Color & Contour And A Pretty Card!

Happy Tuesday!

Isn’t today’s card pretty? I can’t think of another word to describe it. I’m not sure why.  Is it the scalloped frames or the gingham Designer Series Paper?  Is it the open lined floral art, or the pretty crinkled bow? Stampin’ Up! did all of that.  I simply and quickly put it all together.

Let’s just imagine for a minute that it’s my coloring that makes this card so pretty. I did it with my Blends and felt like an artist!  I followed the open lines in the image with the bullet side of the Blend and in a matter of seconds, my image looked like it was water colored.  Can you see the little bit of ink splatter behind the flower?  The Color & Contour stamp set has a “splatter” (as I call it) stamp.  I inked the splatter stamp with Fresh Freesia ink and stamped off once to get a subtle look.

I die cut the smaller scalloped frame and saw there were slits cut into all sides.  This Scalloped Contour Die was designed that way making it easy to add a sentiment banner, ribbon, twine or any other element. You can slide your element under or over the frame.  I snapped a quick photo to show you how I added the ribbon.

By the way, the White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon is soft and easy to work with.  It’s a thin 1/4″ ribbon, which makes it a good alternative to twine.  The gingham Designer Series Paper is from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.

So, die cut a scalloped frame, add some gingham patterned paper and soft ribbon and create something “pretty”.

…the only limitation is your imagination.

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Little Things In The Pansy Patch!

Happy Monday!

The Pansy Petals Suite showcases every new In Color beautifully and displays the happy and fun mix the new In Colors are.  They are beautiful together as are all of the In Color groups Stampin’ Up! launches. The more I’m using these colors, the more I’m enjoying them!

Today’s card is a happy show of appreciation.  It’s always the little things that mean so much.  I have a special recipient for this card and it’s going in the mail today. This was easy to put together and looks like it took hours.  A few simple layers, a stamped sentiment and die cut pansies created this cheerful frame of thanks.

Below is a quick “how to”:

  • Start with a standard A-2, top-fold card base cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Bumblebee patterned paper layer is 4 1/8″ x 2 1/2″.
  • Center the Bumblebee layer at the bottom of the front card base.
  • I die cut the scalloped strip from one of the frames from the Scalloped Contour Dies using Evening Evergreen cardstock.
  • The large Evening Evergreen top layer is a 3 3/4″ square.
  • The pansy patterned paper is a 3 1/2″ square.
  • The Evening Evergreen sentiment layer is a 2 1/2″ square.
  • The Basic White sentiment layer is a 2 1/4″ square.
  • I glued the smaller sentiment square to the larger pansy patterned square.
  • The larger pansy square is attached to the card base with Dimensionals.
  • I die cut the pansies from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper with the matching Pansy Die.
  • The Resin Dots are the Purple Posy dots from the Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.  They blend nicely with the colors in the DSP.  I’ve used these resin dots over and over.  If you don’t own them, grab a set for your supply stash.  I promise, you will use them. They are in the new catty.

So, treat yourself to the new Pansy Petals Suite, cut a few layers and send someone happy, colorful appreciation!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Elegantly Said Thank You For Paper Players!

Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Moms!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players challenge.  This week, Laurie is our host with a fun color challenge.  Laurie’s favorite color combination is Gray, Black and Red. She’s sharing that with us to see what we create.

Today, I’m trying out some new products from Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog.  My card is an “elegant” thank you with supplies from the new Simply Elegant Suite. The Elegantly Said stamp set has beautiful images and sentiments that are very elegant!  The Simply Elegant Designer Series Paper is just that… simply elegant!  I used both today.  So, let’s get right to my card story.

I enjoy blog challenges.  When my inspiration runs low, I always find something in a challenge to ignite it again.  My finished project is the surprise that makes it fun.

I enjoy making what I call “collage” cards.  I layer and glue lots of elements to create a design.  That’s what I did today.  As I’m doing it, I get inspired. I add something and take away something, then add something more. Many of the design rules I’ve learned along the way help me decide what I’ll use.

  • I started with a Basic Black A-2 card base.  It’s cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Basic White layer is 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and the patterned paper layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  • These layer dimensions are my basic “go to” dimensions.  They always help get me off to an easy start when I don’t know where to start.
  • The simple and elegant patterned paper caught my eye. Perfect for today’s challenge, it’s Basic Gray and Black.  All I had to do was add red.
  • I stamped the flowers with Real Red ink and  fussy cut them.
  • I moved the flowers around the patterned paper layer quite a bit until I realized they needed some sort of an anchor.
  • The vertical strips worked well.  I had a Real Red scrap that was already cut 1/2″ x 5″.  I layered patterned paper on top of it.  If you look closely, you can see I cut the patterned paper to create a “pattern repeat” with the background layer. The pattern in this strip of paper somewhat mimics the flowers.
  • The scalloped edge lifted the patterned paper and real red anchor because it’s white.  I also created another pattern repeat – the scallop edging and the curvy lines of the flowers.
  • I needed more white, so I die cut a Stitched Square and layered it under the flowers.  The square created another pattern repeat!
  • The sentiment layer was just a repeat of the vertical layer, bringing more red toward the right side of the card (color balance).  At the last minute I added the scalloped edge to the sentiment layer.

Try creating designs with pattern repeats.  It works and it’s fun!

I added some flowers to the inside of the card. The detail in the stamped image is beautiful.

So, pull out all your grays, blacks and reds, create some pattern repeats and link up with us over at the Paper Players.  We really enjoy seeing all of your beautiful creations.  For more inspiration, check in on the rest of the Design Team.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

The Paper Players Design Team

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