Best of Autumn for The Paper Players and Mojo Monday

Best of Autumn


I chose the pretty leaf from Best of Autumn for The Paper Players #172 Challenge this week.  I have been wanting to use it and their challenge is to use a leaf in your card.  Then, when I saw the sketch challenge for Mojo Monday, one of the blogs that I love to follow and participate in (now that I have a blog!), I knew that the two challenges would be perfect together.  At least, in theory!  I have a confession to make – CAS (clean and simple) is definitely what I would call a challenge.  I just don’t know when enough is enough.  I always want to continue adding details, texture, embellishments, etc.  I know some fantastic stampers, who do them all of the time.  How do they do it??

Ok, it’s time to tell you about my card.  I started by choosing Sweater Weather DSP for the background, which is another departure for me since I gravitate to the deeper colors.  The card base is Soft Sky, so pretty with the DSP.  Sahara Sand is a very cool neutral, which I used to mat the DSP for a little color interest.  So Saffron, such a soft yellow, is the natural subtle color to complete the palette.  I chose Neutral Candy Dots, then layered a couple of buttons over the beautiful twine from the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.  I really hope they keep that twine around!  It is just different enough from the Linen Thread and matches the Sahara Sand perfectly.  The sentiment from Harvest of Thanks added to the classic layout and was easily made due to the Bitty Banner Framelit.

It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp Set: Best of Autumn, Harvest of Thanks
  • Paper: Sweater Weather DSP, Soft Sky, So Saffon, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • Ink: So Saffon, Sahara Sand
  • Cool Tools:  Bitty Banners Framelits
  • Finishing Touch: Neutrals Candy Dots, Subtles Designer Buttons, Twine from Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit

So, tell me the truth – how did I do with my CAS card?  It is always fun to do something totally different once in a while, so I enjoyed making this card today.  I will keep working at it and maybe it will get easier!  If you liked my card today, would you take a moment and leave me a comment?  Come back to see my next project on Thursday!  Until then,

Keep  calm and craft on!

Debbie ♥

A Wreath with Festive Flurry Framelits and the Christmas Star

Christmas Star Wreath


I am enjoying my Festive Flurry Framelits and new single stamp from Stampin’ Up!, Christmas Star. It’s after Halloween and everywhere I go I am hearing Christmas music so I bet you are at least thinking about your holiday decorating! I saw this color combination in the Color Coach and decided it would be a fresh twist on a holiday wreath.  I went with the Cherry Cobbler Grosgrain Ribbon, wrapping it around a wooden wreath.  It really is the perfect holiday ribbon!  Then,  I stamped four Christmas Stars in Tempting Turquoise and scored them, which gave them a really nice 3-D effect.  The large Flurry Snowflake was stamped and cut out with the framelit.  The second and third snowflake framelits were fit together and run through the Big Shot on Silver Glitter paper.  Brights Glitter Brads were used on the centers of the large snowflake and stars for a little added glitz.  The bow and holiday stems were the final touch for the wreath.  This wreath came together so easily!  You could definitely have it done in no time at all.

Just one more detail that you might like to know: The snowflake was heat embossed with Tempting Turquoise embossing powder then heated again with the heat gun and sprinkled with Iridescent Ice so that it would have a nice sparkle.  I took a photo of it after I cut it with the framelit:


It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp Set: Festive Flurry (#131778/131781), Christmas Star (#134813)
  • Paper:Whisper White, Silver Glitter Paper
  • Ink: Tempting Turquoise, VersaMark
  • Cool Tools: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits (#132193)
  • Finishing Touch: Tempting Turquoise Embossing Powder, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (#132135), Brights Glitter Brads, non-SU floral stems

I would love to know what you think of my wreath!  Do the colors work for a holiday wreath to you?  Won’t you please take just a moment and leave me a comment?  If you have any questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them.  Until next time,

Keep calm and craft on!

Debbie ♥