Focus on the Sentiment – Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Sentiment as a focal point.” 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.

Stampin’ Up produces so many beautiful images, it is hard to imagine not using any on a card. The truth is, Stampin’ Up also creates just as many beautiful sentiments. The fonts are varied and stunning. As I mentioned in a previous post, when I saw the “In Your Words” stamp set, I fell in love. While initially I had to have this host set from Sale-a-bration because of one sentiment, the more I look at the set, more sentiments catch my eye. Recently my daughter called after a tough week at work. After the call, I looked at this set to work on a different card, but the sentiment “Life is full of ups & downs / hold on tight” jumped out at me. I knew I had to make her card with this sentiment. No need for lots of images of embellishments, I wanted the sentiment to do its thing. I did decide to use a simple piece from the Cute Halloween 6×6 DSP. I cut a 4 x 5 1/4″ piece and attached it to a Highland Heather card base (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather on a piece of Basic White and trimmed the ends with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I attached the sentiment with dimensionals and Voila! A simple card focused on the sentiment.

I looked at the leftover pieces of the 6×6 DSP and just had to make one more card. I did step this one up a little more, but still no stamped images. I used the Painted Textures 3D embossing folder on a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White and attached it to the Highland Healther card base. I then cut the leftover strip of DSP and ended up with two pieces – 2″ x 2″ and 2″ x 4″. I flipped the 2″ square over to the black and white side and attached both pieces to the embossed piece. Once again I stamped the same sentiment with Highland Heather on Basic White and trimmed the ends with the other option on the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. I would love to know if you think the focus is still on the sentiment on this stepped up card.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

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 October 13th. Our theme will be Fantastic Fun Folds and 3D Projects when participants showcase fun fold cards or 3D items that will be great for any occasion. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

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

Product List

  • In Your Words stamp set #156619
  • Highland Heather cardstock #146986
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Cute Halloween 6×6 Designer Series Paper #156479
  • Highland Heather Classic Stampin’ Pad #147103
  • Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder #154317
  • Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152883

August 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The August 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit was one of the special kits that Stampin’ Up periodically offers. It was the Hope Kit from Shelli. It contained many of my favorite colors – Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Blackberry Bliss – as well as one of my favorite elements – butterflies!

After putting together one set of cards as designed, I started creating alternatives. This is what I love about Paper Pumpkin. I was able to put together pre-designed cards when I am tired and just need some crafting therapy. Then when I am rested and have some extra time, I can use the elements and put my creativity to work. I still have a finite quantity of supplies so it is not as overwhelming as my whole craft room but just enough to create new alternatives.

I hope you will join me for my next Paper Pumpkin evening on September 30 at 7pm EDT. Here is the link if you want to RSVP. We will put together the Haunts & Harvest kit. Have you subscribed for this month? If not, make sure you do so by September 10th. Here is the link if you need to start a subscription.

Belated Birthday Card

I love giving my students and fellow staff at my school a birthday card on their birthday, if they celebrate. It was tough last year when we were remote and I didn’t have addresses for other staff. I was able to send cards to my students but it felt incomplete. This year I was excited to start sending cards but had to wait until I was given the list. August came and went with no list. When I finally received the list on September 1, I had to switch to belated birthday cards. Fortunately, my new favorite set, “In Your Words”, had just the sentiment.

In Your Words # 156619

Because our school colors are red and black, I chose Real Red for the card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). I then selected the Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-bration brochure and cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ for a card front. I stamped the sentiment on Basic White cardstock with Real Red ink and cut it out with the Tailor Made Tags. I love stitching around the edge of the tag. I then tied on a piece of Black & White Gingham Ribbon as a little embellishment.

I loved that I was able to give cards to the six staff members that I missed for August. Hopefully I won’t miss any more birthdays this year but if I do, I’m ready.

Product List

  • In Your Words stamp set #156619
  • Tailor Made Tags #155563
  • Black & White Gingham Ribbon #156485
  • Real Red cardstock #102482
  • Basic White cardstock#159276
  • Beautifully penned Designer Series Paper #156630
  • Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad #147084

I hope that you enjoyed this card. Do you want this host stamp set? It is only available during Sale-a-bration and only with a qualifying party order of $300 or more. I can help you set up an online workshop or party to earn this set. We must act quick as this set is only available until September 30.

NC Demos August 2021 Blog Hog

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Tina’s post and know this month’s theme, but if you are starting here, this month’s theme is Everything But The Kitchen Sink.

My kitchen is gray. It wasn’t my choice but that is what was here when I bought the house. I grew up with wood cabinets so it took me awhile to adjust to gray cabinets. For one, I wasn’t sure what color appliances to get – white? black? definitely not almond or beige!

