This month, the theme is Flowers in the Garden. We hope you are inspired by all the wonderful creations the Pals share with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we love reading your comments. Then, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
Here’s my Flowers in the Garden card:
I’ll also be entering this in the current Creative Creases Challenge. If you like fun folds as much as I do, this is the challenge for you!
I used a video by Connie Stewart for the measurements and directions to create this card. In her video, Connie didn’t mat her flower DSP (designer series paper) pieces. I’d rather mat mine so I have 1/8 inch difference. You might not even be able to tell because I used some Mango Melody 6 x 6 inch DSP for my mats.
Please don’t let the pictures of the card intimidate you. If you can use a trimmer and can score cardstock, you can create this card! In order to make it easier for myself, I watched the video straight through the first time. Then, I went back and stopped the video with each step.
The flowers I used as embellishments needed to be fussy cut from the Regency Park DSP. However, fussy-cutting can be relaxing (although not as relaxing as coloring), so it’s all good.
You can find the video here:
My Take on Connie’s Card:
I’ve just really started to use Mango Melody for projects, and it’s now retiring. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using the color with this Regency Park DSP and the Playing in the Rain DSP lately.
In addition to the DSP pieces Connie cut, I added a 6 by 2-1/2 inch piece of coordinating DSP for the envelope flap. Then I punched a piece of Mango Melody DSP for the envelope seal.
I used the Biggest Wish stamp set for the front panel.
The sentiments came from the Happy & Heartfelt and Peaceful Moments stamp sets. I was so tickled with how well the fonts from the two stamp sets worked together.
As I said, I fussy-cut all the flowers.
I added mats to the DSP strips on the first white cardstock layer.
In addition, I added a strip of the flower DSP and a fussy-cut flower on the inside of the card.
For the front sentiment, I added a bow using white bakers’ twine and a Mango Melody enamel dot.
I may have gone overboard, but I hope the recipient doesn’t think so.
Amazingly, I didn’t use any dimensionals on this card. It’s already thick enough, will require extra postage and I wanted to make sure it fits in the envelope.
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 very excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on May 10th, when our theme will be a Tic Tac Toe challenge, where our Design Team will create projects, using elements/supplies that are three in a row, column, or diagonal from the tic tac toe board.
Thank you very much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to hop along from one Pal to the next. Su Mohr at Arts and Aromas is next and she is truly a very talented artist. You won’t want to miss her project!
There are new and returning colors coming with the new catalog! Sadly, there are also colors that will be retiring. One that makes me sad is Mango Melody, mainly because I’ve recently started really playing with it.
Take a look at this SU! video with the new, returning, and retiring colors:
This month, our blog hop theme is Party Time! We hope you will be inspired by all the beautiful creations the Pals made for 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 party time card:
Since I’ve used the book binding easel fold, this card also qualifies for the Creative Creases Challenge. If you love fun folds, this challenge is for you because that’s the only requirement!
I’ve already posted two of these bookbinding easel fun fold cards. You can see them here and here. The second link has directions and step-by-step pictures for creating this fun fold card.
For today’s card, instead of using a full front panel, I used two diagonal panels.
For today’s card, I used two diagonal panels instead of the whole panel for the front.
To create the diagonal panels, trim a piece of DSP to 1/8 inch less than your width and height of the front part of the card.
Then, trim the DSP in half diagonally from the top right side down to the bottom left side.
If the panels don’t fit the way you want, you can trim down the sides down.
HINT: Don’t trim on the diagonal line because the pattern won’t line back up properly.
For this card, I used the scalloped border die from the Scalloped Contours die set and a piece of an adhesive foam sheet to create the stop for the easel part of the card.
I’m kind of stinking pleased the way the inside Scalloped Contour white cardstock sits under the scalloped stop for the easel.
These cards are super cute and fun to make! I hope you try one out soon!
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 12, 2023, when our theme will be Flowers in the Garden, showcasing cards/projects that use flowers as the focal point of the project.
