Get a Little Distressed for Cardz 4 Guyz #302

Welcome to the latest Cardz 4 Guyz two-week challenge!  Our host, Jolanda, chose Get a Little Grungy for the theme.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the cards from the rest of the design team.  I’d love to see you play along and join the gallery!

Here’s my card, for which I used the Rings of Love DSP:



This whole pack of DSP (designer series paper) is stunning!  It can be earned FREE with a qualifying $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration,  which runs through the end of the month.  At first, I really didn’t think I’d get it.  However, as soon as I saw cards created with these prints, I knew I had to have it!  Just look at the colors and prints in this paper:




Measurements and Such:

This card came together so quickly and, I think, it falls under the easy-peasy category.


  • The Night of Navy base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The tree pattern DSP measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Using the Deckled Rectangle dies, I cropped a piece of Night of Navy and DSP with the second and third largest dies.
  • I also trimmed a piece of the bird pattern DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from the trees DSP pattern for the envelope seal.
  • The white inside panel is trimmed to 4 by 5-1/4 inches. I cropped the sentiment panel from a scrap of white cardstock., I stamped the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Night of Navy. Then, I cropped it using one of the deckled rectangle dies.

Distressed Look:

  • I specifically used the deckled rectangle dies because 1.) I love them, and 2.) they would fit the theme of distressing.
  • In addition, I outlined all of the pieces on the front of the card using my Stamping Write Markers. I tried not to be careful so that the markers would wind up adding some distress to each piece. I used Soft Suede for the trees DSP. Then, I used Night of Navy for both the cardstock mat and the sentiment panel. Finally, I distressed the birds DSP using Crushed Curry.
  • Next, I adhered the trees DSP to the base and the birds DSP to the Night of Navy mat.
  • Then, I cut three lengths of linen thread and wrapped them around the Night of Navy mat and tied them in a square knot. Since the thread is thin, I was able to use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere it to the trees DSP. I purposely adhered that panel just a bit off-center.
  • I added mini-dimensionals to the back of the sentiment panel and adhered it to the card.
  • The three yellow dots were added to cover an “oops” on the sentiment panel. I didn’t notice the oops until I tried to take a picture, but I wound up with a smudge of blue ink on the sentiment.
  • Finally, I stamped the inside panel with another sentiment from Peaceful Moments: You shouldn’t have, but I am glad you did. I’ve learned the hard way that I need to stamp the sentiment before attaching the inside panel to the base of the card.
  • With that, I’d completed this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!



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The coordinating bundle for the Rings of Love DSP is on page 62:  


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Punches and/or Dies for Cardz 4 Galz #175

Welcome to the Cardz 4 Galz challenge # 175.  Lynda chose the theme of using punches and/or dies for this two week challenge.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team members created.  Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us!  Can’t wait to see your creations in our gallery.  

I used a stamp set and coordinating die set from the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalog.  This promotion starts on July 1, 2022.  I earned both parts of this set with a qualifying order of $50 each piece.  Adorable and fun doesn’t even begin to describe these Hippest Hippos!

Here’s  my card:


Isn’t this hippo just fabulous?  I used the stylish shapes dies for the banner and the fish come from the Seas the Day dies, as does the sentiment.  I used the same DIY stencil for the clouds that I used on the Color Throwdown post on Wednesday.  You can see that post, and the directions for creating the clouds, here.  The bird stamp can be found in the Waves of Inspiration set.  Other than that, everything comes from the Hippest Hippos set.  


  • The Tahitian Tide base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I used the 2022-2024 In Color 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) for the waves at the bottom of the card. There’s a die in the Hippo die set to crop the waves.
  • Next, I picked a piece of the Parakeet Party In Color DSP for the envelope flap. I trimmed it to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • At the same time, I punched a 1 inch circle from the Sweet Sorbet DSP for the envelope seal. After I ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker, I had my finished envelope seal.
  • The life preserver and the water droplets were both cropped from the same In Color DSP pack.
  • I needed a piece of white cardstock for the front, and it measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. The white cardstock for the inside of the card measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I cropped the boat from a scrap piece of woodgrain DSP.
  • That’s it for measurements.

What I Did:

  • First, I used Tahitian Tide ink, a blender brush, and the DIY clouds stencil to create the sky for the background of this card. You can find the directions for how I did it here.
  • Then, I stamped the hippo and sentiment in black ink.
  • Next, I colored the hippo using the Smoky Slate light and dark blends markers. I used the light petal pink blend for his mouth.
  • I thought the Sweet Sorbet color would add a pop of brightness to the card, so I used that for the three fish.
  • Then, I did all the cropping I needed at once. I started with the waves. I’m still not 100% sold on the way they came out, but I do have another card started. My mind has been working through different ways to make the waves work better, but I might just have to visit Pinterest.
  • I have a layer of Sweet Sorbet topped by a layer of Starry Sky for the life preserver.
  • Next, I cropped the goggles and snorkle from a scrap of Parakeet Party 6 x 6 In Color DSP.
  • I finished up by cropping the water droplets from Tahitian Tide DSP, the fish, and the sentiment, for which I used the Stylish Shapes die.


  • First, I layered the waves on a piece of Tahitian Tide cardstock, then added dimensionals under the cardstock.
  • Next, I adhered the goggles and snorkle to the hippo and the life preserver to the boat using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Then, I added dimensionals under the boat and hippo. Thankfully, the snorkle lies on the face of the hippo so I didn’t need to try to get dimensionals under it.
  • However, I did need dimensionals under the droplets. I had to cut mini-dimensionals into little, tiny pieces of dimensionals.
  • HINT: I strongly recommend using scissors with titanium blades so the adhesive doesn’t stick to the scissors. Since I’m left-handed I prefer this pair and this pair, both on Amazon.
  • HINT # 2: I also strongly recommend reverse tweezers for cardmaking. I’ve got 4 pairs (a bit much, I know) and use them on every project. They take a bit to get used to them, but since they stay closed on their own, they are invaluable. You can find the EK Tools reverse tweezers on Amazon here.
  • Then, I tucked two fish into the waves and one so that it would peek out from under the sentiment.
  • Finally, I turned my attention to the sentiment banner. I added a piece of tear and tape to the back of the sentiment so I could easily wrap the Tahitian Tide metallic ribbon around the banner three times. I added dimensionals to the sentiment banner, and adhered it to the card.
  • I haven’t stamped an inside sentiment yet because the front sentiment covers so many occasions. Therefore, I will add the sentiment when I am ready to use the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Have a Peachy Day!


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Sale-a-Bration and an Easel Card for the January Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop in 2022! This month, the theme is Sale-A-Bration. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Here’s my Sale-a-Bration easel card:

Both the Simply Marbleous 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) and the Awesome Otters stamp set are Sale-a-Bration freebies with a qualifying order.  Each of these products can be earned with a $50 order.  



  • I used Balmy Blue for the base of the card. It measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches. The easel card requires two simple score lines – one at 5-1/2 inches and the second at 2-3/4 inches. That’s it. Easy peasy fun fold card.
  • The DSP for the front measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. While I had the DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Since I didn’t want the back of the easel to be half DSP and half cardstock, I trimmed another piece to 5-3/8 inches by 2-5/8 inches. Here’s a photo of the back of the easel card:

What I Did:

  • I used every stamp from the Awesome Otters stamp set. Coloring them was so much fun so that I made the card twice. My first time, I used Cinnamon Cider for the otters and Misty Moonlight for the base. I’ll post that card below.
  • First, I stamped everything in Momento tuxedo black ink. I even stamped the Misty Moonlight mats under the two sentiments with the birthday hat. Since I only wanted a subtle design, I stamped the hat off before stamping on the cardstock.
  • Next, I stamped the two birthday hats on the reverse side of the marbled DSP. Then, I colored the hats using the dark Misty Moonlight and dark Balmy Blue blends. I needed to fussy cut both hats.
  • Then, I started coloring the otters, including the one on the front of the envelope, starting with a light Crumb Cake front body sections. I used the light and dark Soft Suede blends to color the main part of the otters. When I was much younger, I would always outline things I colored, and I did that with the otters as well.
  • HINT: When using blends on the front of an envelope, you will need to put a scrap piece of cardstock inside the envelope where you want to color. Everything will bleed through to the back of the envelope if you don’t.
  • The dark Calypso Coral blend seemed to work for the fish’s head, while the light blend worked for his body.
  • I used the light and dark blends in Misty Moonlight and Balmy Blue to color the water.
  • The stitched rectangle dies perfectly cropped all the pieces.
  • I adhered the otters directly to the DSP/cardstock using multipurpose glue.

Finishing Up:

  • While I adhered the sentiments directly on the mats, I place dimensionals under each. The inside sentiment really needed to be on dimensionals to hold the easel in a standing position.
  • Finally, I added three basic pearl jewels to the top right and bottom left of the front of the card.
  • As always, the very last thing I did was trim the DSP on the envelope flap. Then I punched a 1-inch circle from some scrap Misty Moonlight DSP. I ran the circle through the XYRON create-a-sticker to make the seal for the envelope.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card/envelope/seal set.

Cinnamon Cider Otters

This card was the first one I made. The otters are too dark for me, but someone else might like the color combo, so I am including it. Here’s that card:

Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop Info:

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 9th. Our theme will be Birthday Bash when our team creates birthday projects to celebrate our family and friends.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Here’s the Pals lineup so you can hop along with us:

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  3. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, INK
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  8. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  10. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping <<<<<<——YOU ARE HERE
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  20. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  22. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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Fine Art Floral DSP from the January – June Mini Catalog

I’ll admit, when I first saw the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, I thought it was pretty, just not my style. When I received my paper share from my upline, Brian King, I thought it contained just one gorgeous print. Boy, was I wrong! I have been making cards with this DSP for the #royalchallenge Brian currently in progress for his team.

Here are my cards created with this paper:

Can you tell which print is my current favorite? I say current because it’s entirely possible that my favorite will change more than once.

