Stampin’ Up! Cottage Greetings In the Meadow Silhouette and…Blog Candy!

Happy Hawmp Day, y’all!  Days are just flying by – one short week from today, Amy Koenders and I will be winging our way West to attend OnStage Live in Salt Lake!  Where we’re going to get to see the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!  Yikes – can you believe it’s that time already?!?  That, of course, means it’s almost time to say good-bye to the current catalog and the 2016 Occasions Catalog – the retiring list will be released on 18 April (right after OnStage).  So, you’ll want to be thinking about getting stocked up!

Well, today was productive.  I updated my Inventory Spreadsheet, alphabetized my stamp sets, and got a new Office Chair!  Yeah!  It actually has padded parts – and it swivels.  And will roll – once I get one of those plastic mat things you put over the carpet.  Makes a huge difference over that wooden kitchen chair I’ve been sitting in.  It’s the little things, isn’t it?

So, the card I have to share with you today is a quick and easy, Clean and Simple birthday card, using one of my favorite Occasions stamp sets – In the Meadow.  And one of the pretty sentiments from Cottage Greetings.  Take a look-see:

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My color scheme comes from the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #42:

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To start with, I cut two pieces of Whisper White card stock to the same size (4″ x 5 1/4″).  On one, I used my Squares Collection Framelits to cut a square in the center of the panel.  Then, I stuck the framelit back in the hole I’d just cut – but I moved it towards the top of the panel a little – so that it would enlarge the hole and make it a rectangle.

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I used some Sticky Note tape to secure my uncut Whisper White panel to my work surface so it wouldn’t wiggle around and laid the cut panel right over the top, also securing it with the tape.

Starting with Pool Party ink, I used a Sponge Dauber to carefully sponge about a third of the way up my “window”.  Then I switched to Bermuda Bay for the center section.  Finally, I sponged Night of Navy up to the top of the window.  For each color, I just kept adding ink until I was satisfied with the depth of the color – and I made sure to just lightly blend the boundaries between the colors.

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I pulled off the mask and spent a few minutes enjoying the fact that somehow I hadn’t gotten ink all over the pristine white expanse of the rest of the panel!

I used a couple of images from In the Meadow to add the silhouettes.  Basic Black Archival Ink yields really dark black – so that was my pick.  I inked up the grasses image and stamped it partly on and partly off the colored rectangle.  And then I did the same with the cute little flying bugs.  Since these are Clear stamps – I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig on both stamps to be sure I got them right where I wanted them!

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And then I spent a little more time staring at the card.  I pulled out some Black Satin Ribbon.  Considered Linen Thread.  Flipped thru my embellishments.  And decided not to add even one more thing.

It wasn’t easy – but I did it! 🙂

I SNAILd the perfectly-simple-and-unadorned panel to a Bermuda Bay mat and headed for the inside!

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The inside is another panel of Whisper White matted on Bermuda Bay card stock.  I stamped the birthday sentiment from Cottage Greetings in Bermuda Bay – using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get it lined up just right.

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And used that handy Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to add the little In the Meadow bugs right over the top of the sentiment!  I SNAILd the panel into my Basic Black card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done! 🙂

The Whisper White Medium Envelope got another of the In the Meadow grass and little flying bugs images, in Basic Black Archival Ink…

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…and added a simple Bermuda Bay striped design from the Brights DSP Stack on the inside, cutting it with my Envelope Liner Framelit.

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Et Voila!  Super simple, super pretty.  And super super versatile, yes?  Change the inside sentiment to anything you need and you’re good to go!

So – in honor of it being one-week-to-OnStage….and just a little over that to the retiring list coming out….let’s do a little Blog Candy, shall we?? 🙂

Here we go.  Up for grabs this time around is….

5 Apr 16 Blog Candy
That’s the Flowering Fields stamp set (in wood), the Wildflower Fields DSP – in a 6″ x 6″ stack, a spool of Whisper White Satin Ribbon, and a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Pad.  The wrapper is off the ink pad – but it’s never been used.

How to win?  Well, leave a comment on THIS post before 8pm eastern time this Sunday (10 Apr) and tell me which of the 2014-2016 In Colors you’re going to miss the most!

I’ve got comment moderation turned on, so it may take me a few minutes to see and approve your comment. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away, it’ll be there just as soon as I see it. 🙂

One lucky winner will be chosen by the random number generator from all of the comments received and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, 11 April!