For this card I wondered what the Spiral Dye stamp would look like if I only used grays. After all, tie dye is known for bright color combinations. I have rinsed out plenty of Tie Dye in my kitchen and always worry that the dyes will stain my gray countertops. So far, so good, but I digress. There are a few scratches as you can see behind the card in the photo.

I chose to stamp with Basic Gray and Smoky Slate. The Spiral Dye stamp is a background stamp which means it is quite large. Since I wanted to make sure I got a good image, I pulled out my Stamparatus. This would allow me to restamp in the same place if an area didn’t get enough ink the first time. One thing to keep in mind is that the Spiral Dye stamp is designed to have lighter and darker spots just as a real tie dye item would have. I stamped first with Basic Gray on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White. The stamp is larger than the piece of cardstock which ensures that the image fills the piece. I then turned the piece of cardstock 180º and stamped in Smoky Slate. the resulting image has lots of variations of gray. I then stamped the sentiment from the In Your Words stamp set in Basic Gray and trimmed the ends with the Pick a Banner punch. The final touch was Gray Granite Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack.

Thank you for letting me share my project. What do you think about an all-gray card? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Please stop by and see Tracie’s post next. I know it will be great!

Amanda Howard

August 2021 Blog Hop

Tina Lesson
Amanda Howard – You are HERE!
Tracie Evans Langley

Product List

  • Spiral Dye stamp set #156927
  • In Your Words stamp set #156619
  • Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack #155475
  • Banners Pick a Punch #153608
  • Smoky Slate cardstock #131202
  • Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad #147113
  • Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad #149166
  • Basic White cardstock #159276

Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop – Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration

Welcome!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!  I appreciate you being here!  My name is Amanda Howard.  I am an independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in North Carolina, U.S.A. 

If you’ve been following along on the Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop, then you’ve arrived from my friend, Eva’s Blog.  Wasn’t her project absolutely fabulous?!?!  I love Eva’s creativity.

The Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop is a group of wonderful Stampin’ Up Demonstrators that I had a chance to virtually meet this year as we worked at building our business.  It’s been fun to work with this group as we pushed ourselves to try new things. For me, this starting a blog.  This is their 3rd go out of it and my first with them  Our project for this hop was to create using products from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalog and/or Sale-a-bration Brochure.  

Sometimes you see an image or sentiment in a stamp set and you have to get it. That is how I felt about the “In Your Words” host set from Sale-a-bration. As soon as I saw the sentiment “Be who you were born to be”, I wanted the stamp set. There were other good sentiments in there as well but I had to have that one. I am a public school teacher, mother, wife and youth advisor for church and could envision so many uses for that one sentiment. Of course, since it was the host set, I needed a qualifying workshop order of at least $300 to get the set. Fortunately, there are so many great items in the July-December Mini Catalog it wasn’t hard to reach $300. Plus, since it is Sale-a-bration I was able to pick free items from the Sale-a-bration brochure. When my order arrived and I looked over what I had of course my eyes gravitated to the desired sentiment set but I also spotted the “Counting Sheep” stamp set and coordinating dies. Voila! The card started coming together. I decided to color each sheep differently but still realistic colors. I also liked the idea of using the heart punches for the sentiment. But what shape of card and what background? That was trickier.

Then I totally shifted my thinking with the card. I had a great idea – I was going to use these elements on cards for my students in homeroom! In case you don’t know, I teach Spanish in a public high school. High school is already a rough time for figuring out who you are, maybe only surpassed by middle school. High school brings the added stress of figuring out what you want to do after high school. Students are under so much pressure to have it all figured out early in high school so they can decide college, military, or employment straight out of high school. On top of that, if they choose college, they basically have to know their career so they can pick the best two or four year college for their major. For that reason and after the crazy school year we had last year, I wanted to give them a little something to start the year.

I used a card base of Real Red 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. I then cut a 4″ x 6″ strip of Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper – free during Sale-a-bration. I then made a diagonal cut, lining it up at 2 1/2″” and 3 1/2″ on the 6″ side. I attached that to the front with Tear-n-Tape along three side to form the pocket. Two of the sheep were attached using dimensionals.

The book mark was created by attaching the sheep and sentiment on to a piece of Real Red which was attached to a piece of Basic Black, all with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I offset the sheep at the top to help with pulling it out of the pocket.

Once again, thank you for joining me I hope you have enjoyed my project. Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts. Next up is Kelly’s Blog which promises to be amazing! While this is the last Silver to Silver Elite Blog Hop (at least for now), I hope you will subscribe to my blog to see future posts.

