Elegantly Said Thank You For Paper Players!

Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Moms!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players challenge.  This week, Laurie is our host with a fun color challenge.  Laurie’s favorite color combination is Gray, Black and Red. She’s sharing that with us to see what we create.

Today, I’m trying out some new products from Stampin’ Up!’s new annual catalog.  My card is an “elegant” thank you with supplies from the new Simply Elegant Suite. The Elegantly Said stamp set has beautiful images and sentiments that are very elegant!  The Simply Elegant Designer Series Paper is just that… simply elegant!  I used both today.  So, let’s get right to my card story.

I enjoy blog challenges.  When my inspiration runs low, I always find something in a challenge to ignite it again.  My finished project is the surprise that makes it fun.

I enjoy making what I call “collage” cards.  I layer and glue lots of elements to create a design.  That’s what I did today.  As I’m doing it, I get inspired. I add something and take away something, then add something more. Many of the design rules I’ve learned along the way help me decide what I’ll use.

  • I started with a Basic Black A-2 card base.  It’s cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Basic White layer is 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and the patterned paper layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  • These layer dimensions are my basic “go to” dimensions.  They always help get me off to an easy start when I don’t know where to start.
  • The simple and elegant patterned paper caught my eye. Perfect for today’s challenge, it’s Basic Gray and Black.  All I had to do was add red.
  • I stamped the flowers with Real Red ink and  fussy cut them.
  • I moved the flowers around the patterned paper layer quite a bit until I realized they needed some sort of an anchor.
  • The vertical strips worked well.  I had a Real Red scrap that was already cut 1/2″ x 5″.  I layered patterned paper on top of it.  If you look closely, you can see I cut the patterned paper to create a “pattern repeat” with the background layer. The pattern in this strip of paper somewhat mimics the flowers.
  • The scalloped edge lifted the patterned paper and real red anchor because it’s white.  I also created another pattern repeat – the scallop edging and the curvy lines of the flowers.
  • I needed more white, so I die cut a Stitched Square and layered it under the flowers.  The square created another pattern repeat!
  • The sentiment layer was just a repeat of the vertical layer, bringing more red toward the right side of the card (color balance).  At the last minute I added the scalloped edge to the sentiment layer.

Try creating designs with pattern repeats.  It works and it’s fun!

I added some flowers to the inside of the card. The detail in the stamped image is beautiful.

So, pull out all your grays, blacks and reds, create some pattern repeats and link up with us over at the Paper Players.  We really enjoy seeing all of your beautiful creations.  For more inspiration, check in on the rest of the Design Team.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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The Paper Players #539 – You’re A Star!

Good Morning, Sunday!  It’s time for another Paper Players Challenge!  This week, our fabulous Joanne has a Theme Challenge for us.   Joanne is asking us to come up with anything that reminds us of boys.  Snails, puppies, superheroes… and the list goes on.  We would love to see what you come up with so link up with us and join the fun.

This past week was busy and I didn’t take a look at our Challenge until Friday.  When I saw the theme was “boys” what first came to mind was a superhero, a rock star or sports star.  My son has grown into a wonderful man, but he still loves sports.

I went into my stamp archives and realized I didn’t have much of anything to create a project for boys.  Lots of flowers and frills, but not much for boys.  I will remedy that without a doubt, but the word “star” kept coming to me.  Ok, “star” it is!!  In my eyes, my son is a star, (along with my daughter, of course)!  I hope you enjoy my “star” card for boys.

The striped pattern paper was my color inspiration.  The piece of colorful striped DSP is from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper, which is in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The release is only 2 days away!!  My thought was to use primary colors and lots of stars.  The sentiment, which I found while digging through my stamp collection, is from an oldie called “Pictogram Punches”.  It goes back to 2016 and I thought it would be a perfect fit for this card design.  All of the stars except for the embellishments are die cut with my first “star” dies called “Stars Framelits Dies”. I really went back into my archives for this project.

Once again, it was fun to mix the old with the new.

So, go through your stamps, ink and paper and come up with something fun to link up with us over at the Paper Players.  We always enjoy your creations!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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The Paper Players Challenge – A Color & Contour Sneak Peek!

Happy Sunday!  It’s time for a new Challenge at the Paper Players.  Claire is our hostess this week. She created a fun, versatile sketch.  Have fun with it and join us over at the Paper Players Challenge Blog.  

My card today is a Sneak Peek of the new Color & Contour Bundle which is in Stampin’ Up!’s upcoming Annual Catalog.

Here’s how my card came together…

  • The Poppy Parade card base is a top fold standard A-2 card base.  Cut it 11 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and score at 5 1/2″.
  • I used the large scalloped frame die from the Scalloped Contours Dies to create the Basic White layer. The Die is sized perfectly to create an easy and fun layer for any A-2 card design.
  • The striped layer is cut 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ and lays perfectly inside the large scalloped frame die.
  • I stayed with the sketch this week and cropped a Basic White oval with one of my Layering Ovals Dies.
  • On a small piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the base of the flower with Soft Suede Ink, then stamp the flower image in Flirty Flamingo ink.
  • The center of the flower is shaded with a Dark So Saffron Blend.
  • I cropped the flower with the matching die.
  • I placed the flower where I wanted it on my oval (no glue) and placed the leaf stamp over the flower (no ink on the leaf stamp). This gave me a visual of how the leaf would look under the flower.
  • While the flower was still in place, I inked the stamp with Granny Apple Green and just before I stamped the leaf image, I removed the flower.
  • I attached the flower and stamped the sentiment.
  • The yellow resin dot added just the right amount of embellishment.
  • The Poppy Parade horizontal cardstock strip is 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ and anchors the oval nicely.
  • I attached the finished oval with Dimensionals.

Thank you, Claire.  I had fun with this sketch!

So, cut a few layers, crop an oval, add a simple watercolor stamped image, a little resin dot and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players. We would love to see what you come up with.  Click over to the Paper Players Challenge Blog for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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The Paper Players Clean & Simple Happy Birthday!

Hello and a very happy Sunday!

Welcome to the Paper Players Blog Challenge!  Our fabulous Laurie has a Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Challenge for us this week.  Remember the rules for Clean & Simple cards – lots of white space (no pattern), minimal layers and little or no embellishments.

The pretty lily image is in Stampin’ Up!’s Posted For You stamp set.  This stamp set is on the Last Chance List. The Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch, which I used to layer the three lilies is staying with us.  It’s in the upcoming Annual Catalog.

Let’s talk about how this card came together:

  • I cut a standard A-2 Thick Basic White card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • Next, I cut a basic white card layer 4″ x 5 1/4″ and scored it 1/4″ on all sides.
  • I stamped three lily images with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White cardstock.
  • I used my Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen to add color to the flowers.
  • An artist I am not, but this coloring technique was easy!
  • I added a line of color next to each image line and easily spread the color with my Blender Pen.
  • My finished images had a subtle watercolor look.
  • Then, I punched each lily and attached the images to the card layer.
  • I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Posted For You stamp set with Black Memento Ink.

Clean, simple and very easy to complete. I enjoyed putting this one together.

So, pull out a pretty flower from your stash, add a little color, a sentiment and a scored layer and create something clean and simple.

…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!

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