Registration Now Open for Create the Day Away!!

Create the Day Away is a one-day cardmaking retreat for YOU! My friend Linda Foster and I are joining together to bring you  a FABULOUS crafting day away! We’ve reserved the Grand Ballroom at the Rancho Bernardo Radisson Hotel and are planning a full day of crafting including demonstrations, techniques, make & takes, holiday home decor and prizes!!
You don’t have to do a thing except come and CREATE THE DAY AWAY! Lunch is even included!

Just a personal note…I would love to have you join us for this special day! And bring some friends to share it with you! Our desire is that you would be able to relax and enjoy yourselves…a little creative respite in the midst of a busy time!

If you have never stamped before or have been stamping for years, you are welcome!  We have a fun and inspirational day planned to help encourage your creativity to blossom.  Creating beautiful handmade cards helps to ease the stresses of everyday life and increases happiness and self-esteem (it’s science!).

When you Create the Day Away, you will learn new tips and techniques, play games, make and take away the cards you make, win prizes and have a fun and relaxing day.  You will also leave with new friends that share a passion for paper crafting.

If you live outside San Diego County, consider coming for a visit! San Diego has so much to offer…and, you can stay right there at the Radisson Hotel!

This is your opportunity to meet me and learn my techniques first hand.  I’ll be looking for you!

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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek for You!

Oh boy, I just love it when we get a new catalog!! It’s time for the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and, as a demonstrator, I’ve been able to order new items early before the catalog goes live on September 1st. Now the Holiday Catalog features not only Christmas and New Year’s items, but fall and Thanksgiving and Halloween. It’s chock full of gorgeous stamps and papers and ribbons!

The first stamp set I wanted to play with is the Count My Blessings set. Today’s card uses my favorite stamp from the set ~ I just LOVE these flowers! Look at the way they are opening to show their little seed-like centers!

The colors here are Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Fresh Fig. I think these are going to be my go-to colors this fall. The flowers and leaves were colored in with a Blender Pen, putting a little more ink in some areas to create shading. A bow tied with Linen Thread finishes off the fall theme.

I love hearing from you! Let me know what you think about today’s post or ask me a question by leaving me a COMMENT HERE!

MY AUGUST HOST CODE OFFER!  Learn here how you can earn a spool of Linen Thread FREE when you shop with me in August!

Would you like a NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG? My customers get all the new catalogs FOR FREE. If you would like a catalog, simply place an online order of any size with me during the month of August and I will send you your catalog right away! (When you place your order, please don’t check the box that says “No Contact.” That means I won’t see your address and I won’t be able to send your catalog.)

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

 

 

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August Pals Blog Hop: Cut it Out!

Welcome to the August 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re going to “Cut It Out”. Participants will feature projects with “cuts” from punches, dies, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

My card today uses both a punch and thinlits. Can you spot both? Well, the word “hugs” is cut with the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies. I just love the words on these dies, especially the one I’ve used today. “Hugs” is such a sweet sentiment for so many occasions. I’m going to send this card to a friend who hasn’t been feeling well, and it really expresses my thoughts for her.

Have you spotted the punched pieces? They are on the left and right sides of the card. That pretty lace is actually card stock punched with the Decorative Label Punch. This punch is fabulous because you can add these pretty little lacy bits anywhere on your card!

I have another “cut” to show you, and that’s the flower on the envelope! Using my Paper Snips, I cut one flower out of a piece of this gorgeous Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper. I glued it onto the envelope with a little Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue. I love to give a preview of my card on the outside of the envelope!

To see all the items used on this card, scroll down to the bottom of this post where each item is listed. You can click on any item to go to my online store and learn more!

Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on September 13, 2017 for “My Favorite Season”. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Don’t forget to leave me a comment HERE. I’d love to hear what you have to say about my creative “Cuts”.

 

 

 

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Wood Words for August Prettypapercards by Mail!!

Would you like to receive this card from me? You can!! For every person who signs up for the August Prettypapercards by Mail, you will receive this handmade card as a special gift from me!

What is Prettypapercards by Mail? It is a special monthly kit which includes everything you will need to create 3 cards designed by me, and using the stamp set I’m featuring for the month. I cut all the paper and assemble all the items you will need to make the cards just like I do. And, you will receive my pdf tutorials with instructions and tips to create the cards. A video will also be included with special tips from me. If you like the cards I make and want to know how I make them, this is your opportunity!

On this card, the two front sides fold to the center and the card is then held together with what is called a “belly band.” This card was created with the Wood Words stamp set. It’s a fun card both to make and to receive!

I love the red heart stamp that’s part of the set. I used it both on the inside of the card and on the corner of the envelope. You can see from the heart stamped here that it looks a bit rustic. This whole stamp set has a rustic vibe to it…and that’s what makes it different and fun! We made this card at my classes this past weekend and my students loved it!

