Always an Adventure for PP329


Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

I live in Montana, so it’s no surprise that I love the mountains and nature. No matter the time of year here, people do their best to get out and enjoy our wildlands. Hiking, kayaking, skiing, sledding, camping – it’s all right out our front door. Of course, the flip side of recreation is conservation and working to keep our public lands accessible to all.

So, when I saw the Always an Adventure bundle from Stampin’ Up!, I knew it was a must-have for me. And when I saw Joanne’s Paper Players challenge, PP329, the diamond shapes reminded of – mountain ranges!


You’ll notice there isn’t a whole bunch of stamping on this card, just the tent (stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim) and the sentiment, which is from the Places You’ll Go stamp set (stamped in Early Espresso).

For the rest of the card, I used the following card stock:

It’s hard to capture the beauty of mountains — the alpenglow, the bluish-grayish whites of winter, their sheer majesty.

It’s a good thing this adorable stamp set and coordinating Framelits dies don’t even try. Instead, they give you a fun, almost cartoonish card that is sure to make anyone smile.

Thanks for stopping by!



Make a Wish for PPA 284

The Mountain Magpie | Denise Hoepfner

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to play in a Pals Paper Arts challenge and when I saw this sketch by Maggie Mata for PPA 284, I almost decided to pass:


Why would I think of passing on this creative sketch? Nothing against the wonderful Maggie, but it’s ASYMMETRICAL. My symmetry-loving brain has a hard time going wonky. It’s why in the ’80s when all my friends were chopping their hair into asymmetrical hairstyles, mine stayed perfectly straight.

But, I decided to give it a go and I’m happy I did. I LOVE the way this card turned out, and I can see so many more possible designs using this same sketch.

Thank you, Maggie, for leading me along a crooked path! Bwahahahaha!

Centerstage on this card is the paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Pack, from the Occasions catalog. This big pack of paper is chock-full of fun designs for birthday and other cards.

The sentiment I used is from the Party Wishes stamp set, which is part of the same suite. I inked the words with my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write marker, but decided not to ink the confetti. Instead, I used the It’s My Party enamel dots to highlight the sentiment and keep the party of color going.

The white candle-covered paper is layered with Basic Black card stock and popped up with Dimensionals. I also had to use Dimensionals to even out the circle on the side adhered to the black paper.

There’s still time to play in this fun challenge!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Spreading the love with Pretty Petals

Denise Hoepfner |

Denise Hoepfner |

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!)

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: