Simple Saturday Topiary

Stampin pretty playful pieces topiary tree

Don't you love the hostess sets in new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog?  One of the Level 3 sets really grabbed my attention called Playful Pieces.  It's such fun to combine different shapes and create for almost any occasion.  Birthday cakes, purses, holiday trees, balloons, ornaments and even today's topiary tree are possible. 

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  • Stampin pretty playful pieces topiary tree close up A clean sketch, lots of white and simple elements can lead to some of the prettiest cards.
  • I used the Stampin' Up! Paper-Piercing Tool to space my brads and create the little border on Pear Pizzazz.  The Paper-Piercing Template from the Mat Pack is an essential for keeping things neat.
  • I inked the rectangular patterned stamp from Playful Pieces with VersaMark and stamped on Pear Pizzazz Card stock. 
  • 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches were used to "shape up" the topiary. 
  • A touch of Poppy Parade (man, I adore this clear red) adds a little sizzle.

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Black signature ivory


Playful pieces stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Playful Pieces (Hostess Level 3:  Wood-Mount 119993,
Clear-Mount 120145), Apple Blossoms (sentiment, Hostess Level 2: 
Wood-Mount 118531, Clear-Mount 120139)

Paper:  Soft Suede Textured (Assorted Neutrals, 121078), Poppy Parade (119793), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Whisper White (100730)

Ink:  Poppy Parade (119782), VersaMark Pad (102283)

Cool Tools:  Heart to Heart Extra Large Punch (119881), Pinking Hearts
Border Punch (117649), 1/2" Circle Small Punch (119869), 3/4" Circle
Medium Punch (119873), 3/16" Corner Small Punch (119871), Ticket Corner
Small Punch (119867), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826)

The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109025), Silver Brads (104336)


  1. Love those colors Mary, your card is beautiful. Hugs,

  2. So creative and I agree with everyone else, your red just makes this card pop!

  3. Love it, Mary! The pop of red just sets this card off! Cute!

  4. I love the pop of red. The sentiment is wonderful in that color. I have to get that set!

  5. Connie Haselrick

    Mary, I read your blog daily but rarely comment since, I mean really,how many ways can one restate the obvious!! But this card inspired me to throw my hat in the ring and sing praises to your mighty talent along with everyone else! You are truly a marvel. Your designs are positively delightful and inspiring! Thank you for so abundantly sharing of yourself and your creative gifts!!

  6. The punch of red color makes this card delicious Mary!

  7. Mary, what an adorable card! I love the topiary … great color combination, too, for the design you chose. Thanks so much!

  8. Melissa Young

    Very clever! I am going to have to try that!

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