Twisted Beautiful You

 I have been dying to try a twisted pop-up card for a long time, and then I saw someone make it with the Beautiful You stamp set and my heart just sang.  It was time to head over to Splitcoast Stampers to find a tutorial and get started.  It was surprisingly easy.  The only wrong twist I made was when I got it assembled and opened it up, the ladies were upside down.  Took it apart and fixed it in a jiffy.

I love paper piecing with the Beautiful You girls.  It reminds me of making paper dolls when I was a girl.  Yes, I had the store bought paper dolls, but as I got older there was the Betsy McCall you got to cut out of mom's McCall's magazine each month, but with 3 sisters I only got to cut them once every few months.  So, I started cutting paper dolls out of catalogs.  Well, actually I would draw dolls and cut out dresses and accessories.  So for this card my dresses were inspired by Curtain Call's Inspirational Challenge #58.  I used Festive Party DSP for the perfect colors for the challenge.   I have to admit I strayed a little from the colors.  I had a Calypso Coral Card all cut, but accidently grabbed a Melon Mambo card when I was gluing the front, so I had to go with Melon Mambo for the rest of the card.  Phewy!  Hate when I screw up, but in this case, it's pretty.  I did get the colors right on the card front, where I found this great layout at Match The Sketch Challenge 168.  It reminds me of sketches for a dress designer.  I added a little Metallic Ribbon and some rhinestone accents to bling up this card.


After I got my Beautiful ladies dressed, I gave them a little watercolor wash to give them some grounding with just a light wash of Smoky Slate.  Did you notice the belle on the right?  I stamped the top of the lady with the umbrella, masking her below the waist.  I then drew a long full skirt for a dramatic party dress.  I got my inspiration from Cheryl Algie who did a beautiful series of cards using all the different designer series papers. 
I am going to share my card on one more challenge at Just Add Ink #351 where they said to Just Add "L", and I think my LADIES will apply. 
Hope you like this project, and stop back again to see my work.
Imagine the marvelous possibilities and what I will create tomorrow.

Mary Alice


  1. This is gorgeous Mary Alice! Your lovely lady is a fantastic way to add "L" and I love your combination of paper piecing and colouring of her. Such a special card! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  2. I love all the paper-pieced details on your pretty, colourful, card, Mary Alice. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week!

  3. This is so cool! Great take on the inspiration photo!

  4. I just love your array of paper pieced ladies on the inside Mary I'm glad you could turn them around! This will just thrill someone to bits when they receive it!Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  5. Fanastic pop up card Mary Alice! They are perfect for our "Just Add L" theme. And they look gorgeous with the paper piercing. Thanks for joining us at JAI! Kelly x

  6. Cute card. Great use of the sketch.
    Thanks for joining us at Match the Sketch!

  7. Vielen lieben Dank für deine Teilnahme bei der Match-the-Sketch-Challenge. Eine tolle Umsetzung unseres Sketch! Die Farbkombi finde ich super schön.
    Liebe Grüße, Fanny


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