Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tranquil Waterfront PP376

Hi friends...oh my our fabulous friend Jaydee has a beautiful color challenge for us this week at The Paper Players!  Take a look:
 The colors are lovely together and I added a neutral, Crumb Cake, as my "+ any other color".  I've been playing around with a new photopolymer set--Waterfront--from the Occasions catalog.  As you would expect from the name it creates great waterfront scenes.  The stamps are designed to look like watercolor strokes but I enjoyed taking it a step further....
 ...and by a step further I mean, actually watercoloring with the stamp set!  I stamped each image onto watercolor paper and then used my Aqua Painter to spread the ink around and give it a real watercolor look.  Dapper Denim was used on the lake and both Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide were used to create the shoreline with trees.  Crumb Cake is my additional color and I used it to add some mountains to my scene and the Burlap background stamp on the card base.
I guess I cheated a little by adding a smidge of another color to my setting sun.  Lemon Lime Twist was looking a little green for a sunset so I added just an itty bitty bit of Yellow Brusho Crystals to the sun and it's reflection in the water.  Just that little bit, I think, helps define it as a setting sun--at least I hope it does!
Dapper Denim is a lovely dark shade of blue--too dark for the sky. Normally I would grab Soft Sky but since I had to stay within the challenge colors, I needed a way to make Dapper Denim much, much lighter.   Easy to do with a clear acrylic block and water!  Just add some ink to the block--I used my Aqua Painter but a brush would do--then add as much water as needed to dilute the color.  I had a test piece of paper nearby so I could get it just right.
I didn't want to use another piece of heavy watercolor paper on the inside so I just used the stamps as is on a piece of Whisper White.  This is what they look like when not smudged with an Aqua Painter--just as pretty, right?!

I'll tell you what else is pretty....all the lovely creations from the Design Team over at The Paper Players!  Check 'em out and then play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, January 19th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Punny Valentine, Intended PP375

 Hi friends and Happy New Year!  We're back at The Paper Players for a new year of challenges with you.  This week our fabulous friend, Sandy has dug herself out of the snow to host our first theme challenge and it's a cute one...
It seems like "punny" stamp sets are everywhere so I think everyone is going to have fun with this one.  I dug into my stash of retired stamps for this older hostess set called Pun Intended and it had just what I needed:
Isn't it cute?  Love this old style light bulb and the sentiment is especially cute!  I was able to play with a new-to-me product from the SU Spring catalog called Brusho Crystal Colors.  These very fine crystals come in a small little bottle that you use like a shaker.  The crystals can either be sprinkled on wet or dry watercolor paper.  If the paper is dry, then you can spritz them with water.  Either way, when mixed with water they spread and react in different ways. 
The really cool part is that they contain a mixture of colors so you'll get little drops of similar colors--you can see some speckles of orange on my "yellow" background.  The crystal colors are not matched directly to Stampin Up colors but coordinate well and contain a basic set of yellow, orange, green, blue and red.  I've only just begun to experiment with them so I'm sure there is way more to be done with them!
I used my Mini Misti to stamp the light bulb and sentiment 3 times to get a good solid impression of the ink.  Since I used watercolor paper--which is textured--being able to stamp the same image, exactly the same way multiple times is essential.  On the background, I used this cute [retired] line of hearts stamp from an even older set called Valentine Defined.  Also seemed like that little snippet of black chevron ribbon was really needed in the corner there for some decoration and interest!

I hope you've enjoyed my card sure to check out the rest of our fabulous Design Team over at The Paper Players.  This week we're welcoming a brand-new Guest Designer, Elizabeth and welcoming back Annie and Jan.  We're delighted to have all of them with us!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Making Spirits Bright PP374

Hiya friends!  Here it is...the last Paper Players challenge of 2017.  The fabulous Claire is our hostess with a fun and festive color challenge:
These colors screamed vintage to me and the [retired] Festival of Trees stamp set was just the bold and graphic look I was going for:
It took me a few tries on scrap paper but I finally got the pattern I was after.  I stamped alternating trees in Powder Pink, Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist with accents of Melon Mambo and [more] Garden Green.  These little triangle trees are easy to line up--no MISTI or Stamp-a-ma-Jig needed!  The layout at Freshly Made Sketches gave me the perfect way to highlight my stamped panel.  I just added a little bit of gold glitter washi tape to the border for some sparkle.

