June 14, 2011

Retirement Blog Hop!

Welcome to the June PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring one last look at some of the stamps and accessories that are retiring July 1 when the new Idea Book & Catalog (IB&C) debuts. Enjoy the HOP and take one last look at some of the amazing creations that the Pals have come up with.

You've likely hopped over from Mike Funke at Stampin-Style, I'm stop number 7 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 crafted creations 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!

There are so many of my favorite stamp sets retiring this year. Retirement is always bittersweet for me. I'm sad to see favorites go, but excited to bring in the new! Today I'm featuring the stamp set, Party Hearty, which I recently purchased and haven't had a chance to use just yet. I was definitely bummed to see this set on the retirement list! I've created four different cards, all with a clean and simple look, that are quick and easy to create. But here's the kicker - I used ONE stamp for FOUR different occasions!

DEEsign 1: Birthday

DEEtails: Party Hearty is a fantastic birthday set, so I had to make at least one birthday card. Here, I created a gift card, with some simple party hats inked in Marina Mist, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie. I stamped them on Whisper White card stock, matted with Marina Mist, and adhered it to a Pumpkin Pie gift card. I tied some Old Olive Taffeta ribbon, which I'm sad to see retiring, and added the sentiment to the bottom. This card can be customized by using party theme colors for the recipient. So fast, fun, and festive!

DEEsign 2: Congratulations - Baby Girl

DEEtails: This congratulations card was so simple to make! I simply inked up the party hats from the Party Hearty set (minus the pom pom tips) in some baby girl colors - Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, and Baja Breeze. I tied bows on the ends of some white twine and used glue dots to keep them in place on my card. Then I cut out my party hats and adhered them to my twine to make a cute little bunting. I stamped the sentiment from Baby Steps for a simple and understated congrats card. This card can easily be adapted for a baby boy, birthday, graduation, and more!

DEEsign 3: Christmas

DEEtails: These party hats also make festive Christmas trees when stamped in Old Olive ink. Just draw in some trunks and you're good to go! I matted my trees with some Cherry Cobbler ink and adhered it to a long Old Olive card, tied up with some Early Espresso Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (another retiring ribbon). You can get fancy with your trees by coloring in those fun designs to create ornaments and trim or adding stars (just color in those party hat pompoms).

DEEsign 4: Father's Day

DEEtails: Here's an unexpected twist to that party hat! Turned on it's side, it makes a great flag for your favorite golfer. I added a strip of Crumb Cake card stock and punched a Basic Black hole for my green. Then I free handed the grassy areas, which I adhered to a Marina Mist card, then stamped the sentiment from Something to Celebrate This simple card can be adapted for any golf-lover's occasion by changing up the sentiment.

There you have it! Four cards with one stamp! Party Hearty has lots of fun stamps, but those party hats go the extra mile! :)

Are you ready to hop along for more inspiring ideas? Check out Barbara Chatzkel from Take Out Paper Arts, stop number 8 on the June PALS HOP! Thanks for "hopping" by!

1. Linda Fisher at Linda's Stampin Loft
2. Nicole Watt at Impressions by Nicole
3. Joanna Munster at Inspired by Stampin'
4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
5. Rae Harper at Wild West Stampin', Scrappin' & Crafts
6. Mike Funke at Stampin-Style
7. You're Here :)
8. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
9. Ann Schach at The Stampin' Schach
10. Joan Norris at Clearly Creative
11. Stephanie Uzee at Stampin' with Suzee
12. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions
13. Barb Furlong at For The Love of Stamping!
14. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons


  1. Nina, this is a perfect reason why we stamp---great simple ideas, all from one stamp! You're a genius! TFS!

  2. One set..so many looks! Very clever, Nina!

  3. Dee great simple, but beautifu cards and all from one set!

  4. I love all the ways you used the one stamp set -this would be a great class.

  5. I LOVE your cards, Nina! I love this set too and I'm going to miss it! Love your work!

  6. Gorgeous Cards. I love them all! I won't know which one to choose! Hugs, J

  7. Your father's day card is brilliant. Great idea.

  8. Your cards are simply beautiful! Thank you.

  9. My heart breaks when I see all these wonderful stamp sets leaving! I really liked the birthday card -- great use of color.

  10. Great way to show off how flexible a stamp set can be.


    Hugs, M