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Cupcake Party and Age Awareness for PPA223 Color Challenge


When I saw the color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts, I thought, Oh no, I already did that color combination two weeks ago.  How am I going to come up with something different, so I don’t repeat myself?  After all, that is part of the criteria.

This week’s color challenge. 10-9

View my previous card here .P1020090

Well, my Dad-in-law’s birthday was coming, so I thought, it can’t hurt to try.  I worked to come up with something using those same colors that didn’t look like Halloween or what I had already created.


I wanted to make sure the Tangelo Twist ink didn’t look too dark, so I stamped it off before stamping the “frosting” from Cupcake Party and the “happy birthday” from Age Awareness.  I did stamp the candles directly onto the Tangelo Twist cardstock using the Tangelo Twist ink, so they would be nice and dark.


I popped everything up with Dimensionals and double popped “happy” just to be different.

Even though the colors are bright, I think it still has a masculine feel because of the grid design from the Flashaback Designer Series Paper, and it does not look like a repeat of my Halloween card (phew).  It wasn’t easy, but I believe I met the criteria for new, and the card is definitely inspired by the PALS color challenge.  Thank you Pals, for making me rethink those colors!

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Sea Street for PPA221 Sketch Challenge


When I saw the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge 221, I immediately knew what stamp set and Designer Specialty Paper (DSP) I wanted to use.   I’ve been in love with this octopus from Sea Street since it was introduced, and every time I look at him, he makes me smile.


Here is the sketch by Nicole Watt that inspired my card.   I like this sketch because there is so much you can do with it, as you’ll see from the Gallery.   I saw cards where artists had even just snipped certain parts of DSP and put them in the squares, so this will be a great go-to sketch for everyone.


Cutting a circle into four equal parts isn’t easy, but I have a tip to help.  I measured my base piece, divided that measurement in half, and placed a strip of cardstock at the halfway line where I should rest my circle edge.


After the first cut was done, it was even easier to cut those two pieces in half, because I rested them with the flat edge against the top of my trimmer, and again, rested the edge against my cardstock that indicated the half way mark.


Now, the fact that I didn’t line up Mr. Octopus perfectly on my circle mat is another issue, but really, isn’t an octopus squishy anyway?  Whose to say that my octopus didn’t look lopsided when I spied him through my submarine porthole!  He is adorable regardless.


I originally thought I’d just make a square version, but I do like the round version better for this card.  I think if I’d backed the Real Red DSP square of the octopus in white, so the candy dots stood out better, it would have been an almost even match.

Please don’t ask what type of knot I used.  I just purposely tied something that looked lumpy and nautical.  I untwisted the ends of the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine (only available in the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit) to make them look tattered.  The card colors are Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Night of Navy.

Things to know:

Even though the coordinating color for the DSP is Coastal Cabana, I used Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, because it ends up looking like it matches, as long as it isn’t right next to Coastal Cabana.

The Whisper White octopus background is color washed in Coastal Cabana, using an Aqua Painter.   You really need to use a high quality cardstock like Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White, or you wont be able to spread the ink nicely.  Ask me how I know.

I used the sentiment from Hello Love, a Hostess only set (only a hostess can purchase the set, and it is a discounted price).  Hostesses earn free and discounted products with a qualifying workshop.  Let me know if you’d like to host a workshop for me!

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Coffee and a card – PPA216 Sketch Challenge: Perfect Blend

Today’s card was made for the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.  I knew immediately both the stamp set and Specialty Designer Paper I would use.  I had been thinking about matching a card to the “A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin” Simply Created kit, and the sketch just made it all come together for me.  So here’s the card.P1010853

And here is the sketch that inspired the card.

Here is the color inspiration.  This is the pillow box from the “A Little Sumthin’ sumthin'” kit.  Just add a little goodie and you are set.  I put one Via coffee and one Merci chocolate (from Storck) in the box.  You can fit two of each, if you are feeling generous.


Building blocks – I knew I would be using the Flashback DSP, so the other blocks of color just followed from the color scheme.  The card uses Basic Black, Real Red, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party cardstock.

Coloring fun – I got to play with my Stampin’ Blendabilities with this card.  I used the Light and Medium Daffodil Delight and Light and Medium Cherry Cobbler markers to color the coffee cup.  The colors are not the same name as the cardstocks, but because the Blendabilities come in three different shades, the lighter shades matched just fine. For the sentiment on the pillow box, I stamped the ink in Real Red, stamped it off on paper, and then stamped it on the bubble die cut.  I wanted the red to be a tad lighter, to blend with the colors better.

Fiber is good for you – Ok, just being silly, but the card looked a little lacking without anything on the side, so I added Black Baker’s Twine for some texture.




This is the front and back of the coffee and card packaged together in a Gusseted Cellophane bag.  I used Silver 1/8:” Ribbon and Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon to close the bag and make it festive.  Now you have a nice and easy gift ready to go.  If you need a more substantial gift, just throw in a gift card, and are covered!

Thanks for stopping by, and come back Monday to see my second two cards from the Watercolor Winter card kit.

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Wondrous Wreath for Pals Paper Arts Challenge 215

This is my first blog posting, and I decided to make it a double header by posting a card that fits the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week, plus showcases a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, “Wondrous Wreath”.  P1010682

This is my example of how you can use “Wondrous Wreath” beyond Christmas.  Today’s post is a Valentine’s Day theme, based on the color challenge from Pals Paper Arts.

Let your tools do the work – I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, so anytime there is a Framelit or punch for a stamp, that’s an instant seller for me.  I used the Wondrous Wreath Framelits to cut out the wreath and bow, two of the Window Frames Framelits to cut a background for the wreath, a die from the Project Life Cards & Labels set to showcase the sentiment, and punched the hearts with the Itty Bitty Accents heart punch and the Hearts Border punch.

Coloring fun – To get more color depth on certain pieces, I used the Strawberry Slush ink on Strawberry Slush paper.  This gives it an almost red color that works great with the vibrant pink of the Strawberry Slush.  I also sponged around the large hearts to give them a little more depth.  By the way, the little heart stamp is from the “Another Thank You” stamp set, and the “happy valentine’s day” sentiment is from the “Good Greetings” hostess set.  Watch my blog for details on when you can earn the host set for free.

Adding a pop – I tried my wreath on Whisper White, Basic Black and a Strawberry Slush card base.  Nothing was quite right, and while embossing the white base did improve the look, the card still seemed to lack something.  So I got out my Back to Black Designer Series Paper, and settled on the diamond pattern.  It’s a strong look, and I think you will either love it or hate it, but I love it!

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back tomorrow to see how I used the set for a cheerful get well card.

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