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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Sneak Peek- Tropical Chic

Here's a sneak peek at one of the sets we will be using at my Card Class next week. The stamp set is called Tropical Chic and has coordinating thinlets dies that can be purchased as a bundle for a 10% discount. We will be making a card very similar to this one.

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I adore this tropical, breezy and beautiful stamp set. I used blushing bride, flirty flamingo and soft seafoam inks, as well as soft seafoam cardstock.

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There is a 3x3 square of the coordinating, Tropical Escape designer paper behind the leaf cut-out, which was also cut at 3x3 before die cutting. This is a very subtle pattern, however, the designer paper has so many gorgeous tropical images, that you'll love every one of them!

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I inked the flower with blushing bride ink and used a sponge dauber dipped in flirty flamingo to dab the middle of the flower, before I stamped it.

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I added a sequin to the flower using liquid multi-purpose glue. I pick up my sequins with a toothpick, dot the glue on the card and drop the sequin unto the glue.

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I like to stamp the inside as well- this leaf looks so pretty stamped in the same soft seafoam color as the cardstock.

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The twine is the new Silver and Petal Pink bakers twine. It matches this card perfectly. I used a strip of tear tape to hold the twine in place on the card.

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The soft colors and flowy nature of this card almost make me feel like I'm enjoying an tropical breeze right here in Pennsylvania!

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The more, the merrier!

I hope you'll check out this bundle, below- its definitely a favorite of mine and I know you'll love it too!

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Peaceful Reflection in Pink

I have another Peaceful Reflection card to share with you today. This is the stamp set that can be used to make a reflection in the water, by flipping the actual photopolymer stamp over on the block and stamping with it.

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I used petal pink, and shaded spruce cardstock as well as lemon lime twist, petal pink, shaded spruce, lovely lipstick an balmy blue inks. For the splatter, I dipped an aqua painter in a puddle of lemon lime twist ink, and flicked it over the cardstock.

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As I mentioned, I did the reflection with the same stamps that I stamped the green plants in, only I flipped them over on the acrylic block to the flat side of the stamp. I did stamp off first with the balmy blue ink, before stamping the reflection. ( stamping off: ink stamp, then stamp on scratch paper right before stamping on the card for a softer color)

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For the layered background, I attached a 5 1/4 x 4" piece of petal pink at an angle to the front of the card.

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Then, I turned the card over trimmed off the over-hang pieces.

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I scattered a few of the Share What You Love pearls around the card and added a greeting on an oval Stitched Shape framelit.

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I love pinks and greens and was surprised how well the various shades meshed together so well on this card.

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Its effortless to make reflections with this super cool stamp set. I hope you decide to give it a try.

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Stampin Up Graceful Glass Beauty

Stampin Up has introduced a new kind of vellum. Its vellum with a variety of images embossed in black onto each sheet. It is called Graceful Glass designer vellum and it is awesome!

This vellum coordinates with the new Painted Glass stamp set and framelits bundle. If you love to color, this is the perfect vellum for you. If you don't love to color- this is also great for you, because it is so easy to color because of the embossed lines. It makes it simple to stay "in the lines" with little effort.

Here I colored the stained glass window vellum with Stampin Blends alcohol markers. The markers dry nicely on the vellum. I layered a piece of whisper white cardstock behind the vellum to give the effect of light coming through the glass.

Did you know that our Liquid Multi- Purpose glue will not show through vellum? Its perfect for attaching vellum to any cardstock.

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The Stampin Blends that I used are rich razzleberry, old olive, daffodil delight, night of navy and calypso coral. It really was so easy to color in. The black embossed images made it easy to stay in the lines. In this picture, if you look close you can see the embossed black lines.

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Here's another close up.

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I layered soft seafoam and basic black as the card base. I think it highlights the stained glass's soft glow.

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The Graceful Glass vellum has many beautiful patterns. Here's another one I did with a row of birds on a wire.

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I used the same colors here, in addition to the pool party Stampin Blends. I also layered whisper white behind the vellum here as well.

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I added a bermuda bay striped ribbon around the front of the card.

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The Graceful Glass vellum is so elegant and such a lovely stained glass look. The greetings on both cards are from the Itty Bitty Greeting stamp set. Its perfect for a small sentiment on these cards. However, the coordinating Painted Glass stamp set also works wonderfully as well.

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There are so many beautiful designs and images in the Graceful Glass vellum pack, these are just two of them.

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I hope you give this vellum a try. Its gloriously beautiful and fun to color, for sure.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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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:

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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.

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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...

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Now we know why its called "Peaceful Reflection!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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