Sneak Peek: Love Birds

Stampin up love you much promotion

I'm thrilled that Stampin' Up! gave customers the ability to purchase the Love You Much Bundle (115405) right now, weeks before the release of the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog (release date Jan. 19).  Better yet, the bundled price is 20% off.  It's such a fun assortment of stamps, paper and coordinating heart punch for love, valentines and friendship projects.  The Heart to Heart Punch will be featured in my next Sneak Peek.  Click here for details on the Love You Much Promotion.

Today's card incorporated So Saffron, Orchid Opulence and Cameo Coral from this week's Splitcoast Color Challenge, CC198.  Although I tend to be pretty open to experimenting with color, this trio initially suggested "Clash of the Titans" to me.  TIP:  When in doubt, add lots of white.  It works every time.  I now like it . . . go figure 🙂

For added dimension, I stamped the Love You Much love birds on Whisper White and Cameo Coral (using Jet Black Stazon Ink–my favorite for crisp and dark line images).  I snipped out the bird bodies and layered them on Stampin' Dimensionals.  TIP:  Stampin' Dimensionals are easy to cut and shape, especially for small objects like my birds.

My sketch and "lovey dovey" inspirations are from Our Creative Corner challenges.  The Orchid Opulence card base is 4.25 x 5.5 with layers of So Saffron and Whisper White on top.  The white layer is embossed using my Big Shot and a Cuttlebug Paisley Embossing Folder.  The large Cameo Coral circle was created using a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine and Nestabilities Circle Die. 

Other touches include snipping the corners of the bird image with a Ticket Corner Punch and adding So Saffron Brads.  The "LOVE" sentiment from Fundamental Phrases was inked in Cameo Coral and stamped on Whisper White.  It pops out with ease using a Small Oval Punch–a perfect fit for this Hodgepodge Hardware Label Holder.  Two purple Rhinestone Circle Brads add a shot of bling.

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I'm having such a good time with my 5-Petal Flower Punch.  I punched it twice and adhered each layer, including the 3/4" circle center, with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The So Saffron polka dot pattern (horizontal banner and flower center) is from Stampin' Up!'s Parisian Summer Designer Paper.  Voil?!

TIP:  I have added a Spring/Summer Sneak Peeks category on my left side bar for convenient viewing of the soon-to-be released products in one place!


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Stamp Set:  Love You Much (Love You Much Bundle, 115405)
Paper:  Parisian Summer (112149), Whisper White (100730), Orchid Opulence (100969), So Saffron (105118), Cameo Coral (100475)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406), Cameo Coral (103035)
Cool Tools:  Small Oval Punch (107304), 5-Petal Flower Punch (109041), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Nestabilities Circles, Cuttlebug Paisley Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Circle Rhinestone Brads (109111, Ice), Hodgepodge Hardware Label Holder (111325, Styled Silver), So Saffron Brads (106953, Rich Regals), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Love you much


  1. Hi Mary! I just wanted to let you know that I follow your blog and your cards are beautiful. Any time I need some inspiration, I know I can visit your site. So I wanted you to know that I have case’d this card and it’s posted on my blog. You can see it here if you would like. Thanks so much.

  2. How sweet! I love all the elements you add and how they just all go together. Great work!!

  3. So cute! I love those little birds and the white embossed paper adds just the right punch! Loving all the sneak peaks, now I know where I can spend my Christmas money! Merry Christmas, Mary! hugs, Monica

  4. Mary, your creation with this set is the nicest I’ve seen yet! Hope you and your family have a happy holiday!!!

  5. This is adorable. I think you did a fantastic job with the color combo. That one had me stumped for half of the day.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. I have loved all the Christmas ideas but I love the colors of your card!! It is making me look forward to Valentine’s Day!! Thanks, Mary!! Merry Christmas!!

  7. Grace Lange-Way

    Mary you always do such beautiful work. I can’t wait to get my “bundle”. As you know, I’m off line for a week to visit family for Christmas. I wish you, your family and all your faithful readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2009!

  8. Very pretty!! I love that card!

  9. colleen kramer

    Wow…what a challenge! Cute result! But this brings to mind a technical question…how do you keep the “legs” of your brads from showing when using any of the hardware? I know you usually “pop” up your sentiments when using the hardware, but I have to admit, mine won’t stay put. Do you have a tip for this?

    Hi Colleen:

    TIP: I always try to punch my brad through to the lowest layer, just short of the card base or, if not pratical, 2-3 layers deep. Assembly is typically the last thing I do. I first “install” my brads as deep as possible and adhere.

    For example, the rhinestone brads on the label holder were punched through (using a paper piercer) the white and yellow mats and stop short of the Orchid base. The Saffron Brads go through the Cameo Circle, and, yes, I used Stampin’ Dimensions on the top half of the circle to keep things level. Make sense?

    Thanks for your question! Hugs, Mary

  10. jo ann deheer

    *clash of the titans*??? i LOVED this comment. leave it to you to have the perfect turn of phrase!!! you have been MOST faithful in posting every day this harried season … i am totally impressed. lovely card layout – i am going to have to try it just for the layout challenge. i might possibly change the colors :O as orchid opulence continues to gather dust on its lonely little shelf. and i also am loving your use of the 5-petal punch. i have it, have rarely used it.
    merry christmas, mary!!
    blessings, jo ann.

  11. Congratulations on putting together that color combo in a very attractive fashion. It certainly cures the red and green fixation of the holidays, that’s for sure!! Very cute design, and I like how you’ve used that 5 petal punch on the last two cards.

    Happy Holidays and thanks for all your great ideas this year!

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