PPA #264 – Hot Diggity Birthday

Pals Paper Arts challenge this week is a very versatile sketch, however, it was actually hard to decide on a design because there were so many ways you could go with this.


With the new Holiday catalog about to launch and even though I did do a pre-order, I am trying to use some sets that I have not used in a while or at all before I dig into the new stuff.  The set, Hot Diggity Dog holds a special place in my heart.  I will show you why at the end of this post.

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I decided to turn the sketch so that my little dachshunds could walk across the card.  The cardstock is Cucumber Crush and embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  The DSP is from the Cherry On Top paper stack and matted on Watermelon Wonder cardstock.  The stamps are from the Hot Diggity Dog stamp set and the sentiment is cut out using the Lots of Labels framelits.  I find myself using these framelits a lot!

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The inside sentiment is from the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set.  I am drawn to sets with unique fonts and this one has them.  The envelope embellishment is coordinated with the card by using the same DSP.  This is such an easy way to “tie it all together”.

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OK…so this is why I had to have this stamp set.  This is my 16 year old dachshund, Tess.  She recently turned 16, so my husband thought he should teach her to drive as he did with our three daughters.  However, this is her usual position, curled up in bed with her bunny like a cinnamon bun!

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PPA #263 – Friendly Flowers

It’s time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  The colors in this challenge are so pretty alone and then put them together….Wow!


Who says you need DSP, although I did use some, when you can make your own.  The fantastic Garden in Bloom stamp set provided part of my background.  This is such a versatile stamp set with endless possibilities.

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The inside is easily coordinated with the front of the card with the same stamps.  This set is a two-step stamp set and is so easy to line up so that you “stay in the lines”.  I guess that is a pet peeve of mine when I stamp or color outside the lines….a problem since childhood!


Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my “friendly” flowers and will come by again soon.

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A Pretty Happy Hello

Since it still is summer, despite all the fabulous Fall and Winter products in the new Holiday Catalog, I decided to make a summery card.  I think I want summer to hang on a little longer. So here is my Happy Hello to you.

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This sentiment from the Tin of Cards stamp set is perfect for so many occasions.  The font is super fun too!

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As I was listing the products that were used to create this card, it occurred to me that I did not use the Big Shot.  This is the first card in a long, long time that I did not use it.  So I guess it can be done.  The punches took center stage for this one!

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PPA #262 – Birthday Bloom

I’m back with another Pals Color Challenge.  These colors offer such a soft and pretty presentation.


I wasn’t sure how I was going to use the Tip Top Taupe with the other two colors but since it is more of a neutral it was just worked using it as the card base.

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The DSP background paper is from the Pretty Petals stack and always seems to provide the right print of so many of my projects.  The centerpiece is the beautiful Blended Bloom, which I have definitely not used enough.  This flower is really fun to color and blend.  I used the Pool Party Stamp Pad and a blender pen to color the flower and used my Daffodil Delight marker for the flower stamens.  Here is an upclose of the flower.

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The background is from the go to Gorgeous Grunge Set.  The front and inside sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  I used the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits to cut the front sentiment.  I have not really embraced Project Life for scrapbooking, however, the products are so versatile and can be used in so many other ways.  The new Dotted Lace in Tip Top Taupe is a really pretty accent to make this a very feminine birthday card.

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