Sunday, November 12, 2017

Frosty Night Forest PP370

Hi friends and happy Sunday!  It's another week with The Paper Players where I have the pleasure of hosting a color challenge:
Oh how I love the simple elegance of white-on-white cards, especially for winter and holiday cards.  The most difficult part of using a monochromatic color scheme is to achieve dimension without an additional color.  The die cuts in the Carols of Christmas bundle make this a snap!
 I knew the tree die in this set would be perfect for this color challenge and you know how I love to play with negative space!  Here, I backed the tree and night sky cut outs with some Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  While still white, the glimmer paper really stands out against the plain white.  Adding texture with the Softly Falling embossing folder adds another distinguishing element.  Lastly I cut some snowy hills from cardstock Vellum for one more interpretation of "white".   It didn't show up in my photo but the edges of the hills are brushed with a Wink of Stella.  You may wonder why the sentiment appears to have a drop shadow effect.  That's because I stamped it first in Archival Basic Gray and when I didn't like the look of it, I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heat set.  The result is a bit of a shadow which helps make the white sentiment stand out--I like happy accidents!
I used the tree die to cut out a stencil from some plain copy paper.  I adhered the trees to the inside with removable adhesive and lightly sponged around the trees with Smoky Slate ink.  The sentiment and deer were stamped with Smoky Slate. 

I hope you like today's card and feel inspired to play along with us at The Paper Players.  Do check out the rest of the fabulous inspiration from my teammates at The Paper Players!  Thanks for stopping by...
The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Pretty Pines in Plaid PP369

Hi friends and happy Sunday to you!  There's no denying we're headed into the holiday season now that Halloween is past.  With lovely LeAnne's theme challenge this week at The Paper Players, I couldn't resist the holiday card making any longer!
Pines and pine cones are among my favorite holiday decorations.  Before the tree lots figured out that they could use the scraps for wreaths, I used to pick up the trimmed pieces for free!  I used them everywhere possible in the house and it always smelled wonderful. This challenge kick started my holiday decorating with my favorite Pretty Pines thinlits and a little something different.....
I thought it would be fun to use the negative space of the pine dies and let the pretty plaid paper peek through.  I won't lie...I went through two pieces of cardstock to get the "random" arrangement of pine boughs just right.  "Random" and I don't get along well.... :-) Anyway....with three sizes of pine boughs in the die set, it didn't take as many passes through the big shot as you might imagine.  Once I liked the arrangement, I popped it up with ALOT of dimensionals on top of a Old Olive base that was covered with this pretty plaid from the Merry Little Christmas DSP. What didn't photograph well, is the liberal brushing of Wink of Stella all over the white panel.  It really makes the pine boughs sparkle!
The sun was really bright when I snapped these shots but I think you can see the sparkle from the black Glimmer paper I used to die cut the pine cone.  I tried a few black glimmer pine boughs but in the end, simple silver thread bow was just enough.
I mimicked the pattern of the front on the inside of the card with some pine bough stamped in Old Olive from the Christmas Pines set.  The lovely pine cone and sentiment are from the same set and stamped in black Memento ink.  

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  Be sure to check out the rest of the awesome holiday pine creations my teammates created over at The Paper Players.  I hope you'll join us before our challenge closes on Friday November 10th at Noon (PST).
The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Autumn Birthday Butterflies PP368

Hey there!  It's been a couple weeks but I'm back today with a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge from the awesome Jaydee over at The Paper Players:
Tic-Tac-Toe challenges are great because there are so many options!  Just choose three elements and get to work.  Since it's just recently cooled off here in north Florida, I want to enjoy fall a little while longer.  I needed a couple birthday cards for November friends and decided to try to incorporate a butterfly--usually reserved for spring--into an autumn card.  Here's the result:
I have to say, the butterfly works equally well with a fall color palette and I was happy to honor our fabulous hostess, Jaydee, in this way.  She always features amazing photos of her backyard flora and fauna on her blog.  I can picture this copper beauty swirling around her little corner of nature!
I cut a Copper Foil butterfly with the Butterfly Thinlits then cut the same shape out of a piece of retired DSP.  I popped up the DSP with dimensionals on a Cajun Craze base and set the copper butterfly inside the negative space.  I tucked in some wrapped Linen Thread and a [retired] Mossy Meadow banner stamped with some dots from the Watercolor Wings stamp set. 

I cut another butterfly to use as a stencil and sponged the inside with Crushed Curry ink.  This sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set is perfect for so many occasions, including birthdays! It's stamped in Cajun Craze to match the base and a few [retired] Gorgeous Grunge speckles were added in Sahara Sand ink.
I liked the result well enough to make a second card using some other retired DSP as my inspiration.  The colors here are Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple [retired], Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Copper Foil.  I think I like butterflies as much in the deep, rich colors of fall as the light, breezy colors of spring.  I hope you do too!

Please pop over to my teammies at The Paper Players and check out all their Tic-Tac-Toe inspiration.  We hope you'll play along with us before our challenge ends on Friday, November 3rd at Noon (PST).
Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Boo! Spooky Cat PP366

Hiya friends!  Just a quick card today for our challenge this week at The Paper Players.  Lovely Laurie is our hostess for a fun Clean-and-Simple challenge....
 I am really glad this is a Clean-and-Simple week because time during this week sure got away from me!  Despite that, I love making Halloween cards and I love the "spooky" element even more.
Black cats, a spooky yellow moon, "crows", and a deep, dark forest all say "Spooky Halloween" to me!  I had this piece of Basic Gray cardstock in my stash--it was embossed with the Woodland folder and rubbed with white craft ink.  I thought it was just the right smoky, foggy look my spook forest needed.  Although I didn't really stick to it, this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches inspired my cut out window.  Through the window peeks a Crushed Curry moon made with a circle die and sponged ink.  The stark white sky needed some spooky clouds, so I used the classic scalloped circle technique to sponge on some Smoky Slate ink.  We can't have Halloween without a black cat and this one is embossed in Silver with the Spooky Cat stamp set and popped out with the Cat punch.  Easy peasey!  I needed a little something in the top right corner for balance and these birds from the HIgh Tide set, in context, look a lot like a flock of crows!

So there you have Clean-and-Simple Spooky card.  Hope you like it!  Check out the rest of my teammates for some spooky inspiration over at The Paper Players!  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Colorful Seasons of Watercolor PP365

Hi everyone!  Our sweet and talented friend, Joanne, is our hostess this week at The Paper Players for a lovely color challenge:
I must admit I haven't used Peekaboo Peach much at all and now that I have, I'm not sure what took me so long.  It's a really lovely shade of orange and a refreshing take on the traditional orange of autumn.  I needed a masculine birthday day for a work colleague so I was inspired to make a relatively clean and simple card:
I am quite fond of this trend or watercolored backgrounds.  It's such a simple way to combine colors and it's really difficult to mess up watercolor! There's no mistakes in watercolor as it's all supposed to look rather artistic anyway!  I layered on washes of Crushed Curry and Peekaboo Peach to the hot press watercolor paper.  After each layer, I dried it with the low setting of my heat gun coz I'm impatient like that and can't wait for it to dry naturally, ha!
Once I was happy with the color intensity of the background, I stamped some random leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Early Espresso using my MISTI several times to achieve a [almost] solid stamped image.  The companion dies to this set are gorgeous and this maple leaf is amazing--especially in Copper Foil paper.  I backed it with a solid Early Espresso leaf to really make the copper pop.  Just a touch of linen thread was all this simple masculine card needed.
This pretty little leaf makes a great spray across the inside of the card.  Here we really get to appreciate the fresh look to the peach leaves.  I think I had a little leftover Early Espresso on my stamp when I inked up the leaves but, in truth, I like the little bit of speckle it adds to the leaves.  

I hope that you've enjoyed today's card and it inspires you to play along with us at The Paper Players.  For even more inspiration, pop over to my teammates' blogs and check out all their pretty creations.  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team