Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Banners Outdoor Adventure Cruise – and Blog Candy!

Good morning and happy World Card Making Day!  This is kind of “our” day, huh?  All over the world, crafters are crafting and makers are making.  And carding!  I hope you’ve got something fun planned – even if it’s just some time in your craft room making something pretty! 🙂

To help celebrate WCMD, I’m giving away some blog candy to help you make great cards!  Read on down to see how to enter!  You’ll also see some Stampin’ Up! celebrations starting today – plenty of details down below!

Today is also the start of the Stampin’ Up! year – 1 Oct 16 to 30 Sept 17.  In every year, demonstrators can earn an Incentive Trip.  The trip in 2017 is to Phuket, Thailand.  I’m too late to earn that one.  But!  The Incentive Trip in 2018 is a Cruise to Alaska!

I want to go on a Cruise.

I want to go to Alaska.

A cruise – to Alaska?  Yep.  Perfect!  So….my goal for 2017 is to earn that cruise!!  Everyone keep your fingers crossed that I can do the work and earn my way to a fun-filled Alaskan Cruise, okay?? 🙂

So – I made a card today that evokes that Alaskan Cruise.  I used some Outdoor Adventure die cuts, a touch of Swirly Scribbles, a bit of Serene Scenery DSP and a fun little sentiment from Thoughtful Banners.  Take a look-see:

See what that is?  It’s the view out my stateroom on the Alaskan cruise!!  How’s that for some goal visualization?!?

I wanted to make a cruise-themed card for this day, and when I saw the sketch challenge #97 at FabFriday, I immediately saw a cruise ship window!

I started by SNAILing a piece of Serene Scenery DSP to an Island Indigo mat.  The Alaskan scene is adhered directly to the card front, and the window popped over the top – and made into a shaker card!

I used some paper from the Warmth & Cheer DSP stack to cut mountains and trees using the Outdoor Adventure Framelits.  I also cut some Whisper White “snowy peaks” with the little tiny die in the set, and used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere them to the mountain tops.

I adhered the mountains first, then added the trees over the top – making sure to line up the bottoms of the die cuts, for the “shore”.  

For the ocean, I cut the long swirly die cut from Swirly Scribbles in Island Indigo and adhered it to the card front.

For the ship window, I started with a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, and I cut a hole in it with a Circles Layering Framelit die.  Then I ran the piece thru the Big Shot in the Woodgrain TIEF.

For the frame of the window, I cut another piece of Serene Scenery DSP with two Circles Layering Framelit dies.  These dies are the ones on either side of the die I used to cut the hole in the panel.  In all, I used the three largest straight-sided dies.  The largest and third largest cut the frame, and the die in the middle cut the hole in the original panel.

Make sense?

I used Liquid Glue to adhere my frame around the hole in the Woodgrain embossed panel.  The “rivets” are the largest of the Pearl Basic Embellishments, colored with my Brown Sharpie.

I cut a square of Window Sheet and adhered it to the back of my window panel.  Then I ran a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip all around the opening, and all around the outer edge of the panel (instead of using Stampin’ Dimensionals).  Then I piled a little pile of sequins that I found buried in my stash in the middle of my Alaskan scene, and stuck the window panel over the top.

My sentiment – which could represent the day I find out I earned the cruise, but it’s also great for World Card Making Day! – is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, stamped in Island Indigo on Very Vanilla.  I punched it with the Classic Label punch and adhered it with Liquid Glue.  I colored some medium Pearl Basic Jewels with my Brown Sharpie and adhered them to the label.

On the inside, I cut the long Swirly Scribbles die from the bottom of a Very Vanilla panel and then adhered it all to an Island Indigo mat.  Over that, I added some trees cut with the Outdoor Adventure Framelit from another piece of Warmth & Cheer DSP.

I SNAILd the panel into my Old Olive card base, SNAILd the card front on as well, and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a simple strip of Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape across the front…

…and another piece of then Warmth & Cheer DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Wouldn’t this be a fun card to send to someone who’s headed off on a cruise vacation?!  I love how the ship’s window turned out and I think it really looks like the Alaskan shore!!  Hope you like! 🙂

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this one 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 or the 2016 Holiday Catalog.



Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail? In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to the person who receives it. Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life. With World Card Making Day on 1 October, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!).

And in celebration of World Card Making Day, from 1 – 5 October, you can save up to 25% on cardmaking essentials that can be used to share your love all year long!

• Promotion period: 1 – 5 October, 2016• All order types qualify for this promotion
• Deadline:  5 October, 2016, by 6:50 PM (MT)

Here are all the products that will be discounted for World Card Making Day!

You can head over to my Online Store right now take advantage of these great deals! 🙂



Designer Series Paper Buy Three, Get One Free Sale 

1 – 31 Oct 16, you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free!


Item #    Product Name
141663    Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
141645    Moroccan Designer Series Paper
141660    Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
141654    Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
141630    Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
141640    By the Shore Designer Series Paper
141986    Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper
141981    Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

I think it’s pretty cool that two of the new designer papers from the 2016 Holiday Catalog are included in this sale, don’t you?

Enjoy the day!  Make a card, why don’t you, and send it to someone you care about….just because! 🙂





What’s up for grabs??  Well….there’s a pack of Warmth & Cheer DSP, some Halloween Night Baker’s Twine, Mini Pinecones, Halloween Night Enamel Shapes, and a 5-count of White Gift Boxes!

How to win? Well, leave a comment on THIS post before 8pm eastern time the Thursday (6 Oct). In your comment, tell me what your favorite 2016 Holiday Catalog goody is.  You’ve had some time to play with the new products, so let me know what you’re loving 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 Friday, 7 Oct.

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 and good luck!! 🙂



Old Olive Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and fold at 5 1/2″)

Island Indigo Card Stock:  4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mat for card front and for inner liner)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (Woodgrain embossed front panel)

Serene Scenery DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″  (card front); window frame

Warmth & Cheer DSP: Outdoor Adventure die cuts; envelope flap

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!

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69 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Banners Outdoor Adventure Cruise – and Blog Candy!

  1. Patricia Allison

    Good morning, Mary! It is 5:40 am, Pacific time, and I am awake (bright and early!) reading your blog! Your cruise card is beautiful, and I hope you win the incentive trip to Alaska… That would be awesome! My favorite product in the new catalog is the pine cone die set… Been seeing a lot of pretty things with the copper paper… Lovely! Happy World Card Making Day, and thanks for the inspiration you provide us with each day. Hugs from California!

    • You ARE up bright and early! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to stop by – and that’s my very favorite, too. Just love the whole thing – and add in the Mini Pinecones….!! Good luck in the draw, Patricia – good to hear from you! 🙂

  2. What an awesome card Mary! Perfect for your Alaskan Cruise goal. 🙂 I know that you can do it! Hoping that we’ll both be on board for that cruise…I need to make sure that I earn it too!!

  3. K. Boyer

    I am really enjoying the jar of haunts set. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • It’s a good one, for sure – love that it coordinates with the Everyday Jars framelits. Makes it super versatile on top of super cute! Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  4. Super cute, and perfect goal visualization, lol. I think this indeed the view from your cabin, lol. I love the inside details and dressed up envelope especially! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  5. Thanks, Heather! We’ll see if what woo-woo visualization stuff works!! 🙂

  6. Mom

    Alaska cruise… YES!!! Card is mountainy beautiful.

  7. Dayle Schenk

    Love your card! I’m not a cruise person, but everyone I know who has gone on an Alaskan cruise has said its the best trip they ever took! So I wish you the best of luck earning the trip. My favorite thing from the Holiday catalog is the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle. Love all the different things you can make with it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. Yep – that one’s a lot of fun – and so versatile with Christmas and Halloween and Fall all wrapped up! Thanks and good luck in the draw, Dayle! 🙂

  9. My favorite is the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle for sure. The set just makes me smile with all its cuteness. Fingers crossed for your Cruise to Alaska!!!

    • Thanks, Phyllis – I see that one’s going to get a lot of votes!! I’ll take all the fingers and toes crossed I can get! Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  10. Karen L.

    I wish you the very best of luck on winning the Alaska Cruise………that would be such a wonderful trip. And that card captures the great views as well!! The Holiday Catalogue has sooooo many great stamps……but I am going to go with the Cookie Cutter bundles……..they cover all the Fall Holidays & are so darn cute!! Good Luck & thanks for a chance to win a great bundle. I love checking in on your blog daily for the great little chuckles & some great card ideas. Thanks again.

