Pals June Blog Hop Product Tips!

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Fun Ways to Use Your Stampin’ Up! Products” where we show our favorite product tips. 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.

When I thought about fun ways to use my Stampin’ Up! products, there’s so much I can write about.  Narrowing it down, I came up with a few.  I have fun layering die cut images.  I love to “splatter” ink (as I call it – some call it “sprinkling”), I enjoy stamping on Designer Series Paper.  Lately, I’ve been sponging ink with our Decorative Masks, using them as stencils. Now, that’s fun!!!

I created a shaded polka dot background on a Basic White layer with a sponge, the polka dot Decorative Mask which is one of the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks, and ink.

  • Rather than inking the entire layer,  I scored the edges of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White card layer 1/4″ from the edge on each side.  This gave my layer a frame.
  • I covered the scored edges carefully with low tack tape and set my masking stencil in place using low tack tape.
  • Starting from the bottom I sponged Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink ink over the mask, adding a little more ink and pressure in the center. Below is a photo of my finished stenciled layer.  The low tack tape worked nicely to keep the edges clean.

  • I stamped the sentiment with Poppy Parade ink using my Stamparatus. This helped me get a crisp, dark image on my newly created DSP!  I also stamped a few ink “splatters” or “sprinkles” with a stamp from the Color & Contour stamp set.

  • With my Pierced Bloom Dies and Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink cardstock, I die cut some flowers and attached them with Dimensionals.
  • I couldn’t resist adding that die cut bow.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to try Decorative Mask ink stenciling. The patterns in both sets of Decorative Masks are beautiful and versatile.  They’re on page 128 in the Annual Catalog. I know you’ll have fun with them.

So, pull out your Decorative Masks, ink up your sponge or Blending Brush and create your signature DSP!

…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 July 14th for “Wonderful Cards from the Garden” when our Design Team creates a project with flowers or scenes from the garden. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, have fun in your craft space.


  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty!
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  5. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  6. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  11. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  12. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  15. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  16. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  17. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  18. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations


Signs of Summer for the Paper Players!

Happy Sunday!  The Paper Players have another challenge for us this week.  It’s a Theme Challenge hosted by our very talented Ann.  She chose Signs of Summer.

There’s so much I think of when Summer is near.  Ann’s challenge banner pretty much covers the fun and adventure Summer brings.

I don’t  live far from our beautiful New Jersey beaches. At any given time from May through October, my beach chair is in my car. Mostly on a whim, I’ll get in the car, head to the beach, take a walk or sit for a while then head home.  A walk near the salt water is refreshing to me.

Today’s card is an image of the sailboats I see and the sea gulls flying in the background.  It’s a true sign Summer is with us.

I kept this card simple.  The Sailing Home stamp set helped me create my sailing scene. I used a blender pen and ink to add color to the sailboat.  The matching die from the Smooth Sailing Dies made it easy to cut the sailboat image and attach it with Dimensionals.  I sponged a little So Saffron and Flirty Flamingo ink in the background to create a light horizon.  The seagulls are stamped with Misty Moonlight ink.

The sentiment is perfect for graduates, especially during this time of year.   The sailboat and sentiment are all about the adventure that awaits us all!

So, pull out your favorite summer themed image, add a beach chair, sailboat or popsicle and join us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

You can click on any image below for more details on the products I used today.


The January-June, 2021 Mini Catalog is retiring on June 30th.  From now until June 30th or while supplies last, you have a chance to purchase your favorite products.  You can click on the image below to download a PDF of the Last Chance Retiring Products.

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FREE PDF Tutorial – Hello Sweet Strawberries!

It’s Friday and hope you’ve been having a great week.  This has been quite a week for me and I don’t know how I got from Sunday to Friday in a flash, but I did.

Today’s post celebrates the return of the Sweet Strawberry Bundle.  I love everything about the Bundle.  The Sweet Strawberry stamp set has a nice variety of adorable mixed font sentiment stamps and sweet images.  The stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up!’s Distinktive stamp sets.  The stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image.  Notice the lighter shading in the strawberries.  There’s no special technique involved. Just the stamp and your ink pad!  The stamp is shaded that way.

This is a quick and easy card to put together.  With the help of the Scalloped Contours Dies, I was able to add some “scalloped” edges to this design.  I know you know what I’m going to say next.  Yes, lots of pattern repeat, and I know you know what the pattern repeat is.  Yes, lots of circles!  Repeating patterns always works.

I’ve always been a fan of Pool Party and Real Red together, so it was pretty easy to choose my colors.

Click the button below to download the Sweet Strawberries FREE PDF Tutorial

So, pull out your Sweet Strawberries Bundle, grab your polka dot DSP, add a scalloped border and create something sweet!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

The January-June, 2021 Mini Catalog will be retiring on June 30th.  From now until June 30th or while supplies last, you have a chance to purchase your favorite products.  You can click on the image below to download a PDF of the Last Chance Retiring Products.

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A Stellar Birthday for the Paper Players!

Happy Sunday and welcome to a new week at the Paper Players.   Our fabulous LeAnne has a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us.  This fun challenge lets you choose whether you want to be inspired by the elements listed across, down or diagonally.  It’s up to you!

I chose to go with the top row across.  My card is blue, has lots of circle elements and a “happy birthday” sentiment.

I enjoy  adding layers to my cards.  They help give me a base to work from and give a card depth and a nice finished look.  Today, I added a Misty Moonlight cardstock layer to my Basic White card base.  The “sky” in my card is a layer of patterned paper from the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper.  I know I say it often, but this DSP is a winner!

I stamped the “earth” with Misty Moonlight ink and die cut it with one of my Circles Collection Dies.  The Dies are from long ago, but I use them often. The “earth” image is from the To The Moon stamp set.

My happy and adorable space explorer is one of the images in the Stellar Birthday stamp set.  This stamp set is “out of this world” adorable.  I colored my “astro-girl” with Blends and did some fussy cutting so I could put her “on top of the world”.

So, find a happy space explorer, put her on top of her world, add a few stars and create something “out of this world” to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Misty Moonlight And Color & Contour

Happy Thursday!

As you can see, I’ve been having some fun with the Color & Contour Bundle.  My last post featured this Bundle with Bumblebee striped patterned paper. I really liked the way that card turned out, so I decided to re-create it.  For today’s card, I used the Misty Moonlight striped pattern from the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.  This 6″ x 6″ DSP paper pack will be retiring with the January – June Mini Catalog.

The bold hand drawn, stamped flower images from the Color & Contour stamp set were so much fun to stamp.  I used Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia and Pale Papaya ink for the flowers and attached them to one of the scalloped frame dies.

The scalloped frame gave me a quick and easy layer for the flowers and sentiment.  The lines in the flowers remind me of the striped lines.  I thought this was a fun match.

So, stamp some large flowers in beautiful colors, add them to a scalloped frame and pretty striped patterned paper and create something fun!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

You can click on the images below for more details on the supplies I used today.