Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Frosty Snowglobe {PP173}

Hiya, peeps!  It's another week week with The Paper Players and our fabulous hostess Jaydee has a twist on this month's sketch challenge....our sketch is a SHAPE!
For this challenge, all I had to do was make a card with any shape EXCEPT the traditional rectangle or square.  I surveyed my dies and framelits and decided on the shape of a snowglobe:
The basic shape of this card was easy to make with a circle framelit and some extra cardstock.  I started with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock folded in half.  I ran the folded cardstock through the Big Shot with a circle Framelit making sure to place the fold just below the top of the die.  When cut, you are left with a folded circle! 
A small piece of cardstock attached to the bottom makes the perfect stand for my snowglobe.  I used the Word Window punch to add some detail to the bottom.  The "stand" need a little something else and the Adorning Accents embossing folder seemed perfect...especially after I added some rhinestones!
I love the look of embossing on Silver Foil sheets and with the coordinating Festive Flurry stamp set and Framelits, you have a beautiful centerpiece in no time! 

While  I had everything out, I decided to make a second snowglobe card with more paper from the  Winter Frost DSP stack.  This time using the colors of Smoky Slate and Pool Party.  Side by side they make a lovely pair don'tcha think?!

Wait until you see the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team--it's sure to knock your socks off!  Do check them out and then come on back to play along with us at The Paper Players before our challenge ends on Friday, November 29th at Noon (PST).

Stamps: Festive Flurry, That's the Ticket, Magical Season
Ink: Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate & Versamark
Paper: Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Pool Party & Whisper White CS; Silver Foil Sheets
Xtras: Festive Flurry Framelits;  Ticket punch; Word Window punch; Adorning Accents embossing folder; Basic Rhinestones; Silver 1/8" ribbon; Large Rhinestones

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Sale--up to 50% off!

WOW!  It's the biggest sale of the season!  Starting November 20th and running through December 2, 2013 Stampin' Up is putting it on a sale of Holiday proportions!  

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Notice that the first three items are one-day only--Wednesday November 20th--so if you want 'em, jump on it!  One-day only sale items are:
  • Stampin' Trimmer (126889) reg. $29.95, SALE $20.97
  • Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586) reg. $11.95, SALE $8.36
  • Many Marvelous Markers (131264) ref. $109.95, SALE $76.97
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gently Falling for Fall {PP172}

Hiya friends!  Sunday's post for The Paper Players sure snuck up on me!  I apologize for the late post today.  It's playoff time for my daughter's volleyball team and we've been busy!  Anywhoo...this week I am the hostess at The Paper Players and I couldn't resist one more [what I envisioned as a] fall challenge:
I had something else entirely in mind when I sat down to design my DT card but along the way, I got an idea and here are the results:
Obviously, I went very clean-and-simple with this one but I made three cards so that counts for somethin' right?!  :-)  To stamp the focal point, I cut a piece of copy paper to the size of my card front (4.25" x 5.5") and using my Ovals Collection Framelits cut an oval from the center to make a mask.  Copy paper is best for this because it is thin and doesn't give you a hard edge when you're stamping over the edge.  I attached the mask directly to the card front with removable tape and stamped just the leaf outline stamps from Gently Falling through the oval.  I used matching ink for a tone-on-tone look and the colors are Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry and Cajun Craze.
Before removing the mask, I used the Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack to pierce an outline for the oval.  I took the mask off for the first card I made but discovered because there isn't a hard line to the stamped images, it was difficult to line up the piercing template.  So, I put the mask back on and I was able to line up the edge of the mask with the template and pierce the oval perfectly.  The Expressions Thinlits Dies really glam it up when cut from some Champagne Glimmer Paper.  Such a great color and perfect for the season.  

Be sure to check out the rest of The Paper Players Design Team inspiration for some clever CAS with Leaves ideas.  I hope you'll consider playing along with us before the challenge ends on Friday, November 22nd at Noon (PST).  Until then...have a great week, peeps!

The Paper Players Design Team

Stamps: Gently Falling
Ink: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry CS & Champagne Glimmer Paper
Xtras: Expressions Thinlits Dies; Ovals Collection Framelits; Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack; piercing mat; paper piercer; copy paper

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Punch Art Pumpkins for {PP171}

Hiya, friends and welcome to another week with us at ThePaper Players!  I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend wherever you are.  It’s homecoming weekend here and in a crazy college town that means….a long weekend!  The schools are out the Friday before homecoming so that kids can go to the homecoming parade.  I think it’s kinda nutty that the kids get a day off of school—and by kids I mean college-age too—for homecoming but I’m not going to argue with a day off!  Anywhooo….the always-amazing-Ann has a beautiful fall color challenge for us this week:

