Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Great Family Occasions.” 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:
Since I made this card with the no longer available Butterfly Bijou paper, I thought I needed to create another card. For the second card, I used the Floral Art Gallery DSP from the Mini-Catalog. At first, I wasn’t sure about this suite. Then I started seeing projects made with the paper and fell in love with it.
Here’s my second card:
Measurements (based on the first card)
The Just Jade card base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
The flap part of the card measures 3 inches by 5 inches, and I scored it at 2 inches on the long side.
The black mat for the front of the card measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I did crop the 3 inch square for the card flap from the black mat using the Stitched Shapes die set. No one will see the missing square and it saves a bit of cardstock.
The gorgeous DSP for the front of the card is from the Butterfly Bijou DSP. At this point, I also cropped two of the Just Jade butterflies. Thankfully, they are symmetrical so I could place them on the corner of the flap back-to-back.
I also trimmed a piece of the Just Jade DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
The Flap Parts
The flap parts consist of Just Jade 6 x 6 inch DSP, black cardstock, and white cardstock.
The black cardstock on the top flap was created by
I cropped the white cardstock sentiment panel using the stitched shapes dies.
I simply used a piece of the Just Jade DSP for the underside of the top flap. It measures 2-7/8 inches by 2-7/8 inches.
The black square mat for inside flap measures 2-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches.
I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and then cropped it using the stitched rectangle dies.
The Inside of the Card
I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the very inside of the card.
What I Did
Since I already had everything cut out, I just had to put all the pieces together. There’s already enough layers on this card, so I just used multipurpose glue to adhere everything together, one layer at a time.
The flap was adhered first. I applied a generous amount of multipurpose adhesive to the 2 inch part of the flap and adhered it to the inside of the card. Be careful here because you need the score line to be just ever-so-slightly beyond the base of the card. If you don’t leave that tiny bit of space, the flap won’t lay down properly.
The most important thing I can tell you when putting all the layers together is don’t forget the ribbon! The card won’t lay flat, so I used Just Jade ribbon to tie it shut.
I used tear-and-tape to adhere the ribbon to the cardstock. I’ve found that using tear-and-tape works best to adhere ribbon that will be tied and untied a number of times.
I placed a 2 inch piece of tear-and-tape on the top of the Just Jade cardstock flap. Then, I placed a 9 inch length of ribbon on the tape.
Next, I repeated the step on the left-hand side of the front of the card, making sure I had the ribbon coming out from the fold side of the card.
I did work from the front, to the middle, to the front when adhering all the layers down. This way I was able to make sure all the flap pieces lined up properly.
After adhering and trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope/sealing sticker coordinated set.
Back to the 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 May 12th when our theme is “2021-2023 New In Colors” when our Design Team creates a project with the new family of In Colors for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.
So far, I’ve only gotten the new In-Color basic supplies. However, I will be putting in another pre-order. There are two suites at the top of my wish list, and as soon as I can order them, I will. There’s a sneak peak of the first suite on the cover of the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog:
That DSP is absolutely, stunningly gorgeous! I can not wait to order this on May 4th!
Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate your comments and your time.
Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Cute Critters” – showcasing their card/project with adorable animals, birds, or insects for any occasion. 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 slimline Cute Critter card:
What I Did:
First things first so I trimmed the Pear Pizzaz cardstock to 7 inches by 8-1/2 inches, and scored it at 3-1/2 inches.
Then I trimmed the white cardstock for the front measures 3-3/8 inches by 8-3/8 inches. Finally, I trimmed the white cardstock for the inside panel to 3-1/8 inches by 8-3/8 inches.
That’s it for trimmer work!
Now for the Stamping!
Here’s a tip for you when you start stamping: very lightly and carefully, draw a pencil line that will become one border of the tree pieces. Trust me. I couldn’t get the tree straight to save my soul and I tried four times before I gave up and drew a pencil line.
I probably should have started from the bottom, but for some strange and unknown reason I started at the top. The Momento Tuxedo Black ink let me stamp everything. I also didn’t have to worry about having everything smear when erasing that very light pencil line.
