PPA #256 – Butterfly Banner

The Pals challenge this week is a sketch challenge.  This was a great sketch to work with.


This sketch just lended itself to so many variations, however, I used the sketch quite literally.  First I chose my card background and let that dictate the cardstock colors I would use.  For this card, the base is  5″ x 5″ black cardstock with the DSP pattern trimmed 1/4″ smaller all around.  This butterfly pattern is so sweet and with all the super butterfly stamps, punches and framelits Stampin’ Up has available now was so easy to coordinate.  The pattern is from the Pretty Petals 6″ x 6″ DSP Stack.  There is not a pattern in this set that I don’t love.  I’m sure I will go through this stack rather quickly…but the good thing is that it will be around for a whole year to order more!

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Once I decided on the DSP, I  chose a few colors from it for the cardstock for the card base as well as the banners.  The banners are Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron and Pacific Point.  They are cut at 3/4″ and 1/2″ and flagged at the bottom with the 1″ Square Punch.  The sentiment banner is stamped with my favorite sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.  I love the cursive font!

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The butterfly was stamped using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  The inside was also stamped using the same butterfly.  Each butterfly was embellished with a few small Rhinestones.

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I used the envelope punch board to create a perfectly sized envelope for this card.  The envelope is simply embellished with a scrap piece of DSP and cardstock.

Thanks so much for looking in on my project and I hope you will stop by again soon.

Have a wonderful weekend,



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PPA #255 Color Challenge – Triple Birthday Wishes

It’s another color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts.  The colors in this challenge create such a great effect and were surprisingly easy to work with.  Here they are…..


This color combo lends itself to so many types of cards.  A feminine or masculine card would work as well as a gender neutral card, which is what my project is today.

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I used the triple stamping method for the style of this card.  I cannot believe with all the beautiful samples of this style out there that this is the first time I tried it….it will not be the last, though.  Super easy but packs a punch!  Early Expresso is the card base with Very Vanilla used for the stamped areas.  This is a standard A-2 card .  The Very Vanilla cardstock is trimmed to 5 3/8″, 4 3/8″ & 3 3/8″.  The Early Expresso frames measure 4 1/2″ & 3 1/2″.  There are many ways you could line the layers up.  Some samples I’ve seen have them starting in the left hand corner, which creates a totally different look.  I did try several before just going with the center position.

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There are many tutorials out there showing how this stamping method is done.  I used the leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for the background stamping.  The sentiment, from the Oh My Goodies! stamp set is stamped in Marina Mist on Very Vanilla cardstock. It is cut using the Deco Labels Framelits.  I also cut the same size framelit in both Sahara Sand and Early Expresso and trimmed to frame each side.  The banner is a 1/4″ strip flagged on each side using the 1″ square punch.  The inside sentiment is from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set.  Love the sentiments and the font in this set.  I have used this so often.

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The envelope is lined with a pattern in Sahara Sand  from the Neutrals DSP Stack.  The patterns in this Designer Series Paper have been refreshed and are the best they’ve ever been.  There are so many possibilities for this DSP.  I usually do not use all my DSP before it retires except for this series.  I almost always use this series up and sometimes must replace it.  So for me, this is a real value.

Thanks so much for looking in on my project.  Please stop by again soon.

Have a wonderful weekend…..hot and steamy on the East Coast…but I am not complaining!



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PPA #254 Color Challenge – Lovely Lattice

It’s another Pals color challenge.  This challenge had me stumped for awhile, as I was not sure how to incorporate a cheerful shade of pink with the Soft Suede.  But I think my interpretation works.  Here are the challenge colors.


Here is what I came up with….finally!


I first chose to use Soft Suede cardstock for the card base primarily to get it out of the way.  However, then I wanted to see if I could indeed use all three ink colors in this card as well.  I stamped two pieces of Very Vanilla with the Hardwood background stamp in Soft Suede.  Then I cut the center out of one stamped piece using the second largest die in the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits to create a window.  The lattice strips are cut at 1/4″ from the second stamped piece.  Here is how they were laid out to create the lattice background.

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Once the lattice was in place, I stamped a flower from the Flower Shop set in the new in-color, Watermelon Wonder and used a blender pen to fill in the petals a bit.  Then I stamped a small flower from the Petite Petals set in So Saffron.  Both were a cinch to cut using their coordinating punches.  I added a Soft Suede candy dot to the center of each.  Seems for not knowing how I was going to use the Soft Suede, I found numerous ways!  The flowers were attached to the card using dimensionals.  Lastly, a banner across the front was stamped with a sentiment from the Sheltering Tree set.  It really is fun to use several sets to bring a card together.  The possibilities can be endless.

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The inside of the card and the envelope were also stamped to coordinate with the card.

I love the look of the lattice and can see this made in so many different color combinations for a cheerful card.  I actually also made this card for a challenge my upline, Susan Itell hosted a few weeks ago.  Her challenge was to only use one color card stock and one color ink.  Here was my submission.


You can see how colors can change the whole look and feel of a card.  This one looks clean and fresh while the other looks very rustic.

Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my project.  Please come back again, soon!



PPA #251 Color Challenge – Bright Birthday Wishes

Time for another Pals color challenge.  I loved working with the colors in this challenge as they are so bright and cheerful.


Since polka-dots are also very cheerful, I thought that the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set was the perfect choice for a very happy Happy Birthday card.  The background of the card is stamped with this (sadly) retiring stamp set, along with a tiny stamp from the Flower Patch stamp set to fill in some of the white space.  It is amazing how the tiniest of stamps can add the perfect touch!  A little side note, I actually lost this tiny stamp for awhile and was contemplating purchasing a whole new set just to replace it.  However, after months on the missing stamp list, I found it stuck to the back of a retiring stamp set that I was pulling off my shelf…got lucky.


The other stamp sets used on this card are the Oh My Goodies and Petite Pairs for the sentiment.  Oh My Goodies coordinates with the Deco Framelits.  I finished it off with a bow made from Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon.

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The envelope is easily embellished with a simple stamp on the front and a piece of Tempting Turquoise DSP from the Brights DSP Stack on the flap.  So easy for a perfect finishing touch.

I hope this card brighten your day a little.  Thanks so much for looking in…please come back soon.



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