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You've Got This for PPA 271


 It's Thursday and that means it is time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This week we have a color challenge and here is the color palette.


A clean and simple card this week using three different stamp sets.

The border was created using a stamp from the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp set. The photopolymer stamps make it easy to line them up to create the border.

The flower is from the You've Got This stamp set. It was stamped twice and the cut out.

The sentiment is from the All Boxed Up stamp set.

The Old Olive thin border frame provides the color balance the card needed.

I hope you will pop over to the Pals Paper Arts and see what the design team members did with the color palette. We would love to see you play along.

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Awesomely Artistic

On Thursday I told you my first project for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge was a card. Here is a quick look at that card.

PPA270 alternate

I ordered the Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set during the demonstrators pre-order period and had yet to use it. I thought the color palette was perfect for this set. 

To color the floral stamp I outlined the flowers using my Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker and then used a Blender Pen to fill in the rest of the flower. The leaves are colored with the Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker. The centers of the flowers are adorned with SU Pearl Basic Jewels.

 The dragonfly was stamped with Sahara Sand and then cut out. I brushed Wink of Stella over the dragonfly for a little sparkle.

 The base of the card is Sahara Sand. A piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock frames the focal point. A simple card with a dramatic look.

I am in Atlanta for World Card Making Day (WCMD) with many other Pals. On Monday I will share with you my swap card for this event.

Did you play along with the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge yet? We would love to see what you do with these beautiful rich colors.


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Thankful Table Favor

PPA 270b

This week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge provides us with big rich colors.  I made a card for this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge however I really wanted to be more creative.  (Stop back on Saturday to see the card I made.)


So I created a table favor for Thanksgiving. Wouldn't these be pretty on your Thanksgiving table?

I started with the Fry Box Bigz die and cut it out in Sahara Sand card stock. Then I  took a 1 1/2" piece of Bohemian DSP to wrap around the Fry Box. I realized that Always Artichoke is the only color card stock I don't have. I did find a small scrap piece of Always Artichoke card stock and stamped one of the Vintage Leaves. I sprinkled it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heated it to add a little glossy shine to the image. I then stamped two more leaves onto Sahara Sand card stock and followed with clear embossing of the images as well. 

The bottom leaf is adhered with Fast Fuse and the other two leaves are popped up on dimensionals. 

The finishing touch is a piece of Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim.

I love this sentiment from the hostess set Six Sayings. It is the reason I purchased the stamp set. I hand cut out the sentiment and added it to the back of the fry box.

I cut up some retired Always Artichoke DSP using my Fringe Scissors as "stuffing" for the bottom of the fry box. This gave the perfect support for my Hershey Nuggets.

I hope you enjoyed the departure from a traditional card this week. Please visit to see what the other designers have created and play along yourself!

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PPA 270

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Lighthearted Leaves Birthday

Lighthearted leaves birthday II

My hairdresser was celebrating her 30th birthday so I created this simple yet elegant birthday card. I did not put a sentiment on the card because I thought it looked so pretty with the simple gold and white palette. 

I started with SU Whisper White note cards and envelope. I then took a piece of Whisper White thick card stock and added a piece of Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape. Then I stamped the leaf in Versamark and using Gold Stampin' Emboss powder and my heat gun brought the leaf to life. The Leaflets Framelit Die helped me get the perfect cut of the leaf.

Stampin' Dimensionals allow the leaf to float on the card. A small Gold Metal Button and Gold Cording Trim are the finishing touches.

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope I inspired you to create today.


Lighthearted Birthday with Envelope

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Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #269


This is a very creative interpretation of this weeks PPA Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch:

PPA 269 Sep 24

The first thing I did was flip the sketch on its side so that it was horizontal. I was envisioning a forest of Christmas Trees at the top of a hill.

Creating my night sky...

