Stippled Blossoms for The Paper Players

It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players. This week we are hosting a “Clean and Simple Thank You” challenge.  Although my card did not end up looking so clean and simple, it was when I designed it in my head.  I probably should not have scored the bottom…but at least I did not add pearls, as I would have loved to have done.  Then we have the matter of the top panel.  Maybe I should not have randomly stamped the Stippled image.  And what about that bow…perhaps something a little more tailored would have been in order.  But in the end, the card is what it is.  Which brings us to an important caveat:  If it is clean and simple to you, it is clean and simple to us.  At the Paper Players, we are all about the fun.

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long.

  • “Bow”-dacious!  Early Espresso Seam Binding was spritzed with rubbing alcohol and then crumpled into a ball.  When it was dry, it was carefully uncrumpled and tied into a bow.  Strands of Gold Sequins provide a touch of elegance.
  • Faintly floral! One of my favorite backgrounds is crafted using the Stippled image.  For this card it was inked with Soft Suede, stamped off twice, and randomly stamped over Very Vanilla Polka Dot paper, from the Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.

  • Feather! For a touch of whimsy plus elegance, a gold embossed Feather from the Four Feathers stamp set was added. The addition of the feather certainly took away from the “clean with lots of white space” aspect.  But I loved the organic feel it imparted to the overall design, so I left it on.

As they say, hindsight is twenty-twenty.  Remove the feather, substitute a simpler bow without the sequins, skip the random stamping, and delete the scoring…and there you have my clean and simple card!   As always, your comments are so very important to me.  Won’t you let me know what you think of today’s card?  And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!  Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team
(on leave)

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Retired Holiday Stamp Sets for Sale

Just in time for creating your holiday cards, I have a few retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets for sale.  Here’s the fine print:

  • Sets will be sold in the order in which I receive your emails.  Please…no phone calls.
  • Please email me ([email protected] or [email protected]) with your choice of sets and your zip code.  I can only ship to US addresses.
  • I will email you the shipping cost.  Shipping will be either the actual cost or by Flat Rate, whichever is the most cost effective for you.  Remember, wood sets are heavy!
  • Payments will be made through PayPal.

A Banner Christmas $11
Wood, only 1 mounted, like new

Best New Year $7 SOLD
Wood, new, unmounted

Best of Snow  $10 SOLD
Clear, new

Calm Christmas $10 SOLD
Wood, like new

Christmas Collectibles $11
Wood, new, unmounted

Christmas Messages  $15 SOLD
Wood, new, unmounted

Color Me Christmas $11
Wood, new, unmounted

Festive Flurry $20 SOLD
Wood, 2 box set, excellent condition
Festive Flurry Framelits $12

Fun with Christmas $7 SOLD
Clear, new

Harvest of Thanks $8 SOLD
Clear, only 2 used

Jewish Celebrations $9.50 SOLD
Clear, new

Joy to the World  $11 SOLD

Wood, new, unmounted

Love & Joy $6 SOLD
Wood, used, excellent

Magnificent Maple $5 SOLD
Wood, used, like new

Merry Little Christmas $7 SOLD

Wood, mounted, like new

Naughty and Nice $3
Rotary, new

New Year’s  $3 SOLD

Single stamp, new

Oh, Goodie $4.50
Clear, new

Oh, Holy Night $7 SOLD
Wood, new, unmounted

Open Sleigh $8 SOLD
Clear, well loved 

Ornament Keepsakes  $14  SOLD
Wood, 2 box set, used, excellent
Holiday Ornaments Framelits  $12

Perfectly You (Hostess) $8
Clear, new

Snow Day $14 SOLD
Wood, like new

Tags 4 You $8
Clear, new

Thankful $3 SOLD
Wood, new, mounted

Tree Trimmings $4 SOLD
Wood, very stained

Warmth and Wonder (Hostess)  $11 SOLD
Wood, new, unmounted

Warmth and Wonder  (Hostess) $11 SOLD
Wood, used, like new, 1 block has a stain

Wishing You $7 SOLD
Wood, new, unmounted

Until next time…

Grateful for Pals Paper Arts

It’s Thursday, and time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts! This week is a color challenge:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie.  I thought they would be perfect colors to create a fall wreath…one of the cool ones decorated with fruit.  I hope you enjoy today’s card, which uses Freshly Made Sketch #161 as my layout inspiration.

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ long.

  • Ins-pear-ation! The Pear image from the Partridge and Pears set was inked in Soft Suede and stamped onto the Crushed Curry pattern from the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper collection. Five pears were created, snipped out and used to decorate the Old Olive and Crushed Curry Wondrous Wreath.  The berries are Pearls colored using a Pumpkin Pie Blendability.
  • Bow! A layered bow was crafted from Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon.  A Gold Basic Metal Button, strung with Linen Thread, adorns its middle.
  • Grateful! The Grateful sentiment, from the Gratitude for Days stamp set, was inked with Soft Suede, and popped up on dimensionals. 

I am a fan of wreaths, especially when they are adorned with fruit and berries.  In fact, I think one of my projects this weekend will be to create a holiday wreath for the front door! It may sound strange, but today’s card has inspired me to start my holiday decorating, baking, and candy making!  I can’t wait! 

I left this card “clean”, but now I wonder if I should have added some “speckles”.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment? Your comments are important to me. And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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