Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Floral Statements Sketch - PP354

Happy Sunday, friends!  The awesome Jaydee is our hostess this week at the Paper Players and she has a fantastic sketch for our inspiration:
As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew exactly which stamp set I was going to use and I couldn't wait to play with it... Floral Statements:
It's another one that I couldn't wait to order from the new catalog and it didn't pretty!  I like the combination of the vintage looking flowers with the bold crisp letters.  It's a combo that feels modern and fresh.  To keep that crisp look to the letters, I stamped it with Archival Black ink and used my MISTI to re-ink and stamp in the same spot three times for a good solid black on the letters....worked like a charm!
I used a lot of water in my Aqua Painter to wash the background with Pool Party ink.  The flowers were also painted with the Aqua Painter and a blend of Powder Pink and Berry Burst inks.  Yummy Lemon Lime Twist colored the leaves and centers--what a fun color!  Here's a tip I learned from my teammie, Jaydee...unlike cold press watercolor paper, hot press watercolor paper is perfect for solid stamped images like this one as it has no texture.  I never knew the difference between the two until Jaydee mentioned it on her blog one day.  I bought some that very day and have been using it ever since--thanks Jaydee!

There's not much else to this card--it's all about the watercolor!   Be sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out the rest of the eye candy from my teammates.  Maybe you will even join us before the challenge closes on Friday, July 28th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tomorrows as Happy as Today - PP353

Hi friends, and welcome to another week with The Paper Players!  My sweet friend, Claire, is our hostess with the mostess this week for a Clean-and-Simple challenge:
Summer fun in the water, woohoo!  That's actually where I am this weekend--spending time with family at the beach.  I never really enjoyed the beach growing up but 24 years living in Florida has turned me into a beach-lovin' gal!  
My card represents my favorite thing to do at the beach....sit.  LOL.  As a busy mom, I don't really sit much.  Even at work, I'm constantly up and walking around.  Beach time means sitting in a sling chair just like this one from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and relaxing.  The only thing that's missing is a book--my second favorite thing to do at the beach--but I didn't have a small enough book stamp!
Since this is a Clean-and-Simple challenge, there isn't much to explain.  Just some simple watercoloring and stamping.  My beach scene is painted with a blend of many, many colors including Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral.  Early Espresso was used for the chair base and sentiment.  The only tricky thing is the chair itself....I stamped it in Calypso Coral on thick Whisper White and fussy-cut it out so it would be a solid color over the watercolor background.
I'm keeping it short today--gotta get back outside!  Wherever you are, I hope you're finding a little fun in the sun this weekend!  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team inspiration over at The Paper Players.  Maybe you will be inspired to play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, July 21st at Noon.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Climbing Berry Orchids - PP352

Hi friends!  I took a short unplanned break while family was in town for my hubby's 50th birthday!  I'm back today at The Paper Players with a pretty monochromatic color challenge from lovely LeAnne:
 I combined it with the awesome sketch this week at the Global Design Project:
Todays colors seemed like the perfect opportunity to play with my new stamp set, Climbing Orchids. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this set.  Not only is there nothing else like it in my collection but it's also photopolymer (love) and has coordinating dies (double love)!
The monochromatic color palette provides the perfect combination of colors for shading--each one slightly darker than the next.  I used the lightest shade, Sweet Sugarplum, for the base color of the orchid bloom.  Berry Burst was used to stamp the flower petals and Rich Razzleberry shades the tiny centers of the blossoms.  Not wanting to bring in another color, I also thought the dark Rich Razzleberry made the perfect stem for the flowers. It's actually a die from another set called, Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
I thought the plain white background set off these colors nicely but it also needed a little something....I washed the card base (Thick Whisper White cardstock) with Wink of Stella and the effect is gorgeous IRL.  Difficult to capture in a photo but it gives a soft shimmer to the background and just a little bit of interest.  Another tip, the retired gold stripe vellum was attached to a scrap piece of white cardstock and then popped up on dimensionals.  Attaching it to the cardstock gives it weight so it doesn't sag when popped up and also hides any adhesive which would otherwise show through the vellum.
Another cool tip....extend the use of your photopolymer stamps by using the solid back of the stamp! For the inside of the card, I needed a solid base of Sweet Sugarplum.  I flipped over the stamp and attached it to my clear block with the wrong side facing up.  I stamped first in Sweet Sugarplum then, took the stamp off the block and reattached it to the block right-side up.  Next, stamped the details of the image in the darker shade of Berry Burst for a full color orchid.  Here's a couple photos to illustrate:
Although they started last week, this is my first week playing alongside our two new Guest Designers, Annie & Jan!  Along with returning GD, Deanne, I am so happy to be crafting with all of you!  Check out all of our team's amazing works over at The Paper Players.  Maybe you will be inspired to play along before the challenge closes on Friday, July 14th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for visiting!

