Circles & Sequins for the Pals


The Pals Paper Arts Team is celebrating another Sketch Challenge! Lots of circles for this one. I think it's sort of cool… a simple sketch, but it can take your imagination in many different directions.


So, I went for a concentric circle look with some embossing, dimension, and a little bit of subtle bling.. and I gave my 1" Circle Punch and Circles Collection Framelits a good workout.

Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and just a bit of Lost Lagoon is a very subtle color combination. It's the circles that make the statement. I thought to celebrate the ending of the Thanksgiving Holiday, I would include the "Thanks" sentiment from the new "Banner Blessings" stamp set and I knew when I saw that set, I would use it over and over… it's definitely a keeper.

So, pull out some punches and your circle framelits and create something bold and graphic!



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Angel, Snowflake and Stars

Today's post features a special treat. Last night, our group met for a Card Class. Georgia Egan, who is a Pal, once again created some wonderful projects which she shared with us. I thought it would be fun to post them… 

  • The angel ornament was cropped using Stampin' Up!'s Gift Bow Bigz die and circle framelits with Shimmer White and metallic gold card stock and Designer Basic Pearls…


  • The snowflake ornament was made using the Festive Flurrry Framelits and Stamps with Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana ink…


Thank you, Georgia, for sharing your beautiful projects with us.

… and here's a sampling of our group's projects from "Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit"… which, by the way, was a huge hit!



and, the "Watercolor Winter" Simply Created Card Kit.


So, pull out your favorite dies and framelits and create something wonderful to hang on your tree.




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It’s A Winner!


More Atlanta Pals fun!

Yesterday, I wrote about the Pals Atlanta Regionals event this past weekend hosted by Pals, Brian King, Pam Berinato Morris and Katy McGloin, and shared my "Swap" card. Today, I'd like to share another of my "Regionals Creations"!

So here's my Stampin' Story - 

At the beginning of the program, there was a bag at each table with the instructions, "No Peeking"…well if that didn't make you want to peek, I don't know what would. We didn't peek, though. We sat there all morning wondering what was in the bag! The suspense was killing us….Here's the bag! We had to look at that all morning…


Right smack in the center of the table….with "NO PEEKING" in big, black, bold letters on both sides! We still didn't peek, though.

Finally, Brian came clean…he told us what was in the bag, and this one's a doozey! (I think that's how you spell doozey).

Apparently, Brian watches the cooking show, Chopped. Chopped is a show where four
chefs race against the clock to turn mystery ingredients into amazing meals.

Aha! Now you have it…THE CHOPPED CHALLENGE!

There were crazy Stampin' Up! supplies in the bag that we all had to use to create a "masterpiece". Each "masterpiece" had to meet certain criteria established by Brian, Pam and Katy. Here's the criteria:

  • Chevron Punch, Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon, Washi Tape, Epic Day Designer Series Paper, Hello Lovely stamp set and AWSOMENESS!!!…

All rightie then…I needed to go into a zone, and very quickly at that! I started cutting paper and making layers…then I made a complete "swoosh" of the supplies on the table…not sure what I was grabbing or where I was going to put it when I grabbed it, but I grabbed and glued and cropped and punched and somehow I made it in time. (I've written about my "not knowing how it happens, but it does" swoosh stories).

So here's me running to the finish line…that's how I am when I go into my "zone" …chairs, what chairs…I'll run around them! Nothing will stop me…I'm from Jersey!


This Stampin Story has a happy ending ……my card design, by anonymous vote, won the Grand Prize!


How cool is that?

Thank you again, Brian, Pam and Katy…"you make me happy"!

My Atlanta trip is already a happy memory that will be long-remembered and cherished by me. 

You, too, can join the fun and be a part of this wonderful group. Starting today, Stampin' Up! is offering a chance to join for $25.00.  That's it. You pick your Starter Kit…anything in the current catalog priced between $25.00 and $26.95 with free shipping. You'll get a bundle of catalogs and some business supplies, 30% off your first order of $150.00 or more, and during the month of October, if you place your first order, you will also qualify for $25.00 in extra Hostess Benefits.  You don't have to host a workship. All you have to do is enjoy the wonderful products! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO OBLIGATION TO STAY ON…but, the best part of all of this is that you get to be part of my team, share in private Facebook chats and galleries, get lots of free tutorials, and just have fun!

