PPA83 Color Challenge

Stampin up nature walk pals paper arts
Are you ready to play this week's Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge (PPA83)?  Combine Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake for a classy finish.  Be sure to check out the PPA Design Team's samples HERE with the added bonus of seeing what Celebrity Guest Stamper Nance Leedy drummed up for the challenge, too.

PPA 83 BajaSuedeCrumb
Is there such a thing as clean and simple vintage?  I have truly gotten excellent mileage from the Nature Walk stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.  Sponging the edges of all the layers in Crumb Cake ink and a shot of Vintage Wallpaper texture are quick ways to pull together the "clean and simple" vintage look.


  • Stampin up punch bunch saleabration The 1", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches allowed me to dress up the "true friend" sentiment in a flash (Sale-A-Bration "Punch Bunch"). 
  • Vanilla Rosettes can be customized to match Stampin' Up! colors using a Stampin' Write Marker.  Watch my 1 Minute to WOW! Video Tutorial to learn how.
  • Naturals Ivory Card Stock is so rich . . . I used it recently on this card after ignoring it for ages.  I'm hooked all over again!

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Black signature ivory


Nature walk stampin up stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Nature Walk (W121925, C121997), Punch Bunch (Sale-A-Bration:  W121847, C123211)
Paper:  Naturals Ivory (101849), Baja Breeze (111352), Crumb Cake (120953), Soft Suede (115318)
Ink:  Crumb Cake (121030), Soft Suede (115657)
Cool Tools:  1" Circle Punch (119868), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Stamping Sponges (101610)
The Perfect Touch: Neutrals Brads (119736), Vanilla Rosettes (118774), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. I too love how you punched out the little circle. You are always keeping it fresh! Your card is beautiful!

  2. Kathleen Picon

    What a beautiful card. I am still waiting on the end of my seat to meet your new “FURiend”. thanks for sharing all that you do.

  3. Carla Bazhenow

    Your clean and simple vintage is beautiful. I love the little punch out. Gorgeous!!! Hugs,

  4. Love this card! The color combo is fantastic and I love the sponging. Nature Walk is one of my favorite stamps sets! Beautiful!!

  5. Very pretty – I love the bird stamp from the Nature Walk set.

  6. Thanks for the kind words, Kathleen. My “FURiend” will be introduced tomorrow. Stay tuned! Hugs, M

  7. Elegant card! Love the look of the notched out circle … another great Mary detail!

  8. Two really cool things on your card Mary. The Rosette flower matching the Baja Breeze card stock which led me to your video…helped me out alot! And the cut out behind the True Friend Sentiment, just a small touch making a big impact…..love it!

  9. I love the vintage style of this card. This stamp set is a perfect choice for these colors!

  10. Mary, this is beautiful! You’ve combined CAS and vintage together very seamlessly.

  11. Mary this card is beautiful, love the way you embossed the soft suede strip under the focal point & “lifted” the identifying # of the graphic, just like a real botanical print, very classy!

  12. Love this look – and I love how the circle is inset – the perfect Mary Fish detail!

  13. Sandie Conner

    CAS perfect! A great card.

  14. I am wondering about the no. 147 stamp. Does it refer to numbered items in a collection? Of butterflies, perhaps?

  15. this is really pretty mary-love this set and all the different looks you get from it

  16. Gosh you come up with the best ideas!! Love the punched out circle!!

  17. Love the textured Soft Suede in the background! Perfect!

  18. If anyone can make CAS vintage-it’s you! This card is lovely and a perfect use of these colors. I love the punched circle for the “true friend” sentiment–wonderful! Thanks for inviting me to play along this week–it’s truly an honor. 🙂

  19. I think you INVENTED CAS vintage, Mary! I love that cut out for the circle!

  20. Hi Nancy

    I don’t know for sure, however, botanical prints often were numbered – possibly the purpose of the “No. 147”.

    Hugs, M

  21. Mary I just CASEd this card and put it up on my blog at http://www.southerncaliforniastamper.blogspot.com. In included a link to your fabulous blog. Thanks for blessing my day and inspiring my art.

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