Spreading the love with Pretty Petals

Denise Hoepfner | themountainmagpie.com

Denise Hoepfner | themountainmagpie.com

I’m happy to say we’ve finally finished our move into the new/old house!

I was wrong to think, though, that the work was finished, which is why this blog has been silent for a bit. We moved to a house with acreage and are trying to whip it into shape for our future horses.

Also, I got a late start in the garden and am still not finished planting. Here in Montana, our growing season is VERY short, so every day lost is like 10 in the south. And, don’t even get me started on the weeds or the parsley-eating rabbits.

However, I did find the time to make this card using the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack and the Butterfly Thinlits Dies. I love this paper. It’s sweet and vintage-looking, yet still fresh.

To make the card, I cut strips half an inch wide in the patterns I thought would work best together. I also cut one in Very Vanilla for my sentiment. I wasn’t overly concerned about making the strips the same length. I liked the idea of having them vary.

Originally, I was going to place my sentiment strip on the bottom, but it felt unfinished to me, so I moved it up one spot.

The card base is Basic Gray card stock. I think Basic Black would have been fine, too, since it’s a color in the DSP, but I wanted to soften it up a bit.

The sentiment, which I love for its much-needed message, is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and is stamped in Mint Macaron to coordinate with the DSP. (The Sprinkles of Life set is this year’s set that benefits the Ronald McDonald House.)

I finished the card last night, but as I was trying to fall asleep I was rethinking the design in my head. Originally I had placed the small heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Embellishments directly on the body. But, it was kind of hard to tell what the shape was. This morning, I woke up with the idea of putting some of the DSP under the heart to make it pop. I like it much better this way!

Three things about this card are new to me:

* This is the first time I’ve used Basic Gray card stock. Ever.

* This is the first time I’ve used Very Vanilla card stock. Ever. For Real.

* This is the first time I’m entering the Fusion Card Challenge, an interesting challenge that is new to me.

Here’s the inspiration:











And here’s what I used to make this card: (Click to order!)


Fluttering by with the June Pals Blog Hop!

Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June! This month we are excited to show off new Stampin’ Up! products from the just-released 2015 – 2016 annual catalog. We hope you find great inspiration from the projects. Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards, number 16 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.


Denise Hoepfner | themountainmagie.com

Denise Hoepfner | themountainmagie.com

Because I am in the middle of a move, I’ve held off ordering much from the new catalog. The thought of seeing all my goodies go untouched while I unpack and get situated is even more torture than I can handle!

But, the Watercolor Wings stamp set and coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelits bundle just kept calling my name. Because of its versatility in mixing and matching with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterfly Thinlits Dies, it is a must-have for anyone who likes a good value. And I am all about a good value.

Which is why, in the midst of my unpacking, I found time to “procraftinate” long enough to create this card using my new set.

I decided to go with a round scalloped card using Mint Macaron, one of the new In Colors, as a  card base.

I adore the English Garden Designer Series Paper, and after choosing one of my favorite patterns, decided to let the colors dictate my butterfly: Mint Macaron, Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow. I stamped my butterfly on vellum to give it a lighter look.

I really like the flip side to this pattern, so I decided to cut out one of the watercolor flowers in a Night of Navy and Hello Honey wash and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the patterned layer.

I added Venetian Crochet Trim to lend a little bit of softness to the card without distracting from the butterfly.

The sentiment, also from Watercolor Wings, is stamped in Soft Suede directly onto the patterned paper.

I hope you liked the card. I can tell this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg with the combination of these two bundles. So many possibilities ahead!


The next stop is Susan Itell at Simple Stampin, number 18 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at stampingserenity.blogspot.com
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie <~~~ You are here!
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Papercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

Quadruple dipping and PP 247

Denise Hoepfner | themountainmapgie.com

In case you haven’t noticed (despite the 1 million stamping blogs out there), today is the first day you can order from the NEW Stampin’ Up! catalog!

Here it is, in all it’s glory:

Cue the Heavenly angels!

Cue the Heavenly angels!










It’s also the last day to order from the outgoing catalog and the 2015 Occasions catalog, too!

Goodbye, old friend!

Goodbye, old friends!

Don't forget to write!



And, there are new Weekly Deals!


I know; the excitement is almost too much! It’s like the perfect storm of stamping!

You can click on the magpie in the upper right corner of this blog TODAY to place an order from any of the catalogs, the Clearance Rack or the Weekly Deals! Tomorrow, last year’s catalogs ride off into the sunset to The Land of Retired Catalogs.

Now, in honor of the new catalog and the opportunity to quadruple dip, I created a card using some of the products now available to order for the latest Paper Players Challenge #247!

I’ve been itching to do a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, and this week Laurie provided the chance! Here’s the challenge:


I chose to go right across the middle with a birthday card that features embossing and a flower.

I love the Petal Potpourri set, and the crocheted flower is my favorite from the set, which returns in the new catalog. It’s beautiful when it’s just inked, but STUNNING when it’s embossed. The Whisper White embossing looks beautiful when backed with Tip Top Taupe, a new In-Color that is my favorite!

Also new, is the background paper, which is from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. Most of this paper stack is made up of bright colors, but this Tip Top Taupe offering sneaked in on the back of one of those.

The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from a new (and super versatile!) Hostess Set called Happy Birthday, Everyone, a set that’s available for purchase to those who host a party/workshop or place an order of $150 or more. The inside of the card reads, “to an amazing woman.”

This card is earmarked for my sister-in-law, who really IS an amazing woman!

Other returning favorites are the Basic Pearl Jewels, the Flower Medallion Punch and the Scalloped Thinlits Die. (I can’t quit you, Scalloped Thinlits Die!)

Here’s to a new year of stamping and here’s what I used to make this card! (Click on product to order!)