Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! While the COVID 19 pandemic is adding stress to our lives, we Pals hope this blog hop will help to lift your spirits. Let us inspire you to take a creative break and relax for a little while. This month our theme is “Special Occasions” where we have made a project for just about any occasion you can think of! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Sunday Stamps Challenge 228

I have to say, I really needed inspiration for the card layout for this hop. I thought I was ready to go a week ago. Then, about a week ago, I realized the graduation card I made wouldn’t work. That card will be blogged at a later date.

Anyway, Sunday Stamps saved me.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Two Cards, One Layout, Two Very Different Insides

Once again, I created two cards for the Pals Blog Hop. The first card is easy and fast.

Here’s that card:

Hopefully, I will remember to figure out how to get the inside and outside showing side-by-side.

Both levels of this card make use of the new Ornate Garden Suite! The DSP is stunning, and it contains a preview of a new In Color, Bumblebee. All the stamps in the corners and the flower stamps are from the new Ornate Style cling stamp set. Gorgeous!!!

Here’s the same layout, but the inside is “over the top” according to my DH.

The outside is the same layout with the DSP pieces reversed.

This is a twist and pop fun fold card.

It’s difficult to film this and try to open it at the same time. So, please excuse the quality of the short video.

It’s Not as Difficult as It Looks, Truly

If we break the card down to chunks, we can see that it truly isn’t as difficult as it looks to create this card.


Front layout – we all do those.

Inside DSP mats – It’s just a matter of cutting the angles.

The “book” for the lack of a better word: stamping and coloring, and we all do that.

The popping mechanism: Ok, that requires some practice, but it truly isn’t difficult.

I learned how to do this card from Mary Deatherage with Stamps-n-Lingers, and you can find the video here. Mary makes the whole process for the mechanism, and the card, look easier than you would think. Please view her video, and you will see what I mean. The video contains all of the measurements, and step-by-step directions for the mechanism. I like watching it while making the mechanism, and I can stop the video as much as I want. If the mechanism is causing you problems, Mary demonstates it again at the end.

Please give this card a try. You will be so happy you did and you will create a stunning card!

Let’s Get Back to the Pals Blog Hop!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 13th, when we will say “Goodbye to January Mini and 2019 Annual Catalog and/or Hello to 2020 Annual Catalog.” The Design Team will showcase their favorites from the retiring catalogs or new products from the new catalog. Don’t miss the fun! And, until then, please stay safe.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Have a Peachy Day!


Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
    Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
    Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
    Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
    Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
    Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
    Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
    Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
    Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards

Here’s a close-up look at the Ornate Garden Suite!

Again, thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!