Something Old, Something New, Something Carrying Over, Something Blue for the May Pals Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Pals Blog Hop! This month our theme is “Goodbye to January-June Mini and 2019-2020 Annual Catalogs and Hello to 2020-2021 Annual Catalog” where the Design Team is showcasing their favorites from the retiring catalogs or products in the new catalog! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

The Inspiration and Sunday Stamps 230

A co-worker has been asking me to make cards for all of his needs for the past year or so. In May, 2019, I made a Mother’s Day, anniversary card for his parents, and birthday card for his mom. We were texting on Friday, and I said I could make his mother a birthday card and mail it to him. His mom’s favorite color is blue, so I chose Seaside Spray for this year’s card.

I’d been trying to figure out a card for the Sunday Stamps 230 card challenge and decided this would work. For this card, I would simply create a mirror image of the sketch.

Here’s the sketch challenge banner:

Here’s my card for the Pals Blog Hop, Sunday Stamps, and my colleague’s mother:

I used the new to me (because of a backorder) Poppy Moments die set for something new. Something old is the retiring In Color 6 x 6 DSP. Happily, the poppy dies and sentiments stamps will both carryover. I specifically used the Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon from the holiday catalog. Demos knew that this beautiful ribbon would be carrying over. However, imagine my surprise to find it in the 2020 – 2021 catalog! I really thought it would show up again in the 2020 holiday catalog. Obviously, something blue is the Seaside Spray.

This Fun Fold is So Much Easier Than It Looks

Once again, I first saw this fun fold on Mary Deatherage’s Saturday night fb live, and you can find the link here. Truly, it is easy. It is simply a notecard attached to an A2 card. The best part is that it will fit in a medium Stampin’ Up! envelope.

I started by cutting and scoring all my paper.

The notecard base is 3 in. x 7 in. and scored at 3.5. For the top mat and inside mats, I cut white cardstock at 2.75 in. x 3.25 inches. Here’s another look at the top of the notecard:

The body of the card is 5.5 inches by 10 inches and scored at 4.25 inches and 8.5 inches. I stepped down a quarter inch for the length and width of the front white cardstock mat, and again for the DSP background. Here’s another look at that part of the card:

The foldover part of the card measures 1.5 inches by 5.5 inches. I stepped down a quarter of an inch for the white mat, making it 1.25 inches by 5.25 inches. The DSP top piece stepped down another quarter inch making it 1.00 inch by 5 inches.

I cut the inside of the card base at 4 inches by 5.25 inches. Then I used the outline die from the Poppy Moments die set in the bottom corner. Here’s another look at that part of the card:

Putting It Together!

After I adhered all the DSP pieces to the card base, I started working from the outside of the notecard. First, I dry fit the poppy and leaves to find the best position, at least for me. Then, I stamped the sentiment on the outside and inside. Next, I stamped the flowers on the inside and colored them with a Stampin’ Write Marker.

That’s when I got to the trickiest part of this card, and a step I forgot the first time I made used this fold. You can see that card here,. It kind of jumps right out that I forgot the ribbon. Ribbon? Tricky? Not really, but since I forgot it the first time, I needed to make sure I included it the second time. I cut about 20 inches of this gorgeous ribbon to start. Then I popped up the white top on dimensionals. Using tear-and-tape, adhered the ribbon to the notcard and then place the white cardstock over it. When you finish, you should have the majority of the length of the ribbon going behind the card so it ties on the left of the notecard.

Since I’d already cut out and stamped the inside white mat, I just had to crop the poppies in the corner. I’ve tried to use this die before as a border and it didn’t work at all, but I’m very pleased with the way it really accents the corner of the card.

After all of this, I thought my final step was going to be adhering the notecard to the flap, for which I used tear-and-tape. Make sure you only adhere the notecard to the flap, or nothing will open, which would be very disappointing.

I Thought I was Done….

