PPA287 – Hello My Friend


This week over at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge Blog, they’re challenging us with color.  Katy came up with a very creative combination, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Calypso Coral.


So, here I was again… challenged!  If you’ve read my past blog posts, you know I enjoy playing with patterned paper… and that’s exactly where I went… to my paper stacks.  There were two different and current themes that featured these colors:  “Wildflower Fields” from Sale-A-Bration, and the “Pretty Petals”  DSP Stack from the Annual Catalog.  There’s a slice of each in today’s project. The “Hello My Friend”  sentiment stamps are from a Sale-A-Bration set called “Hello”… and, it’s FREE now through March 31st with a $50.00 catalog product purchase.


I haven’t used Lost Lagoon in a long while and, Wow!, it’s such a beautiful shade of warm blue that I immediately thought to pair it with Calypso Coral.  That worked nicely, but how would I work in the Old Olive… a flagged banner always solves that problem, but it wasn’t enough… sequins (which I adore), were too small for the mood of the card, so buttons it was.  (That cute striped button is from “Home For Christmas Designer Buttons”, which is retired now).

Below are my project dimensions:

  • The Calypso Coral card base is A-2 (5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″)
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″
  • The Calypso Coral DSP layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • The Whisper White sentiment banner is 1 1/2″ X 3 1/4″
  • The Old Olive flagged banner is 3/4″ X 3 3/4″

With Sale-A-Bration in full swing, take a few minutes to write your “Wish List” and get this very happy stamp set and the Wildflower Fields DSP absolutely free!



Crop some pretty patterned paper, add a bold sentiment, crop a banner or two, add a few buttons and create something fabulous to link up with the Pals.


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PPA284 – “Laughter” by Victor


It's been awhile since I last posted, but not long since I last designed cards.  When the love of paper crafting is with you… as they say… "you can take the girl away from her creativity, but you can never take the love of it away from the girl!" Well, I'm not really sure if "they" say this… I think I just made it up.

Along with other personal changes, I've completed a major remodel in my home and brought my real estate business to a nice manageable level. All is well… Now it's time to enjoy my stamping and blogging again; something I've been wanting to do. 

I never left Mary's Stampin' Pretty Pals. I was the phantom in the background checking in on all the "new" and "wonderful", and really keeping an eye on some close stampin' friends… as I looked forward to today.


So, there's no better way to re-start than joining with the Pals over at the Pals Paper Arts. Maggie certainly hit the ground running with this one. 

Her sketch inspired me to go to some patterned paper, and  the "Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack" was my choice.  The colors are just gorgeous and the details in the patterns create great texture… don't you agree?


Just a few layers, a cropped circle, a pretty tag, a Linen Thread bow, and some sequins… add a happy sentiment and you've got a great little card to send off to someone special. Don't forget the matching envelope! Stampin' Up's Envelope Liners Framelits makes envelope lining easy and quick.

So, grab your favorite patterned paper, add some bling and create something special to link up with the Pals.


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The new "Lighthearted Leaves" stamp set from the Holiday Catalog is another definite favorite of mine.  Although Stampin' Up! is showcasing this stamp set for the Fall season and Thanksgiving holiday, the gorgeous photopolymer stamps can work for Winter, Spring, Encouragement and Thank You… the images are lighthearted and whimsical. 

Oh, and the possibilities are endless when you pair this set with a few Many Marvelous Markers, or just your ink pads and a Blender Pen… you can use color to create your own masterpiece. I chose Mossy Meadow and kept this card simple. The sentiment is the focal point in this design.

Since the stamps are photopolymer, they're bendable. The image I chose for today is a straight vertical image which I curved onto my clear block.

As for the sentiment… well, just "Believe"…

This card is on its way to a very special friend who has been both a good coach and an even better cheerleader. Hope you're reading this… it's from the heart.

So, grab a couple of great stamps, add a little curve and create something PERFECT!


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GDP 001 – Dreams Come True!

Global Design color

Although I am excited about the new holiday "fun" and will continue to post the rest of "My Favorites", today I wanted to support my friends over at the NEW Global Design Project Challenge Blog. I enjoy design challenges and this one's sure to be a favorite.


Today's colors are soft so I thought my card had to suit the mood the colors conveyed to me… dreamy and peaceful. I found the perfect stamp set for inspiration… "World of Dreams".

While creating this card design, I realized Smoky Slate is a gorgeous neutral. When I stamped the floral image onto the Pink Pirouette background, I was taken with the softness of it… perfect for the image and mood I wanted to achieve.

Once I held that "Delicate Doily" in my hand, the whole design came together for me… simple and soft.

Remember to always keep your dreams alive and most of all, enjoy the journey!

Global Design color

So, pull out a fabulous sentiment stamp, crop today's colors and create something magical to link up over at the Global Design Project.


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Good Things!

Good things 1

Some patterned paper, a little texture and simple embellishments create the backdrop for this card design.

  • Start with a Very Vanilla card base, then add a layer of patterned paper. Here,  I used the Mint Macaron diagonal stripe from the "Pretty Petals DSP Stack".

Here's a "Quick Tip" for a perfect layer using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

  • With a contrasting patterned paper, I punched two tags with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (I cut the paper strip slightly smaller than the punch width).
  • I punched two more tags with some Watermelon Wonder card stock (this time, leaving the strips the same size as the punch width).
  • Layer the patterned tag over the card stock tag.

It's perfect!

  • I thought I would have a little fun with some texture, so I added a piece of 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon.
  • The "Bitty Butterfly" and "Elegant Butterfly" punches created the butterflies;
  • A "Very Vintage Designer Button" tied with some Linen Thread helps attach my sentiment banner.
  • The sentiment is from "You've Got This" stamp set.

This was a quick, easy and fun project to put together, so grab your favorite patterned paper and create something stunning… and don't forget to celebrate the good things!


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