Dragonfly Dreams Friendship Card – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19

Welcome to a brand new Tic Tac Toe challenge! This week’s board comes to us courtesy of Felicita and is sure to provide inspiration!

This week I decided to choose the middle row across; friendship, gold, layers. What will you choose?



  • This dreamy paper is from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. I love when paper can be multi-functional. This DSP is actually holiday paper but this gorgeous plaid can be used all year round! I layered a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of DSP over the card base and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add depth and give me a little extra space to attach a piece of Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon.
  • I ran a piece of Vellum Cardstock through the Big Shot and the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I then stamped the circle with a background splatter stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set using Versamark Ink. I heat set it carefully with Gold Embossing Powder, using tweezers to hold the vellum for me so as to not burn fingers!
  • The dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set was stamped in Versamark Ink and heat set with Gold Embossing Powder and then run through the Big Shot with the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.


  • A second dragonfly was die cut using a different die from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and Gold Foil Sheets. Can you see it peeking out from underneath? Just another layer of gold…it’s so amazingly pretty in person!
  • I glued the two dragonfly dies together with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and then popped them up off the circle of vellum using the edges of a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals. By using the edges I was able to snip some long thin lines of adhesive along the body and wings of the dragonfly and keep them hidden. I popped the vellum circle up off the DSP using stripes of Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.
  • I had a wrinkle in the dragonfly’s body from not gluing the layers together properly but a single Glitter Enamel Dot in the very palest shade of Crushed Curry covered that easily and adds more sparkle!


  • The frame for the sentiment and the sentiment can be found in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set. I stamped both in Versamark Ink and heat set with Gold Embossing Powder. I then quickly snipped the framed sentiment with Paper Snips and attached it to my card with Stampin’ Dimensionals (a stampin’ girl’s best friend!)
  • I adhered a 2 1/4″ x 6″ strip of matching DSP to my envelope by running SNAIL adhesive along the outside edges of the envelope flap, gently pressing the DSP to adhere it, and snipping off the extra with my Paper Snips, using the edge of the envelope flap as my guide. An easy way to dress up an envelope!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, please pop over and see more inspiration from the rest of the Tic Tac Toe design team and I hope you have a chance to play along with us this week!



Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

Specialty Paper: Gold Foil Sheets and Vellum Cardstock by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Versamark Ink

Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, Dragonfly Dreams and Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder by Stampin’ Up!; MISTI by My Sweet Petunia (for the sentiment)

Embellishments:  Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon and Glitter Enamel Dots by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!


A Harvest Bouquet of Gratitude


I was feeling very “Fall” inspired when I made this card, in spite of the Santa Ana winds blowing which drive the temperatures up into the 90’s. That’s Southern California life for you!


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Early Espresso Layer 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Vanilla Layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Vanilla Circle 3″
  • DSP Square 3″ x 3″


  • The Early Espresso die cut pumpkin, which together with the Soft Sky sprigs are stand alone dies from the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies, was the basis for this card and everything developed around it. I adore the pumpkin die cut and have a few more ideas for it, so look for it to turn up again here on my blog!
  • All of the stamped images you see here, pumpkins and floral stems, are from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and you can get both products bundled up in the Pick a Pumpkin bundle at a 10% savings! Say THAT three times fast!! lol
  • The DSP I used is the Painted Autumn DSP and the pattern I chose to highlight has Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango and Soft Sky in it. When stamping though, I also threw in Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso for a little more fun and contrast.
  • The pretty sentiment is from the Painted Harvest stamp set and is such an appropriate sentiment, no matter the season!


  • I arranged my circle (die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies) together with a square cut from DSP to for the base for my harvest bouquet. I then stamped and die cut images and shapes and arranged them all around the Early Espresso pumpkin (love) (I had to say it again).
  • I then took bits and pieces of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky, and some retired Pumpkin Pie chevron ribbon (I didn’t have any current Pumpkin Pie ribbon!) and added them to the bouquet, looped around the focal piece and even as banners!
  • Lastly were some Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie enamel shapes to add that last detail.
  • Wait – did you see the layer of cream is embossed with the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder? It adds such a sweet soft detail to the design 🙂


  • I kept the inside simple with just a sentiment from the Remarkable You stamp set, stamped in Cajun Craze.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun with the color Cajun Craze as I did today! What do you think? Is it a color, or a collection of colors, that speaks to you?



Card Stock: Vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink; Cajun craze, Early Espresso, Soft Sky by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Pick a Pumpkin, Painted Harvest and Remarkable You by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up!

Embellishments: Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie Enamel Dots, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky, and some retired Pumpkin Pie chevron ribbon by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Counting My Blessings – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #17

Hello!! It’s time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! I have so much fun deciding which row or column to choose each challenge and then seeing what all the participants decide to use and HOW they use the elements…we are all so uniquely different in our interpretation! This week I went straight across the center: Layers, Circle, Sequins.

As you will see, I have no trouble with the layers element – I believe I have EIGHT! 🙂



  • I’m so sorry, I’ve already used this card and I forgot to measure first!


  • I mentioned that I would swing around back to an Autumn theme and the Painted autumn DSP – isn’t this a fun pattern? It looks so sweet when complimented with Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.
  • This delightful sentiment is from the Count My Blessings stamp set. Such a pretty font and saying! (I gave this card to my hubby!)
  • I must be missing a Stampin’ Up! circle punch because I used the Layered Circles to die cut the sentiment and the Cajun Craze scallop underneath it but had to pull out my Nestabilities Circles for the Crushed Curry circle. I don’t want you to be struggling to figure it out if you decide to use this layout – or perhaps it will be easy for you because you have the correct circle punch!


  • I used the layout from last week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge as it was a fun one and this just popped into my head.
  • Did you notice the embossing on the cream layer? It’s the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, such a pretty background.
  • A little Crushed Curry ribbon and bow and three perfectly positioned Metallics Sequins finish the card off.


  • I had die cut some leaves from the Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies and then didn’t use them on the card front, so I found a way to brighten up the inside!

I hope you find inspiration in my project and the challenge board and that I see you over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge playing along. Please visit the rest of the design team for more projects!

Design Team

Felicita Johnson

Rosanne Mulhern

Peggy Noe (on vacation this week)

Teresa DeWitt-Pierce

Blessing to you!


Card Stock: Vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink; Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Painted Autumn by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Early Espresso by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Count My Blessings by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up! and Nestabilities Circles

Tools: Big Shot; Layered Leaves Embossing Folder

Embellishments: Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon and Metallics Sequin Assortment by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

An Oldie but a Goodie – The Paper Players 363


There are so many wonderful new stamps out there but when I saw someone letting go of this beauty from 2003, I couldn’t pass it up. New is great but I encourage you to look through your stash and pull out a stamp that hasn’t seen ink in awhile and see if it doesn’t make you happy that you kept it all these years!


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Next Layer 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP Layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Larger Block Base 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
  • Larger Block DSP 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Smaller Block Base 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Smaller Block Image Layer 2″ x 3″


  • I made some Halloween purchases from Stampin’ Up! last year and then never made any cards so this year I just pulled out last year’s Halloween Night DSP. I love the combinations of patterns, colors and images in this DSP pack. Don’t the Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black just pop?
  • I stamped my sweet image from the Halloween Smiles stamp set, circa 2003, in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I had been told years ago that it was a favorite ink of stampers but was too stubborn to try it out. Well, ladies and gentlemen, this ink is DIVINE!! It stamped all my images, even brand new never-inked-up photopolymer stamps, perfectly. See the bats, spider and pumpkin faces on my envelope? No MISTI used. Just brand new photopolymer stamps on blocks and they stamped the complete image perfectly, as well as perfectly crisp and bright. I have a new favorite!


  • Again, the crispness of the images! I so amazed!! And sorry I was a doubting Thomas for so long!
  • This adorable Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Baker’s Twine is also from last year’s Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog, as is the ‘happy halloween’ sentiment and all of the images stamped on the envelope. They are all from the retired Spooky Fun stamp set. It’s a set with classic halloween images so I know I will keep it and use it…hopefully someday for grand babies!


  • How sweet is this sentiment from the Halloween Smiles stamp set? And it pairs perfectly with this smiling bat from the Spooky Fun stamp set. It’s not often you see a smiling bat! 🙂

Today’s layout is courtesy of Nance of The Paper Players design team. Such a fun clean sketch…thanks Nance!

