Sunday, February 18, 2018

CAS Crazy about Sewing PP381

Hiya friends!  Welcome to another week with The Paper Players where the lovely LeAnne is hosting a Clean-and-Simple challenge that's sew much fun!
Sewing was among my first hobbies as a child--my mom is an excellent seamstress and taught me to sew when I was in fifth grade!  Although I don't sew as much as I used to, I still love the satisfaction of creating something out of a piece of fabric.  So of course, I am a sucker for any sewing related stamp set and couldn't part with the set Sew Suite that retired ages ago.  Lucky I didn't because it is perfect for LeAnne's "sew suite" challenge!
I could see this card completed in my mind's eye and was thrilled that it turned out just as I imagined.  That so rarely happens, lol!  Anyway, the card base is Crumb Cake and the top Whisper White panel is 3.5" x 5.5".  True "random" stamping is so hard for me to do--what with the OCD tendencies, ha--so, of course I used my stamp placement tool to get these sweet little sewing machines just right.  I alternated colors of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral (I know it looks red here), and Crumb Cake.  The sentiment combines a couple stamp sets--I stamped the "sew" in Early Espresso ink using the Hand Lettered Alphabet photopolymer set while the "thanks" and "much" came from the Crazy About You [retired] set.  

I hope you liked my card today.  Be sure to check out all the eye candy from my teammates over at The Paper Players.  I hope you're inspired to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, February 23rd at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team 
We had a rare weekend off from volleyball this weekend but here's a shot from the previous weekend's tournament in Orlando.  Yep, that's our daughter leaping over the backpacks and a teammate on the sidelines to save this pass and assist in a point.  They ended up losing the match but they sure played their hearts out.  Love their determination--every point matters!

Thanks for looking in on me...take care, friends!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

One of these things is not like the other... PP380 & FMS323

...and it's pretty obvious!  I couldn't help myself and I made two wildly different cards for Laurie's fun color challenge at The Paper Players and I couldn't decide which one to feature so, you get two! Laurie's color challenge is a fun one:
The first thing that probably comes to mind with these colors is Valentines, of course, me being me, I had to make things difficult on myself and opted for the less obvious choice, flowers!
The Birthday Blooms set never disappoints whether colored in or left as an outline--both of which I did here.  I stamped the image in Black archival ink on hot press watercolor paper (less texture than cold press) and colored the blooms with Real Red and Crumb Cake inks and an aqua painter. 
I stamped the Crumb Cake card base in the same color ink and added just a touch of retired black lace ribbon to the left side.  The sentiment is Birthday Basics from Papertrey Ink--love the font!  The centers of the flowers were colored with a black marker and the petals were frosted with clear Wink of Stella.
The second card did turn out to be a Valentine's Day card because I had these sweet little pandas from Mama Elephant sitting on my desk.  I saw this week's fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and knew right away what I would do with it!  I embossed two pieces of Real Red and Crumb Cake cardstock with a retired SU heart embossing folder and then cut between the rows of hearts to make two thin strips.  They were cut down to two sizes of varying length and then adhered to a piece of whisper white cardstock. 
I already had these adorable pandas stamped and die-cut and I heat embossed the sentiment from the panda set onto basic black cardstock and trimmed it to size.  A little real red glimmer heart and this is all set for Valentine's Day!
Be sure to check out the rest of the team for even more inspiration with Laurie's fun colors.  We hope you are inspired to play along with us at The Paper Players before the challenge closes on Friday, February 16th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Timeless Textures Valentine PP379

Hi friends!  Are you all ready for the Super Bowl?  We're not huge football fans in this house--give us volleyball or cycling any day--so we probably won't even watch it. LOL. However, I am rootin' for the Eagles just for my Paper Players pal LeAnne!  Speaking of The Paper Players, this week the lovely and talented Claire has a fun Theme Challenge for us: 
I tried a few things and just wasn't getting anywhere and then I spied a picture of the Painted with Love designer paper in the Occasions Catalog.  I don't own it--really trying to cut down on my paper buyign--but it is gorgeous!  When I saw the paper, something just clicked!  So I pulled out my stamp pads, acrylic blocks and some abstract stamp images and made this:

Which turned into this:

I made my own designer paper and it was so much fun!  I started with some Blushing Bride ink on a small acrylic block stamping it in a loose checkerboard pattern on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Next I added the abstract swoosh from Work of Art in Sweet Sugarplum.  Next was an element in Flirty Flamingo from the Timeless Textures stamp set.  A step back to look at it and it still needed some more I kept going.  I added another image from Timeless Textures in Powder Pink ink and some random tiny splotches, also from Timeless Textures, in Fresh Fig.  That seemed pretty good but to really make it special, I added a swirly stamp--you guessed it from Timeless Textures--that I heat embossed in gold.  
You can better see all the stamped images in this close-up and also see the little bit of gold thread added behind the die-cut sentiment.  Love that I was able to fill a whole sheet of cardstock because now I can make at least 4 more card fronts from it!  Woohoo!  I had a little strip of the my stamped cardstock left over which I used to trim the inside panel of the card.  I can't show it to you though because that would give away the name of the recipient!  Shhhhhh. 

