Pals Paper Arts PPA9

Stampin up pals paper arts asian artistry


Happiness means it's Thursday and time for a new Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA9).  This week the Stampin' Pretty Pals Design Team takes it's inspiration from this striking fall photo.  Do the colors grab your attention?  How about the textures?  Do the pumpkin and gourds make you think Halloween or Thanksgiving?  Every answer is a right answer on a photo inspiration challenge.  Play along!

The colors from the photo said "pick me, pick me" to my creative instincts.  Therefore, my card focuses on Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke and Whisper White.  I thought they would be delightful with the Asian Artistry stamp set (available exclusively as a free Hostess Rewards stamp set). 


  • Stampin up asian artistry bird

    Watercolor "phobic?"  I stamped the bird a second time on colored card stock (Pumpkin Pie), snipped it out and launched it on Stampin' Dimensionals. 

  • Try layering a sentiment with an image for an interesting effect.  I inked the dragon fly stamp in Pumpkin Pie, stamped it off once and stamped it on Whisper White before topping it with the Artichoke sentiment (photo below).
  • White space can be beautiful.  There's no requirement to decorate every inch of your project.


  • Stampin up pumpkin pie designer series paper lined envelope

    A lined envelope adds a distinctive polish.  

  • The Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers coordinate beautifully.  The Pumpkin Pie pattern on the card blends perfectly with the polka dot on the envelope.
  • Conserve.  I don't run the liner all the way to the bottom . . . just what shows and an inch or two overlap tucked inside.
  • Use a pencil to trace the flap on the designer series paper (the "wrong" side).  Using Stampin' Up!'s Craft and Paper Scissors (108360, they cut like "buttah:) cut about a quarter inch inside the trace line and "fade" it down the side.
  • Fold the flap down and use a bone folder to "set" the crease on the liner.

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Stampin up asian artistry confucius

Stamp Set:  Asian Artistry (114399, Hostess Rewards Level 2)
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie Designer Series Paper (112159), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie (105216), Always Artichoke (105219)
The Perfect Touch:  Always Artichoke 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109035), Rich Regals Brads (106953), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Envelope:  Whisper White Medium Envelope (107301), Pumpkin Pie Designer Series Paper (112159)


  1. Oh so beautiful… clean and classy. Hugs,

  2. As always, a beautiful job, Mary! I love the little bird, the colors, and the overall simplicity! So pretty!

  3. I love all the white space on this simple card, Mary. Pumpkin Pie is one of my fave colors and this is perfect for Fall!

  4. Gorgeous card…and totally the sentiment I need to be reminded of the next few weeks. Maybe I will have to pick that as my hostess benefit for the large order I plan to submit soon. lol.

  5. I love the clean and crisp look of this card! Your layout is great, too.

  6. barb hendrickson

    You did it again! May I use this for my upcoming stamp camp, Mary? Just the perfect style card to make for an event like that. Not too fussy, but full of character! Really nice.


    Hi Barb: Thanks so much for asking. I’m so flattered. Go for it! This card required very few accessories. Very workshop “friendly” 🙂 Hugs, M

  7. LOVE this! Is that envelope pre folded or did you do that?

    It’s a standard envelope (Stampin’ Up! Medium Whisper White) and the envelope had a crease at the flap. When I added the designer paper as a liner, I folded the flap again and used the Bone Folder to give the liner the same crease. Thanks for asking. Hugs, Mary

  8. WOW Beautiful card 🙂 Loved it.

  9. What an absolute original you are! Your take on the photo is superb–so clean yet so warm; so bright and so cheery. I love, love, love it!

  10. Everything you touch, turns to gold. Beautiful, that’s all I can say.

  11. Mary this card is gorgeous! I like the coordinating envelope too.

  12. Guess I’m just gonna have to break down and buy a pair of Paper Snips! This card is really neat! And really easy to do but sooooooo impressive. Great colors Mary!

  13. I just love this stamp set, and you’ve given that little bird a great home on your beautiful card!

  14. So pretty Mary! Love your special touches – how you snipped out the birdie and inked the sentiment over the stamped image.

  15. Love how these colors “pop”! I adore your layout and your interpretation of the sketch! Can you bottle up some of your talent and send it my way? I’ll pay the postage!

  16. I love the colors and how you coordinated everything… well done… this card really pops for me. love your work

  17. Linda Callahan

    Beautiful and elegant – and that little bird is perfect!

  18. Colleen Kramer

    Great color combo and excellent CAS style– A winning pair!

  19. Mary,
    What a beautiful card! Love the little bird and how you cut it out! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I just love all your work! TFS!

  20. Beautiful card. I love the stamp set! Loved that you cut the birdie out!

  21. Lovely Mary! Great job with the sketch!!

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