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:

SIP #42

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!

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


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.

Time of Order Message 1

If you want more information on a particular product – like when it’s expected back in stock – please give me a call or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll be glad to help! 🙂

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  1. cricutpink

    I will miss Lost Lagoon, it softness goes well with the Christmas cards and it is a manly color for the men cards I make. It has been my go to color for these past few years, so I am going to have to stock up on it. Thanks for a chance to win:)

  2. K. Boyer

    I will miss lost lagoon the most. I have also really liked blackberry bliss.

  3. Sharon Coleman

    Oh, Mary, it’s too hard to pick just one when we’re talking about Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon! I’ve already re-ordered all three and will order another Mossy Meadow since it’s such a wonderful shade of green. 🙂 By the way, I love, love, love today’s card!

  4. Andrea H

    What a pretty card! Hard to say just one…I’ve used blackberry bliss & mossy meadow most probably, but I’ve liked them all…hello honey, tangelo twist & mossy meadow together make a great fall color combo! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

    • Thanks a lot, Andrea! I appreciate you leaving a comment – those are definitely so good together, I’ve made a ton of Fall cards with that exact combo! 🙂

  5. janell ebert

    I will miss Blackberry Bliss.

  6. Diane

    Oh boy that is a loaded question. I would say my go to color is Lost Lagoon.
    Love your card, looks like a piece of art.

  7. Amanda

    Lost Lagoon for sure!

  8. This is such a pretty card! Great way to incorporate the color scheme! The black silhouette is perfect! Hope you don’t mind if I case! And I’m really going to miss these in colors. Lost lagoon is going to be hard to let go!

    • CASE away! Thanks so much, Holly! I think Lost Lagoon is officially neck-and-neck with Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow! 🙂

  9. AMITA Mcclain

    You are so great at this art! I am not sure what colors I will miss from the 2014-2016 catalog, I guess everything.

  10. heather

    Lost Lagoon

  11. Pam

    I love this card. Thanks for sharing the details! I REALLY love these retiring in-colors. I’m torn between last lagoon and blackberry bliss as favorite–I guess I’ll go with blackberry bliss. Thanks, again, for sharing your talent.

  12. Vicky Blackwell

    The color I am crossing my fingers that Stampin Up will just keep is Blackberry Bliss!!! I mean…it’s just gorgeous…just like your cards!!!

    • Thanks very much, Vicky, that’s a really nice thing to say! BB is probably top of the list of the colors folks are going to miss! 🙂

  13. Patricia Nimmo

    Good question my favorite is blackberry bliss I have always liked rich regals

  14. Beth's Fancy Stamping

    Love the colors and the technique that you used on this card. So very pretty, one I want to case very soon!

  15. Kathy Colgan

    I am going to miss Blackberry Bliss.

  16. Victoria Merrick

    Lost Lagoon is the color I will miss the most. Hello Honey runs a close second, though.

  17. Barb

    Love your card! And I totally feel your excitement over the “smudge-free” white CS!! Lol

    It’s a close race but I think I’ll miss Blackberry Bliss the most. We really don’t have another rich purple like it. Definitely going to miss Mossy Meadow but I’m sure I’ll love all the new In-Colors 😄😄😄

    • Ha – it’s like eating in a white shirt – and NOT getting a big stain right on the front! Thanks so much, Barb! 🙂

  18. Judy dunn

    Hello there! It’s lagoon..Li am so in love with that color….want it to stay forever. Love your card, simple, clean and elegant. Thanks Judy

  19. Kate S

    My favorite is Mossy Meadow—love that green!

  20. Paula Poindexter

    Hi! Lovely card!
    Such a nice package of blog candy you are offering.
    How do I pick a favorite from the colors leaving us?
    Wow, such a toss up.
    I would have to say Lost Lagoon. Such a soft blue color and goes well most every other color in the blue spectrum..
    Have fun at On Stage!

  21. Patricia Roth

    Since my favorite color is blue, I have to choose Lost Lagoon. Love your plain and simple card for today’s blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Sherry Lowmaster

    i would say lost lagoon! such a pretty bluey green

  23. Phyllis Sinclair

    Blackberry Bliss hands down.

  24. Karren

    Hi There, Mary. I will miss Blackberry Bliss the most. It is just such a rich, yummy color. I love your card. Thank you for the inspiration and also the chance to win your very nice blog candy. Good luck to all who enters. Have a wonderful weekend. Karren

  25. Melanie R

    Hi, Mary. Visiting from Amy Koenders’ blog. Loving your card with the wide white borders. I’m impressed that the result was without smudges! Less IS more. As for colors, it’s a toss-up between Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.

  26. Karen A.

    I will be missing Mossy Meadow. A very useful green.

  27. Lee Harmon

    I will miss Lost Lagoon the most, so sad that it will be gone soon.

  28. Karen S

    Hi Mary I love your card today. I will miss blackberry bliss and lost lagoon. Can’t wait to see the new items too. Thanks for the opportunity for some blog candy.

  29. Bette S

    Oh, Lost Lagoon for sure. Just the right shade of blue. Love your card today and plan on casing it. Love your style! Thanks for a chance to win that awesome blog candy!!

  30. kris k.

    It’s truly a toss up between lost lagoon and blackberry bliss.

  31. Roberta Koster

    I am going to miss BlackBerry Bliss. I love the richness of the color.

  32. Becky G

    Hands down it is lost lagoon!

  33. Judy Whitaker

    I am going to miss Mossy Meadow – love that green! Thank you.

  34. Jennifer M

    I will miss blackberry bliss. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  35. Chris Kaul

    I will miss Blackbery Bliss. It is such a rich color from the purple family!

  36. Dorriea

    Great card! I am going to miss Lost Lagoon the most!! (Mossy meadow and blackberry bliss are close seconds though.)

  37. Sandy M

    This is incredible, Mary! What an amazing job you did sponging the three challenge colors together, and your masking is perfect. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper!

  38. Thanks so much, Sandy! 🙂

  39. Sandra Kukla Schroeder

    I will miss Blackberry Bliss the most. I’m not sure there’s any other color in the line to compare to it.

  40. bonnie greenhoe

    looks like i have to go along with the rest of the ladies the lost lagoon , thanks for the chance to win some great goodies mary, love all your cards.

  41. Terry A.

    The one that I’m going to miss the most is Blackberry Bliss. It’s such a rich color & so versatile!

  42. Suzanne Rich

    Possibly too late, as I just saw this, but I wanted to join the fun anyway. I love the Blackberry Bliss the most and have stocked up on it.

    • Yes, sorry! A little too late! 🙁 But, Blackberry Bliss is definitely a popular choice. I surely do appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment, Suzanne! 🙂

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