Posted in Pals Paper Arts Challenges, Stampin' Up!

Grateful for you for PPA 259

Denise Hoepfner |
Denise Hoepfner |

I love color challenges, so when I saw this week’s PPA Challenge, I was excited to give it a whirl.

Here’s the challenge:


Starting off, I was sure I was going to use my Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon Framelits Dies.

Things changed, though, when I picked up my Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper (on sale this week!) and started inking it with Pacific Point.

I was having so much fun using my sponge daubers for the first time, I decided to keep inking, using all three colors.

Of course, my first thought was that it looked patriotic. With these colors, how could it not? Instead of trying to fight it, I continued the theme since I had the idea of sending it to a politician whom I feel has been a real friend to the people.

Yeah, there are a few good ones out there. ūüėÄ

The sentiment is from Merry Everything, but instead of cutting it into a tag, I used a circle shape to mimic the polka dots. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the white circle and the star.

Here’s what I used to make the card:

Posted in Cards

Missing Austin

Denise Hoepfner |

Most of the year, my son lives in Arizona where he goes to college. During breaks, his primary residence is with his dad in Texas. Because I live in Montana, I don’t get to see him as often as I want to, although I try to make as much of every moment that I do see him. In between visits, I’m thankful for the technology that keeps us in touch.

This summer, he stayed in Arizona to take a class that he needed. Not only did he do well in the class, he had a really great year, which isn’t easy with his Mechanical Engineering major.

I thought I would send him a card telling him how proud I am of him and that I miss him. The good news is, he is coming to spend a couple of weeks with me early next month before he heads back for his junior year. I can’t wait to spend time with my thoughtful, funny son. ‚̧

Some notes about this card:

For the dotted line with the heart, I used the Sent with Love stamp set, masking out the airplane on the stamp. Although this set is now retired, I did notice that the current Wanderlust set has a similar stamp but without the airplane.

For the sentiment,which came from the Better Than E-mail stamp set, I covered the Stampin’ Up! logo (No offense, Stampin’ Up! You know I love you.), and stamped that onto white card stock that I punched into a circle. I¬†also used the retired Artisan Label punch to go under the sentiment, but if I had thought about it longer, I might have stamped the sentiment onto a banner or stamped the sentiment directly onto the white card stock moving the main image away from the center.

Other fun options are cutting out the shape of the US, using the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers and the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for even bigger hearts. Or, using the hearts punched from the heart border.

Really, there are a lot of ways you can let someone know you miss them, all of which I’m sure the recipient would love.

Here are some of the things I used:

Posted in Pals Blog Hop

Sweet and simple memories for the July Pals Blog Hop

Pals Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for July!

This month we are excited to show off the new 2015 – 2017 Stampin’ Up! In Colors: Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. The In Color product line includes cardstock, Designer Series Paper, ribbon and other embellishments.

We hope you find great inspiration for using these beautiful new colors from the projects on the hop!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps, 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.

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

Every time I sign up for a Pals Blog Hop, I get a little (OK, a lot) stressed out worrying about coming up with a project worthy of being seen by the masses. This time was no exception.

I thought about trying fancy folds, intricate shapes, detailed embellishments and finding that elusive white whale, SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE.

After a handful of “fails” I stopped the madness, took a deep breath and considered the projects I have been working on lately —¬† nostalgic and simple cards with simple sentiments. This is where my head is as I approach my 50th birthday next month.

The new Designer Series Paper selections, especially the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack and the Sweet L’il Things DSP, speak to my vintage-loving heart.

Here are three cards that feature some of the beautiful new In Colors, all on Very Vanilla card bases.

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

Spread the love: Growing up in the ’70s, it seemed like every song on the radio was about peace or love, including my favorite song at the time, “I Think I Love You,” by the Partridge Family (featuring my future husband, David Cassidy). For this card, I focused on Mint Macaron using four patterns from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack. The sentiment is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. I semi-CASEd this from another card I made, except I decided to use a starburst pattern instead of paper strips and scaled down the butterfly by using a Framelit from the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies.

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

Sweet as can be: When my sisters and I were kids, we used to look forward to my mom’s strawberry shortcake. It was always a challenge to get the perfect ratio of cake, whipped cream and strawberries. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite desserts. For this card, I focused on Watermelon Wonder, using three patterns from the Sweet L’il Things Designer Series Paper. I cut out one of the strawberries and enhanced it with Crystal Effects. The sentiment is from the retired stamp set From the Garden. Only I didn’t realize it was retired until after I made this card. If you don’t own this set, you can substitute with another greeting or use the Alphabet Rotary Stamp (on my wish list!) to make up your own.

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

You are my sunshine: I loved singing this song to my kids when they were young. Now they are all in their 20’s and I can’t believe time went by that quickly. This card features Delightful Dijon, with some Hello Honey mixed in for contrast.¬†The paper is from the Sweet L’il Things DSP and the Bohemian DSP.¬†The sentiment and sun are from the Over the Rainbow stamp set, one of my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed your visit here. I certainly enjoyed reminiscing while sharing my projects.

The next stop is Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp, number 1 on the Pals Blog Hop. Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. {Hopper removed}
  4. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  5. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  8. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  14. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  15. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  18. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery
  25. Kimberly Sparks at Stampin’ Daisy
  26. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  27. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie <~~ You are here!