Petal Promenade Team Card Challenge and Dentistry Adventures

Today I present a Stampin’ Up! Petal Promenade Friendship card! I made this in response to a challenge from my Up-line team Leader. Don’t you love how Stampin’ Up! has matching Designer Series Paper, card stock, inks and other doo-dads!

Team Challenge Card made with Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper


Hi Friends,

Today, I present a that I made in answer to a Stampin’ Up! Team Challenge. The challenge was to use the “labels” from one of the pieces of Petal Promenade Designer’s Series Paper (DSP) (146913). The challenge was thrown down by my up-line team leader Christi Waite. I always love a challenge! And this took my mind off my poor sore jaw (to be explained later in post).

Color Coordinates of DSP

Don’t you love the way Stampin’ Up! puts the names of the coordinating colors of card stock and ink for each type of DSP on the back label. Having this list of coordinates makes color matching a cinch. Petal Promenade DSP lists the colors: Blushing Bride, Fresh Fig, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Whisper White. Lots of choices!

My Color Combination

But I struggled with the listed colors. I felt I needed to accent the roses and the colors Blushing Bride and Petal Pink did not quite work. So, I went slightly out of the box with my color choices for this card. My color combination includes Cherry Cobbler (ink 147083 / card stock 119685), Mossy Meadow (ink 147111/ card stock  133676),  Smoky Slate ink  147113 /card stock  131202), and Whisper White (100730).

Accent Color for the Roses

Notice that Cherry Cobbler (119685) is not on the list of coordinating colors. After trying many different “Coordinating Colors” from the list, I decided to lay the Mossy Meadow (133676) and Smoky Slate (131202) on all the pinks/reds card stocks I had. I went through many different colors and finally decided that Cherry Cobbler (119685) fit the bill.

Cherry CobbleR

I liked the Cherry Cobbler (119685) card stock best with this particular label from Petal Promenade DSP(146913)  that I needed to match. I really wanted to add some pinkish-red from the roses to my color combination. So, I cut my card base from Cherry Cobbler (119685) card stock at 4 1/4″ X 11″. I scored and folded the card stock at the 5 1/2″ mark. 

Card Construction

I had already chosen my two frames from the list of coordinating colors. My Smoky Slate ( 131202) card stock was cut 4″ X 5 1/4″ and my Mossy Meadow (133676) layer was cut 3 3/4″ X 5″.  I attached each of these frames to my card base with Snail Adhesive (104332). Then, I attached a 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White (100730) piece of card stock to the inside of the card since the card base is a dark color.

A Little Sparkle

My ‘label’ was trimmed to 3 1/2″ X 4 3/4″. I chose my sentiment from the Abstract Impressions Stamp set (147513) and used Mossy Meadow ink (147111) to stamp the sentiment. I love the sentiments as well as the flowers on the Abstract Impressions stamp set. Then I attached my label to my card frames with Snail Adhesive (104332). I still felt he card needed something so I added a few pink, purple and yellow gems to add a little sparkle. I think it turned out pretty good!

Team Meeting

I was a bit surprised that I had time and energy to make this card before my team meeting Thursday night. That is because my life hit a little bump this week Wednesday . About 3 1/2 months ago I had a root canal dental procedure because of a very bad toothache. Unfortunately, I had to move on to a tooth extraction since I was still in severe pain a week after the root canal! The root canal and extraction were a breeze compared to what I went through for my tooth implant.

Tooth Implant Consultation

Because I am still quite young, I decided that I would go with a tooth implant to replace the tooth that was removed. I met with the dentist prior to the procedure. He explained how what the procedure entailed. He said most people have the procedure with local anesthetic and Nitrous Oxide (laughing Gas). He seemed very nice. I thought I was prepared for getting the implant, but the actual procedure was pretty awful!

One of Many

On the day of the procedure, the dentist came in and said I was the eighth implant for that day. Hmm, I thought that was quick work since it was only 1:30pm. This won’t be so bad.

Why so Tense?

