This month, the theme is New 2022-2024 In Colors. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
I can not get enough of the Hello Ladybug stamp set and punch! The ladybugs themselves are so cute, but I’ve been adding googly eyes and they are just so stinking adorable! I decided to keep the front of the card relatively simple so I could show off all five new In Colors for 2022 – 2024. I just love these bright colors, and they look fabulous together, as the In Colors always do!
Here’s my slimline ladybug card:
I have no idea why the googly eyes on the Parakeet Party ladybug look so funny. Here’s a horizontal view of the card:
What I Did:
The Starry Sky base measures 7 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 3-1/2 inches.
I trimmed the front white cardstock panel to 3-3/8 inches by 6-7/8 inches. The inside white cardstock measures 8-1/4 inches by 3-1/4 inches.
I used tuxedo black ink to stamp the sentiment and matted it on Starry Sky cardstock.
In order to get all the leaves on the front of the card, I needed a mask of the leave. Masks work much better if you use copy paper rather than cardstock. After stamping and fussy cutting the leave, I started stamping on the front of the card. I started with Parakeet Party on the bottom, and then Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, and ended with Sweet Sorbet on the top.
I punched out the ladybug bodies from black cardstock.
Next, I used the same four leaf colors to stamp the dots on the wings on vellum cardstock. Make sure you give the ink on the vellum time to dry before punching the wings out. While I liked the subtle look on the vellum, the wings faded into the background leaf. Therefore, I punched four white wings and adhered the vellum to the wings. I almost cheated and put tiny dots of multipurpose adhesive on the back of each dot on the vellum. Finally, I adhered the the white cardstock wings to the black cardstock bodies.
These googly eyes are the perfect size for the ladybugs, and I think they just make the ladybugs that much cuter.
I used Sweet Sorbet ink to stamp the trio of flowers on the diagonal corners of the inside white cardstock. To add interest, I used the tiny three dot stamp to each trio of flowers.
Then, in order to tie the front to the inside, I stamped the trio of dots five times around the leaves.
Finally, I stamped the trio of flowers and black dots on the front, bottom left-hand corner of the envelope.
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This month, the theme is Fabulous Flowers. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
Here’s my fabulous flowers card:
The inspiration for this card came from the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch #549. I’m too late to submit it to that challenge, but I really liked the layout.
I also need to say how honored and thankful I am to have been chosen as one of the top three for the TSOT #548 challenge! You can see the card I submitted here. I am so honored!
The Polished Pink base measures 8-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 to form a tent card.
I really think this gorgeous DSP (designer series paper) pops fabulously off a black background. Therefore, I trimmed a piece of black cardstock to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I trimmed a piece of the DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
The white cardstock layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, as does the cardstock for the inside panel of the card.. In order to add interest to the white cardstock on the front, I ran it through the Cut and Emboss Machine using the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder.
I used three patterns of this Expressions in Ink DSP. Each strip measures 3/4 inch by 4-1/2 inches. I used the Banners Pick a Punch on each strip. Since I’d trimmed the DSP to 3/4 inch wide, it fit snuggly in the punch. Therefore, each punch came out uniformly.
Putting the Card Together:
Next, I trimmed the opposite ends so that the green and pink strips are shorter than the flowered pattern. Then, I outlined each strip using the black marker. I used my favorite adhesive, multipurpose liquid glue, to adhere the strips to the embossed white cardstock.
Then, I wrapped a length of the Just Jade and gold braided ribbon around the white cardstock and tied it in a bow. This just about perfect bow happened magically on my first try. A glue dot holds this bow in place.
Next, I adhered the white cardstock to the black layer, and then adhered the black to the Polished Pink cardstock.
I’ve been using embossing powder so often lately and just love the look of the gold embossed sentiment. I cropped the sentiment using a die from the stitched rectangles die set. Then I cropped a piece of the brushed gold cardstock using the Painted Labels die. Both the sentiment and gold mat are popped up on dimensionals.
Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap and punched a 1 inch circle of coordinating DSP to make the envelope seal.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop:
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on May 11th. Our theme will be New 2022-2024 In Colors, with the Pals showcasing the brand new In Colors in the new Annual Catalog.
As a demonstrator, I’ve already seen the new 2022 – 2023 catalog and it’s fabulous! I am thrilled to be able to pre-order products on Friday, April 1st (no fooling!). While I can’t show you the inside pages of the catalog, I can share the new 2022 – 2024 In Colors with you! Get ready!
