PPA 80 and Fun Flowers Video

Stampin up pals paper arts clearly for you video tutorial PPABadge A vintage look doesn't necessarily mean loads of layers.  I used Old Olive for stamping, spritzing and sponging to arrive at my version above. This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA80) is all about dreaming up a vintage inspired card (or 3-D).  Check out the Design Team's vintage collection PLUS there's a blog candy giveaway this week for participants.


Stampin up pals paper arts fun flowers die big shot NEW VIDEO!  I originally saw this sweet and simple flower at the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference last month.  Using the Fun Flower Bigz L Die (Occasions Mini Catalog) and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, it blooms before your eyes. 

Todays' WOW video exceeds a minute (my bad) but will show you how delightful it is to have the Fun Flowers die in your cardmaking toolbox. 

Thank you to those readers who offered suggestions for my video tutorials . . . I appreciate your honesty and incorporated much of your feedback into today's tutorial (but it's always a work in progress).


  • Stampin up pals paper arts clearly for you video tutorial collage The Clearly For You stamp set seems custom made for a card like this.  Lots of marvelous elements that blend together.
  • A sweet Trinket Key adds to the vintage feel.  Charming 🙂
  • I sponged Old Olive Ink on the edge of everything except the card base and sentiment (but only because I didn't think of it at the time–hee hee).
  • Grab your Crop-A-Dile to silently set the Metallic Eyelet.  I love the finished look an eyelet adds to the sentiment.

NEW MY DIGITAL STUDIO UPDATES:  Click and save this link if you want to stay on top of the newest additions to the digital scene.  Lots of new goodies added Feb. 8!

HOT OFF THE PRESS!  MY DIGITAL STUDIO ON-LINE CATALOG!!   Stampin' Up! just announced an exceptional new resource for MDS fans –a My Digital Studio Catalog PDF (click to open).

It includes all of the MDS software artwork (contained in the boxed-version) and downloads from the October 2009 launch through January 2011! The catalog gives a snapshot of the entire product line with artwork thumbnails followed by product details. Because MDS is regularly coming out with new artwork, the catalog will be updated every month and available to you on MyDigitalStudio.net in the just-added Resources section.   

TIP:  Use the catalog as a resource to manage the downloads you have and which ones you still want to purchase.

    Black signature ivory


    Clearly for you stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Clearly For You (W121911, C121976)
    Paper:  Naturals Ivory (101849), Old Olive (100702)
    Ink:  Old Olive (102277), Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker (100079)
    Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Square Punch (119865), 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch (119863), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (121812), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Stamping Sponges (101610), Color Spritzer Tool (107066)
    The Perfect Touch:  Brights Designer Buttons (119747), Trinket Keys (121892), Metallic Eyelets (105319), Linen Thread (104199), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

    Click stamp images to enlarge.


    1. Hi Mary,
      I love this card. It has given me such inspiration! Hope you don’t mind but I have your blog and this card linked to my blog to show my stamping friends your talent!


    2. This card is beautiful.I like that you added a layer between the base and the tiling.

    3. Judi 'Stamparooni'

      Very, VERY nice!!

    4. I really like the changes to your videos! GREAT job! Thank you for the inspiration.

    5. Mary this card is amazing, you are so talented.
      I have already cased it for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge, JAI #55 Add Love.
      I hope my card does yours justise.

    6. barb hendrickson

      Hi Mary,
      Very nice video quality and effects. Love the card. May I use it for my March stamp camp? I think it’s perfect for a “green” month.

      Thanks so much for your lovely work and your inspiration.

      barb hendrickson

    7. Wouldn’t kids love this aging technique! Thanks, Mary. Love the card, too!

    8. Mary, Your card is beautiful-you always have such creative ideas that I do not see anywhere else.

    9. I go to your site almost every day but I don’t leave comments-so here’s my first: This video is much nicer than the other one you asked for comments on. I’m really glad the “labels” superimposed over the video are gone!! Thay were distracting to what you were actually doing. Love your site. You do a fabulous job!! The flowers are great!!

    10. Awesome yet again!! Thanks for your inspiration!

    11. Love the monochromatic feel of this card. And the tiling is wonderful!

    12. Cute video Mary! You got my attention when you said “difficult”….I looked up quick to see you crush your flower….too funny! What a fabulous job you do!

    13. PERFECTION! My flower die is coming out of its wrapper, TODAY! Thanks for the inspiration, Mary!

    14. I love all the green! Beautiful card, Mary!

    15. Beautiful card Mary – I simply love the colors and the flower!

    16. This is beautiful all done in green! Awesome video on making the flowers too!

    17. Beautiful card and what a great video. I love this monochromatic look … One thing I am always amazed by is that you use Very Vanilla (or naturals) vs. Whisper White.

      I have to try that!

      I think Clearly for You is on my next order. 🙂

    18. Another wonderful video…..you rock. Love this technique. I wasn’t interested in this Big Shot die until now. I just didn’t see the potential it brought until watching your video. You always present such a wonderful presentation. Hugs, Becky

    19. Mary, I have just found you and I love your stamping style of simple elegance. Your videos are an inspiration and I eagerly await the next one. Thank you for sharing your talents and tips.

    20. this is so pretty, love love love the flower! Thanks for the tutorial and comparing and contrasting with the other flower you made. I think your video’s are wonderful.

    21. Great idea to use all of those vintage-y things in the squares! Love the flower – mine just arrived yesterday in my SAB order!

    22. I really like your card. I like the less is more concept so I think your card is perfect. Loved the video too.

    23. You knocked my socks off with this one, Mary! The clean, simple color scheme and what you did with those tiles is amazing!!

    24. Great video Mary! I love how the products scroll at the end. I love the card! I’m going to have to add the Big Shot die to my wish list now. 🙂 Many Blessings-Tana Conley http://tanaconley.blogspot.com

    25. Mary – I love this card – it all comes together perfectly. Thank you for inspiring us once again. You are fabulous!!

    26. Very Pretty!! Thanks for sharing!!

    27. Love the vintage card! And the tutorial video! You are so very talented!

    28. Now I have to have this set…thanks a lot Mary *sigh* 🙂 In all seriousness this is a fab card! I love it and really did inspire me to add it to my next order!!!!

    29. kathyc/NorthCarolina

      I LOVE this card! Clean and simple….but vintage, too. Really, really fun!

    30. Love this card! So pretty! Thanks so much for inspiring me!!

    31. Great video! Love your vintage card!

    32. Okay, so now I have to add that die to my wish list! Thanks for the video. It really helps us understand the details.

    33. Mary such a pretty card as always. I just love any and all videos and appreciate them even more. I’m such a visual person – and they are so helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    34. Good morning, Mary: I love this card, it’s so beautiful. This just goes to show you that Valentine cards don’t always have to be red.
      Thank you for the tutorial. I ment to comment on the other one but I had to go next door to get my grandkids off to school. I’m glad you made those changes, the words in front of your hands were a little distracting.
      Three words about the weather up here…….2 below zero.

    35. I love the whole card, from the color to the layout to the flower. Yesterday when I saw your sneak I thought you made the flower from the Modern Label punch!!!

    36. Mary, your card is gorgeous!!! I love that you made it in green. Love that flower and center goodies. Hugs,

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