How to use Seasonal Decorative Masks

By | October 26, 2016

Are you wondering how to use the seasonal decorative masks in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog??  If so, this blog post is for you!!  I recently held a local stamp club meeting and we tried making a card using the seasonal decorative masks.  I’m sharing some of what we learned here.

First of all, here’s the card that we made at our club meeting.

How to use Seasonal Decorative Masks Stampin Up

You can see the background we made using one of the Seasonal Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up!.  We created this by sponging Old Olive ink onto the Old Olive card stock.

Project Notes:

In preparing for the club meeting, I also tried some other “techniques” with the Seasonal Decorative Masks.  Here’s a summary (along with a photo) of each.

Ways to use Seasonal Decorative Masks Stampin Up


Here’s all the “must knows” about the Seasonal Decorative Masks (141848) from Stampin’ Up!  There are four stencils in the package (stripes, dots, “raindrop” shapes and sweater knit design).  The stencils are 6″ x 6″ and are easy to clean.

Why would I want to use Seasonal Decorative Masks?

They are a great way to let your creativity soar and add interest to your projects!  You can use these stencils to create fun patterns and backgrounds for your projects.  Don’t have the right color designer paper to use?  Create your own using the Seasonal Decorative Masks!!


What products can I use with the Seasonal Decorative Masks?

Inks, Markers, Acrylic Paint can be used on paper, fabric or canvas.


What tools work well with the Seasonal Decorative Masks?

Stamping Sponges (141337), Sponge Daubers (133773), Sponge Brayers (141714), Stampin’ Spritzers (126185) and AquaPainters (103954).  VersaMark Ink (102283) can also be used to heat emboss, but it is a bit more difficult to clean the glue-like ink off the mask.


Other tips and tricks for using the Seasonal Decorative Masks:

  • Clean the stencils by running under water.  If desired, they can be cleaned with dish soap.  Pat dry.
  • Use Washi Tape to prevent the card stock from sliding while inking.  I like to tape the cardstock directly to the back of the mask, then place on my work surface.
  • Always protect the work area with scrap paper so that ink doesn’t get on your work surface.
  • I find that sponges work well when I’m wanting to color a large area with ONE color.  If I want to be more selective, I use the sponge daubers.
  • Sponge daubers work the best if you want to use more than one ink as they offer more precise control in color placement. (See above photo) Always start with your lightest color ink first!!
  • Pouncing (up and down motion) with a sponge gives a lighter look that scrubbing (back and forth motion).  See red stripes in the photo above.


If you haven’t ever tried masking/stenciling, I’d encourage you to give it a try.  Experiment with different colors, techniques and tools.  Seasonal Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up! are an inexpensive way to add unique and creative looks to your projects!  And, now that you know how to use Seasonal Decorative Masks you’ll be a pro in no time at all!!!



Cookie Cutter Halloween Ideas

By | October 24, 2016

My FAVORITE product line in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is the Cookie Cutter line of products….Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set (142252), coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (140396), and the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set (142043).  The images in the two stamp sets are so adorable and make a great addition to card projects, gift bags and tags or scrapbooks.

I’ve got several projects to share today that use the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  Here’s the first one…

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This was a card idea that I saw on Pinterest and copied almost exactly (sorry I can’t remember who the original was made by).  I think the only element I changed was the border strip.  I used the same piece of designer paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper pack (142022), but changed the direction the stripes ran.  The other designer papers are also from this same paper pack.

  • Pumpkin images are found in the Spooky Fun stamp set (142236) and cut with the coordinating Halloween Edgelits Framelits Dies (141842).

Here’s a second card made with this same stamp set.  I received this one in a swap I was part of.  It was created by Juli Knudsen.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:


My last project isn’t a card, but a super cute gift bag.  The idea for this project came from a post I saw by Kelly Acheson.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stampin' Up!

How cute is this for a gift bag!!!

Project Notes:


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Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Spooky Fun for Halloween

By | October 19, 2016

I’m really not much of a Halloween project maker, but there was one product in the Holiday Catalog that spoke “fun” to me that I had to have….Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies (141842).  I LOVED the tree and fence cut-outs, and saw uses for those far beyond Halloween themed cards.

And, as long as I was purchasing the dies, I might as well get the coordinating Spooky Fun stamp set (142236).  Purchasing them together in a bundle (144437) saved me 10% over purchasing each individually.  Remember to look for these bundle deals as you browse the Stampin’ Up! catalogs.

Well, on with the card sharing….

The first card I’m sharing is one that my club members made.  I created a fall scene using the Edgelits dies and pumpkin stamp image.

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Tree is cut from Soft Suede card stock.  Fence is cut from Early Espresso card stock.  I raised them up from the card base to add some dimension.

  • The “moon” was made with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705).  I sponged some Crushed Curry ink onto the edge of the scallop circle to add some depth.

  • Pumpkins were stamped on Shimmery White card stock (101910) using Black Archival ink (140931), then water colored before attaching to the card.

  • I love the “bling” the strip of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper (142029) adds to the card.


Here’s another way to use the dies and stamps…create a trick and treat gift bag!!

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I used a Glassine Gift Bag (141700) as the base for this project.

  • I cut two tree images…one from black card stock and the other from white.  I used the white piece behind the black to create a “moon shadow”.

  • To make the orange background square I created a square stencil/mask from scrap tag board using the Layering Squares Framelits (141708).  I placed the stencil as desired on the bag and sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Because the bag has a semi-glossy surface, it will take the ink a few minutes to dry.

  • The bats and sentiment are found in the Spooky Fun stamp set.

  • Bow is made with the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine (142027).


The last card I have to share is a WOW card…one that I saw on Rick Adkins blog.  He amazed me with his card, and I wanted to try one for myself.  Here it is…

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I pretty much copied his basic layout with the trees.  His card was definitely a Halloween scene with a witch.  I wanted mine to be more fall, so I left off the witch and the trick and treat sentiment.

  • Background is sponged with various shades of oranges and purples.  Of course, I masked before sponging to create the moon.

  • I cut two fences…crumb cake and soft suede, and layered them to look like a reflection.


The card front looks spectacular…but wait, there’s more:

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

The fence opens up to create a scene!!  Here’s what it looks like open all the way.

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Again…this card idea wasn’t original with me.  Rick did such a great job with his card I just HAD to copy his idea!!

I’m so glad that there are so many talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are willing to share their projects and ideas.  I would guess that 75% of the projects I create are inspired by something I see another demonstrator post.  So, in turn, it is my hope that the cards and projects I share here are inspiration to you who stop by to visit.  My desire is to encourage you in your pursuit of stamping!!

Thanks for stopping..

Have fun “stampin it up!”

Handmade Cards using Kraft Cardstock

By | October 17, 2016

Kraft cards stock is a nice alternative to Crumb Cake card stock and gives a different look to your projects.  I have three cards I’m sharing with you today and they all use Kraft card stock.  Each card is inspired from card projects found in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

My first card is made using the Remarkable You stamp set (Wood 139891, Clear 139894).  The card inspiration for this project is found on page 128 of the catalog.


Remarkable You Stampin' Up!


Project Notes:

  • Let me say first of all….I LOVE the bold look of this card.  Black and Kraft are an awesome combination together!!

  • I adapted the layout in the catalog to make a full size card by mounting the leaf image onto a Basic Black card stock base.

  • Sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set (Wood 126695, Clear 126697) and cut with a die from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits (135707).

  • I used Basic Black Archival ink (140931) for stamping, as it has better coverage on the Kraft card stock.

  • The corners were rounded using the Project Life Corner Punch (135346).


My next two cards are based on the card sample found on page 112 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The cards feature the Wild About Flowers stamp set (138728).  I changed the layout because I thought the card in the catalog was too “flat” looking and needed some color.  Here’s the first one.


Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!


Project Notes:

  • I stamped the first one using White Craft ink (101731) as shown in the catalog.  The white craft ink leaves a subtle image on the Kraft card stock.  It almost looks like bleach is used in the stamping.

  • TIP: Remember to allow some extra dry time for Craft ink.  To speed up the process, use the Heat Tool to dry the ink.

