Candy Cane Sneak Peek!!

Sweet Season angled L cuAre you ready?  The 2016 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! is going live next Thursday, September 1st!!  Yeah! Yippee! Hooray!

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This is one of my favorite suites in the new catalog ~ it’s the Candy Cane Lane suite and I’ll point out some of the fabulous things I’ve used here.  The sentiment and the little candy cane are part of the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.

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The “sweet” dsp is the new Candy Cane Lane DSP.  Now I have to tell you that I wasn’t that impressed with it in the catalog.  But a friend of mine got it and when I saw it in person I was really blown away!  It’s darling!  I mean look at how cute this sheet is that I used ~ those cute little candy canes kissing to make a heart ~ could if be any cuter?

Sweet Season flatThe candy cane strip here is the coordinating Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape.  I put it over a strip of Whisper White card stock to highlight how pretty it is.  And you can see that I also used it to trim the bottom of the envelope.

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Now are you excited?  Put this on your wish list because it’s a must have!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I’d love to hear what you think of this new suite!  Please leave me a comment and let me know!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Candy Cane Christmas (available 9/1/16)
Ink:  Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Real Red card stock, Candy Cane Lane DSP (available 9/1/16)
Tools:  1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches, Paper Snips
Embellishments:  Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape (available 9/1/16), 5/8″ Organza Ribbon

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Olive Branches for the Pals!

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Olive branches?  What am I talking about?  I’m talking about the beautiful Tuscan Vineyard stamp set!  I just love this pretty olive branch stamp, and it is so appropriate for our Pals Color Challenge this week!

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The photo above is from Stampin’ Up! and shows some of the other stamps and what you can do with them.  It’s a gorgeous set!  And here are the pretty colors for the challenge:

See the Old Olive above?  Perfect, right?  And aren’t these other colors beautiful with it?

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The Dapper Denim looks so fabulous here.  I don’t know when I’ve liked a color combination more!

PPA315 angled R cuThank you for stopping by today!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this color combination.  Better yet, pop over to and enter your project!  See you there!

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Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Tuscan Vineyard and Timeless Love
Ink:  Old Olive and Dapper Denim
Paper:  Whisper White, Dapper Denim, So Saffron card stock
Tools:  2″ and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches
Embellishments:  3/8″ Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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Sneak Peek: Pumpkin Thanks! (GDP050)

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The design for today’s card is prompted by the sketch challenge over at Global Design Project.  Playing with challenges gives me incentives and ideas for new projects!  This week’s sketch is below.  It’s easy, why don’t you play along with me?

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This fun pumpkin stamp is from a brand new set in the upcoming Holiday Catalog called Jar of Haunts. This set is not available until September 1st, but you’ll want to get it on your wish list now!  The new Holiday Catalog is FABULOUS!!

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The sentiment used here is just one portion of a stamp from another great new stamp set (also available 9/1/16) called Basket of Wishes.

GDP050 cuThe pumpkin is watercolored with an Aqua Pen.  If you haven’t tried watercoloring, you absolutely must!  Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy with their beautiful inks and watercolor paper.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  And, get ready for September 1st ~ it’s almost here!!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Jar of Haunts, Basket of Wishes, Thoughtful Branches
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzaz card stock, Watercolor Paper, and Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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End of Summer Hello!

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Summer is almost over!  Even though the calendar says it’s still summer, school is starting and schedules are changing.  But here in Southern California the flowers are still blooming!

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And the Garden in Bloom stamp set is perfect for fun flowers!  For today’s card I stamped and then watercolored three pretty flowers in summery colors.

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The flowers are placed on a layer of watercolor paper washed with water and Daffodil Delight ink.  The sentiment word is die cut from the Hello You Thinlits.

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This card makes me happy!  I hope it makes you happy today too!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Garden in Bloom
Ink:  Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Whisper White cardstock, Fruit Stand DSP
Tools:  Hello You Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Paper Snips, Aqua Pen

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Flirty Birthday Leaves! (GDP049)

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The Global Design Project has a challenge this week and I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s a color challenge and the colors are super pretty:

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The leaves were stamped, some in Daffodil Delight and some in Flirty Flamingo.  Then I went back in with an Aqua Painter on some of the leaves and did a spec of watercoloring.  On one of the leaves I only watercolored the bottom half just for more interest:-)

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The leaves are stamped and die cut with the fabulous Thoughtful Branches set.  Remember, you can only purchase this set in the month of August, so if you like it, be sure to order it now!

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On a quick personal note…I’m in Northern Pennsylvania visiting my son!  The weather is gorgeous and we are having a great time together!  Here’s a quick picture 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by today!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz
Paper:  Whisper White, Shimmery White and Flirty Flamingo card stock
Tools:  Beautiful Branches Thinlit Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Pen
Embellishments:  Metallic Sequins

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Sparkly Flourish Congratulations!


This card is for a special friend of mine who has just received a wonderful professional honor.  I wanted to make her a really special card that conveys my happiness and joy for her … so what else but gold, gold, gold and Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper?

