Always Stamping

Stampin up always retro stem
Today's card features a unique and fresh layout from Poetic Artistry.  It begins with the branch from Stampin' Up!'s Always stamp set inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Whisper White card stock.  I then cropped and embossed it using Nestabilities Rectangles and my trusty Cuttlebug.  The Mellow Moss scalloped layer below was also created from the Nestabilities Rectangles.

Stampin up always close stem
The horizontal banner is a delicious piece of Taken with Teal textured card stock matted on Chocolate Chip.  A French Script background stamp inked in Chocolate Chip (again, on Whisper White) is layered on Taken With Teal.  TIP:  Stampin' Up!'s French Script is retired but En Fran?ais (109521) would be a perfect replacement–frankly, any background would be fine. 

The sentiment brings out the magic of punches.  The small flower in Taken with Teal was cropped with a 1/2" Circle Punch.  It's then layered on the Chocolate Chip "a."  The "a" is snipped with a 1" Circle Punch and matted on Chocolate Chip (1 1/4" Circle), Taken with Teal (1 3/8" Circle) and a Textured Mellow Moss Scalloped Circle.  TIP:  The sentiment is mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals for a little pop.

Stampin up always flower
The Chocolate Chip card base is 5.5 x 8.5" and scored at the top (4.25).  I layered some Mellow Moss textured card stock on top (isn't it sumptuous in this color)?  The corners get some glamour with snippets of Chocolate Chip card stock, fashioned with a Photo Corners Punch, and some splashy deep teal stick-on rhinestones. 

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Always, French Script Background
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Textured, Mellow Moss Textured, Taken with Teal Textured, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal
Cool Tools:  Punches:  Photo Corners, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punches:  1/2, 1, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8", Nestabilities Rectangles, Cuttlebug, Embossing Mat
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Stick-On Rhinestones


  1. This is so elegant! I’m hooked on using the textured cardstock, now – it makes such a huge difference on the final result!


  2. Beautiful card. I love the look of the textured cardstock.

  3. I love these colors together. Great card!

  4. FABULOUS card! I love the layout, the stamps, and the color combo! I just love everything about it.
    Thanks for sharing, awesome job.

  5. Hi Grace:

    Thanks for your question. I didn’t time my card but I would guess I have a couple hours into it. About 3/4 of that time is the decision making. Some days it all comes together quickly. On this one, a little longer.


  6. Grace Lange-Way

    Mary – a fantastic card but I have a question – from start to finish how long did it take to make it? Thanks

  7. Denise Groves

    Beautiful. I love this stamp set and really need to purchase it. This card might just push me over the edge to buy it!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Denise G

  8. Good heavens!! This lady can whip out some fascinating designs! Another amazing combination of stamp images and colors! Such an inspiration!
    Elizabeth Bead Diva

  9. Good heavens!! This lady can whip out some fascinating designs! Another amazing combination of stamp images and colors! Such an inspiration!
    Elizabeth Bead Diva

  10. Super pretty Mary, the colors are awesome together.

    Thanks for sharing

  11. I love it; you do the most beautiful cards.

  12. Mary, you never cease to amaze me! This card is wonderful! The colors are awesome together! The layout is spectacular. I absolutely love it!


  13. Colleen Kramer

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Love the layout, the stamps used and most of all the color combo!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous – Mary – I love it!!!

  15. Very pretty card, unusual color combination and I love it! Always happens to be one of my favorite stamp sets too.. quite versatile!

  16. I love this chocolate and teal card with one of favorite stamp sets. TFS!

  17. Beyond beautiful! Love the colors and the layers.

  18. I love all your artwork and love your blog. I visit daily and thank you for your inspiration to me. I’ve given you an award so check my blog for details.

  19. Awesome color combo Mary, it looks great!! Love it , love it, love it!!

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