Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Beautiful Season for The Paper Players

Hi Stampers! Wow, has it really been a week since I last posted? I've been busy as a bee since Thanksgiving. I'm happy to say that all my Christmas decorations are up, my cards completed and mailed, and I've even started some shopping. On top of that, I had the pleasure of attending the Stampin' Up Catalog Reveal Event a few days ago. New products coming soon, woo hoo!

Today is the last Paper Players Challenge of the year, and the fabulous Nance Leedy is hostess. She's selected a "Black Tie" theme challenge to make holiday projects that are "fancy".

"Fancy" can be interpreted in a lot of ways, but I had an elegant image in my head with gold foil and embossing. Actually, I woke up with that image in my head one morning, LOL! Does anyone else stamp in their sleep?! 

I had an idea of what I wanted to make, and squealed when I saw the colors at Color Throwdown. So perfect. I love the bird challenge at Merry Monday, also perfect. Wheels turning now...

The bird image was heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. I added plenty of sparkle and shine with Silver Glimmer Paper, a Silver Glimmer Brad, and Gold Foil. 

I stamped the same image on the inside of the card in Crumb Cake with the sentiment over it in Early Espresso. My fancy card needed a fancy envelope, so I lined it with matching designer paper.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Season
Card Stock: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Designer Series Paper: Candlelight Christmas
Ink Pads: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Envelope Liner Framelits, Heat Tool
Accessories: Early Espresso Seam Binding, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Brad, Gold Foil Specialty Paper, Gold Embossing Powder

Please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players and see their fancy creations! We'd be so happy if you played along with our last challenge of the year, too! 


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Sandy. I love the gold & silver. Thanks so much for including me as a guest designer. It's been great!

  2. STUNNING, Sandy! Inside and Outside this card is simply elegant! I love it! Thank you for making me part of your PP Design Team! It has been so amazing to get to work with you! XX

  3. This is very elegant and fancy, indeed! Great card :) Thanks for playing along with us this week at Merry Monday!

  4. I love this chickadee and you've made a very elegant Christmas card, Sandy! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

  5. Sandy, Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! That is for the outside, the inside and the envelope. This is truly a "black tie" card.

  6. Gorgeous and elegant and I love it!!! Thanks for much for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown!

  7. Your card is very that embossing! I like how you finished the inside too!

  8. stamp in my sleep? no. never.... well, I must admit ... yes :-) I love the gold embossing with the gold foil - it really is fancy, and the little bow - perfect.

  9. What a beautiful gold embossed bird image and the inside looks fabulous, too!!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown Challenge this week!!!!

  10. What a gorgeous card, Sandy! I love the pop of espresso with the gold. The embossed bird, the gold papers even an envelope liner!! It all adds up to one spectacularly fancy creation!

  11. LOVE this image embossed! SO stunning! Thanks for playing along with us at The Color Throwdown!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous, Sandy! So elegant and classy! The Expresso with gold is breathtaking!

  13. This is so beautiful...simply done, love that CTD combination (wish I had had a chance to play) and LOVE the bird! Such a pretty card!

  14. Your embossed bird image is fantastic and definitely fancy! The overall design is very elegant. I really enjoyed creating alongside you at The Paper Players. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!