Category Archives: Pals Paper Arts

For Your Country – PPA252

It’s the middle of a long weekend here, and hopefully you have weather as nice as we do!  It was perfect for the Memorial Day parade and ceremonies we hold here locally. That’s actually what inspired me for today’s card. The reason for the weekend. Unfortunately, not everyone in the service is still around, and this is a special time to remember and honor them.

So, I took the sketch challenge from Pals Paper Arts: PPA252 and made a card with that in mind.  Here’s the sketch:


Here is my interpretation for this weekend:

It’s using a set with military images, For Your Country. I used Night of Navy ink, and embossed the center image and the sentiment (on vellum) with clear embossing powder. The background uses the Hardwood stamp, stamped in Versamark and embossed clear. Cherry Cobbler surrounds the images. The neutral color is one of the new In-Colors, Tip Top Taupe – perfect to pair with many other colors.

I hope you like the card, and have a safe weekend!


Bright Colors on a Birthday for PPA251

Hi there!!  I have a quick post for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge PPA251, since I love the bright vibrant color scheme!


This even *looks* like it should be fun to use these colors.. and it was!  Here is my simple take on this combo:

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult!  I used Big News stamp for the sentiment, and Balloon Bash from the Occasions Catalog for the balloons which I cut out. The Daffodil Delight striped DSP is from the Occasions Catalog, called Painted Blooms.  If you want the Occasions Catalog items, act fast, they go away soon!
I finished off the balloons with some Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (also retiring). One giant rhinestone, and this one’s done!  Super quick and simple, yet so colorful!!

Thanks for looking!

What Makes You Happy

That’s not the question for today, rather it’s part of the stamp set I used,
Hello Life.   I love this set and was so glad I found a chance to use the sentiment. It’s in the Occasions Catalog when you’re looking for it.

Here’s today’s inspiration from the Pals Paper Arts PPA247 Color Challenge:

Lots of purples… so I figured I’d mix them all together! I tried my hand at the bokeh technique again and came up with this:

I love the way this turned out. It’s kinda sad that the vellum covers up some of the pretty swirly purpley goodness (made with stamping sponges in all three colors), but I like that the sentiment sticks out more by doing that.
I used the Blackberry Bliss for the main card stock, which matches the 3/8 Stitched Ribbon.  The sentiment was stamped in Perfect Plum, then stamped again over it in Elegant Eggplant. I was just trying to make it darker, and up close you can actually see the two colors. It’s almost speckled on the thicker part of the words. Neat.
While it was still wet (which is pretty long on vellum), I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it. It’s now shiny and purple.
A few strategically placed cut up dimensionals behind the letters adhere the vellum to the paper behind it. Sneaky. 🙂

As for the bow…  I am no expert a bow tying, but whenever I make cards in my classes with bows – I end up tying them all… so I’m always looking for a good way to make them. You can find lots and lots of instructional pictures online, and that’s how I learned the ‘tie it around a fork’ method. I was happy with my result, although it took a few tries to get it right. Good thing you can just untie it and start over!

Enjoy your day!

BYOP Gift Card Holder for PPA246

Happy Easter everyone!    Just a quick post before you continue on your day with celebrations. Today I have for you a nifty little gift card holder made from one of the Stampin’ Up! thinlits. This is such an easy way to dress up those gift cards when you don’t know how to give them to someone.

I was inspired by this week’s Pals Paper Arts PPA246 Color Challenge:

As you can see these are fun Spring-time colors.  These would be great for anyone… boy, girl, kid, adult, cat… ya know, all of them. 🙂

I took a few pictures with this one, since there is an outside, inside, and ‘together’ view that you should see, as well as a close up of the bling.  Here’s the outside and put together view:

I love adding little somethings to make it shine or sparkle, and this time I did both. I used some Rhinestones and Crystal Effects to give it that something extra.
Here’s a tip…. make sure the Crystal Effects letters are dry before accidentally putting your hand over the front. It doesn’t have quite the same bling quality when it’s smeared all over your fingers.

The BYOP stamp set is great for gift cards, it has many different sayings and something for just about every occasion of money giving.
You can see here I’ve made a ‘belly-band’ with it using the card stock and some Chevron ribbon. It wraps around the gift card holder to keep it closed.

I needed to add a little sparkle inside as well, so there are Rhinestones and extra ribbon there, too:

This folds up and will hold your gift card right in the middle. You can even put a little note with it.  This was made from the Kraft card stock using the “Gift Card Envelope and Trims” thinlit.  It even has a few tag dies to go along with it!

A few extras on this one:
– I added a bit of texture to the outside of the enclosure by using the Honeycomb Embossing folder.  I inked up the raised side with Soft Suede, and just pressed the card stock right on it… it gives it a bit of color in that pattern.  I was going to use Crumb Cake, but it didn’t show up dark enough.
– I used sponge daubers to make dots over the BYOP.
– I used a blender pen to color the BYOP before I covered them with Crystal Effects.  Since I used Soft Suede to stamp it, it picked up the color from there and blended it right into the letters. It tends to have a reddish tint to it.

I hope everyone enjoys this, and if you have questions, just ask.

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Pastel Birthday Bash for PPA243

Before we get to my card… I have to point this out… Did everyone see this?!?

SUO Challenge 117: Top 3 for Teen Card

SQUEEE!!  I made the top 3!!   ok, back to today’s card….

I was woefully behind on some birthday cards, so here is one I made to catch up. I intended on doing the now popular “bokeh” technique, and wanted to check it out by using stamps instead of the white circles.  I used this week’s Pals Paper Arts PPA243 Color Challenge as the inspiration:

I realized though that such light colors being used with the stamps didn’t quite give me what I was expecting (trying to stamp off with light colors makes it too light to see the second or third stamped image), but still turned out completely cool!!
Here is what I came up with:

I decided to use the giant image from Birthday Bash, which was a gift from Stampin’ Up! <YAY for Prize Patrols and Giveaways!>  It was nice to have one big dark image against the lighter background that I created.  The dots came from the Best Day Ever SAB stamp set. I stamped each color multiple times without reinking each time. It gives some of them the faded out look. It almost looks like it could be it’s own DSP pattern!!

I stamped cut out each of the balloons, used dimensionals, and added some of our Silver Baker’s Twine and rhinestones for a little glitz. I really like how this one turned out!

I did go back and try a few more cards using the white ink bokeh technique, so check back for those this weekend with a quick rundown on how to do that!

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Hope you enjoy your day!