Edited 7/11/17: So excited that my card was chosen as a #GDPwinner at The Global Design Project--wow!  Many thanks to the team for selecting my card.  There are always so many gorgeous entries, it's an honor to be selected!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lakeside Anniversary PP350

 Hiya friends, did you miss me?!  I had a nice little break as we wound up the club volleyball season with my daughter's team at AAU Nationals in Orlando.  They placed 5th out of 118 teams in their division and we are so proud of their spirit and tenacity!
Anywhooo...this week I am excited to host our sketch challenge at The Paper Players:
I love the look of tone-on-tone stamping and that's what I tried to capture in the sketch.  With some new goodies from the 2017-2018 SU catalog in hand, it was good to get back into the creative groove and create this for you:
I won't lie, the first thing I did was cut out these adorable Adirondack chairs with the [new] Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Aren't they cute?!  I wasn't exactly sure what I would do with them but started to get the idea of them sitting by a sunset--what better way to celebrate an anniversary, right?
Here you have a better view of the tone-on-tone stamping with Pool Party ink on the Pool Party base.  The congratulations sentiment is from the companion stamp set, Colorful Seasons.  The strip of paper on the side is a design (I think it's Tip Top Taupe?) from the retired Cherry on Top DSP stack.  The neutral color helps ground the other bright colors of Real Red, Crushed Curry and Pool Party.  I stamped the sunburst from the retired Kinda Eclectic set directly on the new Color Theory DSP stack; this paper has a gradient stripe which works well with the idea of a setting sun.
The Colorful Seasons stamp set has some beautiful sentiments and this one is no exception.  Love the sentiment and love the font!  It's stamped in Early Espresso on top of a Crushed Curry sun with a little random heart from my stash.  I think it's the perfect sentiment for an anniversary, don't you?

I know this has been a photo-heavy post but I also have to share this one.  I know my bird-loving teammies Jaydee & LeAnne will love it!
We live on 1.5 acres with lots of live oaks, water oaks, and pine trees.  Hawks and owls are our resident companions and this guy was squawking up a storm while I was photographing my card.  He feels so comfortable in our yard that he stayed on this branch while I went inside the house to swap out my camera lens for the zoom.  Managed to get him mid-squawk too!  Isn't he majestic?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and humoring me and all my photos!  Check out the rest of the inspiration from my fabulous teammies at The Paper Players and come play along!  It's also our last challenge with Guest Designers Valentyna and Crystal.  Thank you ladies for all your hard work and participation with us--it's been great having you on the team!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bloggy Break for Volleyball

 Hi friends....I'm taking a little break from blogging to attend the 2017 AAU Girls' National Volleyball Championships.  I'll be back with a new Paper Players challenge on June 25th.  I hope you'll stop by then!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Watercolor Birthday PP347

Hey there friends!  This week at The Paper Players, the fabulous Jaydee has a Theme Challenge that you can have all kinds of fun with: fun is that?  We all need birthday cards, right?!.  In fact, it's the type of card I make most often.  I was inspired to use my new Happy Birthday Thinlit again but with a much different background:
I used my watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter to create my swirly background.  The colors are Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  The Bermuda Bay turned out more green than IRL probably because it blended with the yellow but no's still a pretty color!
The edges were trimmed with my Wonky Stitched dies and I gave a drop shadow to the die-cut sentiment with another layer of watercolor paper.  I also coated the whole die-cut with a Wink of Stella--so difficult to show in a picture but oh, does it sparkle!
The inside has less of a watery look because I used Whisper White cardstock instead of watercolor paper.  I managed to use an Aqua Painter and the watercolor pencils without pilling the paper just with a verrrry thin brush of water.  Two sentiments here from the coordinating Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  All in all, a super easy super quick card to make.  The Happy Birthday Thinlit did all the work!

Pop on over to The Paper Players and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration.  We hope you will play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, June 9th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hello Gorgeous Birthday! PP346

Hi friends!  The lovely Laurie has a fantastic sketch challenge for us this week at The Paper Players.  Check it out:
I received a few new toys in my Stamping' Up pre-order and thought I would feature them along with some pretty retiring designer paper:
My stamp set and Happy Birthday Thinlit are from the Hello Gorgeous bundle and I love 'em!  This thinlit makes for such a quick and easy card.  The retiring Affectionately Yours DSP inspired my color choices of Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder.
 I used this sweet little blossom stamp from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to stamp the background of the card base--I love this trendy tone-on-tone stamping look.  This little stamp coordinates very well with the blossoms on the pretty paper.  
A close-up shows you the detail of the Happy Birthday Thinlit.  I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this popped out of the cardstock after running through the Big Shot with the Precision Base Plate.  Cut through like butter!  I cut a second piece from Crumb Cake cardstock and used it like a drop shadow behind the main Watermelon Wonder die-cut.  

