Stampin’ Up! Windows into Background Bits!

Mornin’, y’all!  Happy Friday!  

Before we embark on today’s card, I want to give you an update on my Online Host Clubs.  My June club is full-up!  I have a few spots left for the club that starts on 1 July – so don’t delay.  If you’re wanting in  – let me know ASAP!  Still need the details?  Here’s a link!

Okay – so my card today is a clean and simple one featuring just three colors.  And almost no layers!


I used the Background Bits stamp set again and some stencil sponging.  Take a look-see:

I played along with the sketch at the Fusion Challenge for the layout.

And my color scheme is from the Color Throwdown.

I started by cutting a Whisper White panel for the card front.  And then I cut an identically-sized panel from Thick Whisper White card stock.  That panel I used to make my stencil.  

I used the 1 3/8″ square from the Squares Layering Framelits and cut three windows in the Thick panel.  Then I adhered both panels to my Grid Paper with some Sticky Note tape.

I used a Sponge Dauber to sponge the three squares with Tranquil Tide ink.  I left the stencil in place and stamped the flower from Background Bits in Basic Gray Archival Ink.  

I SNAILd the panel to a Basic Gray mat and then used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp the Background Bits sentiment in Basic Gray Archival Ink.

I wrapped a piece of Tranquil Tide 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (avail 1 June) around the panel and then tied a short piece of the ribbon in a snug knot to make a faux bow.  And that was it for the card front.

On the inside of my card, I taped off a strip at the bottom of a piece of Whisper White card stock, sponged it with Tranquil Tide and added a few more Background Bits flowers in Basic Gray Archival Ink.

I SNAILd the panel to a Basic Gray mat and into my Thick Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got some more of the flowers from the Background Bits stamp set in Basic Gray Archival Ink across the front – and colored them in with my Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write Marker…

…and I put some of the Tranquil Tide paper from the new Fresh Florals DSP Stack on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love love love this Host set – Background Bits is chock-a-block full of versatile possibility!!  Hope you like – and remember you could choose this stamp set in your Online Host Club Month!



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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

I Have a Few Share Spots Left!!

Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares


What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


Here’s the fine-print!

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95
  • Enter the promo code, STARTHERE, at to subscribe.

The Eastern Palace Suite is available thru the end of May in two awesome bundles!  Just so you know, while all the products will still be available when the catalog goes live on 1 June, these bundles will NOT be!  Nope – they go away at the end of May.

Bundle #1 – The Starter Bundle – Item #147196 – $60.50   Perfect for the beginning crafter!!

Bundle #2 – The Premier Bundle – #147207 – $103.50  Perfect for the more experienced crafter or, if you’re anything like me, you just want it all! 😎

Get a complete list of everything included in both bundles on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!


Background Bits, Fresh Florals DSP Stack and the 2017-2018 In Colors will be available on 1 June! 🙂


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

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

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

Fresh Florals DSP (avail 1 June):  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!

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Finn-Fan Fix…

We’ve started using a new collar type for Mr. Finn.  They’re ridiculously ugly.  Bright green – and let me tell you, Lemon-Lime Twist is not a good dog-collar-color!!

And the electronic collar is hunter orange.

We started with the green collar to use with the GPS tracker.

Which didn’t track – so we sent it back.  

But I haven’t changed back to his pretty blue collar yet.

Okay.  I don’t remember where I put it.

Don’t judge!  I’ll find it eventually!

But – the two collars are both sized for…horses?!?  They’re so long that they leave a huge “tail”.  Even the green one, which is loose enough on him it’s more like a necklace than a collar.

He just loves to carry stuff in his mouth.

Never ending amusement with an Aussie in the family!



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18 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Windows into Background Bits!

  1. I LOVE everything about this card, EVERYTHING. I have never printed a blog page, but I need to try doing it with this one…minus the cute little Finn. He looks good in orange. Does he know how handsome he is? Have a great weekend.

    • Well – that’s a very nice compliment, indeed, Karen. Thank you so much! Finn is far too humble to be impressed with his own press. He just quietly absorbs the adulation that is his natural due!! Have a great weekend, Karen – and hope Perry is doing better. 🙂

  2. Such a beautiful card, Mary. Love what you did with the sponging!

  3. juliejphoto

    Lovely card. And so simple. Must try the 2 color idea (plus a neutral), or 1 color plus 2 neutrals. Finn gets more adorable every week.

    • Thanks, Julie! Give it a try – you’ll probably like the results! I wonder if there will ever be an end to his adorable-ness!?!? 🙂

  4. Susan K

    Your one-layer card is a real beauty! I get so caught up in layers, punches and bling that i sometimes forget I’m a CAS person at heart! I love this and can’t wait to CASE it. I think it’d be a pretty sympathy card too–I’ve needed way too many of those lately!
    The orange collar will help you spot Finn easily when he’s running around the pond in the rain…

    • I know – I love how they look, but I seldom seem to be able to make them happen! And yes – it would be a good sympathy card (although I’m surel🙁). Thanks much, Susan! 🙂

  5. Kathleen VanDeVeere

    Very pretty.
    Collar very ugly, but probably my “one” preference showing. I am sure there are advantages to being able to spot the Finn when he’s hiding in the bushes. (Remembering our Hawaiian match-y clothes and
    Your bro’s comment when he saw them.)

  6. Karen L.

    Glad you commented on those collars…..was wondering why they were so darn long & why wouldn’t you cut them off!! But, if he enjoys leading himself around! What can I say!! Great bunch of cards the last few days. Have a great Holiday weekend.

    • I think they must be for hunting dogs – and the extra collar length is a handy handle!! And yes – he does enjoy leading himself here and there. Cuz of how he’s goofy!! Thanks much, Karen – hope your long weekend is great! 🙂

  7. That is beautiful Mary! Absolutely love every little detail! The sponging and stamping is perfect. 🙂

  8. tsurutadesigns1

    Now that’s some wonderful inking! Great card (+ puppy!).

  9. Broni

    Beautiful card/envelope combo using our colors! Thanks so much for joining us at the Color Throwdown!!

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