Touches of Texture for the Pals!

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Hi!!  Today is a Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge and the colors are wonderful ~ so soft!  Designer Lynn Hoyt has chosen two Subtles (Marina Mist and Pink Pirouette) and one Neutral (Smoky Slate), and they combine for a beautiful color palette.

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To go along with the soft colors, a little watercolored panel is just the right thing.  The flowers used here are from Touches of Texture.  I’m really enjoying watercoloring and find that the more I do it, the more comfortable I am with it 🙂  I added a few coats of Clear Wink of Stella in the flower centers for glimmer!

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The panel is set on a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock embossed with the Festive Embossing Folder (super cute!!).

PPA flatDo you see the adorable little birdie?  He’s from a brand new stamp set available August 2nd called Thoughtful Branches.  This set has a coordinating framelit set with a die for this cutie!!!  In fact, there are TWO little birdies, one facing each direction and TWO coordinating framelits!

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Please pop on over to to see what the other designers have done with these colors, and then create a card and join us!!  I’d love to see you there!


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

Stamps:  Touches of Texture, Best Birds, Thoughtful Branches (available Aug. 2)
Ink:  Marina Mist and Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Whisper White card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Festive Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella, clear

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Single Blossom!

Blossom envieA single blossom is such a statement.  It says a lot.  For a special friend, this is a wonderful card.

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It’s a simple card to make using one stamp set:  Bunch of Blossoms.  I’ve been really enjoying working with this set recently 🙂

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Blossom angled RAnd I’m grateful for YOU, my blog readers!  Thank you so much for reading my blog, and thank you for stopping by today!  If I could send each of you one of these cards, I sure would 🙂  I appreciate you!


Stampin’ Up! Products You Will Need to Make Today’s Card:

Stamp Set:  Bunch of Blossoms
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, and Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo cardstock
Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker’s Twine

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Enjoy the Little Things!

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Layering Love is a great stamp set!  It has some big bold sentiments in fun fonts!

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These sentiments make creating a card so easy!  For today’s card I just added the large pineapple, some dots of glitter, and that’s it!

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For the glitter dots, I actually put dots of Tombow glue on my card and then sprinkled the card with glitter. I think I put the glue in more regular lines than I meant to, it’s supposed to be random 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Do you have the Layering Love stamp set?  If so, let me know what you think of it!


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

Stamps:  Layering Love, Pineapple
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White card stock, Gold Foil, 2016-18 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Paper Snips
Embellishments:  Gold Glitter

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The Perfect Day!

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The Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and coordinating punch helped me to create this fun card for any occasion!  Stamp sets that include sentiments are the best ones because you have more options!  This set has 5 different sentiments and lots of flower and leaf combinations.  I love it!

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To create this card I first stamped the sentiment in the upper right corner of the Whisper White card base.  This gave me a guide for the rest of the card.  I decided to use one of my favorite color combinations:  yellow and navy.  The Floral Boutique dsp is SO gorgeous ~ beautiful patterns in Night of Navy and Whisper White, the perfect choice for my navy.

Perfect Day angledTo make the curled back corner, you simply use a bone folder to roll back the corner of the dsp before you attach it to the white base.  Place the piece of dsp on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat and pierce through the pulled back corner and the base of the dsp.  Insert a tiny brad to hold the corner back and then adhere the dsp to the card base.

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Three petals were stamped and punched with the Blossom Builder Punch, and tucked in next to the brad.  a bow of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine was placed on top of the brad with a glue dot to finish off the card.

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



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

Stamp:  Bunch of Blossoms
Ink:  Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP
Tools:  Blossom Builder Punch, Stampin’ Pierced Mat, Piercing Tool
Embellishments:  Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, tiny brad (my own stash)

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Melon Mambo Garden (GDP045)


Today I’m doing something new and entering a challenge I’ve never entered before:  Global Design Project.  Their color challenge is fabulous, mostly because it uses one of my favorite colors ~ Melon Mambo!


I wanted the Melon Mambo to be the featured color on this card so I used it on the sweet little flower from the set, Helping Me Grow.  I watercolored the flower on Watercolor Paper to get a little shading.

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I’m loving the new doilies, they are so cute, I like to just tuck them in anywhere!  They now come in the 2015-17 In Colors and I plan to use some of those very soon.  Do you see the Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon?  I just cut a bit and wrapped it back and forth, sticking it down as I went.  A splatter of black from the Aqua Painter finished it off.

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This card was so much fun to make!  Pop over to the Global Design Project and see what everyone else has done with these pretty colors!

Thanks for stopping by!


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

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Helping Me Grow
Ink:  Melon Mambo and Basic Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Smoky Slate cardstock and Pop of Pink dsp
Tools:  Paper Snips, Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread, Delicate White Doilies

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Vacation Tag for a Doggie!!

