Sunday, November 12, 2017

PP370 White on White


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the amazing Nance is our hostess with a color challenge: White on White. I love white on white cards and couldn't wait to get started on one! 


Given the time of year and the inspiration photo, a Christmas card would have been the logical choice. However, I was inspired to use some silhouette dies that I purchased recently from Hobby Lobby. Did I mention there is a Hobby Lobby in my area now? I'm so excited! It's a 30 minute or so drive but prior to this I would have had to travel to a different state to get to the closest one. Anyway... I cut the image three times and stacked them up for some dimension. For some texture, the top layer is textured card stock. I also added a base layer of some recycled card stock which is just beautiful. It came in a kit and I had no idea what to do with it, but it worked perfectly for this project. I'm happy to say I don't need a sympathy card at the moment, but it never hurts to have one on hand.

Stamp Sets: Love and Sympathy (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), White Textured (Stampin' Up), Recycled Card Stock (Hero Arts)
Ink: Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Pierced Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things), Stacking Rectangle Dies (Hero Arts), Wildflower Dies (Tim Holtz)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Circle Quilt STB



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


This time around the "Toppings" options is "Circles". However, you can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!


So many options for this topping! I had a hard time narrowing down my choices. In the end I went with another birthday quilt, as I am having fun playing with all the pieces and coming up with new designs. This one was made using the flower shaped die, which fits perfect inside a circle die so you can run them both through the Big Shot together. I foraged through all my patterned paper scraps looking for the tiniest of patterns. After the quilt was done I ran it through the Big Shot again with an embossing folder for a little texture and 'quilting'.



Stamp Sets: Birthday Greetings (Altenew)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Lots of assorted scraps! 
Ink Pads: Cup O Joe (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits, Circle Dies (Stampin' Up), Quilted Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)


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, November 5, 2017

PP369 Holiday Pines


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the wonderful and talented LeAnne is our hostess with a theme challenge, Holiday Pines. I love this challenge and couldn't wait to dive in to my stamps to look for pine cones!


I went through my stamp stash a found a few sets with pine cones, but settled on this one from Technique Tuesday. There is also a larger pine cone in this stamp, but I stamped it off the edge and focused on the smaller cones. I colored the images with Copics, though in retrospect I think it would have been much easier with colored pencils. Those pine needles are so tiny! Though I tend to be a glitter phobe I thought they needed some sparkle so I frosted them with glitter, thoroughly cleaned my craft space, then quarantined my card in a clear envelope! 


Stamp Sets: Pinecone, Bow and Holly (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla Textured (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Have A Merry Christmas (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Corner Punch (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Dazzling Details Glitter, Silver Glitter Paper (Stampin' Up)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Kitty


Happy Halloween! I've had this cute little kitty in a pumpkin all colored and cut and sitting on my desk for weeks, but leave it to me to wait until the last minute to put him on a card. The image is colored with Copic markers, and the white circles were sponged on the edges with black ink for a little contrast.

I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is All Creatures Great and Small, and at the Wednesday Challenge it's Anything Goes.


Stamp Sets: Hey Pumpkin, Happy Meowday (Simon Says Stamp), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smoky Slate (SU), Black Textured (American Crafts)
Patterned Paper: Boos and Brews (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Circle Dies (Sizzix)


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you get some treats today!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Glittering Santa PP368


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the amazing Jaydee is our hostess with a fun Tic Tac Toe challenge.



My card goes down the left side of the tic-tac-toe board: Tree, Christmas, Silver/Gold. I used a new digi stamp set from Power Poppy, and love this vintage German style ornament, just like the ones my parents used to have. I added a sentiment from a retired Stampin' Up set as I thought the font worked nicely, then colored my image with Copics.


The little balls on the tree and the ornament hanger are my gold elements, and though I couldn't capture it well they are sparkly IRL. 


While I was at it, I made two! My Christmas card stash is steadily growing.

Stamp Sets: Glittering Santa Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Good Greetings (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Solar White, Desert Storm (Neenah), Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Michael's (sorry, don't know manufacturer)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markeres: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Pierced Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Gold Dazzling Details, Crumb Cake Seam Binding (Stampin' Up)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Birthday Quilt



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


This time around the "Toppings" options is "Kraft Card Base". However, you can also chose to do an "Anything Goes" birthday card, the choice is yours!


I chose to go with the toppings and used several layers of kraft, along with my brand new Quilt Builder dies. I love them! What a perfect way to use of those tiny scraps of patterned paper I've been hoarding. This patterned paper from SU is so old, it features colors like Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss. Remember those? I love the way this came out and can't wait to make more little quilts.

Products Used: (All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Sets: Family Reunion
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Patterned Paper: Raspberry Tart
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits, Layering Square Framelits, Oval Punch, Quilted Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine

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 :)


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lawn Fawn Halloween House


Hi everyone! I have a kind of long post today, much longer than my usual quickie post. Scroll all the way down if you want to see what I was doing last weekend, also :) My friend Dena and I were inspired by a gorgeous diorama made by the amazing Chari Moss, and decided to make our own. Both use these cute costumed kids, but we made ours quite differently. Dena hit a home run when she found these adorable haunted houses at Michaels. We also added cobwebs, bats, stars and most importantly, candy to make them our own.


We colored and cut these little cuties, then mounted them to the bottom of the house using a strip of black card stock folded to the shape of an L, and then adhered with glue dots. The black paper shreds on the bottom are from the dollar spot at Target.


The bats, ghost, moon, stars and candy where adhered with regular tape runner. The panel inside the window and the cobweb are both white vellum, which reflect the light really nicely.

 

The light in the attic changes colors from white to blue, green, purple and red. Such fun! I haven't made a 3-D project in ages, and it was a great time putting this together, even if it took us long into the night! 


Of course I had to find a challenge or two to share this project with. I'm playing along with the Photo Inspiration at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and the Scary challenge at As You See It, though my little haunted house isn't nearly as scary as that inspiration photo! 

Stamp Sets: Costume Party, Spooktacular, Trick or Treat (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Costume Party Dies, Spooktacular Dies, Trick or Treat Dies, Cute Cobweb Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: White Vellum (Stampin' Up), Spider Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug)
Other: Haunted House (Michael's), Black Paper Shreds (Target)

And now for some promised weekend pics...


What day trip could be more seasonal than a trip to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery? It's actually a very beautiful place in Westchester County NY, with rolling hills, streams, and a beautiful landscape. 


Though I am not one to frequent cemeteries, one can't help but be impressed by the beautiful architecture of many of the crypts, one more impressive than the next. 


There is quite of bit of history here, too. This one is the final resting place of numerous Roosevelt's. 


Other notable people interred in this cemetery include Washington Irving (author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Walter Chrysler, Elizabeth Arden, Andrew Carnegie, and many of the Astor's.




If you've made it to the end, and even if you haven't, I thank you for stopping by and paying me a visit today. Hope you enjoyed my Halloween-themed post!

Inky hugs :)