Sunday, July 21, 2019

Perennial Masculine Birthday for PP451

It’s Sunday and time for another fun challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Ann has a fab Clean-and-Simple (CAS) Masculine Theme Challenge for us. 
I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS need more masculine cards in my card stash. I never seem to have enough when I need them so this challenge came at the perfect time. Please join us and share a project this week. We’d love to see what you create! 

 Today’s Colors: 


The inspiration for my card actually came from a very similar card I created for a swap a few months ago. That card had a lot more distressed detail so it was kind of fun to recreate a similar card by cleaning it up a bit for this challenge. No sponging, no rough edges. So what is a Clean-and Simple (CAS) card? Here are our guidelines for the challenge: 

Minimal layers and embellishments
Plenty of open space, aka "white" space
Simple and uncluttered

Full disclosure, this IS minimal layers for me. It’s a bit of a joke amongst some of my pals on the Design Team that I struggle HARD with that aspect of CAS week. I suppose I could have left off the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer but since it’s already there, I’ll just go ahead and leave it. Haha! 
The card is pretty simple overall. I based the card around the wood grain pattern in the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper with a very neutral color combo. I used the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder to add a little more texture to the background, but could have also left off that step to make it even more CAS. I went with a big, bold sentiment accented with 2 die-cut leaves from the Seasonal Layers Dies. They are accented with a simple Metallic Brad and finished with a Linen Thread bow. I also used the Corrugated Embossing folder for some added texture on the leaf and layered circle. Again, the embossing could be skipped altogether for a more simplified look. 

Card Measurements: 

  • Early Espresso Card Base - 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock - 4" x 5-1/4” 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock (Embossed with Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder) - 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (inched with Banner triple Punch) - 1-1/2” x 4-7/8” 
  • Scraps of Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla Cardstock for die cut shapes
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (inside card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (inside card) - 1/2” x 5-1/4” 
Finally, here a look inside the card. I kept it simple with a coordinating sentiment and an extra strip of the wood patterned paper. I did stamp the sentiments in Soft Suede ink as opposed to Early Espresso, which seemed a wee bit TOO dark on the card. 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your CAS project using this week’s Masculine Theme. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday July 26th, 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: KGJCCPJR. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code between now and June 30th, you will receive a gift from me: a free exclusive 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


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Third Thursdays Blog Hop - Christmas in July

Welcome once again to our Third Thursdays Blog Hop! This month, our theme for the hop is Christmas in July. Everyone on the hop will be featuring projects to get you in the holiday spirit! Christmas is just 5 short months away, so it’s a great time to get to creating. 

Today, I am featuring a “fancy fold” diorama card using the Winter Woods stamp set and coordinating In the Woods dies. This wintery scene came together pretty easily but has a LOT of texture and dimension. If you have never tried creating a diorama card, I encourage you to. They are a lot of fun to make! I’ve listed the measurements below. 

For my team meeting this month, I created our make and take projects around “fancy fold” cards and this was one of the cards everyone made. (I’ll share the other 2 soon.) Everyone at the meeting really enjoyed making this card and loved how it could be easily displayed. The only stamping on the card is the sentiment, which makes it even easier. 

I really like the tree die-cut because of all of the added details. Those little “snow drifts” were also created with a die in this set. I layered them on the front and then added two more under the tree, inside the card. The background is is embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder which paired up perfectly with the stamps and dies. 
 Today’s Colors: 


 Card Measurements: 

  • Real Red Cardstock - 5-1/2” x 6-1/4” (2 pieces)
  • On the 6-1/4” side of BOTH pieces, score at 1/2”, 1”, 5-1/4” and 5-3/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (front of card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Smoky Slate Cardstock (embossed with Woodland embossing folder) - 3-3/4” x 5” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (front of card, stamped sentiment and die-cut using In the Woods die) - 2” x 4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card, die-cut suing In the Woods die) - 1-1/2” x 3-3/4” 
  • Shimmery White Cardstock to die cut 2 of the tree images from the In the Woods dies
As shown in the photo above, I layered the Whisper White cardstock on top of one of the Real Red pieces and used the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut through both pieces. Then, I burnished the score lines as you can see in the photo. Once you add the elements to each layer, the card is held together by adding adhesive to the folded “tabs” on either side of the card. 
To create the shimmer detail on the embossed Smokey Slate layer, I mixed up a couple of drops of Champagne Mist Shimmer paint with rubbing alcohol (70% works best) in a Stampin Spritzer. Just make sure to shake it up really well before you spritz. It creates a gorgeous sparkly detail and dries quickly because of the rubbing alcohol. 

For some added dimension, I layered two fo the die-cut trees together using Mini Stampin Dimensionals and then layered them on the card using more Mini Dimensionals. It really added a lot to the tree. Of course, a tree this fancy isn’t complete until you add some bling, right? The Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels were the perfect finishing touch! 
What I really like about this style of card is that it easily folds flat to fit in an envelope but really has a “wow factor” for the recipient. 

I hope you have enjoyed my card today. Please leave a comment to say hello and let me know that you stopped by. Make sure to check out all of the projects featured in our Third Thursdays Blog Hop for July

From here you will be headed to visit the wonderfully talented Susan Legits. Click below to hop on over to her blog. Have a great day! 



Third Thursdays Blog Hop - July 2019

Kimberley Morris
Angie McKenzie
Krystal Roberts
Anne Marie Hile (you are here)
Susan Legits


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: KGJCCPJR. If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using this host code between now and June 30th, you will receive a gift from me: a free exclusive project tutorial bundle with 12 awesome projects. (see the sneak peek below) You will ALSO get a $5 coupon from Stampin’ Up!® to use on your order in August. 




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


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