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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