Stampin’ Up! Large Alphabet and Thoughtful Branches!

UPDATE:  Hey y’all – I was honored to discover that this card was selected as a CYCI Top 6 Pick!  Thanks to all the ladies at Can You CASE It for liking it enough to select it – there were a lot of wonderful cards submitted!  Please take a hot second can click here to head over and check them all out! 🙂

Good Tuesday to y’all!  Can you even believe it’s almost September?  We’re deep in the back-to-school whirlwind – well, some of y’all are, my horses and kitties are taking this decade off from school! 😉

But – September means two more big things!  Yep, you got it – it’s almost time for the Holiday Catalog to go live!!  Thursday morning you’re going to be able to order all the holiday goodies you’ve been drooling over for the past couple of weeks. 🙂

A sort of bad thing is that Thoughtful Branches is going away.  Tomorrow night!  I wanted to show you one last card that I’ve made with this bundle.  

You’ve seen it as a hydrangea!

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You’ve seen it as a sprig of flowers…

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You’ve seen it as a tree….Beautiful Thoughtful Branches Hearts 1 - Stamps-N-Lingers
Now – see it as….fruit!

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Right? 🙂

I played along with two challenges today.  The first is from the folks over at Can You CASE It, who challenged us with Back to School!

CYCI #135 Sketch
And over at the Global Design Project, Challenge #051 was all about food!

GDP 051 Sketch
So, I combined them – apples for teachers!  I mean, I suppose this could be for an older kid heading back to school, but I really thought it would be just right for a teacher!

The first thing I did was make an apple.  With a bunch of flowers… I inked the flower image in Versamark ink and then in Real Red, and stamped the image on a piece of Real Red card stock.  I sprinkled it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up!  Then I cut it out with the matching die in Beautiful Branches.  Using my stylus, I rounded it from the back and when I turned it over….boom!  Apple! 🙂

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I also cut a stem with one of the Beautiful Branches thinlits, in Soft Suede card stock.  The leaf image, from Thoughtful Branches, is stamped in Garden Green on Old Olive and cut with its die.  I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere them to the back of the apple.

My card front is a piece of Whisper White card stock, embossed in my Brick Wall TIEF and SNAILd to a piece of polka-dotted Garden Green paper from the Regals DSP Stack.

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I pulled out my Large Letters Framelits – yeah!! – and cut a big ole “A” from some Red Glimmer Paper.  It’s adhered directly to the card front with Liquid Glue.  The rest of my sentiment is put together with the Labeler Alphabet, some Real Red ink and a little bit of Whisper White card stock.  I snipped each letter individually, and adhered them to the panel.  Then I added the die-cut apple with some little pieces of Stampin’ Dimensional.

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To finish off the card front, I tied a bow with a length of each of the Baker’s Twine colors in the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine pack from the upcoming Holiday Catalog, and adhered it to the apple.  And I stamped the little apple image from Thoughtful Branches in Real Red a few times around the card.

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On the inside, I SNAILd another piece of Whisper White to a Garden Green Regals DSP mat.  Then I made a fun little sentiment by stamping various words from Thoughtful Banners (this is a very thoughtful card, wouldn’t you say?!) in Garden Green and Real Red.  And added one more Real Red apple…

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I SNAILd the panel into my Daffodil Delight card base and SNAILd the card front on as well.  And that was it for the card!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a few Thoughtful Branches apples in Real Red on the front…

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…and an envelope flap covered with Garden Green Regals DSP.  And – even though you can’t see it – there’s one last little apple lurking under the flap, just waiting to be found by the recipient!  Yes, it’s true – if one apple is good for your favorite teacher….9 (count ’em!) is even better!

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Et Voila!  Hydrangea. Tree.  Apple.  I’ve even seen this die cut dressed up as a lamb!  Get this set and let your imagination run wild!!  Hope you like.

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

Tomorrow is the last day to get this great set!

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

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.

Do you still have Bonus Days coupons?  If so, best get to redeeming them!

Spoiler Alert!  Starting on Thursday, Stampin’ Up! will start the first “Special Offer” period!  This is a new program, taking the place of our dearly departed Weekly Deals.  There will be three weeks of Special Offers, with different items available each week.  It’s a great chance to stock up on Annual Catalog items at great prices – items are 25% off their regular price.  Want a sneak peek at the first week’s specials?  Click right here!  




The Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine will be available in just two days! 🙂  


Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Regals DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); envelope flap

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front and inner liner); “apple”

Soft Suede and Old Olive Card Stock: stem and leaf

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26 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Large Alphabet and Thoughtful Branches!

  1. What a sweet card – Love how you made your apple!!!

  2. That’s awesome Mary! Love the glittery “A” and the tree top image works perfectly as an apple. 🙂

  3. Christine Perry

    good morning, i recently saw the stamp for Stylized Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set for $10.00

    i am not able to find the overall size of this stamp and not sure which catalog this is shown in.

    any ideas?

    thank you,


    On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 4:34 AM, “Stamps – n – Lingers” wrote:

    > stampsnlingers posted: “Good Tuesday to y’all! Can you even believe it’s > almost September? We’re deep in the back-to-school whirlwind – well, some > of y’all are, my horses and kitties are taking this decade off from school! > 😉 But – September means two more big things! Ye” >

    • Hey Christine! Yes, indeed. That’s a great stamp. The image, when stamped, is 2 1/8″ tall by 2 1/2″ wide. And you can find it on page 16 of the current Annual Catalog! Thanks for stopping by! 😊

  4. You have created an awesome card once again! Wow, I love what you did with the Thoughtful Branches set this time-I have never tried the technique with the versa mark, regular ink and embossing powder-that is cool! Really neat details!

  5. Thanks so much, Jari! I like it cuz it lets me emboss any color! 🙂

  6. Mom

    Well…that would have been a swell card to enclose in the back-to-school parcel for William and Maya. Nicely done.

  7. Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  8. That is such a clever card Mary! I would never have thought of using this set as a fruit. Very clever. Thanks for playing at Global Design Project with us this week.

  9. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, I love your card and I love learning new techniques from you!

    Two more days and then I can order from the Holiday catalog – whee!

  10. You’re sweet, Ellie – thanks so much! And….whee, indeed! 🙂

  11. Such a cute card! Love the glittery A 🙂
    Thanks for joining us at this week’s CYCI challenge – Josefine

  12. Mary, what a great idea to use the die for many different uses. Thank you for joining the challenge at Can You Case It? – Kim

  13. Hi Mary. You do beautiful work! Thanks for sharing with us at CYCI. –Christine

  14. Thanks so much, Christine! 🙂

  15. charjourney

    Hi Mary…so cool that you used the same die in so many ways. Great card! Thanks for playing with us CYCI? this week. Char

  16. wow! That’s such an inventive way to make a Back to School card! A is for apple just by piecing together a few different sets and using the hydrangea upside down! Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Can You Case It? –Elizabeth Jeanne (Happy Stamper)

  17. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! 🙂

  18. Your card is so cute! Love that you thought out of the box with the die!

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