Inspired Thoughts Winter Sunset

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Today’s Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop explores using dies as silhouettes. I’m using the Inspired Thoughts Bundle for my Inspired Thoughts Winter Sunset.

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Inspired Thoughts Bundle

As a demonstrator, we are allowed to purchase select products early, so we can begin preparing for classes. The Inspired Thoughts Bundle was on our Annual Catalog pre-order list. It was at the very top of my list, and I’m excited that today I get a chance to use it. It comes with the stamp set seen below and this beautiful trees die, in addition to other dies.

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The idea for this card has actually been rolling around in my head for a few years. Every winter, I occasionally see a beautiful sunset through bare trees, and I’ve always wanted to capture that look on a card.

When I saw this bundle and those beautiful bare trees, I knew I needed to finally recreate one of those beautiful sunsets.

Inspired Thoughts Winter Sunset

How To Make A Sunset

First, I cut the trees from a piece of black cardstock. I cut a Very Vanilla panel to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and positioned the trees across it. Once I decided where I wanted my sun to be, I removed the trees and applied Mango Melody ink to that spot with the Blending Brushes. I wasn’t careful about the size, just covering a larger area than my sun would be.

Then, I used a circle die in the size I wanted for my sun, and cut a piece of scrap paper (not cardstock). Using removable adhesive, I attached this circle over the area I had just colored. This is called a Mask and will protect the color of my sun.

Using the blending brushes, I started at the bottom of the panel and applied the following colors, working my way up to the top of the panel – Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, and Gorgeous Grape. I did overlap the colors a little so it would blend together and not look like stripes. Remove the Mask to reveal the sun.

Once I had the sunset like I wanted, I simply adhered the trees to the front of the panel and adhered that to a black panel cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. This was adhered to a Flirty Flamingo card base of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half.

Inspired Thoughts Winter Sunset Detail

The Details

I stamped the Sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut it out using the smallest of the square cut Tailor Made Tags Dies. Using a small piece of the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon, I tied it into the hole of the tag.

That’s it! A beautiful sunset sympathy card!

Let’s Hop

Click on the links below to see what my friends in Australia are doing with their dies.

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Sweet As A Peach Sweet Treat

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Today I’m making a Sweet As A Peach Sweet Treat. Our Blog Hop features projects to help with gift giving, and what could be sweeter than a peach treat?

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Sweet As A Peach Sweet Treat

I am fortunate to live in Kentucky, where we have several orchards within an hour’s drive. Each year in the early summer, we drive down to one of the orchards and pick up several boxes of peaches for my husband’s family. They are so sweet and juicy, and everyone wants a box of their own. I think the peaches make wonderful gifts, and the recipients seem to think so, too.

Stamp Club Project

This week, my Stamp Club will be meeting in person for the first time in two years. This is one of the projects I have planned for them.

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The Sweet As A Peach Bundle makes the perfect tag to go with this sweet treat!

The Details

I cut the base tag from a piece of Balmy Blue using the Tailor Made Tags Dies. I cut a piece of white to 1 7/8″ x 2″, and a piece of Calypso Coral to 2″ x 2 1/2″

The bottom of the Calypso Coral piece is cut with the smallest scalloped die from the Scalloped Contours Dies. You’ll need to be careful with this, as you only want to cut the edge, so you’ll only run it through far enough to make that cut. If you run it all the way through your cutting machine, you’ll end up cutting your calypso coral piece in half. If you forget and do that, it’s ok! When you adhere it to the balmy blue tag it will be covered up by the white anyway.

Stamp the white square with the peach leaves in Pear Pizzazz. The three small peaches fit perfectly between the leaves, and are stamped in Pale Papaya.

Stamp the stem with leaves in Pear Pizzazz and the large peach on a scrap. I inked the peach with Pale Papaya, then used a dauber to add Calypso Coral in some areas before stamping. The stem/leaves and peach are cut with the coordinating Peach Dies.

Stamp the “You’re as” at the very top left of the Calypso Coral piece, and “sweet as a peach” on the die cut peach in Early Espresso.

Assemble by adhering the Calypso Coral layer to the tag, then the white square, and finish by adding the peach and stem/leaves with dimensionals.

Use ribbon to tie the tag to a printed cellophane bag.

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Sweeter still

If you’d like to give a larger treat, simply tie your tag to a mini shopping bag!

Sweet As a Peach Bags

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Don’t forget to visit the following pages for more wonderful gift giving ideas!

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I hope you enjoyed this project

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Another Sale-a-bration in August?!

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It’s true! For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is offering two Sale-a-bration promotions in the same year! In the USA, that means you can earn FREE items with any $50 or $100 purchase before shipping and tax during August and September.

New Sale-a-bration items

What can you earn FREE? Today’s Blog Hop features some of those new items.

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Delicate Dahlias

I’m using the Delicate Dahlias Sale-a-bration stamp set to make a sympathy card. I think the florals in this set are beautiful, and there are several sentiments to choose from, so you could make this card for any occasion. And, you can get this stamp set FREE with any $100 purchase before shipping and tax!

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Two Step Stamping

Delicate Dahlias is a Two-Step stamp set. If you look at my card, you can see the outline of the dahlia is a darker color than the petals themselves. It takes two steps to make the flower. First, I stamped the flower in Pool Party using the flower stamp, then went back and used the outline stamp with Misty Moonlight to add the darker outline.

The leaves were stamped in two steps as well, but using Granny Apple Green in both steps.


As you can see, there are two flowers, one BEHIND the other. To get this effect, I used a technique called Masking. Unlike painting, where you add the front image last, with the Masking Technique you stamp the front image first, then cover or “mask” it to stamp the other images. This allows them to appear BEHIND the first image.

Be sure to sign up for my Email Newsletter, if you’d like more information on Masking. I’m working on an instructional PDF to send to my newsletter subscribers soon!

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy

Double Layer Technique

Did you notice how the stamped images continue from the front layer onto the back layer? This is achieved using a Double Layer Technique.

First, I stamped the images (using the Masking Technique) onto a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White panel. I then used the Stitched Rectangles Dies to cut a rectangle from the center of this panel.

I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock using one of the dies from the new Scalloped Contours Die set and layered it behind the cut white rectangle with the stamped images. It’s then centered over the hole and adhered with dimensionals.

Below is a picture of the pieces I used, so you can see how this card comes together.

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy Elements


The greeting is stamped on Basic White and punched with the Double Oval Punch, layered onto a piece of Misty Moonlight that is punched using the scalloped oval from the same punch.

I added a piece of the Gold Fine Art Ribbon and one of the Bumblebee Trinkets to embellish.

Delicate Dahlias Sympathy Detail

Let’s Hop

Visit my friends’ blogs to see more new Sale-a-bration items you can earn FREE!

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