This card is for a 12 year old boy, who is very dear to my heart.  He's working through a lot of personal issues so I felt "journey" was an appropriate sentiment and encouragement.

I began with a Pumpkin Pie card base.  I used Jersey Shore designer paper for a strong contrast.  Another design from Jersey Shore (the rows) was layered on the Wild Wasabi square. 

The sentiment (inked in Wild Wasabi) is from the Define Your Life set that I'm so mad for lately . . . however, any sentiment about this size would work just as well.  TIP:  A Brilliant Blue Brad adds a touch of charm. 

The Wild Wasabi base is faux stitched.  Although I recently purchased a mini sewing machine for exactly these situations, I still resort to the ease and believability of the faux option (no need for set up, an outlet, searching everywhere for my reading glasses to thread the needle).  Yes, I'm cutting a corner and proud of it, babe.

TECHNIQUE:  To faux stitch, I used Stampin' Up!'s Paper Piercer and Template (from the Crafter's Tool Kit)Using the template, pierce a line where you want your "stitches" and connect the "dots" with a Signo Gel Pen.  TIP:  For a variation, you can easily do a zigzag pattern using the template.  TIP:  I have tried other white pens and the Signo is superior.   

Stampin' Up!'s star punches balance things out, especially with the 3-D effect Stampin' Dimensionals provide. TIP:  The 1/4" circle punch and some card stock or designer paper, instantly give the look of a brad.  It was a lovely was to recycle a small snippet of Summer Picnic designer paper this way.

Hugs and Pretties . . . M
Stamp Set:  Define Your Life
Paper:  Jersey Shore Designer Series, Summer Picnic Designer Series (1/4" Circles), Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue
Ink:  Wild Wasabi
Cool Tools:  Large and Small Star Punches, 1/4" Circle Punch, Paper Piercer & Template (Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch:  Bold Brights Brad (Brilliant Blue), White Signo Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Gorgeous bright colours, love this card 🙂

  2. Bright and nice card!!!

  3. Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorite colors in SU but I seem to limit it’s use to fall cards. Now you have given me a way to use it on other things. Thanks Mary. I hope all turns out well for your young friend. You did a fantastic job with this card.

  4. colleen kramer

    Very nice…no ribbon, no bling…perfect for a 13 year old boy. So very glad there is an adult (like you) thinking about him. I know it must make a difference on his journey!

  5. Really nice card. I have to take this set out and use it…keep forgetting about it!
    Great card and I hope your little friend’s troubles ease up…no 12 year old should be going through serious stuff! 🙁

  6. I love this….it’s so vibrant!!!!! Joan

  7. What a bright and cheerful card. I bet it brings a smile to his face. The sentiment is perfect.

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