Cute Critters For The March Pals Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Cute Critters” – showcasing their card/project with adorable animals, birds, or insects for any occasion. We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Today’s post is a simple butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.  I colored the classic Monarch Butterfly with So Saffron and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  There are areas that I highlighted with my Color Lifter and White Chalk Marker.  The coloring was quick and easy.

The card layout was inspired by a sketch I came across.  While I was deciding on what DSP to use for my card background, I noticed a small piece of the grid paper design from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  I enjoy using the grid paper design in cards, but I wanted to spruce it up a bit.  With the polka dot background stamp from the Pattern Play stamp set, I started stamping the dots on the grid paper.

With my White Craft Ink pad and a sponge, I randomly shaded over some of the grid lines with the white ink.  I wanted to give it a whitewashed look.

Since I stamped the butterfly with Tuxedo Black ink, I thought I would add a little black to the grid paper also.  The little horizontal line stamp is also in the Pattern Play stamp set.  I thought it would be perfect so I stamped a few little black lines in the left bottom corner of the grid paper.  After I did it, I saw a little pattern repeat in the butterfly’s wings.  I liked the look.

I was having a “design your own patterned paper” party all by myself!!  …and it was a lot of fun!

That beautiful Seaside Spray Designer Series Paper strip is from the Sand & Sea DSP.  I couldn’t bring myself to stamp on that.

So, find a piece of grid paper, stamp some polka dots and a few little lines, add a beautiful butterfly and create something to make someone’s day!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on April 14th when our theme is “Great Family Occasions” when our Design Team creates a project for any special occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  4. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  6. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  14. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  15. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  18. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  24. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  25. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  26. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple

A Well Suited Art Gallery Happy Birthday for the Pals Blog Hop!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created “Birthday Bonanza” projects to inspire you to make for all of your family and friends. We hope you enjoy and are inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments because we all love hearing from you! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I absolutely adore the patterns in the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Today, I chose the beautiful Basic Gray and Smoky Slate paisley pattern for my card inspiration.  My original thought was to create some sort of collage card with this DSP, but my project quickly evolved into a mix of patterns on simple layers with a Stitched Circle sentiment layer.

While I was thinking about the color I would use with the Basic Gray, I remembered the new Pantone Color of the Year called “Illuminating”.  It’s a bright yellow and they are featuring it with Gray.  To me, it’s a mix of Stampin’ Up!’s Daffodil Delight and Bumblebee.  Daffodil Delight is a bright yellow and Bumblebee is a deep toned warmer yellow, so I decided to use both along with our beautiful Basic Gray.  I am always checking colors and the Pantone website is one I check often.  I looked at it again and saw the following quote for this color combination:

A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE Ultimate Gray + PANTONE Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.

I’ve always known that color affects our moods.  I thought I would share this quote with you all today. These colors are happy, hopeful and bright. They’re perfect for a special birthday celebration.

Below are the layer measurements for this card along with the supplies I used:

  • Basic Gray card base for a top fold A-2 card cut 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.
  • Basic White bottom layer is 4 1/8″ x  5 3/8″.
  • Paisley patterned paper layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The Bumblebee patterned paper layer is from the Dandy Garden DSP pack and is 4 1/4″ x 1 1/4″.
  • The dotted Well Suited DSP layer is 2″ x 4 1/4″, punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and placed upside down on my card.
  • I also used my Dark Daffodil Delight Blend to tap color over the white dots in the dotted DSP.
  • I used the 2 1/2″ circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and stamped “Happy Birthday” in Basic Gray with a stamp from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.
  • The flowers are stamped in Daffodil Delight and Bumblebee ink and I added a little Smoky Slate stamped off once to the images for a little more depth.
  • Just for fun, I used a few Silver Metallic Pearls to embellish my sentiment layer.

So, I hope you enjoyed my post today.  Pull out your beautiful yellows and grays, cut a few layers and create something happy, hopeful and bright!

...the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on March 10th when our theme will be “Cute Critters” where the design team will be sharing projects that will feature critters of all sorts to inspire you. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

BLOG HOP LINE-UP:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  3. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  4. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  5. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  8. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  9. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  10. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  17. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  18. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  19. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  20. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  21. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple
  22. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  23. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  24. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  25. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  26. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  27. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  28. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  29. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

 

For details on the supplies I used today, click on the images below.

 

Berry Blessings For The January Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects featuring “Sale-A-Bration Products.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments. We love hearing from you! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

The Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper were favorites of mine since I first saw the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  The stamp set features simple berry images and three mixed font sentiment stamps.  The Designer Series Paper includes fun, bright patterns and “Berry” delightful coordinating mixed berry patterns. Combined, these products will have you stamping and smiling, and in my case, fussy cutting. In fact, I was having so much fun cutting and creating with this paper that I made a second card using different colors and patterns.

Below are the layer measurements for this card.  I hope you have as much fun with this design as I did.

