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Inside the Lines Meets the Botanical Builders Framelits

Last spring, the occasions catalog had the most wonderful framelits that paired with the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  The Botanical Builders Framelits are just fantastic. I'm so glad they carried over into the 2016-2017 annual catalog.  With all the new products available to use, my  botanical framelits have been a little ignored.  Now that's a shame.  They are a perfect match to go along with the Sale-a-Bration FREE item Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  Here is my card for today.

Inside the Lines DSP and Botanical Builder Die

I ended up covering the card base with the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  I was going to have a plain white border, but it did look plain.  I thought this looked much better.

  • Use Whisper White Thick card stock.  It's cut 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.  Cover the entire front with a piece of the Inside the Lines paper.  This is cut 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  If you use glue instead of tape, you get a little more give to the paper and can move it some if needed.  I'm speaking from experience here.
  • The Cherry Cobber card stock is cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  The next layer of Inside the Lines is cut 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I did use the same print, but you really would not have to do that.  I just thought about that, interesting?
  • The Botanical Builder Framelits were used to cut the parts of the flower.  The leaves are in Old Olive and the flower is in Cherry Cobbler.  Both are sponged. The center is Daffodil Delight.  Cut two.  I folded them in half and ruffled them up a little and placed them with a glue dot to make a whole circle.
  • I got the Hello from the Hello You Thinlits.  Cut from Cherry Cobbler.  Now, if you are smart, you can cut the word and the flower from the base of Cherry Cobbler before you adhere the patterned paper.  I did not do that, but I could have with a little more thought.  You can benefit from my experience!
  • The greeting on the front comes from the stamp set Birthday Blooms.  Stamp in Versamark on Basic Black card stock.  Use white bossing powder to cover the ink. Use your heat tool to melt the powder.  I ended up cutting the words apart.  I just liked it that way.

Hello inside 4

Here's the inside of my card.  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Avant-Garden.  The Inside the Lines paper measures 1 1/2 x 4 1/4.  There's a 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of Basic Black card stock attached before it's attached to the card.

Inside the Lines and Botanical Builders

I apologize to you Botanical Builders.  I have ignored you and you have proved that you have your place.  I think the problem is that Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful products.  We can't possibly give them all the attention they deserve.  That's why we are so lucky that there are so many great blogs to see.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I so appreciate it.  I love sharing with you!  My product list follows.  


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So Detailed Thinlits Squared

If you are like me, the So Detailed Thinlits on page 52 caught your eye the first time you flipped through the Occasions catalog.  They are so pretty.  I can envision them on a quilt spread out on my king size bed.  With that thought in mind, here is the card.

So Detailed Thinlits

  • The card base is Calypso Coral 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • Start by cutting the largest thinlit in Tip Top Taupe.  Glue it down on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Very Vanilla.  
  • Using the smallest square from the  Stitched Shapes Framelits, cut it out in 4 rows of three.  Your paper will look like this when done.  Keep the squares in order so you'll know how to place them on the card base.

Detailed cut piece

  • Place the pieces along the bottom and up the middle to get your spacing.  Get those glued and then do the rest.
  • Wrap Linen Thread around the card three times and tie it.  The bow is made according to a video by Billie Moan.  You can see it here.  Attach the bow with a glue dot.
  • The Calypso Coral banner measures 7/8 x 3 1/2.  Stamp in coral with the flower from So In Love.  Notch at the end.
  • The vanilla banner is 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Stamp the greeting in coral.  It's from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  Notch the ends of this also.
  • Finish off the project with pearls.

Detailed close up

The inside of the card has another square with the So Detailed thinlits in vanilla in a Calypso Coral frame.  The sentiment is repeated three times in Tip Top Taupe and Calypso Coral.

Detailed inside

I do love how this card turned out.  The So in Love bundle includes the So Detailed Thinlits and the So in Love stamp set.  You can get it for 10% off if you buy it as a bundle.  Add in the Linen Thread and you'll qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!

So Detailed Birthday

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Just in case you haven't noticed, I love stamping and sharing!  It's my happy place!

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Just a Little Paper Pumpkin Variation

I made about half of my January Paper Pumpkin Adoring Arrows treats just as the directions say as a gift to my customers at class last week.  Then I needed a few Valentine cards to send to friends.  This is the card I made using the Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes.  I love the note cards.  They are such a great value!

Paper pumpkin note card

  • Start by stamping the background of the note card.  I used Blushing Bride. I thought it matched the vellum piece a little better.  Stamp the open heart across in rows.  Add some of the heart clusters around, too.
  • Cut a large section of the box on the score lines.  It turns out to be about 2 x 3 3/8.  Cut a piece of Blushing Bride card stock just a little bigger  at 2 1/8 x 3 1/2.  Your measurements could vary a little from mine.  Glue the gold heart piece to the pink piece.
  • Cut the striped vellum piece in half lengthwise.  Attach a piece to each side of the rectangle.
  • The heart is cut from Blushing Bride and the word love from Gold Foil Sheets both using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.
  • There are three gold hearts.  One is the heart sticker for closing the bags and the other two are hearts for the arrow that have been cut apart.

