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Sunday Sketches SS032 - Retiring Wetlands Stamp Set

Sunday Sketches Card Sketch Series

Each Sunday I post a card sketch along with a card I created using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up.

Sunday Sketches SS032 Card Sketch using Stampin Up Products

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

Sunday Sketches SS032 Card Sketch using Stampin Up Products www.stampstodiefor-tile

Card Measurements & Supplies:

  • The Cardbase is Pool Party Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in Half. 
  • The strip of *Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper (1 3/4" x 4 3/4") and is matted with a piece of Island Indigo Cardstock (1 7/8" x  4 7/8").  
  • The row of sandpipers are stamped in Tuxedo Black Ink on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock (1 5/8" x 3 1/4") and matted with a piece of Island Indigo Cardstock (1 3/4" x  3 3/8").
  • I wrapped some Linen Thread around the left hand side three times and tied in a bow.
  • The card base is embossed with the Big Shot & Seaside Embossing Folder.
  • Lace Doilies*

*Retiring Items that are sold out.  All retiring items (except stamp sets) are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST ONLY!  Stamp sets are guaranteed until May 22 then only while supplies last. 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Little Cuties

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today! I'm sharing a cute card using the Little Cuties stamp set which is one of the sets Patsy and I have included in our Free Card program for March.

Little Cuties Border Buddy

This is a simple little card using our Note Cards & Envelopes which come in both Whisper White and Crumb Cake. The size is 5" x 3 1/2" and it's the perfect size for the images in the Little Cuties Stamp Set.  The stamps are photopolymer so it was easy to add the party hat to the top of the kitty's head.  I used our new Watercolor Pencils to colour in the images with a Blender Pen.

The images in this stamp set are perfect for lots of different occasions.



Border Buddy Little Cuties

Add your colour around the edge of the the image and draw the colour in with your Blender Pen to create a watercolor effect.  Always add some colour below your image to anchor it.

This card is one of the cards featured in our Border Buddy's Tutorial.  You can earn free cards from both Alison and I for placing qualifying order.  

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Easy Handstamped Cards That Look Great!

Today I am going to share with you two easy handstamped cards that make a great impression.  

The first Tuesday of every month I go to Nelson Gables Senior Care Center and stamp cards with the residents.  

They love to make cards and today we will be making these two cards.    The cards we make have to be fairly easy, but I also want them to feel proud of their finished products.  

Petite Petals stamp set by Stampin' Up!

This is the first handstamped card we will be making.

This card was inspired by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Julie Davison.  

The little squares are 1" x  1" and cut out of Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo cardstock.  I stamped the flowers in the same colors using one of the flowers from the Petite Petal stamp set.  I then punched them out with the coordinating Petite Petal Punch.  

The Basic Black flower center is cut out using the Big Shot and the little circle from the Paisley Framelits Dies (a carry over item from the Holiday Catalog).  The Happy Birthday is from the Birthday Banners stamp set and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  

I often get asked which black ink to use.  We have several options...

  • Basic Black Archival Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Stazon Jet Black

When using the Photopolymer stamps I like to use the Memento ink pad.  I use the Archival and Stazon inks when using the red rubber stamps.  If I could only pick one ink pad I would buy the Basic Black Archival ink pad.  

In the Meadow stamp set by Stampin' Up!
This is the second hand stamped card. 

This card was inspired by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lisa Young.

We will be stamping the flowers from the In the Meadow stamp set in Basic Black ink.  And adding the splashes from the Works of Art stamp set and stamping them in Soft Sky & Mint Macaron ink. The Happy Birthday is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set and stamped in Basic Black ink.  

The Soft Sky cardbase is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock folded in half.  

The Basic Black Matt is 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and the Whisper White is 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".  

The Basic Black embellishments I cut out using the little circle from the Paisley Framelits Dies and placed a Basic Rhinestone in the center.  

Thanks for your patience with me this past week while having technical issues with my blog.  I appreciate your loyal readership.  

If you are running short on time remember Quick and Easy cards can look great!


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More Stamping Inspiration for You

Did you know I put out a monthly newsletter?  I hope to start sending it out twice a month on the 1st an 15th.  It will be filled with card samples and once a month an an exclusive FREE Hand Stamped Card Tutorial just for my Newsletter Subscribers. 

I will be updating the name of my newsletter to Stamping News to Die For. 

Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up & Away Framelits by Stampin' Up!

