Free as a Bird Bundle for #GDP285 and FMS401

Free as a Bird Bundle

This stamp set and the Stitched Nested Label Dies are gorgeous, and I’ve used it for these two challenges.  I’ve also created a card with this set for another challenge, which will be posted tomorrow.  

Jumping right in, let’s look at the challenge banners:


Here’s the inside and outside of the card I created:


Easy Peasy Card

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges just beg to have clean and simple cards created.  Sometimes I have a real problem with that, but I did not today, and the Global Design Project sweet color combination just seemed to work with FMS.

My card really follows the sketch very closely.  The smaller offset circle comes from the In Color 2019 – 2021 DSP for the Rococo Rose.  The larger Mint Macaron circle comes from the Subtles DSP set.  Both circles have been outlined with their respective inks by lightly rolling the circles in their respective colors.  I decided to use Mint Macaron for the card base, topped by a layer of Whisper White, which I ran through the Subtle 3D folder.  I know I have used it a lot already, but the texture allows the whole card to have much needed white space without it being bland. After I ran the white through the Big Shot, I outlined it using the Rococo Rose ink pad.  I like the way the outlining creates a clean edge without adding bulk, so I tend to do it quite frequently.

Instead of using the triple leaf punch for this card, I chose to use sprig punch.  I already had a scrap piece of Mint Macaron stamped with the dots in Mint Macaron, so that’s what I used.

Easy Peasy Coloring with the Stamping Blends

I judged the size of the Stitched Nested Label Die by the height of the bird stamp.  She fits perfectly right inside this while allowing room for the simple sentiment, also from Free as a Bird.  I colored her using the So Saffron and Crumb Cake blends combos.  She is standing on a kind of sloppy patch created by the Mint Macaron blends combo.  I like the on purpose sloppiness and think a solid patch of Mint Macaron would be too much ink for this clean card.

As I tend to do, I colored in the stitches in the ditch using the Rococo Rose marker and thought I was finished.  Then I realized I wanted just a hint of So Saffron outlining the label, so I gently tapped each side into the ink pad.  

Time to Assemble

Assembly was easy peasy.  Everything is glued down using the Tombow liquid adhesive except the label, which sits on dimensionals for depth.  

I wanted to add just a little something something, and I remembered I have the In Color Faceted Dots.  Three of those for across the top, and I really wanted to add something down in the right corner of the label.  Thankfully, I had a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot from the Share What You Love suite.  

The card was then mounted on a white card base.  I wanted a sentiment on the inside, but did not want it just floating in space.  Therefore, I stamped another bird in So Saffron and then stamped the sentiment in the Momento Tuxedo Black, which is what I used to stamp the bird on the front.

Finishing Touches

As always, I finished by decorating the envelope.  I used a piece of the Rococo Rose DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, I stamped and colored a bird on the lower, left corner of the front of the envelope.  With that, I was done.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is a Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad (item # 132708, $6.00) and some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00).  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit


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Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  


To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 



Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123


Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Sprig Punch, item # 148012

2-1/4 Circle punch, item # 143720

Mint Macaron cardstock, item #  138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Rococo Rose ink pad, item #  150080

So Saffron ink pad, item #  147109

Mint Macaron ink pad, item #  147106

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283

2019 – 2021 In Color Faceted Dots, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430






Wildly Happy for FMS200

Freshly Made Sketches is Celebrating!

Since the challenge has hit 400 sketch challenges, the design team has been celebrating all month!  This team chose FMS 200 to celebrate this week.  This very simple sketch actually lends itself to so many interpretations.    

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the outside of my card:

Baby Cards are Cute Just By Nature!

The new Wildly Happy cling stamp set in the annual catalog is so versatile!  Can’t you just see these two rabbits on an Easter card?

I used the retired Twinkle, Twinkle DSP, but any baby DSP would work.  Once I had the top and bottom DSP pieces cut, I thought the rest could just fall in place.  In all honesty, though, I kept hearing Bob Ross saying that we don’t make mistakes, just happy accidents.  

