A trio of Friendly Hello

Sale-a-bration is a time to earn free items but it also brings pretty products and the opportunity to make new projects. The Friendly Hello stamp set and Designer Series Paper bundle is available as a free item with a purchase of $100 or more. Personally I love the color combination in the DSP – Fresh Freesia, Garden Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Pool Party, Petal Pink and Basic Black. (Not listed but important to know – Basic White). I wasn’t sure I liked the designs when I first looked at it but decided to jump in and use it.

For some reason I was in the mood to make fancy fold cards. Maybe it was because I wanted to show off the DSP by using multiple pieces on each card. Maybe it’s because we had wintry weather and I had been scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram, seeing card designs that I wanted to try. In any case, I started with a book fold card. I made one before at local demos event but wanted to try it again. It’s actually pretty simple. Start with a 4 1/4″ x 11 piece of cardstock (Shaded Spruce for this card). Score as normal at 5 1/2″ but also score at 6 3/4″. Then simply put adhesive between the two score lines to adhere that section of the front to the back. For the inside you will want a 4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White. For the front left side section I used a 1″ x 4″ piece of Fresh Freesia and 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of DSP. For the main section I used a 4″ x 4″ piece of Fresh Freesia and 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of DSP. To show off both sides of the DSP, I flipped over the narrow piece. I stamped the sentiment on Basic White with Fresh Freesia ink and cut it out with a die from the Ornate Frames. I sponged a little Fresh Freesia around the edges. I realized that the piece of DSP had a couple of images nicely positioned – the Fresh Freesia flowers and the bird on the branch. Therefore, I positioned the sentiment in the corner to allow those images to show. I finished the card by adding a few Fresh Freesia jewels.

The next card was inspired by one by Patti Bennett which in turn had been inspired by a card she received. The Granny Apple Green card base is 5 1/2″ x 10, scored at 4 1/4″ and 8 1/2″. I picked the DSP because of the striped side. Unfortunately, the other side was primarily Granny Apple Green like the card base and blended in when laid directly on the card base. To remedy this problem I mounted the DSP (5″ x 3 3/4″) on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White. Even though the DSP had white, they were small enough images that the contrast was sufficient. I cut a 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of the striped DSP and mounted it on the right flap of the card. Next, I cut a 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Basic White for the sentiment which I stamped in Shaded Spruce. I added the flower images in Granny Apple Green and mounted it on a 3 x 3 1/2″ piece of Granny Apple Green. I used Stampin’ Seal on just the right side of the piece of Granny Apple Green and adhered it to the right flap. Once again I finished the card by adding a few Fresh Freesia jewels.

The last card was a triple fold card. It has been awhile since I made one so I decided it was time. Once again, the card base was larger than normal – 11″ x 5 1/2. It is scored at 1 3/16″, 4″, and 6 3/4″. I decided to have alternating sides of the DSP sheet showing so I cut them at 4″ x 5 1/4″, 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and 5 1/4″ x 1″. I needed somewhere to write so I cut a piece of BAsic White – 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. For the belly band, I cut a 11″ x 1″ piece of pool party. The sentiment was stamped on a 4″ x 3/4″ piece of Basic White. It is hard to see but there are small Fresh Freesia jewels on the bottom of each stem of the berry images. Other than all the measuring, cutting and scoring, this is a fairly easy card to make.

I hope you like these three cards spotlighting the Friendly Hello stamp set and DSP. Remember, they can be yours free during Sale-a-bration when you purchase $100 or more from Stampin’ Up.

Product List

  • Friendly Hello bundle (stamp set and Designer Series Paper) #159990
  • Pool Party cardstock #122924
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock #146990
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock #146981
  • Fresh Freesia cardstock #155613
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #147095
  • Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Pad #147088
  • Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad #147107
  • Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin’ Pad #155611
  • 2021-2023 In Color Jewels #155571

Special Moments meets Simply Marbleous

Have you ever really wanted to play with something but didn’t know what to do? That’s how I was with these three products – Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper, Special Moments stamp set, and Layering Diorama dies. I couldn’t just use one of these but maybe if I put them together, I could create something.

I started by using the middle two of the Layering Diorama Dies to cut out the center from a card front from the Simply Marbleous DSP and a coordinating piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment from Special Moments in Coastal Cabana on a card base of Basic White Thick Cardstock in Coastal Cabana. I used the Blending Brush and Coastal Cabana ink to add some color around the sentiment and fill in the white space. Once I adhered the pieces, I added a few white Classic Matte Dots on the Coastal Cabana layer. Considering it is a Sympathy card, I wanted to keep it muted.

I had the pieces leftover when I cut the Simply Marbleous DSP and Cardstock with the Layering Diorama Dies so I decided to make another card! I started with a card base of Coastal Cabana and stamped the sentiments with Coastal Cabana ink. I then cut out a piece of Basic White using the smallest Layering Diorama Die and stamped the sentiment in Coastal Cabana. I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and adhered the other pieces to the card base with Stampin’ Seal. I thought it needed a little something else so I added a few black Classic Matte Dots scattered around the card front.

I could have stopped with those two cards but, well, I just had to make one more. For this card I still used the Simply Marbleous DSP and Special Moments stamp set but decided to change up the color. I also wanted to bring in the butterfly image from the Amazing Silhouettes. I decided on a piece of DSP with Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo and cut it into 3″x3″ pieces. I mounted the DSP on a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Blushing Bride. I stamped the butterfly on Basic White with Flirty Flamingo ink and fussy cut the image. I then mounted that on the DSP and then mounted it on a Basic White 4″ x 5 1/4″ card front. Next I stamped the sentiment with Flirty Flamingo ink. I then tied a single knot in a piece of Black & White Gingham Ribbon and wrapped it around the card front above the sentiment. Finally I mounted the card front on a Flirty Flamingo card base.

I hope you enjoyed these three cards. They were made possible by Sale-a-bration. That’s right, the Simply Marbleous DSP is free when you purchase $50 or more of product from Stampin’ Up. The Special Moments stamp set is free when you purchase $100 or more of product. Don’t miss out on these amazing products. They are only available until February 28!

Product List

  • Special Moments stamp set #158081
  • Simply Marbleous 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper #158128
  • Flirty Flamingo cardstock #141416
  • Coastal Cabana cardstock #131297
  • Blushing Bride cardstock #131198
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Basic White Thick cardstock #159229
  • Amazing Silhouettes stamp set #157814
  • Layering Diorama Dies #155565
  • Classic Matte Dots #158146
  • Black & White Gingham Ribbon #156485
  • Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad #147052
  • Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad #147097

January Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop in 2022! This month, the theme is Sale-A-Bration. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I love it when a Designer Series Paper can do all the work. That is the case with the Daffodil Afternoon 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper, available during Sale-a-bration. The first page I selected is perfect for creating card fronts by cutting 4″ x 5 1/4″ pieces. You can get six card fronts from one piece. This will leave you with a 1 1/2″ strip from the middle or 2 – 3/4″ strips from each end, depending on how much blank space you want at the top of the card front. I chose not to have much blank space and instead let the image fill the card front. All I had to do was stamp a sentiment on Very Vanilla and punch it out with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I added a 2021-2023 In Color Jewel and mounted it on a Crushed Curry card base. Voila! The card is done.

I realized that I couldn’t stop there. The patterns on this paper were so fun and varied. Besides, I had a strip of 1 1/2″ DSP left over that was just begging to be used. I cut it into 4″ pieces and then chose two more pages to also cut in 1 1/2″ x 4″ strips. I mounted the three strips on a Mossy Meadow card base. I then stamped a sentiment from Shaded Summer stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink on a piece of Very Vanilla and punched it out with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I added an In Color Jewel and some Very Vanilla twine and Voila! – the card was done.

Two simple cards done, I decided to make one more. I still wanted to keep the focus on the paper, so I chose one more pattern to use with two from the previous card. I mounted them on a piece of Pear Pizzazz which I then mounted on a Mossy Meadow card base. I used the same sentiment and punch as well as one In Color Jewel. Like I said before, I love when the DSP does all the work!

It was fun creating these three cards out of just a few products which I listed below. I would love to know what you think so please leave a comment.

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 9th. Our theme will be Birthday Bash when our team creates birthday projects to celebrate our family and friends.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

January 4 – February 28! Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts at the $50 and $100 levels (total before shipping and tax).  No limit to how many gifts you can earn based on increments of $50 or $100. 

