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Desert Details Suite – Great Graphics

Look on pages 42, 43 and 44 in the Mini Catalog for the DELICATE DESERT SUITE COLLECTION.  The suite includes the bundle, gold sequins, brushed metallic DSP in two colors and the Delicate Desert 12" x 12" DSP.  In addition, it includes Pale Papaya Faux Velvet Trim (ribbon) ~ so pretty!  The feel of the suite is definitely Southwest and not something that would normally catch my attention.  Also, I think that all the samples I have seen on Pinterest have been created by relatively advanced stampers.  What do you think?  The following is from fellow demonstrator, Robin Messenheimer.

"The first thing that I wanted to do was to see how the two stamps that create strips of southwestern designs worked on a card with the die that cuts a similar design. After that, I’d see where that design took me.

Desert Details Card 1

Stamping Mirror Image Strips Top and Bottom

If you look at the background layer of this card, you can see that I stamped one of the strips using Pale Papaya Ink and one of them using Cajun Craze. Once those strips were down, I had to decide where the die-cut strips was going and what color it was going to be. Picking one of the colors from the Delicate Desert Suite of products, I chose Soft Succulent, and placed it next to the Papaya-colored strip.

Here’s a fun tip for creating a design like this where you want a stamped design on the top of a layer to be a mirror image of the design on the bottom (or even on the left and right). Use the Stamparatus! Arrange the cardstock in the middle of the magnetic base of the Stamparatus, noting carefully where the top of the cardstock lies. Arrange your stamp to end up where you want it on the top and stamp. Then turn your card so that the bottom is lying where the top was before. And stamp again. You can do this with as many strips as you’d like.

Finishing the Card

Once I had the stamped layer finished, I looked at the rest of the Delicate Desert Suite and chose one of the frame dies to create a layer. The monochrome Cajun Craze print from the Delicate Desert Designer Paper was perfect for this. Before I adhered it to the card front, I added a piece of the Pale Papaya Faux Velvet Trim to be behind it. I chose the Sunshine stamp for the sentiment and then added some of the desert flowers from the stamp set which I die-cut with the coordinating dies. For the final touch, I added three of the Gold Faceted Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

Desert Details Card2

One Card’s Scraps Led to Another Card

When I was picking up after this project, I wondered what to do with the piece of Cajun Craze paper that had the hole in it from die-cutting the frame layer. Still curious about how some of the pieces in the die set were going to work, I started on another card. The first thing was to use the larger frame die to cut around the hole that the first frame left – and I had another frame. And then I went after the other dies. I was curious if the die with the Southwest style graphic would create pieces that fit together as in a jigsaw puzzle. It does! I decided I wanted some metallic accents to create this “puzzle.” While the Dry Brushed Metallic paper in the suite was OK, I chose to use two of the prints from the Texture Chic paper that’s in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I love the gold accents. I created my puzzle on a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. Once I was finished, I cut it down to fit behind the frame.

When I was about to adhere the framed piece to the Soft Succulent and Cajun Craze prints that I’d glued together, I realized I hadn’t tried out the little accent die that just cuts a design in a piece of paper. So off I went to cut it into the upper left and lower right of the glue-together sheets. I worked!

To finish the card, I added a notched piece of the Pale Papaya trim and a sentiment from the Go To Greetings Stamp Set. The last touch was three of the Gold Faceted Sequins.  I really had a lot of fun with this suite of products, and hope that you do, too! Here are the products that I used for these projects:

· Delicate Desert Suite (160537)

· Desert Details Bundle (160532)

o Desert Details Stamp Set (160523)

o Desert Details Dies (160531)

· Gold Faceted Adhesive-Backed Sequins (160536)

· Pale Papaya ½” Faux Velvet Trim (160535

· Delicate Desert 12” x 12” Designer Series Paper (160521)

· Texture Chic 12” x 12” Specialty Designer Series Paper (158808)

· Go To Greetings Stamp Set (158763)"


Do you know....

Do you know someone who loves to golf and would enjoy a day of being pampered AND hitting golf balls all day???  This is an upcoming fund raiser for the new Children's Pavilion at CHKD in Norfolk.  I have more information about this event ~ let me know if you, or someone you know, might be interested.        100 holes in a single day = bragging rights for sure!

