Stuck creatively? Join the September 2022 Alumni Team Blog Hop and be inspired to create something beautiful today!

Friday September 30, 2022
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Hey friend how is your day going?

Join us on the last Friday of every month, we have a blog hop filled with beautiful inspiration from the Alumni Design team! Are you looking to jumpstart your creativity? If you feel stuck and want some ideas to get you started, you are in the perfect spot!

A heads up we are the last blog in the hop, so if you landed here from the hop make sure to scroll down to see the beautiful project from designer Rajni Chawla  and leave a comment for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate! 

Join in this months hop for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate before 11:59pm EST Monday, Oct 3rd, 2022, It's easy to join in on the fun! Here is how to play along...  It starts right here on Kathy's blog post! 

❤ Click the link HERE to start.
❤ Be inspired by the project you see.
❤ Comment on the blog post you are on so you are entered for a chance to win.
❤ Click the link to go to the next blog for more inspiration.
❤ Comment on this blog post for another chance to win.

Repeat the process! The more blog posts you comment on the more chances you have to win!                                                                      

A winner will be randomly chosen from all of the blogs in the hop and announced Wednesday, Oct 5th, 2022, Plus a winner will be drawn from the comments below! You can find out who is the winners are on our Facebook page and on our website! Have fun and good luck everyone!

Instructions so you can create this project too:

  1. The ready side-fold card measures 6" by 8". Cut a smooth white cardstock measuring 12" by 8" and score it at 6" on the longer side. Crease and score it well using a bone folder.
  2. Choose a pattern paper from the designer paper collection and cut measuring 5 1/2" by 7 1/2". Mat it on the white cardstock creating a delicate white border of 1/16" on all sides. Layer the panel on the card base using foam dots. 
  3. Cut one shadow from white cardstock, and 2 pieces of die-cuts from smooth white cardstock using Fancy Classic Rectangle Frame Die. Stack and glue both the die-cut frames together. Next, glue the frames on the ready card panel as shown. Next, choose the paper from the designer's paper collection and cut the second solid panel. Layer it using foam dots on the card front.  Cut the smaller fancy frame in white and gold cardstock and glue them together keeping the gold one on the top. 
  4. For Hollyhock flowers, stamp a couple of medium and small flowers using Tea Rose on flower shaping paper and cut the flowers using its coordinating dies. Color the flowers using the same ink and add highlights using Red Geranium archival ink. Shape the flower using its coordinating mold and then add a few more strokes using the flower shaping kit. Once done, press the centers and add glitter balls. Finally, brush a thin layer of crystal lacquer on the flowers and keep them from drying.
  5. Stamp, color and cut the foliage fromHollyhock Stem & Blooms Cling Stamp Set and color them using Leaf Green and highlight them using Olive green and shape them using a deluxe flower shaping kit.   

Once all the elements are ready, assemble the card as shown and complete it by adding a sentiment from Celebrate Love Sentiment Cling Stamp Set.

TOP TIP: Learn more techniques with the Hollyhock Garden Collection in this video here:

For even more inspiration you can see more projects from the design team with the Hollyhock Garden Collection here:


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Kathy Clement
Wow, what a great project for the hop! I was not sure if I was going to get the hollyhocks, but now I'm thinking I neeeeed them! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, for sponsoring the blog hop and for adding this wonderful project to the list! Hugs!
September 30, 2022 at 8:58 AM
I love seeing multiple cards together like this so you can see there are so many design options!!!
September 30, 2022 at 9:09 AM
Sharon Gullikson
The garden scenes are just precious!!! I LOVE how you colored and shaped the flowers. The colors are just perfect. I have been yearning for these flowers.....
September 30, 2022 at 10:38 AM
This site always provides and abundance of inspiring projects for each collection. These designs are beautiful. They provide all the incentive needed to add these to my stash!
September 30, 2022 at 12:23 PM
Terry Law
Such a beautiful card! I just love the combination of all the colours! Its like eye candy! Thank you so much for all your inspiration!
September 30, 2022 at 3:09 PM
Martie Rollin
I am loving this latest collection! Hollyhocks have such a regal looking stalk that always grabs my attention in a garden! And now I will be adding them to my cards. Beautifully designed stamps and dies!!
September 30, 2022 at 6:22 PM
Jo Williams
As always beautiful cards for this months Hop. I love the one posted above and it's always a plus to have detailed instructions.
September 30, 2022 at 8:33 PM
The artistry and colors in this project show the versatility of the hollyhock collection and how beautifully it combines with other HC dies. The elegance of this card along with the instructions are an enticement to create.
September 30, 2022 at 9:22 PM
Lisa Gregory
Beautiful!!! Looks like I need to add Hollyhocks to my arsenal of HC stamps and dies!!! ♥
October 1, 2022 at 6:39 AM
Janet Wilson
Such a pretty card! I love the color of the flowers. Thanks for the great ideas!
October 1, 2022 at 7:53 AM
Nancy E Carroll
Wow, this is amazing!
October 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Nancy Carroll
Loved the inspiration of the artists (that I could see that is)
October 1, 2022 at 12:23 PM
Sandi Brassard
Beautiful cards. Love all how the flowers were used on the different cards. Thanks for sharing with us.
October 1, 2022 at 1:17 PM
Sandi Marson
I absolutely love the holly hocks! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing and always inspiring!
October 2, 2022 at 5:22 AM
Judy Wallace
The flowers are just breath taking! I appreciate these hops for all the inspiration and seeing different people's take on different flowers and cards. Now to order the Hollyhocks collection.
October 2, 2022 at 8:51 PM
Shari Czerwinski
So many gorgeous colors and flowers! Love all the designs today!
October 3, 2022 at 9:35 AM
Ruth Pearman
Such a beautiful stunning card. Love the colors
October 3, 2022 at 11:07 AM
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