Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches Birthday Blossoms!

Happy HAWWMP day, y’all!

I don’t know about y’all, but it’s so ridiculously hot and humid here….I think I’ve been sweating glowing-like-a-nuclear-reactor all day.  

The vet called early this morning (Tuesday) asking if he could come early.  Of course, I said yes, right?  I mean…I’m gonna say no?? 😉  

So, at 1030, I went and opened the gate and then moved some vehicles around at the barn so he could back in.  Then I got a soda and sat on the porch waiting for him.  11 – 12 he’d said.

In case you’re not aware, the individual voted most-likely-to-never-show-up-on-time is really not the cable guy.  It’s the horse vet.

Usually not his fault – calls take more time than he thought (us horse owners like to yak at the vet when we finally get him cornered – asking all those little questions that have been swirling in our heads), emergencies crop up.  We get it.  Us horse owners, that is.  We know that waiting is just part of it.  We even have an acronym.  WOV.  Waiting On Vet.

Not really – I just made that up.  But we should have an acronym for it!

He finally pulled in at 1pm.  And then it all went very well from there.  As predicted – the promise of peppermints brought everyone to the barn.

But OH. MY.  GOODNESS.  It was so hot – even with all the stall fans and the big aisle fan on.  I was dripping “glow” all over!  Yuk.

In between all that, I was on a long telecom for work – one of those meetings where they think you can hear anything they’re saying. But you really really can’t.

What I’m trying to say is – I’ve been a little distracted today, and that really crimped my creative juices.  Or it was the heat and the glowing.  IDK.

But when I finally got it going, I ended up combining a few stamp sets – Thoughtful Branches and Birthday Blossoms – with a few Thinlit sets – Beautiful Branches and Hearth & Home – and a couple of embossing folders – Petal Burst and Woodland.  See whatcha think – take a look-see:

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My layout was loosely based on the sketch challenge from RetroSketches – Challenge #227:

RS #227 Sketch
I started by embossing a Very Vanilla panel in the Petal Burst TIEF.  Then I stamped the ground image from Thoughtful Branches a few times across the middle in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze and SNAILd the panel to a Rich Razzleberry mat.

I wrapped some Linen Thread 4 or 5 times around the panel and then topped it with 4 or 5 wraps of new Copper Metallic Thread.

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For the central art, I embossed a small piece of Very Vanilla in the Woodland TIEF.  The window, cut with the Hearth & Home Thinlits, is made from a piece of the Copper Foil design paper in Petals & Paisley Specialty DSP.  I used some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the embossed panel behind the window, then I popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I went back to the Diaper Wipe inking technique to make the Thoughtful Branches flowers and leaves.  In case you missed how to do that, check out the first card I used it on right here.  I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie refills.  I stamped the flowers and leaves on Very Vanilla and cut them with the matching dies in Beautiful Branches.  While I had the dies out, I also cut a few leaves from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper (coming soon!).

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I cut a few pieces of the flower – to make smaller flowers! – and rolled them from the back with my stylus.  Then I used Liquid Glue to add the leaves to the window, and popped my little flowers over top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The leaves are stamped in Always Artichoke, cut out with the Beautiful Branches dies, and stuck into the flowers with Liquid Glue.

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I made a bow from two strands of Linen Thread and two from Copper Metallic Thread and adhered it with a dab of the Liquid Glue.

The sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms, stamped on Very Vanilla in Cajun Craze ink, and cut with the window box (fireplace mantle) die in Home & Hearth.  I edged it with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker and then used Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it.  I added a last Baby Wipe inked leaf and a couple of Always Artichoke leaves and popped a Pumpkin Pie dot (from the Halloween Night Enamel Dots pack) over the top.

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On the inside, I added two more Always Artichoke leaves to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

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I SNAILd the panel to a Rich Razzleberry mat and then into my Pumpkin Pie card base.  I also SNAILd the card front on – the decorations are already plenty thick!

For my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, I added one last Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper leaf – cut with the Beautiful Branches thinlits – to the front…

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…and ran the envelope flap thru the Big Shot in the Woodland TIEF – hard to see, sorry!

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Et Voila!  This card turned out better than I expected when I started –  hope you like!  I think it’s another pretty example of what you can do with the Thoughtful Branches bundle – showcasing its versatility once again! 

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


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 – your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog.

Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Time is Growing Short!

Check out our Pinterest board to see lots and lots of inspiration for using this great stamp set and Thinlits bundle! This one will only be around until the end of the month – so don’t miss out!  Get it right now!

Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Set – Item 143539 – $27
Beautiful Branches Thinlits – Item 143538 – $31
Thoughtful Branches Bundle – Item 144328 – $52



2016 Holiday Paper Shares Collage2916 Holiday RibbonsEmbellishments

Catalog shares are a great way to get a sampling of all the new papers, ribbons and embellishments in a new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I’ve got several options for you – check out the listing here – or head over to the 2016 Holiday Catalog Shares page to see all the new products in the shares, and to get signed up.  Deadline to get your name on my list is 28 Aug!

New Designer Series Paper Shares – $16 plus $6 for Priority Mail shipping

You’ll receive 56 6″ x 6″ sheets of designer paper!

12 total – Halloween Night Specialty DSP (2 6×6 sheet of 5 two-sided designs plus 2 sheets of one-sided Silver Foil designs)
6 total – Candy Cane Lane DSP (1 6×6 sheet of each of 6 two-sided designs)
12 total – Petals & Paisley Specialty DSP  (2 6×6 sheets of 5 designs plus 2 sheets of one sided Copper Foil designs)
2 total – Copper Foil Sheets (2 sheets)
6 total – Presents & Pine Cones DSP  (1 6×6 sheet of each of 6 two-sided designs)
6 total – Fancy Frost Specialty DSP (1 6×6 sheet of each of 6 one-sided designs)
12 total – Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack (1 6×6 sheet of each of 12 two-sided patterns)

New Ribbon and Embellishment Share – $23 plus $6 for Priority Mail shipping

You’ll receive 46 yards of new ribbon and trim, and 51 embellishments (treat bags, treat boxes, Christmas trinkets, pinecones, bells and enamel shapes!)

10 yds total – Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine – 1 Real Red and 1 Whisper White with red metallic thread (5 yds of each color)
1 yd total – Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (1 yd)
3 yds total – Kraft Rope Trim (3 yds)
15 yds total – Baker’s Twine Tri Pack – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Gold (5 yds of each color)
2 yds total – 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon – Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy (1 yd of each color)
2 yds total – 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon – Sweet Sugarplum and Silver (1 yd of each color)
3 yds total – 3/8″ Ribbon Trio – , Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon and Rich Razzleberry (1 yd of each color)
10 yds total – Halloween Nights Baker’s Twine – Basic Black Twisted with Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie (5 yds of each color)
8 total – Mini Pinecones (8 pinecones)
6 total – Christmas Trinkets Embellishments – Gingerbread Man, Bells, Holly Sprig (2 each of 3 designs)
20 total – Mini Jingle Bells – Red and Silver (10 of each color)
12 total – Halloween Night Enamel Dots – Old Olive, Perfect Plum and Pumpkin Pie (4 of each color – in two sizes of dots)
4 total – Mini Tassels – Basic Black and Silver (2 of each color)
2 total – 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cello Bags – 2 bags
1 total – White Gift Boxes – 1 Box

Want it all? $39 plus $6 for Priority Shipping

You’ll get shares of all of the new Designer Series Papers, Designer Series Paper Stacks, ribbons and embellishments.

And if you’d like double shares of either the designer paper or ribbon, that’s fine too.  I’ll cut the designer paper sheets into 6×12 so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (except for the Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack, you’ll get double sheets of that since it’s already precut at 6″x6″!).

Anyone is welcome to join in my share (please note, I can only ship to addresses within the US). If you’d like to join us, either complete the form below or email the following information to

Go to my 2016 Holiday Catalog Shares page – here – to see all the goodies and get signed up!  Deadline to get on the list is 28 Aug!

It’s time to start using those Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Coupons that you earned in July!  The coupons are valid on any type of order from now through the end of August.  Check my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page for more details! 🙂

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016

When you use promo code “BOGO” at, you’ll pay the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD and get your second month for FREE!  

If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you’ll get the November kit free!  Get all the details over on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page.

Be sure to grab up the Thoughtful Branches bundle before it goes away, okay?

Tomorrow is Happy Stampers Blog hop day – so I’ll be in your Inbox at 7am EDT!



Soon, folks, soon I’ll be able to give you links to the Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper and Halloween Night Enamel Shapes!!  


Pumpkin Pie Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Rich Razzleberry Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″  (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front and inner liner); 2 1/4″ x 3″ (Woodland TIEF embossed panel); Beautiful Branches Thinlits die cuts

Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper: Beautiful Branches Thinlits die cuts

Petals & Paisley Specialty DSP:  Hearth & Home window die cut

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6 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches Birthday Blossoms!

  1. Beautiful card! Love the little spray of flowers and the window scene with the trees outside is perfect. Bummer on “glowing” all day yesterday…I do look forward to the sweaters and jeans time of year myself!

  2. Mom

    Oh…very pretty. Anticipating the leaf changes soon. Hate to be smug, but that glowing stuff just doesn’t happen out here to my mountains! PTL! Don’t guess the WOV would be any better…😕

  3. No, WOV is WOV no matter where you are! Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  4. Really pretty Mary! Love the leaves!

  5. Thanks, Jari! 🙂

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