Swing into Fall

The third card in my Branch Out stamp set series features the colors of fall. Really Rust, Always Artichoke, and Chocolate Chip set the tone. The tree, in all of its autumnal glory, takes center stage in this easy to make card.
  • Ink the Branch Out tree with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Double mat onto Really Rust and Always Artichoke.
  • Ink the leaves stamp with More Mustard and randomly stamp. Follow with Really Rust and a smidge of Ruby Red.
  • Ink the Tire Swing with Basic Black (tire) and Chocolate Chip (rope), and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement, stamp it onto the branch of your choice.
  • Add Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated in the photo.
  • Place and adhere the matted tree onto the Very Vanilla card base.
  • Place three Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons above the ribbon.
  • Use the paper piercing tool and template from the Crafters Tool Kit to add visual interest just below the ribbon.

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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (113200)

Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), More Mustard (103162), Really Rust (102549), Ruby Red (102259), Basic Black (101179)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Really Rust (100661), Always Artichoke (105119)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Crafters Tool Kit (104310)Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (114339), Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (109051)

Hello, Little Baby

From the moment I laid eyes on the “Forest Friends” stamp set, I knew that I had to have it! Its fawn image is Bambi personified, and is just perfect to use on cards for little ones. This particular card was created for the Pretty Pals Challenge #31, which combined the Our Creative Corner sketch with a inspiration photo. Double matting the image makes it the perfect focal point for this “deer” little card!
  • Prepare a card base from Barely Banana and layer with dotted Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut two strips of Bashful Blue Textured Card Stock and mat onto Whisper White. Wrap the horizontal strip with Regal Rose ribbon. Adhere to the card base as illustrated.
  • Using Nestabilities Oval dies and the Big Shot, cut three concentric ovals…a larger and a smaller out of Whisper White, and a middle sized one out of Barely Banana.
  • Ink the “Bambi” stamp with Regal Rose and stamp onto the small sized Whisper White oval. Tip: I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. Using a Sponge Dauber and Regal Rose Stampin‘ Pastels, shade the edge of the oval.
  • Layer these ovals with StampinDimensionals and place on the card with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Ink the “Hello little baby” sentiment from the Sweet Little Sentiments Hostess Set with Regal Rose and stamp onto Whisper White. Punch it out using the Large Oval Punch and layer onto a Regal Rose scalloped oval, which was punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch. Tip: A Stampin‘ Dimensional can be used to pop the sentiment off of the base oval for added depth.
  • Adhere the sentiment into position with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • Using the Trio Flower Punch, punch two little flowers out of Whisper White. Add Rose Red Brads into the center of each, and place into position with Mini Glue Dots. Tip: Since I added the flowers after I adhered the Bashful Blue strip into place, I simply used scissors to clip the ends of the brads so that they did not “peek” out beneath the flowers.
This particular card was made with a baby girl in mind. By switching colors, you can create a card fit for a little prince! Since paper and color often set the mood, I make sure that I always have a varied supply of paper on hand. This is why I was so excited about the “Buy Three—Get One Free” promotion. It allowed me to stock up on Designer Papers and 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock. In fact…I may go back for “seconds”!

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Stamp Sets: Forest Friends (Occasions Mini 113748), Sweet Little Sentiments Hostess Level I (113690)
Ink: Regal Rose (105211), Stampin’ Pastels (105542)
Card Stock: Barely Banana (102701), Whisper White (100730), Regal Rose (105130), Bashful Blue Textured (Soft Subtles 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock (108695)
Designer Series Paper: Certainly Celery (112154)
Tools: Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Trio Flower Punch (109183), Large Oval Punch (107305), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Sponge Daubers (102892), Nestabilities Ovals (Non-SU!)
Embellishments: Rich Regals Brads (106953), Regal Rose 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109056)

Summer Swing

The “Summer Love” Rub-Ons provided the color inspiration for the second card in my Branch Out stamp set series. Featuring free-hand marker work and Art Deco style matting, this card is reminiscent of lazy summer days and tire swings!

