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A Tale of Two (Happy) Accidents for PP 246

Denise Hoepfner |

I love the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die. And when I say “love,” I mean, looooooove. You may have already guessed this, since I’ve used it for several projects posted on this blog: here, here and here.

When I saw the latest Paper Players Sketch Challenge, PP #246 from Anne Marie, I knew I wanted to use the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die for the center shape across the card.

This is the sketch:


I also knew I wanted to use my new favorite tool, the Color Coach (on the retiring list for $7.48!) to choose a color combination. I chose the color combination of Basic Black, Smoky Slate and Tempting Turquoise, mainly because I hadn’t yet used Smoky Slate.

First happy accident: I thought I would trim the Bermuda Bay scalloped diecut to three rows of scallops and use the inserts from the Smoky Slate to fill in the negative space. But I made a mistake in trimming the end pieces and cut my card base. I was too frustrated to start over, so I played with three rows of each diecut until I happened upon this arrangement. I liked it so much I can already see myself using it again. And,this is one of many other cool arrangements you can make by varying the rows, orientation and placement. If you have this die, try it! If you don’t, get it! ūüėÄ

Second happy accident: When I stamped my flower in Tempting Turquoise, I realized it didn’t match my scallop. That’s when I noticed I had mistakenly grabbed a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock to make my scallop. Bermuda Bay is another color I hadn’t used before, so I decided to keep it. I broke open my never-used Bermuda Bay ink pad and stamped three flowers with the plan of cutting layers to add dimension. I thought they needed a little more pizazz, so I stamped over the flowers with my Metallic Silver Encore ink to give them a little shimmer (not very noticeable in this photo). I used the same ink for the sentiment from the Flower Patch stamp set.

The silver ink over the Bermuda Bay flower changed the color to where it didn’t match the scallop die anymore, and at first I wasn’t sure I was happy with it not matching. But, I decided to ignore my OCD for once and left it as is.

I finished the card off with four Smoky Slate Candy Dots — three in the center strip and one in the center of the flower.

Here’s to happy accidents and here’s what I used to make this card:

Posted in Card Challenges, Pals Paper Arts Challenges

Totally Treed for PPA 252

A week from today is the closing for our new house. We’ve been packing for the past few weeks and so far I’ve avoided packing away the majority of my Stampin’ Up! things. I might be in denial, but at least I have my stamps and inks with me!

But, sometime between tomorrow and this weekend everything will be boxed up. The new house is actually an old house that needs some work, something I’m looking forward to. Because of this, once we move in, it may be a while before I can unpack my craft room. Between unpacking, arranging things, and trying to get my plants in the ground (along with working full time), the days will be filled with activity.

In the meantime, I’m going to squeeze in every minute of stamping that I can!

This weekend, I was able to break open my Sprinkles of Life stamp set. This set is from the new catalog, so it’s not available to be ordered until June 2. I love his stamp set because it’s so versatile. Mostly I love it because $3 of every set sold benefits the Ronald McDonald House. It’s a great cause, although if you have ever had to use it, or have known someone who has, you already know this.

I chose this set for the current Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA 252, a sketch challenge that looks like this:


Although most of what I used was from the Sprinkles of Life set, the sentiment is from Sheltering Tree. I love mixing and matching sets to make them go even farther. It’s a great idea to have a reference of all the sentiments in your collection. You never know when the right words are on a completely different set than the one you’re working with!

Note: I wasn’t sure what color would go with the Garden Green ink and Trim a Tree paper (on the Clearance Rack now) I used, so I pulled out my Color Coach and found out Calypso Coral would work as a base. I recently ordered this must-have tool since it’s on the Retiring List. And, since I found out that it won’t carry over to the new catalog, it makes it even more precious to me.

Get yours before it’s gone!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Posted in Pals Paper Arts Challenges, SUO Challenges

One missed deadline and a blooming birthday card

Life has been really busy lately, but somehow I’ve managed to find a little time for card making. I was especially proud of myself for finding time to enter the Pals Paper Art Color challenge, PPA 251. Only, I didn’t.

