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

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

What Could Make All This Gorgeousness Even Better?

It’s Sale-a-Bration Time!

You know what that means: FREE PRODUCTS with every qualifying order. Eligibility starts with a $50 order. The following products are ones I’ve already earned:

While there are two Sale-a-Bration products for a $100 order, each of the above products requires just a $50 purchase. Spend $50, get one free. Spend $100, get two free. If you spend $150, you can earn three free AND earn Stampin’ Rewards! Win Win!

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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Do You Want to Place an Order?

Of course you do!

If you are ordering less than $150.00, please use the host code shown. If you are ordering more than $150.00, please contact me first so you can get your stamping rewards!  Any order over $50 will earn a little surprise from me.


It’s Sale-a-Bration!

It’s Mini-Catalog Time!

Mini-catalog and/or Annual Catalog + Sale-a-Bration = FREE Products!

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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Thinking About Placing an Order?

Of course you are! Even more so because of the products in the mini-catalog and the Sale-a-Bration FREE items! The HOST CODE for MARCH is WW6HSM6A. If you are ordering less than $150.00, please use the host code shown. If you are ordering more than $150.00, please contact me first so you can get your stamping rewards and FREE SAB items!

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!

Sale-a-Bration’s Third Release started today!

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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Sale-a-Bration and the Mini-Catalog are Here!

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If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  DANAAUNT, when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

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Little Ladybug Birthday Card

Little Ladybug Host Set

This ladybug stamp set is just too cute for words! I really like a monochromatic look for this special ladies, so today I went with Poppy Parade, Whisper White, with accents in Basic Black.

Here’s my card:

The Poppy Parade base actually had the Detailed Hearts Die cropped out of it, but who would know? Cropping or punching out of cardstock used for a base not only saves just a small bit on weight, but also saves a bunch of cardstock.

How I Did It

I colored this cute as a button ladybug using both the Poppy Parade and Petal Pink blends combos. The Poppy Parade dark blend provided the color for the retired solo flat white dot. After a few layers of color, I achieved the depth of color I wanted. I cropped the ladybug using the Stitched Shapes die set. Then I simply cut a piece of Poppy Parade to mat the ladybug. I outlined the mat in black to make it stand out.

The Brights 6 x 6 DSP pack consists of some pretty incredible patterns. I thought this pattern mimicked the ladybug’s wings and I am happy I picked it for this card.

Then, I put everything together using glue dots (ribbons) and dimensionals (sentiment and ladybug square). I added the trio of white dots and the Poppy Parade dot. Finally, I stamped a row of adorable ladybugs across the front bottom of the envelope and a piece of the Brights DSP to the envelope flap. Just like that, another card was done.

The sentiment banner includes three elements. I used the Polka Dot Tulle for the bottom layer. The Poppy Parade Textured Weave Ribbon is in the middle, and the sentiment is on top, obviously. I used VersaMark to stamp the sentiment on the Poppy Parade cardstock. I forgot to use my Embossing Buddy on the cardstock, so I had to redo the sentiment. After the second try stamping, I used white embossing powder to finish it off.

Just A Quick Comment About My Scraps

It is my SOP to crop or punch out as much as possible from bases to save on cardstock. I add those pieces to my “scraps”. I have filed each color of cardstock in file folders. The scraps, and up to half sheets of cardstock, are stored by color into 8 x 8 page protectors. I store the protector in the corresponding file folders. I really struggled to find a system that works for me. When I figured this one out, it became much easier to store and use “scraps”. If you would like more information about my paper storage system, please feel free to contact me.

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!


Supplies Used

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

Little Ladybug and FF180 and CTS#354

Color Challenge and a Sketch Challenge

It’s always fun to play along with Fab Friday and CAS(E) This Sketch. When a color challenge and a sketch challenge can be combined into one adorable card it’s a winner.

Here are the FF180 and CTS#354 challenge banners:

Just a thought – I wish I could figure out how to post side-by-side pictures with this updated version of WordPress. Just saying.

Here’s my card:

Cuteness Overload!

When I first saw the Fab Friday color combination, I had a difficult time figuring out how to incorporate the Rococo Rose. I had my A-ha moment when I decided to combine Fab Friday with CAS(E) This Sketch! The In Color DSP for the 2019 – 2021 colors would give me the perfect strip of Rococo Rose, satisfying both challenges.

Since I knew from the start that I wanted to use the Little Ladybug cling stamp set, which is the host set Sale-a-Bration! Adorable! The large flower fit the focal panel perfectly. I just felt the need to add a ladybug tucked under the sentiment. All three stamps came from the one stamp set. So stinking cute!

I used Stamping Blends combos to do all the coloring. The stem and leaves are in Granny Apple Green, which I know is not in the color challenge. However, I couldn’t figure out how to use the three given colors in the leaves. I thought Granny Apple Green would be light and bright enough for my planned card.

Both the flower petals and the ladybug were colored with the Poppy Parade Stamping Blends. I used the Petal Pink Blends combination for the center of the flower and the face and arm, and leg on the ladybug. This bright red really pops off the Whisper White. Highland Heather provides a colorful backdrop. Doesn’t this color combination remind you of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts?

I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark on Poppy Parade cardstock, then used white embossing powder. The embossed sentiment exceded my expectations!

Adding a Bit of Texture

The Whisper White panels for the stamped images needed to have just a bit of texture. Therefore, I cropped the large white panel and the sentiment strip using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I cropped the cute as a bug ladybug using the Stitched Shapes die set. My next usual step is to use Stamping Markers to outline the stitches in the ditch, but I wanted to keep this card clean.

Finally, I ran the the background white panel through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder.

Putting It Together

Since I had the CTS sketch to guide me, I just lined up all my pieces in the appropriate places. I did a dry-fit for the sentiment and the ladybug, and thought I needed to find some way to ground and connect the flower, ladybug, and sentiment. Ribbon seemed to be the easiest way to pull everything together. I used the Poppy Parade textured weave ribbon tied in a simple square knot.

The sentiment and ladybug are popped up on dimensionals. I used glue dots under the knot of the ribbon, and as an anchor on the back of the base. I adhered all the other elements using the TomBow liquid adhesive.

To finish off the envelope, I put a piece of the In Color DSP on the envelope flap. I couldn’t resist using the line-up of little ladybugs on the bottom of the front of the card. Do you notice anything different about this line of ladybugs? Don’t tell anyone, but I stamped the first four ladybugs upside down. In order to make that feel purposely done, I stamped the middle set right side up, and the last set upside down.

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!


Sale-a-Bration is Here!

Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the Sale-a-Bration items are must haves!  If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to work with you.  Please contact me or visit my shop to order the supplies for this card.

If you are ordering $150 or more, please contact me first so you earn all the Stamping Rewards for your order. Stamping Rewards = FREE PRODUCT!

If you are ordering less than $150, please use the host code,  DANAAUNT, when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

The Gang’s all Meer, free with a $50 order!
Golden Honey DSP, free during SAB with a $50 order!