the center. Look closely and you’ll see that the Basic Black layer has been dry embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder. I just love how the Purple Posy pops on the black background. And tell me again why I so rarely use the Springtime Impressions dies? So pretty!

Pocket Full of Springtime Posies
Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Beauty Abounds
Cardstock:  Purple Posy, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink:  Purple Posy Stampin’ Write Marker, Dark Purple Posy Stampin’ Blend
Lovelies:  Purple Posy Scalloped Linen Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Lakeside Dies, Springtime Impressions Dies

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog PDF and get your pen and paper ready to write out your wish list!

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Lasting Sympathy in Mango

As promised, here’s another color scheme with the same basic layout as yesterday’s card. This stamp set is so pretty and I’m so glad I gave in and got the suite.  Hunter said she liked the Gorgeous Grape card from yesterday more, but I feel drawn to this pretty Mango Melody flowers.
lasting sympathy in mango
Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  Wonderful Romance, Lasting Lily
Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Vellum, Whisper White
Ink:  Mango Melody, Memento Tuxedo Black
Blends:  Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
Lovelies:  Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stitched Labels Framelits, Wonderful Floral Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2019 Occasions Catalog, 2019 Sale-a-Bration Brochure, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Best Blue Birds Blends for an Anniversary

A friend asked me to make a card for her parents’ anniversary. She told me they liked birds and the color blue. As soon as she said that, I knew I’d be using the Best Birds stamp set and matching Birds & Blooms Thinlits dies. I just love using Stampin’ Blends with the bird images because they really make me feel like an artist. So easy to use and a beautiful blended effect. I decided to add some Wink of Stella to the birds, but I’m not sure you can see it. I used the Mango Melody Dark Blends marker on some small pearls for the flower centers. Everything is die cut out and glued down, with the birds adhered with Dimensionals for a little pop. I am very pleased with this card.

best blue birds blends for an anniversary

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Best Birds
Cardstock:  Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White (card base)
Ink: Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends:  Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Color Lifter
Lovelies:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Wink of Stella
Tools:  Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2019 Occasions Catalog, 2019 Sale-a-Bration Brochure, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Flowing Fountain of Sympathy

Today’s card features a stamp set on page 41 in the upcoming 2019 Occasions Catalog. I have a feeling that this one may be overlooked by many people. It’s not bright and flashy. It a simple, sweet stamp set with lovely sentiments. I plan on using it for some upcoming #simplestamping projects. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Flowing Fountain Sympathy
And don’t forget that you can use the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to color the Pearl Basic Jewels. It’s so nice just keeping a stock of both the Pearls as well as the Rhinestones and coloring them whenever I need matching embellishments.

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Flowing Fountain
Cardstock: Highland Heather, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Highland Heather
Stampin’ Blends:  Dark Mango Melody
Lovelies:  Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog, which is still in effect until January 2, 2019, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Bushel of Healing Hugs

There’s a sweet lady I know that, unfortunately, needed surgery. Before I even sat down at my craft table to create her a card, I knew I wanted to use the Healing Hugs stamp set. I also knew I wanted the rose to be stamped in Blueberry Bushel. I was inspired by a bold card I had spotted online. I decided to pair it with a very pale green for the leaves to help intensify the already brilliant blue. I had just received the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder from my beautiful man in brown (UPS driver) earlier that day and thought it would be just lovely as the background texture.

Bushel of Healing Hugs

I colored the Pearl Basic Jewels with my Dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends marker. Usually I struggle to remove the jewels with my paper snips or paper piercer, trying to make sure the adhesive on the back comes off with the jewels and doesn’t stick to the paper backing. Let’s talk about this for just a moment. This time, I used the new Take Your Pick tool and it was a dream! This new multipurpose tool includes a piercer, stylus and putty to pick up small items…and a spatula! The spatula slipped right under my pearls and I am tickled pink! You simply MUST get one! Here’s a quick 3 minute YouTube video that shows all the bells and whistles:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nihh0cc81pU&feature=youtu.be

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Healing Hugs
Cardstock:  Blueberry Bushel, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White
Ink:  Blueberry Bushel, Soft Sea Foam
Stampin’ Write Blends:  Dark Night of Navy
Lovelies: 1/8” Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Take Your Pick, Stampin’ Spritzer, Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the new 2018 Holiday Catalog and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Tin Tile Country Home

I hope you aren’t tired of this stamp set yet, because I am addicted to it! I just love coloring it with the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. The blending is so easy! This card features an awesome background impression that is achieved with the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder. It’s the perfect backdrop for this milk can of flowers. I am counting down the days until I can share pictures of the suite online!

Tin Tile Country Home

Stamp Set:  Country Home
Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Memento Tuxedo Black
Blends: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede
Lovelies:  Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools: Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Spritzer, Big Shot, Stamparatus

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the Annual Catalog PDF. I will add the 2018 Holiday Catalog as soon as I’m allowed!

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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

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the Annual Catalog PDF. I will add the 2018 Holiday Catalog as soon as I’m allowed to.

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!

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