Sale-a-Bration for the Pals Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects featuring “Sale-A-Bration Products.” 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.

My Choice to Highlight: Flower and Field DSP

The Paper Blooms and Flower and Field DSP packs, both available as a Sale-a-Bration (SAB) freebie with a qualifying order, are gorgeous! I’ve already made 6 cards from the Paper Blooms DSP and created five from Flower and Field for this blog hop. Gorgeous, I tell you!

I made the first card for a longtime friend who is struggling right now. Then I decided that I would add four more cards from the One Sheet Wonder for this hop.

Here are my cards:

Here’s the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) I found from Pinterest:

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Truly, these cards went together so quickly, even with my current bow-challenge issues.

Measurements and Steps:

I’d already created the first card and that’s when I decided to use this DSP pattern. Then I trimmed it down to four – 6 x 6 inch pieces and then got started.

  • All the OSW cards have Basic Black bases trimmed to 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I decided to highlight each of the three major colors in the DSP for the first layer. I trimmed each piece of Just Jade, Bumblebee, or Flirty Flamingo cardstock to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The top Whisper White layers measure 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. Then I ran them through the textiles embossing folder so the white space wouldn’t be so plain.
  • While I had the white cardstock at the trimmer, I trimmed down white cardstock for the insides to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The OSW envelope flaps each needed a strip of DSP trimmed to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches. The pattern on the flaps is also from Flower and Field DSP.
  • Before I put away the DSP, I grabbed a scrap and punched out a 1 inch circle for the envelope seals. For many months I’d been using liquid adhesive to seal the envelopes and then writing “No saliva was used to seal this envelope” on every card. One day it dawned on me to punch little circles for seals. I ran the circles through my little Xyron sticker maker. Once the top layer of the Xyron film is removed, I can cut the line of stickers down to individual ones. I’ve been putting one seal inside each of the coordinating envelopes for safekeeping.

Adding Color Accents and Embellishments

  • I continued to add black accents to the card with the oval mats for each sentiment. Then I added a scalloped oval piece of the color family DSP to coordinate with the card mat. Finally, I used scraps of Whisper White for the sentiments. Thankfully, I had some brick and mortar embossed scraps, and I stamped right on the texture. One of the birthday cards is simply white cardstock, and that works just as nicely.
  • I used Just Jade and Bumblebee ribbon to create a bow for each OSW card. Honestly, I am quite bow-challenged, and my strong left-handedness only adds to the problem. I keep thinking that I’ve been able to tie my shoes since kindergarten. Why, in heaven’s name, can’t I tie an acceptable bow for a card???
  • My recent solution to my bow-challenges, for the time being, meant learning how to tie a bunny-ears bow. It’s still awkward for me, but it actually worked for these OSW cards.
  • I’d wrapped the bow around the DSP for the first pictured card. For these situations, I’ve found that I need to wrap the ribbon around, tie a bunny-ears bow, remove the ribbon and turn it upside down. Then I can slip the DSP back through the ribbon and all is well with the world. Craziness!

Touches of Basic Black

  • My cards now had a black base and a black oval under the sentiments. However, the card felt out-of-balance to me. After some trial and error, I decided to use the rope die from the Smooth Sailing die set to border the DSP panels on the four OSW cards. I needed to piece together two rope pieces on the diagonal cards, but I hid the connection under the sentiment ovals.
  • I wanted to add a little bit of something on the black centers of the flowers on the DSP but my matte black dots from the January – June mini-catalog hadn’t arrived yet. Therefore, I pulled out the fine-tip glue pen and dropped a dot on either the pink centers or the white centers. Just make sure you let the dots dry completely before touching or moving the card. Patience is the key here.
  • Here’s a close-up of the end results:

Finishing Up

  • I glued the sentiment oval directly on the scalloped DSP oval. Then I put dimensionals under the scalloped oval and attached them to the black ovals.
  • Finally, I just needed to adhere the DSP to the envelope flaps and trim them down.
  • With that, I’d completed this set of four coordinating cards/envelopes.

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 our next blog hop on February 10th when our theme will be “Birthday Bonanza” where the design team will be sharing birthday projects that celebrate our family and friends. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping <<<<—- YOU ARE HERE
  19. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  20. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  21. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  25. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your time.

Christmas Owls for the December Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects showing “My Favorite Things” from any of the two current catalogs or the upcoming catalog in January. 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.

