GDP #006 – A Butterfly Birthday

I am sorry to say that I was a little late to the party this week for the Global Design Project sketch challenge.


I really did have the card done in time, however never got around to posting it.  So here is my take on this fun sketch.

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As you can see, I stayed very true to the sketch.  The star of this card is the Butterfly which I stamped with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and cut out using both the Butterflies Thinlits and the Bold Butterfly Framelits which coordinate beautifully to make a 3D butterfly.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock and the Designer Series paper is from the Pretty Petals DSP Stack, which is a 6″ x 6″ stack of wonderful designs.  I am actually almost through using a whole pad of this paper, which rarely ever happens for me.  Since the whole front of the card is DSP, I also cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock to adhere the DSP to in order to make it a little sturdier when I popped it with dimensionals on the Very Vanilla base.  The banner is Very Vanilla and Calypso Coral cardstock.

For a little extra embellishment, I added some pearls to the butterfly body as well as the end of the sentiment.

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 Here is the completed card on the inside and the embellished envelope.

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Thanks very much for stopping by to look at my project today….I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!



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PPA #271 – A Happy Heart

Time for another Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.  The colors this week are a great combination and include one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors…Hello Honey.  This is an In-Color that is due to retire at the end of the annual catalog.  In my opinion, it really needs to stick around.  But I will definitely be using it as much as possible before then and probably after too!


This card came together very fast once I determined that there was a Designer Series Paper that included each of these colors in the same pattern.  It kind of felt like cheating a little…….

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The DSP is from the English Garden collection in the annual catalog and this is just one of the beautiful patterns.  Sometimes with the Designer Series Papers there are one or two patterns that I know I will never use but not with this one.  I will probably go through a few packages before they retire.  This particular pattern makes me happy so I chose a happy sentiment.  This one is from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set, which is not in any catalog, but can still be ordered.  I’ve included the ordering number in the product scroll below.  I also used a piece of DSP from the 2014-2016 In Color Paper Stacks.

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I wasn’t sure what orientation, I wanted the card to be, so I created one each way.  Honestly, I still don’t know which I like better.  I think this card works well both ways.

The inside of the card is stamped with another sentiment from the same set and a flower from the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  This set coordinates so well with the DSP.  The front of the envelope is also stamped and the flap is covered in DSP to give it a truly custom look.

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Thanks very much for taking the time to look in on my project today.  I welcome your comments or would be happy to answer any questions.

Happy Monday,



Cheery Cherries

Along with participating in a few challenges each week, I have issued myself a challenge….to use an under-used stamp set.  So for this card, I dusted off the Giggle Greetings stamp set.  I remember that this was one of the first sets I ordered when it came out in an annual catalog.  I had a lot of really great cards in mind for this set.  Sadly, that is where most of those cards stayed…in my mind!  Time to change that.


The card base is Mossy Meadow and the DSP on the entire card are prints from the Farmer’s Market DSP collection. Since I am a Farmer’s Market junkie, I knew I would love this collection…and I do! Since I only wanted the top sentiment on the front of the card, I masked the bottom setiment and stamped the top sentiment and the bowl of cherries image on Very Vanilla and cut it out with a Circles Framelit. I stamped the image again and colored the bowl of cherries with Stampin’ Write markers.  For a little more definition, I added Crystal Effects to the cherries.  After the Crystal Effects dried, I cut out just the bowl of cherries. Before I adhered the bowl to the circle image, I wrapped some Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine around the banner.  The bowl of cherries are popped up with dimensionals.  The two stray cherries were punched from the Cupcake Builder punch.


The inside of the card is stamped with the bottom sentiment, masking off the bowl of cherries and the top sentiment, along with a get well sentiment from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.   I then masked off both top and bottom sentiments and just stamped and colored the bowl of cherries.  I know it was a lot of masking but this really allows for more versatility when using stamp sets.


I lined the envelope with Farmer’s Market DSP  using the Envelope Liners Framelits.


Thanks for looking in on my card and I hope that your day is a Bowl of Cherries….No Pits!




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PPA #270 – Cozy Hello

The challenge at Pals Paper Arts this week is a color challenge.  I must admit that one of the colors, Sahara Sand albeit a pretty plain neutral color is one of my favorites and Blackberry Bliss is definitely high on my list of favorite colors, too.   This being said I still did not have any great ideas for this challenge.


Usually when presented with a challenge that has me stumped, I try to choose some products that I have not used recently or at all.  That’s what I did with this card.  I pulled out the new Hearth & Home Framelits along with the Blooming Borders stamp set, which I have had for a pretty long time without using it once.

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The card base is Sahara Sand and the second layer is also Sahara Sand, which I ran through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  After it was embossed, I sponged the bricks with Soft Suede ink to give them a little dimension.  I really liked the way they turned out.

Watermarked Photo 4 (2015-10-05-1523) I cut the window with the Hearth & Home framelits in Soft Suede cardstock for some contrast to the bricks.  Because the window is on the outside looking in, I wasn’t sure how to create a scene through the window. So I added a piece of Sahara Sand DSP to look like wallpaper and a small piece of a Tea Lace paper doilie to the top to look like a valance.  It probably would have stood out more if the DSP was a brighter color but I wanted to stick with the challenge colors as much as I could.


Then to create the window box of flowers, I stamped the leaves with Always Artichoke using one of the stamps from the Bordering Blooms stamp set.  The border is quite long so I cut it in half and used half to go across the box.  Then I cut the other half in three sections and adhered them to each end and one in the middle to give a cascading look.  I punched the  flowers with the small flower from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and adhered a pearl to each center.

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I like to stamp and embellish the inside of the card almost as much as I do the outside. The inside sentiment is from Acorny Thank You stamp set which is in the holiday catalog.  I used a small strip of Blackberry Bliss DSP from the Farmers Market collection and created the scallops with the largest die in the Squares Collection Framelits  then just layered a piece of Always Artichoke and Blackberry Bliss cardstock to create the border.
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The envelope is prettied up with the border stamp on the front and the Farmers Market DSP  on the inside liner.

Here are the two main products that were sitting patiently on my shelf.  These are two really great items with endless possibilities.  Once the creative juices starting flowing, I could think of countless projects using both of these.

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Thanks so much for looking in on my project.  I welcome your comments or am happy to answer any questions.




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