New In Colors May Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is New 2022-2024 In Colors. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I have to admit, I wasn’t immediately in love with the 2022-2024 In Colors from Stampin’ Up. I am not a bright colors person so I just wasn’t sure about a couple of the colors, namely Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide. Rather than avoid them, I decided to play with them first. I also wanted to play with the stamp set I received from Stampin’ Up for attending OnTour this spring. The Good Feelings stamp set is in the brand new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. It is all sentiments but in lots of great fonts. My eyes fell on the “Sending Sunshine and Good Feeling Your Way” sentiment and knew it was the one for this project. But what to use with it? The obvious choice was Fabulous Frames dies since it coordinates with the stamp set, but then I spotted the Spiral Dye stamp set on my shelf. Perfect!

I mounted the Spiral Dye stamp on the Stamparatus and stamped it in Tahitian Tide on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla. I then turned it 180 and stamped it in Parakeet Party. Next I stamped the sentiment in Starry Sky, also an In Color but darker than the other two colors. I finished off the card front with a few Brushed Brass Butterflies. I then mounted the card front on a Starry Sky card base and done!

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 June 8th. Our theme will be “CASE the Catalog” when our Design Team creates a project found in the new Annual Catalog and CASE it with their own creative twist.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  4. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  13. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  16. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  17. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  18. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  19. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

Product List

  • Good Feelings stamp set
  • Spiral Dye stamp set
  • Starry Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Tahitian Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Parakeet Party Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Starry Sky 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock
  • Very Vanilla 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock
  • Brushed Brass Butterflies

Free In Color Products When You Join 

Have you ever thought about joining Stampin’ UP!? If so, now is the perfect time to do it.

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Join in the month of May and receive new In Color products valued at $65.00. The products from the 2022-2024 collection are:

  • Grid Paper
  • Ink Pad Collection
  • Cardstock Collection
  • 6×6 designer series paper (DSP) assortment

This In Color collection is in addition to the standard $125 worth of product for $99. Plus you get free business supplies, free shipping, and all the fun of being a part of Stampin’ Up! You’ll also get to shop from yourself, saving 20% on future purchases to include the new Mini catalog in June!

And you’ll get access to my team perks and have support from me, as well as, the entire Pals team run by Mary Fish. The best part? It comes with no obligation through September 2022. If you decide you like saving money, and the demonstrator perks that come with it, then there will be a low quarterly minimum to maintain. If you want to learn more, you can contact me or follow this link.

Diagonal Slimline Fun Fold

Thanks for joining me today for the Pals Fun Folds Blog Hop. Please make sure you check out all the awesome cards on today’s blog hop.

Sometimes I get carried away. I find a card design that I like and I make a whole bunch, especially if it involves designer series paper that I want to use. In this case, I needed to make a swap card for a NC Demos swap. Normally when you make a swap, you make all of them exactly the same but every once in awhile that isn’t possible. In this case, I didn’t have quite enough cardstock and DSP in the exact same colors and pattern that matched to make 12 cards. While they are not exactly the same in colors and patterns, they all use the same DSP and layout. I hope that counts!

To make this slimline diagonal cut card, I started with an 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ cardbase. I scored it at 3 1/2″ and 7″. (You can also score at 3 1/2″, flip the cardstock 180 and score at 3 1/2″ again.) I then made a diagonal cut from the top corner to the bottom of the first score line and repeated on the other end. This is one of the scariest things for me to do so I was constantly doubling checking that I had it positioned correctly not only for the start and end of the cut but also the direction of the cut so it would meet in the middle. Keep in mind, this is basically a gate fold card but on the diagonal.

Next I cut the Heart & Home DSP into 3 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ pieces and cut on the diagonal. I doublechecked that I was cutting the right direction to match the diagonal on the card base! I adhered these pieces to the base with Stampin’ Seal.

Time for some stamping! I stamped the bouquet from the Blessings of Home stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Basic White cardstock and cut it out with the die from the Flowers of Home dies. I colored it with Stampin’ Write Markers – Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya and Fresh Freesia.

I then stamped the sentiment, also from Blessings of Home stamp set, in Fresh Freesia on Basic White cardstock. I trimmed the sentiment and adhered it to the image piece with dimensionals.

I used a 1/2″ x 8″ strip of cardstock (same color as card base when possible). I wrapped it around the card base and adhered it to itself with Stampin’ Seal to form a belly band. I then adhered the image and sentiment piece to the band with Stampin’ Seal.

I hope you enjoyed this project. I was pleased that it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I would love to know what you think in the comments. Don’t miss out on the rest of this Fun Fold Blog Hop.

A Lineup for the Pals Blog Hop

Product List

Spring Occasions April NC Demos Blog Hop

As a teacher, spring means lots of things. As temperatures outside rise, so do misbehaviors. The end of Spring Break signals the beginning of testing season with End of Year exams, AP exams and, well, the list goes on. Maybe because of all this, Teacher Appreciation Week is often celebrated in May. I try to give cards to my fellow teachers along with my daughter’s teachers. This spring I have been playing quite a bit with the Waves of Ocean collection. (You can check out my other posts – Cascade TriFold Card and April Pals Blog Hop.) This limited release collection includes Waves of Inspiration stamp set, Waves dies, Waves of the Ocean designer series paper and Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels. While most people associate the beach with summer, lots of teachers (and students and parents) escape to the beach during Spring Break. I don’t like getting in the water and I don’t lay out in the sun, but I love sitting under a canopy or on the pier to watch the waves. While it is hard to spot the aquatic animals, the birds are frequent and beautiful to watch. There’s something special about seeing a line of pelicans fly just above the water. Awesome comes to mind, which is also a word I use to describe teachers.

For this card I started with a 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” card base of Pacific Point scored at 4 1/4″. I stamped the pelican from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set on a piece of Basic White and cut it out with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I stamped the sentiment also from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set on Basic White and cut it out with a die from the Waves Dies. I cut a 12” x 12” sheet of the DSP into 4” strips. I then cut this into 2 pieces 5 1/2” inches long. I was left with a 1” x 4” strip on which I mounted the sentiment piece using dimensionals. This strip was mounted to the larger piece of DSP. I fed a piece of blue 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon through the ends of the sentiment piece and attached it to the back of the DSP with glue dots. I also attached the image piece to the DSP with dimensionals. I attached the decorated DSP to the card base with Stampin’ Seal and added a few rhinestone jewels for bling!

I hope you enjoyed this project. I really hope the teachers that receive the cards enjoy them. And if you like the Waves of Ocean collection, you only have a few more days to order the DSP. The Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels are already gone but the Waves of Inspiration stamp set and Waves dies are carrying over to the new Annual Catalog. Get them and start creating!

Product List

Cascade TriFold Card

I love trying new fun folds but, to be honest, I prefer simple fun folds. When I spotted a card with this design by Crafts by Beth, I had to try it. On the one hand it seemed easy, but it also looked tricky. After all, diagonal cuts can be difficult to get right. Nevertheless I decided to give it a try and use the Waves of the Ocean Collection one more time.

To create the card base, I started with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Calypso Coral and trimmed it down to 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. I scored it on the long side at 3 1/2″ and 7″. I then marked it on the short sides at 2 1/4″ and 6 1/4″. Finally, I held my breath and made a diagonal from 2 1/4″ mark on left to 6 1/4″ mark on right. And the good news? It worked and I had two card bases from one piece of cardstock.

Next I turned my attention to the layering pieces. All of the pieces are 3 1/4″ wide. The Basic White and Petal Pink are the same. Start with a piece 3 1/4″ x 8″ long. Mark with pencil at 4 5/8″ on one long side and 3 3/8″ on the other side. Make a diagonal cut and once again you have two pieces. I stamped the Basic White with the pelican from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set. I repeatedly stamped the Petal Pink with the non-descript flying bird, also from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set. These are adhered on opposite sides of the middle panel.

Next I turned my attention to the DSP. I selected a few sheets from the Waves of the Ocean Designer Series Paper. I cut pieces that were 3 1/4″ wide. For the front panel, I cut the piece down to 5 3/8″ and marked it at 2″ on the left long side and 3 3/8″ on the right. Once again, I made a diagonal cut and had two front panels. For the back panel, I took a 3 1/4″ x 10 3/8” piece of DSP and marked the left long side at 4 3/8″ and the right at 6″. I made one last diagonal cut and had two back panels. I then adhered them to the card base.

For the sentiment, I chose the wider sentiment die from the Waves Dies and stamped the sentiment from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set on Basic White. I then cut an 8″ piece of White Frayed Ribbon and fed it through the ends of the sentiment piece. I wrapped it around the card and attached the two ends with a glue dot. I then wriggled the sentiment piece and the ribbon so that the sentiment piece hid where the ribbon came together. For a final touch I added the Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels semi-randomly on the DSP. I say semi-randomly because I used three on each card and basically arranged them left, right, left when looking at the front of the card, making sure that I placed them so they would be seen on the DSP.

I hope you have enjoyed this fun fold card and will give it a try. I also hope that you will snatch up the Waves of the Ocean DSP before it disappears from the Stampin’ Up catalog on or before May 2. The Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels are already unavailable but you can easily use the regular Rhinestone Basic Jewels. The Waves of Inspiration bundle which includes the Waves of Inspiration stamp set and Waves Dies are early release items from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog so they will continue to be available after May 2, but why wait?

Have fun crafting and leave me a comment. I love to see your thoughts and opinions.

April Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is Fabulous Flowers. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

So, you might be wondering, where are the flowers? Can I get away with saying they were washed away by the ocean waves in Stampin’ Up’s beautiful collection, “Waves of the Ocean”? Maybe that April Showers bring May Flowers so there were no flowers yet?

I didn’t think so.

Here’s the truth. I mixed up the theme for this month and rewound to February’s theme of “Birthday Projects”. After all, it’s a great theme and I was so excited to use the “Waves of the Ocean” collection that I forgot our theme. I hope you will forgive me and enjoy these waves instead of flowers. And I promise to get a good night’s sleep and make a card with flowers.

In case you are curious about the card I made, as I mentioned, I wanted to use products from the “Waves of the Ocean” collection before some of them disappeared from the catalog on May 2. I started with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ card base of Pacific Point. Occasionally I like this orientation for display purposes. You are less likely to see what is inside the card. I adhered a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Waves of the Ocean Designer Series Paper to the card base. I then die cut the two waves from the Waves Dies – one Night of Navy and one Pacific Point. Since I forgot to use the adhesive sheet before cutting, I adhered the wave pieces with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I stamped the sentiment from Waves of Inspiration stamp set with Pacific Point ink on Basic White cardstock and cut it out with one of the dies from the Waves Dies. I “borrowed” the 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon from the “New Horizons” Suite to thread through the ends of the die cut. The ribbon is a combo pack and includes Misty Moonlight and Petal Pink. I used Dimensionals to pop up the sentiment. Although I normally am not much for bling, I added some of the Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels for, well, bling!

I hope you like the card even if I forgot the flowers. I always like to hear your thoughts and opinions. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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 May 11th. Our theme will be New 2022-2024 In Colors, with the Pals showcasing the brand new In Colors in the new Annual Catalog.

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. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda <—– YOU ARE HERE!!!
  8. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  18. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  19. Rae Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

Product List

  • Waves of Inspiration Bundle (stamp set and dies) #158841
  • Waves of the Ocean 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper #159982
  • Pacific Point 8 1/2″ x 11 cardstock #111350
  • Nigh of Navy 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock #100867
  • Basic White 8 1/2″ x 11 cardstock #159276
  • Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad #147098
  • 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon Combo Pack #158140
  • Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels #159396 (currently not available)

March Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is Cute Critters. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I was so excited when Stampin’ Up released the “Friends of the Forest” stamp set in the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog and indicated that it coordinated with the Deer Builder punch. I had the Deer Builder punch from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalog and knew that it was carrying over. I love when Stampin’ Up extends the life of a punch by adding stamp sets that coordinate with existing punch. Now I had to figure out how I was going to create with it!