If you are in the US, I hope you are enjoying your first days of Fall! Fall here in Southern California means windy and hot, and today did not disappoint! I was determined to leave the window open in spite of the wind, and spent more time than I should have chasing elements around my desk and whisking them off the floor! lol



Card Stock: Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie by Stampin’ Up!; Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Halloween Night (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Stamps:  Halloween Smiles (retired) and Spooky Fun (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: MISTI by My Sweet Petunia (for the sentiment)

Embellishments: Basic Black/Pumpkin Pie (retired) Baker’s Twine by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

It’s the BEST Time of the Year – Freshly Made Sketches 306


I’ve been on a roll with fall cards and colors, and will go BACK to fall cards and colors, but I wanted to take a moment to remind us all that there are only 13 Fridays before Christmas! Eek! So if I only make one Christmas card a week from here on out, I will only have 13 made. That will NOT do at all…what is on YOUR to-do list? Anything yet?


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Next layer 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Top layer (DSP) 2 1/2″ (cut at 1 1/2″) x 4 1/2


  • I wasn’t sure about black as a Christmas card but have to say that after using this fabulous paper, I’m a convert! Basic Black and Old Olive look stunning together…very classy.


  • I kept very close to the sketch with this card, simply changing out the rectangle on the left hand side for the Christmas Tree from Santa’s Sleigh. I stamped the tree in Tuxedo Black right onto a simple pattern from the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack, and then die cut the tree with the coordinating die.
  • The tree is popped up off of the simple black star pattern DSP, also from the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack, and next to it is a sweet sentiment from the Christmas in the Making stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black and then again in Versamark and then heat set clear embossing powder on it to make the sentiment really pop.


  • Simple Black Baker’s Twine looped around the card and tied in a pretty bow give the card a nice balance of the three elements. Old Olive Enamel Dots are the perfect finishing touch!
  • I purposely kept all of the design elements clean, no layers or extras. This would be a good card to mass produce.
  • And isn’t the plaid pattern I used for the envelope liner fabulous?!? It’s so pretty, it’s hard to cut into!


  • I kept the inside simple as well with just a simple sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set stamped in Tuxedo Black. The set also as this A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E little swirl which I stamped in Old Olive. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the placement I wanted.

Thank you to the Freshly Made Sketches design team for another outstanding and inspirational sketch! Without it this card would never have been born!

And remember, only THIRTEEN more Fridays until Christmas!!! 🙂


Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Merry Little Christmas by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Old Olive by Stampin’ Up! and Tuxedo Black by Memento

Stamps:  Santa’s Sleigh, Christmas in the Making and Snowflake Sentiments by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Santa’s Sleigh, Layering Circles and Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig by Stampin’ Up!; MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Old Olive Enamel Dots and Basic Black Baker’s Twine by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

So Thankful – CAS(E) This Sketch $239



I made this card this past weekend and then was sick and didn’t get the post completed so I’m squeaking in at the last minute for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge for this week. I’m having so much fun with Fall themes this year! Here’s the sketch that was my inspiration:


  • It’s funny that I almost didn’t purchase the fall DSP from Stampin’ Up! called Painted Autumn this year. I’m glad I did because I’m loving the way the patterns play off of each other. For this card, I didn’t add any base layers under the DSP, I just let the patterns shine.
  • One of my all time favorite stamps sets is Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!. I just love the illustration of the leaves. I love this leaf particularly (although I have no idea what tree it’s from…Maple?) and stamped it in Early Espresso ink and die cut it with the coordinating framelits.
  • The ‘thankful’ die is by Catherine Pooler and came in one of her Stamps of Approval kits. It’s perfect here in Early Espresso. I die cut two of the word dies and layered them one on top of the other for a bit of added depth.


  • A double looped Linen Twine bow and a single sweet Early Espresso button (retired) finish this clean and simple card.
  • I accidentally pulled out the wrong card stock for this card so it’s Rustic White instead of Vintage Cream, but I think it works better, I believe some ‘accidents’ happen for a reason! 🙂


Thank you so much for stopping by to see my post and I hope you are inspired to check out the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge…they have fun designs to work with, week after week!

Blessings to you!


Card Stock: Rustic White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Painted Autumn by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Early Espresso by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Leaflets Framelits and Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot by Stampin’ Up!

