Sunday, June 10, 2018

Flourishing Phrases of Color PP397

Happy Sunday, friends! Today I am delighted to host this month's color challenge at The Paper Players:
I happened on this combination one day when all three of these ink pads were among those scattered on my craft desk.  They looked so pretty sitting there next to each other that I thought it would make a great color challenge combination! 
I was smitten with the layout of this card when I saw it in the new annual SU catalog (pg. 18).  I'm afraid that this is a pretty close CASE of the card in the catalog.  Sometimes, it just feels good to make something without having to think about the layout and overall design.  On the Crumb Cake base I stamped an image from Flourishing Phrases in the same color ink.  
 A die from the coordinating Flourish Thinlits made a delicate little flower and vine in Lemon Lime Twist.  The LLT leaves were stamped and fussy-cut, as were the Calypso Coral flowers.  I stamped the flowers four times fussy cutting two full flowers and then two smaller ones to layer on top.  This stamp set is so easy to cut out with the heavy outlines on the images.  Just for fun, I added some adhesive-backed sequins also in LLT. 
Some masking of the images to decorate the inside.  This is a little over the top for a Thank You card--I tend to keep those simple usually--but this one is going to a very special recipient who made my recent birthday extra special.  She deserves an over-the-top card because she is over-the-top wonderful!

Be sure to stop by The Paper Players to see some wonderful creations from our talented design team.  I hope you will play along with us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 15th at Noon PST.  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Hot Diggity, it's a Theme Challenge! PP396

Hi everyone, it's a fun theme week over at The Paper Players where our sweet friend Joanne challenged us to use animals on our projects: 
I have to say this one was a bit of a struggle for me....I surprisingly don't have many animal stamp sets.  Huh, who knew?!  Anyway, I dug deep into my stash of retired stamps...see this is why I have trouble getting rid of any of them...and came up with this cutie:
Hot Diggity Dog is actually the same of this set and it's so cute!  Lots of mix and match heads and bodies so you can create lots of different dogs.  I kept this card on the masculine side because I realized it would be perfect for my BIL.  He and my SIL adore dogs, have 5 of their own, and he is the director at the county humane society in their area.  I think he will love this card!  I took my colors from some retired DSP (it's actually Halloween paper!) and played around with Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, More Mustard and Basic Black.  I stamped the dog in archival Basic Black and colored his sweater and nose with a More Mustard stampin' write marker.  A little Smoky Slate grass, from the High Tide set, helps ground the dog and give him something to "sit" on.  

Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out all the inspiration from my lovely teammates!  Maybe you will be inspired to join us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 8th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bravo, Our Shining Star - PP395

Hi friends!  My sweet pal, LeAnne has an awesome sketch for us this week at The Paper Players...take a look:
Firstly, I have to apologize for the quality of these photos....I was in a hurry to photograph and schedule this post before leaving for a weekend [birthday!] trip so I had to use indoor lighting with my phone--gah!  Anyway, LeAnne's awesome sketch was a perfect chance to use the big script on this retired set called Bravo:
I can't believe it....our daughter graduates from 8th grade on Tuesday!  Oh my, I'm getting weepy just thinking about it...but so happy for all the opportunities that await her in high school.  So this card is for her...and I didn't worry about retired products or colors or anything, just created with her in mind.  Done in colorful pastels, with a little bit of sparkle and personalization, I think she will love it. 
First the sparkle...some shiny silver thread, some Wink of Stella on the "you" and a silver punched star because...well, she's our shining star!   
Here's the personalized part...I used the rotary alphabet stamp to create a repeated sentiment with the acronym of her school and graduation year...MMS 2018.  I didn't want the circle to cover up the larger sentiment so I tucked it behind the main panel.  A little different than the sketch but I don't think LeAnne will mind that I took a little creative license.  ;-)
The inside features another retired favorite...Word Play...I just love the scale and mixed font of this sentiment so I couldn't let it go.  Good thing to because it's perfect for graduation cards!  I'm sure I'll dig it out in another 4 years for her high school graduation....YIKES!

Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out all the inspiration from my teammates--they do lovely work!  Maybe you will be inspired to join us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 1st at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Clean and Simple Corner Garden - PP394

Hiya friends, and welcome to another week with The Paper Players!  This week my talented friend, Laurie is our hostess and she's asked us to created a Clean-and-Simple card featuring Blooms:
I knew right away what I was going to do but the hardest part was figuring out which color to use...
In the end, I decided that the white embossed blooms looked the prettiest on the dark green.  Have you heard about the SU Color Revamp?  Every once in awhile, SU refreshes their color palette by letting go of some colors and bringing in new ones.  This year, I was thrilled to see the return of several retired favorites, including Mossy Meadow featured on today's card!  My card is as simple as can be...just one layer heat embossed with one of my favorite [retired] stamps, Corner Garden.  The sentiment is also heat embossed and comes from a current set, Beautiful Bouquet. 
I left room on the inside for a hand-written note but stamped the garden again on Whisper White in Mossy Meadow ink.  That's it for me....clean-and-simple!  Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the rest of the team at The Paper Players:

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Birthday Tea Party - PP392

Hiya friends!  I've been away from the blog for a bit as things pick up with volleyball season and end-of-the-school year activities.  I am happy to be back, though, and playing hostess with my gal pals at The Paper Players for a Tea Party Theme Challenge.  This theme is near and dear to my heart.  Every year, our daughter's school hosts "Mother's Day Tea" where the kids put on a talent show and serve their mothers a lovely luncheon.  It's the highlight of the school year and I've attended every year since first grade!  Our daughter graduates from 8th grade this month so in honor of our last Mother's Day Tea, I'm inviting everyone to play along with our Tea Party!

All the women in my family, myself included, are tea drinkers so I definitely kept the retired SU set A Nice Cuppa! With the coordinating framelits, it makes for a quick and easy tea inspired card.  I also pulled out some beloved [retired] DSP, Birthday Bouquet, and took my color palette from there...Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, and Pool Party.  A very simple layout really but I had fun layering on the elements with the mini doilies, glimmer Pool Party ribbon and silver accents. 
On the inside, I masked the teacup stamp so I could stack them on top of each other.  With the mask, I also added some outline flowers in the background--these are stamped in Pool Party from the retiring Birthday Blooms set. Boy, am I sad to see that one go!  

That's it for me...I hope you have a lovely Sunday planned.  Be sure to stop by The Paper Players and check out all the Tea Party lovelies from my teammates.  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team