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Loveliest Tree #163714

Loveliest tree #163714

What a beautiful tree. Loveliest Tree Stamp Set of 6 images #163714 creates a soft and gentle sympathy card. The background is a pale sunset created with Blending Brushes and Ink pads: Peach Pie, Pretty in Pink and Petunia Pop.


#163714 Loveliest Tree

The darker circle for the sentiment is created by using a circle punch "negative" and the same Blending Brush. Apply MORE Petunia Pop ink. The tree is stamped in Tuxedo Black Momento ink. Try it.


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Magical Meadow #162134

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Magical Meadow Stamp Set #162134 can create great masculine cards!! This grouping of conifers in positive and negative is very unique!


Magical Meadow #162134

These colors are Basic White, Basic Black, Shaded Spruce and a touch of Coastal Cabana. No bows for men, just a touch of wide Natural Ribbon #162192. Attach the ribbon with Tear & Tape #154031.




Inside is a sentiment using Biggest Wish Stamp Set #155052.


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Aspen Tree Dies

Aren't these cards soft and sweet? It's a perfect pairing of two Sale-A-Bration free items: Aspen Tree Dies and Silver & Gold 6X6" Designer Series Paper. The background is lightly sponged using the Blending Brushes #153611 with Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo and Gorgeous Grape ink pads. 


Aspen Trees Dies 2

This sentiment is simply laid across the card and attached with dimensionals. Easy!


Aspen Trees 3

This sentiment is tucked under the oval edge of the die cut for a different look.


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Team Gathering for 2022

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 My North Star Stampers from the Midwest area, recently met for TEAM TIME!! We had  recognitions, a great swap and lots of fun demonstrations!! There is 211 years of demonstrator experience in this picture!! Thank you all for coming! It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon together!! (I'm not in the picture, b/c I was taking it.)

Our swap winner, by popular vote, was Dena Rasmussen who created the lovely card below! Congrats, Dena!


Perched in a Tree Bundle #159799

Distressed Gold 12 X12" Specialty Paper

Texture Chic 12 X 12" Specialty Paper

Perched in a Tree Bundle #159799


Look at this cute, plump little bird! This Perched in a Tree Bundle #159799 took my eye!! He is stamped on Shimmery White card stock #101910 and colored with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.



Click this picture to enlarge it and see the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder #159847, a perfect pairing for these birch trees! This is a lovely fall and winter bundle!

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Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder #153576


Joyful and shiny! Gab some Red & Green 12 X 12" Foil Paper #153510 for impact!! Foil paper is so pretty when embossed, and this is the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder #153576. The red layer is Red Velvet 12 X 12" Paper #153490.



These doily layers were cut with the versatile Encircled in Beauty Dies #155546.



The inside features a red foil snowflake cut with the So Many Snowflakes Dies #153560.  MAKE SURE TO USE ADHESIVE SHEETS #152334 on delicate dies for a clean, easy application of your die cuts!!

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Evergreen Elegance Stamp Set #153313

Evergreen Elegance-Bundle_Individual-Sample_3Here is a colorful, festive Christmas card idea!! This is the  Evergreen Elegance Stamp Set #153313 from the Annual Catalog. What a statement of colors: Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Petal Pink, Bumble Bee, Garden Green, Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point inks were used for the trees.  The base card is Coastal Cabana and measures 8-1/2" x 3-1/2". Make your holiday COLORFUL!! 

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Stitched Leaves Dies #stampinup


This wonderful Beauty of the Earth 12 X 12" Designer Series Paper #155841 is on special this month! It adds so much color and interest to this card.



It's paired with the very interesting Stitched Leaves Dies #153567. The leaf is die cut from Merry Merlot card stock and mounted onto Layering Circles Dies #151770. Stock up on beautiful papers while they are on special this month!


Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set #stampinup


One of my favorite easy fancy folds is this TAB CARD! It's fast and impressive! Cut your standard portrait card. Then cut 1 inch off the front right side. Use this 1 inch strip to create the TAB. Score the strip at about 1 inch from the end to attach behind the card.



