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 Bunch of Birthday Love!

A very happy Friday to you!

Today’s card is simple and easy.  This project wasn’t planned for today, but I decided to go with it.  I wanted to share my inspiration for this design because it came together so quickly.

I am a Guest Designer over at the Paper Players Blog Challenge. Yesterday morning, I was reviewing the submissions and one of the entries is a pink and black card with random pink flowers.  It reminded me of the poppy garden stamp from the Painted Poppies stamp set.  Later yesterday, I had time to just sit and stamp with no real goal in mind.  That doesn’t usually happen and the first thing I did was pull out my Painted Poppies stamp set. The rest is history.

Under the beautiful black and white Designer Series Paper is a standard A-2, top fold Basic Black card base.  The patterned paper is from the True Love Designer Series Paper pack. I added a Pool Party thin layer and a Basic White top layer outlined with one of the Stitched With Whimsy Dies.

I stamped the poppies stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Pool Party and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends helped me give the poppies some color.  If you look closely on the card, you can see I added a little Pool Party ink splatter to the background.  I thought one of the stamps in the stamp set would be fun to use for some background shading.  I stamped the ink off the image twice then stamped the background. The sentiment stamp is from the Boho Indigo stamp set.

Inspiration can come when you least expect it.  Sometimes, you’re not looking and it’s right in front of you.

So, grab a flower garden stamp, add some background ink and create something pretty!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Notable Note Cards and a FREE PDF Tutorial!

Happy Thursday my stamping friends!  Hope you’re having a great day!

As promised in yesterday’s post, I’m sharing my latest note card set.  I make these sets to keep on hand and give as gifts.  They make beautiful gifts.  I’m featuring the Boho Indigo Product Medley and the matching Refill Kit.  Both are retiring.  The Refill Kit is discounted at 40% off, making the price $13.80.  For that amount, you can put together quite a few note card sets.

My feature card above is clean and simple.    The embossed cardstock in the Product Medley and Refill Kit is gorgeous.  The pattern matches the pattern in the die cut DSP vase.  The Boho Dies are part of the Product Medley.

Card 2 is also clean and simple.  I featured this card a few posts ago.  You can see the original post here.  The Night of Navy and Garden Green die cuts are from the Product Medley as are the printed die cuts.  The vases are die cut from the DSP and the sentiment tag is in both the Refill Kit and Product Medley.

Card 3 is a bit different.  It’s clean and simple with no sentiment.  It’s a card for any type of personal note.  I embellished this one with some Linen Thread and a Gold Metallic Pearl.  The Metallic Pearls are a staple in my craft room.

Card 4 is a little more traditional.  I wanted to showcase the beautiful Designer Series Paper. The gold foil flowers are in the Product Medley and Refill Kit.  The sentiment is part of the Product Medley stamp set. Actually, all of the DSP is beautiful.

And last but not least, Card 5 was posted yesterday.  It makes a great addition to the cards in the set.  Click here to see more of this card.

Here are all of the cards together.

And here is the gift packaging.  I used an Acetate Box tied with the matching ribbon from the Product Medley.  I don’t have to say much about Stampin’ Up! ribbon.  It’s soft, easy to tie and beautiful.  I punched a quick tag and  added some DSP, one of the Layering Circle Dies and a sentiment from the Quite Curvy stamp set.

Now for the surprise I promised you.  Click on the button below to download a FREE PDF Tutorial with all of the measurements for the cards featured in this set.

I hope you enjoyed my note card designs. You can click on the images below for more product details.

So, get out your cardstock, cut some layers, add pretty patterned paper, a few sentiment layers and create a note card gift for someone special.

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