Pets & More Mash Up with Country Flowers

Hello again friends! Well that adorable little kitty is at it again. This time he is peeking from behind the tin basin just to say hello.

Pets & More Mash Up
I really enjoy combining different sets together to come up with something a little unexpected.  

Today I have used Pets & More along with the Country Flowers bundle.

I have layered a piece of the Unbounded Beauty DSP on a white base. Then layered a piece of Basic Beige that I embossed using the Distressed Tile 3D EF.

The floral arrangement has been coloured with Peach Pie Stampin' Blends & the leaves in Lost Lagoon.

I die cut from Peach Pie glimmer paper the surrounding leaves and the larger bunches of leaves from Lost Lagoon.

The kitty on the left card was coloured with Smoky Slate and the one on the right card was coloured with Neutral Stampin' Blends. Honestly I can't decide which I like better. I think I might be leaning towards the one on the right card.

Which do you prefer?

I hope you enjoy today's mash up!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

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Country Birdhouse Versatility

Country Birdhouse
This card could easily have been a Birthday, Thank You, Sympathy or a card to say Hello. That's what the Country Birdhouse bundle provides - lots of options from one bundle!

What sentiment would you have put for this card? I would love to hear your opinion.

For the most part this card features mostly die cutting of the birdhouse (white, Early Espresso, Basic Beige), flowers (white, Azure Afternoon, Blueberry Bushel and leaves (Lemon Lime Twist). The only stamping is the bird which was coloured with Stampin' Blends in Azure Afternoon and 2 flower clusters (one you can see on the bottom right corner and the other is just under the bird). These have also been coloured in Azure Afternoon and Blueberry Bushel.

The card base is White with a layer of Early Espresso and then Basic Beige.

I have added hints of gold glimmer paper in the center of the flowers and roof and gold embossed the sentiment (Simply Said Mix & Match).

Tell me what sentiment you would have used for this card.

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie
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Country Birdhouse & Merriest Moments Mash Up - Country Winter Cabin

There is nothing better than finding new ways to stretch the boundaries & purpose of a die set to make something completely different.

That's what I have done here today with the Country Birdhouse and Merriest Moments dies. The end result is a Country Winter Cabin.

Country Birdhouse, Merriest Moments Mash Up
I started with a base layer of white and layered Night of Navy. I then added an embossed panel (Snowflake Sky) of white cardstock. Next I die cut the birdhouse in Basic Beige and added some glimmer white for the roof and below the front door. The windows, chimney & door were die cut using Merriest Moments along with the trees. The wreath was die cut in Shaded Spruce using the smallest deckled circle and then dry embossed with Wintry embossing folder (retired).

To complete the wreath I added a red baker's twine bow and some new Cherry Cobbler Berries (embellishments) coming in August.

I love that I was able to stretch the use of these dies and I hope I inspired you to create your own "mash up".

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

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Simple Gestures Make All the Difference

Simple gestures of sending a card to someone that is not feeling well can put a smile on their face and brighten up their day. Did you know that the benefit of smiling increases mood enhancing hormones while decreasing stress-enhancing hormones? And ultimately triggering your brain to produce more endorphins - the chemical that relieves pain and stress? (ok science lesson over - lol).

If all that is true, imagine the smile you could put on someone's face just sending a lovely card, letting them know that you are thinking of them and wishing the well.

As an avid card maker, nothing makes me happier than designing intentional cards & knowing that the person that receives my card, will smile.

My card was designed and created using Stampin' Up! products that include:

How often do you send cards? Do you know someone that needs a little boost? Why not make a card and send it to them? It will even put a smile on your face!
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie
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A Perfect Trifecta of Colours

Sometimes, someone does something that just brightens your day and when that happens it is only fitting that I return the favour! How stunning are the 3 colours together? Lemon Lolly, Shy Shamrock & Pretty Peacock.

Cheerful Daisies

Playing with these colours just makes me happy. And what better bundle to use Lemon Lolly on than Cheerful Daisies? I die cut the flowers in white and ink blended with Lemon Lolly. For stability I die cut the shadow layers and added a touch of Lemon Lolly to them before I layered them behind.

Using the Country Birdhouse roofline dies I cut 2 and ink blended with Shy Shamrock. They have been adhered to an embossed layer of cardstock using Fun Pattern EF. 

Before layering this onto Shy Shamrock cardstock I lightly ink blended over the embossing with Shy Shamrock to make the background pop.

Finally, I die cut some extra white leaves from the Cheerful Daisies bundle and ink blended Shy Shamrock and Pretty Peacock before layering them on the card.

Happy thoughts and happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

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Make New Beautiful Creations With Leftovers

Waste not want not! Don't discard those "leftover" pieces! Instead, use them to make new creations as I have done here. With the rising cost of everything these days it stands to reason that we would want to make use of everything - those little scraps, images that you coloured and decided didn't work on your current project and even pieces that might look "unusable" - like this piece of cardstock that I die cut (on an angle) a shape from.

So, the other day I posted a card (see post below) showcasing the Sketched Plaid background stamp using Bubble Bath ink. Today I am using the "leftover" piece as a layer for a new card.

In the open space where I die cut the shape, I have filled it in with some additional layers to create a frame for my sentiment. There are 4 layers inserted into the opening. 😄

Once the sentiment was in place, I stamped, coloured the flowers, foliage and pail with Stampin' Blends (bundle used is Country Flowers) and then die cut the images. The flowers are Bubble Bath, Petunia Pop and the foliage is Shy Shamrock. The pail has been coloured in Smoky Slate. The butterfly (Spotlight on Nature) has been coloured with Fresh Freesia. And everything has been covered with Clear Wink of Stella. 😉

It really makes be happy when I find new ways of using what one might consider "unusable" in a new project!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

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Thoughtful Expressions

I love it when a card (finally) comes together. Sometimes it takes longer than others but in the end I am super pleased with the softness and daintiness of my card.

I wanted to use the Thoughtful Expressions dies a little differently. So, I stamped a piece of white cardstock in Bubble Bath (isn't that such an adorable name?) with the Sketched Plaid background stamp and then die cut a section on an angle (check out an upcoming post, tomorrow, that shows what I did with the remaining piece) with the Thoughtful Expressions dies.

Thoughtful Expressions

I have built the card layers starting with Bubble Bath base, then a layer of Whisper White and then the Sketched Plaid Thoughtful Expressions die cut.

Using the Thoughtful Expression dies again, I die cut a "frame" of white and layered that on the plaid with adhesive foam strips.

I love how the Bubble Bath and Shy Shamrock go so well together so I die cut the leaf branches (again using the Thoughtful Expression dies) in Shy Shamrock and 3 tiny flowers in Bubble Bath. These were adhered to the upper left and lower right corners of the white frame.

I tied a triple bow and adhered with glue dots and finished the card with some pretty 2024 - 2026 Shy Shamrock gems.

I know exactly who I am sending this card too. I hope she likes it.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

If I Fits, I Sits! - Pets & More

Hello friends!  How many of you are cat lovers? And how many of you have seen your kitty in a strange place? A bag, a box, a dresser drawer or even a pail. No matter what, you are sure to find your furry friend in a weird place / position! 

Pets & More
Let's face it... cat's do funny things, sit in odd places, make strange gestures. But all in all, cats are awesome!  I have 2 furry friends that I love to pieces. So when I saw the pail from the Country Flowers dies and the kitty from Pets & More, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I started with Summer Splash and ink blended over a stencil to create a background. Then  stamped the pail and coloured it with Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends and then die cut.

The cute kitty from Pets & More was colored in Gray Granite with a touch of Bubble Bath in the ears and nose. I fussy cut the kitty and put him behind the pail. 

