Pals’ July Hop “Mixing It Up”

Welcome to the Pals’ July Blog Hop! We’re so glad you are here because we made some great projects that are “mixing It Up” – adding texture that will really take your projects up a notch – or two! You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog.  Either way, you’ve come to the right place.  You’ll find the full line-up too help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal. 

Happy Hop Day from Flemington N.J.! 
       Yup, I am away from home, and enjoying watching my Great-Nephew play in a baseball tournament at Diamond Nation. I am so lucky to be able to spend time with my Niece Ame and her family, as well as crash at my friends Lisa’s house.  

Just to be obvious I decided to use the Seas Of Texture stamp set and Under The Sea dies! 


This was a nice carry over set with lots of possibilities. Since the theme was texture I decided to add lots of pieces. Layering and weaving some them into each other. 

I started this project by picking some Designer Series Paper. The Perennial Essence DSP gave me that under sea vibe. I then used it as the base to pick my other colors. The Granny Apple Green layer really pulls out the yellow/green in the DSP. Using that, I set out to build my layers. Starting with die cutting the netting with Crumb Cake, and the long plants in Mossy Meadow. The sand dollars and their stars are all Shimmery White card stock. 
I cut the coral in both Granny Apple Green and Berry Burst (Berry Burst is retired and you can sub Rich Razzleberry) I added some Wink of Stella on the berry one. 
Moving onto the next plant I took Versamark and pressed it onto Balmy Blue paper then heat embossed it with clear powder, then die cut my plant. Giving me a neat shiny blue plant!

The octopus!  I really struggled with this one, trying lots of different techniques. Finally deciding to “marker stamp” it.  Which is where you use your marker to apply the color to the stamp. It allows you to use more than one color. Using Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green I was able to blend them to make my cool octopus a dark pastel shade and allowing it to not be too overwhelming. I also added Wink of Stella on the solid part of his arms, and you cannot see but I added some white glaze gel pen to pop his eyes back out. 
I wanted to add a sentiment, but not a card base that would take away from my DSP. I decided vellum would be perfect. I stamped my sentiment with Versafine and clear heat embossed it. When using a large piece of vellum attached directly to the card stock I like to use an adhesive sheet. I added that to the back then die cut the rectangle. It allows you to adhere the whole piece and not really have your adhesive show thru. 

For my final touch I did use some contraband. An ocean themed card NEEDS these Iridescent Bubbles.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they have created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (or make sure follow my blog by email) when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Special Occasions” projects. Don’t miss the fun! 

July 2019 Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:

    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    3. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    4. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio  **you are here
    5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    6. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    8. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    9. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
    10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
    11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    12. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    13. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
    16. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
    18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    19. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
    20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    21. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
    22. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping

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      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Thank you so much, that was my goal!

      Lisa Ann Bernard - Queen B Creations

      I love all the different ways you used to add texture!

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

      4 years ago

      Jill, there is something fun at every turn of this card! So much detail and texture! Thanks for sharing.

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago


      rae harper burnet
      4 years ago

      Love this Jill! Great job.

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Ah! That paper was the bomb!

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Thanks! I feel like that octopus has not had a lot of love.

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Thank you for your lovely comment !

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Lol! Thanks

      Jill Killeen
      4 years ago

      Thank you Karen! It was fun trying to add all kinds of different texture.

      Debbie Mageed
      4 years ago

      Oh, Jill, this card is just fantastic. My biggest surprise was that the background was DSP. I really thought you sponged it. GREAT tip!! The details on this card is perfectly done. Love it all!!

      Katy McGloin
      4 years ago

      Wow, Jill! Lots of great texture and detail! I especially like the octopus! Well done, Pal!

      Jennifer Michalski
      4 years ago

      Jill, this is definitely an amazing under the sea experience when I look at your card 🙂 I love all of the rich colors and texture 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

      Rosanne Mulhern
      4 years ago

      Jill…You texturized the heck out of this card and the results are fantastic

      Karen Hallam
      4 years ago

      Jill, you nailed it with texture! Wow! Very impressive!