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.

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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.

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 having enough 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!

Let’s Create, Simply!

If you want to create cards like the ones I share, there is a simple way to do it. All you have to remember is “Let’s Create, Simply!”. Remembering that phrase will help you recall three key points of design: Layout, Color, Style. Don’t overthink it and use these three steps to make great cards every time. Click on the tabs below for today’s tips and Pin-worthy graphics! (Hint: If you’re on a mobile device, you can save images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.)

Get more tips like these over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cardsStart your project by finding a great layout, and break down the parts. Here’s a Pin-worthy tip to remember how to make angles easy!

Featured Element: Angles

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!

Color doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: Fall Go-To Combo

Fall is in full swing! This color combo is the perfect go-to for any of your fall designs. These are the base cardstock colors used for the leaves in today’s design. Why Tangerine Tango, and not Pumpkin Pie? Well, Tangerine Tango has hints of pink which bring it closer to all the luscious reds that we see in nature. If you’re going for the realistic look, Pumpkin Pie can sometimes feel a bit “from the crayon box”. Know what I mean?

Love the natural look? Here’s some tips on bringing paper to life the next time you want some leaves in your project.

Featured Style: 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. Again, 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!

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Yes! You’ve got everything you need to try out some leaf-inspired designs. Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

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  2. If you’re on a mobile device, you can share images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.

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Life’s a Journey (PPA320)

Nobody walks their journey alone. That’s why I love today’s design for Pals Paper Arts!
We say thank you a lot, but it’s not always about those intangible moments where someone is there for you, silently, sharing in a part of your life. “I thank you for your part in my journey.” Well – that’s for you, my faithful followers! Lots of posting, just a few, you’ve been here for me, and I’d like to say thanks!
Today’s sketch is brought to you by the amazing Dawn Tidd. I absolutely love her design, and the sketch! There’s so many lovely things you could do for the various elements – maybe ribbon, or washi tape? What will you do with this week’s sketch? I hope you give it a try and join our challenge!
I really am in love with this whole paisley suite – I hope the stamp set and framelits carry over into the Annual Catalog! How about you? Love it, hate it? Share in today’s comments!

Let’s Create, Simply!

If you want to create cards like the ones I share, there is a simple way to do it. All you have to remember is “Let’s Create, Simply!”. Remembering that phrase will help you recall three key points of design: Layout, Color, Style. Don’t overthink it and use these three steps to make great cards every time. Click on the tabs below for today’s tips and Pin-worthy graphics! (Hint: If you’re on a mobile device, you can save images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.)

Pals Paper Arts 320 - play with us today! (www.palspaperarts.com)Start your project by finding a great layout. Here’s a sketch of today’s design. See how simple it is when you break it down into its parts? Save this sketch to a Pinterest board and use it any time you need design inspiration.

Featured Element: Simple Strips

Dawn has given us a “simple” sketch. Or is it? Look at all that whitespace. What will you do with it?  Those thin strips don’t look like much, but pairing them with just the right thing in the background will really make this design shine!

Get more color combos like this one over at my blog! pixelmavensretreat.com #pmretreat #crafttips #cards #colorcombosColor doesn’t have to be cosmic! Inspiration is all around, and you can hardly go wrong with any of Stampin’ Up!’s colors. Here’s the primary colors used on today’s creation. You can save this to a Pinterest board to use any time you’re looking for project inspiration.

Featured Coordination: Copper

This fall’s on-trend metallic is COPPER! That’s why I love this Petals & Paisleys specialty designer series paper – it comes with two sheets that have copper embossing done for you. See – it’s easy peasy to add some flair to a projects.

No heat necessary!

Paper that matches ink that matches stamps? Papercrafting can't get any easier! For more details, click through to my blog!Styling is where it’s easy to go overboard. So, take a deep breath and focus on one key technique to add some flair to your project.

Featured Style: Simplicity & Pattern Pairing

I know many demonstrators you see online have treasure troves of goodies! But, don’t let that discourage you – you don’t need much to get started! One, flexible stamp set, a dark ink color, some cardstock and DSP along with adhesive and scissors and you’re on your way.

If you plan on using two patterns in a project, here’s a rule of thumb: Use one big, bold pattern, and one small, accent pattern. Breaking up the two with solids is a good idea too. See how I used some copper foil behind the polka dot strip? It’s the perfect way to separate the two patterns so they can both shine!

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Wow! I hope you’re inspired to pull out some of your neglected, and shiny papercrafting stash. Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2016

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
  2. If you’re on a mobile device, you can share images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.

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Last Hurrah for Thoughtful Branches (PPA316)

EDIT: Ok, so I just found out that Thoughtful Branches is still available! Stampin’ Up! will NOT be carrying it into a future publication, so they will continue to sell the bundle until their supply is deleted. So, it’s now officially a Limited Edition item! If you don’t have it yet, this bundle is super versatile – just look it up on Pinterest and see all the cool things you can make with the tree leaves… Add the bundle to your cart before you finish my post for the day!

