Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bold Butterfly Window PP345

Hey there, friends!  I am excited to be the hostess this week at The Paper Players with a fun Clean-and Simple challenge...Butterflies!
With my crazy busy life, Clean-and-Simple seems to be the way my crafting is trending these days.  I suspect it's that way for a lot of people right?!  While I like Clean-and-Simple style, I still try to add small details that make the design intriguing....something that makes you say "how did she do that?"
Super clean design--just some card stock strips and a simple sentiment but the interesting part is the window sheet butterfly!  First I adhered some cardstock strips to a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then, I die cut the butterfly from this piece with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  Next, the butterfly wings were clear embossed onto a piece of Window Sheet using the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  The Bold Butterfly Framelits were used again to die cut a butterfly from my card base.  Once I had my three pieces (card base, window sheet & panel), I started building my layers.  The Window Sheet is adhered to the card base with glue dots and the cardstock panel it adhered over the Window Sheet with dimensionals.  Basically creating a sandwich of card base, window sheet, and main panel.  The last step for the front was the sentiment in Black Archival ink from One Big Meaning.
The inside looked a little plain through the clear window sheet so I lined up and stamped the solid butterfly from Watercolor Wings on the inside.  I used a new ink color--Powder Pink--part of the new In Color palette coming from Stampin' Up in June!  From left to right: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.  Aren't they pretty?
Here you have a better view of the clear embossed butterfly wings from the inside.  Isn't that a cool look?!  Inside sentiment placement can be a little tricky with a clear hole in the middle of the card but the spot on the inside left works perfectly!  There's still enough room to write a note around the butterfly on the right.  So there you have it...Clean-and-Simple, Detail Style!

I hope you enjoyed today's card. Be sure to pop over and check out the rest of the lovely butterflies from my design team buddies at The Paper Players.  Maybe you'll be inspired to play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 26th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day PP344

What a special day today!  A day to honor not only mothers but sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, friends.....all the wonderful women in our lives.  For me, there are plenty but none more influential, strong or loving than my mother.  My constant, my rock, my support....I love you to the moon and back times infinity Mom!  Thank you for everything you do for our family.

This week at The Paper Players another wonderful woman, Claire, has a bright and beautiful color challenge for us:
I'll admit, I was a little vexed when I first saw these colors but then I realized that I could blend the red and orange together....maybe cheating a little but it's a good way to approach similar colors in a palette.  So here's what I pulled together:
I really love the Special Reason stamp set and am sad to see it retire.  So far, I've mostly used it with the coordinating dies for the beautiful cut outs it creates.  Here I wanted to feature the full stamp and the pretty flowers.  
The two sizes of similar flowers makes for easy bouquets—I like the graduated look of the sizes.  Here I inked the flowers first in Tangerine Tango and with a sponge dauber tapped in the center and the edges with Real Red ink.  After cutting out with the coordinating die, I painted the flowers with Wink of Stella…happy sigh.
The watercolor look to the background was made easy with the swoosh stamp from Work of Art—a set I am happy to report is not retiring!  Since the swooshes were stamped off I wanted another layer that was full strength Tempting Turquoise so I added some watery dots from the Dragonfly Dreams set
So, there are a mixture of sentiments from three different stamp sets.  The front features an oldie but goodie from Delightful Dozen while the inside combines Petite Pairs and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I stamped another blended flower and using a mask added some more swooshes and Pear Pizzazz leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by today….be sure to check all the lovelies from my teammies at The Paper Players.  Maybe you will join us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 19th at Noon (PST).  Have a great day!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sweet Cake for a Sweet Treat PP343