Would you like to participate in this month’s Prettypapercards by Mail? The photo above shows you some sneak peeks of the cards that will be included in your kit! They are darling! And you will receive detailed instructions to create the cards just like I do. And that includes special tips from me! For more information, CLICK HERE.

The price for all of this is only $39.95!

If you wish to purchase only the card kits and not the stamp set ~
Everything But the Stamp Set is $14.99

Would you like to stamp with me?
Just email me at peggy@prettypapercards.com to order this month’s class!

Thank you for stopping by today! Remember, below are the specific items I used to create today’s card. Click on each photo to find out more and to order right from my 24/7 online store!

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The Absolutely Cutest Rose Stamp Ever!!

Oh dear. Every time I get a new stamp set it becomes my favorite!! Does that happen to you? The Happiest of Days stamp set is now my favorite 🙂 I mean, look at these great fonts! And what about the absolutely cutest single rose stamp ever?

Here the rose is stamped with the Basic Black Archival Ink, and then colored in using a Blender Pen and Flirty Flamingo Ink. The green here is the subtle Pear Pizzaz. And the background piece is Powder Pink cardstock. These colors blend beautifully together.

Here is a photo of the complete stamp set. I haven’t used the cake or the little package stamps yet, but aren’t they the cutest?  I’ll be getting to those very soon!

Happiest of Days Clear Mount Stamp Set
Item No. 143796

Pretty Pointer: When you have a special image or a favorite image, raise it up by using a Stampin’ Dimensional. This adds interest and gives depth to your card front.

In the photo below you see that I first stamped the left side of the card with the single rose stamp. Then for emphasis (and because this is the absolute cutest rose stamp ever!) I stamped another rose on a separate sheet of cardstock, cut it out by hand, and affixed it right over the previously stamped image using a dimensional. Then I put a sweet little pearl in the center.

I’d love to hear what you think of today’s card…I LOVE your comments 🙂 CLICK HERE to leave me a comment today!

And don’t forget the newest feature on my blog: all of the products used to make today’s card are shown at the bottom of this post. They are linked to my online store so you can just click on any product and it will go right to all the details about that product and you will be able to order right there!

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

 

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Announcing: Create the Day Away, a Cardmaking Experience!

Wow! I’m so excited to let you know about this special event! My friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Linda Foster, is teaming up with me to present a wonderful day of card making (birthday cards, thank you cards, holiday and fall cards!), food and fun here in San Diego!

Put the date on your calendars now (phone, planner…) and watch for registration to open next week. We are planning lots of fun things! If you just can’t wait 🙂 leave a comment or email me at peggy@prettypapercards.com and I’ll give you more details!!

Ok, now on to today’s card 🙂

Wanted to give you another peek at the fabulous new stamp set and dies (a bundle!) released early by Stampin’ Up! The Holiday Catalog doesn’t come out until September 1, but they want us to get excited!! So this month they’ve released a bundle early! Whee!

I decided to use Lemon Lime Twist, Gold and Black for my colors. It’s a fresh and new holiday combination! Look closely at the edges of the Lemon Lime Twist piece. That neat border was produced with one of the dies from the new Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies. These dies have so many options. Here is a photo of all the dies that you get with this set. I can’t wait to use all of them!


Pretty Pointer: Do you see the little gold dots on today’s card? Those come from a layer of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. I love these sheets! The design is gold on one side and silver on the reverse. Use these to add a layer of fun and beauty to any project — especially holiday projects!

New Feature on My Blog!

I’ve added a great new feature to my blog. To find out exactly what I’ve used to create this card, go to the bottom of this post and see small photos of each product! The best thing is that you can click on any photo to go straight through to my store for specific details about that product. And, if you want to order any of the products, you are right in my store and can just add those items to your cart! I’m hoping you’ll like it and that it will help you to identify just what you’ll need to create the same project!

I sure love your comments! I’d love to hear what you think about today’s post ~ CLICK HERE to leave me a comment!

 

 

 

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Whole Lot of Lovely Thank You!

It’s Thursday and time for another fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge! I really love this challenge…you can choose which items you want to use on your creation as long as they make a tic tac toe! I’ve chosen the first row across: thank you, sequins, all things round.

The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper is so pretty. The more I use it the more I love it. Look at these beautiful peaches! Really, all you need is this paper to make a great card! For a bit of interest I added a panel of vellum on the left.

Do you see that little bit of Pumpkin Pie 1/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon? It adds such a nice touch. The sentiment is a stamp from the All Things Thanks set and is stamped on a piece of Shimmery White card stock that has been watercolored with a wash of Crushed Curry ink.

The fun peach on the front was just fussy cut from a small piece of the dsp. I LOVE this paper!!