I used my Hearts & Stars Decorative Mask to create the stars in the night sky. I used a Versamark pen (non-SU) and White embossing powder. Even thought I used my Embossing Buddy I still did get some flecks of white on the Night of Navy card stock. I love heat embossing however the stars did not turn out as crisp as I wanted them to be. SO I took my Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch and punched out a few stars with my Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and simply glued them over the embossed stars. I left a few of the embossed stars so you could see how the tips were not as sharp as I wanted them.

Creating the Snowy Hill top...

I used the largest Oval Framelit which is scalloped and cut it out of the Natural White card stock. I cut the oval in half and then frayed it with my distressing tool. Using Fast Fuse I adhered the base of the oval to the Night of Navy piece. This ensured I would get the perfect placement for my trees behind the hill. I glued those trees down. Then lifting the top of the oval I placed small slits in the card stock for the tree trunk to slide into so the tree looked like it was coming out of the snowy hill top. The tops of the trees were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Winter Wishes Stamp Set.

While this is not a crisp pristine card I am tickled with how I interpreted the sketch. This pushed my creativity.

I would love to see what you would do with this sketch! Send me a photo of your card.


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World of Thanks

World of Thanks

When I saw this stamp in the annual catalog I knew I had to have it. It is a single stamp and it comes in both Wood and Clear mount. 

I love the pairing of Delightful Dijon and Basic Black. I created this thank for a colleague that was leaving our organization. I wanted to express my thanks for the effort she put forth and also wish her well in her new role. While the font is whimsical, the color combination gives it that rich professional look I was striving for. 

The Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon is stunning. It is like that little black dress in your closet!

The best wishes sentiment is a Paper Pumpkin stamp. This month Stampin' Up! is donating $2 for every new Paper Pumpkin subscriber and $1 for every existing subscriber as they prepare for Breast Cancer month in October. Just click here for more information.

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The Bond of Friendship

  Feels good for GDT and PP 

Happy Friday! I wanted to send my BFF of 40 years, yes you read that right,  a card to inspire her. She is going through some pretty tough stuff right now. We have been each other's shoulder to lean on throughout our lives. I feel this card really sums up the support we give each other. I used two card challenges as my inspiration.

The colors came from The Paper Players; love these colors.


And the layout came from the new Global Design Project challenge.


I used a 5 x5 base of Kraft card stock.  The sentiment is from the Feels Good stamp set. Then cut it out using my Circle Framelits. I layered it with some retired Lost Lagoon patterned DSP. The So Saffron card stock was embossed using the Elegant Dots Textured Embossing Folder. I piece of retired Tangelo Twist Satin ribbon (available on the Clearance Rack!) provided the stripe on the So Saffron layer. The heart was stamped from the Hello Life stamp set and then fussy cut out.

A clean and simple card. The colors make it come alive.

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Birthday Balloons for PPA 268

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This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge Sketch was a challenge for me. Every idea I had left me wondering if it would work. So I went pretty basic this week.

Here is the sketch:


My goddaughter has a birthday coming up. She will turn 18 and is a senior in high school. This is a big year for her. Her school colors are red and white so I thought the new red foil sheets as a balloon would make the images pop. I was right. 

The sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set. I dotted the "i" with a red Rhinestone (non-Stampin' Up) for a bit of added bling.

I used the Balloon Framelits for the balloons. The tails are Smokey Slate Baker's Twine that I pulled apart and adhered with a glue dot. Then I added a bow over the frayed twine.

The background DSP is from the Go Wild DSP Stack in the annual catalog. This paper stack is filled with fun designs.

I would love to see what you create with this sketch. Just upload your card to the Pals Paper Arts site.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Happy Haunting for TGIF Challenge

Gleeson TGIF challenge

I just got the Cheer All Year stamp set this week and I could not wait to ink it up. So when I saw this week's TGIF Challenge I know just want I wanted to create and submit for the challenge.

Check out the sketch:


The doily I used is the center of the new Spider Web Doilies. You get 24 for only $4.50! The DSP is the new Happy Haunting DSP. Many of the patterns, such as the one I selected, can easily be used beyond Halloween. 

