Sunday, November 15, 2015

To You & Yours in a Winter Wonderland PP271

OK, y'all...thank goodness this week's challenge at The Paper Players is a Clean-and-Simple one because I don't have much energy for anything else!  Jaydee is our fabulous hostess with the mostest and she's bringing on the festive challenges:
The most difficult part about creating my card for this challenge was deciding just which Winter Wonderland stamp I was going to use.  In the end, I settled on one that I haven't seen too much of in blogland but I just love....
The stamp set is called To You & Yours and it coordinates with the To You & Yours Shaker Cards kit from the Holiday Catalog.  I truly bought it just for this silhouette image.  Love the trees and the deer!
The image is stamped in Blackberry Bliss onto think Whisper White cardstock.  The only thing tricky about this card is the fact that I only partially embossed the white panel.  I didn't want my stamped image to be embossed so I ran the panel only partially through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  When I got to about the midway point, I back tracked on the Big Shot so I ended up with only the embossed sky here.  The rest is pretty obvious....keeping it REALLY clean and simple here.  I do like the elegant combination of White, Silver, Blackberry Bliss and Smoky Slate.  

Check out the rest of the Design Team creations over at The Paper Players.  We hope you will join us for Clean-and Simple week before our challenge closes on Friday, November 20th at Noon (PST)!  We would love to see you in the gallery....thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis
Anne Marie Hile (on leave) 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Holly Jolly Greetings for The Paper Players PP270

Today, my sweet friend across the pond, Joanne, has a lovely and festive color challenge for us at The Paper Players:

Isn't that fun?  Black & white plus silver or gold and a pop of color.  This color combination reads like a festive holiday outfit so I've finally moved on to holiday cards!

You can see I chose to create with black, white, silver and my favorite frosty color--Pool Party.  I struggle with this style of collage stamping but I had a vision for this card and am happy with the results.  I used the large cross hatch design from You've Got This for a pop of color. 

The snowflake and sentiments are from the Holly Jolly Greetings set with coordinating Greetings Thinlits.  I heat embossed the snowflake in white onto Silver Foil paper and popped it out with a Circle Framelit.

The greeting looks lovely and fancy cut from Black Glimmer paper doesn't it?  Who said black glimmer paper is just for Halloween?!   Certainly, not me!

Another snowflake was stamped on the inside, this time in Pool Party and the sentiment, overstamped in black, is from the [retired] set Ornamental Pine.  Incidentally, the sentiment is stamped in SU's new Archival black ink and WOW what a difference it makes!  It gives a clean and strong image and is hands-down the best black ink I've worked with.  

I just know the rest of the Design Team have some fabulous creations for you--make sure to take a look over at The Paper Players.  I hope you will be inspired to join in our challenge fun before it ends on Friday, November 13th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater 
Joanne James 
Laurie Schmidt 
LeAnne Pugliese 
Nance Leedy 
Sandy Mathis 
Amy Koenders 
Jodi McKinney 
Lisa Elton 
Anne Marie Hile (on leave) 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Woodlands Thank You PP269

Hiya friends!  Can you believe it's November already?  This week at The Paper Players, Claire has a timely theme challenge for this month of thanksgiving (at least in the United States)....
I am still not tired of the Woodlands embossing folder and coordinating stamp set, Among the Branches, so I hope you aren't either.  I just love the way it looks when inked up before running through the Big Shot:
There are two ways to apply ink to an embossing folder.  You can either apply the ink to the smooth side of the folder which results in a colored space in between the trees.  Or, you can apply ink to the raised part of the folder, in this case the trees, which results in the trees themselves being colored as you see here.  Two different looks--this one seems to highlight the trees a bit more.
You can probably see what I mean better in this pic where the debossed trees are colored with the Crumb Cake ink I used to ink the folder.  The leaves were stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry--so a lovely fall color combination.  
A few more leaves fluttered to the inside of the card where I used a sentiment from a returning 2014 Holiday Catalog set, Merry Everything.  Such a great set with a sentiment for every fall/winter holiday!

Today's card was pretty simple to create but I hope you like the details in the design.  I know you're going to love the creations from the rest of the design team so be sure to hop over to The Paper Players before our challenge closes on Friday, November 6th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis
Anne Marie Hile (on leave)


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Joseph's Coat of Autumn Leaves: PP268

Hi friends!  The lovely LeAnne has a wonderful sketch challenge for us this week at The Paper Players.  Check it out:
Isn't it a great one?  I love the three panels and anything with a circle makes me happy!  I'm not quite ready to dive into Christmas cards yet.....still enjoying fall themes and colors.  I played around with the Joseph's Coat technique (here's a tutorial) and ended up with this:
And by "played around", I mean it took me three tries to get it right!  You really do need to let the sponged on ink dry a good, long while so the embossing powder doesn't stick to the ink.  Just zapping it with my heat gun wasn't enough.  I had to let it sit overnight!  For the sponged background, I used Cajun Craze, Hello Honey and Rich Razzleberry.  Early Espresso was inked over top of the embossing.  Believe it or not, the strip of DSP that looks purple is actually Rich Razzleberry.  The light at the end of the day is deceiving!
This gorgeous leaf is from a 2014 holiday stamp set called "For All Things."  The large solid leaf image works great for this technique and the little bit of texture it has allows the Early Espresso to sink it and provide even more subtle shading.
I added a burlap circle behind the sentiment for a little texture and contrast.  I used a Circle Framelit to cut out two semi-circles from the wide burlap ribbon and taped them together behind the sentiment.  The sentiment circle hid the tape and gives the illusion of one full circle.  A little gold cord thread, some sequins and this one's done!

I hope you try your hand at LeAnne's fabulous sketch.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team work for inspiration and then join us, at The Paper Players, before the challenge closes on Friday, October 30th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis
Anne Marie Hile (on leave)


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Masked & Vintage Leaves: PP267

Hi all!  I am so excited to host our challenge over at The Paper Players this week.  It's Clean-and-Simple week and I've added one of my favorite things to it...Leaves!
I fussed around with a few ideas for this challenge but, in the end, settled on an all-time favorite technique of masking for my card:
You might recall that I featured this technique on this card a few weeks ago.  It's so much fun to do and with lots of white space and no frills, it definitely fits the Clean-and Simple bill.  My good friend Linda Callahan recently introduced me to Post-It Tape.  That's right, tape!  It comes on a roll and can be ripped off in whatever length you need.  It's the perfect tool for this project as you just lay it across your cardstock to create your masked area and then sponge, sponge, sponge!  I masked off the strip of the Very Vanilla base and sponged on (starting at the bottom) Tangerine Tango, Delightful Dijon and Lost Lagoon inks.  Once the colors were to my liking, I stamped some images from the Vintage Leaves set and finished it with a sentiment from One Big Meaning. 
I love how the Lost Lagoon and Delightful Dijon blended together to create a subtle shade of green where they meet.  And, aren't these leaves just the best?  I can't get over how detailed they are--especially for a photopolymer stamp set!  Just fabulous, right?!

And I happen to know that the rest of the Design Team have even more fabulous inspiration for you over at The Paper Players.  Be sure to check them out and consider playing along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, October 23rd at Noon (PST).  I would love to see you in the gallery!  Thanks for stopping by.

The Paper Players Design Team
Anne Marie Hile (on leave)