I hope you liked my card sure to pop over to The Paper Players and check out the rest of the inspiration from my friends on the Design Team.  Maybe you will play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, June 2nd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today....on my birthday!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bold Butterfly Window PP345

Hey there, friends!  I am excited to be the hostess this week at The Paper Players with a fun Clean-and Simple challenge...Butterflies!
With my crazy busy life, Clean-and-Simple seems to be the way my crafting is trending these days.  I suspect it's that way for a lot of people right?!  While I like Clean-and-Simple style, I still try to add small details that make the design intriguing....something that makes you say "how did she do that?"
Super clean design--just some card stock strips and a simple sentiment but the interesting part is the window sheet butterfly!  First I adhered some cardstock strips to a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then, I die cut the butterfly from this piece with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  Next, the butterfly wings were clear embossed onto a piece of Window Sheet using the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  The Bold Butterfly Framelits were used again to die cut a butterfly from my card base.  Once I had my three pieces (card base, window sheet & panel), I started building my layers.  The Window Sheet is adhered to the card base with glue dots and the cardstock panel it adhered over the Window Sheet with dimensionals.  Basically creating a sandwich of card base, window sheet, and main panel.  The last step for the front was the sentiment in Black Archival ink from One Big Meaning.
The inside looked a little plain through the clear window sheet so I lined up and stamped the solid butterfly from Watercolor Wings on the inside.  I used a new ink color--Powder Pink--part of the new In Color palette coming from Stampin' Up in June!  From left to right: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.  Aren't they pretty?
Here you have a better view of the clear embossed butterfly wings from the inside.  Isn't that a cool look?!  Inside sentiment placement can be a little tricky with a clear hole in the middle of the card but the spot on the inside left works perfectly!  There's still enough room to write a note around the butterfly on the right.  So there you have it...Clean-and-Simple, Detail Style!

I hope you enjoyed today's card. Be sure to pop over and check out the rest of the lovely butterflies from my design team buddies at The Paper Players.  Maybe you'll be inspired to play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 26th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day PP344

What a special day today!  A day to honor not only mothers but sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, friends.....all the wonderful women in our lives.  For me, there are plenty but none more influential, strong or loving than my mother.  My constant, my rock, my support....I love you to the moon and back times infinity Mom!  Thank you for everything you do for our family.

This week at The Paper Players another wonderful woman, Claire, has a bright and beautiful color challenge for us:
I'll admit, I was a little vexed when I first saw these colors but then I realized that I could blend the red and orange together....maybe cheating a little but it's a good way to approach similar colors in a palette.  So here's what I pulled together:
I really love the Special Reason stamp set and am sad to see it retire.  So far, I've mostly used it with the coordinating dies for the beautiful cut outs it creates.  Here I wanted to feature the full stamp and the pretty flowers.  
The two sizes of similar flowers makes for easy bouquets—I like the graduated look of the sizes.  Here I inked the flowers first in Tangerine Tango and with a sponge dauber tapped in the center and the edges with Real Red ink.  After cutting out with the coordinating die, I painted the flowers with Wink of Stella…happy sigh.
The watercolor look to the background was made easy with the swoosh stamp from Work of Art—a set I am happy to report is not retiring!  Since the swooshes were stamped off I wanted another layer that was full strength Tempting Turquoise so I added some watery dots from the Dragonfly Dreams set
So, there are a mixture of sentiments from three different stamp sets.  The front features an oldie but goodie from Delightful Dozen while the inside combines Petite Pairs and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  I stamped another blended flower and using a mask added some more swooshes and Pear Pizzazz leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by today….be sure to check all the lovelies from my teammies at The Paper Players.  Maybe you will join us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 19th at Noon (PST).  Have a great day!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sweet Cake for a Sweet Treat PP343

Hiya friends!  Welcome to another week at The Paper Players where our lovely friend LeAnne is hosting a Theme Challenge this week:
Sweet Treats!  So I went looking in my stash….I got a little sidetracked by all the STUFF in there, oh my!  But I did find a retired stamp set called Sweet Cake that fit the bill and with all the May birthdays among my family and friends, I have another birthday card:
So cute…now I remember why I didn’t get rid of this stamp set!  I wanted to use up some more of my designer paper and thought this cherry paper would coordinate perfectly with the cupcake.  I covered my thick Whisper White base with this pattern from the [retired] Cherry On Top DSP stack.  I used some [contraband] Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to cut my focal panel out of Watermelon Wonder cardstock.   My teammies all use these wonky stitched dies often and I just had to have them!  I stamped the main image several times fussy-cutting each layer.  First the whole thing was stamped in Pool Party and cut out.  I then stamped again in Watermelon Wonder ink for the cupcake and Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock for the cupcake liner.  So you can’t tell in this pic but the cupcake, cherry and heart all sparkle with a liberal application of Wink of Stella—I mean really because if you’re gonna have a cupcake, it should sparkle, right?!
The inside needed a little something extra beyond just the stamping so I cut a frame from the same Cherry on Top DSP to decorate the sentiment.  This sweet sentiment is from [yet another] retired set called Remembering Your Birthday and while I didn’t use pink on this card, I thought the sentiment fit well with the sweet treat theme of today’s card.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of my teamies over at The Paper Players.  Maybe you will be inspired to join us before our challenge closes on Friday, May 12th at Noon (PST).  Talk to ya soon!

The Paper Players Design Team