Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Happy Home for The Paper Players

The next installment in my plan to use some of my uninked stamp sets comes with the stamp set Happy Home, from the Occasions Catalogue. I remember being overjoyed when I saw that we had a Hearth and Home window thinlits in the Holiday Catalogue and I had lots of fun with it, I was excited when it was carried over into the Occasions Catalogue, but I didn't really take much of a look at the new stamp set that went with it in the Occasions cattie. But I still like that window framelit and I want to use it more so, decided to get out Happy Home and take it for a spin. It was also the perfect image to use for The Paper Player's latest challenge, a colour swatch:

Perfect!! Sky, grass, blossoms and flowers - great for a scene viewed through a window.

  • The idea behind this card is that you're in a house, looking outside through a window at a spring tree in full bloom. I sponged the sky and grass areas in Soft Sky and Mossy Meadow ink, using a bit of a mask for clean transistions between the two.
  • Without realizing it until I put up the window frame, the tree was right smack in the middle where the center piece of the window frame lies. If I had tried ahead of time, I might have moved the tree slightly to the left of center so more of the trunk could be seen.
  • I used a Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker for the blossoms on the tree, Pumpkin Pie for the bench and the flowers on the ground and Early Espresso as a neutral on the trunk.
  • Two things that are really hard to see in these photos is the beadboard like embossing on the Whisper White below the chair rail on the wall and the clear window sheet behind the frame to make panes on the windows. You can maybe see them a bit in the following photo:
  • I made the beadboard embossing using the Stylish Stripes Embossing folder and turning my small piece of Whisper White in it until the stripes were vertical, not on the diagonal.
  • The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set and it fit within the cool stamp and coordinated label die cut from the Rose Wonder Bundle. I cut another label die cut in Mossy Meadow in half and added it to the back of the sentiment, extending each side beyond the edge just slightly.
This card reminds me of what I can see at this time of year out my back windows: 

Our nectarine tree above and our cherry tree on the right, gearing up for another bumper crop!!

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  1. Beautiful use of Joanne's colors, Heather. Way to use some awesome inspiration! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week.

  2. Beautiful! I was just thinking that I hadn't used this fun window die for a long time, and here you are, creating a perfect little scene! Love it! Thanks for playing with the Players this week!

  3. What a lovely spring scene you created and I love the inspiration photos, too. I keep thinking I don't need the window die... but you are making me question that decision! Fabulous use of the colors. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  4. Thanks, Colleen, LeAnne and Jaydee! Blossom time is my favourite so I had to celebrate it with a card!

  5. Such a pretty scene you created out the window! Great use of the colors. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!


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