The spider and sentiment are from the Cheer All Year stamp set. I stamped the spider in Versamark and heat embossed him in Black Emboss Powder. Then I fussy cut him out. I did this twice and glued the spiders together to give him more weight. Then I covered him in Crystal Effects to make him standout even more.

He is sitting on a half of a Stampin' Dimensional. 

I had a lot of fun with this challenge. I follow many of the Design Team members for this challenge so I am excited to submit my card.

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Garden in Bloom for PPA 267

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I love how this turned out. I was inspired by a card created by one of the talented Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team members Kaitlyn Zumbach. You can see her card here. 

I used the colors for this week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge


I was not certain how I would like the colors together. I think they went together beautifully.

I used watercolor paper and stamped the solid images for the flowers and the leaves. Then I spritzed it with water and allowed the color to bleed. Because I wanted to keep moving I blotted it with a paper towel and then using my heat gun fully dried the paper. 

Then I stamped the outline images of the flowers and leaves. The card came alive when I did that.

I finished it off with an image and sentiment from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set. It was cut out using a framelit from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits.

Have you tried this technique before? I would love to hear from you! Don't forget to stop over at the Pals Paper Arts site and see what the design team members did with these fun colors.


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A PPA 266 Extra!

PPA266 extras

I enjoyed using the PPA color palette so much that I wanted to create a thank you card for a business associate with these colors. So I am considering this my PPA Extra or bonus card for this challenge.



Again I chose a 5 x 5 square card. The DSP used is retired from the 2014 holiday catalog. The leaves from from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set. The sentiment is from Another Thank you. 

The Delightful Dijon leaf is stamped on the Very Vanilla panel. The Old Olive and Cajun Craze leaves were cut out using the Leaflets Framelits. The Old Olive leaf is popped up on one set of Stampin' Dimensionals while the Cajun Craze leaf is sitting on two Stampin' Dimensionals stacked on top of each other. This gives the depth I was looking for.

A little piece of Gold Baker's Twine offers the finishing touch.

PPA266 extras flat

I was about to mail this card out when I realized I forgot to photograph the card. So I quickly grabbed a couple of quick photos in my office. I am chuckling that the colors came through perfect under the flouresent lighting when I often struggle to get it right at home. Perhaps all my cards should photographed in my office!

 Which card do you like better? This card or the one from Thursday, click here to see it again. I would love to hear your thoughts!


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Autumn Favorites for PPA 266

There are some colors that just speak Autumn. The color palette this week for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge are truly Autumn colors, in my opinion.

So I went with the Autumn feel ...

Gleeson PPA266

I used the new Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create the background for the card. Using a sponge dauber, Soft Suede ink, and a light touch I added texture to the tree bark.

The sentiment is from the new Lighthearted Leaves Stamp set. I used Black Emboss Powder to make this a rich and shinny statement. (The photo did not capture the shinny texture but it is very pretty on the Delightful Dijon.)

I used a bit of jute left over from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit and ran it through a Gold Metal Button. I love how these kits give you enough supplies for additional projects.

The leaf is from the Vintage Leaves and coordinating Leaflets Framelits.

PPA inside detail

I love adding an elements to the inside of my card as well. There is still plenty of room to send my personal note.

I hope you will play along with the Pals this week. We have two new talented design team members on our team, Lynn Hoyt and Shawn de Oliviera, both very talented designers. So please check out what the other design team members created with this beautiful color palette at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge.


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Wildflower Adventure

Wow it feels like forever since I posted. I have missed you. Today I want to share a card I made for a colleague leaving our organization for a new professional direction. While I am always saddened when someone leaves I also want what is best for them. Life is a tapestry of experiences and connections with others, that is what makes it so wonderful.

Wild adventure


A clean and simple card. The colors are Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment as well as the wildflowers are part of the Wild About Flowers Photopolymer stamp set. This is a two-step set where you can stamp the stems and then the flower heads. I Love to have that ability and photopolymer makes it even easier to do.

