For this week’s Paper Players Design Team challenge, I used one of my favorite bundles from the annual catalog, the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Bouquet Bunch dies. Although, this was not an easy decision.
I began with Gala Gingham Designer Series Paper on a Balmy Blue card base for LeAnne’s “plaid or checks” theme.
And, fairly quickly, I decided to add a strip of Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut DSP to the side. I liked how this looked, but, then I was stuck. You wouldn’t believe how many stamp sets I contemplated! Fortunately, once decided, things fell into place.
The bouquet stems were cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock, and the flowers were cut from Petal Promenade DSP. I love the variegated color of the flowers, don’t you? And, the DSP did all the work!
TIP: I layered the flowers on cardstock to make them lay nicely on top of the stems.
Next, I stamped the bow in Pear Pizzazz ink on Whisper White cardstock, and used its die for cutting.
While I was cutting and gluing, I was thinking about how I would apply my chosen sentiment, “I couldn’t have picked a better friend than you.” For those who enjoy puns, this sentiment is a winner! I ended up stamping it in Black ink directly on the Gala Gingham DSP, and my Stamparatus gave me confidence that I wouldn’t make a mistake.
TIP: If you aren’t familiar with a Stamparatus, click on the picture in my Product List to read about it. And, continue clicking to purchase from my store. “smile”
Other than taking too much time, I’m happy with today’s friendship card. As they say, “all’s well that ends well.” Enjoy your day!
Easter cards are still on the agenda, and I love Stampin’ Up’s floral image from the His Grace stamp set. I can’t believe this was my first time for using it!
First, I stamped the floral image in Mossy Meadow ink on a piece of Floral Romance DSP. The pattern I chose is a light, wood texture, that I thought would make a great background. I also stamped “Easter Blessings” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.
Next, I filled in the delicate leaves and flowers with Watercolor Pencils. The colors are: Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Flirty Flamingo, and Daffodil Delight.
TIP: This was easy, but make sure your pencil points are sharp.
The cross was made with a die from the Cross of Hope die set, cut from the same Floral Romance DSP. I added some texture with the Subtle Textured embossing folder, and layered it for dimension.
I glued the cross to its background, and the background to the Sahara Sand card base, and I was finished with my clean & simple Easter card. Keep scrolling to see my short supply list. Just click on the pictures to shop at my store. Thank you!
My Easter card satisfies Laurie’s Tic Tac Toe challenge at the Paper Players this week. I chose the diagonal row: Easter, embossing, patterned paper.
Have you played Tic Tac Toe? It’s really fun, and I hope to see your creations at the Paper Players this week. Thank you for visiting me today, and now, check out all of the designer’s blogs for inspiration.
I’m always needing birthday cards, especially for those guys, so I grabbed the Candles &Confetti die set for today’s Paper Players sketch.
This is Joanne’s fun sketch, and I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it!
I wanted this birthday card to be bright and festive, and decided on a Highland Heather card base. My father’s favorite color was purple, so I’m proclaiming it’s a masculine color.
Looking at the confetti die, I realized it was the perfect size to fit the middle section in the sketch, 3 1/2″ X 4″. I ran the Highland Heather cardstock through the Big Shot with the confetti die, which punched out all those cute shapes. They needed to stand out, so I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock, 5 1/4″ X 4″, embossed it with the Oh My Stars embossing folder, and layered it on the card base. The white made a nice background for the Highland Heather confetti piece, don’t you think?
But, the focal point of my card would be the birthday cake from the Blow Out the Candles stamp set. My color idea was derived from the Gala Gingham Designer Series Paper colors. I chose Balmy Blue ink for the cake stand, which was made with two-step stamping. This means that one stamp was the outline and one stamp colored it. I relied on the Stamparatus to line them up perfectly. The cake was done in the same manner, with Daffodil Delight ink and Grapefruit Grove ink. There’s a picture of the stamp set in my Product List, which will make it easier to understand.
My delicious cake is sitting on a Highland Heather, Gala Gingham, tablecloth, 4 1/2″ X 1″. I layered it on Thick Whisper White cardstock, so it would have dimension without using dimensionals. The sentiment, “Eat cake and enjoy your day,” (music to my ears) was stamped in Black ink and cut with a Petals & More die. I placed it on dimensionals, and my card was almost complete.
As a final touch, I used the confetti die on a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock to get some confetti to fill in a few of the holes. Can you see them?
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired to create a card using Joanne’s sketch, and share it with the Paper Players! Continue visiting the blogs to get more inspiration.
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For Jaydee’s Clean and Simple challenge, I used minimal supplies to make it a #simplestamping project.
You can follow along with my video recording below.
I selected the “Distinktive” succulent stamp from the Painted Seasons stamp set, and six colors of ink for stamping: Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Highland Heather. I stamped the succulent, forming a rainbow, across Whisper White cardstock, cleaning the stamp on my Stampin’ Scrub between colors. The dots were added with a second stamp from Painted Seasons.
“You are wonderful” is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, which I stamped in Black ink.
My “one layer” was adhered to its Thick Whisper White card base with Snail Adhesive, and was the fastest card I’ve made in a long time. But, I like the results, and it would be great for a beginner.
Here goes my embarrassing video. I promise to work on my camera placement!
I appreciate you visiting! The supplies I used today are in my Product List below. Clicking on the pictures will take you to my store for purchasing. The Painted Seasons stamp set is a FREE item with a 50.00 order. Don’t wait, because it’s no longer available after March 31st.
For more ideas on “clean and simple” cards, stop by the Paper Players Design Team blogs.
A rainbow of balloons “for you on your birthday.” The sunlight in my craft room this morning is creating the shadows.
Rainbow of Balloons
The rainbow idea began with Claire’s challenge at this week’s Paper Players.
Since it’s a birthday card, I’m sharing it with Seize the Birthday.
I applied a fun technique of painting a rainbow of color on Thick Whisper White cardstock, prior to die cutting. In this case, I used the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, starting in the corner, as you see in the picture. The colors are overlapped, so they blend together. Then, I used the die from Candles & Confetti to cut nine colored balloons, and three plain white. I love this balloon die with the string attached!
I painted the colors in this order: Light Cherry Cobbler, Light Poppy Parade, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Mango Melody, Light Old Olive, Dark Pool Party.
After deciding on the balloon’s placement, I glued them to a Thick Whisper White background, which was glued to a Thick Whisper White card base. Four of the balloons were “popped” (laughing out loud) on dimensionals.
The sentiment, “For you on your birthday,” is from the coordinating stamp set, Blow Out the Candles. I stamped the sentiment in Black ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut it with a Layering Ovals die, and placed it on dimensionals.
Thanks so much for visiting me today! I hope you enjoyed my rainbow technique. Give it a try, and join us in the Paper Player’s gallery!
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Today’s card is in celebration of Easter, and fits Anne Marie’s theme of “Spring Fever” this week at Paper Players.
He Is Risen
It was time to start making Easter cards, and His Grace is the perfect stamp set for the occasion.
The two doves from the Serene Garden stamp set are raising the banner high. I stamped the doves in VersaMark on Thick Whisper White cardstock, and sprinkled them with Gold embossing powder. Using the Heat Tool, the powder dried to a shiny finish.
I achieved the dove’s mirror image with the “reverse technique,” using the Stamparatus and Silicone Craft Sheet. I stamped the first dove in the normal manner. Then, I stamped the second dove on the Silicon Craft Sheet, followed by placing the cardstock on top of the VersaMark dove on the Silicon Craft Sheet, and stamping again. Since the dove stays in the same position on the Stampatus, the image is perfectly aligned. When you lift the cardstock, the image is on the backside, in the reverse direction. You may have to try this yourself, before it makes sense.
TIP: Place the cardstock tight to the top, and bring it down carefully, so it doesn’t move. This will prevent a fuzzy image.
Before placing the doves on dimensionals, I colored them with a Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.
The idea of making a mirror image originated from the Paper Player’s sketch. It came in handy, because I needed two doves to carry the banner.
The banner is from the Banners for You stamp set, Which I stamped in Soft Suede ink, on Thick Whisper White cardstock. There is a die in the coordinating set, Bunch of Banners, that cut it out perfectly. I used the Stamparatus to make sure the sentiment, “He is Risen,” was placed in the middle.
I embossed the Sahara Sand background with the Ruffled embossing folder, adhering it to a Sahara Sand card base. A few Iridescent Sequins were added for some sparkle.
I decorated the envelope flap with a piece of Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, so it’s ready to mail.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this brings you good thoughts about Easter. Keep scrolling to see all of my supplies. By clicking on the stamp sets, you can see what was hidden above.
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