Just perfect for the season!  I took the easy way out and grabbed some Sweather Weather DSP which features all these colors and put it to work with Linda’s fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
I really love this sketch and thought it would look equally as fabulous flipped...and I think it does!  Now, I’m generally not a huge fan of punch art but I’ve always liked these punch art pumpkins.  They're so easy to make with some oval punches and sponges for sanding.  The background papers are all from Sweather Weather DSP which I trimmed out in Champagne Glimmer paper because a girl always needs sparkle with her plaid!
I used the large oval punch three times on Very Vanilla for the large pumpkin and the small oval punch for the little one.  I did add another neutral with some shading in Sahara Sand.  The stem is hand-cut and of course, the leaves where punched from Chocolate Chip and glimmer paper with the XL Bird punch.  For the curlicue, I cut a sliver of DSP, loosened it up by running the bone folder over it a few times, then wrapped it around my paper piercer.  When I pulled it off the piercer and stretched it out a bit, I got this fun curlicue! 
I really liked the banner element of Linda’s sketch and to create this look, I notched the end of some Burlap Ribbon and used the side I cut off to create the other portion of the banner.  I thought I was being pretty clever, LOL!

The Paper Players Design Team

I know the rest of the design team has been clever with these colors so be sure to head over to The Paper Players and check them out!  Then come back and link up your lovely creation before our challenge ends on Friday, November 15th at Noon PST.  Until next time…have a great week, friends!


Stamps: Truly Grateful
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla CS; Champagne Glimmer paper;  Sweather Weather DSP
Extras: Large Oval punch; Oval punch; XL Bird punch; paper piercer; Burlap Ribbon

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zoo Review for The Paper Players

Happy Sunday, peeps! After nearly a week home sick from work, I am feeling much better--not 100%--but getting there.  I was glad to have the excuse of my Sunday card for The Paper Players to push my brain to start working again.  It felt good to create!  This week, Jaydee is our hostess-with-the-mostest with a theme that Sandy picked out:
Love it!  There are all different ways to go with this challenge--think of all the different kinds of wildlife--and you'll see the rest of the Design Team has tons of inspiring ideas.  I couldn't get my mind off of using my as-yet-uninked Zoo Review set for today's card:
I love giraffes.  Twiga--Swahili for giraffe--are one of my top 5 favorite animals.  On recent trips to South Africa and Tanzania we were treated to many sightings of these graceful creatures and I never tired of watching them.  They always seem so gentle but in Tanzania we watched two young males literally smacking heads together.  Quite a sight to see them whack those nubby horns into each other.  Anywhooooo, on to the card!  I had help from a few other challenges with the details of this card.  The color combination of Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso over at Fab Friday (FabFri30) is perfect and I adored The Friday Mashup challenge (FM134) to use their sketch and chevrons--what a cool sketch!
I knew I wanted to heat emboss the Zoo Review giraffe in Early Espresso so I started with that and built the rest of the elements around it!  I colored her spots with a Crushed Curry stampin' write marker and stamped some companions in Sahara Sand.  (I hope the Fab Friday team doesn't mind an extra neutral!)  It's so easy to color an embossed image.  The raised edges of the embossing really help you stay inside the lines. 
The left side of the focal piece needed a little something so I inked just the grass with an Early Espresso stampin' write marker and stamped it a couple more times across the bottom.  I used EE because the first image was embossed in EE and I wanted it to look continuous.  Lastly, I used a Blender Pen and Old Olive ink pad to shade the grassy savannah for the giraffes to stand on.  I love the sanded look of Core'dinations cardstock and the Woodgrain embossing folder.  Combined with the Linen Thread, it adds the perfect a rustic touch to my trio of Twiga!  For the chevron shaped border of my cardstock and DSP, I found the center point along the bottom, drew a dot about 1/2" up, and drew lines with a ruler from the dot to the bottom corner of the paper.  Then just cut along the lines with my paper snips to achieve the chevron shaped edge.  Easy-peasy!

The Paper Players Design Team

Head on over to The Paper Players to check out all the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  Then come on back to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, November 8th at Noon (PDT).  Here are the challenges I used for today's card:

Lastly, I can't leave without sharing one of my favorite photos from South Africa with you....have a great day, friends!

Stamps: Zoo Review, Wetlands
Ink: Versamark, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Early Espresso Core'dinations CS; Sweater Weather DSP; retired DSP from my stash (old olive & cajun craze)
Extras: Early Espresso embossing powder; Linen Thread; Regals Candy Dots; Woodgrain embossing folder; Sanding block; Blender Pen; Crushed Curry & Early Espresso stampin' write markers