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Last week my husband and I went on a vacation ~ a cruise to Alaska!!  But it was very traumatic as we had to leave our sweet little yorkie, Elie.  She stayed over with my daughter for the week and, of course she needed a special bag to take all of her goodies with her.

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I actually just used a pretty shopping bag, but I gave it a very special tag.  I think the rest of the family felt I went a bit overboard making her a special tag.  I had to! Most of the tag was made with Stampin’ Up! products, but I used a few other items, like press on letters spelling out her name 🙂

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And guess what?  We all survived our separation/vacation!  Elie had a wonderful time with my daughter and we had a fabulous time on our cruise!  Above is a picture of us on our last day on the ship, it was a selfie, can you tell?

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Strength & Prayers

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This is such a beautiful verse.  So many times in my life God has stood with me and given me strength.  I’m glad Stampin’ Up! made this stamp ~ I’ll use it often.

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This can be an encouraging verse for difficult situations.  I’m going to make several of these cards to have on hand.  Maybe you need encouragement today…take this verse for your own and let it give you comfort.

Strength. angledjpgIf you’d like to duplicate this card, the Stampin’ Up! products I used are indicated above.  The Strength & Prayers stamp set has another lovely sentiment and a gorgeous dove stamp!  Here are the stamps included in the set:

Strength & Prayers 141856GDo you have this set or will you be buying it?  If so, I’d love to hear how you will use it!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Quick Swirly Birthday!

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Need a quick birthday card?  Swirly Bird stamp set to the rescue!  This stamp set has such cute circle swirls.  Any combination of the swirls is pretty!

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The biggest decision you have with this card is your color palette.  For today’s card I used Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, and Smoky Slate, a sweet purple pastel theme.

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The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I find that I use this birthday sentiment often ~ it’s a good one!

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I hope you have the Swirly Bird set.  Really it’s a classic, you must have it!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!


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

Stamps:  Swirly Birds and Rose Wonder
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi and Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Awesome Shaker Jar!

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Shaker card!  Yeah!  This is similar to a card I made a few weeks ago.  My card classes requested that we make a shaker card in class, so I came up with this one which is just a bit different from my last one.

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The little fish from the Jar of Love stamp set is too cute I just had to feature him in the jar!  The flowers and leaves are from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.  In class we fussy cut the flowers and glued them on the front so that they would overlap the jar.  This was actually the hardest part of the card!

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Stampin’ Up!’s Foam Adhesive Strips were the key to making the shaker part of the card.   We also used Stampin’ Up! Window Sheets for the see-through window.

Hello Shaker cu fishYou know, when I put the sequins in the card and sealed it up and finished the card, I just got a huge smile on my face!  Shaker cards just make me happy!  And that’s what happened in my classes ~ when everyone finished their cards and shook them and saw the sequins fluffing all around the little fish ~ they got so excited!  All the fussy cutting was worth it!!

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Have you made a shaker card yet?  If not, you must.  I promise it will make you smile!  [I’m not giving instructions here because there are many video tutorials on YouTube.  Just pop over there!]  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of shaker cards 🙂


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

Stamps:  Jar of Love, Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stock, Window Sheets
Tools:  Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Paper Snips
Embellishments and Adhesives:  Foam Adhesive Strips, Metallics Sequin Assortment

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Shabby Floral Phrases for the Pals!

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Our sweet Katy McGloin has chosen these lovely colors for us this week, and they have been so much fun to work with!

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I wanted to make a shabby card.  Sometimes I just want to be shabby 🙂  This means lots of layers and lace and distressing ~ so that’s what I did!

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The main focus of this card is the pretty Sweet Sugarplum flowers.  They been stamped and fussy cut from the largest floral image in the Floral Phrases stamp set.  It’s a bit hard to see in the photos, but the flowers are lined in the white sections with clear Wink of Stella (to make them sparkle!).PPA309 flat angled

The flowers are set on a tag which slips in the little pocket created with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  This tag doesn’t come out of the pocket as I glued it down, but I love the idea that it could.  I plan to make another shabby card soon and I’ll leave the tag loose.

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The light leaves and flowers behind the tag were made by watercoloring a bit of watercolor paper with Sweet Sugarplum ink using an Aqua Pen.  That gives a nice variation on the color.  When the paper was dry, it was cut with the Flourish Thinlits.

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Why don’t you try your hand at a card with these colors!  I’d love to see what you come up with.  Pop on over to and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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

Stamps:  Floral Phrases, Awesomely Artistic
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Sahara Sand
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Watercolor Paper, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, Flourish Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Paper Snips, Thumb Daubers, Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Embellishments:  2016-18 In Color Enamel Shapes, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies, Wink of Stella (clear)

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