PPA40 Monochromatic Blues

Stampin up elements of style summer mini collage

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this week's Pals

Paper Arts Monochromatic Blues Challenge  (PPA40). Everyone is
invited to join
the fun using any
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Up! blue infused samples

Here's the key to stamping this fun collage card . . . you don't need the same stamp sets I used.  I literally grabbed a variety of stamps based on size and decided what would be fun to mix and match–primarily focusing on Elements of Style, a gorgeous new stamp set offered in the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog starting May 1. 

  • Stampin up beautiful wings embosslits die The "must have" tool for this card is a 1 1/4" Square Punch.  Time-saving and precise.
  • Hooray!  The top selling Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (a Stampin' Up! exclusive) will be extended after the Occasions Mini expires April 30.  Click for the complete list of Occasions Mini Carryover Items.  I used Buttiful Wings Embosslits Die for both Not Quite Navy butterflies.
  • This is a birthday card for my friend Julie so the "J" from Lovely Letters Alphabet was an elegant, personal touch.
  • Stampin up eastern blooms close-up I used a clear topper from the Stampin' Up! Build a Brad Set to
    highlight the polka dot pattern centered in the Eastern Blooms flower. 
  • Bella Blue Designer Series Paper tucked in the Kraft Envelope pulls the entire look together.
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Asian artistry Stamp Set:  Dot, Dot, Dot Single Stamp (Occasions Mini, 1153332), A to Z Single Stamp (Occasions Mini 115711), Lovely Letters Alphabet (115030), Elements of Style (Summer Mini: Wood Mount 118611, Clear Mount 120045), Eastern Blooms (111626), Always (113620), Circle Circus (115778), Asian Artistry (114399, Hostess Level 2).
Paper:  Not Quite Navy (101722), Very Vanilla (101650), Kraft (102125)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (103008)
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Square Punch (104400), Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439)
The Perfect Touch:  Build-A-Brad Kit (109128), 5/16" Jumbo Brads (112534, Neutrals Assortment)

Kraft Medium Envelope (107297)


  1. I love that crisp combination of the Not Quite Navy and the Very Vanilla–also love the choice of the stamp designs chosen. A great and (not to mention)very versatile design. Thanks, as always!

  2. I love all the different images you put together! Not Quite Navy is my favorite blue. Great card!

  3. What a fun collage card! Great color combination, too! LOve it!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! This is probably one of the best designs I have ever seen. Simply love it!

  5. Your card is so beautiful Mary… I think I’m a gonna have to try one. Love it. Hugs,

  6. Colleen Kramer

    Love, love, LOVE this!!!!

  7. Terri (blindstamper)

    I LOVE it! You chose great images to work together. Guess I will be trying this!

  8. Gorgeous!!

    Love all the different images.

  9. OOOOOO. I love it!

  10. That is such a great idea! Love it!

  11. Gorgeous card! I will have to make one.

  12. OH WOW! This is gorgeous…can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the awesome example!!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  13. Mary, my eyes about popped out of my head when I saw your card! WOW! Makes me want to sit down and CASE it NOW! Brilliant design my friend!

  14. Oooh…love this card!! I’m thinking that I really NEED the butterfly embosslit now that I’ve seen it used here.

    GREAT job!! I think this will be the first challenge I might even try 🙂

    Take care…

  15. I absolutley ADORE your creations. I knew this was your card even before I saw your name. Everything you do just stands out with it’s own style. As a SU! customer-I love the stuff and love the creations in the catalogs, but find it difficult to find creations at SCS or online that are actually my style. So glad I found you:)

  16. This is gorgeous, I love all these designs in a square.

  17. What a beautiful card, Mary! I love all of these images together. They work so terrifically together!

  18. Barb Hendrickson

    simply beautiful, Mary.

    thanks so much!


  19. Love love love the blue, and the quilt effect.

    I love the fact that you included her initial here too.

    I love this card (did I say that already?)

  20. Just stunning! I literally said, “ooooh” when the photo loaded up. Another winner! And a great layout idea.

  21. Love the design and love the blue. Good news about the embosslits too!

  22. Wow, so very cool! Have to case for sure.

  23. OMGosh this is so fantastic!! Love all the different images – so striking in the monochromatic blue too!!

  24. Divine, Mary! That dot-embossed butterfly on the dotted background makes my stampin’ heart sing! 🙂

  25. Wow! This card is gorgeous. Great use of the different stamps. Thanks for the inspiation.
    x Renee, a rookie Australian SU demonstrator!

  26. I like how you framed each image.

  27. I love your card! It makes me think…what could I use to make one like this. Super!

  28. Literally what I love about this, is that the stamp sets would normally not be used together because of the difference in styles. The monochromatic color scheme allows for them to look great together!

    I’ll have to remember that!

    Love the color choice, too!

  29. Love this card layout idea! Your blue version is very pretty – so versatile for many occasions. I’ve done a black and white for version for sympathy but brights would be great for happier occasions.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. This is gorgeous! Thanks for your inspiration.

  31. Stunning card Mary. I am definitely going to take inspiration from this card.

  32. Pat Richardson

    This is the answer to my prayers….I’ve been looking long and hard for an idea for a personalized..frameable gift item for my stamping ladies group…This is the answer….thanks so much.

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