PPA78 Clean and Simple Bows

Stampin up pals paper arts color coach video tutorial saleabration If knots are considered bows (I think they are), I'm in good shape for this week's Pals Paper Arts Clean and Simple Bows Challenge (PPA78).  How ever you "roll" with ribbon, stamps or paper, it's a great week to play along.  Check out the rest of the PPA DesignTeam's "bow-licious" projects!

PPA78 Bows I used the Stampin' Up! Color Coach to convince me to combine Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry.  Don't miss yesterday's WOW! video with a more detailed look at the Color Coach.

Stampin up fancy favor box big shot die cutting machine


Paper:  Old Olive (100702), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Crumb Cake (120953)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die (115965), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Circle Punch, 118309)
The Perfect Touch:  Rich Razzleberry 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (119774), Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119253), Brights Designer Buttons (119747), Brights Brads (119740)

Stampin up scallop circle punch flower video tutorial The fun and simple flower was created with the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch.  Check out my Scallop Flower Video on how to make your own.  This is a smaller size than on the video but the process is identical!

Stampin up saleabration punch bunch true friend
3 x 3 CARD

Stamp Set:  Punch Bunch (Sale-A-Bration WM 121847, CM 123211)
Paper:  Old Olive100702), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Crumb Cake (120953)
Ink:  Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools:  1" Circle Punch (119868), Crop-A-Dile (108362)
The Perfect Touch:  Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119253), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Stampin up envelope 3 x 3 card designer series paper envelope
I carefully took apart a Stampin' Up! Mini Square Envelope (3 1/8" x 3 1/8") to create a template for my custom one (using designer series paper).  Frankly, I use the same template over and over.  Here are some helpful tips for producing custom mini envelopes!

ENVELOPE:  Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117155)

HAVE YOU BEGUN TO SALE-A-BRATE?  Catch the enthusiam!  Stampin' Up! reported that sales doubled over last year on the first day of Sale-A-Bration (Jan 25).  Perhaps it's the mad cool free gifts available for every $50 in product you spend? 

Check out three fabulous ways to enjoy the benefits of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year!

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  1. Stephanie Perry

    I love that color combo, and while I’ve used it for more fall type cards, your darling card and gift box show that it’s fab for any time of year! Very smart set that any friend would be delighted to receive.

  2. Mary, the colors are Beautiful together! Just stunning -Love your bows 🙂

  3. Love your cards, and what a clever idea on the envelope, I would have never thought of doing that. This is why its so great to be able to view your blogs you have great ideas.

  4. These colors are so bright and cheery. Always love your creations. I think I need to invest in a color coach.

  5. I love the colors together. I especially like the favor box design.

  6. The color combo is really eye catching. And the knotted ribbon is a nice way to shut the favor box.

  7. WOW! Love the pop of these colors. Thanks for reminding us about that lovely flower!

  8. Mary, these are beautiful! I love the ribbon on top of the favor bag – so cute! I’m hoping to do something similar at my open house…I’m loving ribbon! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Mary,
    I love the color combination! I was wondering if you knew the final measurements for the box. I cannot find measurements for the boxes from SU once they are completed. We are trying to decide which box to use for a wedding favor and just wondered if you knew or where to find them? Thanks!

  10. This is one WOW color combo! It really is eye-catching – love it!

  11. Fabulous fancy favor! So cute! Love the cheery color combination!

  12. Love the way you attached the ribbon on the Fancy Favor Box. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Hi Mary: Beautiful color combo! Who’d a thunk? I spend more time trying to find just the right color combos; it drives me nuts sometimes. Even with the coach…go figure. Anyway, love this design and as always, it’s lovely! (I love the scallop flower) 🙂

  14. Cute! Love your treat box with the big ribbon! Great WOW video to go along with your project!

  15. Good morning, Mary: I love the color combination of this card and that flower in the middle of it, WOW!!!!! I think you have “One Minute to WOW” video tutorial on how to make it, so I’m going to look for it.
    The favor little box is fantastic and that ribbon looks just perfect.

  16. Fantastic, as always, Mary! Love the colors – that color coach is awesome. I have yet to play with the challenge but plan to make time today so I will use the coach today to choose my colors.

  17. Colors are great – favor box is beyond great!

  18. Gorgeous colors Mary! I love your little box too with that beautiful ribbon!

  19. Awesome colors!!! I love these! Such crisp colors when put together. Hugs,

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