Grateful for Pals Paper Arts

It’s Thursday, and time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts! This week is a color challenge:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie.  I thought they would be perfect colors to create a fall wreath…one of the cool ones decorated with fruit.  I hope you enjoy today’s card, which uses Freshly Made Sketch #161 as my layout inspiration.

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ long.

  • Ins-pear-ation! The Pear image from the Partridge and Pears set was inked in Soft Suede and stamped onto the Crushed Curry pattern from the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper collection. Five pears were created, snipped out and used to decorate the Old Olive and Crushed Curry Wondrous Wreath.  The berries are Pearls colored using a Pumpkin Pie Blendability.
  • Bow! A layered bow was crafted from Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon.  A Gold Basic Metal Button, strung with Linen Thread, adorns its middle.
  • Grateful! The Grateful sentiment, from the Gratitude for Days stamp set, was inked with Soft Suede, and popped up on dimensionals. 

I am a fan of wreaths, especially when they are adorned with fruit and berries.  In fact, I think one of my projects this weekend will be to create a holiday wreath for the front door! It may sound strange, but today’s card has inspired me to start my holiday decorating, baking, and candy making!  I can’t wait! 

I left this card “clean”, but now I wonder if I should have added some “speckles”.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment? Your comments are important to me. And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Weekly Deals and Specials…An Information Round-up

Available November 11 – 17, 2014

Woo hoo! These latest Weekly Deals are now available in my online store.

New Photopolymer Stamp Set
Banner Blessings


Banner Blessings Photopolymer Set
Item Number:  136720
Price:  $15.95

If you have any questions about today’s deals, don’t hesitate to email me.  I would LOVE to be YOUR Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! Until next time…

Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set 

The Muffy Chronicles…The Last Show

Stories do not always have happy endings…and so it is with Muffy’s quest for her Grand Champion title.  She showed like the rock star she is.  I could not have asked for her to show any better.  She was indeed pulled out for a look on Sunday, but did not get the nod from the judge.  Our goal was to earn the title before her first litter. We started our quest too late, and just ran out of time.

Muffy had a wonderful show career, garnering Best of Breeds and group placings, including a coveted Group 1 placement.  I was honored to see her vie for Best in Show. Not every owner gets to say that.

But now it is time to say good-by to the show ring.  She is entered in one more series of shows the first weekend in December, but whether she gets to show in them is up to Mother Nature.  My guess is that she will be carrying her first litter of puppies by then.  Muffy will make an excellent mother, and I can hardly wait for our batch of mini-Muffins.  Of course, you will be with her on every step of that journey.

Am I disappointed that she will forever be just one win away from being Grand Champion Cimarron’s Do You Know the Muffin Man? Of course I am.  But when all is said and done, she is still my best friend.  She still makes me laugh. 

She still reads my mind.  And her beauty still takes my breath away.  Just like clothes do not make the man, titles do not make the dog.

Until next time…