Story of Elegance

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

Before I get into today’s project – Be sure to check out the details on our ONE DAY Stamp  Set sale coming on Thursday, September 15th.  See below for details.

This morning I was playing with the Cottage Rose stamp set – still lying on my desk from a couple of weeks ago.  I really like this stamp set and the muted neutral tones of the Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I used them both to create today’s card.

Another thing I used is a card sketch.  You can find sketch’s in so many places, but I chose to use one from the Stampin’ Pretty Sketchbook by Mary Fish.

Card sketches are great to use when you need don’t want to spend time working on a design for your project.  It worked out perfectly for me today because time was at a premium this morning.

So here’s the card I created using this sketch and the aforementioned products.

Greeting card made with Stampin' Up! products

Cottage Rose Best Wishes


I made a few minor modifications to the sketch to fit the products that I wanted to use today.  One of the modifications was the use of stitched dies for multiple items, not just the focal image.  I really like the added detail of the stitching in the die cuts.  I used the Stylish Shapes die set for this card.  If you don’t have this die set, I highly recommend it.  It is so versatile and easily bumps up the look and polish of your project.

A Closer Look


Elegance Made Easy

Following are the quick steps to recreate this card.

First, make your cuts:

  • Abigail Rose DSP – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • Die cuts:
    • Stamp the floral image using Early Expresso ink onto Basic White card stock and use the square die  from the Stylish Shapes die set that give the tightest fit.
    • Use the next largest square die to cut a square using Early Expresso card stock
    • Use a banner die to cut a banner using Early Expresso card stock
  • Punch:
    • None

Add the largest cut of Abigail Rose DSP onto an A2 card base made with Thick Basic White card stock, then add the second piece to it.  Note:  An A2 card base is made by scoring an 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of card stock scored and folded at 5 1/4″.

Layer the die cut floral square onto the Early Expresso square.

Stamp the desired sentiment onto Basic White card stock and trim to fit using a paper trimmer.

Adhere the sentiment onto the banner, and then add the banner to the back of the floral square.  Add the assembly to the card front.

Make a bow using Gold Simply Elegant trim and add to the card front.

Finish by adding Gold Festive Pearls to the flower center and to the DSP.

For the inside of the card, I stamped a flower using Early Expresso ink onto the corner of an 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White card stock.  Note:  All of the stamped flowers are blended using a Blending Pencil.

To complete the project, stamp a flower on the front of the envelope and add a strip of DSP to envelope flap.

Friendship card and coordinating envelope made with Stampin' Up! products


You can shop with me anytime to create your own fantastic projects!

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Find yourself staring at multiple stamp sets and can’t decide which one to get? On 15 September 2022, you can get those sets you’ve been wanting at a 15% discount. This is a deal you do not want to miss out on! The 24-Hour Stamp Sale will only last for one day, so make sure you are ready to shop ‘til you drop! It’s time to expand your collection!  Click the image to see which stamp sets are included.


Every week in the month of September we’re offering a selection of discounted products. Discounts and product selection will vary from week to week.  Check each week to see how you can SAVE $$!


‘Tis the season to make your own Christmas cards with the Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit contains whimsical designs of Santa and his reindeer in a classic Christmas color palette which is sure to match various styles of holiday décor and look great on mantles everywhere.
Each kit contains enough supplies to create 9 festive cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. These cards are sure to bring the warm holiday spirit.
And word from the North Pole is that this kit coordinates with next month’s Paper Pumpkin tag kit and the special add-on product! With so much coordination between products, you’ll have a breeze at creating a cohesive look for all your holiday gifting needs. Make this season the most wonderful time of the year for your loved ones—and for yourself!

Hurry and get these fabulous bundles while supplies last, September 1 – 30 only.


Thank you  again for stopping by.
Have a lovely week!  I’ll be back on Friday with another card to share.  And check out my weekly video Thursday evenings in the Facebook group Elegant Sentiments Today.
Until next time,

Live Graciously!