Random Poppies for CTS#365

I created this card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge and the Case This Sketch challenge. Even though I missed the deadline for GDP, I will still include the challenge banner in this post.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Some day, soon I hope, I will figure out how to get these images side-by-side.

Poppy Repeat

I’ve already posted a card with a random poppy pattern which I watercolored and embossed. You can find that post here. I also created a monochromatic card in Balmy Blue and Basic Black, which will be posted live tomorrow in the Make My Monday card challenge DT post. Please come back tomorrow to see that card, which I think is the prettiest out of the three. All three layouts are different even though they use the large poppy stamp.

The first thing I should have done, was cut down my Whisper White top layer to the 4′ x 5.25′ size. Just believe me here, cut it down first, or definitely before you cut the three pieces apart. Don’t ask me how I know.

I just stamped random poppies on the cardstock. Then, I cut the cardstock on my trimmer to get the three pieces. Finally, I stamped the blotches in the three color challenge colors, one of each piece. It really doesn’t matter that the blotches line up perfectly and I purposefully stamped them randomly.

I’ve been itching to use this gorgeous Petal Pink ribbon and have really wanted to try to make a bow with it. I didn’t even think I could create a decent bow since I struggle so much with making them. I have heard that I should use bunny ears to create bows. However, I just don’t get it. I really need a right-handed person to sit across from me so I can learn how to do it. After a few tries, and some rearranging, I couldn’t believe I actually created a satisfactory bow!

I kept thinking birthday for this card. I used the Peaceful Moments cling stamp set to stamp the sentiment. The layered circles die set cropped all three layers. Once they were together, I popped them up on dimensionals. The sentiment circle fit perfectly over the ribbon.

Finishing Touches

Truly, that was it: stamp, cut, stamp, put together. This card is so easy that, if I had all the cardstock layers cut ahead of time, I could put ten of them together in about 30 minutes.

All I needed to do was put all the layers on the base, which is Pool Party, and add a white panel with a sentiment for the inside. I used a piece of the Pool Party 6 x 6 DSP for the envelope flap, and this card/envelope set was done.

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!

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. We were on Spring Break two weeks ago, and should have gone back last Monday. Instead, we transitioned to virtual learning and our “kids” start today. I have one daughter, but many hundreds of “kids” and I miss this year’s kids greatly.

Have a Peachy Day!


Supplies Used:

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Honey Bee Bundle for CTS #356

I knew I wanted to use the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (FREE with a $50 purchase!) for this challenge. The first time I created a card for this challenge it definitely didn’t turn out clean. I like it, as did my husband, but it’s not clean.

The second card follows the sketch, is clean, and I still used the Golden Honey Specialty DSP. Did I already say this gorgeous paper is FREE with a $50 purchase?

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Diagonal from DSP

Let me start by saying I love math. Love.it. That being said, it should have been much easier to create the diagonal DSP piece. When I finally wound up with a diagonal with which I was satisfied, I found that I was just a very tiny smidge off on the top, right corner. At that point, I had two choices: start over and try again or fix the piece I had. Of course, I chose fix the piece I had, and did so using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. After I outlined the diagonal DSP piece using the marker, I glued the piece down using my fave, TomBow multipurpose liquid adhesive. I just needed to use the bullet end of the marker to color the smidges of white in the corner. Easy peasy, and definitely easier than starting over.

While trying to keep a definitely clean card, I didn’t even use the Subtle 3d embossing folder for the background. The sentiment banner consists of a layer of the Golden Honey DSP, although you can’t really see the pattern and gold foil. I cropped both of those pieces using the Banner Triple punch. The sentiment is from the Honey Bee stamp set and fits perfectly on the white banner.

When I stamped the sentiment, I stamped the beehive as well. I did stamp it using my Stamp-a-ratus to ensure a dark enough hive. The Detailed Bees die set made it easy to crop the beehive and the bees, which are on the DSP. I had the option of stamping then cropping the bees, but I chose the easy way to go by cropping the DSP.

Putting It All Together

In order to achieve dimension on the card, I used the mini-black dimensionals on the bees and the beehive. When I dry-fit the beehive on the banner, I realized I could place it so the gold foil shows through on under the entrance to the beehive.

One of the bees actually covers a tiny smudge of black ink. Happy accident. I chose not to pop up the sentiment so only the beehive and bees would hover over the card.

Finally, I stamped three bees on the front of the envelope and added a piece of DSP on the envelope flap.

I keep looking at the card wondering if I have enough to make it interesting. Then I start thinking “clean and simple” over and over. I need to just leave it alone.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


Supplies Used:


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Little Ladybug and FF180 and CTS#354

Color Challenge and a Sketch Challenge

It’s always fun to play along with Fab Friday and CAS(E) This Sketch. When a color challenge and a sketch challenge can be combined into one adorable card it’s a winner.

Here are the FF180 and CTS#354 challenge banners:

Just a thought – I wish I could figure out how to post side-by-side pictures with this updated version of WordPress. Just saying.

Here’s my card:

Cuteness Overload!

