Magnolias for Fusion and Freshly Made Sketches

A Clean Sketch

The Fusion Challenge always has options: use just the sketch, use the theme, or combine them. The theme this week is Winter. We haven’t had winter weather, or our version of it, in Florida, yet. Although we are in for a few cold days this week.

Therefore, I used just the sketch from Fusion, which also matched the Freshly Made Sketches 418. Here are both banners:

Here’s my card:

Thinking About This Sketch

A couple of the Fusion design team members created cards with stitching on the rounded panel. I thought about that for days, searched my die sets, and couldn’t come up with something for the correct shape. I finally decided to use a saucer to create that panel. Thankfully, I remembered to trace the saucer on the backside of the magnolia DSP so I didn’t have to deal with erasing pencil marks.

Since I knew I wanted to go with the Petal Pink background panel, I had to figure out what to do so the whole thing didn’t just look blah. I decided to add the Mossy Meadow liner, but then needed to tie all three papers together. That’s when I decided to use Mossy Meadow for the base of the card. I traced the saucer on Mossy Meadow, cut it out, and trimmed it down.

True to form, I cropped the Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow layers so there aren’t full sheets of cardstock under the panel. Even though I used Mossy Meadow, I think the whole card appears soft and clean.

Finishing Touches

For some reason, I had the Whisper White scalloped oval in my page protector of white “scraps”, which gave me the perfect start to a sentiment panel. I didn’t want a stark white sentiment piece, so I stamped the single magnolia in Petal Pink, and then added the sentiment in Mossy Meadow. Even with dimensionals, the plain white scalloped oval would just fade into the magnolia DSP. Therefore, I used the oval stitched shape die and cropped it in Petal Pink.

The final touch was to add a Whisper White panel to the inside of the card. I stamped the flourish from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set on the bottom of the inside panel and adhered it down.

After I added a panel of the Magnolia DSP to the envelope flap, I had finished this card and envelope set.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


Supplies Used:

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Harvest Hellos for the Fusion and Color Throwdown Challenges

Have to Love a Two-fer

As you know, I love being able to combine challenges.  In this case, I combined the colors from ctd564 and sketch from Fusion-Dragonfly.  

Here are the challenge banners:


Here’s my card:

Another Easy Peasy Card

Since the sketch and colors were pre-determined, this card came together so fast.  All I had to do was pick out a stamp set and DSP.  Everything else fell into place.

I used the Magnolia Lane DSP for the brown and white background.  Just that fast, and I had the first color.

Crushed Curry seemed like a fall-ish yellow color, which seems to work with this color combination.  I cropped the circle using the largest Stitched Shapes circle, then colored in the ditch using the Crushed Curry marker.  From the start, I knew I wanted this to be a get well card and needed to figure out what to do about a flat Crushed Curry circle just plopped in the middle of the card.  I decided to use the splatter stamp from Gather Together and stamped first and second generation stamps in Crushed Curry.  The splatter gives the plain circle much needed texture, especially since the sentiment is small.  Color two down, one to go. 

I chose Real Red for the apple and the base of the card.  I colored the apple using the Real Red blends combo.  In order to achieve the look of the lighter spots, I simply used the color lifter blend.  I popped up the apple using dimensionals.  Since I’d already popped up the Crushed Curry circle using dimensionals, the left side of the apple has a double layer of them.  I felt that some additions needed to be made to the card, even though I had used the third required color, . 

Finishing Touches

After squinting to check for balance (Brian King, I owe you another nickle), I thought the apple and sentiment appeared to be floating on the Crushed Curry circle.  Therefore,  I went back to the Harvest Hellos stamp set and decided to use the apple seeds to anchor the apple.  After stamping the seeds in Early Espresso, I colored them using Soft Suede. 

I still thought the card needed some sort of embellishments, so I tied a piece of linen thread around the apple stem.  Then I turned my attention to the apple seeds.  I couldn’t think of anything 3D to put over them, so I made my own “epoxy” apple seeds using the fine-tip glue pen.  Just by carefully applying glue to the seeds, and letting it thoroughly dry, I created my own seeds. 

Here’s a close-up of the seeds:


After using the same DSP for the envelope flap, I stamped and colored half an apple and some seeds on the envelope front.

