Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunny Days for Paper Players #438

Hello there stamping friends! It’s been a week since Stampin’ Up!® OnStage and I finally feel like I’m back in a routine again. After attending the event itself, presenting at the event and then hosting an “after-party” for 80 stampers immediately following OnStage, I was just a wee bit busy. I loved every minute of it! But life takes over sometimes and I’ve been catching up over the past week. 
I’m so happy to be back hosting a new challenge over at The Paper Players this week. It’s Clean-and-Simple week and I thought it would be fun to incorporate Paper Piecing into the challenge. Paper Piecing is a fun way to add some awesome detail to your stamped images. Sure stamping and coloring are a lot of fun, but paper piecing adds some extra detail by cutting cardstock or Designer Series paper and adding them to your image for added texture and pattern. 
I used the Sunny Days stamp set which is sadly retiring at the end of May. I haven’t used this set nearly enough so, I wanted to give it a little "inky love" to make some cards of encouragement to have on hand for friends. I love the big, bold sentiment. I highlighted it with some color to compliment the stamped image. I just love how the colors pop on this card! I resisted the urge to add 10 layers since it is clean-and-simple week. *wink, wink*

Card Colors: 

I snapped this photo while I was putting my card together. Sorry for the wonky lighting. I paper pieced the lemonade stand and the little banner out of Designer Series Paper. I’m so sad that the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper is retiring soon. It’s one of my favorites! At first, I was a little worried that this was going to be a lot more fussy cutting than I bargained for, but you know what? It wasn’t that bad at all. Thank goodness for my newest obsession of listening to podcasts while stamping. I love that I can listen while I work. It keeps my mind engaged and that has proven to make me a whole lot more productive. I don’t even mind fussy-cutting anymore. Who AM I? Haha! 
Even though there is a lot of color on this card, it came together pretty quickly, thanks to the Rectangle Stitched Dies. One for the main image and one for the sentiment, that’s it. I colored them in using my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I did add some Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the lemonade pitcher and glass. Because I just don’t ever pass up an opportunity to add sparkle, even if it is clean-and-simple week. 

Card Measurements: 

  • Lovely Lipstick Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • In Color 2018-2020 DSP -  x 5-1/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • In Color 2018-20120 DSP (inside card) - 1” x 5-1/4” 

As always, I have to include a photo of the inside of my card. Nothing over-the-top here. Just a little pop of DSP and a sentiment to keep the party going from the front of the card. Don’t neglect the inside of your cards. They like to get a little extra somethin’ somethin’ too. 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share a project using the color challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday April 26th, 2019. 

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team



All of the products I used are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store. This month’s Host Code is: TE9GEQXY. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code, you will receive a gift from me. If your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping), do NOT use the host code. You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a gift from me. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie


Product List



Friday, April 19, 2019

Tropical Chic for Festive Friday FF0032

Hello there, stamping friends! I’ve been on a wee hiatus and am finally back sharing some projects here on my blog. Last weekend I attended OnStage San Antonio, which is an awesome Stampin’ Up! event. I actually presented AT the event (more on that soon) and also co-hosted an After Party for 80 awesome stampers after the event. To say it was a busy week/weekend would be an understatement. Whew! I’m finally feeling like I can get back to my regular routine. 

Just in time for a brand new Festive Friday Challenge! For this challenge, we are celebrating Mother’s Day and/or PINK. You can play along with the holiday or the theme…or both. Please join us and share your project! 
If you know anything about me, you know I absolutely LOVE anything PINK! I was not going to miss out on showcasing my favorite color. I guess this could also work for a Mother’s Day card, with the right sentiment inside. But, I went into creating for this challenge focused on the pink element. 
I got the inspiration for my card layout from the current sketch challenge from Linda over at Freshly Made Sketches. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit for sketch inspiration. Check it out!  
Those two tiny strips on the sketch inspired me to pull out my 6x6 Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper and really focus on a monochromatic card using Blushing Bride as my featured PINK. Blushing Bride isn’t my usual “go-to” pink. It’s not my favorite pink but I am learning to love it. As a “stand-alone” color, it’s REALLY pretty. It’s just not my favorite pink to combine with other colors. It’s still pink though, so I’m not kicking it out of my stamp studio. Haha! 
For my card, I simply stamped in Blushing Bride ink and cut out three of the tropical flowers. Then, cut out two of the “ferns” in vellum cardstock. Finally, I added two punched elements from the Leaf Punch, simply punched in Whisper White and then covered in sparkly detail with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. 

It’s also tough to see in the photos, but I added more Wink Of Stella to the center of the flowers. Then, I added tiny pearls for some added detail. I stuck down the leaf elements with glue dots and then popped up the flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
 Card Measurements: 
  • Blushing Bride Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 4-1/8” x 5-5/8” 
  • Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper - 4” x 5-1/2” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” 
  • Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper - (2 pieces) 1/2” x 5” , 1/2” x 4-1/2” 

As always, here is a look insde the card. I layered a 1/2” x 4” piece of  Designer Series Paper on a 4” x 5-1/4” piece of Whisper White Cardstock and added a little stamped detail. I didn’t add a sentiments because I intended for this card to have room for a handwritten note. This card is going out to someone who really went above and beyond last week. 

So, what do you say? Would you like to join us and share a project? You can check out the Festive Friday Challenge HERE. You can enter your project for this challenge through Monday April 29th at 8pm CST. 

Stop by and say hello to the Design Team: 





Anne Marie Hile (you are here) 




Thanks so much for stopping by. All of the products I used are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store. This month’s Host Code is: TE9GEQXY. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code, you will receive a gift from me. If your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping), do NOT use the host code. You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a gift from me. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day! 
-Anne Marie


Product List