A Fairy Farewell for Pals Paper Arts


Change is inevitable.  It is an integral part of our lives from which we cannot escape.  Sometimes change enhances and renews our lives with freshness, like when the cold, dreary days of winter give way to spring.  Sometimes change hurts, like losing an old friend, one whose friendship was as comfortable as an old shoe.  And so it is with Pals Paper Arts.  Today marks the final PPA challenge.  Except for a few months last year, when I took a brief leave of absence, I have been a part of the talented PPA Design Team since the very beginning.  And yes, I feel as if I am losing an old friend. It is with sadness that I proclaim for one final time, “It’s Thursday, and time to play at PPA!”  I hope you enjoy today’s card.


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This card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ long when folded.

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

In the famous words of Peter Pan, to create today’s card all you need is a little faith, trust, pixie dust, and Blender Pens. Well, maybe Peter didn’t mention Blender Pens, but they are an important part of the faux water coloring technique I used.


Blender Pens and a variety of inks were used to color each of the three fairy images in the Fairy Celebration stamp set.  I used the fairy sitting on the toadstool as the focal image.  Pearls decorate her delicate wings, which were tinted with Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky.  She sits atop a Flirty Flamingo perch, holding onto a blossom colored with Soft Sky, So Saffron, and Peekaboo Peach inks.


Clear Wink of Stella adds a touch of sparkly fairy dust to her wings and flowers.


Our little Sugar Plum Fairy sports Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky wings.  Three Pearls adorn the waistline of her leafy skirt.


Once again, Wink of Stella adds a touch of fairy dust to the wings, skirt and plums.

img_0624Our little pixie-in-flight is complete with Pearls and Bitty Butterfly Punch wings.  In the second shot, you can see the Wink of Stella “fairy dust” on the hem of her Soft Sky dress.

img_0645I hope you enjoyed today’s card for the final PPA challenge.  For those of you who played along with us, your creations were always a delight, and I hope that in some way, we served to inspire you.  May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies, and in your creative travels, touch the moon.  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  I leave you with a Jackie the Boxer picture to brighten the day.  Until next time…


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  1. Was always, a fabulous card! Love all of your Fairy touches and will miss each of you and hope you will keep us informed re Jack and the other pups! Love your ending…..may lots of Fairy Dust be sprinkled over your heart and that you continue to create and inspire us from time to time!

  2. Your card and commentary are delightful. I will miss your weekly PPA cards. Jack is a handsome young man.

  3. Ann…. I am so sorry to hear you leaving but I totally understand. I will continue to follow your blog no matter if you are on a Design Team or not. I wish you every wish for happiness in your new adventure. You are so inspiring for so many …. you are truly a shiny PEARL!


    Your fairy card is adorable and the pearls are the crowning feature! Hugs.

    • Thanks, Diane! Now that Pals Paper Arts is no more, I will definitely be on the lookout for another design team. With the dog shows slowing down, I will have time for more challenges, more stamping, and more posts! Hugs, my friend!

  4. I am hoping you will continue on your own and grace us folks with more of your lovely cards in the future. I enjoy every one of them.

    • Thanks for the sweetness, Marlene! I’ll be seeking out another design team position. Now that winter is upon us, I will have more time to participate is some of the awesome challenges that are out there! But…I will indeed miss the PPA!

  5. What a beautiful card. I love the coloring of the little fairy and the plums, especially. The two Jack O’s make a nice caption, I think!


  6. Oh, such sad news, I will miss the PPA posts!! But as Tonya said, this is indeed Ann-A-Mazing creation! LOVE the soft magical colors with the fairy dust and pearls bringing it to life! Perfection!

  7. A lovely and fitting farewell. Thank you for all the dedication and time you have given to inspiring us with PPA.

  8. Great Job with the blender pens and the details. Love the pictures of Jack with no lantern.. to cute.

  9. Jut love your beautiful cards. Very elegant and fun. And I love the pics of Jack and the Pumpkin! Too funny!

  10. Ann, that I a an absolutely beautiful card! I now know what I can do with that stamp set! Thanks.

  11. This is fabulous, Ann! So whimsical and delicate. Love it!

  12. Chris R. from Iowa

    Wonderful card. I don’t think I have seen anyone else use this set – if they did it must not have been as memorable as this one!

  13. Ann could you share the dimensions of the cardstock with us?

    • Hi, Gayla! The card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″. The upper embossed white layer is 3-5/8″ x 3-3/4″, cut on the diagonal from 3/4″ on the right to 3-3/4″ on the left. The lower embossed layer is 3-5/8″ wide. The left side is 15/16″, the right side is 3-7/8″. The Sweet Sugarplum cardstock is 1/16″ on all sides of the white pieces. I hope this helps!

  14. I’m sad too. This is a stunning card, Ann!! A perfect ending.

  15. Ann, when I opened the 2016-2017 book this is the stamp set I said I had to have and you have made it come to life……Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. You do amazing things and thanks for sharing.

  16. Nothing like going out on top! This is wonderful! I love all these sweet fairies……beautifully colored and oh,so perfectly accented with pearls! It’s been a great ride with PPA ……. Let’s see how many emails and phone calls have we exchanged over PPA? Countless…..thanks for being such a great partner in crime!

  17. I love the card the detail is beautiful! Thank you for all the advice on what to do, as I am new to the stamp & die world!! All advice and ideas fuel me! Thank you & sorry this is the end!

  18. Beautiful card Ann. Changes are a way of life. We may like them or maybe not so much. I will miss PPA.
    Thanks for the picture of Jack. Your fur-babies always bring a smile to others.

  19. Another Ann-A-Mazing card! So soft, pretty, and whimsical! Love all the pearls as well! LOVE IT!

  20. Always love your cards and Jack!

    • Thanks, Vicki! Jack is really enjoying fall and all of the decorations around the neighborhood! I think Halloween is his favorite holiday. lol

  21. Brilliant is an understatement. Love the placement, soft coloring and touch of gold bling! Thank you for sharing your masterpieces as part of the PPA Design Team.

    • Thank you, Mary, for allowing me to be a part of the PPA Team! It has been such an important part of my stamping life. Thursdays just will not be the same…

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