Best is Yet to Come – PPA #296

I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.  We are having a fabulous weather weekend here in Southeastern PA.  Yesterday was such a glorious day that I just had to abandon the craft room and spend in outside.  So I visited Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA which is only 15 minutes from where I live.  It is truly one of the best botanical gardens in the U.S. and since it is so close, I’m a member which means that I’m there quite a bit.

Since you are here to see my project…I will get right to it!  I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts #296 sketch challenge.  This is a terrific sketch by a super talented stamper, Susan Itell and I am not just saying that because she just so happens to be my super upline too!

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This was a fun sketch to create for and really left a lot of possibilities….

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I knew that I wanted to stamp an image on the vertical piece so when I looked through my sets, I came upon the very neglected set, Bordering Blooms.  After I chose that set, I looked through my DSP collection and found the coordinating pattern in the Pretty Petals 6 x 6 DSP stack…BINGO!

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The card base is Very Vanilla and both the stamped piece, which is stamped in Old Olive, and the DSP are matted in Old Olive.  Then since I know that Blackberry Bliss is slated to retire soon, I chose to create some little flowers using the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.  I doubled them and added a small pearl then adhered with mini glue dots to the trailing vine.  The sentiment from the Best Thoughts hostess set is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink and matted on the same cardstock.  I cut both the sentiment and the mat using the Lots of Labels framelits and popped it up with dimensionals. here is a BLOOPER ALERT!  

After the front of the card was completed, I found the perfect sentiment for the inside from the Wild About Flowers stamp set.  I think it just goes so well with the sentiment on the front even though they are from different sets.  So I went ahead and stamped it in Blackberry ink….CROOKED!  Every time this happens, I promise myself that I’m going to stamp the inside first, before the outside is all decorated.  And I never do!

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So here is my solution without having the start over again.

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I simply recreated the same idea I used on the front sentiment and covered over the crooked one. And the only people who will know this are you and me!

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This is another of those versatile cards that could be used for a number of occasions.  I really like to have a few of these on hand and this sentiment combination is just perfect.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend and that you enjoyed a little look at how I spent mine.

Remember that the retirement list comes out tomorrow afternoon.  I will try to get it posted as soon as it comes out.  Also, don’t forget that I have a special for the month of April…with every $50 order (before tax & shipping) I will send you a package of Basic Pearls and a handmade card.  There are also some awesome weekly deals (the last ones to be offered) going on until tomorrow, 4/18.  Just click on my Shop Now button to see these deals and to order from my online shop.

Thanks very much.

Until next time,




  1. Pretty card! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fixed a blooper that way! Do you want to meet in King of Prussia sometime? We could do a shoe box card or 2 and then do lunch. I think KOP is halfway for both of us. By the way, I LOVE Longwood Gardens.

  2. Pretty card! Great save on the blooper! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve fixed a card that way!

  3. Love this! Pretty mix of color and patterns! Glad you joined us at PPA!

  4. You are amazing… You have such an eye for color and texture. This card is over-the-top beautiful. As always… Thanks for sharing your endless talent with the pals. Way to rock the sketch!!!

  5. Love the climbing vine and the pretty color combo! Thanks for playing with the PPA this week!

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