Stampin’ Up! Succulent Garden Birthday Sneak Peek for the Celebrate Blog Hop


Good morning, y’all – welcome to this month’s Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop – we’ve got a Celebrate theme today! That’s pretty wide open – especially since Amy said we could interpret the theme however we liked!  I hope you’ll spend some time scrolling thru all the Blog Hoppers’ offerings today!

I just did another pre-order from the 2017 Occasions catalog and I got the long-awaited (for me!) Oh So Succulent stamp set and the bundled Succulent Framelits.  And since I was allowed to order everything (just a little perk of being a Demonstrator!) I got a pack of the beautiful Succulent Garden DSP.  All these products make up the Succulent Garden Suite.  Since I had them and had been itching to use them….I used them for my card today!  Take a look-see:

Now, if you guys knew me at all, you’d know that birthdays aren’t really my thing.  Your birthday, yes.  My Mom’s?  Yes.  Wayne’s?  Yes.  Mine?  Not so much.  I prefer that they just come and go with little (read…NO) fanfare.  I’m not a fan of being that kind of center of attention.  At all.  Which means that doing a birthday card is an acknowledgment that for most people – a birthday IS a celebration!

So, to make this card, I started with some of the Succulent Garden DSP.  But it was a little much for my card, so I decided to cover it with a piece of Vellum card stock.  To begin my layering of images, I heat embossed a couple of the dangle-y images from Oh So Succulent in Gold and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Over that, I stamped some flower images in Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive.  Be sure to give the ink time to dry on the Vellum!  Using my Fine-Tip Glue Pen, I added the Vellum over top of the Succulent Garden DSP – making sure to keep the glue where I knew it would be covered up by my decorations.


Next up is a new Lace Doily, adhered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue onto the Vellum.  I then added a little loop and tail of new Whisper White Succulent Garden 3/8″ Ribbon.  I made the loop with a handheld stapler and then adhered it over the lace doily with more Liquid Glue.

For the little flowers you can see peeking out behind the large focal flower, I stamped a couple of images in Crumb Cake and Old Olive – using full strength ink for the outline images and stamped-off-once ink for the “fill-in” images.  Then I cut them out with the matching Succulent Framelits and adhered them with Liquid Glue.


Finally – finally! – it was time to make the big statement flower!  I started by cutting a medium flower from Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum and a smaller flower in the same colors, so I had 4 flowers.  Using Whisper White Craft Ink, I used the little stamp image in the Oh So Succulent set to add the points on each of the flowers.  Then I curled them all a little with my bone folder and adhered them in a stack with Liquid Glue.

I cut two smaller “center” Sweet Sugarplum flowers and added them to the….well, center!…of the flower.  Then I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel.  I stuck a few Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the flower and used them to wind some loops of Linen Thread, then popped it on the card front.


My sentiment, from the Oh So Succulent set, is heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a strip of Whisper White.  I snipped a banner end on the right side, edged the strip with my Sweet Sugarplum Stampin’ Write Marker and adhered it to the card front with Liquid Glue.  Then I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped a small flower in Sweet Sugarplum in the bottom corner.  I used full strength ink for the outline and stamped-off-once ink for the fill.  Then I made a sticky note mask, covered the flower and stamped a couple of Old Olive flowers over the top.


I SNAILd the panel to a piece of Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive card stock, then SNAILd it into my Crumb Cake card base.  I double matted the card front in the same way, popped it on the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals – and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got the same flowers on the front that I’d used on the inner liner…

…and more of the Succulent Garden DSP on the envelope flap.


Et Voila!  From the moment I saw this Suite previewed at the OnStage event in November, I knew this one was going to be a winner.  And I waited anxiously for the full-up Pre-Order period to start!  I hope you like – and will put this one on your “must have” list!

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

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

Click Previous Blog to see what Jari Francis is up to and use the Next Blog button to go right to Linda Geiger’s page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!

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Jaimie Babarczy

Jari Francis

Mary Deatherage – You are Here!

Linda Geiger

Amy Koenders

Have fun on the hop!




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Year End Closeouts and 2017 Holiday Catalog Retiring Products


Promotion period: December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017

  • All products (and discounts, if any) can be found in the Year-End Closeouts category of the online store. Check it right here!
  • Here’s a download with the Initial List of Retiring Items, but the very best way to know what’s still available is to go to the Online Store!  Hint:  There’s a lot under the “Everything” section – and be sure to Show “All”!
  • This is a great list of all the items on Clearance, on the Retiring List and in excess inventory.  Use it as you will.  Note, though, that this list won’t be updated as things sell out!
  • No minimum purchase is required to participate in Year-End Closeouts.
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  • New demonstrators may add Year-End Closeouts items to their Starter Kit.                                                    
    • Hint – this is a great way to make that $99 investment go even further!

The Succulent Garden Suite products will be available on 4 Jan!   


Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Old Olive Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Succulent Garden die cuts

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (inner liner); 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ (sentiment banner); Succulent Garden die cuts

Succulent Garden DSP: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (card front)

Vellum Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (card front)

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!

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20 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Succulent Garden Birthday Sneak Peek for the Celebrate Blog Hop

  1. Wow Mary, your flower is stunning! Great colors and I love the layers. Perfect sentiment too! 🙂

  2. Elisha

    Oh my! Wow! This is so beautiful! The addition of vellum softens it perfectly! Well done!!

  3. Truly gorgeous flower, Mary. I love all of the layers of “goodies” unerneath, too. Just stunning!

  4. juliejphoto

    Gorgeous! I think this one is a ‘must have’. Can hardly wait for the new catalog!

  5. Linda Geiger

    Great design and colors, Mary…. And to think that I though I might pass on the Oh So Succulent Bundle.

  6. I look forward to the ideas on the blog hop each week. LOVED this card—LUCKY the special friend who receives it. Your colors and the flower are perfectly gorgeous.

  7. Mom

    For a birthday avoider, you have created a MOST beautiful card for those who are not! I love the colors and all you did with them. Good job!

  8. This is one of my top 3 bundles to get. I want the box first. I’m so excited to get it soon!

  9. Susan K

    That’s just gorgeous! I love the flower and the softness the vellum gives the background. TFS

  10. Wow, so pretty! What a beautiful bundle to make a beautiful card!!

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