Playing with Plants

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to participate in a challenge that doesn’t involve Christmas in February. I visited one of my favorites, The Paper Players, and found a beautiful challenge to combat the unseasonably cold, wet weather my area has been experiencing. This week they were looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) cards that featured plants. I had the All That You Are set from the Occasions catalog waiting for me to play. Time to ink up those cling stamps.

For my card, I used Whisper White card stock, Memento Ink, and Stampin’ Blends in Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, and Flirty Flamingo. Coloring this image is a breeze, no fussy details, and it only took a few minutes.

Next, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Memento Ink because I already had it out. I adore the fonts SU used for the sentiments. I checked my inventory and I don’t have anything like it. So pretty with all the swoopy details. I layered the image on a base of Thick Whisper White so I could wrap the Double Stitched Daffodil Delight ribbon around the card.

Finally, I added a few yellow enamel dots I had in my stash. If you don’t have those, use your Blends to color some Basic Pearls. It works like a dream.

If you saw something you like, consider shopping with me soon. The stamp set and ribbon are retiring at the end of the month.

Thanks to The Paper Players for an inspiring challenge!

Notes of Kindness – Whip it up Wednesday

The Notes of Kindness kit in the Annual Catalog includes everything to make twenty gorgeous thank you notecards. The stamps, with bold sentiments, a stamping block, adhesives, and even an ink spot. The cards are beautiful and come together in minutes. They’re perfect for recognizing gift from a bridal or baby shower.

I used most of my kit for a card buffet that I held recently to make cards for our armed service members. I had some of the cards remaining, and I decided to see what I could do with them using leftover pieces from past Paper Pumpkin kits.

Friends of a Feather

The Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin had lots of leafy punch-outs. The Fresh Figs pieces complimented the succulent preprinted accent. I also used self-adhesive sequins from the kit and finally added some vellum pieces which may have come from the August 2018 box or possibly an earlier one. You know I save everything. I also stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig too.

More Vellum

I liked the vellum as an accent so much, I dug further into my stash and found some Lemon Lime Twist dyed elements and some more delicately cut elements. This card used pearls from the kit instead of the sequins. I like how the two projects are so different. The first is bold, almost masculine and this one is more airy and feminine.

Fussy Cut Flowers

I still had a card base left, but no flower cut outs. Also, I didn’t have the Soft Sea Foam sticker for the layers under the sentiment. I liked the succulent image from the other cards, and I found some retired DSP that included the perfect elements. I think this idea would work well with any good sized flower image, either cut from designer paper or stamped and then either fussy cut or die cut. I also used a strip of paper from the Tranquil Textures DSP pack. I stamped the little background image in the kit using Sahara Sand. And, even though I didn’t get my sentiment on the card perfectly straight, I’m quite happy with the results.

Kits, whether Paper Pumpkin, or from the catalog make crafting so simple. In a few minutes you can have stunning projects to make someone’s day a little brighter. Happy Crafting.

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Winter Woods Wonderland

The Winter Woods bundle in the Holiday catalog is super versatile. It’s only available as a bundle (save 10%) for a few more days. No matter what type of crafter you are, a Zen Beginner, a Paper Princess or a Stash Queen – this set will give you stunning results. I did three cards with this set and no matter the approach I took, from simple to advanced, I was thrilled.

The simple card used three elements, the Winter Woods stamps, Early Espresso ink, and a Delightfully Detailed notecard. These notecards already have the watercolor wash, so I stamped the cluster of trees with two images of the ground texture to anchor them. For the sentiment, I used a sticky note to mask off the part of the message I didn’t want to use (this Season), inked the stamp, removed the sticky (don’t forget this part) and then stamped the Thinking of you in the lower corner. Done. Doesn’t get easier than that.

For the second card, I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow. Instead of adding a texture layer or DSP, I used watercolor paper and Moss Green Brusho Crystal Colour powder. This stuff is cool. The results are a bit random. I misted my paper lightly with a Stampin Spritzer. Then I sprinkled the ink powder over the paper. Finally, I spritzed it again to activate the crystals even more. Then let it dry. Because the background was so dramatic, I stamped the tree cluster three times, right over each previous image, but slightly off. It gave the image thicker tree trunks and denser branches. I added a piece of burlap ribbon. I used two punches, the Leaf punch and some scrap I had in Old Olive and the Tailored Tag punch to cut out the sentiment. It came from the Beautiful Bouquet set and I stamped it in Early Espresso. For a final bit of flash, I added a nest of Copper Metallic Thread under the sentiment tag.

I like the mixed media effect. It is perfect for a masculine birthday.

For the final card, I CASEd a stunning card by Wendy Lee. You can see her card here. I can’t resist a collage of layers. I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla. I was going to be adding a lot to the card and I needed a sturdy base. On top of that, I added a layer of Soft Suede embossed with the Woodland embossing folder. This is a very versatile folder that I use constantly.

Next, I added the graphic layer. I used Very Vanilla stamped with Early Espresso. The repeating tree branches echo the embossing but are a bold repetition that really pops from all the layers. I anchored that on a piece of Cajun Craze to echo the copper elements I planned to add. But first, I added a 2″x 3-1/4″ piece of vellum. This was directly from Wendy’s card and the contrasting material helped anchor the diecut/embellishment grouping.

The grouping was fun to create. First I spread out some Copper Trim. When pulled apart it becomes a netting. But, it gets shorter when you open it, so spread it and then cut it off the roll. Next, I got out the big shot and used the dies in the bundle to cut the Mossy Meadow leaves and the Copper Foil branches. I used the Tailored Tag punch to cut a Copper foil base for the sentiment. I tucked two wood leaf clusters from the Framed Elements embellishment back for even more texture. Lastly, I used the soon to be released, in the Occasions catalog, Well Written Framelits (148534) and Early Espresso paper. The card couldn’t hold one more thing, so I stopped and lined a Very Vanilla envelope. I used some retired scrap (5-5.8″ x 5-3/4″ scored 1-3/8″ in). A card that special deserves a nice envelope.

I hope I’ve shown you that no matter where your crafting comfort zone is, you can make a beautiful card. Happy Crafting!

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