A Sweet Little Garden!

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Doesn’t this make you think of Spring?  I’m not sure what the weather is like right now where you are (I’ve heard it’s pretty cold right now back east), but here in San Diego it’s in the 80’s!  (Ok, I know, I’m bragging.)  The past few days have been so pretty, I even have some daffodils coming up in my garden!


Today’s card is for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.  These are the colors of the challenge and they’re very pretty and vibrant.  When I laid them side by side it was a bold combination, so I decided to add more white than I usually would.  I actually think this highlights these pretty colors!

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The stamp set I used is “Flowering Fields,” which is one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration sets.  Aren’t these flowers pretty?  The flower pot is a piece of Calypso Coral card stock that I just cut to fit.  The butterfly is one I just love!  It’s from one of the host sets in the Annual Catalog called Best Thoughts.  What I really like about this butterfly is it’s 3-D effect.  I did bend it up a bit after I put it on the card to give even more of a 3-D effect.

PPA 287 benchThis is one of the Sale-a-Bration items that will stay around until the end of our sale on March 31, 2016.  But if you like this, be sure to order it right away.  We can never be sure how long something will last.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

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Pals February Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are CASE-ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration to choose from. We hope 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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I really like banners, and I love the Everything Eleanor stamp set.  When I saw the pretty Everything Eleanor banner on page 30 of the Annual Catalog, I loved it right away!  So when I heard the subject of our Blog Hop, I was so excited to try making this super cute banner!!  I changed mine a bit.  The one in the catalog used the bird stamp that comes with the stamp set, but I decided to punch a sweet little golden bird using the bird builders punch :-)

Here is the project in the catalog…

Everything Eleanor Banner

And this is a photo of my banner – hanging on a door like the one in the catalog!

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Now, why do I like banners?  Well, they are versatile home decorating items, and I really enjoy decorating my home and changing the accessories for the season.  That’s why I used pink and flowers in my banner ~ for a bit of a pink Valentine’s Day!   I took the little banner around my home, trying it in different places to see where I should put it.  The first photo above is of the banner on the front door wreath.  Then you see it on a door inside my home.  Here it is on my fence outside …

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And here it is on an inside wall…

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I’d sure like your opinion.  Where do you think I should permanently hang my banner?  Please leave me a comment to help me decide!

There is a list at the very end of this post showing all the items I used to create my banner, and you can click on any item and it will take you to the catalog description.

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. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  5. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo.com
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards   <<<<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!!
  16. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  17. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!



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Leaving Soon!

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Yes, it’s true, some of our FREE Sale-a-Bration items are leaving soon!  What?  Well, Some of the Sale-a-Bration goodies were for a limited time only and they are leaving to be replaced by new FREE Sale-a-Bration items!

February 15th is the last day for this wonderful “Hello” stamp set.  It’s one of my personal Sale-a-Bration favorites and I want to be sure you get it while it’s available!

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Today’s card also uses the pretty Sale-a-Bration Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.  This item is NOT limited and will continue to be available until March 31st.  The little punched flowers are clipped on with a sweet Bow Paper Clip Embellishment (love, love!).  And the spectacular leaves are cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits (another love, love!).

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So what other Sale-a-Bration items are going away?  Here are the 3 items only available until February 15 – DONT MISS OUT!!

Hello Clear Stamp Set – Item No. 141243
FREE With a $50 PurchaseHello

Sky is the Limit Clear Stamp Set – Item No. 141349
FREE With a $50 PurchaseSkys the Limit

Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper – tem No.141021
FREE With a $50 Purchase

Perfectly Artistic DSP

Thank you for stopping by today!  If you’d like to make this card, below are all of the items I used.  Just click right on any product to go to my Stampin’ Up! store.  Remember, the stamp set and designer series paper are only available with a $50 order (one item for each $50 order!).  How great!

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Big Birthday :-)


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Someone in my family had a big birthday the other day~yikes!  But I was all ready with my Number of Years Bundle.  This Bundle was perfect!  This is the type of birthday that you really want to celebrate and it deserves a very special card with some BIG numbers!!

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The Wildflower Fields DSP (FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a qualifying order!) was the perfect backdrop for these BIG numbers :-)

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This stamp set and coordinating framelits are going to be classics.  There are so many ways you can use them…birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  And buying the Bundle saves 15% over the individual price!

Number of Years Bundle!

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Valentine Rose!

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Hearts and roses ~ what could speak more of love?  The rose is made from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.  Isn’t it pretty?  It’s almost like a stencil, it’s just an outline of a full rose :-)

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The background behind the rose is watercolored in a light Rose Red shade to show off the rose die.  Layered behind that is some sweet paper from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack.

