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Flabulous Flamingo…

My Stampin’ Up! friend Lisa Curcio posted recently she had earned the Thailand dream trip but ended up not being able to go.  Can you imagine?

On the day she made this announcement she posted a card using the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set which inspired my post today for you…

A landscape created with post it note, sponge and ink.

a glamour close up…

Even though the masking makes it look like there are layers here, this card will mail flat.

Many times I’ve mentioned masking is my favorite stamping technique.  The card demonstrates an entire scene made with the masking technique.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Peek A Boo Peach, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo and Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  large post it note, 1-1/4″ circle punch, Sponge cut into four wedges


  • The Lemon Lime Twist base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Basic Black CS layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Tear the edge of maybe two Post It notes that will cover the width of the card front.  Punch a circle from sticky part of Post It Note and place where you want the sun/moon to be then add the first horizontal mask.  Sponge with Marina Mist, then Peek A Boo  Peach, Berry Burst and last Lemon Lime Twist.  While the moon/sun is still masked, sponge edge with Daffodil Delight.  Remove masks.
  • Stamp leaves in top two corners and grass/water and flamingo at bottom of card front in Archival Basic Black.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Inside there is a Basic Black layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • A thick Whisper White layer 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ is attached with SNAIL over the Basic Black layer.
  • On the envelope lower left corner stamp grass in Lemon Lime Twist stamping several times without reinking.

Hope you are having a fabulous Thursday and have had a chance to get inky.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Stay inky…be HaPpY!



A Fall Landscape…

Another class project celebrating the beautiful fall we are experiencing here in the south.  One more class tonight where this card will be one of the projects.  Previous classes have loved this landscape made by masking more than the other two projects.  You just never know when you are planning classes which project will stand out in the crowd.  Personally, I’m just always happy if the peeps are happy no matter which project it is.

Here is the landscape…


This particular stamp set has to be one of the longest running stamp sets in SU! history.  And, there is a reason for that.  This stamp set can be used in so many ways.  In this project I was teaching building a landscape by masking.

The most important principle to remember when building a background using masking is to first stamp what you want in the foreground, mask it and continue with the layers backwards.  For this card we wanted the evergreen tree in the foreground so we stamped that first and placed a mask over it.  Then we stamped the line of trees making sure we positioned our stamp on both sides of the evergreen.  Then we masked that line of trees before stamping another line of  trees positioned up and to the left of our first line.  Pull the masks off and it’s magic!

Everyone loved this technique and card.  Want to give it a try?  Here you go…

Stuff ‘N Digits…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss and Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree, Fall Fest
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Fall Fest Framelits, Linen Thread


  • The Crumb Cake base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The first Blackberry Bliss layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The second Blackberry Bliss layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Stamp the evergreen tree stamp and the line of trees on separate post it notes and fussy cut.  Cut really close to or even pass the image line for masking.  Place a small amount of adhesive on the back and with your fingers take away most of the tackiness to avoid paper tears.
  • Stamp the Very Vanilla layer with the evergreen tree on the right side with Old Olive, then mask image.
  • Stamp the line of trees with Memento Black.  Be sure there are trees on both sides of evergreen tree.  Mask line of trees over the evergreen mask.
  • With both masks still in place, stamp the line of trees slightly up and to the left of the previous line of trees.  It’s ok if the stamp goes off the cardstock a little.
  • Now remove your two masks and marvel at your landscape creation!
  • The pumpkins were stamped on scrap Very Vanilla and cut out with framelits.  Both were placed on card front with dimensionals after the linen thread is added to this layer.
  • Now divide your landscape by 3 and cut your panels.  Place the panels like you want them on your Blackberry Bliss layer.  Pick up the center panel,  run adhesive on the back and place it down.  Now the other two panels can be placed.
  • Before attaching this layer to card front, crisscross your linen thread at the bottom and add your pumpkins.

If I’m ever asked what my favorite stamping technique is, I always answer masking.  I’ve never taught it to someone that they weren’t amazed.  Hope you have been inspired today to give this technique a try with this stamp set.  If you don’t have it, it is a classic and well-worth the investment.

Thanks for stopping by.  Here is your “B-ism” for today…”Embrace imperfection!”  This can be so liberating.

Oh, yes, I’m inky…and HaPpY!