Find Joy in Nature

There is beauty everywhere, just stop, look and find joy in nature around you! I have bird feeders outside my office window, I love to look up and catch a glimpse of a little yellow finch, perched and ready to grab some sunflower seed hearts. However, it has been gloomy with rain and storms lately, I haven’t seen one for a couple of days. So, I thought I would create one! 

I used Petal Palette for the bird and branch and Share What You Love Designer Series Paper as my background on cardstock. I love the vibrant colors and playful flowers in this DSP. Can’t find a sentiment or word to add to your card? Make your own!

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Joy is the serious business of Heaven.  – C.S. Lewis

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Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You

One of my favorite sentiments in the new Annual Catalog is Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You. It is one of the sentiments in the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I have seen several cards on our Demonstrator Facebook page and Pinterest with layering of the tall trees in the stamp set, there are so many options and ways to use them. 

I used a wash of Pear Pizazz on watercolor paper in the background and Mossy Meadow (have I said how happy I am that Mossy Meadow is back?!) for the trees on Whisper White and Very Vanilla. I think it would be awesome to play with lots of our new greens with this stamp set. 

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Ovals Collection Framelits Die

Ovals Collection Framelits Die


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  – Albert Einstein

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Quick and simple images

Quick and simple images can make beautiful cards whether a flower image or Eastern Beauty patterns as used in this card. The simple circle stamp with lotus flower pattern inside repeated in various spots on the paper create a pretty background.

In keeping with my theme to highlight new items in the Annual Catalog, I used Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper on the Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock.

I added black to make the images more striking on the DSP and cardstock. The label was easy too, I simply cut out a second label in black and cut it in half with scissors then used adhesive to attach the top and bottom halves peeking behind the white.

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In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Welcome Little One to this world!

Welcome Little One to this world!  What an adorable way to send a baby welcome than with the new Animal Outing Stamp Set.  It is such a sweet set and the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper helps create cute backgrounds, trims, patterns to fussy cut or use in scrapbook pages. 

We are so excited waiting for our first baby in the family. My niece Maureen and her husband Ben are waiting for Baby Holmes on July 1, so you may be seeing a lot of baby cards as I play and experiment with different cards! I can’t wait!

Animal Expedition DSP is one of the papers that will be offered in the Buy 3 get 1 Free special in July. Take a look online or in the catalog (stamp set and DSP on page 27 of the Annual Catalog) to start planning all the ways you will use this paper!

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ba-by  (noun) A little bit of heaven sent down to earth

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Around the Corner Stamp Set

Around the Corner Stamp Set is a new set in this year’s Annual Catalog.  It can be found on page 40 of the catalog and is perfect for using the new Stamparatus for perfect stamp placement. I used it to place the corner sentiment and position the little party hats.  There are a couple of corner sentiments and designs in this set, it’s really a cute stamp set! I used Stamparatus to position Happy Birthday from Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. 

I wanted to use the new Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper. I thought the black, white and gold foil would really stand out with the bright red of new Poppy Parade Classic Stamp Pad. But as you can see it is very juicy. When I used the Stamparatus a second time to create a better Hapoy Birthday image there was too much ink on the Y in Birthday! So, as I mentioned yesterday, not all projects turn out perfectly! Have fun anyway.  Regardless, I love using the Stamparatus for positioning stamps. (I should do a Facebook Live to show you how it works!)

I also realized when I saw the post in email, for those of you who get the email update when I add a new post, that the email includes all the posts since the last one. That is why you saw two.  So I guess I will leave the post on until I can figure out a better way.  Thanks for opening and reading the post, I appreciate your interest in stamping!

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It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.  – Dale Earnhardt

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Fun in the Sea

Have fun in the sea with Sea of Textures stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I had so much fun with this set, selecting the colors to use for the seaweed, sand dollar, fishing net and of course the octopus.  This set will definitely become one of your favorites. I will post the products used for this card below the other updates in this post.

I have a couple of updates to share so I turned the blog post/email option on for this post. Maybe I will turn it on every other or every third post. If you are reading this post from an email, click on the link at the bottom of the email (or the link “Read in Browser), you will leave the email and be routed to my blog. There you will be able to scroll and see cards for the days that I did not share the post in email. Let me know what you think of sharing in this way.

July Designer Series Special!

I will share some of the new Designer Series Papers that have been introduced in the new catalog this month. Once again, Stampin’Up! is offering a Buy 3, Get 1 free special in July.  If the card project I share includes one of the DSP’s that will be part of the offer, I will note it.  This will be a great time to purchase some of the new papers!

June Paper Pumpkin

June Paper Pumpkin is going to coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite of products. You don’t have to order the suite if you are already receiving Paper Pumpkin monthly or if you choose to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin this month, but it will be a fun month to use the stamp set and coordinating Framelits! Subscribe by June 10 to receive the project.  The Broadway Bound Suite can be found on pages 68-69 of the Annual Catalog.  I will use a piece of the Designer Series Paper in tomorrow’s card project. I love the paper with gold foil on some of the sheets! I had issues with the new Poppy Parade ink but I will share the card so you can see that not all projects turn out as planned! LOL!

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

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Just breathe and relax

Just breathe and relax with Peaceful Reflection photopolymer stamp set. I had a vision of flowers emerging from the water with floating lotus flowers. I used the “just breathe” sentiment from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer set but instead of having a long sentiment, I masked each word while I stamped the other.  You can do this with a post-it note but I use Therm O Web Purple Tape, it is gentle and delicate and doesn’t tear your cardstock if you use the tape to hold cardstock and framelits in place when running through the Big Shot or securing cardstock in the Stamparatus.  You can purchase it from several vendors, I’ll post a picture below with the products I used for the card.

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We will be more successful in all of our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and recenter ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.   –  Thich Nhat Hanh, author and teacher

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Delightfully Detailed Note Cards

Delightfully Detailed note cards are a new addition to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. These printed cards are ready to add a stamp or sentiment and send.  The note card set includes 20 note cards that have a watercolor background in Blackberry Bliss or Mint Macaron on Very Vanilla. 

As you can see, I simply added a flower stamp and two sentiments using Black Memento ink to create a beautiful note to send.

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As I mentioned the other day, I am attempting another 30 day challenge with posts on Facebook, Instagram and this blog. I will be adding a newsletter too so I don’t want to overwhelm you with card posts.  I will be experimenting with format change and may just send an email that reminds you that new content has been added or when I write the newsletter I will provide a link to see the daily card posts.  I hope you will remember to check in and see the posts!

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Rooted in Nature Stamp Set

Rooted in Nature Stamp Set was one of the sets that we worked with at the Stampin’Up! OnStage conference in April It was a set that demonstrators were able to pre-order so I have been working with and seeing ideas using this set longer. But it just might be my favorite set, or at least in my top 5, in the new catalog.  I love trees and nature and some of the sentiments in the set are simple but beautiful. 

This card was inspired by a post by fellow demonstrator, Tania Carstein.  I loved her use of new Balmy Blue for the cardstock background.  She used more blue for the leaves and stamped on her layer on top of the blue, I changed it up a bit and used Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper on top of the Balmy Blue.  I also used more Soft Suede and fussy cut my tree root. This card also features one of the shiny leaf trinkets from the Leaves Trinkets on page 198 of the catalog.  If you look closely you will see that the leaf in Soft Suede has an embossed pattern as well as a framelit to then cut the leaf.  There are a few Framelits in the new catalog that have this feature. I love it!

I loved Tania’s idea and use of this stamp set. That’s the fun of seeing other ideas, changing it and making it your own! 

Tomorrow’s card, a very simple stamp on a new notecard in the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog.

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