Sunday, April 15, 2018

Magical Stardust & Rainbows PP389

Hi friends!  Welcome to another week with my gal pals at The Paper Players where the lovely and talented Sandy has a trendy Clean-and-Simple challenge for us...Magical!
As a child I loved unicorns....The Last Unicorn was a favorite book of mine but sadly, I only have ONE stamp set featuring these magical creatures--an old retired set called Pony Party.  As it looks quite a bit like a My Little Pony type of unicorn, it wasn't really what I had in mind for today's card.  So, I turned to the Silhouette Design Store to find a design I could cut on my Cameo...
...and I did cut it out but found that I liked the negative space better!  I used a piece of watercolor paper underneath to color a rainbow with my watercolor pencils starting with Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, and Rich Razzleberry.  The white embossed sentiment is from the retired Pony Party set and it is just perfect for my grown-up unicorn.  I was tempted to add some embellishments or dry embossing but kept to the clean-and-simple style of today's challenge and only added Wink of Stella around the edge of my cut shape.
The inside is equally as Clean-and-Simple with a sweet sentiment and some Crushed Curry stars from another retired set, Be the Star.  Can you tell I have a difficult time getting rid of my retired sets?! LOL.  The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set called Inside & Out: Birthday--my Mom (a die-hard PTI aficionado) bought this set for me ages ago and, along with PTI's Birthday Basics, it is one of my go-to sets for inside sentiments.  It's hard to beat PTI for sentiments!

And it's hard to beat my pals at The Paper Players for creativity!  Be sure to check out all their fabulousness over at The Paper Players....maybe you'll play along with us before our challenge ends on Friday, April 20th at Noon (PST).  

The Paper Players Design Team 

It's been a little while since I shared some volleyball shots, so here's a few of our favorite player last weekend at a tournament in Jacksonville.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Misty Mountain Top PP388

Hi friends!  It's another fun week with my pals at The Paper Players.  The lovely LeAnne has a beautiful color combination for us to work with...take a look:
Oh my, that field of lavender is gorgeous isn't it?  Beautiful colors and I had the idea that I wanted to make some misty mountains with these colors using the Waterfront stamp set--similar to this card from a couple weeks ago.  Whenever I need a kickstart of inspiration I always head to Pinterest and a search for "mountain perspective drawing" yielded this fabulous photo and my idea was born:

It took several tries on scrap paper to get the look of the mountains the way that I wanted--dark in the front and fading out in the distance. This really gives depth to the image without adding any extra layers.  This is just one panel of cardstock!  The front row of mountains is stamped full-strength in Elegant Eggplant--overlapping the mountain image to make the mountain larger.  The second row of mountains is full-strength Wisteria Wonder, again overlapping to make it appear larger.  The third row is Wisteria Wonder stamped off once and the final row is stamped off twice.  Tranquil Tide stamped off once or twice with another image from Waterfront created the forest floor .  The trees were stamped full-strength in Tranquil Tide.  Finally, I added soaring birds from the High Tide set and a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases both in Elegant Eggplant.  The whole front panel is popped up on a thick Whisper White base.
Thanks for peeking in on my card today...I hope you liked it!  Be sure to check out the rest of the loveliness over at The Paper Players.  My teammates have outdone themselves with LeAnne's colors this week!  Perhaps you'll be inspired to play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, April 13th at Noon (PST).  Have a great week!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Vellum Orchids for a Sketch PP386

Hi there friends!  Thanks for stopping by for another week with my teammies at The Paper Players.  This week, the fabulously Crafty Claire has an awesome sketch challenge for us:
I'm not really sure where the inspiration for this came from except that I wanted to use a stamp set that had not been inked in awhile and I wanted to think a little outside the sketch.  Instead of using the circle in the sketch as the focal point for a stamp set, I used it as a landing spot for my focal image.  I really like elements that "fall off" the edge--the edge of a die cut or the edge of an image.  So here, my Climbing Orchid falls off the edge of the Stitched Shape element.
There are three orchid pieces to this flower, each one inked in Versamark on cardstock vellum, heat embossed in gold, and cut with the coordinating Thinlits.  Usually vellum shows any adhesives but here I was able to hide both glue dots and dimensionals with each layer of the flower.  It was only after I glued everything down that I realized I was supposed to have ribbon element around the top of the card front...d'oh!  I hope Claire will forgive me!
With a specific placement for a sentiment, the sketch gives us freedom put it anywhere--love that!  I had a lot of elements going on here and didn't want to add another element for the sentiment.  With that in mind, I did some tone-on-tone stamping with Berry Burst ink on the same color cardstock stitched circle.  It's a subtle way to incorporated the sentiment without extra bulk!
Was anybody else excited to see THICK Very Vanilla cardstock in the latest catalog?  I was so happy--love it!  I didn't need to add an extra panel to the inside because the base is thick enough but with all the layers on the front, it still felt a little whimpy on the inside.  So, I cut a 4 x 5.25" panel and inked up my design for the inside.  Since I used the Seasonal Layers thinlit to cut the branch on the front of the card, I used this fabulous sentiment from that coordinating Colorful Seasons set on the inside.  Such a great sentiment and useful for so many occasions!  

