Clean & Simple Topiary for Paper Players Design Team

 Happy Sunday to you, and “thank you” for checking out my CAS (clean & simple) card. I chose this topiary from a stamp set called Vertical Greetings, because this week’s Paper Players challenge is to use plants, as well as being clean & simple. My husband said he loves it, so I think it also qualifies as a masculine, thank you card. 

By Su Mohr for Paper Players Design Team; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Vertical Greetings stamp set, Subtle embossing, Stamparatus, Ink to stamp technique; #thankyoucards #cleanandsimple #cas #handmadecards #handcrafted #verticalgreetings #cardtechniques #stampingtechniques



I used a fun technique, “ink to stamp transfer, ” or, that’s what I’ll call it.

Using the Stamparatus makes it very easy. Hold your Whisper White cardstock in place with the magnet. Position the stamp on top of the cardstock, pick up the stamp with the Stamparatus hinged plate, color the stamp with ink, press the stamp (attached to the plate) onto the cardstock. Repeat with different colors until your object is complete.

I used Garden Green and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Markers for the bush, Bronze Stampin’ Blend for the trunk, and Dark Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blend for the pot.

TIP: Apply the ink with the brush end, held sideways, to reduce wear to the tip. The Stampin’ Blends dry quickly, so you may have to stamp several times to get the desired color. This is why the Stamparatus Tool is very helpful. 


Once my topiary was complete, I bordered it with Soft Suede cardstock. For the background, I used the Subtle Textured embossing folder, leaving it white for a clean look. Prior to embossing, I stamped “thank you” from the Vertical Greetings stamp set in Soft Suede.


If you aren’t familiar with the Stamparatus positioning tool, click on its picture in my Product List to read more about it. I don’t know what I did without it!

For more clean & simple ideas using “plants,” visit the other Paper Players Design Team member’s blogs.


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Sneak Peek: Magnolia Lane Designer Paper

Today’s card features the new, 2019-2020 Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper. 

By Su Mohr for FMS; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Magnolia Lane Designer paper, Well Written dies, Stitched lace dies, Magnolia memory die; #magnoilalane #goodmorningmagnolia #wellwritten #stitchedlace #lace #laceoncards #flowersoncards #handmadecards #handcrafted #diy #2019-2020catalog

Three Blooms


What do you do with a brand new pack of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper? I used to look at it for days, but now I cut into it, and start creating. Let’s just say, I’m no longer shy about cutting it to pieces. There will be more, and I’ve discovered I’d rather use it than save it. 

Now that Stampin’ Up! sometimes  offers coordinating dies and punches for images in the DSP, I don’t always make straight cuts. This is how I cut the three magnolias on today’s card. If you cut straight lines, you might snip off part of a flower. Right? I placed the Magnolia Memory die, so you can see how it cuts out the flower perfectly. 


The beautiful, Petal Pink, striped background, is another selection in the Magnolia Lane DSP pack.


Not to be overlooked is the middle section of lace, which I made with Whisper White cardstock and the Stitched Lace die. You can see  most of the tiny cut-outs on the foam pad, which I scraped into my trash container for easy clean-up. I did have to do some individual poking. It has come out cleaner, previously, so it probably has to do with the amount of pressure.


The sentiment, “thanks,” is from the Well Written die set, which I cut from Basic Black cardstock. 


My inspiration for today’s card was from Freshly Made Sketches.


After gluing everything together, I realized this is a “no ink” project. Sometimes it’s nice to let the Designer Paper do all the work.


Thanks for stopping by. Are you working on your “wish list” for June 4th? If you like flowers, it will be hard to pass up the Magnolia suite! Thank you for shopping at my store!

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Sneak Peek: Good Morning Magnolia

Are you ready for another sneak peek of the 2019-2020 Stampin Up! Annual Catalog? Today’s card is from one of my favorite, pre-order, stamp sets, Good Morning Magnolia.

By Su Mohr; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, Corrugated embossing, Stitched Nested Label dies, heat embossing, Subtle Textured embossing, Stampin' Blends; #goodmorningmagnolia #magnolias #magnoliasoncards #heatembossing #2019-2020catalog #stampinup #stitchednestedlabeldies #stampinblends #handmadecards #handcrafted #diy

Magnolia Thanks


Our magnolia tree has its first bloom of the season. There will be new ones every day for a while now. I just wish they lasted as long as paper flowers!


