It’s Clean and Simple Week At The Paper Players!

Hello Friends and happy Sunday to you!

We have a brand new challenge over at the Paper Players!  It’s Clean and Simple week and our fabulour host, LeAnne, has a fun Clean for us. Your project must be Clean and Simple and must have a “bee” on it!  By “Clean and Simjple” we mean, your design must have minimal layers, little or no embellishments and lots of clean white space.

Along with a new challenge, I thought I would showcase a new stamp and die bundle.  The Season’s Blessings Bundle is in the Annual Catalog. This is one of those Bundles that has so many possibilities. The images are seasonal or not, depending on how you want to use them.  The Seasonal Basket Dies match the images in the stamp set, and also include two really fun basket dies.

About Today’s Card

My card is Clean and Simple. A Basic White layer on a Basic White card base.  My color palette has deeper tones: Polished Pink blooms, Soft Succulent leaves and a bumblebee colored with Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Blends.  A Soft Suede sentiment holds its own next to Polished Pink and Soft Succulent.

That little swirling bee is stamped with an image from  the Garden Wishes stamp set and die cut with the matching Dandy Wishes Dies.  When I was thinking about which bee image to use, this one came to mind.  I remembered he came with the swirly stamp.  It’s always fun to mix in a random stamp.

So, find a “B” in your stamp archives, add a bloom or two, keep it clean and create something fun to link up with us over at the Paper Players.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more inspiration be sure to visit the rest of the Paper Player’s Design Team.

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A FREE PDF And A Fun Fold In Pale Papaya!

It’s Monday and I wish you a happy one!

Last week, I posted a project my Team member, Georgia and I made together for our monthly gathering.  Today’s post is by Karen.  She loves to fun fold and always comes up with a beautiful project for us..

I love this Pale Papaya monochrome card featuring the Color & Contour Bundle. I know you’ve seen a lot of this Bundle. Everybody loves it!  All of the layering dies are the perfect size for card projects. If you haven’t added Color & Contour to your paper crafting collection, you should give it some thought.  It’s one of those “I’m glad I have it” Bundles.

This is a super easy card to put together. You’ll have lots of help with the Contours Dies.

To download a printable PDF tutorial, click the button below. The tutorial includes all cutting and scoring dimensions for this card so the fun fold will be easy to duplicate for future projects.

So, grab that Color & Contour Bundle, crop some scalloped layers, add some shimmery vellum and create something fun and amazing!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Hats Off To You, Reid!

Happy Wednesday friends!

Todays card is a fun, personalized card I made for a new little family member I haven’t yet met. He’s now 2 1/2 years old and I’ll be meeting him today!  I put his initial on the cap and matched the colors to his gift packaging.

The “Hats Off” stamp set is definitely one to have.  It’s one of those, “thank goodness I got this” stamp sets. I stamped the baseball cap and easily fussy cut it.  For some color and design interest, I added a few 1/2″ strips of Poppy Parade cardstock to the bottom corner of my card and finished it off with Daffodil Delight punched stars.

I put this card together in just a few minutes.  I die cut the initial on the cap with the Playful Alphabet dies.

The 1/2″ strips of Poppy Parade cardstock were easy to attach to the patterned paper layer.  They all measured 5 inches long.  I attached the evenly placed strips then trimmed the edges from the back of the patterned paper layer. This helped me get clean, straight cuts.

Pacific Point, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight are so much fun to use together.

So, grab your classic patterned paper, add some stripes, a baseball cap and a few stars and create something colorful and fun!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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What’s Cookin’ At The Paper Players!

Hi Friends!  It’s time again for another Paper Players blog challenge.  This week, Laurie has a sketch challenge for us.  Sketch challenges are always a great source of inspiration. They’re a fun way to spark your creativity.  Use your favorite colors, add in some special patterned paper and create your original.

I don’t have anything like the What’s Cookin’ Bundle in my collection, so I made sure this was on the top of my Wish List.  The images and sentiments are perfect for tagging baked goodies, designing recipe cards or creating a simple card to reach out to someone.

My card today is a simple So Saffron cardstock base.  The black and white buffalo check patterned paper is a good neutral background for my cutting board, bowl, spatula and whisk. These are all die cut with the matching Cookin’ Dies.  The stamped bowl would probably look good in red, too!  I’m happy with the Bermuda Bay and So Saffron combination but it’s fun to imagine another color.

Below are the layer dimensions for today’s card. Feel free to use them for the sketch challenge.

  • The card base is a standard A-2 Tent Fold card.  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • The Basic White large layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • I cut the patterned paper layer 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The smaller So Saffron layer is 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The smaller Basic White layer is 2 5/8″ x 4″

Have fun with the sketch and link up with us over at the Paper Players.  We always enjoy seeing your beautiful designs.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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

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A Plentiful Plants Hello!

Hello stamping friends and happy Wednesday!  I can’t believe it’s Wednesday.  It’s refreshing to have beautiful, sunny weather after all of the recent rain we’ve had. The skies are an amazing blue.  I haven’t seen that for almost a week!

Today’s post is a simple design. I decided to play with color and my Blending Brush.  A few posts ago, I inked over a stencil with a sponge. After trying that technique and doing some blending today, I found that sponging is very different from blending.

I like the outcome of both.  I noticed that blending the ink gives a softer, smoother result than sponging.  The sponging took a little less concentration. The reason for that could be I used a stencil.

I blended Pale Papaya ink with very light pressure using my Blending Brush and applied the ink in a circular motion.  When I sponged the ink, I also used a circular motion but applied more pressure to transfer the ink.

Let’s Talk Color

I thought Pale Papaya would give me a soft background for the bolder colors I chose.  Pale Papaya has a lot of yellow in it and yellows are a good neutral. I always enjoy pairing blues and oranges.  They’re “complementary” on the color wheel and look great together.  Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay were my choices today.  My plants are Mossy Meadow, which is a favorite green for me. I like the way Mossy Meadow pairs with Pale Papaya.

A Little Sidebar

The layer dimensions I used today fit perfectly on a 3 1/2″ x 5″ Note Card.  The Mossy Meadow layer is 3″ x 4 1/4″ and the Basic White top layer is 2 3/4″ x 4″. My card is a standard A-2 top fold card.

I used the Plentiful Plants Bundle today. The stamped images are from the Plentiful Plants stamp set.  Look closely at the detail in the stamps. They are amazing! I die cut the stamped images with the matching Perfect Plants Dies. The sentiment is from the Garden Birdhouses stamp set… love the font!

So, if you haven’t already done it, treat yourself to the Plentiful Plants Bundle, add a Blending Brush and a fun color combination and create something just to say hello!

…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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