Mercury Glass Shines for #GDP213 and PP465

Two-fer:  Global Design Project Color Challenge and Paper Players Sketch Challeng

I love playing along with challenges, and really love when I can combine two challenges.  This week’s #GDP213’s color challenge calls for Lovely Lipstick, Old Olive, and Smoky Slate.  The Paper Players sketch challenge seemed to be designed just for these colors.

My upline and member of the GDP design team, Brian King, created this holiday card using the color challenge.   It’s so perfect, and used his card as an inspiration for my holiday card with these three colors.

Here are the challenge banners:

          

Here’s my two-fer challenge holiday card:

I’m not quite sure why the bottom mercury glass appears lighter than the top.  I tried photographing it from multiple angles and OttLite positions and it kept coming out that way.  

Mercury Glass Shines

I knew I wanted to use just Lovely Lipstick cardstock for the base of this card.  While trying to figure out which embossing folder I should use, I remembered I had an unopened pack of mercury glass sheets.  I enthusiastically pulled out the paper and cut a piece down to 4- 1/8 x 5-1/4. Next, I pulled out and cut an identically sized piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, paired them up and was immediately thrilled with the results.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered hearing that the mercury glass has a clear film on the front which needed to be removed for use.  Thankfully, I did that before gluing all the components down.

In order to incorporate the Smoky Slate, I tried using a piece of that cardstock for the base.  It didn’t work at all because Smoky Slate is basically the same as the mercury glass.  I decided the Smoky Slate banner for the sentiment would be enough of the color.  Since I used a piece of scrap already embossed with the Subtle 3D folder, I needed to use the Stamparatus for the sentiment.  The Stamparatus allowed me to stamp the sentiment over and over until I felt satisfied without having to worry about perfectly lining up the stamp each time.

Here’s a picture showing the similarity between the mercury glass and Smoky Slate:

The Perfectly Plaid Bundle

This photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch provided all the elements for this card.  I used the In Color DSP for the strip behind the sentiment.  The punch easily cropped Old Olive DSP and cardstock to create the trees.  I simply stamped the focal tree in the front with Lovely Lipstick needles (berries?? decorations??) on Old Olive cardstock and popped it up on dimensionals.  In order to achieve some depth and separation between the trees, I used the brush side of the Old Olive marker to outline all three trees.  I decided to use the dark Smoky Slate blend to color the stump of the trees.

Finishing Touches

I really struggled with the finishing touches.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use ribbon, and if so, where would I put it.  After trying a few different placements, I decided I didn’t need ribbon after all.  

This is where the Wink of Stella came into play.  I wanted to have something else, without adding bulk or clutter so the card could remain clean.  I sed the Wink of Stella on dots, alternate stripes, and red needles on the trees.  It adds just enough sparkle without adding clutter.

I used more Lovely Lipstick DSP for the envelope flap and also stamped an Old Olive tree with Lovely Lipstick needles on the front of the envelope.  Another card set completed.  All is well.  Life is good.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Supplies

Perfectly Plaid photopolymer stamp set, item # 149418 

Pine Tree punch, item #  149521

Perfectly Plaid bundle (save 10%), item # 151143

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, item # 150441

In Color DSP 2018 – 2020, item # 146973

Stitched Rectangles Dies, item # 148551

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Lovely Lipstick cardstock, item #  146970

Old Olive cardstock, item # 100702

Lovely Lipstick ink pad, item # 147140

Old Olive ink pad, item # 147090

Wink of Stella, item # 141897

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301

Stamping Dimensionals, item #  104430

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Glue dots, item # 103683  (behind the trees)

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved my October Paper Pumpkin card kit and it is fabulous!!   The November kit will be the coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 

Great color combo (PP450) and fun layout (GDP#198)

Global Design Project #198 Meets Paper Players 450

When I first saw the colors for the PP450, I thought that it would be difficult to put all these together on a card.  However, I was absolutely wrong!  LOVE the color combination of Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, and Granny Apple Green.  WOW!  I already knew I wanted to play along with GDP#198’s sketch challenge, so I combined the two. Above the Clouds photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch seemed to just jump off the shelf for this card. I must say, I am pretty darn pleased with the result.  

