Sunday, July 7, 2024

Summer Fun for The Paper Players

Hello friends!  I am thrilled to be here with my very first card for The Paper Players as a new member of their design team!  Also joining the team are the super talented Elizabeth Stewart and Jan Clothier.  After spending a year as a Guest Designer a few years ago (as did Elizabeth and Jan), it's a wonderful moment to be back as a permanent part of the team with the amazing ladies that have inspired us all for many years! ❤️ 

So, shall we get on with the challenge?  The lovely Claire has chosen Summer Fun for Theme week.

So many options for that theme and I chose one of my favorite things to do in summer, which is hanging out by the ocean.

I decided to use a fun Anita Jeram illustrated stamp set to create a beach scene.  I began by stamping and coloring the images, including the buried cat and the sandcastles, then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut.

The background was masked off as I created each section - sand, water, and sky.  Copics were used to color the sand so they would match the buried cat and sandcastles, then I used a light, medium and dark in Distress ink to create the sky and water, deliberately not fully covering the sky to give the illusion of clouds.  The water was enhanced with a couple of blue Copic markers, then I used a white gel pen to create the "seafoam".  

The row of walking friends was adhered directly to the background, then the buried kitty added with thin foam tape.  The sandcastle was then popped up on regular foam tape.  The sky to the left looked a bit empty, so I added three die cut birds and called it finished.

Won't you come join us and show us your version of fun in the summer?  We'd love to see what you're inspired to make!  The challenge will remain open until open until Noon PST on Friday, July 12th.

Take care!

  • Anita Jeram/Colorado Craft Company Beach Life stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts Cloudy Sky Scene Fancy Dies
  • Tumbled Glass, Broken Chine and Salty Ocean Distress Inks
  • Copics - CATS - YR27,24, 23, 31, N4, 2, 0, R21; NECKTIE and HAT - B16, 12, R39, 29, 24; DOGS - E27, 23, 21, C7, 5, 3, 1; SAND - E37, 35, 33, 31, 30; OCEAN - B26, 16, 12, 000; SHOVELS - YR26, 08, B16, 12; BUCKETS - R39, 29, 24, B16, 12, Y26, 08


Karen said...

Congrats, Stef, on the DT gig! This is truly an amazing card; your coloring is fabulous!

Claire Broadwater said...

Stef, I am thrilled that you are on the team now! Your beach scene is so FUN! Your coloring is always amazing. Everything about this crew makes me smile! I have never seen that sentiment, but I love it! Thank you for making my challenge shine!

Nancy said...

I had a feeling you would do some amazing coloring for your debut card, Stef. What a wonderful sentiment and fabulous little scene. Those critters look like they are having a ball. Congrats again on your new gig. TPP is so lucky to have you.

Tracy Grauer said...

Wow! What an amazing beach scene you created! It's beautiful and so cute with those critters. Great job! I hope you can enjoy a day at the beach soon!

ElizStewart said...

Stef... wow! what a coloring accomplishment! I love this Anita Jeram beach scene...priceless. Looking forward to Paper Players with you!

LeAnne said...

Your cards are always so much fun! Look at all the details you've got going here! It tells quite a story! That little kitty buried under the sand is a hoot! What a great card for your first challenge! Looking forward to creating with you!!

Jan Clothier said...

What an absolute beauty of a card this is! So full of wonderful details and beautifully coloured things! It's great to be working with you. I'm sure we'll have lots of great challenges together. :-)

Lisa Elton said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Stef, you are a wonderful addition to the team!! Your debut card is out of this world CUTE!!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

So glad to have you as a permanent PP team member Stef - welcome! This card is amazing - you know how in awe I am of your colouring skills, but this is on another level! The sand and sea are so realistic and that kitty buried in the sand is a hoot - who hasn't spent hours doing that at the beach in the name of summer fun?! Fabulous.

Ann Schach said...

Woo hoo, Stef! Welcome back! Your card is absolutely adorable. The little critters are so perfectly colored. Such a cute image ... the buried cat is a hoot! It definitely depicts Summer Fun!

Cynthia Stevenson said...

Welcome to the team Stef. Your card is absolutely adorable and perfect!

Maria said...

Huge congrats on joining the design team for Paper Players! Your card is amazing! Love the cute critters and sentiment! And, I must say I just LOVE how you colored the water and sand, well done!