Kind Embrace

This is a doozie of a bow . . . however, just what the doctor ordered to play along with Limited Supplies Splitcoast Challenge "Get Knotty" (LSC172).  I also tapped into the Splitcoast Color Challenge (CC170), using So Saffron, Real Red and Regal Rose.  TIP:  All Splitcoast Daily Challenges are listed on my right side bar.  Using minimal layers and embellishments, this card looks pretty swanky.

The card base (4.25 x 5.5) is Real Red and all four corners (front and back) are cropped with a Corner Rounder Punch.  I then layered a Real Red Designer Series stripe (exclusively available as a Hostess Level I Prints Pack) on top, again clipping the corners.

Stampin up kind embrace close
The main image from Kind Thoughts is stamped with Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock (also punched on the corners).  Using Regal Rose and So Saffron Stampin' Up! Markers, I colored the line image, giving it an entirely different, fresh look.  TIP:  Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig (tutorial here) for perfect placement, I added the "embrace life" sentiment in Basic Black directly on the same layer.

Rich Regals Brads (Regal Rose) jazz up the top right corner.  TIP:  A Paper Piercer and Template make quick work out of lining brads up neatly.   The PERFECT TOUCH is obviously this monster So Saffron bow, an ambitious accent but fun contrast to the simplicity.  The ribbon is from Stampin' Up!'s Ribbon Originals Sherbet Collection.

COMING UP THIS WEEK:  Blog Candy Giveaway (and candy box tutorial) and "What do you want to see in the new Stampin' Up! Fall/Winter Catalog?"

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Sets:  Kind Thoughts, Embrace Life
Paper:  Real Red, Real Red Designer Series Paper (exclusively available as Hostess Level I Prints Pack), Whisper White
Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black, Regal Rose Stampin' Up! Marker, So Saffron Stampin' Up! Marker
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Template (Crafter's Tool Kit), Corner Rounder Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
The Perfect Touch:  Ribbon Originals Sherbet, Rich Regals Brads


  1. Decided to take a trip through your blog again. YOWZERS!! How did I miss this?! Never in a million years would I have thought to use such an elegant stamp with those colors! Absolutely Swanky Chic and I Love IT!! Thanks for pushing my color boundaries!!

  2. This is truly stunning. What a gorgeous card.

  3. That is some bow, but the stamped image is enough that the bow doesn’t steal the show. Wonderful card as always!


  4. What an eye opener,bright and beautiful, love these colors.

  5. Love it! The style and colors and the size of the ribbon bow all go great with the sentiment.

  6. colleen kramer

    Oohh…I’m liking these samples from Kind Thoughts…So many different options. It’s okay if that bow is a doozie…it is a PERFECT bow. Strut your stuff:) I noticed the Triangular balance of the knot of the bow, the 3 brads and the sentiment. Very appealing!

  7. I love this main image……It’s awesome how you’ve coloured it. Have done the “knotty” challenge yet. Hopefully before a new one comes out. Joan

  8. I LOVE the big bow!!! I think I need to be braver in my choices. 🙂

  9. Gorgeous! You are inspiring me to use this set. I haven’t cut it up yet!

  10. This card is GREAT! I love that bow—very sassy!

  11. This is so rich and pretty!!! I love the sets you used.
    Thanks Mary for sharing with us.

    God bless

  12. Love the color combo and love that bow!! Definite WOW factor 🙂

  13. I love the wide ribbon bow!!! Very fun!

  14. Mary, you have such an eye for color!

  15. Wow, I love this card! It does look swanky.

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