Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms Sneak Peak!

Happy Weekend!  Hope you’ve got big plans.

Or…no plans!  Whatever will make you happy this weekend is what I hope for you!

I want to share a most gorgeous stamp set with y’all.

Hmm.  Not much to look at, really.  Hard to know how that could turn into a beautiful card, isn’t it?

Well – this is a photorealistic stamp set made using a special process (only from Stampin’ Up! OBTW).  Stampin’ Up! made a quick little video – featuring Brandy Barnard – showing how cool this stamp set is.  Check it out!

Fun, yes?

Well, after I watched the video, I took a couple of Brandy’s ideas and ran with them to make…this.  Take a look-see:

I pulled my color scheme from the challenge at the Color Throwdown.

I started with a Crumb Cake panel and inked up the gorgeous Heartfelt Blooms stamp in Crumb Cake and stamped it several times across the panel.  Then I matted it on Pear Pizzazz.

For the art panel, I stamped the large flower image in Sweet Sugarplum in the corner of a Whisper White panel.  At the same time, I stamped it again on a second piece of Whisper White.  I also stamped it once in Pear Pizzazz on the scrap Whisper White.

With those two images, I fussy cut the large Sweet Sugarplum daisy and the adjacent Pear Pizzazz leaf and sponged the edges of each fussy cut image.  With my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend, I colored the middle of the daisy.

I matted the art panel on Pear Pizzazz and adhered it to the card front with Fast Fuse.  With my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to guide me, I stamped the Heartfelt Blossoms sentiment in Crumb Cake ink.  Then I wrapped some Linen Thread sort of casually (that’s designer-speak for “sloppily”!!), securing it on the back with scotch tape. 

I adhered the fussy cut leaf with Liquid Glue over the same leaf in the stamped image.  Then I popped the Sweet Sugarplum flower on with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.  With my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some little dots around the flowers – just to sort of bring them out! 🙂

I tied my new go-to bow – the gorgeous (and deliberately “casual” 🙂 ) Billie Moan bow and stuck it on just so with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I stamped the flower image again in the corner of a Whisper White panel and colored the center with my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Pear Pizzazz mat and into my Crumb Cake card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Sweet Sugarplum flower on the front – on this one I colored the center with my Light Daffodil Delight Blend…

…and repeated that again on the envelope flap a couple of times.

Et Voila!  Amazing how this easy-to-overlook stamp “blossoms” when you just add ink!  Heartfelt Blossoms, like Brandy said, won’t be available to buy. Nope – even better!  You’ll be able to get it for free during Sale-A-Bration!  Start making your lists, folks!  Hope you like!




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 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

Only a Couple Spots Left in My Next Online Host Club – Let me Know if You Want One of Them…


Sale-A-Bration is Coming and that’s a GREAT time to get Host Benefits!


Would you like to receive host benefits ? Would you like to build up your Stampin’ Up! tool chest a little at a time?  Well then – an Online Host Club might be the perfect solution for you!

My next club will start up on 3 Jan (coincidently with the arrival of the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the start of Sale-A-Bration!) and I have a few openings available.

How does it work?  Well – at a glance…

You sign up for a 6 month term and agree to:

  • Place a $25.00 minimum order each month
  • Place your order by the 20th of each month
  • Use the Host code I’ll provide in an email sent out at the beginning of each month

And what do you get in return?

  • Based on a random draw, you’ll be the “host” for one of the six months
  • In your month, you’ll be guaranteed a workshop total of $150 – meaning no less than $15 in Stampin’ Rewards for you to spend!
  • In your Host month, your order ships FREE!
  • When you place a host club order – which you’ll do each month – you’ll get DOUBLE peppermints for that order!  So – if all you did was place your $25 order for the six months, you’d end up with 12 Peppermints.  Most folks end up with all 16 (and then some) – and earn a free $40 gift!
  • At the end of the club, you’ll get to choose a free stamp set up to $20!
  • And – you get first dibs on the next Online Club!
  • FREE monthly tutorial with 4-5 projects – and access to all the past tutorials on my  website!
  • FREE catalogs during your membership term

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Let me know quick – spots are filling up fast!