Hiya friends!  Welcome to another week at The Paper Players where our lovely friend LeAnne is hosting a Theme Challenge this week:
Sweet Treats!  So I went looking in my stash….I got a little sidetracked by all the STUFF in there, oh my!  But I did find a retired stamp set called Sweet Cake that fit the bill and with all the May birthdays among my family and friends, I have another birthday card:
So cute…now I remember why I didn’t get rid of this stamp set!  I wanted to use up some more of my designer paper and thought this cherry paper would coordinate perfectly with the cupcake.  I covered my thick Whisper White base with this pattern from the [retired] Cherry On Top DSP stack.  I used some [contraband] Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to cut my focal panel out of Watermelon Wonder cardstock.   My teammies all use these wonky stitched dies often and I just had to have them!  I stamped the main image several times fussy-cutting each layer.  First the whole thing was stamped in Pool Party and cut out.  I then stamped again in Watermelon Wonder ink for the cupcake and Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock for the cupcake liner.  So you can’t tell in this pic but the cupcake, cherry and heart all sparkle with a liberal application of Wink of Stella—I mean really because if you’re gonna have a cupcake, it should sparkle, right?!
The inside needed a little something extra beyond just the stamping so I cut a frame from the same Cherry on Top DSP to decorate the sentiment.  This sweet sentiment is from [yet another] retired set called Remembering Your Birthday and while I didn’t use pink on this card, I thought the sentiment fit well with the sweet treat theme of today’s card.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of my teamies over at The Paper Players.  Maybe you will be inspired to join us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 12th at Noon (PST).  Talk to ya soon!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Up, Up and Away Birthday PP342

Hi friends!  The fabulous Jaydee has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us this week at The Paper Players.  We can choose any three options either across, down or diagonally:
So, we have a lot of May birthdays in our family.  In fact, there are three just next week alone!  One of them is my sweet MIL and using the top row--circle, green & twine--this is the card I made for her:
A few years ago, my sweet in-laws took our whole family on a safari in Tanzania for their 50th wedding anniversary.  How wonderful are they, right?!  The highlight of the trip was a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti on the morning of their anniversary.  It is an amazing memory and one I hope my MIL will remember when she sees the paper on her card.  The paper inspired my color choices of Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach and Mint Macaron.  I also wanted to play with the retiring Crazy about You stamp set and dies--love this big scrollly "happy"!  I was also pleasantly surprised to figure out that another long-ago retired set, Up, Up & Away, coordinates perfectly with the striped balloons on the paper.  I'm glad to see that the Balloon Bouquet punch will not be retired because it sure makes for quick balloon shapes!
Now I remember why I loved this stamp set and didn't get rid of it!  Just look at those cute balloons and clouds!!  I guess I should have made these inside balloons with the hanging basket but I liked the look of the string dangling and how it mimics to ones on the front of the card.  That's just a little creative license with the stamps!

Thanks for popping in for a visit today...I hope you enjoyed my card.  Take a look at all the wonderful inspiration my teammates have for you over at The Paper Players.  Come along and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 5th at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Paper, Paper so much Paper! PP341

I have sooooo much patterened paper--too much!  All the pretty prints and colors are hard to resist but I really have waaaay toooo much.  I've cut down on how much I buy and I'm trying to use it instead of hoard it.  Can you relate?!  :-)  So with Sandy's super fabulous sketch in hand, I made TWO cards using up some of my stash!  Take a look at her awesome sketch this week at The Paper Players:

The same sketch but two very different looks just by changing the paper and the colors.  The first card uses some retired Botanical Gardens DSP and the colors are Basic Black, Hello Honey and Mint Macaron.   I used the coordinating dies from the Special Reason stamp set to cut the flowers and leaves tucking a few behind the main panel.  It took some figuring with scrap copy paper to get the sizing of the sketch elements just right so in case you're interested....the main panel of DSP is 3.25" x 5.5" and the secondary panel (with the flower die-cut) is 2.75" x 3.5".  The second card is exactly the same layout and measurements just changing the paper for retired Birthday Bouquet DSP and the colors of Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow.

The Special Reason stamp set made quick work of the inside with that gorgeous bloom.  A little masking to create the leaves and a simple sentiment finished it off.  That's it for me today friends....pop on over to the rest of my teamies at The Paper Players and check out their fabulous creations.  Come play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, April 28th at Noon (PST).  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thank Goodness for Clean-andSimple PP340