Easy-Peasy – truly easy and quick.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.  

If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order.

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.  



Magnolia Lane DSP, item # 149484

Harvest Hellos stamp set, item # 150581

Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Real Red cardstock, item # 102482

Crushed Curry cardstock, item # 131199

Soft Suede ink pad, item # 126978

Crushed Curry ink pad, item # 131173

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Real Red blends combo, item #  147935

Linen Thread, item # 104199

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Fine-Tip glue pen, item # 138309

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  One kit is for cards, the other for coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well: 


Bird Ballad DSP for the Fusion Card Challenge

Bird Ballad, But No Birds in Sight

Yes, this really is DSP from Bird Ballad, and I think the gorgeous floral patterns created a very clean card for the Fusion Challenge.

Here’s the challenge banner:

This challenge always contains a sketch and a theme of some sort.   I chose to combine the two, and this is the card I created:

The implicity of the sketch calls for a great deal of white space.  Knowing that, I simply ran the white cardstock through my Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder. 

For the five circles, I decided which color I wanted to showcase, and I decided on the Calypso Coral.  Therefore, the outside and middle circles are shades of the Coral ink.  I also chose one circle of Pool Party and one of Daffodil Delight. 

I first carefully punched the floral pieces using the 1-3/8 inch circle punch.  After I finished those five circles, I decided I needed to add a mat under them.  The outlines of all these images are already done in Basic Black, so I used that for these mats using the 1-1/2 inch circle punch.  The sharp contrast makes the images pop right off the card.  I glued the middle circle down using my Tombow adhesive.  I adhered the next two circles with glue dots on the outside and Tombow overlapping the center.  Dimensionals raised the two outer circles, giving the line of circles some depth.

Calypso Coral vs Pool Party

When I dry fit the pieces together, I realized Calypso Coral wasn’t going to work as the mat base.  Therefore, I decided that the more subtle Pool Party which would allow the floral circles with black outlines to really shine.

The retired Pool Party ribbon anchors the circles so they don’t just float in the middle of the card.  I also used the ribbon to emphasize the sentiment.  Can you tell what punch I used for the sentiment?  If you guessed the Everyday Label Punch, that would be correct.  I simply trimmed both the white label and the black label to the shapes I wanted.  I used my Stamping Write Basic Black marker to thinly outline the two ends of the white label.

The inside of the card also needed a sentiment.  Here’s the inside I created:

Both of the sentiments come from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set.

The photo is very awkward, and I need to figure out a better way to photgraph insides.  

As always, I finished by adhering DSP to the envelope flap and stamped Calypso Coral flowers on the bottom, right front.  

Many Thanks and a Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


You Know You Want to…….

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Wednesday is a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only does 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 Wednesday!  

Supply list:

Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set, item # 143726

Bird Ballard DSP, item # 149592

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 132708

1-1/2 inch circle punch, item # 138299

Pool Party cardstock, item #  122924

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Neutrals Collection Stamping Write Markers, item #  147158

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430









We’ll Walrus Be Friends for the Fusion Challenge

Which Stamp Set is More Adorable?

When my holiday catalog pre-order arrived yesterday, the absolutely adorable We’ll Walrus Be Friends stamp set was in the box as well.  Personally, I am not sure which set is cuter, Over the Moon or this one.  It really doesn’t matter, though, because I now have both sets.  I really wanted to start stamping as soon as I opened the box.  However, I forced myself to put most of the items away before I started.  I thought a basically monochromatic Seaside Spray card would work when playing along with this week’s Fusion challenge.

Here’s the Fusion challenge banner:

I love the simplicity of the sketch, but also love the cascading family hands.  Therefore, I decided to incorporate an additional layer in my card.

Here’s my card:

The Process

I don’t have the High Seas 3D embossing folder, yet, since it is on backorder.  However, I thought this pattern of the In Color DSP would work well.  I must say, even my husband thought it worked well for a water effect.

The walrus on ice stamp seemed to fit the panel I wanted to use, especially since I’d used the largest Stitched Nested Die Labels.  Obviously, I cut the tops off after I used the straight line of stitching.  I found out that it would be much, much easier to use the straight line of stitches by temporarily securing it to the cropped die using a Post-it note.