Blog Hop CreatorTheir Fabulous Blog Entry
Eva DietzEva’s Blog
Amanda HowardAmanda’s Blog
Kelly TarantoKelly’s Blog
Nedine DuPreeNedine’s Blog
Tracy ByersTracy’s Blog
Nancy ReynoldsNancy’s Blog
Sue KremerSue’s Blog
Julia QuinnJulia’s Blog
Tricia ButtsTricia’s Blog
Xenia StanfordXenia’s Blog
Terry MontgomeryTerry’s Blog
Janice PiechowiakJanice’s Blog

Product List

  • In Your Words stamp set #156619 (Sale-a-bration host set)
  • Counting Sheep stamp set #156591 (Sale-a-bration)
  • Sheep Dies #156600 (Sale-a-bration)
  • Heart Punch Pack #151292
  • Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins #156484 (Mini Catalog)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad #132708
  • Basic Black Marker #100082
  • Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends #154882
  • Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends #154886
  • Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends #154893
  • Basic Black cardstock #121045
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Real Red cardstock #102482
  • Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper #156630

Cute Gift Card Holders

Who doesn’t need a good gift card holder? After all, so often a gift card is the best option for a gift, especially if you are mailing it or not able to give a gift in person. Besides, who wants to mail a bulky package these days? I am not sure where I got the idea for this gift card holder originally but it is super simple.

First start with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. I chose Old Olive since I wanted to use the Cute Halloween 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper from the July – December 2021 Mini Catalog. I scored it at 2 1/2″ and 5 1/2″. I folded it in half (valley fold) at 5 1/2″ and mountain fold at 2 1/2″. I put Tear and Tape along the edges of what would become the pocket for the gift card. Before adhering it, I punched a notch using the bottom of the cat on the Halloween punch. I then cut a piece of DSP 2 3/4″ x 4″ and adhered it to the front flap of the gift card holder. Actually before adhering it, I adhered a piece of the Black and White Gingham Ribbon using glue dots. I then took a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Basic White and stamped a few images from the Cutest Halloween stamp set along the right 4″ side. I adhered it to the inside of the card. I stamped a sentiment from the Cutest Halloween stamp set on a 1/2″ strip and trimmed the ends with the Lovely Labels punch. I adhered it to a 3/4″ strip of DSP and trimmed the ends also with the Lovely Labels punch. I punched out a few images from the Cute Halloween DSP using the Halloween Punch and attached them to the front using dimensionals. I am not much for bling but I did attach a few from the Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins.

I took a look at the dots on the DSP and realized that it didn’t have to be Halloween. So, I put together another gift cold holder using the words from the “Love You More Than” dies. I pulled out one of the colors from the DSP – Highland Heather – and added a few bows out of Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. This was perfect to send to my daughter and she will never know that I used Halloween Paper. (Unless she actually reads my blog post!)

Product List

  • Cutest Halloween stamp set
  • Halloween punch
  • Lovely Labels punch
  • Love You More Than Dies
  • Cute Halloween 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • Highland Heather cardstock
  • Basic White cardstock
  • Black & White Gingham Ribbon
  • White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Pad
  • Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends

I hope you have enjoyed these projects. Please subscribe to receive future posts. Who knows what I will think of next!

Peaceful Season

There is something peaceful about winter in the woods. Just looking at a sitting deer in the snow among the trees brings me a sense of peace. While I rarely get to see this in real life, I love that I can create it on a card to send to people.

The stamped images are from the Peaceful Deer stamp set in the July to December 2021 Mini Catalog. Shaded Spruce seemed like the natural choice for the trees and I continued the color scheme for the card base and sentiment. I stamped off the trees once to create the illusion of depth. This card also features the Elegant Tag punch from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. And the sparkly paper? The Be Dazzling 6×6 Specialty Paper is free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration in August and September.

Product List
  • Peaceful Deer stamp set #156891
  • Elegant Tag punch #155762
  • Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Pad #147088
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock #146981
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Be Dazzling 6″x6″ Specialty paper #156629
  • Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels #15193

My Happiest Season – Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “My Happiest Season”. 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.