Please note, anyone is welcome to leave me a comment but per the Demonstrator rules from Stampin’ Up!, I’m only able to ship Stampin’ Up! merchandise to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding. Good luck!! 🙂

See you tomorrow.



Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.


The time is growing near when we’ll say good-bye to the 2016 Occasions catalog and the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!  The announcement of the Official Retiring Product list will be made on 18 Apr.  That’s when those In Color products we’ve loved for the last two years will start to leap off the shelves – so be sure to stock up now!

About two weeks later – in the first week of May – I’ll be sending new 2016-2017 Annual Catalogs to those folks who’ve ordered $50 or more from me in the past 12 months.  

If you haven’t ordered from me – there’s still time!  Just click on my Online Store icon over there to the right side of your screen and get shopping!  Just be sure to check “Yes” at the screen that asks you if your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (that would be me!) can contact you!  I promise I won’t bug you – but if you don’t select that, I can’t see anything about you – so…I can’t send you your ordering gift, sign you up for my Rewards Program or send you a catalog!  Nuthin’!


Weekly Deals Two Weeks Left

Remember – after 18 April, Stampin’ Up! will periodically issue Special Offers – with more products and more levels of savings!  This week and next will be the last of the traditional Weekly Deals.

WEEKLY DEALS FOR 5 Apr – 11 Apr 16!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 11 Apr!



Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front – also used same size to cut mask out – and inner liner)

Bermuda Bay Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front and inner liner mats)

Brights DSP Stack (in Bermuda Bay): envelope liner



Don’t forget to stock up on these 2014-2016 In Color Supplies – once they’re announced as retiring (coming up in the not-too-distant future!) these are the things that fly off the shelves like Krispy Kreme Donuts when the “HOT” Sign is lit up!

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Stampin’ Up! has started a new way to let you all know when items are Backordered or in Limited Supply.  When you place an order thru my Online Store, you’ll get a message telling you a status of the item.

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  1. Deborah Thomas

    So sad about In Colors retiring soon, I will miss Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon

    • Me, too, Deborah! I’m betting that’s a great color combo together – BB and LL! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness Mary, what a beautiful CAS card! Love, love, love this design. 🙂 So looking forward to hanging out with you at OnStage…see you in a week!

  3. Debra Anderson

    I am sad to lose the 2014-2016 in colors. It is hard to pick just one. Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss are such rich, versatile colors but the one I will miss the most is Mossy Meadow. It seems to be the perfect shade of green that compliments so many other colors. It is always a wonderful choice for masculine cards. Hopefully one (or all three) of these colors will be added later to our color families.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful Flowering Fields set.

    • Absolutely agree – Mossy Meadow is the one In Color I’ve had to buy a second pack of card stock for! I just love it. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and good luck! 🙂

  4. Elisha

    I love them all, but Blackberry Bliss is my favorite – it’s so rich and elegant:-). Thanks for the chance to win! Have a great time at convention!

  5. Carolanne Ladd

    Lost lagoon I’m going to miss the most! I love them all, thanks for my chance to win, love your blog, have a great time at the convention.

    • I haven’t used Lost Lagoon much – but kind of wish I had! 🙁 Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  6. JRGH

    I love love love your card. I am sad to lose all the 2014-2016 In Colors but the one I think I will miss the most will be Blackberry Bliss such a rich vibrate color. Hoping SU will bring them all back in color revamp whenever they do that again.

  7. Oh yes – it’s just gorgeous. I especially love it when paired with Mossy Meadow! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck! 🙂

  8. Karen ilsley

    Gorgeous card, the colors are perfect and I would not have thought to use the sprigs alone. Well done, Mary!

  9. Kristi Gray

    Wow Mary, love your card today. I think I just might try your technique today. LOVE everything about your card.
    Mossy meadow is my favorite color that I’m going to miss eith hello honey coming in a close second.

    • Thanks, Kristi! It’s really easy – I think I’m going to do another one with a different color scheme maybe! Mossy Meadow. Hands down the one I’ll miss the most!! 🙂

  10. Mom

    Surely like this pretty card…colr AND design. Let’s hear it for a good chair to work in!

  11. Pat Preszler

    I like the color blue. So of course Lost Lagoon will be missed and also the reason I checked out your card and your site after when I saw your card on SCS.

