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.

Thanks so much for looking in on my project and please stop by again soon and have a wonderful weekend.



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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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PPA #255 Color Challenge – Triple Birthday Wishes

It’s another color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts.  The colors in this challenge create such a great effect and were surprisingly easy to work with.  Here they are…..


This color combo lends itself to so many types of cards.  A feminine or masculine card would work as well as a gender neutral card, which is what my project is today.

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I used the triple stamping method for the style of this card.  I cannot believe with all the beautiful samples of this style out there that this is the first time I tried it….it will not be the last, though.  Super easy but packs a punch!  Early Expresso is the card base with Very Vanilla used for the stamped areas.  This is a standard A-2 card .  The Very Vanilla cardstock is trimmed to 5 3/8″, 4 3/8″ & 3 3/8″.  The Early Expresso frames measure 4 1/2″ & 3 1/2″.  There are many ways you could line the layers up.  Some samples I’ve seen have them starting in the left hand corner, which creates a totally different look.  I did try several before just going with the center position.

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There are many tutorials out there showing how this stamping method is done.  I used the leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for the background stamping.  The sentiment, from the Oh My Goodies! stamp set is stamped in Marina Mist on Very Vanilla cardstock. It is cut using the Deco Labels Framelits.  I also cut the same size framelit in both Sahara Sand and Early Expresso and trimmed to frame each side.  The banner is a 1/4″ strip flagged on each side using the 1″ square punch.  The inside sentiment is from the Lovely Amazing You stamp set.  Love the sentiments and the font in this set.  I have used this so often.

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The envelope is lined with a pattern in Sahara Sand  from the Neutrals DSP Stack.  The patterns in this Designer Series Paper have been refreshed and are the best they’ve ever been.  There are so many possibilities for this DSP.  I usually do not use all my DSP before it retires except for this series.  I almost always use this series up and sometimes must replace it.  So for me, this is a real value.

Thanks so much for looking in on my project.  Please stop by again soon.

Have a wonderful weekend…..hot and steamy on the East Coast…but I am not complaining!



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