This month, the theme is Cute Critters. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
Stampin’ Up! has so many cute critters in the current January – June mini catalog! For this blog hop, I chose Easter Friends, and each one of the critters in that stamp set is absolutely cute!
Here’s my Cute Critters card:
But wait – there’s more!
I made this card by following along with JanB’s video #523 on her YouTube channel. I really enjoy her videos and have used them a number of times for fun fold cards. Truly, if you can trim and score cardstock, you can do this card. I copied her measurements exactly and didn’t have any issues. One of the wonderful things about JanB’s videos is that she includes American and metric measurements. Score!
HINT: I’ve copied down measurements and labeled them with the name of the fun fold, but I figured something out this past weekend. I might be late to the game with this, but I actually wrote the number of the video with these measurements. This way I can go back and actually recreate the card without searching for the original video.
I also created a simpler version using the same stamp set, cardstock, ribbon, DSP, and embossing folder. Here’s that card:
Measurements for the Second Card:
Since JanB did such a fabulous job with the measurements for her fun fold card, I’ll include measurements for the second card.
Once again, I started with a Misty Moonlight base which measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
The white mat layer measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. As usual, I cropped out the center of the white layer so I could stamp both ducklings and the sentiment. It looks ugly, but no one will know. Here’s what that ugly layer looks like:
I used Pale Papaya for the embossed layer. HINT: Since this is a 3D embossing folder, emboss the cardstock, then trim it to size. The embossing is deep, and if you trim the cardstock and then emboss, your measurements will be off. After embossing and trimming, this layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
The DSP, from the Pattern Party host DSP pack measures 4 inches by 1-3/4 inches.
I like the way the duckling on the fun fold card pops off the white cardstock background, so I cropped a panel using the scalloped contour dies.
I cropped a second scalloped piece out of scrap cardstock. Then I stamped it in Granny Apple Green with the grass stamp in the Easter Wishes stamp set.
The grass scalloped cardstock is glued to the back of the DSP so just the stamp scallops show.
After using the So Saffron blends combo and the Pale Papaya dark blend to color the ducklings, I fussy cut them out. A benefit of using the white scalloped panel is that the fussy cutting isn’t as noticeable.
I decided to stamp the clouds after I adhered the panel to the Pale Payapa cardstock. I used the clouds from the After the Storm stamp set, stamped off Pool Party ink, and a piece of scrap paper to stamp the clouds. The scrap allowed me to stamp off the sides of the scalloped panel. Here’s a picture of how I did it:
I popped the sentiment and ducklings up using black mini-dimensionals. Everything else was adhered with, my favorite, multipurpose liquid glue. The square knot for the ribbon is attached using a glue dot.
Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop:
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on April 13th. Our theme will be Fabulous Flowers when our Design Team creates a project using any of the many beautiful flowers in our catalogs.
Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is Birthday Bash. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, we would appreciate your comments because we enjoy hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
For this theme, I decided that I wanted to show the versatility of the gorgeous Artfully Composed DSP (designer series paper) by creating both a masculine and a feminine card using the same elements.
Here are my cards:
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More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on March 9th. Our theme will be Cute Critters where our Design Team creates a project with any kind of animals, birds, butterflies or insects.
Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop in 2022! This month, the theme is Sale-A-Bration. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
Here’s my Sale-a-Bration easel card:
Both the Simply Marbleous 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) and the Awesome Otters stamp set are Sale-a-Bration freebies with a qualifying order. Each of these products can be earned with a $50 order.
I used Balmy Blue for the base of the card. It measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches. The easel card requires two simple score lines – one at 5-1/2 inches and the second at 2-3/4 inches. That’s it. Easy peasy fun fold card.
The DSP for the front measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. While I had the DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
Since I didn’t want the back of the easel to be half DSP and half cardstock, I trimmed another piece to 5-3/8 inches by 2-5/8 inches. Here’s a photo of the back of the easel card:
What I Did:
I used every stamp from the Awesome Otters stamp set. Coloring them was so much fun so that I made the card twice. My first time, I used Cinnamon Cider for the otters and Misty Moonlight for the base. I’ll post that card below.
First, I stamped everything in Momento tuxedo black ink. I even stamped the Misty Moonlight mats under the two sentiments with the birthday hat. Since I only wanted a subtle design, I stamped the hat off before stamping on the cardstock.
Next, I stamped the two birthday hats on the reverse side of the marbled DSP. Then, I colored the hats using the dark Misty Moonlight and dark Balmy Blue blends. I needed to fussy cut both hats.
