Sunday, December 13, 2015

Crazy About You, Deer: PP275

Hiya friends! We are winding things down at The Paper Players with our final challenge of 2015.  After this week, we will take a little Paper Players break to enjoy the holidays.  We will be back on January 3rd with a new challenge and a new set of Guest Designers!  Unfortunately, that means we say goodbye to our current crew of Guest Designers: Amy, Jodi & Lisa.  We are sad to see them go but it has been wonderful working with all of them--thanks ladies!

Lovely LeAnne is our hostess this week with a beautiful trio of traditional colors...
Our daughter celebrated her birthday yesterday and I used this week's challenge as the inspiration for her card:
I had so much fun making this card!  I knew our daughter would love the sweet little deer in the Home for Christmas DSP and the other patterns in the pack fit the color challenge.  I decided to use two deer to represent my husband and myself. Even though the deer actually had a Real Red bow, I used the lightest shade of a Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker (remember those?) to change the color to match our challenge.  
 Because this is her golden birthday--she turned 12 on December 12th--I added lots of gold accents with the gold thread and gold vellum paper.  You can't see it in the photo but the deer also have a brush of golden Wink of Stella on their backs.
Maybe you can see that I also brushed it onto the die-cut thinlit that coordinates with the Crazy For You stamp set.  You might also notice that the die-cut is pretty thick.  That's four layers of die-cut glued together.  To make it easy, I added a piece of adhesive sheet paper to the back of my Cherry Cobbler cardstock before I ran it through the Big Shot.  Peel the backing off and just stacked each one to build up a nice substantial weight.  I think it really stands out more than the single layer.
One more fussy-cut deer that I thought might be just like our daughter jumping for joy on her birthday.  She was having so much fun that she kicked up some golden stardust too!  

I hope you'll kick up some action in your craft space this week and join us for one last 2015 challenge at The Paper Players.  The rest of the Design Team have some beautiful inspiration for you so be sure to check it out before the challenge closes on Friday, December 18th at Noon (PST).  I'll be taking a bit of a bloggy break until the new year so here's wishing you a Happy Holiday and a peaceful New Year!
The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Snowy Sleigh Ride: PP274

Oh my gosh, friends!  I've been away from my blog for weeks--I'm so sorry.  Holiday travel, volleyball, birthdays and special events have kept me crazy, crazy busy!  I know you're all feeling it too so I will keep this short.  My dear friend, Claire, has a fun and festive challenge at The Paper Players for us:
With precious little time to work on a DT card, I grabbed my Sleigh Ride edgelit dies for a quick card:
This card features some of my very favorite products from this holiday catalog.  Besides the wonderful edgelit dies, the Softly Falling embossing folder and the wooden Snowflake Elements are beautiful!  
To make the sentiment panel, I cut a large piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Sleigh Ride edgelit and then trimmed it down to 4" wide to fit the front panel of my card.  The sentiment from To You and Yours was stamped in Mossy Meadow to coordinate with my die cut tree horizon.  In keeping with the theme, I used a snow flurry pattern from the Home for Christmas DSP and stamped some additional snowflakes in Pool Party.
A couple Pool Party brushstrokes from A Work of Art created a swirling background of snow for the inside and this retired sentiment remains a favorite.  

I hope you've enjoyed today's card!  Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  We hope you will find some time in your schedule to get crafty with us this week!  Our challenge closes on Friday, December 11th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

 The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis