LuAnn Horstman of SunnyLu Stampers Blog

Country Christmas Card

A Farmhouse Christmas scene including a cute little dachshund in a a Christmas sweater… all this on a cute Christmas card! Don’t you just love the fence!

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Hi Friends,

Today I have a wonderful Country Christmas card to share- complete with a Farmhouse, decorated white picket fence, and a cute little dachshund puppy with a Christmas sweater!

Color Combination

My multi-color combination for my card today is Early Expresso (ink 147114/ card stock (119686), Gray Granite (ink 147118 /card stock 146983, Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (ink 147116 /card stock 120953), Poppy Parade (ink 147050/ card stock  119793) with dashes of Shaded Spruce, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive.

Card Recipe: begin cutting

I began my card by cutting my Early Expresso (119686) card base 4 1/4″ X 11″ and I also cut a 2 3/4″ X 4 1/2″ piece of Early Expresso (119686) card stock. Next, I cut two pieces of Whisper White (100730) card stock 4″ X 5 1/4″ and one piece of Crumb Cake (120953) card stock 2 1/2″ X 4 1/4″.


I used my Stamparatus (146276) to stamp one of the 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock using the Buffalo Check clear stamp (147794) and Gray Granite ink (147118). I stamped the piece three times to get the color I wanted. With the Stamparatus (146276) stamping at the same spot each time is easy. i got a clear dark, distinct stamp just like I wanted.

Stamparatus Accessories now Available

The Stamparatus (146276) is also really nice when you are using Tuxedo black Memento ink (132708) and are stamping a sentiment! Recently Stampin’ Up has  added a new Stamparatus accessories bundle (151049). the accessories can be purchased separately or as a bundle. I plan on investing in another set of Stamparatus plates (149693). My reasoning is that I can stamp my whole card without having to remove my stamps-just by changing the plates. Check out the details on my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! Shop here.

Time to Use some more Ink

Next, I stamped my tree from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set (148478) on to a scrap of Whisper White card stock (100730) using Gray Granite ink (147118). I thought the tree looked too stark and white so I sponged (141337) some Gray Granite ink (147118) on the tree to give it color and texture. I liked it much better that way. Then I stamped the house from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set (148478) on the Crumb Cake card stock (120953) with Early Expresso ink (147114).

Time to Color

I used Tuxedo black Memento ink (132708) to stamp the Dachshund from the Ready for Christmas stamp set (144823) and the wreath from the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set (148478) on to scraps of Whisper White card stock (100730). I used Memento because I wanted to color with my Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I used Light Shaded Spruce (147936) and light Poppy Parade (146878) Stampin’ Blends on the wreath. On the Dachshund, I used the colors Light (144582) and Dark (144581) Crumb Cake on the dog. The dachshund’s sweater has light (146878) Poppy Parade, light (144574) Old Olive, and Dark Daffodil Delight (144585) Stampin” Blends.

Big Shot Time

I have so much fun using my Big Shot (143263) and dies! I love the 3D effect die-cuts give to my cards. I used the Farmhouse Framelit Dies (147922) to cut out the tree, the dachshund, the wreath, the pretty Whisper White (100730) picket fence, and the tiny red Poppy Parade (119793) bows for the fence.

Putting it all Together

Now I get to put the card together! I attached the “gingham check” looking 1st layer with Snail Adhesive (104332). Hmmm… I wonder how the card would look using Poppy Parade ink with the Buffalo Check clear (147794) stamp on this layer! (Buffalo Check wood mount 147797

I attached one of the 4″ X 5 1/4″ pieces of Whisper White inside the card. Then, I attached the Early Expresso and Crumb Cake layers. Next, I applied Snail Adhesive (104332) to the tree using my trusty release paper to catch the extra adhesive. I used a mini Stampin’ Dimensional (144108) (which are 10% off right now!) to attach the wreath to the house. I attached the fence and bows using Snail Adhesive. Finally, I attached the puppy. Yay! all done!

oops I forgot my sentiment. I initially thought I would stamp directly on to the Buffalo Check layer but decided to stamp “From Our Home to Yours” From the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set (148478) on a scrap of Whisper White card stock. I kept trimming the strip down until I was happy with it! I attached the strip with Snail Adhesive. I also stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set inside the card: “Thoughts of Happiness and Joy to you and yours”. there, now it is really done.

If you would like to purchase the items for this card I would appreciate being your Demonstrator! Access my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! store here.

Use the October Host Code:  GCVPUHHH to get SunnyLu Spectacular Stampers rewards with your purchase. check here for details about these rewards.

Stampin’ Up! Catalogs Available Now

If you still need an Annual or Holiday catalog please email me with your name and mailing address and I will get them out to you! I would be honored to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I have lots of fun events coming up! check here for details. Well I hope you like my card and will try it. If you do please post a picture in the comments. I love to see all the comments and think it is wonderful to see your work!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


Thanksgiving Sheltering Tree in Autumn Colors

This Thanksgiving card for today is made with the Cat Punch and the Sheltering Tree stamp set. The colors chosen to make this card include Granny Apple Green, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate.

