Stampin’ Up! Rustic Retreat Birthday Card!

Well – good morning!  We’re T-1 and counting!

I sort of have the laundry done.  I mostly have cards ready.  I might have pared my luggage down to one ball-gown and three tiaras….

Man, it’s hard.  It’s so much easier to just throw one or five of everything in the suitcase(s) and then pick and choose once you get there!

But – I have resolved to go at least a little lighter.

So – I’m really going to get strict with myself.  Obviously the DIAMOND tiara will make the cut – Diamonds go with everything!

I have a “one-of-my-favorite” cards today for you.  It uses the new Rustic Retreat stamp set and some other fun goodies (most of which you’ve seen before).  Take a look-see:

This one was quick to make- so hang tight! 🙂

I started by embossing a piece of Crumb Cake card stock in the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder and then matting it on Mossy Meadow for the card front.

Next up, I embossed another piece of Mossy Meadow – this time in the Corrugated embossing folder.  I tore it sort of ragged-ed-ly down to size and adhered it to the card front with SNAIL.  Then I added some decorative staples in the corners (using a non-SU! handheld stapler!).

I cut two lengths of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and used more SNAIL to adhere them to the Corrugated panel.

For the sentiment, I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment from Rustic Retreat on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  Over the top, in stamped-off-once Mossy Meadow, I stamped the branches from Rustic Retreat a few times.  Then I cut it with a Stitched Nested Label Die.

I popped the sentiment onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

With Glue Dots, I adhered a Bird Ballad Trinket (one of the leaves), tucking it under the sentiment.  Then I tied a double-length bow from Mossy Meadow Linen Thread (in the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Pack) and adhered it with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I added the sentiment from Rustic Retreat in Early Espresso to a Crumb Cake mat.  Over the top, I added a line of pine trees in stamped-off-twice Mossy Meadow.

I used Liquid Glue (and a few decorative staples!) to adhere the panel to a Mossy Meadow mat and then into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got Mossy Meadow branches across the front…

…and the line of pine trees on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Not gonna fib-ya, folks – I LOVE how this card turned out!  Torn edges – crooked panels – woodsy accents from the Rustic Retreat stamp set.  Yep – this is smack in the dead-center of my wheelhouse.  I hope you like!






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Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Early Espresso Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (Corrugated panel – torn to this size)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 3 1/4″ Stitched Nested Labels Die Cut (sentiment)

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Finn Fan Fix

There is something in the woods across the pond.

He stood there for the longest time – absolutely focused.

Finally, he decided it was probably nothing (he was right – it was just one of our mama deer doing her mama-deer thing)…

He was still keeping an eye out – JIC.  But…from a much lower DEFCON level.

But – this DEFCON posture made some paw-poofs stick out.

So I took yet another picture of his paws.

Cuz…I find them to be just about his cutest thing! 🙂



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20 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Rustic Retreat Birthday Card!

  1. Such a cool card! Love your design and the colors are perfect! Yay!!! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow afternoon! 😀

    • stampsnlingers

      I can hardly believe it IS tomorrow! Whoo-hoo! Thanks, Amy! 🙂

  2. This is my kind of card. Love it! Country girl at heart I suppose!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Shirley – it’s my kinda card, too! 🙂

  3. Mary E

    Hi Mary, love your cards and your story’s. What ever happen to Wilbert the pig that was hanging around? You haven’t mentioned him in such a long time.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks very much, Mary! 🙂 Wilbur just…left…one day last year. We thought he’d just gone down into the creekbed behind the place where it’s cool. And that he’d maybe come back when the temps cooled off again in the Fall. But..nope. I suspect he’s met a woman and…well. It’s a story as old as time! I had already made plans for him to be a permanent member of the herd, but… 🙁

  4. Debra S Anderson

    Love the organic, masculine look of this one.

  5. Paula Poindexter

    Hi Mary,
    Your card is wonderful but as simple as your inside is…that’s my favorite part!!!

    Your running out of time for packing. Toss most of Wayne’s stuff out and use his space too. That might help. (Sorry Wayne..a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!)
    Finns paws are perfect.

    • stampsnlingers

      LOL! I’m gonna tell him that tomorrow morning if my suitcase is too heavy! HE can carry a couple of Tiaras!! 🙂 Thanks so much, Paula! 🙂 And yes – perfect the paws are indeed! 🙂

  6. Gerri K

    Hi Mary,
    Love your rustic card!
    Enjoy your trip and please post pics. It sounds like an amazing place to go.

    • stampsnlingers

      I’m excited and will be posting as much as the internet allows! Do be watching my Stamps-N-Lingers FB page, too! 🙂 Thanks, Gerri! 🙂

  7. Gale S.

    I love the stamp set Rustic Retreat. There haven’t been many samples made with it. I really like your card; the earthiness of it goes right along with the set. I especially love that saying!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you, Gale – I love that it’s got the pines and the rustic look!! 🙂

  8. Great card, Mary. Us country folks like things that are sort of rustic-y. Love the colors…can’t beat nature for color schemes. I know you will have a fantastic trip!!!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Julie – I do love these colors together! Appreciate the kind wishes – truly getting excited now! 🙂

  9. Jayme

    Mary this card is stunning!! The colors, textures, its all amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Bree Renwick

    This card is amazing and has inspired two cards! I made my boys some fun cards using this sentiment and just finished a card for my husbands birthday using a similar layout. You have amazing talent! And we also share a love for Aussie’s!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you very much, Bree – glad it helped you to make some cards!! Your words are very kind. And yes – this is my first Aussie…I can’t believe it took me so long to have one in my life! 🙂

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