What do the Pals Blog Hop, #MojoSketch543, and the Grinch have in common?

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team is showcasing “My Happiest Season.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Here’s my card for the hop:

Mojo Monday gave me the layout for this card. Here’s the challenge banner:

My Happiest Season

Just what is my happiest season? I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of weeks and I am still not sure which season makes me the happiest. However, when I saw the August to December mini-catalog, I immediately knew which stamp set, out of all the beautiful stamps sets, made me happiest. You see, I love the Grinch, always have, and have a whole Grinch thing going on for Christmas. I know how long it took Dr. Seuss to write it (45 minutes), that he wrote it poolside on vacation in Africa, and that he’d thought of doing that book for years. He was up against a deadline and needed a book. How the Grinch Stole Christmas became that book.

I do need to say that I had to take a kiddie lit class for my master’s degree. Dr. Seuss was the topic of my major paper for that class. I can give you more information about him than you would ever want to know.

All that to say that the Christmas Means More stamp set makes me very, very happy. Not only does it include a Grinch sentiment, there’s also three other classic Christmas movies in the set: Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

What I Decided

#MojoSketch543 really turned out to be the perfect sketch for this card. I chose Grinch colors of Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, and Real Red. My DSP choices all came from either the Regal 6″ x 6″ DSP or the Brights 6″ x 6″ DSP.

The sentiment circle was cropped from the largest circle Stitched Shape die. This circle perfectly fit the Grinch sentiment. Originally, I stamped the sentiment in Real Read and embossed it with clear embossing powder. That did not work at all. Then I decided I would try the Garden Green ink. However, I didn’t want the holly berries to be green. It was actually much easier to get the two colors since I used my Stamparatus. Looking back, I probably did it the hardest way possible. I inked up the sentiment in Garden Green. Then, I very carefully wiped off the green ink from the berries then carefully colored them using the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker. I repeated that process two more times to get the depth of color I wanted. Then I used the brush end of my Real Red marker to color the border of the circle.

  • The card base is Real Red. I cut the cardstock to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • The white cardstock background measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I ran it through my BigShot using the Subtle embossing folder.
  • I cut the Granny Apple Green DSP to 2-1/4 inches by 3-1/2 inches.
  • The Real Red DSP was cut to 3 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I thought I needed something to border each piece but I didn’t want to add more paper. Therefore, I tapped each edge onto my StazOn Cotton White ink pad.
  • Next, I wrapped a length of the Polka Dot Tulle ribbon around the Garden Green DSP and tied it in a square knot.
  • Even though I usually don’t have much luck with the bunny ear method, I used it to tie a small bow using the Playful Pets Real Red ribbon. I used a glue dot to attach the bow to the Polka Dot Tulle square knot.
  • When I had all my pieces, I simply used the multipurpose liquid adhesive to attach everything except the sentiment. I used dimensionals to pop up the sentiment circle.
Inside and Envelope

  • Since the Garden Green ink worked so well on the front of the card, I used it on the sentiment on the inside of the card and the “Merry Christmas” stamp on the front, bottom, left-hand corner. Both of these sentiments can be found in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set.
  • Next, I cut the Whisper White cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The DSP strip at the bottom of the inside measures 1/2 inch by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Finally, I used the Real Red DSP for the envelope flap, which measures 6 inches by 2-9/16 inches. However, I just measure out one tick line from the 2-1/2 inch mark.
  • With that, I’d finished this Christmas card/envelope set. I see creating many more of these in the near future!

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 our next blog hop on September 9th when our theme is “It’s the Sentiment that Counts.” The Design Team will showcase a sentiment as the focal point of their project. 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. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Karen Buttery at Karen On The Lake Stamper
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  13. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  17. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  18. Diana Carr at The Secret Life of Paper
  19. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  20. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  22. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  23. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  24. Dacia Smith at My Creative Days
  25. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  26. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  27. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


Colors Used:

Supplies Used:

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This looks like a super cute and fun all inclusive Halloween kit!

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

Feels Like Frost Christmas Cards

Feels Like Frost DSP

This gorgeous DSP really does the work for all these cards. I needed ten cards ASAP and was able to create all these within a couple of hours yesterday. Fronts, embossing, insides, envelopes, and all the sequins on the fronts and insides. The DSP makes all that possible.

Here’s my infinity shot:

There are multiples of each card, and here’s a shot of each card:

Easy Peasy

Before I cut any of the DSP, I figured out where, on the bottom of the card, I would be placing the sentiment. Then I cut all the paper and started stamping the sentiments, which I did in groups of five. I used clear stamping emboss powders after I stamped each card and then use my heat gun to set it.

After I completed the fronts, I stamped the insides of all the cards with the sentiment and snowflakes. I used the Perfectly Plaid stamp set for the insides and outsides of the card. Frosted Foliage provided the snowflake stamp, which is already in a corner pattern. Both of these stamp sets can be found in the holiday catalog.

That was it. Ten cards in just a few hours. I spent most of that time using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and my Take and Pick to adhere the snowflake sequins. I again used the snowflake stamp on the bottom left corner and the flap of the envelopes.

Here are close-ups of the snowflake sequins:

The snowflakes on the bottom left and top right both got snowflakes.

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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Supplies Used

Perfectly Plaid stamp set, item # 149418

Frosted Foliage stamp set, item # 150520

Feels Like Frost DSP, item # 150444

Snowflake Sequins, item # 150443,

Take Your Pick, item # 144107

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Night of Navy cardstock, item # 100867

Night of Navy ink pad, item # 147110

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

Again, thank you for stopping by today!

