By the Dock Summer

Read below to see the details about my By the Dock Summer card.

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Welcome to Team Stamp It’s June Blog Hop. We’re featuring cards and projects for summer and the Fourth of July. Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop. See the list of bloggers below, after the card details. Comment on each blog with the hashtag #stampitcontest for a chance to win a free Looking Up Card Kit.

By the Dock Summer

By the Dock Summer

Some families camped. Some families visited Disneyland. Other families traveled to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore during summer vacation. Our family lived at the lake in Minnesota. A weekend stretched to a week, which became a month, and turned into spending three glorious months enjoying the lake life. We loved water skiing, floating on air mattresses, and seeing brilliant sunsets. (We try to forget battling those giant mosquitoes at night!)

Each morning, my sisters and I awoke and immediately dressed in our swimsuits. We spent the entire day on the dock, listening to music and reading what seemed like hundreds of books.

Stampin’ Up!’s By the Dock stamp set and coordinating dies bring back memories of those long, lazy days soaking up the sun and enjoying the water. I tried to recreate that scene with rubber stamps, ink, paper, and accessories.

Products I Used

I pulled together a few current Stampin’ Up! products to create this scene that takes me back to those idyllic Minnesota summers:

  • By the Dock stamp set
  • Dockside Dies
  • Under My Umbrella stamp set
  • Stitched Nested Labels
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
  • Shimmery White card stock water colored with Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight

What summer memories do you have? Share them in the comments. I’d love to hear.

Again, hop along to all of the blogs and comment on them all.


Congratulations to last month’s winner: Nancy Cox.



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Clean and Simple Positive Thoughts

I’m sharing a clean and simple card using Stampin’ Up!’s Positive Thoughts stamp set.

Clean and Simple Positive Thoughts

I find myself reaching for this stamp set more and more in the last couple of weeks. The sentiments are perfect for these times we face as a world.

Clean and Simple Positive Thoughts

It’s available in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog on page 23. Good news: It’s also available in Stampin’ Up!’s new, upcoming Annual Catalog (available to customers June 3). The coordinating die cuts, Nature’s Thoughts, will be available for purchase with the release of the new catalog.

For now, I relied on #simplestamping to create this clean and simple card Positive Thoughts rubber stamped greeting card. I can make a large number of cards in a short time and get the in the mail.

Card Highlights

  • Using the largest circle from the Layering Circles Dies, die cut a hole in a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of card stock. The thick card stock holds up best.
  • Place the stencil on top of a white layer (also measuring 5 1/4 x 4).
  • Sponge color into the circle. This card uses Balmy Blue, Pool Part, and Pacific Point. I started with Balmy Blue at the bottom, using circular motions to blend the ink. Pool part was next, followed by Pacific Point.
  • Ink the flower image with the Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad. Stamp the image once in the center of the circle of sponged ink. Without reinking, stamp again to the left and right of the first flower.
  • Stamp sentiment with Pacific Point ink pad.
  • Color the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the card and adhere in back with Mini Glue Dots. Tie a knot with another small ribbon piece.
  • Adhere the card front to the Pacific Point base.

Think about all of the color combinations that could be used — lots and lots of options for a clean and simple, but beautiful card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to help you with any of your stamping-related questions.


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Dressed to Impress Card Tutorial

Today, I’m offering a free card tutorial for Stampin’ Up’s Dressed to Impress stamp set.

Best Dressed Card Tutorial

I’m part of a monthly card sharing co-op, and this is card I created for it. I love the message, and I love the the deep rich color of Blackberry Bliss. So I combined these using a timeless layout. I’ve included free, step-by-step directions to make this card at home. This stamp set, Dressed to Impress can be found on page 56 of the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.

Dressed to Impress Card Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Dressed to Impress Bundle (153832)
  • PAPER – Whisper White (100730), Mint Macaron (138337), Blackberry Bliss (133675), Pretty Peacock (150880), Best Dressed 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (DSP) (151319)
  • INK – Blackberry Bliss (147092)), Black Memento (132708)
  • OTHER –Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (147157), Regals Stampin’ Write Markers (147155), Subtles Stampin’ Write Makers (147156), Stitched Shapes (145372), Layering Circles (141705), Stitched Be Mine (148527), Glue Dots (103683), SNAIL (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Trimmer (152392), Die Cut Machine


Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Mint Macaron Card Stock – 8 ½” x 5 ½” – score and fold at 4 ¼” and 3” x 3” for scallop circle
  • Blackberry Bliss Card Stock – 5 ¼” x 4 “
  • Best Dressed DSP (Flower design with Blackberry Bliss) – 5 ¼” x 2 ¼”
  • Pretty Peacock – 5 ¼” x ¾”
  • Whisper White – 3 x 3 for sentiment and scraps for flowers



  • Fold the Mint Macaron base in half.
  • With SNAIL, affix the Blackberry Bliss card stock to front of the Mint Macaron base.
  • Die cut the long, scallop edge from the Stitched Be Mine dies with the Pretty Peacock piece.
  • Using Glue Dots, affix the Pretty Peacock edge piece under the right edge of the Best Dressed DSP piece.
  • Tape this whole piece on top of the Blackberry Bliss, aligning the left edges.
  • Die cut a Scallop Circle from the Mint Macaron scrap.
  • Die cut a Stitched Circle from the 3” x 3” Whisper White scrap. Stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink onto the stitched circle on the right-hand side of the circle.
  • Stamp the flowers onto the Whisper White scraps. Color with Stampin’ Writer Markers (Daffodil Delight, Purple Posy, Pretty Peacock and Blackberry Bliss) and then use the coordinating die cuts to cut out.
  • With Glue Dots, attach the flowers onto the stitched circle. Use Glue Dots to place this circle onto the scallop circle.
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of this focal point and position on the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please let me know if you have questions about this card or any other crafting projects.


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