When I saw the theme of “My Happiest Season”, I struggled to decide on my favorite season. I have grown up with all four seasons (sometimes all in one day!) and I missed them when I lived in Ecuador. Each season has unique qualities and positive aspects and I really don’t hate any of the seasons. Sure, I wish we had more snow to go along with our cold temperatures in the winter. Rain and 40 degrees Fahrenheit just isn’t pleasant. I get annoyed with spring in North Carolina because I need all my summer and winter clothes within the same week. I am not wild about upper 90’s and getting sunburned during the summer. Did I mention the humidity? Fall is similar to spring in that the temperatures are unpredictable and you can’t plan a Halloween costume until the week of. With all that, I realized that it isn’t the weather that determines my favorite season but the events. My life has revolved around school my whole life. I have been a student or teacher since the age of four and my father was a graduate student or professor for much of my life. Fall brings the start of the new school year as well as lots of special days. My birthday is in September followed by my father in October and my oldest daughter and mother in November. On top of that we have Labor Day, Fall Equinox, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the list goes on. Fall also brings beautiful colors with the changing of the leaves and who could forget pumpkin spiced everything! So, I chose to focus on fall for my card.

Really, I should say cards because I actually made three. I decided to use the Banner Year stamp set because of the cute little fall images and as someone who has lived in the south since the age of seven, I couldn’t resist the sentiment. “Happy Fall, Y’all!” I began with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the cute fall images to create my own patterned paper. I used soft Suede for the squirrel, Crumb Cake for the acorn, Pumpkin Pie for the pumpkin, Garden Green for the pumpkin stem, and Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry for the leaves. When I pulled out a piece of scored Cajun Craze cardstock that I thought was already cut as a card base, I discovered it was only 8″ x 5 1/2″ so the front was 1/2″ smaller. Rather than get a new sheet of cardstock, I decided to attach a strip along the bottom with the sentiment repeated in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Mango Melody. I then cut the patterned piece to 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ and added a piece of 3 1/2″ x 4″ Crushed Curry. Simple and easy!

This meant I was left with a 2″ x 4″ piece of patterned paper. I couldn’t just throw it away (or recycle it), I had to make another card! I remembered I had the Regals 6×6 Designer Series Paper and pulled out a piece of Cajun Craze. I trimmed it to 4″ x 5 1/4″, intending to use it as a background for my patterned piece. It didn’t look right so I turned to the 2″ x 6″ leftover piece. I trimmed it to two pieces of 1″ x 4″ an arranged it on a piece of Crushed Curry. I then stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla and used the Banner Pick A Punch to trim the ends. I then added some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Crumb Cake twine and mounted it all on a Crumb Cake card base.

If you have been keeping track you know that I still had that piece of Cajun Craze 6×6 DSP that needed to be used. Plus, I had been using a piece of Crushed Curry that had been miscut to 4″ x 11″ for the pieces on the previous two cards. Rather than toss it in the scrap bin and call it a day, I layered the 2 1/4″ x 4″ Crushed Curry on the Cajun Craze DSP onto a Very Vanilla card base. I also realized that I had piece of the DSP leftover and it was perfect to layer the sentiment on – 3/4″ x 4″. I once again stamped the sentiment in Crushed Curry on a 1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla and trimmed both pieces with the Banner Pick a Punch. Since I had already pulled out the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack, I decided to add a piece of Very Vanilla twine. Once again, a simple card that helped use leftover pieces.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

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 September 8th. Our theme will be “Focus on the Sentiment” when our Design Team creates a project showcasing a sentiment as the focal point of their project. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  4. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  5. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  6. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  7. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  8. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  9. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  17. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  18. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  21. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
Product List
  • Banner Year stamp set #158239
  • Banners Pick A Punch #153608
  • Cajun Craze cardstock #119684
  • Very Vanilla cardstock #101650
  • Crushed Curry cardstock #131199
  • Crumb Cake cardstock #120953
  • Regals 6×6 Designer Series Paper #155227
  • Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #147089
  • Mango Melody Stampin’ Pad #147093
  • Crushed Curry Stampin’ Pad #147087
  • Cajun Craze Stampin’ Pad #147085
  • Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Pad #147086
  • Crumb Cake Stampin’ Pad #147116
  • Soft Suede Stampin’ Pad #147115
  • Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack #155475
  • Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457

Books anyone?

Today is Book Lover’s Day. When I discovered this, I thought about reading all day. After all I have stacks of books that I want to read and haven’t gotten to yet. Then I decided to make a bookmark.

To do this I chose the Make It Happen and Nothing’s Better Than stamp sets. I layered a 1 3/4″ strip of Basic White on a 2″ strip of Cherry Cobbler.

Once I got started it is hard to stop papercrafting. Next I decided to make a card with lots of books. This card features the 2020-2022 In Colors along with a sentiment from Make It Happen stamp set.

I looked back at the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set and had one more idea for a card. The sentiments “today is a” and “kind of day” just made sense. It was fun using the sponge daubers to create the spots.

I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed making them. Now, off to read a book, but which one? It is so hard to choose.