This TAB will swing to the right so you can access the card. I bet you can think of lots of way to embellish the TAB!!


20210628_095919 This stamp set is the lovely Beauty of Friendship #154983 that I will use often during the holiday season! The colors are Soft Suede, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.

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How to use Foil Papers


Foil papers are very impressive, especially when embossed!! This is the Brushed Metallic Cardstock #153524 embossed with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder #153576! It's a WOW!



Liquid glue shows thru the foil and can leave a ridge on the front side of the foil. I prefer a strong dry adhesive like Tear & Tape #138995 when using foil papers. When using Tear & Tape, apply it and then rub firmly before peeling off the backing. This strong adhesive is a must for using Foil papers, building 3D projects and cards with motion.



This is a simple card with BIG IMPACT because of the Brushed Metallic finish!! Try it!!

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Sunrise with Life is Beautiful Stamp Set


You must try this STRIKING, eye-catching sunrise/sunset technique!! It's actually easy using my tips! Use the Life is Beautiful Stamp Set #154871 from the August - December Holiday Catalog.



Selecting colors is very important! This is a list of these colors in order: Sunrise 20200909_151025
Use SHIMMERY WHITE CARD STOCK #101910, for it's finish. Collect the ink from the ink pad using a SPONGE DAUBER #133773. Saturate the card stock by scrubbing with the inked daubers all the way across the card stock. Blend the sky colors where they meet. Do not blend the green for the earth. Trim and add the little trimmed strip to the inside of the card for color.


For interest, BEND the photopolymer tree image and mount to block. Stamp images in Tuxedo Black Momento ink pad #132708. Mount onto basic Black Card Stock. Impress yourself!! Try it!!


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TIPS for an exquisite sunrise or sunset on hand stamped cards:

   *Use Shimmery White Card Stock #101910 and Sponge Daubers #133773

   *Add saturated color to the card stock by collecting water based ink from an ink pad and SCRUBBING the ink all the way across the card with a dauber.

   *For blended colors for the sky, OVERLAP the colors.

   *Stamp silhouetted images on the finished base with BLACK ink

   *Color in any open areas that should be silhouetted using a water based BLACK marker

   *Layer onto a BLACK card base to pop colors



Use plenty of ink, loading your dauber multiple times!


Any highlights, like on this gazebo roof, can be filled in with a black marker to create a true silhouette.


The NEW My Meadow Stamp Set #151650 is perfect for this technique!


These sentiments are from the NEW Peaceful Moments Stamp Set #151595.

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Kathy Johnson of Forest Hill, MD is the creator of this crisp, pretty swap card! It features Serene Garden Bundle of 8 stamps and 6 dies #148395.


Kathy used Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers for the color. Very nice, Kathy!


This is a nice, simple holiday card I received as a swap, but don't have a name to give credit. This stamp set is the versatile Sheltering Tree #137163.


Wink of Stella #141897 adds frosty shimmer to the wintery tree! Lovely!


Winter Woods Stamp Set for Halloween


Halloween is next month! Get your "SPOOKY" on by combining some exciting NEW products with your current ones!! The Winter Woods Stamp Set #147661 is a GREAT addition to your stash!! LOVE these bare trees!!


This BUFFALO CHECK background stamp #147797 works for EVERYTHING...just change colors and it's sweet gingham!! Start stamping for Halloween TODAY!!


Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek




beginning September 5th!! You are going to love it!! If you order from me regularly, you have received your free copy so start your WISH LIST!! If you'd like to order through me and live in the USA, just email me your mailing info: [email protected]



This brand new stamp set is WINTER WOODS!! Start with Shimmery White Cardstock and sponge on colors with Sponge Daubers: Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry. Stamp the winter trees on top of your sunset using Jet Black Momento Pad. LOVE this sunset look. TRY IT!! Be sure to put Winter Woods on your Wish List!




