Sunday, March 24, 2024

Hooray for Surprises for PP682

Happy Sunday crafty friends!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, the lovely LeAnne is hosting our  Sketch Challenge.

Sketch Challenges are always my favorite! I especially like layouts with repeated elements, so this one is definitely going in the file to use again and again. The squares and be any shape you prefer, so I had some fun layering them up for some added detail. I sure hope you will join us over at The Paper Players. We’d love to see what YOU create!   

*I’ve shared the measurements and a full supply list of products used to create this card at the end of this post.

Color Combo: 

Picking the repeated focal elements turned out to be quite the decision for me. Haha! So many stamps to pick from. I finally decided on the little cakes from the Hooray for Surprises Bundle from the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. This set hasn’t;t seen a lot of ink, so I decided this was the card to make that happen. I accented the cakes with itty-bitty flowers for more detail. That flower is tiny but it sure is cute! 

I also used the little circle dies from the Everyday Details Dies and added the sentiment to the label from the Nested Essentials Dies. I really liked the polka dot pattern from the Lighter Than Air DSP pack, so that was starting point for the color combo. I also popped on a layer of white Textured Shimmer Paper and I just love the extra detail it adds in-person. The little Rhinestone Basic Jewels were the perfect finishing touch. Because let’s face it, birthday’s are better with some sparkle! 

Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Flirty Flamingo Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Azure Afternoon Cardstock Layer: 4” x 5-1/2” 
  • Lighter Than Air Designer Series Paper Layer: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • White Textured Shimmer Paper Layer: 2” x 5-1/8” 
  • Azure Afternoon Cardstock Layer: 3” x 3” 
  • Basic White Cardstock Layer: 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: scraps to die-cut (4) smallest circles from Everyday Details Dies, (1) smallest label from Nested Essentials Dies
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to stamp / die-cut (4) cakes and (4) flowers in Flirty Flamingo, Azure Afternoon, Fresh Freesia and Lemon Lolly inks
  • Silver Metallic Combo Trim & Rhinestone Basic Jewels 

Finally, here is a peek inside the card! I added a coordinating birthday sentiment from he Hooray for Surprises stamp set along with a strip of DSP to keep the party going from the front of the card. I finished it off with a trio of tiny hearts for a little touch of fun. This one is headed in the mail to a special friend this week! 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Sketch ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday March 29th, 2024

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. What a fun card birthday card, Anne Marie! I love the colors of the cakes. Of course, they coordinate perfectly with the designer paper. The rhinestone centers of the flowers add just the right amount of bling. Receiving a birthday card like this one would make it worth growing old!

  2. You already know I love this card! The bright colors and fun DSP in the background would make anyone's birthday easier to bear, LOL!

  3. Anne Marie, these sweet little cakes are perfect for wishing someone a special birthday! Your color combo is so fun and I love all the polka dots! Have a blessed Easter, My Friend!


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