Combining the May Pals’ Blog Hop with #TCH86

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is “Fun Family Occasions.” We hope to inspire you with our creations today! You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Every June for the past 40 plus years (with the exception of June, 2020), my family has been spending a week together at the beach. What started out with my siblings, parents, and me has grown to nieces & nephews, two of their spouses, great nieces, a great nephew, my mom, and my daughter, Therefore, I used our beach week as my inspiration for my card.

Here’s my card:

I combined my beach week card with The Color Hues Challenge #86. I knew I wanted a clean card with pops of color, and this challenge filled the need for those pops.


  • Trim a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches and score at 4-1/4 to create a tent card.
  • Using a Countryside Corner die, crop the middle out of a piece of 4-1/2 by 5-3/4 inch piece of white cardstock.
  • Run the negative of the white cardstock through your Emboss and Cut machine using one of the basics 3D embossing folders ( an online exclusive set).
  • Trim the embossed white cardstock to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches for the front of the card.
  • Trim a piece of Granny Apple Green to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches for the mat on the inside. My mat is actually pretty darn ugly because the middle of it has multiple die cuts. However, since it is a mat, it doesn’t matter how ugly it is.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • I used a piece of 6 x 6 inch Granny Apple Green DSP (designer series paper) for the envelope flap. It measured 6 by 2-1/2 inches, adhered to the flap, and cut to size.
  • Next, I used a 1-inch circle punched from the same DSP for the envelope seal. When I ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker, I made sure the back side of the DSP is the seal side.
  • Thankfully, I was able to use scraps for all the pieces of the front of the card.

Stamping, Cropping, & Coloring (Oh my!):

  • I stamped everything I needed at once, including the Fresh Freesia and Granny Apple Green surfboards. Since I used Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I was able to color using the blends combo sets of Fresh Freesia and Granny Apple Green.
  • I stamped the sentiment for the front and trimmed it down to size. I added dimensionals to the bottom of the sentiment banner. I outlined the sentiment using a black marker.
  • I also stamped the sentiment on the inside white cardstock before adhering the other pieces.
  • Since I just wanted pops of color, I colored the ball, chair, round life-preserver, and the flag.
  • Unless noted, I used multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the card pieces.
  • Next, I cropped all the pieces out. In addition, I cropped the lifeguard stand and birds from black cardstock so I could layer them slightly off from the white cardstock pieces.
  • Then I used a black marker to outline the Countryside Corner die cut and added dimensionals under it.
  • Adhere the embossed frame and the die cut to the front of the card.
  • Adhere the surfboards, black cardstock “grasses” along with the sufboard on the inside with the black fence and grass piece.
  • Add dimensionals behind the chair, lifeguard stand, and two of the birds. Adhere the pieces to the front of the card.
  • Add the sentiment to the bottom of the card.
  • Adhere the white cardstock to the Granny Apple Green cardstock layer for the inside of the card. Then, adhere it to the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop:

There’s more inspiration to show you, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. Please mark your calendars for our next blog hop next month, when our theme will be “New In Color Inspiration.”

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Lineup

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  4. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  5. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping 
  7. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping. <<<<<—–YOU ARE HERE!
  8. Rae Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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