Poppies for FMS437

I’ll admit it, this sketch, while simple, really left me struggling for an idea. I’ve tried, and discarded, a few attempts but couldn’t find something that satisfied me. Until this morning when I pulled out my Painted Poppies stamp set.

Here’s my card front and inside:

Here’s the challenge banner:

What to Do With Five Blocks

The challenge cards from the design team and other challenge participants are so creative and do justice to the challenge sketch. Like I said, I struggled until I pulled out the Poppies DSP to create another card. A lightbulb went off and I figured out what I needed to do.

The Painted Poppies stamp set, which is carrying over (YES!), contains a single poppy and the leaf/stem combination. Three poppies and two leaf/stem combinations and I thought I finally had an idea. I used the light and dark Poppy Parade blends. In the poppy DSP, the greenery is Old Olive, so I colored mine using the Old Olive blends.

When I finished coloring, I thought this card definitely fit #simplestamping, so I stayed with that for the sentiment. Using sentiments from Sending You Thoughts, I simply stamped the sentiment on the front directly on the white cardstock.

Since I used Poppy Parade cardstock for the base of the card, I needed a Whisper White cardstock panel on the inside of the card as well. The inside sentiment continues well wishes from the front. Next, I stamped half of the stemmed poppies on the bottom, left-hand corner. Then I colored the poppies in just the light Poppy Parade blend.

Putting It Together

I did want some dimension on the front of the card, so I used dimensionals to pop the front panel off the base of the card. When I finished adhering the panel to the front I realized I had a tiny little smudge of black. I tried to use my Tombow sand eraser, specifically for ink, to no avail. Therefore, I had to come up with something as unobtrusive as possible to cover that tiny smudge. I have just a few of these black rhinestones left, and three of them on the front covered my smudge and kind of framed the flowers and sentiment.

After adhering a piece of the poppy DSP to the envelope flap, I stamped the stemmed poppies on the front, bottom left-hand corner of the envelope. Ta-da! I’d finished this card/envelope set and I think I stayed true to the sketch.

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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My Favorites on the Retiring List

I’m sharing some of my favorites which are, sadly, on the retiring list. I have a lot of retiring or already retired items pulled to start selling after June 3rd. Sad to see some of them go, but will love being able to use that money to purchase new products!

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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!


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A Look at What’s Going On:
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Black and Gold and Bees, umm Hornets?

When I first saw the Honey Bee cling stamp set and dies, which are retiring,  and the coordinating Sale-a-Bration DSP (Designer Series Paper), Golden Honey, I knew I must have it!  I even earned a second set of the DSP papers knowing I would put everything to very good use!

How did I know this?  Because the school’s colors where I teach are Black and Gold, and the mascot is a hornet.  Perfection!  This is one of the retiring bundles which I will keep long after they have retired.

Hornets for a Sick Student

As if virtual learning isn’t enough of a change, one of my “kids” has been seriously ill during this time. I created this card tolet her know that I am thinking about her and I wish her a speedy recovery.

Here’s my card:

I didn’t want to cover up any of the DSP with a sentiment. However, I wanted to use a beehive, so I decided to combine the two elements. Using a gold Wink of Stella pen to outline the hive created a very subtle barrier between the hive and the white DSP.

I already had the large and small bees in my stash for this set. At first, I thought that I would use a strip of coordinating DSP for the border between the stripes and bees. After I used dimensionals to pop all the elements up, I realized that I had four elements on the card. My sense of balance kept telling me I needed something else.

Enter the Bow Easy

In order to appease my out of balance feeling, I grabbed the black shimmer ribbon and used my Bow-Easy to create a small bow. There are times I can make a pretty decent bow, and there are times I truly can not. This card was a can not make a bow card.

I’ve had the Bow-Easy for a few years, but am finally getting the hang of it. Mary Deatherage with Stamps-n-Lingers, used it on a card for her Saturday night live fb a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been practicing. If you are left-handed, this tool is pretty tricky. I really have to think about what I am doing because the directions and Mary’s demo are both right-handed. When I created this bow, I was very thankful to be alone in my “blue room” aka craft room. Anyone listening would’ve thought that I had someone else in here because I was talking up a storm.

Finishing Up

The base of my card is Basic Black folded to a traditional A2 card size. I added a piece of white cardstock to the inside of the card, shown below:

Since I want to have more than enough room to write a note, I place the sentiment towards the top.