I really did think I had completed the card once I finished putting it together. However, when I flipped the notecard back, the cardstock on the card cover looked very bare. When I started this whole process, I wasn’t sure where I was going with it. Therefore, I just kept cropping pieces of Whisper White, Basic Black, and Seaside Spray cardstock along with vellum cardstock. I actually had enough left for another whole card, so I grabbed some of those pieces and put together a large poppy, the long leaves for the top and the short wider leaves for the bottom. The vellum leaves that combination light and open, at least I think so.

Then, I really was done. I stamped and colored half of the border stamp of poppies on the front of my envelope and used adhered a piece of DSP to the envelope flap. Poof! I’d completed another card set. My co-worker is thrilled with the result, so it will be mailed to him pronto.

Back to the Pals Blog Hop Info

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 June 10th, with our theme “New 2020-2022 In Colors.” We can’t wait to show you the newest In Colors in the Stampin’ Up! color family. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  3. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  4. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  5. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  8. Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
  9. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  12. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  13. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  14. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  15. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  18. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  19. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  21. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  22. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  23. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
  24. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  27. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  28. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days

As Always, Thank You for Visiting!

I love to read and reply to comments. If you are so inclined, please feel free to leave a comment. If you’ve created a card based off this fun fold, color combination, or bundle, I’d love to see what you created!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Pals Blog Hop with Ornate Garden and SSC228

Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! While the COVID 19 pandemic is adding stress to our lives, we Pals hope this blog hop will help to lift your spirits. Let us inspire you to take a creative break and relax for a little while. This month our theme is “Special Occasions” where we have made a project for just about any occasion you can think of! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Sunday Stamps Challenge 228

I have to say, I really needed inspiration for the card layout for this hop. I thought I was ready to go a week ago. Then, about a week ago, I realized the graduation card I made wouldn’t work. That card will be blogged at a later date.

Anyway, Sunday Stamps saved me.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Two Cards, One Layout, Two Very Different Insides

Once again, I created two cards for the Pals Blog Hop. The first card is easy and fast.

Here’s that card:

Hopefully, I will remember to figure out how to get the inside and outside showing side-by-side.

Both levels of this card make use of the new Ornate Garden Suite! The DSP is stunning, and it contains a preview of a new In Color, Bumblebee. All the stamps in the corners and the flower stamps are from the new Ornate Style cling stamp set. Gorgeous!!!

Here’s the same layout, but the inside is “over the top” according to my DH.

The outside is the same layout with the DSP pieces reversed.


This is a twist and pop fun fold card.

It’s difficult to film this and try to open it at the same time. So, please excuse the quality of the short video.

It’s Not as Difficult as It Looks, Truly

If we break the card down to chunks, we can see that it truly isn’t as difficult as it looks to create this card.

Chunks:

Front layout – we all do those.

Inside DSP mats – It’s just a matter of cutting the angles.

The “book” for the lack of a better word: stamping and coloring, and we all do that.

The popping mechanism: Ok, that requires some practice, but it truly isn’t difficult.

I learned how to do this card from Mary Deatherage with Stamps-n-Lingers, and you can find the video here. Mary makes the whole process for the mechanism, and the card, look easier than you would think. Please view her video, and you will see what I mean. The video contains all of the measurements, and step-by-step directions for the mechanism. I like watching it while making the mechanism, and I can stop the video as much as I want. If the mechanism is causing you problems, Mary demonstates it again at the end.

Please give this card a try. You will be so happy you did and you will create a stunning card!

Let’s Get 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 Wednesday, May 13th, when we will say “Goodbye to January Mini and 2019 Annual Catalog and/or Hello to 2020 Annual Catalog.” The Design Team will showcase their favorites from the retiring catalogs or new products from the new catalog. Don’t miss the fun! And, until then, please stay safe.

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!

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
    Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
    Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
    Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
    Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
    Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
    Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
    Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
    Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
    Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards

Here’s a close-up look at the Ornate Garden Suite!