Then I started adding all the other stamps to the front of the card. I really like the how the So Saffron sentiment banner just fits down in the bottom corner.
In order to get the grass to go from side-to-side, I needed to mask off most of the bottom of the tree stamp. I used the light Old Olive and dark Granny Apple Green blend for the grass.
Time to Color!
Coloring the butterflies caused me a little bit of concern because I thought the blends might bleed too much. Therefore, I used the Calypso Coral and So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers for the butterflies on the outside and inside of the card.
Everything else was colored with the blends combos.
Starting with the tree, I used the light and dark Soft Suede blends. I thought Early Espresso would weigh the card down.
I just outlined the the clouds with the light Pool Party blend. Since I didn’t want the clouds to be obviously outlined in blue, I used the color lifter to kind of blend the Pool Party color.
Next, I colored the leaves using the Old Olive light and dark blends.
Both birds have Balmy Blue light and dark bodies, dark Pumpkin Pie beaks, and I highlighted them with the light Flirty Flamingo blend.
I colored the squirrel with the light Soft Suede blend and the dark Crumb Cake blend, and Smoky Slate for the owl and the bunny. Once again, I used light Flirty Flamingo for cheek accents and bunny ears.
The adorable owl on the bottom is colored in Crumb Cake light and dark blends.
Happiness abounds in the Daffodil Delight balloon. In hindsight, I probably should’ve used a subtle color instead of the bright Daffodil Delight.
Then, I used the same coloring on the inside.
No capitals on the inside sentiments bothers the teacher in me somewhat but not enough to leave them out of the card
Thankfully, slimline cards can be mailed in a regular legal sized envelope.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the coloring and I hope you try this set out for yourself!
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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 April 14th when our theme is “Great Family Occasions” when our Design Team creates a project for any special occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.
Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created “Birthday Bonanza” projects to inspire you to make for all of your family and friends. We hope you enjoy and are inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments because we all 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.
Fine Art Floral Suite
For this hop, I created two cards, mainly because I am in love with the whole Fine Art Floral Suite! One of my favorite colors is Blackberry Bliss, so that played a part in my choice as well.
Here are my cards:
I’ve seen so many gorgeous cards with the Dandy Laser Cut Paper, shown in the first card, that I just had to get it! I know this set of gorgeous pre-cut dies comes from the Dandy Garden Suite, but it works wonderfully with this suite as well. Of course, that’s just my humble opinion.
Just a Bit of Information
Both cards have a Blackberry Bliss base trimmed to 8-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
Both cards also have a piece of the Bumblebee 6 x 6 inch DSP for the first layer on the card front.
I used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon on both cards, and three of the Bumblebee 2020 – 2022 In Color Enamel Dots on each as well.
The inside of both cards, and the envelopes, are the same. I used the floral DSP for each of the envelope flaps. Then, I used Bumblebee ink and stamped off the floral spray stamp. Because of post office regulations, I only stamped a partial spray down in the front, lower left corner of the envelope.
Here’s a look at the inside:
I used the floral spray from the Art Gallery stamp set and the Bumblebee ink pad. Since I didn’t really want a deep Bumblebee color, I stamped the image off once before stamping on the white cardstock.
The inside sentiment can be found in the Happy Thoughts cling stamp set. Gorgeous fonts and sentiments in that set!
The birthday sentiment on the front of the floral DSP card is also from Happy Thoughts. I used the happy birthday sentiment found in the Art Gallery stamp set for the laser die-cut card.
Turns out that my difficulty tying bows has returned, so the laser cut card simply has a square knot. I somehow managed to get a decent bow on the floral DSP card. I’ve decided that I really need to practice and get proficient at tying bows then make a how-to video specifically for lefties. If you are left-handed, you know what I mean. Finding videos of lefties tying bows in a tad difficult. Contrary to what I always heard in grammar school, it’s not the same thing as tying a bow with your right-hand. But, that how-to video really needs to happen, and soon I hope.
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 March 10th when our theme will be “Cute Critters” where the design team will be sharing projects that will feature critters of all sorts to inspire you. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!