Sneak Peek: The More the Merrier

Stampin up the more the merrier  
We're having a family wedding shower for my nephew and his wife this Friday.  I wanted something fun with a touch of romance.  These sweet birds deliver!  They're from The More the Merrier, a new Hostess Level 3 stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog (available July 1).  It will make you want to stock up or team up with a friend to qualify to receive this new set FREE!  Click here to learn more about earning hostess benefits (available with on-line orders, too).
  • The card base is in beautiful Brocade Blue Textured card stock.  It's 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" scored on the top.  Rich and pretty, Stampin' Up!'s textured card stock makes a simple statement.
  • TIP:  The bottom corner is cropped with a Corner Rounder Punch (don't forget the same corner in back) to keep the look clean but polished.
  • The birds are all in a row on the stamp.  Wait until you see the row of pumpkins and cupcakes in the same set.
  • TIP:  I stamped my birds on Whisper White card stock with Jet Black Stazon ink, my favorite for a crisp and dark image.
  • Stampin up more the merrier birds The birds were stamped again on Brocade Blue and Ruby Red card stock.  With the help of my Paper Snips, the birds emerged from the Brocade and hearts from the Ruby.
  • The blue and red "pieces" were glued over the original row of birds.  I added a splash of Crushed Curry to the beaks with my new In Color Marker in the same color (available July 1). It's fantastic having markers in all the new In Colors.  
  • Our Creative Corner has a challenge  brewing this week to use Border Punches.  Using Crushed Curry Textured card stock, I produced this lovely border with Stampin' Up!'s Eyelet Border Punch.
  • TIP:  When using textured card stock with a border punch (including Stampin' Up!'s Scallop Border Punch, 112091), flip the textured side down when punching.  Sometimes I get a little mark on the textured card stock from the punch.  Placing the texture face down puts the potential mark on the untextured (buried) side.
  • I backed the border and image with Ruby Red Textured card stock.
  • "Love Always" is from Chit Chat Rub-Ons.  TIP:  Stampin' Up's rub-ons are easy to use, produce a crisp image and  layer beautifully over textured card stock.  I'm so glad these rub-ons aren't retiring.  They offer options for almost every occasion.
  • Three Ruby Red brads (Earth Elements Brads) line up for a little splash next to the sentiment.
  • The final touch is Stampin' Up!'s Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (available July 1).
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Stamp Set:  The More the Merrier (115322, Hostess Level 3, available July 1)
Paper:  Brocade Blue Textured (108696, Brocade Blue (101166), Ruby Red Textured (108697), Ruby Red (102030), Crushed Curry Textured (115538, available July 1), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406), Crushed Curry Stampin' Up! Marker (116329, set of 6 In Colors, available July 1)
Cool Tools:  Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Ruby Red Brads (106955, Earth Elements Brads), Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614, available July 1), Chit Chat Rub-Ons (111804)


  1. What a cute, cute card! Love these colors together! Absolutely adorable!

  2. You never fail to inspire, Mary! I didn’t think I wanted to order this stamp set until I saw what you did with it. Now I, too, am going to have to go back for a second order! Thanks!

  3. Love it, love it, love it! What a wonderful gift to open up on a Friday night. Thanks for my treat! You are an angel. 😉

  4. WOW Mary… I LoVe all your work! Such an inspiration. I’ve left an award for you on my blog. I hope you’ll stop by to grab it and enjoy it!

  5. Oh my gosh, Mary! This card speaks to me! I LOoooVE it! I’ve been debating on which level 3 to order and I think you just made my mind up for me! Great job! I’ve missed Love Ya Bunches and it reminds me of the birds on that set.

  6. Very cute Mary! Love your color combo….{SMILES}

  7. I love this, Mary! The paper piecing is a great idea for this image! The one rounded corner is clever!

  8. What a great card – love the set you used – it’s adorable!

  9. I love the one rounded corner and the paper piecing! Way to go. And those colors! A+!

  10. colleen kramer

    Lots of fine scisssors trimming…but worth it! Great color combo and fun layout!

  11. Now I am saying to myself, “why didn’t you preorder this set?!” This is darling, love the color combo and layout!

  12. So beautiful! I really love the way you have showcased that new image. I tried coloring those same birds with my new Copics and wasn’t too happy with the result so the image never made it on a card. Your card is inspiring me to give it another go!


  13. Oh Mary, you enabler 🙂 I think I have to go back and order this set now! Adorable card!!

  14. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this color combo!!! Great card. I also picked this set and can’t wait to give it a go. I am in the process of re-organizing my stamping area so I am forcing my self to hold off on stamping until that is done. This color combo will be a first! Thanks for sharing your great work!

  15. such a pretty card. sure makes me wish i had ordered this set on our preorder. alas, i did not. hmmmmm, guess i could place a big enough order and get it free. hmmmm. really LOVE all the tips you give. many of them i have never heard before and they are always sooooo helpful. thanks, mary.
    cyber hugs, jo ann.

  16. such a pretty card. sure makes me wish i had ordered this set on our preorder. alas, i did not. hmmmmm, guess i could place a big enough order and get it free. hmmmm. really LOVE all the tips you give. many of them i have never heard before and they are always sooooo helpful. thanks, mary.
    cyber hugs, jo ann.

  17. super cute m! that blue is delicious! love it with the red accents….great!!

  18. Love those birds!! And all your teases have got me doing a countdown ’til I get to see the new catalog and all the new goodies you keep teasing us with. 🙂

  19. Grace Lange-Way

    Hostess Level 3? Oh boy – don’t know if I can make that level or not but I sure do love that set! Great card Mary – clean lines, terrific color combo and wonderful sentiment.

  20. The bird image is darling! After seeing all your sneak peeks, I’m so anxious to get my new catalog!

  21. Absolutely adorable! I love the color combination and the border/ribbon combo is perfect. Clean, simple, and such a cute idea!

  22. You have inspired me to ink mine up today! Once again, just super and clean!

  23. Denise January

    I’m thrilled to have this set and can’t wait to ink it up. Great color combo!

  24. Adorable! Cute! Love it. Love the bright colors. Thanks for showing it.

  25. barb hendrickson

    Just darling, mary. Yet again, I’m inspired!


  26. Really cute. I’m really glad I went back in for a second order and got this set. 🙂

    It’s a perfect hostess set to earn!

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