Here is my entry for this week’s challenge at The Paper Players, Challenge #103 – Colors from Anne Marie. I love this summery color combo and my first thought when I saw it was flowers.
Calypso Hibiscus Thank You
I made the Hibiscus flowers using the Stampin’ Up! Blossom Punch. I punched three flowers in Calypso Coral and cut the petals apart. I sponged the edges and centers with Calypso Coral and added a few lines with the Calypso Coral Marker. I glued five petals to a 1/2 inch circle base and added a flower from the Stampin’ Up! Spring Bouquet Punch. I punched the centers in Daffodil Delight and sponged with Daffodil Delight to add a little definition. For the leaves, I used the brand new Bigz Die Autumn Accents from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I cut the leaves in Lucky Limeade, used a bone folder to create the veins and sponged with Lucky Limeade. For the background panel, I embossed a piece of Daffodil Delight with the Stampin’ Up! Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. I mounted the background panel on a Calypso Coral card base. I adhered the leaves and flowers and then added the sentiment. I stamped the Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners sentiment in Lucky Limeade on Whisper White, cut it out by hand and layered on the mat I cut with the new Stampin’ Up! Framelits Bitty Banners in Calypso Coral. I must say, I am really pleased with how this turned out!
Direct the Wind
One of my favorite quotes is, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” This quote is appropriate for so many different situations and something we can all learn from. When I saw the color combo for today’s Color Challenge CC381 Whisper Island Party on Splitcoaststampers, I immediately thought of this PSX Yacht and quote and I thought it might work with this week’s sketch challenge #101 at The Paper Players. I don’t have Island Indigo or Pool Party cardstock, so I used Not Quite Navy and a scrap fro my stash for Pool Party. For the background panel, I stamped the Stampin’ Up! Canvas background stamp in Pool Party and the Stampin’ Up! Weathered background stamp in Island Indigo on Not Quite Navy. I stamped the boat in Island Indigo on Whisper White and matted in Not Quite Navy cut with Nestabilities Circle dies. I stamped half of the sentiment for the outside and stamped the other half on the inside of the card. I matted the sentiment in Not Quite Navy, mounted all the pieces on a Whisper White background panel and mounted on a Not Quite Navy Textured cardstock card base.
This is my card for The Paper Players Challenge #99 – Colours from Leslie. I just love this color combo, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo and Basic Gray. Poppies are really hot these days, so I decided to use my PSX Poppies Botanicals stamp for this card. I stamped the image on Whisper White and colored with Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo ink pads, adding the accents with markers. I matted the image in Basic Gray and a Melon Mambo Nestabilities die cut. I used Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers for the background, matted in Basic Gray and mounted on a Melon Mambo 5.5 x 5.5 card base. I used a piece of Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon under the image panel. You should check out the gallery for this color challenge, some really neat stuff!
Well, this is a first for me! I am going to submit this card to The Paper Players Challenge #98: Jaydee’s Summertime Theme Challenge. I have done lots of challenges on Splitcoaststampers, but I have never played in any of the blog challenges. I am also using this card for today’s Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, WT378 – Return of the Banner. Wish me luck!
This card was inspired by my Inspirational Quote Challenge # 5:
“for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”
~ E.E. Cummings
I grew up in South Florida and spent lots of time at the beach as a child. When I saw this stamp from the Galerie Vermissage by Inkadinkado, I was immediately drawn to it because it reminded me of those lazy summer days of my youth spent hanging out at the beach. While my friends tanned, a habit I never really developed, I sat in the cabana or under an umbrella, drinking sun brewed sweet tea and reading anything I could get my hands on. Those were the days my friend!
I love square cards and make them quite often. Whenever I go to a craft store, I always check the clearance area for card and envelope packs. A couple of years ago, I bought 6 packages of 10 count 6 x 6 vellum envelopes for 50 cents each! I still have some and love to mail cards in them. My mail lady loves them too! Anyway, back to the card, which started with a Real Red 5.5 x 5.5 card base. I stamped my image on Whisper White and colored with Stampin’ Up! markers. I used Nestabilites circle and scallop circle dies to cut the image and mats in Real Red and Buckaroo Blue. For the background, I stamped the Canvas background stamp from Stampin’ Up! on Kraft with Creamy Caramel ink. For the clouds, I punched a Stampin’ Up! Scallop Circle mask and sponged Soft Sky on Whisper White. I used Stampin’ Up! 1/4 Grosgrain in Real Red at the seam and matted the background in Buckaroo Blue. The sentiment was computer generated and the banner was cut by hand, using a Stampin’ Up! Square punch for the points. And there you have it!