Simple Stamping for Easy Backgrounds

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Simple stamping for easy backgrounds! Today I am sharing some easy cards that you can make with creating your own stamped backgrounds. I used the Color & Contour stamp set with Blueberry Bushel and Lemon Lolly.



Simple Stamped backgrounds using the flower image from Color & Contour stamp set; all supplies Stampin'Up!


Here is a closeup of the stamped background. You could do it with or without the dotty stamp.


Simple Stamped backgrounds using the flower image from Color & Contour stamp set; all supplies Stampin'Up!


A few more simple stamping for easy backgrounds ideas


Do you see the blue mat behind the “I’m just so happy for you”?  That is the piece that was cut off from the card above! This was the result of my impatience. I needed a mat for my sentiment but the only piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock that I had nearby was already cut and scored into a card! I cut a piece off the one end and then couldn’t bear to throw the rest of the card away or cut it up, so I designed the card above with it. Here you can also see what the background stamping looks like without the “dotty” stamp. Which one is your favourite?


Simple Stamped backgrounds using the flower image from Color & Contour stamp set; all supplies Stampin'Up!


For the card below I chose to keep it cleaner by omitting the blue mat and using a scalloped stitched die instead from the Scalloped Contours dies. I also fussy cut one of the flowers from the stamped background to pop up on the lower left hand corner. This is a stepped up version of the last card. Do you know where the saying is from? Check out the Good Feelings stamp set and see how you can use it for background stamping here.


Simple Stamped backgrounds using the flower image from Color & Contour stamp set; all supplies Stampin'Up!


Video Tutorial


Here is a video tutorial for these cards, but you can also check out this “short” on YouTube to see the background stamping done in Berry Burst.



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On The Ocean Collage Stamping

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today you get to see a great card using On The Ocean and collage stamping. Sound like fun? It is!!


On The Ocean Collage Stamping


This collage stamping card is a slimline card that uses only stamps, ink and paper. No dies, no punches, no ribbon or any other accessories. It can be a challenge making a simple stamping card so I am always thrilled when it turns out so well. Let’s take a look.


This slimline card uses On The Ocean from Stampin'Up! It's a simple stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper.


This slimline card uses On The Ocean from Stampin'Up! It's a simple stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper.


This card is my submission for the Demo Design Dream Team. This is a monthly tutorial bundle that my customers and my team get for free. The theme this coming month is Simple Stamping. Would you like to see the inside?


This slimline card uses On The Ocean from Stampin'Up! It's a simple stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper.


Colours Used


\For this slimline card I used Soft Sea Foam as the base which measures 7″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 3 1/2″. The dark blue layer is patterned paper from Countryside Inn and it measures 3 3/8″ by 8 3/8″. The white layer is 3″ by 8″. My ink pads are Starry Sky and Bojo Blue as well as Soft Sea Foam. What do you think of this On The Ocean stamp set? If you love it and you live in Canada, just click on the images in the supply list to shop with me. If you live in Europe you can simply click here.


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Thanks for joining me today! Happy stamping and remember, there are new annual catalogs available for porch pickup in Chatham or I can mail one to you if you are not local. Have a super day!

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Masking Paper and Blending Brushes

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Masking Paper and Blending Brushes add up to a lot of fun AND some pretty awesome cards. I will be teaching these cards tomorrow in person and I am so looking forward to that. Today I also made one of these cards for my weekly Cheer Corner which is live on Facebook every Monday at 10am EST or 4pm Central European Time.


Masking Paper, Blending Brushes and Queen Bee stamp set are used to make this gorgeous birthday card. All products Stampin'Up!


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Three More Cards with Masking Paper


Masking Paper, Blending Brushes and Queen Bee stamp set are used to make this gorgeous birthday card. All products Stampin'Up!


I must admit that I used our retired layering ovals dies to make the mask for these cards. Here’s hoping that they end up in our new annual catalog on May 1!

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Crane of Fortune

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Last week I made another Crane of Fortune card and it has made me want to make more! Crane of Fortune is an Asian-inspired stamp set that is also made with the DistINKtive technique. What does this mean? It means that the stamp is made to look like you have used different colours with it when in reality it is only stamped once. Very clever! Let’s take a look.


Crane of Fortune:  Using the Catalog for Inspiration


What do you do when you need inspiration for a stamp set? I would guess that most of us troll the internet. Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook groups or a Google search. These are all great ideas but it can lead you down the rabbit hole of time lapse! Why not do what I did? Just open your catalog and see what our in house artists have done with it. This will usually get your own creative juices flowing and it doesn’t take up a lot of time either. Both of the cards that I am going to share with you today were “cased” from the catalog. C.A.S.E. means copy and share everything.


