Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Sentiment as a focal point.” We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My first idea for this challenge sadly does not photograph as well as I had hoped.  It really sparkles in person, but not in the picture.  As a result of that,  I have two cards to share with you.  They are the same layout, and same stamps, but totally different in color.  Even though the photo is not great, I still wanted you to see the first version.

Here is the colorful version.


Stampin' Up!, Heartfelt Wishes, Heartwarming Hugs, Jackie Beers


And here is the more subdued, but shiny, version.  There are sparkles in the DSP, they just do not show here.



The star of the show is the sentiment, so I wanted one that really stood out.  This Merry Christmas from the Heartfelt Wishes stamp set definitely does that. I used shades of a red for both cards.  The first card is stamped using Real Red Ink.  The second is stamped using Merry Merlot Ink.  I added the small sentiment onto the base of the card using the same ink on each version.  I like the unexpected position of that second sentiment.


The colorful version of the card is made using one piece of the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper.  This is one of the Returning Favorites from last year’s Holiday paper.  The polka dot is the reverse side of the red.  For the second card I used two different sheets of the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper.  I love the softness of the gray.  And the sparkle in the larger piece is very pretty in person.

Finishing Touches

Both cards have the banner and I bet you were wondering how that was made since the Banner Triple Punch retired.  I marked the center point and used the Tailor Tag Punch to make that point.  It is actually very easy to achieve.  Both cards needed a bit of bling.  I think that is usually the case.  The first has Basic Pearls that I colored using the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend.  For the second one, and to go along with the silver foil that is in the DSP, I added Rhinestones.


The measurements are exactly the same for both cards.

  • the base cards are 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded
  • the tag layer is 3 X 4 7/8 prior to punching the end
  • the large DSP layer is 3 X 4 7/8  (the bright card has a white layer that is 3 1/8 X 5)
  • the sentiment strip is 7/8 X 4 7/8


More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on October 13th. Our theme will be Fantastic Fun Folds and 3D Projects when participants showcase fun fold cards or 3D items that will be great for any occasion. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping  ← YOU ARE HERE
  4. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin
  5. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  7. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  8. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  12. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  13. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  14. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  15. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  20. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  21. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards
  22. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  23. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  24. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  25. Kim Webb at Just Paper, LLC


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Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will come back.  I do read and reply to all of the comments individually.  They mean a lot to me.  Please reach out if you have a question.

Smile and Keep On Stamping,