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping 
  3. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, INK
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  8. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  10. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations 
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  20. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  22. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’

Product List

  • Daffodil Afternoon 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper #158127
  • Mossy Meadow Cardstock #133676
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock #101650
  • Pear Pizzazz Cardstock #131201
  • Shaded Summer stamp set #155783
  • Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152883
  • 2021 – 2023 In Color Jewels #155571
  • Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad #147111
  • Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack #155475

Everyone needs a little Heart & Home

As a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, I had the opportunity to attend OnStage in November. OnStage is a cross between a party and a conference. Demonstrators get a first look at the upcoming mini catalog and a chance to play to with some of the products. This year we had the opportunity to preview the Heart & Home Suite.

Stampin’ Up describes it as “vintage farmhouse” and to be honest, that is not my style. I thought to myself, “Do I really need more flowers? I don’t even like cut flowers!” However, I decided to give it a try, primarily because I wanted the chance to play along with the products during the demonstrations. Here are the projects we made during the demonstrations using the Blessings of Home Stamp Set, Flowers of Hope dies, Denim Ribbon, and Heart & Home designer series paper from the upcoming (now available) January to June 2022 Mini Catalog, along with a few products from the annual catalog.

After OnStage, I decided to play with the suite a little more. But where to start? For the projects during OnStage, there were two sentiments and 3 pages of dsp that we didn’t use, so I started with these. Purple is my favorite color so I was drawn first to the dsp with Fresh Freesia. Then my eyes spotted the sentiment “What A Beautiful Day For Love” and thought it would pair nicely with the bouquet of flowers. I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, and Pale Papaya Stampin’ Write markers. I tied a bow around the bouquet with the White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Freesia on Basic White cardstock and punched the ends with the Pick a Banner punch. I planned on mounting the bouquet on a 3 x 3 piece of Pale Papaya but realized it would look better if it had a little texture. (You may remember I have committed to acquiring and using more embossing folders.) I went to pull out the Hive 3D embossing folder and realized I hadn’t ordered it with the other products! I was so disappointed. I took a deep breath and used the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder. What do you think?

Next it was time to use the final sentiment, “You are a real blessing to everyone around you” but I still had two pages of DSP. This meant I needed to use both on one card or reuse a sentiment. I decided to use a strip of each on the front of the card. Following the vertical alignment of the sentiment, I decided to stamp the bouquet and mount it on a piece of 4″ x 2 1/2″ Pale Papaya. I then used this piece to tie together the two pieces of DSP. This fun fold often has a clear sheet or vellum backing the top and bottom pieces but I didn’t think it was necessary. Let me know what you think.

I just have to share two cards I received in the NC Demos Mini Catalog swap. This first card is by Sue Olmsted. The second card is by Allison London Brown. I am always amazed at how many different cards can be created from one bundle.

Do you like the Heart & Home Suite? During Sale-a-bration, you could receive one free $50 item from the Sale-a-bration brochure if you purchase the Blessings of Home bundle. Add on the Classic Matte Dots, Heart & Home DSP, Heart & Home Doilies, Hive 3D embossing folder, Memories & More Heart & Home card pack and Memories & More Heart & Home cards & envelopes, you can choose two $50 items or one $100 item. Head to the Stampin’ Up website and use the host code KT9UYSGM to get your hands on these beautiful products.

Rainbow of Happiness

OMG! Have you checked out the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure from Stampin’ Up? It went live on January 4 and it has so many great products. I couldn’t wait until January 4 and have already played with some of the products that I received in my preorder. I needed to create a couple of cards for a swap – one featuring a Sale-a-bration item and the other an item from the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog. I decided to start with the Rainbow of Happiness bundle from the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog.

The Rainbow of Happiness bundle features the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set and Brilliant Rainbow dies. Initially I was going to create a traditional rainbow but then thought to myself, “Why?” I decided to create a thank you card for the people that have donated to my fundraiser for the Ultimate Hike. Therefore, an all green rainbow seemed fitting. I chose Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz to create the rainbow. Since I was creating multiples of the same card, I mounted the four stamps needed to create the rainbow on four plates for the Stamparatus. It can be such a lifesaver to get consistent stamped images. I went over the arcs with Wink of Stella to give them a little shine! I stamped the “thank you” sentiment in Gorgeous Grape. I then used the Blending Brush with Balmy Blue to create the background. Next I cut out the clouds from Basic White cardstock using dies from the Brilliant Rainbow dies in the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. Finally I mounted the card front (4″ x 5 1/4″) on an A2 Gorgeous Grape card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I like how it turned out and hope the recipients like it as I do.

