Fab Friday In Good Taste On A Monday!

It’s Monday, and I decided to create a card for the Fab Friday Sketch Challenge.  The Design Team came up with a fun, simple sketch, so I thought I would join in.

If you read my blog regularly, you know I enjoy creating from a sketch.  I also tend to doodle my own sketches when I look at a stamp set.

Sketches work for me and are a great tool when I want to make a card and don’t know where to start.  Today, I took a bit of artistic license with this sketch.  I followed the general design, but added a little twist.  That happens at times.  As I’m moving through my card design, I think of something I want to try and go with it.  Sometimes it works!  I’m happy with the finished card.

In Good Taste Designer Series Paper was launched in last year’s Annual Catalog.  It will be available again in the upcoming  Annual Catalog on May 4th.  So, I can say this is my first Sneak Peek for you!  The patterns in this Designer Series Paper combine beautiful layers and rich textures.  The colors are neutral and can be feminine or masculine.  I used patterns today for a more masculine card.

I chose a simple sentiment from the Garden Wishes stamp set.  The Tailored Tag Punch worked perfectly for the sentiment.  Do you notice a little pattern repeat?  I know you do.  The diamond textured pattern in the Designer Series Paper closely matches the pattern of the punch!  And, the Tailored Tag Punch is also in the new catty.  Two Sneak Peeks!!   I have another Sneak Peek for you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.

Below are my card measurements:

  • I cut a standard A-2 top-fold card base from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • I covered the front of the card with the Night of Navy textured diamond pattern Designer Series Paper.
  • The center larger Night of Navy layer is 3 3/8″ x 5 1/2″.
  • On top of the Night of Navy layer, I added a Smoky Slate cardstock layer at 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • I hand cropped both Night of Navy flagged banners.  They measure 2 5/8″ x 5/8″.
  • The center Night of Navy and Basic White strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″.
  • I added a patterned paper strip to the inside of the card.

So, find your richly textured patterned paper, add it to a card base with a few banners and a sentiment and create something masculine!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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PP552 A Mix of New and Very New!

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to the first Paper Players Challenge for 2021!  LeAnne is our Hostess this week and she asked us to use something new in our design; something we’ve never used before.

My card is a mix of new and very new.  The Curvy Dies have been around for a short time and the Floral Gallery Dies and Many Messages Bundle are brand new.

I wanted to create something bright and “happy” for our first Paper Players Challenge in the new year.  I thought a colorful card with black and white neutrals and bold lettering would be fun.

The bold lettering is from the large die in the Floral Gallery Dies.  This Die is a first for me.  I didn’t realize each word was separated until I used it.  It was easy to create a “shadow” for the lettering since the font is so large and bold.  I cut two sets of letters, one in white and one in black and slightly offset them when I glued them together.  The Basic Black shadow gives the white lettering depth.  Although I didn’t use an embossing folder, this design has a lot of texture.  The Curvy Dies helped accomplish that.

The inside card sentiment reads,  “Wishing you a year of magical moments and wonderful memories.”

Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness and Just Jade are fun colors and work beautifully together.  I added a little more Bumblebee which helped the other colors pop.  I always say… when in doubt, go with yellow!  Yellow is a great neutral or accent for any project.

The inside sentiment is from the Many Messages Bundle.  This sentiment works perfectly with the Happy New Year message I want to send.

This card was a cinch to put together.  With one of the Curvy Dies, I cut a bunch of oversized cardstock layers and attached them to a Whisper White card layer.  Although I had to trim the sides of the first Whisper White layer before I added it to the second Whisper White layer,  it all sat nicely on a Basic Black card base.

So, pull out something you haven’t used – a bold sentiment die, colorful cardstock or a heartfelt sentiment and create something amazing to link up with the Paper Players!  We’re excited to see what your “New” is.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


A Well Suited Happy Birthday Sneak Peek!

Today’s post is a mix of classic old and classic new.  It features a Sneak Peek at the Well Suited Designer Series Paper and the Many Messages Bundle.  Both will be in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog scheduled to go live on January 5th.  That’s less than a week away!

I can’t show you the actual paper, but I will tell you that this Designer Series Paper is a must.  The patterns are perfect for the product Suite they’re part of but the designs are once again beautifully versatile.