Even with using the largest two dies, the walrus’ ice didn’t fit on the white panel.  Therefore, I stamped on the white panel, then also stamped on the Seaside Spray panel.  Using the Stamparatus with the grid paper made the process of lining everything up so easy!

I colored the walrus with the Smoky Slate blends combo, and used with my new Seaside Spray blends combo to color the ice.  While I did stamp a complete walrus/ice on the bottom banner, I only needed to color in the ends of the ice.  At this point, I realized I forgot to order the full size dimensionals so I now have less than one sheet of them.  I used the dimensionals to pop up the white banner then glued the rest of the layers into place.  

Not Quite Done

I was very happy that I had ordered the holiday Seaside Spray ribbon, and it helped hid my cropping issues at the top of the Seaside Spray banner.  Ribbon that can also add bling ~ yes, please.  

I looked at what I thought I had finished for a day and finally thought I needed to add a little something.  The Stamping Blends easily color the Pearl Jewels, so I pulled out the Seaside Spray dark blend.  I  colored five of the smallest pearls and let them sit to dry.  Believe me, you need to let colored pearls dry completely, let my lesson learned help you.

As always, I decorated the envelope flap with another Seaside Spray pattern from the In Color DSP.  I finished the envelope with a quick stamp of another walrus stamp.  Now, I can say this is done. 

Thank you for stopping by today to check out We’ll Walrus Be Friends for this week’s Fusion challenge.  

Happy a Peachy day!


Supply List:

We’ll Walrus Be Friends, item # 149367

Seaside Spray combo blends, item # 149569

In Color DSP 2019 – 2021, item # 149617

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 144219

Dimensionals, items #104430

Seaside Spray cardstock, item # 150883

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.



A Whole Lot of Lovely for the FUSION Easter Bunny challenge

FUSION Easter Bunny Challenge

FUSION is a fun challenge because there are choices: use the sketch, use the photo, or combine the two.  Both the sketch and the Easter bunny wreath inspired me for this challenge.  After I figured out the easiest way to do this sketch challenge, I made four cards out of the different Whole Lot of Lovely DSP papers.

Here’s my favorite out of the four cards:

I like this card because of the bold Tranquil Tide embossed base and the coordinating DSP.  The patterns in the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP stack are either soft (Pool Party, Powder Pink, etc.) or bold (Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry, etc).  All of the patterns are a lot of fun to use.  

Here’s the FUSION Easter Bunny challenge:

Here are the other three cards I created:

Finally tried folding the DSP back diagonally

I’ve seen many, many cards on Pinterest that had the DSP folded back on the front of the card, but I’d never tried it before (at least I can’t remember if I have).  I resorted to this when my geometry skills failed me while trying to make nesting triangles, and the fold were MUCH easier.  

In the group of three cards, there’s one using the same DSP as my favorite, but the difference is the base color.  I used the new basketweave TIEF on Pool Party, and flipped the piece of DSP over.  It’s a much softer look than the Tranquil Tide base.  I used the leaves TIEF to emboss the Pear Pizazz, Tangerine Tango, and Tranquil Tide bases.  If you haven’t gotten any of these TIEF folders, you owe it to yourself to do so!  Thankfully, the basketweave TIEF is carrying over into the new catalog.

Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles die sets

I really think one of my most used die sets are the Stitched Shapes dies, followed closely by the Layering Circles dies.  Both these sets combined to create my small and sweet sentiment base.  I also used a coordinating Stamping Write marker to outline the stitched ditch on the Whisper White circles.  I really like the effect of emphasizing the ditch because, with a fast glance,  the “stitching” looks real.

Mini-dimensionals provided just enough of a pop to give the sentiment some dimension.  The colored cardstock has one regular dimensional and three mini ones (to accomodate the different layers of paper at the point).  Then I decided to use the enamel shapes in the corners of the folds to mimic buttons, or snaps.  

The sentiment is from the retired Circle of Spring stamp set.  I was surprised when I realized that this is the only stamp I have that says anything about spring.  Maybe that means I need to get more stamp sets??

I hope I’ve inspired you to try the FUSION challenge, which is usually weekly but is a two week challenge this time to allow for Easter.

Have a Peachy Day!