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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!

4 comments

  1. Stamp Candy says:

    Love this card! Pleasant Poppies will definitely stay in my personal collection.

    Did you ink the stamp with a stamp pad or a Stampin’ Write Marker?

    • Amy Hoptay says:

      Candy, I used the ink pad – I always lay my stamps down flat on my table and then dab the ink pad over the stamp – and because this stamp has such a good separation between the flower stems it was really easy to do.

  2. Kalyn says:

    Wow! I love this look. Sometimes I forget how beautiful stamps can look in one simple color. What a great idea.

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