A Real Challenge – PPA #169

Today I am participating in the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #169.  


The sketch was designed by Nicole Watt. who is also a master of Stampin’ Up’s MDS program.  Here is the sketch Nicole designed for today’s challenge:

PPA sketch 169

While the sketch looks simple it truly challenged my creativity.  I wanted to use some DSP in the design yet with the limited elements I was stumped with what else I should use.

When I saw the Beautifully Baroque stamp set in the annual catalog I new immediately that I had to have that stamp.  So as I looked for the perfect accessory to the Venetian Romance DSP I selected the Beautifully Baroque stamp.  It just seemed to be the right choice.

The colors in the Venetian Romance DSP set the stage for the matting card stock of Pistachio Pudding and Island Indigo.  I stamped the Beautifully Baroque stamp in Crisp Cantaloupe as well as Baked Brown Sugar and the Crisp Cantaloupe was the standout.  

Again the DSP led me to use Baked Brown Sugar as the background card stock which was added to the Very Vanilla card stock base. 

The finishing touches – three rhinestones from the Basic Rhinestones Jewels pack.


After working on this PPA Sketch Challenge I really understand why they are called “Challenges”.  In the end I am pleased with the result – a simple, clean, yet classy design.  I did not put a sentiment on the front of the card as I thought it could be used for any occasion.  

I would love to hear from you, would you find this challenge as challenging as I did?  

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Thursday, the gateway to the weekend!



  1. Michelle – I love how you let the DSP guide your color choices. This is a beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week!

  2. NICE!! Great job on both challenges I would say!

  3. Fabulous card Michelle!! I LOVE how you used this DSP with the sketch!! Perfect!!!! Thank you for supporting us with our PPA Challenges!!!

  4. Beautiful card, Michelle. I have the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, but I don’t have the stamp yet. Your card has convinced (enabled) me to get that stamp! Thanks for joining us at PPA this week.

  5. Great work, Michelle! Clean, simple and totally classy! Thanks for playing with PPA this week 🙂

  6. What a beautiful use of color, Michelle! Such a classy card! Thanks for playing with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts!

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