Stampin’ Up! Avant Garden Sneak Peek Friendship Card

Well, good morning – when you read this, I’m betting Igor and I will be on our way back to the airport.  We had a great visit with Mom and it was so nice to get the chance to see her and be with her for even just a couple of days! 🙂

Mom has a little Basset Hound – Clara – who loves men.  A lot.  So she thought Igor was the bee’s knees!  Sort of like Finn does.

I’m starting to get a complex.  Finn better be happier to see me than he is to see Igor or….I have to see what it would take to ship him to Russia!

Not really.  Igor can’t have him.  I love him – but he can’t have my Finn!  Finn will simply have to forget the powerful love he has – for no discernible reason! – for Igor!  And settle for his mother.

The one who buys him toys and treats and special puppy food.  And hugs him on her lap.  And pets him bare.  Yea – that one!

My card for today uses one of the prettiest little stamp sets – it’s called Avant Garden and it’s going to be available as a FREE item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog starting on 4 Jan. Take a look-see:

This is another card that uses the pretty color scheme from the My Favorite Things color challenge.

I started with the pretty wood siding design from the Serene Scenery DSP stack, matting it on Smoky Slate for the card front.

My art piece began with a square of Whisper White card stock.  On it, I stamped the flowers from Avant Garden.  First I did two in Peekaboo Peach (re-inking between stamps) and I stamped a third image without re-inking.  I also made a couple of masks on sticky notes and covered my flowers with them.  Over the top, I stamped a flower in Island Indigo – the masks made this flower go to the back.  Using the stamen image – I added a center to the Island Indigo flower, also in Island Indigo.  The other flower centers are covered with the sentiment.

I added stems and leaves in Mint Macaron.  Finally, using the splatter image in Avant Garden, I added some Smoky Slate texture around the flowers and stems.

My sentiment panel is a piece of Mint Macaron, with the Avant Garden sentiment stamped in Island Indigo.  I matted it on Smoky Slate and then SNAILd it to the art panel.

A piece of Linen Thread is wrapped around the panel twice, secured in the back with scotch tape.  And I added a tiny bow with a dab of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

I used some Glue Dots to adhere several loops of Linen Thread on the card front, and then popped my art panel over top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  As a final touch, I added a single Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the sentiment and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added a second Avant Garden sentiment in Island Indigo in the middle of a Whisper White panel.  I surrounded the sentiment with a Peekaboo Peach flower, some Mint Macaron leaves and – using my flower mask – more of the Smoky Slate splatters.

I SNAILd the panel to a Smoky Slate mat and into my Peekaboo Peach card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Medium Whisper White Envelope got a reprise of the Avant Garden flower and leaves and splatters on the front…

…and another piece of Serene Scenery DSP on the envelope flap!

Et Voila!  I love this Avant Garden set – the flower images are very painterly and pretty!  Oh – and yea.  It’s going to be free!  My very favorite price of all!  Hope you like!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll 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. 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.

Paper Pumpkin News!

For those of you who are already Paper Pumpkin subscribers (or if you’re ready to subscribe!) – here’s a fun little deal with the December Kit.  When our supplies allow, we offer a refill kit (without the stamp set and ink) and make it available the Monday after the 20th of the month. This month we’re changing it up a bit. We’re releasing the FULL kit instead of a refill kit! Get the December 2016 Another Great Year Kit in my Online Store – right here!  Please note that since we’re offering the full kit, we will not offer a refill for the December 2016 kit!

2017 Occasions Catalog Shares are Open!


The new catalog goes live on 4 Jan 17 and buying shares (a little bit of all the new ribbons, trims and embellishments) is a great way to get a little taste of everything! If you were to buy one of every paper, trim and embellishment, you’d spend over $150! Click right here to check out the shares that are available and get your order in now!

Almost Gone…

year-end-closeout-graphicThe Year-End Closeouts will include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products. Head over to my online store to check out all of those great deals now! And shop early as many of the deals are only available while supplies last!

Gosh – can you even believe that 2017 is only three days away!?!  Yikes!  And the arrival of the 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration is one week away!  I can’t wait for y’all to be able to start getting all the goodies you’ve been writing on your wish lists!!

Tomorrow is Happy Stampers Blog Hop day – so I’ll be back bright and early!



The Avant Garden stamp set will be available for free in the 2017 Sale-A-Bration flyer on 4 Jan 17!


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

Smoky Slate Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″  (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 1/8″ Square (mat for art panel); 1″ wide strip (mat for sentiment – trimmed to fit on a diagonal)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3″ square (art panel); 7/8″ wide strip (sentiment – trimmed to fit on a diagonal); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Serene Scenery DSP Stack: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap

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8 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Avant Garden Sneak Peek Friendship Card

  1. Oh, that’s so pretty Mary! Love the colors and your design with the angled sentiment panel is perfect! 🙂

  2. Elisha

    Oh Mary! Such a gorgeous card – I love that color combo paired with the SS DSP! Perfection!

  3. Very pretty, Mary. Glad you got to see your Mom for a couple of days. Hope it was an easy trip. I know Finn missed his Mom!! 🙂

  4. Really pretty Mary!!! The design is perfect with that DSP.

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