Tag Archives: Nature’s Beauty

It’s Not A Card

Today I’m sharing a couple of boxes that I’ve made. My daughter wanted me to create a big fancy box that she can give to a swim teammate so I immediately went to Mixed Up Craft to see what I could make quickly. She chose the Barrel Topped Acetage Gift Bag (and one other but I have yet to make that one).

The bag is really easy to make but I did change a few things. First I decided to use cardstock instead of acetate because a) cardstock is easier, b) much of the acetate was covered to hide the adhesive, and c) I’m down to one Window Sheet. Second after making my first bag, I decided that it does need a score line for the lid to open well. The blue bag doesn’t have a score line because of this, the top was pulling away when opened. I added a strip of adhesive to keep it attached but the score line on the white bag works so much better. Also for the second bag, I layered the top before attaching it to the bag. The 5 1/8″ x 12″ cardstock is scored at 3″ and 5″, the patterned paper at 1 7/8″.

I used Velcro dots to keep the bag closed this is causing my gray layer to bend when I seperate them. For the second bag I layered up three circles on the front to prevent this from happening.

Stamp Sets – Dragonfly Garden, Nature’s Beaty (retired)
Die Cutting & Embossing – Stylish Shapes
Punches – Dragonflies punch
Ink – Balmy Blue, Starry Sky, Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow, Orchid Oasis & Versamark stamp pads
Paper – Sun Prints Designer Series Paper, Smoky Slate 12″x12″ cardstock, Wonderful World Designer Series Paper (retired), Orchid Oasis 12″x 12″ cardstock, Basic White Thick cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – White Glittered Organdy ribbon
Coloring Tools – Clear Wink of Stella, Clear embossing powder, Blender Pens, Blending Brushes, masking paper
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Bone Folder, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat tool
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue
Other – Crop-a-dile, eyelets

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Technique Squad May Blog Hop – Faux Suede

This month’s technique is Faux Suede. Seriously, I don’t know how Nicole keeps finding fun techniques I’ve never tried before, but she does.

For this technique, you curl your paper with your bone folder until you can separate the layers of the cardstock. I used Soft Suede cardstock for my faux suede because, well, it’s Soft Suede. 🙂

After pulling apart the layers, I tore a little off the bottom and then used a blending brush to add some Early Espresso ink to show off the texture. I even pulled out my new pastels to color the image. I was going for a distressed kind of look since it went with the faux suede, in my opinion.

Nicole Mahler
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Vy Tran
Amy Jo Farkas Rudd
Mackenzie Grimme
Kristie Strum
Carole Garrison

Stamp Sets – Art Gallery, Nature’s Beauty
Ink – Early Espresso
Paper – Early Espresso cardstock, Soft Suede cardstock, Very Vanilla Thick cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Early Espresso Faux Suede trim
Coloring Tools – Soft Pastels assortment, blending brushes
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stamparatus
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL

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J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Nature's Beauty, Itty Bitty Greetings

Nature’s Beauty Class Card

This is the second card we created in my last Cookies & Cards class.  I wanted to make a more masculine and fall card and I found a card by Mary Deatherage that inspired me with the pretty color combination of Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, and Pretty Peacock.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Nature's Beauty, Itty Bitty Greetings


150528 Nature’s Beauty Cling Stamp Set
148618 Itty Bitty Birthdays Cling Stamp Set
141706 Layering Ovals Dies
138292 Banner Triple Punch
149500 Pressed Petal Specialty Designer Series Paper
142020 Copper Foil Sheets
119684 Cajun Craze 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
119686 Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
150880 Pretty Peacock 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
101650 Very Vanilla 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
101406 Staz-on Jet Black Stamp Pad
102283 Versamark Stamp Pad
146282 Metallic Pearls
103083 Embossing Buddy
141636 Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder
129053 Heat Tool
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals


Early Espresso 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼; 2 ½” x 3 ½”
Very Vanilla Cardstock 4” x 5 ¼”, 2 ½” x 3 ½”
Pretty Peacock Cardstock 1 ½” x 5 ½”
Cajun Craze Cardstock 1 ½” x 5 ½”
Copper Foil Cardstock 1” x 5 ¼”
Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) 4” x 5 ¼”


  1. Wipe small Very Vanilla Cardstock piece with embossing buddy. Using Versamark ink, stamp deer.  Cover with copper embossing powder and use heat tool to melt.  Die cut using oval.  Die cut small Early Espresso piece using scalloped oval.
  2. Using Staz On ink, stamp “Birthday Wishes” on Copper Foil Cardstock.
  3. Using Banner Triple punch, punch the RIGHT ends of Copper Foil, Cajun Craze, and Pretty Peacock cardstock.
  4. Using Woodland Embossing Folder, emboss Cajun Craze and Pretty Peacock cardstock.
  5. Adhere banners to DSP. Adhere DSP to cardbase.  Adhere deer oval to Early Espresso scalloped oval.  Adhere deer to cardbase using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Scatter some metallic pearls on the card.






Nature’s Beauty Mojo Bunny

I love the Nature’s Beauty stamp set located in the back of the Holiday Catalog.  Not only does it support mental health but it’s a beautiful set.  Apparently I’ve been in a monochromatic mood this week because neither card this week have been exactly colorful.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Nature's Beauty

I’m playing along with Mojo Monday (#mojomondaysketch#MojoSketch523).



150528 Nature’s Beauty Cling Stamp Set
151407 Flourishing Phrases Cling Stamp Set
149256 Birch Cling Stamp Set
141705 Layering Circles Dies
151775 Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
139673 Woodland Embossing Folder
149658 3D Embossing Folder Plate
149484 Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper
142020 Copper Foil Sheets
119686 Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
101650 Very Vanilla 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
144237 Very Vanilla 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock
147114 Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
146282 Metallic Pearls
141709 Watercolor Pencils
149014 Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

Make sure you check out the clearance rack, new items were added this week!!!






New Holiday Catalog Swaps

I posted on Tuesday the card I made for a Holiday Catalog swap I was in, here are the cards I got in return.























Holiday Catalog Stamp Sets Used:

150469 Toile Christmas Cling Stamp Set
152367 Toile Christmas Bundle
150497 Christmas Crowd Cling Stamp Set
150496 So Many Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set
153016 So Many Stars Bundle
150513 Itty Bitty Christmas Cling Stamp Set
153019 Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle
150458 Snowman Season Photopolymer Stamp set
152337 Snowman Season Bundle
150494 Merry Moose Photopolymer Stamp Set
153015 Merry Moose Bundle
150464 Christmas Gleaming Cling Stamp Set
153006 Christmas Gleaming Bundle
150520 Frosted Foliage Cling Stamp Set
153029 Frosted Foliage Bundle
150483 Snow Front Photopolymer Stamp Set
150589 Gather Together Photopolymer Stamp Set
153036 Gather Together Bundle
150544 Spooktacular Bash Cling Stamp Set
153040 Spooktacular Bash Bundle
150557 Cheers to That Cling Stamp Set
153048 Cheers to That Bundle
150554 Greatest Part of Christmas HOST Cling Stamp Set
150528 Nature’s Beauty Cling Stamp Set