Behind the kitty are some flowers from the Country Flowers bundle. I coloured in Lemon Lolly and Summer Splash. I created a new color by coloring over some of the Lemon Lolly with Summer Splash - making a pretty green.

The little birdie (Fluffiest Friends), who is in disbelief that the kitty fits in the pail, ("If I fits, I sits"), has been colored in Summer Splash and Lemon Lolly.

The final touch are a few Lemon Lolly flowers with rhinestone accents and a sentiment in Memento.

I hope you liked todays post. I would love to hear of some of the crazy places you have found your kitty!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Spotlight on Nature - Simply Lovely

On the docket today is a new stamp set called Spotlight on Nature. I love this set. Simple & dainty! And the font on the sentiments really compliments the images - simply lovely! 

Spotlight on Nature
Of course I had to complicate things a bit.  I wanted the flowers closer together and since this set doesn't have coordinating dies, I chose to fussy cut the flowers, leaves and butterfly.  

The white layer was embossed with the Distressed Tile 3D embossing folder and since I didn't have any matching ribbon I chose to colour some white ribbon with the Dark Bubble Bath Stampin' Blends.

The flowers were coloured with Stampin' Blends in Bubble Bath. The butterfly is Highland Heather and the leaves are Lost Lagoon.

It's funny. When I started designing this card this is NOT AT ALL what I thought it was going to look like - but I love it! I hope you do too.

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Beach Day Tropical Background Sunset - Ink Blending

Warning! Today's project might make you wish you were relaxing on a beach!

I love blending inks! I especially love seeing new colours form as 2 colours merge like you can see here when the pink and yellow overlap.

Today I was inspired to create a tropical background by ink blending Tahitian Tide, Lemon Lolly & Magenta Madness on a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece of white cardstock.

I then die cut the front panel of my card base with Countryside Corners dies to create an opening for my ink blended cardstock layer to appear through.

Before adhering the background in place, I stamped and die cut all the surrounding pieces using the Beach Day stamps & dies from Stampin' Up!

The palm trees were secured in place before placing the background behind the hexagon opening.

What could be better than relaxing by the ocean in a comfy chair surrounded by palm trees to watch a beautiful sunset?

I love the brightness of the colours I have achieved with this card. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Fully Flowering Ephemera Birthday Card

 Well I am on a roll!  I can't seem to put the Fully Flowering Ephemera  pack down! It has really inspired me and I am really enjoying creating cards with it. 

Now these ephemera pieces are stunning! The depth of colour and the softness made this card come together really quick.

The base card is Flirty Flamingo and then a layer of white frame with black cardstock.

The ephemera was popped up on dimensionals in each corner.

The sentiment is from Sweetly Scripted and the final touches were the rhinestones and the dragonfly.

I love it when a card comes together so quick and turns out so pretty!

By now, I am hoping that I have convinced your to buy the  Fully Flowering Ephemera Mix & Match pack.  If not, check out my posts below for more inspiration!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie


Over Stamping White Craft Ink With Coloured Ink

So I saw this technique recently posted and, although not a new technique to me, I wanted to create another card to showcase it.  I don't know if there is an official name for the technique but essentially it is done by stamping solid images in white ink on kraft coloured cardstock and then over stamping the images in coloured ink! 

I love this look and it is SO SIMPLE!!

Just be sure that the white ink is COMPLETELY dry before over stamping the coloured ink - I found out the hard way. I thought the white ink was dry....  it wasn't. 😳

It's all good - don't sweat the small stuff - right?

The "over stamped" colours are Petunia Pop (flowers) and Shy Shamrock (leaves).

The sentiment was die cut from the Wanted To Say dies and the circles were die cut in gold foil & white cardstock using the Stylish Shapes.

In keeping with the Fully Flowering Ephemera theme I added 2 of the die cuts to my card - they just happened to match perfectly! The other accessories are the 2024-2026 In Colour Resin Dots and Petunia Pop ribbon.