2018 Occasions Catalog Shares are Now Open!

What are catalog shares, you ask?  They’re your chance to try a little bit of everything and see what you like the best from a new Stampin’ Up! catalog!  

I’ll place our Shares order first jump out of the box on 3 Jan 18 and use expedited shipping so I get it back fast!  Then I’ll get it all cut up, packaged and out the door quick as I can – hopefully during the week of 8 Jan!

We’ve got new Designer Series Papers, new ribbons and trims and all sorts of fun embellishments!  

Shares are open to anyone – including demonstrators, so…check it…

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 free extra bonus!!).  You can see everything included in each share type and find a handy sign-up sheet on my 2018 Occasions Catalog Shares page!

Do You Need an Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog?! 

My catalogs are here and they’ve headed out the door to my customers.  If you’re not a current customer of mine but would like to be, you can request your copies of the catalogs on my Contact page right here.  And – of course, when you place an order over $50, you’ll get one, too!

The Great Year-End Sale Is Underway!

Hey, folks!  Grab these goodies – before they’re gone!

Check out the Retiring and Surplus Items List….  


Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page – or go right to the Year End Sale goodies in my Online Store!



 As was previously announced, this second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool. 

I’ve got all the information over on my Promotions page – including a super little video with lots of information on this wonderful new stamp placement tool.  Be sure to check it out – peruse the how-to-reserve-your-Stamparatus tutorial you’ll find there, and then get your reservation in before the 30th!!


Heartfelt Blossoms will be available for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Braiton!


Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11′ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front)

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

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ (art panel); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

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  


Friday was Fleas Day.

Fleas Day actually started at about 9:30 the night before when I discovered the little….bugs…on my kitty, Leo.

I said a bad word (okay – three or four) and rolled the Man over on his back.

Yep.  Buried there in all his skirting and pantaloons….FLEAS!

So.  Friday became Fleas Day.  You know the drill.  Pull all the dog beds outside.  Vacuum said beds.  Spray them with flea killer.  Wash.  Twice.  Spray flea killer all over the house. avoiding the dog and cats.  Vacuum.  Thankfully this was Sonya’s day, so she did the vacuuming.

And then – the Capstar.  The kill-’em-right-this-minute-cuz-we-hate-’em pill.  Got it in the cats and Finn.  Psst – don’t tell him I used a cat pill pocket for his pill, okay?

Poor baby.  I guess the fleas weren’t too happy about the Capstar and took it out on him.  He went crazy itching!


Yep – another trip to the Puppy Tubs.  This time with a flea shampoo surcharge…

He wasn’t impressed.

But he sat bravely for the blow dryer this time.

I said bravely.  Not happily!

When we got home, he felt lots better.  Still got some itches here and there, but…I hope we’re on the downhill side of Fleas Day.

Cuz…I hate Fleas Day! And so does the Man! 🙁



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22 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms Sneak Peak!

  1. Elisha

    Oh my!! Beautiful card, Mary!! I love the doodle dots – how cool!! Poor Finn! And poor you! Fleas are no fun👎 He looks downright pitiful in the dryer😕 😂

    • I know! He can look pitiful-er than any Basset Hound I’ve ever known! I’ve been checking 17 times an hour and I think we’re in the clear. Got to roll kitties today to see what I can see…! Thanks, Elisha – this stamp set it gorgeous!! 🙂

  2. What a beautiful card! Love that stamp set (apparently we were on the same wavelength with that today!) and your colors are perfect. Bummer on the fleas, hope that you got them all out!

