Sunday, July 3, 2022

Simply Succulents for PP598

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a fun new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Laurie is hosting our Theme Challenge.
As soon as I saw the challenge for this week, I couldn’t wait to play along. Up until we moved into our current home, I never really considered myself a “green thumb”. The yard in our home came with a LOT of landscaping, so it wasn’t really an option not to learn how to care for all of the beautiful plants. Now, my husband always laughs at me as I want to keep adding more and more to the yard every year. He insists that we are running out of room, but I say, there is ALWAYS room for another plant. I never would have guessed that I would go from not being able to keep a plant alive to this. Haha! I hope you will join us with your creative project and play along this week!  

*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.
My card uses one of my favorites in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, the Simply Succulents stamp set and coordinating Potted Succulents Dies. This succulent image is so much fun to color with Stampin’ Blends! Succulents come in so many different shapes and colors, so I really had fun shading this image. The image does take a little time to color but I think the end result is worth every minute. 

I colored the image first without any “plan” on how I was going to use it on a card. After I had it finished I remembered a pattern in the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper and hoped it would work with my image. I think the purples, blues and greens really made a beautiful backdrop for the shaded succulent. I also added a little “frame” on the DSP using the Stitched with Whimsy Dies. It almost gives the illusion of another layer without the bulk. I accented the card with some vellum die cut succulents, Linen Thread and a trio of Iridescent Rhinestones. I had to get a little pop of sparkle on the card somewhere, you know? ;) 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Granny Apple Green Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2”
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Hues of Happiness Series Paper: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, emboss with Stitched with Whimsy Die 
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2-5/8” x 3-7/8” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to stamp/die cut succulents in Momento ink, flower pot and sentiment
  • Stampin’ Blends (to color succulents): Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Pool Party
  • Stampin’ Blends (to color flower pot): Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and Color Lifter
  • Vellum Cardstock: scrap to die cut succulent images from Potted Succulent Dies
  • Linen Thread and Iridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper (inside card): 3/4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Granny Apple Green & Highland Heather Cardstock (inside card): scraps to die cut succulent images from Potted Succulent Dies
Here is a peek inside the card! I used another piece of that beautiful Designer Series Paper and added two little die cut succulents from the Potted Succulents Dies. One is Granny aPple Green and the other is Highland Heather. I left the sentiment blank for a handwritten note for the recipient.
Lastly, here is a photo that helped inspire some of the coloring on my card. This is one of the many potted succulents in our yard. The original plants are over 32 years old and we have enjoyed sharing the cuttings with friends so they can also have a little piece of our yard that we love so much.

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our fun    ”Green Thumb” Theme ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday July 8th, 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. Oh my dear Ann Marie - Wish this growing a green thumb would happen to me! I'm glad it has for you. I'm also in love with this card - I knew someone would go the succulents route. You nailed it! Gorgeous coloring, and the DSP is perfect with the images.

  2. Love the cluster of succulents! This is such a pretty card, Anne Marie!

  3. Wow those succulents are so pretty and the colors gorgeous!

  4. Anne Marie I so thought your choice of DSP influenced your colouring - until I read your post! That must be true serendipity - they were made for each other! Love the insight into your garden too - such a great source of inspiration.

  5. Anne Marie, your coloring on this card is amazing! It looks so life like! Great job with the theme! Have a great week!

  6. You did a great job with these succulents...on the card and in real life! Dana & Cassidy are really into cacti these days, but with that non-green thumb of mine, I'll just stick my standards, LOL!

  7. Your succulents awash in beautiful pastels make this card one of my favorites, Anne Marie! I love the addition of the twine and vellum accents to the focal point.

  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card! The colors just pop out of the computer. I am a huge succulent fan. I don't have much luck growing them, but I know you do in San Antonio! I used to love all the cactus in Phoenix when I lived there, Everything about this card makes me smile. Frame Worthy, indeed!

  9. Oh wow, I love those succulents paired with that gorgeous patterned paper! You did such a great job with the coloring, too.

  10. Beautiful coloring, Anne Marie! So soft and relaxing! It definitely has a zen feel to it. The sentiment pairs so perfectly with it. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. My first thought when I saw this gorgeous card was that it was so clever to have coloured the background as well as the main image so that they coordinate so perfectly. And then I read that you had coloured the succulents first and then found a DSP to work with it! Such a beauty Anne Marie! Vicky x


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Anne Marie