Because of the DSP colors,  I knew I needed to use either the mother/baby rabbits or the mother/baby elephants.  I wisely chose the rabbits and stamped then colored them in using the light and dark Smokey Slate blends.  Light Petal Pink provided the inner ear color for both.   Right after I colored the rabbits, I stamped the sentiment.  While adding the grass using the tiny grass stamp from Over the Moon was an afterthought, it turned out to be a grounding element.  I simply stamped and second generation stamped over and over.  I think it looks more natural than just a single, or even double, row of grass stamps.  

Happy Accidents

My first happy accident occurred when I tried to crop the rabbits and the sentiment.  Since I had stamped both the rabbits and sentiment on one piece 3″x4 ” of Whisper White cardstock, I couldn’t get everything cut out in one shape that would fit within the challenge.  Therefore, I had to improvise, and cropped the image using the third oval from the Stitched Shapes die set.  Then I started playing around with the sentiment trying to get everything to fit so it looked like I meant it all to work.  I figured out that I could use the partial “SO” on the oval to my advantage and layer it over the sentiment so it looked double stamped.  Once I carefully adhered the oval to the sentiment, I realized my happy accident worked, Once I trimmed a tiny bit off the left side of the oval, everything fell into place. 

My second happy accident occurred when I chose and adhered the faceted dots for the bottom right corner.  It turns out those little beauties are actually Mint Macaron.  However, they seem to work because they appear to have a deeper grey tint than the Soft Sea Foam in the rest of the card.

Finally, I knew I needed something under the strip for the sentiment.  I tried different ribbons and then finally remembered I have theDecorative Ribbon Boarder punch.  Since I’d already placed dimensionals on the back of the rabbit/sentiment combination, I needed to be very carful when gluing the border into place.  I really like the little shadow the raised border creates.

Finishing Details

Here’s the inside of the card:

My third happy accident occurred when I first stamped the Soft Sea Foam rabbits and sentiment directly onto the inside of the card.  In order to cover my crooked sentiment, I restamped on a piece of Whisper White and cropped it using the same oval die as the front.

Thankfully, all I had left was the envelope, for which there were no happy accidents.  I stamped the rabbits on the front and used a piece of the grey DSP from the bottom of the card for the flap decoration. 

I’d finished the card and envelope, happy mistakes and all.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy day!  

Supply List:

Wildly Happy cling stamp set, item # 149408  WILDLY HAPPY CLING STAMP SET

Over the Moon cling stamp set, item #  149331           OVER THE MOON CLING STAMP SET

  Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Soft Sea Foam cardstock, item #  146988

Gray Granite cardstock, item #  146983

Smoky Slate blends combo, item #  145058

Soft Sea Foam ink pad, item #  147102

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

Decorator Ribbon Border Punch, item #  143721

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this versatile cling stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out the 6 x 6 DSP paper, pictured below, for all of the color families!  The possibilities are endless, especially for baby cards!

NEUTRALS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Neutrals, item # 149614

BRIGHTS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Brights, item # 149613

REGALS 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Regals, item # 149616

SUBTLES 6 X 6 (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER     Subtles, item # 149615







A Celebration for FMS, combined with Just Add Ink

Freshly Made Sketches Turns 400!

FMS has a month-long celebration planned, and this week’s sketch is from FMS#1.  The original sketch remains classic.  I’ve combined the two challenges, mixing the old classic with new colors.

Here are the banners for both FMS and Just Add Ink:


Here’s my card:

Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, and Grapefruit Grove, Oh My!

The bold, new In Colors of Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile are balanced with the subtle Grapefruit Grove.  I chose to use two of the In Color DSP patterns.  Imagine my happiness when I noticed that the Terracotta Tile square could easily be lined up on a perfect diagonal from the Pretty Peacock pattern.

After putting those two DSP pieces down, I tried to figure out what shape I wanted to add.  Basically, this card came together very quickly and easily, especially when I decided to use the large and medium daisy stamps and punches from the Daisy Lane cling stamp set.  I used Grapefruit Grove for all three pieces of the daisy, and stamped two with Terracotta Tile and one with the Grapefruit Grove, which I then punched out.  For the required horizontal component, I layered Polka Dot tulle ribbon and the end of the SAB Grapefruit Grove ribbon tied in a square knot.  A little tip for layering ribbon:  I used tear and tape on the ribbon on the underside of the card before I tried tying it.