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration over at The Paper Players where my teammates also had fun with Claire's sketch.  Perhaps you'll be inspired to play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 30th at Noon (PST).  Have a great week!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunshine & Rainbows for your Birthday PP385

 Hey there friends!  Welcome to another week with The Paper Players....coming to you on day three of the Disney Volleyball Showcase in Orlando, Florida.  Our daughter's team is 6-0 headed into gold bracket play today, so wish them luck! :-)  This week I am tickled pink to be the Clean-and-Simple challenge hostess with a bright and colorful challenge...
Rainbow!!  Anything with a rainbow, rainbow element, or rainbow colors.  I went very literal with my take on the challenge:
 The Sunshine & Rainbows stamp set and coordinating dies made quick work of this clean-and-simple card.  A thick Whisper White card base and a few white die-cuts from the Rainbow Builder Framelits.  Once I made a straight cut on the main panel of clouds, it was the perfect place for this sweet sentiment.
 I played around with some cardstock colors to get just the right combination of ROYGBIV.  The Rainbow Builder Framelits nest perfectly with each other.  Here I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, and Rich Razzleberry.  TIP: After cutting place the rainbow arches face down on a piece of Press-n-Seal wrap and then tape them together with your favorite tear tape.  You can peel the whole rainbow off the press and seal wrap and position it on your project.
 Here's to wishing you a sunny day from Orlando!  Do go check out all the the fabulous inspiration from my teammates at The Paper Players.....I hope you're inspired to play along with us before the challenge ends on Friday, March 22nd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Purple Mountain Majesty for CTD Featured Stamper

Wow, it's a special occasion around here with an extremely rare mid-week post.  Certainly special because I am thrilled to be this week's Featured Stamper at Color Throwdown! The gals at Color Throwdown are among our industry's finest and to be selected by them, for this card, is a true honor.  Color me humbled!
With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, the CTD gals are smilin' with Irish eyes this week...take a look at the color palette we got to work with:
Green and eggplant....hmmmm....I thought about it for awhile and decided to play some more with my beloved Waterfront stamp set and create a "purple mountains majesty" card!
To create the mountains I used a lighter shade of eggplant--Wisteria Wonder--and stamped in from each side at full strength and after stamping off once.  I made a base for the treeline by using just the edge of one of the line stamps in Tranquil Tide ink.  The trees were also stamped in Tranquil Tide.  I used one of the abstract stamp images to create the grassy meadows beneath the mountains by stamping off twice with Tranquil Tide ink.  I have a set of hillside border dies--not sure which company they are from--that I used to create the slightly torn edge.  I just held the die on my cardstock and tore off the edge to reveal the sentiment stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink.  The flock of birds flying over the mountains are from the High Tide stamp set and are stamped in Elegant Eggplant to coordinate with the sentiment.
Thank you for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out the gorgeous samples at Color Throwdown--these ladies always delight with their creativity!  Big thanks to the team for choosing my tulip card and inviting me aboard this week.   Enjoy the rest of your week, friends!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Just Be YOU PP384

Hi friends, and welcome to another week with The Paper Players!  Our sweet friend across the pond, Joanne, has a lovely color challenge for us this week:
I have to admit, I was a little daunted by this color....PINK!  It's not a shade I use very often so I was a little flummoxed until I remembered this awesome set I've only used a couple times...Fabulous Flamingo...and my card was born:
I started with the idea of a row of flamingos--all in the same shade to as a way to demonstrate their conformity.  THe last flamingo is strutting her stuff all decked out with all three steps of stamps in this set!  The base flamingo is Powder Pink, the second layer--the shading--is what else--Flirty Flamingo, of course!  The accent lines are obviously stamped in Black Memento ink. 
I didn't want to introduce another color--staying true to the "any shade of pink" challenge--so I used a base of Smoky Slate and stamped a few palm fronds in the same color ink to frame the focal point.
The sentiment had to be just right--something that emphasized the individuality of the recipient--I really wanted to use the die-cut YOU from the SAB Amazing You set.  Once that was die-cut in black, I went searching through my stash for just the right companion sentiment.  I found it in "Just Be" from the retired Crazy For You stamp set--perfect! 
I'm not sure when I will have occasion for this card so I left the inside sentiment free but stamped another flamingo framed with palm fronds.  This really is such a cool set--love that shading on the flamingo!

