Sunday 7 July 2024

Beach Days for The Paper Players 697

I am so pleased to be sharing with you my first challenge as part of the Design Team at the fabulous Paper Players. I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer with this talented, friendly bunch of people a few years ago so I couldn't accept the offer of a permanent place with them quickly enough!

The challenge this week is a theme challenge - Summer Fun! Very timely for in New Zealand it's winter time. I love the beach so it was nice to have the chance to think about the warm days ahead, even as I'm sitting by the fire and looking out at the rain. 😀

In celebration of both joining the team and the theme, I broke out some new toys: Beach Day stamps and Beach Day dies.

After creating a skyline in Balmy Blue with a mask, I worked on building the sea with Shy Shamrock and Coastal Cabana. I made a mask using the wave die to get some movement in the darker colours and added in some White ink, using the wave die cut as a stencil. Finally, I added in the little bits that had come out of the die as whitecaps on the waves. 

Then I blended some Crumb Cake ink to create a beach and stamped in some grasses and sea shells using Pecan Pie.

Once I was happy with the scene, I cut it out using the Spotlight on Nature dies, and cut a matching sized circle from Balmy Blue. The sky looked a bit empty so I added in the sea bird, stamping her in then colouring her wings with Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.

I layered the circles and attached them to the Basic White card front, which had been embossed with one of the Basics 3D Embossing folders. I picked this one because the stars were like starfish and the pattern reminded me of tapa cloth. Once the layered circles were attached, I trimmed off the excess before attaching to the Shy Shamrock card base.

To finish off, I added the sentiment from the set. This was cut using a die from Something Fancy. Then I die cut a couple of sea shells, sponged the edges with Pecan Pie and added them to the sentiment.

The team would love to have you join in the challenge. You can play along with us until noon on Friday, PST. Visit The Paper Players page to see what the rest of the team have done.

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!


  1. Jan, I am so happy you joined the team! Your beach scene is so serene and makes me long for a long walk on the beach. I love every detail! That embossing folder is just fantastic! SMILE! Thank you for making my challenge shine!

  2. Jan... what a fabulous beach! The layers of white ink are just perfect.The embossing folder looks like it. Truly looking forward to working with you and Stef!

  3. This is just a marvelous beachy scene! You captured the waves, sky and sand perfectly. This is definitely my idea of summertime fun, even though I know you're going into winter!

  4. Welcome to the team friend - so glad to have you on board! I love the beach scene and the wave detail adds so much movement. Gorgeous with the embossed background too!

  5. Jan, I'm so pleased we get to become teammates, I know it will be a fun crafting adventure! Your card is so beautiful with the ocean movement and the small details on the sand, along with that wonderful embossed background!

  6. What a fabulous "beachy" card, Jan! The waves are amazing. Your card definitely makes me want to head to the beach. Welcome back to the team. Your cards are always fabulous!

  7. Welcome Jan. Your beach scene looks so inviting. I love the way you set it all up.

  8. Beautiful card, congrats 😊💐 happy day