Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches In My Thoughts!

Happy Weekend, y’all – I hope you’ve got something fun planned!  Or at least something useful…

As I sit here on Friday afternoon, I’m watching the Ellen Degeneres Show.  Her guest – this is a repeat from earlier this year – is Chris Hemsworth.  Thor himself.

With a beard.  And in full Australian accent mode.




Mmmm Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Let me ask – for the ladies who live Down Under and for whom that accent isn’t an accent at all….do you guys think it’s as sexy as we Up Aboves do?  Or – do you think American accents are the sexy ones?  I mean – do guys Down Under do an American accent to try to impress the ladies?

Cuz…Chris Hemsworth…Australian accent…. yup. 😉

Okay – now that I’ve given you a lovely little mind picture to jumpstart your weekend, let’s talk Thoughtful Branches, shall we?   This little beauty (I’m sure it would have an Aussie accent if it could talk – it’s that pretty!) is only around for a few more days.  I used it today to make a Thinking of You kind of card for a friend of mine who just lost his brother.  This one is easy peasy and the Thoughtful Branches bundle is all you need!  Take a look-see:

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers
My quiet color scheme is from the Pals Paper Arts challenge #315:

PPA315 Sketch
I started with a panel of Dapper Denim for my card front.  From another piece, I cut out two of the tree die cuts from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits set.  Then I laid them on the card front and let them overlap in the middle.  I turned them over – keeping them together like I had them on the card front – and traced where they overlapped with a pencil.  Then I snipped out that little portion of the tree, so they’d fit together flush on the card front.  I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere them in place.

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 1 - Stamps-N-Lingers
Then I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat.  The ribbon is a piece of Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, wrapped around and secured in the back with scotch tape.

For my Thoughtful Branches sentiment, I stamped it in Old Olive ink on a piece of So Saffron card stock, and cut it with a Square Layering Framelit die.  I made a double, scalloped-edge mat – the first is Dapper Denim and the second is Old Olive.  I SNAILd them all together and then popped the square on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I finished it off with a couple of Dapper Denim Enamel Shapes and the card front was done!

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 3 - Stamps-N-Lingers
On the inside, I stamped the second sentiment from Thoughtful Branches in Old Olive on a Whisper White panel.  I added a couple of bare-tree images in So Saffron and SNAILd the panel to a Dapper Denim mat and wrapped another piece of the Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon around it.  After that, I matted it a second time on an Old Olive panel.

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 5 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I added one Dapper Denim Enamel heart, then SNAILd it into my So Saffron card base. Then I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card front was done.

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers
My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a couple more Thoughtful Branches bare-tree images in So Saffron and a Dapper Denim Enamel heart on the front…

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 6 - Stamps-N-Lingers
…and then I added the tree image again on the back.

Thoughtful Branches Embossed Panel 7 - Stamps-N-Lingers
Et Voila!  I kind of love this tone on tone die cut technique – looks like an embossing folder did it, doesn’t it?  Hope you like.  I love this set – and I hope you’ve all got it by now. 🙂  If you don’t – you know what to do!

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


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Thoughtful Branches Bundle

27 August folks – that leaves just 5 more days!

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


Today and Tomorrow are the Last Days!

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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!

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So Saffron Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 2 1/8: square (sentiment square)

Old Olive Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner);  2 1/2″ Scallop Square (mat for sentiment square); 

Dapper Denim Card Stock: 4″ x 5 3/8″ (card front and mat for inner liner); 2 1/4″ Scallop Square (sentiment mat)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)


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20 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches In My Thoughts!

  1. Sibylle

    You’re card is lovely, as usual. I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoy getting your email updates on your blog. I always enjoy reading them, especially the stories of your lost goose. What a hoot those were. So thank you for taking the time and energy out of your busy life to write your blog.

    • Thank you so much, Sibylle – I’m really glad that you enjoy my posts and cards! And the stories of the silly goose! 🙂

  2. I love, love, love this!!! What an awesome CAS card. The die cut trees in the same color as the background are beautiful! 🙂

  3. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, this might be my favorite card so far. So beautiful and elegant. BTW, I fell in love with CH when he starred in Snow White and the Huntsman. He is a hunk, for sure!

  4. Mmm hmm – he sure is. I hope you saw him as Thor…. 😉 Thanks much, Ellie! 🙂

  5. Mom

    Very nice card…very nice for your friend.

  6. Oh that is just a beautiful card. I love the way you put so much thought into your cards. Thanks for sharing your talents (and tales!) with us!

  7. Thanks so much, Sue! 🙂

  8. mal lynch

    Chris is definitely sexy – even for a 70 year old cardmaker. And I have to admit to loving most Aussie accents.

    Mal (female despite spelling), Melbourne, Australia

  9. Thanks for a genuine Down Under female perspective, Mal!! 😊

  10. Ok this is hysterical!!! I do love me some Chris Hemsworth!!! And we’ll your card is just great too!

  11. LOL! Glad you got a chuckle and that you liked my card! Thanks, Jamie!

  12. Joni

    Your card is beautiful! I especially love the tone-on-tone look!

  13. Thank you, Joni! 😊

  14. Love your tone on tone look to the tree! Looks for all the world like embossing, very cool. Thank you for sharing it with us at PPA this week.

  15. Thanks much, Lynn! 🙂

  16. Stunning card. I LOVE Dapper Denim and It is gorgeous with the tone on tone trees. I love every element as you used the colors to perfection. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the Pals this week.

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