Welcoming the New Year with a PPA Challenge

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and are off to a great start in 2014!  2013 was a challenging year for me, to say the least, and I’m looking forward to starting fresh.  I have many resolutions for the New Year that involve enjoying life and reducing stress.  So, naturally, that should mean more dedication to cardmaking and crafting!

Pals Paper Arts is definitely off with a bang in 2014 with a color challenge to use this gorgeous color combination:  Island Indigo, Gold and Whisper White.


Island Indigo is one of my favorite colors… so much so that I’ve bought clothes, sandals and nail polish in that exact color!  The nail polish was a real stretch for me because I’ve never used anything but “traditional” colors.

It’s especially nice with this big, fabulous stamp from the Another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set.  I love ALL of the stamps in that set.  It has a wonderful variety of sizes and cool fonts.

One of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge (used with Gold Metallic Ink) was great for filling in white space, and a great backdrop for the butterflies.


I hope you’ve been inspired by today’s card and that you’re ready to get creative in 2014!  Join us at Pal Paper Arts to see the projects our Design Team, including our new Resident Artist, Michelle Gleeson, have created to get you going!  We’d love to see your creation in our gallery.

PPA186 Jan 2



PPA186-Thank-You-CardSUPPLIES: Stamp Sets:  Another Thank You (Photopolymer) and Gorgeous Grunge;  Paper:  Island Indigo, Gold Foil and Whisper White;  Ink:  Island Indigo and Gold Metallic;  Tools and Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Regals Candy Dots, Metallic Brads (retired) and Glue Dots.

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  1. Joanne James

    I love your PPA card Cindy – that stamp is so full of impact and the gold just lifts those butterflies off the card!

  2. Michelle Quinno

    Such a beautiful card!

  3. Bobbi Miller

    Striking card Cindy! Love those little butterflies and the gold really works with the Island Indigo (my FAV color!). Love it! Happy New Year!

  4. Jen Mitchell

    I wasn’t sure about this color combo, but you’ve really made it shine!

  5. Theresa R

    Oh my WOW! I love everything about this card – colors, stamps, layout….AND the fact that I have it all so I can make one too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card!!

  6. Patti MacLeith

    LOVE what you did with the gold foil! Your butterflies are so beautiful.

  7. Tonya Denton

    I love how you used the grunge stamp with the lines in combination with the butterflies! Very clever! Love your card! 🙂

  8. Dawn Tidd

    I love this, Cindy. That bold sentiment and then the butterflies backed with gold foil make a stunning card!

  9. linda callahan

    Golden butterflies…….gorgeous! This is beautiful….who knew grunge could be so dressy?!?

  10. Mary Fish

    You do such an amazing job working with random stamping and elements. Beautiful when it’s all together!

  11. Diane Roberts

    Cindy, such a stunning combination of classy and grunge.Love it!

  12. Kerry Willard Bray

    Such a pretty card, Cindy! Love those butterflies and all the gold touches!

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