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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Gentleman for Paper Players #386

Paper Players # 386 sketch challenge

The True Gentleman suite is a wonderfully masculine DSP with a striking color scheme.  I needed a masculine thank you card and the Paper Players sketch was perfect for this suite.  

Here’s my True Gentleman thank you card:

and here’s the PP386 sketch:

Supposed to be a two-fer

This card was supposed to be a two-fer with PP386 and the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  However, I missed the entry deadline for tttc.  The TTTC challenge line I chose was twine (check), embossing (check), and polka dot (check).  It may be a tad difficult to see, but I used the Woodplank embossing folder on the Wood Textures DSP.  The Night of Navy banner has Soft Suede dots on it in addition to the lighter dot pattern.  I originally just had the True Gentleman corduroy Night of Navy ribbon across the top of the banners.  After I finished the card, I decided to add the twine thread.  The banners were attached with dimensionals, which made the process of adding twine tricky.  Enter a dental floss threader for the solution and adding the twine became an easy process.. 

The Triple Banner Punch easily created the banners I needed for this challenge.  I cropped the Night of Navy circle and the greeting circle using the Stitched Shapes die set, which is the most used die set I own.  The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks.  When everything was said and done i decided that it needed a little something.  Enter the three Night of Navy enamel shapes all lined up in a row.  I’ve found that the easiest way for me to line up the shapes in a straight line and even spacing is to use my paper piercer tool.  I can place the clear sheet over the card and pierce right next to the shape, then add the enamel shape on top of the tiny hole.

All Things Thanks

All Things Thanks stamp set provided the sentiment I needed.  I love the fonts on this set and they are very easy to mask or color with Stamping Write markers to get just “thanks” when needed.

All Things Thanks Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Have a Peachy Day!

Magical Day for Paper Players 382

 
It’s a Magical Day 

The Occasions catalog is a plethora of have-to-have products, of which the Magical Day bundle is one!  Between the very colorful DSP and the stamp set/die set bundle, the magical possibilities are endless.  The sentiments, “Have a Magical Day” and “You are One of a Kind” can be used for birthday, all occassion, congratulations, and thank you cards. I’m really hoping that this bundle carries over into the new annual catalog.

Here’s my card for this challenge:

 

Paper Players 382 sketch

There are many times when I have a difficult time cutting into DSP I love.  I have to almost force myself to not hoard all of the paper, especially when the patterns on the Myths and Magic DSP are so varied and perfectly coordinated.  When I do cut it, I then have a very difficult time covering it up on a card.  This card was no different.  Love the paper, and very difficult to cover it up. 

For this card, I used a variety of patterns of this special DSP, but really had to plan out exactly what I wanted to show on the final card.  While working on this card, I found myself gravitating towards the dark Fresh Fig color, I realized I needed something to lighten it up.  That’s when I decided to use the scales pattern in Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive for the back horizontal banner.

More possibilities for Magical Day

Now that I have taken the plunge with this DSP, it will be easier the next time.  Look for more to come!

I welcome your comments, so please feel free to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy day!

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