Embrace the Pals Paper Arts Sketch

Stampin up embrace life pals paper arts

Practice makes perfect.  With the variety of challenges the Pals Paper Arts blog offers (every Thursday), you'll be inspired to experiment with new layouts, color combos, themes, simplicity and more.  This week's sketch by Margaret Moody is fabulous and offers so many possibilities.  Click here for the Design Team's inspiration samples and to play along!

Stampin up pals paper arts ppa17


  • Stampin up embrace life close up I enjoyed cropping
    out bits of four different stamps from the Embrace Life stamp set.  Very "artsy boopy."  Stampin' Up!'s Square Punches layer with precision in a snap. 
  • Ever get those frustrating little black flakes when you emboss with Black Embossing Powder?  I prefer to use Basic Black Craft Ink (it's stickier than Classic Ink) and Clear Embossing Powder.  Any little Clear Powder "stragglers" will be essentially undetectable when heat embossed.  This was originally a tip from one of my readers.  Thanks!
  • Click to check out my "Tying a Pretty Knot" video for a quick lesson on perfecting a ribbon knot.
STAY TUNED:  I made a companion box for today's card.  Photo and details tomorrow 🙂

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Embrace life Stamp Set:  Embrace Life (114958)
Paper:  Ruby Red Textured Card Stock (108697, Assorted Earth Elements), Very Vanilla (101650), Basic Black (102851)
Ink:  Basic Black Craft (102192)
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Square Punch,(104400), 1 3/8" Square Punch (103375),  Modern Label Punch (116630), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Black 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (115605), Vintage Brads (109109, Black), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Clear Embossing Powder (109130)


  1. I love the ideas you give to inspire me.
    Peggy Abram

  2. Absolutely stunning, Mary! I love the colors!

  3. Oh my goodness, Mary! I LOVE THIS! Love the Ruby Red, Black, and White together! Love the images from Embrace Life, too! So simple, so striking, so beautiful! Thanks too for the shout out and link to my blog! I really appreciate it! Hugs to you!

  4. Mary! This is so elegant. Thanks for teaching me that I DON’T NEED to color everything 🙂 x

  5. What a striking card and as striking as it is it’s also has a calming effect. Great Job!

  6. Mary, this is a beautiful card, love the colors. Thanks for sharing, your the best.

  7. fabulous tip Mary about the black ink and clear embossing powder. I get so frustrated with those little black flecks…now thanks to you I won’t have any more!


  9. Shawna Pesina

    ahhhh. how peaceful is this card? fabulous design as always! 🙂

  10. Wow, that is such an elegant card!

  11. Wow! Very stunning card. Just gorgeous!

  12. Mary, this is so stunning. I love how you offset those images. It’s divine. XO

  13. LOVE what you’ve done here! I got this set and haven’t used it much because I find it hard to work with (and I’m not the best colourer) but this card makes it shine! Wonderfully done!

  14. FAB card! The embossing and text CS take this to another level.

  15. Your card is so striking and pretty! I love the colors and the stamps you used. I also love your tip re: heat embossing on black. Great idea!

  16. LOVE this card. SO striking!

  17. Linda Callahan

    Snazzy – love the color combo!

  18. Gorgeous! You’re so good about using Textured Card Stock, which makes each project so elegant!

  19. Absolutely LOVELY, Mary! This is so pretty, the colors you used, and how you off centered the images into the blocks…Very nice! And it’s a great sketch, too.

  20. Great tip for using clear instead of black embossing powder! This card is so sharp and sleek- very modern. Great job!

  21. Fabulous card Mary… love how you left the images black and white. Hugs,

  22. Gorgeous Card!

  23. Beautiful card Mary! I love the flowers.

  24. Colleen Kramer

    Very striking and refreshing! Love the embossing.

  25. This is a stunning use of one of my favorite stamp sets–really gorgeous!

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