Be sure to check out the work of my fabulous teammates at The Paper Players and come join us before the challenge ends on Friday, February 9th at Noon PST.  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Y'all seemed to enjoy last week's photo of our daughter playing volleyball so I thought I would share again...two pix from last weekend's tournament in Tampa:
And this is one of her teammates but I just love the shot and the intensity of Cate's stare--I think I would be intimidated looking at that from across the net!

Love these girls and their moxie!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Beautiful Bouquet of Thanks - PP378

Hey there peeps!  Sorry to have missed you last week.  Volleyball season has begun and this family is busy, busy--a tournament last weekend and one this weekend too.  It's a time commitment but our daughter loves the sport and we love watching her team play!  Anyhooooo, I'm back this week to host our Sketch Challenge over at The Paper Players...take a look:
I just recently purchased the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and matching Framelits--I know, what took me so long, right?!  I thought this sketch would be perfect to highlight all the pretty flowers in this set:
So, this card is a little more simple than my usual style.  There's not much beyond the big bouquet but I thought the colors and depth of the bouquet was enough to carry the design.  Although from a couple weeks ago, I really liked the colors of the Global Design Project color challenge #121 so that was my inspiration for the florals.  The stems are cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and the flowers are all stamped on thick Whisper White in Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  A Crumb Cake base is a good neutral to balance all those colors and I think it adds a rustic charm that goes well with the wildflower look of the bouquet.  Of course, Linen Thread is the perfect finishing touch of rustic charm!
No time to stamp the inside this week and I'm prepping for another tournament this weekend.  The weekend keeps me busy as I've ended up in the role of team photographer.  Watching the action through the lens helps keep my mama bear tendencies in check and helps me keep calm--I'm sure all you sports moms, dads, and grandparents can relate!  Here's a shot of our daughter at the net from last weekend's tournament in Jacksonville. Proud mama!  :-)

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and feel inspired to play along with my sketch at The Paper Players.  I'm sure the fabulous work of my teammates will get you even more fired up!  Just be sure to play along before the challenge closes on Friday, February 2nd at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tranquil Waterfront PP376

Hi friends...oh my our fabulous friend Jaydee has a beautiful color challenge for us this week at The Paper Players!  Take a look:
 The colors are lovely together and I added a neutral, Crumb Cake, as my "+ any other color".  I've been playing around with a new photopolymer set--Waterfront--from the Occasions catalog.  As you would expect from the name it creates great waterfront scenes.  The stamps are designed to look like watercolor strokes but I enjoyed taking it a step further....
 ...and by a step further I mean, actually watercoloring with the stamp set!  I stamped each image onto watercolor paper and then used my Aqua Painter to spread the ink around and give it a real watercolor look.  Dapper Denim was used on the lake and both Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide were used to create the shoreline with trees.  Crumb Cake is my additional color and I used it to add some mountains to my scene and the Burlap background stamp on the card base.
I guess I cheated a little by adding a smidge of another color to my setting sun.  Lemon Lime Twist was looking a little green for a sunset so I added just an itty bitty bit of Yellow Brusho Crystals to the sun and it's reflection in the water.  Just that little bit, I think, helps define it as a setting sun--at least I hope it does!
Dapper Denim is a lovely dark shade of blue--too dark for the sky. Normally I would grab Soft Sky but since I had to stay within the challenge colors, I needed a way to make Dapper Denim much, much lighter.   Easy to do with a clear acrylic block and water!  Just add some ink to the block--I used my Aqua Painter but a brush would do--then add as much water as needed to dilute the color.  I had a test piece of paper nearby so I could get it just right.
I didn't want to use another piece of heavy watercolor paper on the inside so I just used the stamps as is on a piece of Whisper White.  This is what they look like when not smudged with an Aqua Painter--just as pretty, right?!

I'll tell you what else is pretty....all the lovely creations from the Design Team over at The Paper Players!  Check 'em out and then play along with us before our challenge closes on Friday, January 19th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team