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Well, chalk today’s design up to #poorplanning. When I put this one together earlier in the week, I totally forgot that today would be the 1st of September, and the Thoughtful Branches bundle would no longer be available. Well, there’s things to learn from any card – whether the actual paper/stamps/ink are available or not, so I’ll be sure to focus on that.

IF you did happen to get this bundle (and I know many of you did!), this is one last design for you to pin to a Pinterest board. If sales were good enough, we could see this set come back in a future catalog (probably next year’s Annual Catalog).

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So, to top it off, today is the first day of the new Holiday Catalog – so, shouldn’t I really be showing you something stellar from that instead? Well, again, #poorplanning. Oh well – there’s plenty of time for the holidays, and the lesson here is that the Annual Catalog is still chalk full of great products that we shouldn’t forget about, even if there’s something new and shiny out there. Well – secretly, I am sharing some new stuff – like all the wonderful copper 😀

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA316): Thoughtful Branches, Copper Foil, Copper Embossing, Beautiful Branches Thinlits; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #kindness #card
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA316): Thoughtful Branches, Copper Foil, Copper Embossing, Beautiful Branches Thinlits; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #kindness #card

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What Do You See?

Sketches are great because they can spark the imagination. For today’s sketch, I saw the perfect opportunity to make an offset gate-fold card. The card opens just to the right of the circles (approximately 2 inches). In order to add interest, and get the card to “latch” shut, the copper medallions are not glued down on the right, and the background DSP extends past the right side fold. This tucks under the medallions beautifully. Of course, you could just do a top-fold and overlap the medallions (like the one that’s in the scene above)

Forego the Bow!

Sometimes a bow isn’t quite what you’re looking for – that’s when most go for the knot. How about a swoosh instead? I simply twisted the burlap ribbon around, and added a few staples to keep it all in place. A few glue dots behind helps keep it all right in place on the design. It’s a lovely, natural accent, that’s kinda like a bare hillside. And, it looks lovely with the copper all around!

Color Coordinator Inspiration

I was looking for something other than green for the leaves, and I figured since we were getting into fall, that I could do browns too – but I wanted a pop. So, I pulled up my handy Color Coordinator and found a line of colors that would work perfect: Flirty Flamingo, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo. That pop of blue is unexpected – and perfect! Don’t forget to pin the color card for future reference!
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Holiday Thanks for PPA 277

Happy Thanksgiving!! Are you going to get a chance to sneak away and craft today? I hope so! And, if you do, I hope you make a design to go along with our newest Pals Paper Arts challenge. This week is our second sketch for the month. It’s pretty simple in design, so the outcomes are endless!

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I thought I would put together a Thank You card that I could use for any extra special gifts that I receive this holiday season. Here’s how it came out:

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Maven’s Mastery Tips

Circle Punch Hack

Love that gently rounded corner on the end of the Real Red strip? It is a 1 1/2″ strip, and I used the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch to make the end. Just “thread” the paper through the back of the punch so only the end will get cut off. I eyeballed where center would be, and probably lucked out. I’m sure there’s a better way to do it. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment!

One Corner = subtle

I love the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. I’m so glad it’s carrying over into the Occasions Catalog! But, sometimes a punch on every corner is just too much – it’s too frilly! But, to add just a touch of class, try punching only ONE corner! A-ha! There it is!!

Customize your DSP

If you haven’t tried this, you must! Take out a piece of your Timeless Elegance DSP – one that has flowers on it. And, then use some sponge daubers to lightly sponge on some hints of color. Don’t worry about being neat, and staying in the lines. It’s all about the hint of color here, and if you go past the flower, it just blurs the line and makes the look that much softer!

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Sunday Swaps

Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s finally cooling down in Nebraska and feeling like fall, but winter is on our heels – I can just feel it! This week, I’m doubling up on swaps to show off the end of the fall designs and some holiday designs so you can get all of your cards done up and in the mail by the beginning of December. Enjoy!!

2015 Pals Holiday Catalog Swap by Wendy Klein; Features: Among the Branches, Woodland TIEF, Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Fall

2015 Pals Holiday Catalog Swap by Karen Ferguson; Features: Vintage Leaves, Leaflet Framelits, Thankful Forest Friends, Lots of Labels Framelits; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Fall

2015 Pals Holiday Catalog Swap by Windy Ellard; Features: Lighthearted Leaves, Leaflet Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Fall

2015 Pals Convention Swap by Sue Bendinsky; Features: Dotty Angles, Festival of Trees, Tree Punch; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Christmas

2015 Pals Convention Swap by Michelle Ueberall; Features: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Christmas

2015 Demos' Day Out Swap ; By Connie Thuring; Features: Jolly Christmas, Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Silver Foil; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Christmas

2015 Demos' Day Out Swap ; By Jenny Cullen; Features: Jingle All the Way, Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Confetti Stars Punch; #PMRetreat #Stampinup #Christmas

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