Sunday, August 15, 2021

Hats Off Fishing Adventure for PP554

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, I am super-excited to be hosting our monthly Clean-and-Simple (CAS) Challenge.
Clean-and-Simple is week is always a little bit of a challenge for my layer-loving heart, so I do my best. However, I always seem to need masculine cards so I thought it would make for a fun theme to get some great ideas.

As I was looking through my stamps for this challenge, I decided that the Hats Off stamp set would be great for this challenge. I pulled out the coordinating Hat Builder Dies, saw the little fish die in the set and decided to create my card for the challenge around that. 

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
When I was younger, I remember going out to the family camp and fishing on the lake. Although to be honest, my fishing expertise did not include anything more than casting a rod and reeling the fish in. I left the bait and anything having to do with the hooks to the more qualified and less squeamish family members on the boat. I remember at the end of the afternoon bringing the “catch of the day” back to the house on a stringer. (I think that’s what it is called…let me know if there is a different name for it.) That was what I was trying to recreate for this card. 

On my quest for masculine-themed paper, I realized that I’m lacking and really need to buy more. Then I remembered the awesome new Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper that I earned for FREE this month during Stampin’ Up!® Sale-A-Bration that had the fun tree pattern. (More info on Sale-A-Bration toward the end of this post.)

I decided to add some shine to the fish by heat embossing them with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. Then I added some Linen Thread behind each fish to create the “stringer”. I initially tied a bow using the Linen Thread at the top and it just didn’t look “right”. So, I decided to tie a double know using the gingham ribbon because it coordinated so well with the trees. I ended up using a little more of the DSP than I initially intended because I liked how it looked. I’ll just call that part “CAS-ish”. Overall, I like how this card came out and I hope you do as well. 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Basic Black Card Base: 4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration): 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Basic Black Cardstock: 2-5/8” x 4-1/8” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2-1/2” x 4” 
  • Basic Black Cardstock: scrap to die cut five fish from the Hat Builder Dies, heat emboss the fish with clear embossing powder for added shine
  • Garden Green Cardstock: 2” x 5/8”, stamp sentiment in momento ink and snip off both ends at an angle
  • Linen Thread & Gingham Ribbon
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 4” x 5-1/4”, stamp sentiment in momento ink and stars in Garden Green ink
  • Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration): 3/4” x 4"
Finally, a peek inside the card! I stamped a coordinating sentiment and a trio of stars. I also added a little strip of the DSP with a row of those cute trees to coordinate with the front of the card. This card could be used for graduation, retirement, a job promotion or even a move.  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our   Clean-and-Simple “Masculine" Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday August 20th, 2021

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

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that 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

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Also, If you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping) using the above host code, you will also receive a gift from me: a FREE Exclusive Project Tutorial PDFsee the sneak peek below. Each month, I partner with an amazingly talented group of demonstrators from around the world to create these project tutorials. This month's tutorial features 12 awesome project ideas to inspire your creativity! 
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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. Wow this is awesome! I love how the fish turned out.

  2. How CUTE!! This would be right up my dad's alley, he loves to fish!

  3. Rustic, woodsy and oh so cute, Anne Marie! This paper is adorable, and works so well with the gingham ribbon. I LOVE the stringer of fish. This was such a fun challenge! Have a wonderful week!

  4. This is too stinkin' cute! Having that little fish die makes the whole Hat Builder set worth it!! And your DSP is perfecto! As is the ribbon! I LOVE IT ALL!

  5. Love your card! the fish and lines are great for a guy card or the fishing women in my life! Thanks for sharing

  6. Anne Marie, You are so creative! Awesome card!

  7. Anne Marie I love the fish on their lines with that black and white bow. Works perfectly with the green, too.

  8. Anne Marie, I always smile when I visit you here. This is truly amazing. Great CAS masculine. Love it all. Hope you're having a great week.

  9. Anne Marie, this is so fun!!!! I love your little fish on the line! Your background is just perfect, too! So creative! Perfect for any fisherman! Have a great weekend!

  10. I really love this card Anne Marie - so, so creative! I've been on the fence over the hat set but I think your card may just tip me over the edge. The black, white and green combo is really fresh too! Top marks to you this week lol!

  11. I love those shiny fish and such a perfect pairing with the DSP! This is one I'm sure to CASE for the fishermen in my family! Thanks for a great challenge! Hope you have a fun weekend planned!


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Anne Marie