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Inspiring Iris for Appreciating Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like Somebody #simplestamping

I believe you can always add some sunshine to your day by thanking somebody. Gratitude has a way of not only making the recipient feel good, but also the well-wisher. Today’s card is a super simple and beautiful card to send out a word of thanks.

The Inspiring Iris is a Two Step Stamp. I love the beautiful script font the sentiments are written in. This card is a Simple Stamping card because it uses primarily ink, stamps and paper.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card base with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, two 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches; Gorgeous Grape CS: 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches; and 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper Assortments-Brights-Gorgeous Grape: 2 x 4 inches.

Use Memento Black ink to stamp the outline of the irises onto the 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Be sure to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or a catalog. Stamp the leaves in Granny Apple Green ink. Do not worry that the leaves do not exactly line up. Being offset a little is part of the design. i think this looked best when I tried lining up the top of the stems.

Stamp the body of the irises in Gorgeous Grape ink.

Stamp the sentiment “Thanks” in Gorgeous Grape ink onto the card piece with the irises. Then stamp the sentiment “You are somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody” in Gorgeous Grape ink onto one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

To fancy up the inside of the card, stamp the little flowers in Gorgeous Grape ink. The two darker flowers are stamped at full strength and the lighter one is Stamped Off. The center of the flower is Stamped Off for the darker flowers, and at full strength for the lighter Stamped Off flower. The body of the leaves is stamped in Granny Apple Green without using an outline.

Adhere the 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inch Gorgeous Grape CS to the left side of the second 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS, keeping the distance from the edge of the Whisper White equal on 3 sides, about 1/4 inch. Adhere the 2 x 4 inch Gorgeous Grape Designer Series Paper to the right side, about 1/4 inch from the right edge.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the irises. Alternatively, the iris piece can be adhered flat to the card front.

Fold the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the iris card piece to the front of the card, then adhere the whole piece to the front of the card base.

Adhere the card piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card base.

Viola! That is all there is to making this wonderful card! You can stop here or….

You can add a little Bling! The Pearl Basic Jewels are great for this card.

I used the Take Your Pick tool to transfer 3 Pearl Basic Jewels in decreasing size to the lower left corner of the Gorgeous Grape CS.

Viola! Same wonderful card now with a little Bling! Either way, this is a nice card to send to someone to thank them for being a great person!

Thank you so much for coming by today and learning how to put together this beautiful card. Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think.

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Masking Technique, Simple stamping

Celebrate Sunflowers Thank You Card with the Masking Technique

An attitude of gratitude has been shown to be related to a person’s overall sense of well being*. I have definitely noticed this in myself. On days when I am able to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, I feel much happier and more satisfied. I also try to let others know when I appreciate something they did. The card today is a great one to send to someone to say “Thanks a Bunch”!

This is the bright and cheerful “Thanks A Bunch” card for today made with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and available in the new 2020-2021 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. You can look through the catalog by clicking HERE.

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 3 1/4 x 3/4 inches; Pumpkin Pie CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Cajun Craze CS: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches.

Stamp the large sunflower onto the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS in Memento Black ink. Stamp towards the top in order to leave room for the sentiment and leaves.

Masking Technique– Using a sticky note with sticky all over the back, cover 1/2 diagonally with a sheet of paper so you can stamp one side of the sunflower. Note: the sunflower stamp is too large to just stamp it straight on the sticky note.

Now mask the area where you stamped with the paper and stamp the other side. Fussy cut the petals out for each side.

Cover the sunflower stamped on the Very Vanilla CS with the sticky note mask. Stamp the leaves in Memento Black ink where you would like them. An odd number of leaves will generally be more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

Remove the mask from the sunflower. Stamp the sentiment “Thanks A Bunch” in Memento ink onto the 3 1/4 x 3/4 inch strip of Very Vanilla CS.

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color the sunflower and leaves. The alcohol markers are easy to use and to get a nice blend of shadow. The leaves are colored first in Light Old Olive, then Dark Old Olive is blended in to make the shadowing.

