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Just in CASE Stampin Up! Best Birds Stamp Set

Today is our Border Buddies Just in CASE series. 

CASE in the stamping world means COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING. 

Best Birds Stamp Set created by Stampin' Up! Concept Artists #stampinup

Today I am going to share the card on page 52 of the catalog stamped with the Best Birds Bundle. 

Best Birds stamp set & Birds & Blooms Thinlits  bundle #stampinup

It is an almost exact CASE except for the ribbon and lace (which is on my wish list but haven't ordered yet).  So I used the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and the Mint Macaron 3/8" Linen Ribbon.

Best Birds Stamp Set & Birds & Blooms Thinlits #stampinup

Here they are side by side for easy comparison.  My bird is stamped with Basic Black and as think they may have used Basic Gray.  Mine doesn't look as dark in person. 

This card is done using a Watercolor Wash Technique,
Here is a quick video showing you how to do this technique.


There are hundreds of ideas in the catalog to CASE

Why not give it a try...

  • I would love for you to CASE a card
  • Snap a picture with your smart phone
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Download Just in CASE Best Birds Card Tutorial 6-30-2016

I hope you will enjoy this new weekly CASE series. 

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How would you like to be part of something special?

My very special community, the Diva & Dude Stampers, is made up of demonstrators from across the United States. 

  • Some join just to get their own personal discount on Stampin' Up! paper crafting products
  • Some join to share stamping with a few friends.
  • Some join to have their own part-time or full-time business
  • And many in between.  

I appreciate all of the Diva & Dudes not matter why they joined and enjoy sharing with them via an exclusive Facebook group and sometimes in person.

Last Saturday we meet in Minnesota for a fun day of sharing and stamping.  We shared Business and Creative Ideas and topped of the day with a Shoebox Swap*. 

Botanical Blooms Name Tages #stampinup
Here are the name tags I made using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, the Botanical Builders Framelits and some of the new 2016-2018 In-Colors (Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy) topped off with my recent favorite embellishment the White Perfect Accents.  I sponged the flowers a tad bit with some Flirty Flamingo ink using a dauber.

Door Prizes Team Meeting #stampinup

No team gathering is complete without door prizes and of course you want to embellish them just a bit with some fun tags.  I also had two drawings for $20 stamp set of their choice.  One for those in attendance and one for those who live out of state.

What stamp set would you choose if you won a $20 or less stamp set click here to share.

If you ever think you would love the opportunity to join Stampin' Up! even if just for a discount just let me know and will be happy to answer any questions you have.  I would love to have a member from every state to join this amazing group of stampers!

Click here to learn more about the awesome deal on the $99 kit The Ultimate Stamping Bundle!

Want to see the cards from our Shoebox Swap? 

Click Here to view the card album on my Facebook Page.
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Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs Birthday and Thank You Cards

Hello Stampers,

Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy Here.

Today I am going to share two cards with you made with the Bear Hugs Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits.  This little set is so adorable and it is just waiting for you to create a family of bears.  I can't help think Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear  when I use this set.  

The coordinating framelits means no fussy cutting and don't forget if you order the bundle (stamp set & framelits) you can save 10%.

Bear Hugs Stamp Set & One Big Meaning Stamp Set #stampinup

"THANK YOU from all of us" is from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set.   I am trying harder to send out Thank You cards even for simple things - being more grateful each day for the little things in life makes one happier.

Here is the Stampin' Up! Color Palette I used for the first card is...

 The second card features the new Emerald Envy & Flirty Flamingo 2016-2018 In-Colors. 

Bear Hugs Stamp Set, Cottage Greetings Stamp Set & Brick Wall Embossing Folder

The backdrop of this card is created with the  Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  This folder is so versatile and can be used for so many occasions as well as with almost any stamp set. 

Here is the color palette for the second card...

I hope you enjoyed today's cards, and I always love to hear from you click here to leave a note.

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Border buddies

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Just In CASE Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch Stamp Set

Hello Stampers,

Alison and I are planning a new fun blog post for you each Thursday called "Just in CASE".  CASE in the stamping world means COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING. 

We would like to show you how you can use the paper crafting projects in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog to inspire you!  Or maybe even copy it exactly, or tweak it by changing the colors and or even the stamp set.

