Beside the Seaside For The Paper Players!

Happy Sunday!

This week at the Paper Players, Joanne has a Theme Challenge for us. “Beside the Seaside” is one of my favorite places to be.  The salt air, sand, the sounds of the seagulls, and the tranquility of the ocean all come to mind when I think of the beach.  My favorite time on the beach is during the months of September and October The ocean breezes are still warm and the beaches are much less crowded.  It’s a peaceful place, indeed!

I went back into my stamp archives for the High Tide stamp set. It’s a favorite summer stamp set and I love the sentiments.  I’m sending this to someone special who could use some congratulatory encouragement!

Along with all of the stamped images from the High Tide stamp set, I used lots of ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Soft Sky. Whew!! I added my stamped top layer to a Crumb Cake card base and decided to tuck a Real Red layer between the two. The Real Red layer gives the image layer some extra depth.

I went off the grid a bit today going back into my archives, but I enjoyed my visit beside the seaside! Thank you, Joanne!

So, think about being “beside the seaside” add lots of ink, a Real Red layer and link up with us over at the Paper Players. We love to see your cards.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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It’s Clean and Simple Week At The Paper Players!

Hello Friends and happy Sunday to you!

We have a brand new challenge over at the Paper Players!  It’s Clean and Simple week and our fabulour host, LeAnne, has a fun Clean for us. Your project must be Clean and Simple and must have a “bee” on it!  By “Clean and Simjple” we mean, your design must have minimal layers, little or no embellishments and lots of clean white space.

Along with a new challenge, I thought I would showcase a new stamp and die bundle.  The Season’s Blessings Bundle is in the Annual Catalog. This is one of those Bundles that has so many possibilities. The images are seasonal or not, depending on how you want to use them.  The Seasonal Basket Dies match the images in the stamp set, and also include two really fun basket dies.

About Today’s Card

My card is Clean and Simple. A Basic White layer on a Basic White card base.  My color palette has deeper tones: Polished Pink blooms, Soft Succulent leaves and a bumblebee colored with Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Blends.  A Soft Suede sentiment holds its own next to Polished Pink and Soft Succulent.

That little swirling bee is stamped with an image from  the Garden Wishes stamp set and die cut with the matching Dandy Wishes Dies.  When I was thinking about which bee image to use, this one came to mind.  I remembered he came with the swirly stamp.  It’s always fun to mix in a random stamp.

So, find a “B” in your stamp archives, add a bloom or two, keep it clean and create something fun to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more inspiration be sure to visit the rest of the Paper Player’s Design Team.

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Sneak Peek of Nature’s Harvest for the Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month, the theme is “Wonderful Cards/Projects from the Garden” where our design team showcase projects from things found in a garden, such as flowers, vegetables, fruits, or even a garden scene. We really hope that you enjoy and will be inspired by them! As you hop from blog to blog, don’t forget to leave comments because we love hearing from you. Once you finish here, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Today’s cards are Sneak Peeks of the Nature’s Harvest Bundle.  Wow!  That about sums it up.  This Bundle caught my eye and was at the top of my list.  The matching Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper is my color and design inspiration today.  I couldn’t put these gorgeous dies away, so I made a second card.

Both card designs are identical except that I added much more ink to my first card.  (Which is also below).

Here’s How I Did It!

Included in the Nature’s Harvest stamp set is a background stamp which I used to spread some Misty Moonlight ink behind the die cuts. With my Blender Brush, I created a Misty Moonlight “shadow” around the die cuts.  I inked the edges of the DSP layer, the white flower spray and the sentiment tag using a sponge dauber.  Adding in the Misty Moonlight ink really gives this design a good amount of depth.  My cards are usually “cleaner”, but I really liked the contrast in the inked version.

Below is my original, clean version of the same design. The Misty Moonlight wheat and Soft Succulent branch are perfect behind the crisp, clean flowers picked right from the garden for the Pals.

The sentiment is a beautiful get well, encouragement or sympathy message.  The font in the sentiment matches the penned font in the Designer Series Paper.  This is a perfect pattern repeat.

Both cards are embellished with the upcoming Matte Decorative Dots.  They’re in three sizes and so much fun to use.

So, find some inspirational Designer Series Paper, ink it up, attach a few amazing die cuts and create something thoughtful!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team, because the Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on August 11th. Our theme will be “My Happiest Season” when our Design Team creates a project showcase inspired by their favorite season of the year. Until then, have fun in your craft space.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  4. Leah O’Brien at Honeybee Stamping & More
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  12. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  13. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  14. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  15. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  22. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  23. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  24. Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda


Signs of Summer for the Paper Players!

Happy Sunday!  The Paper Players have another challenge for us this week.  It’s a Theme Challenge hosted by our very talented Ann.  She chose Signs of Summer.

There’s so much I think of when Summer is near.  Ann’s challenge banner pretty much covers the fun and adventure Summer brings.

I don’t  live far from our beautiful New Jersey beaches. At any given time from May through October, my beach chair is in my car. Mostly on a whim, I’ll get in the car, head to the beach, take a walk or sit for a while then head home.  A walk near the salt water is refreshing to me.

Today’s card is an image of the sailboats I see and the sea gulls flying in the background.  It’s a true sign Summer is with us.

I kept this card simple.  The Sailing Home stamp set helped me create my sailing scene. I used a blender pen and ink to add color to the sailboat.  The matching die from the Smooth Sailing Dies made it easy to cut the sailboat image and attach it with Dimensionals.  I sponged a little So Saffron and Flirty Flamingo ink in the background to create a light horizon.  The seagulls are stamped with Misty Moonlight ink.

The sentiment is perfect for graduates, especially during this time of year.   The sailboat and sentiment are all about the adventure that awaits us all!

So, pull out your favorite summer themed image, add a beach chair, sailboat or popsicle and join us over at the Paper Players.

…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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