Lighthearted Leaves CASE for Mary Fish

Fall card featuring Lighthearted Leaf stamps and Leaflet Framelit Dies. Design by Natalie Lapakko, inspired by Mary Fish.

Lighthearted Leaves: Retired, but Not Forgotten

I love the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set from last year’s Stampin’ Up! catalog. It retired too soon! I hope that even if you do not have this stamp set, you can be inspired by the colors, the layout, and the techniques.

The Perfect Timing

I made this card quite a while ago, but didn’t have the perfect opportunity to share it until now. Here’s why I’m sharing this retired card today of all days:

  1. It’s Fall! When I first made this card, it was completely the wrong season!
  2. We were in a car accident this weekend (everyone is okay… except for the car) and it has thrown a kink in my card creation schedule, making a trip to the archives a necessity.
  3. Mary Fish is nearing her 1 million dollars/csv mark at Stampin’ Up! What better time to show some support for her!

A CASE for Mary Fish

Mary Fish is the first ever Stampin’ Up! demonstrator whose blog I started following. I immediately fell in love with her clean layers, simple designs, and gorgeous color combinations.

This is a card Mary shared last year at about this time of year. Click the picture to visit her post.


I loved everything about this card, from the colors, to the white accents on the leaves, to the washi tape embellishments.

While no imitation can compare to a true Mary Fish creation, I tried my very best to CASE it. My favorite definition of CASE is “Copy and Selectively Edit”, because I like to take an idea and change it a bit to make it my own. I find it interesting to see how ideas morph and change as they pass from person to person.  Art History is filled with examples of artists working together and being inspired by each other. I love the stamping community and how everyone is so willing to share with each other and I’m always amazed at how many different interpretations there can be of the same idea! Even while copying there is still so much creativity.

In my card, I changed the layout and added a vellum layer using Leaflet Framelit dies. I kept the awesome colors, the hint of washi tape, and the fun white embellishments on the stamped leaf.

Fall card featuring Lighthearted Leaf stamps and Leaflet Framelit Dies. Design by Natalie Lapakko, inspired by Mary Fish.

Cardmaking Tips

Vellum + Framelit Dies make an awesome combination. You can make great accent shapes for cards by using the positive space, like I did in this card. You can also use the negative space, the hole that’s left over, either as an accent or as a stencil!

Check out how to make a Leaflet Stenciled Card using the leftovers piece of vellum!

Leaflet Framelit stencil cards, design by Natalie Lapakko.

Fun Fall Colors

A dark bold color and contrasting warm bright color make the perfect color combination for Fall. While Blackberry Bliss is now retired, Rich Razzleberry is still available and still looks gorgeous with Pumpkin Pie!

Color Combo: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie


Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Lighthearted Leaves (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflet Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, white colored pencil, Color Me Autumn Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!


Thank you all for your “likes” and comments over the weekend. They kept me cheered through a trying ordeal of dealing with insurance companies and figuring out car logistics.

I encourage you all to lend your support to Mary Fish this week, too, as she reaches for a huge career milestone! Go check out her blog, I think you’ll like it!

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