For this card I knew the focus needed to be on the “critters” but this stamp set had so many! Since I had the Deer Builder Punch just waiting to be used, I decided to focus on the deer. I stamped two deer from the “Friends of the Forest” stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and punched them out with the Deer Builder punch. I colored the deer with one of the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends (SU500). I didn’t want the deer to be unprotected so I stamped a tree, also from the “Friends of the Forest” stamp set, and colored it with Stampin’ Blends. For this tree, I decided to go with a fall color scheme so I colored the tree with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight and cut it out with my paper snips. I thought it would be nice to bring in some DSP as background for the deer so I pulled out this piece (3 3/4″ x 5″) from the Heart & Home DSP. Since I had two deer I decided it would fitting to use this sentiment from the Blessings of Home stamp set. I stamped it in Pumpkin Pie and punched it out with the Double Oval punch. I layered a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock on the Daffodil Delight card base (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I then layered the DSP on top of the Pumpkin Pie piece. I adhered the tree and one deer with Tombow Multipurpose glue. The sentiment and the other deer were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

These two card fronts were my initial playing around with the “Friends of the Forest” stamp set. I hesitated to post them but wanted to show a few more ideas with the stamps. Besides, who doesn’t like a blooper reel? While not perfect, these card fronts were my chance to play with the stamps, see the different combinations and try some coloring and blending with them. I really enjoyed figuring out where to place the different critters and which direction they faced. As soon as I saw the bird and the stump, I knew I had to put them together. I’m thinking of having the fox jumping over the stump on a future card.

I had a little trouble with the background since my Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad needed to be reinked. Of course, I didn’t realize that until I had already started with the blending brush and wondered why it wasn’t blending well. Lesson learned – do not try to blend a light background immediately after reinking an ink pad! And in case you are wondering, I also experimented with blending some Granny Apple Green after I had already blended in Balmy Blue. Also, can you tell which card has blending over the animals?

It was fun creating these items out of the Friends of the Forest stamp set and a few of the coordinating items. 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 Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on April 13th. Our theme will be Fabulous Flowers when our Design Team creates a project using any of the many beautiful flowers in our catalogs.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

A new kit has been added to the collection! The Robot Buddies Kit includes 9 card bases—3 each in 3 designs—and 9 envelopes. It also includes sticker sheets and printed die-cuts to decorate the cards and two Classic Stampin’ Ink Spots in Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie. The finished card size is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm). And, you guessed it, the coordinating colors are Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, and Pumpkin Pie.

During the month of March, you can snag the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at a 20% discount! This miniature machine is compatible with a large selection of Stampin’ Up! embossing folders and dies. Build your craft collection and combine the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with any (or all!) of the select stamp-and-die bundles that are also available for 20% off during the month of March!

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  4. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  5. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  6. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  7. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  8. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  14. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  15. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  16. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

Product List

  • Friends of the Forest stamp set #157746
  • Blessings of Home stamp set #157930
  • Deer Builder punch #156390
  • Double Oval punch #154242
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock #119683
  • Pumpkin Pie cardstock #105117
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Heart & Home 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper #157928
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad#154897
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad #132708
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad#147115
  • Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin’ Pad $147095
  • Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad #147105
  • Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends #154893
  • Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends #154830
  • Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends#154958
  • Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends #154885
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Blends #154843
  • Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends #154897
  • Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends #154883
  • Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends Collection #160940

NC Demos February Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Jo Anne Hewins’ post and know this month’s theme, but if you are just popping in this month’s theme is Punch Bundles. Stampin’ Up offers many bundles of stamp sets and punches but they don’t always get the attention they deserve.

I chose the Happy Hedgehogs from the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog. Why this one you ask? My daughter likes hedgehogs, plain and simple. The first card uses a simple fun fold that allows you to show the inside and front at the same time. The card base is 4 1/4″ x 11″. It is scored at 5 1/2″. I cut out 2″ from the top of the front panel. On the inside I used a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White. For the bottom front, I used a 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White. I lined up the tree image so I could stamp it on the inside as well as the front. I then proceeded to decorate the front with a few more images included the smaller hedgehog. I stamped the larger hedgehog with Soft Suede on a scrap piece and punched it out. I colored both hedgehogs with the Ivory and Bronze Stampin’ Blends. I colored the other images with Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends. I popped up the larger hedgehog with a dimensional and placed it in front of the base of the tree facing the smaller hedgehog. I then stamped the sentiment with Poppy Parade directly on the card front. Maybe my daughter will like it well enough to give it to a friend.