The center of the sunflower is colored first with Light Cajun Craze, then with Light and Dark Soft Suede. The Soft Suede is used on the innermost part of the flowers center. There is also a ring of Dark Cajun Craze near the outermost part of the center. The inner petals are colored first with Light Mango Melody then shadowed with Dark Mango Melody by drawing on the lines that are already there. The second layer of petals is colored with Light Pumpkin Pie.

The second layer is shadowed with Dark Pumpkin Pie, again by drawing on the lines that are already there. The outer layer of petals is colored with Dark Pumpkin pie and then shadowed with Light Cajun Craze.

I used the side of the Light Pumpkin Pie to enhance the edge of the sentiment by running it lightly along the edge. Don’t hold the alcohol marker in place too long because it will bleed and leave a splotch.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line and make a crisp fold. Adhere the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Pumpkin Pie CS to the card front, then adhere the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch Cajun Craze CS on top of the Pumpkin Pie CS. Next adhere the stamped sunflower piece. Finish by adhering the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

And now for some fun with Bling! I used the Gold Metallic Pearls and scattered them around the sunflower.

Viola! You have a very cheerful thank you note to send off to someone! Making the card brings you joy, and receiving the card sends a little joy to them!

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Than you for visiting today! I am very grateful to have so many wonderful followers! I hope you can find some time to stamp and craft at home. Try to adopt an attitude of gratitude and see the positive effect on your sense of well being and satisfaction!

Have a Happy Day!


“*” Sansone RA, Sansone, LA. The Interface Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgemont) 2010;7(11):18-22.

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Kylie’s International Blog Highlight- May 2020

Thank you for visiting my Blog for Kylie’s Stampin’ Up!® International Blog Highlights! I am so happy that you could join us today for ideas and creative inspiration!
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For this card, I embossed the background with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder. The Designer Series Paper is from Best Dressed and the outline is with the Black Foil Sheets. The rhinestones are from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels. The lovely “Thank You” is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

The Poppy Moments Dies are a lot of fun to use and piece together for added dimension.

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Lovely Lily Pad Thank You

I just love to earn free stuff. During Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend, you choose free stuff from the Sale-a-bration brochure. This card is made from the free Lovely Lily Pad stamp set and the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP).

This is a really fun and colorful thank you card!

Measurements: Whisper White card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a score at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches; Grapefruit Grove CS: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 x 3 inches; Bermuda Bay CS: 4 3/4 x 2 inches; Flirty Flamingo CS 3 x 2 1/2 inches; Granny Apple Green CS 3 x 1 1/2 inches; and Lily Impressions DSP 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Additional supplies: Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, and Memento ink, and Metallic Bakers Twine and Sequins Combo Pack.

The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Moments stamp set. Stamp the “Thank You” sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom of the 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Tip: This is a red rubber stamp so you do get a good image when stamping on a flat surface.

Stamp the lily in Flirty Flamingo ink onto the 3 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Flirty Flamingo CS. Next, stamp the lily pad in Granny Apple Green ink onto the 3 x 1 1/2 piece of Granny Apple Green CS. Tip: To get the best image with a see through Photopolymer stamp, use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or your catalog. I cover my Pierce Mat with white copy paper so that the ink goes on the paper and not the Mat.

Cut out the lily and the lily pad with your Paper Snips. (If you do have a Big Shot, there are Lily Pad Dies you could use). Adhere the lily pad onto the Whisper White CS piece just over the “Thank You” sentiment. I use Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the lily.

Adhere the lily just over the lily pad. Now adhere the whole piece to the 3 x 3 inch piece of Grapefruit Grove CS.

Adhere the 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 inch piece of Lily Impressions DSP to the 4 3/4 x 2 inch piece of Bermuda Bay CS.

Wrap the Bermuda Bay colored Metallic Bakers Twine around the card piece 2 times, then tie a bow.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline and run the Bone Folder over it so it is a nice, crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White CS to the 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inch Grapefruit Grove CS. Then adhere the piece to the front of the Whisper White card base.

