Out with the Old…In with the New!

Time to get back to some Stamping!

I have been on the road quite a bit in the last few weeks.  I started in Chicago (where I call home) and went to Akron, OH for a family wedding.  Stayed in Cleveland with family for a week and then headed to the Outer Banks with family for a week in the sun.  I thought I would be able to do some stamping, but family time and enjoying the shore took precedence!  I, however, am back to playing in my craft space!

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The Old…….

Geez, I have been on the Fence with picking up the Occasions Carousel Birthday…and made the jump right before it retired….I am  just starting to play with it and glad that at the last minute, decided to snap it up!  Note:  something speaks to you….don’t ignore it.  Unfortunately, this set is no longer available, but had to share……

I totally CASED this card but credit goes to Pinterest Stamper Stampin Smiles by Jackie.

Carousel Happy Birthday

The New….

I was lucky to be able to attend Onstage in Minneapolis this year….and picked up a few things in April.  The Daisy Delight Stamp Set with the Daisy punch were some of my early acquisitions.  A fellow team member (Penni Behr)  created this beauty and I CASED it with a few changes…..

Couple of notes.

  • The flower is stamped twice an then cut out twice
  • I added the green center in Pear Pizzaz
  • The leaves are stamped on Old Olive with Old Olive and fussy cut
  • The Happy Birthday is cut out twice.  The top layer is Pear Pizzaz and the bottom layer is Old Olive.  This was done for contrast
  • The layer papers are Whisper White embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder (5 X 3 3/4)
  • The middle layer is Daffodil Delight (5 1/4 X 4)
  • The card base is Old Olive (11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2)

Daisy Delight Happy Birthday

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And one more…..

And who doesn’t love Eastern Palace?  The card below was created by my upline, Connie Stewart and is another CASE.  I have yet to really dig into this set, but think that the possibilities for color, media (think watercolors…) and adaptation of the many stamps, will keep anyone creating for quite some time!

This card started with a Whiseper White Base, A square Melon Mambo base layer and a Whisper White slightly smaller (by 1/4″) Whisper White base.  This is where the thinlets —2 used together), created the cut outs.  A little stamping and a Silver Glimmer banner to seat the greeting….poof!  Complete!

Easterb Palace MM and BB
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Beautiful You against Mediterranean Moments


Beautiful You is the focal point for this card…and masked against embossed Mediterranean Moments in silver. Color accents in the girl were done with Stampin Write Markers

Cut base 8 1/2 X11 Whisper White base layer at 5 1/2. Score at 4 /14

Cut a 5 1/4 X 4 Basic Black layer

Cut a 5 X 3 3/4 Real Red layer

Cut a Whisper White 4 3/4 X 3 1/2 layer. This will be the layer used to mask and emboss.

Prepare a mask of the desired girl stamp. I used the sticker from the card stamp set and trimmed it close. You could also stamp the girl and cut it out and reserve it for the mask.

Using Basic Black Ink (Momento), stamp the girl in the desired position in the middle of of your smallest whisper white stock.

Adhere the mask (or sticker) on top of the stamped image of the girl.

Using your Embossing Buddy, wipe the small white card base to clear any static, or residue on the card.

Take your Mediterranean Moments desired scene and ink it up in VersaMark. Stamp over the mask of the girl mask.

Remove the mask.

Sprinkle Silver Embossing Powder over the entire card.. Shake off the remaining powder onto a clean sheet of folded copy paper and sift the powder back into your embossing powder container.

Tap the card with your finger to get rid of excess powder.

Using your Heat Embossing Tool, wave the heated tool over the embossed area, allowing the silver to melt. Wave the tool over the entire card until the silver smooths out.

Make sure to not heat too aggressively making the powder scatter and creating "splatters" on your card.

Color in your stamped girl image in desired colors. I used Melon Mambo for the sweater, Elegant Eggplant for the skirt.

Adhere Basic Black Layer to Whisper White Base using Snail Adhesive.

Adhere Real Red Layer to Basic Black Layer using Snail Adhesive.

Adhere embossed Whisper White Layer on to Real Read Layer using Snail Adhesive.

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Sheltering Tree–for the Fall




This card was the first in 10 for a challenge this week…Using Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Emerald Envy Dapper Denim. Quick to make and pleasing……

Paper Needed:

*Very Vanilla Card Base 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
*Early Espresso Base Layer 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
*Emerald Envy Base layer 5 1/4 X 4
*Very Vanilla Base layer 5 X 3 1/4


  1. Stamp Tree base in Early Espresso (landscape)
  2. Stamp leaves by daubing Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Emerald Envy alternating on leaf stamp
  3. Stamp ground cover in “stamped off” Emerald Envy
  4. Stamp Bicycle in Dapper Denim
  5. Stamp rake in Cajun Craze
  6. Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso
  7. Using snail, adhere Very Vanilla stamped base on to Emerald Envy base
  8. Using snail, adhere Emerald Envy base to Early Espresso base
  9. Using snail, adhere stamped card front to Very Vanilla card base

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Elegant Condolence Card


A Pinterest favorite……

This card base used a Darice Embossing folder which I found particularly appealing. The flowers and paper are all Stampin Up…. Flowering Fields was part of 2016 Sale-A-Bration but is very nicely replaced with the currently available Wild About Flowers. My instructions will use that stamp set as it is readily available.

