Giving Thanks – The Paper Players 257 & SIP #9

Hello!! I want to share with you that one of my cards was a designer pick over at the Stamp, Ink, and Paper challenge! I’m so appreciative of the honor!!

And now I have a funny story about today’s card…

The card I am sharing today  was created last Sunday after seeing the new challenge from The Paper Players. Then Tuesday, I popped over to see the latest Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge and discovered that the sketch is eerily close to the card I had already made for The Paper Players!

Here’s the challenge sketch:

Giving Thanks - The Paper Players 257 & SIP #9


And here’s the card I created before I saw the sketch!

Giving Thanks - The Paper Players 257 & SIP #9Isn’t that the strangest coincidence??

Moving along, I wanted to share a few things with you I noticed about my card once it was done:

Visual Triangles are Pleasing to the Eye:

If you look at the card above, I have Bermuda Bay in three spots on the card that loosely form a triangle. For Old Olive, I used the envelope liner to complete the triangle. Now look at the Crumb Cake…there’s the tree and the strip of paper…but where is the third element? It’s the linen thread in the button! It’s a subtle but important detail that the eye picks up on.

Giving Thanks - The Paper Players 257 & SIP #9Balance is harmony

Always try to give equal visual weight to both sides of the card. Here, the three strips of paper on the left side help balance out the large rectangle on the other side. Once I had put the strips of paper onto the card, I felt that they overbalanced it (too heavy on the left side), so I added a button on the right to bring both sides back into balance.

I don’t think about these things as I’m creating and sometimes don’t realize them at all but I did today so I wanted to pass that info along.

My last tip for today?? Don’t forget the inside of the card! I Know, I’m guilty too, but I’m making a conscious effort to change my ways! It’s a small thing, and perhaps you wait until you know who you’re giving the card to, but I find that I need to do it right when the card is created or it will never get done!

Giving Thanks - The Paper Players 257 & SIP #9Thank you to Claire at The Paper Players for this wonderful color combination!

Giving Thanks - The Paper Players 257 & SIP #9And thank you as well for visiting with me today!

Wishing you joy and blessings!

Products Used:

Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink; Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Old Olive by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Brights Designer Series Paper Pack (retired pattern) by Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Old Olive by Stampin’ Up!; Tuxedo Black by Memento

Stamps:   Giving Thanks by Simon Says Stamp; Fancy Florals by Clearly Besotted Stamps; Tucked In: Thank You by Papertrey Ink

Dies: Stitched Mats: Rectangles by Lil ‘Inker; Envelope Liner Die by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  None

Embellishments: Brights Designer Buttons and Linen Thread by Stampin’ Up!



  1. Kathy says:

    I have a tree die that could be used in a similar way! Thanks for the inspiration! Your design is lovely, with great color, and thanks for the visual triangle description.

  2. Sandy M says:

    A great CAS card, Shannon! Don’t you just love it when you have a card made up and the perfect challenge just appears? Awesome! Thanks for sharing all your tips, too. Great advice. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Paper Players AND Stamp, Ink, Paper! hUGS 🙂

  3. Jodi says:

    Absolutely stunning card, Shannon! Great play on the color challenge! Clean, simple, and classy! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

    • Shannon Jaramillo says:

      Hi Carol,

      My ‘Pin it’ button seems to have disappeared 🙁 I will figure out how to add it back I again, thanks for letting me know!

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