Pals February 2012 Blog Hop

It’s the occasion of the year as the Stampin’ Pretty Pals share some fabulous cards and projects featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Occasion Mini and Sale-A-Bration products on today’s Pals Blog Hop!

You’ve probably hopped over from Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin’ Blog, I’m stop number 14 on the Pals Hop and I’m glad you hopped in!  I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find great ideas for paper projects showcasing Stampin’ Up!’s Occasion Mini and Sale-A-Bration products from the Stampin’ Pretty Pals!  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you’ll be back on track.

This is my one of a kind non-traditional Valentine’s Day Card.  It is the first time I’ve used the Labels Collection framelits and I absolutely love them!  You will definitely see more cards made with these in the very near future.  The stamps are from two separate sets both available now in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  I love how Stampin’ Up! incorporated the bright bold colors of orange, baby blue, and red on one sheet of paper.  It opens up so many possibilities and allows individual creativity to shine through.

A quick hint to add a bit of dimension to any of your cards are to use Stampin’ Dimensionals to give your card a bit of a 3D effect.  I used them on the Everyday Enchantment DSP to add a slight raise to the Love stamped inside the framelit.  The gentle subtle pop of the paper allows the eyes to focus on the message of LOVE and doesn’t look flat against the Bashful Blue paper.

Please leave a comment when you get to stop #25 and give a shout out to the beautifully talented Pretty Pal, Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole for creating our blog hop badge and buttons!  She designed them using the Everyday Enchantments DSP from the SAB One Big Sale-A-Bration CD (127220).  If you haven’t done so already, make sure to download a free 30-day trial of My Digital Studio!

Card Ingredients Make This Cute LOVE Card:
Stamp Sets:  Sprinked Expressions (W125130; C125132)
Paper:  Everyday Enchantment (126154); Tangerine Tango (111349); Bashful Blue (105120)
Framelit: Labels Collection (125598)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie (105216); Real Red (103133)
Punch:  Postage Stamp (122344)
Accessories:  Rhinestones (119246); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from the lovely and awesomely talented Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair!, stop number 15 on the Occasions Mini & Sale-A-Bration Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for “hopping” by!






  1. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin’ Space
  2. Leslie Davis at Ellalicious Elements
  3. Emily Steggell at Stamping With Emily
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  5. Angela Richwine at Stampin’ Away with Angela
  6. Sue Bendinsky at My Color Creations
  7. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki’s Creative Corner
  8. Leah O’Brien at Leah’s Stampin’ Corner
  9. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
  11. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!
  12. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  13. Jennifer Takacs at My Stampin’ Blog
  14. Maggie Mata at MaggieMadeCards
  15. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair!
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Tricia Barber at My Stampin’ Blog
  18. Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach
  19. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  20. Kim Luithle at Kim’s Stampin Stuff
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan
  22. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  23. Christy Q at Schnauzer Crafts Creations
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  26. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings
  27. Linda Fisher at Linda’s Stampin Loft
  28. Sandie Conner at Pretty Provisions

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PPA 128 Color Challenge with a Kiss

Words of wisdom to the novice stamper… join in on the fun with a challenge… PAPER PALS ARTS is perfect!  It will not only motivate your creative side, it will make you think outside the box, and increase traffic to your blog (if you have one).  I’m a hobby stamper, but with my type A personality, I want to get better and better.  What better way than to participate in card color challenges.  This challenge was actually hard for me, but I got it done during my lunch break from work… =)

A co-worker mentioned to me, “I need to buy a card off of you for Valentine’s Day.”  I had to remind him that I don’t sell cards, I give them away.  So, Chuckie, if your reading this, leave a comment and it’s yours.


[pinit]This card actually started out as a heart shaped card using my Big Shot Framelits Hearts Collection…. but I messed it up and cut too much off the top, so I got two heart scallops instead of one.  I’m not one to throw things out and start all over again, so I made use of  a mistake and instead made a prettier card than what I thought I was going to make.  After I put the sentiment and hearts together, it still looked plain, so I daubed a bit of Real Red Ink while holding a heart pattern.  The tiny flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch shapes and the square lattice embossing added the extra dimension I was looking for.

I daubed the second heart and aligned it on the inside for a personal Valentine note.  I almost don’t want to give it away, but if I don’t it will collect dust on my bookshelf instead of bringing a little bit of sunshine into somebody’s day.  Thank goodness for card challenges, without the Paper Pals Arts challenge, I would have never made a mistake that made the card even more beautiful… =)

GOT A HOBBY?:  Stampin’ Up! is offering a fabulous opportunity to join my team!  =)

for supplies to make this cute HEART card.

Card Ingredients
Stamp Set:  Petite Pairs (W122495, C122497)
Tools:  Hearts Collection Framelits (125599); Square Lattice Embossing Folder Die (119976); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Paper:  Riding Hood Red (111348); Real Red (102482); Very Vanilla (101650); Whisper White (100730)
Punch:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack (118309)
Ink:  Real Red (103133)
Accessories: Basic Pearl (119247)

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