New Wonders for Just Add Ink # 468, Congratulations and Celebrate

Just Add Ink # 468 says Just Add “C”

For this letter challenge, Just Add Ink meets Just Add “C”, meaning the project created needs to somehow incorporate “C”.    A friend is celebrating a new job, and I created a card for her for to “celebrate” and for me to send “congratulations”.

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s both the inside and outside of the card I created:


I am completely and thoroughly in love with the New Wonders hostess stamp set.  While my first thoughts were not related to Christmas cards, I’ve already made two cards, which you can see here and here.  I’ve already created some I’ve yet to blog, and am sure I will have many more to share.  Love the versatility of this set!

The Process and Elements

I started going through my DSP, current and retired, and found my leftovers from the retired First Frost, but any DSP would work for this layout.  The regal Blackberry Bliss provides the background mat glued, with my go-to TomBow liquid adhesive, onto a border of Blackberry cardstock.  Since I don’t have those blends (yet!!) I needed a coordinating bold color, which I picked up from the flower banner, also from First Frost.  I’d already colored the leaves using the Mint Macaron light and dark blends, and pulled the her hair color from the Crumb Cake on the banner as well.  Coloring with the blends is such a relaxing process, and it’s interesting to play with the depth of the blended colors.

The Night of Navy flowers are just visible peaking out from the banner under and over the focal panel, so I grabbed those blends for the angel’s dress, with touches of Petal Pink for her slippers and the dots on the dress.  I also used three retired Night of Navy enamel heart dots to pull in another touch of the color.  Once again, I used clear Wink of Stella for the angel’s wings.

This sentiment and stamped image are beautiful together.   I really think the font really picks up on the whimsical nature of the stamp set perfectly.   I used the “Congratulations” stamp on the inside, and the “Celebrate” stamp on the front of the envelope.  The set also includes a single leaf and swirl.  I used it for three leaves on the inside to emphasize the “Congratulations” and also on the envelope for “Celebrate”

(See how the “C” words match the challenge?  It definitely works!)

Finally, I decorated the front and back of the envelope. I am pleased with the way the bold colors balanced with the subtle Mint Macaron accents.

Thank You and a Little Bit More

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today. As always, I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!


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Supply list:

New Wonders stamp set,  item 149426

Blackberry Bliss cardstock, item 133675

Mint Macaron cardstock, item 138337

Whisper White cardstock, item 100730

Night of Navy blends combo, item 144040

Crumb Cake blends combo, item 44601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item 147283

TomBow liquid adhesive, item 110755

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item 104430


Oops, I Did It Again

Bunny cards, lots of bunny cards

I’d made 20 Easter cards for my great nieces, ages 18 months and 2.5 years, to take to school and day care on Thursday.  So, so cute, and they would have been good for the CTS and Color Throwdown challenges.  

Here are just some of those cards since I’d already delivered some of them: 


and the inside:

The Gingham Gala DSP came in very, very handy for this card, as did the Best Bunny stamp and punch.  I did find out that it is much, much easier to stamp, then color all those bunny pieces before punching them out!  Just believe me here.

All Those Parts and Pieces

Any time I am doing a mass production of cards I do all the parts needed first.  For this card, that meant running cardstock through the Subtle TIEF in the Big Shot and then cutting down into strips.  Then I used the two largest ovals from the Stitched Shapes die set out of various colors of cardstock.  The mats for all these cards have ovals cropped out of them, but no one else knows once the gingham DSP covers them up.  The DSP was all cut down to 4 x 5.25 inches.  Next were 40 Pretty Label Punch pieces, since each card required two pieces.  I used the retired “Happy Easter” stamp for the front and the Best Bunny stamps for the inside.

In between all these pieces, I was stamping, coloring, and punching bunnies.  At one point, I just had piles of bunny pieces all over my grid paper on my desk.  

About halfway through these cards, I realized I hadn’t counted all the steps needed for each card.  However, by then I was too far into it and didn’t want to really know how much was left. 

The Two-fer Card

While I was working on all these, I just happened to check the challenges for the week.  I found out that, unknowingly I had nailed the CTS sketch for the week.  When I checked the Color Throwdown challenge, I knew that I could cover both challenges with one card.  Color Throwdown was orange, blue, and yellow.  BAM!  

Here’s that card:

Next, I Needed Another 20 Easter Cards for Me

But those cards will be shared on Wednesday, with another version, for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  It’s another fun fold card, but it’s one of the easiest I’ve even done.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have a Peachy day!



Under the Wire Once Again

Global Design Project and CAS on Friday # 154

Under the wire yet again for GDP#182, but I have time for CAS.  I completed this card earlier today, but needed to do lesson plans before I could do a blog post.  So, here I am on Sunday night, again, trying to get this card submitted.

Animal Expedition

I just love this bundle and I am praying it carries over into the new catalog in June.  Fingers are really crossed for this!  I started, and completed, a completely different card – different DSP, stamps, vellum, whole different card.

Somehow, and I have no clue how, I stumbled on the CAS on Friday challenge for a clean and simple baby card.   I needed a baby card, I really liked the GDP sketch, and I love this stamp set.  

Here are the challenge links:


Here’s my card:

The GDP inspiration is evident, at least I hope so.  My focal point is larger than the challenge, but the sentiment is under that adorable kangaroo and koala bear.  Have I said how much I love this Animal Expedition suite?!!  You can just see the giraffe and frog on the front of the envelope, and I did the same thing on the inside of the card.

I really think the sentiment, Welcome Little One, fits the kangaroo and koala perfectly.  I really took a chance on stamping these three stamps without the use of my Stamp-a-ma-Jig or Stamparatus, but I did.  Quite happily, it all worked out perfectly.  I doubt I would be able to get it all lined up again, though.  I used dimensions to pop up the sentiment on the Pretty Label Punch, and the kangaroo above it.

While I used Stamping Blends to color the kangaroo and koala, I knew they would bleed through the envelope and inside of the card.  Therefore, I used Stamping Write Markers for those adorable elements.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Peachy Day!