Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Sketch for Vintage Leaves {PP255}

Hiya friends, and welcome to another week with The Paper Players!  This week the always fabulous Sandy has a great sketch challenge for us:
I told you it was a good one, right?!  Love it Sandy--thank you!  In addition to needing to design a card for this sketch, I also needed a card for stamp club that featured new stamps and product.  It may be a bit early for fall colors and themes but I just love the detail in the Vintage Leaves set:
Oh my word, these leaves are gorgeous!  And, you know what makes it even greater?  It's photopolymer--clear--AND there are matching framelits!  What more could we ask for?  Well how about some amazing detail:
Isn't that pretty?  To achieve the look of colored leaves without actual coloring, I stamped on cardstock slightly lighter than my ink color.  The smallest leaf was stamped in Delightful Dijon on So Saffron cardstock.  The medium leaf was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Old Olive CS and the largest one is Blackberry Bliss ink on Perfect Plum cardstock.  I crumpled and curled the leaves (with a bone folder) to give them a worn look. 
So, have you seen this new Corrugated Paper?  One word--fabulous.  No more using the sleeves from our Starbucks cups--this stuff is lighter weight and the ribs are smaller and closer together.  That makes it much more receptive to stamping as I've done here with the Watercolor Wash background and Gorgeous Grunge splatters stamps in Soft Suede.  Did I mention that the Corrugated Paper comes in a pack of Kraft AND Whisper White?  Lovely.
Just in case you had any doubts about the beautiful detail of these leaves, I'll show you the inside where they are featured more prominently on Very Vanilla cardstock.  And that sentiment?  One Big Meaning--yeah, you need it.  All the thank you sentiments you could ever need.  Yep, a must-have.

It's also a must-have to stop by and see all the fabulous creations from the rest of The Paper Players design team.  I'm so fortunate to work with this great group of gals!  I hope you will take up Sandy's sketch challenge; I can't wait to see what you create!  Just be sure to join us before the challenge ends on Friday, July 31st at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Peek-a-Boo Birthday {PP254}

Hello friends and welcome to another week with The PaperPlayers.  After a little mid-summer break last weekend, I’m back with a fun card for Laurie’s Clean-and-Simple challenge:
I thought this would be a good time to try out the new THICK Whisper White cardstock—love it!  I also had the idea to make a peek-a-boo frame and here’s what I came up with:

Cute?!  With the new thick cardstock, I could easily cover the front with some fun DSP and not have to stabilize the base with another layer.  Perfect for the CAS challenge.  I love the cheerful patterns in the Cherry on Top DSP stack and took my color combination from all the colored balloons: Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, and Watermelon Wonder. 

After I covered the front with DSP, I used an Oval Framelit to cut the window for the sentiment.  Layering two different sized Oval Framelits on a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock make the frame for my window.  

The Tin of Cards stamp set is a great one with this fun font and since it’s photopolymer, I could see exactly where I placed it as I stamped it through the peek-a-boo window.  Some balloons from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit added to the fun on the inside.

I hope you will stop by The Paper Players and check out all the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  Then, join in the fun before our challenge closes on Friday, July 24th at Noon (PST).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Watercolor Wings Gate Fold {PP252}

Hey there friends, I hope you're having a great weekend.  Our family has been off work and summer camp since Thursday so we've been having a good time!  Oh how I wish the work week was 32 hours instead of 40.....sigh.  Anyway....this week at The Paper Players it's all about The Great Outdoors.  The amazing Ann is our host for this month's theme challenge:

From the first time I saw the Watercolor Wings stamp set, I've had the idea for a card with this type of fold in my head.  I was also inspired by this fantastic card from Stef Perry and the idea was born:
I wanted the butterfly to look like it landed on a fence or a barn door and thought the gate fold would be perfect!.  I used some retired Adventure Bound DSP for the "gate" but it could also be stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  How many of you still have the Inspired by Nature stamp set with this big beautiful grass image?  I'll never sell mine and in Cucumber Crush, it made the perfect grassy border.  Although I didn't use any on my card, I took my color cue from the Cherry On Top DSP stack using Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo for the butterfly with accents of Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder.
With all the elements in the center and the background stamping, it was difficult to figure out where a sentiment would go.  I debated whether I needed one but was able to make the sweet little Greetings Thinlits fit over the butterfly and open nicely from the center.  I was really pleased how well it cut and popped out from the new THICK Whisper White cardstock--no wax paper, no dryer sheets needed.  It worked like a charm!
The gate fold opens up to reveal the inside panel with another butterfly and this fabulous sentiment from last month's Paper Pumpkin kit.  I added some Watermelon Wonder dots to the sides to mimic the banner on the front of the card.  
This butterfly stamp set is sooo pretty.  At first I thought, do I really need another butterfly stamp?  But oh, this one is not like the others.  It's photopolymer so lining up each layer is easy-peasy.  There are three layers to the butterfly and each one is a separate stamp so you can create many color combinations.  I can't wait to experiment with some more colors!  One tip: I found it much easier to stamp the center body of the butterfly AFTER cutting it out with the coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelit.  It's easy to line up because it is completely clear and I found that I cut off part of the head or body if I stamped it before cutting.  

I am sure that the rest of The Paper Players design team have some amazing projects inspired by the great outdoors for you.  Be sure to pop over and check 'em out.  I hope you will join in the fun before our challenge closes on Friday, July 10th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team