This is the card that was featured in my December Newsletter along with a FREE Tutorial with images, supply list, measurement and step by step directions. 

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Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up & Away Framelits by Stampin' Up! 2

This hand stamped card was created using the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and coordinating Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  The patterned paper was designed to go with this stamp set and is one of the Exclusive Sale-a-Bration Free Products.


  1. Fold a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" in half to create card base (can use a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for a side fold card)
  2. Adhere the patterned hot air balloon paper 1 1/2" X 5 1/2"  to the left hand side of the card about 1/8" from the edge.
  3. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy Classic Ink on the bottom of a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 3" x 4 1/4".
  4. Stamp clouds randomly in Soft Sky Classic Ink, stamp another cloud on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper and cut out with coordinating thinlit die.
  5. Stamp the small hot air balloons in Night of Navy Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock & Peekaboo Peach and cut out with coordinating thinlit die.
  6. Stamp the large hot air balloon in Night of Navy Ink on Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and cut out with coordinating thinlit die.
  7. Arrange hot air balloons randomly above the sentiment.  Looking at my card now I realize I should have had the smaller hot air balloon behind the larger balloon as the larger one would appear closer.
  8. Attache the cloud overlapping one of the hot air hot air balloons with a dimensional.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and feel like sailing away into the air with this great stamp set and dies.  And don't forget if you buy them in the bundle you save 10%.


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Just in CASE Suite Sayings

Its Thursday's Just in CASE Series.

Alison and I both CASE a card and share it each Thursday.  One of the fun parts for us is we don't know until you do which card each other has cased. 

CASEing COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING is when you pick out a card and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both,  but if you go too far you are then creating your very own card and just are inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!

Just in CASE  Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up -horz
Left: Stampin' Up! Card page 104 Right: My CASE

Today's card is and exact case and can be found on page 104 of the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  There are so many great stamping ideas in the catalog that it is not only a book of the products available to you, but also a great tool for inspiration. 

My colors might be a bit different than the sample.  It is hard to tell as photography lighting can be so different from picture to picture.  And remember Stampin' Up! has professional photographers and cameras.

Just in Case 104 Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up 2

The sample in the catalog is to show case the sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set.  I love the variety of fonts used in this set and also how many occasions the sentiments cover.  

Today's card is going to a very special person in my life our Daughter Danielle she turns 36 today.  She is the most amazing daughter, wife and mother to her 4 wonderful children.  Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Suite Sayings Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This stamp set was first featured last winter in the Occasions Catalog and I am so glad it came out in the Annual catalog with the great versatility of this set.

Flower Patch Stamp Set by Stampin Up

The flower stamp set used in the card is from Flower Patch stamp set on page 150.

Flower Fair Framelits by Stampin Up
It has a coordinating framelit called Flower Fair.  We all love the framelits and punches so there is no fussy cutting.  For this card I cut out the Flower and one of the leaves to give it a bit more dimension.

Just in CASE Suite Sayings & Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin Up

The color palette for today's card was...

  • Melon Mambo for the large cutout flower
  • Pink Pirouette for the small flowers
  • Old Olive for the leaves (the solid part is off stamped once).
  • Smoky Slate for the sentiment
  • Old Olive Bakers Twine

  Stampin Up Color Palette

Hop on over to Alison's  blog and see what she CASED today!


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Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper
Buy Three get one FREE!

Designer Series Paper Sale

Are you like me and can never have enough fun patterned paper?  Well now is a great time to stock up with this great offer. 

Buy 3 and get 1 FREE until October 31, 2016.

Last week I took my childhood BFF and also the person responsible for me becoming a demonstrator out to lunch for her Birthday.  Then we went back to my house and stamped a couple of cards and this was one of them...

Jar of Love stamp set and Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

The patterned paper in the card is from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper collection, which is one of the packages you can choose free during this month's special offer.  

Blooms and Bliss Designer Sereis Paper (DSP)

So many designs, so many colors, so many uses. Each sheet is double sided for double the creative options.

  • 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • Acid free
  • Lignin free

Coordinating colors: Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White



Jar of Love Stamp Set & Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Add some amazing sparkle to your cards with Wink of Stella.  It comes in Clear or Gold to add some WOW to your card.


Jar of Love Stamp Set & Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! 2

Brief instructions:

  1. For our card we used Tip Top Taupe for the card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
  2. The next layer was Blushing Bride (4" x 5 1/4")
  3. The Designer Series Paper (2 1/2" x 5 1/4")
  4. The Jar is stamped in Tip Top Taupe on a piece of Whisper White (2 1/2" x 3 3/4")
  5. The jar lid was stamped on Whisper White with Tip Top Taupe and cut out with the coordinating framelit from Everday Jars Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.
  6. It is matted on a piece of Soft Sky (2 3/4" x 4")
  7. The springs are of stamped in Always Artichoke (off stamping is when you ink up your stamp and stamp it on a piece of scrap paper before stamping your project).
  8. The flower are two step stamped with Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry of stamped. 
  9. The bow is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and cut out with the coordinating framelit.

Here is a complete list of the Designer Paper that are part of this month's promotion.

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Border Buddy Saturday - Live, Love, Grow Photopolymer Stamp Set

Live Love Grow Stampin Up Stamp Set

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

On Thursday, in our Just in CASE series I showcased the new Live, Love, Grow Photopolymer stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.  You can see my post here! I just love this cute set.  Did you have a terrarium when you were young?  I think everyone my age did along with our Lava Lamps.

This card was created by my sister Mo Dickie and she mailed me a whole set sampler!  I really loved this fancy fold one and wanted to share it with you. The sentiment layer is created with multiple dies from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies which includes both scallop and non-scalloped edged ovals.  Layering is so easy!

Live Love Grow Stampin Up Stamp Set

It all folds together to lay flat in the envelope but when you open it you can see the fancy fold and how it all fits together.

Live Love Grow Stampin Up Stamp Set

I love the way Mo used the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the front which is perfect for this set.  It's a 2 way stamping technique set which means that the outline and inside images are included.  Since it's photopolymer you can easily stamp the matching image perfectly.  Doesn't it look like they were stamped at the same time? This allows you to use a different color for the inside image if you want.

Live Love Grow Stampin Up Stamp Set

There is lots of room inside the card to add more images and your handwritten sentiment.

Brief Instructions on how to make this card.

  1. Cut your cardstock (8 1/2" x 11") and fold in half to create card base.
  2. Cut a shape out of the front - in this case the Layering Squares Framelits were used
  3. Cut a second piece of cardstock for the inside to 6" x 5 1/4"
  4. Score at 2" and 4" so you end up with three 2" panels
  5. Fold in accordion - glue the bottom piece to the very right side of the inside of your card - the other pieces float free
  6. Cut a corresponding piece that is the same shape and size as the shape you cut out of the front.  This piece is stamped and glue to the first 2" panel so that it fits perfectly in the opening.

Here are some of the products used in today's card.

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Stampin' Up! Festive Birthday Suite

This bright and playful suite in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog is one of my favorites.  As soon as I saw the little Lama I just had to have it.  I am not sure what it is about the little guy, his warm eyes, his cute little smile that just makes me happy!

Festive Birthday Suiet by Stampin' Up! #stampinup #festivebirthday 2

I just love how it all goes together so perfectly!

In this suite there is...

  • The Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • The Fiesta Time Framelits
  • The Festive Embossing Folder
  • The Festive Birthday Designer Paper
  • The Festive Birthday Cardstock Pack.

This is the card I made for my team Shoebox Swap.

Festive Birthday Suite by Stampin' Up! #stampinup #lama

Isn't that little face just irresistible?

Instructions for today's card....

  1. The card base is Whisper White Thick Cardstock
  2. Then embossed a piece of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock  3 7/8" x 5 1/8" with the Festive Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.
  3. I applied the Watermelon Wonder to the card front.
  4. The Cacti is stamped in Emerald Envy Ink on a piece of 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" Whisper White Cardstock and matted with a piece of 2 3/4" x 4" Early Espresso, then I applied it to the center of the card front.
  5. I added a small flower with a glue dot to the cacti and embellished it with a rhinestone.
  6. I punched a 1" x 4 1/2" piece of Daffodil Delight with the Triple Banner Punch.
  7. Then I stamped in Early Espresso Classic Ink "Fiesta Like there's no manana" and I tied a piece of the thicker Bakers Twine around the left side and applied it to the card front with dimensionals about 1" from the bottom.
  8. The Lama is stamped with Early Espresso Classic Ink on Crumb Cake Cardtsock and cut out with the coordinating framelit from the Festive Time Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.
  9. I stamped the Lama again on a piece of the Festive Birthday Designer Paper and cut out the little lama blanket and applied it to the crumb cake.
  10. I adhered the Lama to the card front with dimensionals.

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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...

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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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