Mambo Matchbox Messages

Stampin up matchbox messages

6a00e54f95df92883401157150564a970b-500wi Boy, it felt good to find some stamping time this evening.  Such an excellent way to unwind!  My wonderful downline, the Stampin' Pretty Pals, has a private weekly challenge.  This week we relied on this hip d?cor for inspiration.  I focused on the pink and green colors.  Plus, the design on the cabinet doors reminded me of the frame in Stampin' Up!'s Matchbox Messages stamp set.  Click the photo to enlarge.

  • This sweet bouquet from Pocket Silhouettes was colored directly to the rubber using Stampin' Up! Markers in Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo.  Melon Mambo is part of the new In Colors Marker set available July 1.
  • TIP:  A few huffs on the marker colored stamp adds a touch of moisture for better coverage.
  • The image was stamped on Whisper White.  Using sponges and Pretty in Pink ink, I created a pink "shadow" around the edges.
  • The Matchbox Messages frame was inked in VersaMark and stamped on Old Olive card stock.  TIP:  Heat embossing with Gold Embossing Powder produces a rich finish for the frame.
  • The floral image was layered on top with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A piece of Melon Mambo rests at the base.
  • SC234 I followed the sketch from this week's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge (SC234).  Pretty in Pink Textured card stock tops Old Olive for the small rectangles.
  • A couple snippets of Melon Mambo 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon jazz up the rectangles.
  • A 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Pretty in Pink Textured card stock was layered over a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Old Olive and a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Whisper White card base (scored on the top).
  • Gold Brads mirror the gold embossing.  TIP:  Add brads before attaching the closest layer to the card base.   I try to sink my brads as deep as possible to bury the "legs," without popping through to the inside of the card.
  • Stampin up matchbox messages bigz die A piece of Melon Mambo card stock took a ride through my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine with the Matchbox Bigz XL Die.  This produced the charming tag for the sentiment.
  • The coordinating Matchbox stamp was layered over the tag using a Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAM) and Melon Mambo ink.  TIP:  I employed a little removable adhesive to keep the tag in place while I used the SAM and stamp.
  • The tag was attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.



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Stampin up matchbox messages pocket silhouettes Stamp Sets:  Matchbox Messages (113800), Pocket Silhouettes (111672)
Paper:  Pretty in Pink Textured Card Stock (108695), Melon Mambo (115320), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Mambo Melon (115656), Stampin' Up! Markers:  Melon Mambo (116329), Old Olive (100079), Pretty in Pink (100045), VersaMark (10283)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Matchbox Bigz XL Die (1148990), Heat Tool (100005), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Sponges (101610)
The Perfect Touch:  Melon Mambo 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115611), Gold Brads (104337), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Gold Embossing Powder (109129)

Matchbox messages 1

Matchbox messages 2

Pocket silhouettes


  1. I love the gold embossing! This is a good idea – I wasn’t sure what to do with that matchbox set other than the standard. Love it!

  2. Love your card, Mary!! You have converted me to textured card stock…mmmm it adds such a great element to a card in a subtle fashion.

  3. Beautiful Mary – love how you embossed the frame! Perfect-o

  4. Mary,
    Such a pleasure to visit your blog! I really enjoyed your article in my new Stampin’ Success. You are an inspiration!
    Blessings, Lisa

  5. Love it! I should probably use that set again! Now I have some inspiration!

  6. It’s funny, you wouldn’t think pink and green would really work together, but they do…. Lovely card!

  7. oh, love this color combo! among one of my favs for sure! i love the look of the embossed frame…delicious!

  8. Beautiful card!

  9. So cute Mary! I love the colors, and I love how you embossed the frame around the flowers. You rock!

  10. Denise January

    I love that you embossed the frame from Matchbox Messages… it really amps up the ‘sass factor’! 😉

  11. Esp. love that stem! So cute!

  12. colleen kramer

    What a great inspiration photo! Reminds me of my Grandma’s pink bathroom…down to a pink vanity! So many wonderful techniques on this card! And I did go back and read again to make sure I saw “sponging”. If I remember from your article from the SU! Stampin Success Magazine, that wasn’t in your comfort zone. The Tucson move must be an opportunity to try all kinds of new and exciting things, eh? Fun card!

  13. Your card is beautiful and fun, just like the inspiration piece. Fabulous!

  14. Simply Gorgeous! I love that color combination!!!

  15. Wow wonderful card. 🙂 Marja

  16. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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