Then, I started coloring the otters, including the one on the front of the envelope, starting with a light Crumb Cake front body sections. I used the light and dark Soft Suede blends to color the main part of the otters. When I was much younger, I would always outline things I colored, and I did that with the otters as well.
HINT: When using blends on the front of an envelope, you will need to put a scrap piece of cardstock inside the envelope where you want to color. Everything will bleed through to the back of the envelope if you don’t.
The dark Calypso Coral blend seemed to work for the fish’s head, while the light blend worked for his body.
I used the light and dark blends in Misty Moonlight and Balmy Blue to color the water.
The stitched rectangle dies perfectly cropped all the pieces.
I adhered the otters directly to the DSP/cardstock using multipurpose glue.
While I adhered the sentiments directly on the mats, I place dimensionals under each. The inside sentiment really needed to be on dimensionals to hold the easel in a standing position.
Finally, I added three basic pearl jewels to the top right and bottom left of the front of the card.
As always, the very last thing I did was trim the DSP on the envelope flap. Then I punched a 1-inch circle from some scrap Misty Moonlight DSP. I ran the circle through the XYRON create-a-sticker to make the seal for the envelope.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card/envelope/seal set.
Cinnamon Cider Otters
This card was the first one I made. The otters are too dark for me, but someone else might like the color combo, so I am including it. Here’s that card:
Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop Info:
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 9th. Our theme will be Birthday Bash when our team creates birthday projects to celebrate our family and friends.
Until then, have fun in your craft space.
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Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “My Favorite Things.” The Design Team will be showcasing their favorite products from any of the current products and you might even see some sneak peeks, as well! We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
My Favorite Things (Right Now):
I first purchased the Simply Elegant 12′ x 12′ DSP and the Elegantly Said stamp set just because I’d seen other demos using the paper. I liked the paper, but it didn’t WOW! me at first. I really didn’t like the punch much at all. Let me say right now that I feel much, much differently than I did at first. This whole suite is absolutely gorgeous!
Shout out to my upline, Brian King for punching and mailing the Blushing Bride, white, and vellum cardstock labels while I patiently (maybe not so patiently) wait for mine to arrive.
My 21 year old nephew is going to an engagement party for one of his college friends. He really didn’t understand what was expected. He thought it was just another party. We all had fun on Thanksgiving trying to convince him this was a pretty big event. During the course of the happy conversation, we found out the invitations are pink, gold, and white. Card – check. Here’s the card I made for the happy couple:
The conversation continued on to a gift and my niece said a card book would be perfect. I’ve made card books for my great-nephew’s and great-niece’s birthdays every year. I’ve also made them for other occasions as well. You can find a previous blog post about the card books, including examples of using them, here
Since this card and card book are both for the engagement party, they had to coordinate. Here’s the card book:.
This engagement book measures 6 x 9 inches. I used one piece of the sturdy cardboard from a pack of SU! foils specialty paper. Cutting it in half with my trimmer required me to cut on both sides of the cardboard repeatedly.
HINT: You will just about completely dull a blade, so you might want to save one that you are replacing for cardboard.
I used two sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 Blushing Bride DSP to cover both cardboard pieces. I’ve used cardstock many times to cover the remaining cardboard on the inside. However, this time I used the specialty DSP from the suite.
The gold foil layer measures 4-1/8 inches by 7-3/4 inches. I trimmed the DSP to 4 inches by 7-1/2 inches.
In my world, foil is highly valued, which means its time to order more. Therefore, I cropped the center out of the foil layer before adhering it down. I used the cropped out gold foil with foam adhesive sheets to cut out the first layer of the Playful Alphabet letters. I topped the gold with letters cropped from Blushing Bride 6 x 6 inch DSP.
Here’s a filled card book to give you an idea for using it:
The possibilities are endless. I’ve made these for wedding and baby showers, sympathy cards, birthdays, etc. Do you have an idea for your own card book? I’d love to see what you create!
Back to the Blog Hop
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on January 12th. Our theme will be “Time to Sale-A-Brate” when our Design Team will showcase items from Sale-A-Bration as the focal point of their project.. Until then, have fun in your craft space.
Welcome to Just Peachy Stamping by Sue Jackson: an independent Stampin' Up demonstrator.
Through Stampin' Up!, I happily share my love of papercrafting through sales, classes, small stamping group meet-ups and workshops. I think that being a teacher in my "real life", I have a unique approach to sharing my fantastic hobby. I look forward to connecting with you!