    • Weeellll….I think I got them all. One never really knows for a few days. But – I’ve got my Capstar at the ready!! Thanks so much, Amy – and thanks for reminding me of this gorgeous set on our Thursday night meeting! I really enjoyed that, by the way!! 😉

  3. Wowza! This is gorgeous! My stamp should be here by Monday and it will be the first thing I use out of the box!
    Fleas! Hate ’em! Couple years ago I had to have exterminator. Both cats and the dog had been treated every month and I still have no idea how/where/when they got here. It was a pain in the tush, let me tell you. Vacuuming, scrubbing, washing, washing washing……. Hope you got rid of the nasty things without any after effects.

    • Yea – our monthly K-9 Advantix just didn’t do it this time – still not sure why…it’s been awesome for us for a very long time now! Between the looooong flea bath and the spraying and the Capstone…I am guardedly optimistic! Still have to see kitty bellies – no bath for them. THAT was just a bridge too far for me! Thanks so much, Julie – and have fun with this gorgeous stamp set!!

  4. The added touch of fussy cutting put this card and stamp over the top for me. Oh, yes, we know the battle of the fleas first hand from years ago. It was beyond unreal. We had to have the exterminator come because they had taken over our bed and living room.

    • Been there done that hated it!! Hoping I got it nipped in the bud! Have fun with the stamp set when you get it, Karen – thanks much! 🙂

  5. Kay V.

    Your card is so gorgeous. You really put this Sale-a-bration set to the top of my list. Hard to move those Pandas down a notch so I will have to splurge in January I guess. Thanks for all the inspiration. We hate fleas in Oregon too.

    • LOL, Kay – yes – SAB is the PERFECT time to splurge, for sure!! Don’t forget those Celebrate You Thinlits! Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Kate

    Beautiful card!

    Psst…hey, Finn…we don’t got none of them fleas at 8700′ out here to Bailey, bro. Y’all come!
    Love, Clara

  7. Mary

    I feel your pain, our house was a “flea” house last year, with 3 dogs, just use your imagination on that one! So we put them on Bravecto–bye,bye fleas in less than a week!
    I love this stamp set, I hope then make more stamps with this process in the future.

    • Oh gosh, me, too, Mary! It’s so gorgeous inked and stamped! We did that flea battle many years back! The vet recommended Bravecto – but we stuck with our K-9 Advantix…with the Bravecto the fleas have to bite the animal to die. With the Advantix, it repels them to begin with! We’ve had massive success – I personally think we might have gotten a “bad” or older batch this time! Fingers crossed that this is the last battle for a bit! Thanks so much! 🙂

  8. Kathy Skinner

    The Heartfelt Blooms was at the bottom of my list of “must haves” until I saw your card today! Love it! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for changing my mind! Your poor Finn! We were blessed 30 years ago to move to a climate so dry we have no fleas…or mosquitoes! The pets don’t know what they’re missing😜

    • We had the same when we lived in Albuquerque – it was wonderful! 🙂 Glad that the card helped you to bump this beuaitufl stamp set up in your priority list! Thanks so much, Kathy! 🙂

  9. Patricia

    Oh Mary! How beautiful did that turn out! I knew that was the first SAB item I wanted but now ….. I can hardly wait. Absolutely beautiful and so creative with the background too. Here’s a big congrats!
    Sorry you have to deal with the fleas! They are so horrible, horrible, horrible & so much work.

    • Thank you so much, Patricia – this is one that definitely deserves to be first on your list!! Hope I get to see what you create with it! I think (THINK!) we got the jump (no pun intended!) on the fleas – keep your fingers crossed! 🙂

  10. bhholcombe

    Such a pretty card and I do love that realistic looking stamp image! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the Color Throwdown!

  11. Bernice P

    Hi, Just browsing pinterest and saw this gorgeous card… but I what is a Billie Moan bow? Thanks

    • Hey Bernice! A Billie Moan bow is a double loop bow – she’s the person who sort of started using them, so it’s just what I call them! I show you how to make one in the first 10 minutes or so on this video! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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