Hats Off To You, Reid!

Happy Wednesday friends!

Todays card is a fun, personalized card I made for a new little family member I haven’t yet met. He’s now 2 1/2 years old and I’ll be meeting him today!  I put his initial on the cap and matched the colors to his gift packaging.

The “Hats Off” stamp set is definitely one to have.  It’s one of those, “thank goodness I got this” stamp sets. I stamped the baseball cap and easily fussy cut it.  For some color and design interest, I added a few 1/2″ strips of Poppy Parade cardstock to the bottom corner of my card and finished it off with Daffodil Delight punched stars.

I put this card together in just a few minutes.  I die cut the initial on the cap with the Playful Alphabet dies.

The 1/2″ strips of Poppy Parade cardstock were easy to attach to the patterned paper layer.  They all measured 5 inches long.  I attached the evenly placed strips then trimmed the edges from the back of the patterned paper layer. This helped me get clean, straight cuts.

Pacific Point, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight are so much fun to use together.

So, grab your classic patterned paper, add some stripes, a baseball cap and a few stars and create something colorful and fun!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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What’s Cookin’ At The Paper Players!

Hi Friends!  It’s time again for another Paper Players blog challenge.  This week, Laurie has a sketch challenge for us.  Sketch challenges are always a great source of inspiration. They’re a fun way to spark your creativity.  Use your favorite colors, add in some special patterned paper and create your original.

I don’t have anything like the What’s Cookin’ Bundle in my collection, so I made sure this was on the top of my Wish List.  The images and sentiments are perfect for tagging baked goodies, designing recipe cards or creating a simple card to reach out to someone.

My card today is a simple So Saffron cardstock base.  The black and white buffalo check patterned paper is a good neutral background for my cutting board, bowl, spatula and whisk. These are all die cut with the matching Cookin’ Dies.  The stamped bowl would probably look good in red, too!  I’m happy with the Bermuda Bay and So Saffron combination but it’s fun to imagine another color.

Below are the layer dimensions for today’s card. Feel free to use them for the sketch challenge.

  • The card base is a standard A-2 Tent Fold card.  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • The Basic White large layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • I cut the patterned paper layer 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The smaller So Saffron layer is 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The smaller Basic White layer is 2 5/8″ x 4″

Have fun with the sketch and link up with us over at the Paper Players.  We always enjoy seeing your beautiful designs.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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A Plentiful Plants Hello!

Hello stamping friends and happy Wednesday!  I can’t believe it’s Wednesday.  It’s refreshing to have beautiful, sunny weather after all of the recent rain we’ve had. The skies are an amazing blue.  I haven’t seen that for almost a week!

Today’s post is a simple design. I decided to play with color and my Blending Brush.  A few posts ago, I inked over a stencil with a sponge. After trying that technique and doing some blending today, I found that sponging is very different from blending.

I like the outcome of both.  I noticed that blending the ink gives a softer, smoother result than sponging.  The sponging took a little less concentration. The reason for that could be I used a stencil.

I blended Pale Papaya ink with very light pressure using my Blending Brush and applied the ink in a circular motion.  When I sponged the ink, I also used a circular motion but applied more pressure to transfer the ink.

Let’s Talk Color

I thought Pale Papaya would give me a soft background for the bolder colors I chose.  Pale Papaya has a lot of yellow in it and yellows are a good neutral. I always enjoy pairing blues and oranges.  They’re “complementary” on the color wheel and look great together.  Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay were my choices today.  My plants are Mossy Meadow, which is a favorite green for me. I like the way Mossy Meadow pairs with Pale Papaya.

A Little Sidebar

The layer dimensions I used today fit perfectly on a 3 1/2″ x 5″ Note Card.  The Mossy Meadow layer is 3″ x 4 1/4″ and the Basic White top layer is 2 3/4″ x 4″. My card is a standard A-2 top fold card.

I used the Plentiful Plants Bundle today. The stamped images are from the Plentiful Plants stamp set.  Look closely at the detail in the stamps. They are amazing! I die cut the stamped images with the matching Perfect Plants Dies. The sentiment is from the Garden Birdhouses stamp set… love the font!

So, if you haven’t already done it, treat yourself to the Plentiful Plants Bundle, add a Blending Brush and a fun color combination and create something just to say hello!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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To The Moon For The Paper Players!

Happy Sunday!  This week, the Paper Players Design Team has a fabulous color challenge for you.  Our amazing Claire chose a fun, bright and bold color palette; Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green.

After some thought, I decided to go with the moon, stars and lots of love in between.  I’ve never seen Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green stars, but they’re fun to see.  I’ve also never seen a Bermuda Bay moon, but my stamped moon looks happy in Bermuda Bay. I had some fun with these colors and the “To The Moon” stamp set.  The bright and happy colors in today’s card make it a fun expression of love to send to someone special.

The detail in the moon image is amazing.  The “To The Moon” stamp set is one of Stampin’ Up!’s “Distinktive” stamp sets.  The stamps create different shades of dark and light in a single stamped image. It only takes one stamped image to get beautiful results.

This is a simple card design using only stamps, paper and ink.

So, find a fun stamp, add a few colorful stars and create something happy to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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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