Embrace Yourself!

Are you stuck in a rut where you think each and every card must be …perfect? Sometimes it’s OK to just embrace yourself! My family has known forever that I cannot see straight. Its just a fact of life at my house that if something needs to be “straight”, you just don’t ask me to be the judge. If Stampin‘ Up! made a Stamp-a-ma-jig for life, I would buy two! In fact, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place my Elegant Thank You sentiment.

As someone who is “straight-line dysfunctional“, I get excited when I see the results of my love affair with the “S-a-m-j”. In this case, I was so excited that I just randomly punched the holes for my brads. It was as if someone else was holding my Crop-a-dile. As if I, the straight line fanatic was in an alternate dimension watching this free-spirited puncher just…punch away. “Where is your ruler?” I screamed. “Wait! Mark where the brads should be! Nooooo…Don’t punch yet!” My pleas fell on deaf ears. This was a puncher on a mission. I could not stop her. Alas, the damage was done. As I regained consciousness, I was left with the casualties of a senseless “drive-by punching”. As tears almost clouded my vision, I sadly inserted my brads and prepared to place this card in the Tomb of the Unsendables…in this case, the bottom drawer of my desk. Maybe I would be able to salvage some of my precious designer paper for use later.

At that point, my son happened to walk in after a brisk afternoon of Frisbee golfing. “Did you get any cards made?” he asked. Now you might be wondering why a teenage boy would be interested in his mom’s card making. Well, my success directly correlates to his allowance. “Only one, ” I replied sadly.

“Let me see. Cool, Mom. I like those metal things.”
“You mean the brads, Brady?”
“What do you like about them?”
“I like how you made one up a little bit, and the other one down a little bit.” And that is why I love my son. So, embrace your mistakes and embrace yourself. One person’s design flaw may be another person’s design “ah-ha”!

  • Use Kiwi Kiss as the card base. Select coordinating papers from the Urban Garden Designer Paper Series and adhere to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  • Attach Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon at the interface of the two coordinating designer papers. Tie a bow.
  • Prepare the sentiment focal point by using Stampin‘ Write Markers to ink the Elegant Thank You stamp. Night of Navy was used to ink the entire stamp, then wiped away from the flourishes. Next, So Saffron was used to embellish the flourishes. Stamp onto a two inch square of Very Vanilla, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place the sentiment at an angle from point to point. See the example for clarification. The resulting flourishes will have just an “inkling” of the blue for a really neat result.
  • Trim the Very Vanilla sentiment square into an elongated hexagon as shown, and mat on Kiwi Kiss (1/8th inch), So Saffron (1/16th inch) and Not Quite Navy (1/16th inch).
  • Punch two holes for So Saffron brads.
  • Position and adhere to the base.
  • Embrace Yourself!

One of the features of this card, the Elegant Thank You, can be selected as a free item from the “Under $10” page as part of Stampin’ Up!s Get Connected promotion. Remember…every $40 of Occasions Mini products qualifies you for a free item from the “Under $10” page (Page 208) of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog.

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Stamp: Elegant Thank You (114484)

Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Kiwi Kiss (111353), So Saffron (105118), Not Quite Navy (101722)

Designer Series Paper: Urban Garden (112042)

Ink: Stampin‘ Write Markers (Rich Regals 105540)

Other: Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon (109064), Rich Regal Brads (106953)


  1. Pretty – great idea with a hexagon! Cute story with your son too 🙂

  2. I love your son, too. What a consummate fan! Beautiful card . . . How did you get the hexagon so even!

    I know exactly how your mind can take over and tell you to “punch” before it’s time! Very funny 🙂

    Hugs, M

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