PP121: A Curly Cute Thank You

Today’s card is inspired by this week’s Paper Players challenge, PP121. They pick the colors. We create the projects. Here’s my card:stampwithbrian.com - Curly Thank You.jpg

The colors selected for this week’s challenge are perfect for this time of the year: Old Olive, More Mustard and Bravo Burgundy. Rich with the hues of Fall, these colors naturally and beautifully complement each other.PP121.jpg

As I sat down to create a beautiful project with these colors, I was initially drawn to Fall leaves and Thanksgiving themes, but I decided to go with a design that’s universal to any time of year.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Easy Accents. I’ve been on a “draw lines” kick lately – I haven’t done it a lot, but I think about it with almost every project. I really enjoy how such a simple addition can make such a great accent to a project. In this project, I grabbed my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker and a scrap piece of card stock to create three simple lines on the Very Vanilla card stock. I cropped the sentiment with a Window Frames Collection Framelit and then repeated the three lines on the piece of Very Vanilla card stock beneath the framelit images.20121112-181301.jpg

Here’s a close-up of the lines on the final project:20121112-181309.jpg

  • Don’t toss that Halloween DSP just yet! When I was searching for a patterned paper to highlight the frames, I went straight to the More Mustard gingham design in Orchard Harvest. As I was flipping through my DSP stash, though, I realized there’s a beautiful, More Mustard houndstooth pattern in Howlstooth & Scaringbone. Last I read, there’s no rule that requires this paper be used before October 31.

Stamp set: Curly Cute Papers: More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker Accessories: Window Frames Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Check out the other submissions to The Paper Players Challenge PP121.

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  1. Thank you! Very handsome color pallet and sketch! Your Old Olive lines add a great architectural touch!

  2. Brian, good morning! Oh my, this card is simply … clean and crisp … and one of my favorites. The “drawn lines” are just the right addition to the card. Not only do you have a great design inspiration, but I may need to pull out the Old Olive, More Mustard, and the Bravo Burgundy and take a brief break from Christmas cards 😉

  3. I really like your card this morning…I keep planning to do your line technique and I forget…Don`t you just love that DSP…I think it is one of SU`s most originals…I pulled it out yesterday for a non Halloween card . You know I haven`t used Bravo Burgandy (that would be a great name for a wine ) for any of my fall cards and you have inspired me to do so and I bet Raspberry Ripple would be pretty also. Gosh I`m glad I stopped by for coffee with you !!!!! Did I say I really like this card ?

  4. My morning coffee with Brian and you, Sonny, makes for a wonderful day! Especially with your beautiful, clean and simple creations, Brian! I am loving the Old Olive lines, too! I forget to do that, and I’m so glad you reminded me. Thanks so much for a beautiful start to a gorgeous, crisp day!

  5. Colors are rich and beautiful and that line technique is like a perfectly sized line of ribbon only done with the marker. Impressive!

  6. Your card looks simply amazing. Great job!

  7. What a neat way to add a quick accent. Thanks for explaining how you did that.

  8. Fabulous card…love the way you incorporated the Old Olive! Great color combo!

  9. This is very cool! Love your line and the framed sentiment! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

  10. Hi Brian! Wowzers, this is such a cool card. I love the pop of green and now I’m inspired to go on a line “kick”, too. What a great way to easily pack a creative punch on a project. Great tip you shared about DSP, too. I admit sometimes I overlook papers because I think they are for the holiday or season the pack came out for. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! 🙂

  11. What a bold design, Brian! You did a fabulous job incorporating the challenge colors. The Old Olive lines are the perfect touch! I love it! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  12. This is such a YUMMY card! Yeah, yeah–it’s clean and crisp and all that CAS stuff–but it’s so very rich and luscious at the same time! –Terri

  13. Brian, love this clean take on the challenge this week. the single line of Old Olive is perfect to highlight the sentiment and also tie the layers together. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  14. I am in awe of your perfectly straight lines! What a great touch and really bring a pop of color to the project. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

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