Next, I had to figure out what to do about my name stamp and the SU! copyright statement because I knew ink wasn’t going to show on the black. I came up with a pretty good idea, at least I think so, and you can see it below:

This stamp is just one of the ones I have gotten from Bossy Joscie at Joscie.com. I love the font she uses for my name and a girl just has to have different stamps for different cards.

After I added some black and gold striped DSP to the envelope flap, this coordinating set was complete.

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.

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. I miss my high school kids and the relationships we’ve formed. My heart breaks for my seniors. But, by working together and following the CDC guidelines, we can all help to flatten the curve.

Have a Peachy Day!


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You Know You Want to…..

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Make My Monday Challenge #120: Spring Flowers

The Make My Monday Challenge #120 theme is Spring Flowers. I’ve taken pictures of three views of my card.

Here’s my card:

Flowers Galore

The outside of my card is definitely Spring Flowers. I created the front using the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set and the small flower punch, but you could use any floral stamp set you have. The colors are Pear Pizzazz, Highland Heather, and Gorgeous Grape. I stamped the popped up flowers in Highland Heather. On top of the Highland Heather I stamped Versamark, then added clear embossing powder. Then I punched the flowers out and put a Noble Peacock Rhinestone in the centers. Dimensionals added the height I wanted. I used Gorgeous Grape to stamp the small flowers.

Next, I cropped the Pear Pizzazz sentiment square using the middle die from the Stitched Shapes die set. The Whisper White sentiment piece was cropped using the smallest square die from the same set.

I used the Varied Vases stamp set for the outside sentiment. The Special Someone stamp set provided the sentiments on the inside squares and Sending You Thoughts for the final sentiment. I did have to use the masking technique for all three sentiments on the squares.

Next, I needed to decide what to do with the other three inside squares. I chose Thoughtful Blooms branch and dots to create the flowers. Originally, I simply stamped the buds in Gorgeous Grape. Then I decided that I needed some dimension on the buds. I used Highland Heather and slightly offset the buds from the original stamping.

How to….. Create the Inside Fun Fold

I found this fun fold on Pinterest posted by Beccy of Beccy’s Place. Beccy’s original card size was 4 in x 6 in. However, I’ve done all the math, and trial and error, so I could create this card in an A2 size, 5.5 in x 4.25 in.

Originally, I had stamped the outside pattern on a piece of Whisper White for the inside. It turned out way too busy. So, I pulled out two of the Soft Sea Foam 6 x 6 DSP from the Subtles collection. I needed a piece longer than 6 inches, and used tear and tape to connect the two pieces. However, don’t take off the tape cover or you will have a serious problem. Regular tape could also be used here.

Next, I cut an inch off each end leaving a ten inch long piece of DSP with the taped connection in the middle of the DSP.

If there is a hard part in this card at all, it’s the scoring. I used my SU! paper trimmer to score this, but any scoring board would work. Score the DSP at 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 inches. Accordian fold the paper so that the 2 inch ends lay flat and the taped center line is a mountain part of the fold.

Lesson Learned from Happy Accidents

About this time, it occurred to me that I’d made a mistake with my ribbon and since I’d already adhered the front together, I couldn’t fix my problem. I should have made the ribbon long enough to go all the way around the card to tie it closed. The card will fit inside a medium SU! envelope, put it will start to open as soon as it is removed from the envelope.

My second happy accident resulted in the strip of the outside paper being adhered to the inside of the card. I’d adhered the the inside paper and left a slight Gorgeous Grape and needed to fix it somehow. Enter the paper strip, and I like the way it ties the front together with the inside.

So Much Easier Than It Looks

Please give this card a try. It truly is so much easier than it looks, especially since you don’t have to figure out where to score.

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. We are all in this together: world-wide cooperation.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Thinking About Placing an Order?

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Remember, any order over $50 qualifies for a FREE gift from me.

Don’t do what I have done, and put off ordering from my wish list, especially from the mini-catalog. I seem to miss out because when these items run out, they are gone!

The Ornate Garden Suite is now available as a pre-order from the new 2020 – 2021 catalog. The suite also previews a new In Color, Bumblebee. Just look at all this gorgeousness!

The May Paper Pumpkin Kit:

The order dates are now through May 10th. As you can see below, the flyer for the kit is in black and white, for now. That’s because this kit will include new In Colors for 2020 – 2022. Just typing 2022 seems so unreal.

Contact me at justpeachystamping@gmail.com to order your kit NOW!

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