Friday, April 19, 2013

Paper Players & Sweet Stop Challenges (color & sketch)

Hi there!

Today will be a super quick post because I am trying to make a linky deadline for the Paper Players color challenge #141...!!!!  OH MY!!   Last night I saw this challenge & I LOVE COLOR challenges so it's no wonder that I decided to drop everything & get INKY!!  :) :)    I wanted to make lots of fun layers so I found this sketch challenge from The Sweet Stop and it was the PERFECT combination of elements that I wanted on my card!   HURRAH for great sketches!!!  I was able to use ALL NEW PRODUCTS in this challenge which made it even more fun for me!

I started with Island Indigo cardstock and made a 5x7 card base.  Then I added a Very Vanilla mat for some depth and then 1 more mat with the Island Indigo stripe which I added later after I was done making the fun 2 layer scalloped border!  

I had a SPIROGRAPH when I was a kid and these fun doilies remind me of making art on my Spirograph!!  :) :) :)   GOOD TIMES!!  :) :) :) 


I used Taylored Expressions "make it memorable" stamp set which is their stamp of the month for March.  I also used 2 different sets from Unity Stamp Co.  One was the doily background stamp called, "doodled doilies" and the other was a 3 piece set called, "Bella Doilies."   
All new rubber running around my craft room today!!

I used Crumb Cake (SU!) ink to stamp the background to the tag, then I die cut it w/ Taylored Expressions brand new Tag Stacklets 1 (the 2nd largest for the tag & largest for the island indigo mat).  I tied a bit of crumb cake/rich razzleberry twine (from Michael's) to the tag and made a bow.  

Next, I stamped the smallest doily from the "Bella Doilies" set (These are HUGE lovely doilies if you haven't see the set before!)  w/ Rich Razzleberry (SU!) ink and FUSSY cut (I just love that term!)  it out to layer with the other pieces.  I added a scalloped mat from Rich Razz cardstock that I used a spellbinders nestie to cut out on my big shot.
 Then I used, Baja Breeze (SU!) ink to stamp the doily from TE "make it memorable" and die cut it out w/ it's matching die!   
YAY for matching DIES!!!!!

The sentiment and the frame around it were stamps and they also have a MATCHING DIE!!!  Hurray!!!   I stamped in Island Indigo (SU!) for the frame and the sentiment and die cut w/ my big shot. 

The gorgeous butterfly was also stamped in Island Indigo and die cut with a die from the set. 
Love when things come together!!

I added some pearls from Kaiser.
Bliss (pale blue color) & Plum to the centers of the doily and on the sentiment frame.
They make me smile!  
I love a little extra shine on cute things, I mean who doesn't like shiny new things???!!  :) :) :)

Here is a close-up of the layers:
I used a TON of foam tape to bump up my pieces for some fun dimension!!!  :) :) :)  

After that I began to work on the border.   I die cut some RICH RAZZLE cardstock w/ the smallest die in a new set of 3 dies from My Favorite Things called, "Open Simply Scallops Trio"

After I cut out 2 of those and layered them to be long enough for my 5x7 card, I added some crumb cake colored scallop ribbon from Michael's to finish the border. 

Once the border was complete, I attached/layered all mats with ribbons, etc... to the base. 
I used scor-tape to attach my jumbo cute tag to the card. 

My 2 favorite parts to this card were:
1. Making my own pattern paper w/ crumb cake ink  (what a great neutral color!!)
2.  Layering all of the fun coordinating stamps from TE and mixing them in with a little Unity goodness.

OK>>>>>> That wasn't quick at all, was it???

So...What do you think?  
How did I do on this challenge?
:))  :))   
I am brand new to blogging my crafty goodies so any feedback would be lovely!

Thanks much 
& have a GREAT DAY!!!


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  1. So glad you jumped on the Paper Players bandwagon with this awesome creation! I love all your elements....I remember the spirograph too! :D Thanks for sharing this with us this week!

    1. Thanks, LeAnne! I made it by the skin of my teeth!! So happy to play along w/ you guys!! :))

  2. Oh Wow! Loving this one! The colors are gorgeous and love the layers and the scalloped borders! I love mixing TE with Unity as well!

    1. Thanks so much, Tina!! :) :) I have to admit that besides washi and patterned paper, I am HIGHLY addicted to stamps that have matching dies!! :) :) :) We all want to stamp some FAB art, but who wants to cut all day??? Not this girl!!! lolol But... on that note, I actually am doing a paper-piecing challenge right now... hee hee!! Cutting has a time and a place, but if there is a die for the job, even BETTER!!!! :) :) ;)

  3. Oh yes Spirograph, how I loved that toy..I would spend literally hours making designs and colouring them in! Beautiful card Nicole, you rocked the challenges, I'd say!

    1. Thanks, Laurie for the sweet words!! :) :) :) I'm so glad you remember that toy, too!! It was one of MY FAVES!!! I have a feeling it was my mom's fave too because it kept me so busy and quiet!!! ;) ;) LOLOL

  4. I love your take on the sketch! Pretty card! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sweet Stop!

    1. Thanks, Marlena!! :)) It was a great sketch & I was trying to use my new tag dies!!! :)) So it was perfect!!

  5. Popped over from facebook gorrrgeous that is!!

    1. Thanks, Tracy!! You are such a sweetie!! :))
      I love that we can see each other's work on FB & blogger!! :))

  6. Oh you need to get a follow button so I can follow you.xx

    1. Thanks to you I have one!!! I'm so glad you told me it was missing!!!!

  7. I had a Spirograph too and I loved it! This is so pretty, Nicole! I just love all the layers and dimension. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

    1. Thanks, Anne Marie!!! I loved the colors so it was fun!! :)) :))


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