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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PPA #250 Color Challenge – Feathers For You


Time for another Pals challenge.  When I first saw the color combination of this challenge, I was a little stumped.  After several unsuccessful attempts at using the three cardstock colors, the light bulb went off…USE DSP as your guide….duh!  The perfect DSP was sitting right in my stash with the Lullaby collection.



Truly the DSP did all the work for me on this card.  The rest of the card layout really just fell into place.  I cannot believe that I’ve had the Four Feathers stamp set and coordinating die for so long and have never used it until now.  Boy, I’ve been missing out and will have to make up for lost time, as I loved working with this set.


As always, the envelope received some attention, too.  For this liner, I simply stamped the feathers on a piece of copy paper and then used the Envelope Liner die to cut it out.  So simple and lightweight for mailing.


The inside of the card also received a little TLC as well as the envelope flap. I think the small strip of DSP on the envelope flap is the perfect touch, especially since that was really all the DSP I had left without cutting into a brand new piece.  I must admit that I am truly a paper miser…there is not a piece of scrap that is too small for me to save.

11222701_10153379156392033_2767147601889247585_n         Here is a picture of my youngest and oldest daughter (middle daughter met up with us later) at the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure in Philadelphia on Mother’s Day.  It is our Mother’s Day tradition as our family has been very affected by this disease.  The background is the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row.  Not the best picture of us…but a great day and cause.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit and I hope you will stop by again.



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Petal Potpourri…..for PPA 249

What a fun sketch for this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge.


The focal point of this card has to be the bold and beautiful flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  Talk about a versatile set…there are not many occasions that this stamp set could not address.  The flowers were a cinch to create using the Flower Medallion punch.  Add the flowers from the Petal Potpourri stamp set and you have a the makings of many, many cards for just about every occasion.


The color combination was obviously inspired by the cheerful DSP Stack, All Abloom.  This is a great paper collection and I will be sad to see it go but will definitely use it until it is gone.  I paired it with the Island Indigo DSP from the Regals DSP Stack, another that will be leaving soon.

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The hello and inside sentiment are from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and happily will be here for another year.  I use both of these sentiments frequently.  These are both stamped with Lost Lagoon Ink. I used the Banners Framelits to cut the Hello sentiment.   The envelope is spiffed up with the same Island Indigo DSP I used on the card.

WOW…three challenges in three weeks!  I should have started this sooner!

My goal now is to post more frequently, as I am really starting to get the hang of it….I think!  Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again soon.



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Just Because…for the PPA #248 Sketch Challenge

Last week was my first Pals color challenge and this week my first sketch challenge.  I am quickly getting hooked on the challenge circuit.  They really make you stir your creative juices to come up with a card design and who doesn’t need a little shake and stir once in a while.  Here is the sketch we had to work with.

For this card, I used a crumb cake notecard and envelope.  They are the perfect size for a quick note and just always ready to go.  The crumb cake DSP is from the Neutrals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks.  These stacks are usually my go to DSP for most cards and definitely envelopes.  They make it so easy to create a beautifully coordinated card.


The Deco Labels Framelits in calypso coral and crumb cake are the centerpiece of the card with the crumb cake layer embossed with the perfect polka dots embossing folder.  The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.  I think I purchased this set just for that stamp as I love the cursive font.  The sentiment banner is finished off with a few sweet little flower punches from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack….another little set that packs a huge punch (no pun intended!) and is so useful. Add a few pearls and you have a sweet little card…Just Because!

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Again, I used the Neutral Background DSP Stack to tie it all together.  This is a very easy card to recreate using different color combinations and to have on hand to send for so many different reasons.

Thanks so much for spending some time here and I hope you stop back again.



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