A Feline Friend! – Paper Players CAS Feline Fine Challenge!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge.  This week, LeAnne is hosting the CAS (Clean and Simple) Challenge with a little Feline Fine twist.

When creating a Clean and Simple card, always keep in mind that you should have lots of white space with minimal layers and little or no embellishments.

My card today is a simple A-2 Basic White card base with a single black and white patterned paper layer.  The focal point, of course, is a fussy cut cat.  He wants to be your friend and wants to share his ball of yarn with you.

I attached my cat friend to a 2″ punched Basic Black circle to help make him the star of this card.  I went back into my archives for the sentiment.  It’s from a retired stamp set called Bella & Friends and I thought it worked perfectly with the cat image.

The sentiment layer is attached to a coordinating strip of patterned paper from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper pack.  I added the sentiment to a small strip of Basic Black cardstock to give it some depth. I couldn’t resist fussy cutting the yarn from the DSP.  I thought the bit of red would add a little pop of color to this CAS design.

So, pull out your feline friends’ stamps and dies, add just a little pop of color and create something Clean and Simple to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only inspiration is your imagination!

For more CAS – Feline Fine inspiration, check in on the Paper Players Design Team below.

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One More Cool Flower!

Happy, Happy Monday!!

Today’s post is very similar to yesterday’s card.  There is a story behind my posting back to back almost identical cards.  I’ll give you the short version at the end of this post.  At least as short as I can.

The Dandy Wishes Dies are amazing!  They are part of the Dandy Wishes Bundle that includes the dies and the Garden Wishes stamp set.  The coordinating 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper is a cool mix of ecclectic, vintage and very contemporary designs.  You can take your imagination for a really cool ride with this Bundle and DSP.  These dies reminded me of circle medallions when I first looked at them and I knew I would be using them in many projects.

I decided to create a flower garden today.  My flower garden is clean, simple and has just the right amount of sparkle with the Gold and Silver Metallic Pearls.  I added a thin Basic Black layer to my card base to give my top layer a bit of dimension.  I chose a sentiment from the Lots of Heart Stamp Set because the font is simple and clean repeating the design of this card.

So, here’s the stampin’ story I promised you… the short version!

I am a Guest Designer over at the Paper Players challenge blog.  This week’s challenge is a Color Challenge using red or pink, black and white and silver and/or gold.  So, I created today’s card for the challenge and  was so happy with the finished card.  I went over to upload my card to the challenge post and noticed that the green grass on my card stuck out like a sore thumb!  Yikes!  I know I can sometimes go off the grid with my cards (my stamping friends will definitely agree to that), but I didn’t think this would work at all.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I first made the card, but I had fun doing it.

So, I quickly remade the card for the Challenge and changed the grass to Basic Black.  Now I had a conforming card for the Challenge and a card to post today.

Below is yesterday’s card.

I must say that this really is a quick and easy card to put together.  My remake took just a few minutes.  So, if you need to create a bunch of cards quickly, give this a try and remember…

…the only limitation is your imagination!

Stampin’ Up! Updates:

Sale-A-Bration:  There are only two weeks left for Sale-A-Bration which ends on February 28th.  So, now is a great time to review your Wish List and treat yourself to a favorite cardstock pack or ink pads in colors you may want to add to your collection.  It’s also a great time to treat yourself to that stamp and die Bundle you may have had your eye on or add to your embellishment or ribbon stash. For every $50 product purchase, you will be able to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  You can download a copy of the Sale-A-Bration FREE product Brochure by clicking the photo below.


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Hey Chick and Birthday Chick Bundles:

During Sale-A-Bration 2017, so many of you loved the Hey Chick Stamp Set.  Stampin’ Up! decided to bring it back—along with coordinating dies and a completely new bundle created in the same style. These two bundles are only available for a limited time.  Take a look at some of the images.  They are hilariously adorable!!   For more details, you can click on each picture below.

The Hey Chick Bundle – #158627

Hey Birthday Chick Bundle – #158631

Below is a sample of a Paper Pumpkin Mini Box with a “Hey Chick” tag.  You have to love her hair!!!