Adding Height and Interest

Dimensionals add dimension to the top two parts of the daisy.   I just glued the bottom layer to the front of the card. After adhering the daisy, I really thought I needed to add something to it without adding any more height.   Therefore,  I added a couple of layers of clear Wink of Stella to the center of the daisy.  As I colored, I thought I would also add dimension to the middle layer, especially since I stamped Grapefruit Grove on itself.  It would have been much easier to outline each petal with the Wink of Stella before putting all the layers together.  However,  the clear bling on the petals really created a more detailed middle layer.  

Here’s a close-up of the daisy with the Wink of Stella:

I added Pretty Peacock punched sprigs under the flower, and three Grapefruit Grove enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set, as does the inside sentiment, which I also stamped in Pretty Peacock.  I stamped the inside sentiment over a two layer large daisy.  The first stamping was full strength and without reinking, I stamped the second set of petals. 

Here’s the inside of the card:

With that,I’d finished the card.  After glueing In Color DSP on the envelope flap, I stamped the smaller daisy on the front of it.  Now, I’ve finished all the parts of this card/envelope set.

Thank you for stopping by today to check out Daisy Lane for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches and Just Add Ink challenges.  

Happy a Peachy day!


Supply List:

Daisy Lane cling stamp set, item # 149325

In Color DSP 2019 – 2021, item # 149617

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

Grapefruit Grove cardstock, item # 146972

Terracotta Tile ink pad, item # 150086

Daisy punches,  item # 143713, medium daisy, item # 149517

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, item # 146912

Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, item # 148805

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

You Know You Want to …….

If you would like to order this fabulous stamp set today and live in the U.S. please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards, and I would be honored to help you do so.  Be sure to check out two of the kits featured in the annual catalog, since they are all inclusive.   The first kit is the Poppin’ Birthday Past Kit, item 152024.  The second kit is the Looking Up Card Kit, item 149651.






More Cows for FMS399

Over the Moon for Freshly Made Sketches

It seems lately that my cards have been made with angels or cows.  After this card, I think I am going to have to put the cows away for a while.   I should be getting adorable walrus stamps this week, along with my holiday catalog pre-order.  

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s my fun and adorable card:

The Process

For this challenge, I stamped each of the cows in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I then colored each of the three cows using the Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Petal Pink blends combos.  I also used the So Saffron blends for the flower, the center of which I colored using the gold Wink of Stella.  

Once again, I turned to the Stitched Shapes die set to crop the cows and the mat for the sentiment, which fit perfectly on the smallest square.  As I frequently do, I colored in the ditch of the sentiment and cow squares using a Blueberry Bushel marker.  

I knew I wanted Blueberry Bushel and Basic Black to be the prominent colors behind these cute cows.  I cut my black mat, and started to dry fit the cropped squares on the front of the card, I felt that it needed something else.  Since the sketch called for the squares to be higher on the card, I first thought of ribbon to break up some of the white space below.  It didn’t work, at least I thought it did not work. I grabbed one of the cows and the Smoky Slate ink pad and started stamping.   To accomplish a softer look, I did stamp each cow off before placing it on the white background.  Mission accomplished.

When I was ready to pop up the sentiment on dimensionals to adhere it to the black mat, I realized I needed more definition between the two dark colors.  I dipped the edge of each side of the square on the StazOn White ink pad.  This little bit of extra definition allowed the sentiment to stand out even more.

Finally, I stamped the cow on the front of the envelope, and randomly on the flap to decorate the envelope.  With that, the card was done.  

As Always, I am Grateful for Your Time and Visit

I know there are many, many blogs written by Stampin’ Up! demos, and I appreciate the time you spend visiting mine. 

Thank you very much!

Have a Peachy day!


If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards using simple to advanced techniques and supplies.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

Supply list:

Over the Moon stamp set, item 149331

Smoky Slate blends combo, item 145058

Petal Pink blends combo, item 147272

So Saffron blends combo, item 149557

Basic Black cardstock, item 121045

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Blueberry Bushel cardstock, item 146968

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item 132708

Smoky Slate ink pad, item 147113





How Many Stamp Sets Does It Take for FMS398?

