Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Among the Branches {PP265}

I am so excited with Joanne's Theme Challenge this week at The Paper Players:
I love Halloween and I couldn't wait to make some spooky trees with the Among the Branches stamp set:
As much as I love Halloween, I love TREES even more!  Combine trees with Halloween and I'm in carad making heave.  Naturally, this embossing folder was a must-have item for me.  I couldn't wait to brayer some color on the folder and run it through the Big Shot for this colored background look.  Love the way the inked background makes the trees pop.  The brayered ink also makes for an imperfect look which is just right to create my spooky, foggy night.  

I'm going to have to cut this short as I am writing this early and still need to pack for a weekend trip.  Please check out the rest of The Paper Players Design Team and their fabulous creations.  We hope that you will play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, October 9th at Noon (PDT).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team
Anne Marie Hile (on leave)


Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Wonderland of Layers {PP264}

Hiya friends and welcome to another week with The Paper Players where lovely Claire has a fantastic sketch for us:
Sketch challenges are my favorite because, for me, the layout of all my elements is the most difficult part.  With a sketch challenge, it's already done for me!  Claire loves layers...and glitz...and glam!  So I had to make sure that my card for her sketch lived up to ALL of those elements.  I think I managed a few...
I think this is one layered and glitzy card, don't you?!  I used the beautiful Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP for all my layers and the elegant color combination of black, gold and white.   This paper is so gorgeous--with a rich, glossy finish and elegant patterns--every sheet is a winner! 
On top of the Basic Black base is a layer of Gold Foil paper embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder--another beauty.  So pretty in metallic.
I heat embossed these gorgeous trees from the Wonderland stamp set onto some gold striped DSP.  The sentiment was also heat embossed onto cardstock Vellum and wrapped around the main panel and adhered to the back.
And how pretty are these wooden Snowflake Elements?  Especially when paired with Iced Rhinestones and Gold Metallic Thread.   
I really like how this one turned out and it all started with Claire's fantastic sketch!  I hope that you will play along with the sketch before our challenge ends on Friday, October 2nd at Noon (PDT).  Before you go, be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team with their fabulous creations....thanks for stopping by!

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


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lovely as a Fall Scene {PP263}

Hi friends!  It's another week with The Paper Players and Laurie has a fun, and timely, clean-and-simple challenge for us:
Oh how I wish it looked like this photo around here but alas, it is still reaching in the 90s everyday with plenty of summer style rain.....sigh.  At least it's fall at our local Starbucks, lol!  Anyway, I was very glad that this week was a clean-and-simple challenge because I had about 10 minutes this week to make a card!
 ...and that's about how much time it took me to make this card!  It is a super simple one-layer card made with ink pads, sponges and some large post-it notes!  I used two post-it notes to mark off the strip of my base card and sponged in between with Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey inks.  
This image from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set remains a classic and will always have a place in my stamp room.  This row of bare trees are my absolute favorite and perfect for so many different types of cards.  Stamped in Early Espresso they really look lovely against my fall palette and create the perfect clean-and-simple Fall scene.

I hope you've enjoyed today's super, simple card...and my super, simple post! ;-) Be sure to check out the rest of The Paper Players design team and their fabulous creations.  We hope you will join us before our challenge ends on Friday, September 24th at Noon (PST).   Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team

Anne Marie Hile (on leave)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Window on a Happy Scene {PP262}

Hiya friends! We've got another lovely color challenge over at The Paper Players this week but it's also a bittersweet one.  My dear friend, Ann Schach stepped down from our Design Team after 5 years with us.  Ann and I started on the team within a few weeks of each other and grew together as teammates and friends.  I've always admired her ability to blend a fierce commitment to the business side of Stampin' Up with incredible creativity and talent.  She's helped shape our team into a strong "family" unit and she will be dearly missed.
This week we have a pretty trio of colors that could be used many different ways.  I chose to use some more Holiday Catalog goodies and went with an autumn themed design:
 The Happy Scenes stamp set and coordinating Hearth & Home Thinlit dies are just so cute!  AFter much fussing, I finally settled on a So Saffron base embossed with the Brick Wall impressions folder and a piece of retired Lost Lagoon DSP. 
The real fun was stamping and coloring this sweet little scene from the Happy Scenes stamp set.  I sponged the sky lightly with Lost Lagoon and colored the leaves & pumpkins with my So Saffron and Tangelo Twist Stampin' Write markers.  A little bit of Venetian Crochet Trim perfectly framed the my window view.  
The windowsill is a separate piece and I was able to emboss one of the sentiments from Happy Scenes in gold on the Early Espresso "wood"
A scene this cute deserves to be repeated on the inside and that's exactly what I did with a little more sponging in Lost Lagoon and So Saffron.  There are several sentiments in the Happy Scenes set and I love how this one coordinates nicely with the one I used on the front of the card.  Easy peasy!

I do hope you will go check out the rest of The Paper Players Design team.  Lots of inspiration there!  If you chose to use these colors, please be sure to link up your creation before the challenge closes on Friday, September 18th at Noon (PDT).  Thanks for stopping by!

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


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Acorny Love Note {PP261}

Hey there, friends--it's Sunday you know what that means....another week with The Paper Players!  Thank goodness for my weekly DT posts otherwise I might not get to my blog--geesh!  Anyway, this week Sandy has a sweet theme challenge for us--perfect for the back-to-school season:
I saw this great Flap Fold Card Tutorial via my teammate Joanne's fabulous blog and knew the idea was just perfect for my Lunchbox Love note.  I also thought the sentiments and images in the Acorny Thank You set would make a fun card.  Let's see what you think:
I have to say...I am nuts about this stamp set and coordinating punch--so cute!!  I won't go into full detail on how to make this flap fold card because the tutorial is super easy to follow and you won't have any problem seeing how it goes together.  I used a base of Mossy Meadow cut to 4.25" x 11" and scored at 2.5" and 6.75".  I used a 2.5" circle punch to make the hold for the pop up piece and the circle of Daffodil Delight was made with a circle framelit just a little bit smaller than 2.5".  The tutorial does use a small embellishment--about 1"--to close the flap but I went a little larger because I wanted to use this cute acorn sentiment.
I used one of the sweet stamps from the acorn set to stamp a background pattern on the Daffodil Delight circle.  I wanted it to stand out and the Hello Honey ink--while not a color in the designer paper--does coordinate with the other colors and gives just enough contrast to read the words.
Here's the flap open to reveal more of that pretty Into the Woods designer paper--such rich autumn colors with the bright white!
 Inside is a 4"x4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I laid it down and from the back side, drew a light line around the existing circle in the Mossy Meadow base.  Then, I lined up my 2.5" circle punch on the line I drew and popped out the half circle.  It lines up perfectly!  This little sentiment is also from the Acorny Thank You set but the little leaves here, and on the front, are from the Among the Branches set.

When I was all finished I showed it to our 11 year old daughter and she squealed "That's so cute, Mama!"  I guess I hit the mark on the love note for a kid!  Now, you will want to check out the rest of the Design Team's fabulous inspiration.  I hope you will play along with us before the challenge closes Friday, September 11th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by! 

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