Here’s a peek at the DSP, found in the January – June Mini Catalog:


Honestly, the pictures don’t do the paper justice. The colors are so bold and beautiful! The prints in this gorgeous pack of DSP really do all the work and I’ve found it hard to cover any of it up.

What’s better than gorgeous DSP? How about a whole suite of coordinating products? Just look:

The Fine Art Floral Suite Collection includes:
* Art Gallery Photopolymer Stamp Set (10% off)
* Floral Gallery Dies (10% off)
* Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder
* 3/8″ (1 cm) Fine Art Ribbon
* Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper
* Golden Garden Designer Specialty Acetate
* Gilded Leafing
* Heat & Stick Powder

Product colors: Bumblebee, Flirty Flamingo, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Terracotta Tile, Whisper White

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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!


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Welcome Easter Paired with #MojoSketch535 and SSC227

This card is for the third sketch in this month’s Mojo Monday using the colors from the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

First, here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

My First Thoughts

Once I decided on the sketch layout, I had to then to decide which colors to use. Honestly, the last thing I thought of when I saw the color challenge was creating an Easter card. What a completely wrong thought! Turns out that I am in love with the color combination that I used of Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, and Granny Apple Green. I colored the bunny using the Crumb Cake blends combo.

Since this layout, 6 x 6 color family DSP sets, these colors and the adorable bunny look so stinking cute, I am quite certain I’ve found my Easter card for my nieces and nephews. I’ve already created cards for my great nieces and soon-to-be great nephew.

Finishing Touches

The Subtle 3D embossing folder created just enough texture for this card, especially with the patterns of DSP.

Can you tell what I used for the Pumpkin Pie heart? If you guessed the detailed hearts die, you would be correct.

The bunny circle is popped up on dimensionals. I wanted the sentiment to be raised as well, but not as much as the dimensionals would have given. Therefore, I pulled out three half inch glue dots. Those suckers will give about half as much height as a dimensional, which is what I wanted.

I kept looking at the pieces when I was dry-fitting them together trying to figure out what was missing. Then it dawned on me: the two pieces of DSP, the bunny, and the sentiment block makes 4 elements on the card. I needed to add something else, but what? When I finally thought of using this detailed border die from the Painted Labels die set I realized using a piece of Pumpkin Pie DSP would finish the card off.

After adding a piece of the Granny Apple Green to the flap of the envelope, this card set was complete. I hope you think it is as cute as I do.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. I know you have many choices of things to do with your time while being socially distant. I am thankful you chose to spend a little time reading my blog today.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Remember, any order over $50 qualifies for at least one FREE SAB item AND some blog candy from me.

Don’t do what I have done, and put off ordering from my wish list. I seem to miss out because when these items run out, they are gone!

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Again, thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!

Yet More Golden Honey DSP with Fab Friday 181

Poppy Parade with Golden Honey DSP

I love the Golden Honey DSP and Honey Bee bundle so very much that I just had to get another FREE set of the DSP (with a qualifying order) from Sale-a-Bration! While I love every, single pattern of the DSP, the flower pattern is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I’ve already posted one card using this pattern and Bermuda Bay. You can see that card here. Today’s color combination is black, white, and Poppy Parade.

Here’s the FabFri181 challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created for this challenge:

This DSP is Just Gorgeous!

I started out coloring these flowers with Purple Posy, but decided I wanted a bolder look. Since I’d already colored a blue shade, I went with this Poppy Parade. I really like the way the poppy color plays off the black and white background of the DSP. I didn’t even try to use my blends to color. Instead, I grabbed my Poppy Parade marker, relaxed, and got started. While I colored these flowers, I was turning card options over and over in my head. By the time I finished coloring, I had my layout picture firmly in my brain.

Covering up even a small part of the DSP didn’t seem like a good idea, but I needed a vertical banner of some sort. I grabbed a piece of Whisper White, ran it through the Subtle 3D embossing folder, trimmed down the banner and fussy cut the chevron on the bottom. Finally, I outlined it with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.

Next, I needed to cut down the DSP for the top part of the card and the strips. I wanted to make sure I had a definitive border between the DSP and the Poppy Parade cardstock, so I outlined the DSP with my Basic Black marker as well.

Finishing Up the Card

I cropped the strips and the cardstock mats using the Stitched Rectangle die set. While the challenge banner called for five horizontal elements, I only used four. I knew I needed ribbon of some sort and decided to use the Basic Black baker’s twine tied in a bow at the top of the banner. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if baker’s twine came in every color? I can’t be the only one wishing for that, can I?

Next, I needed to decide how to adhere everything. I used some large glue dots to adhere the banner. The large ones enabled the banner to have just a smidge of a pop-up. I used the multipurpose adhesive for the top three strips. Dimensionals give the sentiment strip a pop-up. There are dimensionals under the cardstock and between the sentiment and the cardstock. This dimension makes the sentiment pop off the banner creating a focal point.

Finally, I stamped some flowers on the front, bottom, left corner of the envelope and added a piece of the Brights DSP to the envelope flap.

With that, another Golden Honey DSP card and coordinating envelope was complete. Contrary to the name, there’s not even a tiny bit of golden color on this card.

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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