Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hearts a Flutter for The Paper Players #127

 Hi there stamping friends! Hope you are having a super-fantastic day today! The weather is gorgeous here in South Texas on this bright and sunny day. This week at the Paper Players, Ann is our hostess with a fun theme challenge to play along with: "Love is in the Air". Time to get a jump start on those Valentine's or just a card for that special someone, letting them know you care.
For my card, I decided to use some of the new items from the SU Spring catalog. You can view the catty by clicking HERE. There are quite a few vintage-inspired items in the catalog and admittedly, that is not one of the styles I feel comfortable creating with. So, I went at this card with a different approach. I'm calling it "Simply Shabby". I came up with a simple layout and then dressed it up with the embellishments. That actually made it a whole lot easier to use the products and didn't make me over think I tend to do.
I love the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and coordinating die cuts. It really makes it easy to create a lot of layers on cards, without a lot of fuss. I used the Heart punch to layer inside the scalloped heart and added some texture from the Fancy Fan Embossing folder along with some pretty pearl trim. You just can't participate in one of Ann's challenges without using pearls, I tell ya. The lace came from the uber cool new Artisan Embellishments Kit. I just cut it down the middle and added it to either side of the middle layer using some Sticky Strip.  All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of the post. 

Finally, a quick shot of the inside of the card, using a Valentine's Day sentiment: 
I hope you will join us this week at the Paper Players and share the "love". Please stop by and visit the rest of the Design Team to see what they whipped up for inspiration. This is the first week our awesome new Guest Designers are joining us, too. Whoop whoop! Have a great day today! :) 
The Paper Players Design Team

Before I go, I have had a few people ask about Oscar, our foster dog. Yes, Oscar still lives with us and he is still looking for his forever home. He is doing very well and there has been talk that he might have already found his home with us. I will keep you posted on that. But, until then, here is a shot of the big guy just being cute. 
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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter (Spring catalog) and Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: More Amore Specialty DSP (Spring catalog), Rose Red (even though it is Primrose Petals in the paper...oops!), Pool Party and Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Rose Red Classic ink
Punches: Full Heart punch, Scallop Edge Border punch
Accessories: Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits (Spring catalog), Big Shot, lace from Artisan Embellishments Kit (Spring catalog), Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Sticky Strip and Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Oh so pretty...I am wanting those accents so badly! Your colors are delish!

  2. Simply shabby describes this perfectly Anne Marie, so pretty! Oscar looks to be quite happy right where he is ;)

  3. So gorgeous! I adore the embossed heart covered in pearls! Fabulous card!Thanks for your visit!

  4. Simply Shabby is just perfect but I would call it Simply Gorgeous! What a great way to feature so many beautiful products and I love how you mix-mastered the DSP! Adore the pearl-encrusted heart, too! I think Oscar is looking pretty contented! :-)

  5. This is a most lovely card....full yes, but very Victorian...and beautiful! Our new lace is fabulous and really pops out on your card!

  6. Very very pretty Anne Marie, I love that heart.

  7. Anne Marie this is adorable! love the colors and really love the lace! So cute! Hugs

  8. Anne Marie, this card is pearl-tacular! I love it!

  9. I love your "Simply Shabby" strategy (say that 10 times really fast ;)! This is a beautiful card! I love what you did with the border of pearls around the heart and cutting the lace in half.

  10. Wonderful card! Love everything about it, and I can't wait to use this layout. Thanks for sharing your creative thought process, esp about not over-thinking it.

  11. This valentine is so, so pretty Anne Marie. I love all the pearls and the lace is fabulous. And bless you for caring for Oscar! He's so cute!

  12. Oh, I LOVE this! You used the lace beautifully (still afraid to dig into mine...) and this design just begged for the pearls around the heart! Gorgeous card!
    Oscar is so sweet!

  13. AM, I would have known this was an AM card without your name above it on the PP site! It's gorgeous. I love the embossed heart surrounded by the pearls, the lace and the pop of Pool Party. Fabulous my friend.

  14. BTW.... I meant to say.... .welcome Oscar to your forever home :-) I don't think you will be able to let such a wonderful little chap, with such a sad history, live with anyone but you :-)
    big hugs


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Anne Marie