Please call me or e-mail me with any questions you might have. 

or click here to get started.

Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to check in tomorrow when the Pals October Halloween Blog Hop goes live. I'll be giving away some neat Blog Candy….so check back for the details.

Hope you enjoy, and remember to always

Express your Creativity!



Hello, Elegant Butterflies!


It's been really busy here at home. We're coming down the stretch to my daughter's wedding; making final arrangements, tweaking final arrangements, and I'm enjoying the whole process. Lots of emotions are surfacing for me. I can't believe she's a grown woman embarking on a whole new experience. I'm sure the days ahead will be hectic, exciting and a wonderful experience for us both. Just want to say, thanks for being patient with me, and there'll be lots more posts in the days ahead.

I did spend some wonderful quality time in my stamping room and came up with some very pretty Elegant Butterflies to showcase today. My inspiration for this card was my patterned paper, of course. I had to try out some of my new Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  

How 'bout those polka dots and the mini chevron pattern! So pretty together, right?


The combination of the very cool Pear Pizzazz and the warmth of So Saffron results in a fresh, clean and beautiful summer "Hello" for someone special.

I know I've said this before, but I do think Candy Dots will be my new favorite embellishment. Here they are in Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron. 


This project is definitely a "Quick & Easy". Here'e the how to inlcuding all the Stampin' up! supplies you'll need:

  • A standard 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card base from Whisper White cardstock;
  • The Whisper White layer is 4" X 5 1/4" and popped on the base with some Stampin' Dimensionals;
  • The pretty Pear Pizzazz polka dot layer measures 2 1/2" X 4 7/8" and is attached with some Snail adhesive;
  • The Whisper White flagged banner is 1 1/4" X 3". I hand cropped the flagged end; stamped "Oh, Hello", from the "Oh, Hello" stamp set, in So Saffron ink, and added the Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron Candy Dots from the Subtles Candy Dots collection. The banner is attached using Stampin' Dimensionals;
  • The beautiful butterflies were punched from the mini chevron pattern in Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. I embellished them with some small Designer Basic Pearls and attached them using mini glue dots.

This was a fun, fun project with lots of "pizzazz"!!



Oh, Hello Clear Mount Stamp Set #130733

Stampin' Up! says…Bold designs. Striking patterns. The wow factor is so easy to achieve with this amazing seven-piece set.

Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack #130135

Stampin' Up! says…Designer Series paper makes it easy to create a card or Designer Series paper makes it easy to create a card or scrapbook page with coordinating background paper, cardstock, and stamped images. 
* 12" x 12"
* 40 sheets per package, 2 each of 2 double-sided designs in 10 colors


Be sure to check back tomorrow for some "Wonderful Washi"!

…and always remember to…Express your creativity!



The Life You’ve Imagined


Happy day to you today!

Here's another pretty Spring card inspired by the cover of the new 2013-2014 Catalog.

Yep, these colors are featured on the catalog cover! Inspiration comes from places you lease expect. I was deciding on a project for this post and the catty was at the end of my table with my Floral Framelits on top. In no time at all, my card was born.


It'll usually take one or two little bits of prodding from either a product that I didn't put away, a color combination I see somewhere, or even a scrap of paper, to get me moving toward a completed project. It's always so much fun to create this way…the result is always a pleasant surprise.  

Try it…Look around your stamping space, and pay attention to what catches your eye. Take that "inspiration" and start creating. You'll also be pleasantly surprised to see what evolves. If you do try this, let me know. I'd love to hear from you.


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: Cardstock – Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Strawberry Slush and Quatrefancy Specialty DSP. Stamp Set – Really Good Greetings. Ink – Island Indigo. Tools – Stampin' Dimensionals, Floral Frames Framelits, Floral Fusion Sizzlits, Boho Blossom Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch. Embellishments – Designer Basic Pearls.

Really Good Greetings #130333

"And it's all really good!" proclaims one of the stamps in this 6-piece set–and it IS all really good! Fun, sassy expressions in fun, sassy fonts, for when you're feeling…fun and sassy! Clear-mount.

This stamp set is a definite "must have". The sentiments are spot on trend, and so versatile. You'll use them over and over again!


Quarefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper #130141

Bold and beautiful quatrefoil designs. Includes Whisper White quatrefoil print on specialty window sheet. Coordinating colors: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White.