Golden Honey, Bermuda Bay, and Sunday Stamps

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge

I’ve recently discovered the Sunday Stamps Challenge, and have been enjoying playing with it. This week’s sketch provided an opportunity for me to use the Golden Honey Specialty DSP.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

Bermuda Bay and Golden Honey

For this challenge, I again chose to use the floral black and white DSP pattern. The first card I created used So Saffron for the accent color and you can see that card here. This DSP can be earned FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Yes, FREE!

This time, I chose to use Bermuda Bay for the coordinating color, which would create a much bolder statement than So Saffron. This color combination has always been beautiful, and the DSP just enhances that beauty. I tried coloring each of the flowers with the Bermuda Bay Blends combo, but it was not working out. Therefore, I used the Stamping Marker instead. I colored each flower on the DSP, the stamped ones for the focal circle, and the two stamped flowers on the front of the envelope.

The Brights DSP provided the color for the three banners. I thought the script pattern would be the most subtle pattern on the floral DSP. When I tried to dry-fit the banners, I decided that I needed to create an outline without adding more bulk. Therefore, I used my Basic Black Stamping marker to outline each of the banners. These outlines created just enough of a separation to make the banners stand out.

In addition, I needed the focal circle to stand out, so I outlined that as well. Again, it’s just a subtle way to make the Stitched Shapes circle stand out, as did the dimensionals that pop it up.

The challenge sketch had some twine on the right-hand side of the card. I’d already earned the Metallic Baker’s Twine FREE with my qualifying purchase. Yes, FREE! Happily, I use this Bermuda Bay twine with Bermuda Bay metallic thread. The metallic thread adds just a hint of bling, which is so pretty.

Putting It Together

My favorite adhesive, the TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, allowed me to cleanly attached the DSP to the black mat and to the Bermuda Bay card base. I also adhered the stamped and colored flowers using the TomBow.

The focal circle and the sentiment banner are popped up on dimensionals. I really like the depth these dimensionals create.

After I had everything in place, I thought I was done. I kept staring at the card trying to figure out why I thought something was missing. I left the card, and my blue (read: crafting) room for a few hours. When I came back to the card, I realized what I missed: pearls! There are four pearls in the cneter of the flowers. Since I needed to use an odd number of pearls, I decided to place one at the bottom of the sentiment banner.

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!


Sale-a-Bration and the Mini-Catalog are Here!

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Free as a Bird for Color Throwdown #599

Free as a Bird, Short and Sweet

This is my second card using this beautiful bundle consisting of the Free as a Bird stamp set and Stitched Nested Labels die set.  You can see the first card here.

I always enjoy the Color Throwdown challenges, and sometimes they really are a challenge.  After thinking about this one for a few days, all of a sudden it dawned on me what I would create.

Here’s the banner for CTD#599:

Here’s the card I created:

And here’s the inside:

When Inspiration Strikes

During one of the Pinterest browsing scrolling, a card I saw reminded me that I hadn’t used the double time technique lately.  One thought led to another, and that’s when the whole card came together in my mind.  

I used Very Vanilla/cream for the base, and the top label for the bird and the greeting.  

After cropping the labels to the sizes I wanted, I lined them up and stamped the single and double flowers from the Free as a Bird stamp set.   Then I carefully lined up the Calypso Coral layer on the Very Vanilla background and stamped another layer of the flowers.  I had to very carefully line all three layers together  to fill in the outlines for the stamps.  

I now had the Calypso Coral color I needed, and added the Night of Navy as the base, Very Vanilla/Cream was covered with the background and the label.  The only color I needed to incorporate was mustard.  In order to accomplish a mustard looking color, I used the Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight blends combos.  I also used the Crushed Curry Stamping Write marker on top of the blends.  The bird’s beak is Calypso Coral.  

I colored the flowers by laying all the layers flat and used the Calypso Coral blends combo to color them.  I used the Calypso Coral Stamping Write marker to add details to the center of the flowers.

Finishing Touches

Dimensionals pop up each layer of the labels, which I carefully realigned before adhering the layers together.

I really felt that something was needed to tie all the elements together.  Therefore, I used my Night of Navy dark blend to color three of the largest Pearl Basic Jewels.  Turns out that I am really, really pleased with the pop of Night of Navy jewels on the Very Vanilla background.   I now had some weight with the colored flowers, and the added weight with the Night of Navy jewels.  Those two elements dictated the general area where I needed to place the Calypso Coral pearl in order to create a triangle of the three elements, which is very pleasing to the eye.

As always, I finished with the envelope.  I used a piece of the coordinating DSP for the envelope flap.  Finally, I stamped and colored another bird on the bottom, right corner on the front of the envelope.  

Ta-Da!  Success

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

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

Night of Navy cardstock, item #  100867

Very Vanilla cardstock, item # 101650

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

Calypso Coral blends combo, item # 144045

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Daffodil Delight blends combo, item # 144603

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 149607

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.