PPA85 Stampin’ Up! Happy Thoughts

Stampin up pals paper arts apple blossoms masculine card
Are you ready to play this week's Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA85)?  Margaret Moody (one of my  Stampin' Pretty Pals) offers us a classic sketch . . . perfect for any occasion.  Be sure to  give it a try and check out the PPA Design Team's samples HERE.


  • Stampin' up! pals paper arts apple blossoms circle punch This card needed a masculine vibe to send to my 30-something nephew for his birthday.
  • Keep adhesive for the transparent vellum out of sight.  Bend the vellum and adhere underneath the left side with a Mini Glue Dot and secure the right side with another glue dot hidden below the circle punches.
  • A skinny strip of Basic Black card stock adds a clean finish below the sentiment.
  • Another skinny strip of card stock, in Pear Pizzaz, looks like a stitch on the button.
  • Need more masculine card ideas?  Check out my Masculine Card Ideas all in one place.  Be sure to scroll through the posts for more card ideas.

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Stampin up apple blossoms hostess set masculine card Stamp Set:  Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 2, W118531, C120139)
Paper:  Vellum Paper (101839), Neutrals Patterns Designers Series Paper Stack (117157), Basic Black (121045), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860)
The Perfect Touch:  Neutrals Designer Buttons (119753), Neutrals Brads (119736), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

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  1. I am always amazed at how you can make black ink work as your focal point perfectly! That is one ink color that I stay away from, unless it is an image to color. Love your card Mary!

  2. Very cool and masculine…great card!

  3. I love when you wander into the classic graphic design field – this is wonderful!

  4. Mary: Your nephew is going to flip-out over his card. It’s a very masculine cards yet still has that lovely “Mary Look” to it. LOVE all your tips today-especially the tip on using a thin piece of CS to take the look of thread for your button-WOW! Thanks for sharing another fabulous post with us Mary!

  5. Earlene Hannah

    I LOVE this card! I think I lean toward masculine/earth tone colors. I really enjoy your work.

  6. A very classy masculine card! I love it!

  7. You always make the best masculine cards, this is stunning! I wouldn’t have thought to use this set in this way, thanks for helping me think outside the box. Happy cards make for happy days too!

  8. Awesome – love the touch of vellum and the pinstripe paper!

  9. I just love the color combo! I’m a huge fan of black and white, but when you add a color it just makes it more awesome!

  10. This is such an awesome masculine card! Love black and white with one other colour!

  11. I really like what you did with this sketch! It looks so different from mine, I wouldn’t even guess they were using the same sketch! That’s what I like about challenges, our styles still show through. Thanks, Mary!

  12. Love the color Combo! I need to invest in some Vellum! I always forget when I place a order…

  13. Mary -Your card is so pretty I love the color combination

  14. Great job, Mary. Love the color choices and composition. Two neutrals work so well when they’re black and white!

  15. Love, love, love the black and white with Pear Pizzazz–perfect color combination and card and very masculine! Great take on the sketch.

  16. Carla Bazhenow

    Mary, what an awesome masculine card! The pinstripes are perfect and is those details. I love what you do with black! Hugs,

  17. I love it! I am going to have to make up some of these just for note cards. Thanks for the idea!~

  18. This card is so pretty Mary! But then again all of your cards are! I love those colors together! Thank you for sharing another awesome creation with us!

  19. Wanda Doughty

    I am so amazed at your creativity and your use of so many different products on a card. You are a true inspiration. By the way, my favorite item ton use is ribbon. I am so in love with all of the stampin up ribbon. My friends say I am a ribbon junkie.
    Thanks for all you do!

  20. I don’t know what to say except it’s gorgeous!! I love how you used so much from this stamp set on the card.

  21. that’s so pretty esp with the vellum

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