Pals Blog Hop “Case the Catty”

Welcome to the Pals Feburary 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Case the Catty”. The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will copy or remake projects from any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs and brochures. After all, who doesn’t CASE (Copy and Share Everything) once in a while. You may be just starting or hopped over from another Pal. In either case you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along

Oh Catty, sweet catty.  I so love your glossy pages with new crafting delights, eye catching photographs and promises of unexplored creative territory. Stampin’ Up has done a phenominal job with their product catalogs.  They are so much more than a list of products to buy; they are inspiration itself.  Which is why this month we are CASEing our favorite projects. I’ll admit with SO MANY amazing products in the catalog, I passed over this gem a few times.  Birthday Wit was an unexpected love for me.  What finally did it was the way the “Happy Birthday” part of the sentement was cut out and popped up. This photograph got me thinking about an old Paper Pumpkin kit that had a similar feel and pattern and so I came up with these….

I swapped the square background for a circle and made the card a 3 1/2″ x 5″ instead of square.  Each sentiment was stamped twice in different colors.  One was cropped with a circle stitched framelit and the other was fussy cut.  (My kind of fussy cutting by the way, straight lines!)  Add a few background layers, pop up the cut out “Happy Birthday” with dimentionals and presto! a quick and cheery card with a slightly sarcastic disposition. I had so much fun making these cards that when I ran out of my leftover Paper Pumpkin bits I had to make another variation.

This time I went a little bigger, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, and added some glitz.  The Foil Frenzy specialty designer series paper is fantastic for adding some wow to your projects.  I mixed circles and squares on this design and set my squares a little off kilter like the catalog photo.  Both the solid and foil layers are 3″ square. A touch of ribbon, a few rinestone accents and a doiley wrap up the design.  My husband pointed out the irony of these cards saying, “These are so much more than ‘a piece of paper’ folded in half!”  I’m a die hard crafter; of course my cards have to be more than a single piece of paper folded in half!  Unlike most  store bought cards……. hmmmm……. well played Stampin’ Up! Well played!

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on March 14, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Corinne Blake Independant Stampin’ Up Demonstartor [email protected]

Thank you for stopping by!

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Creatively Yours,


15 Minutes to Finish: Petal Passion thank you

Coloring with Sponge Daubers – quick and easy!

I couldn’t be happier about the adult coloring fad.  It was a favorite pastime as a child that I never grew out of.  Stampin’ Up has several amazing line art designs perfect for any color enthusiast.  The new Petal Palette suite is one such stamp set.

As an added bonus, the images have an artsy, watercolor feel to them.  They are not supposed to be perfectly solid or evenly colored.  In addition to tradtional coloring methods, these soft focus images are perfect for the sponge dauber technique.

Sponge daubers are great for getting color down quickly and are not meant for precision.  They create a soft gradient of color depending on how much you layer the ink.  Designed to fit over the tip of your finger, daubers are a cleaner, grown-up version of finger painting!

Create the Card

  • Start with a 3 1/2″ x 5″ card base in Whisper White
  • Layer a piece of 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ Petal Passion Designer Series Paper
  • Crop a piece of Pear Pizazz with the third largest Stitched Oval Framelit
  • On Whisper White cardstock, stamp the large and medium flowers and the “thank you” sentiment from the Petal Passion stamp set.  I used Memento Black for my ink
  • Crop sentiment with coordinating lable die in the Petals & More thinlits
  • Use sponge daubers to color in both flower images and the cut with the coordinating Petals & More thinlits
  • Adhere oval and flowers with adhesive of your choice and pop up sentiment with dimensionals


Compendium LogoHot Tip!

 Don’t worry about being messy when adding color with daubers!  Since we are using dies to cut out our images it is okay to color outside the lines.  I like to start dabbing  color in the center of my image and work toward the edge.  If you want a softer color concentration, try swiping the sponge instead of dabbing up and down.

Most importantly: play around and have fun!


Corinne Blake

Independant Stampin’ Up Demonstartor

[email protected]

Thank you for stopping by!  I have a few last minute reminders before you go.

  •  Sale-A-Bration is going on now!  Earn free gifts AND Compendium Credits with qualifying purchases.
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  • The 2018 Occaions Catalog is LIVE.
  • Don’t have a catalog?  Email me at: [email protected] with your address and I will send you one free.

Creatively Yours,


Pals Blog Hop: My Favorite Holiday

Welcome to the Pals September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Holiday”.  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter holidays.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Memories and MORE for My Favorite Holiday

I’ll admit I’m really not into scrapbooking.  Whatsoever.  I have to say that Stampin’ Up’s easy pocket memory keeping system looks like fun…. I just don’t have any photos to go with the card packs.  Like, none.  My husband and I hate having our pictures taken.  We have no children or pets….so yeah, no scrapbooking. However there is a reason Stampin’ Up calls it Memories and More.  Today I’m going to showcase just how much MORE you can do with these card packs.

I think it’s petty obvious that my  favorite holiday is Christmas.  It’s also my busiest holiday.  I didn’t just make 14 cards (actually 28 since there are two of each) for the hop – I’m prepping for Christmas card sales already!  And thanks to the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More card pack, whipping up a few dozen cards was a snap!

I used some stamps and die cuts from the Carols of Chirstmas bundle as well as Pretty Pines dies and a few other embellishments to add a little extra punch.  For the most part, I let the lovely card pack designs speak for themselves.

Featured image:  Card base is 5 x 7 with Merry Little Christmas DSP, gold embossed trees from Card Front Builder dies and gold Foil Snowflake.

Left:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I had a leftover stamp cutout that matched the kraft and white holly card.  I layered it ontop of a Cherry Cobble cardstock embossed with the Dynamic Cable Knit.

Middle:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I used the Pretty Pines dies and an embellishment from the Christmas Around the World assortment to dress up the card.

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  I took two cards from the pack, one small and one large, for this layout.  On the smaller card I stamped the sentiment from the Carols od Christmas stamp set.  Added a bit of Merry Little Christmas DSP.

I know black is a non-traditional color choice for Christmas, but I love how these three cards pop with the silver and bold graphic images.

Left:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I used silver embossing powder with a sentiment from Carols of Christmas on one of the cards with printed black trees.  I layered Basic Black cardstock and silver embossed vellum to complete the look.

Middle:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  This card was super quick with silver embossed vellum on a Basic Black card base and a few of the silver stickers that came with the card pack.

Right:  Card base  4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Another easy card.  Layered on old DSP and added a little Whisper White bakers twine and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

…. Can I rave a moment about these new Foil Snowflakes?  They add sparkle to any card and have so many versitle design uses!

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  I layered the “Ho, Ho, Ho” card from the Memories and More pack on Whisper White background embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  A gold Foil Snowflake and linen thread complet the look.

Middle:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card from the pack didn’t need much to make it pop.  A little Old Olive cardstock, a silver Foil Snowflake cut in half and presto!

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  I am loving vellum layers on my cards this season.  The sentiment on this card, “Dashing  through the Snow”, called for a flurry of foil snowflakes!

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  More vellum and silver sparkley snowflakes.  I used a sentiment from the new Season to Sparkle stamp set.  The sentiment fit perfectly on one of the stitched shapes framelits which also happened to center nicely into the  pre printed square on the card from the Memories and More pack.

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card has a bit more going on with the Smokey Slate Gingham ribbon, snowflakes die cut in Smokey Slate with dies from Seasonal Layers and silver stickers that came with the card pack.

I saved my favorite two for last!  I am loving the black, white and olive color combination of the Merry Little Christmas mega suite this year.

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card has a Basic Black base, a  layer of Merry Little Christmas DSP and die cuts from the Card Front Builder.

Right:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I cut down the “Oh what fun” sentiment from one of the cards in the pack and cut out the tree from one of the patterned pack cards as well.  A Basic Black die cut with Swirly Scribbles acts like a modern, bold wreath.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds”. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?


Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row: #tttc003


For this card I drew inspiration from the left column down.  Bule and yellow are not a go to color combo for me.  And ONE LAYER?!  Yikes!  I know some of you can rock the single layer, but I struggle to create the illusion of depth without it really being there.  (Lord help me, Beyonce just popped up in my head.  “All the single layers!  All the single layers…” someone please tell me they got the joke)

Ahem. *cough*  Right, where was I? Oh yes….

Which three in a row will you choose for your project?  Grab your creative cap, whatever supplies you have on hand and come play with me at TTTC!



