Sunday, December 19, 2010

Paper Players Challenge # 28 - Favorite Colors - Winners

Hi Everyone.

We loved what you all shared with us for this, our final challenge of 2010. There were some fabulous color combinations amongst the entries and it made it pretty difficult for us to choose our winners again this week.

Before we get to the Cut Above and Headliner winners, we would like to take a minute to thank you all for participating in our challenges and supporting us this year. When Lesley started this challenge blog just a little over 6 months ago, we were not sure how it would go. We just knew that we were excited about it and hoped that you would play along. A huge thank you to all of you, especially to those of you who play along with us regularly.

We look forward to seeing you again in January and hope you will play along with us when we post our first 2011 challenge on January 9.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season. One filled with love, laughter and joy.

Now, on to our Cut Aboves this week:
Jaydee's Choice: Pam's Floral Wreath

I loved Pam's green, orange and yellow choices. It is such a warm, welcoming and happy color scheme. I also loved the little bit of bling of satin on the ribbon and the discrete pearls. It was a perfect ray of summer in the midst of our winter storm! Congratulations, Pam!
Ann's Choice: Kerin Sylvester

Night of Navy and Basic Gray sponged onto Shimmery White card stock makes the perfect winter sky on this beautiful card designed by Kerin. You can almost feel the frost in the air as the children from Welcome Christmas head out for a fun night of sledding and skating. With no embellishments to distract, the scene says it all. Congratulations on this fabulous card, Kerin!
Jeanne's Choice: Regina Mangum

I'm a traditionalist at heart and I LOVE the card Regina made!! It just makes you smile to look at it and the layout is just sublime!! The red plaid background paper is so cozy looking and the textures she gave it really make the image pop! Fabulous work, Regina!!!!

This card that Donna has created has so many favourites of mine. From the embossing folder to the dsp and this beautiful swirly sentiment. This is such a classic colour combo. Works for almost any card. I just love the little reminder ribbon she added to emphasize the reason for this little gift. Congratulations Donna!

Colleen's card is just so fun and that's why she gets my pick for A Cut Above! She really made me embrace this classic, holiday color combo of red and green. The sweet, little snowman has SO much character with the bright colors and all of the awesome sparkle. The baker's twine dresses up the design, along with the houndstooth paper and that adorable leaf frame. Congrats, Colleen!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday Season! :)

LeAnne's Choice: Christina MacLaren
It's no secret that I love clean and simple; I also love polka dots AND these colors together. Tie it all up with some awesome sewing, buttons and dies, and Christina's card was an easy pick for me! Just fabulous! Congratulations, Christina! And Merry Christmas to all our readers!

Nance's choice: Amy Duff
I chose Amy's card for the happy color combination, the fun details and the offset layout. I love non-traditional colors for Christmas and while she used red and green she paired it up with pastels and a lovely shade a celery that blends it all together. And look at those cute jingle bells! Definitely a cut above for me! Congratulations Amy!

Our Headliner for this week is Susie Wittwer for this beautiful creation:
I love the layout and the color combo together! The lace doily and the the flower she made, pops and makes this card extra special! These colours are wonderful together and echo the sentiment perfectly! From the embossed layers to the brads, this card shows a lot of effort and creativity! Congrats Susie and Merry Christmas!

On a final note. We would like to thank all of our wonderful guests designers for 2010. It was such a pleasure to have you all on our team. It was wonderful to see your creations on our blog and you were such an inspiration for our players.
Happy Holidays
The Paper Players

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Colour Challenge PP28---Your Favourite Colour Combination

'Tis the season to be jolly, and The Paper Players are celebrating the holiday season by inviting back our wonderful and talented Guest Designers from the past 6 months! Last week we welcomed back Jeanne Kupsh, Marlene Peters and Anne Marie Hile. We are so pleased that they will be joining us again for this week's fun challenge!

Since this is such a busy time of year, this week's challenge is an easy one! It is “Your Favourite Colour Combination”. Simply choose a favourite colour combination for a specific type of card. For example…you might love Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler for Christmas Cards. Or you might like Navy and White for a sympathy card. The sky is the limit! All we ask is that you share a new creation.

