Pals April Blog Hop: Flowers!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is Fabulous Flowers. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Although it’s been a SLOW and cold spring, tulips can be often be seen peeking up through the snow, especially against buildings where the sun is warm. I used the beautiful Flowering Tulips Bundle to create today’s project:

This layout is called the Criss Cross Pocket Card, a design I learned from Lisa Curcio at Lisa’s Stamp Studio. Although this is not a new fun fold, it was new to me! The insert is a fun single panel card that you can stamp, decorate, and then write on. For this insert, I stamped, then adhered the front panel to the back, and then ran through the Cut and Emboss machine with one of the dies from the Flowering Tulips Dies. I punched out some of the small squares, but not all, to create some interest.

Here are the instructions:

  • BASE: 
    • Blackberry Bliss: cut TWO @ 4 1/4″ x 11”, score at 5 1/2″  
    • Cut one side of each panel on a diagonal from the top corner to the middle score at the bottom.
    • Make sure the second sheet is cut so that it’s FACING the other diagonal. (See below)
    • Adhere the two panels together so you have two ‘wings.’ Do not glue the wings down until you’ve added the DSP (next step).
    • Designer Series Paper: 4” x 5 1/4″, cut on diagonal in half. If you are using a sheet of DSP that has a vertical design, watch how you cut the paper so that diagonals are the correct direction for the pattern.
    • Adhere these diagonal cuts to the fronts (two wings) of the card base.
    • Use a strong adhesive to glue or tape down the wings at the bottom of each wing in order to make an envelope.
  • INSERT: 
    • Basic White: 3 5/8” x 5” 
    • Highland Heather: 3 3/4″ x 5 1/8”
Cut one 11 x 4 1/4″ panel from top corner to score line. Cut the other panel the opposite way.

A couple of things that I learned: When adhering the two criss-cross panels, use something strong, like Tear N Tape, and use it on the bottom of the two diagonal sides, not the center of the base. You can adhere either side down first, depending on which DSP you want to show more. For example, I wanted the patterned side to show more in the photo below, so it’s adhered on top of the solid DSP side.

Once the basic card is created, you can decorate the outside. I chose to create two tulips using Blackberry Bliss and Highland Heather with leaves and stems of Evening Evergreen. The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulips stamp set, stamped in Blackberry Bliss. I added a couple of iridescent sequins and a double bow of white baker’s twine to finish it off.

I had so much fun making this Criss-Cross card design, I made another one, with the tulips coming from the other direction, and a different color combination. They’re tons of fun to make!

In fact, once you get started, it’s hard to stop!

I hope you enjoyed my project today! More inspiration awaits! Use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on May 11. Our theme will be New 2022-2024 In Colors, with the Pals showcasing the brand new In Colors in the new Annual Catalog.

Until then, enjoy the Spring and all the flowers you love!

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  8. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’ ——-YOU ARE RIGHT HERE!
  10. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  16. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  17. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  18. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  19. Rae Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
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11 thoughts on “Pals April Blog Hop: Flowers!

  1. What beautiful cards you created with the tulip suite, Mary! This fold is lots of fun to create and a great way to include a gift card as well. Thanks for joining the blog hop this month!


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