Thank you for joining us for the March Pals Blog Hop! Today the Stampin’ Pretty Pals are excited to share new ideas and projects to get you ready for spring.

You should have just left stop number 2 on the Pals Hop – Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty. If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

**** Treasure Hunt!! – look for an “egg” image in this blog post! I am giving away some of my favorite products with you today!


I wanted to create something simple, elegant and shows some spring – So I decided to create this card! I love how the card come out to be. I use Very Vanilla Card Stock as a card base, and added another Very Vanilla layer to create tone to tone effect.

Scraps & Stamps TIP:

– Do you see the circles on the background? I wanted to create subtle effect without too much colors to distract the focal point. I used Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and Paper Piercing Tool to create this fun circles. It is so easy and quick!


– Those two beautiful blossoms are from the Secret Garden Bundle. I wasn’t a big fan of flowers before, but these are so easy to stamp and cut out with the matching framelits! I used Rose Red and Marina Mist Ink Pads for the flowers.

– Sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, and I stamped it with Wild Wasabi Ink Pad. It adds a nice tone to this cream-tone card. I am falling in love with our Subtle Collections Ink Pads!!!!

Supplies List:

  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Secret Garden Bundle
  • Delightful Dozen Stamp Set
  • Rose Red Ink Pad
  • Marina Mist Ink Pad
  • Wild Wasabi Ink Pad
  • Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack
  • Stampin’ Pierce Mat
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals


Yay, you found the treasure! It is time to do Easter Blog Candy!!!


Please be sure to leave a comment by 6 PM CST on Thursday, March 14. One recipient will be chosen at random from the comments received. The blog candy winner will be announced on Friday and the winner will need to email me the mailing address within 24 hours. (Blog candy can only be shipped to a US address.)

Easter Candy Contents:

  • Annual 2012-2013 Catalog
  • Spring Catalog
  • My Little Valentine Stamp Set (lightly used)
  • Simply Sent Sealed With Love Kit (lightly used)
  • Pretty Petite Stamp Set
  • Petite Label Punch
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Bundle
  • Maze Game Embellishment
  • TWO Free Class Coupons!

The next stop is Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works, stop number 4 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

Blog Hop Line Up List:

  1. Dawn Tidd at tiddbitsfromdawn
  2. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  3. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  4. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  5. Debbie Mageed at Scrappin’ & Stampin’
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  8. Ann Schach at The Stampin’ Schach
  9. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  10. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  11. Kerry Willard Bray at stampgoodness
  12. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  13. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  14. Jennifer Takacs at Stamped in Full
  15. Carmen Sublasky at The Creative Stamptuary
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  18. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  19. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  20. Julie Trevett-Smith at The Stampin’ Affair
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Ginger Toivonvn at gingerstamps.com
  23. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  24. Shannon Jaramillo at ezpeasycards
  25. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  26. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  27. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  28. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  29. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the MAX!

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  1. The pierced circles and the color on color layered paper add sophistication to a lovely CAS card.

  2. I love your card. Very simple. Love the way you did the paper piercing. Never thought to do it that way. Thanks!

  3. Love the simple design of your card – very chic! And thank you for the chance to win some wonderful blog candy!

  4. Love the simplicity of the card. I really like the color choice and how it stands out on the white card stock.

  5. I love your card! It’s going right into my CASE file! So clean and simple yet elegant!
    thanks for the chance to win some awesome products too!!!!

  6. Love this simple card I sometimes need a quick card so thanks so much for the idea, and love the blog candy too very nice.

  7. Thank you for sharing this card. I always need a quick and easy card, yet one that says “your special”. This card did the trick. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas and techniques!

  8. Beautifully simple and elegant card. Love the paper piercing. Thanks for a chance to win blog candy.

  9. I love this set – I’ve been on the fence about getting it. I think you’ve helped me make up my mind!!! I love the simple cards sometimes the best. Thanks for the chance at blog candy.

  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. What a subtle and beautiful addition the pierced circle is.

  11. Love white on white cards and this is especially beautiful! And your blog candy, over the top!

  12. Love the card, especially the addition of the pierced circle, adds a lot. I need to utilize my paper piercer more.

  13. I just purchased the Secret Garden set and now you have inspired me! Your card is elegant and clean and I love that! I am a big fan of paper piercing and it looks great on this card! Thank you for sharing! I am planning on CASing your card!

  14. Great card something I could do quick and easy. I love the colors you have picked. So busy these days I love quick and easy. Thanks for the chance to win your candy.

