PPA 151 Stampin’ Up! Secret Garden Card

Stampin up stampinup stamp it pretty card ideas catalog spring secret gardenToday kicks off a new Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA151) with a clever design by Margaret Moody.  Sketches are one of my favorite ways to get a card design off the starting blocks.  Check out what the PPA Resident Artists have created with Margaret’s sketch HERE and play along!


  • I love the look of the Secret Garden (Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog) line images stamped on patterned paper.  The coordinating Secret Garden Framelits make cropping them a snap.

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  • Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels give the flower centers a touch of bling!

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  • Tone on tone stamping (matching ink and card stock) produces a soft and pretty background on the Soft Suede layer.
  • The only stitching you’ll ever see on one of my cards is going to be faux (but I appreciate those who make the effort).  Frankly, I don’t even own a sewing machine.  I used the cross stitch embossing design from Stampin’ Up! Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders for my faux finish.

I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!   Do you sew or prefer “faux” on your paper crafting projects?  Share a comment below!

SAVE WHEN YOU PURCHASE THE SECRET GARDEN BUNDLE!  Combine the Secret Garden stamp set and coordinating framelits dies and save 15%.  Secret Garden Wood-Mount Bundle (131100) OR Secret Garden Clear-Mount Bundle (131099)

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Stamp Set:  Secret Garden (Wood-Mount 129141, Clear-Mount 129144), Pretty Petites* (Wood-Mount 129639, Clear-Mount 129642)
Paper:  2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (122384), Lucky Limeade (122926), Pool Party (122924), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Soft Suede (126978)
Cool Tools:  Petite Curly Label Punch* (129405), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Secret Garden Framelits Dies (129372), Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (129383), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
The Perfect Touch:  Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

*Available starting Jan. 22 as part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Promotion

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  1. LOVE this card! I love the way you stamped that background and that color combination is just gorgeous!

  2. The colors are just beautiful, and all of those cutie details are perfect! Love it.

  3. Carol Carriveau

    I think that this is the prettiest card I’ve seen yet using this bundle…your stamping to create your own or matching DSP is sooooo fabulous!

  4. This is such a great color combo, and I really like how you used the little label. I’m struggling with that, so thank you for the idea!

  5. totally love the stamp set and the dies AND your card is simply elegant and with your (assumed) permission, will CASE over and over! it’s just gorgeous!!! thanks.
    PS I do own a sewing machine and back in Jr High learned to use it … it was a loonnnnggg time ago LOL maybe it’s time to dust it and let it see some light!

  6. Another winner, Mary! Love the CAS style and the colors too! Didn’t think I wanted this stamp set, but you’ve made me reconsider! Thanks for the shout out too! Hugs! – MM

  7. I Love this Mary! Great inspiration for new product – without fail you have again done it with beautiful colour coordination and design.
    I love to sew on cards but it often means more bench space is needed and more to put away – I simply don’t have the room with my ever growing card making stash – the needle point boarders are a great alternative.

  8. No sewing here. I just like making the cards, that is hard enough!

  9. Mary, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who does not own a sewing machine! I’m not a sewer, I’m a stamper! Love your card and will for sure case it 🙂

  10. I love this card. It’s giving me second thoughts about this set. Love your color combination!

  11. Here ye! Here ye! The Queen of CAS has spoken! AND beautifully!

  12. Beautiful, Mary! I love the large rhinestones used as flower centers. Stamping the main flowers on the patterned paper adds so much.

  13. Jennie Portonova

    Another beautiful creation, Mary. You always inspire me.

  14. I don’t own a sewing machine either! So, faux it is! Love the faux sewing on your card!

  15. I too overlooked this stamp set thinking it wasn’t a favorite but now I believe I may just have to rethink that. It made a beautiful card.

  16. Very pretty card, I adore faux stitching even though I do sew (but not much lately) not enough time to do everything I guess!

  17. Love the use of the DSP swatches for the flowers, Mary. As always, your samples are so inspiring.

  18. Your flowers are wonderful! And I love the sweet row of embossed x’s!

  19. Stamping outlined stamps onto DSP is genius! Thanks, Mary!

  20. Waw gorgeous colours Mary! Great sketch. hugs! Mojca

  21. Love this card Mary! So clean and simple 🙂

  22. Phyllis Lyons

    Beautiful – I wasn’t sure about this stamp set, but you have helped me decide that I do want it – thank you 🙂

  23. Phyllis Lyons

    Beautiful – I wasn’t sure about this stamp set, but you have helped me decide that I do want it – thank you 🙂

  24. Phyllis Lyons

    Beautiful – I wasn’t sure about this stamp set, but you have helped me decide that I do want it – thank you 🙂

  25. I love the card, thanks for sharing.

  26. Beautiful card Mary. I love the color combination and how you use your border embossing folder. I don’t use mine much and yours added a little surprise texture, love it. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Jan D., Florida

    I follow your blog daily, but don’t comment very often, but this card is so pretty!!! Love the colors, which you have such a talent for, and the crispness of the style.

  28. Mary, this stamp set and companion die set are amazing. I will order this bundle in a week or so. Your card is gorgeous, I love the color combination and the bling the rhinestones in the center of the flowers give to the card.
    Well, I love to crosstitch, I can say that both stamping and crosstitching are my absolute favorite hobbies.
    Thank you for this morning’s inspiration.

  29. Such a beautiful card, I love it. I actually own two sewing machines, but honestly they mostly collect dust. I like sewing when I’m doing it, but it’s like unloading the dishwasher, it’s hard to get motivated to do it – hah! Sooo, my projects are faux all the way!

  30. My FAVORITE stamp set in the new Spring Catalog is the Secret Garden set. And….without a doubt….the framelits make this a FABULOUS set to own. I’m so glad I purchased mine with my first order. Thanks for sharing this great layout. One of these days I’m going to play along and take the PPA challenge.

  31. ooh pretty ms Mary , I love the colors , it’s is a garden !! love it , I love to sew but I just get laza pulling my stuff out , I put it away when my paper and stamps came along !! lol,
    let me tell you I think about it !!
    have a nice day !!

  32. Beautiful, Mary! As usual, everything complements each other beautifully!

  33. kathy/NorthCarolina

    I love the tone on tone stamping, and the soft suede paired with that lovely blue. The embossed edges is really lovely.

  34. I sew…..on paper, fabric, you name it….even a blend of mediums. However, I like the “faux” and now that I have seen it on your gorgeous card, I believe it will show up on some of my cards! Thanks for the great ideas!

  35. Michelle Gleeson

    Mary your design taste is stunning. I wasn’t going to get this bundle yet this stunning collection of colors and texture has changed my mind. Thank you for the inspiration you continue to provide.

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