PPA #268 – Stars Upon Stars

It’s a sketch challenge this week at Pals Paper Arts.


As you can see I stayed very true to the sketch by using the Star Framelits as my focal point and a sentiment from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.


This is a very easy card to make but I think it really “shines”.  The silver glimmer paper gives it all the sparkle it needs to be a great holiday card.  Since it requires no stamping, just some cutting with the Big Shot, or as I like to say “Big Shotting”, it would not be too time consuming to mass reproduce and still look like a one of a kind type of card.

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The embossed background, using the Elegant Dots embossing folder, and rhinestones were easy ways to add additional dimension to the card.

I’ve listed the supplies I used below and you will see that this card really did not use a whole lot of products but really packs a pretty punch!

Thanks for checking in on my project and please let me know what you think of it.  I welcome your comments or questions.

Have a wonderful day,



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PPA #267 – A Flowery Feeling

This weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge is a yummy mix of colors.  This challenge pulled together 3 colors from 3 different color families that work beautifully together.



These three colors really lend themselves to a very cheerful card and that’s exactly what I set out to create.  The focal point of my card is the fun scalloped flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set.  When you talk about a versatile stamp set(if you ever do) this one is sure to be at the top of the list.  It has 3 floral images, 2 of which coordinate with punches and 28 sentiments that can be mixed and matched to create many different messages.  This set is a true value!





The message is from the Garden In Bloom stamp set.  The DSP background is from the Cherry On Top Paper Stack.  These little paper stacks are also a great value as most cards only require a small piece of DSP and these are 6″ x 6″ which makes them perfect.  These stacks also offer a great selection of different designs on both the front and back, so you can always find the perfect paper for your projects.  I also find that I usually use all of these stacks way before they retire.

The scalloped flowers were stamped twice for each flower and punched with the 1 3/4 Scallop Punch. I snipped the top layer of flowers to give the petals a 3D look. The centers are Pool Party Candy Dots.  Although there is a lot of dimension in this card, I did not use any Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Before I matted Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and the DSP on an A2 Whisper White card, I ran the 3 matted papers through the Big Shot using a framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits to create a window and then framed it with the next larger size framelit.  I positioned the cut mat on the Whisper White card but did not glue it.  Next, with the mat in position, I stamped the sentiment inside the window.  Then when I was happy with the stamped sentiment, I glued the mat to the card.  I was afraid it might take more than one try, but I was lucky this time. The effect is a recessed look.


The envelope was embellished and left blank until I need to send it.  I also decorated the front and inside of the envelope.


Hope this card was a cheerful addition to your day!



SU!pplies Used:                                                                                                                             Stamp Sets:  Crazy About You, Garden In Bloom                                                                      Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango                                            Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Cherry On Top DSP                           Tools:  1 3/4 Scallop Punch, Lots of Labels Framelits                                                    Embellishments:  Subtles Candy Dots

Softly Celebrating – #GDP001

There’s a brand new challenge in town and I am very happy to participate in it.  The Global Design Project will be chock full of inspiration as the Design Team is comprised of a truly talented, as well as, international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  The first weekly challenge is a color challenge of super soft colors that were fun to work with.



The two types of cards that came to mind were a feminine birthday or baby card.  I went with the feminine birthday.  I used the Birthday Blossoms stamp set for the entire card.  This is such a great set as there are enough images as well as sentiments to complete a card with just this one set.  The images and sentiments are not limited to just birthdays either.  They can be used for a number of other occasions. I also think the font of the sentiments is really nice.  If I don’t care for the font of the set, chances are I won’t purchase it.


I am really happy with the way this card turned out both on the inside and outside.

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Thanks so much for looking in on my card today….please come again!




Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blossoms                                                                                                    Inks:  Smoky Slate                                                                                                                             Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pink Piroutte, So Saffron                                                            DSP:  Neutrals DSP Stack                                                                                                  Embellishments:  Neutrals Candy Dots                                                                                              Tools:  Elegant Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Pansy Punch


She Believes…..

My post today is an encouragement card for a friend who participates in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day event each year.  It is held in October in Philadelphia.  The participants receive letters which are sent to a PO Box and then delivered to them at the end of each day.


I think this message from the Feels Good stamp set is so inspiring and can be used for so many different reasons.  I know I have used it many times.  The other sentiments in this set are also just as inspiring and uplifting. I used Blushing Bride cardstock and DSP from the Subltes DSP Stack for this card. The sentiment is stamped in the new Archival Black ink and cut with the Circles Framelits.  To create the banner, I used a framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits and only ran it partially through the Big Shot to just die cut one end.  The flowers were punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch and embellished with pearls.

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I simply used the same flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to punch a few flowers and backed them with DSP for a little added interest to the inside of the card.  This still left plenty of room to write a personal note.  The envelope was also embellished with DSP.

It takes a lot of commitment throughout the year to fundraise and train for this event and I really admire my friend for her commitment to this cause. I hope this card makes her smile at the end of one of her days.

Thanks very much for looking in on my card and please come again!



Stamp Set(s):  Feels Good                                                                                                                      Inks:  Archival Black                                                                                                            Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White                                                                              DSP:  Subltes Stack                                                                                                                       Tools:  Circles Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack  Embellishments:  Basic Pearls