CAS Fall Fun For The Paper Players

Happy Sunday!  It’s Clean and Simple week at the Paper Players and our amazing Claire is hosting.  She wants us to create a Fun Fall CAS card.  Just a reminder… a CAS card is Clean and Simple with minimal layers, lots of white space and little or no embellishments.

When I think of Fall Fun, I think of leaves falling and leaving their colorful beauty on the ground.  Yes, I’ve spent many years raking leaves, and that was fun, too… most of the time!

I truly enjoy creating CAS cards and this one’s no exception. It didn’t take much effort on my part to decide which stamps and dies to use.  The Love of Leaves stamp set and Stitched Leaves Dies are a favorite.

The texture in my card layer and leaves is easily created using the Dies.  My leaves are stamped with Mossy Meadow, Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider ink. I attached my “galling leaves” with Dimensionals and my card was complete.

So, find a Fun Fall stamp set, add some simple texture and create something clean and simple to link up with us over at the Paper Players. 

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Stampin’ Up! has added a new kit to their awesome Kit Collection!  The Christmas Whimsy card kit is an adorably festive card kit with a modern design! The simple steps of this kit are perfect for the beginner crafters and kids, too! Grab a kit or two and gather around for a simple Christmas activity that everyone will enjoy. The kit contains everything you need to create eight elf-centric Christmas cards including printed card bases, die cuts, embellishments, an exclusive stamp set, a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot, and more!

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Here’s a preview of the whimsical card designs in the Kit.


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The Biggest Wish For The Paper Players

Hello friends and happy Sunday!  The Paper Players Design Team is back with another challenge.  Our fabulous LeAnne is hosting a Theme Challenge called By The Numbers!  Anything goes as long as your design has a number.

I’m not sure why I chose a 30th birthday to celebrate but I’m thinking I would love to be able to celebrate that milestone again!

My card design is simple and versatile enough to swap out colors and change the look. Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Pacific Point are Stampin’ Up’s Primary Colors. Try this design with all neutrals, or pale pinks, blues and greens.  Our new In Colors would work beautifully!

Here’s a Quick and Easy How To:

  • Start with a Basic White A-2 tent fold card base 8.5″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. I used Thick Basic White cardstock.
  • With a 2 1/4″ circle punch, punch out four cardstock circles; three in your choice of colors and one Basic Black.
  • Cut a Basic White large sentiment layer 1 1/4″ x 3 1/3″
  • Cut a Basic Black layer 1 3/8″ x 3 1/8″.
  • Stamp “BIRTHDAY” with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto the Basic White Sentiment layer.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the Basic Black small layer.
  • Arrange your circles and attach them to each other with multipurpose glue.
  • I first attached the Basic Black circle to the Daffodil Delight circle as shown.
  • The Real Red circle will be at the bottom of your circle cluster, attach the Pacific Point circle, then the Daffodil Delight and Basic Black cicle.
  • Attach the circle cluster to the card base with Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the “happy” sentiment as shown.
  • Attach the BIRTHDAY sentiment layer as shown.
  • I die cut the numbers for this challenge using the Playful Alphabet Dies.
  • The embellishments are some Candy Dots from days back.  If you don’t have them, you can improvise according to your colors.

So, pull out your circle punch, add a big wishful sentiment and a great number and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!



For details on the products I used today click on the images below.







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Clean & Simple Pretty Pumpkins

Hello friends!

I’m starting my post with a question.   Do you enjoy creating with die cut images?  There are times when I don’t want to open an ink pad, then there are times I don’t want to slide over to my die cutting machine. Of course, there is no right answer. It depends…

Today’s card is a quick and easy, clean and simple Fall themed card to send some well wishes.  It’s a mix of patterned paper, die cuts and a sentiment stamp and you can complete it quickly.

Here’s the  mix:  

  • The Detailed Pumpkin Dies cut all three pumpkins.
  • For some texture, the large Crushed Curry pumpkin is embossed with the Bark Embossing Folder.
  • With a Sponge Dauber and Basic Black ink, I inked the edge of the pumpkin to give it a little lift.
  • The center pumpkin die cut is the polka dot pattern from the Cute Halloween Designer Series Paper. The polka dots are bold, randomly placed, and have a whimsical look.
  • The polka dot card base layer is more of a traditional polka dot pattern since the polka dots are linear. This patterned paper is part of the Beautifully Penned Sale-A-Brationo DSP.  It’s FREE!
  • The barnyard fence is from the Sheep Dies which are also FREE! with a qualifying Sale-A-Bration purchase.
  • And my last and final mixer is the sentiment stamp. I like the way the font matched this simple design. It’s from the Season’s Blessings stamp set which is in the Annual Catalog.

Maybe you have every product I mentioned today in your paper crafting collection, but if you don’t you can re-create this design using products you have. That’s what makes the creative process both fun and personal.

So, find a few fun dies, add some fun patterned paper and create something quick and easy to send well wishes.

...the only limitation is your imagination!


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



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Plentiful Plants CAS For The Paper Players

It’s Sunday. Time for the Paper Players Blog Challenge.  Anne Marie is our host this week.  Her Clean & Simple Challenge theme is polka dots.  Polka dots are always on trend.  Clean and Simple is a card with minimal layers, little or no embellishments and lots of clean white space.

Today’s post features the Bloom Where You’re Planted Suite I used the Perfect Plants Dies, Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper and Thick Basic White cardstock for my card.  My polka dot embossing folder, which has made many trips through my cutting machine, is also featured here today.

  • I die cut both the plant pot and plant directly from the patterned paper.
  • The macrame die makes it easy to create a “hanging plant”.
  • I die cut the macrame plant hanger from Crumb Cake card stock and sponged it lightly with crumb cake ink for a bit more dimension.
  • I lined the back of the macrame plant hanger with glue from my fine tip glue pen then attached the pot and the plant to the plant hanger from the back.
  • This made it easier to position the plant and plant pot.
  • The “hanging plant” is attached to my card with Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment, from Pansy Patch, is stamped with Crumb Cake ink and attached with Mini Dimensionals.

This Clean and Simple card is also quick and easy.

So, find some fun polka dots, add a few die cuts and a sentiment and create something clean and simple to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

Check in on the rest of the Paper Players Design Team for more Challenge inspiration.

The Paper Players Design Team


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Color & Contour And A Pretty Card!

Happy Tuesday!

Isn’t today’s card pretty? I can’t think of another word to describe it. I’m not sure why.  Is it the scalloped frames or the gingham Designer Series Paper?  Is it the open lined floral art, or the pretty crinkled bow? Stampin’ Up! did all of that.  I simply and quickly put it all together.

Let’s just imagine for a minute that it’s my coloring that makes this card so pretty. I did it with my Blends and felt like an artist!  I followed the open lines in the image with the bullet side of the Blend and in a matter of seconds, my image looked like it was water colored.  Can you see the little bit of ink splatter behind the flower?  The Color & Contour stamp set has a “splatter” (as I call it) stamp.  I inked the splatter stamp with Fresh Freesia ink and stamped off once to get a subtle look.

I die cut the smaller scalloped frame and saw there were slits cut into all sides.  This Scalloped Contour Die was designed that way making it easy to add a sentiment banner, ribbon, twine or any other element. You can slide your element under or over the frame.  I snapped a quick photo to show you how I added the ribbon.

By the way, the White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon is soft and easy to work with.  It’s a thin 1/4″ ribbon, which makes it a good alternative to twine.  The gingham Designer Series Paper is from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.

So, die cut a scalloped frame, add some gingham patterned paper and soft ribbon and create something “pretty”.

…the only limitation is your imagination.

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