Below are a few cards created with the Hey Birthday Chick Bundle.


Paper Players Color Challenge 528 – A Dandy Wishes Note!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  I hope love is all around you today and every day forward.

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge.  It’s Jaydee’s turn to challenge us with colors.  She chose Red or Pink, Black, White and Gold or Silver.  What a fun color challenge this is.  Black, White, a pop of Red or Pink and top it off with the sparkle of silver or gold, or both!!

A few posts ago, I showed a quick and easy thank you that I created from the Dandy Wishes dies.  It was a CAS card using the same die cut flower medallions I used for my card today.  I think these bold medallions are so much fun to create with. You can pop them on any project either as a flower (which is what they are) or an embellishment.

To keep in line with the color challenge, I created black grass.  Interesting choice on my part, but I thought it looked pretty good with the black layer and black sentiment on this whimsical design.  This card is a black and white CAS with pops of red and pinks.  I added Silver and Gold Metallic Pearls to again keep in line with the color challenge, but I also thought they were subtle enough to keep my flower medallions front and center and add just a little bit of finish to this card.

So, find that really cool die in your stash, crop it in some red and pink cardstock add a few layers, pop in some sparkle and create something fun to link up with us over at Jaydee’s Color Challenge.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


The Design Team over at the Paper Players has some wonderful inspiration this week.  Pop over to their blogs to see what they have to share and don’t forget to link up your design with all of us.

For more details on the supplies I used today, click on the image below.


Thank You With Garden Wishes!

Happy Friday!

Today’s post is a quick and easy, clean and simple thank you card.  I finished a few of these within minutes and gave my die cutting machine a good work out at the same time.

Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee and Calypso Coral come to life on a Basic White card base and layer.  The medallions on this card are die cuts from the Dandy Wishes dies and the strips of patterned paper are from the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.

The ‘thank you” sentiment is stamped with Misty Moonlight ink onto a stitched square.

I used the “Thank You” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.  To me, the sentiment font had the same “whimsy” as the die cuts and patterned paper layer placement, so I thought it would work well.

So, pull out some of your favorite patterned paper, add a few whimsical die cuts and create something clean and simple.

…the only limitation is your imagination.

For more details on the products I used today, click on the images below.


Lots of Heart Smiles! PP#527

Welcome to this week’s Paper Players challenge.  Anne Marie’s Hearts and/or Stars Theme Challenge gives us endless possibilities to express our creativity!

Since Valentine’s Day is a week away, I chose to go with “hearts”, and lots of them I might add.  My card today is a standard A-2 Basic White card base with Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo die cut, scattered hearts.  Of course, I had to add the “bling” because everything looks better with a little sparkle, right?

I used the Lots of Heart Bundle’s dies and stamp set to complete this card and you can get all the details on the products at the end of this post.

I want to talk about a simple technique I tried with the border die on the bottom of my card.  It was fun and I love the way it turned out.

Supplies you will need:

  • Regular copy paper or light weight paper.
  • Your favorite die.
  • Adhesive Sheets.  I used Sizzix 6″ x 6″ Adhesive Sheets.
  • Thin strips of cardstock.

Here’s the “How To”:

  • Cut your copy paper to a 6″ width and attach the adhesive sheet to it.
  • Peel down the backing on the adhesive sheet about 1 1/2″ from the top and fold it over toward you.

  • Try to keep it straight as you peel it back.  It will be easier to keep your cardstock strips straight.  I use the grid on my craft table mat.
  • Attach your cardstock strips to the sticky side making sure they’re butted tight to each other.
  • Place your die on top of your new pattern and run it through your cutting machine.

  • Enjoy your new patterned cardstock die cut!
  • When finished, cover any extra “sticky” side of the adhesive sheet with the top you folded down and tuck the rest away for the next time you want to add a little something to a plain die cut image.

Check back tomorrow.  I will have a FREE PDF tutorial you can download and print.

So, pull out some of your colorful cardstock strips, add a little adhesive and your favorite die and create something unique to you!!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

I hope you enjoyed this post today and take a minute to click over to Anne Marie’s Theme Challenge at the Paper Players.  Click below to see more inspiration from our Design Team.

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