Sunday, March 29, 2015

Painted Petals for the Paper Players {PP238}

Hi friends!  So, I had a bit of an unexpected blogging break--sometimes life just takes over, right?  I'm back today with my gal pals over at The Paper Players where Claire has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us:
So many different directions to go!  Choosing three across the bottom: flowers, pink and polka dots here's what I came up with:
These colors are so soft and pretty together aren't they?  Believe it or not this is my first time inking up the Painted Petals stamp set and can see lots of potential with it!  The leaves and stems were stamped in Wild Wasabi while the flowers were stamped in Blushing Bride.  My accent stripes were stamped in So Saffron as were the row of polka dots on the base.
This card is really very simple but shows off the stamps in this set to a good advantage.  I love the triple line stamp--what a great accent image!  All it needed were a few pearl centers to dress it up a bit. 
I used a few more of those grid lines on the inside--really like how easy it is to create a gingham look with the triple line image.  Now, I have to admit that I feel as though I cheated just a I originally designed this card--with different colors--for my stamp club gals.  I CASE'd myself!  I thought you might like to see the original:
It's amazing how much the look and feel of the card is changed by the colors isn't it?  Here, I used Smoky Slate, Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss.  Aren't they pretty together?! 
Maybe it's because of the darker colors but this one has a more dramatic feel, doesn't it?  Experimenting with color is so much fun!  And, I know you will have a lot of fun checking out the eye candy from the rest of The Paper Players design team.  Be sure to pop over and take a peek!  Then come back and play with us before the challenge ends on Friday, April 3rd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!
The Paper Players Design Team

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Indescribable Gift for the Paper Players {PP236}

Hi friends and happy Sunday!  This week at The Paper Players the amazing Ann Schach has a really pretty challenge for us:
As I contemplated what I would do for today's card, I think I was subconsciously inspired by the challenge badge.  I liked the idea of line art on a colored background and when I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, I knew exactly what I would do!  Here's the sketch:
and here's my card:
As you can imagine, it was difficult to capture the subtle elegance of this card but it's really pretty IRL!  I heat embossed the floral spray from Indescribable Gift on Smoky Slate cardstock with Crushed Curry embossing powder and paper pierced the exposed edges. 
Perhaps this close-up will show the embossing in a better light.  I think this design could easily be replicated with other colored embossing powders and cardstocks.  Maybe I'll have to try a few more and post them here.  What colors would you like to see?
I know you would like a peek at the inside--love the look of the floral spray trailing down from the corner!  I wondered if the overall look was too subtle--even for a CAS card--and tried a few pearls (for Ann) and rhinestones the end, I thought it best to leave it just that: clean and simple.

I know you would love to see the Clean-and-Simple inspiration from the rest of the design team so do pop over to their blogs and have a look!  Then come back and join us at The Paper Players before this challenge ends on Friday, March 20th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lovely, Amazing You & the Paper Players {PP235}

Hiya friends!  This week at The Paper Players, Anne Marie has a beautiful color combination for us...take a look:
These colors are so pretty together and while I was tempted to use them for some gorgeous flowers, I had a different stamp set that was begging to be used:
This fun photopolymer set, Lovely Amazing You, just arrived in my mailbox this week and I couldn't wait to use it.  The little envelope stamp is so cute and I wanted to make it look like the feathers and wishes were coming out of it.  There's not a ton of stamping on this one but lots of pretty layers I thought you would want to see...
Three different designer papers, two different ribbons and I even managed to work in some washi tape too!  Don't you just love the style of the font in this set?  Love that handwritten look!  You can see here the fussy-cut envelope--so cute!  I'm going to have to cut this one short're reading it on Sunday but I typed it on Wednesday before we left for a camping trip!  As I'm typing this, I really need to go pack!

I do hope you'll stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at The Paper Players.  We would love for you to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 13th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bring on Spring: Butterflies Thinlit {PP234}

Happy Sunday, everyone!  This week at The Paper Players, we are thrilled to welcome first-time-hostess Laurie with a fun theme challenge:
I think we can all agree that we need a little SPRING, right?!  Even here in Florida, it has been cold, rainy and dreary.  OK, I know I shouldn't's not snowmageddon but dang it's been nasty weather!  So, with that in mind I wanted to bring on the spring with today's card:
This Butterfly thinlit die makes one gorgeous butterfly!  Rather than make a colored butterfly, I used the thinlit to cut one from vellum cardstock.  I love the soft, ethereal look of the vellum.  I used the same thinlit to cut out a butterfly from a 4" x 5.25"piece of Pool Party cardstock and filled the negative space with a pretty pattern from the [Sale-a-Bration] Best Year Ever DSP.  Filling behind the vellum gives a subtle color to the butterfly and lets me pull in other colors to the overall design.
I used a coordinating pattern from the Best Year Ever stack behind the butterfly to highlight the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Indescribable Gift stamp set and I punched it out with the Modern Label punch which I haven't used in forever!  It was a little too large and hid the pretty button behind so I trimmed it down considerable and liked the way the button just peeked out from behind adding just enough Crushed Curry color to the mix.  I thought it needed a little something else so I frayed some Crushed Curry ribbon, from the Best Year Ever accessory pack, and looped the threads on each butterfly wing using a couple glue dots.  Love it!
I used the butterfly cut out from the front panel as a stencil for the inside laying it on my Whisper White panel and sponging on some Blushing Bride ink.  Another sentiment from Indescribable Gift was stamped on/off randomly for a subtle effect. 

I just know that the rest of the design team has some amazing inspiration for you!  Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players to check them out.  Then, head to your craft space and share your Spring projects with us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 6th at Noon (PST).  Maybe with all our projects we can bring on Spring that much faster!

The Paper Players Design Team

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