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PPA321- A Basket of Fall Color Challenge


I don’t know where the time goes, but it’s flying by at record speed!  This week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge has “Fall” written all over it and I happen to love the vibrancy of the Fall colors.


I’ve been wanting to use the “Basket of Wishes” stamp set and thought this would be the perfect opportunity.  I enjoy keeping  fresh flowers in my home.  I have an arrangement of Sunflowers on my dining table and they were my inspiration today.

This project is, without a doubt, clean and simple.  I created lots of layers, stamped the images and used my ink pads and blender pen to do the coloring.  The stamps are photopolymer which I define as “perfectly clear” so placement is easy with the clear blocks.  This is a stamp set you’ll use way beyond “Fall”.

Basket of Wishes Stamp Set  #142200


Before I end today’s post, I want to say “Thank You” to the Pals Paper Arts Design Team for choosing my scarecrow card as a “Pals Pick” last week.  It felt good to have my card chosen and  more rewarding to be chosen among the company of Lynn, Kajcyika and the talent of all the amazing Pals.  Thank you Design Team!  Here’s my card and a link back to the post.



So, grab some card stock, crop a few layers, add your favorite colors and create something simple and sweet.

Until next time,



PPA320-A Trick or Treat Sketch Challenge


Here’s a little something for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.  Dawn kept the sketch simple which was easy for me to create a quick, clean and simple card.


Meet my Trick or Treat Scarecrow.  I named him “Joe”.  This is “Joe” the “Trick or Treat Scarecrow”….   and he’s adorable!

He was so easy to bring to life.

  • I stamped the scarecrow and trick or treat bag images from the “Cookie Cutter Halloween” stamp set in Soft Suede ink.
  • With my Blender Pen and some Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and Island Indigo ink, I quickly highlighted the stamped image.
  • A little fussy cutting was needed for Joe’s Trick or Treat bag, but that was also quick and easy.
  • I cut into the top of the trick or treat bag just about 1/4″ so I could attach it to his hand with a drop of green glue.
  • A few Island Indigo candy dots add a little color pop and balance.
  • The sentiment is from the “Spooky Fun” stamp set and stamped with Soft Suede ink.
  • That strip of patterned paper is from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.


So pull out some ink, grab your blender pen, stamp a cute image and create something adorable to link up with the Pals.

Until next time,




Stampin’ Again With Paisleys & Posies


The first item on my Wish List  from the Holiday Catalog was the Petals and Paisleys Product Suite…  it’s just stunning, and paisley is very “in” right now.

The stamps, matching framelits and Specialty Designer Series Paper made it so easy to put this card together.  Honestly, the hardest part for me was deciding which color combination to pull from the patterned paper.  I’ve always been partial to the blues and yellows together so I went with Night of Navy and Delightful Dijon… I added a little Rich Razzelberry just for fun.


This was another project from my Stamp Club last week.  Simple and easy… the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper does the work for you.

  • Start with a Very Vanilla card base  – 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″;
  • Add a 4 1/4″ square of Night of Navy card stock as the first layer;
  • The Delightful Dijon layer is 3 1/4″ X 4″ topped with a 3″ X 3 3/4″ layer of Petals and Paisleys.
  • The “Focal Point” polka dot layer is 3″ X 2 1/4″ and is the backdrop for three stamped and cropped images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set.  The “Focal Point” layer also anchors the sentiment layer.

Design Tips:

  • The “Focal Point” almost always involves your sentiment;
  • The three elements on the focal point layer anchor the sentiment layer and give the left side of the design balance.
  • I used the “Rule of Thirds” generously in this card… there are three base layers (Night of Navy, Delightful Dijon, Petals and Paisleys DSP) on the right of the design and three layers on the left (the polka dot DSP, the stamped images, and the sentiment).  There are also three stamped elements anchoring the sentiment.
  • I always enjoy taking a look at the different elements of a design, and have to admit that I don’t always realize I’m working with the “rules”.  It’s more fun for me to just let it happen then take a look.

I hope you enjoy today’s post, so grab some beautiful patterned paper, crop a few images, add a layer or two and create something very pretty!




Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Bundle (Stamp set and Framelits)


Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper


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