Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!
This month, the theme is Seasons’ Greetings. This month’s design team members showcase projects inspired by their favorite seasonal time of the year. 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.
My favorite season? This question always stumps me. I don’t really have a favorite season and living in North Carolina I get to enjoy (or suffer through) all four seasons. But, since I have to pick a season for this blog hop, I choose Autumn / Fall. There are so many important events during this season (start of school, multiple birthdays including mine, Fall Equinox, Samhain, Halloween, Día de los muertos, Thanksgiving) and the changing of the colors is magical to me. Plus, I admit, I love many of the foods associated with this time of year – pumpkin spice donuts, apple cider, pumpkin pie. For this card, I decided to focus on a few of these elements – fall colors and Thanksgiving. I am not focusing on the actual holiday of Thanksgiving but the idea of gratitude. On several occasions this summer, other people have given of themselves to help me or something that was important to me and for that I want to express gratitude. This card was designed with them in mind. While some cardmakers are gearing up for Christmas cards, I need to focus on creating enough gratitude cards for everyone on my list.
Keeping in mind that I might make close to 50 of these cards, I wanted to keep the design simple. I chose the Gathered Wheat stamp set and Wheat dies for this card. I scanned my ink pads for a color that looked like the color of wheat (difficult for this city girl) and settled on So Saffron. Next I scanned for a complimentary color and settled on Merry Merlot, mainly because I rarely use it.
I started with a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card base, scored at 4 1/4″. I then stamped the wheat bundle image twice on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla. On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the wheat one more time and cut it out using the die. I adhered it to the middle of the card front, overlapping the other two wheat bundle images. I then stamped the sentiment on another scrap piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out using the smallest die from the Deckled Rectangles Dies. To add a little more color and dimension, I cut a background piece of Merry Merlot using the second smallest die from the same set. I adhered the sentiment to the background piece and attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I opted to not complicate the card further with embellishments. Hopefully that was the right choice.
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 14th. Our theme will be Focus on the Sentiment, when the design team will showcase a sentiment as the focal point of their project.
Until then, have fun in your craft space.
Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
- Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
- Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
- Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
- Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
- Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
- Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda <—- YOU ARE HERE!!!