 A few more trees on the inside and a fun combination of sentiments from Petite Pairs made quick work of the inside and this card was done!  I hope I've inspired you to play along with us at The Paper Players.  Not only is this our last challenge of 2017, it's also the last challenge with our fabulous Guest Designer, Deanne.  I am going to miss her bright and happy creations but I hope to see her playing along with us in the gallery.  Thank you, Deanne, for giving us a whole year of your creativity and inspiration!  I hope you will find a little time to play along with us before our challenge ends on Friday, December 15th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gingerbread Kisses PP373

Hi friends...can you believe it's December all ready?  Yikes!  Laurie's fun Theme Challenge at The Paper Players this week inspired me to make a card for our daughter. 
I don't have very many, well really, ANY stamps that feature baking items (gasp!) so I went searching for a digital stamp that I could color.  I didn't specifically have a card for our daughter in mind but when I saw the cute, kawaii images at The Happy Graphics shop on Etsy, I knew I had it made!
I downloaded the Gingerbread Stamp--only 98 cents!!--printed them on Whisper White cardstock with my home inkjet printer and got to work coloring these adorable gingerbread peeps.  I haven't yet invested in SU's new Stampin' Blends markers because I still have some of the retired Stampin' Blendabilities that work just fine!  I used a bunch of them here including Natural, Crumb Cake light, Pink Pirouette light, Wild Wasabi light, Wild Wasabi medium, Melon Mambo light, and Melon Mambo medium.  The glitter paper was cut with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die from My Favorite Things and mounted on a Melon Mambo base.  The little strip of Wild Wasabi paper was stamped with a fun sentiment from a retired holiday set called Tin of Tags.  Lastly, I addded some [retired] enamel dots to the respective bows for an extra dimension.  No time to finish the inside today--lots to do! 

While I'm sure you have lots to do too, take a few minutes to pop over to my teammies on The Paper Players and check out their fun creations!  We hope you will take some time to play along with us before our challenge ends on Friday, December 8th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by! 

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Icy Wonderland Sketch PP372

Hi friends....happy Sunday!  I'm excited to be back with you and my gal pals over at The Paper Players where the fabulous Joanne has a sketch challenge for us:  
I have a really hard time parting with my favorite retired SU stamp sets especially holiday ones.  Today, I pulled out a retired favorite, Wonderland, to create another version of a frosty winter wonderland....
You know when you shop at a place like Target and they have the different styles of Christmas decorations?  Usually there's the traditional red/green look and there's always some frosty elements of silver/gold and pastel colors....yep, that's where you'll find me!  Love these icy colors together: Pool Party, Powder Pink and Sahara Sand.  I stamped the Wonderland Tree across the front of a piece of cardstock, cut out the center with an Oval framelit and popped it up with dimensionals.  You can see the right side sketch element in my [retired] piece of vellum DSP--it has a subtle silver polka dot that looks like falling snow.
To camouflage the edge of the trees around the oval die cut, I added another oval cut from plain vellum cardstock.  It coordinates with the vellum panel on the right and hides the rough edges.  Because I can't get enough of the trees in the Carols of Christmas card builder thinlits, I added a Dazzling Diamonds tree.  The iridescent colors of the Dazzling Diamonds, pick up those in my stamped trees nicely.  The silver foil deer is too cute to resist and the silver foil is repeated in my silver thread.
The vellum panel was adhered directly to the card base and I needed a way to wrap ribbon or thread around it.  I used a bitty hole punch to pop out a tiny hole in the top cold of the card--you can see the hole in the top right corner of in the picture above.  Then I just wound the thread through the hole and tied my bow.  A few more trees in my icy color trio and a few snowflakes from the Wonderland set, stamped in [retried] Silver Encore ink--love that stuff!

I hope you like today's card and feel inspired to play along with us at The Paper Players before our challenge ends on Friday, December 1st at Noon (PST). 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