Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge

Stampin up afterthoughts saleabration ice cream designer series paper

Happiness is having a good sketch to get me started on a card. This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA81) features Stampin' Pretty Pal Margaret Moody's sketch.  It's a classic!  To see what the PPA Design Team has whipped up this week using the sketch and to play along, CLICK HERE.

Margaret sketch ppa 81

  • Stampin up afterthoughts pals paper arts Yes, I'm hooked on the Fun Flowers L Die!  The flowers's simple construction details are shared in THIS VIDEO.
  • VersaMark "clear" ink adds a subtle richness when sponged on the flower edges, the Old Olive Scallop Border and Melon Mambo layer.
  • Versatility is so important.  A change in sentiment transforms this thank you card to birthday, love, Mother's Day and more.
  • The Sale-A-Bration Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper (on card) & Quick Accents (on envelope) are yours FREE with a $50 product order.  Earn a free gift for every $50 in product you spend during Sale-A-Bration.  Click for Sale-A-Bration Promotion details.

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Stampin up fun flower bigz die big shot Stamp  Set:  Afterthoughts (Hostess Level 1, W118388)
Paper:  Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack (Sale-A-Bration, 1222242), Old Olive (100702), Melon Mambo (115320), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  VersaMark (102283), Old Olive (102277)
Cool Tools:  Ticket Corner Punch (119867), Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (121812), Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die (120893), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Stamping Sponges (101610)
The Perfect Touch:  Sweet Stitches Fabric Designer Brads (121880), Subtles Brads (119745)



  1. Another winner, Mary. The melon mambo is a great pop of color! Makes you think spring is right around the corner–and who doesn’t need that this time of year?

  2. Hmm Versa Mark for distressing! A good tip! Love this bright card today!

  3. I am anxiously awaiting delivery of my Fun Flowers BigzL Die so I can duplicate this and many of the other designs you’ve shared lately using it. Also, your use of Versamark ink renews my interest in that medium. I know I have one around here somewhere…
    Great combo of lots of elements.

  4. Spring has Sprung with this card. Like a breath of fresh air! Great Job, Mary……as always!

  5. Beautiful colors and here in the Midwest we are ready for Spring to arrive!! Love your cards, Mary!

  6. Bright and beautiful! These colors just make you smile!

  7. Kellie Cavallaro

    Another fabulous card and your color choices are absolutely stunning! 🙂

  8. Mary, wonderful card. You have such a talent for putting colors together to make it look so striking! Lovely flower and great job with everything.

  9. Sandie Conner

    Very Pretty! I have that die on the way, cannot wait to play with it.

  10. Okay – I guess I’m going to buy that die! LOL Striking, Mary! Love the color combo!

  11. Carla Bazhenow

    Fabulous flower and colors. I love the cheeriness of it. Hugs,

  12. very pretty card, love the flower 🙂

  13. Love the colors, love the flower, love your card!

  14. Love the happiness of this card … bright and cheery! Another beautiful flower!

  15. Your card is so cheerful. I love the flower.

  16. Bright and cheery, Mary! Love the flower!

  17. Combine this with the balmy 50 degree weather we’re having today, and it feels like spring!! I LOVE pink and green together. I see a CASE in my future. LOVE this!!

    XOXO 🙂

  18. Simply beautiful! You’ve done it again!!

  19. oo-la-la! I love the flowers, too! Your bright colors are a hit as well.

  20. Beautiful! Love the bright colours!

  21. This card is just sooo beautiful and bright! I love how you used the VersaMark for the edges of your flower. What a clever idea! Hugs, J

  22. I love how bright and cheery this is! Beautiful card!

  23. Mary, this card took my breath away. The colors are so bright and cheerful. I finally got the Fun Flowers Die. This inspired me. TFS !!!

  24. Love the layout of this card! It could be used with so many different styles!

  25. Mary this card is absolutely beautiful! You did such an amazing job.

    I wanted to give you the stlyish blogger award. You can find it here at my blog:

    I just wanted to say thank you for all the tutorials and inspiration you’ve given me. I here in the near future will be becoming an SU Demo and I owe most of that to your blog. 🙂

    Huggles & Smooches, Tess

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