Pretty Pointer:  Adding unexpected items to your card  gives interest and surprise. On this card, the ribbon and the cut out peach add surprise elements that appeal to the eye. These bring a “smile” when your friends and family open the envelope. I love knowing that they are smiling when they receive my card 🙂

Please pop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge page and see what the other designers have done with this challenge board! Better yet, enter your own card and join the fun!

New Month, New Host Code Giveaway!

If you place an order of $50 or more in my online store, and use my Monthly Host Code for August TMEJYQ7Q (see below), you will receive from me as your FREE GIFT a package of Stampin’ Up! Linen Thread! This thread is great for tying on cards and gifts, and you will love it! It’s the perfect early-fall embellishment! This is MY GIFT TO YOU as my customer! Take advantage of these special gifts!

Thank you for stopping by today!

 

 

 

Click on any product picture below to find out more and/or to order that item in my store! Enjoy!

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New Carols of Christmas Early Release – and a Video!

Preorder the Carols of Christmas Bundle
August 1 – 31, 2017!

This beautiful bundle has been released by Stampin’ Up! early, in advance of the Holiday Catalog, and YOU have the opportunity to order it this month! You can order the bundle or the stamp set and dies separately. AND, you can use the Bonus Days Coupons you earned in July on this, or any other purchase in August!

Here is a video for you with all the details of this fabulous bundle. See the dies there on the left?

Here are some sample cards using this bundle. Look at the gold frame around the card below. These dies are not like any I’ve seen before. Isn’t this frame beautiful?

On the blue card below, look at the stars and the moon cut out using the dies in this set. And do you also see the trees and the tiny deer? The little dear is actually my favorite die in this whole set 🙂

 

 

Aren’t these gorgeous samples? Which one do you like best? I’m totally enamored with the photo card with the vellum overlay!

CLICK HERE to see the flyer with all the details!

Redeeming your Bonus Coupons earned in July:

–Keep the emails that were sent to you with your coupon codes. They are the only evidence of your coupons. Have those codes ready when you place your August order.

–There is no limit to the number of coupons you can use on any order. Use them now or save them for later this month. Just be sure you use them in August as they are only valid through August 31st!

–Use them on any order for any products you like except Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin month-to-month subscriptions. (You can use coupons on new prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.)

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Quick Card Week: Color Theory Card Pack-and Free Shipping!

Here’s another super quick card for you. All you need to make this card is the Color Theory Card Pack, the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, and some Whisper White card stock! I like this card because it could be used for a guy, a girl, or anyone, and it’s simple!

How simple you ask? Well, you need the Whisper White card base. Then, using the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (beautiful 6″ x 6″ papers in this suite), chose one of the green ombre papers (where the color blends out from dark to light) and cut that to a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece.

The only thing left to do is put two of the smaller Color Theory cards at an angle, one on top of the other. Easy, right? And, done! I’m telling you, these card packs are amazing, they have so many uses!


And, don’t miss out on my FREE SHIPPING special
through July 31, 2017, only!

Place an order of any size through my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and I will personally refund your shipping charges! You go ahead and pay the shipping at the time of your order, but as soon as it goes through I will send you a check to refund you the shipping cost! I only do this a few times a year, so take advantage of it while you can. I love to spoil my customers!

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Quick Card Week: Petal Garden #1

We all want to make quick cards. You glance at your calendar and notice a friend’s birthday is tomorrow and you need a card pronto. What do you do? Well, I reach for the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and quickly put together a pretty card!

I was really amazed by all that’s in this card pack. First of all you get 72 double-sided cards. These aren’t greeting cards, they are cards that you might pin on your bulletin board, or put in your planner. But I used them to create greeting cards. They are gorgeous and a snap to use! There are two sizes of cards, gold foil die cuts, AND, 2 sheets of stickers! I used the stickers on my envelopes!

I cut the cards to the length and width I wanted and adhered them to my greeting card. For today’s card a beautiful 4″ x 6″ card with a pattern that I liked was used as a background layer. Then I used a 3″ x 4″ card that has a nice sentiment and layered that on top.

I tied the smaller card with some gor-jus (really!) 3/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Flirty Flamingo. I am loving this ribbon!

I added a leaf die cut using the Rose Garden Thinlits and placed that on a bit of a Delicate White Doily. The card was finished off with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes, and that was it! Quick, right?

Over the next week I’m going to be showing cards made with this card kit. The possibilities are endless and you will be so surprised at how quickly you can put together a pretty card!

Don’t forget my FREE SHIPPING SPECIAL this week only!

Place an order of any size through my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and I will personally refund your shipping charges! You go ahead and pay the shipping at the time of your order, but as soon as it goes through I will send you a check to refund you the shipping cost! I only do this a few times a year, so take advantage of it while you can. I love to spoil my customers!

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