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 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Affectionately Dragonfly Dreams PP334

Hi friends!  Happy to share my card for The Paper Players with you.  This week, the sensational Sandy is our hostess with a fun Theme Challenge:
I was so excited for this one because I really like to fussy cut.  I find it very relaxing--funny, right?  I know some people find it stressful but I can really get in the zone when I'm snipping!  Despite that, I ended up using some dies on today's card and no fussy-cutting at all!  Just shows, that you have to go where inspiration takes you.
Oh how I love the Dragonfly Dreams set and coordinating dies--it was the first thing I purchase from the Ocassions catalog.  Paired with the Affectionately Yours designer paper is gorgeous.  I love the bright, spring colors and the pop of copper throughout.  There's not much explaining needed for this card--it's really pretty simple.  The dots from this set were stamped in Mint Macaron onto the cardstock of the same color and the sentiment was stamped directly with Night of Navy ink.
You do need to see a close-up of this gorgeous dragonfly resplendent in Copper Foil.  The detail of this die is amazing and cuts beautifully from the foil paper.  I cut an extra dragonfly from Vellum cardstock and added it to the background for a subtle extra layer.  I like the gossamer look of the vellum.
The stamps in this set are just as gorgeous as the detailed dies.  The detail SU is able to achieve even with the photopolymer stamps is amazing.  I never thought they would be able to match the detail of red rubber in the clear stamps but this set proves that they have!

I hope you enjoyed my Affectionately Dragonfly Dreams will be headed out to a special friend who enjoys nature and all manner of winged creatures!  Do check out the lovely creations from the rest of the Design Team over at The Paper Players...maybe you'll even join us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 10th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Sandy Mathis 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Showers of Moon Baby PP333

Hi friends!  Oh my goodness, lovely LeAnne has a wonderful sketch for us this week at The Paper Players:
I LOVE circles and when I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what I wanted to do...use my circle dies to feature the images in the negative's what I mean:
 Don't you just love this little baby from the Moon Baby stamp set?  He is just the cutest!  Here, I cut three circles from the Crumb Cake cardstock so he could peek out of each one just a little bit more.  The Falling Petals embossing folder adds to the shower effect.  I love how it mimics the falling arrival of the wee little one!
I didn't have any SU watercolor paper so just used a pad of watercolor paper from Michael's.  The image is stamped in Basic Black archival ink and colored with a Pacific Point watercolor pencil and an Aqua Painter.  I gave him just the slightest wash of Blushing Bride for a rosy baby glow!  Just the cutest little image ever--big kudos to the SU artist who drew this set. The images are timeless--just like illustrations from classic children's literature.
I used another piece of watercolor paper for the inside so I could color and show the full image since he was only peeking out on the front.  I love it when the sentiments coordinate with the images in a stamp set and "showers of happiness" coordinates perfectly with the umbrella and the shower of stars.  I used a Daffodil Delight watercolor pencil to color the umbrella and stamped the stars in So Saffron for a lighter touch. 

I hope you like my little Moon Baby card.  I had so much fun coloring him.  This is actually the second card I made with this set but the other one will have to wait for another time!  In the meantime, stop by my gal pals at The Paper Players and check out their awesome creations!  Come play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, March 3rd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Sandy Mathis 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

So Very Much Watercolor PP332

Happy Sunday, peeps!  This week at The Paper Players, sweet Laurie is our hostess for a Clean-and-Simple challenge:
Clean-and-Simple with a sentiment as a focal point......hmmmm.  I'll admit I was a little stumped until I remembered this awesome Sale-a-Bration stamp set, So Very Much, that I got for free:
I knew that a watercolor background would be the perfect way to make this large sentiment the focal point.  SU's Watercolor Pencils just arrived in my mailbox and the Fab Friday challenge had some colors that were just perfect to create a watercolor wash background: (from the left) Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Rich Razzleberry, and Bermuda Bay.  I did use an ink pad for the Peekaboo Peach since it doesn't come in a pencil.  These colors are so pretty together and blend very well. 
The watercolor pencils are so easy to use--just scribble some color onto your choice of paper (I used watercolor paper here) and blend the pigment with either a Blender Pen, Aqua Painter or a paintbrush.  I like the effect of the Aqua Painter best as I wanted a very watery look.  A few passes with the heat gun made sure the design was good and dry.  A dry surface was especially important here because I heat embossed the sentiment and I didn't want any stray bits of embossing powder sticking to the watercolor! 
So Very Much, also from the same set, was stamped with Black Archival ink onto a strip of Watercolor paper and the ends were snipped.  I used watercolor paper instead of Whisper White for the sentiment because I wanted the sentiment banner to match the color of the focal piece--watercolor paper is slightly more vanilla than white.  Since this is a CAS challenge, I resisted the urge to add more details and just added a little bit of washi tape to dress it up.

I hope you like my So Very Much Watercolor card today. I had fun playing with the watercolor pencils and these gorgeous colors.  Be sure to stop by the rest of The Paper Players design team to see how they used sentiments as a focal point.  Maybe you'll even join our challenge before it closes on Friday, February 24th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Sandy Mathis 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Twinsets & Flannel for Any Special Reason PP331

This week at The Paper Players, I have the pleasure of hosting our Color Challenge.   I love color challenges both to create with them but also to see what others do with the colors I put together.  This week, I was inspired by a gorgeous scene I found on Pinterest:
Fresh and modern but classically elegant too--think pink cashmere twinsets and gray flannel skirts--these colors are gorgeous together.  At least I think so. ;-)  I took these classic colors and used them with a decidedly modern trend--negative space, that is using the space left behind from a die-cut.  Take a look:
Oooh, I love this technique and bought this SU stamp set and coordinating dies--Special Reason--just so I could use it in this way.  The card base is covered with a full piece of retired Smoky Slate DSP.  The focal piece of Smoky Slate cardstock measures 3.5 x 4" and I tucked a small piece of Copper Foil cardstock under the left side.
I used both the flower dies from the Special Reason bundle to cut out the shapes on the Smoky Slate base.  I tucked a slight smaller piece of Blushing Bride cardstock underneath and popped up the Smoky Slate panel with dimensionals.  The small flower was stamped in Blushing Bride ink onto the same color cardstock over which I layered a outline of the flower cut with the dies.  You can't tell in this photo but all three flowers were outlined with Wink of Stella and boy, do they sparkle!  The tiny Copper Foil leaves--both solid and outline--were cut with dies in this set and I wrapped a little bit of Copper Thread behind the small flower.
The inside has a lot more stamping than the outside--just showing off how pretty the flower stamps in this set are too.  Only because I couldn't resist another use of the negative space, I die-cut a small flower in the lower corner so the Smoky Slate card base could show through.

There you have it, my Twinsets & Flannel for Any Special Reason card!  I hope you like it.  Be sure to pop over to my peeps on The Paper Players Design Team to see all the beauties they are sharing this week.  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Nance Leedy Sandy Mathis