PPA65 Bling and New “WOW” Video

Stampin up pals paper arts curly label punch video tutorial
PPABadge Bring on the bling, baby!  This week's Pals Paper Arts Clean and Simple Challenge (PPA65) is all about adding sparkle to your project. PLUS a New 1 Minute to "WOW" Video Tutorial awaits you below!

Click here to see the shining examples from the Pals Paper Arts Design Team.  Challenge yourself this week and PLAY ALONG!  

Stampin up pals paper arts word play basic jewels
BIG BLING FOR THE BUCK!  I'm nutso about the Stampin' Up! Jewels Basic Rhinestones.  For $4.95, you get 150 (50 each in three sizes) of these dazzling stick-on cuties. Gotta love that kind of mileage!  Today's 1 Minute to "WOW" Video Tutorial shows you an easy method of transfering them to the exact spot you want (without losing the adhesive).  Grab your Paper Snips!


Did you learn something new?  Please leave me a comment with your feedback on today's video and project below!

Curly label punch stampin pretty
The Stampin' Up! Curly Label Punch was a trooper in popping out my houndstooth design.  Here's another example of this look from a prior post.  Need I explain my fashion inspiration from Boden catalog?

Fullscreen capture 10182010 122719 PMSTAMPIN' PRETTY TIP:  To create the houndstooth pattern, I adhered and angled the Melon Mambo curly label punches to cover a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Concord Crush card stock.  I then "lopped" off anything that extended beyond the Concord Crush border.  So easy 🙂

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Word play stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Word Play (WM 120308, CM 1206510)
Paper:  Melon Mambo (115320), Concord Crush (119792), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Concord Crush (119785)
Cool Tools:  Curly Label Punch Extra Large (119851), Boho Blossoms Punch Extra Large (119858), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Jewels Basic Rhinestones (119246),  Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Please click stamp image to enlarge.


  1. Mary: Loved your WOW quick tip. Your card was wonderful and loved how you used our punches to form your background –

  2. Wonderful…thank you so much..I have a hard time handling those small stones or pearls…just what I needed to know…again thanks.

  3. Patrice Herrera

    Wow! A gorgeous card! Tips and tricks and a video all in one place. Amazing. Thanks for all the information, Tips and tricks really do make a girls life easier!

  4. Beautiful take on the coat!! Love it.

  5. Karyn Port of Los Angeles

    Hi Mary,

    I would never have thought to use my paper snips to get the rhinestones, or any embellishment with sticky backs, off of the paper and onto my cards. Great idea. Thanks so much.

    Also, I agree with so many other ladies here you truly are talented and have such class about yourself and your card making style. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I learn such great tips from your tutorials.
    Life just got a little easier 🙂

  7. I love your videos!!!! No one does them anymore except Kristina Werner but thats it!!

    Thank you for your videos,

  8. Love your ‘coat to card’ interpretation! Perfect!! Such vibrant colors and I, too, would not have thought to use my punch like that. TFS!

  9. What a brilliant way to interpret that coat, Mary! Gorgeous!

  10. Mary — loved the idea of using the paper snips — I’ll have to try it!

  11. Use of scissors to adhere gems, etc is new to me. You make it look easier than my method. Thanks. Also love the idea of placing shapes on the diagonal to make a pattern. Super great idea. Thanks for that too.

  12. Hi Ben:

    Good question. Nope, no residue on the snips. The adhesive is like a thin glue dot which should stick with the rhinestone–not the scissors. Hugs, M

  13. Mary, Great card. I love punches. Your tutorial was wonderful. What a great idea on removing and placing the “bling”. Thanks again, Becky

  14. yay for this wow tutorial! i was so frustrated at always losing the adhesive!! also…i have to laugh when i hear you say ‘zhuzh.’ i have always said that and people always say ‘really? zhuzh? is that a word?’ and now i can proudly tell them ‘yes…because Mary Fish uses it! lol!!..thanks for your time and talent and make it a great one!

  15. Chris R. from Iowa

    Fun card Mary! I don’t have great luck with the piercer or the tweezers but maybe this will be easier – worth a try. I do better with my fingers than the tweezers or maybe my tweezers are the problem! Anyway, the background is amazing! I looked at it and couldn’t imagine how you did it. I thought there must have been some die cut or something. How fun, gotta try it! Thanks for all your inspiration!

  16. I love when you show the fashion inspiration – terrific how you interpreted it! And I learned about paper snips today – I use the very unreliable fingernail method so I am going to try the snips for sure!

  17. Ahhhh paper snips interesting. Is there any residue from the adhesive left on the snips? Thx! Of course, another beautiful card.

  18. Love the curly label as the background. Great idea and makes me look at punches a whole new way!


  19. Oh Mary – this si striking!! I cannot believe how you take a photo and transpose it so amazingly into a card! Truly a rare talent! I love my little bling babies too! Such a great value – better than anything I’ve seen in the stores! 🙂

  20. waaaa this is so fancy I wouldn’t come up with it in a million years. you are so tallented and such an insperation to a newbee like me

  21. Great card Mary. I remember when you did a masculine card using this punch but look how different it looks just with those bold colors. Love your videos too.

  22. Stunning card! What great tips!

  23. Fabulous, Mary! Love the color combo!

  24. I love the pattern you achieved with the curly label punch!

  25. Oooo, a new word too – hmmmm, ‘jushz’? Love it 😉 Loved this design before and I love it again! Thanks for the reminder!!

  26. Your card is beautiful, love the pattern and brightness. Gorgeous. I will try the scissors, I use tweezers and sometimes leave the adhesive behind. lol I love your WOW’s. Hugs,

  27. Houndstooth, a video and the word “juj!” I love it, Mary. I have good luck with using tweezers on the rhinestones, but I am going to try the paper snips!

  28. I am loving your WOW tutorials. This one is wonderful and I will most certainly adapt this in my use of “bling”. Thank you.

  29. Wow! Wow! Wow! Gorgeous card, colors, and inspiration photo! Terrific tutorial too!

  30. Thanks for the tip, I usually use tweezers and like to have different ideas in case I can’t find my tweezers. 🙂 The card is cool too. Will have to try to make one like it sometime.

  31. Hi Doris: I just “broke down” and bought the distressing kit personally. I’m going to give myself a few lessons and will keep your suggestion in mind to share tips and possibly a video in the future.

    Hugs, M

  32. I have struggled to get those tiny things in place,,,great idea. Thanks for sharing it!

  33. I love the one minute to wow videos. They are so simple but so helpful. Thank you for all your helpfull tips and tutorials. You are awesome!!!

  34. Well, isn’t that easy. I struggle with getting those little things on a card and now I can do it with ease. Just a thought…can you make a video showing how to use the Distressing Essentials on page 195. I purchased it and now don’t know what to do with it.


  35. Mary,
    I had seen the prior post of a similiar card of yours and tried it a while back! I love this design and can’t wait to try it again. You are so talented! I love multiple uses for a punch!

  36. Love this card! The colors are so rich and vivid, and using the curly labels to create a background pattern is very cool. You are so creative!!

  37. Fantastic Job! I love the bold colors you chose! I use the paper piercer tool to place my jewels as it has that super pointy edge great for grabbing the little pretties!

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