Three Painted Poppies For The Paper Players!

My post today is for this week’s Paper Players Sketch Challenge PP514.  I always enjoy the inspiration from The Paper Players Design Team. Below is Jaydee’s sketch.

When I first saw Jaydee’s  sketch, my brain registered “long and lean” times three.  I went through my stamps to find a match, which is what I generally do when I’m working with an inspirational sketch.  I thought the long, lean poppy image from the Painted Poppies stamp set would work well.  The next question I ask myself is, “What do I do with the image”?  I do lean more toward a clean card design with lots of white space, so there I went once again!

  • I stamped the poppy image times three on a Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 3″ layer with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Then I stamped the small shadow image from Painted Poppies with Bumblebee ink to give my poppies a little color.
  • I attached the three poppy layers to one larger layer that measures 3 1/8″ X 4 7/8″.
  • The Bumblebee larger layer is from the 2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper pack.
  • I layered the Bumblebee layer onto a slightly larger Basic Black layer (which is not easy to see in the picture) because I wanted to “lift” the Bumblebee layer. A mat layer will always do just that.
  • My completed “sketch” was ready to add to a Basic Black standard A-2 card base.
  • I chose the “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” sentiment from the Love of Leaves stamp set because I not only love the sentiment, but the font weight matched beautifully with the lines of the poppies.
  • The font is also simple enough to allow the poppies times three to have center stage!

I hope you enjoy today’s project as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Thank you Jaydee, for your “long and lean” times three sketch and thanks to the Paper Players Design Team for such awesome inspiration.

So, grab a favorite stamp, multiply it by 3, add a little color and a few layers and create something clean and simple.

The only limitation is your imagination!


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Love of Leaves Thinking of You!

It’s Wednesday and I have a very thoughtful Fall themed card for you today.  This card is quick and easy with rich fall tones and a lot of visual texture.   I thought I’d have some fun with the burlap patterned paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack.  The detail in the photographed image is amazing and I hope my photography does it the justice it deserves.

The mix of grays, browns and a weave of vanilla in this pattern is a perfect canvas for lots of deep toned colors.  I chose to use Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry and Cinnamon Cider today, but I can also see this pattern with deep pinks, deep toned greens and blues and very warm reds.

I used a Basic Gray card base with a Very Vanilla layer and added a Pretty Peacock horizontal strip.  This works as a good anchor for the cluster of leaves (even though one blew away) and my sentiment layer.  I really adore the clean and classy lines of the sentiment font.

Although I chose to create a Fall themed card with the Love of Leaves Bundle, you can use a leaf or two to add to a large sentiment label, a patterned paper large cropped banner, or use the negative portion of the dies to create a quick frame for a sentiment.  There is definitely versatility and value in this Bundle.

So, grab some photographed pattern paper, add a few leaves and a Linen Thread bow and create something with lots of visual texture.

The only limitation is your imagination!


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Love of Leaves Brings Thoughts of You!

Happy Monday!  I hope you were able to spend some time creating beautiful projects.  This weekend was a little hectic for me, but I was able to get some stamping time in.

Today’s post was inspired by one of my favorite color combinations, the blues and oranges. They are complementary on the color wheel which means they naturally work together.  The Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Whisper White Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper was perfect for the card I wanted to design.

Pretty Peacock and Terracotta Tile have a lot of warm tones while Seaside Spray is a cooler blue.  I usually try to keep my colors either warm or cool, but combining the tones works in this card because the colors are mixed in the plaid pattern.

I absolutely adore the leaves from the Love of Leaves Bundle. The stamps have beautiful dimension and the Stitched Leaves Dies not only cut the stamped images, they can emboss beautiful stitching into the leaves.  For this project, I chose to crop the leaves with no embossing to keep the elements in this design simple and to show more of the dimension in the stamps.

Here are the layer dimensions for this card:

  • Standard A-2 Whisper White card base;
  • The large plaid layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″;
  • The Seaside Spray layer is 5″ X 3 3/4″;
  • The second Whisper White layer is 3 5/8″ X 4 7/8″;
  • The inside Seaside Spray layer is 3 7/8″ X 4 1/8″;
  • The Pretty Peacock top layer is 2 3/4″ X 4″;
  • The strip of plaid on the top layer is 5/8″ X 4″
  • My hand cropped sentiment banner is 3/4″ X 2″.

So, grab some Pretty Peacock DSP, add a pop of Terracotta Tile and a pretty Braided Linen Trim bow and crate something striking!

The only limitation is your imagination!


Stitched Leaves and Hope!

Happy Wednesday!

I’m sharing today’s card to celebrate a little bit of Fall with a whole lot of “hope”.  We’re having some beautiful cooler Fall weather here in New Jersey and I’m very much enjoying it. Sweater weather might finally be here!

Stampin’ Up!’s stunning Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper sat on my desk for at least the past three weeks.  I wanted to create something special with it, but just couldn’t get it going.  I pulled out pattern after pattern and nothing was coming to me, so there the paper sat.  For today’s post, I wanted to use the Stitched Leaves Dies and in almost an instant, I knew the patterned paper I would use.  It was obvious that the card stock had to be Very Vanilla and a Gold Foil Sheet.

Once I had these perfectly stitched leaves cropped, I gave them a little bit of a Gold Foil shadow and attached them to a Stitched Rectangle layer. This would be my focal point. I thought about adding a Gold Foil layer to the back of the stitched rectangle, but I wanted more of the patterned paper to be seen.

Keeping the larger maple leaf on top emphasizes the pattern repeat in the card design by drawing attention to the gold foiled maple leaves in the patterned paper.

Whenever I use Very Vanilla, Gold or Copper in a project, my “go to” sentiment ink would always be Soft Suede.  For this card though, I thought Soft Suede would be a little too dark.  I stamped the sentiment in Encore’s Metallic Gold. “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.

So, grab some stunning Designer Series Paper, add a layer and a few shadowed, cropped elements, and create something soft and pretty.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Celebrate Sunflowers With Love!

Wishing you all a happy Monday and lots of love!

Here it is!  The one I’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this gorgeous sunflower and have some fun with it.

The Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle featured in the Annual Catalog is beautiful!  Trust me on this one, you could just stamp the large sunflower image and not give it a bit of color or crop; that’s how beautifully detailed the stamp is. For today’s project though, I colored and cropped.

I used only ink and a Blender Pen to color in this image.  The Markers and Blends are great, but for me the Blender Pen and a little ink puddle work. The stamped image is so detailed that all I did was follow the lines of the image with color and blended just a little. It was that easy! The striking Fall color palette is Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  The images and sentiment were stamped with Soft Suede.

I cropped both the sunflower and leaves with the matching Sunflowers Dies, added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to both and stamped my sentiment to a Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze layered card base. Oh, and don’t forget to give your envelope a little lift with the Envelopes Dies. I lined the envelope for this card with some Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper  Quick and easy!

So grab a beautiful sunflower stamp, blend in some color, pop it up on a few Dimensionals and create something amazing!

The only limitation is  your imagination!