Next it was time to turn my attention to Sale-a-bration products. Since I was already in a rainbow mood, the Sunshine & Rainbows 6×6 Designer Series Paper caught my eye. I wanted to show off the different papers included in the stack so I selected 5 different papers. I cut them in 4″ x 1″ strips and mounted them on an A2 Coastal Cabana card base. I then selected a sentiment from the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set and stamped it in Coastal Cabana ink on Basic White cardstock. Finally I used the Double Oval punch to punch out the sentiment and a base of Coastal Cabana. I mounted the smooth oval on the scalloped oval and then popped it up on the card front with a couple of dimensionals. I love showing off the papers. Now I just need to find someone to give it to (other than the swap recipients). Maybe a colleague at my school? I have a feeling every educator could use a little sunshine and rainbows in their lives.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these products in use. Did you catch my Facebook Live on January 3 when I did a walkthrough of the Mini Catalog? No? Head over to my page to catch the replay. And that’s not all. I will feature the Sale-a-bration brochure tonight (January 5) at 6pm.

Not familiar with Sale-a-bration? Stampin’ Up offers this promotion during the months of January and February. For every $50 of product from the Annual or Mini catalogs, you can select a Level 1 item from the Sale-a-bration brochure free! For every $100 of product, you can select a Level 2 item or two Level 1 items. Check it out and see what you can’t live without!

December Paper Pumpkin

Once again, the December Paper Pumpkin kit is incredible. It included an all-occasion stamp set that can be used to create 9 all-occasion cards. Not only is the stamp set very versatile, it’s a builder stamp set! This means the stamp set’s images can be mixed and matched to build a variety of characters with different looks and features. The kit’s playful patterns and delightful designs put an exciting spin on past Paper Pumpkin projects. As always, the kit includes instructions to create the predesigned cards. As always I started by following the instructions for the predesigned cards. Check them out first!

As you can see, there is a food theme to the images and puns. Once I created one of each design, I set out to create alternatives using only the supplies in the kit. I was determined to use each of the sentiments at least once and to use all the elements. It took a lot of creative brain power to mix and match elements.

The final set of alternatives incorporated other supplies as I ran out of card bases from the kit. I brought in the coordinating colors of Pool Party, Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. In addition to the cardstock, I used an AquaPainter, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Pads.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you too can create with Paper Pumpkin. Subscribe by January 10 to receive the January Paper Pumpkin kit, Kisses & Hugs. Here’s the link: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155441

December NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Toni Campana’s post and know this month’s theme, but if you are just popping in this month’s theme is a challenge project.

Stamping Challenge Dice by TaDaMoments

That’s right, our project had to include the following:
Theme: Birthday
Color Scheme: Brights
Techniques: Texture and Layers (at least 3 layers)
Accent/Embellishment: DSP, Foil or other Specialty Paper.

In trying to decide what to use, my eyes kept going to my box with items from my preorder from the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure. I realized I could use the Awesome Otters stamp set for the birthday sentiments and images. Then my eyes traveled to the Simply Marbleous 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. I found a sheet with Coastal Cabana, one of the colors in our Brights Collection. In my attempt to use embossing folders more often, I decided to use the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder for the texture. That took care of the required elements so now it was time to create.

I dry embossed a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Coastal Cabana with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and layered it on top of the DSP (2″ x 5 1/2″) and Basic White card base (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). On top I placed the stamped image and sentiment on a 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ piece of Basic White cardstock. I used a sponge dauber to add a little Coastal Cabana ink to the edges. I colored the otter with Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. I decided the otter needed a little something else so I stamped a birthday hat and colored it with Coastal Cabana and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers. And yes, I fussy cut the hat before adhering it to the top of the otter. While not one for many embellishments and it wasn’t required by the challenge, I decided the card needed a little more. I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Crumb Cake baker’s twine.