Have a Hoot Christmas Owls

First, let me start by saying that I love these owls! I’ve made many Halloween cards with them and am enjoying making Christmas cards as well. Add the new way to make easy-peasy shaker cards (you can see Monday’s card here), and I am in heaven right now. This card actually is from the just closed Freshly Made Sketches, and Color Throwdown challenges. However, I can still make the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge # 092. I liked the card so much that I decided to hold off on it for this Blog Hop.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Measurements and Such

  • The Merry Merlot base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • I started with two pieces of 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches of Whisper White. After I ran one piece through the Big Shot in the Woodland embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches for the front. As always, I trimmed the inside piece to 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches.
  • While I had the white out, I cropped a piece using the largest square from the Stitched Shapes die set. I also grabbed a scrap piece of white for the sentiment.
  • The DSP for the bottom square and the envelope flap comes from the gorgeous 6 x 6 Classic Christmas DSP. I trimmed the piece for the envelope flap to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches. I cropped the piece for the front of the card using the same die I used for the white square.
  • Now that I had all my pieces ready, it was time to start assembling.

Assembly Required, but Still Easy-Peasy

  • Following the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, my sentiment needed to be a strip. I chose the Merry Christmas sentiment from Snowman Season and needed to use my Stamp-aratus. After using my embossing buddy on the scrap of white cardstock, then stamped the sentiment using Merry Merlot ink. Next, I cleaned the stamp and restamped the sentiment using VersaMark. Then, I covered it in clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.
  • I trimmed the sentiment strip to 7/8 inch by 4 inches. Then, I could use the Banners Pick a Punch for the chevron end of the strip. I used the Label Me Fancy punch for the ribbon end of the sentiment strip and added a piece of Snowflake Splendor ribbon.
  • Then it was time for the easy peasy shaker. I stamped the owl family on my white square of cardstock. I stamped another on a scrap piece of white. Following the Color Throwdown colors, I used Soft Suede blends for the branch right on the square. I colored the owls on the scrap paper using Crumb Cake light blend. Their hats are light Cherry Cobbler for the bottom band and dark Cherry Cobbler for the top part of the hat.
  • I used the clear medium envelopes to make the shaker part of the card. I tried to make (my first posted) video of how to make this easy-peasy shaker card, but it wasn’t good at all. So, please see this post for written directions and Connie Stewart’s video. So easy!

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 our next blog hop on January 13th when our theme will be Time to Sale-A-Brate.  Participants will showcase tags or 3D items that will be great for gifts for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  4. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  8. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  9. Jeanie H Stark at Just Stampin’
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  12. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  13. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  14. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  20. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  21. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  23. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  24. Lisa Milligan at Stamp a Rainbow

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Paper Pumpkin Orders for December!

You have until December 10th to sign up for the December Paper Pumpkin! Here’s a sneak preview!

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3D Playful Pets for the October Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Tag, You’re It” – tags or 3D projects to get you inspired for the upcoming gift 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.

I created a set of five Playful Pets cards, with envelopes, and a gift box to hold them.  I’ve already mailed this boxed set to an animal rescue in North Dakota to use as part of their fundraising silent auction. 

Here’s the gift box, which is made from DSP:

I used the Playful Alphabet die set with two layers of the adhesive sheets to create the eclipse part of the card.

Here are the five cards stored inside the box:

The Gift Box

I’ve got the whole set-up to start filming videos and I really need to do that ASAP. For this blog, however, I took pictures of measurements and each step for creating the box. I figured a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so enough of them would be much better than trying to explain in words.

I used a piece of Crumb Cake and Pool Party for this sample box so the measurements, lines, etc. would be easier to see.

Here’s the gift box, step-by-step:

BOX TOP

For some strange and unknown reason, I didn’t take a picture after I put the tear and tape strips on the box. However, the bottom of the box is put together the same way as the top. The difference is that the bottom has an angled side, aAs you can see below.

BOTTOM OF THE BOX

I hope these pictures are truly worth a thousand words. Try it! If you are following the blog hop, you can trim, score, use adhesive, and fold. Simple as that. Truly.

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 our next blog hop on November 11th when our theme is “Pile It On!” Participants will showcase projects with lots of layers, embellishments and/or texture. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-Up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  3. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  4. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  5. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  6. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  7. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  8. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  15. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  16. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  17. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  18. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  21. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Look at This DSP Special!

If you LOVE DSP and love to buy it, the special this month is just for you!

Here’s the DSP that’s included in the 15% off sale!

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Don’t Forget About the Holiday Catalog Available Now!!

Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your time.

What do the Pals Blog Hop, #MojoSketch543, and the Grinch have in common?

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.

Measurements:
  • 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!

Sue

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Focus on Bundles for Bonus Days savings!

There’s a bundle I really, really want and have decided I am going to use my bonus day coupons toward the purchase of this Blossoms in Bloom bundle! It’s so gorgeous, and the cards I’ve seen using it are all stunning. Check this out:

Have a Hoot Cling Stamp Set and Dies

Just look at all this adorableness!

HAVE A HOOT BUNDLE (ENGLISH)
How in heaven’s name did I miss the die set when I ordered the stamp set? An order will be placed ASAP!!!!

