Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #102 - Christmas In July!

This week I am very excited to be joining the Design Team at the Paper Players (for a six month term).  How awesome is that???   :)

Ann has this fun theme challenge for you, so pull out your Christmas papers & seasonal stamps, & come  play along!

(click on the graphic to go straight to the Challenge)

Not having any Christmas paper in my stash, I've chosen to make my own, using the emboss resist method.  Here's my project:-

I've stamped the lacy flower image with versamark, heat embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder, to get shine & sparkle, & then sponged the images with pool party ink to make the intricate design really pop!

The sentiment has been stamped on a strip of cardstock & then I've inserted the strip in through the base of the modern label punch to get the fancy shape at either end.

I've also made some matching mini "glimmer" brads (details at the end of the post).

Hope you can join in the fun at The Paper Players!

Here are the links to the rest of the Team:-

Lesley Croghan (on a break)- Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy (on a break) - Canopy Crafts
Vicki Burdick (filling in) - It's A Stamp Thing

& my fellow newbies:-
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly

Thanks for looking.

Helen  :)

How to make your own sparkly brads:-
  • Hold the brad with a pair of long handled tweezers so you don't burn your fingers.
  • Ink the head of the brad with white staz on ink.
  • Once the staz on is dry, ink the brad with versamark ink, then your chosen ink colour (I used pool party), then dip the brad head straight into iridescent ice embossing powder.  
  • Heat set.
  • Ink the brad again with versamark, then your chosen ink colour & dip straight into iridescent ice embossing powder.
  • Heat set.
It's a bit of a process, but it's nice to have sparkly, matching brads.  :)

Card Components (All SU)
Cardstock:  Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Snow Swirled, Contempo Christmas
Inks:  Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Other:  Modern Label Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Mini Brads, Pool Party Seam Binding, Dimensionals


Kim S said...

Congrats on the DT!! Fantastic card! The background is stunning...a little sparkly yet still soft and gentle for the lovely snow!

Nikki Spencer said...

Whoohoo, big hugs & congrats to you on your DT spot. Xxx
Your debut card it really beautiful Helen, l love the sparkly snowflakes and gorgeous soft colourings, as usual another H2 stunner. Xxx

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

What a gorgeous result, Helen! Love your choice of colours & your DYI glimmer brads are sensational! I love seeing your creations. Hugs xxx

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oh! I meant to say WOO HOO ... Congrats on the DT gig! So well deserved! Hugs xxx

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Well you have set the bar pretty high with this gorgeous debut card. Thanks for the tips on how to make your own glimmer brads. The sparkly snowflakes are gorgeous in those soft pastel colours. What a beautiful card and congratulations on your DT spot. The Paper Players are so blessed to have you on their team.

Ann Schach said...

Gorgeous card, Helen! I love the color. Welcome to the team!

Paula said...

Well done on your new design post Helen - you deserve it! Love the softness of this Christmas card. Thanks also for the brief tute on the glitter brads ♥

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your DT post! What a fantastic design team! Love, love, love this card!

Christine Blain said...

Well, now, this is exciting news! Congratulations, my friend, on your DT spot; what fun. Your card is beautiful in blue, and I love the Crumb Cake accents. Just lovely!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Hi there, Helen!! Welcome to the PP team! I am so excited to be stamping with you and look forward to your awesome projects. This is one stunning Christmas card! So soft and serene. The pops of sparkle are such a wonderful touch, too. Thanks for the info on how to make sparkly brads...I love sparkle and can't wait to try out that technique. Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs! :)

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful in soft blue with wonderful flair - and sparkles!

Dawn Easton said...

Wow! This is GORGEOUS!!! I haven't pulled out my heat gun for some time now but you've inspired me to do so today!!! Lovely background paper you've created :)
Looking forward to playing along with you until the end of the year! I'm sure our time will go quickly!

LeAnne said...

So glad to have you with us for a while! Your creations are always fabulous! LOVE this--so pretty--and I will have to give that brad technique a whirl! I never have luck with it staying on, but perhaps it's the Stazon part I never did before! Can't wait to try!

Amy White said...

Wow that is such a clever use of the flower from Mixed Bunch - I never would have thought of using it a snowflake but it looks amazing! Will definitely be trying that! Love all the soft 'glitteryness' (is that a word?!) on your card...

Debbie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! The paper you made is amazing!!!

Sue Rowe said...

What a stunner!! I love that you've used a non xmas stamp to make a xmas card. You are so clever.
Sue :)

jaydee said...

Heidi what a great way to kick off your DT spot! I love that you created your own DSP. the colors are gorgeous together. Great tip on making your own sparkly brads, too!

CJT said...

Absolutely love the homemade glimmer breads. Thanks for sharing!

CJT said...

Absolutely love the homemade glimmer breads. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This card is amazing! I love Pool Party and the way you've used it so looks like ice! I'm constantly looking for different snowflake ideas - this card is so lovely!!

Diane Barnes said...

I knew this stamp would make a beautiful Christmas card & you've proved it with your gorgeous & sparkly creation. Love it! Di :0)