When I saw all the different images, I imagined putting them in individual squares. I have been dying to make a quarter fold card and this was the perfect opportunity. The bottom card base is 11″ x 4 1/4. On the 11″ side, score at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″. The top card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 3/8″. on the 8 1/2″ side, score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″. The three Basic White pieces and the Poppy Parade piece are 2 1/2″ x 1 7/8″. Inside there is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White. It actually wasn’t hard to put together. Lay the top card base on the bottom card base so it looks like a plus sign and adhere with Stampin’ Seal. Adhere the inside piece and close the flaps, alternating them as you close them. I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with the Stampin’ Blends. I punched out the hedgehog and adhered it to the Poppy Parade piece to make it stand out a little more.

The last card was actually the first I made. I started with just the stamps to get a feel for the stamp set. It was fun seeing how I could use most of the images to create this scene. Sometimes it is fun keep it simple – stamps, ink and paper is all you need.

Thank you for letting me share my projects. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my card. Don’t forget to stop by and see Toni Campana’s post if you didn’t start there. I can’t wait to travel there next!

Amanda Howard

January Blog Hoppers
Tina Lesson
Jo Anne Hewins
Amanda Howard <– YOU ARE HERE!!!!!
Toni Campana
Tracie Evans Langley
Kelly Taranto

Product List

  • Happy Hedgehogs bundle #157985
  • Soft Suede cardstock #115318
  • Poppy Parade cardstock #119793
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad #132708
  • Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad #147050
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #147115
  • Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blends #153112
  • Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends #154885
  • Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends #154958
  • Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends #154893
  • Ivory and Bronze Stampin’ Blend #154922

February Fun Fold Hop

Welcome to the Pals Fun Folds Blog Hop! We hope you enjoy the inspiration we have for you. You will find the lineup to the other great fun fold stampers at the bottom of my post.

I love making fun fold cards, mostly because I love the challenge. That said, I don’t like them to be too complicated since I often am tired when I craft. I also prefer that they fit in an A2 envelope or business envelope so I don’t have to try to find an envelope or make one. (Yes, I can be a lazy crafter sometimes.) I was scrolling through Pinterest (don’t we all?) and saw this Six-Panel Pinwheel Tower Card by Stamp Your Art Out with Rachel. When I realized it was small enough to fit in an A2 card, I had to try it. It was super easy to make and is a great way to show off DSP.

I chose the Sunshine & Rainbows 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up along with the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set. I am so used to using card stock as a base that I was surprised that this card used the DSP as the base. The advantage for using the DSP is that it doesn’t add as much bulk to the card and it looks pretty on the inside. The pinwheel pieces were adhered to the DSP and, of course, there was different DSP and Basic White adhered to the cardstock pinwheel pieces. I think if I were to do this again (which I fully plan to do), I will put DSP on some of the narrow pieces and put at least one Basic White piece on the wider piece.

Measurements:
  • DSP: 4 1/4″ x 5″ scored parallel to the short side at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″, 3 3/4″, and 4 1/2″.
  • Color cardstock: 6 pieces of 2 3/8″ x 4 1/4″
  • Basic White cardstock: 6 pieces of 1 3/8″ x 4″
  • DSP: 6 pieces of 2 1/8″ x 4″ (you can decide how many different designs you want. I used both sides of three sheets so I had six different designs.)
Product List:
  • Rainbow of Happiness stamp set #157721
  • Sunshine & Rainbows 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper #158126 (free during Sale-a-bration)
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Mango Melody cardstock #146989
  • Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad #147107

I hope you enjoyed my version of the Six Panel Pinwheel Tower Card. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Remember, the fun doesn’t stop here. Click on the button below to check out the projects in this Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop.