Let's see what the Design Team is endorsing as their favourite colour combinations:

For friendship cards, I love using my favorite color - yellow! Here is shown More Mustard, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron. Another favorite is using both kinds of embossing together and making a monochromatic card.

I have SO many favorite color combinations, I was stumped as to how I could pick just one! But for the holidays, I think gold and silver are so pretty---glitz and bling and shimmer! I used both on my card--Dasher at his most glam! It's so difficult to capture glitter in a photo--hopefully you can use your imagination!

I love Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke, with a neutral, for Christmas cards. It is such a classic color combination and works well for vintage style cards. Of course, gold and pearls are always the perfect touch!

This year for Valentines, my favourite colour combo is Basic Black, Very Vanilla & Cherry Cobbler. Last year it was Chocolate Chip and Real Red but I just love the richness of Cherry Cobbler. I am not a red person but I have fallen in love with this colour and it goes so well with Black (perfect for a man and yet elegant enough for a woman), and Very Vanilla to soften it all up!

I love Night of Navy, Whisper White and Metallic Silver for Christmas cards. In fact, I love metallic with just about any color. I love the depth of the Night of Navy offset by the crispness of Whisper White. The metallic silver, because it has a grey feel to it, seems to tie both colors together.

Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
I, like LeAnne, was hard pressed to chose just one color combination . Funny enough, we both went to the same combination! For holiday decorating, I love the serenity and elegance of silver and gold so I decided to translate it into a holiday card. Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Brushed Silver is a least for this year!
Anne Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
This was a tough challenge, it is SO difficult to pick just one color combo. I decided to use one of my all-time favorite color combinations of Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla and Basic Black. It is just so girly and fun and works so well for any card for a friend! I decided to create a punched party dress in this color combo for a cute and sassy birthday card.

So grab your favorite coloured inks, papers and embellishments! We can hardly wait to see what lovely combinations you share! Please upload your project with a direct link to your blog post. If you upload to online galleries, please use the keyword PP28. You have until Friday, December 17th at midnight (PST) to upload your project! Happy Crafting!

Challenge #27 Winners

Hi, Everyone!

This was another amazing week for submissions. We love the fact that there are so many different crafting styles represented. We enjoyed visiting all of your Christmas projects. Once again you made it difficult for us to choose our winners this week.

We'd like to say a very big thank you to all of you for supporting us - and an extra special thank you for those of you who play with the Players regularly.

Before we get to our Headliner, let's take a look at our design team choices for A Cut Above this week.

Marlene's choice: Jheri Lynn

I choose Jheri Lynn's card because I was so drawn to it. Maybe it is beacuse it is so very much my own style. How refreshing are those non-traditional Christmas colours and I just love layers which she has plenty of here. This sentiment also happens to be one of my favourites this season. Congratulations Jheri Lynn!

LeAnne's choice: Colleen Dietrich

I just love the combination of red and white Colleen used here, and how she interpreted the inspiration piece she sweet and simple! Not too fussy but interesting; she uses embossing and punches creatively and ties it all up with that snazzy cord!

Ann's Choice: Julie E

The splash of red kept drawing my eyes back to this gorgeous card by Julie E. The snowflake paper is beautiful, and compliments the snowflake embossing perfectly. Of course, the trim and pearls are the wonderful touches, as is the stitching! Topped off with a gold is one stunning card! Congratulations, Julie!

Jaydee's choice: Vicki's Peace on Earth

I chose Vicki's Peace on Earth card for several reasons. I loved the clean and simple approach to this card. I also loved the three layers of scalloped edging. It was just the right amount to add interest without overpowering the focal image. It was set off by the simple red stripe at the top. The ribbon, button and cord were the perfect touch. The color scheme - masterful. It reminded me of a school uniform tie - but in a really good way! Absolutely stunning. Congratulations, Vicki.

Anne Marie's Choice: Tamie Camp

I am a huge fan of holiday cards with non-traditional color combinations and Tami's card just made me smile. I love the awesome texture and sparkle she added to accent those happy snowmen. I especially loved the hand-drawn border she added around the main image. So much fun! Congratulations, Tamie!