East Beach Circle's 100 Hole Golf Flyer - Golfers

Card Sketch ~ Seaside Bay

February Card Sketch

Seaside Bay Card


Out of ideas???  When you’re having that problem, reach for a sketch. Sketches are great for inspirational ideas. Get your supplies together and see what you come up with!

Here are the products used for this card ~ following the card sketch above.

Supplies ~

Seaside Bay Bundle ~ page 22 & 23 January Mini Catalog

Ink: Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Soft Suede

Cardstock with cutting dimensions:

Night of Navy 5 ½ X 8 ½ scored at 4 ¼, Balmy Blue 4 X 5 ¼, Basic White 4 X 5 ¼, 2 ¾ X 4, ¾ X 2 ¾, & scrap, By the Bay DSP 1 X 4, ¾ X 5 ¼.

Tools & Accessories:

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Blending Brushes, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Multi-Purpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals.


1. Prepare your base card and set aside.

2. Emboss the  Balmy Blue cardstock using the Seashells EF.  Adhere to card base.

3. On 2 ¾ X 4 Basic White start your blending of the sand using your Crumb Cake ink and Blending Brush. Then turn card around and create the sky using your Balmy Blue leaving room in the center for your water which will be created using your Pacific Point ink. Use the “sand” stamp and your Soft Suede Ink to create texture to the sand.

4. Stamp the bird on a scrap of Basic White using Soft Suede and run through the die cutting machine with the coordinating die.

5. Adhere your DSP to the right edge of the beach scene.

6. Adhere the above to your card front about an inch from the bottom.

7. Attach the bird using Dimensionals.

8. Stamp your sentiment on Basic White using Night of Navy ink. Using your Paper Snips cut a flag in one end. Add Dimensionals and attach to bottom of card below the image.

9. Attach the DSP strip to the right side of the Basic White and then adhere to the inside of your card with your personal message.


Favored Flowers DSP (Sale-A-Bration)!

Beautiful Thistle Bundle

Beautiful Thistle Bundle

The Beautiful Thistle bundle in the January – April Mini Catalog (page 60) features a great selection of stamps and dies that enable you to create a varied selection of thistles. There are dies to cut out the stamped images and detailed dies to build up thistles from the different pieces.

The stamped images are beautiful line drawings that enable you to color them in a variety of different ways. So whether water coloring, markers or even pastels are your favorite coloring medium of the moment, you will love these stamps.

Card Sketch - Beautiful Thistle (2)

Card Sketch for Beautiful Thistle Card

The project that I am showing today has been created from a card sketch. Sketches are always a great starting point for your creativity. You don’t have to stick rigidly to the layout, you can always change the shapes and orientations on a sketch if that works better for you.

Favored Flowers DSP with Beautiful Thistle Bundle

 Favored Flowers DSP with Beautiful Thistle Bundle

This card needed some Designer Series Paper. This Favored Flowers pack is one of the Level 1 Sale-a-Bration choices until the end of February. As well as the beautiful floral designs, there are also some generic colored prints in this pack, including Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia patterns which are perfect for this project.

Beautiful Thistle Front

Beautiful Thistle - Front

This card features a Fresh Freesia card base with a Blackberry Bliss DSP mat on top. The larger square is a piece of Fresh Freesia Designer Series paper. The large Thistle has been stamped onto a square of basic white. It has been colored with Old Olive and Fresh Freesia Blends. A Blackberry Bliss Blend has been used to add some highlights to the thistle at the bottom of the petals and at the base of the thistle where it meets the leaves.

The texture image stamp has been stamped around the edge of the basic white in Fresh Freesia ink. A bow of white twine is stuck to the thistle with a glue dot.

The sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. 'Thinking of You' is such a useful sentiment, whether someone is having a rough time, or you want to send a “just because” card.  Stamp the thistle inside the card and on the envelope to complete your presentation.  Enjoy!

Beautiful Thistle Inside

Loveliest Layers Masks

You can find these MASKS on page 62 and 63 in the January Mini Catalog.  AND, they are also part of the second half of SALE-A-BRATION so you can get them for FREE with a purchase of $50.  Masks are so easy to use with the BLENDING BRUSHES!  You can find the original Blending Brushes in the annual catalog (page 129) and the new, and smaller, ones on page 67 in the mini catalog.  I used the brushes on both of these cards.  Let me know if you have questions or if you are interested in getting the masks ~ for FREE ~ we have one more week of SAB!!