  • I think that the sentiment on this card is a little light.  If I were to do this card again, I’d probably experiment with other colors…either Smoky Slate, Basic Gray or Elegant Eggplant.  I’d want the sentiment to show a bit more, but not be too overpowering for the card.

  • The textured border on the left is made with the Woodgrain embossing folder (127821).

  • Card base is Elegant Eggplant.


Here’s the second card, and as you can see, the layout is exactly the same as the one above.


Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

The only change I made to this card was stamping the flower image with Elegant Eggplant ink.  This ink stamped on Kraft card stock looks almost black.


If you’re looking to make some masculine or fall themed cards, I’d encourage you to experiment with Kraft Card stock (133674).  This product is sold in 12″ x 12″ sheets and is found on the “Paper Basics” page of the annual catalog (page 1755).

Kraft card stock is a great way to get fall themed cards without a fall themed stamp. Recently I shared another way to make fall themed cards without themed stamps…using COLOR.  You can check those out here.

Behind the Scenes in my Craft Room

By | October 10, 2016

What do you do when a card doesn’t come out the way you’d like??  That very thing happened to me the other day.  However, none of you who read my blog would ever know I have projects that don’t work out because I only show you the finished product I’m happy with.  That got me thinking….why not show the process I use to turn something I don’t like into something I do like.    I’m guessing that many of you also have projects that don’t turn out the way you imagined and it might be of some encouragement.  Here’s how I handled it.

First of all…we’ll start with the end.  Here’s a teaser of the final outcome of all my creative efforts.



Step One:

Since Stampin’ Up! is having an awesome designer paper sale this month, I decided to make a card that highlighted designer paper.  I immediately thought of using the ghosting technique and decided that the Floral Boutique designer paper (141663) would work perfectly!!

I had the outcome all pictured in my mind.  I chose the paper pattern design I wanted to use (it needs to be a light background), stamped the image onto the designer paper with versa mark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder, heat set and sponged the designer paper with the matching Night of Navy ink.

I was less than “wowed” with the results…clearly a disappointment!!  ( I didn’t get a photo of this step…the idea to share my process came after the next step.   That’s when I started taking photos.)

Well, if you know me, I HATE to waste anything…especially my precious designer paper.  So, I put my thinking cap on.

Step Two:

Hmmmm…I now have a sponged piece of designer paper with a clear embossed blob in the center.  I wondered if I could make it look better by highlighting the background piece with stamping.  I took out the Floral Phrases stamp set (Wood 141764, Clear 141767) and repeatedly stamped this image over the sponged background.  Here’s what it looked like when I was done (and, although I liked the look of the repeated stamping, I was less than thrilled with these results as well!)


Creative Card Making Process 1


Step Three:

What to do next?? My first thought was, in order to salvage the paper, I needed to cover up the embossed image.  Layering Circle Framelits (141705) to the rescue!!  Using Night of Navy card stock, I cut a scalloped circle large enough to cover the ugly image.

Now the question was, what do I put in the scalloped circle?  A sentiment of course!!  I decided to use the floral image from the Floral Phrases stamp set.  My idea was to stamp the flower on the circle with a sentiment.  Well, it took me three tries to get what I wanted.

Creative Card Making Process 3.1

Here’s my third attempt and what it looked like on the scallop circle.


Creative Card Making Process 3.3


It looked promising, but I decided it might also need a border.  Here’s what I came up with.  The border piece is a strip of the original designer paper sponged lightly to decrease the brightness of the white background.


Creative Card Making Process 2


Finally I had a layout that I liked.  But, I wasn’t sure the stamped sentiment circle was the best element for the focal point.

Step Four:

I decided to try a die cut flower in place of the sentiment circle.  I used the May Flowers Framelits (140276) to cut the largest flower from Whisper White card stock.   I placed it on the scallop circle.   The card still needed a sentiment so I took one of the “oops” stamped circles and cut out the sentiment like this.


Creative Card Making Process 4

Finally, here was a layout that I liked!!


Creative Card Making Process

Wondering how long it took me??  I didn’t look at a clock, but I think I spent more time writing this blog post about my creative process than I actually spent on making the card.

