Monday, April 22, 2013

One Layer (not-so) Wonder for Paper Players #142

Hello there stamping friends! I am finally here with my card for this week's Paper Players challenge. This week, the fabulous Jaydee is our hostess with a challenge that had me WAY out of my comfort zone: One-Layer Cards.
Ok, ok...I know you have all been waiting for my awesome one-layer wonder creation. *Totally said as a joke...I will pause for a bit so that you can stop laughing hysterically* I had really good intentions for this card. Really, I did. But after 3- 1/2 hours trying to get a one-layer card together, I realized that I am no-so-great at this style of card making.

I did feel better adding some Crystal Effects to the balloon, and the sparkly rhinestone details. But, then  my husband said to me: "aren't those technically layers?" GAH! I don't know. Are they?? So, I Paper Pierced to compensate and distract you from looking at those details. With this card, I officially have entered the "Stamper's Hall of Shame".  The supplies I used are listed at the end of this post, if you are's OK if you don't want to look, I know this one was a struggle. But I had really good intentions, so I hope that counts for something. :(
 Please join us this week over at the Paper Players! The challenge is open through Friday, April 26th at NOON (PDT). Check out what the rest of the Design Team created with this week's challenge: 

The Paper Players Design Team

Before I go, I wanted to share some inspiration for the week. I love this and it is framed in my stamp studio. Have a great week....laugh LOTS!!! :)

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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set and Friendly Phrases stamp set
Paper: Whisper White card stock (That is ALL!!)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink
Accessories: Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Crystal Effects. Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercer,  and Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels 
Non-SU accessories: marker for shading around the image


  1. Actually, I was waiting patiently for your awesome one layer card and you did not disappoint! I love the crystal effects on the balloon and how you shadowed it in blue. Great one layer card, and stop being so hard on yourself! Hugs :) Sandy

  2. Your card is fun and cheery! You did a great job! And the card is one later in the picture anyway! :-)

  3. have me seriously laughing at your post. I think this card is adorable. Just the kind I need to give to some of my boys' friends at parties. Love the inspiration!

  4. AM... seriously!!! Really!!!! How can you say you aren't good at this type of card. It's fabulous. All that white space focuses the attention on that gorgeous balloon and sentiment. The use of Crystal Effects on the balloon was an awesome idea. The whole thing about one layer cards is how to add interest without adding layers of cardstock and ribbon. hey, I even love your little touches of tiny rhinestones in the corner! I'm sorry this was such a challenge for you, but you rocked it!
    P.S. LOVE your inspiration word art!

  5. Please don't beat yourself up. I love this card. It's perfect for any age, balloons make people smile and a little bling doesn't count as a layer (I think). I plan on CASEing this for some cards I need.

  6. I love this....cute and simple and I don't think the rhinestones count as a layer! Super shiny & fun!

  7. I agree with Jaydee....this is FABULOUS, AM! You are being waaay too hard on yourself. I don't count CE or rhinestones as a layer at all. Instead, they are a genius way to add depth and dimension without extra bulk. It's absolutely perfect and I adore the extra color you added by shading around the balloon string. You rocked it!!

  8. Well, I for one think you didm a WONDERFUL job!!!

    Crystal effects is NOT a layer. Only paper counts as layers - you did good!

  9. Beautiful CAS card, Anne Marie! Oh, we are so hard on ourselves, aren't we? I wasted way too much paper on my card...should have given up! Your card is adorable- reminds me to use Crystal Effects;)


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