Adhere the Bermuda Bay and Lily Impressions DSP piece to the card front.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the piece with the lily and lily pad on it.
Tip: I get the corner pieces from cutting up the leftover outside edge of the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the lily and pad piece to the card front above the bow.

Now for the Bling! Apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the area you would like to place the sequins.

The Take Your Pick tool is an easy way to pick up a sequin and place it on the glue.

Easy peasy!

And Viola! you have made a colorful Thank You card!

Thank you for joining me today! I just love making cards and sharing the instructions. Many cards look complicated but they really aren’t if you go step by step. I hope you take time to create something for yourself soon. I feel a lot of joy when I take time to design and make new cards! I wish joy for you too!

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Stampin’ Up! Supplies used include: Stamp Set: Lovely Lily Pad #152288 and Peaceful Moments #151595; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Grapefruit Grove CS #146972, Bermuda Bay CS #131197, Flirty Flamingo CS #141416, Granny Apple Green CS #146990 and Lily Impressions DSP #152284; Ink: Memento #132708, Flirty Flamingo #147052 and Granny Apple Green #147095; Clear Blocks: C #118486, D #118485 and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick Tool #144107; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Embellishments: Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack #152314.

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Thank You Tag card

In the aftermath of Christmas, there are many thank yous to be written. The following is a slightly different type of card. I hope you like it!

This card is made using the new Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set and the free Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series paper (DSP). These products will be available on January 3, 2020 from the Mini Catalog. See more about getting the free paper at the end of the card instructions.

This stamp set is so cute!

I also used the Healing Hugs stamp set that is available in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base, 5 x 3 3/4 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches; Bermuda Bay cardstock 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Pineapple Punch cardstock 4 x 2 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 x 3 inches; Golden Honey Specialty DSP two of 3 3/4 x 3 inches.

Using Memento ink, stamp the small honey bee onto the 1 1/2 x 3 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock. Set aside.

Using Pineapple Punch ink, stamp the rose from the Healing Hugs stamp set onto the top of the 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

I did not like the way the rose stamped on the first try because the detail was not as obvious as I would like. The Healing Hugs stamps are Distinctive. This means they are more like a photo. Tip: Sometimes the image looks better when the ink pad is not so wet. You can use the bone folder to temporarily move the ink to the side. The image has more detail when stamped this way. (I just flipped the paper over to re-stamp the image).

Use the Memento ink to stamp the “Thank You” sentiment just under the Pineapple Punch rose. The sentiment is from the Love What You Do stamp set in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

You will need to cut the two pieces of the Golden Honey DSP as shown.

You will be using the two pieces on the bottom.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Apply adhesive only to the square edge of the Golden Honey DSP piece and adhere to the 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White so that the triangles overlap in front and make a pocket.

Adhere the stamped rose and sentiment piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock.

Slide the tag into the pocket as shown.

Fussy cut the honey bee with your Paper Snips.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the honey bee.

Adhere the honey bee to the rose.

Make a bow with the 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay. Adhere to the card with a glue dot.

And Viola! you have a really cute thank you note. I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve. Stay safe! See you next year!

How to get free stuff. Stampin’ Up! has a promotion called Saleabration from January 3, 2020 until March 31, 2020. During this time, for every $50 you order, you can choose a product from the Saleabration Brochure. The free product I used today is the Golden Honey Specialty DSP. There are also stamp sets, embellishments and framelits to choose from. You may order from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog or (starting January 3, 2020) you may order from the Mini Catalog. If you would like a paper catalog, please let me know via email at

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Sets: Honey Bee #151527, Healing Hugs #148223 and Love What You Do #148042; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Bermuda Bay #131197 and Pineapple Punch #146971; Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper #152311; Ink: Memento #132708 and Pineapple Punch #147141; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Glue Dots #103683 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Ribbon: 1/4 inch Mini Striped Ribbon in Bermuda Bay #146939; Clear Blocks: A #118487 and D #118485; and Paper snips #103579.