Embellishments: Linen Thread and Button (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Fall is in the Air – Stamp, Ink, Paper #116 & The Paper Players 362


Saturday was a beautiful day here in Southern California with temperatures in the 70’s and a nice crisp feel in the air. I stopped by the local Home Goods store and picked up some fall decor and did a little decorating around the house which translated in to fall cards as well, lol.

The ‘At Home with You’ stamp set has a darling pot of sunflowers that has been calling to me so I pulled it out and colored it with my Shin-Han alcohol markers. I then die cut it with the coordinating die, popped it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Very Vanilla card base and stamped a sweet sentiment from the ‘One Big Meaning’ stamp set in Early Expresso. This darling pattern from the Painted Autumn DSP is a great compliment to my coloring, and the linen bow the finishing touch!


It’s seems like I’m not the only one feeling “Fallish” – Fall challenges are also in the air this week so I’m playing along with both the Stamp, Ink, Paper Clean and Simple Fall challenge as well as The Paper Players Clean and Simple Harvest Challenge (LOVE their inspiration photo!):


Thank you for stopping by! I’d love to know if you’ve been inspired by the changing seasons too 🙂


Clean and Modern Country for Inspired by All the Little Things

I am thrilled to share some news with you that I’ve been keeping under my hat for a few weeks now. Nance Lempinen-Leedy, design team member for the challenge blog “Inspired by All the Little Things has invited me to be a guest designer for this week’s challenge!! I am SO honored and tickled to be considered and couldn’t say “yes” fast enough!

Doesn’t the name itself “Inspired by All the Little Things” just contour up lots of pleasant images in your head? It sure does for me and when I saw the inspiration photo, I just had to sigh in delight…

Isn’t the inspiration photo wonderful?? I focused first on the Mason jars, then the colors, then the flowers, and then finally saw the wood texture in the background. I took the photo quite literally at first but as I pondered it, my inspiration shifted from what I actually saw to the overall feeling the photo gave me, which was a fresh clean take on country. And not your grandma’s country either but rather, Joanna Gaines’ kinda country!! And this is where that inspiration led me…



  • I picked up the wood texture with my background paper from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I layered it on the card and also covered my envelope flap in it. It looks a lot darker in the photo than it is in real life.
  • I carried with the flowers theme with a tripled layered daisy using the new Daisy Punch. It’s very easy to create – just punch three daisies and adhere them together with glue dots! The large daisy was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for added depth.


  • I loved the vivid blue in the inspiration photo so I chose Pacific Point as my blue. It’s a very vivid hue of blue so I used it sparingly – stamping splatters on the background using the Timeless Textures stamp set and one single retired Pacific Point button as my “wow” factor.
  • Gold on my cards can be tough for me so I again kept it simple with looped Gold Metallic Thread wrapped behind the daisy and a prettily embossed sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. And just the tiniest bit of shine from the gold metallic thread wrapped through the button hole!


And there you have it, my clean and modern take on a country inspiration. I can see this as the foundation for my dream kitchen…lots of light, bright white cabinets with the wood floors, a big white country table set for breakfast with a big white milk pitcher filled with white daisies…yes, all that from a card, lol.

And I can’t wait to see how the inspiration photo inspires you!!

I hope you are inspired to check out this amazing challenge blog “Inspired by All the Little Things” and visit each of the very talented designers and then I hope to see you in the gallery as well! There is also a short bio on me if you care to take a peek!



Pretty Poppies Healing Wishes – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #15

Good Morning! It’s Thursday and that means a new challenge from the Tic Tac Toe design team! This week’s board was designed by Rosanne Mulhern, one of my favorite clean and simple designers!

There are so many fun options to choose from that I couldn’t make a decision, so…I tried to use them all! I managed all but two – baby and embossing:



  • I don’t have any measurements today other than the standard card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″. The other layers were created using a die.


  • I loved the idea of monochromatic and yellow is one of my favorite colors I dug around in my stash until I found this bright and cheery 12″ x 12″ pattern from Echo Park. I love that the scale of the design works for both scrapbooking and card making.
  • The Mama Elephant Femme Frames die set is a staple in my stash. It creates the lovely scalloped edge on the bottom layer and a pretty stitched edge on the top layer…and best of all…no measuring! It’s done for you!


