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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Truckin’ Through the Trees

Here’s another sneak peek for you from the upcoming 2018 Holiday Catalog. As soon as I saw the Festive Farmhouse suite, I knew I had to have it! This card features the image of the truck, having just been loaded with the perfect Christmas tree to take home for the family to decorate it. I love the coordinating die cuts, which include the truck and the tree. So much easier and faster than fussy-cutting. And let’s talk for a moment about the Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine. I could not get over how soft it is! And I love that it comes with 3 colors that coordinate with the suite – Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, and Very Vanilla. This stamp set also includes a house and several sentiments with coordinating dies. I chose to use the die with the adorable stitching around the edge for the sentiment. It makes such a nice border. There are so many possibilities with this set and I will definitely be sharing more ideas with you soon.

Truckin' Through the Trees
Stamp Set:  Farmhouse Christmas
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Ivory, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Color Lifter
Lovelies:  Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine
Tools:  Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Spritzer, Farmhouse Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

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Sunny Days & Lemonade

Let’s take a relaxing break with a cool glass of lemonade. This stamp set is simply darling. I wasn’t sure what colors I wanted, so I thought I’d make 3 cards with the same layout, but different colors and background embossing folders. The Stampin’ Blends are perfect for coloring this image and I couldn’t resist adding the Fine Tip Glue to the pitcher and glass for the shiny effect. I’m thinking the Bermuda Bay card is my favorite and I know exactly who I want to give it to. Which one is your favorite?

Sunny Days and Lemonade 3

Stamp Set:  Sunny Days
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, various Stampin’ Blends
Lovelies:  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Daffodil Delight Sale-a-Bration Ribbon*
Tools:  Oh My Stars Embossing Folder, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Big Shot

*Retired Product

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Country Home with the Watering Can

Here’s another sneak peek at the awesome Country Home stamp set. I can not wait until you can add this to your collection, too! You will be able to begin ordering on September 4th.

I decided to take a rugged turn with this card. I spritzed Soft Suede on the card base. I ran the Rich Razzleberry cardstock layer through the new Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder. Does anyone out there remember using a hand-held crimper to get this same look? This is so much easier! No worries about putting the piece in crooked – that used to frustrate me to no end! This embossing folder actually has a very convenient line across the bottom that you can place the cardstock on. Presto Perfect! Just remember to spritz your cardstock with a little water before running it through the Big Shot so the paper doesn’t crack. After I did this, I ran scissors across the edges to rough them up and then I wadded it up for even more texture. The stamped image is colored in with Stampin’ Blends, the top two corners rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch, and it is finished with a new Galvanized Clip tied with Braided Linen Trim. The only thing I would change on this is that I would’ve made the stamped image layer a bit more angled. That’s what I was going for, but it kind of looks like I accidentally put it on a little crooked. I still love this rustic card, though.

Country Home with the Watering Can
Stamp Set:  Country Home
Cardstock:  Mango Melody, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends Markers:  Mango Melody, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Color Lifter
Lovelies: Braided Linen Trim, Galvanized Clips
Tools:  Detailed Trio Punch, Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Spritzers, Big Shot

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog PDF!

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Country Home with the Milk Jug

The new 2018 Holiday catalog…Oh my. I am in heaven! I can’t wait until I can share the entire catalog with you! You will be able to begin ordering on September 4th.

I absolutely love all things Autumn…the colors, the cool air, bonfires, apple cider. I call it “sweater weather”. So you can only guess how happy I am when Stampin’ Up thrills me with new fall stamp sets. This set is called Country Home and is part of the Country Lane Suite.  I colored it with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers – including some of the new colors available in this catalog. I thought it would look lovely with a background layer that shows the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder from the Annual catalog. I wanted some Baker’s Twine for the Galvanized Button, but I didn’t want Very Vanilla, so I ran the length of the twine on my Mango Melody ink pad with a piece of cardstock on top to hold it against the pad. Then I let it dry for a bit before tying it on. This card makes me truly content.

Country Home with the Milk Jug
Stamp Set:  Country Home
Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Mango Melody, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends Markers:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Color Lifter
Tools:  Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Spritzer, Big Shot

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog PDF!

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The Joy of Sets – New Catalogue Blog Hop August 2018

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I am so excited to participate in my first blog hop! There is a wonderful International group on Facebook called The Joy of Sets and everyone is welcome to join! You have hopped to my site from Alejandra Gomez’s and next up after me is Angie McKenzie’s. You can click on the arrows at the bottom of the blog post to continue on your hoppy way. This month’s topic is anything new from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. I have used two new stamp sets, one new color, one new ribbon and a new framelits set…such fun!

A coworker asked me to make a Birthday card for her friend…who just happens to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator like me.  I know this lovely Birthday lady, as our daughters were on the same travel soccer team together a few years ago. As soon as I sat down to make a card, the creative juices flowed freely. This is the first time I inked up the Abstract Impressions stamp set and I am in love! It’s just so pretty!

JOS Abstract Details Outside
Below is a close up shot of the gorgeous Poppy Parade Mini Striped Ribbon…and as you look at the photo, perhaps you’ll notice the added stitching on the Flirty Flamingo cardstock strip, complements of one of the decorative embossing dies in the Stitched Labels Framelits. That collection of framelits also includes the beautiful framed piece with striking detail as well.

JOS Abstract Details Close Up
This photo of the inside of the card shows how perfectly the sentiment in Detailed with Love coordinates with the Abstract Impressions set. And we pull it all together with a matching stamped envelope.

JOS Abstract Details Inside

Stamp Set:  Abstract Impressions, Detailed with Love
Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Melon Mambo
Lovelies:  Poppy Parade Mini Striped Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Stitched Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thanks so much for viewing my post and I hope I have inspired you to ink up your new stamps, too! Click on the “Next” arrow to hop on over to Angie’s post!

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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

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog PDF!

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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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