Lovely as a Tree


Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set has been in the Stampin' Up! Catalog for a longggg time because it is a true CLASSIC. Today, I used it to try the BLACK ICE TECHNIQUE: Lightly drag an Archival Black Ink Pad over metallic foil paper. Then stamp your image in black ink. Dry completely with a heat tool. Heat emboss the entire layer using Versamark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder. I personally would have named this technique "tintype," because it looks so much like early photography!!


This one uses Gold Foil. SECRET: I got a big blob of black ink on this foil and didn't like it. So...I punched out the trees and threw away the blob!! LOL I actually like this layout!


Don't these look old fashioned??


And here is a quick SPRING card that uses a touch of sponging!

This is a MUST HAVE stamp set, available in my online store now.

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Long-time Favorite

100_4643Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set has been around for over ten years because it's a CLASSIC!!! Are you wondering: How you do get color on black cardstock??


The secret: heat emboss the tree onto Basic Black Cardstock using White Embossing Powder. Then color the tree with Stampin' Up! BLENDABILITIES markers! So simply!! Try it!!

A "Special" 70th Birthday

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This is the inside of a special Birthday card for my Brother-in-Law, Gary. I made plenty of space for hubby, and daughters to write their messages. Gary had a Liver transplant 3+ years ago...a huge physical struggle. Now Gary is healthy with TWO additional granddaughters - SMILE!

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I combined the versatile LOVELY AS A TREE Stamp Set with BRAND NEW items from the Occasions Catalog: Hardwood Background Stamp, Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, and Basic Metal Buttons.

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The perfect card for a guy who loves the "woods!"

Lovely as a Tree

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Such a CLASSIC! This card is ALWAYS a hit...year after year! The art copyright date is 2001 - it's been around a longggg time!! The secret is Craft White Ink (#101731) to create the snow. Use a sponge dauber to "scrub" on the ground snow. Use the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (#130514 wood or #130517 clear) for the snowflakes.

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Try this CLASSIC card!!

Lovely as a Tree

#128655 wood OR #127793 clear

Lovely as a Tree

This classic stamp set, LOVELY AS A TREE, must be the longest running set in the current catalog! I have used it hundreds of time because it's SOOO traditional. It's a great go-to-set for masculine cards!

I used two shades of each, green and brown markers to achieve the shading. This is another card from my Get Well/Sympathy Card Class.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Lovely as a Tree #115026 Wood or #127793 Clear, Curly Cute #117014 Wood or #120510
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650, Sahara Sand #121043
  • Ink: Always Artichoke #126972
  • Accessories: Regals Designer Series Paper Stack #117154, 3/16" Metallic Brads #119741, Many Marvelous Markers #119806

Ornament Keepsakes BUNDLE

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The lovely Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set of 9 images is featured on the cover of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. Here I've heat embossed one image in Gold. 100_2750
It's such a CLASSIC Holiday card to send your friends!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes BUNDLE: SAVES 15% #129949 Wood mount or #129950 Clear mount, Lovely as a Tree #115026 Wood mount or #127793 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Brushed Gold #102935, Cherry Cobbler #126119685
  • Ink: Always Artichoke #126972, Versamark #102283
  • Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon #127841, Emboss Buddy #103083, Heat Tool #129053, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder #109129, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113474, Dimensionals #104430



















A Keeper!

This stamp set is LOVELY AS A TREE, a true classic and it will NOT retire this year. This ancient oak is sooo detailed and a perfect guy card!

This is a GATE card that swings open from the middle. The Grosgrain ribbon adds texture without a bow!

I used Stampin' Write Markers in two shades of green for the foliage. This tree looks amazing in autumn colors, too! I hope you have enjoyed this week's blogs of guy cards! Now give these ideas a try!

Stampin' Up!'s Lovely as a Tree

As promised, here is another very simple card appropriate for many occasions. Lovely as a Tree stamp set has been in the catalog for TEN years because of it's versatility! I colored the rubber with two shades of green and two shades of brown, then stamped. A strip of Always Atrichoke cardstock was run through the BIG SHOT with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to add texture.100_0695
The mighty oak! This also makes a great guy card.