It’s the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016

It’s that time of the month again…for a Pals Blog Hop

Pals Blog Hop Logo for May 2016


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

For the longest time I have been wanting to make a Pocket Letter™ (yes, it’s trade marked. I checked.), and because this is my daughter’s first Mother’s Day, I decided to take the plunge. Here’s what I came up with:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

(Sorry for the shiny spots – but that’s what a flash does to plastic)! Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper has been my favorite of all the designer papers in the Annual Catalog. So I pulled it out once again to use for this project. Making the “letter” is actually very simple. Here’s what you do:

  • get yourself some pocket pages that are 8½” by 11″ and have a total of nine equally sized pockets. You can find them almost anywhere (craft stores, office supply stores, Walmart, etc.).
  • Fill your pockets!

Really, it’s that simple!

Of course, figuring out what to put in them can be a bit of a challenge. In the middle pocket of the first and third rows I made a gift card envelope and stuck in a gift card, which I then put in the pocket.

  • All of the embellishments that you see are on the outside of each pocket – ’cause I figured that even if all the papers fell out there would still be some pretty left behind. 😉
  • I colored the roses of the designer paper with my ink pads and an aqua pen
  • Punches were my go-to! I used the Banner Triple punch, the Bitty Butterfly, Bracket Label, Bow Builder, and the Curvy Corner Trio. Can you tell which ones are which?
  • I stole the black card stock tags from the My Paper Pumpkin wreath kit for April. Hey, they were left over, so why not?
  • My sparkles were the Pearls Basic Jewels (on the roses) and some Metallic Sequins that I sealed in the pockets with washi tape.
  • Stamps used: Circle of Spring, Tag Talk, Timeless Love, Papillon Potpourri, and Cottage Greetings on the envelope.

And the great thing is that you can then fold up the page in thirds and put it in a #10 envelope to mail! Just like that! Here’s my envelope:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

Don’t wait!

Some of these lovely products are only going to be around for a little bit longer, so get ’em while the getting is good!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  7. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  It’s the circle of life – and you are here!
  8. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Natalie Bradley at
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  15. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  18. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  19. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  23. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love

Mother’s Day 2016 is pretty in pink

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, this year. Mark it down! 🙂

When I began this post on April 4 here’s what I said: “As I sit here writing this I can see beautiful white blossoms on the trees (through the rain) and yet the night before last we had a dusting of snow.” Today is the 25th of April, and two nights ago we had a frost warning. Oy!

In spite of the weather, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the mothers in your life and what sort of things you might do to make their day a little special. How about a beautiful handmade card? I decided to use some Stampin’ Up! card stock in Blackberry Bliss and Pink Pirouette to put together the project below:

Mother's Day, Stampin' Up!, Cards

I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss ribbon that I wanted to use, so I took the Tape It stamp set (it’s retired) and stamped directly onto some Whisper White cotton ¼” ribbon. Don’t forget to heat set it, or you’ll be covered in ink, as will your project (found this out the hard way)!

I had the safety pins lying around, so I tried to color them with a dark purple to make them less pink – not sure I’m happy with the result. I’m thinking I should have just left them pink.

The inside sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss using a stamp from one of the retired 2015 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration sets, “Simply Wonderful.”

Mother's Day, Stampin' Up!, Cards
The sentiment used on the front of the card is from the Stampin’ Up! Delightful Dozen set that was retired last year, but any sentiment will do. I’m always sad to see the retiring stamp sets every year, but I also really look forward to what’s new in the Annual Catalog. Yes, I want it all. No, I don’t have anywhere to put it all even if I did!

I’m especially excited for Mother’s Day this year, because this is the first one for my daughter. So it’s my first one as a grandmother, too, now that I think about it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Pals Blog Hop May 2015


Pals Blog Hop May 2015Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May where we are preparing for the retirement of some Stampin’ Up! products. Though it may be goodbye to some very loved supplies, it will make room for the much-anticipated new catalog products. We hope you enjoy the Pals’ creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kerry Willard Bray, Peonies and Paper Chains, number 18 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I recently looked through my stamps to see which ones were on the retired list, and discovered that there actually quite a few. But I have no regrets about the ones I have – because they “spoke” to me in some way when I decided to purchase them, and therefore they have meaning for me. And yes, there will probably be a time when I will have to go through them and weed some of them out, but for now I am glad that I have such a well-rounded collection. That being said, there is nothing like a new Annual Catalog to get the blood flowing and the crafty ideas swirling. There are five gorgeous new In Colors and some really sweet new stamps, punches, and accessories. So while I treasure the stamps I already have, I can’t wait to dig into the richness of Stampin’ Up!s newest offerings.