Take a sneak peek at the September Paper Pumpkin, available to order now!

This looks like a super cute and fun all inclusive Halloween kit!

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

A Gift from the Garden for the July Pals Blog Hop and PP498

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team is showcasing “Gifts From the Garden.” 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.

A Fun Fold with Flowers for Every Season

This 6 x 6 inch DSP pack contains 12 double-sided pages for a total of 24 different patterns. I have a strong suspicion that I will be buying another pack of this DSP soon.

Here’s my fun fold card:

The first picture is the outside of the card, and the second is the first layer. The third is the sentiment inside, and the fourth shows the gift card pocket on the inside of the card.

Here’s the challenge banner for the Paper Players Challenge # 498:

Fun and Fancy Fold

When layering mats on the outside of cards, I like to step down the measurements by 1/8 inch on the length and width of each layer. For the inside panels of a card, I usually step down by 1/4 inch on the length and width.

I first saw this fun fold in a video by Lisa Curcio and loved it. I’d already created two different cards for this blog hop, but when I saw this one, I realized I would be creating a third, and final, card.

Measurements, and a Bit More

I’ve included the measurements and cuts needed for each piece of the card.

  1. Just Jade base of the card: 6-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches. Score at 4-1/4 inches.
  2. Whisper White inside of the card: 8 inches by 5-1/4 inches. Score at 4 inches.
  3. Just Jade cardstock panels: 2-3/4 inches by 3-1/2 inches. Cut 2.
  4. Poppy Parade cardstock panel piece for front: 1-7/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Cut 1.
  5. Poppy Parade cardstock pieces for sentiment blocks: 2-1/2 inches by 3-3/8 inches. Cut 2.
  6. DSP panel for front: 1-5/8 inches by 5-1/4 inches. Cut 1.
  7. DSP for sentiment blocks: 2-5/8 inches by 3-1/8 inches. Cut 2.
  8. DSP for inside flap of Just Jade base: 1-7/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  9. Just Jade for the gift card pocket: 5-1/4 inches by 3 inches. Score at 2-5/8 inches.
  10. DSP for envelope flap: 2-3/4 inches by 6 inches.
  11. Whisper White scraps for sentiment blocks.

Putting It Together

I may not have put the card together the easiest way, but I learned a couple of things along the way.

Here are the steps I took:

  1. Attached the white inner card to the inside of the Just Jade base. Make sure not to put the scored white fold directly on top of the base fold. I only moved the white base over by 1/16 inch. Therefore, it’s very, very close but not on the base fold.
  2. Next, I layered the DSP on the Poppy Parade pieces, then adhered those layers to the corresponding Just Jade layer.
  3. Attached the DSP to the back flap for the front of the Just Jade base.

At this point, I realized I wanted some bling on the DSP without adding any rhinestones. So, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella pen and colored just the Poppy Parade flowers on all the DSP pieces. Luckily, the sentiment blocks create a sense of a border on both DSP pieces.

Back to putting the card together.

The next steps need to be done in order or you might have a problem lining up both DSP/sentiment blocks.

  1. Figure out where you want the inside DSP panel to live on your card. I tried to get my panel centered as much as possible.
  2. Close the front Just Jade flap over the front of the white cardstock. Carefully line up the top sentiment block right over the inside sentiment block. I used tear-and-tape to adhere just the left side of the top block to the card flap. DON’T put adhesive on the whole piece or your card won’t open properly.
  3. Now it’s time to stamp. YEAH!

One Card, Three Stamp Sets

After deciding to stamp sentiments in Poppy Parade, I used the Peaceful Moments cling stamp set for the front “Happy Birthday” and inside “Wishing you every happiness this special day will bring”. The rectangle stitched die cropped the birthday sentiment. Happily, I found that the inside sentiment fit perfectly inside the Stitched So Sweetly die. The inside sentiment was adhered using the multipurpose liquid adhesive. I used dimensionals for the birthday sentiment.

I picked the other two sentiments from the Special Someone stamp set. The Classic Label Punch framed these two sentiments. These two sentiment parts allowed me to stagger them on the DSP between the sparkly Poppy Parade flowers. Both of these pieces are popped up on mini-dimensionals. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have popped them up. However, I’m happy, so I left it alone.

The Ornate Style stamp set provided the corner decorations for which I was looking. Since I’d used Poppy Parade for the sentiments, I used Just Jade for the corner flourishes. The result of these flourishes is exactly what I thought would be finishing touches.

Finishing Up

I really enjoy using ribbon on cards, and this one needed a ribbon as well. The Just Jade ribbon is thin enough to fit right on the front flap, especially since I tied it in a square knot.

Then, all I needed to do was adhere the DSP to the envelope flap and trim it down. With that, I’d finished this fun fold card/envelope set.

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 our next blog hop, which will be August 12th when our theme is “My Happiest Season.” The Design Team will showcase projects inspired by their favorite seasonal time of the year.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. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  14. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  15. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  16. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  21. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  24. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  25. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

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!

Sue

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Sunflowers, Fun Fold, In Colors, and the Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our theme is the “new 2020-2022 In Colors.” The Design Team is showcasing the new family of In Colors from the new catalog. We know you will love them as much as we do! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal. 

Celebrate Sunflowers!

I ordered this bundle during the demonstrator pre-order time period and wanted to use it for this blog hop. However, I don’t have the new In Color inks yet (but they are on the way) so I have been trying to figure out what to do with the bundle. I’ve already posted sunflower cards, and you can see those links here, and here, and here.

Both these cards incorporate four of the five new In Colors: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, and Moonlight Madness, which is my favorite right now.

First, here’s my “regular” card:

For this sunflower, I used the Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp on Bumblebee cardstock. Then I added some white embossing powder to the black and used my heat tool to set the embossing powder. I still thought the flower looked unfinished, so I cropped the detailed sunflower out of vellum. Lining up the die cut on the sunflower can be interesting, so be patient; the results are so worth it. I cropped and adhered the flower center from a piece of Cinnamon Cider DSP.

Card # 2

The next card is a fun fold using basically the same elements, but with a pretty big difference in the sunflower.

Here’s that card:

On this version, I stamped the sunflower in Crumb Cake on the Bumblebee cardstock. I didn’t emobss anything, just simply added a sunflower cropped from vellum. Then I added another cropped Cinnamon Cider center to this flower as well. I’m getting my inks, markers, and blends on my next SU! order. They should be arriving early next week. Then I will be able to play some more with the sunflowers. I saw a picture of a Chocolate Cherry sunflower on Pinterest and am really looking forward to trying that out!

The rest of the elements on the front of the cards are the same.

What’s the Same?

Both cards use Cinnamon Cider for the base of the cards. I used the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder for the Whisper White background.

Both cards also have Moonlight Madness DSP across the bottom. I knew I needed to do something across that blue DSP to tie the card together, but ribbon didn’t work. That’s when I grabbed this Bumblebee piece of DSP from the Flowers for Everything DSP 6 x 6 stack. The result of that strip of DSP worked better than the ribbon, in my humble opinion.

I used Crumb Cake to stamp the leaves on Just Jade, then used the dies to crop them out. Each card has six leaves in two groups: one large and two small per group.

Forever Fern

This sentiment is from the new Forever Fern stamp set. It’s very versatile, so this card can be for a new job, leaving an old job, going to college, fighting a medical condition, etc. I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake on Whisper White and then used the stitched rectangle dies to crop it out. Since I knew I wanted the sentiment to overlap the flower, I needed a larger label. Enter the Stitched So Sweetly dies. This size label fit the space thought I needed to fill.

What’s Different?

The fun fold! If I remember correctly, this fold is a kind of Dutch door fold. After scoring the 4-1/4 x 11 at 5-1/2 inches, I very carefully trimmed off the top 1-3/4 inches to create the flap. Because of the original layout, the front of both cards look just about identical. But when you open the card…

The back of the front of the card is very different! I didn’t want cardstock showing on the inside, so I used more DSP from the Flowers for Everything stack. I love that the four colors on the front of the card are the same as the four on the inside of the card. One big tip to share —— be careful which side is up when you use the dies! Since I wanted these sides of the two DSP patterns to show, I had to place the reverse side DOWN when cropping. After I took care of the backs of the flowers and leaves, I thought I couldn’t leave the inside flap of Cinnamon Cider plain cardstock either. Therefore, I grabbed another piece of the In Color 2020 – 2022 DSP. I wanted the DSP to be subtle on the inside, so I chose this Cinnamon Cider DSP pattern.

Different Inside as Well

In order to leave room for a note on the inside, I only dry embossed the top part of the Whisper White for the fun fold version. I wanted something on the bottom half of the card, so I stamped off Crumb Cake and stamped part of the sunflower on the white cardstock. Even after I stamped it off, the Crumb Cake was still too dark. Therefore, I grabbed my Tombow sand eraser for ink. If you don’t have one of this little wonders, you need to get one. I got mine on Amazon. Love! I was able to very, very carefully and lightly sand off enough of the ink to create this light sunflower image.

After finishing both cards, I only needed to add Moonlight Madness DSP to each of the envelope flaps. I also stamped some Crumb Cake partial sunflowers on the bottom of the front of the envelope. With that, the two card/envelope sets were complete.

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 July 8th – Gifts from the Garden when the design team will showcase cards or gift ideas from treasures found in the garden. 

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. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  4. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  5. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  6. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  20. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  21. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  22. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  23. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  24. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  25. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  26. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  27. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  28. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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