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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pearls by the Sea {PP123}

Hello friends and Paper Players fans! For my friends in the US, I hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend.  I've had 6 days off from work and it's been wonderful!  My Mom has been visiting us this week and it's been great to have her here for my stamp club, Thankgiving dinner, shopping and more stampin!  But enough about me, you're here for a card!  This week the lovely and talented Jaydee is hostess for a sketch challenge and she's designed a fabulous one:
So versatile!  So many things to do with that center panel--stamp it, use pretty patterned paper, whatever you would like!  I chose to use it for a friend's birthday card using a new-to-me stamp set, By the Seashore:
My friend loves the beach as well as blues and greens so I used that as the inspiration for my color palette of Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and River Rock.  Each seashell was stamped in one of those 4 colors in a random pattern.  And by random, I mean it took me 5 attempts to achieve "random", lol!  The background was stamped with a long-retired stamp (Aida) for a natural wicker/tropical feel. 
I took a liberal approach to the sentiment panel in Jaydee's sketch but I think the flagged ends of the Itty Bitty Banner and my ribbon ends mimic the sentiment banner in the sketch.  The sentiment I used was a bit small so I backed it with a Decorative Label that had been stamped with the Four Frames set on Pool Party cardstock.  I added just a few okay A LOT of pearls to frame it out--it needed a little somethin' ya know? I think you would agree a special friend deserves A LOT of pearls, right?
And speaking of pearls, I just had to show you what our sweet dog, Sadie, was sportin' after Stamp Club last week.  Those darn pearls end up everywhere...and I guess Sadie thought this one looked like a tasty morsel!  Or maybe she was just taking after a certain pair of Boxer Twins...
Lastly, I peek at the inside with a spray of seashells across an all-time favorite birthday sentiment from the retired set, On Your Birthday.  I'll never tired of this stamp!

I hope I've inspired you to play along with us at The Paper Players this week.  The hardest part about getting started, I think, is the layout of the card and Jaydee's sketch is a fantastic place to begin your design.  Be sure to visit the rest of the design team and check out their interpretations of Jaydee's sketch.   Our challenge ends on Friday, November 30th at Noon and don't forget, our Guest Designer call too!  Have a great day, friends! 

The Paper Players Design Team
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Supplies 
Stamps: By the Seashore; Itty Bitty Banners; Aida Cloth (ret.); On Your Birthday (ret.) 
Ink: River Rock, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Paper: River Rock, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Whisper White CS
Xtras: Scallop Ribbon Border punch; Decorative Label punch; Itty Bitty Banner Framelits; Basic Pearls; Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon

23 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

Nance, this is wonderful! Love the colours and all that texture! Your ribbon tales are fantastic too!
So nice to hear you've had a wonderful visit with your mom. I always look forward to having my family visit as well.

Rita said...

Beautiful card, Nance! I'm glad you enjoyed some quality mom time this week. I'm looking forward to a bit of that myself next month. :) LOVE the doggy pearl. I think they stick better to pets than cards sometimes.

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Your birthday card is gorgeous! I love the colors you chose and how you have embellished and layered your sentiment. Love it; TFS.

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

This is beautiful, Nance! I love the colors and the "random" stamping. The inside of the card is just as stunning as the outside. And love the pearl that Sadie is sporting - my first thought was that she was channeling the Boxer Twins as well! LOL

Nancy said...

Such a pretty card, of course I love the sea shell images and the tag, the pearls, the ribbon ends and the inside of the card is gorgeous too.
However, the cutie-pie is really sweet Ms. Sadie all dressed up in her pearls, too funny!
Luv,
Mom

Marisa said...

Love your take on the sketch, Nance! The pearls look fabulous, even on Sadie LOL! Glad you had some special time with your mom too :)

Ann Schach said...

Such a beautiful card, N with an E! I love the colors, which seem so perfect for a seaside card. Of course you can never have too many pearls! And Sadie looks fabulous with her pearl. Like Muffy says, "Pearls and fur are made for each other!"

LeAnne said...

Love the card...I love seashells too but somehow I haven't gotten this set! Beautiful colors...but the pearl-embellished pooch stole the shore!

Linda Callahan said...

Such a beautiful Florida card - makes me long for the sea! And I will be "sea-ing" you in FL before long! I am sure you had a great time with your mom visiting :)

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance love this color combo and it's so "Florida", right?
I really love the ribbon treatment on this and someone must be pretty special to get so many pearls! Wow. Now the one on Sadie's nose is too funny! hugs.

Alyssa said...

I love the effect of the ribbon tails on top of the ribbon that wraps around! And you are inspiring me to pay attention to the inside of my cards too, it's so beautiful! Another stunning creation!

H2 :) said...

Gorgeous card Nance! The colours are sooo pretty & your random stamping is perfect. Love the special treatment you have given to the sentiments, both inside & out. :)
Sadie looks pretty cute with her pearl trim too! ♥

Lee-Anne said...

Nance, what a beautiful color combo...so fresh! Love the pearl on your Sadie...she's adorable!

Beth McAlexander said...

This is so pretty. I love what you did with the pearls.

Casandra Bennett said...

Thank you for leaving me such a sweet comment on my blog yesterday (pink snowman card). It really brightened my day. :) Have a great weekend!

Amy White said...

Love this creation Nance! All the details are fabulous, from the colour scheme to the {random} stamping (lol!) to the way you've done your sentiment (must case that idea!) - love the inside too!

Lili said...

Beautiful card Nance! I love all the details.
I am so glad you enjoyed some wonderful time with your mom! I would like to send my regards to her, hope she remembers me.
Hugs ;)

Margaret said...

Poor Sadie! Getting all bedazzled with pearls!! Too cute!
Your card is gorgeous! The colors are perfect for this and the center panel looks wonderful!!

Debbie Henderson said...

Super colors Nance and the sentiment layer is totally gorgeous. Thanks for your 2nd entry with stillADDinktive!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Simply gorgeous. Thanks for linking up another one of your beautiful creations at still addINKtive this week.

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

Hah! Your idea of "random stamping" is the same as mine :)
Anyway it looks absolutely fabulous. Love the colour palette. Thanks for sharing another one of your gorgeous creations with us at still addINKtive.

H2 :) said...

I ♥ love this card, Nance. Everything about it is perfect! )

Lisa Young said...

Another great card, Nance! But I have to say the picture of your adorable dog with a Pearl on her nose was the best. Totally made me smile.