Pals Paper Art Color Challenge #170

This week the Pals Paper Art Challenge is a Color Challenge #170.  This was a tough challenge. While I love each of these colors individually, I struggled putting them together.  Here are the colors:

The Midnight Muse and Crushed curry are striking together especially against Whisper White or Very Vanillla.  But adding Early Espresso did muddy things up (pun intended).  So here is what I did…

As I the card unfolded I was not certain I liked it, then I added the Magnificent Maple in Crushed Curry and the sentiment and it all seemed to come together. As I look at the card now, I should have added three crushed curry candy dots on the right side to balance the weight of the card. That is the wonderful part of creating, you can always add a little something and enhance the project further.

The inside of the card I used a stamp from the Really Good Greetings and masked off the the words I did not want.

I sent this off to our son who is at the University of Florida.  He will like the masculine colors and of course the little bit of cash contained in the card.

I hope you enjoyed this challenge adventure with me.  Until tomorrow…



Bundle & Save – Butterfly Stamp Set & Punch

Stampin' Up! is always offering promotions to help you save money as you create.  Their newest promotion called the Butterfly Bundle combines the Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set and Bitty Butterfly Punch.  You can save 15% on this bundle now!

Using Collage Curios (Retired stamp set from the Spring Mini catalog) and this new Butterfly Bundle I created this quick and easy card:


The butterflies absolutely make this card! Do you know a crafter that would just love this Butterfly Bundle?  It would be a great gift with the holidays around the corner. Don't wait to save 15% – shop now as the promotion only lasts until September 30, 2013.

Suuplies Used:

Paper:  Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Crumb cake and Very Vanilla card stock, Designer Series Paper Stack – Regals Collection for the envelope flap

Inks: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Crumb cake and Gold Metallic Encore pad (Holiday Mini) 

Stamps:  Collage Curios and Made for You (retired), Papillon Potpourri

Tools:  Bitty Butterfly punch and Ticket Duo Builder Punch

Tomorrow the Paper Pals Arts team showcases a new color challenge.  Join me tomorrow to see what they put together.



Quick and Easy Note card set

A quick and economical way to create a card is using Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards & Envelopes.  For only $5.95 you get 20 scored  5″ x 3 1/2″ note cards and envelopes.  The card stock is even heavier than our standard Whisper White card stock.  This is a GREAT deal.

I made this set of note cards as a gift for my goddaughter whose birthday is coming up later this month. She is in high school, so something a little sophisticated yet colorful seemed to be the right choice.


With the use of my Big Shot I used the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, and Curly Label Punch to create these great note cards.  I coordinated the envelopes using the same DSP I used for the Curly punch.  The finishing touch is a candy dot.

Colors used starting from the center and moving clockwise: Calpyso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, and Lucky Limeade (you can easily substitute Old Olive).  The stamp set is a retired set called Elementary Elegance.

What can your Mojo do with these quick and cost effective note cards?



Organizing Framelits and Thinlits

If you are like me your life is full – work, family activities, household management, and more.  With all these responsibilites to juggle it is even more important for me to carve time out to create.  A key element to making all this possible is being organized.  And I love to organize!  

Over the last year I have managed to accumulate ALL the Stampin' Up! Framelits and new Thinlits.  I had purchased magnetic sheets at a local big box craft store and placed them in CD cases.  However when I opened the case often the framelits would pop off the magnetic sheet and I was spending time putting in order to get what I wanted rather than creating.  Until yesterday…


I had a small three ring binder (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") and purchased sheet protectors to go in it.  Then I took retired DSP and cut sheets to fit the sleeves, adhered the magnetic sheets I had used in the CD cases to the DSP and arranged the Framelits on the magnetic sheets.  I even recycled the labels I had made for the CD cases and placed at the top of the DSP.  

There were a couple of Framelit sets (Window Framelits and the Floral Framelits) that did not fit into the CD cases as they were too wide.  As a result there were tucked away and never used.  Well they fit perfectly in the sheet protectors as shown below.  Woo Hoo!


I am thrilled with the result.  Now I can flip through the binder to find the perfect Framelit shape for my card.

The new Circle and Label Thinlit frames don't fit in the sleeves yet I placed all the small accessory pieces in my binder.  This will surely remind me of the coordinating Thinlit frame.


I hope this post inspires you to get organized and find more time to create. I would love to know, what allows you to juggle it all?