Peaceful Cabin For The Paper Players

Happy Sunday and welcome to the Paper Player’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!  Jaydee is our host this week.

It’s easy to play Tic-Tac-Toe.  Select a column or row down, across or diagonally and create your project according to the themes in your selection!  I chose the third column down on the challenge grid; a square card with a masculine look using a neutrals color palette.

My card is a 5″ square showcasing the Peaceful Cabin Bundle and the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper.  Along with the Challenge themes this week, I was inspired by the Peaceful Place Product Suite.

It was the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper that made my decision to use the Peaceful Cabin Bundle for today’s Challenge.  It’s one of Stampn’ Up!’s Specialty Designer Series Paper packs. Some of the designs are subtly embossed, some have silver sparkle built in and some are everyday patterns you can use for lots of projects. I left a large border around the stamped and die cut cabin scene to show off the beautiful patterned paper.  The DSP’s color palette is Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

The Peaceful Cabin Bundle includes the Peaceful Cabin stamp set and the Cabin Dies.  This is one Bundle you can’t split. For a truly peaceful cabin scene you absolutely need both.  It’s like having chocolate without peanut butter! You just can’t do that!!

Here’s how this card came together:

  • The card base is a finished 5″ square with a 4 7/8″ Basic Gray cardstock layer.
  • The patterned paper layer is a 4 3/4″ square.
  • I stamped the cabin image with Basic Gray ink onto a 3 3/4″ square of Thick Basic White cardstock.  The bottom of the stamped image is about an inch up from the bottom of the cardstock layer.
  • I used the matching die to cut the top of the cabin image.  The die fits across the top of the cabin perfectly.
  • I die cut the two pine trees with the excess Basic White cardstock.
  • The sentiment is stamped with Basic Gray ink.
  • I added a few plain white Shimmer Sequins which are part of the Peaceful Place Suite.
  • I wanted a little embellishment, but I wanted it to be subtle.

This card came together quickly and easily. This truly is a “Peaceful Cabin”.

So, pick a column or row, down, across or diagonally and create something fun or peaceful, or both to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


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






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Fab Friday In Good Taste On A Monday!

It’s Monday, and I decided to create a card for the Fab Friday Sketch Challenge.  The Design Team came up with a fun, simple sketch, so I thought I would join in.

If you read my blog regularly, you know I enjoy creating from a sketch.  I also tend to doodle my own sketches when I look at a stamp set.

Sketches work for me and are a great tool when I want to make a card and don’t know where to start.  Today, I took a bit of artistic license with this sketch.  I followed the general design, but added a little twist.  That happens at times.  As I’m moving through my card design, I think of something I want to try and go with it.  Sometimes it works!  I’m happy with the finished card.

In Good Taste Designer Series Paper was launched in last year’s Annual Catalog.  It will be available again in the upcoming  Annual Catalog on May 4th.  So, I can say this is my first Sneak Peek for you!  The patterns in this Designer Series Paper combine beautiful layers and rich textures.  The colors are neutral and can be feminine or masculine.  I used patterns today for a more masculine card.

I chose a simple sentiment from the Garden Wishes stamp set.  The Tailored Tag Punch worked perfectly for the sentiment.  Do you notice a little pattern repeat?  I know you do.  The diamond textured pattern in the Designer Series Paper closely matches the pattern of the punch!  And, the Tailored Tag Punch is also in the new catty.  Two Sneak Peeks!!   I have another Sneak Peek for you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.

Below are my card measurements:

  • I cut a standard A-2 top-fold card base from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • I covered the front of the card with the Night of Navy textured diamond pattern Designer Series Paper.
  • The center larger Night of Navy layer is 3 3/8″ x 5 1/2″.
  • On top of the Night of Navy layer, I added a Smoky Slate cardstock layer at 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • I hand cropped both Night of Navy flagged banners.  They measure 2 5/8″ x 5/8″.
  • The center Night of Navy and Basic White strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″.
  • I added a patterned paper strip to the inside of the card.

So, find your richly textured patterned paper, add it to a card base with a few banners and a sentiment and create something masculine!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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

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PP552 A Mix of New and Very New!

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to the first Paper Players Challenge for 2021!  LeAnne is our Hostess this week and she asked us to use something new in our design; something we’ve never used before.

My card is a mix of new and very new.  The Curvy Dies have been around for a short time and the Floral Gallery Dies and Many Messages Bundle are brand new.