  11. Bettte S

    My favorite (so far) is the Star of Light bundle. I absolutely love that “swoosh”! I’m hoping you win the Alaska cruise and with that beautiful card as a goal, I’m sure you will! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome blog candy.

    • Oh yes – that’s a gorgeous one! Kind of unsung! And you’re right – the starry swoosh is beautiful! Thanks of the good wishes and good luck in the drawing! 🙂

  12. Cookie Cutter bundle gets another vote! Well deserving! Thanks for the nice words and the well wishes, Karen – I sure hope I can come thru!! Good luck in the blog candy drawing! 🙂

  13. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, I’ve no doubt you will earn the cruise and your card is a great visual. My favorite holiday goody is the Fa-la-la-la Friends stamp set. The puns just “quack” me up (groan). Since I’ve got the coordinating framelits I’m making lots of fun cards to send to our military. Happy World Card Making Day! – Ellie

    • Oh, I sure hope so, Ellie! 🙂 I think it would be awesome of you to make lots of cards to send to our military brothers and sisters!! Thank you for that! Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  14. bonnie greenhoe

    gl mary i hope you win your cruise you sure deserve it my friend, i like halloween its my favorite time of year, so i like the sweet home stamp set and the thinlits. lots of luck mary

    • Oh – that’s a fun one, for sure, Bonnie! Thanks for the good wishes – I can use as many as I can get! 🙂 Good luck in the draw, my friend! 🙂

  15. Carole Fish

    Am loving the pine cone die set! Spent most of yesterday cutting cones and boughs out of every kind of paper from foils to glitter and good ol’ brown and green card. When ( I like to think positive) you win the cruise you will notice that your luggage is extra heavy; that will be me stowing away. My nephew lives near Wasilla and I would love to see him. Thanks for all of the effort you put into your blog!

    • That’s for sure my favorite, too, Carole! If I get to go, I’ll be checking for stow-aways! 😉 Thank you, Carole! 🙂

  16. Sharon D

    Just found your website while looking for card ideas. One of my favorite sets from the Holiday Catalog is Father Christmas. I’m a vintage/old world Santa girl at heart so this will be perfect for my Christmas cards this year.
    Best of luck in your goal for winning the Alaska Cruise!!!

    • Well, I’m so glad you found me! I did a card with Father Christmas a little bit back – maybe that’s the one you that brought you here. I think it’s a beautiful stamp set! Thanks so much, and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  17. Karen K

    Hi Mary. I just love your blog. I look forward every morning to what you have to say and what you’ve created. Your cards are beautiful. I just love the cookie cutter stamp sets and punch. I just can’t get enough of it. Good luck with winning that Alaskan Cruise. That’s like a dream come true.

    • Aww, that’s sweet of you to say, Karen! And it makes me happy to know you’re enjoying what I come up with every day! And yes, it would be a dream come true, indeed! 🙂 Thanks – and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  18. joni p

    my favorite is the tin of tags set, and I love the swirl of stars from the Star of Light stamp set. I can think of several uses for it. Good Luck on the cruise!

  19. Kathy S.

    I am sure you will be on that cruise.! And when you get there you will be amazed. My favorite in the holiday catalogue is the Happy Home stamp set and think it’s I am saving up to order them. Pinterest is full of ideas with them. I can’t wait.

  20. Jessica Tesch

    I have to start saving up there are so many things I want from the Holiday Catalogue the first things I want to get is the Warmth & Cheer paper stack and the cable knit embossing folder. I visit your blog a few times a week thanks for the ideas.

  21. I sure hope so, Kathy! Thanks. Hoping you’re able to get your Happy Home bundle soon! Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  22. Paula Poindexter

    Hard to choose a favorite when I have yet to play with my new toys.
    But I will tell you that what I ordered was the Sweater Embossing Folder and most everything that went with it to create my Christmas Cards with! Looking forward to to getting crafty real soon.
    Thanks for giivng me achance win blog candy.
    Have a good weekend!

    • Carrie P

      Love your inspiration each day as well as your stories. My favorite is the Father Christmas. Thanks again for your hard work.

      • Yes -that’s a beautiful stamp set! Super pretty for coloring! Thanks so much for the nice words, Carrie! 🙂

    • That Cable Knit Dynamic Folder is really really cool – you’re going to love how it works, Paula! That Warmth & Cheer suite is very pretty! Thanks – and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  23. Karen

    My vote is for the cookie cutter bundle since it is such a fun set. Good luck earning the Alaskan cruise. My husband and I went to Alaska this summer. What an amazing trip! You will love it.

    • Thanks, Karen – I think it would be way too cool! I’m sure hoping I get there. Thanks much and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  24. patti moffett

    Star of Light bundle because the Season is all about Jesus…so sad there are less and less religious stamps in Stampin Up catalogs every year

  25. Sandra Schroeder

    I have been making Halloween cards lately and I have been enjoying the Cookie Cutter Halloween set and the matching punch. Really fun to make Halloween scenes with. Can’t wait to use the Holiday matching set.

  26. Lori

    I would like, no…I want, no…I NEED the Jolly Friends stamp set! It’s my favorite stamp set in the holiday catalog! It will make super cute cards!

  27. Kay V.

    I know you will earn your incentive cruise. How exciting for you. This “cruise” card is perfect. Well, all of your cards are so well designed. Thanks for a chance to win the blog candy. My favorite thing i the holiday catty is Christmas Pines bundle. Love the Thinlets.

    • Gosh, I hope so, Kay! Thanks so much for the nice words – and I agree on the Christmas Pines bundle. Favorite ever! Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  28. I enjoy reading your blog as well as seeing your creative cards. For some reason, this one reminds me of argyle socks! I DO hope you get to Alaska and I DO hope the random name picker gets me 🙂 Thank you for all the instructions you leave with your cards. I haven’t ordered anything from the Holiday catalog yet. This week I am putting in a demo order and will get the Fa-la-la-la Friends stamp set.

  29. Susan Mack

    You are so creative! Alaska is on our bucket list, too..

  30. Thanks – me, too! You’ve shown remarkable restraint in not ordering yet – I’m very impressed! Have fun with Fa-La-La-La-La! Good luck in the draw! 🙂

  31. Mary Bordeaux

    I love this and just about all of your card designs. I’ve even copied a few 🙂 There are sooooo many things to love in the Holiday catalog, how can I narrow it down to just one favorite. But if I have to I guess it’s going to be the Totally Trees stamp set. (Another) Mary in Augusta GA

    • Thanks very much, Another Mary! 😊 That’s a really nice compliment! I love Totally Trees, too! Best of luck in the draw! 😊

  32. Sibylle

    My favorite new toy is the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. I love all the gorgeous ideas for these. Thank you for a chance to win. Always enjoy your posts. 😀

  33. Karen Tenney

    My favorite is Christmas Magic because my husband is a big train hobbyist and it’s perfect for our Chritmas card this year! Thanks for offering the blog candy!

  34. Oh – well, it IS perfect then, and such great image of the train, too! I bet your cards are going to be beautiful! Thanks – and good luck in the draw! 🙂

  35. JRGH

    Hope you will earn your cruise!! My favorite is the Star of Light bundle, loving all the phrases in this one.

  36. Thanks much! Appreciate you stopping by – and good luck in the drawing! 🙂

  37. Mindy Backes

    Um, that is just clever and darling! I never would have thought to use the DSP for trees but it’s terrific! And the idea for a shaker card here, genius! I need to use that die and set! Thanks for playing at Fab Friday!

  38. Best of lucky getting the cruise this year! This card is a wonderful start to the SU year for sure! Love the layers to create the scene and using DSP for the tree layer is a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  39. Thanks so much, Amanda! 🙂

  40. Very cute card!! Love the shaker window!! Good luck on earning Alaska!! I’m working for it also, for the first time in 10 years!! Thank you for joining us at Fab Friday!!

  41. Thanks, Brenda! And good luck to you, too. Perhaps we’ll meet on the cruise!! 😊

  42. Susan K

    Visiting from the link when you announced you won the cruise! Can hear your determination here and so glad you made your goal! Congratulations!

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