Hello Lovely for Pals Paper Arts

Last Thursday I had a card ready to post for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge and when I went on the website I saw that one of the resident designers made a card very similar to my card.  While great minds think alike, I really did not want to post a card so close in style to one of the designers. Unfortunately, I have not had the time to make another card until today. 

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The Color Challenge gave me the inspiration for this card:


A quick and easy card for this week's challenge.  Using my BigShot and the Top Note Bigz die, I created the background with Rose Red card stock.  Then I cut a 2" x 4" piece of Wild Wasabi DSP and created a tag with my new Scallop Tag Topper punch from the new Occasions Catalog (available for ordering on January 3rd!).  Making tags with this punch is a cinch!  Then I stamped the sentiment from the the Hello Lovely stamp set in Rose Red, trimmed it and added to the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A little ribbon gave the card its finishing touch.   

So here is my original card and you can see how it resembles the card by Ginger Toivonen…


Isn't it funny how that happened!  Now I have two great cards with this color palette.  This card was made with a new stamp set called Another Great Year available in the new Occasions Catalog as well.

I hope your holiday activities have been fun and enjoyable.  We are traveling for the holiday which we have never done, and it is adding to an already hectic pace.  I am feeling like I am running out of time to get everything done.  Then again, I somehow always seem to get it all done.  I make lists and enjoying checking off what I accomplished.  How do you get everything done this time of year?



Pals Blog Hop – Winter Wishes

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Welcome to the final Pals Blog Hop of 2013. This month we are showcasing projects that should be on every crafters wish list. You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Stop #8 Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter 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 of the amazing creations.

There are so many Stampin' Up! tools that should be on every crafters wish list – a Big Shot, magnetic platform, an assortment of framelits and embossing folders.  Each of these items help the crafter add WOW to their project.  There is a natural excitement that occurs when you first add ink to a stamp and stamp the image on quality Stampin' Up! card stock.  Another WOW moment was when I heat embossed for the first time.  This is an inexpensive way to create depth and texture to your project. That is what I wanted to showcase for you today – using an embossing powder to create depth and texture to your card.  


Although the gold embossing does not photograph as well as I might like, the texture added to the card is beautiful. The stamp set is Evergreen 127970(w) 127973(c) from the Holiday Carryover listing. Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 9.42.25 PM


Supplies Used:

Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Ink:  Always Artichoke, Versamark

Tools:  Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Paper Snips

Finishing Touches:  Linen thread, Natural Designer Buttons

Thank you for stopping by, the next stop is Kelly DeTommaso at Kellys Creative Corner on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – Have a wonderful holiday and I hope to see you next year!


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  2. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards.com
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  5. Sue Becker at R n R Stamping
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  7. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  8. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  9. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin Mojo   ……….  YOU ARE HERE
  10. Kelly DeTommaso at Kellys Creative Corner
  11. Connie Lindsey at Crafting a Joyful Life
  12. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings
  13. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  15. martie pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  16. Marlene Heringer at So Many Toys Sol Little Time
  17. Elaine Fleming at Studio Elaine
  18. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  19. Kerry Willard Bray at stampgoodness
  20. Shirley Sumption at Look at my Cute Stuff
  21. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts

Fabulous You Personal Journal

This time of year we are all thinking about ways we can recognize special people in our lives and let them know what they mean to us.  I have someone in my life who has become very special to me.  She is a reflective person so I thought a handcrafted Personal Journal was just the right gift.  


Where did my Mojo come from?

Using a standard office supply store composition book I covered the back of the journal in Basic Black card stock and then on the front used Very Vanilla and Modern Medley DSP.  Shades of teal are the in color these days so I decided to use Coastal Cabana as my accent color. The "Fabulous" sentiment came from the Million & One stamp set (a personal favorite). 


Finishing touches came from In Color Boutique DetailsCoastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Ribbon and Basic Rhinestones. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Mini Glue dots as my go to adhesives for this project.


I think my friend is going to love this journal.  What do you think?

Tomorrow will be the final Pals Blog Hop for 2013.  Don't forget to stop by and see the great ideas projects Pals create.  Also the Clearance Rack gets new items on Tuesday so you will want to check it out as well!  

 May you remain Merry and Bright this holiday season.  Cheers,


Clean and Simple Happy Birthday

In our family we celebrate a lot of birthday's during the holiday season. (My oldest was unexpectedly born on Christmas Eve!) Through the years we have remained steadfast in celebrating each birthday and then ringing in whatever holiday we may be celebrating – Thanksgiving, Christmas, even New Year's. Yes my husband was born on New Year's day.

So when I make a birthday card during the holiday season I make sure I don't use holiday colors. Here is an example of a recent birthday card made for a dear friend whose birthday sometimes lands on Thanksgiving.  


Isn't that clean and fresh looking. This stamp set is called Too Kind and is a two-step stamp process.  This is where your Stamp-a-ma-jig comes in as an essential tool. There is a great video at Stampin' Up! to illustrate how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Check it out here  www.stampinup.com/showmehow This inexpensive tool can take your creations to a whole new level. Note: I usually purchase two-step stamp sets in wood as I can easily make stamping templates with some clear acrylic sheets and my Stazon ink and simply keep them in the box with the stamps. Super easy to use then when I need a quick card.

I hope you learned something and enjoyed the card today. Do you have holiday birthdays in your family? How do you make them unique and special? I would love to hear from you.