Pretty Petals for the Pals!

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Oh boy, I was just in the mood for flowers — and more flowers (you know I love flowers) — and a few leaves!  The Sketch Challenge for Pals Paper Arts this week allows you to do so much creating!  Here’s the sketch:


I had lots of fun making my own background by sponging and stamping.  Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake were sponged on, and then I stamped lightly, stamping off first so that the colors are soft.

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You can do the same thing.  I really didn’t have a plan, I just played with stamps and ink!  Our colors are so pretty ~ everything just looks good together!

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For this card I used several stamp sets all together, I just love so many of the new sets, I just starting using one after another!  For the sentiment I used the Hello Life set.  It has super cute sentiments.

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The light colored flower centers are from the new Artisan Embellishment Kit (sweet!), and the dark center is just a bit of Rich Razzleberry card stock crumpled into a little ball :-)

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This is a great card for a friend ~ I think I’m going to send it to one of my girlfriends for Valentine’s Day.  I have a lot of sweet friends though, I might have to make more cards!

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Come on over to Pals Paper Arts and see what the other designers are doing!  Better yet, enter your own card ~ we’d love to have you join us!!



Stamps:  Hello Life, Painted Petals, Butterfly Basics
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzaz and Blushing Bride card stock, Typeset DSP
Tools:  Pansy Punch, Flower Frenzy Big Z Die, Sponge Daubers
Embellishments:  Pearls Basic Jewels, Artisan Embellishment Kit

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Weekly Deals ~ Yippee!

Weekly Deals

This week’s Weekly Deals are GREAT!!  The biggest/best things are all the Blendabilities on sale.  DON’T MISS OUT!  These are wonderful coloring pens, very similar to Copic markers.  If you like watercoloring, these are for you!


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Valentine Treats from Paper Pumpkin!

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The January Paper Pumpkin is A D O R A B L E!!!  Oh my goodness, look at these little cellophane bags topped with hearts and flags and bows…and even darling gold clips!!

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It took me about 15 minutes to put these cuties together.  You get all the supplies you will need to make 24 treat bags, enough for all your friends (or your children’s friends!).

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MY PAPER PUMPKIN IS NOW ON SALE!  During Sale-a-Bration you save on a 3-month subscription to My Paper Pumpkin AND receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!!  Click on the video below to learn more!

Click on the photo below to order your subscription now!  I love it!


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Bokeh Birthday!

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Today I’m playing with lots of fun goodies I’ve just received from the new Occasions Catalog.  I’d been waiting to get these new Hello You Thinlits Dies ~ today I used the word “happy” that you see here.  Ok, so I LOVE them!   There are four words, happy, thanks, you, and hello, and each one is just as cute as this one.  I’m going to be using these a lot :-)

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The designer series paper that I used as a background here is the Best Year Ever paper that you can get FREE from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog (one free item for every $50 order!).  I’ve been super excited to see this paper because two sheets in the assortment really interest me.  I love the “bokeh” technique that I’ve been seeing all over.  It’s a blurring generally using white circles.  We can make something like this with stamps, but Stampin’ Up@ has done it for us with this pretty paper.  What do you think?  Have any of you tried this technique in either photography or stamping?  I’d love to hear about it ~ please leave me a comment and let me know how you’ve done it :-)

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Stamps:  Crazy About You stamp set
Ink:  Lost Lagoon Classic Ink Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Lost Lagoon card stock and Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Hello You Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine, Whisper White 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

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Tulip Tags!

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Spring, spring, spring!  Don’t these darling tulip tags remind you of Spring?  For those of you still in snow and bad weather, today you have tulips!!

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This is the adorable single stamp called Love Is Kindness.  It’s colored with Blendabilities from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  You know what that means…they are FREE!

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These are tags that I’m putting on the bags for my customers who ordered with me this month.  If you’d like one of these cute little tags, just place an order from me during the month of January and I’ll send you one as your gift!

REMEMBER:  Sale-a-Bration is still going on (through March)!  For every $50 order you place, you get to choose one FREE (seriously FREE!) item from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!  Don’t miss this great opportunity!  Click on the picture below to see all the free goodies!



Stamps:  Love Is Kindness
Ink:  Smoky Slate Classic Stamp Pad and Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities
Paper:  Whisper White and Wild Wasabi card stock
Tools:  Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine

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January Pals Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015. We hope your new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin’ Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month – the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-bration products too. If you don’t know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products – contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to learn more.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come over from my friend Brian King at Stamp With Brian. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

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There are so many wonderful new things in the Occasions Catalog!  My card today features the pretty stamp set called Painted Petals.

