A Bouquet of Good Wishes

These cards were really a lot of fun to make.  I could have made several more in different color combinations but had to stop myself with these two.  I still will probably continue the fun a little later.  If there is one down side to this fabulous hobby, it is that the project possibilities are never-ending and we just cannot make everything…not such a bad  problem to have!


I love the unique shape of the card as it is something a little different that the usual A2.  This shape was really easy to achieve using the  Circles Collection Framelits.  I used the largest scalloped circle and the next largest circle.  Here is how they were cut.

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When running these through the big shot, you only go through about the first 1/4 of the card and DSP.  The colored cardstock is folded into a A2 card and run through closed so that both front and back are cut.  Then a piece of 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of DSP was cut the same way for the front of the card.  The top of the card and DSP is facing the left hand side of these pictures.

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Before I adhered the DSP, I used my white gel pen to put some dashes and dots around the perimeter of the card.  I really made a big difference.  The stamp set used is the Crazy About You set along with the Lovely Amazing You set.  I have used the sentiments in this set so often.  The leaves were simply punched out with the Fun Flower punch.  The DSP is from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack.  The prints in this collection are just great and I can see myself going through the whole stack more than once.  I really like the “vintagey” look of these prints. The flowers were punched using the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, popped up with dimensionals and embellished with Candy Dots. The inside was cut exactly the same as the DSP on the outside only using whisper white or very vanilla cardstock.   The envelopes are finished off with the same DSP.

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I wanted to share how I decided to try this card shape.  I have quite a few Framelits and realized that I was not using them all that much because they were not readily visible. After seeing a few posts online regarding Die storage using magnetic vent register covers available in local home improvement stores I decided to check them out.  They are very reasonably priced and quite big.  Here is how I reorganized my dies so now they are all on display and easily within reach. I labeled each set.   This allows for more inspiration when creating and I am sure I will be using them a lot more now.

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Lastly, I’ve entered this card in the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge.  This is a new challenge that I am participating in for the first time.  I will definitely try to participate in this weekly.


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PPA #258 – Happy Hello

This week’s the Pals have a color challenge with a wonderful color combination that to me screams summertime.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that two of the colors are named after a summertime fruit and vegetable.  Here are the colors we had to “work” with.



This card came together very simply and easily.  While the polka dot DSP makes the card so cheerful,  the flower, stamped, punched and fussy cut from the Crazy About You stamp set makes it POP!  The sentiment from the Tin of Cards stamp set is the perfect saying and font for a fun card.

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Along with a coordinating stamp on the inside of the card as well as on the front of the envelope, this is a perfect card to brighten a special someone’s day.

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This card is going to someone very special to me, my youngest daughter, Emily. IMG_1846

Emily is a Teacher for the Blind during the school year and in the summer is the Camp Director at the Helen Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon, NJ.  She is so dedicated to children with vision impairments and although she works tirelessly all year long, finds so much JOY in her work!  Needless to say, we are so very proud of her!  Here she is with one of her campers.

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PPA #257 – A Cupcake for Your Birthday

The sketch for this week’s Pals Challenge was a lot of fun.


Usually I think of card ideas at night while trying to get to sleep.  There were a few roaming around my head but I finally settled on this one primarily because it was the one I remembered the next day!

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The card base is 5″ x 5″ which gave me enough space to center the doily and still have room for the banner.  The DSP is from the Cherry On Top Paper Stack.  The circles die was used to cut two circle “rims” around the cupcake.

I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the Tree Builder Punch to create the cupcake.  It is vanilla with chocolate sprinkles…my favorite.  A bit of crystal effects on the frosting gave it some dimension.  I am not sure if it is very apparent in this photo, but it does look pretty good on the card.

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The inside of the card is “finished off” with another cupcake and a sweet sentiment from the same stamp set.  The envelope was created using the Envelope Punch Board and is embellished also.

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Once I made this card, I thought of  many other color variations to use that would really make a super sweet birthday card perhaps given with some homemade cupcakes!

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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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