Product Lists
  • Make It Happen stamp set #155047
  • Nothing’s Better Than stamp set #158295
  • Layering Circles Framelits Dies #151770
  • Detailed Trio punch #146320
  • Smoky Slate Stampin’ pad #147113
  • Just Jade Stampin’ Pad #153115
  • Bumblebee Stampin’ Pad #153116
  • Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Pad #153114
  • Magenta Madness Stampin’ Pad #153117
  • Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Pad #153118
  • Early Espresso Stampin’ Pad #147114
  • Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Pad #147099
  • Mango Melody Stampin’ Pad #147093
  • Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Pad #147095
  • Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Pad #147083
  • So Saffron Stampin’ Pad #147109
  • Baker’s Twine essentials Pack #155475
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Gorgeous Grape cardstock #146987
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock #146990
  • Just Jade cardstock #153079
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock #119685

Pals Blog Hop Wonderful Cards / Projects from the Garden

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Wonderful Cards/Projects from the Garden” where our design team showcase projects from things found in a garden, such as flowers, vegetables, fruits, or even a garden scene. 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. Once you finish here, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

When I saw the theme of garden, my mind immediately went to the Garden Wishes stamp set and Dragonfly Garden stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. I realize that there is the obvious connection of the word garden in the title of both stamp sets. In reality, it was the images of wildflowers and insects that attracted me. I am not a gardener. I don’t like the idea of having to plant annuals year after year. Besides I don’t like dirt under my finger nails and I am allergic to several types of pollen. That said, I like the beauty of wildflowers and what many people consider weeds. Dandelions sprout where they want, spread where they want, and have several different looks. Bees and other insects are such an important and underappreciated part of a garden. Don’t get me wrong, there are other creatures I like more than bees and dragonflies, but I appreciate the important role they play and let them do their thing.

Bridge fold card

When I saw the dies and thought of how to create a garden card, my mind went to this fun fold – the bridge card. It gives the card depth and is a great display card. It was definitely tempting to add lots of flowers and layers but I didn’t want to overwhelm. It was fun trying to figure out which elements to include and how to position the elements. I used Tombow Removable Adhesive be able to build the card and move things around until I had it the way I wanted it.

Memento Ink for Stampin’ Blends

I started with a 4 1/4″ x 8″ piece of Garden Green cardstock. I scored the long side at 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 5 1/2″, and 6 3/4″. The inner scorelines (2 1/2″, 5 1/2″) are valley folds and the outer scorelines (1 1/4″, 6 3/4″) are mountain folds. I then added another piece of Garden Green cardstock, cut 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. The ends are attached at the bottom and along the outside of the wings with adhesive. I also cut 2 pieces of 1″ x 4″ Basic White, one piece of 1″ x 3″ Basic White, and one piece of 2 3/4″ x 4″ Basic White. I stamped the sentiment on the piece of 1″ x 3″ Basic White cardstock. In the top left of the 2 3/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White I stamped the center of the flower from Garden Wishes in Daffodil Delight ink. On scraps of Basic White I stamped the single dandelion and four bees from Garden Wishes in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the bees with the Bumblebee Stampin’ Write Marker and the dandelion with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. I then pulled out the Dandy Wishes dies to cut out the bees and dandelion using the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I then cut out the grass and leaves from Garden Green cardstock and the pokey flower from Daffodil Delight. Finally I cut out the other flower and descending size pieces from Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, So Saffron, and Crushed Curry cardstock. I colored the stem of both of the flowers with Old Olive Stampin’ Blend. Then it was time to assemble the card. I finished off the card with a little bow made from Linen Thread and some Wink of Stella on the bee wings.

Z fold card

As you can see, I couldn’t stop with one card. I created another card using only the stamped images – no die cuts on this card, just stamps, ink and paper.

Stamping prep done

The card base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″ along the long side of the Garden Green cardstock. There are two pieces of 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White Cardstock and one piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White Cardstock. Once again the images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Inside of card

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team, because the Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on August 11th. Our theme will be “My Happiest Season” when our Design Team creates a project showcase projects inspired by their favorite season of the year. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  4. Leah O’Brien at Honeybee Stamping & More
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  12. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  13. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  14. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  15. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  22. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  23. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  24. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda <<<< You are here!
Product List
  • Garden Wishes stamp set #154408
  • Dragonfly Garden stamp set #154411
  • Dandy Wishes dies #154315
  • Garden Green cardstock #102584
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock #119683
  • Crushed Curry cardstock #131199
  • So Saffron cardstock #105118
  • Bumblebee cardstock #153077
  • Basic White cardstock #159276
  • Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #147089
  • Memento Tuxedo Black pad #132708
  • Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends #154883
  • Old Olive Stampin’ Blends #154892
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush #141897
  • Linen Thread #104199