Here are the challenge banners:

     

Here’s my card:

The Process

While the colors are all current, the Blueberry Bushel In Color DSP comes from the 2018-2019 catalog.  I stamped the striped DSP in Basic Black then colored in the top and bottom scallops.  In order to get the separation showing between the balloon and basket, I realized I had to stamp it on white and then fussy cut the balloon.

Even though I knew from the beginning that the background needed to be Balmy Blue, however I really felt it needed some dimension.  Therefore, I stamped some of the clouds from the Above the Clouds stamp set in StazOn Opaque Cotton White.  Some of the clouds stamped very subtly, others came out somewhat darker.  However, I think it works.  

I chose the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  I’ve loved the fonts and sentiments from the sets release, and I think it will be one of my “keepers”.

The Granny Apple Green textured weave ribbon fulfilled the horizontal element from GDP.  I really think it finishes off the card.  Well, the ribbon and a bunch of dimensionals.  Dimensionals provide depth and interest for the Balmy Blue layer, the sentiment, and all 4 balloons. 

Happy Mail!

I already know to whom I am going to send this fun card and I can’t wait to get it out in the mail!  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I greatly appreciate the fact that you took time out of your busy schedule to check out my card.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

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Tic Tac Toe challenge for Paper Players 348

Don’t You Love When Things Fall Into Place

I feel like that happened with PP348 this week for the tic-tac-toe challenge.  I knew what I wanted to do for a baby girl card, and this challenge helped me achieve my goals.

Here’s the tic-tac-toe board:

When everything fell into place, I chose the top row of ribbon, patterned paper, and die-cut.  Here’s my card:

         

What I Used:

This card is for a friend’s daughter and I chose the cover stamp based on the gift I purchased from her registry.  I had fun shopping, but when I picked up the grey and white lamb print hooded towel and washcloth, I knew what stamp I would use.  This adorable little lamb is from the retired Easter Lamb stamp.  I masked out the “happy Easter” and used Smoky Slate to stamp.  Next came the Petal Pink marker for the ears.

The picked the sentiment from A Little Wild stamp set.  Both the lamb and sentiments were stamped on Whisper White and matted with Petal Pink.   First I cropped all the circles from the Stitched Shapes die set, and then used the Petal Pink marker to color in the stitches in the ditches.  Since I have become obsessed with the Subtle TIEF, I  used it for both Petal Pink circles.  I used dimensionals to pop up both the lamb and sentiment using dimensionals.  Die cuts – check.

Both patterns on the he aborable DSP is from Twinkle, Twinkle.  The grey background also popped up on dimensionals and mounted it on Petal Pink.  I also used both patterns on the baby on the inside of the card.  At first I was going to used markers to color the baby and umbrella, but I am pretty darn pleased with my fussy cutting.  Isn’t that baby adorable?  The stars, baby, and sentiment came from the Moon Baby stamp set.  Patterned paper – check.

Last, but definitely not least, is the ribbon.  I used the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle and layered it with Smoky Slate stitched ribbon.  I tend to be bow challenged, so I just created a square knot.  It was easy to get the ribbon under the grey DSP because of the dimensionals.  Ribbon – check.

Of course, I can’t have a naked envelope, so I used some of the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP for the flap.  I stamped Petal Pink and Smokey Slate to stamp a spray of stars on the front of the envelope as well.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  As always, I’d love to know what you think about this card, so please feel free to leave a comment.  If you haven’t done so yet, please submit your email so you can be notified each time I post to this blog.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

 

 

 

 

 

Two Challenges, One Card

Have to Love a Two-fer!

Stamp, ink, Paper # 188 challenge is to use a favorite stamp set, ink, and paper.  Easy choice – Animal Expedition Suite, which I absolutely love.   Paper Players # 430 is a sketch challenge, and it really fit this suite.

Here are the challenge icons:

   

So much fun to create this card! Here it is:

How could you not love this suite?

The colors in this suite are just as wonderful as the stamp and die bundle.  The pattern on the background DSP includes Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party, which impacted the colors I featured on this card.  The Pool Party cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF.  Crossing my fingers and toes that this TIEF carries over!  A different patter of the DSP was layered on the cardstock.  I used a third DSP pattern for the horizontal strip of paper.  

Now, the fun and relaxing coloring part.  I stamped a rhino on a piece of Whisper White and  then used the Stitched Shapes square to crop it out.  As usual, I used a marker to enhance the stitches in the ditch, in this case I used Lemon Lime Twist.

Next, I stamped another rhino and cropped it using the Animal Outing thinlits.  I originally colored the rhino with the Basic Black light and dark blends.  I also colored the bird, but used Stamping Write markers along with the Lemon Lime Twist blends.  After adhering mini-dimensionals to the back of the rhino, I layered it directly on top of the originally stamped rhino.  Then I added the sentiment and had to just use my trimmer to get a size that would fit on the already layered card.  

Too Dark

After finishing the card, I let it sit overnight.  When I came back the following night, I decided I colored the rhino using the wrong blends.  So, I again stamped and cropped it and started coloring again but used the Basic Grey blends.  What a difference!  Then I carefully layered the new rhino directly over the too dark rhino.

Here’s a close-up of the dimension I achieved with the mini-dimensionals and the two layers of rhinos:

I especially like the shadows created by the popped up rhinos and am glad I stamped a rhino on the underlying mat.  

Finally, I used yet another DSP pattern to decorate the envelope flap.  For the front of the envelope, which you can’t see, I stamped the giraffe from this adorable stamp set.

Now, I am happy.

Thank you for stopping by today.  This two-fer was fun to create.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

 

PP #397 Color Challenge meets #GPD142 sketch

I Love Two-fers

When I am able to marry a color challenge with a sketch challenge, all kinds of happy things happen.   This Paper Players #397 color challenge of Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, and Crumb Cake (other neutrals are also ok) has been rolling around in my head for a few days.  I’d thought of doing thin stripes of the Coral and Lemon, but it wasn’t working.  

I sat down today with the marble background stamp and pulled out the Stamparatus my card idea suddenly became clear.  Since I was able to place both pieces of Whisper White cardstock in the exact same place on the grid, I was easily able to match up the stamp pattern on the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist stripes. 

Sounds confusing, but it really wasn’t.  Here’s my card:

 

Here are the challenge sketches:

For this card, I took the sketch as it was with no rotation of flipping.

Matching the Pattern

I first cut both stamped images into one inch strips.  Since each piece was stamped in the exact same place (thank you, Stamparatus), I was able to match up the patterns so it looks more like double time stamping.  

I wanted a clean outline border on each stripe before I put it down on the Soft Suede.  Therefore, I used my Stamping Write markers to lightly color the ends of the Whisper White.  

I’ve enlarged and cropped a portion of the card to show the sublty of the outline of the stripes.  It also shows how I used the Soft Suede marker to outline the scalloped oval cut from Crumb Cake.  

Easier Than It Looks

While the two colored stripes may look difficult to line up, the Stamparatus was the key to getting both colors on exactly the same spots.

I’d love to hear what you think, or even see a picture if you try to CAS(E) this card.

Have a Peachy day!

Sue

 

Petal Palette for FMS331 and PP387

Paper Players 387 and Freshly Made Sketches 331

I’ve been looking at this theme challenge all week.  I knew I wanted to use the Music Sheet background stamp and the Wood Words stamp set has the sentiment I needed.  Two color combinations were floating around in my head: Basic Black and either Cherry Cobbler or Crushed Curry.  Crushed Curry would provide a striking contrast to the Basic Black, so that’s what I chose.

Then I saw the FMS challenge for this week and it all came together in my mind.  I paired the Music Sheet and Wood Words with Petal Pallete stamp set and Petals and More thinlits.   My original thought was to emboss the Crushed Curry mat.  But then I decided to keep it simpler by stamping the music sheet in Crushed Curry on the mat.  This gives a very subtle, but much needed, texture to the base of the card.

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge sketches:

       

Completely Hooked on the Petal Pallette Bundle

I am absolutely and completely hooked on this bundle.  During SAB, demonstrators were notified that the stamp set and die set are carrying over into the next annual catalog.   YEAH!!  These branches, the sentiment tag, the detailed banner, and this adorable watercolored bird stamp have been used in a number of cards over the last week or so.  

In order to ensure that the sentiment tags would not appear to be floating on the card, I simply wrapped Basic Black bakers twine around the panels.  The twine almost disappears with everything else going on with the card, but it serves it’s purpose.

Have a Peachy Day!