PPA3 Sweet Centers Sneak Peek

Stampin up sweet centers ppa3

Pbk inspiration It's time to play this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge (PPA3), the brainchild of my downline, the Stampin' Pretty Pals.  PPA3 is an inspiration challenge based on this "back to school" photo.  For full details on how to play along and plenty of inspiration samples, click here.

All new products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog will be available for customer purchase on September 1.  One of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that I get to see and order the Holiday Mini goodies in advance.   Want to pre-order and receive discounts on Stampin' Up! products?  Check out these Starter Kit bonus promotions (ending Aug. 31).

One of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Mini is Sweet Centers.  It offers a balloon, heart, petals/leaves and Halloween stamp, all of which coordinate with the new Sweet Treats clear plastic cups and padded envelopes.  So cool!

  • I stamped the base of the balloon from Sweet Centers in Jet Black Stazon on the Write Stuff Specialty Paper. 
  • SDC11430-2 The 1 3/4" Circle Punch creates just the right size circle to add the Sweet Treat Cup.  The lip of the cup is buried beneath the designer paper.
  • I added jelly beans to the cup and layered it over Crushed Curry card stock.
  • I inked up the balloon basket in Crushed Curry and stamped it on Whisper White.  Using Paper Snips, I cropped the basket and adhered it with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • The striped rug in the photo inspired me to layered strips of Ruby Red Textured card stock over Night of Navy Textured card stock. 
  • Crushed Curry Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon is wrapped around the navy layer before it was adhered to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Whisper White card base.
  • The sentiment is from Chit Chat Rub-Ons.  TIP:  Rub-ons transfer with ease onto Night of Navy Textured card stock.  This example of white text on dark card stock reminds me of the chalkboard in the inspiration photo.
  • Both the flower and rectangle (under the sentiment) are die cuts from the Write Stuff Specialty Paper.  I love how this set offers pretty patterns and colors (Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Old Olive) and delightful elements for quick accents.

COMING UP:  More Holiday Mini Catalog Sneak Peeks . . . Night and Day Designer Series Paper promises to "wow" you!



Stamp Set:  Sweet Centers (116521, Holiday Mini, available September 1)
Paper:  Night of Navy Textured Card Stock (108696, Assorted Rich Regals), Ruby Red Textured Card Stock (106527, Assorted Earth Elements), Crushed Curry (115319), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406), Crushed Curry (115659)
Cool Tools:  1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sweet Treat Cups (116802), Sweet Treat Padded Envelopes (116911), Chit Chat Rub-Ons (111804)


  1. I love what you did with this, Mary! Love the bright stripes! So cheerful and fun!

  2. I love it! Today is my birthday, and I feel like you made it just for me.

  3. This card is so cute! It is neat to see someone use the sweet treat cups. They are so perfect for the theme this week!

  4. Too Cute! Thank you so much for the mini…where do I begin my “NEED” list!! Was very difficult to put this seasons mini down. I just love everything, including the jewerly cases. Five stars Mary!!

  5. What a fun card! I love shakers but this is a BIG step up; love it!

  6. Yummers! I love, love, love your card! What child (or grown-up) wouldn’t want to receive this??? Absolute great take on the Inspiration Photo, as always!

  7. Oh, so cute! My set and treat cups have been sitting on the counter just waiting for me to play with them. After seeing what you have done, I guess I will! Super job as always!

  8. what a beautiful cheery bright card – love it

  9. so fun! i’ve been having fun with these too!! great job!!

  10. This is really cute! I am playing with mine as we speak!

  11. Always love your interpretations Mary- can’t wait to play with my Sweet Centers set too

  12. Wow!!! 5 Stars!… what else can I say. Your the best. Gorgeous, cute, sweet, adorable… the list goes on. Hugs,

  13. Super! Love those colors. Looks like you are blazing the trail with the treat cups!

  14. OMGosh Mary… I just love it! And, you’ve inspired me, which is exactly what I needed. I just got my order in yesterday & I mounted my Sweet Centers set, trying to think of designs for using it. Woohoo!

  15. Beautiful card! Looking forward to this new set.

  16. Your stripes remind me of the little boy’s shirt – clever! I’m excited to play with my Sweet Centers set – the possibilities are endless!

  17. Linda Callahan

    Couldn’t wait to see this set used – it’s terrific – one more thing on the list! Love the colors….

  18. This is so fun! Interesting color combination … I love it.

  19. That is so clever. I can’t wait to see them in the catalog. Thanks for the sneak peak.

  20. Your take on the sketch is really fun! Even the jelly beans coordinate! Awesome job.

  21. Wow Mary, this is awesome! So bright and colorful…I just love it!

  22. Oh yummy! I’ve seen these kind of cards at the store and couldn’t figure out how to do it myself. Now I’ve got a trick to order!

  23. How fun Mary! I just received my treat cups yesterday. Can’t wait to play with them!!!

    Great job with the challenge!

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