Grateful bunch Catalog Just in CASE #stampinup

The project I choose to CASE today is on page 94 of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, All Occasion Card, #stampinup

I changed a few things but kept most of the same elements.

Since I love to share with you when time allows I will create a PDF downloadable PDF Tutorial of the card.  If you don't already be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss out!

Download 6-23-2016 Just in CASE Free PDF Tutorial

Grateful bunch Catalog Just in CASE #stampinup www.stampstodiefor-horz

Here they are side by side, Stampin' Up! concept artist on the left - mine on the right.

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

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Color Your World International Blog Hop
Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

It is so exciting to be included in the Color Your World, International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop featuring Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world.  On the third Tuesday of each month you can visit our blogs to see the projects we have created using a particular color palette. 

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in this months palette...

  • Island Indigo
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Old Olive
  • Always Artichoke

640 Color Your World International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop
This field full of blooms made me think of the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set to use for this month's card.  I wanted to create a background filled with flowers.

Colour Your World International Blog Hop Garden in Bloom #stampinup

This month I used all the colors in the palette, it is not required you can use some or all depending on your mood.

  • The large flowers are stamped in Wisteria Wonder Ink and the outline is Elegant Eggplant Ink. 
  • The leaves are using the Old Olive Ink and outlined with the Always Artichoke Ink. 
  • The small Flowers I stamped using the Island Indigo Ink and to achieve different shades I re-stamped the flower without re-inking. 

Colour Your World International Blog Hop Garden in Bloom #stampinup 2

The sentiment is framed using the new Layering Squares Framelits.  This set is so awesome with it's 19 framelits, a combination of scalloped or straight edges for amazing layering options.

Petite Petal Punch #stampinup

Notice the flower on the left? It is punched out using the Petite Petals Punch.  I wanted it to mimic the flowers from the Garden in Blooms Stamp Set so I snipped off the pointed tip giving it a rounded petal. 

Petite Petal Punch #stampinup 1

The center of the flowers I embellished with my new favorite embellishment White Perfect Accents.  While they are not "new" I seem to be using them in all my cards this month.  Leaving them white or taking my black sharpie and coloring them black. 

Are you enjoying the monthly Blog Hops?  I would love to hear what country you are visiting my blog from it's easy click here to leave let me know!

Click on the "Next" button and you will "hop" over to the amazing Sophie Prestrelle from New Zealand who is the next blog in the hop. 


If you get lost you can just click on the links below.

Alison Solven - Canada
Alisa Tilsner - Australia
Patsy Waggoner  -USA  You are here at my blog now!
Sophie Prestrelle - France
Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand
Sam Hammond - UK
Barbara Meyer - Austria 

For blogs in another language it is easy to click translation to switch to English

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Border Buddy Saturday! Floral Boutique Suite...and they are SWEET!

Floral boutique stamp set

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

When I first saw the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for 2016-2017 I was immediately wowed by the Floral Boutique Suite of products.  These are absolutely gorgeous and unlike anything we've offered before.  Here's a quick look at the products included in the suite - when you purchase products that are all coordinated for you it makes card making so much easier!


And when you purchase the Floral Phrases Stamps (in either wood mount or clear block mount) together with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies in a bundle you save 10% off the purchase price. Now that's what I call a "suite" deal. Very sweet...

Floral boutique stamp set 2

Today's feature card uses many of the coordinating products from the suite.  I love the flower image in this set because it allows different hues of the same colour just by inking and stamping.  The stamp is actually made so that parts of the flower are darker and parts are muted - isn't that cool?

Download Floral Boutique Suite Wedding Card PDF

Here's another card I made from samples I saw on Stampin' Up!'s Incentive Trip to the Mediterranean in May (it was an awesome adventure to Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes and Marseilles).  We were spoiled as the entire product line from the Floral Boutique Suite was one of our pillow gifts!

Floral Boutique 4

Floral Boutique 3

Watch this video from Stampin' Up!'s home office to see how to place your dies on the card to cut them out easily! *Note that Shannon uses the brand new Big Shot Platform that when paired with the Precision Base Plate makes the cutting out of intricate dies like the Detailed Floral Thinlit even easier!

