Sunflowers, Fun Fold, In Colors, and the Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our theme is the “new 2020-2022 In Colors.” The Design Team is showcasing the new family of In Colors from the new catalog. We know you will love them as much as we do! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal. 

Celebrate Sunflowers!

I ordered this bundle during the demonstrator pre-order time period and wanted to use it for this blog hop. However, I don’t have the new In Color inks yet (but they are on the way) so I have been trying to figure out what to do with the bundle. I’ve already posted sunflower cards, and you can see those links here, and here, and here.

Both these cards incorporate four of the five new In Colors: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, and Moonlight Madness, which is my favorite right now.

First, here’s my “regular” card:

For this sunflower, I used the Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp on Bumblebee cardstock. Then I added some white embossing powder to the black and used my heat tool to set the embossing powder. I still thought the flower looked unfinished, so I cropped the detailed sunflower out of vellum. Lining up the die cut on the sunflower can be interesting, so be patient; the results are so worth it. I cropped and adhered the flower center from a piece of Cinnamon Cider DSP.

Card # 2

The next card is a fun fold using basically the same elements, but with a pretty big difference in the sunflower.

Here’s that card:

On this version, I stamped the sunflower in Crumb Cake on the Bumblebee cardstock. I didn’t emobss anything, just simply added a sunflower cropped from vellum. Then I added another cropped Cinnamon Cider center to this flower as well. I’m getting my inks, markers, and blends on my next SU! order. They should be arriving early next week. Then I will be able to play some more with the sunflowers. I saw a picture of a Chocolate Cherry sunflower on Pinterest and am really looking forward to trying that out!

The rest of the elements on the front of the cards are the same.

What’s the Same?

Both cards use Cinnamon Cider for the base of the cards. I used the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder for the Whisper White background.

Both cards also have Moonlight Madness DSP across the bottom. I knew I needed to do something across that blue DSP to tie the card together, but ribbon didn’t work. That’s when I grabbed this Bumblebee piece of DSP from the Flowers for Everything DSP 6 x 6 stack. The result of that strip of DSP worked better than the ribbon, in my humble opinion.

I used Crumb Cake to stamp the leaves on Just Jade, then used the dies to crop them out. Each card has six leaves in two groups: one large and two small per group.

Forever Fern

This sentiment is from the new Forever Fern stamp set. It’s very versatile, so this card can be for a new job, leaving an old job, going to college, fighting a medical condition, etc. I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake on Whisper White and then used the stitched rectangle dies to crop it out. Since I knew I wanted the sentiment to overlap the flower, I needed a larger label. Enter the Stitched So Sweetly dies. This size label fit the space thought I needed to fill.

What’s Different?

The fun fold! If I remember correctly, this fold is a kind of Dutch door fold. After scoring the 4-1/4 x 11 at 5-1/2 inches, I very carefully trimmed off the top 1-3/4 inches to create the flap. Because of the original layout, the front of both cards look just about identical. But when you open the card…

The back of the front of the card is very different! I didn’t want cardstock showing on the inside, so I used more DSP from the Flowers for Everything stack. I love that the four colors on the front of the card are the same as the four on the inside of the card. One big tip to share —— be careful which side is up when you use the dies! Since I wanted these sides of the two DSP patterns to show, I had to place the reverse side DOWN when cropping. After I took care of the backs of the flowers and leaves, I thought I couldn’t leave the inside flap of Cinnamon Cider plain cardstock either. Therefore, I grabbed another piece of the In Color 2020 – 2022 DSP. I wanted the DSP to be subtle on the inside, so I chose this Cinnamon Cider DSP pattern.

Different Inside as Well

In order to leave room for a note on the inside, I only dry embossed the top part of the Whisper White for the fun fold version. I wanted something on the bottom half of the card, so I stamped off Crumb Cake and stamped part of the sunflower on the white cardstock. Even after I stamped it off, the Crumb Cake was still too dark. Therefore, I grabbed my Tombow sand eraser for ink. If you don’t have one of this little wonders, you need to get one. I got mine on Amazon. Love! I was able to very, very carefully and lightly sand off enough of the ink to create this light sunflower image.

After finishing both cards, I only needed to add Moonlight Madness DSP to each of the envelope flaps. I also stamped some Crumb Cake partial sunflowers on the bottom of the front of the envelope. With that, the two card/envelope sets were complete.

Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop Information:

 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 July 8th – Gifts from the Garden when the design team will showcase cards or gift ideas from treasures found in the garden. 

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. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  4. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  5. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  6. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, Ink
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  20. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  21. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  22. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  23. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  24. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  25. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  26. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  27. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  28. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
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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Celebrate Sunflowers for ctd594 & Fusion – Enough

Obviously, I am thoroughly enjoying my pre-order of the Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set bundle, available in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 – 2021 annual catalog. Seeing and pre-ordering new products is just one of the perks of being a SU! demo. The quality of the stamps themselves, including all the intricate details, is the reason I fell completely in love with SU! after purchasing my first stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. I still remember my excitement after using that set for the first time, and my DH does as well. Naturally, he kind of chuckled at me, which he still does when I get excited about new “toys”.

Color Throwdown #594 and Fusion – Enough

Last night I wanted to create another sunflower card, which led to browsing challenge blogs. The colors in ctd594 seemed perfect for sunflowers. Still unsure of a layout, I browsed more and found the Fusion – Enough challenge. I’d found my color combo and sketch combination.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge banners:

Combining Challenges for This Two-fer

The trio of colors for ctd594 includes yellow, gray, and white. Perfect for what I wanted to do. The colors I chose Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Whisper White.

Since I wanted a very deep, rich color I used the Stamp-a-ratus to stamp the sunflower in Crush Curry. The Stamp-a-ratus allowed me to stamp it multiple times without worrying about lining it up. After three stampings, I made sure to let the ink dry. While waiting just a minute or two, I cleaned off the stamp and grabbed my VersaMark and clear embossing powder. Next, I stamped the sunflower in VersaMark and quickly added the clear embossing powder. Next, I used my heat tool and let the magic happen. Finally, I cropped the flower using the Sunflower Die set. While I was cropping, I used the two dies of stems and cropped them out of vellum.

Using the sketch from the Fusion challenge made creating the rest of the card relatively easy. I used Basic Gray cardstock for the base of the card. The 2019 6 x 6 neutrals DSP gave me the Basic Gray strip down the side and the Smoky Slate banner behind the sentiment. Since I was trying to keep the card as clean as possible, I used the same pattern DSP for both colors.

That gorgeous Bumblebee banner, from the 2020 – 2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP stack, has a fabulous distressed pattern. It’s just one of the fabulous five new In Colors

The Whisper White panel has been run through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. If you do not yet have this 3D folder, you need to get it. I use it constantly. The very subtle texture lends itself perfectly to clean and simple cards.

Putting It All Together

After adhering the base, layer of white cardstock and the vertical strip on the left, I went back to the Fusion sketch for the placement of the flower and the sentiment element. I adhered the Bumblee and Smoky Slate banners directly onto the white cardstock. Because I wanted the sunflower to be the focal point, I used dimensionals to pop up the sunflower, which allowed me to slip the leaf stems underneath. Since the bottom of the stems won’t show, I could use the multipurpose liquid glue to attach them to the DSP and cardstock.

The sentiment, stamped in Basic Gray from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, also has dimensionals on the right side to pop it up evenly with the sunflower. All I needed to add was liquid adhesive to the left side of the sentiment.

Finally, I added a piece of the Bumblee DSP to the flap of the envelope. Then I stamped part of the sunflower on the front left corner and I was done, I’d finished this coordinating card/envelope set.

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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