Sunflowers, #simplestamping and PCC377

The new Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set, available now on pre-order for Stampin’ Up! demos, is beautiful! The intricate details make each stamp in the set spectacular! I’ve been practicing coloring the flowers using different combinations of yellow blends, but haven’t found anything I really like yet. There are so many gorgeous colored sunflowers all over Pinterest and various Facebook groups just begging to be copied, so I will keep practicing.

Paper Craft Crew #377

Let’s just jump to the card and challenge banner.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

When I usually create a card from a sketch challenge I first read the challenge post, look at the cards the Design Team created. Then I have the sketch tumbling around in my head for a few days until a card falls into place in my mind. That isn’t exactly how it worked this week.

The InKing Royalty Blog Hop is Wednesday and I used this bundle for my card. Here’s a little sneak peak of that card:

The whole time I was working on the card for the Blog Hop I kept thinking that I needed a simpler version to go with it. That’s when everything rolling around in my head for PCC377 came together.


I wanted to make sure that everything I did for this card would qualify as #simplestamping. The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set is the only new thing for this card. I used minimal supplies because I wanted to showcase the clean and simple sketch and resulting card.

I could’ve cropped both sunflowers using the coordinating die set. However, I actually did fussy cut both of them to stay with #simplestamping. Fussy cutting for a lefty tends to be a bit of a problem. These sunflowers proved to be some of the easiest fussy cuts I’ve done.

I stamped the large sunflower using Basic Gray. In order to let the large one shine, I used Smoky Slate on the smaller flower.

The strips of Neutrals 6 x 6 DSP from the current catalog in Night of Navy and Basic Gray allowed me to fill that element on the sketch. I also used Night of Navy as the base of the front of the card, and for the sentiment. This “thanks a bunch” sentiment also comes from the Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set.

I used the rectangle stitched die set to crop the sentiment block. It could have easily been cut on the paper trimmer. I intentionally cropped the sentiment on the reverse side because it has more texture and I thought the clean part of the card needed a little texture.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I used the Subtle 3D embossing folder for the white background. Since all the lines run vertically, I also embossed the white cardstock so the texture runs vertically.

That’s All It Took

The challenge sketch called for a clean and simple card. I think this card fits the challenge.

The only thing I still needed to do was to add a piece of the Night of Navy DSP to the envelope flap. I stamped part of the large sunflower in the lower left corner of the envelope. With that, the coordinating set was complete.

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!


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Yet More Peaceful Poppies for PPC371

It’s late on Monday night and the PPC371 closes tomorrow. Therefore, this post will be short and sweet.

This week’s sketch at Paper Craft Crew Challenge 371 called for splatters on the background.  While it really could have been a multitude of different combinations, I chose to stick with the Peaceful Poppies DSP and the Painted Poppies stamp set to create my card.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

Peaceful Poppies

I am absolutely in love with this DSP and have been creating cards with it exclusively since the middle of last week.  Not even the cuteness of the ladybugs or the Welcome Easter stamp set has deterred me.  

Once I chose the DSP pattern I wanted this time, the rest fell into place.  First, I used the large splatter stamp from Painted Poppies for the Poppy Parade and Old Olive splatter stamps. In order to get the various depths of color that I wanted,  I stamped each color three times without re-inking.

While I didn’t plan to do the sentiment next, it needed to be done.  As you know, I am all about cropping/punching out the layers to conserve paper.  This time was no different.  Because of the way I stamped the splatters, I could crop out the sentiment block from the middle of the card stock covered by the center circle. 

I cropped the DSP circle using the Stitched Shapes die set. The Old Olive scalloped circle came from the Layering Circles die set. I also used the Basic Black Stampin’ Marker to outline the scallops and the stitches in the ditch.

Once I cut out the sentiment mat and cropped the scalloped trim from the Painted Labels die set, it was time to put the card together.

Once I stamped the front of the envelope with a poppy and added the DSP to the flap, this set was done.

As always,

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

Have a Peachy Day!


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Golden Honey meets PCC366

Paper Craft Crew #366

Paper Craft Crew challenges are always interesting and inspiring. This week’s is no different. Since I absolutely LOVE the Golden Honey DSP I just ordered my second FREE pack with a qualifying order. For this challenge, I once again turned to that happy DSP and the Honey Bee bundle.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

The Short Version

I tried to follow the sketch as much as possible for this card. The placement of the gold foil honeycombs and the beehive very closely match the sketch.

The sentiment strip on the challenge contained just a strip, but I added the two bees on the end. A honeycomb and a beehive need bees, right? The DSP for the beehive is from the DSP pack. I thought it needed a little bling added, so I used my clear Wink of Stella on the white strips. While Wink of Stella doesn’t show up well in pictures, I promise it’s there. The placement of the sentiment strip was completely based on the sketch.

I pulled out some of my last remaining retired black dots and placed them around my collage. I used a very liberal amount of dimensionals when adhering everything down. In the case of the bees on the end of the sentiment strip, I actually used a double stack of mini-dimensionals.

Multiple Dry-fitting Attempts are a Good Thing

Attaching the beehive took just a bit of planning. I wanted the height of the beehive to be consistent. Therefore, I placed a number of mini-dimensionals inside the empty honeycomb cut outs. Then I carefully placed some on the top of the back of the beehive. After some dry-fitting trials, I felt pretty sure I had everything where I needed.

While I was dry-fitting, I decided that just the Whisper White cardstock needed to have some texture. I turned to my favorite embossing folder: the Subtle 3D embossing folder. I love the hints of texture this folder gives. It has gained #1 choice out of all my folders.

At that point, I thought I had finished. I set the card up for a picture, and realized I’d left a too big of gaping white space at the bottom right of the card. If I used the little bees, I’d have to put two more on the card to keep the odd number going. I finally thought that one of the big bees stamped and cropped would work, so that’s what I did. The card feels more balanced, at least to me.

With that, I was done. No coordinating envelope this time because I ran out of them yesterday. What?!? I couldn’t find a single one, and usually I have a stash on hand. So, I quickly ordered some last night, along with enough product to get the FREE Golden Honey DSP. $50 order = FREE Sale-a-Bration items.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog. I have work bright and early in the morning, and I still need to finish my lesson plans.

Have a Peachy Day!


Supplies Used:

No Peeking for the PCC360

Paper Craft Crew 360 Sketch Challenge

This sketch challenge really made me think and plan and redo during the creative process. I knew I was going to use plaid, meaning my colors would be Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce. These colors really say Christmas, even for this non-traditional colors person. I needed some touches of texture for the top part of the card, and the Brick 3D embossing folder really worked. There’s just something about plaid and brick (fireplace) that reminds me of my childhood Christmases on Long Island.

Here’s my card:


Here’s the sketch banner that inspired the card:

Can I just take a second for a little woo-hoo moment? I finally figured out how to add an image with it’s link without a major problem. First time since I’ve updated my wordpress. Just saying…..

What I Knew……

I knew I wanted to use the #Elfie stamp set. It is just too stinking cute! I knew I wanted to use the string of lights from Making Christmas Bright. Everything else took a while to come together, but I am pleased with the final result.

My Stamp-a-ratus really got a workout for this card. I used it for the string of lights and then the placement of the no peeking elf. While coloring my first attempt, I went out of the lines on the hat. Mind you, that was the last thing I was coloring. Therefore, I got up, walked away and came back to it later in the day.

On this version of the elf, I used the Dark Daffodil Delight blend and the light So Saffron blend.

After numerous trials and errors, I finally figured out I what to do for coloring skin tones. I started with a layer of Ivory and then color over it with the light Petal Pink blend. If the elf had cheeks, those would have been lightly colored with the dark Petal Pink blend.

All that pretty much covers what I knew at the beginning.

What I Didn’t Know…

Trial and error really was key for the remaining elements of this card. I now have no less than five different Christmas trees stamped and punched. I finally settled on this one, especially since I really nailed the Cherry Cobbler layer without using the Stamp-a-ratus.

You might be asking yourself where I got the gold tree stand. Easy peasy, really. I colored a small swatch of Whisper White with the gold Wink of Stella and then used the lightbulb punch to get just the little base.

I also didn’t know what other element I could do for the left side of the focal elf. I’m pretty stinking pleased with the Santa’s Workshop pole, which is also from #Elfie. Cute.

The final thing I didn’t know was what I was going to do for the two ribbon elements on the bottom of the square. Again, trial and error was key. I finally decided on the flax ribbon and theReal Red cotton ribbon.

Putting It Together

I popped the elf square up on a layer of dimensionals. Since I wanted the tree to overlap the square, I needed to use a double layer of dimensions on the left side of the tree. The right side of the tree is simply adhered using Tombow liquid adhesive.

I completely forgot about the little bit of bling on the top right corner of the elf square. After trying a few different bling elements, I decided to keep it simple with the rhinestones.

I finished by creating a coordinating envelope using the plaid on the flap. Done. Happy. Cute!

As always,

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

Have a Peachy Day!


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Supplies Used

Making Christmas Bright stamp set, item # 148046

Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree punch bundle, item # 151143

#Elfie stamp set, item # 150509

Wrapped in Plaid DSP, item # 149596

Christmas Bulb Builder punch, item # 148013

Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, item # 149643

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Cherry Cobbler blends combo, item # 144598

Petal Pink blends combo, item # 147272

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Rhinestone Basic Jewels, item # 144220

Flax ribbon, item # 148764

Real Red cotton ribbon, item # 146925

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler cardstock, item # 119685

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

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

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A two-fer for FMS329 and PPC Color Challenge #285

Have to love a two-fer

Freshly Made Sketches # 329 is a clean and simple sketch challenge, as always.  Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge #285 was to use 3 of the 4 colors of turquoise, shades of purple, yellow, or mint.  I chose Bermuda Bay for my turquoise, mainly because it’s not as bright as Tempting Turquoise, and also because it’s current.  My shade of yellow was Daffodil Delight, and my shade of purple was Wisteria Wonder.   

Here’s my card:

I’m Thankful for You

It’s been a rough week and a half for my family and I wanted to let my sisters know how thankful I am that I have them to help us adjust to our new normal.  I picked the clear-mount Heartfelt Blooms because I thought it matches the sentiment.   I needed to use the three colors, so Bermuda Bay is the base, ribbon, and sentiment ink.  My first layer of blooms I used Daffodil Delight stamped on Whisper White, then matted on Daffodil Delight cardstock.  For the inset layer of blooms, I used Wisteria Wonder stamped on Whisper White, then mounted on Wisteria Wonder cardstock.

I knew the sentiment I wanted, and it comes from the Painted Harvest photoplymer stamp set from the holiday catalog.  The punch I used was the Everyday Punch, again from the holiday catalog.  The punch was chosen mainly because the sentiment  would fit on it.  I used my Stamping Write Marker in Bermuda Bay to subtly outline the punch because there were already enough layers, and I didn’t want to add another one to the card.   I then squinted and realized that I needed something to balance the card out, so I added 3 Daffodil Delight enamel shapes.  This means I owe my upline, Brian King, another nickel, since the squint technique is his idea.

A whole lot of ugly……

I’ve said it before, but my mats are always ugly for two reasons:  first, I don’t want to waste the cardstock, and second, it cuts down on the weight of the card, even if just a little.  Every little bit counts when I am trying to avoid using extra postage on the envelope.  I punched out three kinds of labels from these mats, and then put them in my “free” storage containers (read Extra gum plastic containers).  This time I remembered to take pictures of the ugly, and also of my punch containers.

These Extra gum containers are also the perfect size (!!) for the enamel shapes, and I have those next to my label punches on a shelf within arm’s reach of my work desk. 


I teach high school, and kids bring me these containers.  I am now the happy owner of a growing stash of containers ready to be filled and labeled.

Challenge boards

Bermuda Bay is not the shade of turquoise pictured, but it is a shade of turquoise, so it works.   At least I think it works.

I took the “Any Shape” literally and used a rectangle.  Bermuda Bay ribbon attaches the sentiment to the card and also covers the strip element on the challenge sketch.

Have to love a two-fer!


I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comments are always welcome!

Have a Peachy Day!