Simplicity in the Zone

Stampin up organic outlines with sympathy

My Stampin' Pretty Stamping Zone made more progress today.  I was able to sit down and design a card in the new space and it seemed like a dream come true.  I'm not completely finished for an overall "reveal" but have quite a bit to share with you below.

Today's card is clean and modern . . . a sympathy card for our friends who lost their beloved 15 year old dog, MacKenzie.  This card is an emblem of  the simplicity I want to see happen in my new workspace
(also known as The Stampin' Pretty Stamping Zone). 

The main image is from Stampin' Up!'s Organic Outlines, which was heat embossed in black on Kiwi Kiss card stock. The Kiwi panel was originally 4 1/2" wide.  However, it was an easy distance to divide and create four 1 1/8" panels (3" high). TIP:   If you opt to skip the heat embossing, this card could be done with black ink in 10 minutes or less.  See more quick cards (called "Stamping 911) here.

This pretty sketch from Our Creative Corner was ideal for the large stamp image. I layered the Kiwi panels on Basic Black, followed by Whisper White Textured card stock.  The 4.25 x 5.5 card base is Kiwi Kiss.  The sympathy sentiment (from Beautiful Borders) was also heat embossed in black.  TIP:  Black brads are a subtle accent which mirror the dots in the main image.

S7303380 Remember this fabric from my previous post?  It's called Dandie Sweet Potato Natural, a burnt orange background with big, natural colored polka dots.  I discovered it on-line through Warehouse Fabrics, Inc.  Click here for details. 


See where it ended up?  All the mahogany (darker colored) office furniture was purchased recently at 60% off as a result of scratches on the panel of the hutch area.


Solution?  I purchased inexpensive tackboard and covered both of the open hutch areas with my Dandie Sweet Potato . . . just the pizzazz I wanted.  Even my budget task chair (Target), get's in on the polka dot action.


The polka dot tackboard is not only "dishy" (as my friend, Karren would say), I can pin up my sketches and ideas (note the inspiration page from a Grandinroad catalog for today's card) when I'm working on a project.  Along with adding 48" strip lighting under each set of hutch cabinets, moving these pages off my work area is divine.  Otherwise I wind up with the dreaded "heap" and I can't find a thing.

TIP:  To see more sympathy cards, click here or see "With Sympathy" under Categories on my left side bar.


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Stamp Set: Organic Outlines (111670), Beautiful Borders (111594)
Paper:  Kiwi Kiss (111353), Basic Black (102851), Whisper White Textured (108693, Textured Neutrals)
Ink:  VersaMark (102283)
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch:  Black Brads (109109, Vintage Brads), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. Wow! Nice card and for a very nice reason. The Stamping Zone looks terrific. I’m getting ready to chuck rocks at mine.

  2. Your stampin’ zone is awesome! Great card too!

  3. Your blog was recommended to me by two bloggie friends, so I knew I had to check it out. You are so creative and inspiring. I absolutely love your stampin’ zone! WOW is all I can say!

  4. Kadie Labadie

    Love the card…..but totally diggin the pok-a-dot chair….that is WAY TOO COOL. Just the right punch to make your already FUN room even more FUN. Thanks for sharing your space with us-and can’t wait to see the completely finished room. Kadie

    PS – how did you tack up the backingboard on to your workspace????? was it drilled in or did you use some type of adhesive?

    Hi Kadie: So sweet of you to stop by and I’m glad you are enjoying the new space as it takes shape.

    I used a staple gun to attach my fabric to the tack board. Very easy. The board is attached to the back of the hutch with long adhesive strips (that it came with) and screwed in, to boot. It’s not going anywhere. Hugs, Mary

  5. Mary, just gorgeous! The card & your space. I so envy you! And as a dog lover, my sympathy’s also. < : ( <

  6. Gorgeous card and equally gorgeous space! Love, love, love the polka dots and the color of that wood. Very inspiring!


  7. Gorgeous – hmm, if I left today and drove straight through, I could be there tomorrow afternoon (I think). 🙂

    I love the card – it’s beautiful and the recipients will be very touched.

    Can’t wait to see the full reveal – I really do like that fabric. You’ve given me an idea – My crafting station (in a closet) has a blank wall where I had thought about installing pegboard for storage. But now I’m thinking about maybe making a bulletin board/inspiration board similar to yours. Now to find some jazzy fabric that goes with orange walls. 🙂

  8. Elegant card! Love your polka dot material. What fun!

  9. Oh… im so jealous! What a beautiful space to create in!!!

  10. Kathy Tolleson

    All I can say is Wow! It has been fun seeing it all come together. 🙂 You are so givng too-you have shared all your ideas and sources for your creative room.
    The sympathy card is very nice–how thoughtful to send your friends a card for their dear old soul.

  11. Beautiful card! I like you how cut the image up. Your workspace is awesome. I love the fabric that you used.

  12. Oh my gosh I love what you are doing in your room I wouldn’t anyone coming in there! lol.. BEAUTIFUL indeed enjoy and I loe your card as well. 🙂

  13. LOVE your workspace and LOVE your card, Mary. I can’t seem to keep my space neat & tidy so I’m really envying you; enjoy!

  14. Colleen Moreland

    I love the card!! I also love your room. It is really nice. You have donea great job!!

  15. What a delightful space to work in! Wonderful!

    Love the card! Very bold!

  16. The zone will sure help keep you in the zone! Youza! That’s nice! Good for you! Considering the about of time and offort you put into your business and your passion, you really deserve an inspiring and function workspace. It is coming out beautiful. I love how streamlined it looks. It also looks very functional.

  17. One word – J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!! (oh yeah, and inspired, LOL) 🙂

  18. colleen kramer

    Gorgeous card! Love the elegant simplicity. Beautiful cabinets…glad you found a deal on them. It’s so great that you have a “workstation” for the scor-pal, BS, and paper cutter.

  19. Grace Lange-Way

    Mary – you’re artistic talent obviously extends way, way beyond your cardmaking. I am NOT a lover of polka dots but I absolutely love the way they look in your workspace! You are making us all so jealous! LOL Fabulous card – don’t know when you find the time.

  20. Mary,
    What a beautiful card! But I love all your work! I also love your Stampin pretty stampin zone too! I am so jealous!!

  21. love the card! embossing is so much fun, isn’t it!? and yep…love the space…great lighting!! when we move home i’m going to have to figure out where i can have my “space” and then start from ground zero again….thanks for the inspriation!! i love that polka dot so much!!!

  22. Sharon Matherson

    Thanks for sharing that your inspiration for today’s card was from a catalog. Now I’m inspired! And will have to dig out all those catalogs from the recycling pile.

  23. Fabby work space…looks awesome!! Great card too!

    Have a super weekend!!


  24. Just beautiful Mary! Want to come to vancouver nad make my spce pretty too? LOL
    Love the card..I think this set is one of the most under used sets out there! TFS
    Can’t wait to see the full reveal! new Catty stamp space reveal…it’s all too exciting!

  25. Nice space and nice card! I love your modern style!

  26. It looks terrific. Everything is so neat which makes working so much easier. The card is so simple but so elegant. I don’t seem interested in some of the stamp sets until I see you use them. What an eye you have.

  27. Gorgeous card, Mary. Hey can I come play in your new space. It looks amazing. I love your ideas and may try to implement some in my new space. The tackboard is so practical! Thanks for sharing your progress!

  28. Yeah…I am the 1st to post. 😉

    This sympathy card is lovely. The clean lines are so eye-pleasing. You did a great job!

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