Be sure to give this technique a try - it is so easy and yet so effective!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Fully Flowering Ephemera

Sometimes all you need are some ephemera pieces to create stunning and easy cards! 

Welcome and thanks for stopping by my blog today. Recently I received a package of the Fully Flowering Ephemera. If you aren't familiar with what Ephemera is a term that is used to describe a work of art (or a card) that only occurs once.   Huh!  

Well let's see what I can make with these "one-off" pieces of art! (good thing Stampin' Up! provides 2 sheets of each of the above).

Here is my first card.

The background is Azure Afternoon with a layer of Wild Wheat and then Whisper White. The white layer was embossed with the Distressed Tile embossing folder for texture.

Next I die cut 3 frames using. Unbounded Love dies. I die cut each of them twice - once in Azure Afternoon and then in Whisper White .

FUN FACT! The frame actually cuts 2 pieces. The outer edge creates a border! How fun is that?  This enables you to layer a different coloured frame WITHOUT having to layer the "next size" up behind! This is GENIOUS!

I started by layering the frames first. I chose the ephemera piece with the pretty blue flowers and the wild wheat stems and then I layered them with dimensionals in the center. I took another piece of the ephemera (wild wheat leave) and layered it behind the flowers.

I embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and fussy cut it. It was adhered with dimensionals as well. The final steps are to add some embellishments and a bow.

Here is my second card.

The base colour is Azure Afternoon on which I added a black frame and a white embossed (Eyelet 3D EF) layer. 

Using the "negative" pieces from the Unbounded Love frames from my 1st card (white frame and Azure Afternoon inset), I layered them the same way as I did on my first card.

I have die cut a gold deckled circle frame and tucked it under the top left corner of my frames. If you recall, on my 1st card I used one of the ephemera pieces (leaves) in this spot.

The flowers have been adhered with dimensionals. I replace the blue rhinestones from the first card with brass butterflies. 

Lastly I embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock, fussy cut it and adhered it with dimensionals.

So how did I do?  I would say that I kept with the definition of "one-off" designs - right? 

I like how easy it is to create cards with the Fully Flowering Ephemera pack. I think you will too. They are available in my online store.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Thoughtful Journey

Have you seen the Thoughtful Journey DSP yet? If not you MUST check it out here. The eye-catching imagery and stunning watercolours will make any project you create simply gorgeous!  The paper does all the work for you!

Spotlight on Nature
I chose to combine this designer series paper with the Spotlight on Nature stamp set to create a "feel better" card. 

The card base is Petunia Pop on which I layered Lost Lagoon. The layer was embossed with Distressed Tile Embossing Folder.

I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock in Petunia Pop and then die cut it using one of the frames from the Unbounded Love dies.

FUN FACT! Imagine my surprise when I die cut the sentiment for the first time only to find out that the die cuts the frame around the sentiment as well - A 2 FOR ONE 1!!  This allows you to then chose any colour you want to place around the sentiment!!  I LOVE THIS! This is so much better that having to cut a separate layer!  

The butterfly was stamped and then coloured with Stampin' Blends, fussy cut and adhered with a dimensional. 

The whole card came together in less than 20 minutes!.

Well I hope I have inspired you to check out the new DSP, embossing folder and the dies.  

Happy stamping!! 

Hugs, Tracie 

Attention Shoppers! Treat Yourself!

Attention Shoppers!! It's time to "treat yourself"! This fun bundle is all the rage! Several adorable images to colour and fill your basket with! There is so much you can do with this bundle and I am just getting started. Have you seen my never ending card I created with this set? Be sure to check it out! So much fun!

As you can see, my shopping cart is overflowing - so much so, that bags have fallen out of the cart! I think I might need a second cart!

The images were coloured with new Stampin' Blends colours (Petunia Pop, Shy Shamrock, Summer Splash to name a few). And check out the eyelet embossed background - isn't is cute?

Well friends, it's time to "treat yourself" and add this adorable bundle to your "shopping cart"!

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie