The Paper Players Guest Designer - At the Beach

by Joanne James6. July 2014 08:00


Today is a very exciting day - my first official post as a Guest Designer with The Paper Players! I am very pleased to be joining this talented group of ladies for the next three months, along with the other amazing guest designers: Claire Broadwater, Yapha Mason, Andrea Whisman and Mike Funke - I'm really looking forward to working with you all. So today's challenge is from Nance and requires projects with a beach theme:

When I think 'beach' I immediately am drawn to the bold and bright colours of the Caribbean, where, as a keen scuba diver I've spent some of my best beach holidays. However, for today's card I decided to opt for something that shows a more traditional British beach scene and took the opportunity to use one of the new in-colours, Lost Lagoon. I also used this week's Freshly Make Sketches layout (turned through 90 degrees) for my card - take a look:

I took out the seagulls from my recently acquired 'Wetlands' set and with a Sahara Sand card base, stamped them in Basic Grey on a circle of Whisper White cut out with my Big Shot and circles framelits and sponged in the background using Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and a little So Saffron masking the sun using a little punched circle of spare cardstock. I mounted this circle slightly offset onto a larger circle cut from Lost Lagoon and used a piece off paper from the new Moonlight Designer Series paper stack as a partial background - this paper so reminds me of waves! The pattern actually runs across the short side of the stack, so to make it extend along the whole of the long side of my card I simply matched the pattern and created a join, that is hidden behind the circular focal point - clever, eh? I then finished with a strip of Basic Grey cardstock wrapped with a piece of Lost Lagoon stitched satin ribbon, my sentiment stamped on a narrow flag and a basic metal button tied with linen thread to add to the natural feel.

I love the circular elements on this card and the muted colour scheme - it takes me back to my childhood when I lived quite near to some of the best of the British coastline and would often spend warm sunny days building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. I currently live right in the centre of 'middle England' and couldn't be further from any stretch of coastline than anywhere else in the country; I'll have to make do with watching the barges and moorhens on the local canals instead!

I hope you like my card today and that it inspires you to hop on over to the Paper Players challenge blog to join in and upload your challenge creations. The Paper Player challenge takes place weekly, opening on a Sunday at 8am (PST) and closes at noon on Friday (PST). 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 three challenges, TOTAL.

4.  Have FUN!

We look forward to seeing your seaside-themed creations! We are having a restful family day today, having had a busy day yesterday with a theatre visit and swimming gala and the next two weeks choc full of things going on as the end of the school term draws near. Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (24) -

Caros Bastelbude
Caros BastelbudeGermany
7/6/2014 10:44:21 AM #

That's a wonderful card. I really like the color combination. Thanks for sharing!
LG, Caro

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/6/2014 9:46:17 PM #

Thanks Caro - glad you like today's card!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
7/6/2014 12:19:45 PM #

SO thrilled to have you join us, since you seem to be a very popular stamper these days, LOL!  This is a delightful little beach scene you've created, and I love your calm, serene color palette as well!  I can hear the seagulls squawking right now!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/6/2014 9:48:13 PM #

I know!! So excited to be joining you over at The Paper Players, I am honoured to be guesting with such a talented bunch! Glad you like today's card - looking forward to your challenge next week Wink

Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
7/6/2014 5:13:43 PM #

I like how you used the designer paper in the the colors and wavy look. Great card, Joanne! Fun to be stamping with you as a GD the next few months!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/6/2014 9:48:40 PM #

Thanks Laurie - excited to be working with you too!

Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
7/6/2014 5:48:32 PM #

Terrific card Joanne! I too love the circle elements in your card and the colors are very calming. I'm looking forward to be a guest designer with you at the Paper Players.

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/6/2014 9:49:10 PM #

Thank you Andrea - exciting times for us all I think!

Karine C
Karine CCanada
7/6/2014 5:59:47 PM #

I really love this card! Great Job! Smile

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/6/2014 9:49:50 PM #

Thanks Karine - so glad you like it!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
7/6/2014 9:37:08 PM #

Joanne, I love this beach scene!  It is so tranquil and peaceful!  The Lost Lagoon is perfect for this card!  SOOOO excited to be a Guest Designer with you at Paper Players!  XX

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/6/2014 9:50:22 PM #

Thanks Claire - sooo excited to be guesting with you too!!

Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
7/6/2014 11:44:05 PM #

Joanne, I love your soft and serene seaside creation! Love the colors, and I clearly love those little sandpipers! How cool that you scuba dive, too. You must have loads of inspiration. I'm so happy to have you on our team at The Paper Players!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/7/2014 9:39:42 PM #

Thanks Sandy - that's so kind of you! Lots of diving inspiration for beach cards, just not enough suitably themed stamp sets - I must remedy that!! Excited to be joining with you over at The Paper Players - such an honour to be working with you all.

Yapha Mason
Yapha MasonUnited States
7/7/2014 12:23:00 AM #

Lovely card! The sponging is just perfect! It looks so serene and relaxing!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/7/2014 9:40:44 PM #

Thanks Yapha - I love the muted tones of this card, the Lost Lagoon definitely had a hand in this!

MikeUnited States
7/7/2014 5:08:59 AM #

Great soft color palette!  Love the shading!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/7/2014 9:41:31 PM #

Thank you Mike - I need to try a sunset version next!

Karren Johnson
Karren JohnsonNew Zealand
7/7/2014 7:57:40 AM #

Fabulous card using one of my favourite sets!  Love the colours you used!  Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/7/2014 9:42:16 PM #

Thank you Karen - this set is new to me, I've so many great samples using it in the end I just HAD to have it - know what I mean?!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
7/8/2014 3:29:35 AM #

Great minds think alike, right Joanne?!  Love your use of the sandpipers with the FMS sketch.  The subtle shading is perfect for a serene beach view and the circle makes it look like a porthole.  Lovely card for your first GD post--delighted to be working with you at the PP!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/8/2014 11:12:54 PM #

Kind of you to say Nance - also a lack of suitably themed stamp sets on my part Smile Loved your card with this set too, I am honoured to be working with such a talented bunch whose work I have long admired!

jaydeeUnited States
7/12/2014 4:44:00 PM #

JoAnne, I love the soft and serene color theme.  I also love the offset circles and all of that wonderful "white space" that adds to the serene feel.  Gorgeous.  So glad you joined us as a GD.

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/13/2014 8:49:50 PM #

Thanks Jaydee - so glad you like my calm seascape. x

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