Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Thoughtful Branches In Our Hearts

Well, I didn’t go see any movies on Saturday. 🙁  It occured to me – finally! – that I’ll be needing to pack all my stuff up at the end of this week!  Yikes!  Feels like I just unpacked it.  Probably cuz I did – three weeks is that a-little-too-long-to-not-bring-the-stuff-a-little-too-short-to-get-completely-settled amount of time to be on a trip.  But I suppose whether it’s 3 weeks or 7 weeks, I’ll always find myself at the weekend before I need to pack everything up, huh? 😉

So…that means that I need to be getting a little ahead on cards for next weekend, or risk not having a card to share!  Which means this weekend is the right time to be doing that.

Now – if you were me, and you needed to build a few cards ahead, would you:

  1. Make several quick and easy cards, or
  2. Make 3 cards with lots of fussy cutting

Hmmm?  No – don’t tell me your answer – I know you smart folks would opt for #1.

I, on the other hand, did #2.

As a result, I spent almost all of Saturday making cards.

Three cards.

Maybe today I’ll do things just a little bit smarter!  And maybe decide to take a minute and go see that movie…

Let me ask – are you guys getting excited for the Thoughtful Branches Bundle to be available? I sure hope so – cuz I know it’s a good one.  My card today is another example of what you can do with this great bundle.  Take a look-see:

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 1 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I played with a few challenges on this one – the first, Sugar Pea Designs #6, gave me my layout.

SPD #6 Sketch
The color scheme is a result of the color challenge over at Fab Friday #92:

FabFri92 Sketch
And I also submitted this one to the TGIF cutting challenge #65.

TGIF#65 Sketch

Now – with that color palette, Christmas might seem to be the obvious choice, huh?  But I decided that those colors could also look like summer trees.  So that was the way I went.

I started out by embossing a Very Vanilla panel in the Woodland TIEF (I am so glad that SU! brought this beauty back!) and SNAILing it to a Cherry Cobbler mat.

The next layer is more Very Vanilla, and I stamped the multiple-tree image from Thoughtful Branches in Garden Green – stamping it a second time without re-inking.  I covered the panel with the trees and then used the small image to add leaves in Garden Green.  Then I SNAILd it to a Cherry Cobbler card stock mat and adhered it to the card front.

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers
The central art piece started with another panel of Very Vanilla.  I added the grasses image from Thoughtful Branches in Garden Green several times across the bottom, SNAILd it to a Cherry Cobbler mat and popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The Thoughtful Branches tree is stamped in Garden Green on Very Vanilla and then cut with the matching die in Thankful Branches.  And here comes the fussy cutting! 🙂

I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and adhered the cut out tree to a piece of Garden Green card stock.  Then I fussy cut the edge.

The trunk of the tree is also an image in Thoughtful Banners – I used Garden Green and stamped it off once before stamping it on a piece of scrap Very Vanilla.  I cut it with the die in Beautiful Branches and used a little Liquid Glue to adhere it to the art panel.  Over the top, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the die cut leaves.

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I stamped the sentiment from Thoughtful Banners in Garden Green on Very Vanilla and used a small die from the Circles Layering Framelits to cut it out.  Using a slightly larger, scallop-edged die in the Circles Framelits, I cut a Cherry Cobbler mat for the sentiment and SNAILd the two pieces together.  I cut a couple of lengths of Very Vanilla 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and snipped banner ends in each one.  Then I used some Liquid Glue under the left ends to adhere them to the card front.  I popped the sentiment circle over the whole thing – with some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the left side, and Liquid Glue on the right.

The final piece was to decorate the tree!  I used my Hearts Confetti Border Punch to cut a mess of little hearts in Cherry Cobbler, then adhered some of them to the tree – and under the tree on the “ground”! – with some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  I added one little teeny tiny heart to the sentiment circle while I was at it – and the card front was done.

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 3 - Stamps-N-Lingers
On the inside, I repeated the Thoughtful Branches grass in Garden Green across the bottom of a Very Vanilla panel.  I added a couple more of the Cherry Cobbler hearts and stamped a second sentiment in Cherry Cobbler.

