Tuesday, July 15, 2014


One year ago I joined a brand new challenge blog called  Through the Purple Haze Challenges !!! First Design Team I had ever been on and I was hesitant at first to sign on. But it turned out to be a great venture and I have made lifelong friends.


Sooooooo, Happy Birthday Through the Purple Haze Challenges!! Anita, Fiona, and all the girls are putting on a week long party for ya!!

This is Day 2 of the birthday celebration week and every day this week we have a birthday blog hop for you.  We will be finishing up on Sunday. If you missed yesterday's blog hop, you may want to go back and take a look because Anita and Fiona are giving away blog candy for commenting. In fact,  I urge you to visit Through the Purple Haze Challenges every day this week. There will be a short blog hop each day to help us celebrate. In addition to our usual weekly prize, we are giving away a blog candy prize for COMMENTING!!   YOU MUST USE THE WORD BIRTHDAY SOMEWHERE IN YOUR COMMENT!! So please leave a comment on each daily challenge blog. All the comments left that use the magic word will go into a random drawing!

And all of us participating in the blog hops would love to see your comments along the way for each day of this birthday week! And some of the Design Team girls are giving out a prize of their own just for commenting on their blog this weeklong party!!

I will be giving out a prize of digi images from one of the week's sponsors, too, just for commenting on my blog this birthday week! There is a small catch though. In your comment, you must use the word PURPLE!!  haha, now that's not too hard since the challenge is THROUGH THE PURPLE HAZE CHALLENGES!!  I will randomly select a winner from all the comments left on my blog this week and will pick the winner on July 23rd so you have plenty of time to comment!!  DON'T FORGET TO USE THE MAGIC WORD....(SEE ABOVE)!!

When you enter our Anything Goes challenge, you will be so glad you did!! Each day of the week, we are being sponsored by a different company. So there are 7 sponsors with 7 prizes given out!! How wonderful is that??? And one of our sponsors is giving away a free digi image to every one of our entrants. So don't miss a day or you miss out!!

Today, Tuesday, we have Stitchy Bear sponsoring our celebration. Be sure to stop at the online shop and see all the great things there!!!


We got to play with Panda Bear Designs Digital papers from Stitchy Bear. I have never used digi papers before although I have some saved on my computer. I printed off the Garden Fairies paper pack with my HP inkjet onto cardstock and was amazed at the design and details, not to mention the gorgeous coordinating colors. Now I am hooked!  Here is a link to the Garden Fairies paper pack. http://stitchybearstamps.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=786  

I am totally hooked on these digital papers. You get an 8.5 x 11 inch paper pack of 8 designs that all coordinate beautifully with each other.  All for the low price of $2.20. What a bargain!! And it was the perfect opportunity to try an envelope pocket card which I had just seen done by some of my online blogging friends.  It came together so quickly thanks to an Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope.


For instructions on how to make one of these Envelope Pocket cards, here is a link to a youtube video by Theresa Momber.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-WrbawSTtE

Things you will need:
Envelope or an Envelope Punch Board if you make your own envelope.
Large Crimper
Papers and embellies
Dies for focal image and punches for flowers

I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make a 5.5 inch square envelope and to make the bow. After assembling the envelope and gluing it closed, I cut off the top part of the envelope---this will be your top that fits over the bottom. That is where the crimper comes in. You must crimp your bottom part of the envelope so that it will be corrugated and the top will fit on nicely. I had to run it through my crimper several times since I was using a heavier cardstock. 
The die I used was Carnival Dreams from Spellbinders. It is one of those Fold and Tuck dies. I just love it!

 For my red flowers, I just used a petal punch from Stampin Up! The embellies that I used were from my stash. Add the bow and you are done!
I really hope you will try this project. A department store gift card fits perfectly in here.

You should have arrived here from the CHALLENGE BLOG. If you have randomly found yourself here, you may want to start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss anything!! The entire list is below.
Now, to follow the blog hop, go visit the blog of the very talented Lori!

Blog Hop Order:

Through the Purple Haze Challenges

Darcy  -- ME    You are Here



Through the Purple Haze Challenges
(leave a comment to say you've completed the Hop)

Have a great time playing with us in our Birthday Blog Hop!!

Don't forget to comment on my blog for a chance to win some Blog Candy!! I'll be drawing July 23rd!!  And you must use the word  PURPLE!


  1. Amazing colour combo Darcy....its just lovely.

    Fiona DT

  2. Darcy i love the use of the envelope maker and have fell in love with the spellbinder die for sure. I love the tucking bits in, it really makes it look so different Anita DT xx

  3. Lovel folder to put all birthday cards in and especially through the purple haze birthday card x

  4. You've done it again, Another brilliant project xxx

  5. Oh this is super, what a great creations, Happy Birthday to Though the Purple Haze, Love Hazel (Didos) xx

  6. Love it, love it! Fantastic idea!


  7. Happy Birthday to Through the Purple Haze!! What a great project! I have not seen one of these before, I'll have to check out that tutorial to find out how to do it. Great Job!

  8. Hi Darcy. Love your project and a Happy Birthday to the Through The PURPLE Haze blog. It is a fabulous team to be a part of.

    1. Thank you, Pam! I agree! It is a great team!

  9. Darcy this is a gorgeous envelope card and I just adore the tuck and fold die. Thanks so much for displaying my 900 Follower badge xxx
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  10. So happy to share your first Birthday celebration with you and your wonderful design team. Happiness is . . . Purple! LOL!!! TFS! Hugz, ~ Rose

  11. How adorable is that, what a perfect gift card card! I am going to have to remember this. Well done. Hugs...........Carla

  12. super cute envelope pocket card for the Through the Purple Haze Birthday blog hop this week - thanks for sharing the lovely card and the amazing buy on those papers too! Have a blessed week Darcy!

  13. What a fabulous creation for Through the Purple Haze birthday week! Such a clever idea. x

  14. I'm a day late, but I love this envelope card! The flower is a fabulous die! I love everything about this!

  15. Oh my gosh I LOVE it. What a fun way to share a little BIRTHDAY gift card surprise. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty PURPLE hugs,

  16. I have never tried any of the punch boards but your card sure turned out purple fantabulous. Happy Birthday Through the Purple Haze.


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