Thank you for letting me share my project. I hope you enjoyed a preview of two of the items available during Sale-a-bration starting January 4. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my attempt at the challenge. Don’t forget to stop by and see Tracie Evans Langley’s post if you didn’t start there. I can’t wait to travel there next!
Amanda Howard

THIS MONTH’S BLOG HOP LIST
Tracie Evans Langley
Tina Lesson
Toni Campana
Amanda Howard <— YOU ARE HERE!!!

Product List

  • Awesome Otters stamp set – Sale-a-bration #158087
  • Simply Marbleous 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper – Sale-a-bration #158128
  • Coastal Cabana cardstock #131297
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Basic White Thick cardstock #159229
  • Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Pad #147097
  • Memento Tuxedo Black pad #132708
  • Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write marker #147157 (Brights bundle)
  • Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write marker #147157 (Brights bundle)
  • Dark and Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends #154882
  • Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder #154317
  • Bakers Twine Essentials pack #155475
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine 149653
  • Sponge Daubers #133773

December Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “My Favorite Things.” The Design Team will be showcasing their favorite products from any of the current products and you might even see some sneak peeks, as well! We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I struggled to think of my favorite product from a Stampin’ Up catalog. I don’t have a favorite stamp set or color or embellishment. There is not one product that I reach for over and over. As I stood in my craft room and looked over my stamps, my eyes fell on the Artistically Inked stamp set and it hit me. My favorite thing is the coordination of products. Way back in the summer I purchased the Artistically Inked stamp set and Artistic Dies because they coordinated with the Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper which coordinated with the Expressions In Color June 2021 Paper Pumpkin and several of the In Colors. That is a lot of coordination which I love!

This first card is simple but stunning. This sheet from the Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP is perfect for creating a card front. I cut the sheet at 5 1/4″ on each side, leaving a 1 1/2″ strip from the middle of the sheet. I then cut the two sheets to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I took advantage of the white space to stamp the sentiment. I then mounted the card front on a card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″. Since the DSP featured Magenta Madness, it seemed perfect to coordinate with Magenta Madness cardstock for the base and ink for the sentiment.

The second looks a lot more complicated but it only uses a card base of Just Jade, another piece of Just Jade cardstock and a piece of Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP. I started again with the idea of using a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of DSP on the card base and then the 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Just Jade on top with the sentiment stamped on a piece of Basic White. But I hated the idea of covering up the DSP! So, pulled out the Stitched Rectangles Dies and started cutting out pieces of the DSP and Just Jade to layer. Each piece you see until the last two are actually frames with the center cut out! The top piece is Basic White stamped with a sentiment and image from the Artistically Inked stamp set. I love how there are stamps that help you mimic the effect mixing the alcohol with the ink.

The third card features one of my favorite things – scraps! I hate to waste paper so I pulled the scraps from the previous two cards and layered them on a card front of 4″ x 5 1/4″. If you look closely you will recognize the DSP from the previous two cards. They are the center strips from when I cut the 12″ x 12″ sheets to make the card fronts. The sentiment is also stamped on a strip of Basic White, leftover from cutting an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet down to four card fronts of 4″ x 5 1/4″.

I hope you have enjoyed my twist on favorite things – coordination and scraps! It is amazing where we can find inspiration sometimes.

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on January 12th. Our theme will be “Time to Sale-A-Brate” when our Design Team will showcase items from Sale-A-Bration as the focal point of their project.. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Product List

  • Artistically Inked stamp set #154542
  • Stitched Rectangles Dies #151820
  • Just Jade cardstock #153079
  • Magenta Madness cardstock #153080
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper #155464
  • Just Jade Classic Stampin’ Pad #153115
  • Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Pad #153117
  • Pale Papaya Classic Stampin’ Pad #155670
  • Banners Pick a Punch #153608

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  3. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  4. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  13. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  14. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  15. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  16. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda —> YOU ARE HERE!!
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

November NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Toni Campana’s post and know this month’s theme, but if you are just popping in this month’s theme is a twist on a holiday set. We were challenged to take a stamp set or bundle from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalog and use it for a different occasion than originally intended.

For those of you that have seen my other blog posts this fall, you know that I have fallen in love with the Cute Halloween 6×6 Designer Series Paper. It uses some of my favorite colors – Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Basic White. It has really cute Halloween designs but also has designs that are appropriate for all year long. There are stripes, dots, and scribbles. I am going to miss this paper when it retires at the end of the July to December 2021 Mini Catalog on January 3, 2022.