Wrapped in Plaid for Freshly Made Sketches 409

Wrapped in Plaid and FMS409

I feel like I’ve just been creating holiday and Thanksgiving cards for a while now, which includes this week’s FMS409 challenge.  I actually created a Thanksgiving and also a Christmas card, the latter of which follows:

Here’s the Freshly Made Sketches challenge banner:

It’s All About Clean Cards

FMS challenges are all about creating a clean card while interpreting the sketch.  I wanted to use the Wrapped in Plaid, and needed to find a plaid pattern that would allow the card to remain clean.  This white plaid worked perfectly!  It took me longer to decide on a coordinating plaid for the vertical banner.

Staying with the Cherry Cobbler, I cropped the larger focal sentiment circles I used the Stitched Shapes die set.  I grabbed my Wink of Stella to carefully color the portion outside of the stitches on the largest circle.  The Cherry Cobbler marker fine point allowed me to outline the ditch of the sentiment circle.

I tried to just use those two circles for the focal image, but it seemed unfinished.   I pulled out the gold thread and painstakingly created a random group of circles.  This was made infinitely easier by using double sided tape on the back of the Whisper White circle.  I popped both circles up on dimensionals and attached them together.

The Gold Ink

The ink is stunning!  However, I would strongly recommend using your Stamparatus when applying it.  One layer of ink would not have been able to create such a clear, beautiful, and raised sentiment.  I think I used at least eight times of stamping for this sentiment.  When finished, I found that all these layers created an embossed effect for the sentiment.  Beautiful!

I colored three pearls using my dark Cherry Cobbler blend and attached them to the sentiment circle.  Maybe I should have used smaller pearls, but once attached I didn’t want to try to get them off.

I also used the gold ink on the inside of the card, as shown below:

Once again, I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp and restamp and stamp again.  I love how the circle stamp from Swirly Frames mimics the gold thread on the front of the card.

Masking the Sentiment Stamp

The Everything Festive stamp set has a sentiment for so many occassions.  In this case, I wanted to use the “Wishing you pease, love, & laughter in the New Year”.  However, this is for Christmas, so I had two choices:  cut the New Year part off the stamp, or mask it.  I have cut stamps before, but was concerned that I would mess up the stamp so it would be unusable.  Therefore, I masked “in the” and “New Year” using transparent tape.  I did remind myself to remove the tape before stamping on the card.  The resulting sentiment worked perfectly inside the gold circle.

Finishing Touches

I stamped three of the distinctive pine cones from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set on the front corner of the envelope.   A couple of layers of the gold ink on the pinecones added a touch of bling.

I used the same piece of Cherry Cobbler DSP for the envelope flap.  With that, I was done with this card and envelope set.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


Contemplating placing an order today?  Of course you are, especially because the new Stamping Trimmer is now available!  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,  49KJF94R when prompted.  I use the combined rewards for gifts for customers.

Just look at this new suite, Christmastime Is Here, which is available now!


Perfectly Plaid photopolymer stamp set, item # 149418

Everything Festive photopolymer stamp set, item # 150566

Swirly Frames photopolymer stamp set, item # 146519

Wrapped in Plaid DSP 2018 – 2020, item # 149596

Stitched Shapes Dies, item # 145372

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler cardstock, item # 119685

Golden Glitz ink pad, item # 150711

Cherry Cobbler ink pad, item # 147083

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit and it is fabulous!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 

New Wonders with ctd560

Color Throwdown Challenge, #560

The challenge this week included red, green, brown, and yellow using generic colors.  I wanted to make a Christmas card, so that took care of the red and green, for which I used Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce.  I picked this gorgeous plaid from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP, which can be found,in the holiday catalog.   To me, this plaid pattern looks open with all the white space included in the gorgeous plaid.

So, let’s get to it.  Here’s the challenge banner:

Normally, I would have gone with a floral card, but at this point in the year, I am working on holiday cards.  I’ve created a few Christmas cards using the New Wonders host stamp set, am always pleased with how stinking cute these angels turn out.

Here’s my card:

Working within the Challenge Colors

I usually really like non-traditional Christmas colors.  However, I also think that the Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler combination is gorgeous, and this plaid is fabulous!  I also colored the small angel hearts using Shaded Spruce.  Her dress was colored using the Cherry Cobbler for the dress and Shaded Spruce for the slippers. 

This beautiful sentiment is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, also in the holiday catalog.  The Perfectly Plaid suite contains all the necessary accessories, including the Shaded Spruce and gold ribbon.  Red and green – check.

I colored this angel’s hair using the Daffodil Delight blends combo and the Crumb Cake light blend.  The three colors give the hair some depth so her hair isn’t just flat.  Yellow – check.  

I used the Crumb Cake blends combo for the angel’s fountain pen.  The light and dark blends, along with the shading from the stamp, helps make the pen look dimensional.   Brown – check.

This card wouldn’t be complete without some bling on the wings, fountain pen, hearts and stars, and her slippers.  The Gold Wink of Stella works perfectly for the tip of the pen.  I colored everything else with Clear Wink of Stella.

Once again, dimensionals provided depth for the main section of the card.  I used the same piece of DSP for the envelope flap and then stamped a plaid Christmas tree on the bottom, right corner of the front of the envelope.  

With that, I’d finished my card.  Of course, I am cutting it down to the wire for the submission to the Color Throwdown gallery, which means it’s time to cut this off.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


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20190904_HOL19_en-USSupply List:

Perfectly Plaid stamp set, item # 149418

New Wonders host stamp set, item # 149426

Wrapped in Plaid DSP, item # 149596

Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454

Shaded Spruce/gold ribbon, item # 149567

Shaded Spruce cardstock, item # 146981

Daffodil Delight blends combo, item #  144603

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Pad, item # 126966

Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 132708

Clear Wink of Stella, item #  141897

Stampin’ Dimensionals, item # 104430

Mini-Stampin Dimensionals, item # 144108

Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755