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Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop in 2022! This month, the theme is Sale-a-bration. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My card today uses one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration products, Friendly Hello stamp set. Add a sentiment using Special Moments which you can also earn for FREE.

Watercolored bird on neutral background

I wanted to create a card in muted neutral colors. Drawing on the color palette in the Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper, I chose Basic Black, Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink, and Pool Party.


    • Crumb Cake cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • Basic Black cardstock: 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ (plus scrap)
    • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper:
      • 3″ x 4-1/4″ to emboss
      • 3″ x 2″ to stamp
    • Very Vanilla cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ for message insert
    • Very Vanilla Medium Envelope
    • Friendly Hello
    • Christmas Trimmings die (OPTIONAL Black berry spray)
    • Greenery embossing folder
    • Reinkers: Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink, Pool Party
    • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
    • Water Painters
    • Clear Embossing Powder
    • Multiipurpose Liquid Glue
    • Dimensionals
    • Mini Cut & Emboss Machine
    • Paper Trimmer & Snips
    • Bone Folder
    • Heat Tool


Stamp and emboss the images onto Fluid 100 Watercolor paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Fussy cut the images leaving a thin ‘white’ border.

Watercolor the images using the reinkers. TIP: Use the largest acrylic block as a palette. Put a drop of each ink on the block and a drop of clear water next to each ink. Mix and paint the images until you get the desired effect. Let dry between layers of color. The heat tool on the 1 setting works to speed up the process.

Add Dimensionals to the back of the water-colored image.

Emboss the background panel using the Greenery embossing folder. Layer the embossed panel with the Basic Black panel. TIP: Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue for a little wiggle room time to get your layers even.

OPTIONALS: Die-cut a berry spray from Basic Black using the die from Christmas Trimmings die set.

Determine where you want your ‘bird/flower’ image to be placed. Add some berry stamped images.

stamping behind the focal image

watercolored bird and flowers on a neutral background

To complete the card, tuck the optional black die-cut berry branch behind the image and adhere it with a dab of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


I chose not to add a sentiment at this time. I can add the sentiment later when I know how I want to use this card. If you need an all-purpose sentiment stamp, go for the FREE Sale-A-Bration product, Special Moments, which is full of wonderful sentiments. Each of these stamp sets are FREE with a $100 order. Let me know if you need assistance in finding $100 or $200 is awesome Stampin’ Up! products so that you can get these stamp sets FREE.

Add a stamped image on the message insert. And personalize the envelope with a stamped image or some Designer Series Paper.

I hope you enjoyed this simple card using the FREE product that you can earn during Sale-a-bration.

January 4 – February 28! Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts at the $50 and $100 levels (total before shipping and tax).  No limit to how many gifts you can earn based on increments of $50 or $100. 

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 9th. Our theme will be Birthday Bash when our team creates birthday projects to celebrate our family and friends.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  3. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps, INK **YOU ARE HERE
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  8. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  10. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  17. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  19. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  20. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
  21. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  22. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’