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

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!

Sue

Supplies Used:

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A Baby Bunny for SSC224

Sunday Stamps Challenge 224 calls for any shape tag within a sketch challenge. I need a couple of baby boy cards and decided to use the Welcome Easter cling stamp set, available now in the January 2020 mini-catalog.

First, here’s my card:

Second, here’s the challenge banner:

Third, here’s the absolutely adorable stamp set:

WELCOME EASTER CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)

Oh My Glory, Cuteness Abounds!

This was one of my must have stamp sets from the mini-catalog. Too many times I’ve waited too long and then missed the opportunity when a product went out of stock. Not this time. However, I haven’t used it until now. After this card, I see many, many baby and Easter cards being made.

First, I stamped the bunny on Whisper White cardstock. Before I colored the bunny, I used first and second generation stamping in Old Olive for the grass. I also use Old Olive for the sweet greeting. Don’t you just love the heart coming off the “welcome”? After cropping these stamped images using the Stitched Shapes dies,

Since I wanted to keep the card as clean as possible, I used the bullet end of the Old Olive Stamping Write Marker to stitch in the ditch of the circle and rectangle. Then I couldn’t resist using the cute little bee from the Welcome Easter stamp set as an accent on the bunny circle.

I thoroughly enjoyed coloring the bunny using the Dark Petal Pink and Crumb Cake combo blends. Dark Petal Pink gives the ears, nose, and feet a pop of color. The light Crumb Cake blend provided the lighter color for the chest patch., while the dark Crumb Cake blend colored in the rest of the bunny.

Since I wanted a wide tag, I cut it about 2.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches long. This wide piece wouldn’t fit in any of the tag punches, so I created my own chevron using the trimmer.

Pulling It Together

I wanted some texture for the background of the card, so I grabbed the leaves 3D embossing folder and ran a piece of Crumb Cake through the Big Shot.

Originally, I dry-fit a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock for the card base. Then, I decided I needed to pull in the Old Olive, hence the choice for the base.

I used dimensionals to pop up the tag banner. For the sentiment tag, I used one dimensional in the top, right corner and liquid adhesive for the rest of the tag. Dimensionals are also on the left side of the bunny circle, with liquid adhesive on the right.

I stamped “for you” “little one” on the inside along with two little bees on diagonal corners of the inside sentiment.

When looking at the front of the card, I knew I needed to do a little something. So, I grabbed my 2019 – 2021 In Color faceted dots and used three of the medium ones in a triangle pattern on the banner.

Finally, I put a gingham piece of the Seaside Spray DSP on the envelope flap, then stamped and colored the bunny on the front. Then, I was done with this coordinated set.

So stinking 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!

Sue

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Coordinations for Sale-a-Bration pre-order has started!!

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My pre-order was waiting for me when I got back from D.C. last week. Another teacher and I took 12 juniors and seniors to D.C. for 4 nights/5 days. A great time was had by all! But my happy mail was waiting for me, and it was one of my smile inducing welcome homes!

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Golden Honey, Bermuda Bay, and Sunday Stamps

Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge

I’ve recently discovered the Sunday Stamps Challenge, and have been enjoying playing with it. This week’s sketch provided an opportunity for me to use the Golden Honey Specialty DSP.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created:

Bermuda Bay and Golden Honey

For this challenge, I again chose to use the floral black and white DSP pattern. The first card I created used So Saffron for the accent color and you can see that card here. This DSP can be earned FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Yes, FREE!

This time, I chose to use Bermuda Bay for the coordinating color, which would create a much bolder statement than So Saffron. This color combination has always been beautiful, and the DSP just enhances that beauty. I tried coloring each of the flowers with the Bermuda Bay Blends combo, but it was not working out. Therefore, I used the Stamping Marker instead. I colored each flower on the DSP, the stamped ones for the focal circle, and the two stamped flowers on the front of the envelope.