This month, our blog hop team made projects to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, which is February 14-20! We hope you will be inspired by all the beautiful creations the Pals made for 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 have a card club at the high school where I teach. This club creates cards to be donated to a local pediatric cancer foundation to be distributed to children in hospitals undergoing cancer treatments. Our latest card uses the Adorable Owls SAB (Sale-a-Bration) stamp set. I was completely inspired by a fellow Pals’ January Hop card, which you can see here.
Here’s my RAK card:
These owls need to be fussy cut, but they can be snipped quickly and easily. I used Picture This die and the Happier than Happy DSP (designer series paper), both of which can be found in the annual catalog.
The Soft Suede base measures 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
Next, the Poppy Parade mat measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
The Happier than Happy DSP measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
A coordinating piece of DSP measures 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. I also punched a 1 inch circle of the Old Olive fern DSP pattern for the envelope seal.
The inside panel measures 5-1/4 by 4 inches.
I used white scraps for the owls and sentiment banner.
First, I cropped the DSP using the Picture This die and save the circles cropped out.
Outline the small circles using an Old Olive Stamping Write marker.
Carefully, line up the Old Olive fern pattern (reverse of the tree pattern) under the Picture This die. I purposely adhered them just off from the circles.
Line up the tree pattern circle and adhere to the Poppy Parade mat.
I used the Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, and Old Olive blends to color the owls.
Next, I stamped the sentiment using Poppy Parade ink and cropped the sentiment using a die from the Stylish Shapes die set.
I added dimensionals to the underside of the owls and sentiment and adhered them down.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
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 8th, when our theme will be Party Time, showcasing cards/projects that celebrate our family and friends.
Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our blog hop theme is Sale-a-Bration! We hope you will be inspired by all the beautiful creations the Pals have made for 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 used the SAB owl stamp set (earn with a $50 purchase), a piece of window sheet, and the Dainty Flowers DSP (earn with a $50 purchase). I’ve made two twisted easel cards for you, both of which use the Dainty Flowers DSP.
Here are my twisted easel cards:
The above card turned out to be much more involved than. I originally planned. Therefore, I created a second card for you to see how just trimming and scoring the DSP and cardstock can turn these papers into a beautiful card. Honestly, the DSP does all the work.
Here’s my second card:
There are so many videos for creating a twisted easel card. The one I saw a few weeks ago incorporated a book binding side, which I really liked. I can’t for the life of me find the original video I watched, and I am sorry for that problem.
For simplicity purposes, I am including the measurements and directions for the second card on this post. I’ve already got all the pieces cut for two more twisted easel cards, so I will include in progress pictures for one of them.. Actually, you are getting a sneak preview of my Make My Monday Challenge design team card going live on Monday, 01/16/2023.http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Rich Razzelberry cardstock base trimmed to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches.
Score the base along the long side at 5-1/2 and 6-1/2 inches.
Next, score the 4-1/2 by 4-1/4 inch rectangle diagonally as shown in the picture below:
Please note that this is the inside view.
Trim two pieces of DSP to 4-3/8 by 4-1/8 inches. Trim one of the pieces diagonally to use for the back of the standing easel. For the example card, this is the Old Olive piece of DSP.
Trim DSP to 7/8 by 4-1/8 inches for the bookbinding on the front.
Next, trim a piece of white cardstock for the inside to 4-1/8 by 4-3/8 inches.
Finally, trim a piece of DSP for the envelope flap to 6 by 2-1/2 inches.
Adhere the bookbinding piece on the inside of the card. The picture below shows the placement of the adhesive for both the bookbinding part and the white cardstock on the inside.
I wrapped a piece of Old Olive ribbon around the piece of DSP for the bookbinding section on the front of the card.
Adhere the bookbinding piece to the front using dimensionals to allow for the ribbon.
Adhere the triangle piece of DSP to the outside of the card as shown below:
Adhere the whole rectangle of DSP to the bottom triangle on the outside of the card as shown below:
Please note that you only put adhesive on the bottom portion of the triangle. The top half of the DSP should not be adhered.
Stamp the sentiment for the front and inside of the card. The front sentiment comes from the Framed Florets stamp set.
Crop the sentiments. For the front, I used one of the square dies from the Stylish Shapes die set. The inside sentiment was also cropped using the banners from the Stylish Shapes dies.
Add dimensionals on the reverse of the sentiments, especially needed for the inside sentiment.
Please note that the angle of the standing easel will depend on the placement of your inside sentiment.
TA-DAH! You’ve created a twisted easel fun fold card. This card will fit in a medium SU! envelope.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated twisted easel 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 February 8th, when we will be creating projects for Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Sale-a-Bration is now live until February 28, 2023!
Here are some SU! videos regarding the FREE items you can earn! I have to tell you, the first SAB item I earned was the owls stamp set. So, so, so stinking cute!!! They are so easy to fussy cut as well.
As always, the joining benefits for joining during Sale-a-Bration are spectacular! As always, there’s no commitment, so taking advantage of this promotion doesn’t mean a long-term commitment. If you live in the U.S., and are interested in joining, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the joining promotion video:
If you live in the U.S. and do not already have a demonstrator, I would love the opportunity to serve you.
If you want to place an order, please do so using the host code Y6CTX7D3 when prompted. Any order for $50 can not only earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item, but also a product from me!
If you want to place an order of over $150, (think of the FREE Sale-a-Bration items!) please contact me before placing your order so you can also qualify for STAMPING REWARDS, giving you even more FREE ITEMS!
I have been having an absolute blast with this Kindest Gnomes bundle! When I saw this gnome garland at Dollar Tree, I knew exactly what I was going to do. So, with the help of three strands of garland and a small wreath frame ($5.00 plus tax), I knew exactly what I needed to create: a gnome wreath with two $10 gift cards from Amazon. Who doesn’t love Amazon?!?!
Making the Wreath:
Even if you’ve never made a wreath before, this one will come together in a snap. Truly. It’s easy. Trust me, please.
Here’s a picture of a small wreath, just for reference:
There were only two strands of the gnomes garland left, so I also picked up a red and silver garland. I used that one first, kind of like the base. I tied a very small knot with the end of the garland onto one of the middle circle bar. Then, I just wove the red/silver garland around the two middle circle bars.
Next, I tied the white gnome garland to an outside crossbar and the garland around the whole frame to start on the candy cane-ish look I wanted to achieve.
Then, I repeated the process with the red gnome garland, making sure I kept the candy cane look going.
I did just tie off all the ends of the garland. That’s it. The wreath was done. Now for the fun part – adding gnomes!
The Whimsical Woodland Tags:
I started with three pieces of white cardstock measuring 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. Then, I ran it through my SU! Cut and Emboss machine using the Whimsical Woodland 3D embossing folder.
HINT: I found that if I placed the white cardstock into the folder so that I had about 4-1/4 inches inside, I could just emboss half, take out the cardstock and flip it around and emboss the other end.
After embossing, I cut down the white cardstock to the size I’d need for these gnomes. Your size tags will depend on which gnome you use.
The Kindest Gnomes:
I chose to make the whole gnome from die cuts so I didn’t have to color more than the nose and hands (this is a last minute gift after all). Also, I could more easily control the colors of the gnome’s clothes.
It’s just me, but I like these gnomes to have arms. First, I cropped all the bottoms and hat pieces I needed using the Real Red and Garden Green 6 x 6 inch DSP, Then, I trimmed the “arms” using the same DSP to 1/2 inch by 1-1/2 inches. Next time, I will use 5/8 inch though.
I used white cardstock for the beards and the button nose pieces, which I also used for the hands. Bless SU! for including two of these dies in the gnomes die set.
I used Gray Granite ink and a blending brush to color the beards. I really tapped off almost all the ink from the brush before I used it to color the beard.
The nose and hand pieces were quickly colored using the SU 1000 natural tone blend.