I was anxious to see how the large magnolia looked with a gold, heat embossed, outline. So, I stamped the flower in VersaMark on Sahara Sand cardstock, sprinkled it with Gold embossing powder, and set it with the Heat Tool. 

A Magnolia Memory die was used for cutting the flower. This was especially handy, because I cut two more for thickness, which made for easy layering.


Next, I gave the flower some light coloring with three Stampin’ Blends: Light Old Olive, Light Daffodil Delight, and the Color Lifter. After coloring, I gave the flower texture with the Subtle Textured embossing folder.

The background was made with the Corrugated embossing folder and Sahara Sand cardstock, which I glued to the Sahara Sand card base.


“Thanks” is also in the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, and I used the same method as the flower to heat emboss it in gold. I used a new Stitched Nested Label die for cutting out the sentiment, and added five, tiny pearls.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek of Good Morning Magnolia. The first three items in my Product List will be available June 4th. The other supplies I used in today’s card are available today. I appreciate you shopping with me. Thank you!

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Tropical Friendship Card

Today’s Tropical friendship card was designed with two challenges in mind.

By So Mohr for GDP and Fab Fri; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Tropical Chic stamp set, Tropical die set, Rectangle Stitched dies, Basket Weave embossing, Banner Triple Punch; #friendshipcards #birthdaycards #tropicalchic #tropicalcards #tropical #handmadecards #handcrafted #diy #cardchallenges

Tropical Day


Fab Friday for the sketch. 

Global Design Project for the colors.


I chose the Tropical Chic stamp set, because I could imagine it in these pretty, bright colors. I began by stamping the flower in Pineapple Punch ink on Whisper White cardstock. The Tropical die set has a die for cutting the three flowers. The set also has a die for the ferns, which I cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock. I used a Rectangle Stitched die to cut a Thick Whisper White background for the flowers and ferns, which I raised on Foam Adhesive Strips. The ferns are glued flat, and the flowers are on dimensionals.

TIP: The middle flower is on two dimensionals (stacked) for greater height. 


The background on the cardbase is a layer of Whisper White cardstock that I embossed with the Basket Weave embossing folder, and glued showing the debossed side.

I brought Gorgeous Grape to the scene with some striped 6X6 Designer Series Paper, which I cut with a Rectangle Stitched die.  The same 6X6 pack was used for the larger, dotted banner in Coastal Cabana. I cut a piece, 4″ X 1″, and used the Banner Triple Punch for cutting.

TIP:The Banner Triple Punch is great, because it gives you perfectly cut banners in three widths: 1″, 1 1/2″ and 2″. 


The sentiment, also in Gorgeous Grape, is from the new, Good Morning Magnolia, stamp set. It was sitting on my work table, because I just received it, and “Enjoy Today” was the right size and sentiment for this project. Don’t you agree?

The five, tiny pearls were the finishing touch.


This Tropical Chic Bundle is carrying over into the new catalog, which makes me very happy. I have it listed separately in my Product List, but, if you love it, buy it now for a 10% discount. After June 3rd, the stamp set and dies will only be sold separately. The bundle number is 148399.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Enjoy today!

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Sponge Dauber Technique with “NEW” Butterfly Wishes

The Sponge Dauber Technique (my name for this) is great to use with highly detailed stamps. Today, I used this technique with a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Butterfly Wishes.

Just when you think you don’t need another butterfly stamp, you spy this beauty in the new catalog!

By Su Mohr for TGIF and Fusion; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Stamparatus positioning tool, Sponge Dauber technique, Birthday Wishes stamp set, Swirly Frames stamp set; #justacard #cas #cleanandsimple # nolayercard #onelayercard #butterflywishes #birthdaycards #butterflybirthday handmadecards handcrafted diy #stamparatus

Sponge Dauber Technique


This is a “no layer” card for TGIF’s challenge.

And, butterflies for Fusion’s challenge.


Designing “just a card” really is a challenge. But, the new, Butterfly Wishes stamp set was inspiring me to try. The images are so beautifully detailed, I thought they could stand alone.