Slimline card made using Crane of Fortune from Stampin'Up!


Here is the inside of this slimline Crane of Fortune card that I made for my Monday Cheer Corner video on YouTube . The colour combination came from the list of colours that were used in the patterned paper in the Symbols of Fortune suite.


Crane of Fortune slimline card inside


Video Tutorial


If you would like to see firsthand how to make this card, you can watch this video. It will have the measurements as well both in metric and imperial.



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Second Crane of Fortune Card


This second card was made for my exclusive Prime Time group. You can be a part of this group as well if you like! It started as a way to keep my business afloat when COVID first hit. The cost is only $10 a month and you get a weekly exclusive video and a monthly 16 project pdf tutorial. The videos are every Thursday at 10am EST and on Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements so that you can play along. Simply click here if you want to join.


Crane of Fortune card inspired from the spring mini catalog


Here is the inside of the card. You can see that I continued with the same colour theme of calypso coral and soft succulent, this time with a touch of crumb cake.


Crane of Fortune inside card


Real Floral Inspiration


I hope you enjoyed these Crane of Fortune cards. Many weeks ago I shared some cards made by an Artisan design team member  when this suite first came out. You can see them here.

Yesterday I had the incredible privilege and delight to be able to go to Keukenhof gardens. It did not disappoint! What a gorgeous display of flowers, trees and water. Even the grass is incredible!!



Keukenhof tulip beds



A kind stranger took a photo of us together! We went on a Sunday afternoon so we were still dressed up from church. Bailey came with too and he loved it! Do you agree with me that dogs can smile?



Gerard and Jackie at Keukenhof




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I hope you have a super day and a great start to this new week. Sometimes life can be crushingly difficult and then you need to take simple pleasures in the small moments. The song of a bird, the colour of a flower the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Sending hugs and prayers for whatever you may be dealing with today as well. Hugs from Holland!


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Ranunculus Romance

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I have an awesome “collage stamping” card using Ranunculus Romance. Wow, that is a hard word to type!! Did you know that a ranunculus is a bulb? You can read about them here and see how many beautiful colours they come in. Ranunculus Romance is great for vintage cards too. I was inspired to make this card by the talented Gail Ellis.


Ranunculus Romance Card


Here is my Ranunculus Romance card. I figured if I spell it often enough it will get easier! The ranunculus is also called a Persian Buttercup.


Ranunculus Romance collage card


I did a video tutorial for this card as well and I fussy cut the flower. Someone watching the video reminded me that there are indeed dies to go with this stamp set, so I looked into it. Indeed, there are dies! The reason that I did not have the dies is not that I forgot. Collage stamping is the primary reason that I got this stamp set and I didn’t think I would utilize the dies enough to justify the cost. You can decide that for yourself!


Video Tutorial


Rather than type out how I made the card, you can just watch the video here. I would be most grateful if you clicked on the bottom right corner of the video where it says “watch on YouTube”. It would be even more awesome if you subscribe to my channel and comment and share the video. This is the modern version of “word of mouth” which is the best form of advertising. Thanks for being a part of my stamping community!!!



Supply List


Did you know that the supply list for my cards is always listed at the bottom of my blog? I also share it in my YouTube videos. There are two little words beneath the description of the video. “Show more”. If you click on that you get a LOT more information including the links to my Stampin’Up! store and to my favourite Amazon products. With this video I used a great little bow maker. Mine came from a friend in the States, but it is much easier for you to get them from Amazon (or find a handy carpenter to make you one, in that case you can use the Amazon image as inspiration!) Click here to see it.




Thanks again for joining me today, I really appreciate you “stopping by”. Happy stamping and have a super day!

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Fantastic Field Journal

Hello stampers and happy Monday. I love all things vintage and also artistic images from nature, so this new fantastic  Field Journal stamp set was a must have for me. This stamp set allows me to pretend that I can draw! Do you want to see what I made with it?


Field Journal Cards


Field Journal Chipmunk


This is the first card that I made with Field Journal. I just love the cute chipmunk and all the images are just great for colouring. Don’t you think it pairs well with the In Good Taste paper?


Field Journal Collage


The mallard duck is just so beautiful that he deserves his very own card. This card also shows you how versatile a saying can be when you cut it up and rearrange it to say something just a bit different.


Field Journal duck


The last card is just a twist on the first card, using a different background paper from In Good Taste.


Field Journal Chipmunk


Do you notice any other differences in this card? The chipmunk is stamped on whisper white, the sentiment is a banner rather than stamped on the designer series paper, and the designer series paper from In Good Taste is a lot darker on this card. Which one do you like the best?


Video Tutorial


Here is the video tutorial from my Facebook live. This will show you how I coloured the images.



If you want to see another blog post that features some great images from nature, check this one out.


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