That's right, thank goodness for LeAnne's cute Clean-and-Simple challenge this week at The Paper Players!  My brain couldn't handle more than CAS this week and even at that, my card is ridicuously simple.  First, here's LeAnne's cute challenge:
I had all kinds of ideas swimming in my head and maybe that was part of the problem--I couldn't settle on just one.  I think it's really after a couple weeks off, my creative juices are slow to get started again.  Anway, here's my card:
Almost embarrassed to post it because there is little stamping or creativity involved--I let this cute paper do all the work.  I've been hoarding saving this retired paper for just the right moment and I think this is it.  Love these cute bikes in their bright colors.  I used a new-to-me die from My Favorite Things--Stitched Basic Edges--to make the fun off center edge.  Before I cut it, I did back the DSP with a piece of cardstock to give it more weight.  I knew I wanted to pop it up on the card base and didn't want it to sag.  The sentiment is from a sweet PTI set, Pedal Pusher, that I borrowed from my mom.   Thanks, Mom!  The sentiment is heat embossed in white on the Bermuda Bay base.  Like I said, ridicuously simple!!

My teamies have some great CAS projects to share with you over at The Paper Players so go check them out before our challenge closes on Friday, April 21st at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends....and for those that celebrate...Happy Easter!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

PP339; A Color Challenge from Joanne

Hiya friends!  Volleyball season is in full swing in our house and I'm taking a little bloggy break.  Please check out the beautiful color challenge our friend Joanne is hosting this week at The Paper Players!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Best Birds for a Sketch PP337

Happy funday Sunday, friends!  Our sweet friend, Crafty Claire has a fabulous sketch challenge for us this week at The Paper Players:
I know I say this every month but I just love sketch challenges!  In my mind, the layout is always the most difficult part of the design so I appreciate a head start. 
I recently acquired the Best Birds bundle and though it would be perfect for this sketch.  I started by stamping a masked circle on the Crumb Cake base with the Hardwood background stamp.  To do this, I used the largest size Circle framelit to cut a mask from thin copy paper.  Once the circle was cut out, I laid the copy paper over my card base and stamped on top leaving just the area exposed by the circle for my stamped image.  Copy paper works best because it is thin and gives a crisp outer edge to your stamped image.
All the pieces you see here were stamped onto watercolor paper--with Early Espresso ink--and cut out with the coordinating Birds & Blooms Thinlits.  I colored each piece with a combination of [retired] Blendabilities markers and Stampin' Write markers.  My colors are Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.  I love the springtime look of this combination!  I tried to show you in this pic the liberal application of Wink of Stella on the birdie but that darn Stella is difficult to capture "on film"!  Trust me, though, she sparkles!
Just a touch of stamping on the inside and coloring with Blendabilities and Stampin' Write markers again.  I really like this stamp set.  The images are so pretty and detailed and there are a bunch of wonderful sentiments--love the fonts too!

Be sure to check out all the wonderful inspiration from the rest of The Paper Players design team--you will love the variety of creativity on display there!  Maybe you will join us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 31st at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Congratulations, Lesley & Corey!

Hi friends, coming to you today with an extra special, super surprise Blog Hop for a dear friend!  My uber talented friend and all-round sweet gal Lesley Croghan and her husband Corey are expecting their first child--a baby girl, squeal--so excited for them!  With the amazing organizational and creative talents of Lori Turner, we are putting on a Blog Hop today:
All of us--at last count there were about 70!--sent cards and presents to Lori who graciously packaged everything up and mailed it to Lesley & Corey!  Lesley is opening the package as this hop goes live and she and her hubby will get to go through the cards in person as well as online--what fun!  So, here's what I made to welcome Little Miss Croghan to the world:
So, the partial cutting technique is the same as I used on my card for last week's Paper Players challenge but I actually made this one first.  I just couldn't share it with you until know because of the surprise blog hop and all!  This version is way more stepped up with lots of layers and embellies.  The Pool Party base is stamped with falling stars from the Moon Baby set and I filled in a few of them with tiny stars punched with the Star Border punch and silver glimmer paper.  Geesh, those were tiny but so worth it!
For this card, I stamped on Watercolor paper and used my Watercolor Pencil--Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo--with an Aqua Painter to blend.  There's also a touch of Blushing Bride on the rosy cheeks of this sweet baby--oh, she is just so cute!  Just like Little Miss Croghan is sure to be!
A huge thank you to Lori Turner for organizing this fabulous blog hop--so glad to be part of it! Lori is hosting the hop on her blog so we can go check out all the happy baby wishes from everyone.  You can even link up your own well wishes to Lesley on Lori's blog--come on and hop along with us! Check it out!