I first tried stamping on an ink pad, the way I normally do, but some of the fine detail was disappearing. That’s when I thought of using Sponge Daubers, and this worked perfectly. Transferring the ink to the stamp with a Sponge Dauber, gives the stamp just the right coating of ink for a clear image.

If you aren’t familiar with Sponge Daubers, you can check them out in my Product List. Sponge Daubers also make it easy to add additional colors for a multicolored image.  Maybe “easy” isn’t the right word, unless you have a Stamparatus positioning tool. The Stamparatus makes it easy. 

I placed my Thick Whisper White card base on the Stamparatus, and applied Black ink to the branch stamp from the Butterfly Wishes stamp set, lowered the plate, and stamped.

“Birthday Wishes” is from the same stamp set, and I repeated the method.

The larger butterfly was stamped next, and I colored the stamp with Sponge Daubers (one for each color) in Poppy Parade ink and Pumpkin Pie ink.

The smaller butterfly was colored in Mango Melody ink and Granny Apple Green ink. The bodies were colored with a Bronze Stampin’ Blend.


To give this “just a card” a finished look, I stamped a corner detail from the Swirly Frames stamp set. I lined it up on each edge, and stamped in Black ink. Remember, I’m using the Stamparatus. I would have been scared to try this without it.

TIP: It’s a long, flexible stamp, so make sure it’s straight before stamping.


The good thing about “just a card” is that very few supplies are required. You can see my short, Product List below. 

Have a great day, and happy stamping!


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Kre8tors May 2019 Blog Hop: Techniques


Do you like trying new stamping techniques? The Kre8tors May 2019 Blog Hop is highlighting techniques, so you are in for a treat! 

I’ve chosen to share with you the “spotlighting” technique. It’s fast, it’s fun, and has endless possibilities!

By Su Mohr for Kre8tors techniques; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring: spotlighting technique, Rooted In Nature stamp set, Layering Circle dies, Celebrate You dies Stampin' Blends; #rootedinnature #stampinblendmarkers #alcoholmarkers #stampingtechniques #cardtechniques #rootedinnature #celebrateyou #bloghops #ittybittygreetings #distinktive



My idea began with the leaves from the Rooted In Nature stamp set. If you start with a fabulous stamp, it’s hard to go wrong. The leaves are from a “Distinktive” stamp set, which has intricate detail, making the images look like photographs. I stamped the two sizes, randomly, with Black ink on a piece of 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White cardstock.


Next, I used a Layering Circle die to cut out a circle from my stamped piece. And, I cut a slightly larger, scalloped, circle from Basic Black cardstock. Next, came the coloring, which Stampin’ Blends made very easy. Just go slowly to avoid coloring over the outside lines. The colors are named in my Product List below.



After coloring, I glued this piece to the scalloped circle. Then, I glued the black and white leaves to a Basic Black card base, and replaced the circle of colored leaves.

TIP: Make sure the the lines are matching.


For the sentiment, I chose “amazing,” from the Celebrate You die set. This word would fit the intent of the card, and looked just right, cut from Basic Black cardstock.


The sentiment was continued on the inside with “YOU,” and “happy birthday.” “Happy Birthday” is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


The die cut words are from the Celebrate You set, which I’m sad to say, is retiring. If you like paper words, like I do, you should order this set while it’s still available. Clicking on the picture in my Product List will take you to my store for purchasing. I appreciate you shopping with me!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and Happy Mother’s Day!


Now, hop along with me to see the techniques the Kre8tors are excited to share with you. Clicking the “next” button will take you to Linda’s blog, and there is also a name list to follow.

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Melissa Tennison (USA)
Tricia Butts
Sandra Roberts (UK)
Jacqui Lawrence (UK)
Linda Handford
Sue McDonald
Pia Gerhardt
Tracy Marie Lewis
Rebecca-Jo Unwin
Cheryl Taylor
Libby Fens
Jacqueline Bobeldijk
Michelle Bryant
Laura Mackie (UK)
Anastasia Radloff
Jan Musselman (USA)
Jo Blackman
Ximena Morales
Alexandra Rauf
Lisa Kmiec
Dorothee Buhn
Annette Elias
Becky Browning

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