Sunday, May 8, 2022

Cactus Cuties for PP590

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a fun new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Joanne is hosting our Color Challenge.
How pretty is this color trio? There is something so striking about Night of Navy and Granny Apple Green together, but add in that pop of Fresh Freesia and WOW! This one will be going in the “favorites” file for sure. 

*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.
As soon as I saw the challenge colors, I knew I wanted to use the Cactus Cuties stamp set and coordinating Cactus Builder Punch. This bundle is currently available in the Stampin’ Up!® January - June Mini Catalog and it is one of my favorites. Living in south Texas, we have cacti everywhere, so it was a “must have” as soon as I saw it. 

As I was looking through my paper stash for some Fresh Freesia patterned paper, I found this pattern in the brand new Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and I thought the pattern coordinated perfectly with the little punched flowers. Pretty fun, right? I also added a little pip of texture with the Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folder on the small Granny Apple Green strip. I thought it played off the lines in the stamped images. Of course, I had to add a little pop of Wink of Stella to those bitty punched flowers, because everything is better with sparkle. :) 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Night of Navy Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2”
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 1-5/8”, embossed with the stripes from the Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folders
  • Night of Navy Cardstock: scrap to die cut a 2-1/2” circles from the Layering Circles Dies
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to die cut a 2-3/8” circles from the Layering Circles Dies
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to stamp the cactus (Granny Apple Green) and planter (Night of Navy), punch and fussy-cut
  • Fresh Freesia Cardstock: scrap to punch out two small flowers from the Cactus Builder Punch
  • Fresh Freesia Cardstock: 2-3/8” x 3/8”, stamp sentiment in Night of Navy and trim both ends at an angle with Paper Snips
  • White Baker’s Twine and Night of Navy Solid Faceted Gems
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 4” x 5-1/4” and a small scrap to stamp and fussy cut the planter in Night of Navy ink
  • Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper (inside card): 3-7/8” x 7/8” 
Finally, here is a peek inside the card! I stamped an extra plant and added some greenery to the top corner for more color. Next, I added a leftover strip of the Designer Series to create a little “ground” for the plant to sit on. I left the rest blank to write a handwritten note. 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our fun         Color ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday May 13th, 2022

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team: 
Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

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  1. I like how we used the same piece of patterned paper on our cards, but everything else about them is completely different :) You're right, these colors are perfect for those cacti, I love it!

  2. Anne Marie, what a great idea to use the cactus stamp set! So cute and clever! Great use of these colors! Have a great week!

  3. Awesome card!! I just love that cute!

  4. Anne Marie, this is so fun! I love the cactus and the layout! Your little bow and enamel dots add so much to this amazing card. Just perfect! I love it!

  5. If a cactus can be cute, this would be the one! Adorable and perfect for these colors!

  6. Anne Marie your cactus looks so fresh in this colour combo and that paper is perfect - just like the little flowers. Fab card!

  7. I'm sorry to be late in commenting on this fun and colorful card, Anne Marie! I love how you focused on the Apple Green and used the adorable cactus images. Fresh Freesia adds such a great vibe, love this so much!


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Anne Marie