A Stellar Birthday for the Paper Players!

Happy Sunday and welcome to a new week at the Paper Players.   Our fabulous LeAnne has a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us.  This fun challenge lets you choose whether you want to be inspired by the elements listed across, down or diagonally.  It’s up to you!

I chose to go with the top row across.  My card is blue, has lots of circle elements and a “happy birthday” sentiment.

I enjoy  adding layers to my cards.  They help give me a base to work from and give a card depth and a nice finished look.  Today, I added a Misty Moonlight cardstock layer to my Basic White card base.  The “sky” in my card is a layer of patterned paper from the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper.  I know I say it often, but this DSP is a winner!

I stamped the “earth” with Misty Moonlight ink and die cut it with one of my Circles Collection Dies.  The Dies are from long ago, but I use them often. The “earth” image is from the To The Moon stamp set.

My happy and adorable space explorer is one of the images in the Stellar Birthday stamp set.  This stamp set is “out of this world” adorable.  I colored my “astro-girl” with Blends and did some fussy cutting so I could put her “on top of the world”.

So, find a happy space explorer, put her on top of her world, add a few stars and create something “out of this world” to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Color & Contour – A Paper Players Sketch!

It’s Sunday!  That means there’s new inspiration from the Design Team over at the Paper Players challenge blog.  Jaydee has a fun Sketch Challenge for us this week.

Sketch challenges are an easy way to create a card with just about anything you already have in your supply archives. Or use some of those new supplies you’ve been wanting to try.  I will usually stay pretty close to a sketch design.  Today I went a bit off the grid and had fun with it.

My card is a spring into summer bright color mix of whimsical hand drawn blossoms.  I stamped the flowers with one of the images from the Color & Contour stamp set.  Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia and Pale Papaya work nicely with two favorites, Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight.

  • I cut a Bumblebee card base standard A-2 card base cut 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Bumblebee and Basic White striped layer (from the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper) is cut 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  • There’s a 2″ x 4″ Basic White layer added to the bottom of the striped layer.
  • I stamped the sentiment to the bottom right corner with Misty Moonlight ink.
  • I moved my die cut flowers around the bottom of the card.
  • Once I knew where I wanted my flowers, I stamped the leaf image above the sentiment with Soft Succulent ink.
  • I attached the flowers with Dimensionals.

So, let this week’s sketch inspire you to go through your supplies and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players.  We always love to see your creations.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

You can click on the images below for more details on the supplies I used today.

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Very Subtle Garden Best Wishes

Happy Wednesday!

Today’s post is about CASEing.  CASE is an acronym for Copy And Share Everything. I share posts on this subject because I enjoy CASEing on occasion.

Why Do I CASE?

Below are a few reasons I create a CASE project:

  • To get inspiration when my creativity runs low.
  • I see something I want to re-create because I really like it.
  • I CASE to learn a new technique.

Today’s CASE is from the current Annual Catalog which is full of wonderful inspiration.  The first time I looked through the catalog, I noticed the card on page 22.  The black and white patterned paper paired with Petal Pink cardstock and lots of white got my attention.  I recreated the card and enjoyed the process.

Stampin’ Up!’s card uses the Dragonfly Garden Bundle.  I used the Garden Wishes stamp set and the Dandy Wishes Dies.  The stamps and sentiments in both stamp sets are similar.  I used the same Designer Series Paper, Petal Pink cardstock and Baker’s Twine that was featured in the catalog version.  Both cards feature a heat embossed background which is something I haven’t done in a while.  It was fun to pull out my heat tool and embossing powders.

So, if you just want to have some down time in your craft space and don’t know where to start, take a look through the current catalog.  I’m sure you’ll find something you can recreate. If you don’t have the products featured or you only have a few, go on an adventure through your stash to see what you can substitute.  CASEing is fun!

I would welcome you to CASE my card today.  Have fun with it, and remember…

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Paper Pumpkin Remix – A Rainbow of Color!

Isn’t it great to start your Monday with a rainbow? And there are two of them.  Happy Monday, indeed!

We have a fun week ahead.  The customer launch of Stampin’ Up!’s new Annual Catalog is tomorrow.  You’ve probably seen so many wonderful Sneak Peeks, but there’s more to come. I can promise you that. I’ll have a downloadable PDF of the new catalog available for  you tomorrow and yes, I can now show you pictures of the new products and many more cards for your inspiration.  So, stay tuned and keep checking in.

Aren’t these cards the cutest?  This month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit is full of bright colors that shout warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  I’m not a big fan of shaped cards, but I knew these rainbows would brighten someone’s birthday.  I used two of the die cut rainbows from the kit.  With Dimensionals, I attached one on a Bermuda Bay card layer and one on Granny Apple Green.  The sun sticker had to be at the end of each rainbow which is exactly where the sun should be!  I added a little sparkle under the sentiment banner and popped on a few Clear Epoxy Droplets.  Two cards in just a few minutes.

There’s plenty more imagination in this Kit.  I’m sure I’ll have fun remaking the rest of it. I will share more of it with you.

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So, find a rainbow, add sunshine at the end, a few colorful layers and some sparkle, and create something colorful and happy!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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The Paper Players Challenge – A Color & Contour Sneak Peek!

Happy Sunday!  It’s time for a new Challenge at the Paper Players.  Claire is our hostess this week. She created a fun, versatile sketch.  Have fun with it and join us over at the Paper Players Challenge Blog.  

My card today is a Sneak Peek of the new Color & Contour Bundle which is in Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming Annual Catalog.

Here’s how my card came together…

  • The Poppy Parade card base is a top fold standard A-2 card base.  Cut it 11 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and score at 5 1/2″.
  • I used the large scalloped frame die from the Scalloped Contours Dies to create the Basic White layer. The Die is sized perfectly to create an easy and fun layer for any A-2 card design.
  • The striped layer is cut 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ and lays perfectly inside the large scalloped frame die.
  • I stayed with the sketch this week and cropped a Basic White oval with one of my Layering Ovals Dies.
  • On a small piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the base of the flower with Soft Suede Ink, then stamp the flower image in Flirty Flamingo ink.
  • The center of the flower is shaded with a Dark So Saffron Blend.
  • I cropped the flower with the matching die.
  • I placed the flower where I wanted it on my oval (no glue) and placed the leaf stamp over the flower (no ink on the leaf stamp). This gave me a visual of how the leaf would look under the flower.
  • While the flower was still in place, I inked the stamp with Granny Apple Green and just before I stamped the leaf image, I removed the flower.
  • I attached the flower and stamped the sentiment.
  • The yellow resin dot added just the right amount of embellishment.
  • The Poppy Parade horizontal cardstock strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ and anchors the oval nicely.
  • I attached the finished oval with Dimensionals.

Thank you, Claire.  I had fun with this sketch!

So, cut a few layers, crop an oval, add a simple watercolor stamped image, a little resin dot and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players. We would love to see what you come up with.  Click over to the Paper Players Challenge Blog for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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