My goal in sharing this story is to encourage you.  First of all, don’t give up if the first result isn’t what you wanted!!  Step back and ask yourself what it is that needs to change?  Then, keep on trying different things until you get the result you want!!

Secondly, when you are struggling to make a project to come together, lay it aside for an hour or two, or maybe even a day, and come back to it with a fresh perspective.   This is a trick I use all the time.

Remember, we only see the end results of other’s work, not all the struggle that went into creating the final outcome.   Because of this, we tend to think that things went perfectly for them in the process.  Most of the time this is probably not the case.  Remember, nothing good ever comes easy!!

Hope this post has encouraged your!! I’d love it if you’d leave a comment for me and let me know how you handle your creative struggles!!

(The comment link is at the TOP of this post.  If you are reading on my home page, you will need to click into this specific blog post to leave a comment.)

Fall Themed Cards Don’t Have to Have Leaves

By | October 5, 2016

Fall themed cards don’t have to have leaves on them to be a fall card.  The colors used on projects can also convey the feeling of fall, as you will see on the cards I’m sharing today.  Make sure to check out the simple technique I used on my second card.

On my first card I used the color Cajun Craze to make the flower image seem fall-like.


Project Notes:


Here’s the second card I’m sharing.


Project Notes:

  • I used a simple but interesting technique on this card.  First I sponged a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White card stock using fall colors (Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz and Rich Razzleberry).  I then tore a second piece of Whisper White card stock to create a strip and attached it to the sponged background piece, making sure to line up the top edge with the edge of the sponged card stock (look carefully at the photo and you can see the torn edge).  My final step was to stamp the flourish image (from the Falling Flowers stamp set – Wood 139553, Clear 139556) using black ink and making sure to stamp over the torn edge.

  • Sentiment is from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set (Wood 140722, Clear 140725).  I cut it with the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706).

  • This is a really simple card that has a “wow” factor to it.


If you enjoy the cards I share here on my blog, I’d love it if you’d take some time to pin them on Pinterest, share on Facebook or share my blog address with a friend.  I really appreciate you taking time to stop by.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Only Hours till the 12 Weeks of Christmas!!

By | October 5, 2016

Only 4 hours left until the first 12 Weeks of Christmas project will be sent!!

12 Weeks of Christmas BeeBug Creations

Are you on my mailing list???  Only those who are subscribed will receive these AWESOME projects.  This is my gift to my newsletter subscribers and I don’t want anyone to miss out!!  This is your absolute last chance to subscribe before the first project is sent.  You can sign up for my newsletter list by using the submission form in the right column of my blog.

24 Hour Countdown to 12 Weeks of Christmas!!

By | October 4, 2016

Just one day remains before….

12 Weeks of Christmas BeeBug Creations

…those on my mailing list recieve the first week of my 12 Weeks of Christmas projects.  You won’t want to miss ANY of the fantastic projects that I will be sharing!!  The ONLY WAY to get these projects is to be on my newsletter mailing list.  It’s easy to sign up…just use the form in the right sidebar of this blog.

More Fall Card Making Inspiration, Part 2

By | October 3, 2016

Last week I shared some fall themed cards I made using  the Vintage Leaves stamp set (138802, Photopolymer) and the coordinating Leaflets Framelits (138283). Well, today I have two more projects I’d like to share. I only used the framelits on these.


Here’s the first one.  This card uses non-traditional colors.  The color combination was inspired by two of the colors found in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (142017).

Vintage Leaves Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:


The second project I’m sharing isn’t really a “card”, but a fun way to create a gift tag for any gifts you may be giving this fall.

Vintage Leaves Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Leaves were cut using the Leaflets Framelits (138283).  The trick to cutting the orange leaf so it opens on the fold is to place the folded card stock so it stops short of the leaf stem. (See photo below.)  That way you won’t cut the card stock into two pieces.



  • I sponged the edges of the leaves:  So Saffron card stock with Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango card stock with Tangerine Tango ink.

  • The leaves are attached to a piece of Dapper Denim card stock.  One end of this piece is punched using the Scallop Tag Topper punch (133324).

