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Paper Players Challenge # 12 - Inspiration

Hi everyone.  Happy Sunday.

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far.  Today's card is for thepaperplayers challenge number 12.  I was honored to host the challenge this week.  Originally I had chosen a gorgeous photograph from a wedding bouquet.  The colors were all soft and pretty.  BUT.... I saw this pic and thought... ooooooh.... strong and graphic!  So, asked my very patient design team members if they wouldn't mind me changing it out.  They were all very gracious and said yes... So, here is the design inspiration for this week.


Where can you find inspiration in this?   You can find inspiration in the colors; in the shapes; in the textures - or in the idea of food or fruit.  Really - anything goes.  If you pop along to the paperplayers site you can see that we all went in entirely different directions.  The great thing about an inspiration challenge is that it can take you in any direction and accommodates any style of card making that suits you.

What inspired me? I loved the bold colors of the red, white and black with a little softness provided by the So Saffron-ish yellow of the brie cheese.  I loved the textural elements from the blackberries, the skins of the cheese and the softness of the strawberries.  So, I decided to go in a bold and graphic way.   According to Papercrafts magazine - "Card style" issue article "find your style" - this card fits into the "classy and elegant style".  Hey if that's how they define it, that definition is OK by me :-)


Card recipe: - All materials Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Stamps:  Afterthoughts (level 1 hostess set), Mostly Vintage stencil (118877)
  • Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red (marker)
  • Accessories:  Real Red Satin Ribbon, half pearls (non-SU)
  • Tools:  Sponge for stencil, Wide Oval Punch

Card instructions:

  • Cut card stock to A2 - 4 1/4 x 11.  Score and fold at 5 1/2 with the fold at the top
  • Cut Whisper White card stock to 4 x 5 1/4 and place onto a piece of scrap paper.
  • Place stencil for the first application.  Ink up sponge and dab and sponge over the stencil until you have the right depth of color
  • Move stencil around (I used both pieces of the stencil on different parts of the card) and sponge and dab until you are happy with the finished product
  • Wash your hands... Well, I put that step in because by the time I had finished playing, I had a black thumb and forefinger :-)  Talk about having fun with your food :-)
  • Take ribbon and wrap around front of the sponged focal layer and secure
  • Ink up the Afterthoughts sentiment.  The actual sentiment reads "just for you... so you don't have to share".  Great sentiment, but a little long for my needs.  So, using my Real Red marker, I inked up the "just for you" portion of the stamp and stamped onto Whisper White card stock.  I then punched it out with my Wide Oval punch.
  • Using my nestabilities, I cut out an Oval in Real Red as the backdrop of the sentiment  I placed this backdrop layer directly onto my card stock using snail - under the ribbon
  • I then applied the sentiment layer over the backdrop using dimensionals.
  • I inked up the sponged layer and adhered to my card base


  • When sponging for a card, I secure the card stock to my craft mat using a little dotto.  That helps to keep the card stock in place whilst I work.
  • Adding dark and light areas to the sponged images helps to give depth and interest

Prayers today for Trish, Germaine, Angela, T, Pri and John and Sue

I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday and thank you for visiting my little area of the stamping blogosphere. 

One last reminder... I really hope you will play along with the paperplayers this week.