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Saleabration with Penguin Playmates

September is the last month of Salebration. For my next few posts, I’ll showcase the fantastic and fun free products that can be selected with a qualifying order. If you see something you want in the catalog, don’t wait to order. Saleabration products go fast and may be in short supply by the end of the month. I’m starting this showcase with the Penguin Playmates designer series paper. It coordinates with the Penguin Place bundle in the mini catalog, but it’s also delightful on its own.

Playful Polar Bear Card

Penguin Players Saleabration patterned papers on a 5x5 card with a Happy Holidays sentiment.

All of the projects I’ll share with you in this post are created without the Penguin Place bundle, so the focus is on the paper. This card is 5″x5″ using a base of Thick White cardstock. Then I added a layer of 4-1/2″ square and a layer of 4″ square paper. The graphic sides of this double-sided DSP are really versatile. While I love traditional Christmas colors, there is something fun and fresh about using non-traditional colors.

Next, I added a strip of 4″x1-1/2″ of the same paper but using the “character” side, which gave me that cute little penguin. To get the polar bear for my focal point of the card, I fussy cut out the image from another piece of the Saleabration DSP paper. I popped him up on Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I used Night of Navy ink and a stamp from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set in the mini catalog. Lastly, I added a bit of sparkle with the Opal Rounds in the annual catalog.

Let It Snow Card

Penguin Playmates Saleabration Christmas card with Let it Snow sentiment.

The next card I have for you is a traditional 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″ base of Night of Navy. Then I added a layer of Soft Seafoam card stock. I added three strips of the Penguin Playmates paper. You’ll notice I used this 4″x1-1/2″ sized strips for several of the projects. I had them leftover from invitations I made, and I couldn’t let them go to waste.

To finish this simply cute card, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. The stamp is from the Encircled in Warmth set in the mini catalog. I die cut it using the Encircled in Beauty dies from the Annual Catalog. A length of white Glittered Organdy Ribbon added the final touch of sparkle.

Happy Wishes Card

This card is very similar to the card above. The base is Just Jade. On top of this, I added a layer of the Playful Penguins paper using one of the graphic dotted patterns.

Again, 4″x1-1/2″ strips. But this time, I layered them and gave them some fun angles to add interest and movement to the card.

The sentiment is from the Words of Cheer stamp set in the mini catalog, and I used Just Jade ink to stamp it on a scrap strip of white cardstock. Lastly, a few silver epoxy embellishments provided that touch of sparkle that I love.

A Quick Gift Tag

Gift tag made using the Saleabration DSP from Stampin' Up! Penguin Playmates

This has been a long post, but it shows just how many different cards and projects you can create with one 12″x12″ pack of double-sided DSP. I’ll leave you with this simple gift tag. The DSP is glued to a piece of scrap cardstock, and I cut the top corners at an angle before punching a hole. I used some silver cording and a piece of the glittered organza ribbon. I plan on tying it around a bottle of wine for an easy holiday gift, but it could work just as well tied to the handles of a gift bag.

If you’d like to see more of what I’m making with fewer details on “how” to make it, follow me on Instagram (@dayinker). Until next time, ink up!

Finding Hope and Inspiration in the August Paper Pumpkin

I have to tell you, it’s been a rough couple of months for this paper addict, but then my August Paper Pumpkin arrived. And I was inspired to return to the things I love. The box was titled the Hope Box, and it is filled with an amazing stamp set, gorgeous card bases and envelopes, and embellishments. And as a bonus, Stampin up added materials to make a box belly band. So you can fill it with your favorite hope-inspiring items, like a favorite poem or quote, family pictures, or even a scented candle. It can be a gift to yourself or for someone else. I haven’t finished my box yet, but I want to show you some of the cards I made with it.

The Hope Cards Mostly as Designed

Three greeting cards made from the August Paper Pumpkin kit with hope sentiments.
The August Hope Paper Pumpkin

These are the three cards the kit makes. I put a little twist on one of them, literally. I tilted the Bermuda Bay layer to add more interest. For the Polished Pink card, I added some texture stamping to the white layer. I should have used the cute stamp in the kit, but I was distracted. I also put the sentiment on the left instead of the right. Small changes, but they make the card “mine”.

The third card layers a pre-punched delicate floral/butterfly bouquet layered over the base, with splotches of color perfectly aligned. There really was not a thing to do to make this card more. It was dazzling on its own. The sentiment says, “Where there is HOPE there is faith.” We could all use some of that these days.

And do you see these pretty printed envelopes peeking out? Talk about “happy mail!”

Despite how pretty these cards are, I did come up with an alternate.

The Happy Birthday Card

The Hope Paper Pumpkin box with the alternative design. A birthday card.
Birthday card from the Hope Box

I always need birthday cards, especially in August and September! So, of course, I decided to make an alternate with a birthday sentiment. I used the Polished Pink base with the Bermuda Bay layer. The ribbon is part of the box belly band assembly, so I only used a small piece and frayed the ends for some texture.

The sentiment is stamped in the kit ink color Blackberry Bliss, and the stamps came from the “A Wish for Everything” stamp set.

To finish the card, I used three pre-punched butterflies and plenty of iridescent sequins that came with the kit.

Simple, fast, with a pretty bohemian vibe.

I hope you are finding ways to be crafty. Until next time: Ink up!

Quiet Meadow Bundle Pocket Front Card

Pocket front card using the Meadows dies from the Quiet Meadow bundle from Stampin' Up! Image shows card standing.
Quiet Meadow Pocket Card – Standing

This Pocket Front Card idea came from a Splitcoast Stampers post. I thought the design would be the perfect final card in my 100 Days Project on Instagram. The project was a challenge to create something for one hundred days. I chose cards. It took me a few more than one hundred days to finish, but I enjoyed the process. This card is not one I would make for an everyday occasion, and I’ll need to craft a custom envelope for it because it is quite large. But I can see this design as a gift card holder or a cute Christmas card with a less elaborate collection in the v-shaped pocket.

How to Make the Pocket Front Card

A Pocket front card filled with die cuts from the Quiet Meadow bundle by Stampin' Up! accented with dragonflies.
The Pocket Card resting flat

The tutorial for this card on Splitcoast Stampers is excellent. It starts with a standard half sheet of card stock scored at 4-1/4″. Then, with the card in landscape position, the two corners are scored from 2-3/4″ up the side to 2-3/4″ in the midpoint of the front. These fold back, and with a small piece of washi tape to hold them in place, become the v-shaped pocket. One thing I added to my card was a 4″x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White card stock to the front of the card. You can’t tell because the corners are covered with patterned paper. But it leaves a nice little spot for a sentiment and a note.

For the insides of the pocket, I cut a bunch of the flowers and leaves using the Meadow dies and Mossy Meadow, Soft Succulent, Bumblebee, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, and Blackberry Bliss card stock. I arranged my newly cut meadow in a balanced and pleasing layout to my eye. Then I added the butterflies using the same dies and Calypso Coral paper.

Next, I added the sentiment, stamped in Blackberry Bliss and die cut with the same dies, to the front of the card with Dimensionals. Lastly, I added punched dragonflies from the Dandy Garden paper. This is the same packet of DSP that I used for the front of the card. There are even little Blackberry Bliss dragonflies playing among the petals. Finally, for a touch of sparkle, I finished with some gold Metallic Pearls.

This is a very special occasion type of card, but it was fun to use all the dies and so many colors. I love the final effect. Big thanks to Dina Kowal for her excellent tutorial. Until next time…Ink up!