PPA #276 – Merry Santas

Playing along today with the Pals Paper Arts challenge and getting another one in under the wire.  Here is the sketch for this week:


When I first looked at this sketch, I thought it would be a cinch.  Maybe I was over-thinking it, but when it came time to make a card, I was stumped!  That’s why this card is just going to make it in the challenge on time.  It was stuck in my head too long!

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WARNING:  No stamps were inked in the making of this card!

I simply turned the sketch and made the card a non-standard size to accommodate the three Santas.  The card is 4 1/4″ x 7″.  I used the heavy stock Whisper White cardstock for the base and a piece of DSP from the Brights Designer Series Stack in Old Olive.

I really dug into my “tool” box for this card.  I used the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies for the Merry sentiment and cut it out with the Red Foil paper.  Then used the 1 3/4″ Scallop Punch along with the 1 3/8″ circle punch to frame the little Santas, which were cut from the super cute Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Each of the circles were popped with dimensionals.

Not sure why this sketch gave me so much trouble, as this card came together super fast.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful day.



Be Thankful

Hello…hope you are having a somewhat relaxing Sunday given that it is the weekend before Thanksgiving. I am playing along with the Stamp, Ink, Paper sketch challenge this week and getting this project in just under the wire! Here is the sketch and it is a good one….


I saw a card created by Windy Ellard, who is in a stamping group I belong to and absolutely loved it.  You can see Windy’s card here.  I thought the design would work well with this sketch but I did change it up a bit.

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I created the centerpiece using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating dies along with a sentiment from the hostess set, Six Sayings.  This is my favorite stamp in the set but the others are really great too.  I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and fussy cut it and then matted it in Blackberry Bliss and fussy cut again.  The leaves are stamped in Crumb Cake.  The cardstock is Blackberry Bliss and the DSP is from the Farmers Market Designer Series Paper .  I popped the leaves and sentiment with dimensionals for a little umph!

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I added a little DSP to the inside of the card and stamped the front of the envelope as well as adding some DSP to the envelope flap.  I really love gingham and love this paper.  I am actually running low on it and will have to order another package soon, just for the checks!

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and have a wonderful rest of the weekend.



Merry Pillow Box

Playing along with the Global Design Project again this week and the challenge is Christmas.  So many possibilities…..

GDP011 Theme - Christmas

While I do love making and sending cards, I especially love making 3D gifts to personally hand out.  So that’s what I thought I would make for this challenge.

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For my little gift, I used so many of my favorite products from the Holiday catalog.  First, the fabulous Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die is such a versatile die that I have used many times since purchasing it.  This die is scheduled to retire with the Holiday catalog but will still be working hard in my craft room!  It made such a pretty box using red foil cardstock.   However, I think the star of the project is the beautiful wreath from the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.  This wreath is really easy and fast to color, not to mention relaxing too.  I used some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the berries to give it a little more sparkle.  Lastly, the sentiment is from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Die.  I did use a die from the Circles Collection Framelits to cut a window and used a window sheet so my matching Hershey Kisses would show.

I think this is literally such a sweet gift that would be sure to please anyone.  What I like most is how people who do not enjoy this fantastic hobby, are so impressed by these little projects.  But we all know how much fun they are to make, too!

I have so many more ideas for this Pillow Box, so I  better get on that…..stay tuned!

Thanks for checking in on my project today.  Hope you enjoyed it!



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PPA #275 – Beautiful Bunch Note

The challenge this week at Pals Paper Arts is a very autumnal color combination.


Despite these colors reminding my of Autumn, I chose a general card theme for my entry.  This is a simple card with no sentiments that can be used for any number of occasions.  I like to have a few of these around…just in case.

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The centerpiece of this card is the flower stamped in Blackberry Bliss from the Beautiful Bunch stamp set.  I stamped the center using the same set in Tangelo Twist and punch it out with the 7/8″ scalloped punch.  My layout is pretty straightforward and I used DSP from the In-Color Designer Series Paper Stacks.  However, the Blackberry Bliss is from last year’s retired stack.  The ribbon is also last year’s Tangelo Twist ribbon.

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I added a few rhinestones for a little added sparkle and they seem to do just the trick on this card.  I love how something so simple makes the card a little more special.  The flower and the center are both popped up with dimensionals.

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I left the inside blank but embellished it with a little DSP.  The envelope is lined with some DSP using the Envelope Liners Framelits.  These quick little enhancements really complete a project and truly customized it.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed this “any occasion” card.  I appreciate your comments and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.