PPA Challenge #260 – Butterfly Wishes

I am playing along, once again, with the Pals.  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge.



I reversed the sketch, probably because I am right handed and it felt “right”!  The card is Basic Black with a Very Vanilla mat topped with a beautiful design from the Timeless Elegance DSP collection.

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The butterfly is cut using both butterfly dies that Stampin’ Up has available now.  The bottom layer is from the Bold Butterfly Framelits and the more intricate two layers are using the Butterflies Thinlits.  The top layer is cut from the reverse side of the DSP just to give it a little interest.  The butterfly body is embellished with pearls.  I stamped the sentiment tag with the honeycomb stamp from the Butterfly Basics set then used Versa Mark and stamp the actual sentiment, also from the same set, and embossed it in black.  And just because I am trying to use more of my Framelit collections, I choose to cut both tags from the Chalk Talk Framelits.  I recently put all my framelits on magnetic sheets and displayed them in my craft room.  You can read about that here.  This has really made a difference when trying to come up with designs.

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Again, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Basic stamp set for the inside.  For a little added interest, I used the Bitty Butterfly punch and put a scrap piece of DSP underneath.  The envelope is lined with the same DSP for a finished look.

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Hope you have a very happy Sunday.  Thanks very much for stopping in and please come back again.



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Joy In July

Hello, today I’m participating in the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge once again.


This week’s challenge was theme based with Christmas as the theme.  Christmas in July has become such a common catch phrase now that this seems very fitting.  I am never this early with planning my Christmas cards because the Holiday catalog has not come out yet and who knows what wonderful stamps sets will be in it.  However, I really like the simplicity of this card and may use it….we’ll see!

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This is an A2 size Very Vanilla card with a non SU champagne glimmer paper.  The embossed layer is done with the new Elegant Dots embossing folder.  One of the things I am hoping to see in the Holiday catalog is another “elegant” type embossing folder.  It seems they have all retired.  I used the Stars framelits along with the Wonderful Wreath framelits for the sentiment.

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The inside sentiment is from the retired Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

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PPA #259 Summery Sunshine

Hello there, this week’s Pals Color Challenge is a very appropriate one for this time of year.  These colors just scream summertime.  Here are the colors for this week.


I really tried to embrace a summertime feel to this card with these colors.

010The Pacific Point card is a typical A2 size in which I adhered a piece of DSP from the Brights DSP Stack to the front (cut 1/8″ shorter on all sides).  I ran the card front through the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels die to create the window.  Then using the next largest die along with the same one I used for the window, I created a frame using Silver Foil paper.  Using the small flower stamp from Something to Say stamp set in Real Red ink, I then stamped and punched out several small flowers and backed them with more flowers punched in Real Red cardstock.  The punch is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set. These were attached with dimensionals and embellished with a little bling using small Rhinestones.

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The inside of the card is both the focal point and the message.  This sentiment is from the Feels Good stamp set and is also stamped in Real Red ink.

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As always, the envelope is given a little special treatment to complete the look. I hope you like this card and perhaps it brought a little sunshine to you.

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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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