I started out with some Nitrous oxide. I barely started feeling the gas when the dentist came in and gave me four injections into my jaw. He had the guts to pat my wrinkled brow and say “relax, you are going to give yourself a headache. Why are all you people so tense today?”. Really???? I was cringing in pain and I was trying to hold still. I can guess, if “all you people” are going through what I was going through at that moment, they were probably in intense pain! That’s enough to make anyone tense!

Nitrous Oxide Begins

After my injections, the dentist goes out the door with the statement, “we’ll let you numb up and let your blood pressure come down some”.  I should have walked out then but I kept breathing through my nose hoping for some laughing gas to help me calm down. my mantra was “hang in there, hang in there”.

Testing, Testing

Some time later, the dentist walks back in and says,”let’s perform a little test”. I had my eyes squeezed shut so I am not sure what he poked me with but I think it was a clamp to hold my mouth open. But whatever he did made me cringe with pain in my jaw/gum area. He says, “Oh, I guess we’re ok then”. I should have run screaming out the door at this point but no, I decide to be the “good patient” and trust the doctor’s decision. Big Mistake!

Famous Last Words: “Feel a Little Pressure”

Then “we” continued with the procedure with some drilling and an occasional “you are going to feel a little pressure” and “keep breathing through your nose.” Here I am gasping for air because I am in so much pain and he calls it “a little pressure.” Okay, maybe I am being paid back for all those times as a nurse I used the words, “Just a Little Pressure now”.

Good Bone

Finally, I think “we” are done but nope, “we” still had to put the actual implant in yet. The dentist actually says to me “you got some good bone in there; made us work a lot harder.” I remember thinking, ‘I am paying someone a lot of money to do this to me?’ 

Finally, Anesthetic Kicks in

I am fairly tough and have a pretty high pain tolerance. I decide, “in for a penny, in for a pound” and decide to see the procedure through. I continue to suck in the laughing gas, hoping to make it through the procedure without crying. The implant goes in with a lot of twisting and tugging and pain. but finally the numbing medicine or laughing gas kicked in. I made it through without crying!

Discharge Instructions

As the dentist leaves he pats me on my numb cheek and says, “there, now don’t mess up the stitches or eat anything sharp or the implant won’t take.” The dental assistant explains this statement by saying that the implant has to stay immobile while healing or the bone graft they put in, won’t harden around the implant. Then the implant could change position and they won’t be able to fit the “tooth” or crown part on. Great incentive to be careful! I was never afraid of the dentist but now the idea of going has me concerned.

Paper Pumpkin

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Well enough about my woes! on to better subjects! The December Paper Pumpkin is going to be very fun and festive! This is a great way for newbies to try paper crafting as well as great for veteran crafters! The set includes all you need but a scissors and adhesive. Order by December 10th!

Let me be your Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

Both the Annual and Holiday catalogs have some wonderful stamp sets and bundles. If you would like a Holiday or Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog, just email me at Email your name and mailing address and I will get one out to you! You can access by 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop here or just drop me a line!

I would love to be your personal Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Have a wonderful Saturday and Happy Stamping,




Happy Birthday Daisy

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Hi Friends,

Hope your day is going great! mine has started early. I woke up at 3;30am and could not fall back asleep! so here I am, making a card at 3;30am. Do you think that is strange? For me, card making is so relaxing and having something beautiful as a result of my efforts is so satisfying that I feel better about things- like a lack of good sleep. Oh well, I will take a nap later, hopefully. My efforts this morning is a card made for the Fusion Card Challenge.

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My Color Combination

My Color Combination for today’s card is Mossy Meadow (ink 147111/ card stock 133676), Pear Pizzazz (ink 147104 / card stock 131201) , Old Olive (ink147090 / card stock 100702) , Daffodil Delight (ink 147094/ card stock 119683) , Whisper White (100730), Night of Navy (ink 147110/ card stock 100867), and Balmy Blue (ink 147105 /card stock 146982).