For my card today, I chose to go with a Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Whisper White dotted pattern.  The Designer Series Paper color palette was my color inspiration, and my card design inspiration came from a past post which I added below.   I accented the patterned paper with a Smoky Slate card base and Basic Black, Whisper White and Silver Foil cardstock layers and shapes.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is part of the new Many Messages Bundle.  The Bundle features sentiment images that can be stamped all at once and cropped with the matching die.  I tried it and liked the idea.  I used this sentiment for my card today and saved the others for future projects.

Any of the “shapes” dies are basic card making staples that you’ll use time and again.  My card today features the stitched circles from the Stitched Shapes Dies and the Stitched Stars Dies.  Both have proven to be great additions to my card making tools. If you don’t already have them, think about adding them to your new Wish List.

I finished my card with a little Basic Gray stamped ink splatter and a few white resin dots from All The Trimmings Embellishments.

So, crop a few circles, add a few stars and a sentiment, and create a simple and versatile card.

...the only inspiration is your imagination!



Curvy Splendor – November Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!  This month our Design Team’s theme is “Pile It On” – showcasing their card/project with layers of DSP and/or embellishments for any occasion.  We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments!  We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This was another fun card.  I used the Curvy Dies, Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper.  The patterned paper is beautiful but I say that about all of the Designer Series Paper.  Stampin’ Up! artists design, draw, sketch and sometimes photograph the DSP. The patterns truly are works of art.

My card base is Night of Navy and the card layer is Whisper White.

  • I cut five 5″ strips of varying heights from the DSP and ran them through my cutting machine with the Curvy Die.
  • To avoid having the cut out circles from the Curvy Die in this project I made sure the solid cutting line on the underside of the die was facing me as I cut.
  • I arranged the strips in the order I wanted and glued them to a Whisper White card layer.
  • With the underside of the Whisper White layer facing me, I cut the strips with my paper snips.
  • Then I attached the Curvy layer to my Night of Navy card base.
  • The birthday sentiment is stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • Just for fun, I scattered a few Frosted Epoxy Droplets for a little embellishment. I usually stick with a maximum of three embellishments but I couldn’t resist adding the fourth to the bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.


More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on December 9th when our theme is “Goodbye September Mini Catalog and Hello January Mini Catalog.” Participants showcase their favorites from the retiring holiday catalog or new products from the new mini catalog. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  7. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Lori Webb at Clever Copies

Hooray! Quite Curvy is Playing With Patterns!

Oh what Fun!  Today’s card was a snap to put together and so much fun to play with all the colors.  I was clueless as to what to create for today’s post. The Playing With Patterns DSP was on the corner of my desk so I looked at every pattern and found my inspiration. This piece of patterned paper screamed “Curvy Celebrations” to me!  The Playing With Patterns DSP is 15% off now through October 31st.  Details are below.

I cut the DSP into strips and ran each one through my cutting machine with the Curvy Dies.  Layering my cropped strips was easy since I followed the color pattern in the Designer Series Paper.  Calypso Coral and Night of Navy is another favorite color combination of mine. They both popped out on the patterned paper, so I used Calypso Coral as my card base and Night of Navy for my sentiment.

I really love how this card turned out. This is a cute project for a masculine birthday or a child’s birthday.  Make a few to have on hand for just about any celebration. That’s exactly what I intend to do.

The new Quite Curvy Variety Bundle is being released on November 3rd. I love the versatility and product coordination of this Bundle and you will, as well. Quite Curvy Variety Bundle products cannot be purchased individually during the early release.  They will be available separately in the January 2021 Mini Catalog.

So, pull out some colorful Designer Series Paper, crop a few curvy layers, and create something fun!

The only limitation is your imagination!

We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from our current catalogs! Now is a great time save on some of our most popular paper designs!  There is no limit to how many you can order. You can click on the image below to download a PDF with all the details.

The new Quite Curvy Variety Bundle is being released on November 3rd. I love the versatility and product coordination of this Bundle and you will, as well. Quite Curvy Variety Bundle products cannot be purchased individually during the early release in November.  They will be available separately in the January 2021 Mini Catalog.  So, get the bundle as soon as you can and mark your calendars for November 3rd.