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Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Sketch for the Paper Players {PP35}

Happy Sunday everyone!  Hope you're having a good weekend. Welcome to Paper Player Sundays!  Lesley is our hostess this week and she has designed this versatile sketch for us:

It's a good one, eh?  I went with a traditional A2 size as it fit the focal image that I had in mind...
When I pulled the Build-a-Cupcake punch out of my Sale-a-Bration order box and looked at all the parts it punches, I couldn't wait to use the top part of the cupcake--that is, the frosting--as clouds!  Believe it or not, this card started with the clouds!  I knew I wanted to use the clouds where the flowers are in the sketch.  Once I had the clouds, a tree seemed the next logical choice and it just snowballed from there!  My three colorful and fun panels are taken from the Play Date designer paper.
This tree from Valentine Defined is one of my favorites in the set and it fit perfectly inside a 3" circle mat cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock with my new 3" Circle die.  Of course, I used the same Pony Party grass I used in this card and added a red glimmer heart with the smallest heart from the Heart-to-Heart punch.
The clouds were punched from Whisper White cardstock with the Build-a-Cupcake punch:
and the edges were sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink so they would stand out against the other white cardstock.
The sentiment from You're a Gem seemed to fit the mood of this card and I matched the Old Olive ink and Chocolate Chip mat to the main image.  For a little more texture, a strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock was edged with the Scallop Border punch and run through the Polka Dot impressions folder.

So there you have it--what do you think?  I hope you like it!  Be sure to hop on over to the rest of The Paper Players design team for some fabulous inspiration.  If all that inspiration gets you crafting, come back to our blog and link up your creation by midnight Friday February 25th for a chance to be our "Headliner" or "A Cut Above"!  Hope you'll join us!

the goodies:
stamps: valentine defined, you're a gem, pony party
ink: old olive, tempting turquoise
paper: so saffron, chocolate chip, whisper white CS; play date DSP
xtras: build-a-cupcake, scallop border, 1" circle, 1 1/4" circle, heart-to-heart punches; 3" circle originals die; nestabilities; stampin' write markers; red glimmer paper

14 comments:

lotte chew said...

adorable!! love the patterned papers, the tree and the colors you choose!

Nancy said...

Aren't you creative, making the clouds from the cupcake punch, love the edge tinting too. I know the tree is the focal point but the clouds just set everything off so well, great card.

Linda Callahan said...

It is all about the clouds! Just adorable! I love DSP and you used it perfectly with this sketch!

Christina said...

What a cheerful, summery card! I'll be sure to look at this one again tomorrow when it's snowing. LOL! You always find new ways to stretch your tools, and using the cupcake punch for clouds is brilliant. They are perfectly scaled for the tree and look so darn CUTE!

jaydee said...

Nance, you are a genius! I looked at the card and thought... where did she get those fabulous clouds! Well, now I know! masterful! Love this summery card and the sentiment you chose. GORGEOUS!
hugs
jaydee

Julie DiMatteo said...

Love this card and love your blog! Thank you again for my Stylish Blogger award - I will be passing that along soon!

I've awarded you the Cherry on Top award :) - stop by and pick it up when you have a chance! http://www.thepaperpixie.com/2011/02/cherry-on-top-award.html

Angela said...

I love your card, Nance! Those clouds are so fun! I have to give them a try. Thanks for the inspiration. : )

Kerin said...

Nance your use of the cupcake punch for clouds is fabulous...you are not going to believe this, I was working on a card for an upcoming challenge last night, punching the cupcake, and my 11 year old asked if I was making clouds!! I wasn't, but boy I sure will be trying that out now after seeing your gorgeous creation!

Ann Schach said...

Oh this is just too adorable! I love those clouds! Great job with the sketch!

Anne Marie said...

Oh my...this is SUCH a happy card! Awesome mix of color and those clouds just make me smile! "Cupcake Clouds" are soooo cute! You completely rocked that idea...love, love, LOVE it!! :)

Tara Bilbao said...

Nance, This is just awesome. Your sense of color is just incredible. I love all your details especially the frosting clouds - Brilliant!! Visiting your blog is always such a breath of sunshine.

Stephanie Uzee said...

You are so clever! I love all the elements to this card! Great Job!

Jennifer Jackson said...

Love your blog! I'm passing on the Stylish Blogger Award to you...stop by my website for more info. www.stampitwithJen.blogspot.com

Christy Q said...

Neat!!! I love the fact that you saw clouds when you looked at the cupcake set. I love your card - just so stunning with the fresh colors and the hope of spring with green trees. :)