Birthday Goodness

Today I’m featuring a yummy birthday card made with the Birthday Goodness stamp set pictured on page 62 in the 2019-2020 annual catalog. I love the images and type font in this set.

Purple Posy is my favorite of the five new InColors and I decided to use it as the main color for the card. One evening as I was searching for color combinations I came across some cards from a recent Color Fusers Blog Hop that featured Purple Posy, Seaside Spray and Soft Sea Foam and thought it was a soft, feminine color combination. While I love pastels, I tend to go a little brighter with my colors, so I decided to challenge myself and am pleased with how pretty the colors look together.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Purple Posy cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut another piece of Purple Posy cardstock at 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. Emboss with the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder. Cut an 18″ piece of Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and tie in a bow around embossed piece. Adhere to card base.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. Stamp image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Color image with Stampin’ Blends. I used Seaside Spray dark and light Blends for the roses, Purple Posy and Soft Sea Foam dark and light for the macarons and dark Petal Pink for the cream filling. For the cake stand I used dark and light Smoky Slate.
  • Die cut image using the next-to- largest die in the Stitched Nested Label set. Using the largest die in the set cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam . Adhere together. Attach to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the greeting with Seaside Spray ink and punch out with the Classic Label punch. Adhere to image with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add a few sequins from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment for an extra-added touch.
  • Inside of card – Stamp a greeting from the set on piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ with Seaside Spray ink.

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Wonderful Romance Wedding Card

I was recently asked by a business colleague to create a card for a wedding she will be attending in early June so I finally got a chance to use the beautiful Wonderful Romance stamp set from the Occasions catalog before it retires on June 3rd! The coordinating Wonderful Floral Framelits Dies have sold out and are no longer available.

This card was actually quite easy to put together. Here is how I made it.

  • Cut piece of Whisper White Thick Card Stock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White card stock at 4″x 5 1/4″ and emboss with the Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This folder will be available in the new annual catalog. Attach to card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Cut circle with the die in the Wonderful Flower Framelits Dies. Stamp greeting with Mint Macaron ink. I used a greeting from the Floral Phrases stamp set. Attach to card.
  • Stamp large floral image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Shimmery White card stock. Color the leaves and flowers with these Stampin’ Blends: Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Pool Party, Pineapple Punch. I used dark and light blends for all except Pineapple Punch. Die cut image and attach to card front with multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Make double bow with white ribbon of your choice. I used 1/8″ Sheer Whisper White ribbon and attached to the flower stems with glue dot. This ribbon retired last year and I was so sorry to see it go because I think it is was one of the best white ribbons we ever had.

Before I made the final card I did a practice piece for the floral image to see how the blends would look together. I was so happy with how it looked that I did another one and used the practice piece to make a 10th wedding anniversary card for a dear friend and her husband.

I followed most of the steps listed above, adding these changes.

I used a greeting from the Your Perfect Day stamp set, which retired a few years ago. I added a white flower from the Frosted Flower Embellishments. These pretty embellishments will be available in the new annual catalog. I positioned the greeting and floral piece differently and also eliminated a bow for this card.

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Country Lane Suite

Today I’m featuring the first two cards I’ve made using products from the new 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I’ve had many new products sitting, waiting to be used in the last few weeks but other things kept getting in the way and it was hard for me to find creative time.  Hopefully I am back on track now!  These cards feature products from the Country Lane Suite pictured on pages 42-43 in the catalog.  I love the images and greetings in this set because they are very versatile.  While they make lovely autumn or Thanksgiving cards when used with the coordinating designer series paper, they  can also be used for general cards as well by changing  up the different designer series papers and pulling different colors from the papers you choose.

This first card is done in a portrait layout, using Rich Razzleberry cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  A piece of Country Lane designer series papers was cut at 3 3/4″ x 5″ and attached to a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and then attached to the Rich Razzleberry.

I stamped the images of the pitcher and flowers in black Memento ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 3/4″ x 3 7/8″, using the Stamparatus to position the stamps.  I colored the pitcher with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends and used Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends and the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker.  I adhered the image to the front of the card and added small and medium Blackberry Bliss Faceted Dots for a finishing touch.  I inadvertently used Rich Razzleberry cardstock for the base of the card, when I meant to use Blackberry Bliss, but I like how it looked, so kept it as is!

The next card is also done in the portrait layout and uses the stunning Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Stampin’ Up! is right on trend with this folder, as tin tiles are making a resurgence in home and commercial decor these days.

The Cajun Craze card base is cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  I ran a piece of the new Galvanized Metallic Paper cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ through the Big Shot using the embossing folder.  This paper is metallic on both sides, unlike our other foil papers which are white on one side, so you can choose to use either the embossesd or debossed side.

I stamped the images of the jug and flowers in black Memento ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 3/8″ x 4 1/2″, using the Stamparatus to position the stamps. First I colored the bands and handles on the jug with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  I wanted a very soft, faded look for the rest of the jug so I did a light watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink with an aqua painter.  To color the flowers I used the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker and Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  Next, I cut a strip of Cajun Craze cardstock at 1″ x 4 1/2″, ran the long framelit with the stitched edge from the Stitched Labels Framelits through the Big Shot and attached it to the image as an accent.  I stamped the greeting in Cajun Craze ink on Crushed Curry cardststock, used the banner from the Petals & More Thinlits to die cut  the greeting, and used three dimensionals to pop it up.  For a final touch I added a small Gold Faceted Gem to the upper right corner of the image.

Since I was using the Tin Tile embossing folder I decided to try out other papers.  Here are photos showing all of the foil sheets, with item numbers, shown on page 192 in the annual catalog, along with vellum and a piece of dsp from Nature’s Poem. 

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Stampin’ Blends New Colors Are Available

The Stampin’ Blends new colors are now available – yay!!  You may order single markers, light or dark, for $4.50 each or combo packs that include both for $9.00 a pair.  There are also markers in bronze and ivory to use for skin tones, as well as a color lifter, and those are also $4.50 each.  A complete list of colors can be found on page 205 in the catalog.


The new combo packs are pictured here.

Check out these Stampin’ Up! videos for some coloring techniques.

Basics of blending

Blending with Multiple Colors

How to Use the Color Lifter and Skin Tone Blends

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Accented Blooms

Today I’m sharing a card I made using the lovely new Accented Blooms stamp set pictured on page 19 in the new catalog.  I used Blueberry Bushel, one of the 2018-2020 In Colors.  It is a bright blue so I paired it with a Daffodil Delight mat for the stamped image.  I used Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends to color the image.  For the hello greeting I stamped it with Blueberry  Bushel ink and punched it out with the Tailored Tag punch, which was carried over from the recently retired Occasions catalog and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


This image could also be watercolored with pencils or an aquapainter for a soft look or by stamping the image with one of our fabulous colors instead of using black ink, simply leaving it as a line image without coloring it in. Cut the cardstock sized to fit the image and add a piece of coordinating designer paper and some ribbon or other embellishments for a different look.  You can also choose to use different greetings that would fit the Tailored Tag punch, making this a very versatile stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by today!