The Brights DSP provided the color for the three banners. I thought the script pattern would be the most subtle pattern on the floral DSP. When I tried to dry-fit the banners, I decided that I needed to create an outline without adding more bulk. Therefore, I used my Basic Black Stamping marker to outline each of the banners. These outlines created just enough of a separation to make the banners stand out.

In addition, I needed the focal circle to stand out, so I outlined that as well. Again, it’s just a subtle way to make the Stitched Shapes circle stand out, as did the dimensionals that pop it up.

The challenge sketch had some twine on the right-hand side of the card. I’d already earned the Metallic Baker’s Twine FREE with my qualifying purchase. Yes, FREE! Happily, I use this Bermuda Bay twine with Bermuda Bay metallic thread. The metallic thread adds just a hint of bling, which is so pretty.

Putting It Together

My favorite adhesive, the TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, allowed me to cleanly attached the DSP to the black mat and to the Bermuda Bay card base. I also adhered the stamped and colored flowers using the TomBow.

The focal circle and the sentiment banner are popped up on dimensionals. I really like the depth these dimensionals create.

After I had everything in place, I thought I was done. I kept staring at the card trying to figure out why I thought something was missing. I left the card, and my blue (read: crafting) room for a few hours. When I came back to the card, I realized what I missed: pearls! There are four pearls in the cneter of the flowers. Since I needed to use an odd number of pearls, I decided to place one at the bottom of the sentiment banner.

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!

Sue

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

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Nature’s Roots for Sunday Stamps

I needed to create a sympathy card for a good friend whose father passed away suddenly a few days ago. Those cards are never easy to create, but Sunday Stamps color challenge gave me a neutral color palette and the Rooted in Nature stamp set and Nature’s Roots die set gave me the inspiration.

Here’s the challenge banner for this week’s challenge, SSC221:

Here’s my card:

SSC221 – Stay Neutral

The challenge required at least three of the neutral colors to be used. I could add in another color as long as the focal images were neutrals. I used Basic Black for the first mat and the sentiment. The background trees were stamped in Smoky Slate on Whisper White. I stamped the tree on Basic Grey using Versamark, then embossed the image with white embossing powder. The mat for the sentiment is also Basic Grey. Since I used four of the neutral colors I could add another color.

I love the In Color 2019 – 2020 of Seaside Spray. Love. It’s one of my favorite blues ever, and it pairs so well with this neutral color palette. Therefore, I used Seaside Spray for the base of the card and the sentiment layer, and the stunning ribbon from the holiday catalog. I ordered two extra rolls of it before Christmas and still have enough to use for quite a while, even though it retires at 2:00 AM ET.

I cropped both sentiment layers using one of my favorite die sets, the Rectangle Stitched framelits. The stitching gives such a finished and professional look to any paper cropped with them. They have become my go-to dies. I especially love to use them to crop out the centers of mats to save on cardstock and also lighten the card just a smidge.

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!

Sue

Sale-a-Bration is Almost 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.

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 theme for the Paper Pumpkin in January, 2020 is “I’ll Bee Yours” and is available to order between now and January 10, 2020. Here’s a sneak peek:

The adorable bee coordinates with a Honey Bee stamp set and dies, which are available on January 2nd!

Sale-a-Bration starts in just a few days! I’ve been able to pre-order and have already earned The Gang’s All Meer stamp set, the Golden Honey DSP, and the metallic ribbon and sequins. Woo-Hoo! Images for each follow:

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

Supplies Used

Rooted in Nature stamp set, item # 146482

Nature’s Roots die set, item # 146341

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Basic Black cardstock, item # 121045

Basic Gray cardstock, item # 121044

Seaside Spray cardstock, item # 150883

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 147110

Smokey Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Versamark Pad, item # 102283

Embossing Buddy, item # 103083

Heat Tool, item # 129053

White embossing powder, item # 109132

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

Again, thank you for stopping by today!