Softly Celebrating – #GDP001

There’s a brand new challenge in town and I am very happy to participate in it.  The Global Design Project will be chock full of inspiration as the Design Team is comprised of a truly talented, as well as, international group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  The first weekly challenge is a color challenge of super soft colors that were fun to work with.



The two types of cards that came to mind were a feminine birthday or baby card.  I went with the feminine birthday.  I used the Birthday Blossoms stamp set for the entire card.  This is such a great set as there are enough images as well as sentiments to complete a card with just this one set.  The images and sentiments are not limited to just birthdays either.  They can be used for a number of other occasions. I also think the font of the sentiments is really nice.  If I don’t care for the font of the set, chances are I won’t purchase it.


I am really happy with the way this card turned out both on the inside and outside.

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Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blossoms                                                                                                    Inks:  Smoky Slate                                                                                                                             Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pink Piroutte, So Saffron                                                            DSP:  Neutrals DSP Stack                                                                                                  Embellishments:  Neutrals Candy Dots                                                                                              Tools:  Elegant Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Pansy Punch


She Believes…..

My post today is an encouragement card for a friend who participates in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day event each year.  It is held in October in Philadelphia.  The participants receive letters which are sent to a PO Box and then delivered to them at the end of each day.


I think this message from the Feels Good stamp set is so inspiring and can be used for so many different reasons.  I know I have used it many times.  The other sentiments in this set are also just as inspiring and uplifting. I used Blushing Bride cardstock and DSP from the Subltes DSP Stack for this card. The sentiment is stamped in the new Archival Black ink and cut with the Circles Framelits.  To create the banner, I used a framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits and only ran it partially through the Big Shot to just die cut one end.  The flowers were punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch and embellished with pearls.

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I simply used the same flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to punch a few flowers and backed them with DSP for a little added interest to the inside of the card.  This still left plenty of room to write a personal note.  The envelope was also embellished with DSP.

It takes a lot of commitment throughout the year to fundraise and train for this event and I really admire my friend for her commitment to this cause. I hope this card makes her smile at the end of one of her days.

Thanks very much for looking in on my card and please come again!



Stamp Set(s):  Feels Good                                                                                                                      Inks:  Archival Black                                                                                                            Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White                                                                              DSP:  Subltes Stack                                                                                                                       Tools:  Circles Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack  Embellishments:  Basic Pearls

PPA 266 – A Leafy Thanks

The colors in this weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge are so autumnal.  It was nice to work with them and to anticipate the upcoming Fall season even though we are in the middle of ANOTHER heat wave on the East Coast.


I naturally turned to the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating Framelits for this card.


The card base is Sahara Sand.  I stamped the background with the Hardwood background stamp in Sahara Sand and used the same color for the latticework.  The opening for the lattice is a die from the Chalk Talk Framelits set cut out twice to make it wider.  The Framelits are so inter-changeable and can be used in many different ways….more bang for the buck! Each of the Vintage Leaves are stamp in the challenge colors and cut out using the Leaflets Framelits.  The sentiment is from the One Big Meaning stamp set. The leaf bouquet is tied up with a Crumb Cake stitched satin bow.


The inside of the card is simply stamped with a few leaves and matted on Cajun Craze cardstock leaving plenty of room to write a personal note.


The envelope is embellished with the same stamps on the front.  However, for the inside of the envelope, I created my own DSP by stamping a piece of lightweight copy paper with the  same leaves.  This is a great and easy way to customize your envelopes.

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 Hopefully I will be seeing some colorful leaves soon, but until then I can keep stamping them!

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PPA #265 – Pretty Pink Thoughts

Another Pals Paper Arts Challenge is here with a sketch for us to play with.


I stayed very true to the sketch to create my card.  The color palette is one I have been wanting to try for a while and this was a great opportunity to do so.

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The flower from the Flower Shop stamp set was stamped with the new Basic Black Archival ink pad.  This ink is fantastic.  The images are always crisp and clear.  This is the best black ink SU has offered yet….just my opinion!  The sentiment is from the Best Thoughts stamp set, which is a Hostess set in the annual catalog.  Both of these sets have a multitude of uses and are so worth having.  The flowers are embellished with a small pearl in each center as well as on the sentiment.  However, the Pink Pirouette Seam Binding bow takes center stage.  The DSP is from the Timeless Elegance pack.  This is one of those rare cards that did not require the Big Shot or any punches.

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The inside was embellished with a strip of DSP and Pink Pirouette cardstock.  The envelope was easily embellished on the front and back just to coordinate with the card.  These little touches require minimal effort and really make a big difference.

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This is a good card to have on hand for a number of different occasions.  The inside can be quickly stamped for a birthday or get well card.  Or you could leave it blank and just write your own note inside.

It is an absolutely beautiful summer day here in PA, so I am going to have lunch outside and enjoy it while it lasts.  I hope you are having a wonderful day as well.   Thanks for stopping by!



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