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From the heart for the Pals blog hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for January 2017!

We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month, our projects showcase themes that are “from the heart.” This includes any of the following themes: Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well or Sympathy. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and we hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the lineup on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.


 

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Denise Hoepfner, themountainmagpie.com

I was struggling to come up with an intricate super-fancy card to showcase after my long absence from my blog. I tried several things before realizing that what was important wasn’t coming up with something overly complicated, but rather that I was returning to something I love. And love should be simple.

So, for this sweet and simple expression of LOVE, I used items from the annual catalog (Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies), the Occasions catalog (Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) and the Sale-A-Bration brochure (Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack).

To make the card, I cut two flowers out using Thick Whisper White card stock and then stacked one on top of the other to give it some weight so I could lift it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used my Aqua Pen to watercolor both the flower (Pink Pirouette) and the stem (Pear Pizzazz).

I cut the “love” sentiment out in both Whisper White and Pink Pirouette card stock and layered it as well, reversing the colors.

I love mixing and matching between catalogs or between new and retired products to stretch my creativity and get the greatest value from my Stampin’ Up! collection. By thinking outside the bundle/suite/stamping case, the possibilities are limitless!

I’m happy with this card, and I’m happy to be back blogging! I hope to share more creations with you over the coming months.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below.

We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

 Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  7. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Spaces
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard  at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
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Putting Families First for the Pals Blog Hop

 

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April 2016! We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month, we are featuring projects that are all about our families.

This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner — how would you want to remember those special family moments?

We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the lineup on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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Do you have an amazing mother in your life? Whether that be your birth mom, stepmom, mother-in-law or someone who has been like a mother to you, Mother’s Day is a great time to remind them how important they are to you. Actually, every day is a great time to remind them how important they are to you!

For this card, which can be used for birthdays, a thank you note, a note of encouragement, as well as Mother’s Day, I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies from the Occasions catalog. This die set makes it easy to make pretty cards.

For the flowers, I used Rose Red (Crushed Curry center) and Wisteria Wonder (So Saffron center) card stock. The leaves are made using Garden Green card stock. I embellished each flower with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel. A Rose Red Candy Dot is at each of the the floral swag.

The base of the card is made with Very Vanilla card stock to coordinate with the black and vanilla paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. Often billed as perfect for “masculine” cards, this paper is actually more versatile than that.

The sentiment is stamped in Rose Red ink and is from the Greatest Greetings stamp set, which is in the Occasions catalog.

Thanks for visiting! To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop lineup below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  6. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  10. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  15. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie <~~ You are here!
  22. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Karen Zaring Browning at Karen Zaring Browning
  25. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  26. Debbie Crowley at Expressivley Deb
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Fun with Flowers for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Fun with Flowers

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop!

Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog and Annual Catalog are filled with amazing products that help you celebrate spring with style.

With floral stamp sets, dies and printed papers, you can’t go wrong as you have fun with flowers. Today’s Fun with Flowers Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share some great ideas!

We are excited to share what we’ve made and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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Denise Hoepfner | themountainmagpie.com

Every year, as June draws closer, I start to panic a little thinking about the Stampin’ Up! products on my wish list that might retire. The Circle Card Thinlits Die set is one of those things. After wanting it for several years, I decided now was the time to get it JUST IN CASE it’s not available next year.

I broke it open for this project, a Mother’s Day card that is floral and fun.

Here’s how I made the card:

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Denise Hoepfner | themountainmagpie.com

I love the way the circle spins when this card is opened. Not only is it an unexpected bonus for the recipient, it gives you two chances to share your creativity! I’m happy I finally ordered this amazing die set and I can see myself using over and over again for all types of occasions.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King at Stamp with Brian.

There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy Stamping!

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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  3. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Sarah Berry at Stamp with Sarah
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  8. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  9. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  10. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  13. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie  <~~~You are here

 

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It’s your birthday for the Inking Royalty Blog Hop

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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions catalog is filled with amazing products to help you celebrate birthdays in style. From festive balloons to birthday blooms, there’s something for everyone.

Today’s It’s Your Birthday Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share great birthday ideas. We are excited to share what we’ve made and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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This blog hop was perfectly timed as my calendar is heavy with upcoming birthdays, starting with my oldest daughter’s birthday. She is 27 TODAY and on the verge of making some changes in her life, and I am praying this is a great year for her.

Below is the card I made for her using the Number of Years stamp set and the coordinating Large Number Framelits Dies. The fun polka dot paper is from the MUST-HAVE Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.
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On Friday, my stepdad is celebrating his birthday. He has always been a second dad to me, and I wanted him to know that I am lucky to have him in my life.
Below is the card I made for him using the Going Global stamp set and the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. The inside sentiment is from the Something to Say stamp set. I topped it off with the Sunburst Thinlits Die, one of my FAVORITE items in the Occasions catalog.
I’ve made other round cards in the past and for those I used the easel back design. For this one, I decided to use a brad to connect the front and back to make it swing open.
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Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Shawn Olivera at ShawnStamps. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group, and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy stamping!

Denise

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie  <~~ YOU ARE HERE
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  6. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  7. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB

Here’s what I used to make these cards.

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CASE-ing the Catty for the Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.

This month we are CASE-ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration to choose from. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the lineup on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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For my project, I chose to CASE a card on Page 16 of the Occasions catalog, using the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Die and Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set, shown here:

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Because I’m a fan of black and red for Valentine’s Day, I changed up the colors of my card using a Basic Black card stock with Rose Red flowers and patterned paper from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. The heart is cut from Whisper White card stock.

I used a VersaMark pad to stamp flowers on my card base and then embossed them with Clear Emboss Powder.

Red sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment and Basic Pearl Jewels completed the card, which is heading to my daughter in Texas!

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Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  5. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo.com
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  16. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  17. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!

 

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47 years and counting

The Mountain Magpie Number of Years

When I first saw the Number of Years Bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, I knew I had to have it. With sentiments for birthdays, anniversaries and more, it’s one of those sets that will see the light of day A LOT.

While I plan to stretch it to its limit, I needed a quick card for my sister’s 47th birthday coming up next week. I combined the Sunburst Thinlits Die with numbers from the Large Number Framelits Dies and some gorgeous paper from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper to come up with this clean and simple design. A strip of Pool Party Glitter Ribbon adds just the right amount of bling.

The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment from the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set that reads,”the number of years the world has been a better place because you’re in it.”

Isn’t that sweet?

Because my sister is younger than I, I can’t tease her about her age, so I may as well be sweet.

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Posted in Card Challenges, Cards, Pals Paper Arts Challenges, Stampin' Up!

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:

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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: