Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fancy Holiday Cheer {PP225}

Hi all, I am so excited to share today's card, and the inspiration behind it, with you!  This week I am the hostess over at The Paper Players where it's a Black Tie Theme Challenge.  The challenge is to make holiday projects that are fancy
I had the idea for this card in my head ever since I saw this fabulous card with marquee style letters on the amazing Alison Okamitsu's blog.   I knew I wanted to use this style of letters with the confetti stamp from Dotty Angles so I got to work....
...and I'm pleased to say it came out very much like what I saw in my mind's eye!  Oh this one is fancy, isn't it?!  Gold AND silver heat embossing, loads of pearls, gold foil paper and vellum all adorning black cardstock.  And the base of the card?  Yeah, that's brushed silver cardstock...you guessed it, fancy! 
And that banner?  I didn't have a curved banner stamp or die so I made one with two different sized Oval Framelits, snipped off the ends, and popped it up on dimensionals.  Easy but, you guessed it....fancy!  And look close at the picture above.  See where I cut apart the sentiment?  That's so I could fit the large marquee style letters on the banner in between the two sections of the sentiment.  Mounted on the same color cardstock, you can't even see it except through a zoomed camera lens.  How 'bout those letters?  Cut with the Little Letters Framelits from Gold Foil cardstock and then adorned by hand with tiny pearls.  Love!

I hope that you will love this challenge; I know I did.  And judging by the fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team, I think they did too.  Please be sure to check out all of them this week and say goodbye to our wonderful group of Guest Designers leaving us after this challenge.  It has been great fun working with them and I'm going to miss their creativity, energy and contributions to our team!  Andrea, Claire, Joanne, Laurie and Yapha....THANK YOU!

The Paper Players Design Team

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Festival of Trees for the Paper Players {PP224}

Hello everyone! I hope all my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving and fun-filled weekend. We had a great holiday weekend with family and friends; it's been beautiful North Florida November weather--bright blue skies and comfortable temps...just perfect!  The fabulous Jaydee is our hostess this week at The Paper Players with a bonus week Tic-Tac-Toe challenge:
Wow, so many different ways to go with this one.  I used this fabulous sketch from the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge on MaryJo's Techno Stamper blog and a diagonal selection from the board--Tree, Embossing, Glitter--to make this:
I have to say that this is my favorite type of color palette for the holidays-icy, cool elegance!  Blues and grays are my favorite.  I started with a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock and die-cut a circle in the top third.  I then embossed it with the On Point embossing folder and popped it up on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I used one of my favorite patterns from the All is Calm DSP and a snippet of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper for my rectangles.
The Festival of Trees stamp set was used to heat embossed the trees with Silver embossing powder and stamp the ornaments in Lost Lagoon.  Punched out and set behind one another they really make a shiny statement!
I used one more on the inside because I couldn't help myself!  These trees are so pretty in silver!  Love the sentiments and little parts (like the bird) that come with this set too.  I know you're anxious to see all the fabulous eye candy from the rest of the Design Team so be sure to check out their blogs below.  I hope you'll join us too, before the challenge ends on Friday, December 5th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team
 

Here's the fabulous sketch from MaryJo:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Wondrous Wreath of Joy {MM136}

Hi all, happy Monday to you!  It's my last week as a Featured Designer at the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge and I wanted to give a shout out of thanks to Lesley and the fabulous folks on the Design Team for inviting and welcoming me.  Such a great group of talented designers...  thanks all!
This week Bonnie is challenge us to use Red, Green and White on our projects.  I was inspired by the pretty colors used on this card as well as the wonderful sketch over at Pals Paper Arts this week:
Put them all together and came up with this:
 It was another day or rain and gray skies so the colors are not as true as I would like.  Pistachio Pudding really looks lovely paired with the rich tones of Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler.  Love the small print on this Garden Green DSP from the Trim the Tree paper stack.  Speaking of stacked, I cut the Joy sentiment twice in Cherry Cobbler CS and Silver Foil paper off setting the two just a bit.  It really adds weight to the sentiment and makes it pop!  Almost like a drop shadow would do on a digital image.
Stamping just a portion of the wreath on the inside gives it the look of a garland swag and highlights the sentiment perfectly!  Make sure to check out the fabulous work of the Merry Monday design team.  I know their work will inspire you to play along!  Thanks again to the whole DT for being so welcoming and friendly during my month-long stay with them!  

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Little Dash of Christmas Cheer {PP223}

Happy Thanksgiving week! Can you believe it? I knew it was coming fast but geez...I'm not ready for this year to end yet! But I guess it will go one without me if I don't jump on board so....  It's time for another week with The Paper Players where lovely LeAnne has a fun sketch for us:
I'll admit, I took a few liberties with the sketch...not intentional mind you.  I kinda forgot about the exact placement of the sentiment as well as the little scalloped border on top...yikes!  That will teach me to check the sketch badge before I start work on my project!  I hope LeAnne forgives me.  :-)
My card was inspired by the rustic colors in the Under the Tree speciality DSP.  I love the deep rich shade of Kraft and used that little diagonal striped piece as a starting point.  I liked the idea of stripes with stars so I embossed a piece of Garden Green cardstock wiht the Lucky Stars folder and had a little fun with my Star Framelits.
There is no stamping on the stars just a little more speciality DSP (doesn't it look like snow?) and a trio of sentiments from Endless Wishes.  I thought the small scale font looked sweet as a eensy little banner.  Each one was stamped onto Naturals Ivory cardstock and snipped to meet the scale of the sentiment--the ends were flagged with the Hexagon punch.
It was gray and rainy ALL day here in the Sunshine (LOL) State and the ink on my card got a little wet.  Please ignore the drizzle marks! I barely managed to get these pix taken before the deluge hit again.  I used a star stamp set I already had--Be the Star-- on the inside in Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  The clean lines of this set pair nicely with the overall clean look of the card.  So, what do you think?  I rather like it as these big stars just make me smile!

I know all the wonderful inspiration from The Paper Players design team will make you smile too!  Be sure to check out their work and then join us before the challenge ends on Friday, November 28th at Noon (PST).  Come back tomorrow when I have my final card as Featured Designer at the Merry Monday Challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team
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