Best of Shelli and PPA165

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Coastal Cabana or Baked Brown Sugar?  Which do you prefer?  I created a pair of simple cards today for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA165).  PLAY ALONG!


  • That adorable heart is from the Best of Shelli stamp set, a variety pack of Shelli Gardner’s favorite images.  The set is part of the
    Stampin’ Up! Best of 25 Years Anniversary Collection.  More details below!

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  • I cropped the perfect sized circle for the sentiment using Stampin’ Up! Circles Collection Framelits Dies.
  • A sparkling rhinestone adds new definition to the “i” in “friend.”

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  • Simple and easy!  Candy Dots add the wee bit of embellishing the card needed for balance.


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Stamp Sets:  Best of Shelli (Clear-Mount 133488), Six-Sided Sampler (Wood-Mount 130953, Clear-Mount 130956)
Paper:  2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130136), Real Red (102482), Early Espresso (119686), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Real Red (126949), Early Espresso (126974)
Cool Tools:  2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (118874), Circles Collection Framelits Dies (130911), Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  Neutrals Candy Dots (130934), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Early Espresso 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126871), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)



  1. Beautiful! I really like the red against the subtle colors. Fantastic! Thanks for playing Mary!

  2. Baked Brown Sugar is my fave, and I love what you did with the sketch. Your work is always polished to perfection Mary!

  3. Maria Estella

    I love the Bake Brown Sugar & Real Red combo! I’m too traditional sometimes…I wouldn’t have thought of pairing Real Red with Coastal Cabana & IT WORKS!…I just like the other one BETTER.

  4. nancy littrell

    Adorable Mary. I love them both. I just have to send you my Congratulations for all the amazing honors you received at Convention. You must have been floating on Cloud 9 the entire Convention 🙂 All your honors so well deserved. TFS your enthusiasm and talents.

  5. Carol Carriveau

    Both colors are wonderful, but my personal preference is the Coastal Cabana! One could be more male than the other; however, the browns are ‘usually’ more towards the guy side. Very nice design and I love the use of red with the CC!

  6. Both beautiful, but my color vote will go with the Baked Brown Sugar :o) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your sense of balance and design is right on. Love how you snipped the chevron:) perfectly smart 🙂 …. brown sugar more male? . . . coastal female??? like them both.

  8. ooh pretty , love it , nice job Ms Mary !!!
    hugs frenchie

  9. Great card , I love how you used the candy dots. The color combinations are great.

  10. Both are beautiful cards, but the Baked Brown Sugar speaks a bit louder to me. TFS!

  11. I just love the new In Colors! The Baked Brown Sugar can be a masculine card and I think the Coastal Cabana could go to a (young)woman. Hard to choose because I design my cards based on the persons they are for. Nevertheless, the ribbon makes me go with the BBS.

  12. Mary Lou Glick

    Very pretty cards, Mary! It is hard to pick just one color as they are both great! I have a slight preference for Baked Brown Sugar. It is such a rich shade of brown!

  13. I love them both, but if I had to choose, I do love color, so Coastal Cabana. What a darling card Mary!

  14. Ginger Toivonen

    Fun and quick cards! Love that idea!

  15. I like the both, but Baked Brown Sugar wins my vote! 🙂

  16. Connie Walter

    Coastal is my fav. Very nice, classy and easy.
    You rock.

  17. Adorable cards!!! Love the Baked Brown Sugar!!! Thank you for your support!!!

  18. Seriously? Hmmmmm….they are both such great color combinations. And, I so love the card design and concept. (The heart is so perfect with the sentiment.) You met the sketch perfectly. O.K. I procrastinated enough…..Ummmmm…..Coastal Cabana. Thanks for sharing! Nicely, nicely done.

  19. Coastal. 🙂

  20. So easy and so attractive!

  21. Hard to decided which color I like best but, if I must choose, I will choose Costal Cabana. Love the fresh feel of it, very summer like color. The stamp is also very lovely, I like this collections of stamps from SU, they are really The Best Of…..

  22. Love, love, LOVE these cards. You have such a way with combining stamp sets to make them look like they were made together. As far as which color is more attractive to me… it would be like trying to choose a favorite child. 🙂

  23. Such a gorgeous design. I love both of these and just made a card using both of these together…thank goodness for MDS since I don’t have these in card stock…yet!
    I can see me using the baked brown sugar often but the coastal cabana sneeks right in there with my fave baja breeze and so happy to see this new shade.
    Thanks for sharing.

  24. Congrats for being such a great leader for us.

  25. What an adorable little heart stamp! And those Candy Dots! You can’t eat just one!

  26. Super duper once again! I like the baked brown sugar…I just love this new color and it always pairs up so well with so many different colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

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