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It's Masculine Week - The Open Sea and Word Play

Paper Players Challenge # 46 - The Open Sea

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday night.

The Paper Players has a fabulous color challenge for you this week.

CC May


Now, these fabulous colors screamed masculine to me, so I decided it was time to bring out The Open Sea again and show the stamps a little ink love.

Talking about love... I am totally in love with this set.  I don't think I have not liked a card I have seen made with this set.  It's amazing what everyone has done with it.  In fact, several of our design team have used this set, so you will get lots of inspiration for masculine themed cards this week!


 As you can see, I decided to focus on the Early Espresso.  I love this Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper.  I inked up the stamp using my Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler markers.  Using the markers produces a really crisp image.

Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up!

  • Card stock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
  • Stamps:  The Open Sea, Something to Celebrate (sentiment)
  • Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy.  
  • Designer Series Paper:  Nautical Expeditions
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Two Tags Stampin' Up! Bigz Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Border Punch
  • Accessories:  Antique Brads, Baker's Twine, Metallic Brads


  • As the tag die was a little too big for the look I wanted, I trimmed it and rounded the bottom corners.  
  • To tie the sentiment strip into the rest of the card, I off-stamped the compass on one corner and added a brad to the other side.
  • Snipping out the ship and mounting it on dimensionals really makes it pop off the page
  • To add movement (to mimic the movement of the ocean waves), I took my bone folder and ran it under the sentiment strip.  This allowed me to adhere it to the card base with some snail in some places and keep it lifted in others

We hope that you will pop along to the Paper Players and join us again this week and share your card, 3D project or scrapbook page created for our challenge.  Don't forget to check out what the other fabulous design team members have created, too.  I know you will be inspired.

On a personal note:

A gorgeous day here today.  It started off very cool and wet.  It was a little cool when we went to the Farmer's Market.  Fresh kale, Swiss chard, lettuces, arugula, radishes, cucumbers, carrots and scallions to be had this morning.  Yummy!  By the time we had been to the market, popped along to Caribou for a bite of breakfast and a chat, the morning was still young and the weather just starting to warm up.  This afternoon, we got the chance to play in the garden a little, added a new bird nesting box to our fountain area, hung a fabulous fuschia and spent a little time just enjoying our fabulous deck.  I still get amazed every time I get to sit out there.  What a difference the back yard is from this time last year.  The new deck and the landscaped fountain area really do make such a difference.  The sound of the running water is so soothing.

Prayers tonight for those of you who need a little lift or a warm hug.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.  I will be back with a new post on Monday.

As always... thank you for your visit - and your comments, you know they mean a great deal to me.




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Love it and I love using those colors together! Thanks for sharing Jaydee.....Wishing you a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the fur babies you have around the house! Luv ya!


Wonderful card. I love the colors and the layout. I am loving this set more and more-just might have to get it!

Sound like you have had a lovely week end. Do hope you get rested and ready for he busy week! Happy Mother's Day to everyone.


Wonderful card, Jaydee! Your little extras make this card super! I have wanted that two tags die, and now I want it even more!

Nance Leedy (Canopy Crafts)

This card is a STUNNER Jaydee! Love that EE paper and how you reverse scalloped the edge for waves. As always your color selection and layering of stamps is divine! Love the big loopy baker's twine too. Just fab, my friend!


Love the subtle hints of stamped off Early Espresso! I love this set and I never thought about pairing it with the tags die!

Anne Marie Hile

Jaydee, I love everything about this! So many beautiful details that make this a stand-out, for sure! I especially love the stamped detail on the sentiment! Just gorgeous! Happy fur-mom's day to you, my friend! Hope you had a relaxing day! Hugs! :)


These are most definitely masculine colors, and I love how you used them! :o) I particularly like how you used the scallop edge punch to make "waves". Awesome!

I haven't had a moment to make it to the FM yet this year and I'm DYING. I LOVE the FM and miss all the fresh produce. :sigh:

I can't wait to see photos of your yard--how gorgeous it must be.



I think this may be one of my most favourite cards that you have ever made! I love how you used the colours and I love the "ribbon", I know this is supposed to be a masculine card but it is SO pretty!!! I love what you did with this set, it is clean and beautiful Jaydee.


Such a great card for Father's Day! Love all the little details...and the anchor DSP is so perfect!

Christy Q

Gorgeous card, Jaydee!! I love the early espresso focus. The ship really does pop on this card and the use of the scallop edge punch to create the waves is brilliant. I love this card - I think it's among my favorite out of all the cards this created by the DT for this challenge.

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