Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas Layers for PP471

Hello and Happy Sunday to you!
 It’s time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, LeAnne is hosing our LAST challenge of 2019 
with this beautiful Color Challenge:  
Seaside Spray and Crumb Cake are such a pretty color combo together, but adding the silver just makes them pop! So pretty! 

I used the Christmas Layers Dies to dress up the background. I die-cut two of the “starry” images in Silver Foil and adhered them to the Seaside Spray layer. With intricate dies like these, I find it is best to use a Stamping Sponge and liquid glue to dab some adhesive on the back of the die-cut images. Use less glue than you will think you need on the sponge. A little goes a long way. You can always add more if you need it, but you can’t take it away.
After I adhered the die-cut “stars”, I colored-in the “loopy” areas (such a technical term, I know) in white to give them a little more detail. My sweet friend, LeAnne (who is hosting this challenge) sent me an awesome white gel pen for my birthday last month and this was the perfect project to ty it out on. The gel pen is called Acrylista and it is by Zig. Thank you so much LeAnne! I loved trying it out for your challenge!  

*You could also use the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker from Stampin’ Up!® to create a similar effect. I tried it out and it works great, too! 
I heat embossed the sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp set using the Shimmer White Embossing Powder. Then, I added a little pop of sparkle behind the sentiment layer with a scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Dies using Silver Glimmer Paper. To finish everything off, I colored a trio of rhinestones with the Crumb Cake Dark Stampin’ Blends Marker and added a fluffy bow. All of the supplies I used are listed below. 

Card Measurements:
  • Crumb Cake Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Seaside Spray Cardstock - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Scraps of Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer Paper and Crumb Cake Cardstock for die-cut images
  • Whisper White (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Scraps of Silver Foil for die-cut snowflakes (inside card)
Finally, a peek inside the card, simply dressed up with a coordinating sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and a trio of foil snowflakes die-cut from the Christmas Layers Dies. 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Color Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday December 13th, 2019. I’d also like to say a HUGE thank you to our Guest Designers for being part of the team this year. Su, Wanda and Windy, it has been an absolute pleasure to create alongside you and I hope you will continue to share your projects with us every week. Big hugs! 

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


Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card 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: HFDXRR9D. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code, you will also receive a gift from me: a free exclusive PDF project tutorial bundle. (see the sneak peek below)

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 the gift from me. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie

On a personal note, this past Monday we said good-bye to our sweet Ozzy. It has been an incredibly difficult week and I am just heartbroken. We are missing him so much, but know that he is no longer in any pain. I still remember the first time I saw him at the shelter, we connected instantly. He was a very special little guy! 

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Snowman Season for PP470

Hello and Happy Sunday to you!
 It’s time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Laurie has a wonderfully festive Theme Challenge for us: 
Did the song pop into your head? Here, let me help. “Frosty the snowman, was a jolly happy soul, with a corncob pipe and a button nose…" Haha! I just love snowmen! Even though I don’t see much snow anymore living in South Texas, they are a big part of my holiday/winter decor. There is just something about their sweet little faces that just make me smile. 

Of course, I instantly pulled out the Snowman Season Stamp Set and Punch Bundle to use on my card. I also grabbed the Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper and Let it Snow Embellishment Kit because everything just coordinates so perfectly together. The Embellishment Kit has lots of little “bits” to accessorize your little snowmen, like the felt hat/scarf, epoxy stick “arms” and those little bitty 3-D snowballs. So fun!  

Color Combo: 
This is one of those cards that took a bit more time to put together. I don’t see myself cranking out dozens of them for holiday cards but sometimes it’s just fun to create an extra-special card with lots of special details, right? 

The sparkly snowman was punched right out of the Let it Snow Specialty DSP. SO easy! I punched out his “arms” from Black Foil Paper and attached them with Glue Dots. Everyone knows that good accessories are an important part of any outfit and the felt hat and scarf from the embellishment kit added such a fun pop of texture to the card.  The epoxy “buttons” from the embellishment kit added some shine. 
Have you tried Embossing Paste yet? It is so much fun to use and adds awesome texture to your projects. You can even create custom colors using your re-inkers! I used the polka dot pattern from the Basic Patterns Decorative Masks because it reminded me of snowballs and went perfectly with the theme of this card. 

Steps to use Embossing Paste:

  • Start with a piece of scrap paper and place your cardstock layer on top
  • Place mask over cardstock and tape down to scrap paper (I used washi tape) to hold in place
  • Using Palette Knife, gently smooth Embossing Paste over the top of the mask, filling in the polka dot pattern as you go
  • Using the smaller Palette Knife, gently slide any excess Embossing Paste off the mask to place back in the jar
  • Gently remove the mask and allow Embossing Paste time to dry on the cardstock
  • Immediately wash the Mask and Palette Knives in warm soapy water to remove Embossing Paste BEFORE it dries. *This step is important! 

To give the snowman someplace to stand, I added some Snowfall Accents Puff Paint to the bottom of the Stitched Square Die Cut. I am SO obsessed with this stuff! Just pop on a little layer of paint, dry with your Heat Tool and BOOM, amazing snowy texture. I can’t stop using it! Finally, I added some of those little 3D “snowballs” from the embellishment kit using liquid glue. There is a LOT of texture on this card, that’s for sure…and I love it! 

Card Measurements: 
  • Real Red Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock  - 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” 
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock (polka-dot design using mask and embossing paste) - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Red Glimmer Paper - 2-3/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper (snowman pattern) - 2-1/4” x 5-1/8” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (sentiment) - 3-1/8” x 5/8” 
  • Scrap of Real Red, Black Foil and Let it Snow Specialty DSP for die cut squares and punched snowman “bits”
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock (inside card) 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card) - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Let is Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper (snowman pattern, inside card) - 1-1/4” x 5-1/8” 
Finally, a peek inside the card, simply dressed up with a little strip of DSP and a coordinating sentiment from the set. 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Theme Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday December 6th, 2019. 

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card 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: HFDXRR9D. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code, you will also receive a gift from me: a free exclusive PDF project tutorial bundle. (see the sneak peek below)

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 the gift from me. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie

On a personal note: Many people have asked about my sweet dog, Ozzy. Unfortunately, he is not doing any better. He did not show any significant response to the meds, so at this point, we are just keeping him happy and comfortable for as long as we can. Thank you so much to everyone for thinking of him and us. It really means a lot. 

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