Freshly Made Sketches 398

This sketch challenge called for a clean card.  My clean card used Daisy Lane photopolymer stamp set, Painted Harvest stamp set,and  All Things Thanks (retired) stamp set.  I also used the large daisy punch and the leaf punch for the card.  At first, I thought this would be a #simplestamping card, but it did not turn out that way.

Here’s the sketch banner for this challenge:

Here’s the card I created:


The Process

I started with all the stamped items I would need.  Therefore, I stamped 3 sets of leaves from the Painted Harvest stamp set in Old Olive on Old Olive card stock, which I then punched out.  I used the light Old Olive blend to just ass some additional texture to the leaves.

Staying with the Old Olive,  I started stamping the ferns on the Whisper White cardstock.  

Here’s an example of the first stamping off:   

At first, I was only going to do one set of stamped off ferns. I created the triple ferns by stamping the fern, then slightly pivoting the stamp and stamping the second time, then repeating for the third stamp.

At this point I realized I would need more stamped off ferns in order for them to show behind the large daisy.  Therefore, I just started the trio stamping process to form a very loose circle.  

Finishing up with the Old Olive, I inked the sides of both the white cardstock on the outside and inside.

I stamped the inside sentiment, then the front sentiment so I could put the ink pad away.  The fewer ink pads on my desk, the better.

The Daisy

While I like the lined pattern daisy stamps from Daisy Lane, I thought the So Saffron ink would just blend into the white.  Therefore, I pulled out the So Saffron blends combo.  I started blending using the light and dark from the center out making sure none of the petals were blended the same.  

Dimensionals provided the pop between the bottom and the top daisy.  After gluing the layered daisy onto the middle of the fern trios, I dry fit the leaves, then glued them down as well.  

I added a clear faceted gem to the center of the daisy (but I am still not sure about that look).  Next on the list, placing the sentiment.

I added the burlap ribbon for a bit of contrast and texture which also anchored all the elements.  Then I created the sentiment banner and dry fit it on the ribbon.  Can I begin to tell you how stinking pleased I was that two of the punched leaves just peak out from under the sentiment.

Stamping the daisy over the inside sentiment and decorating the envelope finished off this card.  

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.  

Have a Peachy day!


If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards from beginner levels, to casual, and to avid levels.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.  

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Freshly Made Sketches and Color Throwdown Two-fer

FMS394 and ctd549 for a Colorful Combination

These two challenges are two of my “favorites”, at least this week.  The clean, fresh FMS sketch seemed to pair perfectly with ctd this week to create a cute little thank you card.

The challenge banners follow:


I chose to use the newly retired Bella and Friends stamp set, which I just realized was actually retired when the new catalog launched.  Sadness.

Here’s my card:




Keeping it Clean and Simple

I needed all the white space on this card, but didn’t want it to just be plain white.  Therefore, I used the Subtle TIEF, which quickly becamse my favorite and most used embossing folder.  I get the best of both worlds:  white space and a little, subtle texture.

My choice for the orange on this card is inspired by the Painted Seasons DSP using Grapefruit Grove.  I’ve only recently opened the package of DSP and love the colors and most of the patterns, especially this simple repeating pattern.

Following the FMS layout and the ctd colors, I layered the DSP on a piece of Basic Gray.  I also used Basic Gray for all the stamping, and for coloring in the bone, which seemed to fade right into Bella so I outlined it in Basic Black.  While I thought this plan would work, I quickly found out the outline jumped off the card, and not in a good way.  Therefore, I colored over the black and the gray with Smoky Slate, which really toned the bone down. 

Putting the Card Together

The layering circle die set provided the perfect sizes of circle for Bella, and the scalloped mat peeking out from under her.  Blueberry Bushel cardstock provided all the mats: card base, Bella’s circle, and the sentiment mat.  I cropped both of the sentiment pieces using the Rectangular Stitched layering die set (a must have!).  I also colored Bella’s collar using Blueberry Bushel.  Originally, the heart from the stamp was colored using Grapefruit Grove, but I later decided to cover the heart with a single piece of bling from the metallic exposy shapes.  

That’s it.  Finished.  A fresh, clean, card using a great color combination.  All is well.  Life is good.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I know your days are busy, and I appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!