  • Ink the Branch Out tree with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Double mat onto Baja Breeze and Cameo Coral.
  • Ink the leaves stamp with Garden Green and randomly stamp. Follow with Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss. Finally, fill in with leaves made with an Always Artichoke Stampin‘ Write Marker. Have fun!
  • Ink the Tire Swing with Basic Black (tire) and Chocolate Chip (rope), and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement, stamp it onto the branch of your choice.
  • Place and adhere onto the Very Vanilla card base.
  • Using the tool provided, rub the “Summer” rub-on onto Very Vanilla. Mat with Baja Breeze and Cameo Coral. Position and adhere as illustrated in the picture. Add a small button from the Fresh Favorites I collection to draw the eye toward the sentiment.
  • Cut a strip of Cameo Coral and finish the two right hand ends with the corner rounder for a Deco feel. Place a small strip of Baja Breeze on top, and adhere to the left side of the card.
  • Finish with three small buttons from the Fresh Favorites Collections I and II. Tip: A little snippet of Cameo Coral threaded through the holes make these buttons just “pop”!

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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (113200)
Inks: Chocolate Chip (100908), Kiwi Kiss (111835), Garden Green (102272), Old Olive (102277), Basic Black (101179), Stampin‘ Write Marker–Always Artichoke (105113)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Very Vanilla (101650), Cameo Coral (100475)
Tools: Corner Rounder (109047), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Embellishments: Fresh Favorites I (107421), Fresh Favorites II (107422)
Other: Summer Love Rub-Ons (Occasions Mini 114620)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Parisian Breeze

Stampin’ Up!s Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper is a textured cover-weight card stock that coordinates beautifully with Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kraft card stocks. As many of you know, I love the Baja Breeze color and will be sad to see it leave the Stampin’ Up! line-up on June 30th. However, there is still time to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three—Get One Free” promotion and stock up on all of your favorite Designer Series Papers and 12” x 12” textured card stocks. Feel free to shop with me and order all of the supplies necessary to make today’s card!

  • Begin with a standard card base prepared from Kraft card stock. Layer with Parisian Breeze “Small Blue Floral” paper.
  • Cut a strip of Baja Breeze card stock, and punch one side using the Scallop Border Punch.
  • Layer a strip of Parisian Breeze “Small Check in Blue” on top, positioning as seen in the photo. Wrap with a piece of Baja Breeze 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon. Adhere this layered composition to the card base.
  • Using the Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower Embosslit and the Big Shot, prepare three blossoms, two Baja Breeze and one Kraft. For a little extra “bling”, add a rhinestone to the center of each flower. Adhere to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Ink the “Fabulous Friend” sentiment from the Oval All stamp set with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Whisper White. Using a Blender Pen and Stampin’ Pastels, color the flowers blue, and add a little blue around the edges of the scallop to soften the white. Through the center of the large flower, place a small Light Blue Square Ice Brad.
  • Punch an oval from Kraft card stock using the Large Oval Punch. Using a Stampin’ Dimensional, layer the scallop on top of the Kraft oval, position and adhere to the card.

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Stamp Sets: Oval All (Occasions Mini 113790)
Designer Series Paper: Parisian Breeze (113993)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Kraft (102125), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Scallop Border Punch (112091), Big Shot (113439), Stampin’ Up! Simple Flower (114514)
Embellishments: Baja Breeze 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (111375), Square Ice Rhinestone Brads (109113)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Thoughts of Father

With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to begin thinking about designing your Father’s Day cards. This particular card features the Thoughts of Father stamp set, a set which is more versatile than its name implies. Punching, matting, and water coloring with pastels make this card a little more time intensive. However, isn’t Dad worth it?

  • Make a standard card base from Simply Artichoke. Layer with the Argyle Plaid from the Manchester Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Ink the antique auto image from Thoughts of Father with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Tip: You can also stamp this onto Stampin’ Up!s quality water color paper to avoid pilling of the paper when using blender pens.
  • Using Blender Pens and Stampin‘ Pastels, color the car. Punch the top using the Spiral Punch. Mat onto Always Artichoke followed by Baja Breeze.
  • Ink the sentiment stamp with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock. Use the Ticket Corner Punch on all four corners and then mat onto Always Artichoke followed by Baja Breeze.
  • Add a piece of Very Vanilla 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon across the card base. On top of the ribbon, layer a piece of Simply Artichoke “paper ribbon” which has been passed through a Crimper.
  • Position the car image onto the card base on top of the ribbon.
  • Using StampinDimensionals, adhere the sentiment.
  • As a final touch, add a button from the Button Bouquet Collection through which a snippet of Baja Breeze paper has been threaded.

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Stamp Set: Thoughts of Father (115094)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Stampin’ Up! Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845)
Designer Series Paper: Manchester (112464)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Spiral Punch (1088341), Ticket Corner Punch (107241), Crimper (101618)
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (109055), Button Bouquet Collection (112092)
Adhesives: Mini Glue Dots (103683), StampinDimensionals (104430)

Window Sheet Wonder

Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets provide an option when time is of the essence, but you still want to give a card that has that personal, hand-made touch. The nice thing is that with a little ribbon and a few buttons, you can quickly customize the card in a variety of ways. But beware…you will probably want to keep a supply of these on hand for those card emergencies!
  • Position the Window Sheet onto Basic Black card stock. Tip: I used Mini Glue Dots, which I positioned under the center of the flower where they would not show after adding the buttons. I also trimmed the Window Sheet so that it would serve as the focal point.
  • Mat the Basic Black onto Kiwi Kiss, and adorn with Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon as shown in the picture. Adhere onto a Basic Gray card base.
  • Finish with Fresh Favorite Buttons to serve as the center of the flower. Tip: A “thread” of Kiwi Kiss card stock adds a taylored look to the button.

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Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Basic Black (102851), Basic Gray (108692)
Embellishments: Fresh Favorites II (107422), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064)
Other: Clearly Thanks Printed Window Sheets (Mini Occasions 115122)

Always on My Mind

It seems these past few days that Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip are “always on my mind”. Combine these colors with my newly found passion…the Stampin’ Around wheel…and you have the basis for today’s card. The two hearts reflect the sentiment, while the paper piercing mimics the eyelet border. A small Button Latte flower button to compliment the scallops is the finishing touch. Like several of the cards which have preceded this one, the emphasis is on clean and simple, quick and easy!

  • Make a card base from Baja Breeze and score at the top.
  • Snap a Chocolate Chip cartridge and the Always in Bloom wheel into the Stampin’ Around handle. Using the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide, stamp a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. Tip: I prime my wheel by running it over a piece of scrap paper. This helps to ensure even inking.
  • Use the Eyelet Border Punch to create visual impact. Adhere to your card base as noted in the picture, adding Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon to finish the edge.
  • Ink the “Always on my mind” sentiment from the “Always” stamp set with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch out using the Scallop Oval Punch and layer over a Chocolate Chip oval punched with the Wide Oval Punch. Tip: I popped it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Using the Full Heart Punch, punch out Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip hearts. Pierce the edges of each heart. Using StampinDimensionals, adhere the hearts and the sentiment to the card base as shown. Tip: StampinDimensionals allow the base colors to show clearly through the piercings.
  • As a final touch, add a Chocolate Chip flower button from the Button Latte collection to the sentiment!


Hmmm….For some strange reason I have the urge to go listen to Willie Nelson. You were always on my mind, you were always on my mind…

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Stamp Sets: Always in Bloom Standard Wheel (113834), Always (113620)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Chocolate Chip Standard Cartridge (102496)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Full Heart Punch (113693), Wide Oval Punch (112082), Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Crafters’ Tool Kit (104310)
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon, Button Latte (11433)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), StampinDimensionals (104430)

You Take the Cake

I love Baja Breeze! With glitter added for sparkle, this card features Baja Breeze in all of its glory…card stock, ribbon and corduroy buttons. Clean and simple lines accentuate the cupcake and sentiment from the Party Hearty stamp set. Feel free to indulge. This is one cupcake that is calorie free! Here’s the recipe for “You Take the Cake”:

  • Make a card base from Baja Breeze card stock and score at the top. Layer with Very Vanilla.
  • Add Baja Breeze 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated in the picture.
  • Ink the “Cupcake” from Party Hearty using Bordering Blue and Regal Rose Stampin’ Write markers and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch and mat onto Baja Breeze.
  • “Paint” the desired areas of the cupcake and its wrapper with VersaMark Ink and sprinkle with Heat and Stick Powder. (I actually used a paint brush and VersaMark Ink refill.) Remove the excess powder and heat with a Heat Tool. As soon as it liquefies, quickly sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, remove the excess, and heat to set. Pop it onto the card base with StampinDimensionals. Tip: Do not overheat as it will discolor the paper. (Although the glitter in the photo appears yellowed, in person it is not.)
  • Ink the sentiment from Party Hearty with Bordering Blue and Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Markers and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto Baja Blue. Adhere to the card base with StampinDimensionals.
  • As a final touch, add three Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons.
  • Enjoy!

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Stamp Set: Party Hearty
Inks: Stampin’ Write Markers—Bordering Blue(100070), Regal Rose (105108), VersaMark Refill(102193)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Ticket Corner Punch (107214)
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), Baja Breeze 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (111375),
Other: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), StampinDimensionals (104430), Heat and Stick Powder (100625)

Kindred Spirits

I love the look of Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze together. With the focus on the double matted sentiment and with the soothing color combination, the result is a perfect sympathy card. The Kindred Spirits image provides an oriental touch.

  • Prepare a card base from Baja Breeze card stock and score at the top.
  • Ink the image from Kindred Spirits with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla and mat onto Chocolate Chip.
  • Wrap Chocolate Chip Ribbon around the matted image and adhere onto the Baja Breeze card base.
  • Ink the sentiment from the Very Versatile stamp set with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat with Chocolate Chip followed by Baja Breeze. Position and adhere with a Stampin Dimensional.

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And, if you would you like to join me as a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! is offering you the opportunity to sign on as a demonstrator for only $75 with their Scrapbooking Starter Kit. The following items are included as part of this limited-time offer:

113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $42.95

113059 Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $19.95

108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $11.95

105240 Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad $7.50

Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit, including the Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Guest Invitation Postcard (100), Idea Book & Catalog (8), Occasions Mini Catalog (8), To My Hostess Envelope (10), Recruit Folders (5), Recruit Brochures (20), Hostess Brochure (20), Hostess Benefits Form (10) and Customer Order Form (50).

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Stamp Set: Kindred Spirits (111662), Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (109051)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

My Son

Yesterday I posted a card…A Trio of Vases! I had a very productive weekend, and actually made seven cards. However, in light of Mother’s Day yesterday, I would like to reflect on my son, Brady. This was the first Mother’s Day that I spent without him, as he is attending Western Illinois University majoring in trumpet performance. We will have a belated celebration, since he returns home Thursday. However, he surprised me yesterday with a call.
Brady checks out my blog and is one of my greatest supporters. I just want him to know how proud I am to be “Brady’s Mom”. Brady and I share a special bond. This past summer I required fusion surgery on my back. Those of you who have had this type of surgery know how painful the recovery period is. Since my husband was unavailable to assist me during the day, the burden of nursing me back to health fell upon Brady’s shoulders. When his friends were enjoying their final days before the onset of college, Brady was house-bound with me…getting me out of bed, preparing breakfast and lunch, and making certain that I had my meds on time. He cleaned the house, mowed the lawn, and took care of the dog. My heart broke when he left for college and I could not accompany him to help him unpack and settle in.
Brady has had a great freshman year at WIU. He was a finalist in the School of Music’s Concerto Competition, and played his way into the Semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition. He was named to the Dean’s List, as well. Yes, there are times that I wish that he would cut his hair and shave the scruffy beard that he has grown, but you know what…he has turned out to be a great kid…hair and beard included. He has set goals, and continues to achieve them. Hurry up, Thursday!
The photograph was taken by Buff Hottle, a well known photographer in this area. He certainly captured Brady’s personality! Thanks, Buff, for a photo I will cherish always. And…if you did not get a chance to view A Trio of Vases, please scroll down!
Have a great day….Ann