I wanted to create something bright and “happy” for our first Paper Players Challenge in the new year.  I thought a colorful card with black and white neutrals and bold lettering would be fun.

The bold lettering is from the large die in the Floral Gallery Dies.  This Die is a first for me.  I didn’t realize each word was separated until I used it.  It was easy to create a “shadow” for the lettering since the font is so large and bold.  I cut two sets of letters, one in white and one in black and slightly offset them when I glued them together.  The Basic Black shadow gives the white lettering depth.  Although I didn’t use an embossing folder, this design has a lot of texture.  The Curvy Dies helped accomplish that.

The inside card sentiment reads,  “Wishing you a year of magical moments and wonderful memories.”

Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness and Just Jade are fun colors and work beautifully together.  I added a little more Bumblebee which helped the other colors pop.  I always say… when in doubt, go with yellow!  Yellow is a great neutral or accent for any project.

The inside sentiment is from the Many Messages Bundle.  This sentiment works perfectly with the Happy New Year message I want to send.

This card was a cinch to put together.  With one of the Curvy Dies, I cut a bunch of oversized cardstock layers and attached them to a Whisper White card layer.  Although I had to trim the sides of the first Whisper White layer before I added it to the second Whisper White layer,  it all sat nicely on a Basic Black card base.

So, pull out something you haven’t used – a bold sentiment die, colorful cardstock or a heartfelt sentiment and create something amazing to link up with the Paper Players!  We’re excited to see what your “New” is.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


A Well Suited Happy Birthday Sneak Peek!

Today’s post is a mix of classic old and classic new.  It features a Sneak Peek at the Well Suited Designer Series Paper and the Many Messages Bundle.  Both will be in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog scheduled to go live on January 5th.  That’s less than a week away!

I can’t show you the actual paper, but I will tell you that this Designer Series Paper is a must.  The patterns are perfect for the product Suite they’re part of but the designs are once again beautifully versatile.

For my card today, I chose to go with a Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Whisper White dotted pattern.  The Designer Series Paper color palette was my color inspiration, and my card design inspiration came from a past post which I added below.   I accented the patterned paper with a Smoky Slate card base and Basic Black, Whisper White and Silver Foil cardstock layers and shapes.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is part of the new Many Messages Bundle.  The Bundle features sentiment images that can be stamped all at once and cropped with the matching die.  I tried it and liked the idea.  I used this sentiment for my card today and saved the others for future projects.

Any of the “shapes” dies are basic card making staples that you’ll use time and again.  My card today features the stitched circles from the Stitched Shapes Dies and the Stitched Stars Dies.  Both have proven to be great additions to my card making tools. If you don’t already have them, think about adding them to your new Wish List.

I finished my card with a little Basic Gray stamped ink splatter and a few white resin dots from All The Trimmings Embellishments.

So, crop a few circles, add a few stars and a sentiment, and create a simple and versatile card.

...the only inspiration is your imagination!



Curvy Splendor – November Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!  This month our Design Team’s theme is “Pile It On” – showcasing their card/project with layers of DSP and/or embellishments for any occasion.  We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments!  We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This was another fun card.  I used the Curvy Dies, Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper.  The patterned paper is beautiful but I say that about all of the Designer Series Paper.  Stampin’ Up! artists design, draw, sketch and sometimes photograph the DSP. The patterns truly are works of art.

My card base is Night of Navy and the card layer is Whisper White.

  • I cut five 5″ strips of varying heights from the DSP and ran them through my cutting machine with the Curvy Die.
  • To avoid having the cut out circles from the Curvy Die in this project I made sure the solid cutting line on the underside of the die was facing me as I cut.
  • I arranged the strips in the order I wanted and glued them to a Whisper White card layer.
  • With the underside of the Whisper White layer facing me, I cut the strips with my paper snips.
  • Then I attached the Curvy layer to my Night of Navy card base.
  • The birthday sentiment is stamped with Night of Navy ink.
  • Just for fun, I scattered a few Frosted Epoxy Droplets for a little embellishment. I usually stick with a maximum of three embellishments but I couldn’t resist adding the fourth to the bottom of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.


More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on December 9th when our theme is “Goodbye September Mini Catalog and Hello January Mini Catalog.” Participants showcase their favorites from the retiring holiday catalog or new products from the new mini catalog. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Line-Up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  7. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  10. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  19. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  20. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  21. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  22. Lori Webb at Clever Copies