While I was toiling away last night to try to sneak in under the wire, I didn’t realize I had already missed the deadline! Oh, well! The good thing is I still have a completed card to show for it, and it was relaxing making the time to create. Also, it just so happens this card fits the criteria for another challenge that I’ll mention in a bit.

The PPA challenge for this past week was to use the following colors:








I love Stampin’ Up!’s Brights Collection, but I haven’t ever used them to their full potential. This color combination gave me the chance to do so.

To make this card, I used my Wondrous Wreath stamp set, which is one of my favorites. I used all three colors to create the wreath. What? You only see two? That’s because Tempting Turquoise stamped onto Daffodil Delight makes that pretty shade of green, which I will call Delightfully Tempting Green. I love how you can still see a little hint of the turquoise around the edges of the leaves where they didn’t match up exactly.

My favorite way to stamp Wondrous Wreath is to stamp the darker (fewer) leaves first, then the lighter leaves on top of that. I find it’s so much easier to line it up that way. I stamp the berries next, if I’m using them. Then I line up the inner and outer Framelits and make one pass with the Big Shot.

Speaking of the Framellits, there’s a fun stamp set in the new catalog (shhhh!) that will use the same Framelits, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Hurry up, June 2!

Another thing to note is, I punched the Flower Patch sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch, cutting off a layer from the top and bottom to give it a different look and to make it fit better. This punch is also great for making brackets like these: {  }, as well as other things. For me it’s a must have. Another must-have for me is the Top Note Bigz Die, which is on the retiring list. This can be used for tags, treats, gift card holders…the list goes on. My advice is to get it now before it’s too late (click below to order!)!

Go check out all the entries and the Picks! They’re amazing, as always!

Now for the other challenge: I’m entering this card in the SUO (Stampin’ Up! Only) Challenge #122, which calls for May flowers! I’m excited to enter this challenge, which is new to me. The design team examples and entries are beautiful and I love that the blog focuses on Stampin’ Up! products, which comprise 99.99 percent of all my craft supplies.

Here’s to second chances!

And here’s what I used to make this card:

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A sweet Clean and Simple card for Paper Players 245

Denise Hoepfner |

I love it when my card making life collides with my work life. This was the case when my sweet coworker went on vacation to celebrate her 50th birthday and came back with a gift for me.

Not just any gift, but LAVENDER BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE SAUCE. How I’ve gone my entire life without even knowing such a thing existed is beyond me. But it does. And I have some, straight from a lavender farm on the San Juan Islands.

Of course my sweet coworker who brought me such a sweet gift deserves a sweet Thank You card.

And, as it so happens, this week’s Paper Players Challenge 245 calls for a Clean and Simple
“girly” Thank You card.


I chose my favorite pattern from the All Abloom Designer Paper Stack. I love this pattern because it reminds me of the round flowers Mary Englebreit is known for. The sentiment is from the Hello There stamp set, and fits the occasion perfectly.

To mimic the round flowers, I used three different circle punches for the sentiment and embossed the strip across the card with the Polka Dot TIEF.

I blinged the paper a bit to finish it off, using the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment. The round sequins fit perfectly in the flower centers, something I found out when I made a somewhat similar gift enclosure card here.

Because of the repetition of the circles, I think this card still manages to be clean and simple even though the background paper is “abloom” with flowers.

Here’s what I used to make this card:

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Oh Baby, Baby

Denise Hoepfner |

It’s been a rainy day today, which would normally give me an excuse to craft all day. But, I’m moving in a couple of weeks, so the day was split by packing up much of my beloved craft room, keeping out those things that I JUST KNOW I’m going to need in the next two weeks (aka all stamps, inks, punches, ribbon…), and making a card for some friends who are expecting a baby boy next week.

One of these things was way more fun than the other. I’m sure you can guess which was which.

Anywho, I wanted to create a baby card without reverting to the stereotype “blue is for boys” color scheme. I pulled out my Sweet Dreams DSP, and was happy to see that the colors were different than the traditional pastels ‚ÄĒ Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Basic Gray. I realized I have never used Lost Lagoon as a card base, and my Lost Lagoon ink pad was still pristine, too.

I set about to remedy both these things.

