Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lakeside Anniversary PP350

 Hiya friends, did you miss me?!  I had a nice little break as we wound up the club volleyball season with my daughter's team at AAU Nationals in Orlando.  They placed 5th out of 118 teams in their division and we are so proud of their spirit and tenacity!
Anywhooo...this week I am excited to host our sketch challenge at The Paper Players:
I love the look of tone-on-tone stamping and that's what I tried to capture in the sketch.  With some new goodies from the 2017-2018 SU catalog in hand, it was good to get back into the creative groove and create this for you:
I won't lie, the first thing I did was cut out these adorable Adirondack chairs with the [new] Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Aren't they cute?!  I wasn't exactly sure what I would do with them but started to get the idea of them sitting by a sunset--what better way to celebrate an anniversary, right?
Here you have a better view of the tone-on-tone stamping with Pool Party ink on the Pool Party base.  The congratulations sentiment is from the companion stamp set, Colorful Seasons.  The strip of paper on the side is a design (I think it's Tip Top Taupe?) from the retired Cherry on Top DSP stack.  The neutral color helps ground the other bright colors of Real Red, Crushed Curry and Pool Party.  I stamped the sunburst from the retired Kinda Eclectic set directly on the new Color Theory DSP stack; this paper has a gradient stripe which works well with the idea of a setting sun.
The Colorful Seasons stamp set has some beautiful sentiments and this one is no exception.  Love the sentiment and love the font!  It's stamped in Early Espresso on top of a Crushed Curry sun with a little random heart from my stash.  I think it's the perfect sentiment for an anniversary, don't you?

I know this has been a photo-heavy post but I also have to share this one.  I know my bird-loving teammies Jaydee & LeAnne will love it!
We live on 1.5 acres with lots of live oaks, water oaks, and pine trees.  Hawks and owls are our resident companions and this guy was squawking up a storm while I was photographing my card.  He feels so comfortable in our yard that he stayed on this branch while I went inside the house to swap out my camera lens for the zoom.  Managed to get him mid-squawk too!  Isn't he majestic?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and humoring me and all my photos!  Check out the rest of the inspiration from my fabulous teammies at The Paper Players and come play along!  It's also our last challenge with Guest Designers Valentyna and Crystal.  Thank you ladies for all your hard work and participation with us--it's been great having you on the team!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bloggy Break for Volleyball

 Hi friends....I'm taking a little break from blogging to attend the 2017 AAU Girls' National Volleyball Championships.  I'll be back with a new Paper Players challenge on June 25th.  I hope you'll stop by then!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Watercolor Birthday PP347

Hey there friends!  This week at The Paper Players, the fabulous Jaydee has a Theme Challenge that you can have all kinds of fun with: fun is that?  We all need birthday cards, right?!.  In fact, it's the type of card I make most often.  I was inspired to use my new Happy Birthday Thinlit again but with a much different background:
I used my watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter to create my swirly background.  The colors are Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  The Bermuda Bay turned out more green than IRL probably because it blended with the yellow but no's still a pretty color!
The edges were trimmed with my Wonky Stitched dies and I gave a drop shadow to the die-cut sentiment with another layer of watercolor paper.  I also coated the whole die-cut with a Wink of Stella--so difficult to show in a picture but oh, does it sparkle!
The inside has less of a watery look because I used Whisper White cardstock instead of watercolor paper.  I managed to use an Aqua Painter and the watercolor pencils without pilling the paper just with a verrrry thin brush of water.  Two sentiments here from the coordinating Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  All in all, a super easy super quick card to make.  The Happy Birthday Thinlit did all the work!

Pop on over to The Paper Players and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration.  We hope you will play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, June 9th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hello Gorgeous Birthday! PP346

Hi friends!  The lovely Laurie has a fantastic sketch challenge for us this week at The Paper Players.  Check it out:
I received a few new toys in my Stamping' Up pre-order and thought I would feature them along with some pretty retiring designer paper:
My stamp set and Happy Birthday Thinlit are from the Hello Gorgeous bundle and I love 'em!  This thinlit makes for such a quick and easy card.  The retiring Affectionately Yours DSP inspired my color choices of Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder.
 I used this sweet little blossom stamp from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to stamp the background of the card base--I love this trendy tone-on-tone stamping look.  This little stamp coordinates very well with the blossoms on the pretty paper.  
A close-up shows you the detail of the Happy Birthday Thinlit.  I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this popped out of the cardstock after running through the Big Shot with the Precision Base Plate.  Cut through like butter!  I cut a second piece from Crumb Cake cardstock and used it like a drop shadow behind the main Watermelon Wonder die-cut.  

I hope you liked my card sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out the rest of the inspiration from my friends on the Design Team.  Maybe you will play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, June 2nd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today....on my birthday!

The Paper Players Design Team 

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