Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winter Woods for PP425

Hello there and Happy Sunday! This week at The Paper Players, our hostess Claire has a fun theme for us: Snowy Day. It’s also Clean and Simple (CAS) week, so it’s kind of a “double-challenge” week. I live in South Texas, so a snowy day is a pretty rare occurrence for me. However, I was born and raised in Upstate New York, so I am not a stranger to snow. Big hugs to all of those who are dealing with the big winter storm this weekend. We had a cold front move in down here but it is nothing like what you are going through with up north. Hope everyone stays safe and the snow melts quickly. 
So, it’s Clean and Simple Week. I’m not going to lie, this is the theme challenge I stress about the most. I love layers, details and embellishments. So, I tend to overthink these challenges. A. LOT. I am happy to say, that (if you count the "snow banks" as 2) I made it to 5 layers this week! This is a new record! LOL! Please do not judge my lack of CAS skills….I’m making progress. That’s what counts. Haha! 

I decided to ink up my Winter Woods stamp set for this challenge. I stamped the “woods” in Versamark and then heat embossed the images in white embossing powder for some texture and shine. Is that technically considered another layer? Shhh, I don’t want to know if it is. It looks good, so that’s all that matters, right? 
The “snow banks” were created from the coordinating In The Woods Framelits. I popped up the front layer on Stampin Dimensionals. I wasn’t going to admit it, but you can see it in the photos. When it came time for a sentiment, I decided that it HAD to be simple so I went with the Well Written Framelits. This is just a fun card to send to a friend for any occasion…you can add the sentiment to the inside. Or you can just write a little note. It’s all good! I popped in a tiny sparkly heart from the In the Woods Framelits set to tie the colors together. I do love how that little pop of sparkle stands out. I hope you do as well. Bling makes everything better, right?

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players. Whether you are learning to “embrace your inner CAS” or are a clean-and-simple pro, we welcome you to join us. Let’s have some fun! You can share link up project through Noon PST on Friday January 25, 2019. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the 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. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Flowering Desert for Team Swaps

Hello and Happy Saturday to you! I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. Today, I wanted to share the second card I created for my team swaps this month. This card features the new Flowering Desert stamp set and comes together pretty easily. 

I decided that I wanted to use some bright and happy colors for this little scene. Not surprising, I know. Bright colors are my favorite! One thing that I think is really fun about this set is that some of the the images have a bit of a “distressed” look when you stamp them. I think it just adds to the charm of the set. The set is also Photopolymer so it makes it super-easy to get perfect placement because you can see exactly where you are stamping. 
Instead of adding embossing, I decided to randomly stamp a few little “bits” on the Coastal Cabana cardstock layer to add some texture in the background. After I stamped the images, I felt like the card needed a little something more to dress it up. I decided to use the Starburst Punch to add an extra pop of color behind the image and I love how it looks like a little “sun”. I popped up the sentiment banner for some added dimension and finally added a simple bow out of baker’s twine. I felt like it needed an embellishment, but nothing too over-the-top. I really like how it came together and I hope you do as well. 

Card Measurements: 

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock Base - 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” 
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Melon Mambo Cardstock - 3-1/4” x 4-1/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 3” x 4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (for banner sentiment) - 1/2” x about 2”, then punch 
Thanks for stopping by today! I’ve listed all of the products I used to create the card below. You can click on any of the photos to shop in my online Stampin’ Up!® store. Also, Sale-A-Bration is going on right now as well, so for every $50 you spend you will receive free product. CLICK HERE for more details. 

Have a HAPPY day! 
-Anne Marie


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sweet Treats for Third Thursday Blog Hop

Hello there! It’s time for another blog hop with the 3rd Thursdays team. This month, our theme is Sweet Treats. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this theme was very timely. We hope you enjoy the projects we have shared this month. 
For my project, I made a little treat holder and coordinating note card. I just love these little Sweet Cups from Stampin’ Up!®. They are sold in a pack of 10 white cups and lids and are just waiting to be decorated for any occasion. Super-easy! I have Vanlentine’s Day on the brain right now, so I inked up the Meant to Be stamp set once again, along with the coordinating Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. Let’s talk about the All My Love Designer Series Paper, shall we? The patterns are a mix of fun hearts and beautiful florals. So pretty!
I created the treat holder first, then realized that it needed a coordinating card. If you have never used the Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes, you really should. They are a little smaller then your average card but come pre-cut and scored WITH envelopes. Just add paper, stamps and embellishments and you are ready to go. I layered a 3-1/4” x 4-3/4” piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock on the card base. Then took two different patterns of the DSP measuring 3” x 4-1/2”. I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits to cut the “frame”, then adhered the pieces together. I added some dimensionals to pop that layer up. It’s a little hard to see in the photo but the stitched detail adds some fun texture. 
How cute are these Sweet Cups? They perfectly hold 6 of my favorite Lindt Lindor Truffles. These are Peppermint White Chocolate, but any flavor would certainly work. To wrap your paper around the cup, the easiest way is to take a separate cup and cut it apart to make a “template”. Basically, cut along the seam on the back, cut out the bottom and open the cup up. Cut the cup apart? What?! It’s ok. You can do it once and then save it to use over and over again. 
Then trace the shape on your DSP with a pencil. Make sure to cut one of the sides, about 1/4” -1/2” longer than the template, so there is a little overlap on the seam. Trace the shape on the BACK of the DSP pattern you would like to use on your project. Using scissors, cut it out and wrap it around the cup for a perfect fit. Using liquid glue is the best adhesive for this, as it allows a little wiggle room to get a perfect fit. 
The Layering Circle Framelits fit to dress up the inside of the lid. I used the largest circle and the largest scallop in the set. I can’t get enough of those heart framelits. That little detail along the side of the heart is another shape in the set. I used the Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets (that are FREE with your quality qualifying purchase) from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Then I cut out a Stitched Shape Framelit oval for the sentiment and added a Heart Epoxy Droplet, colored with a Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends Marker. I’ll add all of the supplies I used at the end of the post. 

Thanks for visiting today! Please make sure to follow the hop to see more ideas for Sweet Treats. We are a still a new blog hop, so it’s pretty short this month. You will be seeing some new names and faces in the coming months. You will be heading over to my amazingly talented friend, Sarah Fleming’s blog next. Have a great day! 

3rd Thursday January Blog Hop: 

3. Anne Marie Hile - You are here! 


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