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 5 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I SNAILd it to a Cherry Cobbler mat and then into my Garden Green card base.  I finished the card by popping the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

For my Medium Very Vanilla Envelope, I scattered Garden Green Thoughtful Branches grass and trees across the bottom and added a couple of punched hearts…

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 6 - Stamps-N-Lingers
…and on the back, I added a whole forest.  Apparently,  I really love this tree image and that grass! 🙂

Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 7 - Stamps-N-Lingers
Et Voila!  Thoughtful Branches and its matching Beautiful Branches Framelits delivers again!  This is such an awesome set, y’all – I can’t wait for you to be able to get it for yourself!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this for yourself! 

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Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and the Beautiful Branches Thinlits!

                          Thoughtful Branches 1 - Stamps-N-Lingers Thoughful Branches - Stamps-N-Lingers

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend, y’all, and I’ll be back in your Inbox bright and early on Monday.  





Garden Green Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Solid piece behind the Beautiful Branches tree die cut

Cherry Cobbler Card Stock:  4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2″ x 4 3/4″ (mat for middle panel on front); 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ (mat for focal art panel); 1 3/8″ Scalloped Circle (sentiment mat – from Circles Layering Framelits); Confetti Hearts Border Punch hearts

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner); 1 7/8″ x 4 5/8″ (middle panel on front); 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ (focal art panel); 1 3/8″ Straight-edged Circle (sentiment – from Circles Layering Framelits); Beautiful Branches die cuts

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25 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Thoughtful Branches In Our Hearts

  1. Sweet card Mary! Love the layers and the great use of those colors. The little hearts hanging in the trees are so sweet! Thanks for joining us at FabFriday, hope to see you again soon!

  2. Mom

    Very special. I love the little hearts too, and they are perfect for the sentiment…which is one we are moved to send frequently when folks we love are suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Well done!

  3. This is rally spectacular! I love the layering and dimension as well as those colors with this stamp set! Beautiful, Mary!

  4. mmepley


    This is just GORGEOUS!!! You are so creative!!!

    By the way, I have been married for 26 years too and my anniversary is on April 21st. When is yours?




    • Hey Mary – thanks so much! How fun that you guys have been married as long as we have! Ours is on the 6th! 🙂

  5. This is a great, great card! And I love how you did the color challenge. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to do it without going Christmas. You nailed it!

    • Thanks, Jaime. I actually pulled out the This Christmas DSP before I decided I’d done enough Christmas in July cards! 🙂

  6. Very lovely! All your little fine details really elevate this card! I especially like the background panel behind the apple tree – brilliant! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  7. Thanks so much, Heather! 🙂

  8. Definitely a summer feel to this card! Great layout…using the other tree stamps on the background panel is a great way to get more use out of the whole set! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  9. Thanks, Amanda! 🙂

  10. Beautiful card Mary!! I love the idea of replacing the apples with hearts. This set is really growing on me. Thanks for joining us at TGIF – Chlo x

  11. Yes, I’m loving it! Thanks, Chloe! 🙂

  12. Gorgeous card Mary! Fabulous colours and I love those little hearts everywhere. Thanks for playing along and I hope we see you next weekt at TGIF Challenges. Rochelle xo

  13. What a fantastic card showcasing this great set! I love the extra panel on the left that has the other trees on it, but the die cut one on the front is definitely the star! Love it! Glad you could join us this week at TGIF!

  14. Yes – it’s a beautiful set! Thanks, Holly! 🙂

  15. So cute for a teacher of valentines or just because! Thank-you for taking the TGIF Challenge!

  16. You’re right – this would be great for both occasions! Thanks, Krista!

  17. Mary,
    This is a beautiful use of the colors in the challenge. I love your beautiful layers and the great sentiment. I’m so glad you’re playing along with us at Fab Friday!

  18. Great card, Mary! I love the layout and your use of these colors. Thanks for playing along with this FabFrid Color Challenge!

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