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The Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper truly is gorgeous!

  • 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs, 12" x 12"
  • Night of Navy, Whisper White
  • Acid free, lignin free

This cute little box was made using the Designer Series Paper and the Gift Box Punch Board!

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper

Finally here are some other amazing projects you can make using this gorgeous suite of products.  These were made by the concept artists at Stampin' Up!  I hope that these samples have inspired you today!


Floral Boutique Suite Projects

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Stampin' Up! Number of Years Stamp Set

Number of Years Birthday Card Occasions Catalog #stampinup 2

No matter how hard I try I always seem to have a difficult time with Birthday's.  Most often I am about a week behind and I often say I only need on birthday stamp "Happy Belated Birthday".  This year I was going to get a jump start so when my Number of Years Stamp Set arrived last December I stamped up a Birthday Storm. 

Tuesday I mentioned that my sister is 10 years younger than me, so it is easy to remember her age.  I turned 60 in April so naturally she would turn 50 in June.  Of course I was still 59 when I stamped the card so I am not sure if that is why I put 49 on her birthday card.  Anyway it will make for a memorable Birthday Card for sure and we had a really good laugh yesterday.  She decided she is just going to be 49 for another year, problem solved LOL. 

Number of Years Stamp Set Occasions Catalog #stampinup #brithdaycard 6-15-2016

I love how the numbers have a high and low stamped image giving it more dimension and the white edge around the stamped image when cut is perfect.  I have used this stamp set more than I ever imagined and I think you would too.  What better way to personalize your next Birthday or Anniversary card.

Unfortunately the patterned paper and bakers twine shown on the card are retired, but there are some great alternative options in the new 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog.

For more ideas using this set visit my Pinterest Board Number of Years Stamp Set

Here is the color combination I used for this card...

 Here is the supply list...

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Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch Stamp Set

A Grateful Bunch Stamp Set & Blossom Bunch Punch, Layering Square Framelits, Suite Sayings Stamp Set #stampinup

Is there someone in your life that just makes you happy when you think of them?  Why not stamp a card and let them know.   Wouldn't it be nice to tell people more often how much they mean to us.  Life is so short and I can imagine how much a card like this could brighten up someones day.

Grateful Bunch Stamp Set & Blossom Bunch Punch, Layering Square Framelits, Suite Sayings Stamp Set #stampinup 2

The flowers from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set are stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and punched out with the coordinating punch Blossom Bunch. The wonderful thing is you stamp all three flowers at once and punch them all out at once.  They are stamped on the new 216-2018 In-Color Sweet Sugarplum.  

Grateful Bunch Stamp Set & Blossom Bunch Punch, Layering Square Framelits, Suite Sayings Stamp Set #stampinup 3

The scallop square and the mat are cut out using the new Layering Squares Framelits Dies.

Create die-cut squares in seconds with the Framelits dies and the Big Shot.  The framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting.   In this card I stamped the saying and then placed my framelit exactly where I wanted it, then ran it through the big shot.  The sentiment is the Suite Sayings stamp set, it comes in wood-mount 140709 or clear-mount 140712.

You get 19 dies in this framelit set for only $35.00 less than $2.00 a die.  The largest square is 3" x 3"


  • Card Base Very Vanilla 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Basic Black strip on side  1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
  • Sweet Sugarplum Mat 2 1/2" x 5"
  • Sweet SugarPlum Flowers 3" x 3" 
  • Very Vanilla Strip that is stamped with the leaves 2 1/4" x 4 3/4" 
  • Sentiment Mat 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" cut out with the framelits die
  • Scalloped Very Vanilla 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and cut out with the scallop framelits die

The black centers are the White Perfect Accents colored with a black sharpie marker. 

I am off to celebrate my Sister's 50th Birthday,  stamped her card a few months ago when I got the new Number of Years stamp set.  Was so excited.  She is 10 years younger than me so it is easy to remember how old she is right?  Well her card has 49 on it.  I will tell you more about that on Thursday and share her card.  LOL.

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Bear Hugs Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits

Hello Stampers,

Border Buddies Saturday today, Patsy here.