Paper Needed:

*Card Base Thick Whisper White cut 8 1/2 X 5 1/2; scored at 4 1/4
*Card Top Layer Old Olive 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
*White Layer Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4


  1. Emboss Whisper White Card Layer with desired folder (I used Darice)
  2. Stamp Flowers in Old Olive along the bottom border of the White Embossed layer
  3. Color flower with Stampin Write Markers (Bright Collections)
  4. Cut 8″ ribbon; create bow in center by wrapping ribbon around a thick marker, knotting, slipping off marker and snipping “bubble” to make a bow
  5. Use Glue Dots to adhere Ribbon ends to back of embossed layer about ‘3/4 to 1 inch from bottom
  6. Using snail, adhere Whisper White layer to Old Olive layer
  7. Using snail, adhere Old Olive Base to Thick Whisper White Card Base


Thoughtful Branches

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A pretty card for any occasion with a bases of Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry….a little bit of DSP added for interest….and of course…our cardinal at the base of the tree!

Paper Needed:

Cut Base Card Stock Pieces:
*Card Base: Whisper White 8 1/2 X 5 1/2
*Rich Razzleberry Base Layer 5 1/4 X 4
*Old Olive Layer 5 X 3 3/4
*Whisper White Layer 4 3/4 X 3 1/2
*Whisper White for stamped image 3 1/2 X 3/12
*Sahara Sand for Tree base 3 1/2 X 3 1/2
*Rich Razzleberry Frame 2X2
*DSP Frame Layer 1 3/4 X 1 3/4


  1. Using your Big Shot, cut out tree base using a 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 square of Sahara Sand Stock
  2. Stamp Leaves in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White (suggest 3 1/2 X 3 1/2)
  3. Stamp over leaves with dots stamp from Thoughtful Branches in RIch Razzleberry
  4. Cut out leaves stamp using your Big Shot and your Beautiful Branches Thinlet Dies
  5. Adhere leaves to tree base using your Fine Tip Glue Pen
  6. Cut out Bird using Beautiful Branches Thinlit in Real Red
  7. Using snail, adhere DSP frame cut outs to Rich Razzleberry frame pieces
  8. Stamp in Old Olive wave layers to Whisper White Base for “grass”
  9. Add sentiment in Old Olive to right of tree
  10. Using snail, adhere frames to Whisper White layer (4 3/4 X 3 1/2)
  11. Stamp small bird (beak facing to the right) in Real Red. Cut out using Beautiful Branches Thinlets. Add red bird cut out (use black pen to add detail for eyes, etc) to left of tree or position where you like
  12. Using snail, adhere Whisper White Base to Old Olive Base
  13. Using snail, adhere Old Olive Base to Rich Razzleberry Base
  14. Using snail, add Rich Razzleberry base to Whisper White Card Base

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The 2017-8 Catalog is Here!!!

Hi There Stampers!

The new catalog has been out for a few days now!  What fun products and the new In Colors—Oh la la!!!


Check out the video below for a quick snap shot of the fun you can experience with the 2017-8 Stampin Up product releases!

Join me in the fun of creating projects that can be used for all occasions…..And…if you are interested in products or any instruction/classes, feel free to reach out to me!

Thanks and enjoy Stampin!

Mary Beth “MB” Guzzo




Paisley & Posies



Paisley & Posies REV2

This card features the Paisley & Petals family of products highlighting the Copper Foil Sheets and Copper Embossing Powder.

Paper needed:

* Card Base Very Vanilla 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″
* Mint Macaroon 4″ X 5 1/4″
* Copper Foil Sheet 2″ X 5″
* Paisley & Petals DSP 1 1/2″ X 4 1/2″

  1. Instructions:
  2. Fold the Very Vanilla card base in half
  3. Adhere Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP to Copper Base
  4. Adhere Copper Base to Mint Macaroon
  5. Prepare Mint Macaroon paper with Embossing Buddy.
  6. Stamp Sentiment with Versa Mark.
  7. Pour Copper Embossing Powder over stamped sentiment.
  8. “Knock Off” gently the excess Copper Embossing Powder
  9. Use Heat Tool to set embossing powder. Ensure that the embossing powder melts all the way and run over lightly to remove bubbles and acquire a smooth finish.
  10. Adhere copper and DSP paper to top (1/4″ from top) of Mint Macaroon with snail.
  11. Cut out leaf in Copper Foil Sheet. Adhere to left side card (with fine tip glue) at an angle and with leaf tilting up and to the left. Position the leaf base about an inch from the left.
  12. Using the an 8 1/2 inch piece of Mint Macaroon ribbon and a thick marker, tie at 3/4 if the way down around the marker and knot it. Slide the ribbon off the marker.
  13. Cut the loop of the ribbon at an angle of our ties.
  14. Adhere the ribbon to the back side of your Mint Macaroon base with glue dots.
  15. Adhere the Mint Macaroon card to the Very Vanilla Card Base.

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