Sneak Peek of Nature’s Harvest for the Pals Blog Hop

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.

Today’s cards are Sneak Peeks of the Nature’s Harvest Bundle.  Wow!  That about sums it up.  This Bundle caught my eye and was at the top of my list.  The matching Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper is my color and design inspiration today.  I couldn’t put these gorgeous dies away, so I made a second card.

Both card designs are identical except that I added much more ink to my first card.  (Which is also below).

Here’s How I Did It!

Included in the Nature’s Harvest stamp set is a background stamp which I used to spread some Misty Moonlight ink behind the die cuts. With my Blender Brush, I created a Misty Moonlight “shadow” around the die cuts.  I inked the edges of the DSP layer, the white flower spray and the sentiment tag using a sponge dauber.  Adding in the Misty Moonlight ink really gives this design a good amount of depth.  My cards are usually “cleaner”, but I really liked the contrast in the inked version.

Below is my original, clean version of the same design. The Misty Moonlight wheat and Soft Succulent branch are perfect behind the crisp, clean flowers picked right from the garden for the Pals.

The sentiment is a beautiful get well, encouragement or sympathy message.  The font in the sentiment matches the penned font in the Designer Series Paper.  This is a perfect pattern repeat.

Both cards are embellished with the upcoming Matte Decorative Dots.  They’re in three sizes and so much fun to use.

So, find some inspirational Designer Series Paper, ink it up, attach a few amazing die cuts and create something thoughtful!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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 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


A Simply Simple Saturday Get Well!

Happy Saturday!  Hope you have a chance to get in some paper crafting time over the weekend!

Today’s card is a simple get well card.  It’s always good to have a few get well cards on hand.  If you know someone who might be a bit under the weather, sending a hand written note is a beautiful and thoughtful gesture.

Without a doubt, this is a quick and easy card.  The most time consuming part of this card was fussy cutting the rose bloom.  Since there aren’t many details in the lines of the flower, the fussy cutting was simple.  Because there are only three elements on my card, I thought the textured background would give the design a little pop.

All of the supplies I used to make this card are retiring with the exception of the Basic White card base.  Just Jade and Terracotta Tile are retiring In Colors.  The Healing Hugs stamp set is also on the retired list.  I’ve used this stamp set quite a bit.  It’s simple and the sentiments are thoughtful. The texture and shading is amazing.  This is one of Stampin’ Up!’s “Distinktive” stamp sets.  The image stamps are cut in such a way that two step stamping isn’t necessary to get beautiful detail and dimension.

So, stamp a beautifully detailed rose, add a good wish and some texture and create something thoughtful.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more details on the supplies I used in today’s project, click on the picture below.

Click on the image below for complete details on the Last Chance Products.

Stampin’ Up!’s Wishes Your Way

Happy new week!

If you’re in the midst of the winter storm coming to the Northeast early this week, I hope you are safe, warm and well. I just heard a forecast for New Jersey and we’re supposed to get the greater part of 18 inches of snow. I’m not looking forward to that since we had a taste of Spring last week. Snow is pretty though, especially when it’s falling, so I’ll enjoy the view.

Speaking of Spring, let’s get to today’s card.  My “Spring Butterfly” is another generic card… happy birthday, thinking of you, get well, wedding, and I’m sure you can think of a few more occasions. Another “Clean and Simple” card, I finished this one in just a few minutes.

My inspiration for this card was Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Take a look at the image from the Catalog below. I used the cropped butterfly image with the gold thread behind it, the sentiment stamp is the same and the colors are the same.

The photo inspired me because I liked the softness of the color palette. 

Here’s the simple “How To”:  All images are from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Basics stamp set and the cropped butterfly is from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

  • Start with a Whisper White A-2 card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″);
  • Crop a Whisper White layer measuring 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • Directly in the center of the layer, stamp the fern image in Pear Pizzazz ink (stamp off once).  Stamping off once means to ink your image, stamp it on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp onto your project. The image will stamp lighter.
  • Ink up the honeycomb stamp with Sahara Sand ink and, stamping off once, stamp the honeycomb on the bottom left corner and the middle right side of the layer.  (I used half the honeycomb image on the middle right side).
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom right corner with Sahara Sand ink.
  • Crop the medium butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlies Dies using Pool Party card stock.
  • Roll up some Gold Metallic Thread and anchor it to the stamped fern image about 1/3 from the bottom of the image.
  • Attach the butterfly to the fern with some green glue
  • Add a few embellishments (remember the design “rule of thirds”).
  • Attach your finished layer to your card base with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Send your card to someone very special!

So, pull out your Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, pour your favorite cup of tea and find your inspiration to create something stunning!

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Everyday Occasions

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Isn't this card just the cutest? Check out that slim strip of glitter and that cool arrow paper clip! This is from Stampin' Up!'s Everyday Occasions Card Kit. You get all the supplies, including embellishments and envelopes (I mean all), and instructions, to make 20 cards.

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Here are just two from the collection. Now, those of you who do follow my blog know that I generally don't do a lot of product selling here. I love all of the Stampin' Up! products and use them exclusively… I just enjoy card making and sharing design tips and tricks… but… (okay, there is a "but")… If there's any product from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog that I would say "go ahead and get", it's this card kit. The only supplies you'll need to have on hand are your favorite adhesive and scissors. 

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Last night, I finally opened my Kit and in no time at all, I created these beautiful cards. I will share a few more of the samples in future posts, but for now go ahead and give the Everyday Occasions a try. The instructions are clear, the supplies are organized, the box the kit comes in is sturdy and the quality is true Stampin' Up!. 

For someone who is not really a card kit fan, I'm hooked! Oh, and the best part of all of this is that once you're finished creating the beautiful cards from the kit, you could CASE the designs with your favorits card stock, sentiments and embellishments. There's no limit to what you could create, and for any holiday or occasion.

So go ahead and get yourself one, you won't be disappointed.

CM1805B[1]Click on picture for more Everyday Occasions


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Thinking Of You!


Happy Friday all!

I created this card for this week's Freshly Made Sketches. The Design Team over at FMS always come up with simple and quick design sketches, and this week's no exception. 


Clean and Simple and Quick & Easy is what this sketch is all about. I left a lot of white space because I thought it would be a bold contrast against the large Night of Navy circle.

My sentiment banner in Stampin' Up!'s Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper is also a striking contrast against all the white since the Night of Navy repeats itself and pulls you right to the sentiment. This is a perfect example of "color balance". The Night of Navy is strategically placed throughout the sketch design giving the card a balanced look.

The sentiment and frame is from one of Stampin' Up!'s new Hostess Sets, Sweetly Framed.