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.

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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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Fab Friday Cheers!


Over at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog they're having a Color Challenge celebrating some beautiful Fall colors; Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss.

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So, I get to "play" with beautiful Blackberry Bliss again. How cool is that! But this time, I have Cajun Craze ink on my fingers, no kidding, it's really there!

Anyway, what a fun card this was to put together. The Blackberry Bliss striped patterned paper is from the "Color Me Autumn" Designer Series Paper set. Those subtle stripes just scream for a Whisper White base, and with a few cut pieces of Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze card stock, and some Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss cropped circles, the design comes alive with very little effort and even less time.

To balance the color and draw your eye to the "cheers!" sentiment, I added a Crushed Curry Designer Button from the Regals Collection threaded with just a little Whisper White Baker's Twine. That's it… done and fun!



Oh, in yesterday's post, I talked about the "Gallon, Quart, Pint" Design rule… here it's perfectly illustrated again. This time, you can tell me which is the gallon, quart and pint! 

So, crop a few circles, grab some Blackberry Bliss, add a button and create something wonderful.


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PPA Flower Patch Color Challenge


It's Thursday and another Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. Love these colors! … Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede… CLASSY!


Been thinking about this Challenge for a few days. One of the perks of being part of the "Pals" is that I'm able to see the upcoming Challenge before it goes live. When I first saw these colors I knew exactly how I wanted to present them… by using one of my favorite sketches. Sometimes it just happens, the sketch and colors fit like a "hand in a glove"! So, this one happened to be easy for me… I went with my instinct and enjoyed every step.


  • Here's a little "Design Tip"… when you're using a three-color combination, always keep the "Gallon, Quart, Pint" Rule in mind. One color should be your predominant color (your "Gallon"); one will be there, but not take over (your "Quart"), and one will be your accent – just a little (your "Pint"). 
  • So in this design, Soft Suede is my "Gallon", Cajun Craze is my "Quart", and Mossy Meadow is my "Pint". 
  • Soft Suede and Cajun Craze are pretty close, but the difference is I framed the design with Soft Suede, so it's the front runner.
  • It's fun to see it all work as it should.

So, pull out your favorite sketch, use these gorgeous colors and create something classy!