Sunday, January 22, 2017

CAS Floral Shadow

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week my wonderful teammate Jaydee is hostess, and she has chosen Flowers for this Clean and Simple challenge. I couldn't be more thrilled, if you know me I love flowers! 

I have two cards to share, basically two tries at the same card. I really wanted a stamp set with some solid floral images to try some different techniques, and purchased this one, Floral Shadow by Altenew. (PS: There are lots of really useful sentiments in this set, too.) I inked the images up with Brush Markers, spritzed the stamps with water, and then stamped onto watercolor card stock. This first try was a little more liquidy than what I was going for and I almost tossed it, but it started to grow on me, and I really liked the fresh greens and yellow. 

Here's the second try, a little less water and the addition of some blue flowers and a black mat. I also heat embossed the sentiment on this one, just to do something different. I'd love to know which one you prefer! 

With my first card I am also playing along with the colors at Fusion, and with the second I am playing along with the Blue and Yellow theme at The Flower Challenge. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Floral Shadow (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp), Bristol Smooth Watercolor Card Stock (Strathmore)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Markers: Clean Color Markers (Zig)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Pierced Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (Wow), Enamel Dots (Echo Park), Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting me today! Please pay a visit to the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope to see your creations in the gallery, too! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Purr-fect Valentine, FMS271

Hi everyone! Some cards I have more fun making than others, and this one was lots of fun. I'm a kitty lover, and I had two cats in mind when I made this card for my son and his girlfriend. Here they are, the cats, that is!


Their cat Bean, a female, is on the left. My cat Ollie, a male, is on the right. Though they have never been formally introduced, I think they would be friends. After all, they have a lot in common! They are in many ways the mirror image of one another. I hope they'll see the resemblance of the kitties on the card. I have been practicing coloring a black cat, no easy task. 

Though I had an idea of what I wanted to make, I've been patiently waiting for a sketch to inspire me and this one by Cindy at Freshly Made Sketches was purr-fect! Sorry, couldn't help myself, lol! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Furry Kisses, Happy Meowday (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Scallop Border Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Schoolhouse Red Envelopes (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting! Please leave a comment, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Unforgettable Birthday

Hi everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! 

This time around the "Toppings" options is Dashes and Doodles. You can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!

I am not at all good at doing anything freehand, so this challenge was challenging for me! I decided to keep it simple and just make a border of dots and dashes. I hope it doesn't look too much like Morse code! I had fun coloring the critters from this Mama Elephant stamp set which I purchased at the show back in October, but only inking it up for the first time. I borrowed a little balloon that was just the right size and shape from a Lawn Fawn set. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Ella and Friends (Mama Elephant), So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Happy Day (My Minds Eye)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic, Tuxedo Black Dual Marker (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Ella and Friends Dies (Mama Elephant)

I'm so glad you paid me a visit today! If you have a moment please leave a comment, then visit the rest of the wonderful Design Team at Seize the Birthday. We'd love for you to play along, too!

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful Friend, PP327

Hi friends! This week at The Paper Players, it is my turn to be hostess. I have a simple color challenge for you: black, white and any one color. Lots of room for interpretation here, I hope you are inspired!

Though my first thought was to combine black and white with red or another Valentine color, I shifted gears entirely. I had this floral stem stamped up and waiting to be colored for quite a while, but decided I liked it the way it was, colorless. Instead, all the color was in my background, and I thought the white image stood out nicely against it. 

I die cut the image, then stacked it up on three more layers of the same die cut in black. I took another piece of patterned paper from the same paper pad and lined the envelope with it. 

I am also playing along with the Altenew January Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the white blossoms and the rich shade of yellow-gold. And of course my gorgeous Altenew stamps!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Lady (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Summer Starfruit, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Harmony (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Lady Die (Altenew), Envelope Liner Die (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Simple Stories)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players, and I hope you'll play along with my challenge this week, too! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Going Green with The Paper Players

Hi everyone! It's time for the first new challenge of the year at The Paper Players, woo hoo! My sweet and talented friend LeAnne is hostess this week, and she's helping us kick start our resolutions with a Going Green challenge, to use a recycled item in our projects. 

One of my Christmas gifts from my son and his girlfriend this year was this beautiful fig and vanilla soy candle from Sydney Hale Co. It smells amazing! Also note the cool box in the background, which is one of my recycled items. I also recycled some black sparkly ribbon which was on another gift. 

I thought I'd use my recycled items to get started on a Valentine's Day card. I always make cards for my sons and of course hubby too, so I went with what I hope is a masculine Valentine. Close up you can better appreciate the subtle tone on tone stripes of the kraft card stock, and the sparkle of the ribbon. The die cut sentiment is inlaid on the black base, with just a few peeks of red. At the last minute I added a few hearts because I thought the card wasn't Valentine-ish enough. I hope they are not too girly!


I'm also playing along with both the SSS Monday Challenge which is "Start Afresh", and the SSS Wednesday Challenge which is "New Something". My new and never-before-used item is my Hero Arts Love Stamp & Cut.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black, Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Love Stamp & Cut Die (Hero Arts), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)
Other: Kraft Card Stock & Black Sparkle Ribbon (Recycled)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see the creations of our fabulous team. We hope you'll join us in our first challenge of the year, too! 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Simple Birthday Floral

Hi everyone! It's a new year and we are back with a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! There are no "Toppings" this week, so it's "Anything Goes" Birthday. Easy peasy, and I know you want to get a head start on making some birthday cards! 

December was a tough month for me as my DH had some pretty serious medical problems, which thankfully are on their way to being resolved. This was the first time I'd stamped in almost a month, so I gravitated toward something most in my comfort zone: florals, and my beloved Altenew stamp sets. I chose a no-fail color combo of pinks and greens, and layered up the die cut images into a simple bouquet. It felt so good to get inky again. 

With all the challenges going on in my life right now I decided to take a break from the Design Team at Stamp Ink Paper. That won't stop me from playing along as often as I can, though! This week the challenge is Card Maker's Choice. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Peony Bouquet, Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Woodgrain Card Stock (Altenew)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Velvet, Rouge, Blush (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Peony Bouquet Dies (Altenew)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

I'm so glad you paid me a visit today! If you have a moment please leave a comment, then visit the rest of the wonderful Design Team at Seize the Birthday. We'd love for you to play along, too!

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and My Favorite Cards of 2016

Hi Stampers, and a Happy New Year to you! Did you all have a nice New Year's Eve last night? It was a very quiet evening for me. The month of December was full of challenges, more on that in another post, but a quiet relaxing evening was just what I needed. 

For the last few years, it has become my tradition to look over my blog posts for the prior year on January 1 and pick out 12 of my favorite projects, one for each month. Doing this is always an interesting experience for me, as I see how my style has evolved. As you can see I am enjoying product from lots of different companies! Below each project is a link to the original blog post where you can find the list of supplies. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this gallery of my favorites! Inky hugs, and all the best to each one of you in 2017!