Fairies and Cherries For The Paper Players PP406

by Joanne James19. August 2018 09:00

Another week of school summer vacation in the James household this week! Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players. It's the first challenge for our returning Paper Players designer, the lovely Anne-Marie Hile, this week so be sure to pop by her blog with a friendly 'hello'. It's the turn of the super-talented Sandy to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for us to work with:


Remember in addition to the theme of "fruits and vegetables", this week is a Clean-and-Simple (CAS) challenge!  What do we mean by CAS?

  • Minimal layers and embellishments
  • Plenty of open space, aka "white" space
  • Simple and uncluttered

Having trawled through my collection of current stamps, it turns out I have very few with fruit (or veg!) for that matter, so a little creative stamping was called for. I actually found some fruit 'hidden' in the Fairy Celebration stamp set - take a look:


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

This little fairy happens to be hanging from a cherry tree, so a little watercolouring using my new watercolour pencils and an aquapainter (I am so happy that we have more of these now, the new colours in the second pack available exclusively this month extend the variety of colours and allow much greater flexibility - don't leave it too late to get yours!) was all I needed to create a focal point for my card. I added some clear Wink of Stella to the fairy wings and some fine tip glue to the cherries to give them a glossy finish - both of which are difficult to see from the photos, but add subtle detail in real life.

I decided to use the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch this week for my layout, and used a couple of pieces cut with my Stitched Labels Framelits then trimmed to add interest behind my main image. I have seen these Stitched Labels Framelits used on some fabulous cards elsewhere on the internet and hold my Paper Player team mate LeAnne responsible for me 'needing' to add them to my own collection (check out her blog for some great examples of how to use them!) so thought I would try something a little different with them. The two blocks of colour mirror the colouring on my cherries and leaves and add detail, without encroaching too much into my white space and maintaining my overall clean and simple feel.

And that's all there is to it: clean and simple - done!

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. 

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
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!

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

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project: a Christmas card featuring some sneak peeks of some great new products from the forthcoming seasonal catalogue. Do come back then, you won't want to miss it. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (11) -

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
8/19/2018 6:15:17 PM #

Hello Joanne! You know, I completely overlooked that this stamp set has the fruit image. It’s so cute! I especially love the added details from the Wink of Stella and the Fine Tipped Glue Pen. I’m also very excited for he new Watercolor Pencils, especially for purple! Hooray! Enjoy your day today! Smile

Donna Wakefield
Donna WakefieldUnited States
8/19/2018 6:56:02 PM #

Like Anne Marie, I overlooked that as having fruit in the image. I've used the other fairies in the set but never inked this one up before.  Have to take another look and try that out.

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
8/19/2018 8:37:55 PM #

Joanne, it looks as though we were both in a fruity-stamp deficit situation and had to get creative! Aren't those pencils amazing? I agree with Anne Marie - especially the purple. I like the way you've used the stitched shapes as the other elements in the sketch too.

LaurieUnited States
8/20/2018 12:29:25 AM #

A perfect image for the challenge! Very creative design and sooo cute too.

Have a great day!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
8/20/2018 12:42:43 AM #

Joanne, what a fun card!  Love that special fairy and her cherry tree!  Fond memories of sitting in a cherry tree with my brother eating cherries until our tummy's ached!  Lovely coloring and love that green makes your image pop!  I hope you have a fun week!  ENJOY the time with the children!  XXX

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
8/20/2018 1:09:08 AM #

What a little cutie!  I love how you used the Stitched Labels for those elements on your card, too, a clever idea!  This little fairy reminds me of The Borrowers....are you familiar with that series of books?  They were my favorites growing up!

Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth StewartUnited States
8/20/2018 3:51:27 PM #

Joanne... love your cherry fairy!  So very sweet!

sandymUnited States
8/21/2018 8:25:27 PM #

Joanne you had me at  title, Fairies and Cherries - how fun! I love your beautifully colored focal image, your use of the sketch, and the stitching on all the layers ties it all together.

Leigh Penner
Leigh PennerCanada
8/22/2018 10:13:10 AM #

Super cute take on the sketch!

Annie A.
Annie A.United States
8/22/2018 7:01:22 PM #

What a fun image, colored beautifully!  You nailed the sketch too! Hope you're having a good week - Hugs, Annie

jaydeeUnited States
8/25/2018 4:04:20 PM #

I love your little fairy trying to loosen the berries Smile  Brought a smile to my face.  Great use of the CASE this Sketch sketch, too!  Fabulous CAS card, my friend.  Hope you are having a wonderful long weekend

Comments are closed



Get an additional 10% off die bundles, and mini and full size die cutting machines, between 5-30 June - get yours here!

Shop Online

Access my online shop 24 x 7, 365 days of the year:

Current July hostess code:


Shop Online

2024-25 Annual Catalogue


Click on the image to download your copy of the 2024-25 annual catalogue. For a full list of current SU! supplies, go to my online store. If you would like any help or advice, please drop me a line at [email protected] or give me a call on 07773 421446 - I'd be happy to help.

Join My Team

t's always a great time to join Stampin’ Up! New team members can get £130 worth of products for only £99 + free business supplies + free shipping + all the fun being a part of Stampin’ Up! Stampin' Up! has something for everyone: join my growing team and benefit from my support to enjoy Stampin' Up! however you choose.

If you're interested, call me for a chat to understand how I can help you realise your goals. Alternatively, if you have already decided to sign up and you just can't wait, please click here for the link to the online form where you can sign up and order your starter kit right away! 

Latest Kits!

Stampin Cut and Emboss

The Expressions of Kindness kit makes 8 cards and costs £22; along with the fabulous Scenic Route Travel Journal Kit at £21 both are available from June 5th - get yours here!

New Online Exclusives

There are new products available exclusively in the online store from 3 July - check them out here.

About Me

Hi I'm Joanne and live in Northampton and when I'm not looking after my husband and two beautiful children, am an avid crafter with a passion for all things Stampin' Up!

I must confess that I have never been a big rubber stamper - until I discovered Stampin' Up! that is. I love the fact that I can get such great results with co-ordinating stamps, inks, papers and punches - the possibilities are endless! Join me on my stamping journey as I share the things I love and be inspired to create amazing things yourself!

Follow Me

Monthly Newsletter

Box Builder

Click the button above to use Box Buster to create your custom box design using the Envelope Punch Board!

Kits Collection Now Available!

Stampin Cut and Emboss

The new Kits Collection from Stampin' Up! is now available!

Click here to see the current kits available and order yours online today.

I Design For




Stampin' Up Stuff

This is my personal blog and is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up! I hope you find it a plentiful source of ideas and personal inspiration but please don't copy my designs for contest submission or use for classes, publication or sale without express permission.