Bundle of Joy

Stampin up punches three navy

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Stampin' Up!'s new Wide Oval Punch is today's Cool Tool.  It coordinates beautifully with Only Ovals (see below) and the stamp set used for today's card, Punches Three (Stampin' Rewards Level 1).  It's an excellent addition to the Stampin' Up! Punch Bunch for layering sentiments (click for layered sentiment sample) and much more.

Stampin up punches three navy close up
My nephew and his wife just announced their first pregnancy so it was time to make them a special card. I stamped the "bundle" twice on Whisper White–first in Night of Navy (to show off the polka dots against the white) and second in So Saffron. TIP:  I tend to shy away from pastels so this color combination appeals to me as a crisp, modern baby alternative.  I cut out the saffron sentiment and layered it with Stampin' Dimensionals on the navy version.

The horizontal panel layers More Mustard and So Saffron Textured Card Stock and is trimmed with Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.  TIP:  When creating a clean look, I think texture rules.  Stampin' Up!'s Textured card stock gives such a rich and polished look.  Reminds me of fine stationery.

The background is the product of my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine) and Whisper White card stock.  TIP:  There's something captivating about the appearance of embossed whites.  A star punch added just a touch of fun in saffron, navy and mustard (textured) and mirrors the stars in the sentiment.

Finally, the 4.25 x 5.5 card base is So Saffron, topped with Night of Navy card stock.  TIP:  I paper pierced the Night of Navy layer using the Paper Piercer and Template from Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit.


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Stamp Set:  Punches Three (Hostess Level 1)
Paper:  Whisper White, More Mustard, So Saffron, Night of Navy
Ink:  So Saffron, Night of Navy
Cool Tools:  Wide Oval Punch, Star Punch, Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit), Big Shot, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Punches three 

Only ovals


  1. Beautiful card, Mary! The colors are amazing. After a week in San Francisco, I’m ready to get card making after checking that beauty out. Thank goodness for five more days off!

  2. ADORABLE!! Your talent is beyond AMAZING!!

  3. Mary, I love the color combo of this beautiful card! So pretty!

  4. love those polka dots.

  5. Sharon Hammon

    Hi Mary – love your new blog design and your photo is beautiful! Hearing from you each day is one of my highlights – I love to see what you have created and appreciate all your helpful hints and thorough directions/descriptions. You are amazing!!

  6. Cindy Lawrence

    What a beautiful, striking card, Mary!!! Love that color combo…so fun for a baby card!

  7. Gorgeous baby card! Love all the texture and the stars. And of course I LOVE that set. Love it!
    Hugs and smiles

  8. Precious card Mary – love the colors and love the layout

  9. I love it! I just got that set and was wondering what to do with the baby stamp and you have come through again!!!

  10. Grace Lange-Way

    Great color combo Mary! They will be thrilled to get this card I’m sure.

  11. Colleen Kramer

    Great color combo and so much texture. I love how you use your creations to match you and not necessarily the norm.

  12. Beautiful design! Great color choices!

  13. Mary, your cards are rocking!!!

  14. Gorgeous! I really love your choice of colours, and the textured cardstock makes such a difference when doing streamlined designs like that.

    They’re going to love your card!

  15. Beautiful card, Mary. Like you, I tend to shy away from pastels and go for bolder colors – especially if it’s a baby themed cards. Love the combo of Night of Navy & So Saffron. Where do you get the inspiration for your color combos?

  16. This is a great color combination! And the stars are a wonderful idea!
    Blessings, Maria

  17. Such a beautiful card! I love the colors.

  18. I really like this color scheme. I agree about embossing on plain white. It’s just eye-catching.

  19. Adorable baby card!!! The color combo is great !!!
    Thanks for the inspiration , I love to make baby cards.
    God bless

  20. Gorgeous color combination Mary! I rarely use that Night of Navy. I love it with these colors. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Have a great day!

  21. Too cute – Mary!!! Isn’t this a great new Hostess Set??? I made a *blue* card today too….come and see!!!

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