A Feline Friend! – Paper Players CAS Feline Fine Challenge!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge.  This week, LeAnne is hosting the CAS (Clean and Simple) Challenge with a little Feline Fine twist.

When creating a Clean and Simple card, always keep in mind that you should have lots of white space with minimal layers and little or no embellishments.

My card today is a simple A-2 Basic White card base with a single black and white patterned paper layer.  The focal point, of course, is a fussy cut cat.  He wants to be your friend and wants to share his ball of yarn with you.

I attached my cat friend to a 2″ punched Basic Black circle to help make him the star of this card.  I went back into my archives for the sentiment.  It’s from a retired stamp set called Bella & Friends and I thought it worked perfectly with the cat image.

The sentiment layer is attached to a coordinating strip of patterned paper from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper pack.  I added the sentiment to a small strip of Basic Black cardstock to give it some depth. I couldn’t resist fussy cutting the yarn from the DSP.  I thought the bit of red would add a little pop of color to this CAS design.

So, pull out your feline friends’ stamps and dies, add just a little pop of color and create something Clean and Simple to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only inspiration is your imagination!

For more CAS – Feline Fine inspiration, check in on the Paper Players Design Team below.

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Paper Players Color Challenge 528 – A Dandy Wishes Note!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  I hope love is all around you today and every day forward.

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge.  It’s Jaydee’s turn to challenge us with colors.  She chose Red or Pink, Black, White and Gold or Silver.  What a fun color challenge this is.  Black, White, a pop of Red or Pink and top it off with the sparkle of silver or gold, or both!!

A few posts ago, I showed a quick and easy thank you that I created from the Dandy Wishes dies.  It was a CAS card using the same die cut flower medallions I used for my card today.  I think these bold medallions are so much fun to create with. You can pop them on any project either as a flower (which is what they are) or an embellishment.

To keep in line with the color challenge, I created black grass.  Interesting choice on my part, but I thought it looked pretty good with the black layer and black sentiment on this whimsical design.  This card is a black and white CAS with pops of red and pinks.  I added Silver and Gold Metallic Pearls to again keep in line with the color challenge, but I also thought they were subtle enough to keep my flower medallions front and center and add just a little bit of finish to this card.

So, find that really cool die in your stash, crop it in some red and pink cardstock add a few layers, pop in some sparkle and create something fun to link up with us over at Jaydee’s Color Challenge.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


The Design Team over at the Paper Players has some wonderful inspiration this week.  Pop over to their blogs to see what they have to share and don’t forget to link up your design with all of us.

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Lots of Heart Smiles! PP#527

Welcome to this week’s Paper Players challenge.  Anne Marie’s Hearts and/or Stars Theme Challenge gives us endless possibilities to express our creativity!

Since Valentine’s Day is a week away, I chose to go with “hearts”, and lots of them I might add.  My card today is a standard A-2 Basic White card base with Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo die cut, scattered hearts.  Of course, I had to add the “bling” because everything looks better with a little sparkle, right?

I used the Lots of Heart Bundle’s dies and stamp set to complete this card and you can get all the details on the products at the end of this post.

I want to talk about a simple technique I tried with the border die on the bottom of my card.  It was fun and I love the way it turned out.

Supplies you will need:

  • Regular copy paper or light weight paper.
  • Your favorite die.
  • Adhesive Sheets.  I used Sizzix 6″ x 6″ Adhesive Sheets.
  • Thin strips of cardstock.

Here’s the “How To”:

  • Cut your copy paper to a 6″ width and attach the adhesive sheet to it.
  • Peel down the backing on the adhesive sheet about 1 1/2″ from the top and fold it over toward you.

  • Try to keep it straight as you peel it back.  It will be easier to keep your cardstock strips straight.  I use the grid on my craft table mat.
  • Attach your cardstock strips to the sticky side making sure they’re butted tight to each other.
  • Place your die on top of your new pattern and run it through your cutting machine.

  • Enjoy your new patterned cardstock die cut!
  • When finished, cover any extra “sticky” side of the adhesive sheet with the top you folded down and tuck the rest away for the next time you want to add a little something to a plain die cut image.

Check back tomorrow.  I will have a FREE PDF tutorial you can download and print.

So, pull out some of your colorful cardstock strips, add a little adhesive and your favorite die and create something unique to you!!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

I hope you enjoyed this post today and take a minute to click over to Anne Marie’s Theme Challenge at the Paper Players.  Click below to see more inspiration from our Design Team.

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A Gilded Art Gallery for PP526

Happy Sunday stampers, and welcome to this week’s Paper Players Challenge.  We’re playing Tic-Tac-Toe with Laurie’s board, and I hope you’ll join us.  I chose the middle horizontal row; red, embossing and sparkle for my card design.

Today, I’m showcasing the Art Gallery Bundle and Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.  The stamped images and art gallery quality patterned paper images are perfectly matched and stunning!

I thought it would be fun to add a little Gilded Gold Leafing to my project.  This was a first for me.  The process is quick and easy.  I followed the prompts in the Mini Catalog and it worked beautifully.  Here’s how I did it.

  • With Real Red ink and the large floral base stamp, I stamped the image onto Basic White cardstock.
  • I stamped the flower detail stamp over the base stamp with VersaMark ink and applied Heat & Stick Powder to it.
  • I used my Heat Tool to activate the adhesive and gently sprinkled the Gilded Leafing onto the heated adhesive.
  • My Gold Gilded Leafing looked great!

The beautiful patterned paper I used for the top layer of my card is white-washed over Poppy Parade and I needed Real Red.  I sponged a bit of Real Red ink over most of the Poppy Parade areas, careful not to cover the white-washed look. That bit of ink sponging worked.  The patterned paper was a closer match to my Real Red layer.

I’m a new fan of the large word dies.  For this card, I die cut the word “just” three times and attached them together.  I heat embossed the “for you” sentiment directly onto the patterned paper, and added a few Gold Metallic Pearls to draw attention to it.

So, gather your favorite die, markers or stencils, create a fun project, and link up with us this week.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check in with the Design Team below to see what they came up with.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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PP 525 A Sketch Challenge – Amazingly In Bloom!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players challenge.  This week, Joanne created a simple and fun sketch for our inspiration.

So, let’s get right to my card today.  Joanne gave us a  lot of artistic license with her sketch.  It’s simple with a single layer and sentiment banner.

I decided to open up my In Bloom Bundle and have a little fun.  I matched the Bundle with the Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper which work perfectly together.

The patterned paper was the inspiration for my stitched floral die cuts and color palette and I added a little So Saffron to the center of my stitched flowers.

I followed the design “rule of thirds” using three die cut flowers to anchor the sentiment banner.  Although the elements in this card design are simple, the Night of Navy and Basic White patterned paper makes a bold statement.  I thought it best not to use any embellishments.  Sometimes less is more.  I also created a pattern repeat between the stitched flowers and patterned paper.  Whenever you have a pattern repeat, the elements will always work together.

I absolutely love the sentiment font.  Stamped with Night of Navy ink, the swirly letters and heavier line weight of the sentiment stamp are strong enough for the patterned paper background.

So, grab some statement making patterned paper, add a few stitched flowers and a bold sentiment and create something amazing to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:  
They all have plenty of incredible inspiration to share.
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