I’m on team “O” so my design project will not be featured this week but I’m playing along anyways!  For this weeks’ challenge, I truly embraced the “challenge” aspect of our weekly creative inspiration.  I intentionally choose three elements that are NOT in my usual bag of tricks.  I learned an important lesson with this little exercise:  inspiration can be found outside my comfort box.  Easily, in fact.  I think this card took me less time to design and make than most of my creations!  I KNOW, right?  smile

Here is this weeks challenge board:


Make it

15 minutes to Finish: Floral Statements

Easy Peasy Floral Statements

White Floral Statements Card

Ever since I saw this stamp set in the demonstrator sneak peak of the new catalog, I knew it would be at the top of my list.  Well June 1st finally arrived and so did my big box of crafting yumminess – including this beautiful set. These stamps practically do all the work for you!  Stamp them on your favorite background cardstock, do a little coloring (use water color pencils and an aqua paint pen to really wow your friends) and send your greeting out the door. Stampin’ Up’s Floral Statements is a great stamp set to begin your watercoloring adventure. Click here to find out more about my special Floral Statements bundle available through the end of June 30th, 2017.

Make it your way

The top card is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) from the 2017-18 annual Stampin’ Up catalog.  I love the white flowers on the crumb cake background.  Here is how I made mine:

  • Start with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch (A2) card base in Basic Black
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake to 5 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Stamp image in Basic Black
  • Add your favorite color to the flowers!
  • (optional) use watercolor pencils and go over your coloring with an aqua painter
  • Wrap White baker’s twine twice around top of stamped cardstock and adhere to card base

For an even simpler card, stamp directly on watercolor paper like these three cards!

Compendium LogoHot Tip!

Large stamps, like Floral Statements, can take few stampings to get a good image.  Stamp on scrap paper a few times first.  Stamping on watercolor paper is finicky as well because of the rougher texture.  If you can’t get the black lettering to stamp solid – cheat!  I used a basic black watercoloring pencil on the “HELLO” letters. You are watercoloring anyways!  This saves a lot of time – and paper – when trying to stamp on watercolor paper.

Corinne Blake

Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator

[email protected]

The 2017-18 Anual Catalog is LIVE.  You can find my specials and favorite products HERE.  These special bundles are only available through June 30th.

Don’t have a catalog?  Email me at: [email protected] with your address and I will send you one free.

Creatively Yours,


15 minutes to Finish: Eastern Beauty

Welcome to my new segment, 15 minutes to Finish, where I show you quick, simple projects you can do in – you guessed it – 15 minutes or less.  Time is money and I want to help you make the most of it!  Speaking of money, let me introduce you to our first project….

15 minutes to Finish: Gift Card holder with Eastern Beauty

This is both card and gift card holder in one.  The Eastern Beauty stamp set made decorating the card a snap.

  • Pick your colors; I used Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush and Lemon Lime Twist.
  • Take a piece of Whisper White Card stock and cut to 5 x 9 inches
  • Lay the cardstock horizontally and score at 2″ and 5 1/2″.  Your finished card will be 3 1/2 x 5.
  • Use a 1″ circle punch on the 2 inch end of your cardstock to make a notch.  I center my punch to make a half circle (ish).
  • Fold and tape the edges of the 2″ flap.  Your tape / glue should not exceed 1/2 inch wide along the edge….the pocket will end up too tight to slip the gift card in!
  • Randomly stamp the card front with the largest circle stamp.  I like to use the rule of three as odd numbers are typically more pleasing .  Take some of the stamps off the edge of the card for more interest!
  • Layer additional stamp designs in alternate colors.  A quick repeating pattern along the gift card holder adds a little extra sparkle
  • Use either the stitched framelits or a 2″ circle punch to cut out sentiment and adhere with stampin dimentionals
  • Dress with a loop of ribbon

Compendium LogoHot Tip!

Staplers – not just for the office!  It may feel like cheating or shoddy craftsmanship, but in the right context a staple might be just what you need.  This project is fresh, fun and a little funky.  A staple was the perfect way to attach my little scrap of ribbon.  Fast, secure and no futzing with fiddly bows!

Make you own Eastern Beauty Gift Card Holder

Color Combos to get you started

Corinne Blake

Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator

[email protected]

Thank you for stopping by!  I have a few last minute reminders before you go.

  • New Paper Pumpkin subscribers can get 25% off their first three months with the promo code STARTHERE.  Click here for full details.  Promotion ends June 10th!
  • The 2017-18 Anual Catalog is LIVE.  You can find my specials and favorite products HERE.  These special bundles are only available through June 30th.
  • Don’t have a catalog?  Email me at: [email protected] with your address and I will send you one free.

Creatively Yours,