Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hooray, a Fan-tache-tic Birthday!

Hiya friends!  I've got another Paper Players card for you today but first, take a look at the fun challenge that Jaydee is hosting this week:
You would have to be living under a rock if you didn't know that mustaches are [still] the rage.  :-)  Among the younger set (like our DD), mustaches appear in unexpected places--on a squirrel, a clock, whatever!  You name it and she's probably got a doo-dad, t-shirt or locker accessory with a mustache on it!  My husband mumbles, "I just don't get what it is with mustaches...".  Well, I don't profess to "get" it either but I do think they are cute and couldn't wait to use the oh-so-reasonably-priced Mustache Framelits die ($7.95!!) on my card today:
Isn't it cute?  My husband says, "yeah, it's cute but I don't get it"--lol.  I had a male co-worker in mind when making this card.  His birthday is coming up and he is a HUGE Florida Gator fan.  While the cool colors in the Confetti Celebration DSP I chose didn't include Gator blue, I decided to highlight Gator orange--AKA Tangelo Twist.  Really loved this week's sketch from the talented gals at Freshly Made Sketches.  Love how their sketches are always right in time for designing my Paper Players card!

The plain cardstock mustache looked a little...well, plain!  So I stamped the line image from Gorgeous Grunge across it multiple times in Tangelo Twist and I really like the results.  Almost gives  it a textured look, doesn't it?  You can also see, in the background, that I popped up the panel of hexagon DSP for some extra dimension. 
My Six-Sided Sampler stamp set hadn't seen any ink in a long time so I brought it out to play off the hexagons on the DSP.  This [retired] stamp from Happiest Birthday Wishes coordinated perfectly with the Hooray sentiment from the current Remember This stamp set. 

I hope you will remember to pop over to The Paper Players and check out the other eye candy from the rest of the Design Team.  You're sure to find loads of inspiration for masculine Clean-and-Simple cards!  Maybe you'll play along with us before our challenge ends on Friday, September 26th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Four Feathers of Gratitude {PP213}

Hiya friends!  Thank goodness I need to post a card for The Paper Players each Sunday--it forces me to post at least once a week.  Yikes, last week was crazy busy as the school year really kicked into gear.  Homework, volleyball and other after-school activities have taken over once again!  But you don't need to hear all that; you came here for a card!  Anne Marie is our fabulous hostess this week with a beautiful color challenge:
Love the pop of Blackberry Bliss with the autumn color palette.  I've been itchin' to ink up another new set from the Holiday Catalog.  Four Feathers has coordinating Framelits that make cutting out trendy feathers easy-peasey!  Take a look-see:
Oh, I had fun coordinating patterns, colors and textures on this one!  I started with a sketch in mind and quickly evolved from there.  Two patterns from the Color Me Autumn DSP provide the background.  While the watercolor look of the Cajun Craze piece is pretty, I thought it needed a bit more interest so I stamped one of the feather images randomly across the main panel.  A little bit of coordinating Color Me Autumn Washi Tape held the [retired] Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon in place and added an extra pop of color.
Don't you just love how the feather Framelits cut these images?  Look at those notches in the feathers--isn't that great?!  I decided they needed a bit more "feathering" and did a little snipping and curling of the edges--holding them together with a fabulous Brushed Gold button!
The For All Things stamp set has some wonderful sentiments--in addition to the great images--and I've used another one on the inside.  This would be a great card for Thanksgiving but it would also work well as a Thank You for a special someone.  With a change of sentiment, it could work equally as well for a fall birthday or anniversary too!   And speaking of Fall, you'll want to pop over to The Paper Players to see what the rest of the Design Team is showing this week.  Come back and play with us before the challenge closes on Friday, September 19th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all {PP212}

I had the best day yesterday....spending part of it with my Florida downline, talking, laughing and stamping...what fun!  It's always energizing to spend time with this great group of women that I am fortunate to count as friends.  Thank you, Prima and Rita for hosting and feeding us!  Today, another friend, the always-amazing-Ann has a seasonal Theme challenge for us at The Paper Players:
Isn't Fall the best season?  Cozy sweaters, crisp cool air, warm cinnamon doughnuts....well, that's the fall of my childhood anyway!  Here is Florida, it doesn't feel much like Fall yet but I can make it so in my studio and what fun I had with all the autumnal goodies from the Holiday Catalog...take a look:
From the moment I received the Wonderful Wreath bundled stamp set and framelit, I coulnd't wait to use it on a Fall card.  Here, I embossed it in gold on Soft Suede and pulled the colors from the DSP for the sweet little leaves in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede.  This great sketch from The Friday Mashup was the perfect layout for the wreath focal point--once I turned it straight up that is!
Thought you might want to see a close up of these leaves from another Holiday Catalog set (have I mentioned how wonderful this catalog is??!!) called Fall Fest.  Did I mention it has coordinating Framelits?  Yep, bundle please!  :-)
Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends!  Do go check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of The Paper Players Design Team...we hope that you will join us before our challenge closes on Friday, September 12th at Noon (PST).  

The Paper Players Design Team

Here's the fabulous sketch I used from The Friday Mashup:

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.