I just loved Christina's sweet little Christmas note! I love the colors, the clean-and-simple style, the wonky stitching, and that TWINE! It all wraps up into a happy little card with tons of elegance and style. Congratulations, Christina!

Jeanne's choice: Linda - Snail's Space

Although I rarely make a CAS card myself, I very much admire it when it's done with elegance! Linda's card is just sublime!!! I love the non-traditional colors for Christmas too. It's a well balanced card, without being overly done or barren, which is a tough thing to do with these kinds of cards!! Beautiful job Linda!

And our HEADLINER, chosen by Lesley, is Danielle Daws, you can visit her blog by clicking HERE.

I chose Danielle's gorgeous card because I loved the way she sponged the edges of the Crumb Cake paper with the Soft Suede Ink. Her bow is absolutely beautiful and the ornaments she created with ornament punch popped against the neutral background. This Clean and Simple beauty really stood out for me! Congratulations Danielle.

Thanks for playing along with us!!  Don't forget to grab your winner badges from the sidebar for your blog!  We will be back tomorrow with a brand new challenge for you!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Challenge PP27- A Christmas Theme

December is here!! Only 19 more days until the big guy in the red suit makes his journey across the globe!! To celebrate the Christmas season, we have invited back our wonderful and talented Guest Designers from the past 6 months! Welcome back Jeanne Kupsh, Marlene Peters and Anne Marie Hile joining us for the next two challenges as our Guest Designers of Challenges Past!

This week's challenge is an easy one!! We are challenging you to make and share a Christmas Card or Project. Maybe you would like to share a 3D item or a scrapbook page, or maybe some name cards you created for your Christmas dinner table? The sky is the limit!!! Please make sure what you share is a new creation.

Here is what our wonderful Guest Designers and Design Team have created to inspire you!!!
Anne Marie Hile (Guest Designer)

Marlene Peters (Guest Designer)

Jeanne Kupsh (Guest Designer)

Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts

LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Challenge #26 Winners-Wet Embossing

Hi Everyone.

Once again you blew us away this week. So many fabulous cards for us to visit. You make it harder and harder for us to choose a winner each week.

Before we get to the Headliner, let's take a look at the Design Team choices for our Cut Above Winners:

Lesley's Choice: Lynn Hayes of Creative Crafts by Lynn

I love the clean lines of this card and the red and gold colour combo is so striking! That gold paper just shimmers with the sparkle of the holidays and how fabulous is that ribbon treatment, I love the two ribbons together! The top layer of ribbon looks amazing with the tree image! SO perfect in every way! Congrats Lynn!!

Nance's choice: Rachel Izakowicz

Rachel's card kept calling to me so I had to listen! The colors are traditional but the bold graphic statement made with the embossed medallion, the little pop of bling and the gorgeous ribbon make it so fresh and modern. I love how Rachel has mimicked the stitching on the ribbon with her own stitching. With attention to all these little details, Rachel's card is my Cut Above this week--congratulations!

Ann's Choice: Jen Mitchell

Jen's stunning card, with it's bold, silver embossed medallion was my choice for A Cut Above. With Basic Black, Real Red, and Whisper White, this card certainly makes a statement that says, "Look at me!" It's clean, classy and fabulous! Congratulations, Jen!

Anne Marie's Choice: Susie Wittwer

Susie's card just jumped out at me with all of the beautiful and elegant textures! I loved how she embossed her sentiment in silver with the stamped tree image in the background.  I especially loved the embossing she used to create her brads on the bottom of the card. A gorgeous card with so many great details, which makes it my choice for A Cut Above! Congratulations, Susie! 

And our Headliner is:

I loved the rich colors and the fabulous embossed snowflake layers that Julie created. I hadn't looked at this set until I saw this card. Then I realized how amazing the snowflake images are from the Northern Hearts set. I also loved the satin ribbon, the bling and the scalloped border. I also loved the way Julie stamped the bottom of the green layer, too. All round - a gorgeous card. Congratulations, Julie!

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all of you for your support each week. We really do love to see your creations and appreciate that you participate and share your ideas with others.

Don't forget to check out our challenge this week. We hope you will all play along.