Life is Better with Friends Like You

After all the warm, right colors I’ve been showcasing this week, I wanted to make something with a real pop of color. Naturally, I reached for the bright (but still very sophisticated) Polished Pink, one of Stampin’ Up!’s 2021-2023 In Colors to make a bookmark and a pouch I can tuck the bookmark in and give as a gift. Here’s my project:

Flowers of Friendship Bookmark, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI was going to mount the 3-3/4″ x 5″ pouch base on a card front, but I decided it worked just fine like this – AND I could put this in a regular envelope and send it just like a card. Here’s a look at the tag that’s tucked in the pocket of this base:

Flowers of Friendship Bookmark, Stampin Up!, Brian KingHow sweet is that?! Not only does this card feature a Polished Pink base (with outlines of Night of Navy and Night of Navy rhinestones), but the flower on the card is also Polished Pink (the flower and sentiment are from the Flowers of Friendship Bundle). The tag is cropped from Daffodil Delight cardstock and Night of Navy cardstock with the Tailor Made Tags Dies.

If the flowers and punch don’t win  you over in the Flowers of Friendship Bundle, the amazing sentiments should – so many ways to say “thank you,” including the sentiment I used on the tag. Here’s a look at the Flowers of Friendship Bundle:

Flowers of Friendship Bundle, Stampin Up!, 155590The Tailor Made Tags Dies are a must-have from Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog. I love these dies! I cropped one tag from Daffodil Delight and one one tag from Night of Navy. Here’s a look at the Tailor Made Tags:

Tailor Made Tags Dies, Stampin Up!, 155563The Tailor Made Tags Dies are one of eight unbundled sets of dies in Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog that you are going to want to check out. To see all eight, CLICK HERE.

I stamped the flower and leaves with Memento Tuxedo ink on Thick Basic White cardstock and punched them with the Flowers & Leaves Punch. I colored the flower petals with Polished Pink Stampin’ Blends and the center of the flower with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I colored the leaves with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Here’s a closer look:

Flowers of Friendship Bookmark, Stampin Up!, Brian KingTo build the pouch, I simple cut a base and then another piece the same width where the top was angled. I played around with this piece of Polished Pink 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper so I could cut the plaid pattern along the diagonal of I wanted for the pouch but just cutting along the lines of the diagonal pattern and then building the base from there. I added a Night of Navy strip and three Night of Navy rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels that have carried over into this year’s Annual Catalog (the pack includes 140 rhinestones in Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Shaded Spruce):

Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin Up! 150457If you like the combination of Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink and Night of Navy as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink, Night of Navy

Bundles: Flowers of Friendship  Stamp Sets: Flowers of Friendship  Papers: 2021-2023 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Polished Pink), Night of Navy, Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Thick Basic White  Inks: Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends (Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green)  Accessories: Tailor Made Tags Dies, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, White Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Flowers of Friendship Bookmark, Stampin Up!, Brian King


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  1. That pop of Daffodil is amazing against pink. Sweetest little flower!

  2. I lovelovelove Polished Pink.

  3. Sonny Peterson

    You have my address ….right ? This is too cute and colorful ! Yes, I am getting those tags because look how many in the set ? Such fun to tuck in an envelope for a mail out to a friend ! Love your idea of the tuck in front . Plus I missed that cute flower punch ! Gotta get that ! Love your bright colors !

    • Thank you so much, Sonny! The flower punch is quite wonderful (not complicated to line up like some in the past). 🙂 The tags are a must-have. Always love to hear from you, my friend. ♥

  4. Love your card today. What a fun card and great way to send a book mark. A card and gift in one. Two thumbs up! 🙂

  5. Brilliant! A tag or bookmark removable from a card. I am SO CASEing this. It’s a joy that keeps on giving.

    • I think a bookmark must stay around much longer than a card would – a constant reminder of the person who made it. ♥ Thanks, Ann!

  6. Maria Rodriguez

    Well, Brian, that sentiment fits you to a “T”, my dear, I treasure your friendship and I’m grateful for it.
    I adore this card, the little flower calls your attention to what’s coming when you pull that bookmark out, so sweet and so beautiful.
    This is a fabulous card to give anyone who loves curling up on the couch, with a cup of hot tea and a good book, the best way to unwind!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Stay healthy and safe.

    • I couldn’t love the scenario you painted more than I already do, Maria! I’ve been using an old receipt to hold my place in the book I’m reading – guess I need a beautiful bookmark. 🙂 Always wonderful to hear from you! ♥

  7. You’re killing me, Brian … or at least my budget! Every time I check to see what you’ve been up to, I see something else I want. I’ve revised my list at least half a dozen times…

    • I’m so happy to share, Georgette, but I don’t want to force you to break your budget. I also don’t want you to not come back. 🙂 Thank you so much for your comments! ♥

  8. Love your project and the bright colors. I will have to use this color combo soon! It is now stuck in my head! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Oh, yay! I’m so happy you like the color combination – it’s so cheery, isn’t it?! Can’t wait to see what you make, Windy! ♥

  9. GREAT color combination Brian. And the added bonus of receive one of your beautiful cards with a tag tucked inside is FABULOUS.

  10. I love this card/bookmark in these beautiful, fresh colors. The sentiment is perfect. Thanks for all the DIY tips. Enjoy your day!

  11. What a cutie of a card this is! And how true the sentiment!

  12. Love the card! Fabulous color combination!

  13. Fabulous project! I tend to go for bright colors. On another note I got my shares and I love them! Your DSP swatch books are awesome!!

    • Thank you so much, Marsha! I love bright colors, too – especially this time of year. Thank you so much for the comments about the shares – I’m SO HAPPY you love the swatch books. I love to offer them. ♥

  14. Such a CUTE & FUN card with a double purpose! Love the bright colors and the bookmark is just too cute!

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