Here is the inside of the card...

Wild Adventure inside

These flowers remind me of a field of flowers while we were in Alaska. These "flowers" are the ghosts of last years flowers. I think they are beautiful and amazing.

Alaskian wild flowers


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Vintage Leaves

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Oh, I so love Fall.  This is the time of year that I get so homesick for Chicago. While it remains very warm and muggy here in Southwest Florida I can use my stamps and ink to dream of cooler temperatures and days when I would kick through the leaves.

This week we have a fun sketch over at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge:



I chose to interpret this sketch rather than follow it straight up. The leaves were stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. I was inspired by my friend and fellow pal Deb Simonis to use the gold embossing powder. I love the result. 

Gleeson PPA264 flat

I did not add a sentiment to the card front as I thought it could become whatever I need it for on the fly in the future. A small banner across one of the top corners will do the trick.

Inside PPA264

I did embellish the inside of the card. The sentiment is from Lighthearted Leaves stamp set available on September 1st from the Holiday Catalog. The leaves in this set also coordinate with the Leaflets Framelits Dies used here with the Vintage Leaves stamp set. I LOVE when more than one stamp set goes with a set of dies or punches!

I hope you will play with the Pals this week. Check out what the other talented design team members have created here.


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Get Well Single Stamp

Get well

We have many stamp sets to say thank you, happy birthday, and thinking of you. But there are not a lot of stamp sets to wish someone a speedy recovery. So when I saw this adorable single stamp in the Annual Catalog I knew it would find its way to my stamp shelf.

The stamp looks like this:


Here is what I did to step it up.

I started with a Crumb Cake Note Card. Then I stamped the image in Versamark Ink onto another piece of Crumb Cake card stock. I added Black Embossing Powder and heat set the image. (Don't forget to use your stamping' buddy on the card stock before you ink it up. This keeps stray flecks of embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it.)

Next I followed the same procedure on a piece of DSP. I used a piece from the retired Adventure Bound DSP paper stack. I thought this was a great use of retired DSP. Then using my Paper Snips I fussy cut the bowl out. The embossing makes it easy peasy to snip out.

I glued the bowl onto the Crumb Cake card stock over the stamped image carefully aligning it with image on the card.

Then I repeated the process one more time on a scrap piece of So Saffron card stock. This time I cut out the "soup" only and glued it onto the DSP bowl. Again I carefully aligned the snipped piece with the other elements of the image.

The result is one unified image.

Get well 2

I hope this cheered up a colleague who is recovering from some surgery.

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One Stamp used Two Ways

In Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog there are many stamp sets that were created for coloring. If you are not familiar with watercoloring or using the blender pens then these stamp sets can be intimidating or even overlooked. Today I want to show you another way to use one of these stamp sets.

I used a retired stamp set called People Like You. The flower in that stamp set is very similar to the flower in the Remarkable You set in the current catalog. This stamp set remains on my wish list. 

Two Ways outline

To create this card I used my Stampin' Write Markers (Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush) to stamp the flower. I stamped the image again with the the sentiment inked in black and then punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. 

Due to the delicate nature of the image I only added a small border layer. This ensured it did not over power the image.

Two ways 2

For this card I stamped the image a few times.

  1. Following the steps above I stamped the flower on the Whisper White card stock.
  2. Then I inked the stamp up with Watercolor Wonder and stamped it onto Watercolor Wonder card stock. Then I fussy cut the flowers out and placed them over the stamped image using the Mono glue.
  3. Then I inked the stamp up in Black Memento Ink and stamped it one last time and punched out the sentiment as I did in the first card. The sentiment is added with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Because the flower was now bold and bright I needed to balance it with a larger border. It is such a striking card.

I am pleased with both cards and I never had to watercolor!

I hope I inspired you to take a second look at some of the beautiful stamps like Remarkable You in the catalog.

Thanks for stopping by. 