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The gold dotted card stock is from the beautiful Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  The beautiful flourish is cut with the Flourish Thinlits and the sentiment was cut with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Please leave me a comment ~ I love to hear from you!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Paper:  Whisper White card stock, White Vellum, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
Tools:  Flourish Thinlit Dies, Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies, Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

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Almost Fall Wreath!


Hello!!  I’m really thinking of fall.  Here in northern San Diego it’s very hot ~ 102 degrees ~ and I can’t wait for fall to arrive!!!  So today’s card is kind of a summery-fall card 🙂

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I created a wreath using a leaf from the Love & Affection stamp set.  Then I did some watercoloring on Shimmery White paper (in Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo) and cut the paper out using a tiny leaf die from the Beautiful Branches Thinlit Dies.  Isn’t this little leaf adorable?  I then used a blender pen to put some lines on the leaves ~ I think they are called veins…


The sentiment is from the Crazy For You stamp set and is embossed with white embossing powder onto a strip of Flirty Flamingo.

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So, how is the weather where you live?  I sure hope it’s not as hot as it is here… Thanks for stopping by today!  Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Crazy About You, Gorgeous Grunge, and Love & Affection
Ink:  Pear Pizzaz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pads and Versamark Ink Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stock, Shimmery White Paper
Tools:  Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun
Embellishments:  White Perfect Accents


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Three Little Paisleys!

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Three little paisleys all in a row…Aren’t these paisley flowers darling?  So far, this is my favorite stamp in the new Paisleys & Posies set.

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For this card I used watercolor paper and a combination of Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks for the watercolor wash background.  I let that dry and then stamped the flowers in Flirty Flamingo on top and went over them with my Aqua Painter.

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These colors are from this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.  I’ve already made one card with these colors, and they’re just so pretty I had to make another one!

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I have lots of friends with birthdays coming up in September and October, so I’m getting prepared by using birthday sentiments as much as I can.  I mean, can you ever have enough birthday cards on hand??

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies and Balloon Celebration
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach card stock
Tools:  Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Pearls Basic Jewels

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Hearts and Flowers for the Pals!

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Hi there!  Summer is almost over but I’m not quite ready to let go of pretty flowers and move to fall leaves ~ it’s in the 90’s here in North San Diego County and my roses are still blooming!  The color challenge this week from my friend, Mary Fish, is perfect for late summer flowers!

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For this card I tried a new watercolor technique.  I’m not sure it has a name, but you drop big drops of water mixed with ink onto your paper to create large splotches.  It was kind of fun!  But then when I put my card together I didn’t really pay any attention to the background and afterward saw that I glued a leaf branch pointing right to a splotch.  Not sure if I like it, but there it is – already glued.  Next time I’ll pay more attention (hopefully!).

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The flowers are all from the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating framelits.  They have wonderful depth because they are two and three-step stamps.  That means you have two or three stamps that stamp over each other with different colors to create a 3-D effect.

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The branches and leaves are also from the Jar of Love set.  The little strip of hearts is a fun little die which is included with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. PPA 313 angled R

Thanks for stopping by today!  Pop on over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see what the other designers have done with these pretty colors!  Better yet, make your own creation and enter it over there!  I’ll look for you!

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Stampin’ Up! Products Used to Create Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Jar of Love and Thoughtful Banners
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo card stock and Shimmery White paper
Tools:  Everyday Jars Thinlits Dies, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Classic Label Punch, Aqua Pen
Embellishments:  Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Delicate White Doilies, 2015-2017 In Color Doilies

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“Cut It Out” Pals Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects using our favorite Stampin’ Up! cutting tools. There are so many wonderful punches, framelits and edgelits available that help make papercrafting more detailed and fun! We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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My favorite Stampin’ Up! cutting tool is — Paper Snips!!  I love punches and framelits and thinlits, but my Paper Snips are invaluable.  There are just some things that can only be cut with scissors, and Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips are better than any other pair of scissors!  (I’m serious!)

Hop EnvieEverything on today’s card was cut out by hand or, as we like to say, fussy cut.  These are beautiful stamped images that don’t have coordinating punches or framelits or thinlits.  Even the butterfly, which I think is one of the prettiest butterfly stamps we have  (from the Grateful Bunch stamp set), was fussy cut because the coordinating punch cuts off some of his wings and antennae.Hop angled L cu

I use my Paper Snips every day, every time I stamp.  You may wonder what’s so different about these particular scissors, and all I can tell you is:  they are the perfect size, they are the sharpest scissors you will ever use, the rubber coated handles mean they will never slip…  They are just perfect!!

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When other stampers come to my classes without Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips, I always make them (oops, I mean let them) use mine and they are amazed at how well they cut and how much better their projects come out.

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Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  4. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  5. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  6. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  7. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  8. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  11. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  12. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  13. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  14. Jackie Diediker at Stampin Jackie
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  19. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  21. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  22. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  23. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards   <<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine


Stampin’ Up! Products Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Grateful Bunch, Kinda Eclectic, Rose Wonder, Picture Perfect
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzaz
Paper:  Whisper White and Pear Pizzaz card stock and Fruit Stand dsp
Tools:  Paper Snips
Embellishments:  Delicate White Doilies, Metallic Sequin Assortment, Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim

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