  • Ribbons used:  ” Burlap Ribbon (141487) for the bow and Linen Thread (104199) for the tie.


You can click here to see the two card projects that I shared last week.  Hope that you have enjoyed the Vintage Leaves card projects I’ve shared here on my blog.  If you are interested in purchasing the Leaflets framelits, you can find them here!

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

12 Weeks of Christmas coming soon!!

By | September 28, 2016

My 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects are Coming!!

12 Weeks of Christmas BeeBug Creations

It’s that time of year again…I’m happy to announce that my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas will begin a week from today!!  This is my gift to my mailing list subscribers.  Each week, I send a holiday project, complete with directions!!!  But, only those who are on my mailing list will receive these awesome projects!!  If you aren’t already subscribed you can use the sign up box in the right side bar of this blog.  Then, look for the projects to be sent beginning a week from today!!

More Fall Card Making Inspiration, Part 1

By | September 28, 2016

Today I have more fall themed creative card inspiration.  The cards in today’s blog post all use either the Vintage Leaves stamp set (138802, Photopolymer) and/or the coordinating Leaflets Framelits (138283). I LOVE using these products when creating fall themed handmade cards.


Here’s the first card I made.

 Vintage Leaves Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The leaves on this card are stamped with the Vintage Leaves stamp set, then cut out with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits.  I stamped the leaves using the color on color technique:  Delightful Dijon ink on Delightful Dijon card stock, Cherry Cobbler ink on Cherry Cobbler card stock, and Tangerine Tango ink on Tangerine Tango card stock.

  • Sentiment is found in the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).  This is a great stamp set to use when you want inside greetings that coordinate with the greeting on the front of the card. I stamped the words in Tangerine Tango on So Saffron card stock.

  • Circle size is 2 ”, however you could adjust the circle size to the size of your sentiment.  I wouldn’t advise going much smaller than 2” on the circle size however.

  • Background texture was made with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127821).

  • Bow was created with the ” Burlap Ribbon (141487).

  • There’s nothing too complicated about this card layout.  And this layout is one that can easily be adapted to any theme.  My card happens to be horizontal, but this layout could work equally well with a vertically oriented card.


Here’s my second project for today.

Vintage Leaves Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I used a fun technique on this card.  I first cut the maple leaf using the Leaflets Framelits.  After cutting, I added some shading by sponging color onto the leaf (Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry and Cajun Craze).  Then I added texture (to represent the leaf veins) using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127821).  After these steps, I then took a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) filled with water and spritzed the leave until all the colors ran together.  As the leaf dries, you can shape it (curling the edges, etc).

  • Sentiment is found in the Wetlands stamp set (Wood 126695, Clear 126697).  I stamped it onto Early Espresso card stock using Early Espresso ink.

  • The fall “branches” tied to the leaf were cut using the Flourish Thinlits (141478).  I used Linen Thread (104199) for the bow and a piece of ⅝” Burlap Ribbon (141487) for an accent.


Last fall I shared quite a few fall themed cards using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating Leaflets Framelits. One of my favorite projects was this one made by a demonstrator friend of mine. However you can find all the Vintage Leaves cards I’ve posted here on my blog by typing “Vintage Leaves” in the search box found in the right sidebar of my blog!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Basket of Wishes Fall Themed Greeting Cards

By | September 26, 2016

When I first saw the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, there was one stamp set I knew I’d have to get right away…the Basket of Wishes stamp set (142200, Photopolymer).  I liked the sayings that the set contained, as well as the baskets and images.  The cards I have to share today all use this stamp set.

Here’s the first card…simple but elegant.

Basket of Wishes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I used Copper Embossing Powder (141636) to create the basket and sentiment.  I knew I wanted to use the Copper Foil Sheets (142020) – found in the new in the 2016 Holiday catalog – and loved the way the embossing powder coordinated with it.  Heat embossing is a quick and easy way to add elegance to any card, especially if copper, silver or gold embossing powder is used.

  • I also added two thin strips of Copper Foil Paper on either side of the Very Vanilla textured piece. (That way I didn’t waste too much of the foil paper.)

