Beside the Seaside For The Paper Players!

Happy Sunday!

This week at the Paper Players, Joanne has a Theme Challenge for us. “Beside the Seaside” is one of my favorite places to be.  The salt air, sand, the sounds of the seagulls, and the tranquility of the ocean all come to mind when I think of the beach.  My favorite time on the beach is during the months of September and October The ocean breezes are still warm and the beaches are much less crowded.  It’s a peaceful place, indeed!

I went back into my stamp archives for the High Tide stamp set. It’s a favorite summer stamp set and I love the sentiments.  I’m sending this to someone special who could use some congratulatory encouragement!

Along with all of the stamped images from the High Tide stamp set, I used lots of ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Soft Sky. Whew!! I added my stamped top layer to a Crumb Cake card base and decided to tuck a Real Red layer between the two. The Real Red layer gives the image layer some extra depth.

I went off the grid a bit today going back into my archives, but I enjoyed my visit beside the seaside! Thank you, Joanne!

So, think about being “beside the seaside” add lots of ink, a Real Red layer and link up with us over at the Paper Players. We love to see your cards.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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New Product Preview – Whimsical Trees!

Hello Friends and happy Tuesday!

While it’s still July, I want to share one more “Christmas In July” card with you.. Most of you are seeing Stampin’ Up!’s new August-December 2021 Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure in your mail boxes.  Mine are out, so anyone who placed an order with me this past year will be getting your fun package very soon.  The real fun starts in just about a week!  The new products about to launch are amazing. There’s Whimsy, Tradition, Glitter and Glimmer and cookies!

To me, the Christmas Holiday Season is all about reds, greens, some sparkle and a snowflake or two…. more traditional.  When I saw the Whimsy & Wonder Suite, I didn’t hesitate to add it to my pre-order.  The color palette can be bold and bright or soft and subtle, and it definitely calls for a celebration!

I followed a favorite sketch and created today’s card with a few of the bold, brighter colors.  Of course, the Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper was my color inspiration.  I truly didn’t want to stop, so I created a stepped down version using the same die cuts, sentiment and color palette.  Below is my Clean and Simple version.

I had so much fun creating these cards and I am looking forward to sharing more designs with this Suite.  For now, these are two cards that will find their way into some very special homes during the Holiday Season.

By the way, if you would like to receive a new Catalog and you don’t currently have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, please email me.

So, keep checking your mail, it’s on its way, make your list, check it twice and get ready to create with Whimsy!

…the only limitation is your imagination!


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Frightfully Cute For The Paper Players!

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday!

It’s Ann’s week at the Paper Players and she has a very cool Sketch Challenge for us. Sketch Challenges are always fun because they give you a lot of artistic license. You can do whatever you want, as long as you follow the sketch. You can turn the sketch upside down, on its side or just follow it as shown.

I thought I would give a new stamp set a little test drive.  I used the Frightfully Cute stamp set from the upcoming Mini Catalog. This stamp set is absolutely “frightfully cute”. There are seven Halloween themed images and seven matching sentiments. The images and sentiments are perfect for cards and tags.

Here’s how I put this card together and followed today’s sketch:

  • I cut a standard A-2 Pumpkin Pie card base 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″;
  • The fun Polka Dot patterned paper is part of the Cute Halloween 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. This layer is cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • In the center of the design, I added three horizontal strips of cardstock. Two are cut 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. The center strip is 3 1/8″ x 3/4″.  I used Highland Heather, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie cardstock.
  • The Pumpkin Pie sentiment layer is 4 1/8″ x 2 3/8″.
  • The Basic White sentiment layer is 2 1/4″ x 4″.
  • I used Highland Heather and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for my stamped images and sentiment.
  • Just for fun, I added a few Matte Black Dots.

So, grab some fun patterned paper, add a few layers and a sentiment and create something incredibly cute to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

...the only limitation is your imagination!

The Paper Players Design Team
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