New Weekly Deals and Some Pretty Samples!

Weekly Deals Aug 19

SAVE 25%!  These are the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals ~ and that means SAVINGS, SAVINGS, SAVINGS, but only until August 25, so hurry!  And these are great products!  A few of these items are ones every stamper should have, and I’ll show you why!

Hop 3Here’s a great way to use the Square Framelits – frames!  Frames look great on cards, and even better angled with flowers pouring out!

Kindness 1And the Elegant Butterfly Punch, what more can I say?!  It’s a staple in my stamping room.  Above it’s used for the larger butterfly.

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And here’s a really fun use for the Honeycomb Embossing Folder ~ pat an ink pad on the inside of the folder, insert the front of your card and press down!  This creates a great background for your creation!

So what do you think?  Good deals, right?  What are you waiting for?  CLICK HERE to go right to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Flowers and Friends!

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We had a wonderful time at the Pals Get Together here in San Diego this past weekend!  We had some of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals here for a day of stamping, chatting and snacking, and wow did we have fun!

Ok, first for the stamping.  Those of us hosting the event each presented a project for the group to make.  This card was my project.  It’s made using the new masks for the background, and punched flowers and the faux suede technique (see my video tutorial HERE).

BeYouTiful cuNow for the friends!!  Our mentor Mary Fish came over from Arizona.  Here I am with Mary and Linda eating dinner by the ocean.  Fun!

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And here we are chatting about cards and stamps and …  :-)

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This is my table where we made the card featured above.  From left, Susan, Karen, Patti and me.  Do you see the heart mask in the lower right-hand corner?

Group 1I want you to know that YOU can join us and be a part of this wonderful group!  We enjoy each other and love making cards and projects.  CLICK HERE to find out how to become a part of this incredible group.  I would LOVE to have you!  Also, feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have questions :-)

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products we used to make this card.  Just click on any photo and it will take you straight to my online store to learn more.

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Sweet Little Favor Boxes!

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Today is a very fun day ~ we are having a Pals get together here in San Diego!  Some of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals in the Southwest are getting together to stamp chat and snack!!  Well, we have to have little favors for our guests, right?

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These adorable Tiny Treat Boxes will be available in the Holiday Catalog (in less than 2 weeks!!!).  I added the white polka dots with White Staz On ink and Sponge Daubers.  It was a snap to do.

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Now I know you are anxious to find out what’s inside!  I put in an assortment of wrapped See’s Candy!  It’s a favorite here in California and  know the Pals will love it!

Come back over the next few days, I’ll be posting some photos of the Pals AND ourprojects!!  Whee!

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Sneak Peek and Smiles for the Pals!

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Today is Pals Paper Arts Day!  I love the Color Challenge for this week.  These three colors are amazing together.  Pink and green always make a nice combination, but throw in the black and you have something elegant!


Do you see something new and pretty in Strawberry Slush?  It’s the Filagree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog (available August 28!).   I’m already in love with this new embossing folder and couldn’t wait to show it to you!  It embosses the card stock with curls and flourishes in a pattern around the edges.  You can see it close up in the photo below.

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What are those leaves made of??  Well, they are stamped in Pear Pizzaz on Back to Black Designer Series Paper using the leaf stamp from the Kinda Eclectic set.  Then they are fussy cut (cut by hand).  The bow is tied with 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon ~ very easy to work with.

Pretty Pointer:  To lift ribbon or a strip of paper up off the background as I’ve done here, curl the paper or ribbon a bit using your bone folder, then use Mini Glue Dots to adhere it where you want it on the background, leaving room for the “wave” as I call it! :-)  On this card I’ve used this technique with both the ribbon and the sentiment.

GET READY FOR AUGUST 28TH!  That’s the day the Holiday Catalog is live and you can see and order all the exciting new holiday items!  Don’t have a catalog yet?  Let me know and I’ll send one to you!

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August Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat, Stop Number 15 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

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Oh boy, it’s so difficult to choose ONE favorite Stampin’ Up! tool when you love them all!  Well, to begin with, I will say that the ultimate best tool is the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.  My cards and projects were absolutely revolutionized by this wonderful machine.  But there is so much you can do with the Big Shot, and there are so many tools to use with it, that I want to feature today my “current” favorite Big Shot DIE:  the Flower Frenzy Big Z die.  It’s new this year and I am having so much fun with it ~ it really is a flower frenzy!

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This die creates 5 different flowers and some leaves and flower centers.  As you see above, this die can cut several layers of card stock at one time.

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For today’s card I used the die for the flower, and it was a snap to make!  I curled the edges of the petals with my bone folder to make it a bit fancier. Cut several layers of card stock from one of the flowers on the die and a few layers of another flower in a complementary color and ~ voila, a pretty flower!!

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Hope you are enjoying the wonderful projects today and seeing lots of cool tools!  The next stop is September Gray at, Stop Number 17 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

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  1. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  2. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter 
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner 
  10. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  11. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  12. Amy Williams at Stamp and Spice
  13. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  14. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin’ Mojo
  15. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards    <<<< YOU ARE HERE!
  17. September Gray at
  18. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasy Cards 
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin 
  21. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  22. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  23. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  26. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creatons
  28. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  29. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  30. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  31. Donna Kopenski at
  32. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  33. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  34. Jane Knudsen at
  35. Candy Ford at Candy’s Blog
  36. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  37. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  38. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  39. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
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Sweet Little Bird!

Shabby Little Bird BestDo you have this darling stamp set called “Polka Dot Pieces”?  I just recently got it, along with the coordinating Bird Builder Punch, and I love both of them!  This little bird is SO sweet!

I love birds.  I’ve raised finches, and had a beautiful singing canary who lived for many years.  These days we have doves who nest each year in a hanging flowerpot under our patio.  So this little bird stamp set has really stolen my heart :-)  It has two wings that you can pop up on Dimensionals for more of a 3-D effect.