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Stars and Sparkles for the Pals Paper Arts


On Tuesday I placed my demonstrator Holiday Catalog pre-order and am so excited to begin showing you all the amazing new products for the Fall and Holiday season. This catalog is FABULOUS! Lots of bundles (stamps with coordinating punches or stamps with coordinating framelits). Beautiful papers, ribbon and embellishments. 

When I saw the Pals Paper Arts Colors this week I was thinking ice, snowflakes, glitter... and it led to this card. 


I struggled getting good photographs and ended up outside to get the coloring right. The Tip Top Taupe was photographing too dark and it did not look as pretty as it is in person.

Overhead view of PPA262

I was not able to go to the Stampin' Up! Annual Convention this year but I have been able to enjoy much of what was presented through the wonders of video streaming. I am one of these geeks that loves technology. During one of the stamping demonstrations they used a sponge dauber to add White Craft Ink to the stars on an embossed piece of card stock. So I gave that I try on this card and then stepped it up by sprinkling Dazzling Diamonds over the fresh ink and then brushing it off with a small paint brush. The result looks like twinkling stars.

The star wreath was created by first cutting out a ring from Pool Party card stock. This was created by nesting two circles from the Circles Collection Framelits. The stars were cut and punched using the star from the Ittly Bitty Accents Punches, Star Framelits (smallest) and the Star from the Circle Card Framelit. The first layer of stars was glued onto the ring and then I added Stampin' Dimensionals to the next layer. The Wreath includes, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer card stock.

The finishing touch? Silver Metallic Baker's Twine! The Joy comes from the Retired Snowflake Card Framelit which is available through the SU Clearance Rack. I love all the accessories with this framelit set.

Gleeson PPA262

We are in the midst of the dog days of summer here in Florida so it was fun to think about cooler days ahead with this twinkling winter stars card. I do hope you will play along with the Pals this week.

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Patina Technique

Patina Thank you

This technique is not new but it is new to me. I saw it on Pinterest and had to try it. I used a few retired Stampin' Up! items and will give you alternative items from the current product line.

To create the patina look I started with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Then using my brayer I rolled Crumb Cake Ink onto my retired Vintage Wallpaper Textured Emboss Folder (Substitute: Elegant Dots).  I brayered the side with the SU logo on it. Then I ran it through my Big Shot. Using my heat gun I set the ink on the paper.

Then using a wedge of Stamping Sponge and a circular motion I added Marina Mist and Always Artichoke ink all over the card. Then I sponged a little Early Espresso. 

Next I took my Versamark Ink Pad and lightly tapped the ink pad on the raised portions of the card stock. I then sprinkled Gold Embossing powder and tapped off any excess. Using my Heat Gun I watched the magic of embossing powder bring the card to the beautiful patina finish.

Patina Close up

I think this looks so pretty. The card stock was then layered onto Crumb Cake and Early Espresso card stock. 

The sentiment is from the retired hostess set called Hello There. (Substitute: One Big Meaning stamp set and use the beautiful script Thank You stamp.) I layered my sentiment on Mossy Meadow.

This card is on its way to Canada. We have gotten to know a wonderful couple who live in Vancouver BC. When John and I were heading out for the first leg of our Alaskan trip we met up for a quick visit. I wanted to send my gratitude for the time spent together. It was a whirlwind but so wonderful to be together.

I hope you enjoyed learning or remembering this technique. Let me know what you think, your comments mean a lot to me.


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Love Wins


Last month the Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Since that historic ruling I have witnessed family and friends legally wed. John's first cousin finally married his partner of 48 years! I think that is amazing and I am thrilled for them. So I created this card to acknowledge their wedding day.

The base is Whisper White Thick card stock. Then I added a layer of Silver Foil card stock. The heart, from the retired Stamping' Up! stamp set called You Are Loved, is heat embossed in Silver onto a layer of Whisper White. (You can see the embossing in the photo below) The sentiment is a non-Stampin' Up die purchased at a big box craft store some time ago cut from Stampin' Up! Silver Foil card stock. The finishing touch is Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

Love on the inside

And this is the inside of the card where I repeated the Silver Foil card stock as a layer to the card. The sentiment is from the Big News (one of my favorite) stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a great week.