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The sweet little flowers look water colored, don’t they?  That variation in the color of the petals is all from the stamp, I didn’t do a thing but stamp it on the paper, and, it took less than a minute!  I really love this set!

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There are 13 stamps in this set, do you believe it?  One of the stamps is this row of circles that I’ve stamped on the top and bottom of my card.  It’s stamped with White Staz On Ink onto our Kraft Paper.

Thanks for stopping by today!  You’ll find a list of the items used on this card down at the bottom of the post.  The next stop is Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month!

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Bog Hop Next

  1. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Jane Knudsen at
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon


Stamps:  Painted Petals
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzaz and Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Pads and White Staz On Ink
Paper:  Kraft Paper, Calypso Coral and Whisper White card stock
Tools:  Banner Framelits
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine; Tea Lace Doily, and Artisan Embellishment Kit

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Pretty Valentine!

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Valentines, valentines!  Don’t you love making valentines~the hearts, the pink, the red, the lace!  Love it!  And, I totally love Hershey’s kisses, one of the best valentine candies anywhere!  In fact, as I write this post I have a giant bag of Hershey’s kisses right beside me!!

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For this valentine I used several papers from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  The large heart was cut with the Hearts a Flutter Framelits, and the medium hearts were punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  The tiny hearts were punched using the little heart punch that’s a part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  (You’ve got to have lots of hearts on a valentine, right?)

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I think I’m going to give this card to my husband.  Don’t tell him tho (shhh….).  Have you started making any valentines yet?  I’d love to hear – or see! – what you’re making!  Email me a picture of your creation using Stampin’ Up! products and I’d love to post it here on the blog!


Stamps:  You Plus Me, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Real Red and Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Real Red, and Calypso Coral card stock, White Vellum, Silver Glimmer Paper
Tools:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Sweetheart Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and Stampin’ Distress Tool
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, 2014-16 In Color Clothespins

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Sweet Baby!

Baby 1Sweet baby…aren’t all babies sweet?  And we all frequently need cards for sweet babies.  Today I need a card for a precious little girl born to a family of 4 boys.  What a joy she is already!

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For baby cards I love using the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set.  Both of the sentiments on this card are from that set.  And the delicate paper is from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper.  See the recipe below.

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blogbutton_Sale-A-BrationFor your order of $50 you get a FREE item from the wonderful Sale-a-Bration Catalog!  Click on the box above to see all the exciting freebies!

Stampin’ Up! Items You Will Need to Make This Card:

Stamp:  Baby We’ve Grown
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White,  Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Sweetheart Punch, Circles Thinlits Dies
Other:  Tea Lace Doilies, Subtles Candy Dots, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine


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Blue Valentine for the Pals

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A Blue Valentine today for the Pals!  The Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge was very fun this week.  Here are the colors for the challenge:



So I’ve been making lots of cards with the new “You Plus Me” stamp set.  There are 10 stamps in this set and each one is super cute, like the stamps on today’s card:  the ampersand sign the little sentiment “twitterpated.”  What does twitterpated mean anyway?  Well, I looked it up and here’s what I found in the Urban Dictionary:

1)to be completely enamored with someone/something.
2) the flighty exciting feeling you get when you think about/see the object of your affection.
3) romantically excited
4) the ever increasing acceleration of heartbeat and body temperature as a result of being engulfed amidst the exhilaration and joy of being/having a romantic entity in someone’s life.

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Ok then!  Now we know!!  And it’s a perfect word for Valentine’s Day!  So, twitterpated it is!!  Now, about the card :-)  I created my own designer series paper background using a tiny circle stamp (from the Seriously Amazing Paper Pumpkin Kit a few months ago).  The background is Soft Sky card stock stamped with Pool Party ink.  I just stamped that little circle stamp all over, inking it only after ever two or three times.

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The baker’s twine is white colored with Pool Party ink, and the little heart is Silver Glimmer Paper edged with Island Indigo ink.

Pop on over to Pals Paper Arts to see what the other designers have done with these pretty colors.  Better yet, give it a try and enter your own creation!  I’ll see you over there!

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New Videos For You!

Hi my friends!  Today I have for you some video tutorials from Stampin’ Up! about a few of the new items I’ve been showing you here at Pretty Paper Cards.  The one above shows you the beautiful new Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits Dies I like so much!

And this one shows you the more than darling little Bow Builder Punch I’ve been using!!

DON’T FORGET, Sale-a-Bration has begun, and for every $50 order you get a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.  And, boy are there some great goodies!  I’ll be showing you more in the coming days!


Click the button above to see everything!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I so appreciate each of you!!!

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