Sunday, September 14, 2014

Regarding Dahlias for The Paper Players

Maybe it's me, but did last week just fly by??? It's already time for another challenge at The Paper Players. This week the wonderful Anne Marie has a Color Challenge for us. The colors are warm and just perfect for this time of year!

One thing I love to do is make the same card with different color schemes to see how it changes the overall look. That's exactly what I did with this weeks colors. I used a card from last month (click here to see original) and recreated it with the challenge colors. Again, I've used a combination of new, current and retired products. The Baked Brown Sugar background panel was stamped tone on tone with the retired En Francais stamp. For the center panel a strip of Blackberry Bliss dsp from the Park Lane collection was used. The striped Always Artichoke paper is from the retired Designer Series Paper Stacks and the retired Delicate Details Lace Tape adds some contrast to the dark colors. Using Cajun Craze ink the current Regarding Dahlias image was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the retired Morning Meadow Hostess stamp set and was stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink. A piece of textured gold paper from Recollections was punched using an Elegant Butterfly Punch and three small pearls were added for detail. All supplies are by Stampin' Up! unless noted.

Here are the colors:

Now, we would love for you to join us at The Paper Players (click here)! All brands of paper crafting products are welcome. The challenge is open until NOON (PST) on Friday, Sept. 19th. I hope you will stop by and see the fantastic creations the design team is sharing this week using the challenge colors. Can't wait to see your card in the gallery! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quilt Inspired Feel Better Card

Good evening! It's getting late but once I got started I couldn't stop until my card was done. This Quilt Inspired Feel Better Card was made using the colors and photo inspiration from the Color Throwdown Challenge. I went with a literal interpretation from the quilt photo inspiration. The Stampin' Up! colors I used are:
  • Basic Gray
  • Lucky Limeade
  • Pool Party
  • Pacific Point
This was the first time I've used bleach on cardstock. Mainly because I don't buy bleach, but the non-chlorine version didn't fade my cardstock at all.  So, in the pursuit of creativity I made a late night trip to the grocery store. I would love it if you would let me know what you think of the bleached effect?

The focal design for this card was a technique I learned a couple of years ago. However, I haven't used it since and had to dissect my original to figure out how it was made. Here are the directions I followed: Cut two cardstock pieces 2 5/8" square (these will be your matting pieces), cut two patterned paper pieces 2 1/2" square, cut the patterned pieces into square quarters 1 1/4" x 1 1/4". Ink the edges of your pieces and apply adhesive to the backs. Arrange pieces as shown, making sure they will fit onto the backing cardstock squares. To finish the center I used a Martha Stewart punch and a Basic Gray glitter brad.

The Feel Better sentiment from the Sassy Salutations set was heat embossed. Then I added stitching on the border of my card for a little more quilt inspired detail. That's it! Thanks for stopping by.

My card is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blended Bloom Thanks Card

This evening the hubby is working late, so I decided to play in my craft room. While looking at cards this afternoon I found a new to me SU-Only Challenge. The current challenge is to use embellishments. Keeping this in mind I decided to make another Blended Bloom Card to use my recently purchased Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers. The image created by the Blended Bloom stamp is a lot of fun to color. Eventually, I will probably create a bloom in every marker color.  All the supplies for this card are by Stampin' Up! and all expect the patterned paper are current products. The stamps sets used are: Kinda Eclectic, Another Thank You, and the Blended Bloom. The leaves were stamped using the rock-n-roll technique using Old Olive and Mossy Meadow stampin' pads. I wanted a little pop of color so I added the Itty Bitty Butterfly in Pool Party with three Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Then I scattered three additional rhinestones around the image and sentiment. That's it! I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!

Casual Frog Card

Hello and Happy Tuesday! It's time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and the theme this week is Casual. For this challenge I dug out my Frog on Lily Pad stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps. I colored the image with my Copic markers and then fussy-cut it. To create the look of water I used a torn piece of blue Bazzill Basics Dotted Swiss and added some darker blue with my aqua painters. I used the heat gun to dry it quickly. After adhering the blue piece I stamped the sentiment and adhered the fussy-cut frog with dimensionals. That's it! I hope you will play along with the Casual Challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Yellow Flower Birthday Card

Good evening! I have a quick post to share a card I made tonight using the photo inspiration at The Pink Elephant Challenge. I love black and white cards with a pop of color and the yellow is definitely a nice contrast. The flower is die cut with three colors of yellow: Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron. The die cut is by Sizzix, Flower layers #7 and I used a decorative brad to secure the layers together. I added a bling flourish coming down off the flower but in the photo it blends into the patterned paper. The top two corners were punched using a Fiskars decorative corner punch and the sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set. Well, that's about it. I'm also entering this card in the Crafting From The Heart Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hello Fall Card for The Paper Players


Howdy! It's Sunday again and time for another wonderful challenge from The Paper Players. This week Ann is hostess and has selected fall as the theme! Happy Fall Y'all! is the title and I am certainly ready for fall to arrive. My card has a little bit of everything in it. I've used brand new, current and retired Stampin' Up! products to create this Hello Fall Card. The last couple of weeks I've loved the negative space designs from the design team and participants, so I decided to create my own. I searched for colorful sunsets and found a lovely photo (see below) that inspired the focal image. To create the focal design I used watercolor paper and the current Lovely As a Tree stamp set. Using StazOn ink in Timber Brown I stamped the trees and then used my Aqua Painters and classic stampin' pads to add color. I decided to use the retired Natural Composition woodgrain paper to frame the image. To create the whitewash look, I used Craft Stampin' ink and sponged it all over the paper. Then using a cloth to wipe the ink from the glossy areas. The leaves were stamped using the retired Gently Falling stamp set, this set is one of my all time favorites. I used the rock-n-roll technique to give the leaves a shaded look. To finish the card I added the sentiment from the new For All Things stamp set, an antique brad and some natural jute twine. I really enjoyed making this card and I hope it helps inspire you to play along at The Paper Players fall theme challenge. I'm submitting my card at this weeks Leaves challenge at Just Us Girls.

The design team really went all out this week and have created some marvelous inspiration. Click here to check out their designs. You have until NOON (PST) on Friday, Sept. 12th to participate in the challenge. I hope to see your card in the gallery! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day.


Photo by: Marcia Breznay

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vintage Floral Wallpaper Photo Challenge


Hello! When I started challenges on my blog a year ago it was meant to be temporary and the time has come for the challenges to end. I really appreciate everyone who played along and shared their talent over the last year. It's been a lot of fun viewing your work and getting to know you. The final challenge is a photo of some Vintage Floral Wallpaper from an office building where I once worked. The colors are a nice transition into fall and could easily be used in a masculine design. For my card I stuck with the floral theme and used the sketch from Create with Connie & Mary for my layout.

The Stampin' Up! colors used are:
  • Smoky Slate
  • Night of Navy
  • Cajun Craze
  • Marina Mist
  • Whisper White
This challenge will run until Saturday, September 13th at Noon (CT). Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your card in the gallery! 

Andrea's Inspirational Design:


Challenge Guidelines:
  1. Create a New card using the challenge theme/photo, no linking to old posts. 
  2. Only one entry per blog address.
  3. This is a card only challenge.
  4. You must use a stamp, either rubber or digital.
  5. You can combine this challenge with other challenges.
  6. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to this challenge. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
  7. All brands of stamping products are welcome.
  8. HAVE FUN!!!