Have you had your hug today?  If not you can create your own little hug with this adorable Bear Hugs Stamp Set and coordinating Framelits Dies

Bear Hugs Stamp Set & One Big Meaning Stamp Set #stampinup 2

The possibilities  are endless with this set and he just makes me smile!   I also use the Woodland Embossing Folder which was in last falls Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  It was a huge hit and they sold out quickly.   I am so glad they brought it back this season in the New 2016-2017 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  I know your going to want this if you don't already have it!

Here's How...

  1. I embossed the trees with a 3" x 3" piece Whisper White Cardstock
  2. Then sponged a bit of Crumb Cake Classic Ink with a Sponge Dauber on top of the trees.
  3.  Then stamped the bear In Early Espresso Classic Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock and cut him out with the Coordinating Framelits.
  4. And then I did an awful thing and cut him in two just above the right arm and about 1" below the left. (I felt kinda bad cutting him but he survived).  
  5. I thin placed the top half of him in from on one tree as if he was peaking out from the back side of the tree.
  6. Then Placed the lower half on the right hand side of the tree.  He overhangs the cardstock but I just cut off the part that was overhanging.
  7. Then I placed the Whisper White Cardstock on a piece of 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" Early Espresso Cardstock for the Matt and then applied it to the front of the card (cardbase Soft Sky Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" with dimensionals.
  8. I stamped the "one tiny word with one big meaning THANKS!" from the new One Big Meaning stamp set in Early Espresso Classic Ink.  

Download Bear Hugs Card FREE Tutorial


Here are a couple more samples created by the Stampin' Up! Concept Artists from the home office...

Bear Hugs Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits #stampinup

Love how they used the Tree Builder Punch to create the fishing pole!

Bear Hugs Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits Gift of Honey #stampinup

Wouldn't this make an adorable little gift.  My granddaughter loves honey toast and I think it would be fun to create this little gift and give her, her own bottle of honey.  
Bear Hugs Stamp Set & Coordinating Framelits #stampinup
And you can make him into a Panda Bear even or maybe a Polar bear let your imagination go wild - no pun intended - smiley face!

I hope you enjoyed a Bear Hug from me today.  This stamp set and framelits dies are on of our June Border Buddies Bundles. 

Get your FREE Copy of the June Border Buddies Tutorial featuring 8 different cards (4 from the Bear Hugs)!
CLICK HERE  to find out how

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Grateful Bunch Stamp Set and New 2016-2018 In-Colors

Today's card features two of the New 2016-2018 In-Colors Emerald Green and Flirty Flamingo.  Emerald Green is a beautiful deep rich true green.  I thought the Flirty Flamingo gives the card a nice pop of color.

Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, Flirty Flamingo Rushed Ribbon, All Occasion Card, #stampinup

The three flowers are part of the Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch Stamp Set and are all on one stamp and a coordinating punch punches them out all at once making it a snap.  I layered the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals to give it more height. The center of the flower is topped off with one of the metal rimmed pearls a package includes three different sizes which is nice. 

2016-2017 Stampin' Up! In-Colors Rushed Ribbon #stampinup 2

The ribbon on the card is one of the new Ruched In-Color Ribbons.  These are going to be my favorite this year I think.  The width is perfect at 3/8". Easy to tie and lay down flat nicely for mailing.

Stampin' Up 2016-2018 In-Colors

One of my stamping friends once said Stampin' Up! is like a travel agent for stampers.  They make everything so easy stamp sets with coordinating punches, papers, ink, ribbons and embellishment all go together.  Another one said it is Stamping for Dummies. 

No matter what you call it Stampin' Up! products make stamping easy and with the high quality products your paper crafting projects come out looking professional & amazing.

Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, Flirty Flamingo Rushed Ribbon, All Occasion Card, #stampinup

  • Card Base: Emerald Green 4 1/4" x 11"
    ( you can make it side open cutting 5 1/2" x 8 1/2")
  • Mat: Flirty Flamingo 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Whisper White 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
  • Ink: Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink &  Emerald Green Classic Ink , Tuxedo Black
  • Embellishments: Flirty Flamingo Rushed Ribbon, Metal Edge Pearls & Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Stamp Set & Punch: Grateful Bunch Stamp Set and Blossom Bunch Punch (say that 3 times LOL).

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