Simple Oh So Succulents

by Joanne James9. April 2017 09:00

I'm back following a few days of blog absence due to my travels to Amsterdam for Stampin' Up!'s Onstage Live this week. More about that in another post; for today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a fun colour challenge for us to work with:


I made my card for today last week before leaving for Onstage Live in Amsterdam and was a little time-stretched so needed something quite quick and easy and the sketch layout over at Fab Friday was perfect for such a card. Having had the opportunity to have a sneak peek of some of the amazing florals from the rest of the Design Team I decided to go for an alternative look and pulled out my Oh So Succulent stamp set to create a super simple card - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Layered Succulents - I decided to stamp a variety of succulents and rather than use a mask to create dimension, I decided to cut them all out using the co-ordinating Succulent Framelit Dies and just rearrange them until I was happy, adding some of them with dimensionals for a more 3D effect. A much quicker solution and when your pushed for time, much more sensible!

Rock and Roll Succulents - I stamped some of my succulents exclusively in Mint Macaron and others in Mint Macaron then rolled the edge of the stamp into my Perfect Plum ink pad before stamping to give a variegated effect.

Back to Black - I decided to heat emboss my sentiment in white onto Basic Black cardstock instead of using black ink on white to provide a contrast to the black outlined succulents on the white panel. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I do wish I had allowed my trailing succulent to the left of the sentiment to sit over rather than under my sentiment, but hey ho!

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
 Crystal Komera
Valentyna Komisarenko
Deanne K
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing what you create with this week's colour palette. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; I'm hoping to rest up after my hectic visit and spend a quiet day at home with my family and my new Stampin' Up! catalogue! I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!



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Comments (11) -

sandymUnited States
09/04/2017 12:48:05 #

I absolutely love these colors together Joanne, and you used them brilliantly with your succulents! I love the little touches of purple on the tips of the leaves, just perfect!


Heather H
Heather HUnited States
09/04/2017 20:46:16 #

Super simple, but absolutely perfect!  Love it, Joanne!  You are really making me change my mind on the succulents, dang it - stop it!  Lol.  Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!


Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
10/04/2017 13:56:27 #

I saw your card in the DT lineup for the Paper Players on my bloglovin' feed and I thought for some reason I had seen your card before. I couldn't figure out why it looked I know because I've seen this sketch all week for Fab Friday lol!  Great design....I like the subtle colors with the black banner for the sentiment.  Great job on both challenges!  Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
12/04/2017 20:08:58 #

How funny Amanda - don't you just love it when that happens?! I love your Fab Friday sketches - I could have use this one over and over!


LaurieUnited States
11/04/2017 22:45:48 #

What a beautiful way to sue the colors! I love how you added the embossed sentiment,tooSmile


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
12/04/2017 16:38:35 #

Joanne, I hope you had a fantastic time in Amsterdam!  How fun!  I love these succulents and the way you inked them is perfect!  You made the color combo shine, My Friend!  Have a great week!  XX


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
12/04/2017 20:10:41 #

Amsterdam was fun, if exhausting, Claire - so nice to get an early eye on lots of lovely new product though! The children are off on Easter break this week so it's busy in a different way!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
13/04/2017 01:27:25 #

What a great way to use this sketch, Joanne!  So pretty, especially with the little leaves peeking out from below the horitzontal panels!  Wonderful!


jaydeeUnited States
14/04/2017 16:05:11 #

Joanne, this color scheme is perfect for your subject matter.  I love the leaves poking out under the sentiment, too.  Fabulous card


Deanne @ Three Trees
Deanne @ Three TreesCanada
14/04/2017 16:31:39 #

Oh gosh - I just LOVE that sentiment!  Gorgeous card Joanne!


14/04/2017 18:30:06 #

Wonderful succulents, Joanne! Love them a lot Smile


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