  15. I love a clean card and your is just perfect! Thanks for sharing and also for a chance to win some blog candy.

  16. I love the blog hops!!! It’s so fun to get a bunch of ideas so easily! J also love following your blog daily too!! Blog candy is awesome too

  17. Your card is so nice. I love the Secret Garden set and just created 2 cards with it last night.

  18. Lovely card, Nicole! The paper piercing circles add depth to the white on white. That’s a very interesting idea. Thank you for the share.

  19. OMG! This is beautiful and simple! I ordered this set and I cannot wait for it to arrive! I wikk case this one! Thanks for sharing!

  20. What a beautiful card. I love the clean lines and the fact that it is simple yet really still has the wow factor.

  21. I love floral cards and yours is so pretty with that subtle accent of the circles. Love it!

  22. I love using this stamp set, and you have created a wonderful card with it. I like the added paper piercing circles, as it adds eloquence to this card. TFS!

  23. I simply ADORE white space cards and yours is absolutely stunning. LOVE the paper piecing and “popping” of those beautiful blossoms! Fabulous design, Nicole!!

  24. Love your style – I am really starting to like the paper piercing a lot. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day!

  25. simple but beautiful! great idea with the paper piercing. thanks for sharing ideas and blog candy!

  26. I really like your clean and simple card. It looks like one I could do! Thank you for sharing.

  27. Love the simple nature of your card – I will definitely be trying your circle piercing.
    Thanks for sharing.

  28. I love your clean and simple card! It has a very striking impact! Thanks for the chance to win your awesome blog candy!
    Inky hugs,

  29. I love the beauty of this card and ease of mass producing. Your creativity is such an inspiration!

  30. Your card is real inspiration to keep it simple. You have all the correct elements. Thanks for the ideas.

  31. I lobe the simplicity and elegance of this card! You’ve inspired me to dig out this set tonight. Thanks for sharing.

  32. So simple yet so elegant. I think I will CASe your card – if that is ok with you. I really think the punched circles add a nice touch. Also — thanks for the opportunity for such a wonderful selection of blog candy. Thanks for your inspiration.


  33. Thank you for sharing this beautifully simple card. I have this set and have been trying to come up with a layout that I like. I think I’ve been overthinking it.

  34. What an elegant card. I just ordered the stamp set that you used on your card and can’t wait to make some fun cards with it. Thanks for a chance to win some yummy blog candy.

  35. Thanks for inspiring me with the tone on tone layered look! It always is perfect and so clean! Super duper job!

  36. Your work is so cool, Nicole, and this card is no exception. I have watched a ton of your videos! Thanks so much.

  37. Simple but very elegant! I really like that you have shown a simple card can be stunning as well. Thanks for the chance to win a great gift!

  38. After seeing your card I’ve decided to add this stamp set combo to my list! Thanks for sharing!

  39. This is so much fun. I just joined the stampin up team and love all your inspiration thanks for sharing!

  40. Simple and elegant – love the light touch on the background with the paper piercing!

  41. I liked how you used the piercing set!! Thanks for the idea and a chance to win some goodies!!

  42. Your Secret Garden design is simple but elegant and I am so happy I just purchased this,bundle and the paper piercing pack so I can try my hand at it as well! Your blog candy is outstanding!!!

  43. I like the subtle look of your card with the pierced circles.. it really added a nice touch

  44. Beautiful clean & simple card. I love the Secret Garden set. Thanks for the chance of winnibg the blog candy.

  45. This is so my type of card. Clean and simple yet gorgeous and can be whipped up fairly quickly.

  46. What a soft and beautiful card…fabulous colors, and the pierced circles are another touch of softness. Really special design..TFS!

  47. I really like this card – we can use the idea for all sorts occasions and I know I will! It is perfect and I love the piercing too. Great job – less is better for sure! I will be back to explore more of your blog creations!

  48. I always appreciate the inspirational ideas on the blog hops, but this candy just makes it “sweeter”. πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

  49. What a pretty CAS card. I love the tip about adding the circles to the background. The change in texture really makes a difference.

  50. Simple, elegant, my kind of card! Now I need to get these flower stamps… πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  51. Would love to sign up for your quick tips – great idea on the Spritzer that I saw on your blog, but I already have a demonstrator for Stampin Up and didn’t feel like I should leave my contact info.

    Thanks for sharing on the Blog Hop – would love to win your Blog candy.

  52. I love the simple design. Love the piercing idea. Gives the card a little something extra. Thanks for sharing!

  53. Love your blog and ideas.
    I signed up for your newsletter.
    I am so excited! Please enter me
    into the blog hop giveaway!
    Thank you,