Paper pumpkin group note cards

Some of these will go to friends and also some as thank you cards!

Paper pumpkin 3 x 3

This is a 3 x 3 card I made for a gift enclosure.  Stampin' Up! no longer has the envelopes for this size card.  I did buy a bunch of packs when they were on clearance.  Of course you can use the Envelope Punch Board to make your own envelopes.

The pot is one of the box flaps from the bottom of the box.  I sponged it Calypso Coral.  Add a little strip of the vellum on the bottom of the card and place the pot on top.  The greenery of from the Oh So Succulent set in Wild Wasabi.  I used the Confetti Hearts Border punch to cut over the left over gold sheet once the hearts were gone.  I was able to get enough complete hearts to add to the pot. The sentiment is part of the stamp set that comes with the Paper Pumpkin.

Paper pumpkin 3 x 3 group

I did come up with another card using one of the longer flaps as a planter.

Paper pumpkin alternative

I'm not so sure if I like this one.  I don't think I needed to add the heart cluster to the flowers.  It was a case of not knowing when to stop.

Did you know that you would qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item just by ordering a three month subscription to Paper Pumpkin?  And it's on sale.


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You Need Avant-Garden!

Sale-a-Bration is here!  You can get a free item for every $50 you spend from any catalog!  Just look at all the choices in the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Don't have one? Contact me!  Today, I'm using the stamp set Avant-Garden.  This is a pretty set for the flower lover.  That's me!  Here is my card.

Avant-Garden in eggplant

  • Start with a card base of Elegant Eggplant measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Using the Stitched Shape Framelits cut the largest oval from the center of the white layer.  This may seem strange, but it's a great way to save paper.  
  • Cut a scalloped oval from Elegant Eggplant that will fit behind the white oval using the Layering Ovals Framelits.
  • Using the stamp from Avant-Garden that is meant for the center of the flower, stamp to make a background on the white layer.  Pay no attention to the big hole in the middle.  Adhere to the card base.
  • Using the Regals Stampin' Write Markers, Garden Green and Elegant Eggplant, color in flower stamp for the center of the oval.  Use direct marker to stamp. Use the side of the marker tip and not the point, please.
  • Adhere the white oval to the eggplant scallop oval.  Using dimensionals, adhere the oval to the center of the white layer over the hole.  The extra scallop will completely cover up that there is a hole back there!

Avant garden 4

  • The banner is stamped from the Badges & Banners stamp set. Use Elegant Eggplant ink onto Whisper White.  Punch out with the Duet Duo punch.  I used dimensionals on this too.  If you are concerned with be able to mail this card, you might want to just glue it on.  
  • Add a bow using the Solid Elegant Eggplant Baker's Twine.


The inside of this card uses a set from the Occasions catalog called Big on Birthdays. These stamps are big!  Did you know that you can put both of these stamps on one block to stamp?  Oh, yes.


The Avant-Garden stamp set does have a great birthday greeting in it if you are trying to keep the supplies down.  This card is a simple one to make.  Thanks for your visit to my blog.

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Beautiful Balloon?

I think it all started when I saw on Pinterest that someone had made a card using the Up & Away Thinlit Dies, but not as balloons.  They had made a beautiful perfume bottle.  I bet you can find it on Pinterest.  Don't you just love it when there is a new and different way to use something you already have.  That's when the idea popped into my head to use the balloon as a skirt on the Beautiful You lady.  Here's my card.

Beautiful You Up & Away

I love how it turned out.  Simple, really.

  • Start with a card base of Basic Black 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • Use the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper for this card.  The piece with gold is 1 inch x 5 1/4.  Cut a thin, 1/4 inch, piece of the Melon Mambo diagonal stripe 5 1/4 in length.  The Whisper White piece is 3 1/8 x 5 1/4.
  • Stamp the lady from Beautiful You on the white piece with Basic Black Archival ink.  Allow to dry a little.  Also stamp on the Melon Mambo dotted paper to get the upper part of the dress and the hat.  Cut these out and glue them in place on the lady.  This is called paper piecing.
  • Use the Watercolor Pencils, Early Espresso, and color lightly the skin.  Use a Blender Pen to blend.
  • Cut the largest balloon from Melon Mambo card stock.  Trim for the waist of the skirt as needed.  I did have to make it a little thinner to fit the waist of the lady. Cut the bottom (top of the balloon) where you would like it.  Simply cut the pieces from the framelits to fit behind the skirt and glue them on from the back.  This reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara and her hoops under her dress.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the balloon piece to the dots.  I did put a really thin piece of white at the top of the skirt just to give a little definition.

Balloon girl skirt

  • Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink.

For the inside of the card  add the birthday greeting from Beautiful You.  Stamp an extra hat on the mambo dotted paper and cut it out.  Glue in place.

Balloon girl inside

Didn't it all turn out pretty?  Thanks for coming to my blog today.  You can find the Beautiful You stamp set and the Up & Away Thinlit Dies in the Occasions catalog. Remember that you can get a free Sale-a-Bration item with every $50 you spend between now and March 31, 2107.  My product list follows.

Beautiful You and Up & Away

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