A New Twist

Don’t you just love it when an idea comes together in a few minutes?  I was cleaning off my workspace and needed to do something with some left over supplies from a Stamp A Stack.  I have been wanting to use my new Merry and Type stamp set, and I thought – why not use what I have to as Tim Gunn says – Make it Work!  Here is the final result.  Check out this blog post for my original card derived from a color inspired photograph of Elephants in the Serengeti. 

I used the same base supplies and tweaked the top for the saying.  I just love layering the Framelits with Punches.  I used the Labels Framelits for the saying, punch one Modern Label punch in Not Quite Navy, cut it apart and layered that on top of one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits – my go to background matte for many things.


I of course used our newest must have tools the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.  I absolutely love these and they are quite the value!  The guides are great and easy to use.  But most of all, I love the variety they give.  They fit so many of our Framelits and Punches.  It’s the perfect finishing touch that takes about a minute.

The color combination is neutral and masculine, which I love.  Most of all, I love the new Midnight Muse color that I stamped all my images in.  It’s the perfect shade to compliment Not Quite Navy.  I wanted the ornaments to really pop, so tone on tone was not going to be enough, but Night of Navy would have been too dark.  Enter the new In Color – Midnight Muse.  I also switched up the Garden Green from my original sample to the  new In Color Gumball Green.  It’s a bit more vibrant, and really made my card pop.

I hope you love this card!  I’ll be featuring it as one of my upcoming Holiday Stamp A Stack cards.  It’s a quick one to mass produce!

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Stamp Sets – Merry and Type (122552) Paper – Sahara Sand (121043), Basic Grey (121044), Not Quite Navy (101722), Gumball Green (126840); Ink – Midnight Muse (126860) Cool Tools – Stamping Sponges (101610), Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Essentials Mat Pack (126187), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199), Modern Label Punch (119849), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003) The Perfect Finish – Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Color Inspiration

I love to pull inspiration from everything in life.  Lately I’ve been saving pictures and color swatches to one of my boards on Pinterest.  (Click here if you want to follow my Pinterest Color Inspiration board)

I found this striking picture of the Serengeti while going through the photography boards.  The colors jumped out at me right away.  I like the drama of the deep sky and dark grey Elephants against the freshness of the green and neutral grasses.  I immediately went to my cardstock and began pulling colors.

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I still only have my one image stamp set, so I pulled out my Baroque Motifs and went to work with tone on tone images.  The only one that varies is the Basic Grey I used to stamp the Sincere Salutations saying – Thinking of You.


To me it’s a classic and simple card that can be done in minutes.  I hope you enjoy!

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Stamp Sets – Baroque Motifs (113490) Sincere Salutations (115068); Paper – Sahara Sand (121043), Basic Grey (121044), Not Quite Navy (101722), Garden Green (102584); Ink – Basic Grey (109120), Garden Green (102272), Sahara Sand (105208); Cool Tools – Stamping Sponges (101610), Paper Piercing Tool (116631) Mat Pack (105826); The Perfect Finish – Stamping Dimensionals (104430)

Elephant Photo by Michael Nichols – National Geographic

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