Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Golden Holly, SIP76

Hi friends! Did you make any Cyber Monday purchases yesterday? I did, a few gifts for others, and a few crafty items for myself :) Who can resist a great sale? Today at Stamp Ink Paper we have a new challenge for you: Embossing. Nice and simple, lots of options.

I used the same stamp as I did for my post on Sunday, the branch of holly from Happy Holly Days. On Sunday I colored my image with Copic markers, but today I used heat embossing and let the gold shine do all the work. I also embossed the background, so I used two embossing techniques today. I have to say I love how this one came out. The texture and shine are so pretty IRL. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Happy Holly Days (Hero Arts), Poinsettia (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Cream (Simon Says Stamp), Gold Glitter (American Crafts)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Damask Embossing Folder (Darice)
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Thanks for stopping by! Please check out the creations of the rest of our team at Stamp Ink Paper, and we'd love for you to play along, too!

Have a great day :)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holly Day Wishes, PP323

Hi friends! I hope those of you in the US are enjoying the long holiday weekend. Actually, I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend! This week at The Paper Players it is my turn to be hostess, and I have a sketch for you to play along with. I love what the Design Team did with this one, and it's always so much fun to see all the different interpretations.

I'm still working on Christmas cards and I hope you are not tiring of them yet. I also had a few new products from Hero Arts that I was eager to try out. I used three different stamp sets here, one for the background, one for the focal image and one for the sentiment. The script in the background was heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The focal image was stamped once, masked, stamp again and then colored with Copics.

I am also playing along with the challenge at Inspired by All The Little Things. I was inspired by the Christmas theme, greenery and the colors.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Vintage Post, Happy Holly Days, Color Layering Christmas Tree (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Real Red (Stampin' Up), Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Stitched Label Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

I'm so glad you stopped by today! Please take a moment to leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see what the rest of our team has created. I hope you'll play along with my challenge this week, too!

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Joy to the World, SIP75

Hi everyone! Are you busy preparing for Thanksgiving this week as I am? Today I'll finish up some last minute food shopping and house tidying, and tomorrow I'll spend most of the day in the kitchen. I don't mind; Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! The leftovers are awesome!

AStamp Ink Paper, we have an interesting color challenge for you. I love the new copper trend but sadly I am struggling finding many copper elements both in the stores and online.

My one and only copper element is a jar of embossing powder, so I put it to work. I heat embossed the sentiment and also the wreath, and they came out so pretty. I wish you could see the shine in real life. I tried to capture some of it in the photo below.

I'm also playing along with the challenge at Fusion. I was inspired both by the layout and the word "Joy".

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Winter Word Coordinates (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Audrey Blue (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Snowfall Embossing Folder (Taylored Expressions), Winter Words Dies, Wreath Dies, Holly Dies (Reverse Confetti), Basic Banners Die (Wplus9)
Accessories: Copper Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

So glad you stopped by today! I'd be very pleased if you left a comment. Then, head over to visit the Stamp Ink Paper team. We hope you'll play along, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Home for the Holidays, PP322

Hi friends! The sweet and talented Claire is hostess this week at The Paper Players. She has an easy theme for us to play along with this week: Clean and Simple Christmas. As far as I'm concerned clean and simple is my go-to for Christmas cards because that makes them easy to mass produce and to mail. That said, I really need to get into mass production mode as the days are passing quickly! 

My card is definately clean with all its white space, but not so sure if all my itty bitty die cuts qualify as simple. It's surprising how much you can fit into a 3" x 3" square! It was really quick to put together though, and I always have lots of fun creating little Lawn Fawn scenes. 

I am also playing along with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker. All I colored was my little car and presents, but I colored nonetheless!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Home for the Holidays, Peace Joy Love (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Soft Sky (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Let's Bokeh in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Forever Green (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Squares Dies, Stitched Hillside Border Dies, Mini Snowflakes Dies, Home for the Holidays Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: White Gel Pen (Signo)

Thanks for stopping by today! Please pay a visit to the rest of our wonderful Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll find time to play along with us this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Furry Cat and Box

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

This time around the "Toppings" option is Presents. You can also chose to do an "Anything Goes" birthday card, the choice is yours!

I did go with the present theme, and my gift is this furry little cat in a box! I would be thrilled with a gift like that, my DH not so much, lol! One crazy kitty is enough for him :) I stamped and colored him, then paper pieced the box and cut it all out by hand. The patterns are pretty busy so I left plenty of white space to give them room to "breathe". 


The layout was inspired by this week's sketch at Retro Sketches... 

...and by my own furry cat, Oliver! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Furry Cat and Box (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: I Am (Simple Stories)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up)

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, November 15, 2016

Let's Chill, SIP74

Hi everyone! Well today is November 15 and according to the National Day Calender, it's National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Sounds like a good plan, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner! Today is also time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper, and this one is easy: Clean and Simple Christmas. Well, for some of us the Clean and Simple part can be challenging :) 

I'm more of a clean and layered kind of girl, but I think I did OK today. After all, clean and simple is kind of subjective, right? My card was simple, for sure. I stamped my snowpeople and sentiment, a few quick die cuts, and the coloring was a snap as the images are mostly white. Though not in my original plan, I thought the patterned paper was kind of cool. I wish I had more of it, I could make a whole stack of these in a jiffy.

I'm also playing along with the Merry Christmas Challenge, where the challenge this week is Snowmen. 

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Swanky Snowdudes (Paper Smooches)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Christmas Wishes (Pink Fresh Studios)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Swanky Snowdudes Dies (Paper Smooches), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn) 

So glad you stopped by today! I'd be very pleased if you left a comment. Then, head over to visit the Stamp Ink Paper team. We hope you'll play along, too! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Merry Wreath

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week Joanne is our wonderful hostess and she has a color challenge for us to play along with. I love these traditional Christmas colors, but making a Christmas card is totally optional.

That said, I'm totally in Christmas card mode now! I made my card with stamps and ink from Hero Arts. I've been trying out some different inks lately and I think the Hero inks are my favorite. The pads are nice and juicy (but not too juicy) and the coverage is great, although I did stamp my leaves twice using the Misti for some extra rich color. 

I'm playing along with two other Christmas themed challenges today: the Holiday Cardmaking Challenge at Hero Arts, and the Twine challenge at the Merry Christmas Challenge. I love that they post their challenges way in advance so you have plenty of time to plan ahead.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Holiday Pine Branches (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp), Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads:Mint Julep, Emerald Green, Red Royal (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Holiday Pine Branches Dies (Hero Arts), Hand Lettered Holiday Dies (W plus 9), Scallops Stencil (Heidi Swapp), Stencil Brush (Clarity)
Accessories: Baker's Twine (recycled from a gift)

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love if you left a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see more inspiration using the challenge colors!

Inky hugs :)