Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Magical Day, SIP62


Hi friends! It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge from Stamp Ink Paper. This week its a sketch challenge and we can't wait to see what you create with it! 


I took a little creative license with this sketch. I've got the frame element and the sentiment in the correct place, but for the circle element I I used a rainbow. I hope you can still see the sketch! I had lots of fun creating this one, especially coloring the rainbow and unicorn. 


How about a real rainbow? This one was taken over Niagara Falls, Canada, on my trip there a few weeks ago. 



Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Be A Unicorn (Avery Elle)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Be A Unicorn Dies, Pierced Clouds Dies (Avery Elle), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting, and please visit the rest of the Design Team at Stamp Ink Paper! We hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Gorgeous Cupcake, PP309


Hi friends! It my turn to be hostess at The Paper Players, and for this Clean and Simple challenge I have chosen a theme: "Something Sweet". I can't wait to see everyones yummy creations! 


I have to say I am really happy with the way this came out. It's so girly-girl and I love the delicate pattern on the cupcake wrapper. I think the sentiment can be taken two ways, as directed to the recipient, or as I imagined, to the cupcake. "Well, hello you gorgeous cupcake, come to mama", lol! Chocolate with strawberry frosting, yumm :)


I am also playing along with the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday. 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Cupcakes (Avery Elle)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Happy Day (My Minds Eye)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Cupcake Dies (Avery Elle)
Accessories: Pink Rhinestones (manuf. unknown)

Thanks for paying me a visit today! Next, please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and I hope you'll play along with my challenge this week, too!

Inky hugs :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wildflower Bouquet, SIP61


Hi there friends! Is it Tuesday again? Time is passing way too quickly. I am pedaling as fast as I can but it is hard to keep up! Anyone else in the same boat? Or on the same bike? Lol!

This week at Stamp Ink Paper we have a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge from Lisa, and I love it! So many organic elements, right up my alley.


This is what I came up with. I originally wanted to go down the blue/ flower column but couldn't seem to work in the embossing so I shifted to flowers/ sequins/ green. I'm pretty happy with the end result.



The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Let's Go Wild. This little bouquet reminds me of a handfull of wildflowers.


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Peony Bouquet, Beautiful Day (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Pacific Point (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Peony Bouquet and Beautiful Day Dies (Altenew)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting, and please visit the rest of the Design Team at Stamp Ink Paper! I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bespectacled, PP308 & CTS185


Hi everyone! Yikes, it is hot here in New York. It's supposed to hit 97 degrees F with a heat index of about 110. Honestly it's not the heat but the humidity that has made it so uncomfortable. My plans are to head into Manhattan and stay cool inside the Metroplitan Museum of Art. I haven't been there in ages and I can't wait! Oldest son and his girlfriend will be joining me :)

Today at The Paper Players, the fabulous Claire is our hostess and she has chosen a school inspired color scheme, though the school theme is optional.


I wanted to stay with the school theme but a little more on the grown-up side, and this is what I came up with. I used my Misti to line up the eyeglasses, and used the colors in very small doses. My favorite part is the little rhinestone flowers on the red glasses.


My layout inspiration came from this week's challenge at CAS(E) this sketch!


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: I See You (Simon Says Stamp), Amazing Women (Essentials by Ellen)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Tools: Big Shot, I See You Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Hero Hues Gems (Hero Arts)

Thanks for paying me a visit today! Next, please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along this week, too!

Inky hugs :)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Merry & Bright Snowflakes


Hi stampers! I picked up a bunch of Christmas stamps, dies and papers the other day (yes, I know it's August lol) and I couldn't wait to put them to use. The single stamped sentiment and dies are from Reverse Confetti, and the gorgeous patterned paper is from Authentique. I love the traditional reds and greens. 


For my layout inspiration, I chose the sketch at Mojo Monday and love how it worked with my elements. Merry Monday has a summer long link-up, and we can chose any of their old challenges to play along with. I chose MM187: make a card using plaid. 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Winter Word Coordinates (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Ivory, Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Retro Christmas (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Field Greens (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Scallop Border Dies (Lawn Fawn), Wreaths, Winter Words, Let it Snow Dies (Reverse Confetti)
Accessories: Red Raspberry Adhesive Sequins (Jillibean Soup)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous Friday!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Purple Orchids, SIP60


Hi friends! Wow, the weeks and the summer are passing too quickly. I need to get in some last licks and head to the beach! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Today at Stamp Ink Paper we have some serious purple power going on; wait til you check out the gallery! 


My CAS purple project features orchids from Hero Arts, which are so pretty I left lots of white space so they could take center stage. I used Altenew Inks and my Misti to line things up.



At the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, the theme is Fabulous Florals with a focus on products by Hero Arts.


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Color Layering Orchid in a Pot, Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smoke (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Evening Glow, Moon Rock (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Dies (Hero Arts)

Thanks for stopping by and please do leave a comment! Then head over to visit the rest of the team at Stamp Ink Paper!

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Lamp Post in the Wood, PP307


Hi there, everyone! This week at The Paper Players, Joanne is our fabulous hostess and she has a theme challenge for us: to include a light source on our project. It sounded challenging at first, but I didn't have to think too long before I came up with an idea. 


I hope a few of you will recognize the scene I tried to create here as a scene from the beloved children's book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I'm re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time since my childhood and truly enjoying every page. They are not just for children! As the author said in his dedication: "Some day you will be old enough to begin reading fairy tales again". When Lucy first comes through the magic wardrobe, she find a lone lamp post in the snowy wood.  Here she meets Mr. Tumnus the Faun who invites her for tea and cakes, and this is the beginning of her adventure. 

It took me a few tries before I got the scene as I wanted it, mostly due to the masking and sponging. The final layer is some snowflakes created with modeling paste through a stencil. I really enjoyed my time spent making this card while daydreaming of Narnia, so I thank you, Joanne! 


Some journeys 
take us far from home.
Some adventures
lead us to our destiny.


This card will go to my son who is also a big fan of C.S. Lewis. I added one of the author's quotes as my inside sentiment which I think my son will appreciate as he's all about adventure. I forgot to take a picture of it before I sealed it and mailed it off, but there it is! 



Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Winter in the Park, Let it Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black, Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Frayed Leaf (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn), Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Light Modeling Paste (Liquitex)

I hope you enjoyed my creation! If so, I would be ever so pleased if you left a comment. Then please visit the rest of our fabulous team at The Paper Players!