Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bring on Spring: Butterflies Thinlit {PP234}

Happy Sunday, everyone!  This week at The Paper Players, we are thrilled to welcome first-time-hostess Laurie with a fun theme challenge:
I think we can all agree that we need a little SPRING, right?!  Even here in Florida, it has been cold, rainy and dreary.  OK, I know I shouldn't complain...it's not snowmageddon but dang it's been nasty weather!  So, with that in mind I wanted to bring on the spring with today's card:
This Butterfly thinlit die makes one gorgeous butterfly!  Rather than make a colored butterfly, I used the thinlit to cut one from vellum cardstock.  I love the soft, ethereal look of the vellum.  I used the same thinlit to cut out a butterfly from a 4" x 5.25"piece of Pool Party cardstock and filled the negative space with a pretty pattern from the [Sale-a-Bration] Best Year Ever DSP.  Filling behind the vellum gives a subtle color to the butterfly and lets me pull in other colors to the overall design.
I used a coordinating pattern from the Best Year Ever stack behind the butterfly to highlight the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Indescribable Gift stamp set and I punched it out with the Modern Label punch which I haven't used in forever!  It was a little too large and hid the pretty button behind so I trimmed it down considerable and liked the way the button just peeked out from behind adding just enough Crushed Curry color to the mix.  I thought it needed a little something else so I frayed some Crushed Curry ribbon, from the Best Year Ever accessory pack, and looped the threads on each butterfly wing using a couple glue dots.  Love it!
I used the butterfly cut out from the front panel as a stencil for the inside laying it on my Whisper White panel and sponging on some Blushing Bride ink.  Another sentiment from Indescribable Gift was stamped on/off randomly for a subtle effect. 

I just know that the rest of the design team has some amazing inspiration for you!  Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players to check them out.  Then, head to your craft space and share your Spring projects with us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 6th at Noon (PST).  Maybe with all our projects we can bring on Spring that much faster!


The Paper Players Design Team
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Crazy for You at The Paper Players {PP233}

Hiya friends!  This week at The Paper Players, my sweet friend Sandy has an awesome sketch for us...wanna see?
I couldn't wait to work with it and I just know I will be using it for many other projects.  Love the circle element and the squiggly lines are fabulous.  The lines could be interpreted any way you like but I chose to sit down at my sewing machine and do some quick stitching.  Take a look:
With that big circle, I really wanted to feature some pretty DSP and this one from the Flower Pot stack was has just the right cheerful vibe I was going for.  I paired it with some of the coordinating colors, Night of Navy,Tangerine Tango and Blushing Bride.  The Crazy for You bundle is so much fun to play with providing the framelit word, the sentiment I stamped on the banner and the flower!
Instead of snipping off the thread from my stitching, I attached a glue dot to the loose end and tucked it under the flower.  It made a fun little loopy element that is so trendy right now.  I also snipped each petal and using a bone folder, bent them up a little for extra dimension.  
This card it headed to a good friend who recently got a new job and I am, truly, so happy for her!  I would also be happy to see you join us over at The Paper Players before this challenge ends on Friday, February 27th at Noon (PST).  I'm going to have to cut this short friends--we're in the middle of a two-day volleyball tournament and this team mom needs some rest!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cheerful Critters & Feathered Friends {PP232}

Hiya friends!  We've got another challenge for you at The Paper Players.  It's the first one to be hosted by Joanne and she has a really sweet Clean-and-Simple challenge for us:
I was so excited when I saw Joanne's challenge because I love bird stamps and images!  I went looking through my stash and found mostly small bird images....hmmm.  I wanted to feature a bird more prominently and then it dawned on me!
I got to work with my favorite Cheerful Critters!  So, I colored this cubby little chick with Blendabilities in Daffodil Delight (light) and Calypso Coral (light & medium).  I had a little bit of grass left over from this card and I thought the chick looked perfect peeking out from it.  I then colored the sign with my [new-to-me] Soft Sky Blendabilities, go tout my Soft Sky cardstock for the base humming along thinking I'm doing great and then....WHOA!  The color of my sign didn't really match my Soft Sky card base?  Hmmm....has anyone else had this problem?  I put my little focal piece on a [retired] Bashful Blue card base and whaddyaknow?  It looked like a perfect match!  Maybe I just got an off batch of blendies?  Or, maybe it's because I only used the light & medium shades.  I'll have to experiment some more.
What I did like was the idea to use some washi tape as a base for my focal point.  The clean look of some simple washi tape makes quick work of a clean-and-simple design.  I've been going through alot of Linen Thread lately.  Just love the simple rustic/natural touch it adds to any project.  That, and it's a dream to tie into a bow.

I know that the rest of the design team has some amazing inspiration for you!  Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players to check them out.  Then, head to your craft space and share your Clean-and-Simple "Feathered Friends" projects with us before the challenge closes on Friday, February 20th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fabulous You for the Paper Players {PP231}

Hi there, friends!  I am hosting a lovely (I think) color challenge over at The Paper Players...wanna see?  Thought you might:
Pretty isn't it?  When I selected these colors, I had Valentine's Day and SU's "Stacked with Love" DSP in mind but as it turns out, I needed a wedding card!  Of course, these "love"ly colors work just as well for a wedding too.
I was not at all concerned about making this card too girly.    I don't know the groom at all and the bride is a colleague so really this card is for her.  I've always thought the shoe from the [retired] Fabulous You set looked like a wedding shoe and couldn't wait to use it on this card.  Heat embossed in white on black, it's so elegant!
Elegant but...just a little too plain, so I added an embellishment made with some retired Calypso Coral organza ribbon and a little double layer flower punched with the Itty Bitty Accents punch. 
The enveloped punch board makes the sweetest little envelopes!  This one ended up being 2" x 3.5"--just perfect for a gift card on the inside!

You know what else is perfect?  All the inspiration from The Paper Players Design Team!  Be sure to check them out with the links below.  Then head to your craft space and join in the color challenge before it closes on Friday, February 13th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!
 
The Paper Players Design Team
 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Starburst Sayings for The Challenge #24

Hi all! It has been crazy busy around the Canopy in the last several days. I had a fabulous time at SU Leadership in Orlando with my Mom but had to leave early on Saturday to meet DH and DD in Daytona Beach for DD's volleyball tournament. That was also a wonderful--and I'm not gonna lie, a little stressful--experience. The girls came away with 1st place in the Silver Divison--yay!!   All that meant that I couldn't post a card for The Paper Players yesterday but do check out Claire's fun challenge this week! Today, however, I do have a card for you featuring colors AND a sketch from the gals over at The Challenge!
I was delighted to learn that my card for Challenge #22 was a winner and that I would get to guest as a designer for Challenge #24! I was so excited to see if I could combine all these fabulous colors AND the sketch....so how did I do?
To be honest, I almost feel like I cheated customizing the background paper with some Irresistibly Yours DSP and markers!  This DSP is the coolest offering from SU Sale-a-Bration, ever!  It features a white-on-white embossed pattern that allows you to sponge, color or spritz any color you want!  I colored the striped pattern with Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Crisp Cantaloupe and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write markers to achieve a custom background paper.  The rest of the card is pretty simple using the Starburst Sayings stamp set and coordinating Framelits to stamp and cut the focal point.  I changed up the sketch a little using the circle as the main section instead of the rectangle but if you would like the dimensions that coordinate with the original sketch, here are some suggested measurements:

Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5"
Gray Side Strip: 3.5 x 5.5"
Rectangle: 2.25 x 4"
Long Flag: 2 x 4.50"
Star: Any Shape


Be sure to check out all the fabulous creations from the talented Design Team over at The Challenge...we hope you will play along with us!
 
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