Heartfelt Sympathy – Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals’ February blog hop. We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate”! Our Design Team created projects using Sale-A-Bration items to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My project today features three of my favorite products from this year’s Sale-a-bration…Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (which sadly sold out very quickly) and Lasting Lily stamp set.

Here’s a few details…

  • I layered Highland Heather and Lemon Lime Twist card stock.  Before adhering them to the Whisper White card base with dimensionals, I wrapped three pieces of Highland Heather Organdy ribbon around the middle.
  • To create the next layer, I glued a pattern from the Botanical Butterfly DSP to a panel from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper available in the Annual Catalog.  Then cut a another piece of Highland Heather card stock just 1/8″ larger to create a mat.
  • The butterflies were hand cut from the Botanical Butterfly DSP and popped with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from Lasting Lily stamp set and cropped with a framelit from the Stitched Labels framelits in the Annual Catalog.

  • The inside sentiment is also from the Lasting Lily stamp set.  This set is chock full of sentiments for a number of occasions.  Not to mention the font is beautiful, too.  I’m looking forward to creating more with this set and it will be one that stays with me for a very long time!

Sympathy cards are always a little challenging for me because I feel that they should be more subdued.  However, even though it’s a bit busy, I think this card will bring a bit of joy.


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! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Spring Has Sprung” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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Thanks for stopping by and hopping today,

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Simply Bold Valentine

I have a few Valentine cards to share before the big day on Thursday.  I created this one for my husband.  This is the only masculine Valentine I needed to make, not counting my grandson, Jack who just gets a really cute one!  I do have two really great son-in-laws but they are happy to get a sweet treat as opposed to a mushy card from me!

I’ve been using the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty paper a lot lately.  This paper is so versatile and offers so many detailed cut outs. The intricate details on each panel can be used in so many ways to easily create unique backgrounds.  I used a piece of the lattice behind the heart cut out for a little more interest.

Here are a few details…

  • Basic Black card stock is layered directly to an A2 card base.  
  • A piece of Whisper White card stock is cut using the largest of the Stitched Rectangles framelits.  
  • Then using two of the heart framelits from the Be Mine Stitched framelits, I created the center heart.
  • Next this layer was run through the big shot with the Tufted Embossing Folder.
  • Black ribbon was wrapped around this layer.
  • The sentiment is cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits using Real Red card stock.
  • As mentioned above, I used a piece of the lattice pattern from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty paper, I adhered it to the back of the cut-out heart.
  • After positioning the embossed layer on the black panel, I glued the gingham pattern from the Botanical Butterfly DSP directly to the black panel behind the heart cut-out.
  • Lastly, the white embossed panel is adhered to the black panel with dimensionals.

I went outside the box for this wonderful sentiment.  It’s actually two sentiments from Simon Says Stamps, Loving Hearts stamp set.  This set has such great sentiments.  I really feel like sentiments should be just as important on a card as the stamped image in conveying your message.

If this card looked a little familiar, I used the same color palette and pattern on this card HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,



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More Calendars + a Tutorial

I’m back today with a few more calendar ideas before I have to tear the January page and a quick tutorial on the small desktop calendar I created today and also on my last post HERE.

The first one I want to share is the same concept as the calendars on THIS post but with a very different theme.

I’ve mentioned before that I work in an elementary school library so naturally I was drawn to two stamp sets from Mama Elephant. The adorable images are from the Book Worm stamp set and the sentiment is from a coordinating set, Good Reads.

Here are the measurements for this calendar style:

  1. The card base measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and is scored at 5 1/2″
  2. The stand measures 4 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and is scored at 1″, 2 1/4″ and 3 1/2″ on the 4 1/2″ side.
  3. Fold the stand so that the middle piece is pointing up and glue either end to the back of each side of  the card base.
  4. Decorate as desired.
  5. The calendars are purchased online at Taylored Expressions.

Here’s a stepped up version using the same stamp sets. I made a lot of this type of calendar for a recent craft fair.  They make great little gifts.

I purchased a 5 x 7 acrylic frame and inserted a piece of patterned paper then decorated the front of the frame and added the calendar and Post-it.

Then using some leftover pieces, I created a coordinating bookmark….and then I stopped…haha!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week!

Take care,



Picture Book Snowman for PP425 Challenge

Welcome Back!  I hope your week is going well.  Since I had Monday off from school, this week is just speeding by.

One of my stamping goals for this year is to enter more challenges.  I used to enter them all the time and found that they really stretched my creativity while giving me a lot of inspiration.  So today I’m participating in the Paper Players Clean and Simple Challenge.

Even though my card doesn’t depict a “snowy day” scene, this cute little guy can surely be found outside on one!

I used the Simon Says Stamps Picture Book Snowman Wafer to cut the frosty fella.  I cut his body from white glitter paper to give him quite a sparkle.

Even though it’s winter the patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Spring collection really cheers things up.

I had so much fun making these for a swap I participated in recently.  Here are a few more….

Thanks again for stopping by!

Take care,