Nature's Beauty In Winter Clean and Simple PP574

by Joanne James16. January 2022 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Claire to host this week and she has a seasonal clean and simple challenge for us to work with:


Winter animals - so many options! I decided to dig out a rather neglected stamp set of late and using Judy's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and very much inspired by the snow and blue tones over at AAA Cards  set to work on my clean and simple card - take a look:


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

 I diecut a circle from my white cardfront and added a piece of Beauty of the Earth paper with a watercoloured blue behind and stamped some bushes and twigs in Versamark across the aperture and heat embossed them in silver. I then also stamped and fussy cut a leaf branch and arctic fox, heat embossed them both in silver then added some shading with my Smoky Slate Blends, before finishing with a sentiment from 'timeless Tulips' and a sprinkling of sequins. You can see the detail on the fox and the shine of the metallic slightly better below:


A quick reminder to all of you playing along over at The Paper Players this week, in addition to the theme of winter animals, it is more importantly 'clean and simple' week. What does this mean?

  • minimal layers and embellishments
  • clean, white space

 I liked this card so much I made another one, mirroring the sketch and using the arctic rabbit as the focal point:


 I used a different sentiment on this one - this one comes from the new 'Honeybee Home' set - but I like this card just as much as the fox. Again, you can see the shine and detail slightly better below:


Since my second card also uses this week's colours over at Just Us Girls of white, silver and light blue, I'll be linking it up there.

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. 

And one last photo of both cards together - which one do you prefer? I like them both and it was nice to give this stamp some love again.

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

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!

Enjoy your day; having spent yesterday outside in the freezing fog watching the oldest of the James Juniors play hockey whilst hubby went to watch the youngest do the same (fun games and wins all round, so that helped!), we are all looking forward to a day indoors enjoying the warmth today! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
Edit: Kim chose my card for Princess of Clean for FMS518 - yay!
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Comments (17) -

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
1/16/2022 2:46:58 PM #

Joanne, your duo of cards are GORGEOUS!  I love the simplicity of this sketch!  Perfect for the CAS challenge!  Your rabbit and fox are perfect winter animals.  The pale blue is perfect to showcase the silver embossing.  The sequins and rhinestones are an added surprise on this nature scene. Thank you for making my challenge shine this week!  


Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
1/16/2022 3:37:20 PM #

Absolutely clean and simple perfection, Joanne! The silver embossing paired with the sequins and gems add a touch of elegance. I LOVE this card! I LOVE everything you make, but this one is one of my all-time favorites! I am tucking this one away in my memory for sure! Have a wonderful week!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
1/16/2022 7:35:30 PM #

Oh, this is sooooo pretty!  And so CAS!  Who would think you could pack so much imagination into such a small space!  I might have to CASE this for my stamp girls, they would love it!


Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth StewartUnited States
1/17/2022 2:36:14 PM #

Joanne.... love, love, love this color combination on your cards with the silver embossing and CAS design...fabulous!  The wolf is great... but the bunny is priceless.  Thanks for joining us and sharing at Just Us Girls this week.


Kathy Hunter
Kathy HunterUnited States
1/17/2022 4:43:17 PM #

What a beautiful CAS card...I was thinking of this stamp set yesterday as I stared out into my back yard to the woods beyond the fence as it was snowing!    I always enjoy your work!


Kim S
Kim SUnited States
1/17/2022 6:48:19 PM #

I love the scenes you created with the black and white and the beautiful blues in the circle! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


1/17/2022 9:31:45 PM #

I like both cards, but the fox is extra special. Lovely set. Thank you for playing at AAA Cards


Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
1/18/2022 8:51:56 PM #

Joanne,  these are such gorgeous cards! I love the soft lines of the images and your color choices highlight  them beautifully! I think I like the fox best.


Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
1/18/2022 11:50:58 PM #

Love this card set...great CAS designs!


VickyUnited Kingdom
1/19/2022 2:08:49 PM #

O my goodness, these are wonderful cards Joanne! I love that you concentrated your scenes in the circle but allowed elements to break out. AND you've made me fall in love with blue and grey all over again!! Hope you enjoyed your day in the warm after watching the hockey! Vicky x


Lisa Kind
Lisa KindUnited States
1/19/2022 6:45:45 PM #

Your cards are really very pretty!  I love the design you created and the images are so cute. Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!


Carol Penner McFarland
Carol Penner McFarlandUnited States
1/19/2022 11:07:27 PM #

Joanne, I can sense quiet in the outdoors with your blue, silver and white scenes! Love these CAS creations! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!


JaydeeUnited States
1/19/2022 11:13:45 PM #

CAS perfection, Joanne.  What a fabulous way to showcase this new set.  I love that you kept the coloring and color choices simple and let those fabulous little animals shine!


Sue Symens
Sue SymensUnited States
1/19/2022 11:53:50 PM #

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your cards with us on the AAA Cards Challenge.


NancyUnited States
1/20/2022 2:11:40 PM #

These are as pretty as can be and had to come by for a better look. These would make terrific box sets! I am partial to the bunny as she reminds me of our " Bunny Foo Foo" which is a wild bunny that we have been feeding carrots to for about four years in our backyard. She comes and takes the carrots from our fingers.  So happy to see you in the gallery at Just Us Girls!


Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
1/21/2022 3:49:42 PM #

Joanne, love the little scenes you created! Pretty soft blue with the shimmery silver. Really cute!


Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
1/22/2022 5:09:35 AM #

Both of your cards are stunning, Joanne! This is such wonderful inspiration to ink up this beautiful stamp set.


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