Curried Best Wishes

Stampin up circle circus 1
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Today's card takes advantage of Stampin' Up!'s wonderful collection of punches.

  • The Crushed Curry Textured card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and scored on the side (but it could easily be scored on the top, too).
  • I layered strips of Very Vanilla and Basic Black on top
  • The Circle Circus stamp I used was inked in Jet Black Stazon (my fave for a crisp, black image) and stamped on Very Vanilla.  TIP:  The curry, black and vanilla color trio, combined with this pattern give a snazzy "global" feel.
  • The stamped circles popped out with perfection using a 1" Circle Punch.
  • Using Stampin' Dimensionals, I layered the patterned circle on a 1 1/4" Circle of Basic Black.
  • The circles landed on a 4" x 1 1/2" banner of Very Vanilla.
  • Stampin up circle circus 2 Tucked behind is another dose of luscious Crushed Curry Textured card stock, dolled up with an Eyelet Border Punch.  TIP:  Stampin' Up!'s beautiful textured card stock now comes in an assorted pack of In Colors for $10.95 (item 115719, 36 sheeets, six each of six In Colors).
  • Three Black Brads (Stampin' Up! Vintage Brad Collection) really stand out against the Crushed Curry background.  TIP:  I use a Paper Piercer (now sold separately for  $3.50) and Paper-Piercing Template (Stampin' Up! Mat Pack) to line up brads and eyelets with precision.
  • The sentiment from Oval All was inked in Jet Black Stazon and stamped on Crushed Curry.  It's shaped with a Large Oval Punch and layered with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals over a Scalloped Oval Punch.  TIP:  Having coordinating punches is a delightful time saver.
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Stamp Sets:  Circle Circus (115778), Oval All (113790)
Paper:  Crushed Curry Textured (115314, Assorted In Colors), Crushed Curry (115315, Assorted In Colors), Basic Black (102851), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  1" (109046) and 1 1/4" Circle Punches (104403), Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)
The Perfect Touch:  Black Brads (109109, Vintage Brads), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Circle Circus
Oval All


  1. Mary, you can even make curry look good. Gorgeous card!
    Hugs and smiles

  2. Great color combo, Mary! I like the scallop punch at the top of your focal piece. I tend to put my scallops at the bottom. I can’t wait to see your new stamp zone!

  3. Nice…I’ve not seen the boarder up! Just classy and marvelous. Thanks for taking the time to share. Mary Jo

  4. Anne Pavlosky

    Mary what a stunning card. It’s so you. It really caught my eye. Well done. And thank-you for sharing. Your the best.

  5. Char in So Cal

    XOXOX this!!

    Char in So Cal

  6. Love it! I’m a big fan of black and white with anything and this is awesome!

  7. Hi Mary!
    I love the card–once again, your fresh, clean and FAB style shines through 🙂 Also, thanks for your comments on my blog, you made my day!!!


  8. Another beautiful card Mary! I love the color combo. Crushed Curry has so much depth that it seems to go with anything and everything. It can be sassy, elegant or laidback ? what a fun color to play with! I can?t wait to see your new Stampin? Zone.

  9. Kathy Larrivey

    I always wondered how the brads were so even when mine are so random. I’ve always made the hole with a punch and never thought to use the paper piercer (which I also have). What a simple solution!

    PS. I LOVE your blog.

  10. Gorgeous! I never really paid much attention to those stamps, but now they’re on my wishlist. Thanks a lot =)

  11. I love this card–the colors and the style! So crisp and clean. Crushed Curry is one of my favorite In-Colors and I adore the Circle Circus stamp set. As always, a beautiful card!

  12. Very pretty, Mary! Love the color combo!

  13. I love the curry, black and white combo. This is a beautiful card. Can’t wait to see your new room.

  14. OO la, la! Very classy card. Crushed Curry is my fave!

  15. Gorgeous Card! Great colors!

  16. Love your card! When I first looked at it the circles reminded me of covered buttons on a coat my mom wore back in the 50’s or 60’s, lol. TFS :o)

  17. colleen kramer

    Elegant color combo! I like the clean, cool lines of this card.

  18. You are inspiring. I love the new crushed curry and it is gorgeous paired with black! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  19. Love the curry with the black. Very classy just like you. Are you still in the parking lots? lol

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