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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Fine Art For A Fab Friday Sketch!

Today’s card evolved from the Sketch Challenge over at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog.  

There’s always something about a sketch that catches my eye.  The rest of my project usually morphs into something not intended.  That’s the case with today’s post.  When I saw this Fab Friday sketch, my eye went directly to the banners.  I thought they were interesting.

I wanted to cover the front of the card (no layers today), and went with the brush stroke watercolor pattern from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  It’s been a while since I looked at the patterns and they are certainly stunning.  I wish I could say I created the paper, but I didn’t.

I did sponge some white ink to the top left of the paper for color balance.  The white flower is fussy cut from the reverse side of the background paper.  I sponged a little Pretty Peacock lightly over the flower to give it some depth and again, to create a bit of color balance.  I also added a little more Pretty Peacock ink to the background paper.  The whole “inking” process was fun. I felt like a real artist!!

I ask myself, “what’s a Basic Black background without some white splatter”.  You always need the white splatter on Basic Black, so I went to my favorite ink splatter stamp then added a few bolder dots with my White Chalk Marker.

I found the perfectly sized sentiment in the Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment several times with White Craft Ink and my Stamparatus.

The thought of adding cardstock banners came to mind, but I went with the Fine Art Ribbon instead.

This design doesn’t need embellishments, but I couldn’t resist adding the Gold Metallic Pearl.

So, pull out some gorgeous patterned paper, channel the artist in you, sponge some ink, add some splatter and create some “Fine Art”.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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You Are Amazing In Bloom!

Happy Monday!  It’s March,  and Spring is only a few weeks away.  The days are getting longer and the Sun is shining brighter.  Yay!!

Usually, when I get an idea for a card, I write it down.  Either I describe the image in a few words, or I draw a quick sketch of it.  I have a little notebook next to my computer that I use and refer to it a few times a week.  I had a few ideas for today’s post and decided to go with this one.  The end result always surprises me since most of the time it’s not at all what I set out to do.  The products I’m working with inspire me along the way.

Today’s card was inspired by the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  I loved the grid paper pattern mixed with the blue floral pattern.  That’s how this design started.  The grid and blue floral designs were attractive to me.  When I put them together though,  I thought I needed more color.  I had a strip of the Cajun Craze checked pattern from the same DSP pack and liked the look.

A Pacific Point flower was my original choice.  It looked good, but I thought the Bumblebee flower really added that always fun pop of color.   I am partial to almost any shade of blue, but I think yellow is always a fun neutral.

The In Bloom Bundle, which is my “go to” flower Bundle, was perfect for the rest of the elements on this card, including the sentiment.  If you enjoy paper crafting, it’s important to invest in a versatile floral stamp set and matching dies.  You will enjoy having them, especially if you enjoy clustering elements as I do.  I really enjoyed putting this card together and hope you enjoy this design.

So once again, pull out that favorite patterned paper, add a cluster of elements and a sentiment and create something amazing!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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A Gilded Art Gallery for PP526

Happy Sunday stampers, and welcome to this week’s Paper Players Challenge.  We’re playing Tic-Tac-Toe with Laurie’s board, and I hope you’ll join us.  I chose the middle horizontal row; red, embossing and sparkle for my card design.

Today, I’m showcasing the Art Gallery Bundle and Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  The stamped images and art gallery quality patterned paper images are perfectly matched and stunning!

I thought it would be fun to add a little Gilded Gold Leafing to my project.  This was a first for me.  The process is quick and easy.  I followed the prompts in the Mini Catalog and it worked beautifully.  Here’s how I did it.

  • With Real Red ink and the large floral base stamp, I stamped the image onto Basic White cardstock.
  • I stamped the flower detail stamp over the base stamp with VersaMark ink and applied Heat & Stick Powder to it.
  • I used my Heat Tool to activate the adhesive and gently sprinkled the Gilded Leafing onto the heated adhesive.
  • My Gold Gilded Leafing looked great!

The beautiful patterned paper I used for the top layer of my card is white-washed over Poppy Parade and I needed Real Red.  I sponged a bit of Real Red ink over most of the Poppy Parade areas, careful not to cover the white-washed look. That bit of ink sponging worked.  The patterned paper was a closer match to my Real Red layer.

I’m a new fan of the large word dies.  For this card, I die cut the word “just” three times and attached them together.  I heat embossed the “for you” sentiment directly onto the patterned paper, and added a few Gold Metallic Pearls to draw attention to it.

So, gather your favorite die, markers or stencils, create a fun project, and link up with us this week.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check in with the Design Team below to see what they came up with.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Playing With Patterns and Blooms!

Today’s post is a simple Saturday card that is quick and easy to complete.

Featuring the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper, this card has a playful, retro feel.  It’s a bold floral design with a subtle color palette.

The Purple Posy and Crushed Curry stripes and dots in the patterned paper were the inspiration for my color palette.  I added a Blushing Bride flower for a little interest.  The flowers and sentiment label were die cut with the Pierced Bloom Dies and the sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set.  A few Purple Posy Resin Dots on the sentiment label help balance the color.

This was one of those projects that I wasn’t expecting.  I actually sat down to stamp with something totally different in mind.  This evolved from a piece of patterned paper.  I’m always amazed at how that happens and I’m sure most of you can share a similar story.

So, pull out some retro patterned paper, add a few die cut flowers and some resin dots and create something playful!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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