I ran my Lost Lagoon card base through my Big Shot, embossing it with the Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I love this embossing folder; the big circles can be playful or elegant, depending on how you decorate the card.

I decided to use the duck stamp from the One Tag Fits All stamp set. I stamped a tag in Tuxedo Black from my Memento pad and cut it out. I colored the stripes in alternating Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon, using my Stampin’ Write markers.

Next,¬†I inked the “Happy New Baby” sentiment on the stamp with the Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write marker then stamped it onto the tag.

I then stamped the duck in Tuxedo Black and used the So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write markers to color it. I cut it out with my snips and adhered it to the tag using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

I cut a strip of the Sweet Dreams DSP and adhered it across the card base, then attached the tag to it using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the flag embellishment, I used the three smallest Banners Framelits and created banners with two different Sweet Dreams DSP patterns and a piece of Hello Honey card stock that I embossed with the Lucky Stars TIEF.

I stapled the whole thing at the top and added a bow using Hello Honey Thick Baker’s Twine (part of a Sale-A-Bration embellishment kit) and a Lost Lagoon button from the same kit.

To finish it all off, I used my Envelope Liners Framelits Die to line the inside of the envelope in the coordinating Sweet Dreams pattern.

All I need to add now is the gift card for baby and big sister!

I hope to find time to stamp in the next few weeks, even though I’ll be dismantling one craft room and trying to create a new one. It will be fun starting fresh, and I hope to improve and better organize my new space in time.

Here’s to new beginnings!

And, here’s what I used to make this card:

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Saying goodbye at the May Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May where we are preparing for the retirement of some Stampin’ Up! products!

Though it may be goodbye to some very loved supplies, it will make room for the much anticipated new catalog products. We hope you enjoy the Pals’ creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty ¬†number 27¬†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 the projects.


I thought it would be only fitting to give the retiring 201-2015 In Colors a proper sendoff by making a gift enclosure card in each color using retiring stamps, embellishments, papers and tools. Making the 3 x 3 cards was a first for me, and I enjoyed it so much that I plan on making more.

The biggest challenge was that since I restarted my stamping hobby around Sale-A-Bration time and ordered heavily from the Occasions catalog, I didn’t have a lot of stamps on the retiring list.

I know! Not a bad problem to have.

Here”s the group shot of what I came up with. The card bases are made with the retiring In Colors: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe.¬†

Below: The products I used for the exterior of the Strawberry Slush card on the left include: Hello Love stamp set, 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Top Note Bigz Die, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, Word Bubbles Framelits Dies and Essentials Paper Piercing set. For the Pistachio Pudding card I used the Hello There stamp set, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment and the Decorative Label Punch. 

I also decorated the inside of these two cards, using the retiring Modern Label and Window Word punches on the Strawberry Slush card.

Below: For the Coastal Cabana card on the left, I used the Tape It and Chalk Talk stamp sets, stamping five Washi patterns using a retiring In Color for each one. The Strawberry Slush Thick Baker’s Twine anchors the “Happy Big Day” sentiment stamped in Coastal Cabana and cut out with the coordinating Chalk Talk Framelits.

The Baked Brown Sugar card features a sentiment from Hello Love that I embossed In white and surrounded with a Whisper White ribbon punched using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch.

The Crisp Cantaloupe card features the small flower from the Hello There stamp set embossed in Calypso Coral. A Pistachio Pudding ribbon punched from the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch is adhered across the bottom. The “For You” sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and is cut using the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelits.

I hope you enjoyed my projects!

The next stop is Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space number 29 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

1.    Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
2.    Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky 
3.    Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
4.    Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
5.    Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps!
6.    Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
7. ¬† ¬†Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
9.    Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
10.    Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
11.    Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
12.    Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
13. ¬† ¬†Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
14. ¬† ¬†Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
15. ¬† ¬†Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
16.    Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
17.    Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
18.    Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
19.    Amy Hoptay at Inking of You <>
20.    Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
21. ¬† ¬†Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
22.    Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
23.    Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
24.    Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
25. ¬† ¬†Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
26.    Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
27. ¬† ¬†Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
28.    Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
29.    Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
30.    Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
31.    Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
32. ¬† ¬†Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery