Sunday, April 23, 2017

Just a Little Note, PP341


Hi friends! This week at The Paper Players, it is my turn to be hostess. I have a simple sketch for you with lots of room for interpretation, I hope you are inspired!


I recently got a new stamp set from Mama Elephant, and I thought the small images would fit nicely inside the square element of the sketch. That decided, I searched through my stash of patterned paper looking for something that would work for the center panel, and was thrilled with this find from Authentique. I thought the birds played off the feather pen nicely, and the the music notes worked great with the sentiment. A match made in heaven! 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Fair Feathers (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Harmony (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Fair Feathers Dies (Mama Elephant)

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! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Birthday Cupcake


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


This time around the "Toppings" options is to use two patterned papers. I love patterned paper and have a ton of it, so I had fun with this challenge. But remember, you can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!


I used my favorite Cupcake stamp set from Avery Elle with matching dies, and paper from two different stacks. The cupcake frosting and flowers were colored with Copics. Nothing fancy here, a simple card, really! 


I'm also playing along with the cupcake theme at Inspired by all the Little Things. I didn't have cute little chicks to put on my cupcake, but I did have three yellow flowers! 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Cupcakes (Avery Elle)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Lemon Chiffon, Green Apple (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Kitten Smitten (Doodlebug), Sunny Days Ahead (Echo Park)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Cupcakes Dies (Avery Elle), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)

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, April 9, 2017

Plum Blossoms, PP339


Hi everyone! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the wonderful Joanne is our hostess, and she has a fresh and lovely color combination for us. This trio of colors is so pretty together and I really loved working with them.   


First, I stamped the floral images in Versamark Ink on watercolor card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder, doing some masking on the lower left side. Then I watercolored them, matching the colors as closely as I could to the challenge colors using Distress inks.  A little border of black and a sentiment embossed on black card stock provide some contrast.


I'm also playing along with the flower theme at the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge.


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Lady (Altenew)
Card Stock: Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up), Black (Simon Says Stamp), Bristol Smooth Watercolor Card Stock (Strathmore)
Ink Pads: Versamark; Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Old Paper Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Heat Tool, Watercolor Brushes (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)

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

Inky hugs!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

PP338 The Easter Bunny


Hi everyone! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week Laurie is our hostess with the mostess, and she has a seasonal theme for us: The Easter Bunny! 


It just so happened that I had a new little bunny set from Lawn Fawn waiting for some ink, so I was happy for this challenge. I combined it with an also new picket fence die for my little springtime scene. I had a lot of fun making this one! 


Once my little scene was finished, I realized I didn't have a good spot to place a sentiment, so I used it on the inside along with a few more eggs.


I'm also playing along with the Easter theme at Fusion. I was inspired by the fresh spring colors and eggs. 



Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Hoppy Easter, Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Sea Glass, Green Apple (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Butter Bar (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Hoppy Easter Dies, Hello Sunshine Dies, Stitched Hillside Border Dies, Little Picket Fence Border Die, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up)

Thanks for visiting! Next, please head over to The Paper Players to see the creations of the rest of our Design Team. We hope you'll play along this week, too! 


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Birthday Balloons


Hello friends, and a happy April Fool's day to you. No tricks here today, I promise! April showers have begun early in New York as it has been pouring cats and dogs for most of the week. I hope some warmer temperatures will follow. I have a simple birthday card for a couple of challenges today, using some new goodies from Mama Elephant.


I'm playing along with the layout at CAS(E) this sketch along with the inspiration at The Card Concept. I was inspired by the beautiful purple-aqua-gold color scheme, along with the repeating bottle element, though I used balloons instead.


How could I not play along with Darnell's Big Fat Card Boo Boo / NBUS challenge?! My NBUS items are all three of the stamp sets I used and the Happy die, listed below.


For my boo-boo's, take your pick! How about a crooked balloon string, or perhaps a splattering of purple ink where it doesn't belong? Or how about a balloon double-stamped in my Misti that is misaligned just a smidge? Can't really see my mistakes? Click on the photos for a close-up of my screw-up! There are no lack of mistakes on my craft desk! Perfectionist that I am, the boo boos went in the trash. Thankfully, the third time was a charm :)


I thought the addition of some black made this card a little more grown up as it is going to an adult. For the Happy sentiment, I cut the sentiment twice in black and once in white.  The white layer was inked up with some gold pigment ink before gluing them all together.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Good Times, Fair Feathers, Brush Strokes (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Purple Wine, Ocean Waves (Altenew), Galaxy Gold Brilliance (Tsukineko)
Tools: Big Shot, Happy Die (Mama Elephant)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kitty Dreams for Seize the Birthday



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



This time around the "Toppings" options is to use vellum. I love the topping options as they really inspire me to try new things, but remember you can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!


I had fun using my favorite cat themed stamp set from My Favorite Things, and some cute cat themed patterned paper by Doodlebug. Originally I had some much more creative ideas with what I wanted to do with vellum, but in the end I just used it as a panel to soften my background. It's pierced around the border though that doesn't show up in the photos. Adhering vellum without signs of the adhesive can be tricky, but my favorite way to do it is with a thin mist of Elmer's Spray Adhesive. 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: I Knead You (My Favorite Things)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), White Vellum (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper: Kitten Smitten (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Square Dies (Lawn Fawn), I Knead You Dies (My Favorite Things)

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, March 26, 2017

Lovely Birthday, PP337


Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend so far. It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players, and this week Claire is our hostess and has a fabulous sketch for us to play along with. I love all the fun layers! 


I stayed very close to the sketch except I thought three flowers looked better than one. And that they needed some leaves. And some berries, lol :) Those were all stamped and die cut, and the the brick background was created with a stencil and my Clarity stencil brushes, which I don't use nearly often enough considering how beautifully they work. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday, and worked perfectly with the space I had to work with.


I'm playing along with the Happy Little Stampers challenge for the first time today, where it's Anything Goes with Dies.


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: You're So Lovely (Hero Arts), You Did It (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Navy, Soft Sky, Lime Green, Pale Tomato (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn), You're So Lovely Dies (Hero Arts), English Brick Wall Stencil (My Favorite Things), Stencil Brushes (Clarity)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting! I'd love for you to leave a comment, then please check out the creations of the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along, too!