Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sheltering Tree Falls for a Sketch PP314

Hello and welcome to a fun filled week with us at The Paper Players!  Our sweet friend across the pond, Joanne, is hosting my favorite type of challenge this week....SKETCH,,,and it's a fabulous one too...take a look:
Right?!  I liked it so much that I made two cards with it!  I'm trying to go through my hoard stash of designer paper and decided to use some of my treasured prints from the retired collection. 
If any card could represent my style, I think this one is it.  It's clean but layered and features some background/watermark stamping which I love to do.  The colors in the [retired] Spice Cake DSP are wonderful together and the pop of Pool Party is so unexpected.  I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree on Pool Party cardstock and framed it with some Spice Cake DSP that was cut with a die from the Leaflet Framelits.
There's some background tone-on-tone stamping wtih a leaf from Thoughtful Branches and some other retired goodies in the More Mustard cardstock sentiment banner and the Baked Brown Sugar ruffled ribbon.  There's really not a lot to this card but the details and layers make it look more complicated that it really is.
The same tree on the inside with some scattered leaves (also from Sheltering Tree) in More Mustard and Pool Party.  The sentiment is from a long-ago retired set called Season of Friendship that I specifically kept for the sentiment--love!
I mentioned that I made two cards, right?  So here's the other one featureing some retired DSP (can't remember the name!) with Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.
 These little wooden embellishments are also retired but I wanted to show you how I colored the acorn with a Crushed Curry and Soft Suede marker.  Cute, no?!
Some images on the inside of this one but this retired sentiment is from another fall favorite called Falling Leaves.  I also kept this one for the sentiment.  I love autumn/Thanksgiving sentiments and SU doesn't seem to have many of them so when they come around they tend to stay in my craft room!

Thanks for sticking with my long post--lots of pictures this week!  But that just proved how much I love this sketch!  I know you will love all the inspiration from the rest of my Design Team peeps.  Be  sure to check them out over at The Paper Players before our challenge closes on Friday, September 30 at Noon (PST). 

The Paper Players Design Team

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cherry Dijon Bliss PP313

Hi friends!  It's another week at The Paper Players and the lovely Laurie is our hostess with a fun Clean-and-Simple Challenge:
It doesn't feel like fall outside here but we're loving all the fall foods...especialy pumpkin spice!  Having just made a pumpkin card recently, I wanted to feature apples this go 'round.
 This is a retired SU set called Perfectly Preserved that I still love.  With matching dies, it makes quick work of the apples and the stem!  I went very clean-and-simple here with a simple row of the apples and a dotted line from the Mixed Borders set.
I wanted you to see a close-up of these colors as they are so pretty together!  Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon and [retired] Blackberry Bliss.  The stems and background paper are Old Olive and the sentiment and dots are Soft Suede.  It was a fun little card to make!

I know that the rest of the design team have some yummy inspiration for you so go check them out over at The Paper Players!  We'd love to have you play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, September 23rd at noon.  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Vintage Copper Leaves PP312

Hi friends and happy Sunday!  Welcome to another week with The Paper Players where the lovely LeAnne has a seasonal and pretty color challenge for us:
 
The calendar may say September (BTW, how did THAT happen?!) but it's nowhere near fall temperatures here in Florida!  So, I was glad for the opportunity to pretend with LeAnne's pretty fall palette. 
 
I knew that I wanted to use my all-time favorite leaf stamp...Vintage Leaves...and I couldn't wait to see them embossed in copper.  The delicate detail of the embossing really shows up on the colored leaves. 
 I stamped the leaves on Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz, heat embossed with copper ep and cut them out with the coordinating Leaflit Thinlits.  So pretty!  I tried the leaves on several different background neutrals and really liked the way they popped on Basic Black [retired] DSP.  
A little swirl of new black metallic thread helps pull together the DSP and the sentiment.  I think this card will go for a male colleague with an October birthday.  MAYBE by then it will feel like fall around here!

Be sure to go check out the rest of the Paper Players Design Team for their awesome inspirations.  We hope you will join in the fun before our challenge closes on Friday, September 16 at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team
 
 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Grateful for Pumpkin Spice Season (PP311)

Happy Sunday everyone.  For my US friends, I hope you are enjoying the long Labor Day weekend.  We're still cleaning up around here from Hurrican Hermine that passed through north Florida early Friday morning.  Fortunately, no major damage for us and we all even got a day off from school and work--a Florida "snow day"!  Jaydee is our hostess-with-the-mostest this week at The Paper Players and she has a fun theme challenge for us:
So, I really wanted to make a shaped circle card--not something I do very often.  This being the start of September and the official beginning of Pumpkin Spice season, I wanted to make a shaped pumpkin card.  My first attempt ended looking more like an orange so I hope Jaydee doesn't mind that my card uses an enlongated circle....
OK, so it's actually an oval but what is an oval really?  Just a circle stretched out!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  I used my largest Oval Framelit to cut the pumpkin from Naturals Ivory [retired & hoarded] cardstock.  I cut another, smaller oval and popped it up with dimensionals.  I sponged all the edges with Sahara Sand ink to add shading and dimension.
The pumpkin stem was cut with the tree stump die from the Thoughtful Branches set.  The leaves were cut from Copper Foil paper and Always Artichoke cardstock with the leaf die from Flourish Thinlit dies.  The twine is some [retired] Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine.  Lastly the sentiment is from the Acorny Thank You stamp set and punched out with the Washi Label punch.

I really like the way my pumpkin shaped card turned out.  Although, I must admit, I didn't finish the inside because I have no idea who I will send it to!  I'm going to wait for just the right moment.  

But don't wait to go check out the rest of my pals on the Paper Players design team.  I know they have lots of circular inspiration for you!  If you want to play along with our challenge, just remember that it closes on Friday, September 9 at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team





Sunday, August 28, 2016

Flourishing Phrases for a Sketch PP310

Hi friends...I'm back!  Did you miss me?!  I missed you!  Today I'm happy to share a fun sketch I designed over at The Paper Players...take a look:
So, I finally ordered and received some goodies from the (new) SU catalog--yeah, the one that premiered in June.  One of the first sets I couldn't wait to use was the Flourishing Phrases stamps and dies.  They're gorgeous!  I thought that they would work great with all the space in the sketch:
I worked with a color scheme of Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand and Copper.  The stamping is pretty straight forward here, just a lot of extra details.  The flourish was stamped in opposing corners with Sahara Sand and overlaid with the coordinating diecuts in Dapper Denim.  I wanted a little shine so I added a bit of Copper Foil sheets also in opposing corners.
To pull in more copper, I die cut anotehr flourish and cut just a snippet of the flower which I backed with some Copper Thread.  I used spray adhesive to adhere the first layer of the flourish die cut and some carefully applied glue with the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the second layer of dies.  Did you also notice that copper colored pearl?  I didn't have any copper embellishments, so I made my own!  I covered some pearls with Versamark ink, sprinkled on some (new) Copper Embossing powder and heat set on low.  Voila!  Copper "pearls"!
A little more stamping of the flourish on the inside....well, because it's so pretty!  The Sahara Sand stamping gives a nice shadow effect ot the Dapper Denim stamped images doesn't it?

Well, that's all for me today...I hope you like my "comeback card"--ha!  I know you'll love what the gals on the rest of the Design Team did with my sketch so be sure to check them out over at The Paper Players.  If you're inspired to play along, just make sure to do so before our challenge closes on Friday, September 2 at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team