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! 


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Birthday Owl, PP403


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the wonderful Claire is our hostess with a sketch challenge.


I had this cute little owl all colored and cut and sitting on my desk waiting for a home, and I thought she'd look great on the tag in this sketch. I found some patterned papers that I though went well with the floral crown. The rest was easy-peasy! 


I'm also sharing this at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where it's Anything Goes. 


I haven't shared any personal pics in a while, so how about sunrise at Jone's Beach? I love getting there early and having the beach to myself :) Well, me and the seagulls! 



Stamp Sets: Hi There Owl, You Did It (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Life in Color (Simple Stories)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Large Tag Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Thick Baker's Twine (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 :)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Christmas Silhouettes


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 Clean-and-Simple challenge: Use Negative Space on your Card.



It took me a while to come up with an idea for this challenge, as the use of negative space is something I rarely incorporate in a card. But hey, that's why they call it a challenge, right? I went through my dies to look for something suitable, and was thrilled when I came across this NBUS die from Simon Says Stamp, Bare Tree Oval. Perfect! I tried to keep things as CAS as possible, but must admit I spent a bit of time on the background. First I sponged distress inks onto watercolor paper, then splattered a bit of water, and finally splattered some watered down acrylic paint to give the illusion of snow. 


I had some leftover background so I made a second card, with a different sentiment and a bow on the tree. Which do you like better?


Two more Christmas cards to add to my stash!

 

I'm also sharing these creations at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is use a die or punch, and the Jingle Belles Challenge, All Bundled Up (make a card with layers).




Stamp Sets: Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant), Vintage Post (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smooth Watercolor (Bristol), Woodgrain Textured (Altenew), Real Red (Stampin Up)
Ink Pads: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks (Ranger), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp), Cup O' Joe (Hero Arts), Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Bare Tree Oval Die (Simon Says Stamp), Winter Wonderland Dies (Hero Arts), Heat Tool
Accessories: White Acrylic Paint (Target), White Embossing Powder, Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Second card also uses:
Layering Wreath Stamp Set & Dies (Hero Arts), Hand Lettered Holiday Die (W plus9)

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 :)