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,



PPA 226 Autumn Wishes


It's Thursday and another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This one's a color challenge… pretty Fall colors… Delightful Dijon, Old Olive and Cajun Craze.


Not only are the colors pretty and perfect for Fall, the stamp set is perfect for just about anything. It's on "My Favorites" list from the new Holiday Catalog. "Among the Branches" can be used for cards as I did here, for tags on packages, goodie bags, wine bottles and just about anything you want to tag or decorate… there's one for Halloween, Autumn and Christmas or New Year's.

As I was stamping the sentiment, I had to laugh… the words "tasty dishes" made me think of a slice of cheesecake! So that means I'll have to indulge… maybe this weekend.

So, pull out your card stock, do a little fussy cutting and create something beautiful to link up with the Pals.


Click on the image to shop the new Holiday Catalog

Holiday Cat pic


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Happy Scenes!

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Those of you who follow my blog know that I've taken some time away from my stamping to regenerate after a few life-altering changes over the past year. It feels so good to be spending time in my stamping room ("sacred space" as my friends call it), and interacting with my virtual friends again. It's going to be fun to see many of them in Atlanta soon, but that Stampin' Story will be for a future post. I'm sure it'll be interesting!

Yesterday, that fellow in the "Brown Truck" delivered my order from the new Holiday Catalog. Couldn't wait to get started.

Click on the image to open the PDF

Holiday Cat pic

Today's card is from me to you. I'm grateful to be sitting here writing this post and able to share "My Favorites" from the new catty.

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"Happy Scenes" is a new stamp set that I promise you will use over and over again. I embossed the card layer with the new "Woodland" embossing folder. This one's definitely a keeper!

A little bit of color with my Stampin' Write Markers, some Whisper White Baker's Twine and a Brights Candy Dot finished this card nicely.

So, thank you all for your patience and know that I send you happy thoughts with a grateful heart.

Check back tomorrow for another "favorite".


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Hi to The Paper Players


Technically, it's still Fall, and honestly, I wanted to use up some of my "Motley Monsters" Designer Series Paper… so I designed this card for this week's Paper Players Sketch Challenge. LeAnne is challenging us with a clean, simple and versatile sketch.


The birch tree pattern in the DSP is easy to use as a background, making this card even easier to put together. Because the pattern is so bold, the sentiment had to be bold, so I chose "hi" from Stampin' Up!'s "Regarding Dahlia's" stamp set. I know I've used this sentiment over and over… it's clean, fresh and one of my favorites.

So, find a great background pattern, crop some circles, add a button and create something fabulous!



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Pals November Blog Hop, Thankful For…


Welcome to the November Pals Blog Hop, we are thankful you stopped by.  This month we are showcasing projects that show our thanks, including both thank you and Thanksgiving themed projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing projects.



Today, I was inspired not only by the Blog Hop theme, but the colors. I really wanted to showcase a project with Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Lost Lagoon. I came across this color combination while cleaning out my scrap basket… they landed together on my stamping table. So, I sort of created my own "color challenge".


I love "collage" cards and thought it was time to use some ribbon. The Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon is absolutely beautiful to work with and the Striped Grosgrain Ribbon is so rich in texture; they work beautifully together.

I cropped the leaves with my Autumn Accents Bigz Die and some "Color Me Autumn" Designer Series Paper.

I hope you enjoy today's project as much as I enjoyed putting it all together.

So, empty out your scrap basket, pay attention to where your colors land, create your own "color challenge" and put together something fabulous!

The next stop is Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  3. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  7. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  8. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  9. September Gray at septembergray.com
  10. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  11. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  12. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  13. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  16. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  19. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  24. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  25. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  26. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  27. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…  (You are here)
  28. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  29. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  30. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  31. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  32. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  33. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space

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