Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team is showcasing “My Happiest Season.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Here’s my card for the hop:

Mojo Monday gave me the layout for this card. Here’s the challenge banner:

My Happiest Season

Just what is my happiest season? I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of weeks and I am still not sure which season makes me the happiest. However, when I saw the August to December mini-catalog, I immediately knew which stamp set, out of all the beautiful stamps sets, made me happiest. You see, I love the Grinch, always have, and have a whole Grinch thing going on for Christmas. I know how long it took Dr. Seuss to write it (45 minutes), that he wrote it poolside on vacation in Africa, and that he’d thought of doing that book for years. He was up against a deadline and needed a book. How the Grinch Stole Christmas became that book.

I do need to say that I had to take a kiddie lit class for my master’s degree. Dr. Seuss was the topic of my major paper for that class. I can give you more information about him than you would ever want to know.

All that to say that the Christmas Means More stamp set makes me very, very happy. Not only does it include a Grinch sentiment, there’s also three other classic Christmas movies in the set: Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

What I Decided

#MojoSketch543 really turned out to be the perfect sketch for this card. I chose Grinch colors of Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, and Real Red. My DSP choices all came from either the Regal 6″ x 6″ DSP or the Brights 6″ x 6″ DSP.

The sentiment circle was cropped from the largest circle Stitched Shape die. This circle perfectly fit the Grinch sentiment. Originally, I stamped the sentiment in Real Read and embossed it with clear embossing powder. That did not work at all. Then I decided I would try the Garden Green ink. However, I didn’t want the holly berries to be green. It was actually much easier to get the two colors since I used my Stamparatus. Looking back, I probably did it the hardest way possible. I inked up the sentiment in Garden Green. Then, I very carefully wiped off the green ink from the berries then carefully colored them using the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker. I repeated that process two more times to get the depth of color I wanted. Then I used the brush end of my Real Red marker to color the border of the circle.

  • The card base is Real Red. I cut the cardstock to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • The white cardstock background measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I ran it through my BigShot using the Subtle embossing folder.
  • I cut the Granny Apple Green DSP to 2-1/4 inches by 3-1/2 inches.
  • The Real Red DSP was cut to 3 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I thought I needed something to border each piece but I didn’t want to add more paper. Therefore, I tapped each edge onto my StazOn Cotton White ink pad.
  • Next, I wrapped a length of the Polka Dot Tulle ribbon around the Garden Green DSP and tied it in a square knot.
  • Even though I usually don’t have much luck with the bunny ear method, I used it to tie a small bow using the Playful Pets Real Red ribbon. I used a glue dot to attach the bow to the Polka Dot Tulle square knot.
  • When I had all my pieces, I simply used the multipurpose liquid adhesive to attach everything except the sentiment. I used dimensionals to pop up the sentiment circle.
Inside and Envelope

  • Since the Garden Green ink worked so well on the front of the card, I used it on the sentiment on the inside of the card and the “Merry Christmas” stamp on the front, bottom, left-hand corner. Both of these sentiments can be found in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set.
  • Next, I cut the Whisper White cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The DSP strip at the bottom of the inside measures 1/2 inch by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Finally, I used the Real Red DSP for the envelope flap, which measures 6 inches by 2-9/16 inches. However, I just measure out one tick line from the 2-1/2 inch mark.
  • With that, I’d finished this Christmas card/envelope set. I see creating many more of these in the near future!

Back to the Pals Blog Hop Information:

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 our next blog hop on September 9th when our theme is “It’s the Sentiment that Counts.” The Design Team will showcase a sentiment as the focal point of their project. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  13. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  17. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  18. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  19. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  20. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  22. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  23. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  24. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  25. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  26. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  27. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

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

Have a Peachy Day!


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Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your time, and enjoy reading, and responding to, comments.