PPA292 = A Circle of Spring!

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I honestly don’t know where the time goes.   It’s time again for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  This week, Beth gave us a superb sketch which I followed almost to the letter.


A clean and simple project featuring the “Circle of Spring” stamp set.  The images and fonts are adorable and work so well with the soft colors of this card.  Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral work great together since the Mint Macaron is a warmer shade of green.

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The patterned pieces are from the “Pretty Petals” Designer Series Paper Stack.  I so enjoy mixing patterns.  In this card, the pretty vine pattern mixes so well with the wreath image and, well… stripes are always a favorite “go to” of mine.  A little fussy cutting, some coloring with my dear Blender Pen and ink pads, and a few scattered sequins finished off this project well.

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Thank you, Beth for a very cool sketch!


Below are the Stampin’Up! supplies I used for this project:

PPA289 – Flower Fair Color Challenge



Today’s post is for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge this week.  Lynn came up with a beautiful combination of soft and classic, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and an absolute favorite of mine, Night of Navy.


Do you remember those cute “Flower Fair” Framelits Dies from the Annual Catalog?  My “Big Shot” did all the work to create this Clean and Simple “Thank You”.   A few flowers, a few leaves and a “White Perfect Accent” embellishment… done!

That strip of Blushing Bride and Whisper White floral pattern is from the “Love Blossoms” DSP stack… it added just a little frame to balance the flowers.



Butterfly Basics Simple Flower


Today’s post is a bit different from my past few posts.  First, it’s a CAS card (Clean and Simple), and it’s Monochrome… one color.

  • Once again, I went to my patterned paper for inspiration and decided on the Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand striped pattern from “Going Places” Designer Series Paper Stack.
  • I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I wanted to use this paper.  I started looking through my stamp sets and the flower from “Butterfly Basics” caught my eye.
  • The stamp set is photopolymer which I absolutely adore… so easy to see where you’re stamping and they stick to the blocks like magic. The detail in this particular stamp is gorgeous and it works well with the stripes in the patterned paper.


  • I cropped a few layers, stamped the image along with the sentiment and wrapped a bit of Linen Thread around the second layer, tied a bow and with the help of a few Stampin’ Dimensionals, this card was complete in just a few minutes.

Although, I enjoy working with color, pattern and creating collage cards, creating a simple and quick monochrome card is fun, too!


Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:  Card Stock – Very Vanilla and Going Places DSP Stack..  Stamp Sets – Butterfly Basics and Lotus Blossom.  Ink – Sahara Sand. Embellishment – Linen Thread.



PPA286-Flowering Fields for the PPA

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Here’s another fun project for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge featuring a very cool sketch from Linda and some very cool products from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration.


  • This sketch inspired me to go straight to my patterned paper.  I chose Wildflower Fields from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration brochure. It’s FREE! with a $50.00 product purchase and it’s gorgeous.

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  • Once I chose the pattern, I knew I would use Sale-A-Bration’s “Flowering Fields” stamp set… a perfect match to the DSP.  The sentiment stamp is from another Sale-A-Bration set called “What I Love”.  I thought the sentiment font worked perfectly with the lines of the flower.
  • And what’s a card without a little bling… I couldn’t resist adding just one opaque white sequin from the Metalics Sequin Assortment from the Annual Catalog.


  • I gave my stamped image just a little color with a Blender Pen and Hello Honey and Old Olive Classic Ink Pads.
  • I used another coordinating stamp for the inside of my card and a coordinating piece of patterned paper for the envelope liner.

So, grab your favorite DSP, match up a stamp or two and create something pretty to link up with the Pals.



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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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