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Go Pink!

Go Pink!


Welcome!  This is the FIRST EVER Ultimate Pink blog hop!  It’s PINK MONDAY in honor of breast cancer awareness month.  Stampin’ Up demonstrators all over the planet wanted to join together to make the interwebs pink.  Pink.  In honor of those before us and those who will follow who have to fight this ugly disease.  Pink.  Cause it’s beautiful.  And these women are beautiful. So there’s no better reason to go pink.

In keeping with the theme, I decided to use Pop of Paradise and Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper!


I LOVE the drama of pink and black together.  And it doesn’t even matter the pink!  Light pink works, dark pink works, bright pink… the options are endless.

I’m writing to you from the great state of Hawaii and one of the ‘unofficial’ symbols of our islands is the pineapple!  I love pineapple.  It is delicious.  So, when this stamp set came out, I knew I had to have it!


And, though one doesn’t usually imagine a pineapple pink, I JUST LOVE IT.  It’s fun, different, and cheery!  A perfect way to send a ‘thank you’ greeting.

The little thank you banner that comes in this set is so fun.  Though Stampin’ UP! has an endless supply of thinlits, this sadly isn’t one of them.  However, the hand cutting is VERY quick.  Only takes a couple seconds.  Not nearly as hard as you’d think.  The pink used here is Melon Mambo.

And, a couple of scores/punches on the envelope punch board and you have a custom envelope that is sure to brighten anyone’s mailbox.  The size of this card is 5.5×3.5  Sure, it’d fit in the normal A-2 card envelope, BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT???!!!  When you can use such fabulous DSP to make a custom, form-fitting envelope!??

I originally tried a white card base for this card, but decided the black adds so much more drama.  Happy drama is always welcome.


So, Thanks for joining us today!  And, go pink this month too… make a pink card, wear a pink shirt!

To move to the next person in the blog tour, click the frog box just below:


Celebrate World Card-Making Day!!


So, I really wanted to call this post Spread the Joy Part 3… (you aren’t sick of this set, are you…. cause I”m not…).  But, this will be the LAST in the set installment.  I promise.  But, I thought it was a glorious set to use to celebrate World Card-Making Day.  I hope you have a moment to set aside to Spread Some JOY.  Make a card.  Send it to someone who least expects it.  That is the whole point of World Card-Making Day.  The joy.  Joy the one has creating it.  And, Joy the recipient has getting the card.

And, that is kind of the reason I got started in card making, craft show selling, and general craft merriment.  Cause I have a WONDERFUL time doing it.  And, it makes me feel happy to know someone else will be blessed by it.

So…  without further adieu…  here is the rest of Spread the Joy:



I decided to split the entire set between 3×6 cards and 3×3 cards.  And, the designs are super simple which leads to simple, easy, but striking cards.  For this set, I put the 3×6 card on it’s side… just a different take…



It’s fun.  And, basically uses just scraps of paper.  Super fast.  Perfect for making on World Card-Making Day.

Here’s another 3×3:



By far, the fastest card in the lot.  Super simple. Easy.  Rhinestones add such detail.  This is another good card to give to a friend who needs a bit of encouragement.  Sometimes when making decisions, we need to ‘throw caution to the wind’ and follow our dreams.

And, probably the stamp that stuck out to me the moment I laid eyes on the set:  The piece of toast.



I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stamp that was a piece of toast.  And, I think it may be awhile before I see another.  So, realizing this opportunity may come but once in a lifetime, I HAD to jump on it.  And, own a piece of toast stamp.  And, not just any toast…one that spreads joy.  JUST LOVE IT.  (you can own it too, if you want…  visit my online store)

Here is the ENTIRE set of stamps, made into cards:



Wouldn’t’ you love getting this set of cards as a special gift on World Card-Making Day??  Cause what is making a card without giving one…?