Sunday, January 22, 2017

Clean-and-Simple, You've Got This PP328

 Hi friends!  This week at The Paper Players, wonderfully talented Jaydee has a Clean-and-Simple (CAS) challenge for us--flowers! 
All we have to do is keep our projects CAS and feature a flower.  Oh boy, the only trouble here was deciding which flower set to use! There are so many wonderful ones. Each time a new one comes out I tell myself that I don't need another flower set.....yeah well, you can guess how long that logic lasts.

Since the You've Got This stamp set hadn't seen ink in awhile, my decision was made!  My colors came from an older challenge at Color Throwdown.  To stamp the two-color background, I laid the background stamp on my craft table rubber side up.  The top third of the image was inked with Perfect Plum ink by tapping repeatedly on the stamp.  The bottom two thirds were inked in the same manner with Pear Pizzazz.  I didn't worry too much about the inks blending, just made sure that there wasn't any open space on the stamp with no ink.

The flower was stamped directly over the background image with Night of Navy ink.  I inked up the background image again with Perfect Plum and stamped it on a scrap piece of white cardstock.  Then I stamped just the top of the flower so I could fussy-cut some of the petals out and pop them up for dimension.  Oh yeah, and I washed the popped up piece liberally with Wink of Stella of course!

I thought the leaves and stems needed a little more dimension but in keeping with the CAS look, I didn't want more layers or fussy-cutting.  I colored in the stem and one side of the leaves with my Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker.  It provided just the right amount of shading and variation from the background.  A single navy flower was stamped off the inside corner and that completed my CAS Flower card! 
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I know you will enjoy all the eye candy that the rest of the design team has for you at The Paper Players, so check 'em out!  Maybe you will be inspired to play along with us before the challenge ends on Friday, January 27th at Noon (CST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black + White with a splash of color PP327

This week at The Paper Players, my kind and talented friend Sandy is our hostess for a color challenge!
Don't you just love black and white together?  Always so crisp and fresh looking whether it's a spring outfit or a card!  I was inspired to feature some of the beautiful work in SU's line image stamps.  One of my all-time favorite is the Birthday Blooms set.  So, here's what I did with it:
I started with stamping in the upper right corner and then created a mask so I could stamp again without the images overlapping:
I chose Calypso Coral as my accent color and colored the flower stamens with a Stampin' Write marker.  The Calypso Coral background panel was dry embossed with the Petal Burst folder.  I had so much fun making this one, that I tried it again using Pool Party as my accent color and with a slightly different layout:

The flowers on both cards were colored with a combination of Stampin' Write markers, Blender Pens, ink pads and Blendabilities alcohol markers [retired].  My coloring skills need some work but I sure do find it relaxing.  Kinda like my own adult coloring book!
And here's a look at them together...which one is your favorite?  Speaking of favorites, be sure to check out the rest of my favorite Design Team over at The Paper Players for all their fabulous inspiration.  We hope you will join us before our challenge ends on Friday, January 20th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tissue Box Thank You PP326

I'm back with The Paper Players after a nice, long, relaxing break.  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season with friends and family.  The new year is all about resolutions and making changes, right?  For me, that usually means cleaning out and paring down!  Our sweet hostess, LeAnne, has the perfect theme challenge to match my cleaning frenzy..."Going Green" where she asks us to use a recycled item on our projects.  How cool is that?
I'm often inspired by packaging items--boxes, shopping bags, envelopes from mailers.  It's just amazing the design that is put into these items.  I'm always saving (too many) of these things because they're just too pretty to throw away.  Today, I used one of them in my project:

Do you recognize it?  It the packaging from a box of Kleenex tissues. The designs are so pretty and the images almost look like they could be SU stamps don't they?  I love the mix of colors and way able to play off them with SU cardstock.  The one on the left is a card base of Basic Gray with a little scrap of some retired cardstock.  I'm not even sure what color it is--maybe Brilliant Blue--but thought it was a good match to the colors in the design.  The card on the right is a base of Certainly Celery with a Basic Gray scrap. 
Here's what my "designer paper" looked like when I took apart the tissue box.  Now I ask you, how could I just toss that in the recycle bin?!  It was begging to be turned into a craft project!  Now, we challenge you to look around and see what you can recycle into a crafty project.  You will want to check out the rest of the Paper Players  Design Team where we are welcoming our new Guest Designers: Crystal, Valentyna and Deanne! So excited to see what they bring to our challenges each week.  And, I am delighted to be back in the swing of things with my friends at The Paper Players--love these gals!  So check 'em out and join us before the challenge closes on Friday, January 13th at Noon (CST).