For my project this month I pulled out an old standby, and one of my personal faves, Pleasant Poppies. What a classic background stamp! For the card below I used just a part of the whole stamp by only inking the flower stems that I wanted to use; because the stems aren’t as close together it’s much easier to ink up just the portion of the image that you want to use. I paired it with a piece of the Back to Black Designer Series Paper, which is also retiring. I was going for something clean and crisp but elegant, and I think I’ve achieved that with this sympathy card. The sentiment is also from a retiring set, the 2014-15 Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp, Flamingo Lingo.

stampin' up! pleasant poppies stamp set

The next stop is Susan Itell at Simple Stampin, number 20 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop! Here is the complete Blog Hop lineup:

  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  2. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps!
  6. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  7. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  12. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  13. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  14. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  16. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  ← it’s the circle of life – you are here.
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  26. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  27. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  29. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  30. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  31. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  32. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery

And here are some of the products I used to make my card – now is a great time to pick up some of these wonderful retiring items!

My Paper Pumpkin April 2015 Variations

I love getting My Paper Pumpkin delivered to my door every month, even as a seasoned stamper and scrapper. Sometimes the kits spark new ideas and sometimes the stamps have just the “sentiment” that I needed to round out my (ever-growing) collection of rubber and photopolymer.

So today I’m going to show you a couple of variations I came up with for this month’s My Paper Pumpkin, which comes with some unique kraft paper envelopes and Pacific Point and Crushed Curry ink spots. Here is my take on the card as it is presented in the directions that come in each and every box:

Variations on the My Paper Pumpkin kit for April 2015

Cute, right? And everything you need is included: the cardstock, envelopes, pre-cut bows, twine, adhesives, and ink. But I got to thinking that maybe these could be dressed up a bit, quickly. And simply. Obviously you could go whole hog with these and bling them out to the max, but I wanted to do something that wouldn’t take a lot of time but would spruce up the “ingredients.”

For this variation I used a sheet from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. I kept the Crushed Curry bow, I used the ink spots included, the card base in Crushed Curry, the cut card stock in white, and the photopolymer stamps also included in the kit:

Variations on the My Paper Pumpkin Kit

Here’s a look at the inside of the card – I love the sentiment that includes the parentheses!

My Paper Pumpkin, Alternate Ideas using kit April 2015

Finally, I thought, hey, there’s a string on these puppies, why not use them as a tag for a gift or an ornament for the holiday tree? I grabbed some snippets of retired DSP and a retired sentiment from a couple of years ago. I used the bow from the kit but turned it inside out so the white showed. I also took one of the cards and cut it in half and covered the Pacific Point pattern with another piece of the holiday paper. Instead of the twine I used the Soft Sky Thick Baker’s Twine. Here’s how it turned out:

Variations on the My Paper Pumpkin Kit

So there you have it – you don’t have to stick with the status quo if you don’t want to, and you can do anything you put your mind (and imagination) to! Once again, here they are all together:

My Paper Pumpkin, Alternate Ideas using kit April 2015

To sign up for My Paper Pumpkin, just click here. You can sign up month by month, sign up for three months, or  get a discount if you sign up for either six or twelve months of delivery.

Here’s a quick video that Stampin’ Up! created to demonstrate this month’s My Paper Pumpkin:

Stampin’ Up! Retired Product List

retired product list

The Stampin’ Up! retired product list is up and there are some great bargains to be had.  Because the list is so lengthy you will need to click on this link here so you can see the list in its entirety. You can also go to my online store here and look at the products and pictures.

Stampin’ Up! will continue to manufacture the stamps on the retired product list through May 26, so if the set you want is out of stock it will be placed on back order for you. Everything else on the list, though, is while supplies last only, so it’s first come, first served. Some products have already sold out, so don’t wait too long.

Tomorrow, April 22, there will also be new items in the Clearance Rack section. Now is a great time to expand your collection of some terrific Stampin’ Up products.

And don’t forget that all the digital files for My Digital Studio are also on sale!


Playing with Color Combos

Do you struggle with color combos? I know I do.  I’m never quite sure what goes with what, and the color wheel just makes my head spin.  I’m hopeless when it comes to matching things off the top of my head.

But the other day I got a new Spellbinders die and I thought, what can I do to make this stand out? I knew I wanted to use Pacific Point ink, although I’m not sure why.  And I don’t usually use orange tones, but our Calypso Coral was doing its best to get my attention! And who doesn’t love the brightness of Daffodil Delight? (Yeah, I know, people who don’t like yellow)… In desperation for one more color, I thumbed through my notebook of 8½ x 11 Stampin’ Up! card stock and came across a few random sheets of Certainly Celery, which was retired a couple of years back.

I also knew going in that I wanted to have whatever sentiment I was using appear in a circle, so the next thing I did was go through my book of Stampin’ Up! images to see what I could use, and came across Chalk Talk. Perfect!

Here is the end result of my color combos soul-searching!

Color combos with Stampin' Up! card stock and Spellbinders chevron die.

I recently noticed that my camera doesn’t exactly pick up my card stock colors correctly, so in reality, the blue actually has a bit more teal to it; but you get the general idea! I like the way the colors are so vibrant in relation to each other. Definitely out of my comfort zone, since I adore pastels!!

Butterfly Thinlits Back in Stock

The Long Wait Is Over!!

Slowly but surely the long wait for items that have sat in containers on ships at the west coast docks is finally easing. Stampin’ Up has just announced that the Butterfly Thinlits are back in stock after several months, and to celebrate their arrival they have announced a special 15% discount on the thinlits. Not only that, but if you purchase one of the Butterfly Bundles (which are already at a 15% discount), you can choose from one of three exclusive Sale-a-Bration prizes.

This is what you’ve been waiting for:

butterfly thinlits back in stock

This offer is only good until the end of April, so if you’ve been waiting forever for these beauties to come back in stock, now is the time to grab them, especially at such a great price.  And if you’ve been on the fence about whether to get them or not, this would also be a great time to do so!

Coming up this Tuesday we’ll have the Retired List – which will include every single Digital Download for MDS, as Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer support or downloads for My Digital Studio after May, 2015. Stamp sets and accessories will also be at a reduced price on this list. Be sure to check back to see what other goodies you can pick up.

Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit

So while I’ve been recuperating from cancer surgery I decided to poke around my craft room to see what unfinished projects I had lying around – um, yes, too many to count, I know you know what I mean. But I was looking for something not too taxing that I could do while sitting up in bed, and I came across this Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit by Papertrey Ink. The dies can be used with paper and fabric, and in this case I used felt. So I had my minions cut everything out with the Big Shot so I could then sew everything together. The first photo is of the needle book and the scissors holder:

Sewing Staples Kit from Papertrey Ink


These next photos are of the inside of the needle book:

Sewing Staples Kit papetrey inkSewing staples kit papertrey ink


Oh, a reminder – the retired list for Stampin’ Up! will be out on the 21st, and will include stamp sets, designer papers, and accessories, so stay tuned in case you want to pick up any of these going, going, gone items before they really are. I will post a link to the list when it is released. This includes, of course, my favorite In Colors 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. Anything in the catalog featuring those colors will automatically retire (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, one or more of these will make it into the regular color palette)!

So that’s what I’ve been up to, what are you doing?

Pals Blog Hop: Every Day is Earth Day

Pals Blog Hop 2015You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery,  number *2* on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I decided to take a small binder that I had lying around collecting dust and somehow re-purpose it. I didn’t want to use it for photo storage, so, in poking around the world wide web I came across this idea by Julie Campbell. My photo album is now a Card Binder!

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day


In the spirit of Renew, Reuse and Recycle, I pulled out my favorite paper from last year’s Sale-a-Bration, the gorgeous Sweet Sorbet, and used different patterns to complete the look. Inside I made my own file folder for cards of all sorts, as well as an oversize envelope on the inside cover to hold liners and envelopes.

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

I printed up my own perpetual calendar pages and then had fun decorating them with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar photopolymer stamp set, which you can purchase here.

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

I saved the clear photo pages from the original album and I plan on using them to store postage stamps and some fun stickers.  So no more excuses for not remembering birthdays and anniversaries, since everything I need is all in one handy spot!

The next stop is Becky Volpp at,  number *4* on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

For Peeps Sake!

So I’ve been working on making some “watercolor” cards lately, inspired by a class over at BPC (Big Picture Classes). I don’t happen to have any paints in the house, so I’ve been using my ink pads and water to formulate my own.  I kind of like using some minimalist design to showcase the stamp sets I’ve used, and this one is no different. The stamp set is For Peeps Sake, which is “totes adorbs”, as my daughter would say.

for peeps sake

I mean, these guys are seriously cute! So I grabbed my ink pads, squished them together so I had a spot of ink on the inside cover, got a little glass of water, and pulled out a paintbrush.

After I colored in the little Easter eggs I went back over them, once they were dry, with some Crystal Effects to help them pop a bit.  When I went to stamp the sentiment on my tag, I inked up the stamp and then went back and removed the tiny Easter eggs under the word “egg-cellent.” I didn’t want them on the tag, so I used a dry paintbrush to wipe off the color.

I decided to fussy cut the chick because I wanted him to stand out but I didn’t want to use any Stampin’ Dimensionals under him. Thank goodness for paper snips – I’m grateful they’re as sharp as they are cause you need them to be when you’re cutting such small pieces of paper!

So here is my card:

For Peeps Sake Stampin Up Easter

And here are some of the supplies I used to make it: