Catalog CASE with Timeless Textures

I’ll admit it. Sometimes inspiration is just elusive. But, I can easily find sources to get my mojo going again. One of my favorite sources is to look in the Stampin’ Up catalog. This time I found a card I wanted to CASE (Copy and Share). I used a different stamp set and different colors than the sample. I used Timeless Textures for my card.

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Here’s the card that was my inspiration. it’s from page 125 in the 2018019 Annual Catalog.

Stampin' Up! catalog card

Design Notes for Timeless Textures Card:

Can you see which elements I copies and which I changed up? I kept the general layout of the card and added twine to the left side. (I had tried Copper Trim and didn’t like the look.) What I did change: I used different colors. I think this might have been my first time using the Merry Merlot Neutral color card stock. It surely won’t be my last. What a great color. I also changed the sentiment and how it was presented. I decided to stamp the sentiment, from Better Together, on vellum and heat emboss it. Once I had cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits I wanted to back it with a Merry Merlot oval.  I realized I didn’t know how I was going to adhere the Vellum piece. When you adhere Vellum, you need to hide the adhesive. There was literally no where to hide on this piece! So, I just put adhesive everywhere. It turns out, I like it since it added a little more of a textured look.

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Both the Timeless Textures and Better Together stamp set come in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Nice to have choices, isn’t it?

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Hope you are having a great day.



Waterfront with Sympathy

I recently needed a special sympathy card. The father of a friend of mine passed away. He had been a science teacher and quite the outdoorsman. I knew the the Waterfront stamp set would be exactly what I would need for this special card.

Waterfront stamp set, Sympathy, Stampin' Up!,


Design Notes for Waterfront Sympathy Card:

The Waterfront stamp set makes it easy to create a serene, beautiful card. This scene makes me think of a lakeside mountain, probably somewhere that my friend’s father would have loved.

For both the mountains and the water, I simply used the stamp two or three times, re-inking each time. The shading on the trees was created when I stamped them, then stamped again without re-inking. For the sun, I just made a mask of the mountains from a scrap of paper then stamped over it. (Go to my Video Tutorials page to find a link to my video about Masking.)

I began to put the card together and decided I need some texture or interest in the background. The Seaside Textured Embossing Folder, seemed to do the trick. Just enough texture.

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Is It Retiring?

The stamp set that I used for today’s card, Waterfront, is not on the retiring list. However, there are lots of great stamp set, Framelits, punches, inks, card stock, …Well, you get the idea, lots of stuff is retiring. So, check the lists and see what you need to order. I’d love to be your demonstrator! If you place an on-line order of $50 or more with me this month, I’ll send you a spool of Gold Ribbon as a thank you.

Here’s the link for on sale items!   AC-OCC Retired Disc-US

This is the list of items from the Annual Catalog.   AC Retired List-US

Here’s the list of items from the Occasions Catalog.   OCC Retired List-US

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Oh, by the way, thank you for voting for my card at Kylie’s International Blog Highlights. I landed in the top 10 and so will be in a blog hop sometime soon. Thanks so much.



Freshly Made Sketches and Heartfelt Sympathy

I try to anticipate the need when it comes to sympathy cards. When I need one, and don’t have one, I seem lost for inspiration. Yesterday I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and it helped me come up with this card using the soon to be retired Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set.

Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, sympathy card, Stampin' Up!,


Here’s the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. FMS333

Design Notes for Heartfelt Sympathy Card:

It seems like I had not done heat embossing in a while. How could that be? Heat embossing is one of my favorite things to do!I decided to go with the Copper Embossing Powder, gold or silver both seemed too flashy. I carried the copper theme through with the Copper Foil layer behind the Night of Navy and the Copper Trim bow.

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Retiring Stamp Sets:

As you probably know, there are many things retiring soon – stamps, inkds, papers, accessories. Today I featured the heartfelt Sympathy stamp set which is set to retire. Here are the other stamp sets that will be retiring. When you are ready to order, don’t for get to use this month’s Host Code (BDPHTPDQ) when you order.



Thoughts and Prayers Swap Card

A few weeks ago, I participated in a swap organized by my awesome up-line, Alisa. The theme of the swap was Thinking of You or Sympathy. I used the Butterfly Basics and Thoughts and Prayers stamps sets to create a card that could be either sympathy or thinking of you.

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I love the color combination.



Design Notes for Thoughts and Prayers Card:

As you probably know, I love doing heat embossing. For this card, I used White Embossing Powder on the Vellum Card Stock. Then I used Sponge Daubers to color the flowers and leaves. I did that on the embossed side. The other side faced out. When I was putting the card together, I wanted some ribbon and didn’t have anything in either of the colors. I thought white would be too blah. So, using the same Sponge Dauber, I added some Marina Mist ink to the White Organza Ribbon. Easy! Have you ever tried that? I think most of the white ribbons can be used for that technique.

Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, Butterfly Basics stamp set, sympathy, thinking of you, heat embossing, Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!,

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Hope you are having a great day!



Flourishing Phrases for Sympathy

Oh, it was that time again. I needed a sympathy card. As much as I love making cards, it’s always hard to make sympathy cards. Of course, I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets, Flourishing Phrases. It seems there is always a sentiment here that I can use, both for the outside and inside of the card.

Flourishing Phrases, sympathy, Stampin' Up!,

It’s a pretty clean and simple card. I was inspired by this week’s challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Here’s the link and logo should you want to go over to see what other great cards are there.

Freahly Made Sketches FMS322

Design Notes for Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card:

I think figuring out the measurements for the layers on this card was the hardest part. I stamped the flower and the leaves so that there would still be a bit of white space near the top. I just felt it gave better balance. I experimented with adding another piece of Whisper White card stock at the bottom with the sentiment on it. But, it just looked too crowded. I’m always happy to do heat embossing so I am glad I thought of that! Here’s a look at the stamp set images.

Flourishing Phrases stamp set images, Stampin' Up!,

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Hope you had a great weekend.