Sunday, June 10, 2018

Flourishing Phrases of Color PP397

Happy Sunday, friends! Today I am delighted to host this month's color challenge at The Paper Players:
I happened on this combination one day when all three of these ink pads were among those scattered on my craft desk.  They looked so pretty sitting there next to each other that I thought it would make a great color challenge combination! 
I was smitten with the layout of this card when I saw it in the new annual SU catalog (pg. 18).  I'm afraid that this is a pretty close CASE of the card in the catalog.  Sometimes, it just feels good to make something without having to think about the layout and overall design.  On the Crumb Cake base I stamped an image from Flourishing Phrases in the same color ink.  
 A die from the coordinating Flourish Thinlits made a delicate little flower and vine in Lemon Lime Twist.  The LLT leaves were stamped and fussy-cut, as were the Calypso Coral flowers.  I stamped the flowers four times fussy cutting two full flowers and then two smaller ones to layer on top.  This stamp set is so easy to cut out with the heavy outlines on the images.  Just for fun, I added some adhesive-backed sequins also in LLT. 
Some masking of the images to decorate the inside.  This is a little over the top for a Thank You card--I tend to keep those simple usually--but this one is going to a very special recipient who made my recent birthday extra special.  She deserves an over-the-top card because she is over-the-top wonderful!

Be sure to stop by The Paper Players to see some wonderful creations from our talented design team.  I hope you will play along with us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 15th at Noon PST.  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Hot Diggity, it's a Theme Challenge! PP396

Hi everyone, it's a fun theme week over at The Paper Players where our sweet friend Joanne challenged us to use animals on our projects: 
I have to say this one was a bit of a struggle for me....I surprisingly don't have many animal stamp sets.  Huh, who knew?!  Anyway, I dug deep into my stash of retired stamps...see this is why I have trouble getting rid of any of them...and came up with this cutie:
Hot Diggity Dog is actually the same of this set and it's so cute!  Lots of mix and match heads and bodies so you can create lots of different dogs.  I kept this card on the masculine side because I realized it would be perfect for my BIL.  He and my SIL adore dogs, have 5 of their own, and he is the director at the county humane society in their area.  I think he will love this card!  I took my colors from some retired DSP (it's actually Halloween paper!) and played around with Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, More Mustard and Basic Black.  I stamped the dog in archival Basic Black and colored his sweater and nose with a More Mustard stampin' write marker.  A little Smoky Slate grass, from the High Tide set, helps ground the dog and give him something to "sit" on.  

Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out all the inspiration from my lovely teammates!  Maybe you will be inspired to join us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 8th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bravo, Our Shining Star - PP395

Hi friends!  My sweet pal, LeAnne has an awesome sketch for us this week at The Paper Players...take a look:
Firstly, I have to apologize for the quality of these photos....I was in a hurry to photograph and schedule this post before leaving for a weekend [birthday!] trip so I had to use indoor lighting with my phone--gah!  Anyway, LeAnne's awesome sketch was a perfect chance to use the big script on this retired set called Bravo:
I can't believe it....our daughter graduates from 8th grade on Tuesday!  Oh my, I'm getting weepy just thinking about it...but so happy for all the opportunities that await her in high school.  So this card is for her...and I didn't worry about retired products or colors or anything, just created with her in mind.  Done in colorful pastels, with a little bit of sparkle and personalization, I think she will love it. 
First the sparkle...some shiny silver thread, some Wink of Stella on the "you" and a silver punched star because...well, she's our shining star!   
Here's the personalized part...I used the rotary alphabet stamp to create a repeated sentiment with the acronym of her school and graduation year...MMS 2018.  I didn't want the circle to cover up the larger sentiment so I tucked it behind the main panel.  A little different than the sketch but I don't think LeAnne will mind that I took a little creative license.  ;-)
The inside features another retired favorite...Word Play...I just love the scale and mixed font of this sentiment so I couldn't let it go.  Good thing to because it's perfect for graduation cards!  I'm sure I'll dig it out in another 4 years for her high school graduation....YIKES!

Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out all the inspiration from my teammates--they do lovely work!  Maybe you will be inspired to join us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 1st at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Clean and Simple Corner Garden - PP394

Hiya friends, and welcome to another week with The Paper Players!  This week my talented friend, Laurie is our hostess and she's asked us to created a Clean-and-Simple card featuring Blooms:
I knew right away what I was going to do but the hardest part was figuring out which color to use...
In the end, I decided that the white embossed blooms looked the prettiest on the dark green.  Have you heard about the SU Color Revamp?  Every once in awhile, SU refreshes their color palette by letting go of some colors and bringing in new ones.  This year, I was thrilled to see the return of several retired favorites, including Mossy Meadow featured on today's card!  My card is as simple as can be...just one layer heat embossed with one of my favorite [retired] stamps, Corner Garden.  The sentiment is also heat embossed and comes from a current set, Beautiful Bouquet. 
I left room on the inside for a hand-written note but stamped the garden again on Whisper White in Mossy Meadow ink.  That's it for me....clean-and-simple!  Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the rest of the team at The Paper Players:

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Birthday Tea Party - PP392

Hiya friends!  I've been away from the blog for a bit as things pick up with volleyball season and end-of-the-school year activities.  I am happy to be back, though, and playing hostess with my gal pals at The Paper Players for a Tea Party Theme Challenge.  This theme is near and dear to my heart.  Every year, our daughter's school hosts "Mother's Day Tea" where the kids put on a talent show and serve their mothers a lovely luncheon.  It's the highlight of the school year and I've attended every year since first grade!  Our daughter graduates from 8th grade this month so in honor of our last Mother's Day Tea, I'm inviting everyone to play along with our Tea Party!

All the women in my family, myself included, are tea drinkers so I definitely kept the retired SU set A Nice Cuppa! With the coordinating framelits, it makes for a quick and easy tea inspired card.  I also pulled out some beloved [retired] DSP, Birthday Bouquet, and took my color palette from there...Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, and Pool Party.  A very simple layout really but I had fun layering on the elements with the mini doilies, glimmer Pool Party ribbon and silver accents. 
On the inside, I masked the teacup stamp so I could stack them on top of each other.  With the mask, I also added some outline flowers in the background--these are stamped in Pool Party from the retiring Birthday Blooms set. Boy, am I sad to see that one go!  

That's it for me...I hope you have a lovely Sunday planned.  Be sure to stop by The Paper Players and check out all the Tea Party lovelies from my teammates.  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

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!