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The Paper Players #499


Happy Sunday everyone!  It is time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  LeAnne is hosting a color challenge this week.  The featured colors are Smokey Slate, So Saffron and Seaside Spray.


In the future, I might want to turn the lights on in my craft room when pulling my colors!  At the time I created my card, Mink, Sunkiss Yellow and Glacier appeared to be a good match.  In the end, Mink was perfect.....while Sunkiss Yellow and Glacier seems to be in a totally different hue!  While I might have slightly failed in the color challenge, the colors still totally work for a baby card!  My card was created based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-


I promise the sketch is included in my card, I just added a few things on top of it!  To create my card, I cut cardstock to match the sketch and then dry embossed the whole panel after cutting with a stitched panel die.  A few stitched frames were added on top to showcase my sweet elephant stamp.  I struggled with my sentiment placement, so added a tab on the side for my congrats.  The elephant was colored with Prismacolor pencils, blended with Gamsol.  A few sequins finish off the design.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3376 Sweet Baby Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts-Retired
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5978 Glacier Cardstock
X5947 Mink Cardstock
Sunkiss Yellow Cardstock-Retired
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Sunkiss Yellow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad-Retired
Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Retired
Stitched Rectangle Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts
Z3726 Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Baker's Twine-Retired
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness-Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon-Embossing

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
The Paper Players Design Team
Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for Everything!


Just in case I have not mentioned it lately....Thanks for everything to all of you!  I greatly appreciate everyone for supporting my craft business!  I made up another batch of thank you cards with the Craft with Heart Cardmaking subscription.  I love the great mix of colors and you can easily customize the products to suit your own personal needs!  The kits come with supplies to create 24 cards, plus an exclusive stamp set, ink pad and block to get your started.  The exclusive stamp sets are a must have for me!  Here is the current set-


To create my card, I rolled the edges of my flowers and leaves against my piercing tool to give them a 3-D effect prior to adhering with Liquid Glass adhesive. You can find out all the details on the scrapbooking and cardmaking subscriptions here!

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z679 Liquid Glass

I have entered  my card in the following challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage-Add a Flower
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Southern Girls Anything Goes


A new Anything Goes Challenge is up for Southern Girls!  We have three sponsors this week, Krafter's Cart, All Dressed Up and Neat & Tangled.   I created my card with the Jam Jars digi stamp by All Dressed Up. This started out as a digi of three jars.  I cropped out the other two and sized the one jar to fit an A2 sized card.  My image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol.  My sentiment is from the Life is a Journey stamp set and is stamped in Intense Black ink.  In case you missed the set when it was first released, here is the complete set-

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Jam Jars by All Dressed Up
C1818 Life is a Journey Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol
Stitched Rectangle Frame-Simon Says Stamp
Z3314 Black & White Enamel Dots

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Catch the Bug-Anything Goes
Color My Heart Color Dare-Purple, Blue and Green (It seems I have been playing longer, but the first challenge entry I can locate is Challenge #245 in May of 2017, Congrats on reaching 400 Challenges!)
Creative Moments-Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams-No Pattern Paper

Thanks so much for stopping by!

CAS Colours & Sketches #378


Super excited to announce that I am the Guest Designer this month over at CAS Colours & Sketches!  They alternate challenges each week between colors and sketches.  This week, we are having a color challenge.  The featured colors are Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point.

The first thing that came to mind was the flower images in the A Million Little Things stamp set.  I just love the style of the drawings in this set and the sentiments are perfect for the times.  Here is a look at the complete set-

To create my card, I started by die cutting a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper with a Stitched Rectangle die.  I then stamped my images in Black pigment ink and clear embossed.  Color was added with Kuretake watercolors.  A few "splatters" were added with Nuvo drops. The finished project is super simple with a great pop of color! 

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
D1925 A Million Little Things Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Distress Watercolor Paper-Ranger
Z8000 Black Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder
Kuretake Watercolors
Stitched Rectangle Panel Die-Simon Says Stamp 

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
A Place to Start-Flowers 
Cuttlebug Mania-Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges-No Designer Paper
Penny Black-In the Garden
Simon Says Stamp-Bright & Cheerful

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The Paper Players #498


Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is recovering from the July 4th festivities! Ann is hosting a new challenge for us this week at The Paper Players, Fun and Fancy Folds.  This was truly a challenge for me....as you will rarely see me venture pass your basic card shapes.  While I love adding layers to my cards....they are usually all featured on one side!  I hope you will accept the challenge and come join us!


Since Fun and Fancy Folds are not in my normal tool box of toys....I ventured out to Google to see what caught my eye.  While, I love many of the free standing fun folding designs.....I do actually mail  my cards and don't want them to appear possibly confusing to the recipient.  I went with a design featured on Michelle's blog at Owl Star Stampers.  I went with this style of card, because it is super simple and allows me to add as many layers as I please!  Now, to the next challenging part....photographing said card!


The card actually opens from the right and the left.  I inked up the new Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and paired it with the Brushed Paper Collection.  The fun mix of pinks and greens was perfect for a tropical scene.  I stamped my flamingo in Intense Black ink and added color with Copics.  The flamingo was popped up with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  I stamped my greenery frame with Fern ink, slightly overlapping the images.  I added in water at the bottom with Lagoon ink, sponging on additional ink to soften my stamped waves.  Here is a look at the complete stamp set-
This set is available with or without Thin Cut dies....I highly recommend the Thin Cuts...especially for those flamingo legs!  The card opens up to additional layers on the inside.  There is also plenty of room to add a gift card.


My inside sentiment is from the exclusive stamp set featured in the Craft with Heart cardmaking subscriptions.  The sentiment was perfect to coordinate with my You are Fabulous sentiment on the front.  We certainly need more fabulous people to spread some world kindness at the moment!


My favorite part about this card, it folds up to a standard A2 sized card!  No special envelopes or postage needed!  The base layer is 4 1/4" by 8 1/2", scored at 3".  The inner base is 3" x 8", scored at 4".  You can easily downsize the measurements to add as many layers as you would like.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3743 Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts
Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription (inside sentiment)
CC6201 Brushed Paper Pack
CC6203 Brushed Coordinating Cardstock Pack
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4059 Crafty Loose Sequins
Copics R02, R32, RV10

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cut It Up Challenges-Summer Color Palete-Turquoise, Hot Pink Coral, Yellow, Bright Green
Simon Says Stamp-Bright & Cheerful
Sweet Stampin-Holiday Destinations

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
The Paper Players Design Team

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Freshly Made Sketches #442


If you have an outdoor enthusiast in your life, the Timber Collection is for you!  Needless to say, I "needed" the whole collection! We are truly in the outdoors in Wyoming. I created my card with the new Timber Cardmaking Collection.  I seriously had to have this collection for the exclusive stamp set that is included!  Here is a look at the complete set-

The set comes with supplies and instructions to create 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs....but feel free to branch out and create your own!  I used the diamond shaped die to cut out three shapes to go along with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

For my sentiment, I first inked the stamp in New England Ivy ink and then rolled the edges into Ruby ink.  The coordinating die makes the perfect outline!  My card felt a little too plain on a white background, so I dry embossed with the Stitched Circles Embossing folder and added a Stitched Frame in New England Ivy to pull it all together.  The Stitched Frames are on the retiring list and are only available while supplies last! A few clear sequins for bubbles finish off the card.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
G1210 Timber Cardmaking Collection
X9017 Mix In Paper Packet
X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Stitched Circles Embossing Folder-Retired
Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket Challenges-For the Men
Creative Crafting Uncles-Fishing
Krafty Chicks-Stamp Act

Thanks so much for stopping by!