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