I used a fine end of a black marker to outline the hats and to highlight the ties in the feet.
I glued the gnomes together and then added dimensionals to the back of them.
Then, I adhered each of them to a tag.
Next, I created a smaller tag for the greeting at the bottom using the Framed and Festive sentiment stamp set. Since I didn’t plan ahead, I needed to use my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.
HINT: I’ve found it much easier to keep my cardstock in place on the Stamparatus grid paper by using removable tape on the back in addition to the magnets on the front.
After punching a small hole at the top of the tag, I used some Real Red mini-ruffled ribbon to attach each tag to the wreath.
I did the same with the sentiment tag at the bottom.
The final touch was to tie two $10 Amazon gift cards to the wreath using metallic red pipe cleaners. I didn’t need to buy any pipe cleaners (I’m a teacher – I have them coming out of my ears in my classroom storage), but you can get these at Dollar Tree as well.
With that, my Last Minute White Elephant gift is done! Now I just have to find a box so I can wrap it up.
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 January 11 when our theme will be Sale-A-Bration Time. The design team will showcase projects made from Sale-A-Bration items. (I already have the SAB Adorable Owls stamp set and can’t wait to use it!)
This month, the theme is a Color Challenge. Using Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow, the Design Team has created some great projects that you will all want to see. We hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. Then, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
Here’s my card in two versions:
For this absolutely adorable card, I used a tutorial video from Susan Campfield that I stumbled across on YouTube. Her directions for creating the moving part is so much easier to watch than for me to explain it to you. Truly, the moving part takes less than 5 minutes to create and anyone who receives the card will think you worked for a long time on it. Don’t tell anyone how easy it actually is!
The Mossy Meadow base measures 41/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold card.
AFTER I ran the Crumb Cake cardstock through the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/4. Then, I used my Cajun Craze marker to outline the Crumb Cake for definition.
I used the deckled rectangle dies for the Cajun Craze mat and the sentiment block.
The white cardstock for the inside measures my usual 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
That’s it for measurements.
Stamping and Cropping:
I used the large floral spray stamp from the Natural Prints stamp set for under the Cajun Craze mat. I stamped it in Mango Melody twice and cropped them out with the Natural Prints die.
Next, I cropped all the gnome pieces. I needed one hat, for which I used Mossy Meadow DSP (designer series paper) from the neutrals 6 x 6 inch DSP.
I cropped the legs/feet using a scrap piece of Mango Melody 6 x 6 inch DSP. When cropped, the die leaves an “X” on each foot, so I used a black marker to outline those marks. I also cut a piece of Mango Melody cardstock to 3/4 inch by 1 inch to attach to the top of the legs for the swinging mechanism. Thankfully, I still have my circle punches and used the 1/2 inch punch for the hole needed for the dimensional.
I needed three of the little oval circles, one for the nose and two for the hands. I cropped white ovals and colored all three of them using the SU900 natural tone blend. It’s the lightest blend from the set.
In my humble opinion, the gnome needed arms. I used two of the ovals for the hands. The sleeves are simply Mossy Meadow 1/2 inch by 5/8 inch pieces of cardstock. I glued the “hands” to the back of the sleeves.
HINT: The most important thing to remember when adding the arms is that they need to be glued in place. If you use dimensionals, they will interfere with the swinging movement. In addition, you have to be careful where you place them. My arms are sticking out more than I wanted. However, if I placed them any lower and closer to the body, it would interfere with the swinging. Believe me, I tried to get them closer to the body but couldn’t.
With that, I’d finished these dancing gnome cards. So cute! So easy!
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 November 9th when the theme will be Home for the Holidays.
I did with the purchase of two of these NEW birthday organizer kits! I got my email today saying that they have been shipped! YEAH!
Here’s an unboxing video explaining the kit contents:
I got one kit for my mom and one for my aunt, neither of whom get out as easily as they used to do. I’m in the process of making additional cards to include with this kit, that I will make for them before I give them as a present.
Again, thank you for stopping by today! Please take just another minute and leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
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!