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Fabulous Flowers: Pals Blog Hop

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! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

   How's Life Friends?

   I love cherry blossom time. [not that it's happening yet where I live in Montana!] When I lived in Annapolis, MD, I used to go into Washington D.C. often, and once enjoyed a photo safari during the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Jefferson Memorial/Tidal Basin. The trees there were a gift from Japan. The next time I photographed so many cherry trees was in Japan when our Navy family was stationed in Misawa. We drove to Hirosaki Castle for hanami, "flower viewing." It was something I will never forget...like floating on flower clouds.

   For this month's theme I pay homage to the cherry blossom as a special reminder to stop and appreciate the beautiful, poignant transience of life.

   I wanted to give these retiring stamps a special showcase. Forever Blossoms and coordinating Cherry Blossom dies [50% off now!] will be gone soon just like this season's blooms. The Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder is what I used to give texture to this Blushing Bride card base. Soft Seafoam diecut with the Scalloped Contours dies [part of the Color and Contour Bundle] provides the background for the no-line watercolor technique cherry blossom clusters.

   In this second project, I wanted to show the versatility of the Mini Catalog host set, Expressions of Friendship. When I saw it, I knew I'd use it for three seasons. I stamped it on Shimmery Cardstock and used Stampin' Blends to trace lines and add extra color everywhere except the stamped Flirty Flamingo of the cherry blossoms.



   I hope you found some inspiration here today. I encourage you to go on a hanami adventure, and wish you many moments to cherish.

   Be Well Friends! 

More inspiration awaits, so 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 [second Wednesday]. Our theme will be New 2022-2024 In Colors, with the Pals showcasing the brand new In Colors in the new Annual Catalog.

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’
  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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  1. Both cards are so pretty with the cherry blossoms but I especially like the second card with the swing. Tracing the lines with the Stampin' Blends adds a nice effect.

  2. These beautiful cherry cards for perfect for us who aren't experiencing much spring right now. I love how you created the watercolor effect. So fun to hear about the lovely cherry trees!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Mary! We have to take spring as an idea/in spirit sometimes, don't we?! I'm happy you enjoyed the cherry blossom backstory;) Be Well Friend!

  3. Deb, beautiful showing of the retiring Cherry Blossoms Set. Your swinging girl is very sweet also!

  4. Love both of your cards Deb! The coloring is so soft and pretty.

  5. What a fun group of projects. Thank you for showing us the versatility.

    1. So kind of you to hop by Pal:) Always happy to share my stamp on life!

  6. Oh, yes, cherry blossoms are such gorgeous flowers and you showcased these stamp sets beautifully. I haven't seen anyone use the Expressions of Friendship set before - love that you can use it for at least three seasons. Thanks for joining the blog hop this month!

    1. Thanks Debbie:) Here's another card with this set: https://debstampslife.blogspot.com/2022/02/birthday-bash-pals-hop.html
      Be Well Friend!


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