Pals Blog Hop: Share What You Love!



Welcome to the February Pals Blog Hop. This month we are sharing what we love – our favorite Stampin’ Up! products and our favorite crafting techniques.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat.  Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

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I challenged myself to create a valentine without any pink or red.  My card design for the Pals blog hop is a mix of Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and the stunning floral die cut that comes with the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Embellishments Kit.


  • The “love life” sentiment (I’m sure diggin’ that font) is from A Happy Thing stamp set, one of the free gifts offered as part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration (PDF) promotion.

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  • More than a valentine.  This card could easily work for wedding, anniversary, friendship and more.
  • A single rhinestone accents the heart (Sweetheart Punch).

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  • The Night of Navy 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon lends such a rich touch.
  • To dress up the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope, I cropped a perfectly sized envelope liner (Envelope Liner Framelits Dies) in Silver Foil

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  • Hover and Pin it! Here’s a photo showing key products for today’s card that you can save or pin to Pinterest. See ALL my product photos in one spot on my How to Make Simple Cards board on Pinterest.



What do you think?  Please leave me a comment below with your questions or feedback. I appreciate hearing from you and will respond promptly.

The next stop is Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.



  1. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Amy Hoptay at Inking of you
  7. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  8. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Rae Harper at
  11. September Gray at
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Becky Volpp at
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  17. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  26. Peggy Noe at
  27. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  28. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  29. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  30. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  31. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers



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  1. I would purchase that die cut in a heartbeat, too, Mary. We can hope. I DID suggest it to them based on all this positive feedback!

  2. That is definitely a “WOW” card. I love the combo of vanilla and night of navy, and the die cut makes it just stunning. I wish Stampin’ Up would come out with a thinlit for those flowers. I would purchase it in a heartbeat. I want more than the few you get in the Artisan Embellish Kit. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  3. Mary, I love this! Super elegant and I love the colors put together! Lovely work!

  4. just the simple act of offsetting the floral panel instead of centering it makes this card stand out – gorgeous Mary

  5. Hi Ruth: The design comes pre-cut in the Artisan Embellishment Kit (you get two plus other pretty goodies). M

  6. Thanks so much for your kind comments. Non-traditional valentines are so fun!

  7. This card has the WOW factor. The Night of Navy is so striking against the Very Vanilla and then to add the stencil which has a glimmer to it – again WOW. Your designs are always an inspiration.

  8. Carol Carriveau

    Oh Mary, I have seen many non-traditional Valentine cards but by far this is the best I’ve seen….I love your choice to use Night of Navy…this is truly a card that took my breath away for a few seconds….I will definitely have to CASE this one…awesome!


    Just a super beautiful card ,as you say suitable for any occasion. Just where can you purchase this magical die for this card? Love it.

  10. Elegance at it’s best! I am a huge Navy fan and that simple bow is perfection! I agree, that font and the sentiment is oh so true!

  11. Lynn Gauthier - Michigan

    Holy Buckets of Elegance! TFS

  12. Stunning and surprisingly versitle. All the occasions you mentioned would be great ways to use this card. Nicely done!

  13. Think how pretty silver foil, soft pink, black or even red would look in place of the Night of Navy!

  14. Drop dead gorgeous, Mary!

  15. So classy and elegant. Love the navy blue.

  16. Mary, your cards are so elegant. This one is stunning! I love the non-traditional colors for a Valentine. Beautiful job.

  17. Your card is so striking and tasteful. Thanks for your insperiation

  18. I love the color combination, Mary. It makes a statement! And I heart clean lines, which is why I always love your work. Hugs!

  19. These comments really brighten my day. Thanks!

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  21. September Gray

    Really love the colors! Beautiful!

  22. Hi Maria: You arent alone on the wish for the die. I already emailed Stampin Up! with the suggestion this a.m.! Hugs, M

  23. Shannon: There is so much to play with in the Artisan Embellishment kit. I think youll get a lot of use out of it! M

  24. Nancy Farrell

    Beautiful Mary, just BEAUTIFUL!

  25. Thanks so much for your comments. Big smile for me this a.m. in reading them!

  26. Great idea! I would LOVE a die cut like this. Ill suggest it to Stampin Up! pronto!

  27. Thanks. This was one of those cards that the minute I added the floral die cut, fell together. I love it when a concept flows like that!

  28. It’s beautiful and I love the Rose cut-out. I was contemplating getting the Embellishment kit and now I am for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Beautiful!

  30. Dreamy card my friend…….

  31. Very classy indeed, simple and elegant. Hmm..I also wish there was a die with this gorgeous image, imagine the possibilities.
    Thank you for sharing.

  32. Shannon Hokanson

    Love this card Mary. The combo of Vanilla, Navy, and Sahara Sand is both classic and classy. So beautiful.

  33. Simply elegant!

  34. Lovely Mary. I do love that cut out piece. We need a die of that design. Maybe you could suggest it? Well, I’m off to hop, some more. Bye

  35. Stunning!

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