Sunday, February 19, 2017

So Very Much Watercolor PP332

Happy Sunday, peeps!  This week at The Paper Players, sweet Laurie is our hostess for a Clean-and-Simple challenge:
Clean-and-Simple with a sentiment as a focal point......hmmmm.  I'll admit I was a little stumped until I remembered this awesome Sale-a-Bration stamp set, So Very Much, that I got for free:
I knew that a watercolor background would be the perfect way to make this large sentiment the focal point.  SU's Watercolor Pencils just arrived in my mailbox and the Fab Friday challenge had some colors that were just perfect to create a watercolor wash background: (from the left) Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Rich Razzleberry, and Bermuda Bay.  I did use an ink pad for the Peekaboo Peach since it doesn't come in a pencil.  These colors are so pretty together and blend very well. 
The watercolor pencils are so easy to use--just scribble some color onto your choice of paper (I used watercolor paper here) and blend the pigment with either a Blender Pen, Aqua Painter or a paintbrush.  I like the effect of the Aqua Painter best as I wanted a very watery look.  A few passes with the heat gun made sure the design was good and dry.  A dry surface was especially important here because I heat embossed the sentiment and I didn't want any stray bits of embossing powder sticking to the watercolor! 
So Very Much, also from the same set, was stamped with Black Archival ink onto a strip of Watercolor paper and the ends were snipped.  I used watercolor paper instead of Whisper White for the sentiment because I wanted the sentiment banner to match the color of the focal piece--watercolor paper is slightly more vanilla than white.  Since this is a CAS challenge, I resisted the urge to add more details and just added a little bit of washi tape to dress it up.

I hope you like my So Very Much Watercolor card today. I had fun playing with the watercolor pencils and these gorgeous colors.  Be sure to stop by the rest of The Paper Players design team to see how they used sentiments as a focal point.  Maybe you'll even join our challenge before it closes on Friday, February 24th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Sandy Mathis 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Twinsets & Flannel for Any Special Reason PP331

This week at The Paper Players, I have the pleasure of hosting our Color Challenge.   I love color challenges both to create with them but also to see what others do with the colors I put together.  This week, I was inspired by a gorgeous scene I found on Pinterest:
Fresh and modern but classically elegant too--think pink cashmere twinsets and gray flannel skirts--these colors are gorgeous together.  At least I think so. ;-)  I took these classic colors and used them with a decidedly modern trend--negative space, that is using the space left behind from a die-cut.  Take a look:
Oooh, I love this technique and bought this SU stamp set and coordinating dies--Special Reason--just so I could use it in this way.  The card base is covered with a full piece of retired Smoky Slate DSP.  The focal piece of Smoky Slate cardstock measures 3.5 x 4" and I tucked a small piece of Copper Foil cardstock under the left side.
I used both the flower dies from the Special Reason bundle to cut out the shapes on the Smoky Slate base.  I tucked a slight smaller piece of Blushing Bride cardstock underneath and popped up the Smoky Slate panel with dimensionals.  The small flower was stamped in Blushing Bride ink onto the same color cardstock over which I layered a outline of the flower cut with the dies.  You can't tell in this photo but all three flowers were outlined with Wink of Stella and boy, do they sparkle!  The tiny Copper Foil leaves--both solid and outline--were cut with dies in this set and I wrapped a little bit of Copper Thread behind the small flower.
The inside has a lot more stamping than the outside--just showing off how pretty the flower stamps in this set are too.  Only because I couldn't resist another use of the negative space, I die-cut a small flower in the lower corner so the Smoky Slate card base could show through.

There you have it, my Twinsets & Flannel for Any Special Reason card!  I hope you like it.  Be sure to pop over to my peeps on The Paper Players Design Team to see all the beauties they are sharing this week.  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Nance Leedy Sandy Mathis 


Sunday, February 5, 2017

You Light up my Life, Valentine PP330

Hi friends!  This week at The Paper Players my sweet friend, Claire has a theme challenge perfect for the first week of February!
Valentine's Day...hearts, flowers, candies and....light bulbs?  LOL.  When I design a card, I try to resist my first impulse because...well....I want to push myself to come up with something else.  My first thoughts were hearts or cute critters but then I saw the hostess set, Pun Intended, sitting [very dusty] on my shelf and an idea was born...lightbulbs!
Honestly, the single light bulb was the first thing I did for this card.  It was heat embossed in black on shimmer cardstock, fussy cut and colored with Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo [retired] Blendabilities. From there I cut a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock with my Stitched Shape Framelits--using the largest square to cut a rectangle.  Check out this tutorial for those directions!  Continuing my love for tone-on-tone background stamping, I stamped some more lightbulbs in a somewhat random pattern in Smoky Slate.
Then I needed a card base to put this on and liked the way it all popped on Basic Black.  But Basic Black by itself was too plain.  I didn't want a lot of background pattern to detract from the focal piece....hmmm....what to do?  I got the idea to use my sunburst Thinlit as a ray of shining light and keeping with the punny sentiment.  Some [retired] DSP with a subtle black pattern was just the  variation I needed to add some interest.
A little more on the inside and this Valentine is perfect to give to our teenage (yikes, how did that happen?!) daughter.  Cute and sweet but heartfelt...just like her!

Be sure to pop over to the rest of the design team at The Paper Players and check out all the awesome Valentine ideas they are sharing.  I hope you'll play along with our challenge before it closes on Friday, February 10th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Celebrating Balloon Birthdays PP329

Hiya friends!  As you read this, we are in Daytona Beach for the start of volleyball tournament season.  It's a crazy season of practice and travel but we love to watch our girl and her teammates develop as athletes and take on the competition and oh boy, the competition is tough in Florida! at The Paper Players my lovely friend, Joanne, has an awesome sketch for us:
So, there's lots of room for interpretation here as you will see from the Design Team's creations.  While thinking about and looking at the sketch, I looked at it sideways...
...and knew right away what I was going to do... 
See it?  Right?  Once I had it in my head, how could I not run with it?!  I covered the side of the card base with some [retired] Cherry on Top designer paper and pulled my other colors from there.  Although, I have to admit...the balloon (from Celebrate Today) is inked with [retired] Poppy Parade because I could not get a clear stamped image with my super wet Watermelon Wonder ink pad...grrrr.  Sometimes, the old style felt ones really are better!  
And, yes, I really did fussy-cut the triangle shaped balloon "string".  Stamped in Crushed Curry on Thick Whisper White (for stability) and then precariously Cut. Out. By. Hand.  It acually wasn't that difficult because it's all straight lines!
I've noticed quite a trend lately of background sentiment stamping--especially with the same color ink.  I really like the look--a lot of dimension without extra bulk.  So, this sentiment is from a retired hostess set called Happy Birthday, Everyone and was just the phrase I needed to accompany the birthday balloon.
Of course, the inside needed a little dressing up too with some simple stamping of images in the Celebrate Today set in Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Poppy Parade.   

I hope you like my take on Joanne's fun sketch...wait til you see what the rest of The Paper Players Design Team has created with it!  Maybe you'll be inspired to play along before our challenge closes on Friday, February 3rd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

My friend, Joanne, told me about the fun balloon challenge at Less is More so I'm playing along with them too.  It's my first time there and I hope to be back!

The Paper Players Design Team 
Claire Broadwater 
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt 
LeAnne Pugliese 
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis  
Crystal Komara
Valentyna Komisarenko


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