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!


All Products Stampin’ Up!

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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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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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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Sneak Peek ~ Stylish Stems!

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Here’s a sneak peek of some fabulous new framelits ~ Stylish Stems!  You are going to LOVE them!  Here I’ve created a pretty card in a snap.

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Aren’t the leaves pretty?  They have so much detail!  And look at that thin stem…so delicate.

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I left some of the pieces of the die cut inside the flower for a different look, almost like a real flower where some of the petals have fallen out 🙂

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The sweet sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set called Special Reason.  This all comes as a bundle in the new Occasions Catalog, available January 4th!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you are getting excited for the new catalog ~ I know I am!


All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Special Reason
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzaz, and Sweet Sugarplum card stock
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Stylish Stems Framelits, Classic Label Punch,
Softly Falling Embossing Folder

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Sneak Peek: Dragonfly Dreams!

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SNEAK PEEK!!  This is a little preview of a “d-r-e-a-m-y” bundle coming up in the NEW OCCASIONS CATALOG!  (The catalog will go live in January!)

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I have to tell you I got this stamp set in early November at On Stage, but this is the first time I’ve had to play with it!  (What’s that about?)  The beautiful dragonfly is made of vellum sponged on the back with Rich Razzleberry ink, and then cut with the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits ~ is it gorgeous or what??

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The dragonfly is set on a background of Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series paper.  I sponged the paper first with Mint Macaron ink, and then I sponged the corners with Rich Razzleberry ink.  After that I lightly splattered Rich Razzleberry ink from an Aquapainter.

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A few pearls were added onto the little dragonfly’s body as he is a very pretty dragonfly 🙂  Now, let me tell you – the sentiments in this new set are great!  I used one of them here on a little strip of vellum.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Doesn’t this make you excited for the new catalog?  I’ll be showing you some more previews over the next month….so stop back by!


All Products Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry card stock,
Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Vellum
Tools:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Pearls Basic Jewels

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Pals Wicked Folds Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for October 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects feature cards made using “wicked” folds. What is a “wicked” fold? It is anything other than the standard A2 card fold. 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.

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Today’s card is a triple fold card ~ 3 beautiful folds that open up to a pretty card.  And all held together with a ribbon, flowered band!

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This card shows off lots of pretty designer series paper on the folds and adds the sentiments on the inside.  It gives the card maker lots of room to play 🙂

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This is an easy card to make.  You need some 12″ x 12″ card stock.  Here I used Whisper White card stock trimmed to 12″ x 5-1/2″.   To create the folds, score the long 12″ side at 4-1/4″, 7-1/4″, and 10-1/4″.

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I lined each panel with dsp and tried to alternate the patterns.  I then put a thin Happy Birthday banner inside the first fold, and another nice sentiment in the second fold.

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The “belly” band is made of 2 strips of 12″ x 1″ card stock, one of Peekaboo Peach covered with copper speckled washi tape, and another of Cajun Craze.  They are alternated just a bit so the Cajun Craze strip peeks out under the other one.  A pretty piece of Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon was slipped in on the right side of the band.  A flower cut from the May Flowers Framelits and leaves from the Flourish Thinlits finish off the band.

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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! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Beth Fairweather at Beth Fairweather Designs
  6. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards          <<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!!
  17. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  18. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  19. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  20. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  21. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts


All Products Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Vertical Greetings, Suite Sayings
Ink:  Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Up!
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Cajun Craze, and Whisper White card stock, Fruit Stand and Petals & Paisleys designer series paper
Tools:  Flourish Thinlits, May Flower Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape, Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, White Perfect Accents, 2016-18 In Color Enamel Shapes

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Sweet Pink Birdcage!

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Ok, so I’m totally in love with this sweet birdcage!!  Look at the little bird inside!!  Oooooh!!  And, it has a coordinating punch!

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This cute birdcage just puts me in a shabby chic mood, so I had to rough up the edges of my paper a bit.  I guess this is modern shabby!  The leaves on top of the birdcage were cut with the Flourish Thinlits ~ light and airy  🙂

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The DSP here is the Pop of Pink DSP.  Black and white dots add that modern touch (Kate Spadish??  I love Kate Spade!).

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Here’s a close up of the birdcage.  Isn’t it darling?

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Thank you for stopping by today!   Have a great week!


All Products Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Badges & Banners
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron card stock, Pop of Pink DSP
Tools:  Flourish Thinlits, Hello You Thinlits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Best Badge Punch, 2″ Circle Punch
Embellishments:  Brights Enamel Shapes, Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon


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Irresistibly Floral for the Pals!

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Hi friends!  Welcome to the Pals Color Challenge for this week!  This week I’m privileged to be the featured designer and I’ve chosen some of my favorite colors!

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To make my card I pulled out all the supplies I have in these three colors and put them out on my table…pretty, pretty, pretty!

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The Irresistibly Floral Suite is perfect for these colors.  It’s a beautiful set of leaves and flowers that comes with coordinating dies.

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The main white panel of the card is offset a bit so that more of the pretty Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper shows.

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The sweet little sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners set.  There are lots of great sentiments in this set and I could have chosen any of them, but “celebrate” just seemed perfect.  A few enamel dots and some Emerald Envy splatter finish off the card.

PPA319 cuThanks for stopping by today!  Please stop by the Pals Paper Arts site and see all the other projects using these colors.  Better yet, make your own card and enter it there!


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

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners and Falling Flowers
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy
Paper:  Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy card stock, and Blooms & Bliss dsp
Tools:  May Flowers Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Paper Snips, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Write Markers
Embellishments:  In Color Enamel Shapes, Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon, Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon


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Sweet Cupcakes!

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Hey all you September birthdays…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  I’ve been making this card for most of my September birthday friends and I love it!  The Sweet Cupcake stamp set is so fun!

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For these cards I combined this great stamp set and coordinating framelits with the Hello You Thinlits.  The big “happy” adds boldness and whimsey.

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These cards are easy to make with our fabulous DSP’s and wonderful color coordination.  Peekaboo Peach is a beautiful color and the ribbon and enamel shapes look so good on this card.

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The pink card uses several different pink shades, but the standout is Melon Mambo.  Don’t you love the way the frosting looks?  I think it must be strawberry flavored!  Yumm!

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Birthdays are probably the biggest occasions for sending and giving cards and this Sweet Cupcake set is perfect for those cards!  Right at the moment this is my favorite birthday set!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  And, if you have a September birthday, leave me a comment with your name and address and I’ll send you a cupcake birthday card!!  I really will!


All Items are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Sweet Cupcake
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Melon Mambo, Fruit Stand DSP
Tools:  Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Hello You Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  In Color Enamel Shapes, Delicate White Doilies, Melon Mambo Stitched Satin Ribbon, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon




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