PPA 269 – OH DEER!

What a unique sketch the Pals Paper Arts challenge posed to us this week.  It really took some thinking on this one to get something creative going.


I haven’t made a Christmas card yet and wanted to break into some of the adorable paper in the Home For Christmas Designer Series Pack.  You can see the entire collection if you click on the holiday catalog icon.  This paper has a vintage vibe to it but can be adapted to almost any holiday card.

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I think the reindeer are absolutely adorable and remind me of some of the Christmas decorations we had growing up.

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I chose to switch the sketch a bit to give more room for my reindeer to jump around.  The card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock.  Next I embossed  Real Red cardstock with the Softly Falling embossing folder then glued on a Tea Lace doilie.  The sentiment is from the Among the Branches stamp set and is punched out with the 2″ circle punch.  I layered it on a 2 1/4″  punched circle of Real Red DSP and again on a 2 1/2″ punched circle of Garden Green cardstock.  The three deer are fussy cut from the DSP and popped up on dimensionals around the doilie. And because the sketch called for it and I did not want to stray further away from it, I adhered two White Perfect Accents to the corners.

The inside of the card is fun too! I used the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set along with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies, which by the way come as a bundle and could be used in countless different phrases.  The stamp set has 22 stamps that coordinate with the dies.

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I hope this card made you smile and perhaps brought back a few sweet childhood memories (if you are a little vintage like me)!

Thanks so much for stopping and I welcome your comments or questions, anytime!



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Welcome Little Lamb – GDP 003


The challenge at the Global Design Project this week is a theme challenge and you guessed it, the theme is Baby. Who doesn’t have fun creating adorable cards for babies? This is one of my favorite card theme. Probably because up until recently, I did not really get to create them very often. Although that has been changing as I am at the age where most of my friends are now becoming grandparents so in addition to sending a card to the new parents, I can also send one to the grandparents to welcome a new little one into the family.

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I used the super adorable Barnyard Babies stamp set for the front of this card. The little lamb is so sweet as is the sentiment.  This was the first time I used it and I did not want to stop.  The images are really cute and can be used for so many other occasions.  I will definitely be stamping with this again very soon.  I chose a monochromatic color scheme in Mint Macaron to keep the focus on the parade of precious lambs.  Using Mint Macaron, this card is not gender specific which makes it perfect to create a few to have on hand.  I did use the vintage (retired) Polka Dots embossing folder for its petite dots.  To give the lambs a little fluffiness, I colored their fleece with Dazzling Diamonds.

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The inside of the card is again stamp with a little lamb and a sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set.  Even though the font is different from the front sentiment, I think this is the perfect message.

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Just to complete the cuteness, I stamped the front of the envelope with a few little flowers from the Something to Say stamp set and added the same DSP from the In-Color DSP Stack to the flap.

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I hope you liked this sweet little card and I thank you for stopping by….please come back soon.

Have a Happy Friday,



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PPA #268 – Stars Upon Stars

It’s a sketch challenge this week at Pals Paper Arts.


As you can see I stayed very true to the sketch by using the Star Framelits as my focal point and a sentiment from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.


This is a very easy card to make but I think it really “shines”.  The silver glimmer paper gives it all the sparkle it needs to be a great holiday card.  Since it requires no stamping, just some cutting with the Big Shot, or as I like to say “Big Shotting”, it would not be too time consuming to mass reproduce and still look like a one of a kind type of card.

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The embossed background, using the Elegant Dots embossing folder, and rhinestones were easy ways to add additional dimension to the card.

I’ve listed the supplies I used below and you will see that this card really did not use a whole lot of products but really packs a pretty punch!

Thanks for checking in on my project and please let me know what you think of it.  I welcome your comments or questions.

Have a wonderful day,



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PPA #267 – A Flowery Feeling

This weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge is a yummy mix of colors.  This challenge pulled together 3 colors from 3 different color families that work beautifully together.



These three colors really lend themselves to a very cheerful card and that’s exactly what I set out to create.  The focal point of my card is the fun scalloped flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set.  When you talk about a versatile stamp set(if you ever do) this one is sure to be at the top of the list.  It has 3 floral images, 2 of which coordinate with punches and 28 sentiments that can be mixed and matched to create many different messages.  This set is a true value!





The message is from the Garden In Bloom stamp set.  The DSP background is from the Cherry On Top Paper Stack.  These little paper stacks are also a great value as most cards only require a small piece of DSP and these are 6″ x 6″ which makes them perfect.  These stacks also offer a great selection of different designs on both the front and back, so you can always find the perfect paper for your projects.  I also find that I usually use all of these stacks way before they retire.

The scalloped flowers were stamped twice for each flower and punched with the 1 3/4 Scallop Punch. I snipped the top layer of flowers to give the petals a 3D look. The centers are Pool Party Candy Dots.  Although there is a lot of dimension in this card, I did not use any Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Before I matted Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and the DSP on an A2 Whisper White card, I ran the 3 matted papers through the Big Shot using a framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits to create a window and then framed it with the next larger size framelit.  I positioned the cut mat on the Whisper White card but did not glue it.  Next, with the mat in position, I stamped the sentiment inside the window.  Then when I was happy with the stamped sentiment, I glued the mat to the card.  I was afraid it might take more than one try, but I was lucky this time. The effect is a recessed look.


The envelope was embellished and left blank until I need to send it.  I also decorated the front and inside of the envelope.


Hope this card was a cheerful addition to your day!



SU!pplies Used:                                                                                                                             Stamp Sets:  Crazy About You, Garden In Bloom                                                                      Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango                                            Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Cherry On Top DSP                           Tools:  1 3/4 Scallop Punch, Lots of Labels Framelits                                                    Embellishments:  Subtles Candy Dots