Lacy Vertical Hello!

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Vertical Garden is a fun stamp set ~ I almost missed it in the new Occasions Catalog!  It coordinates with the Vertical Garden Kit, but it can totally be used on its own!

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Look at the darling loopy stamp at the top of the card.  It’s been stamped three times and embossed with white embossing powder.  I couldn’t help myself, I stamped once and loved it so much I had to keep stamping 🙂

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The loops were stamped on a base of Whisper White which was watercolored with Melon Mambo ink.  You might think the pleated strip is ribbon, but actually, it’s a thin strip of a Glassine Sheet (Sending Love Glassine Sheets on page 14 of the Occasions Catalog) pleated loosely on a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive.

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This is a very versatile stamp set.  I’m totally going to be using this set alot, so watch for more!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


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Stamps:  Vertical Garden
Ink:  Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Pads Versamark Ink
Paper:  Watercolor Paper, Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock, Sending Love Glassine Sheets
Tools:  Aqua Pen, Heat Gun, White Embossing Powder
Embellishments:  Lace Doilies, Brights Sequin Assortment

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Avant Garden Birthday!

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These beautiful flowers are part of a gorgeous stamp set called Avant Garden.  What does that mean anyway…”avant” garden?

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Well, I looked it up and “avant” is French for “original and innovative,” “culturally or stylistically advanced.” This is a pretty innovative and stylistically advanced set of flower stamps, don’t you think?

Avant Garden R cuThe color palate for our “advanced” garden is bright and bold:  Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy and Black.  These are winter colors, just what we need in cold weather 🙂

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And the best thing about this great stamp set is that it’s FREE!  Yes, FREE!  During Sale-a-Bration, for every $50 purchase you can choose one FREE item from the exclusive Sale-a-bration Catalog!  And this stamp set is one of the FREE items!

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I really love this set.  All the stamps on this card are from the Avant Garden set, except the border stamp, that’s from the Tin of Cards set.

Pretty Pointer:  This border stamp from the Tin of Cards is an amazing stamp!  Use it everywhere:  on the lower edge of the inside of cards, on an envelope – front and/or back, and on the edges of cards!  This is one way to “step-up” any card!

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Don’t miss this fabulous set while it’s available!


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Stamps:  Avant Garden, Tin of Cards
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Evergreen Envy and Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Whisper White and Melon Mambo card stock

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Stylish Stems for a Special Reason!

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All of a sudden there are lots of my friends having birthdays, and I’m so excited that I just got the new Special Reason Bundle!!  It’s fresh and lacy ~ just what I need for birthday cards!

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The stamps give real texture and dimension to the tamped images. They are very detailed, and so pretty!

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And, look at the beautiful die-cut flower and leaves!!  The dies in this Stylish Stems set are made to cut positive images, like these, and also negative images.  Below is a photo from Stampin’ Up! showing the negative image.

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The sentiments in this set are sweet and small.  I love the way this “Happy Birthday” looks on this card.

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Thank you for stopping by today!!  Enjoy your week!  And send out some birthday cards!


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Stamps:  Special Reason
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzaz card stock
Tools:  Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker’s Twine


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I love ladybugs!  They are the only bug I like.  Well, maybe I like the bee ~ but just from a distance 🙂  Anyway, these two ladybugs are so cute and they are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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The ladybugs and the sweet sentiment are from a Host Stamp Set called Love You Lots.  A Host Stamp Set is one you can only buy if you are a Host of a class or party and you can only purchase them with Stampin’ Rewards.  You earn Stampin’ Rewards when you have a class or party with sales of $150 or more.

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The ladybugs were stamped in Black Archival Ink and colored in with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.

Ladybugs flat RDo you see how I used the pretty Sending Love Designer Series Paper?  The circle that is framing the ladybugs was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (as was the Whisper White circle).  A strip of the dsp was folded arbitrarily and layered under the circles.

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To finish off the card I splattered some Real Red Ink.  This is a happy Valentine card!  You could also give it to your spouse for an anniversary!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


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Stamps:  Love You Lots
Ink:  Real Red and Black Archival Ink, Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White card stock and Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Aqua Pen

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From the Heart Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for January 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase themes that are “from the heart.” This includes any of the following themes… Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and/or Sympathy. 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.

Hop envieSometimes we just need a fancy Valentine.  Whether you want to give someone a fancy Valentine or you want to receive one…  And, if you need a fancy Valentine today, then this is for you 🙂

Hop cu RThe star element of this card is the 3-D heart!  It’s super-easy to make.  I cut 5 hearts using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies. Each heart was stamped, both on the front and the back, with a flourish stamp from the Falling Flowers stamp set.  The stamping puts patterns on the hearts which coordinate with the background designer series paper.

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Each heart was then folded in half and the sides glued together.  I love the result!

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The pretty Lace Doily is new in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  These doilies are Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other side.  How versatile is that?  For my card I used the Very Vanilla side to go with the Very Vanilla card base.

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Behind the doily is a circle punched from Calypso Coral card stock.  This highlights both the doily and the heart!  The Calypso Coral frame was created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

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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. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards      <<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  7. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping


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Stamps:  Sealed With Love, Falling Flowers
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla card stock, Cupcakes & Carousels dsp
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sweet & Sassy Framelits,
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-3/4″ Circle Punch
Embellishments:  Lace Doilies, Metallic Enamel Shapes

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Ombre Sympathy (GDP 069)

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Life happens during holidays; during the summer, at the beginning of a new year.  I have a friend whose mother passed away just after the new year started, and I wanted to make her a special card.

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The colors for this card are the ones in this week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge.  I like them for this card because they’re not pastel or bright.  Even the silver in this combination looks a bit muted alongside the Delightful Dijon.


For today’s card I used the new So In Love stamp set for the pretty background flower.  To get the ombre look, I just rolled the stamp a bit as I pressed down.  I fully pressed down on one side of the stamp, but only lightly pressed on the other side. That created a color from dark to light across the edges of the flower.

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The stamped panel is topped with a similar-sized sheet of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  The acetate sheets come in several patterns and I used the polka dots.  Each sheet has the pattern in gold on the front and silver on the back, so I obviously used the silver side 🙂

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The Challenge calls for my “free choice” for the third color and I decided to use white.  As this is a sympathy card, it seemed more appropriate not to make it too bright.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Pop on over to to see what everyone else has done with these colors!


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Stamps:  So In Love and Rose Wonder
Ink:  Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin’ Pad
Paper:  Whisper White and Delightful Dijon card stock and Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate
Embellishments:  Metallic Foil Doilies, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon

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So Many Hearts!

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The Love Notes Framelits Dies are amazing!  I seriously had no idea about these dies until I started using them.  There are 14 dies in the set!

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Today’s card shows lot of items cut with these dies ~ the two striped hearts, the red arrow, the tiny envelope, the tiny note inside the envelope (I mean, how cute!), and the line of hearts cutting across the paper.  Wow!!

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Now I do want to say that I cased the basic design of this card from Linda Bedinger.  She has a fabulous video tutorial on how to cut the diagonal hearts HERE .

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The coordinating stamp set is called Sealed With Love and you can buy the dies and the stamp set as a bundle to save some money!

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Have fun making Valentines!!


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Stamps:  Sealed With Love
Ink:  Real Red Classic Stamp Pad
Paper:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy and Real Red card stock and Sending Love dsp
Tools:  Love Notes Framelits Dies, Happy Heart Embossing Folder
Embellishments:  Emerald Envy Thick Baker’s Twine

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Oh So Succulent!

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Succulents are very popular right now, and Stampin’ Up! is right on trend!  The Occasions Catalog just went live yesterday and has SO many fun and beautiful things to play with, including this fabulous succulent set!

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For today’s card I’ve used some of the Succulent Framelit Dies to create the pretty flowers and trailing blossoms.  These trailing blossoms are my favorite dies right now.  I’ve only just started to play with them, but I see lots of fun ahead!

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I gave the flowers a watercolor wash of Blushing Bride ink as a background.  It makes the flowers appear brighter 🙂  The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set.

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So, have you seen the new Occasions Catalog?  It’s in the bar on the right side of this page.  Just click on it and enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by today!


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Stamps:  Oh So Succulent
Ink:  Mint Macaroon, Blushing Bride, and Archival Black Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Blushing Bride card stock, Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Succulent Framelit Dies, Aqua Pen
Embellishments:  White Baker’s Twine, In Color and Subtles Enamel Shapes

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Hello Love!

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Today’s  the day!  A brand new Occasions Catalog debuts today and, oh boy, are there some wonderful new stamps and papers in this catalog!

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This card has some of the pretty Valentine papers in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  I love that they are the true Valentine red and white 🙂

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The fun “Hello Love” sentiment is part of the new Sealed With Love stamp set.  Not only does this set have great sentiments, but there are lots of tiny cute stamps that you can use anywhere.  Look at the little lacy squares with hearts inside ~ darling!  I used them to decorate the envelope too!

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Now, what do you think about the sweet wooden heart?  I LOVE it!  It comes in a set of different sized wooden embellishments, each one perfect for a Valentine!

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Thanks for stopping by today!


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Happy Birthday 2017!

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Welcome 2017!  It’s your birthday!  And it’s not only a new year, but a preview of a new catalog!

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This card features several items from the new Occasions Catalog which goes live on January 4th!  Want to know what the items are?

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The dsp is the new Cupcakes & Carousels Paper Stack.  The sheets are 6″ x 6″ and two sided.  I love it!  The stamp is from a new set called Big on Birthdays ~ fabulous big fonts!

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Do you see the little doily peeking out?  It’s a new doily that’s Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other side!  I’m totally in love!

Thanks for stopping by, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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