PPA 266 – A Leafy Thanks

The colors in this weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge are so autumnal.  It was nice to work with them and to anticipate the upcoming Fall season even though we are in the middle of ANOTHER heat wave on the East Coast.


I naturally turned to the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating Framelits for this card.


The card base is Sahara Sand.  I stamped the background with the Hardwood background stamp in Sahara Sand and used the same color for the latticework.  The opening for the lattice is a die from the Chalk Talk Framelits set cut out twice to make it wider.  The Framelits are so inter-changeable and can be used in many different ways….more bang for the buck! Each of the Vintage Leaves are stamp in the challenge colors and cut out using the Leaflets Framelits.  The sentiment is from the One Big Meaning stamp set. The leaf bouquet is tied up with a Crumb Cake stitched satin bow.


The inside of the card is simply stamped with a few leaves and matted on Cajun Craze cardstock leaving plenty of room to write a personal note.


The envelope is embellished with the same stamps on the front.  However, for the inside of the envelope, I created my own DSP by stamping a piece of lightweight copy paper with the  same leaves.  This is a great and easy way to customize your envelopes.

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 Hopefully I will be seeing some colorful leaves soon, but until then I can keep stamping them!

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PPA #265 – Pretty Pink Thoughts

Another Pals Paper Arts Challenge is here with a sketch for us to play with.


I stayed very true to the sketch to create my card.  The color palette is one I have been wanting to try for a while and this was a great opportunity to do so.

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The flower from the Flower Shop stamp set was stamped with the new Basic Black Archival ink pad.  This ink is fantastic.  The images are always crisp and clear.  This is the best black ink SU has offered yet….just my opinion!  The sentiment is from the Best Thoughts stamp set, which is a Hostess set in the annual catalog.  Both of these sets have a multitude of uses and are so worth having.  The flowers are embellished with a small pearl in each center as well as on the sentiment.  However, the Pink Pirouette Seam Binding bow takes center stage.  The DSP is from the Timeless Elegance pack.  This is one of those rare cards that did not require the Big Shot or any punches.

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The inside was embellished with a strip of DSP and Pink Pirouette cardstock.  The envelope was easily embellished on the front and back just to coordinate with the card.  These little touches require minimal effort and really make a big difference.

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This is a good card to have on hand for a number of different occasions.  The inside can be quickly stamped for a birthday or get well card.  Or you could leave it blank and just write your own note inside.

It is an absolutely beautiful summer day here in PA, so I am going to have lunch outside and enjoy it while it lasts.  I hope you are having a wonderful day as well.   Thanks for stopping by!



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A Serene Get Well

I recently needed to make a card for a friend who was injured while travelling far from home and is still in the hospital across the country.  Her injuries will required extensive therapy which she is undergoing now.  I wanted to make the card serene looking rather than bold and colorful.

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The base is Very Vanilla.  I then stamped a piece of Very Vanilla cut 1/8″ smaller about 3/4 of the way down with the Vintage Leaves stamp set in Sahara Sand ink.  I added a 2″ piece from Timeless Elegance DSP to the bottom.  The ribbon is the 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and cut out using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels set. I find myself using this framelit set very often even though I have not yet jumped on the PL bandwagon.  Lastly, I added a couple of Crumb Cake candy dots to the sentiment to match the ribbon.

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The inside sentiment, also from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set,  is actually two different sentiments aligned on the same clear block.  They said exactly what I wanted to say to my friend.  This set is a must have for those times you need to send a serious get well card or a  sympathy card.  I matted the sentiment on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.

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The envelope is finished off inside with the same DSP used on the front and on the outside with a few stamped leaves.  These little touches really finish a card off so nicely.  This card design is so versatile and could be used for any number of occasions by substituting the sentiments.  It could also be used as either a feminine or masculine card.

Thanks so much for looking in on my card and please stop by again.

Wishing you a wonderful day…..Rosanne


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PPA #264 – Hot Diggity Birthday

Pals Paper Arts challenge this week is a very versatile sketch, however, it was actually hard to decide on a design because there were so many ways you could go with this.


With the new Holiday catalog about to launch and even though I did do a pre-order, I am trying to use some sets that I have not used in a while or at all before I dig into the new stuff.  The set, Hot Diggity Dog holds a special place in my heart.  I will show you why at the end of this post.

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I decided to turn the sketch so that my little dachshunds could walk across the card.  The cardstock is Cucumber Crush and embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  The DSP is from the Cherry On Top paper stack and matted on Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  The stamps are from the Hot Diggity Dog stamp set and the sentiment is cut out using the Lots of Labels framelits.  I find myself using these framelits a lot!

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The inside sentiment is from the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set.  I am drawn to sets with unique fonts and this one has them.  The envelope embellishment is coordinated with the card by using the same DSP.  This is such an easy way to “tie it all together”.

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OK…so this is why I had to have this stamp set.  This is my 16 year old dachshund, Tess.  She recently turned 16, so my husband thought he should teach her to drive as he did with our three daughters.  However, this is her usual position, curled up in bed with her bunny like a cinnamon bun!

Thanks so much for looking in on my card today….please stop by again soon!



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