When I first saw the Fab Friday color combination, I had a difficult time figuring out how to incorporate the Rococo Rose. I had my A-ha moment when I decided to combine Fab Friday with CAS(E) This Sketch! The In Color DSP for the 2019 – 2021 colors would give me the perfect strip of Rococo Rose, satisfying both challenges.

Since I knew from the start that I wanted to use the Little Ladybug cling stamp set, which is the host set Sale-a-Bration! Adorable! The large flower fit the focal panel perfectly. I just felt the need to add a ladybug tucked under the sentiment. All three stamps came from the one stamp set. So stinking cute!

I used Stamping Blends combos to do all the coloring. The stem and leaves are in Granny Apple Green, which I know is not in the color challenge. However, I couldn’t figure out how to use the three given colors in the leaves. I thought Granny Apple Green would be light and bright enough for my planned card.

Both the flower petals and the ladybug were colored with the Poppy Parade Stamping Blends. I used the Petal Pink Blends combination for the center of the flower and the face and arm, and leg on the ladybug. This bright red really pops off the Whisper White. Highland Heather provides a colorful backdrop. Doesn’t this color combination remind you of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts?

I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark on Poppy Parade cardstock, then used white embossing powder. The embossed sentiment exceded my expectations!

Adding a Bit of Texture

The Whisper White panels for the stamped images needed to have just a bit of texture. Therefore, I cropped the large white panel and the sentiment strip using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I cropped the cute as a bug ladybug using the Stitched Shapes die set. My next usual step is to use Stamping Markers to outline the stitches in the ditch, but I wanted to keep this card clean.

Finally, I ran the the background white panel through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder.

Putting It Together

Since I had the CTS sketch to guide me, I just lined up all my pieces in the appropriate places. I did a dry-fit for the sentiment and the ladybug, and thought I needed to find some way to ground and connect the flower, ladybug, and sentiment. Ribbon seemed to be the easiest way to pull everything together. I used the Poppy Parade textured weave ribbon tied in a simple square knot.

The sentiment and ladybug are popped up on dimensionals. I used glue dots under the knot of the ribbon, and as an anchor on the back of the base. I adhered all the other elements using the TomBow liquid adhesive.

To finish off the envelope, I put a piece of the In Color DSP on the envelope flap. I couldn’t resist using the line-up of little ladybugs on the bottom of the front of the card. Do you notice anything different about this line of ladybugs? Don’t tell anyone, but I stamped the first four ladybugs upside down. In order to make that feel purposely done, I stamped the middle set right side up, and the last set upside down.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


Sale-a-Bration is Here!

Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the Sale-a-Bration items are must haves!  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.

If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order. Stamping Rewards = FREE PRODUCT!

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  DANAAUNT, when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

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Golden Honey for the Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate”! We’re showcasing our favorite new products from 2020 Sale-A-Bration brochure. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Sale-a-Brate with Golden Honey DSP

If you haven’t seen the Sale-a-Bration catalog, especially the Golden Honey DSP, which coordinates with the Honey Bee Bundle in the January to June mini-catalog. Take a look at this gorgeous paper:

All the gold paper and accents are gorgeous! What’s even better is that the dies from the bundle cut out bees from the gold and Whisper White DSP! Winner, winner!

I created two cards for this blog hop. The first is for a beginning stamper and the second is for a casual or avid stamper. Both cards have the same basic layout, it’s just all the other “stuff” that goes along with creating the cards.

Here’s the first card:

Here’s the second card:

Using the Bundle and DSP

Once I picked the DSP, it seemed like the rest just fell into place using the Paper Players #353 sketch, as seen below:

I used the same DSP for the background matted by gold foil. In addition, I used the flax ribbon and large bees on both cards. Isn’t it great that these dies will work with both the stamp set and the gold and Whisper White DSP? Both cards have the oval shape cropped using layering ovals die set.

Both of the sentiments came front the Honey Bee cling stamp set. For the beginner card, I cropped the sentiment and gold mat using the same layering ovals die set. The “hello” sentiment was cropped using the Stitched Shapes die set. I outlined the oval using gold ink because I thought I had enough going on with the card without an extra mat for the sentiment.

The first card turned out clean and simple, which follows the CTS #353 sketch. Both the card and the sketch are minimalist formats. My upline, Brian King, designed the sketch, and his cards are usually beautifully clean and simple.

While following the same sketch, I added more embellishments for the more involved card using the Honey Bee bundle. The honeycomb gold foil pieces came from the honeycomb die. I stamped the beehive on Whisper White cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot using the subtle 3D embossing folder. Originally, I thought that the texture would be enough for the behive. When I was dry-fitting the card elements, I decided that I needed something more. I pulled out my clear wink of stella pen and drew lines across the beehive horizontally. I cropped both bees out of the Golden Honey DSP using the dies from the bundle.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Keep on hopping!

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! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 12th, for our Art From The Heart blog hop when our Design Team showcase projects made from the heart for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun!

Have a Peachy Day!


Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty!
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  4. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  6. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  7. Linda Suarez at Lucky Dog Stamper
  8. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  10. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  11. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  14. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  19. Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  21. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
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Golden Honey DSP, free during SAB with a $50 order!

Supplies Used

Golden Honey DSP – FREE with a $50 purchase! Free!

Honey Bee cling stamp set, item # 151527

Detailed Bee die set, item # 151526

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Honey Bee bundle, item # 153792

Stitched Shapes die set, item # 145372

Layering Ovals die set, item # 141706

Flax Ribbon, item # 148764

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Gold Foil sheets, item # 132622

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Wink of Stella clear marker # 141897

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 147110

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

Very Vanilla Medium envelopes, item # 107300

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

Gather Together Bundle Meets CAS(E) this sketch #377

Season of Thanks

Each Thanksgiving, I create at least 15 Thanksgiving cards for family and friends at our dinner.  I try to create a variety so that no two cards are exactly the same.  Therefore, I rely on sketch challenges for inspiration and I used CTS #377 for inspiration for the card below.  I did take some creative liberty with the sketch, but I think it is still evident in the card.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

I have come to the conclusion that the non-traditional fall colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso might just be my favorite in this Come to Gather DSP!

My Liberties

The horizontal banner, which is made from the 2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, definitely follows the sketch.  I knew I wanted to use the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment with matted layers of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso.   Early Espresso provides the cardstock for the horizontal mat and the card outline.  I also used it to stamp the maple leaf and pumpkins on vellum cardstock.  While I wanted the maple leaf to be see-through, I did not want the pumpkins see-through.  I used my dark Mint Macaron blend to color the back of the pumpkin stamps.  Then, I used the dark Crumb Cake blend on top of the Mint Macaron.  The pumpkins were then matted on cropped white cardstock.  

I miss the fall season.  I can’t begin to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen a real fall in person.  The maple leaf reminds me of fall on Long Island.  I really can’t get over how this gorgeous, non-traditional color combination brings happy memories to the forefront.

The placement of the sentiment starts my creative liberties.   There’s no sentiment on the sketch, so I made sure it almost exactly lined up with the horizontal band to stay within the spirit of the sketch.

Following the Sketch

When I started placing the vellum elements, I realized I would need a grounding element.  I solved this problem by using the Come to Gather Crumb Cake ribbon.   However, I still wasn’t happy with the way the maple leaf, blended into the DSP.   I thought of an open square, which I created by using two of the Stitched Shapes square dies, would solve this dilemma.  I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together stamp set and Pretty Peacock ink to create a subtle pattern on the square.  When I put all these elements together, I decided that I had followed the sketch while also taking liberties with it.  

I struggle with collage cards, but this one pleases me and it came together relatively quickly.   As always, I finished by stamping the inside of the card, pictured below:

I had to use third generation stamping to get the maple leaf light enough for the sentiment to show, which comes from the Gather Together stamp set.  

I used a gingham print from the DSP for the envelope flap.  Then,  stamped an Early Espresso maple leaf on the front of the envelope.

With that, I had completed my card and envelope combination.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


You Know You Want to…….

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Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  


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Supply list:

Gather Together bundle, item # 153036


Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589

Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, item # 150456

Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item #  150880

Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Early Espresso ink pad, item #  147114

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item #  150083

Crumb Cake Blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item #  147283

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430



Over the Moon for CTS #329

Absolutely Adorable Cows!

The new catalog has many “must have” products, and the Over the Moon cling mount stamp set is one of those “must haves”!  Just take a look at these cute as a button images!

I just LOVE these cows and the sentiments.  Therefore, when I saw the banner for CTS #329, I knew I was going to use one of these cows.  

Here’s the CAS(E) this Sketch banner:

I flipped the sketch and this is what I created:


This Cow Rocks Lovely Lipstick Boots

In order to create this card, I first stamped the cow and colored it with the Blends markers.  I used Light and Dark Basic Black for the spots, Light Smoky Slate for the hoofs, Ivory and Light Petal Pink for the ears and snout.  I colored her using the Light Granny Apple Green blend and light and dark Daffodil Delight for the flower.  After much thought, I decided to leave the tail white.   At the same time I decided to give her DSP boots.  Cute!  She needed some bling of her own, and the Lovely Lipstick enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms enamels fit the bill.  After creating the DSP boots (little bitty fussy cuttings),   I decided to use the In Color DSP as part of the sketch pieces, and another pattern for the envelope flap.

Rectangle Stitched Layered Rectangles 

These stitched dies are quickly becoming my go-to “must have” die set.  For this card, I used them to crop the cow, sentiment, and solid Lovely Lipstick cardstock.  Coloring in the ditch of the stitches seems to be something else I enjoy doing for emphasis. This time I used the Stamping Write Marker on the sentiment and solid cardstock.  In addition, I used the marker to outline the cow’s rectangle.

Cards, and projects, with monochromatic colors always seem to turn out to be calming.  The same is true for this card, but it also makes me smile.  I hope you got a smile from it as well.

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I hope you have a Peachy day!