  • The Layering Circles Framelits (141705) for the Big Shot were what I used to create my two circles.

  • Background texture was made with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (139672).

  • The narrow border in the center is a piece of Rich Razzleberry ribbon, found in the ” Ribbon Trio Pack (142021) in the Holiday Catalog.


Here’s another card I made with the Basket of Wishes stamp set.

Basket of Wishes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Lots of layering on this card adds to the interest.  There are actually three layered sections to this card:  the card base and Delightful Dijon card stock, the Very Vanilla matte piece and the designer paper piece, and the focal basket image with Soft Suede matte.  The symmetrical layout of this card is very pleasing to the eye.

  • To save on the designer paper, I cut two pieces of Petals & Paisleys (142017) designer paper strips 1” x 4” and mounted them on the edges of a piece of Soft Suede card stock that is cut 3” x 4”.  It’s a way to get the look of a center border piece using a 2” x 4” piece of dsp and not wasting dsp behind the border strip.

  • I chose not to use a sentiment on this card, but one could easily be added.

My next Basket of Wishes card is a very simple looking one.

Basket of Wishes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

Here’s the last card I have to share using the Basket of Wishes stamp set.  Repetition is the theme of this card.

Basket of Wishes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Three baskets were stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock and then cut using the 1 ” square from the Layering Square Framelits (141708).  I mounted these on a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock.  As you can see from the photo, three squares of this size just fit horizontally across the card front.

  • I created my own stamped border strip using only the flower image from the basket.  I stamped with Delightful Dijon ink onto Delightful Dijon card stock.

  • This makes for a simple, quick and easy card.  I didn’t add a sentiment, but one could easily be added.


I’ll say it again….I LOVE the simplicity and versatility of the Basket of Wishes stamp set!!  It is perfect for making fall themed cards…for MANY occasions!!  The stamped images are photopolymer, meaning you can see through them for perfect stamp placement!!  If you would like to add this stamp set to your stamp collection, you can find it here in my online store.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Fall Inspired Handmade Greeting Cards

By | September 19, 2016

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love all the rich colors found in nature this time of year!  There is one image in the Fabulous Flora Hostess exclusive stamp set that speaks “fall” to me.  I remember my mom having some artificial fall branches that she used in her fall decorating that were similar to the look of this image.  They had the “bulbs” on them.  Anyway, that’s the image I used for the two fall themed cards I’m sharing today.

Here’s the first card I’m sharing:

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flora

Project Notes:

  • Stamp sets used:  Fabulous Flora, hostess exclusive (Wood 141806, Clear 141809) and Tin of Cards (138946, Photopolymer) were the two stamp sets used on this card.

  • The Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (139673) was used to add some texture to the Very Vanilla background card stock.  It adds some visual interest, even though the design doesn’t completely show.

  • The Layering Circles Framelits (141705) are what I used to create the two circles and scalloped mattes.

  • Colors used were Real Red and PeekABook Peach.  Normally these are two colors that I would NOT consider pairing, and I really don’t know what prompted me to try the two together.  However, I think they work really well on this card.  Guess it goes to show that sometimes it’s good to step out of one’s comfort zone!!

  • I used the PeekABoo Peach ruched ribbon (141427) for my bow.

Here’s the second card I have to share using the Fabulous Flora stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flora

Project Notes:

  • My color choice for this card came about when I found a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock laying next to a piece of Delightful Dijon card stock on my work table. It reminded me fall colors, so I worked at creating a card with this color combination.

  • Sentiment for this card is from the Basket of Wishes stamp set (142200, Photopolymer), found in the NEW 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.

  • The striped designer paper I used for the strip is found in the By the Shore Designer Series Paper Pack (141640).


Both of the cards I shared today use non-traditional fall colors.  Another thing these two cards have in common is that the color combinations came about randomly.  More than once, I’ve chosen color combinations for my projects based on scraps lying randomly together in my work area.  Sometimes, I will take small card stock scraps of these colors and staple them together to remind myself of the color combination.



I’d encourage you to be aware of the scraps and items laying together randomly in your work area and see if any of the color combinations are ones that appeal to you.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit…I really appreciate it!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”