Hi Friends,

I hope you are doing well today! Thanks for spending time with today! Today’s card is an autumn scene made with the Sheltering Tree (137163) and  Winter Woods (wood mount 147658/clear 147661) ink stamps. I also used with the Cat Punch (144666) and a retired thinlit set called “Hearth and Home” (139666).

Color Combination

Today’s card is made with the colors Cajun Craze (ink 147085/card stock 119684), Crushed Curry (ink 147087/card stock 131199), Granny Apple Green (ink 147095/card stock 146990), Smoky Slate (ink 147113/card stock 131202), and Whisper White (100730).

Card Recipe: Cutting

I started off by cutting a 5 1/2” X 8 1/2” piece of  Cajun Craze (119684) card stock. Then I scored and folded the card stock at 4 1/4”. Next I cut Granny Apple Green (146990) card stock 4” X 5 1/4”.  Using my trusty Big Shot, (143263) I cut a window in the Granny Apple Green (146990) card stock. Then I used my Big Shot (143263) to cut a Crushed Curry (131199) card stock window frame. I cut a 2 1/2” X 3” piece of Whisper White card stock (100730). Lastly, I punched two cats out of Smoky Slate card stock (131202) using the Cat punch (144666).


Next, I stamped the bunch of trees stamp from Winter Woods (wood mount 147658/clear 147661) stamp set. i used Memento Tuxedo Black (132708) ink and my Stamparatus (146276). When I use my Stamparatus, I can stamp multiple times, if necessary, to get a dark clear image. Then, I used the leaf canopy stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163) and Cajun Craze ink (147085). Next, I wiped off the tree stamp and then used Crushed Curry ink (147087) to stamp the “leaves” on the trees.


I wanted to make my kitties look like my mom’s kitty, Willow. She is a Balinese and is just gorgeous! She has dark tipped ears, toes and tail. I used a Stampin sponge (141337) and Smoky Slate ink (147113) to lightly color the kitties’ ears, toes and tails.

I positioned the Whisper White (100730) piece so that the trees looked good out of the window. To do this I used my trusty release paper trick! I applied double sided tape to the back of the window frame. I laid the Whisper White (100730) piece right side up on the release paper. Then I could easily position the frame in the best spot and not get adhesive all over! I trimmed any Whisper White peeking out behind the window frame.

FInally, I inlaid the Crushed Curry (131199) Window in the opening in the Granny Apple Green (146990) card stock. ThenI attached the two kitties so they would appear to be looking out of the window.


I stamped the sentiment “thankful for you” from Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163) with Memento Tuxedo Black (132708) as pictured. I stamped “Thinking of You This Season” using Cajun Craze ink (147085) on a piece of 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White card stock. Then I attached the 4” X 5 1/4” Whisper White (100730) card stock piece to the inside of today’s card.

Well, that’s it! What do you think? I am pretty happy with how today’s card turned out. Makes a pretty good Thanksgiving card I think. If you would like to purchase any of the items for this card I would appreciate your business. You can contact me to order or just go to my 24/7 online shop here.

Some Announcements

FYI: My next Stampin’ Up! Event is Tuesday November 6th from 1-4pm! Put it on your calendar now and plan to spend some fun time making Holiday cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Stamp Club Group starts Friday November 30th from 1-4pm! Looking for new members-still have room for 3-4 more! Stamp Club meets each month on the fourth Friday at my home. You will have a chance to make cards and other projects as well as learn new techniques. Requires a six month commitment of ordering minimum $25 Stampin’ Up! order each month. In this way each member has a turn being the hostess. The hostess brings the snack for the month and receives the hostess benefits (a value of at least $15). JOIN NOW!

Another Upcoming Event: Holiday Workshop at Westend Christian Reformed Church at 1015 Westend Ave NW Grand Rapids, Mi 49504

Saturday November10th from 9-4pm

(Profits to benefit Christian Education for the children of our church)

Have some projects to finish up for Christmas? You can “rent” a table for the whole day! Bring your quilting, sewing or paper crafting projects, bring your friends and plan a fun day together! We will have lunch available.

For an extra fee you can participate in the following special activities:

  • one on one ‘Learn to knit’ session with a seasoned knitter
  • Learn to make jewelry with my friend Jane
  • Learn some tips for Holiday food preparations with Pampered Chef Demonstrator my friend Beth!
  • Make a wooden Palate sign with my friend Teresa
  • With me you can make some Christmas cards ($2 each), decorate a special Holiday Notebook ($5) or 2019 Calendar ($5), make some simple gifts for your friends or Sunday School kids ($1). I will have Annual and Holiday Stampin’ Up! catalogs available. You will have a chance to sign up for some new Events I have planned for November and December.

There will be lunch available for a nominal cost. More details will be coming soon so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


Buffalo Plaid Masculine Birthday Card

Today’s card is a masculine style Birthday card using the Buffalo Check stamp and Winter Woods stamps

Dear Friends,

(Image © [2018] Stampin’ Up!®)

Hi! I am so glad you’ve stopped by today! Today’s card is a Plaid Masculine Birthday Card using the Buffalo Check Background stamp (clear 147794 /wood mount 147797) and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stampin’ Up! (143662) stamp set. I am always looking for great masculine cards. They are not as common are they? The Buffalo Check (clear 147794 /wood mount 147797) design is so versatile- from pastels for baby cards to earth tones for the rugged masculine look. You can’t go wrong! Shop now at my 24/7 online shop and get yours today!

“CASE-ing” Information

This card is based on one I made with my friend Inez Oberg at one of her Stamp Buffets. She always has awesome cards! the plaid technique I learned from watching one of Jackie Bolhuis’ you-tube videos. I decided to combine the two into something a little different.

Color Combination

Today’s card is made with the color combination of whisper White (100730, Soft Suede (ink 147115/ card stock 115318), Balmy Blue (ink 147105 / card stock  146982), Crumb  Cake (ink 147116/ card stock 120953) and
Basic Black 121045.

Card Recipe: Cutting Directions

I started out with a card base of Soft Suede (115318) cut 4 1/4” X 11”. I scored and folded my card base at 5 1/2”. I cut Balmy Blue (146982 card stock to 4” X 5 1/4”. I cut Basic Black (121045) card stock 3 1/4” X 4 1/2”. Then I cut Crumb Cake (120953) card stock 3” X 4 1/4”. Using my Big Shot (143263) and Stitched Shapes (145372) Framelits Ovals I cut a larger Basic Black (121045)  piece and then the next size down out of Crumb Cake (120953) card stock .

Stamping with my Stamparatus

Using my Stamparatus (146276), Soft Suede Ink (147115), and the Buffalo Check Background stamp (clear 147794 /wood mount 147797), I stamped the checked background. I wanted to keep it light this time. but the nice thing about using the Stamparatus (146276) is that I could made the check design much darker and clearer by re-inking and re-stamping the design. By using the grid on the Stamparatus (146276) for placement and a magnet to hold your card stock in place you can get a clear, more distinct stamped image.

Plaid Design

Next, I used a black marker and straight edge to draw straight lines between the checks both vertically and horizontally. This makes a plaid design! To make it more rustic-looking, I sponged the edges of the card stock with Soft Suede. Next time I think I want to try the plaid design with Real Red ink stripes. Don’t you think that would be awesome!

Next I stamped the “logs” with Crumb Cake  (147116) ink on the back ground on the Crumb Cake (120953) layer. I then stamped the bunch of trees on top of the “logs” using Memento Tuxedo Black (132708). I sponged the edges of the Crumb Cake (120953) layer with Crumb Cake (147116) ink and a Stampin’ Sponge (141337).

Final Touches

Finally, I layered the pieces, as shown, in this order

  1. Soft Suede card base (115318)
  2. Balmy Blue Plaid layer (146982)
  3. Basic Black layer (121045)
  4. Crumb Cake layer (120953)

Sentiment Time

I stamped Happy Birthday from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (143662) on to the Crumb Cake (120953) oval and sponged the edges of the oval with Soft Suede ink. Then I layered the Crumb Cake (120953) oval with the larger Basic Black oval. When I placed the two piece oval on the card I thought it was too big so I hand trimmed the Basic Black to a minimal edge. I like that better even though the edges are not quite even 🙂

I attached a 4” X 5 1/4” piece of Whisper White (100730) card stock inside the card and stamped with the sentiment “Party Time” from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (143662).

Isn’t that a great masculine card? I hope you like it too!

Just a reminder! Saturday Sampler October 27th 10-2pm

This Saturday, October 27th, is my regular Stampin’ Up! Event at my home I live on the Northwest side in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I plan to have 8-10 cards to choose from. There will be baskets that will have all you will need

to make that particular card.  I will have Christmas, Holiday and wintertime cards. As always you are welcome to change up the sentiments to birthday, thinking of you or whatever type of card you need.

This event is free with a minimum Stampin’ Up! order of $25 (or $10). This cost includes six cards and envelopes. if you want to make more than six, the cost is just $1.50 for each additional card. I will have a little lunch and coffee, tea, water, and lemonade available. Please let me know ASAP if you are able to come! I want to make sure to have plenty of seats available!

Upcoming Event: Holiday Workshop at Westend Christian Reformed Church

Saturday November10th from 9-5pm Profits to Help Christian Education

Have some projects to finish up for Christmas? You can “rent” a table for the whole day which has access to electricity (first come, first serve). Bring your friends and plan a fun day together!

For an extra fee you can participate in:

Learn to knit?

Learn to make jewelry?

Learn some tips for Holiday food preparations?

Want to make some Christmas cards, decorate a special Holiday Planner or 2019 Calendar, make some simple gifts for your friends or Sunday School kids or other paper crafting projects? I will have Annual and Holiday Stampin’ Up! catalogs available as well as a chance to sign up for some new Events I have planned for the new year!

There will be lunch available for a nominal cost. More details will be coming soon so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’