Thanks for a 'Reason to Smile'

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Thank you for giving me a Reason to Smile...I am sorry to see you go! This is such a pretty two-step stamp set! After today it will no longer be available for purchase so I wanted to share it with you one more time...


I stamped the image using Cajun Craze, using both of the two-step stamps. I love the color but wanted to highlight the flower just a bit more so I used my paper piercing tool and the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to add a circle around the flower. I think it added just the right touch and so easy to do!

Just a bit of Comfort Cafe paper and Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon and done!

If you are interested in purchasing this stamp set, it will be available for purchase until 11:00pm PST time today with a $50 purchase through my my online store.

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Reason to Smile, Kindness Matters

Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla CS; Comfort Cafe DSP

Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive Classic Ink Pads

Tools: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat

Embellishments:  1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Old Olive

Thanks for stopping by!

July Pals "Summer Sunshine" Blog Hop

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It's time for some fun in the sun with the Pals! Glad you could join us for the Pals Summer Sunshine Blog Hop! You've probably hopped over from Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap with Susan, I'm stop number 7 on the Pals Hop and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for summer themed Stampin' Up! projects from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the Pals Hop Line-up below and you'll be back on track.

 When I read the theme for this month's blog hop "Summer Sunshine" the new in-color Summer Starfruit and the stamp set Reason to Smile came right to mind. The card just seemed to build itself from there :)

I recently added the 2 1/2" circle punch to my stash and was eager to use it on this project. When I punched a circle out just to get an idea of size I realized that the negative space left behind would make a great template for stamping my images! I used Soft Suede to ink up my images and used my Stamp-a-ma-jig (love this tool!!) to place the flowers in just the right spots. The flower image faces left so I inked up my image and then cleaned away the ink on the stem and turned the flower until I was able to face it to the right. The I inked up the stem, turned it upside down to get it to go the other direction as well. I couldn't have done this without my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig! I just realized that the Stamp-a-ma-jig was in my first order I ever made and for good reason! Definitely a go-to tool!

The scallop circle is from Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die and I just love how the scallops just barely peek out from behind. The punch of color is a DSP from the Patio Party DSP collection and the sentiment banner is handcut. A few flowers in coordinating colors with just a touch of bling and there you have it--ezpeasy!!

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Reason to Smile, Curly Cute

Paper: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White CS; Patio Party and Comfort Cafe (envelope) DSP

Ink: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Itty bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

Now hop along for more inspiring ideas from Rae Harper At Wild West Paper Arts, stop number 8 on the Pals Summer Sunshine Blog Hop! Thanks for "hopping" by


  1. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  2. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  3. Angie Blake at AngiesMusings
  4. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  5. Marian Kay at All Aboard the Crafting Train
  6. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Scrap With Susan
  7. Shannon Jaramillo at ezpeasycards
  8. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  10. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  11. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  12. Jen Takacs at Stamped in Full
  13. Kimberly Deacon at Delightful Stampin
  14. Nicole Watt at Impressions By Nicole
  15. Mikki Sarkisyan at Mikki's Creative Corner
  16. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  17. Nina Dee at Deesigns by Nina Dee
  18. Kim Luithle at Kims Stampin Stuff
  19. Lori Martin at The Rejoicing PaperCrafter
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Maxine Conrad at Stamp to the Max
  22. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  23. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp

PPA138 - A Reason to Smile

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Hi there again! This week I chose to participate in the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge #138 using these colors:

These colors just said 'sunflower' to me so I pulled out the stamp set Reason to Smile and got down to work!

I really wanted the flower to be the focus so I kept the rest of the card simple. Some Cherry Cobbler cardstock and Early Expresso DSP for the backdrop, layered ribbon, and a button on top of the main image all help draw the eye in. I used a blender pen to add some color to the other stamped images, just a touch of soft color.

I hoped you have enjoyed my creation, and please don't forget that this wonderful stamp set is available this month only with a $50 purchase.

Thanks for stopping by!