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!


Puttin’ on the Ritz

Today I am featuring a card I made for the Mojo Monday Challenge.  


Here is the sketch:

The card evolved as I added elements tossing out pieces and adding others.  In the end it looks ritzy with the silver glitter paper, silver embossing powder and the red rhinestones.  The Stampin' Up Holiday catalog Festive Flurry bundle is the centerpiece to this card.  I used silver embossing powder to make them shine against the Cherry Cobbler card stock and Modern Medley DSP.


I think the Festive Flurry framelits take these snowflakes from pretty to spectacular! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping.  Make it a great day!



Celebrate – New Beginnings

I hope you had a great weekend.  On Saturday, we loaded our car to the gills and took our oldest son back to school to begin his Sophomore year.  Having the whole family together for a road trip – Priceless! Next, our younger son starts his senior year in high school tomorrow.  So we are on the brink of new beginnings.

A dear colleague at work became a grandmother last week and I created this card to accompany a gift I got her to celebrate her new beginning.

I just received my recent Stampin' Up! order with the new circle thinlits and could not wait to get them out to create this card.  I don't have baby stamps so I used this cute lizard from the Tag It stamp set to celebrate the arrival of this new life.  Then I added a few hearts from Hearts a Flutter stamp set to convey the love that must be bursting from my colleague's heart.

When you create the standard thinlit card you need a piece of card stock 5 1/2" by 6".  I saw another demonstrator extend the card stock to 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" leaving the extra paper outside of the thinlit. See below:

Thinlit extension
 This allowed me to create a  standard card opening with space to write and express my congratulations. Here is the inside:

I am not sure if the card is too busy or not.  What do you think?

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Supplies used and available here

Paper:  Mambo Melon, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White card stock, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (Spring 2013 Mini (retired)

Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette

Stamp Sets: Tag it, A Dozen Thoughts, Hearts a Flutter, Stacks of Wishes Spring Mini Hostess set (retired)

Accessories:  Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Circle Thinlits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Bitty Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits

A Little Lovely Romance


Today's card was about creating my own background by using one stamp from the Lovely Romance Stamp set. Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I created this great design.  To make sure the design did not get too overwhelming I stamped off every other stamp to alternate the intensity of the Old Olive ink on the Very Vanilla card stock.  If you look closely you can see the variation in the color.

Here is a photo of the Lovely Romance Stamp Set, all the stamps are beautiful:

Lovely romance

Once the background was complete I wanted to add a splash of color. Using the color palette from the Etcetera DSP as my guide, I added Calypso Coral ribbon (retired) and then stamped the sentiment with Brown Sugar ink on a piece of Etcetera DSP. I also used Etcetera DSP to line the envelope.  

I think the result is unique yet classic.  I would love to hear what you think?