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For this card I decided to play with distressing.  I used our Distressing Tool on most of the edges of the papers, and sponged those distressed edges with some Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Have you ever seen our Distressing Tool?

Distressing ToolDoesn’t it have a cute shape?  It’s a powerful tool though.  There’s a pretty good blade in there to catch the paper and pull it to create the distressed look.  If you don’t have this little guy, I highly recommend getting it.  For only $4.95, it’s well worth the money and it’s nice to have on hand in case you get in a “shabby” mood!!!

I’ve listed all the products I used down below.  Just click on one and it takes you right to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’d love to hear if you love birds and if you have any pet birds!  Leave me a comment and tell me!

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Come to a Email Stamping Party!

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 Something NEW is starting at Pretty Paper Cards!

It’s an

Email Stamping Party!

What’s an Email Stamping Party?  It’s a way for you to make a fun card or cards when it is convenient for you!  All cards will be designed by me, like this month’s card you see above.  And, each month will feature one fabulous Stampin’ Up! stamp set!

There will be an Email Stamping Party each month.  You make your own decision each month whether you want to join the party or not.  Each month there will be three options for you to choose from, depending on your schedule.  If you join the party, you will be entered to win a PRIZE!! from me ranging from a Stampin’ Up! embellishment package or ribbon or, if we have enough participants, one of the wonderful hostess sets from the 2014-2015 catalog!

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This month’s featured stamp set is called “Hey You,” a nice selection of three sentiment stamps for different occasions.  Depending on how much time you have, you can choose to sign up for any of these great options below:


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1. PRETTY EASY SET.  You will receive one pre-cut and stamped project for $4.95 mailed directly to you (shipping included).  You assemble the project and all you need is adhesive (easy, right?).  This option works well for busy people who may not have a lot of supplies but love to make and give handmade cards.

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2. PRETTY PROJECTS SET.  You will receive three pre-cut and stamped projects (they can be the same project or three different projects) for $12.95 mailed directly to you (shipping included).   You assemble the three projects and all you will need is adhesive.  This option is great if you need several cards, or if you want to invite a few friends over to make a project!

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3.  PRETTY STAMPING SET You will receive three pre-cut projects (they can be the same project or three different projects) along with the stamp set of the month.  This month’s stamp set is ”Hey You,” available in clear mount, for $20.95 or wood mount for $23.95 (shipping included), mailed directly to you.  You will need ink pads (not included) or colored markers to stamp in the colors that you choose, along with your own adhesive to assemble the projects.  This option works for the stamper who has more time to stamp and has a collection of supplies. 

The Details

Each party goer needs some type of adhesive (glue, Snail, glue stick, double-sided tape, etc.)  You provide your own.  If you would like to add a Stampin’ Up! adhesive to your first order, just let me know.

In addition, most of my pretty cards look better if you use Stampin’ Dimensionals.  (If you don’t have Stampin’ Dimensionals, let me know and I will add them to your first order for an additional $4.25, shipping included).

Doesn’t this sound fun?  I’m so excited to be able to provide you with more stamping options to fit your busy lives.

Please email me at 

or leave a comment to this post to sign up.

Please indicate which option you would like.  If you choose Option 3, please tell me if you would like the wood mount or the clear mount set.  I will invoice you via Paypal and, once payment is received I will confirm by sending you an email.  PLEASE SIGN UP NO LATER THAN AUGUST 15 TO BE ENTERED INTO THE PRIZE DRAWING!  Project packets are mailed out August 23.

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And the Winner Is ……

Bloomin 1AND….the Winner of this pretty card is WENDIE WALDMAN!!!  Wendie left this nice comment on yesterday’s post:

 ”Absolutely blooming beautiful!”

Wendie was the 9th person to comment on the post and her number 9 was chosen at random by the Random Number Generator:

Random Number GenI’ll be emailing Wendie to let her know she won.  Wendie, if you are reading this, please email me with your address and I’ll get this card out to you right away!


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Weekly Deals

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Beautiful Blooms!

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Flowers and birthdays just go together, and this card is a perfect birthday card!  Wouldn’t you love to receive it yourself?  This was created with the wonderful Flower Patch stamp set and coordinating framelits.

Bloomin cuIn the center of each flower is a little sequin to give the flower bouquet just a bit of bling :-)

Pretty Pointer:  For the background of this card I used a fun new technique.  I inked up one side of the inside of the Honeycomb Embossing Folder, opened up the Whisper White card base and put the front of the card inside of the folder.  I closed the folder and pressed down firmly.  When I took out the card, voila, a beautiful background on the front of the card!  Love it!

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Would you like this card?  Today if you leave me a comment you will have an opportunity to receive this card!  I will randomly choose one person who comments and I will send that person this very card!  So go ahead, leave your comment!

Thank you for stopping by today!!

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Fabulous, Fabulous!

Fab bestFabulous is what YOU are!  Thanks for stopping by today to see what’s going on at Pretty Paper Cards.  I appreciate each one of you taking your time to join me!

Today’s card is a stepped up card from the July My Paper Pumpkin Kit.  It’s called Big Wish and it’s a great kit.  It came with these darling silver stars and Pool Party hearts (love!), and the grey striped sticker that I used at the bottom of the card.

Fab Pot leavesCombined with Blackberry Bliss, these stars and heart look gorgeous!  I can’t get over how much I’m loving Blackberry Bliss.  The My Paper Pumpkin kits are so versatile.  You can make the projects as is, and/or use the goodies inside on some of your own cards, etc.

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Hope you all have a FABULOUS week!  Thanks for stopping by today!  And don’t forget to check out My Paper Pumpkin if you haven’t before.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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