Paper Adventures Team Hop | Pootles

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Hello & thanks for joining us for a Paper Adventures team blog hop.

The theme today is “CASE the designer” and the designer is Sam Hammond Donald – aka “Pootles” from the UK.  We are touched that she has agreed to join us.  The friendship and kindness within the Stampin’ Up! community is amazing.  Sam is a million dollar earner with a successful blog.  She shares a project every day on her blog including cards & 3D projects. Sam is so generous with her time and talent – thank you Sam!

This is the card Sam made for our hop using Best Dressed DSP & Witty-cisms stamp set.

The team were encouraged to CASE (Copy & Share Everything or Copy & Selectively Edit) Sam’s design and create their own version based on the elements that influenced them.  It might have been the colours, the layout, the styling, the stamp set or the DSP.


I really loved that background and wanted to make it using cardstock rather than the Best Dressed DSP.

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I cut Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink and Purple Posy cardstock into random width strips and adhered them to a Whisper White base.  I then stitched around the outside to create a decorative border.  I really love stitching on cards.

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Where Sam used the Witty-cisms stamp set, I’ve added in a favourite flourish of mine – a heart and flower combination and a white heat embossed “thanks” sentiment.

The heart is from the Be Mine Stitched Dies, the flowers from Dressed to Impress bundle and ‘thanks’ from the Music From The Heart stamp set.

I’ve carried the flowers through to the middle layer of the card too. They are coloured with Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick, Purple Posy, Pink Pirouette (retired) and Pretty Peacock.

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Although I cut the card up to achieve the background, this also works really well for those 1/4″ & 1/2″ strips that end up piling up on our desk when we’re cutting A4 sheets down into mat size.

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Thanks to the team for always being so willing to join in the blog hop and to Sam for making it a special one this month.  In a time of certainty, it was lovely to have this sparkling moment in our week.

Next blog on the hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons and her pretty creation.

Have a safe and happy weekend.  I’ll be spending time with my family, enjoying the sunshine and hopefully some self isolation (from the kids!) in the craft room!!!

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Just Add Ink #496 | Photo Inspiration

This week for Just Add Ink the inspiration comes from a photo chosen by Lou Kitzelman.

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In a late night crafting session amongst a busy week, I had some peaceful crafty therapy making this music themed birthday card.

Here’s a late night pic of my card …

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Stamp set: Music From the Heart

Dies: Stitched Shapes

Cardstock: Whisper White, Terracotta Tile

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blushing Bride

Stampin’ Blends: Light & Dark Calypso Coral


If you have time to join our challenge, please stop by the Just Add Ink blog to share your project to our gallery. Click here for the direct link.

Here’s to a weekend filled with music & craft!

Music From My Heart

We like to keep things simple around here. Mr Papercraft has no excuse to forget our wedding anniversary – it falls on the same day as Miss Papercraft’s birthday and the day before Valentine’s Day.

For our anniversary, in keeping with that simple theme, I made an almost one layer card using the Music From The Heart stamp set and hearts from the Detailed Hearts Die.

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This gorgeous musically themed stamp set was designed by Dawn Olchefske (one of my fave SU designers and the first place I check if I need a tutorial!) as part of her million dollar sales achievement.

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The colour theme is simple too – red, white & black, which matches the theme we had for our wedding.  I’ve shared some photos before of our beautiful day (see here and here), but here’s another one from the archives.

Sadly this restaurant is no longer is operation, but how amazing is that red wall???  And so convenient to match our colours!

There’s a solid place in the crafting world for a traditional lovey-dovey card with hearts all over it!  The hearts I’ve used on this card are from the Detailed Hearts Die.  As well as a great die cut for cards & scrapbooking, the hearts it leaves when it cuts out the die are amazing for adding to projects.  I took a little liberty with the music notes and transformed them into hearts too!

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Happy anniversary to Mr Papercraft!  The goal in life is not to find the perfect person, but to find the person perfect for you – and we’ve succeeded!