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How To: Card Fold with Rooted in Nature stamps

I'm sharing a card I made for my upcoming, Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise swap. Stampin' Up! hosts a swap between all of the demonstrators that earned the trip and they swap them for us.

I'm excited to be cruising with some of my favorite people from my association with Stampin' Up over these past 20 years. Its always so fun to see my friends that I don't get to see that often.

Anyway.. I designed a card made with the Rooted in Nature stamp set and dies. It has a unique little fold in the middle that opens up to insert a greeting.


I used as the card base, one piece of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" crumb cake cardstock. The designer paper is from the Natures Poem designer paper pack. This is one of the papers that is on special this month for the Buy 3 get one Free promotion. I cut these two pieces 1 x 4" and attached them to the top and bottom of the card.


The middle fold is a piece of shaded spruce cardstock cut at 8 x 3" and folded in half. Then attached to the middle of the card. I cut a piece of crumb cake and a piece of whisper white for the outside and inside of the fold at 3 3/4 x 2 3/4".

The tree was die-cut with the coordinating Natures Roots framelits. I inked the tree in mint macaron and wiped the ink off of the trunk with a paper towel and inked it with a crumb cake marker before I stamped it on whisper white cardstock.


A peek at the inside.

The verse was stamped in shaded spruce ink and I hand cut it apart and attached it in pieces.

I then added two mint macaron Faceted Dots to the bottom left corner to pull it all together.


I hope whoever receives my swap, likes it and is still suprised! lol.

You should give this easy fold a try. Its so simple and quite unique. The Rooted in Nature set works great with this layout and is perfect for a manly card too!

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Rooted in Nature- I almost forgot!

This is a card that we made during my trip to Las Vegas for the Stampin Up On Stage convention event.

How did I forget to post this? Its one of my favorite cards made with the Rooted in Nature bundle.


I love all the layers, the layout and the embellishments on this greeting card. The Natures Poem designer series paper looks amazing in the two patterns that were used here. By the way- beginning July 1st thru July 31st, there is a Designer Paper Promotion- buy 3 get one free! Be sure to stock up on your favorites this month.


The Leave Trinkets and the Natures Twine give this a wonderfully rustic look. Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron leaves are cut with the coordinating Natures Roots framelits. All situated on a lovely soft suede card base and stamped with something "wonderful".

Thanks so much for checking in today.

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Stampin Up Rooted in Nature bundle

This is one of the best stamp set bundles in the entire catalog, in my opinion. The Rooted in Nature bundle is absolutely beautiful and can be used to create cards for any occasion at all. Its also perfect for creating cards for the special men in your life.

We created this monochromatic card at my team meeting earlier this month. Soft suede is the perfect color for this greeting card, because it lends itself to the colors of nature.

The card is the basic 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card. The tree and leave cardstock pieces are 3 x 2 and 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 respectively.


The designer series paper is the new Natures Poem that coordinates perfectly with this suite. You'll notice that I embossed the leaves on this card. I did that with the framelits from the Natures Roots coordinating dies. I used the new Big Shot Embossing mats to create this look.


I had to use the beautiful Leaves Trinkets that are part of this suite because they are shiny and add the perfect accent to this greeting card. I attached the leaf with a glue dot. The Natures Twine looks so rustic rolled up under the 1" circle punch. Both were attached with dimensionals.


This set is a classic and was actually designed to coordinate with the ever popular Lovely As A Tree samp set that has been in the catalog for as long as I've been a demonstrator. Thats over 20 years!

Hope you loved this soft suede monochromatic beauty.

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Here's to our Dads and Grads! Its that time of year again...

So, as you know, I've been stamping with the Layering Alphabet a lot, lately. I have to admit, I'm totally and completely ADDICTED to it! Once I get it out, I keep thinking of more ideas and simply can't put it down.

I did a demonstration with this set at my last team meeting. The girls were fascinated with this alphabet set. Of course, there is nothing out there quite like it, thats for sure.

I thought it was the perfect set to celebrate dads and grads this month. I love how I can customize any card with the colors and words that I want.


For this card, I used the colors, balmy blue, pacific point and blueberry bushel. I cut the 3 pieces into 3 1/2" squares and then cut the letters out of the squares. The greeting is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and a strip of designer paper from the new In Color paper pack.


I also used the negative cut out pieces from those same 3 1/2" squares to make this card.


I added some black Faceted Dots and 1/2" strips of Garden Impressions designer paper to frame the word "dad".


I made this "grad" card with my kids highschool colors, which are also my daughters college colors- she went to the University of Pittsburgh.


Once again, I incorporated the In Color designer paper to spell out "grad". Blueberry Bushel and Pineapple Punch are the new In Colors used on this card. The greeting, "congrats"  is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.


Again, I used the leftover pieces to form a second card. Two for one! These are what the cards originally looked like. The one below is the leftover pieces (negatives)


But, I decided to gussy them up a little. For the first card, I stamped the outline of the letters, over top of the cut outs, in blueberry bushel ink. I added balloons that I punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch.



Here's the second one.. the negative pieces and gussied up as well.



I drew the strings for the balloons with the blueberry bushel Stampin Write marker and the greeting is also from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


Well, I'm all prepared to celebrate our dads and grads this weekend. How about you?

I've got more Layering Alphabet cards to share, so stop back soon!

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Here's a video from Stampin' Up, showing how to use the Lined Alphabet and Layering Alphabet dies.

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Stampin Up Peaceful Reflection stamp set

This photo of this set in the new Stampin Up catalog, doesn't do it much justice. Its really a sweet and lovely set. I won this set at the Stampin Up On Stage Convention and wasn't sure about it (because of the photo in the catalog) but once I inked it up, it really came to life!

I don't normally use this color combination. I'm not really a fan of green/orange together, but I stepped out of my box and just went with it!


I used granny apple green (which I LOVE) poppy parade, grapefruit grove, pineapple punch and mossy meadow inks. I know, so crazy.... Oh and balmy blue for the water.


The designer paper is from the new In Color paper pack and I also used whisper white, mossy meadow and granny apple green cardstocks. Can you see the grapefruit grove faceted dot on the dragonfly?


The sentiment is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings set. This set took the place of the retired Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. I love all the great sentiments in this set.


I tucked a small piece of the grapefruit grove ribbon under the main image to pull some of the orange from the dragonfly.


The card looks even prettier when multiplied! I think its pretty pleasing to the eye, afterall. Maybe oranges and greens really do go together better than I thought!

Oh, one more thing about this lovely stamp set that is pretty cool. Its a "reflection" stamp set. What that means is that if you flip the photopolymer stamp face down on your acrylic block, it then becomes a reflection of the main image on the stamp.

Here's an example:


How cool does that reflection look in the water? I simply flipped the stamp over on the block and stamped it upside down under the main image.


The underneath of the stamp is flat with no detailed lines, so it gives a solid "reflection" of the image.

Here's another "reflection" card...


Now we know why its called "Peaceful Reflection!"

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Sailing away with Stampin Up's Lilypad Lake bundle

Summertime is finally here and I'm excited to be stamping with some brand new summery stamp sets.

The set that I used today is called Lilypad Lake. Its such a calming and peaceful stamp set, especially those tiny sailboats and soothing ripples of water.


For this card I used whisper white, balmy blue, so saffron and coastal cabana cardstocks. I colored the sailboats with the same color Stampin Write Markers.


You can see by this close up that I splattered some ink onto the background. I did this by dipping an aquapainter into some coastal cabana re-inker and tapping it above my cardstock to get the cool splatters.


I love that there is a "Lakeside" coordinating framelit set to cut out the sun, waves and sailboats. It makes creating a breeze! I finished it off with a lemon lime twist ombre ribbon and a touch of white bakers twine.


The sentiment is perfect for someone who is not feeling well or going through a difficult time in their lives.

I hope you liked todays Lilypad Lake greeting card.

Until the next time...

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