Monday, October 24, 2016

I'm Wild About Flowers

I am wild about this stamp set!  It is Wild About Flowers and it is mostly a set for retirement cards. Not quite ready for retirement cards?  Well, keep the sentiments for a later date but use the beautiful collection of wild flower stamps now!  

I got my idea for this card from one I found on Pinterest by Jenn Tinline.  Her stamping was superb and I couldn't wait to try my hand at it.  The sponging of the green grass and blue sky areas make it seem very realistic.

This card would probably fall under the spring or summer category, so I'm a little off-season here, but I always need birthday cards - and I have someone in mind for this one!

I used Old Olive, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Real Red Classic Stampin' Pads. I stamped off once for the lighter shades of green.  Layering Ovals Framelits are popped up on Dimensionals over a double strand of Gold Baker's Twine. Three gold Metallic Enamel Shapes finish it off.

If you don't recognize the sentiment stamps that I used, it is because I took them from past Paper Pumpkin Kits!  Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  The kits are fantastic, and when you have used up all the supplies on your projects ~ you are left with these great, exclusive stamp sets plus an Ink Spot (mini Stampin' Pad) which will stay good for a long time.

To subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, go to or click HERE, to read all about this fun monthly crafting kit that comes to your mailbox.  Each month is different.  Another bonus is that there are some very clever card makers that come up with lots of alternative projects for each kit, so your choices are many.  To see them, google Paper Pumpkin Alternative Projects and see!  By the way, it IS October, and Paper Pumpkin sounds like a Fall or even Halloween Kit, but it isn't.  It's something new every month, often in conjunction with a holiday but sometimes it's birthday cards or thank you cards. Try it for a month or two.  If you love it, it will continue to come each month.  If you decide it's not for you, you can cancel at any time.


Thanks for stopping by today.  And thanks for reading about my non-Fall, non-Christmas card on this lovely October day! :-)  See you back here again on Wednesday ~

Happy Stamping!


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Floral Boutique Note

I "borrowed" (CASEd in stamping lingo) this color palette from Bruno Bertucci.  I love the combination of Night of Navy with Tip Top Taupe.  It could go very masculine, but my little scallop oval kind of makes it a bit more feminine.  

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper is the star of the show today.  This pack of paper is all Navy and White, with beautiful prints that remind me of those gorgeous blue and white plates that people used to collect.  Do they still?  

And guess what?  You can get a pack of this paper for free with the purchase of any three packs of DSP.  It's the October special and one I always look forward to.  The artistic level of these papers is very high.  I watched a video on how the artists develop the designs for these papers.  They paint and print.  Fascinating!  Each piece is really a work of art.  Click the banner below to get in on this special~

Back to my card.  I used Flourishing Phrases for the sentiment and leaves, nestled into Layering Ovals Framelits.  Simple and crisp!

Have a great weekend!  Go stamp something beautiful!


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Festive Birthday Card + Treat Bag

Wow!  As neutral as my post was on Monday, this one is packed with color!  This birthday card and treat bag have a very tropical feel, which is what the designers of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper were going for, I'm sure.  

My card is a simple layout, with two 2 1/2" x 3" panels of DSP on either side of the Tempting Turquoise card base.  I cut the base at 4 1/4" x 11", scored it at 5 1/2" and turned it on its side.  A note about the Tempting Turquoise - I've always loved turquoise, but this is my very first card using it! When Stampin' Up! brings out DSP with "new" colors, these papers that have been sitting in the box for a while get to come out and join the party! Thank you Stampin' Up!

OK, so now might be a good time to mention that Festive Birthday is one of the designer papers that is on the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" Special!  The special is available through October 31st.

If you love bright, colorful, and festive, this is the paper for you!

And here is my adorable little gift bag that goes with the card.  I got this from Sam Donald does a video with instructions that are super easy to follow.  She made these bags in Christmas paper with DSP for her holiday table.  I made mine with Tempting Turquoise cardstock and added two panels measuring 3" x 1 3/4" of the matching Festive Birthday paper.

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The bag measures 2"x2"x4" altogether.  The square (diamond) turquoise layer is 2"x 2" and the white piece for the sentiment is 1 3/4"x 1 3/4."  The sentiment on the bag is from Tin of Tags.  The flower is punched from Petite Petal Punch, with a tiny flower from Botanical Builders Framelits.

The sentiment on the card is Stylized Birthday (a single wood-mount stamp) and the flower is made from Botanical Builders Framelits.

All of the supplies I used will be listed below and they are linked to my online store for your easy shopping!  It's just a click away!

Have a fantastic day!  I'm on my way to Seattle to visit my kids.  My rain boots are packed! See you again soon ~


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