A Heart of Gold with Pals Paper Arts

A Heart of Gold

Today’s card was made for a friend who lost his father last week and each item has a special meaning.  The tree is from Thoughts & Prayers and it represents life.  The hearts were colored in with a Real Red Stampin’ Marker with one heart filled in with Gold Glitz Dazzling Details, which is his dad’s heart because he had a heart of gold.  The embossed stars in the background mean that he is now among the stars watching over his loved one.

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This week’s sketch is brought to you by our very own Ginger Toivonen and her sketch is perfect for beginners as well as advanced card makers.

Heart of Gold

Maggie Made Tips:

  • Customize Your DSP. I absolutely love that we can color in the hearts from the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper or leave it as is.  As I made the card for my friend I was reminded of the saying, “a heart of gold” and that’s when I decided to color in the hearts with real read and fill one in with gold. 

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Inspiration…Where do I get it!?


Have you ever had scraps lying around and have no idea what to do with them, but at the same time you don’t want to throw them away because you may have a slight paper hoarding tendency?  Or maybe those scraps bring you inspiration?  The other morning I decided to make some boiled eggs for breakfast and as I burned the water (yes it can happen) I noticed that the mental beneath the burners may need replacing.  It’s really scratched up, but I’m not sure how it happened (LOL).  So for me inspiration comes from anything and everything. HA!


Now let me explain my inspiration from this card to the one I came up with.  It’s actually a misinterpretation and I’ll explain it as best I can.  When I first saw this challenge my brain only focused on the word “Inspiration”. The photo didn’t click and I’m going to blame the Spanish side of my brain.  English was my second language and I translated the challenge as “make a card out of something that inspires you.”  You get  my drift? I seriously am laughing so hard my belly hurts.

Maggie Made Tips:

  • Inspiration is everywhere. Just as the circles inspired my card you can take a look around the shapes of building, the way a flag is folded, or even the lighthouse near the ocean.  Craft it like you see it and let the paper interpret what you see.
  • Star shaped cutout. I added a star because it gave the card something to give it a pop.  It also screams “I’M RIGHT HERE!” to the circles that may look like it overpowering the card.
  • Forced color blending. To pull a little of the Old Olive cardstock into the sentiment I stamped the splatter in Old Olive ink on the whisper white cardstock I used to stamp the sentiment on. It kind of forces color into the circle to give it a lift.

There are not enough words in the Spanish or English language to express my sincere appreciate for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by.  I have so many exciting things going on in my life that I’ve decided to take one tiny small step (from my graphic design business) and do more of what made me fall in love with Stampin’ Up!…….and make more cards!   I’m still going to do it, I’m just going to cut back on the number of orders I take each week. Have a blessed day and week!

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Num-Num Clear Mount Stamp Set

Gorgeous Grundge 130517G

Gorgeous Grunge Clear Stamp Set


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Me & You with PPA Sketch #296

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I’m bit old-fashion and I love making cards that show others how you feel about them.  It’s the perfect to bring Maya Angelou’s famous quote to life…”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I miss her words of wisdom so very much.

PPA 296

If you haven’t noticed by now, this year the design Pals Paper Arts Design Team members created their own sketches to highlight their own talent and showcase their designs.  Today’s card sketch is brought to you by the wonderfully talented Susan Itell.

Maggie Made Tips:

  • My Own Background. I wanted to stick to three colors (red, white, and black) and because Everyday Chick DSP didn’t have what I wanted…I made my own.  I used the dot arrow shape in the Perfect Pennants clear mount stamp set with Real Red Ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I love the versatility of our stamps.

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Perfect Pennants Clear Mount Stamp Set


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