Sunday, March 19, 2023

Lighting the Way for PP632

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a fun new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, the always fabulous Ann is hosting our Clean-and-Simple (CAS) Challenge.
This is such an appropriately timed challenge down here in south Texas. Everything has started to bloom in our yard and it just makes me so happy! Although, we did some colder, rainy weather to start the weekend, so I’m hoping those blooms survive whilst checking on them through the window from the comfort of the warmth inside the house. I’m a native New Yorker and I am so embarrassed that 45 degree temps make me hide inside under a blanket here. I guess I’ve acclimated. Haha! 

I sure hope you will get crafty and join us over at The Paper Players. We’d love to see what YOU create with this CAS theme!  

*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.
Color Combo: 
I decided to use the Lighting the Way stamp set and coordinating dies that I just recently ordered from the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. I just love all of the pretty greenery in this set. 

I guess maybe if we are getting “technical”, fireflies might be a little closer to the summer season…but that will be here in approximately 20 days with this crazy Texas weather, so I think I am ahead of the curve. 45 degrees today and 83 degrees next Saturday…yes, it’s how we roll down here. 

I kept the colors muted in a combo of greens…and stamped the fireflies in a neutral gray. My favorite part are the sparkly Champagne Rhinestones adorning their little bitty bums. I also added some Wink of Stella to the stamped firefly images which adds cool shimmer in-person. 

The Stitched with Whimsy border adds extra whimsical detail. I don’t *technically* count that layer as it's the same color as the card base. It WAS supposed to be the same measurement as the card front, but my nonsense got in the way and chopped it down ever so slightly. I’m sure my Paper Player friends are laughing a bit because CAS is such an epic struggle for me every month. I’ve made decent progress but I’m a long way from a one-layer card. Haha! 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Soft Sea Foam Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, score at 5-1/2” 
  • Soft Sea Foam Cardstock: 4-1/8” x 5-3/8”, emboss using the largest frame in the Stitched With Whimsy Dies 
  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock: 3-1/8” x 4-3/8” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3” x 4-1/4"
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to stamp leaves and firefly images, die-cut with coordinating dies
  • Soft Sea Foam Cardstock: scrap to stamp label from Something Fancy Dies, stamp sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink
  • Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels
I actually whipped up 10 of these cards for one of the groups in my team swaps this month. I just love the little pop of sparkle and the soft color combo. Hope you do as well!  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Clean-and-Simple “Spring Has Sprung" ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday March 24th, 2023

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

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Thanks for stopping by.
Have a HAPPY day!

BIG hugs, 
Anne Marie

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  1. Gorgeous, Anne Marie! These colors give such a serene feel to this card. The Stitched with Whimsy die frames it perfectly. I was really trying to resist this bundle, but it is now at the top of my list. Thank you for making my challenge shine. Have a wonderful week!

  2. CAS doesn't have to mean only one layer Anne Marie (thankfully for me!) I love how you've layered up here and the greens give your card a lovely soft, calming feel. Beautiful!

  3. Wow, I love that you chose a set that I don't see very much for your card. Also, I love the soft green tones....such a sweet creation, anyone would love to receive this! Those little fireflies are matter the season!

  4. Anne Marie, I am in love with the greens and grey combo! I would never have put those colors together, but they absolutely sing. What a wonderful CAS card! I absolutely love it

  5. Beautiful pairing of colors and images! I love the fireflies! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hello, Anne Marie. What a pretty stamp set - at first I thought the honey bees were blooms. How appropriate - a perfect choice for Ann's theme! I love those layered sprigs!
    Xoxo, Fran

  7. Anne Marie, I love ALL the shades of green! Your card is so serene and peaceful!! I love the whimsy die and the uplifting sentiment! Just lovely, My Friend! Have a great weekend!


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Anne Marie