  • This stamp set, Pretty Poppies, was on the clearance rack over at MFT Stamps so I scooped it up for a steal! My Lemon Tart ink pad from PTI was a close match to the yellow in the paper and it has a matching ribbon! I had to stamp the poppies about 5 times to get the depth of color I wanted and then I applied Wink of Stella liberally. The stems and sentiment were stamped in Smokey Shadow ink. It’s a dark grey, but not quite black, for a softer feel.
  • This sweet mixed font sentiment is from the Inside & Out: Healing Touch stamp set by PTI. I set it off wish Lemon Tart satin ribbon and Lemon Meringue sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


  • Love the inside sentiment as well and isn’t the border too cute?? It’s a border stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps…a craft show discovery!

Thank you so much for taking a peek at my project for the Tic Tac Toe design team this week and please stop by to see what the rest of the design team has for you! I hope you are inspired to play along!


Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Hello Summer “Banners” by Echo Park

Ink: Lemon Tart and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink

Stamps:  Pretty Poppies by MFT Stamps; Inside & Out: Healing Touch by Papertrey Ink; and Freehand Border large by Rubbernecker Stamps

Dies:  Femme Frames by Mama Elephant; Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot; MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Lemon Tart 1/2″ Satin Ribbon by Papertrey Ink; Lemon Meringue Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and Wink of Stella

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!

Wishing You a Day of Love and Happy Memories


Good morning and welcome to another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! This is my week off but my niece requested a wedding card so I thought “why not?!” Happy to have an excuse to make a card, lol!

This is the challenge board this week. I chose the bottom left to top right diagonal, gold, embellishment and celebrate:

Now, if you read my last post, I used a layout that I thought could be very versatile simply by changing the paper up…I think this card proves that point!! You may notice I have used some products that are not Stampin’ Up!, but I’m sure you can easily find something in your stash to recreate the general design!


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink
  • Next layer 4″ x 5 1/4″ Sweet Blush by Papertrey Ink
  • Next layer 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ Soft Stone by Papertrey Ink
  • Top layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Left 1 1/2″ x 5″
    • Top Right 2 1/4″ x 3″
    • Bottom Right 2 1/4″ x 2″
  • Sentiment Base 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Sentiment Middle 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Sentiment Top 3″ x 3″


  • I’m going to share a secret…the words “pink” and “gold” together in relation to a card evoke a primal fear response in me. I know, but they do.  But when I saw this pattern paper with the grey undertone to compliment the pink and the gold, I thought “I can do THAT”. So I bought it! I chose the grey paper with the shiny gold letters as the main pattern with one floral and one simple repeat pattern to compliment it.


  • On my previous card I stamped the sentiment repeatedly on the popped up panel but for this card and this sweet sentiment, I visualized it on a banner, in grey to compliment the pattern paper, and embossed in gold to really bring that element out. So…I pulled out a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Stamps and set to embossing a banner! Next, I pulled out a stamp set I JUST added to my stash last month from Concord and 9th called “Hope”. It has these lovely blooms in the set which I stamped in Sweet Blush and Pale Peony with Prairie Grass and Olive Twist leaves, colors by Papertrey Ink. Look at the floral pattern paper, don’t you think the inks match perfectly? Squeee…..
  • The flower centers were stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Stampin’ Up! gold embossing powder.


  • I added a length of pink fiber from my Making Memories stash along the vertical seam line and the looped Stampin’ Up!’s Gold Metallic Thread around the back of the raised panel to add more of the gold element. I also added two of Stampin’ Up’s Gold Faceted Gems to the bottom right and top left of the corner to provide balance (and more bling!)


  • I used more of the pretty floral pattern on the inside of the card and then stamped the bloom again in Sweet Blush with Pale Peony Accents and then stamped this lovely sentiment from Stampin’ Up’s Beautiful Bouquet in Smokey Shadow ink. I’m so pleased with how this turned out!

I hope you will take a minute to view the inspiration from the Tic Tac Toe design team for this week’s challenge and perhaps even play along!!

Blessings to you!


Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White, Sweet Blush, Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink

Pattern Paper: Heart of Home by Jen Hadfield

Ink: Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Prairie Grass, Olive Twist and Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink

Stamps:  Fancy Sayings by Clearly Besotted; Hope by Concord & 9th; Beautiful Bouquet by Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Pierced Fishtail Flags by MFT Stamps; Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder by Stampin’ Up!; MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Fibers by Making Memories; Gold Faceted Gems and Gold Metallic Thread by Stampin’ Up!

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!