Monday, January 7, 2019

Home to Roost for The Paper Players

I'm really having fun playing with my new toys from the Occasions Catalogue, but my biggest beef is simply not having enough time to get to them all!! Yesterday afternoon I picked out my new background stamp, Crackle Paint, and Home to Roost with the handsome rooster on it (which is a Sale-A-Bration reward, free with a $60 purchase*). I wanted to play along with The Paper Players' latest challenge:
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In my head, I was thinking about some antique plates that one of my aunts had, with roosters on them. They were so old that the glaze had crazed and yellowed, but the rooster still looked pretty alpha male, ready to take on any and every predator that threatened the henhouse!

None of these photos really captures the plates my aunt had, but kind of give you the idea of what was in my head. Here's how my card turned out:

  • I chose the Grapefruit Grove Gingham Gala 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper pattern with the smaller checks for the background, but I sponged the edges and the sides with Soft Suede ink to match the card base cardstock and to antique it a bit.
  • On a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I stamped the Crackle Paint background stamp in Soft Suede ink and sponged the edges in the same ink to add to the distressed look.
  • On watercolour paper, I stamped the rooster image from Home to Roost in StazOn ink. I used Watercolour Pencils to colour in the image and a Blender Pen to even out the pencil strokes and blend the colours a bit. The colours I used were Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, and Bermuda Bay, with Crushed Curry for the background.
  • I stamped and fussy cut a mask for the the rooster, then masked it while I stamped the grasses image several times over it with Crumb Cake ink. When the mask is removed, the grasses look to be behind the rooster.
  • The Rooster is die cut with the Stitched Shapes circles and backed with a scallop circle from the Layering Circles dies in Soft Suede.
  • The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in Tranquil Tide on a strip of Very Vanilla, trimmed to fit and sponged with the Soft Suede as well.
  • The ribbon is the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and the twine bow is made from the Nature's Twine from the Annual Catalogue.

You still have some time to get in on my Suite Shares from the the Occasions Catalogue. What are Suite Shares? With Suite Shares, I offer you a half share of all the paper, ribbon and embellishments that are part of one particular suite in the new Occasions Catalogue. That way you get enough to work with, all the products coordinate, you only choose the suites you really like and you have the option of adding the stamp set and tool bundle to your share and earn Sale-A-Bration rewards and a special treat from me, if you do. The shares themselves are very affordable, so you can afford to do more than one if you would like to.
For more details and how to sign up for the shares, click here: Suite Shares!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Blender Pens
Big Shot
Glue Dots
**Sale-A-Bration Reward - free with a purchase of $60*
*before tax and shipping


  1. Very cute card, Heather. I love how you colored the rooster.

  2. Fabulous take on the rooster, Heather! It's so much fun when we get inspiration from "real life." I understand your thinking about Crackle Paint and crazing, because that's where my mind went too. Great job, and I'm happy you played along at Paper Players.

  3. Thanks Eunice and Su! Eunice, I don't use the watercolour pencils enough. And Su, I'm glad you caught my vision!


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