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Rising Stars

Be the Star

I created this card for this week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge. Here is the sketch:

PPA 261 Jul 23

The possibilities are endless with this great sketch.  It is a keeper for inspiration when I need it!

My card earlier this week used the same stamp set - Be the Star. I have been surprised that this stamp set has not been more popular. It is one of my favorites. And this week the Star Framelit Collection is on sale through the Weekly Deals

I used deep rich colors - Blackberry Bliss and Delightful Dijon. I think they compliment each other very nicely and result in a great masculine card. I am going to send this one off to my best friend's son who will be starting his Freshman year of high school. 

It is difficult to photograph the dimension in this card.

  • The Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon framed layer is mounted on Stamping' Dimensionals.
  • The largest star is mounted directly on the Very Vanilla background.
  • The middle star is mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • The smallest star is mounted on two Stamping' Dimensionals to create the feeling of rising stars.

Be the Star II

Let's talk about the sentiment. Sometimes I get so excited as a card is coming together that I begin adhering all the elements. That is what I did with this card. Then I said, it needs a sentiment. I tried to stamp the sentiment directly on the Very Vanilla but it was not crisp and I got an extra bit of ink next to the sentiment. UGH. So I simply stamped the sentiment on another piece of Very Vanilla, punched it out with my Circle Punch. It needed a frame to stand out so I punched out a Blackberry Bliss circle. Viola! my mistake turned into the perfect finishing touch.

I love how creatively helps us turn mistakes into beautiful results. Imagine the possibilities in real life!

So be the Star YOU Are and get creative today. Play along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge.


Be the Star III

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Celebrate You!

Celebrate You

I am excited to share this card with you today. It is a fun shaker card to celebrate someone special. There are several dear friends and family members who have birthday's in July. My cousin and my dad share a birthday (July 3rd) and my dad's brother's birthday is July 4th. Growing up we would all gather and celebrate their birthdays together. The cakes would have sparklers for candles leaving the top of the cake filled with dark ashes. We didn't care, we were kids and it was so cool.

I created this card for my dear uncle. He is one of the most spirited, fun and loving individuals I have ever known. Although he his younger than my dad he has taken on the patriarchal role for the family that continues to bind us all together. So I wanted his card to be extra special.

Onto the card...

This card was inspired by Joanne James an amazing crafter. The confetti was created using the stars border punch. I punched real red, night of navy and glimmer paper. You can see I was not shy with the confetti. Oh it looked so good. 

The stamps come from Be The Star. And the Star Framelits made cutting them out a cinch. (This week the Star Framelits are only $20.25 as part of the Weekly Deals. Click Here to see ALL the weekly deals.) They are great for the holidays!

Celebrate You II

My Square Framelits helped create the square opening in the Night of Navy card base. Then using tow Square Framelits I created the outer frame in Real Red. A piece of window sheet created the shaker window. 

The sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms in the annual catalog and was stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White card stock. Tthen using the outside edges of my Stamping Dimensions I created the box to hold the confetti. (I realize now I should have taken photos as I created this for you.) I added the confetti then overlaid the window onto the Stamping Dimensional "box"holding the confetti.

I hope you can see the Star embossing on the outside of the envelope flap. Another finishing touch before it went in the mail.

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Sympathy with Timeless Elegance


It is never fun to have to create a sympathy car. Yet I see it as an opportunity to send my heartfelt sadness for someone's loss through my card. This is going out to a young woman in my office who recently lost her dad. No matter how old we are and how old the parent is the loss is deep. 

