Friday, August 17, 2018

Triangle Twofer


Hi friends! Today I am playing along with the Twofer Challenge, which is Geometric.


The geometric shape I am using is (obviously) triangles. I posted this card on Sunday, and you can go to the post and find the details here (along with a photo of a triangular shaped building in NYC). This card was made with the 'smooshing' technique, and is an anniversary card for friends. I had intended to post the Twofer the following day, but you know how life sometimes gets in the way... 


A few days later, here is card #2, which is for my nephews birthday. I think this one is a little more masculine, and this time I watercolored the panels of triangles, to show a bit more definition to the shapes. I used only one black watercolor, and varied the dilution to create different shades. I also Twofer'd the sentiment stamps and dies, and did I mention this background stamp was also NBUS?! 


I love the shine on this one, with the gold embossing and foil sentiment. 


... and here's my Twofer photo! 

Triangles Wishes- card details here

Birthday Triangles
Stamp Sets: Abstract Triangles, Sending and Wishing (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Smooth Watercolor (Bristol), Basic Black, Gold Foil (Stampin Up)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Sending and Wishing Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (Hero Arts), Enamel Dots (Doodlebug), Gansai Tambi Watercolors (Kuretake)

Thanks for taking the time to pay me a visit today! 

Inky hugs :)


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Paintchip Birthday



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


This time around there are no "Toppings", so it's Anything Goes Birthday!


I needed to make a card for a male acquaintance, and was completely stumped as to what subject matter to use. He's not an outdoorsy kind of guy and not into sports. Then I remembered that he works for a paint store, and I've had a collection of paint chips in my drawer waiting to be used. I used a small rectangle die to cut out the pieces, and arranged them in ombre fashion. I used another die for the sentiment. This card was quick, easy and fun! 

Here's the paint chip I used, from Sherman Williams, where he works! 


Stamp Sets: Say it Happy (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Navy (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Straight Talk Happy Dies (Technique Tuesday), Nesting Rectangle Dies (Hero Arts)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

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, August 12, 2018

Triangle Wishes, PP405


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week my sweet friend LeAnne is our hostess with a color challenge. It's a pretty one, too!



I've had this NBUS background stamp on my desk for a few weeks now, and decided to take it out for a whirl. I heat embossed the triangles with white embossing powder. Then I used the smooshing technique with distress inks to add the colors. Finally, I splattered with a little water. 


I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Distress It



Stamp Sets: Abstract Triangles, Sending and Wishing (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Smooth Watercolor (Bristol), Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks (Ranger)
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Sending and Wishing Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp), Enamel Dots (Doodlebug)


Speaking of triangles... While I was making this card, I kept thinking of this apartment building in NYC on the Hudson River, called VIA 57 West, or the Pyramid Building. I took this photo while on a dinner cruise. Pretty cool, huh?

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 :)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Graduation Congratulations


Hi everyone. I attended a graduation party last weekend, and this is the card I made for the grad. Almost all of the ingredients came from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit that I never made much use of. The 'congratulations' sentiment was heat embossed on vellum and cut out by hand. The word 'grad' was made using stickers that came in the kit. Pretty simple! 


I'm playing along with the challenge at Color Throwdown which is black, white and copper, though I substituted gold for the copper. I hope that's ok! 


Stamp Sets: Congratulations (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: White, Smoke (Simon Says Stamp), White Vellum (Stampin Up)
Patterned Paper: Fancy That (My Minds Eye)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Rectangle Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Fancy That Stickers (My Minds Eye), Gold Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp), Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)

Have a great day! 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Playful Love, PP404


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the sweet and talented Laurie is our hostess with a theme challenge: Humorous. Love it! What a fun challenge this is going to be!



I don't own much in the way of humorous stamp sets, in fact, I think this is the only one. I thought is was perfect for this challenge though, and will be a fun card to give my hubby one day. I thought the slightly wonky shape of the hearts added to the playful feel of the card, and the woodgrain and stripes keep it masculine.




Stamp Sets: Playful Messages (Simon Says Stamp), Chevron Love (Verve)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Patterned Paper: Summer Fun (Echo Park)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Squares Die (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Doodlebug)



Before I go I just thought I'd share a picture of Ollie. Doesn't he look so perfectly posed? He is rarely that cooperative! 

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, August 2, 2018

Birthday Splash



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


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


Hmmm... water. I have a few sailboat sets, and a girl on a pool float, but used them both recently and wanted to give some love to something I hadn't used in a while. I thought this set fit the ticket perfectly, and I created a watery, rainy background by sponging and adding a few raindrops. My sentiment was created using three different sets, but I think it works!


Stamp Sets: April Showers, April Showers Additions (Clearly Besotted), Best Birds (Stampin' Up), Beautiful Lady (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Pool, Cornflower, Bubble Gum, Orchid (Hero Arts), Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger)
Tools: Big Shot, April Showers Die (Clearly Besotted), Stitched Rectangle Dies (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 :)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ten Minute Christmas Card


Hi everyone! I have a QCAS (quick clean and simple) Christmas card today, and I made it in less than 10 minutes! Mind you, I have everything planned and my materials laid out before I hit the stop watch. Read on...



When I saw the challenge at Inkspirational, make a card in 10 minutes or less, I almost said forget it. I am the worlds slowest stamper! But then I saw the challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown, to use stickers, and I thought there was hope. I almost never use stickers, but yet have quite a few of them as a result of card kits. So I decided to give it a whirl and use some of those bad boys up, and succeeded in making my card in 8 minutes 34 seconds. That is a world record for me! 


Stamp Sets: Holiday Ornaments (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Here Comes Santa (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Candy Cane Puffy Stickers (Doodlebug)

Thanks for visiting!