Stampin’ Up! Thankful Life Sneak Peek for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all – welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop!  This week we all worked with a color challenge – and so that means the projects are wide open as far as layout of the cards.  Heck – they may not even be cards!! 🙂 I hope you’ll spend some time scrolling thru all the Blog Hoppers’ offerings today!

Here’s the color scheme we were working with!

Such pretty soft colors, yes?  I did a little bit of faux Bokeh technique, using it to bring out the pretty flowers in the 2017 Occasions Catalog Host-Exclusive set called Thankful Life.  This one will be available on 4 Jan to workshop hosts or folks whose individual orders total over $150.  This is a beautiful multi-step stamp set, and was all I needed to make today’s card. Take a look-see:

I started with a panel of Whisper White card stock.  Using a couple of sponge daubers, I tap-tapped on my Soft Sky ink pad and then tapped the card stock.  I did that all over – leaving white space for my second color.  I mostly daubed-off once before stamping the card, and then would daub a couple of times without re-inking.  I also made sure to overlap some of my daubs.  Dabs?  Then I did the same again with my Sweet Sugarplum ink pad.  I kept adding until I was happy with the effect!

I used my Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker to “stitch” around the edge of the panel, then I SNAILd it to a Sweet Sugarplum mat.

My center art section is another piece of Whisper White – and I rounded the corners on it with my Project Life Corner Rounder.  Using the Thankful Life stamp set, I stamped the flowers first – beginning with Soft Sky for the “leaves and stems” image.

For the second image, I inked up with Sweet Sugarplum and stamped it off once, then stamped it over the first image.  Then I took the third flowers image and stamped it full strength in Sweet Sugarplum.  All you have to do is keep the arrows on each stamp going in the same direction and you’ll be making a masterpiece!

The vase is stamped in Soft Sky, and then I added the “highlight” image to the vase.  It’s kind of cool the way it works – I wasn’t sure I’d be able to see the highlight since both it and the vase are done in Soft Sky.  But…Stampin’ Up! made it work perfectly! 🙂

The sentiment, also from Thankful Life, is stamped across the vase in Sweet Sugarplum.

I rounded the corners of a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock with the outside corner rounder on my Envelope Punch board, and SNAILd the art panel to it.  Like the card front, I used my Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker to make “stitches” around the edge.  And then I decided to make it look a little like a hanging picture.

Using my 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch, I punched two holes in the top of my art panel.  Then I ran a length of Pool Party (sorry – not Soft Sky, but pretty darned close!) 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon thru the two holes.  I went from the front to the back with the ribbon and cut it pretty short. I popped the art panel on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals – then I stuck the cut ends of the ribbon to the card front with a couple of Glue Dots.  Man – I wish someone had taken a picture of this process for you. 😉

I finished it off with a small bow tied from the Pool Party ribbon and adhered with a Glue Dot over the cut ends of my “picture hangar”.  And that was it for the card front! 🙂

On the inside, I started with another Whisper White panel and stamped a second sentiment from Thankful Life in Sweet Sugarplum,  Around the edges, I added the little dots image in Soft Sky, then repeated my faux Bokeh around the edges.

I SNAILd the panel to a Sweet Sugarplum mat and into my Soft Sky card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done! 🙂

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum Bokeh on the front – plus some Soft Sky little dots…

…and more Bokeh on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love this sweet vaseful of flowers brought to you courtesy of the Host-Exclusive Thankful Life stamp set – available in January!  And this faux Bokeh….I love how it looks – so soft and kind of dreamy.  Hope you like! 🙂

Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page.  And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!


Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!




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. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.



The much-awaited Retiring Items List will come out tomorrow – along with the list of items on the Year End Closeout Sale.  Closeout will run from 1 Dec – 3 Jan 17 and will offer some great savings!  I’ll be sending out a second posting in a few hours with all the details for the Closeout Sale and the Retiring Items List! Watch your e-mail! 🙂

The Thankful Life stamp set will be available on 4 Jan 17! Or…tomorrow, if you join Stampin’ Up! Just sayin’….


Soft Sky Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″ (mat for art panel)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 3 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ (art panel)

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14 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Thankful Life Sneak Peek for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

  1. Just beautiful Mary! I love your design with the ribbon threaded through it and the background turned out perfectly! 🙂

  2. Wow, why didn’t I get that stamp set? It is beautiful, especially in these colors! I love your little daubs of color to create a backdrop. So, so pretty!

  3. I love how you created your sponged background. This is so so pretty!!

  4. Wow–your stamping and stamping technique you shared here is fab!

  5. Mom

    Pretty. Tough color challenge imho. You met it well!

  6. Mary A

    Beautiful Mary!

  7. Kristi

    So pretty Mary, Love the stitched detail around your layers.

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