Thursday, August 20, 2020

August 2020 - Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! We share on the third Thursday of every month with fun projects from all around the world! If you are following the hop, you arrived here from Maureen Rachfuss' blog. 

Welcome! I’m Anne Marie Hile and I live in the United States. I’m so happy you stopped by today! This month, our theme is “Well Wishes / Pick-Me-Ups" I hope you enjoy hopping with us this month and find lots of creative inspiration
As soon as I saw the theme for this blog hop, I was immediately inspired to use the Positive Thoughts stamp set and coordinating Natures Thoughts Dies. This is such a wonderful set to let someone know you care and are thinking of them, which is something I think so many people need to hear right now.

All of the measurements for my projects are listed below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this blog post. I also have a Facebook Live Video where I put these projects together. You can watch it HERE. 

Color Combo:
What I love about this stamp and die set is that they contain SO many different elements. It kind of has a shabby chic feel to it (to me anyway) so, I decided to have some fun layering up all of the little bits and pieces. 

I also used the Birch Background Stamp to add some added pattern and texture without having to bring in patterned paper. This background stamp is one of my “must haves” because it works so well with so many different stamp sets. This is definitely a “chunky card” with all of the layers and dimension, so it will take some extra postage to mail. That’s ok though, special cards for special people are totally worth it. 
Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Petal Pink Card Base - 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2” 
  • Pear Pizzazz Cardstock - 4” x 5 1/4” 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock - 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, stamp the Birch Background stamp in Crumb cake ink using the Stamparatus, sponge ink around edges for added detail
  • Petal Pink Cardstock - die cut the frame from the Natures Thoughts Dies
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 2 1/2” x 4”, embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and adhere to center of frame
  • Pear Pizzazz Cardstock - scrap to stamp and die cut two leafy images 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock - scrap to stamp and die cut two feather images
  • Vellum Cardstock - scrap to die cut two detailed feathers, accent with Wink of Stella
  • Gold Foil - scrap to die cut two leafy accents and one scalloped border
  • Petal Pink Cardstock - scrap to stamp and die cut two floral images, accent with Wink of Stella
  • So Saffron Cardstock - scrap to die cut one little butterfly, accent with Wink of Stella and three small pearls
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 4” x 7/8”, stamp sentiment in Crumb Cake ink and punch banner ends using Tailored Tag Punch
  • Color Crinkled Seam Binding using a Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, tie bow and adhere using a Mini Glue Dot
  • Champagne Rhinestones
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card) - 4” x 5 1/4” 
My coordinating project is a notepad holder that is easy to assemble, yet makes a really sweet gift for someone special. I found these little notepads at Dollar Tree. They come 5 in a pack and they also come in different colors. I’m sure you could pick up some mini note pads just about anywhere, you might just need to alter the measurements a little. This holder opens and closes like a book and I also added a little “pouch” on the inside that could hold receipts or the like. 
I decorated the notepad holder to coordinate with the same elements as the card, just less of them. I went back and forth about adding ribbon and finally decided on a little Linen Thread bow. I figured that since this was something that will be opened and closed a lot, a “floofy” ribbon didn’t really make sense. I love how they came out and I hope you do as well. 
Notepad Holder Measurements and Details: 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock - 5 1/4” x 7 3/4”
  • On long side, score at 3 3/4” and 4” 
  • Pear Pizzazz Cardstock - 3 1/2” x 5”, embossed using the Tasteful textile 3D Embossing Folder, sponge Crumb Cake ink around edges for added detail
  • Petal Pink Cardstock - die cut the frame from the Natures Thoughts Dies
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 2 1/2” x 4”, stamp sentiment in upper right corner and adhere to center of frame
  • Pear Pizzazz Cardstock - scrap to stamp and die cut one leafy image 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock - scrap to stamp and die cut one feather image
  • Vellum Cardstock - scrap to die cut one detailed feather, accent with Wink of Stella
  • Gold Foil - scrap to die cut one leafy accent
  • Petal Pink Cardstock - scrap to stamp and die cut one floral image, accent with Wink of Stella
  • Tie a bow from Linen Thread and adhere
  • Champagne Rhinestones
  • Notepads - found at Dollar Tree, 5-pack
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock (inside) - 3 3/4” x 2 1/2” 
  • Peony Garden DSP (inside) - 3 1/2” x 2 1/4, adhere to Crumb Cake piece and punch a little notch using a 2” Circle Punch, place adhesive only around the outside edges to create a “pocket” and place inside the cover on the notepad holder
I hope you enjoyed these projects today! Please continue to hop along to see the awesome projects the rest of the Stampin’ Friends team have shared for the blog hop. From here you will visit the fabulous Tiziana Milano.

August 2020 Stampin Friends Blog Hop: 
Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. LOVE the notepad holder and everything is so Springy and Happy! Just what we need right now!

  2. Such pretty projects Anne Marie ... love the soft colours and all the layers

  3. Love your color combination! The notepad holder idea has been added to my craft show folder. Not sure when I will be doing a show any time soon, so I will use it for hostess gifts. I have to take another look at Positive Thoughts set.

  4. So So pretty - love that little notepad holder - perfect for our theme. Thanks for sharing

  5. Beautiful projects as always. I love the color combination.

  6. Beautiful project, love the note book holder, tfs

  7. So pretty thank you for sharing the directions the notepad holders is such a great gift to share!

  8. What beautiful soft colors and I love the notepad holder!

  9. The color combinations and the detail on your cards and projects are awesome. Love the Positive Thoughts stamp set and dies!

  10. Beautiful. Love the colors you chose and cute notepads are always a cute gift.

  11. Oh My Word, such beautiful projects. I am a notebook hoarder so this is right up my alley....these would make some great hostess gifts and teacher gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  12. As you know I am a huge fan of your creations! I love the colors you have used and your card as well as the notepad holder are just so gorgeous!

  13. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects and love the colour combo x


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Anne Marie