Lesley...wishing showers of happiness for you, Corey and your soon-to-be-bundle of joy.  What wonders await you.  You are going to be an amazing mother and little Miss Croghan is one lucky baby.  Big hugs to you, my friend, wishing you all the best....mwah!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Clean and Simple Moon Baby: PP336

Our wonderful and talented friend, Joanne, is hostess this week at The Paper Players with a sweet Clean-and-Simple challenge:
I was thrilled with this challenge because it gave me another excuse to use the adorable Moon Baby set!
This sweet little nugget just makes me smile every time I stamp with it.  So sweet!  The base of my card is thick Whisper White cardstock which I covered with a piece of Soft Sky embossed with the [retired] Swiss Dot folder.  I associate Swiss Dot fabric with sweet baby outfits and delicate details so it was a natural choice for this card.
So you might be wondering what I did here......well, sweet Joanne is the queen of the partial die-cutting technique (where part of your stamped image goes beyond the edge of the die cut) and she inspired me to do the same with today's card. 
Although I didn't use a die cut, the technique is the same.  After I stamped the image on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock, I used my rotary trimmer to cut in from the sides stopping just at the moon.  From there, I fussy-cut around the sweet little cherub.  I really like the way it frames the image and emphasizes the direction of the moon.
I added a little doily folded in half under the main panel.  You can't see it here but it's brushed with Wink of Stella--love!  This is a CAS challenge so I kept the layers and embellishments to a minimum but the moon needed a little special treatment.  Some looped silver thread was just the thing!
I couldn't neglect the inside and there are some other sweet stamps in this set.  I colored these little guys with a mixture of watercolor pencils + blender pens and [retired] Blendabilites markers.  So cute!

I know that the rest of The Paper Players design team have some more adorable Baby creations for you--be sure to check them out!  Maybe you will even play along before our challenge ends on Friday, March 24th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Sandy Mathis 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Corner Garden of Emeralds PP335 & FMS278

Green is my favorite many pretty shades.  From deep forest green to the softest sea green, I love them all!  So, it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to the fabulous Jaydee's challenge this week at The Paper Players:
The hardest part was deciding just which shade of green to use?  I went from Old Olive to Pear Pizzazz and none of them turned out like I envisioned....until I spotted a new pack of Emerald Envy cardstock and my Corner Garden of Emeralds was born!
This background stamp, Corner Garden, is retired but I still love it.  The delicate layering of flowers is just beautiful and embossed in white on Emerald Envy cardstock, it really pops!  I needed a subtle layer of color behind the focal panel and this Mint Macaron designer paper is just perfect.  Believe it or not, it's actually the reverse of some SU 2016 Christmas paper.  The DSP featured Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy together and they really do pair well.  The subtle pattern "reads" like a solid--meaning your eye picks up the solid color--but the slight pattern adds just enough interest.
The gals at Freshly Made Sketches have an awesome sketch this week and it gave me the perfect layout for this card.  Per the sketch, I tried a couple pieces of cardstock behind the main panel but they all looked to heavy.  I tried some bits of ribbon instead and really liked the look so I went with it!  The 4 pieces of Whisper White Organza ribbon were attached to a scrap piece of cardstock with snail adhesive.  I attached the ribbon + cardstock to my base card and trimmed the ribbon to the width of the card.  I like the soft white color it provides while the satin adds a little elegance to the design.
Also per the sketch, I added an extra flower that was embossed in white and fussy-cut.  It's a little higher than the sketch placement but I think it works!  The sentiment is from Birthday Blooms and I use it all the time!  Love the mix of fonts.  Here, I inked it in Versamark, then Emerald Envy ink and heat set with clear embossing powder for a custom embossed sentiment.
I used Corner Garden again on the inside, this time stamping in Mint Macaron ink. The sentiment is an old one from a long-ago retired stamp set that I can't even remember the name of!  I kept it just for this sentiment because, well...good friends are hard to find and they should be celebrated!

Come on over to The Paper Players and celebrate by playing along with us!  Check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and then link up your creation before the challenge closes on Friday, March 17th at Noon (PST)!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater

Sandy Mathis