It’s A Color Challenge At The Paper Players!

Happy Sunday to all!

It’s the beginning of a new week so it’s time for another Paper Players challenge.  This week, our talented LeAnne is giving us a Color Challenge.  Misty Moonlight, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake, plus a neutral.  Wow! What a striking color combination it is.

There were so many ideas coming to mind for these colors, so I wasn’t sure in what direction this card was going to go.  I had my Painted Poppies stamp set nearby, so I started playing with this poppy image, stamping random poppies on my top card layer.  I decided to create a sticky note mask and use it to add some background ink splatter.

This is a clean and simple card. I stamped five poppies with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  An odd number is always better than an even number when adding images or embellishments.  Three of anything usually works best but since I had a lot of white space, I went with five.

The Painted Poppies stamp set includes a filler stamp that you can use to “fill” the poppy image with color.  Instead, I colored the poppies with Light Crumb Cake and Light Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blends. I used the Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter to create shading in the flowers.  Without a doubt this Color Lifter is a “miracle” add-on to the Stampin’ Blends product line.

Next up is my Merry Merlot ink splatter.  I used a splatter image from an older, retired stamp set called Gorgeous Grunge.  This stamp set maintains a place of honor on my stamp shelf. I use it often. I’m sure you all have stamp sets like that!  I masked my flowers and stamped the ink splatter over them.  While I was doing it, I snapped a few pictures and created a quick tutorial. If you’re unfamiliar with the masking technique, click on the button below to take a look.

The sentiment, from the Art Gallery stamp set, is stamped with Merry Merlot ink.

So, grab your Misty Moonlight, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake paper and ink, create something fun, and link up with us over at the Paper Players.

For more inspiration, click below to see what the rest of the Design Team created.

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A Little More Boho With The Refill!

Happy Wednesday!

A few posts back, I featured the Boho Indigo Product Medley.  Today’s post is about the Refill Kit.  You can create beautiful cards with the products in the Refill Kit.  It includes 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper; 6 sheets of Very Vanilla 6″ x 6″ dry embossed paper, 6 sheets of die cuts and 40 paper flowers. The Refill Kit is discounted 40% and priced at $13.80.


I designed today’s card using everything from the refill kit except for the ribbon and sentiment stamp.  What a beautiful set of note cards this Kit would make!  Sets of Note Cards are one of my favorite gifts.  I usually check on past blog posts and CASE myself.  I include 5 cards with envelopes in my set and package them in one of our acetate card boxes (page 152 in the current Annual Catalog).

I always tie a matching ribbon around the box and add a matching tag. Tags are simple and quick to put together.  A favorite of mine is the Delightful Tag Topper Punch (page 166 in the current Annual Catalog), or you can create your own tag.

Check in on tomorrow’s post.  I’ll have a set of matching note cards, packaged and ready to showcase.  And, I think there just might be a little surprise for you!

By the way, I got my product order from the new Annual Catalog yesterday afternoon. I’ll be planning and posting a few Sneak Peeks shortly.  The new In Colors are amazing!

So, be sure to check back tomorrow, get your stamps, ink and paper together, and get ready to create a beautiful set of note cards.

You can click on each image below for more details.

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Starting Now! Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catty Retiring & Clearance

If you love great deals, our Last-Chance Products Sale is the perfect time to shop. You’ll get deep discounts on your favorite products from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog—and as an extra bonus—you’ll get a peek at the list of items carrying over to the other catalogs. Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay.

Below are the details:

  • Select items in the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog will be discounted.
  • Sale applies to all order types except host items (see Last-Chance Products List for items on sale).
  • No minimum purchase is required.
  • Retiring items are available while supplies last.
  • Items and discounts may vary by market (depending on inventory levels).
  • Exclusions apply: Carryover items and some retiring items will not be discounted.
  • Items carrying over from a mini catalog into another mini catalog will not be available until that catalog is released.
  • Items carrying over from the annual catalog to another catalog will be available continuously.
  • For information about the Last-Chance Supply Items, click here.
  • For information about the Last-Chance Products from the 2021 January–June Mini Catalog, click here.

Click on the image below to download the PDF of the Last Chance Items.

Check back tomorrow for additional resources.



Stampin’ Up! Retiring Colors!

Shortly, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing their new In Colors for 2021 through 2023.  This is always an exciting time.  Along with the new In Colors comes the release of the new Annual Catalog.  While the new In Colors will certainly be beautiful and, once again, I’ll have my favorites, it’s always hard to say goodbye to the colors I’ve enjoyed over the past two years.

So, to celebrate those colors leaving us, I’ve prepared a parade of cards for you to enjoy today.  They all feature the retiring In Colors.  You can click on the photo of each one to see my original post.

Pretty Peacock is one of my all time Stampin’ Up! favorites.

Terracotta Tile: A warm, creamy deep toned orange.

Seaside Spray:  One of the prettiest blues I’ve seen.

Rococo Rose:  A beautiful deep pink.

Purple Posy:  A soft and subtle purple.

So, I hope you enjoyed this little parade of cards, some have FREE PDF Tutorials in the original post, so don’t forget to check them out.

If you haven’t already picked up these beautiful colors, now’s the time before they’re gone.


…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Let It Ride For The Paper Players’ #533 CAS Challenge!

It’s Sunday, and time for another Paper Players blog challenge.  This week, it’s Ann’s turn with a CAS “Animal” themed Challenge.  A CAS card is a clean and simple design with lots of white space, minimal layers and little embellishment.  In most cases, CAS cards are quick, easy and great when you need multiples of cards for a particular occasion or just to have on hand.

Let It Ride is a retired stamp set but one I kept in my archives because I loved the energy of the images and sentiments.  Horses are beautiful, powerful and have keen intuition. They know love and give it just as dogs do.  I’ve rescued two shelter dogs and know the unconditional love they are capable of giving.

I stamped the horse image with Soft Suede ink and softened the lines with my Blender Pen. This was a very easy process.  My image might be a wild horse, I’m not sure, but I did soften him a bit.

This sentiment is full of energy and vitality just like the horse… a message of encouragement and one that I hope resonates with you as Spring is finally here and the days are getting longer.  (Be sure to be safe and vigilant, though).  (smile!!)

So, cut that Basic White card base, add a layer with a beautiful stamped image and create something encouraging!!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

For more CAS inspiration, check in on the rest of the Design Team below.