  12. Pat Preszler

    I like any blue colors. So when I saw your card on SCS, I thought I should check it out!. And also the reason I will miss Lost Lagoon

    • Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!! Lost Lagoon – that’s going to be the one that got away for me. I just haven’t used it enough and it’s so pretty! Thanks, Pat! 🙂

  13. Hip hip hooray! It’s so nice! Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  14. Karen L.

    My color is Mossy Meadow……..great green!! Great Card!! Just stunning……simple & clean…..very nice!! Thanks for the opportunity for some blog candy……have a great time at “On Stage”…….can hardly wait for the new catalogue!!

    • I know – me, too. Even if it heralds losing some faves, it’s so fun to see what they’ve cooked up time! 🙂 Good luck and thanks for leaving a comment, Karen! 🙂

  15. Linda L Hense

    Fabulous simple card – can be used for so many occasions just changing the inside sentiment. I’m going to miss Blackberry Bliss the most and I bought refills for all the colors except Hello Honey. This set of colors will be the one I miss the most. They are rich in color.

  16. Thanks, Linda! It really is a beautiful group of colors – I hope we’ll see some of them again! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  17. Joan Peine

    blackberry bliss hands down! I love the elegance of that color. Beautiful card today too! Love the color combo.

    • Thanks, Joan! 🙂 Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss seem to be winning the not-at-all-official survey! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  18. Karen A.

    Hi. For me it’s tangled twist and blackberry bliss.
    It’s a hard choice though.

    • Yep – those are very pretty and really go well together, don’t they? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment – good luck! 🙂

  19. Patricia

    Please add one more vote for Lost Lagoon… I am also a blue fan! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us, Mary. I appreciate the chance to win your generous blog candy… (Have admired that stamp set for the past three months!) The paper looks really fun to work with, too. Best of luck to all the participants, and have a wonderful time at the convention, Mary! So happy for you.

  20. Thanks, Patricia – that’s a really pretty blue, for sure! Good luck in the draw! Appreciate you taking time to leave me a comment! 🙂

  21. bonnie greenhoe

    Hi Mary, i say the blue lagoon, i don”t have it , but used a friends while making cards together. Love all your cards and your gifts are great,I love buying from you.And thank you for the chance to win some blog candy .

    • Thanks very much, Bonnie!! Good luck in the drawing! Maybe we’ll get lucky and the Lost Lagoon will come back! 🙂

  22. Gorgeous card Mary!! You did an amazing job sponging that scene! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper 🙂

  23. Micheline Lueken

    Such a beautiful card! I appreciate the opportunity to win some blog candy. Love all the incolors, but I will miss Lost Lagoon the most. Enjoy your time at On Stage.

  24. Okay – now I’m really starting to regret not doing more with Lost Lagoon! 🙁 Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck! 🙂

  25. Lisa

    Beautiful card. I agree, it didn’t need any sort of embellishment or trim, perfect as is. Your post got me thinking about how sad I will be to see the in-colors go this year. I think this has been my favorite group in years. Hard to pick a favorite, but I have stocked an extra pack of card stock for the Lost Lagoon… has been a favorite of mine. Thank you for joining this week’s Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge!!

    • Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad I was able to keep myself from adding anything! 🙂 Lost Lagoon – definitely a good one! As you say – this has been a really great group of colors! 🙂

  26. Beth's Fancy Stamping

    Mary, I love this card. Wonderful background, I am intrigued, I plan to try this one out for sure. I guess I will miss Blavkberry Bluss the most. Lost Lagoon is a close second. I am nvious, wish I was gong with you all. But it just didn’t work out or I should say my boss wouldn’t let me off. Thank you for the chance to win this sweet package.

    • Thanks so much, Beth! Definitely try it out – it’s super easy! I wish you could have come, too – maybe next year! 🙂 Good luck in the drawing!

  27. Deb Wood

    I will miss blackberry bliss the most, but am looking forward to seeing what the new in colors will be. Hoping for another beautiful shade of purple. Wish they would add the blackberry bliss to the original line up. I nice purple is needed.

    • I agree – we need a deep, rich shade of purple to fill the hole Blackberry Bliss will leave! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  28. Such a striking card! I love that background!

  29. Cammi Waggoner

    I will miss blackberry bliss. Sorry to see that color go. Thank you for the blog candy

  30. Beth Mills

    I am a blue/green person so both Lost Lagoon and (my favorite) Mossy Meadow will be greatly missed! Love the ombré block of blues on your card!

