It’s A Color Challenge At The Paper Players!

Happy Sunday to all!

It’s the beginning of a new week so it’s time for another Paper Players challenge.  This week, our talented LeAnne is giving us a Color Challenge.  Misty Moonlight, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake, plus a neutral.  Wow! What a striking color combination it is.

There were so many ideas coming to mind for these colors, so I wasn’t sure in what direction this card was going to go.  I had my Painted Poppies stamp set nearby, so I started playing with this poppy image, stamping random poppies on my top card layer.  I decided to create a sticky note mask and use it to add some background ink splatter.

This is a clean and simple card. I stamped five poppies with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  An odd number is always better than an even number when adding images or embellishments.  Three of anything usually works best but since I had a lot of white space, I went with five.

The Painted Poppies stamp set includes a filler stamp that you can use to “fill” the poppy image with color.  Instead, I colored the poppies with Light Crumb Cake and Light Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blends. I used the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter to create shading in the flowers.  Without a doubt this Color Lifter is a “miracle” add-on to the Stampin’ Blends product line.

Next up is my Merry Merlot ink splatter.  I used a splatter image from an older, retired stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge.  This stamp set maintains a place of honor on my stamp shelf. I use it often. I’m sure you all have stamp sets like that!  I masked my flowers and stamped the ink splatter over them.  While I was doing it, I snapped a few pictures and created a quick tutorial. If you’re unfamiliar with the masking technique, click on the button below to take a look.

The sentiment, from the Art Gallery stamp set, is stamped with Merry Merlot ink.

So, grab your Misty Moonlight, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake paper and ink, create something fun, and link up with us over at the Paper Players.

For more inspiration, click below to see what the rest of the Design Team created.

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A Bunch of Birthday Love!

A very happy Friday to you!

Today’s card is simple and easy.  This project wasn’t planned for today, but I decided to go with it.  I wanted to share my inspiration for this design because it came together so quickly.

I am a Guest Designer over at the Paper Players Blog Challenge. Yesterday morning, I was reviewing the submissions and one of the entries is a pink and black card with random pink flowers.  It reminded me of the poppy garden stamp from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  Later yesterday, I had time to just sit and stamp with no real goal in mind.  That doesn’t usually happen and the first thing I did was pull out my Painted Poppies stamp set. The rest is history.

Under the beautiful black and white Designer Series Paper is a standard A-2, top fold Basic Black card base.  The patterned paper is from the True Love Designer Series Paper pack. I added a Pool Party thin layer and a Basic White top layer outlined with one of the Stitched With Whimsy Dies.

I stamped the poppies stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Pool Party and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends helped me give the poppies some color.  If you look closely on the card, you can see I added a little Pool Party ink splatter to the background.  I thought one of the stamps in the stamp set would be fun to use for some background shading.  I stamped the ink off the image twice then stamped the background. The sentiment stamp is from the Boho Indigo stamp set.

Inspiration can come when you least expect it.  Sometimes, you’re not looking and it’s right in front of you.

So, grab a flower garden stamp, add some background ink and create something pretty!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Notable Note Cards and a FREE PDF Tutorial!

Happy Thursday my stamping friends!  Hope you’re having a great day!

As promised in yesterday’s post, I’m sharing my latest note card set.  I make these sets to keep on hand and give as gifts.  They make beautiful gifts.  I’m featuring the Boho Indigo Product Medley and the matching Refill Kit.  Both are retiring.  The Refill Kit is discounted at 40% off, making the price $13.80.  For that amount, you can put together quite a few note card sets.

My feature card above is clean and simple.    The embossed cardstock in the Product Medley and Refill Kit is gorgeous.  The pattern matches the pattern in the die cut DSP vase.  The Boho Dies are part of the Product Medley.

Card 2 is also clean and simple.  I featured this card a few posts ago.  You can see the original post here.  The Night of Navy and Garden Green die cuts are from the Product Medley as are the printed die cuts.  The vases are die cut from the DSP and the sentiment tag is in both the Refill Kit and Product Medley.

Card 3 is a bit different.  It’s clean and simple with no sentiment.  It’s a card for any type of personal note.  I embellished this one with some Linen Thread and a Gold Metallic Pearl.  The Metallic Pearls are a staple in my craft room.

Card 4 is a little more traditional.  I wanted to showcase the beautiful Designer Series Paper. The gold foil flowers are in the Product Medley and Refill Kit.  The sentiment is part of the Product Medley stamp set. Actually, all of the DSP is beautiful.

And last but not least, Card 5 was posted yesterday.  It makes a great addition to the cards in the set.  Click here to see more of this card.

Here are all of the cards together.

And here is the gift packaging.  I used an Acetate Box tied with the matching ribbon from the Product Medley.  I don’t have to say much about Stampin’ Up! ribbon.  It’s soft, easy to tie and beautiful.  I punched a quick tag and  added some DSP, one of the Layering Circle Dies and a sentiment from the Quite Curvy stamp set.

Now for the surprise I promised you.  Click on the button below to download a FREE PDF Tutorial with all of the measurements for the cards featured in this set.

I hope you enjoyed my note card designs. You can click on the images below for more product details.

So, get out your cardstock, cut some layers, add pretty patterned paper, a few sentiment layers and create a note card gift for someone special.

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In Colors In Bloom!

Happy Tuesday!

I want to take a minute to thank you for your patience with my blog post notifications.  I know there were a couple of duplicate notifications that went live. My apologies for that.  I’m working on a new email platform and, like anything new, it had to be tweaked.  Along with the new platform, I’ve had to be tweaked, as well!  Change is good!  So, thank you again for your patience.

I’m so glad to be back to my patterned paper, stamps and ink.  Today I have a bright and happy Stitched Bloom card for you… Just for you!  There’s lots of circles and stitching in today’s design, but those who read my blog regularly know that any “pattern repeat” in a card design will always work well.

Our new 2021-2023 In Colors are out and I want to share them with you.    I thought I would start with our current 2020-2022 In Colors because every current In Color is in today’s card.  Below are all of our current In Colors and they’ll be with us for another year.

Stampin’ Up! actually coordinates the group of new In Colors each year.  They are always on trend and complement each other beautifully.  The same goes for each of Stampin’ Up!’s color collections.  For example, you can pick a color from the Subtles Collection and match it with another color from the Subtles Collection without giving much thought to the colors working together. Stampin’ Up! did all of the thinking for you. That’s one of the perks of their noteworthy color coordination.

Here are the new 2021 –  2023 In Colors!  The muted tones of the colors are so on trend for this coming year. They will coordinate beautifully with many of our current colors.

  • Fresh Freesia is a cool, muted soft pink leaning toward lilac.  I can see this working with each of the other new In Colors, but how about pairing it with Night of Navy or Pool Party?
  • Polished Pink is a warmer tone. Polished Pink would be beautiful with Shaded Spruce or Just Jade.
  • Evening Evergreen is a dark deep green with a grayish taupe undertone.  I can see Evening Evergreen with Cinnamon Cider and gorgeous with Sahara Sand or Gray Granite.  This one is going to be a beautiful new neutral for me.
  • Soft Succulent is a muted lighter green with gray undertones.  It’s subtle and has a richer hue than Mint Macaron.  I would pair it with Highland Heather, Cherry Cobbler or how about Bumblebee?
  • Pale Papaya is a muted orange-pink tone. It’s lighter than most of our oranges, and not as bright as Mango Melody.   I think it would be beautiful with Just Jade and Pear Pizzazz and stunning with Calypso Coral.

I know you will all agree that it’s exciting to have fresh, contemporary colors to add to our collection.  I’m looking forward to sharing more of the “new” with you.

So, take another look at the current In Colors, pair two, three or all of them together and create something fun and happy!

…the only limitation is your imagination!



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Springtime Flowers for the Paper Players Challenge!

Wishing you all the joy and light of the Easter season!

It’s Sunday and another weekly start for all of us at the Paper Players Blog Challenge.  This week, our very talented Jaydee is hosting our Theme Challenge.  Springtime Flowers is a perfect theme for Easter and this time of year.  It’s actually been cold here in New Jersey the past two days.  The grass is getting greener, though and the trees are starting to pop. We’re supposed to have a warmer week ahead and I’m looking forward to it.

Today’s card is a simple design using the Basket of Blooms stamp set.  A few posts ago, I talked about this set being tucked away in the current Annual Catalog. I found it and love using it.  It is retiring and available during Stampin’ Up!’s Last Chance promotion going on now.

Starting with a Thick Basic White card base, I added a layer of Mossy Meadow checked pattern paper from the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper.  I die cut the Basic White top layer with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

My images are stamped with Mossy Meadow, Gorgeous Grape, Bumblebee and Soft Suede ink.  I wanted to add a bit of color to the images so I blended the ink with a Blender Pen.  There are designs that I prefer coloring with a Blender Pen rather than Stampin’ Blends (which are our alcohol markers).  Then there are designs where I prefer a  Stampin’ Blend rather than a Blender Pen.

Stampin’ Up!’s Blender Pen is easy to use. The Blender Pen is a dual tip pen filled with a special solution to help easily blend ink. Once you stamp your image, you can go over the inked lines with a Blender Pen and pull the ink where you want it.  For a darker shading or to actually fill in an image, you can use the Blender pen dipped in a drop of ink.  I use a tiny drop of ink on a plastic spoon.  Some squeeze their ink pad to get a little pool of ink in the top flap.

Whatever method works for you is best.  The idea is to get ink onto the tip of the Blender Pen.  You can clean your Blender Pen by lightly running the edges of it over scrap paper until you don’t see any more color on the paper.  Your Blender Pen will last a long time by keeping it clean and making sure the pen cap in tightly secured.

I can’t honestly say that this is a “quick” card, but it is simple and easy.  If you love to fussy cut and blend color, this design is for you.  Just match the color of the flowers to your favorite patterned paper and you have a simple and clean card for just about any occasion.

So, treat yourself to the Basket of Blooms stamp set, add your favorite patterned paper, fussy cut a few flowers, blend a basket and create something simple to celebrate any occasion.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For additional details on the products I used today, click  here or on the images below.

Now let’s see what the rest of the Design Team created for your inspiration.  You can click on each of their Blogs below.

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