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The Wilderness Awaits

Hi Stampers,

It seems like masculine cards are a little more difficult to create.  The stamp set The Wilderness Awaits makes it very easy.  I chose Marina Mist as the base color for this card followed by DSP from the Cherry On Top stack.  I used the retiring Oval framelits and  Chocolate Chip CS to surround the image stamped on Whisper White CS.   The fox was stamped with Archival Black ink and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  After coloring the image I used cotton stumps and Gamsol (odorless turpentine) to blend the colors.  I miss using both my Prismacolors and Water Color pencils.  It is the one element I wish Stampin’ Up! carried.  I used daubers to create the sunset and grassy area .  I used Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Cajun Craze for the skyline and Old Olive for the grass.  After adhering the image to the base card I added a scrap strip of the same DSP as the background.   Take a peek.  I’m anxious to hear what you think.





Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Picture Perfect

Hi Stampers,

This is my first attempt with the Picture Perfect stamp set.  The hummingbird actually is a four step stamp and the flower is a three step stamp.  The leaf is also a three step stamp but I used only two of the three steps.  Take a look and let me know what you’re thinking.



I have a very special couple that I am a Care Giver for.  They are celebrating their 59th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow so I made this for them.

The base card is Old Olive CS followed by Calypso Coral CS.  The image is stamped on Whisper White CS.  On the Hummingbird I used Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi and Always Artichoke.   I did stamp off the Always Artichoke one time lightly. The throat is Watermelon Wonder.  The flowers are Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Daffodil Delight.  Believe it or not I have a rose with those colors and it is one of my favorites.  I masked the flowers and then stamped the leaves with Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi inks.  The flourishes are from the Timeless Textures stamp set and are stamped with Pear Pizzazz.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Archival Black on Calypso Coral.  This stamp set takes practice but the end result is worth it.

Gotta run to work so just a quick thank you for stopping by.



Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Monochromatic Calypso Coral

Hi Everyone,

I hope your week end was restful and full of fun.  That would be stamping for me.  I found a discarded microwave cart at a neighbor’s moving sale.  There was really nothing wrong with it so I gave it a pretty coat of paint and my hubby put new casters on it and now I have a portable island in my craft studio.  That meant I had to reorganize the rest of the space.  I can’t believe how many times I have redone this.  I had soooo much space when I first moved into my studio.  I wonder where all the other things came from.  I know,… Stampin’ Up!   I have a lot of 3D items that I have created over the past three years so I am constantly finding new ways to display them.  So for today’s card I owe the inspiration to a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Billie Moan.  I tried a technique she featured.  It is monochromatic in that the card stock and ink used to color the image are the same color.  I chose Calypso Coral.  Take a peek.



The image was stamped with Archival Black ink and is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  I colored the petals with Calypso Coral ink leaving the turned petals without ink.  I chose not to color in the leaves.  The greeting is from one of the Paper Pumpkin past kits.  I used the Stampin Chalk Marker to add the white accents to the center of the flower.  I added a Calypso Coral bow to the side.  The Calypso Coral piece is adhered to Basic Gray CS and then to the Soft Suede base card.  This is definitely a fun technique I’ll be doing again.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate your time as always.



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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB







Balloon Celebration

Hi Stampers,

Happy Saturday.  Even though it’s still chilly the sun is shining and there are a variety of birds singing in our back yard.  I set my Oriole feeders out yesterday filled with grape jelly.  No action yet but hopefully soon.  You don’t want to miss them so it’s better to put out the feeder sooner than later.

Today’s card is actually the color combo I’ve been wanting to try for a week or two but just didn’t get the right things to come together.  This is the first time I used the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  Don’t you just hate clean stamps.  So take a look.




I started with So Saffron CS as the base followed by Rose Red and Blackberry Bliss.  The balloons are stamped in the same ink colors and adhered with dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Rose Red on A So Saffron banner.  Before I attached the balloons I stamped an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set with Pool Party ink for a background.  It just looked to bare without it.  I hope you enjoyed looking.

Have a blessed Sunday tomorrow.  I will see you back here on Monday.




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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Criss-cross Card

Hi Stampers,

This morning as I said yesterday I spent time with my twin grandchildren.  Yesterday they put their  “nu nas” aka nukes in the mailbox so they could be delivered to Santa at the North Pole for the babies.  Addy said she made the babies “very happy”.  These two crack me up.  There definitely is a twin connection between the two of them.  Easton asked for a banana.  I thought he would eat only half but he insisted he could eat the whole thing, and he did.  We played every adults favorite game, Candy Land.  I used to stack the deck when my kids left the room.  That game can go on forever.  Then we did puzzles and cleaned the toy room. Whew!

This afternoon I had a chance to try a different fold I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  Every once in a while I browse the tutorials to find something interesting.  This is not at all the combination I had in mind when I started but take a look and let me know what you think.





The base card is Rich Razzelberry.  You actually cut a 8 1/2  x  11 card stock at 4 1/4  x  11 and cut them on opposite diagonals then adhere them together.  I used patterned paper from the Birthday Bouquet DSP series for the outside diagonals.  The belly band is from the same series.  The greeting is stamped on a Whisper White insert backed by Mint Macaron.  Both the greeting and the flower are from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  I used Blushing Bride and stamped off Rich Razzelberry for the flower. The flower and leaf are fussy cut.  I hope you give this a try.  It really is very easy.

Thank you for your loyalty in stopping by. I truly appreciate you.



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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB