Thanks for the Journey (PPA324)


As you may know, today is the last challenge for Pals Paper Arts. It’s had a long and illustrious run, and I am honored to have been a part of the history! This week marks another milestone for me too – I left my job in “Corporate America”! The business that my husband and I started two years ago reached the point where I needed to be more available so we could continue to grow. About a year ago, I went to 1/2 time with my corporate job, and last Friday I finally left completely! Do I miss it? I don’t miss the job, but I do miss the great people I worked with. Of course, we’re friends on Facebook now, so I can keep up with them.

Well, today’s design is for you – for being a part of this wonderful PPA journey, and for also being a part of my life. It’s also going in the mail to my former boss, and friend, Maria. She was fantastic to work for and work with, and I value that she’s been so supportive of my business journey.

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I also wanted to share that I am going to be taking a bit of a break here. You all know that I’ve not been posting a lot. The business is waayyyyy busy, and its time for some things to go in a new direction – a better direction! There will be some remodeling on the site over the next two months, and some new focuses. If you’re on my mailing list, I’ll be sending out some separate messages so you can continue to follow only the things that you love. But, I think you’re going to love it all! Yes – ONLINE CLASSES are still on the list, and will FOR SURE be coming in January. It’s always about time, isn’t it? So, please, sign up for my mailing list to keep up with site developments as they happen – and I’ll see you on the flip side!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA324): One Big Meaning, Vintage Leaves, Pasleys & Posies, Gold Baker's Twine, Crystal Effects; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #journey#card
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA324): One Big Meaning, Vintage Leaves, Pasleys & Posies, Gold Baker's Twine, Crystal Effects; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #journey#card

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Maven’s Mastery Tips

Grid Paper for Perfect Angles

You’ll want to pin this week’s tip! See the marker on the grid paper? I placed my card base on the paper, marked a corner, and then made some lines on either side to indicate how I wanted the angle in the design to go. Then, placing my DSP (cut to size) on the same grid paper (line it up to that same corner), I used a ruler to go across and line up to the marks on the grid paper. A few light lines, and a few cuts on my trimmer, and I had a perfect angle cut!

SAMJ = Perfect Placement

It’s an oldie, but a goody! The Stamp-a-ma-jig (or SAMJ for short), will get you perfect placement every time! It is a must have tool for wood mount stamps. For clear mount and photopolymer, I use it when I want to make sure everything is in line. Nothing worse than having a design in place, then stamping crooked! Noooooo!!!! It’s a crafter’s nightmare! 😉

Realistic Leaves

The key to realistic leaves is colored cardstock, light veins, and sponging. First, start with colored cardstock – but not the exact color of the leaf. For example, I used Tangerine Tango CS for the maple leaf. (Cajun Craze for the oak, and Daffodil Delight for the third). Then, a lighter than expected color for the stamping. Agin, on the maple, I used Cajun Craze. Then, the sponging – a light touch and lots of layers. For the maple, I used Cherry cobbler and Real Red, with a touch of Flirty Flamingo. Who would have guessed!

Use Grid Paper to mark just the right angles for trimming. Get more tips like these over at my blog! #pmretreat #crafttips #cards

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