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February Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is Birthday Bash. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, we would appreciate your comments because we enjoy hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My husband loves Classic Rock and vinyl records. He also has a birthday coming up in March. So, when I saw this stamp set in the January to June 2022 Mini Catalog, I had to get it. My first instinct, of course, was to make a card. But what color? As I looked around my craft room, my eyes spotted some green gift bags. Perfect, I thought. My husband’s favorite color is green. (I think?) What if I stamped the image of the record all over the bag? Because the bag had a shine to it, I stamped the image using StazOn Black Ink. While the color was not an exact match, I decided to go with Granny Apple Green for the card. I stamped the lines image along the edge of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla in Granny Apple Green. Next, I stamped the record image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored in the heart with Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend. I then stamped the sentiment with the Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a strip of Granny Apple Green and trimmed the ends with the Banners Pick a Punch. I popped up the sentiment with mini dimensionals and added a couple of rhinestones. I stared at the card for a moment and thought, “Ummm, there is too much blank space, even if a minimalist guy like my husband.” So, what’s a stamper to do? Stamp more! I stamped the same sentiment along the right side of the card, this time with Granny Apple Green. Then I decided to add some Clear Wink of Stella to the record to recreate the shine on a real vinyl record.

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

Oh, and after I made this card and wrote the blog post, I asked my husband of almost 15 years about his favorite color. His answer? Blue!

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 March 9th. Our theme will be Cute Critters where our Design Team creates a project with any kind of animals, birds, butterflies or insects.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

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

Product List

  • For The Record stamp set #158066
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock #146990
  • Very Vanilla cardstock #101650
  • Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #147095
  • Memento Ink Tuxedo Black Pad #132708
  • StazOn Jet Black pad #101406
  • Clear Wink of Stella#141897
  • Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends #154885
  • Banners Pick A Punch #153608
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220

Driving By meets Special Moments

When I was in middle school, my dad inherited his uncle’s red VW bug, He only had it for about five years before it went to VW Heaven. No, really, it is a place in North Carolina where VWs go when they die. Anyway, when I was really little my parents had a VW camper that they actually took on camping trips. So when I saw the Driving By stamp set in the Sale-a-bration brochure, I had to have it. Yes, it is an outline image set so I have to color it but I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’ve been doing a lot of coloring later and am starting to like it more. So I set out to recreate the two cards.

I decided I wanted to use all three vehicles on the card and thought of this fun fold. I have heard a few names – crossover, split gate. Anyway, to create the card, I started with a standard card base of Coastal Cabana (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 2 1/8 from each side). I looked at the stamps and realized that the VW bug was taller than the VW camper and the convertible because of the presents. I hate trying to measure using eighths and sixteenths so I decided to cut the strips different heights. The middle strip is 4″ x 2″. The top and bottom 7strips are 4″ x 1 1/2″. With an 1/8″ border all around and between the strips, those measurements worked out perfectly. I then proceeded with stamping and coloring. I stamped the vehicles with my old Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad. I then colored using Stampin’ Blends. All the tires are Dark Basic Black and the hub caps and fenders are Light Smoky Slate. Of course I colored the VW bug using Light Real Red. The convertible is Light Melon Mambo and the VW camper is Light Bermuda Bay. I then stamped the sentiment which I pulled from the Special Moments stamp set in Coastal Cabana. I liked it but had to try one more fun fold with these sets.

First off, please excuse the shadows on the photos. I had to quickly take the photo before a Zoom meeting so I didn’t have a lot of time to get the lighting just right. I got the idea for this fun fold from Jeanie Stark. Essentially your take a standard card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and put a slightly smaller card facing the opposite direction inside. The Basic White piece measures 8″ x 5 1/4″ and is scored at 4″. I used the Layering Circles Dies to cut out the window on the front of the card. I laid the inside card in the outside card and closed both. I then stamped the VW bug through the window once again using the Archival Basic Black Stampin’ Pad. This time I colored the VW Bug with Light Mango Melody and Dark Real Red. The presents are Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody and Smoky Slate. I then stamped on the card front with the VW Bug in Coastal Cabana. I ended up with a blank space which was perfect for the sentiment, once again from the Special Moments stamp set.

Once I figured what I wanted to create, these cards came together rather quickly. It is fun using the products from Sale-a-bration. They tend to be a little bit different and who can beat free! Well, the Driving By stamp set is free with a $50 or more purchase. The Special Moments stamp set is free with $100 purchase but there are a lot of sentiments for so many different occasions. I hope you enjoyed these cards. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. And if you haven’t checked out Sale-a-bration, it’s worth a peek.