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Doesn’t this card make a “wow” Valentine??  The items I used to make it are shown below.  Just click on any item to find out more!


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Beautiful Botanicals!

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For You.  Such a great sentiment.  You can use it for anything:  birthday, sympathy, hello, Valentine’s Day, anything!!  Add some gorgeous flowers and you have the perfect card!

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So I love these flowers.  They are made using the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies.  I love the way they cut the petals right out leaving a little flower frame.  Then you just pop those insides up for these fabulous 3-D flowers!  There are also dies for the centers of the flowers.  And, what do you think about these lacy leaves?  Everything you see is created with the Botanical Builder Framelits and the Botanical Blooms stamp set ~ a fabulous bundle offered by Stampin’ Up!

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Today a group of stampers are getting together and each of us is bringing a card for everyone to make. This is the card I’m bringing ~ along with all the supplies to make it.  I really wanted to show my friends this fabulous set.  Now each person is bringing a card for the others to make, so I’ll come home with quite a few pretty cards, and I’m hoping to post them here for you to see!

Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Bundle
Item No. 140819

Botanical Builders Bundle

If you order this bundle, you will get one FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!  Look through the Catalog here on the right-hand side of my blog!

Price: $110.00

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Pretty Flourishes for the Pals!

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Hi there!  How are you doing?  May I take the liberty of saying we are kindred spirits?  You must love cards and paper crafts, right?  Well, so do I!  See…we ARE kindred spirits!

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So, paper crafters, here is a great challenge for you…the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge this week.  Look at these pretty colors.  Take the challenge like I did, and make a card using these three colors.  It would be great if you would upload it to the Pals Paper Arts website so we could all enjoy it.  But, if you don’t want to do that, take the challenge anyway and make a card with these colors just for the fun of it!!

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To achieve the lacy, light look on this card, I used a flourish stamp, designer vellum (FREE with a $50 order!), and leaves cut with the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies.
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The stamp set I used is First Sight.  All of the stamps in this set are pretty, but I really like this flourish!  I didn’t use it here, but this set has the cutest little tiny bird…you’ll love it!  I’ll be using it sometime very soon :-)

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Price: $110.00

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Doggie Sympathy Card …

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It’s so sad when a pet dies :-(  It affects the family dramatically, I know, I’ve been there.  So when a friend lost her dog recently, I wanted to send her a special card.

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You can see on Pinterest lots of ways to make a little doggie paw.  A heart works great for the pad of the little foot and then you just need four toes, right?  For this paw I used a small heart stamp from the Bloomin’ Love set and a tiny stamp from Pretty Thankful.  This stamp is so tiny I almost lost it!  I think it’s supposed to be a leaf, but it worked perfectly for the little doggie toes!

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You can see below all of the items I used to make this card.  Just click on any item to learn more.

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Cute Conversations!

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  ~  Darling  ~

Cute Conversations is a fun Valentine’s Day themed home décor project kit for January’s Paper Pumpkin. You can also make sweet Valentine’s Day pouches to fill with yummy candy or convert them into a Valentine’s Day cards perfect for your child’s classmates.

Take advantage of a 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription during Sale-A-Bration. It’s on sale for $55 and you can choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item….YEAH!! If you’re a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you’re eligible for this sale too.

Here’s a fun video to show you what’s inside the box!!!

During Sale-a-Bration the 3-Month Subscription is discounted


for your order you will receive one FREE Sale-a-Bration item of your choice!

CLICK on the picture below to sign up for this fun monthly kit

You’ll love it!!

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Sweet Kindred Spirits!

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Ooh I’m loving the Kindred Spirits stamp set!  So many cute “frilly” stamps!  But first, what actually is a “kindred spirit”?  If we are going to stamp it, we ought to know what it is, right?   I thought I knew but wanted to check for sure.  Here’s what google says:  a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one’s own.  Is that what you thought?

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There are lots of fun ways to use the stamps in this set…like as background stamps to create your own designer series paper!  For this card I used the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper for the pink layer.  (You can get this paper for FREE with a $50 order during Sale-a-Bration!)  I stamped a beautiful flourish stamp directly on the pink paper using Versamark Ink.  The flourish is very light but adds a pretty faint pattern to the background.  Then I used a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with Melon Mambo ink stamped off twice to give another faint addition to the background.

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The strip of paper is Whisper White with a small flourish stamped in Smoky Slate stamped off.  Then I stamped the hearts in Melon Mambo ink with a tiny heart stamp that is in this set.  You can do this too ~ design your own paper!

Kindred 1I’m going to give this to one of my good friends for Valentine’s Day.  What would you do with it?  There are many occasions you could us it for…


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