New PPA Sketch Challenge & Sale-A-Bration Peek

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My daughter, Caroline, is finishing up exams and her first semester of college this week.  I’m so proud of how well she has adapted to academic life and grateful that she regularly texts her “empty nest” parents!  This card and a little gift will await her when she comes home for the holidays this weekend.  Could the sentiment be any more perfect?

I based the card on this week’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA149) by Margaret Moody.  Starting with a sketch makes card making so much more fun.  One less decision and I can focus on color, stamps and pattern!  Check out what the PPA Design Team has created with this sketch.


  • NEW!  The little blue jeans (I adore them) are from Patterned Occasions stamp set, available Jan. 22 as part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Promotion.  They were cropped with my Paper Snips and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals for groovy definition!

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  • I love the little “flower power” on the jeans.  How about you?

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  • NEW!  The three strips of Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper (available Jan. 3 in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog) were cut to 1″ x 4 1/2″.  The card is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.


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Stamp Set:  Patterned Occasions* (Wood-Mount 129621, Clear-Mount 129624)
Paper:  Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper** (131021), Not Quite Navy (101722), Marina Mist (119682), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (126971)
Cool Tools:  2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Brights Brads (119740), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

*Available Jan. 22 – March 22 as part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Promotion
**Available Jan. 3 in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog


  1. Cute card for Caroline! Congratulations to her. Before long she will be finishing!! Merry Christmas Fish Family!

  2. LOVE this card! Smarty-pants daughter should be thrilled!

  3. Carol Carriveau

    Fabulous, colorful and darling card…your daughter will love it!! Thanks for sharing the SAB set!

  4. This care is too cute and I’m sure Caroline will love it, Mary! I know you’ll love having her home for the holidays! I love the blue jean stamp too. One of my favorite SAB sets!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. This really is such a groovy card! I love it, Mary! You just sold me on a stamp set that I hadn’t considered.

  6. Ginger Toivonen

    perfect card for the occasion Mary! I am so excited for you both! Enjoy your time together.

  7. Absolutely adorable, and so perfect for Caroline!

  8. Cute, Cute! Caroline will love it!

  9. Why did this take me back to the 60’s? Flower Power? Very clever!

  10. It’s a perfect card! Enjoy your daughter while she’s home.

  11. I just adore the little flower you’ve added to the jeans! The colors and prints of the new DSP is perfect for the little jeans stamp. Your daughter will certainly be WOW’d with your card! 🙂

  12. Love the pants and the sentiment! Enjoy the holidays!

  13. So cute! Love the jeans! And the pattern behind them is perfect! Have fun over the holidays!

  14. Adorable card! Love the new paper too! Congrats to Caroline and Merry Christmas to your family!

  15. What a perfect fit for the occasion! I love this idea and the flower power and DSP really make a fine combo. Caroline will love it.
    Congratulations to Caroline! Getting that first semester completed is a HUGE accomplishment and you did it! 🙂 Enjoy your break!

  16. Cute card. I received my Sale-a-bration brochure the other day and honestly, I cannot make heads or tails of it. What is it all about? Not a good one for sure.

  17. Can only image how PROUD of Caroline you must be – This card is PERFECT and FITTING for her. ENJOY your time with Caroline home this Winter Break….I’m sure there will be plenty of FUN going on in the Fish House this Christmas Holiday.

  18. I’m glad that you’re daughter is getting along so well. The card is so adorable. She’ll love it!

  19. Love the little jeans and the sentiment fits just right. Caroline will love it, it’s great she will be home for the Holidays soon. Fabulous colors of the DSP.

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