    • Thanks so much, Beth! I love how this particular set of In Colors just go so well with each other! Mossy Meadow….love love love!

  31. Karen K

    Your card is absolutely beautiful. I love your work. I’m definitely going to miss Lost Lagoon, I just love that shade of blue. I just bought a pack so I’ll have it for a while. A very close 2nd is the Mossy Meadow, I think it’s the perfect green that goes with just about every color. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks, Karen, for the nice compliments! Mossy Meadow is definitely winning the oh-so-official survey of color we’re going to miss! Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss running close behind! 🙂

  32. P J Stanley

    Love your card and can’t wait to try this technique! Enjoy convention and hope you share all the new ideas and colors! I’m going to miss Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow

    • Hey PJ – thanks very much – do try it, it’s easy and really flexible! I’ll share the new stuff just as quick as I’m allowed to – I can’t wait!! 🙂

  33. Shari

    I am sad to see these colors go. I will miss blackberry bliss the most. I absolutely love it with lost lagoon and I will miss this one as well. I found your blog through Amy K that I enjoy and I will definitely be looking at all your wonderful creations as well. Thanks for a chance.

    • Thank you, Shari – I hope you’ll come back and hope I can share good things with you! 🙂 BB. LL. MM. The big three that folks are going to miss. Agree Agree Agree!!! 🙂

  34. Gina Florencia

    Beautiful card! I will miss lost lagoon and blackberry bliss😣 Thanks for the chance to win! Gina F

  35. ninam.m.

    Greens are my favorite, that is why I will miss “mossy meadow”.

    • Yes – it’s been my go-to color forever. I’ll be really the saddest about this one going! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  36. Susan K

    Love love love this card! I agree–it didn’t need any other embellishments! I think I use Hello Honey more than any other of the retiring colors but love the richness of Blackberry Bliss. Have fun at OnStage!

    • Thank you, Susan! Hello Honey – that’s a kind of new entry into the survey. But it’s an awfully pretty color – a lovely touch of yellow to add when you want something quiet! 🙂

  37. Lynn Gauthier

    I am going to miss them all; but, I will really miss Lost Lagoon. Have fun at OnStage!
    Gorgeous card…Love the inside too!

  38. Barbara

    Beautiful card! I will miss Lost Lagoon & Blackberry Bliss the most….perhaps they will show up again in the future.

  39. Thanks so much, Lynn! I know we’re going to have a good time in SLC!! 🙂

  40. Dayle Schenk

    Oh, love your card and love the color combination. I must try this. The color I will miss the most is definitely Blackberry Bliss.

  41. Thanks Dayle! Do give it a try – it’s super easy. Blackberry Bliss – for sure going to be missed!! 🙂

  42. Jane Kirby

    I will miss Hello Honey the most. Love that color!

    • Hey Jane – thanks for coming over! 🙂 We haven’t had a lot of votes for Hello Honey – but it really is a nice one. I think it’s lots prettier than Delightful Dijon, but that could just be me!! 🙂

  43. Lisa D

    Blackberry Bliss is going to be missed. So Rich.

  44. Lynnette

    Your card is beautiful! I will miss Blackberry Bliss the most. They’ve all been great colors to work with. Can’t wait to see the new colors coming in! Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy! What a fun little package! Lynnette

    • Thanks, Lynette! I know what you mean – I’m sorry to see these colors go, but excited to see what’s coming!! 🙂 Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  45. Aileen Powers

    I will miss Mossy Meadow the most.

  46. Liz

    Love your card! I’ll miss Lost Lagoon most.

  47. Roberta

    Hi Mary, I love your cas style card….it looks Fabulous against the stark white bg! My favorite in color is Lost Lagoon! I’ve already stocked up on it~

  48. Karol Hall

    I will miss Black Berry Bliss this is such a beautiful rich color. I will be stocking up on this paper. Thank you for the chance to win some blog candy I love this stamp set and would give it a good home. Thank you. Karol

  49. Kim

    Blackberry Bliss I am going to miss. Just made my daughter’s graduation announcements using the Blackberry since her school’s color is very close to it.

  50. Mary

    Mary beautiful card!!! I will miss Blackberry Bliss. I love the wildflower paper Already used mine up.
    Also don’t have the Calypso ink pad😉.

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