The Paper Players Design Team

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Joyful Christmas Wishes PP325

Hi all--here we are at the last Paper Players challenge for 2016.   After this week, we will take a break from blogging to enjoy the holiday!  It's also our last challenge with our amazing Guest Designers.  They have worked so hard all year, sharing their work with us.  Linda, Coleen & Hannelie, I am going to miss you all--thank you for going above and beyond to work with us the whole year!
The fabulous Jaydee is our hostess for a color challenge and she's picked a favorite combination of mine...silver and gold!  Are you singing along with Burl Ives in your head?  I sure am!  I love the contrast of cool silver with warm gold and find it adds instant elegance to any project.
I knew I wanted to create something with an embossed poinsettia for my project so I dug out a favorite retired set for today's card....Joyful Christmas.  The card base is actually thick whisper white cardstock to which I adhered a piece of [retired] brushed silver cardstock.  The whisper white panel was trimmed on an angle for a bit of interest and embossed with the Holly Textured Impressions folder. 
The star of this card is the poinsettia.  It is heat embossed in gold on vellum cardstock.  I embossed two images so I could fussy-cut the inside petals and pop it up on dimensionals for added texture and depth.  I heat embossed the leaves from the same set on whisper white cardstock with silver embossing powder and fussy-cut.  The leaves are tucked under the flower and some pine boughs are interspersed after cutting from silver glimmer paper with the Christmas Pines thinlits.  The final touch are some basic pearl jewels in the center. 

Pretty easy, really--just a lot of embossing and fussy-cutting!  I hope you will stop by and visit my friends on The Paper Players design team before our challenge closes on Friday, December 16th at Noon (PST).  This will be my last post of 2016 as I take a bloggy break to enjoy the holidays with my family.  Wishing you and yours all the warmth and love of the season...see you in 2017!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Snowflakes of Joy PP324

I may live in Florida now but I am a born-and-raised midwestern girl so as The Paper Players hostess for this week's theme challenge, I chose snowflakes!  There is nothing like the sparkle and magic of new fallen snow; it blankets everything with quiet grace.  I miss those first snowflakes...but certainly not the ones that fall in March, LOL! 
For today's card, I was inspired by this tutorial for creating a beautiful winter night sky as well as Narelle's awesome sketch at Freshly Made Sketches:
I started with a layer of Shimmery White cardstock, die-cut a 2.75" circle and ran it through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  This embossing folder is so versatile--falling snow, champagne bubbles, water, confetti--it makes it all!  It's a must-have folder.
To create the sky, I sponged a 3.5" x 3.5" piece of Whisper White cardstock all over with Tempting Turquoise.  Night of Navy was added just to the top half and over that [retired] Blackberry Bliss deepens the Navy and turns it a lovely indigo.  The water speckles, are just that...water flicked onto the ink with my fingertips.  When dry they created a lovely snowfall effect.  Scattered snowflakes from the Christmas Pines set were stamped in Night of Navy.  I die-cut the sentiment from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits in Silver Glimmer paper.  The letters were cut apart so I could add a snowflake--cut with the Starlight Thinlits--to the "o" in 'Joy".  
I thought the inside needed some color so I sponged and spritzed another piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped this lovely sentiment from Christmas Pines in Blackberry Bliss (I really miss that color!).

I hope you won't miss a change to play along with this fun theme this week.  Or miss a change to check out the rest of the Design Team's beautiful inspiration at The Paper Players!  Join us, if you can...have a great week, friends!