Border Buddies Saturday - you won't want to miss it!

Thoughtful Branches Free PDF Tutorial

Hello Stampers, Patsy here,  I am excited to tell you about an exclusive stamp set and thinlits coming out August 2.  For a Limited-Time you can get the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and the coordinating Beautiful Branches Dies or order them in the bundle and save 10%!  Don't forget they are only available in August WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  

Purchase the...

  • Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set #143539 or
  • Thinlits #143538 or
  • Bundle #144328

at my online store (in the US) or Alison's online store (in CA) from  August 2 - 31, 2016  and we will send you via e-mail a FREE PDF with Images, supply list, measurement and directions to make all three hand stamped projects above. 

And don't forget you can use the $5.00 Bonus Coupons you earn in July on your August order.  
Click Here for for details on how you can earn the Bonus Coupons.


Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set #stampinup

Here are a few of the hand stamped samples created by the Stampin' Up! home office concept artists.  This little treat box is super cute.   They used one of the trees stamps from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set to create a row of trees.  I love how stamped the sentiment on vellum so you could still see the row of trees through it.

You all know how much I LOVE Trees.  If you fancy trees you will for sure want to get this set to create amazing cards. Trees are always great for creating masculine cards which is one of the things stampers love ideas for.

Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set #stampinup 2

It will also work great for some of you Holiday projects.

Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set #stampinup 3

And as always I love making cards so I can resist sharing these two also.  I love that Stampin' Up! has shares their work with me so I can share it with you!  


Thoughful Branches Stamp Set Limited Time Only

Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set #143539


Beatufiful Branches Thinlits Dies Limited Time OnlyBeautiful Branches Thinlits Dies #143538 

 For more great inspiration CLICK HERE  to check out my Thoughtful Branches Pineterst Board.

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Border buddies


Just in CASE Series Stampin' Up! Everyday Jars Dies and Wetland Stamp Set

Wetlands Stamp Set and Everyday Jars Framelits Thinking of You Card #stampinup

Today's Border Buddies CASEd* card is from page 133 of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  My card is a perfect case this week except for the stitching around the very vanilla cardstock.   While my mother taught me how to sew, and I will admit I am an excellent seamstress, however it is not something that I find relaxing!

Sewing Machine and Fabric

This quote isn't for me - I would need to be on antidepressants if I sewed often.  But thank heavens I found stamping.  I just need to have a saying "The best antidepressant is a room full of stamps, paper and ink!

Many years ago when our Son had a men's clothing store I actually gave him my sewing machine for him to make quick  alterations. When sewing on cards first became popular I mentioned maybe I would buy a new machine for sewing on cards and I got the LOOK from my hubby. LOL. 

My mother was an avid quilter and loved to sew. Not only did she collect fabric but she also collected sewing machines. She use to pick them up at garage sales and thrift stores - bring them home clean and oil them up. She would often give young women who were interested in sewing a machine.  When she passed she had over a dozen different sewing machines.  So I did pick out and keep one.

Everyday Jars Framelits and Wetlands Stamp Set Border Buddies Just in CASE Thinking of You Card #stampinup 2

Here is my CASEd* card.  You can download the FREE PDF Tutorial with Images, supply list, measurements and instructions.  Just my way of saying thanks for visiting my blog. 

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Wetlands pg 133

Everyday Jar Framelits and Wetlands Stamp Set Thinking of You Card #stampinup #stampstodiefor www.stampstodiefor-horz

You can see it looks amazing with that little stitching around the Very Vanilla.  I almost took out the sewing machine today to give it a try - but thought I best wait till I had more time and not on a deadline.  So stay tuned you never know I might start sewing on cards in the future!

 Click Here to hop on over to Alison's Blog and see what card she CASEd today!

*CASE (copy and share everything)

Color Your World International Blog Hop Stampin' Up! Sweet Cupcake

International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

Hello stamping friends it is the 3rd Tuesday which means it is Color Your World International Blog Hop featuring amazing Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world.

Today's Color Palette is...


Color Your World July International Blog Hop

I chose the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set for my stamping color challenge today.  This new set in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog has an awesome coordinating framelit. 

Sweet Cupcake and Cupcake Cutouts Framelits #stampinup

Who doesn't love the perfect marriage of a stamp set and framelit?

Color Your World International Blog Hop Sweet Cupcakes Stamp Set Birthday Card #stampinup

It is not required to use all the colors in the challenge but today I did...

  • Daffodil Delight
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Blushing Bride
  • Cucumber Crush
  • Pacific Point

Basic Measurements

  1. The card base is 5 1/2" x 81/2" Whisper White Thick cardstock which makes the perfect base for your card.  It is a bit heavier than the regular Whisper White and I love how stable it feels. 
  2. I mounted a piece of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper to the card front.
  3. The Cupcake is mounted on a piece of 2 3/4" x 4" Whisper White Thick cardstock.
  4. The Cucumber Crush Tag is 1" wide and punched using the Triple Banner Punch.

Color Your World International Blog Hop Sweet Cupcakes Stamp Set Birthday Card #stampinup 2

One of my favorite things about Stampin' Up! is their coordination of colors.  Papers, embellishments and inks all the same color.  See how the Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine is the perfect match to the cardstock.  It takes a lot of guess work out and also makes your projects look professional and amazing.

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Alison Solven - Canada
Alisa Tilsner - Australia
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Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand
Sam Hammond - UK
Barbara Meyer - Austria 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Weather Together

Weather together stamp set umbrella weather framelit

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week!

When you live in a rain forest like I do in Vancouver it rains sometimes.  Not as much as people think! The funny thing is that most people who live in Vancouver don't actually use an umbrella unless it is an absolute downpour or you're standing outside on a soccer pitch (which by the way is in January here!).  Having said all of this I absolutely love the Weather Together with the matching Umbrella Weather Framelits dies.  IF I had to use an umbrella I'd love one that looks like these pretty pink ones!

Weather together stamp set umbrella weather framelits 2

The framelits include the little "edging" pieces so you can add some fun detail to your umbrella.  I added a Rhinestone for some bling to the top of each umbrella. The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper is one of my new favourites and I used it for each of the "brellies".  Can you imagine if real rain was Melon Mambo? LOL


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  • 12 sheets, 2 each of 5 double-sided designs, 1 each of 2 single-sided designs with foil
  • 12" x 12" sheets
  • Basic Black, Gold, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

There are lots of lovely sayings in the Weather Together stamp set.  I choose "sometimes we all need shelter from the storm" which is a lovely sentiment for someone who needs a little cheering up!

Weather together stamp set

I also thought the name of this set describes the relationship Patsy and I have - we definitely weather a lot together! And we sure have fun doing it. Recently we both earned the next Stampin' Up! incentive trip to Thailand in July, 2017.  I'm sure we'll get into some shenanigans together. 

When Patsy and her husband Tom visited my husband and I in Vancouver in the spring we took this picture to motivate each other to earn the trip!

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Download Weather Together PDF Instructions

Here are the products used in today's card (click on the picture to be taken to my store)