Also from the July to December 2021 Catalog the Penguin Place Photopolymer Stamp Set caught my eye. At first I wasn’t going to get it. Did I really need another Christmas set? I liked it because it was more winter than Christmas. I am not wild about builder sets that create scenes. While I love the look that the scenes create, it can also be fussier than I like. I lean towards simple and quick (unless I am doing fun fold which is a different story). On further examination I realized that this set had some individual stamps that could be used for Christmas or Winter but also there were elements useful for birthday and other celebrations. For this card I pulled out the balloon and string to be used on the inside of the card.

Rather than use the “Happy Birthday” stamp in Penguin Place, I opted to pull from the Create With Friends stamp set. This stamp set has individual words that can be mixed and matched to create just the right expression. I put together the phrase “Let’s Celebrate You” since it could be used for more than just birthdays.

For the cards I pulled the colors from the Cute Halloween DSP for the ink and cardstock. The card base is 4 1/4″ x 81/2″. I actually started with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock and cut it in half to end up with two 4 1/4″ x 11″ pieces. I then cut off 2 1/2″ to have the card base plus the piece for the front (4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″). I scored the card base at 5 1/2″. I used a Basic White insert (5 1/4″ x 4″) for the inside of the card, stamped with the balloon. I then cut two pieces of DSP (4″ x 2 3/4″ and 4″ x 2 1/4″) You can get both out of one 6×6 sheet but I wanted to use two different designs. When it came time for the last card I didn’t have enough of the right size of DSP so I put together some of the scraps that I had. I stamped the sentiment on a Basic White piece (3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″). I finished it all off with a bow tied from the Black Gingham ribbon.

Thank you for letting me share my project. I hope you liked it. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Also, please stop by and see Frances Wagner’s post. I know it will be great!
Amanda Howard

November 2021 Blog Hoppers
Toni Campana
Amanda Howard
Frances Wagner
Sue Root
Tracie Evans Langley

Product List

  • Penguin Place Photopolymer Stamp Set #156410
  • Create With Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set #156058
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Highland Heather cardstock #146986
  • Flirty Flamingo cardstock #141416
  • Old Olive cardstock #100702
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock #105117
  • Cute Halloween 6×6 Designer Series Paper
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink pad #132708
  • Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Pad #147103
  • Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad #147052
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad #147090
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad #147086
  • Black & White Gingham ribbon #156485

November Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Home for the Holidays”. We really hope that you enjoy and are inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This is my oldest daughter’s first year in her own apartment, with her own job, where she has to figure out when she can come home to visit and not leave work early or miss a day. Sure, she has been away for college but she had more leeway in her schedule. All of this has made me grateful for family and the time we are able to spend together. Thanksgiving is one of those times. In my family we have a tradition of saying what we are thankful for before eating our big Thanksgiving meal. I have noticed over the years that this is difficult for a few members of the family that don’t like to have to speak on the spot. I have also thought it would be nice to be able to look back at what people say they are thankful for, especially when negativity creeps in. Then it hit me. What if we write down our grateful thoughts on tags? This would give people time to think and we could read them later. I even have one of those metal trees that people hang ornaments or in my case decorated blown Easter eggs. My daughter may appreciate these tags even more when she is alone in her apartment, tired from all the adulting. All I needed to do was create the tags!

The images on the left tag were stamped full strength. The plant image on the tag on the right was stamped off once to lighten it and allow the sentiment to show.

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on December 8th. Our theme will be “My Favorite Things” with our design team showcasing some of their favorite products from any catalog they choose.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  4. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  7. Annette Elliott at AESTAMPS A LATTE
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  9. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda <— YOU ARE HERE
  10. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  11. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  12. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, INK
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  15. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  17. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  21. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  23. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  24. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping

Product List

  • Beauty of Tomorrow cling stamp set #156459
  • Heartfelt Wishes cling stamp set #156541
  • Pretty Pumpkins cling stamp set #156472
  • Detailed Pumpkins Dies #156477
  • Delightful Tag Topper Punch #149518
  • Basic White 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock #159276
  • Pumpkin Pie 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock #105117
  • Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Pad #153114
  • Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Pad #147092
  • Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack #155475