Autumn Leaves and Happy Hauntings For The Paper Players

by Joanne James28. September 2014 07:00

It's Sunday which means one thing - it's time for our weekly challenge over at The Paper Players! This week Sandy has a great sketch for us:

Sketches are my absolute favourite challenges - so many possibilities, and this sketch is no exception! So much so, I actually made two cards using this sketch already which I thought I would share with you today. If you've come from The Paper Players blog, this is the card that you will have seen there:

My first take on the sketch was this fall-inspired card, where I layered a combination of 1" punched circles and little leaves cut out using the Big Shot and the Fall Fest framelits, in Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist on a base of Baked Brown Sugar, and finished with a simple knotted bow of Hello Honey satin ribbon and a sentiment from the 'Good Greetings' hostess set. I haven't used this colour combination before but thought it would make a nice fall colour scheme; I prefer these colours in cardstock rather than stamped on Whisper White, as I find the inks too intense somehow. I am linking this card up with the challenge over at SUO Challenges this week as they are looking for cards using autumnal colours, so this totally fits the bill.

I liked this sketch so much, I couldn't stop at one card though; the card below is the very first thing that came to me when I looked at the sketch and it was so simple I just had to make it and share it with you:

I stamped the 3 pairs of eyes from 'Freaky Friends' twice each in Versamark onto Basic Black cardstock and heat embossed in Crushed Curry, then did the same with the sentiment and heat embossed that in white. I then matted this panel onto a panel of Crushed Curry and a Basic Black card base. Simple, but so effective in real life - the eyes have a real shine as if they are looking out of the card at you!

I had to stop there for today, but I know I will use this sketch again - it is a keeper! Do pop by The Paper Players site and check out the blogs of the rest of the design team - there are some awesome cards this week, as always!

Right, we have a morning of sport in the James household today - Rebecca and I are going to explore a new hockey club and the boys are off to check out a rugby club, before reconvening for lunch and hopefully a restful afternoon.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Nance Lempinen-LeedyUnited States
9/28/2014 4:07:21 PM #

Darling cards, Joanne!  Both are so clever.  Love the little leaves and the colors on the first.  They ghoulish eyes on the second are wicked clever AND cute!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 9:41:19 PM #

Thanks Nance! This is such a great sketch, with so many possibilities!

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Yapha
YaphaUnited States
9/28/2014 4:54:36 PM #

What great cards! The leaves are just lovely, and the eyeballs are spooky (in a fun way). Love them both!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 9:42:41 PM #

Thanks Yapha - re the eyeballs, I know exactly what you mean!

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Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
9/28/2014 6:01:06 PM #

Two fun ideas for the sketch! I like the eyes, very creative idea!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 9:57:45 PM #

Thanks Laurie - the eyes were the first thing I saw with this sketch!

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Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
9/28/2014 8:04:27 PM #

Not one, but two amazing cards using this sketch! Love the cute, tiny leaves and the colors in the first one. The way you used the eyes as the sketch elements is so creative and creepy! Love them both, Joanne!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 10:05:05 PM #

Thanks Sandy - this sketch is a keeper! I can think of so many cool cards using it, it was a struggle to stop at two!

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LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
9/28/2014 9:11:12 PM #

Oh my gosh....I loved the leafy one, but when I saw those little eyes....tooooooo cute!  I have never gotten any of the colored embossing powder for fear it wouldn't really show up on dark cardstock, but I can see I have been mistaken and will have to remedy that!  This is adorable!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 10:10:39 PM #

Coloured embossing powder is such fun LeAnne!! I've used Pool Party on black before and that is one of my favourites - this is my first foray into another colour and the yellow does look great on black (although I haven't tried it on lighter colours yet!) Glad you like my cute spooky eyes!

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Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
9/28/2014 9:26:45 PM #

Marvelous cards Joanne! Both of them are so clean and crisp. I wasn't sure about the Freaky Friends stamp set but you just convinced me it's a must have.

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 10:12:25 PM #

Thanks Andrea - I don't normally go big on Halloween, but I couldn't resist Freaky Friends! There are quite a few stamps in the set you could use for other things too, which is always a bonus.

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Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
9/29/2014 2:50:26 AM #

You never cease to amaze me, Joanne!  Both of your cards are fantastic!  I love the beautiful colors of Fall on the first card, but those spooky eyes are just fabulous! I hope your family had a great weekend!  XX

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 10:13:13 PM #

Thank you Claire, you are so sweet! So glad you like my cards and yes, we had a lovely weekend thank you. xx

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Mike
MikeUnited States
9/29/2014 6:48:20 PM #

Both cards are so clean, simple, and fun!  Love them both, but especially the leaves mounted on circles!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
9/29/2014 10:14:13 PM #

Thanks Mike - I seem to be getting more 'clean and simple' by the week, yet there was a time I really struggled with this as a style. How times change!

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Samantha
SamanthaUnited Kingdom
10/1/2014 4:42:56 PM #

Love them both.  

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Joanne James
Joanne James
10/1/2014 7:18:47 PM #

Thanks Samantha! Thanks for popping by today x

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Julia Quinn
Julia QuinnAustralia
10/2/2014 7:48:12 AM #

Very Cute Joanne, love the simplicity of the design - great entry for the SUO challenge, thanks for joining in!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
10/2/2014 1:17:08 PM #

Thanks Julia - the current in-colours are great as a basis for autumnal cards.

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jaydee
jaydeeUnited States
10/2/2014 9:50:01 PM #

OK... love the first.  It's fresh and crisp and clean.  love it....   BUT... the second one is fabulous.  Those little embossed eyes on the black - genius!
hugs
jaydee

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Joanne James
Joanne James
10/6/2014 9:56:22 AM #

Thanks Jaydee - although I linked the first one, if I'm honest the second one is my favourite too!

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Julie Gearinger
Julie GearingerUnited States
10/3/2014 3:32:10 AM #

Oh, I love those little leaves- now I will have to get that framelit set (lol!!)  The colors are perfect for our Fall Challenge- thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges Smile

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Joanne James
Joanne James
10/6/2014 9:57:20 AM #

Don't you just hate it when other bloggers do that to you Julie?! Wink Where would we be without our wishlists though, right?!

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Karen Barber
Karen BarberUnited States
10/6/2014 1:40:22 AM #

AWESOMENESS WITH SIMPLICITY - THE BEST KIND OF STAMPING!!! I LOVE THE WAY YOUR COLORS JUST SING!!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
10/6/2014 9:57:39 AM #

Thanks Karen - I couldn't agree more!

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