I thought the new Timeless Elegance DSP provided a soft and beautiful backdrop for my sympathy card. I used the retired stamp set Bloom with Hope. I love the simplicity of the flowers and they go so well with the DSP. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


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Just Ripe for Pals Paper Arts

Gleeson PPA260

I love this stamp set, it is called Market Fresh. It is too darn cute. When I saw this week's Pals Paper Arts Sketch I knew I wanted to use this stamp. Here is the sketch:


I watched this Stampin' Up! You Tube video to continue developing my watercoloring skills. I find the shadowing to be so pretty so I gave it a try. I am pretty pleased with this first attempt as I am NO artist at all.

PPA260 close up

It is really fun to watercolor. I do hope you will give it a try. Helpful hint: I have started using the Shimmery White Cardstock rather than the watercolor paper. I like the smooth finish and the shimmer is a nice added bonus.

The background is from the Farmers Market DSP. I thought the rustic background and the burlap went together. What do you think?

Be sure to visit the Pals Paper Arts to see what the other design team members created. Thanks for stopping by!


PPA 260 two

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Watercolor Wings


Watercolor wings sneak peek

Today's card is super simple yet very striking (in my humble opinion). I used the new beautiful new stamp set Watercolor Wings. Watercoloring is on trend and this stamp set makes it so easy to create a work of at.

Watercolor Wings

The butterfly is created with a three step stamp set. I believe I did this wrong. I stamped the outline of the stamp first using Delightful Dijon. Then I stamped the filler which is more muted and I used Hello Honey after stamping off once on a separate sheet of paper. The third stamp which creates the body of the butterfly I stamped in Tangelo Twist.  

Now I said that I did it wrong. I say that because the second stamp extended beyond the first stamp on the right hand side. In the future I am going to do this stamp first and then stamp the outside of the butterfly.  I could have remade this card but I thought it offered more to show you my mistake. 

The butterfly was so pretty I really did not want to add much to the card. A single strip of Bohemian Designer Washi Tape seems to be the perfect finishing touch.

Clean simple and striking whether you are sending a get well message, thank you or just thinking of you.

Thanks for stopping by.


More watercolor wings

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Watercolor Words Meets a Challenge

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My card today is doing double duty. It was inspired by two card challenges. Freshly Mades Sketches and the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. Here are the two badges:

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The Brushed Silver outer squares are 2 3/4". The DSP and stamped image squares are 2 1/5". I adore the new script font pattern in the DSP Paper Stacks. The stamped image is from the Watercolor Words stamp set. I could not wait to ink this set up.

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Happy Birthday with a Flower Patch

Gleeson PPA258


Happy Thursday! I am so glad it is a short week this week as it is my first week back to work after a two week vacation. I will post more about that over the weekend. 

Today my card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge this week. Check out these bright summer colors.


I usually like a lot of white space in my card design however I was drawn to use the Night of Navy as my background. The Night of Navy card stock was embossed with the new Elegant Dots Textured Impressions Folder. This provides a nice texture to the background.

The flower was stamped with the Flower Patch stamp set and Watermelon Wonder ink. This color is  not too pink, not too red, like the three little bears story it is just perfect. The coordinating framelits make this set even more fun to use. I did stamp two flowers and fussy cut the second to add dimension to the flower. A Basic Rhinestone Jewel was the perfect finishing touch for the flower.

The sentiment is from Cottage Greetings and the banner was created with the new Banner Triple Punch, a MUST have from the new catty.

Inside my PPA258 card

The sentiment on the  inside of the card is also from Cottage Greetings and is the perfect touch to this birthday card.

I hope you will play along with this week's  PPA challenge and link up your design. We love to see your creativity.  

Thanks for stopping by.


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I Think You're Great

PPA 257 Sneak Peek

It is Thursday and that means we have another PPA Challenge. This week is a Sketch Challenge. 



This challenge is a little different and rather than fuss and rack my brain I simply went with the sketch and had some fun. There was no grand plan.  I grabbed a couple of colors (Pacific Point and Cucumber Crush) I don't normally use, my Circle Collection Framelits and a new stamp set.

Gleeson PPA257

I used the I Think You're Great Stamp Set. The flower/splash stamp is actually a rectangle so I centered the circle framelit on the stamped image and cut what I wanted. Then I cut another circle from a piece of Brushed Silver card stock.

The sentiment is a negative imagine which means the lettering is the color of the card stock - Whisper White. I did not realize at first that this stamp is not a perfect circle. I cut it out with a circle framelit and then using my Pacific Point Marker I filled in where any white space showed up. You can't stop this type A from getting the perfect circle!

I cut the banner strip and then ran it through my Big Shot with the Boho Chic Textured Emboss Folder. A few Large Rhinestones add some bling and pizazz.

Fun and simple card by just letting go and having some fun.

I hope you will play along with the Pals this week. I can't wait to see what you do with this sketch.


Gleeson PPA257 top view

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Triple Banners Made Easy

Happy Thursday! And we have another PPA challenge this week. This week is a sketch challenge and I am using a combination of new product and old favorites.

Gleeson PPA 256

The card base is 5" square in Whisper White. A layer of Watermelon Wonder (LOVE this color) adds the perfect  pop of color to the card. The next layer is Smoky Slate from the Neutrals DSP Stack. There are great designs in these stacks.

Another new favorite in the catalog is the Triple Banner Punch. You can create 1" 1/2" and 2" flagged end banners with this punch. Woo Hoo! Used Wild Wasabi along with Whisper White for the sentiment which comes from an old favorite stamp set Perfect Pennants. 

I used Smoky Slate 1/8" Ribbon (Retired) as my finishing touch. (You could easily substitute the 1/8" Silver Ribbon and add a bit of bling to the card.)

 Here is the Sketch for this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge:



And I added some decorative element to the inside as well.

Inside my PPA257 card

The dots are also from Perfect Pennants. My Sweetheart and Itty Bitty Accents punches as some love. I think this card will make the recipient smile and feel the love being sent.

I hope you will play along with the Pals this week. We love to see your creative twist on the sketches.


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Wild About Flowers

Another great Photopolymer Stamp set in the new catty is called Wild About Flowers. It is a two-step stamp set and has three types of wild flowers. 


I know there is Watermelon Wonder again. It is such a fun new color I can't stop using it. This time it is paired with Old Olive. I used a bit of Washi Tape (Retired) to create a border that looks like a sweet fence to me.

The center of the flowers have been accented with tiny pearls.

Close up of the flowers

The sentiment is from the Six-Sided Sampler set.

I hope you are having a glorious weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


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Something New for the Pals June Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June.  This month we are excited to show off new Stampin' Up! products from the just released 2015 - 2016 annual catalog.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose, number 23 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

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With Father's Day around the corner I created a little something for my dad using the new Gift Bag Punch Board. This punch board is amazing as it even punches holes through the top of the bag for you to thread your ribbon through. I have already seen variations created with a fold over flap to close the bag. Super cute no matter how you finish off the bag.

Using stencils


I used Very Vanilla card stock and my Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks. Using a Sponge Dauber and the NEW In-Color Delightful Dijon, I quickly and easily created my own unique DSP for my gift bag. 

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Then I created my tag using Night of Navy and Very Vanilla card stock and my Circle Framelits. The sentiment was stamped in Cajun Craze using stamps from the May Paper Pumpkin kit. (If you haven't yet jumped on the Paper Pumpkin train you are missing out!) Then it was tied on with the Metallic Baker's twine and hung from the new 1" Dotted Lace Trim Ribbon in Delightful Dijon threaded through the top of the gift bag.

The coordinating gift card is 4" square and embossed with the Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions embossing folder. A 2 3/4" square of Bohemian DSP layered with a square of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla card stock finish the card. The sentiment stamped in Cajun Craze is from the recently retired stamp set Hooray It's Your Day. 

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I am sure my dad will enjoy receiving this. 

The next stop is the very talented Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings, number 25 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!


The full Pals Blog Hop Line Up: 

  1. Peggy Noe at
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Mase Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo          YOU ARE HERE
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Prapercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs 
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

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