Spring Has Sprung Pals Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Pals March 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Spring has Sprung”. The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will inspire you with Spring or Spring-related projects. You may see floral, Easter or other general Spring-inspired designs. 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.

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden Blog Hop - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Spring in my garden here in Southern California is announced by the first rose blooms of the season. They are always the best, the healthiest, and the prettiest roses. And my rose garden is just outside the window in my craft room so I see it while I’m stamping!!

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden Blog Hop - Prettypapercards - stampinup

My card today is a country rose. It reminds me of a yellow rose climbing a fence out in the country. This rose is from the Graceful Garden stamp set and, as you can see, it’s very detailed. To me it just called out to be colored with our Stampin’ Blends 🙂 

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden - Prettypapercards - stampinup

Remember to use Memento Ink with the Stampin’ Blends so that the stamped outline doesn’t bleed into your color. This is particularly important when using a light color like this Daffodil Delight.

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden - Peggy Noe - stampinup

I used some of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper as a background for the rose. NOTE: on May 31st this paper will be retired, so if you like it be sure to order some right away. In fact, I just ordered another package of it because I like it so much!

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden and Beautiful Day - Prettypapercards - stampinup

This is a card you could use for many different occasions. I find that I reach for “thinking of you” cards for sympathy, get well, encouragement, anything! I really like the font on this sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set, and it fit so well on my card!

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden and Beautiful Day - Peggy Noe - stampinup

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 April 11, 2018 for our Family First Hop. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.


Blog Hop  Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  4. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  5. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  8. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  11. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  12. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards      <<<<<<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!
  13. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  14. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  15. Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins
  16. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  18. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose


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Summer Watercolored Rose

Ok, I’ll just say it, I love roses! My front walkway is lined with roses, and right now they are blooming their little hearts out! We actually didn’t even plant the roses, they were here when we bought our house, and I couldn’t be happier 🙂

This stamp set is called Graceful Garden and it has the most beautiful rose stamps! For today’s card, the biggest rose in the set was first stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I took an Aqua Pen and lightly watercolored the rose and the leaves.

Pretty Pointer: Heat embossing the outline of a stamp confines water within the lines of the stamped image. Give this a try on your next watercolor project!

If you love beautiful flowers, this is definitely the set for you!


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If you want to participate in July’s kit, email me at [email protected] with the subject Prettypapercards by Mail (so I can identify you right away!). See all the details about the July kit by CLICKING HERE.

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Oh My Goodness, Graceful Garden!

It’s true, oh my goodness I love this stamp set! I love roses and this is a set of beautiful roses and leaves. Every day as I sit in my craft room I look out a window to my rose garden (I know, it sounds like an old song!). We didn’t even plant it, it was here when we bought the house, and it is such a pleasure to look out at the roses every day!

The background for today’s card was fun and easy to do. Actually I used our Pattern Party Decorative Masks and sponged Flirty Flamingo ink over the mask with a Thumb Dauber. I used a fun Host Stamp Set called Background Bits to add some more interest. It has a stamp with faint handwriting on it. Then I splattered the whole background with some Soft Suede ink. This is how you make your own designer series paper!

Ok, I just have to stop and show you my little stamping partner. Elie sleeps on her pink leopard blanket while I stamp. I called her name to get her to look up for this photo. I think she’s upset that I woke her up 🙂 Ok, back to my card…

Pretty Pointer: To add depth to a stamped image, use a Blender Pen to add more color. On this rose, I stamped it first in Flirty Flamingo and then went back in with some Powder Pink ink and my blender pen to give more substance to the flower.

Graceful Garden Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Item No. 143849  $19.00

To add even more interest I shredded some of the Powder Pink 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and laid it across the card below a strip of the same ribbon. It acts like a surprise ~ when you see it, you think ooh, look at that fun stuff 🙂

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All Products Used Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Graceful Garden, Background Bits
Ink: Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink card stock
Tools: Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Blender Pen, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Aqua Pen, Sponge Dauber
Embellishments: Powder Pink 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes