Love & Friendship With The Paper Players

Hello Friends!

I checked in on the Paper Players Challenge this week and saw the Theme was Love & Friendship.  Stamping with the Paper Players tends to bring me back to my stamp set archives. There I found my “Seaside Sketches” stamp set. The rubber stamps are on wood blocks!  It is fun to go back in time!

Today’s Card Bits And Pieces

  • Along with the Seaside Sketches stamp set, I used sentiments from the Create With Me stamp set. This set is in the current SU Annual Catalog on page 36. Love the larges sentiments!
  • The Mini Slimline Basic White card base is cut to a 7″ square and scored at 3 1/2″.
  • The layer of patterned paper is 7″ X 3 1/2″ and covers the card front.
  • The Misty Moonlight mat layer is 3 1/8″ x 6 5/8″.
  • For the stamped layer, I cut Basic White cardstock 3″ x 6 1/2″.
  • The sentiments are stamped with Misty Moonlight ink and I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink for the image.
  • Ink and a Blender Pen made the water coloring possible.  Love those Blender Pens!
  • The inside sentiment, part of the Seaside Sketches set, is perfect for this challenge.
  • The font is small. It says “the best things in life are not free, but priceless”.

I’m happy to be back in the Paper Players’ Gallery.  I always find lots of inspiration there.

So, pull out your ink and Blender Pens, add some color to a simple image and create something to celebrate love and friendship.


Today’s Product Details





PP571 — A Festive Color Challenge

Hello friends!

Welcome to another Paper Players Challenge.  This week, LeAnne is hosting our final challenge for 2021 with a festive Color Challenge.

When I saw our colors for this week’s challenge, I thought of a decorated Christmas tree.  Naturally, the Christmas Tree Dies were my first choice. I was able to easily use the colors in the Challenge.  The deep tones of Merry Merlot and Shaded Spruce are a natural with Gold. I kept my design Clean and Simple because I really wanted this tree to have the attention.

About Today’s Card

I attached a Merry Merlot cardstock layer to a Very Vanilla card base.  The tree, garland and star ornaments are all die cut with the Christmas Tree Dies, part of the Whimsical Trees Bundle.  This Bundle is currently on Stampin’ Up!’s Last Chance List.  My little tree pot is cut with one of the Dies from the Peaceful Plants Dies.  Along with the Christmas Tree Dies, the these Dies will have a permanent home in my craft room.  I’ve used them both time and again.

The sentiment is a stamp from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set – another favorite that will stay in my inventory. I thought this sentiment font worked perfectly with the simplicity of my card design.

So, link up with us over at the Paper Players and celebrate this festive Color Challenge with all of us.  We always love to see your creations!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Noteworthy At Stampin’ Up!

  • Click HERE for a PDF of the Last Chance Products from the July – December 2021 Mini Catalog
  • Click HERE for a PDF of the Carry Over items.  These products will be available up until the launch of the new 2022 Annual Caalog.


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A Winter Wonderland For The Paper Players

Welcome to a new Paper Players challenge week.   Jaydee is hosting a Winter Wonderland Theme Challenge!

Here’s How My Card Came Together

When I think of a “winter wonderland”, snow covered pine trees against a deep blue sky comes to mind.  I created my vision using Stampin’ Up!’s Peaceful Cabin Bundle.  This Bundle is at the top of my all time favorites list and will retire at the end of the current July-December 2022 Mini Catalog on January 3, 2022.   It’s a beautiful set. If you haven’t purchased it, now is a good time.  The retired products are only available while supplies last.

I layered the snow covered trees using the Cabin Dies and Basic White and Night of Navy cardstock.  Behind the front layer of snow covered trees is a second Basic White card layer which I hand cut in a curve. The two Basic White trees are also die cuts from the Cabin Dies. The front layer of trees is attached to the back layer with Dimensionals.

Rather than use the coordinating Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper, I used a pattern from last year’s Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper. I came across a few sheets and decided to use it.

To finish my card, I added a few of the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels for some sparkle on my trees and snow hills.

To me, this sentiment is one of the nicest ways to say “thank you”. It’s from the Peaceful Cabin stamp set.  I’m certain this stamp set will stay within my reach all year because of this sentiment.

So, find a “peaceful” winter night sky patterned paper, layer some snow on a few pine trees, cut a snow hill or two, add some sparkle and create something to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


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Paper Players Sunday Sketch Challenge

It’s Sunday and the start of another Paper Players Challenge.  This week, Anne Marie is hosting an awesome Sketch Challenge!  I hope you  have fun with the Sketch and play along with us.

Today, I decided to go back to my Gingerbread & Peppermint Designer Series Paper.  The patterns in this DSP are adorable. The ornaments are images on the reverse side of the Old Olive  plaid patterned paper.  I used the matching dies from the Frosted Gingerbread Bundle to die cut the ornaments.

The sentiment is from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set.  I stamped it with Old Olive ink onto a wide Basic White sentiment layer.  For a little sparkle, I scattered some Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels on the sentiment layer and ornaments.

This was a quick and easy card to put together.  For me, the hardest part was deciding on which patterns to mix.  I had fun with this sketch and you will, too!

So, pull out your favorite patterned paper, add a die cut or two and create something festive to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only inspiration is your imagination!

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It’s CAS Week At The Paper Players!

We’re starting a new week at the Paper Players. Laurie is hosting with an adorable Clean and Simple Challenge featuring Gnomes or Fairies!

I didn’t have a Gnome, but I knew I had a Fairie to share. A while back, Stampin’ Up! featured a stamp set called New Wonders. I thought it was adorable, and loved the sentiments, so I added it to my collection. I’ve used it often and enjoyed creating this card today.

The large Fairie image is stamped with Smoky Slate ink onto a Basic White card layer. I used Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen to color and shade the image. I kept the coloring soft and subtle and left a lot of white space.  Every Fairie has to sparkle and mine is no exception. I added a few 2021-2023 In Color Jewels for some shine.  When I looked more closely at the shape of the stamped image, I thought it would be fun to frame her with one of the Diorama Dies.  I think this image was made for this Die!

The Inside Of My Card

As we grow through life, we meet up with changes that will open that new “blank page” for us to illustrate.  I thought of that when I was creating this card.  There’s always a “New Wonder” to be experienced and enjoyed. I hope all of your “New Wonders” sparkle and shine!

So, find an adorable Gnome or a sparkly Fairie and create something wonderful to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


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