Card Directions

My Mossy Meadow card base was cut 4 1/4″ X 11″.  I cut Pear Pizzazz card stock 4″ X 5 1/4″. I embossed this card stock piece with my Big Shot (143263) and the Layered Leaves Dynamic Texture (143704) embossing folder. I attached the embossed piece to the card base with Snail Adhesive (104332). I cut Daffodil Delight (119683) card stock 1″ X 4″ and Mossy Meadow (133676) card stock  1″ X 4″.  I attached these strips to the upper third of the card with Snail Adhesive (104332).

I die cut two Pear Pizzazz (131201) leaf branches using dies from the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies (146341). I die cut the center pieces of my daisy flower from the Eastern Medallion Thinlits (143725) from Blueberry Bushel (146986) and Pear Pizzazz (131201) card stocks. I punched two daisy pieces from Whisper White (100730) card stock with the Daisy Punch (143713). I layered the two pieces of daisy with Snail Adhesive (104332).

I attached the Daisy to the top of the strips with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I die cut an oval with Layered ovals (141706). i stamped the Happy Birthday from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666) with Blueberry Bushel (147138) ink. I used a Stampin’ Sponge (141333) to sponge the edges of the oval with Mossy Meadow ink (147111). I attached the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I attached a 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card to add a note.

Well that’s it! Hope you like it. 

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’








Southern Serenade Birthday Card

Today we will be making a birthday card using the Southern Serenade stamp set. If you still would like a Holiday catalog let me know by sending your request, name and mailing address to

Hi Friends,

I hope your day is going good! I am typing this while on my way to Millennium Park to go for a bike ride with my sweet hubby! Today is warm and a little overcast… not unusual for this near Lake Michigan. The sun is trying  to peek out! Nice day for a ride!

Well on to my card for today! This is a great card for a beginner stamper! All you need to invest in is the Southern Serenade stamp set (wood 145918/ clear 145921), two beautiful colors of ink pads – Lovely Lipstick (147140) and Lemon Lime Twist (147145)- and black (121045) and white (100730) card stock!

Southern Serenade Stamp Set

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The Southern Serenade stamp set (wood 145918/ clear 145921) is very versatile. The set includes the sentiments: ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Thank You’ and ‘I’m so Blessed to call You Friend’. The flowers and leaves are beautiful and look great stamped in one color or use Tuxedo Black Memento (132708) ink so you can color the flowers and leaves with your favorite Stampin’ Blends colors!

The lacy stamp makes a great background stamp in a light color or you can make your own decorative paper with a light or dark color. I really like this stamp set.

Card Directions

For today’s card I cut my Basic Black (121045) card base 4 1/4″ X 11″. I scored and folded it at 5 1/2″. I cut another piece of  Basic Black (121045) 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.

i cut two pieces of  Whisper White (100730) card stock 4″ X 5 1/4″and  2 3/4″ X 4″. On my larger piece of Whisper White (100730), I stamped all around the edges with my lacy stamp from Southern Serenade (wood 145918/ clear 145921 ) and Lovely Lipstick ink (147140).

On the smaller Whisper White (100730), I stamped the thin border stamp all around the card stock edge using Lemon Lime Twist (147145) ink and then on the inside portion I stamped using the small flower and Lovely Lipstick ink (147140).

i layered my pieces together as shown and attached them together using Snail Adhesive (194332). I stamped my sentiment on to a scrap of Whisper White (100730) card stock with Lovely Lipstick (147140). Then I punched out my sentiment using my Pretty Label Punch (143715). I used a Stampin’ Sponge (141337) to sponge the edges of the label with Lemon Lime Twist ink (147145). I attached the label with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). Easy Peasy!!

Hope you have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’


Upcoming Event

September 27th (Saturday) 10-2pm is Saturday Sampler! I will have 6 cards to do- a Halloween card (if you are not into Halloween I will have an alternative for you), 2 Christmas Cards and 3 others! Envelopes included. Please come at 10am. I will have a basket with each of the card’s ingredients and you can do them at your own pace. I will be there for tips and tricks and any type of help you need. Free with minimum $25 Stampin’ Up! order or just $10. Please let me know if you are coming so I have enough kits cut out (and enough treats for everyone)!