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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
- Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
- Leah O’Brien at Honeybee Stamping & More
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
- Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
- Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
- Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
- Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
- Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
- Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple
- Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
- Lori Webb at Clever Copies
- Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
- Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
- Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda <<<< You are here!
- 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