  • Start with a standard A-2 card base.  (Granny Apple Green and So Saffron)
  • The Basic White layer on both cards is 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″.
  • The top layer which will hold your focal point layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″.  (Granny Apple Green and So Saffron)
  • The mat layer for the strawberry patterned paper is 2 7/8″ X 4 3/4″.  (Shaded Spruce and Bumblebee)
  • The strawberry patterned paper layer is 4 3/4″ X 2 3/4″.
  • Cut the banner layer 2″ X 4″ if you are going to use the SU Triple Banner Punch.  If you are going to hand crop the banner, cut the cardstock 2″ X 3 3/4″.  (When the punch cuts, you lose 1/4″ from the bottom).
  • The patterned layer on top of the banner is 1 7/8″ wide.  If you are using the punch, cut the paper 4″ long.  Attach the layer on the cardstock banner from the bottom to the top and trim the top. It’s better to have a longer layer for this cut.  Trust me on this!!  (smile)
  • If you’re going to hand crop your banner layer you can stay closer to the finished 3 3/4″ length and trim from the top.

I still can’t decide which I like best, but you can tell me what you think.  Green or yellow?

For those who read my blog regularly I want you to take notice that the color blue is not in my post today!  I promised I would work on that… and I am.  BUT…I’m probably going to do a blueberry card just like this one.  Maybe for tomorrow’s post. (smile)

I’m wishing you the “berry best” always!

So get out your banner punch, cut a few layers, fussy cut some strawberries and create something that will make you smile.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 10th when our theme will be “Birthday Bonanza” where the design team will be sharing birthday projects that celebrate our family and friends. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

BLOG HOP LINEUP

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  19. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  20. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  21. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  25. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
For additional product detail, click on the photo below.

Painted Poppies Wishes for the December Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects showing “My Favorite Things” from any of the two current catalogs or the upcoming catalog in January. We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Today’s card is a mix of a good amount of my favorite things.  The Painted Poppies stamp set which is in the current Annual Catalog is very much a favorite stamp set.  Blue and yellow together is absolutely my favorite color combination and I love any kind of “splatter” on a card.

Deciding on what to use and how to use it was next.  I have so many favorite stamp sets and I adore all of the Designer Series Paper, but I wanted to create something I haven’t done in a while.  This card design served two purposes for me: wanting to practice my coloring and fussy cutting which I don’t do as often as I should.

Keeping the Pals’ “favorites” theme in mind, I started my process for this card knowing I would use Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and some kind of flower.  After really looking at four floral stamp sets, I decided on these images from Painted Poppies because of their size and I loved the look of the leaves.  The sentiment and ink splatters weren’t conceived at this point since I had a lot of coloring to do.  Daffodil Delight changed to So Saffron once I started using my Stampin’ Blends.  The warmer tone in So Saffron was a little softer and I wanted a softer look for this card.  I colored the leaves with dark and light Old Olive and fussy cut the images.

I had my Night of Navy layer cut and placed on my card base (not glued, though).  Next, I positioned my elements and once they were in place, my card still needed that extra something.  I noticed two ink splatter stamps in the Painted Poppies stamp set and went right to them.  Night of Navy ink and a splatter stamp…  I was in card making heaven!!  White Craft ink and a splatter stamp made me even happier!  Still missing something, though.  My white Stampin’ Chalk Marker helped out there.  When using Craft Ink, the images are more opaque and I wanted some of the white splatter to pop.  The Chalk Marker was perfect!

I topped off my design with a few Gold Metallic Pearls and cropped the “wishes” sentiment  with Gold Brushed Metallic cardstock and a die from the Well Written Dies which are also in the Annual Catalog.

I hope you enjoyed my card making story.

Remember …the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on January 13th when our theme will be Time to Sale-A-Brate.  Participants will showcase tags or 3D items that will be great for gifts for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  4. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  8. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Jeanie H Stark at Just Stampin’
  11. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  12. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  13. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  14. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  20. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  21. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  23. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  24. Lisa Milligan at Stamp a Rainbow

 

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Curvy Splendor – November Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!  This month our Design Team’s theme is “Pile It On” – showcasing their card/project with layers of DSP and/or embellishments for any occasion.  We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments!  We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This was another fun card.  I used the Curvy Dies, Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper.  The patterned paper is beautiful but I say that about all of the Designer Series Paper.  Stampin’ Up! artists design, draw, sketch and sometimes photograph the DSP. The patterns truly are works of art.

My card base is Night of Navy and the card layer is Whisper White.

  • I cut five 5″ strips of varying heights from the DSP and ran them through my cutting machine with the Curvy Die.
  • To avoid having the cut out circles from the Curvy Die in this project I made sure the solid cutting line on the underside of the die was facing me as I cut.
  • I arranged the strips in the order I wanted and glued them to a Whisper White card layer.
  • With the underside of the Whisper White layer facing me, I cut the strips with my paper snips.
  • Then I attached the Curvy layer to my Night of Navy card base.
  • The birthday sentiment is stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • Just for fun, I scattered a few Frosted Epoxy Droplets for a little embellishment. I usually stick with a maximum of three embellishments but I couldn’t resist adding the fourth to the bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

THE ONLY LIMITATION IS YOUR IMAGINATION! 

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on December 9th when our theme is “Goodbye September Mini Catalog and Hello January Mini Catalog.” Participants showcase their favorites from the retiring holiday catalog or new products from the new mini catalog. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  7. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Lori Webb at Clever Copies