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team inspiration over at The Paper Players.  I hope you will be inspired to join us before our challenge closes on Friday, March 16th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Tulip Time! PP383 & CTD482

Hi friends!  The fabulously talented Jaydee is our hostess with the mostess this week at The Paper Players and she's got a Theme Challenge that is spot-on for the weather in Florida this week:
Tulips do not grow here in FL but they were a perennial sign of spring during my childhood in Michigan.  I love that our florists and markets here can import tulips from all over so I still get to embrace them even if they aren't native here.  They are among my favorite flowers so I they were my go-to for this challenge!
Despite being a favorite flower of mine, I only have one stamp set featuring tulips.  So, I asked my auxiliary stamp coordinator--my mom--for any of her favorites.  A true devotee of PTI stamps, she shared the Tulip Time set and coordinating dies and oh how pretty they are!  I tried many color combinations and couldn't settle on anything until I saw these gorgeous colors at The Color Throwdown:
The Smoky Slate center panel was run through, first, with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things.  I wanted a little interest and texture on the main panel but not bulk so I used Post-it tape to mask off a border and stamped the Burlap background stamp in the center.  The tulips are a three step stamp--the solid base of the flower is Powder Pink followed by Blushing Bride and finally Crumb Cake at the base to match the two-step Crumb Cake stems--whew! That's a lot of stamping!
Once I got the hang of all those stamped parts, I had fun carrying them to the inside panel.  I thought the happy birthday sentiment coordinated well with the "A Time for New Beginnings" sentiment not just for spring but a birthday is always a time for a fresh start, right?  And speaking of a fresh start, the azaleas are in full swing here and spring has definitively sprung!
I hope you enjoyed my card sure to pop over and check out my teammates and their fabulous spring creations at The Paper Players!  Join us before our challenge ends on Friday, March 9th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

An Amazing Number of Years! PP382

Hi friends!  This week the my sensational friend, Sandy, has an equally sensational sketch challenge for us at The Paper Players...take a look:
Isn't that a good one?!  I could see so many possibilities with this from heavily layered to clean and detailed....I landed somewhere in the middle with today's card:
A colleague at work hits a milestone birthday next week so I wanted to make an extra special card for her.  She loves flowers so I loaded her up with as many as I could fit on this card!  I wanted to keep the focus on the center panel and chose to stamp a panel of mock paper on the bottom layer.  For this I used my favorite Birthday Blooms set in a tone-on-tone pattern on the Pool Party base.  Next, is a striped layer from some retired paper--Blushing Bride is such a pretty pair to Pool Party isn't it?
The Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Numbers Framelits makes for a fun way to  highlight more of this pretty retired DSP by using the negative space left behind from the die-cut.  Once I cut out the numbers, I stamped through the shape with the number in Blushing Bride ink.  What you can't see in the photo is that I brushed Wink of Stella onto the numbers for some pretty sparkle!  The Pool Party ruffled ribbon is long since retired but like some many things in my craft room likes to come out and play.  Here it served as a nice base for the Mossy Meadow "amazing" Celebrate You thinlit from the current Sale-a-Bration catalog.
The Number of Years stamp set has a bunch of great sentiments like the one I used here on the inside.  I mean who wouldn't feel better about their 50th birthday after a sentiment like this one, right?!  

I hope you enjoyed my card sure to check out my teammates at The Paper Players for even more fabulous inspiration.   We hope you will play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 2nd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

CAS Crazy about Sewing PP381

Hiya friends!  Welcome to another week with The Paper Players where the lovely LeAnne is hosting a Clean-and-Simple challenge that's sew much fun!
Sewing was among my first hobbies as a child--my mom is an excellent seamstress and taught me to sew when I was in fifth grade!  Although I don't sew as much as I used to, I still love the satisfaction of creating something out of a piece of fabric.  So of course, I am a sucker for any sewing related stamp set and couldn't part with the set Sew Suite that retired ages ago.  Lucky I didn't because it is perfect for LeAnne's "sew suite" challenge!
I could see this card completed in my mind's eye and was thrilled that it turned out just as I imagined.  That so rarely happens, lol!  Anyway, the card base is Crumb Cake and the top Whisper White panel is 3.5" x 5.5".  True "random" stamping is so hard for me to do--what with the OCD tendencies, ha--so, of course I used my stamp placement tool to get these sweet little sewing machines just right.  I alternated colors of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral (I know it looks red here), and Crumb Cake.  The sentiment combines a couple stamp sets--I stamped the "sew" in Early Espresso ink using the Hand Lettered Alphabet photopolymer set while the "thanks" and "much" came from the Crazy About You [retired] set.  

I hope you liked my card today.  Be sure to check out all the eye candy from my teammates over at The Paper Players.  I hope you're inspired to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, February 23rd at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team 
We had a rare weekend off from volleyball this weekend but here's a shot from the previous weekend's tournament in Orlando.  Yep, that's our daughter leaping over the backpacks and a teammate on the sidelines to save this pass and assist in a point.  They ended up losing the match but they sure played their hearts out.  Love their determination--every point matters!

Thanks for looking in on me...take care, friends!