Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pink Poinsettias for The Paper Players


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week sweet Claire is our hostess with a color challenge. This is also our last challenge of the year, so we hope you'll find some time to play along!

We'll also be saying goodbye to our wonderful Guest Designer for the last twelve months, Deanne (sniff, sniff)! However, we have a new GD joining us for our first challenge on January 7, and we hope you'll welcome her with some kind comments.



After pondering this combo for a while, I thought that the two pink hues and the two green hues would look great layered upon one another. That decided, it's no surprise I came up with a floral design. I embossed my poinsettias on watercolor card stock in gold, doing a little masking. I colored them with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and water. 



I thought I'd give you a couple of close up shots of the gold embossing. It's very pretty IRL! 



Stamp Sets: Poinsettia, Jingle Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Smooth Watercolor Card Stock (Bristol), Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Versamark
Markers: Clean Color Markers (Zig)
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)


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 last challenge of the year, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Cupcake


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the wonderful and talented Laurie is our hostess with a theme challenge: Christmas Baking.


I have very little in the way of baking themed stamps, in fact, this cupcake set is just about it! My first thought was that cupcakes aren't very Christmas-y, but a Pinterest search for Christmas cupcakes proved me wrong. Wow, some of them are like little works of art! Anyway, I dressed my cupcake up in some Christmas paper and adorned it with holly leaves. My custom sentiment was created using three different stamp sets. Finally, a few pearls colored with a red Sharpie and some Wink of Stella on the frosting added a bit of shine. 



I am also playing along with two other challenges today. I was inspired by the red plaid and white dish ware in the inspiration photo at Fusion, and at Addicted to CAS the Code Word is Sweets.  



Stamp Sets: Cupcakes (Avery Elle), Joy to the Woods, Costume Party (Lawn Fawn), Christmas (Simon Says Stamp), Hand Lettered Holiday (W plus 9)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Here Comes Santa (Doodlebug), Perfectly Plaid Christmas (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things), Cupcakes Dies (Avery Elle), Joy to the Woods Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Pearls (Stampin' Up), Wink of Stella


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, November 30, 2017

Blue and Green Christmas, MM267


Hi everyone! The countdown to Christmas clock is ticking... I am going to try to finish making my Christmas cards this week as I will be doing some traveling later in the month. At the start of the season I always say to myself that I will try to use as many of my holiday stamp sets possible at least once, but this set has turned out to be a favorite and I've used it several times. I love the classic design of the ornaments.


My card was inspired by this gorgeous color combo from Colleen at Merry Monday. I love turquoise and lime together, maybe my favorite combo ever! 


I was really pleased how well the teal blue ink, glitter paper and sequins in my card went together - a perfect match though from three different manufacturers.


I stamped another ornament in a lighter shade of blue and added a sentiment to finish off my card inside. While I was at it, I made four of these! I'm getting closer to my Christmas card goal!



Stamp Sets: Holiday Ornaments, Christmas Trimmings (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smooth Watercolor Card Stock (Bristol)
Patterned Paper: Kitten Smitten (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger), High Dive (Simon Says Stamp), Green Apple, Soft Pool (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Dies, Christmas Trimmings Dies (Hero Arts), Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Teal Glitter Paper (Recollections), Teal Adhesive Sequins (Jillibean Soup)


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Be of Good Cheer


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the wonderful and talented Joanne is our hostess with a sketch challenge. Don't you love it?! 


I had this digital image and sentiment from Power Poppy all printed out and die cut weeks ago. They seemed just perfect for this layout, though I rotated it 90 degrees and then used the mirror image. I hope you can still see the sketch! 


I'm also playing along with the Santa challenge at Merry Monday, and 'anything goes Christmas' at Christmas Card Challenges, where this is their farewell challenge. I'm always sad to see a challenge blog come to an end.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Glittering Santa Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy)
Card Stock: Solar White, Desert Storm (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Have a Merry Christmas (Carta Bella)
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Tools: Big Shot, Circles Dies (Sizzix), Stitched Oval Dies (Lawn Fawn), Femme Frame Dies (Mama Elephant)
Accessories: Linen Thread (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 :)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Monochromatic Birthday



Hi everyone! A Happy Thanksgiving to you all! 
It's also time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! 


This time around the "Toppings" options is "Monochromatic". However, you can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours. This is also our last challenge of the year as our DT takes off for the month of December, so we hope you'll find time to play along! 


So, I've been in kind of a stamping 'funk' lately, not feeling any mojo whatsoever. When that happens and I need to make a card, I either go to other stampers for inspiration, or I go through my own stash and case something I made previously. I did the latter, and pulled out some vintage stamps from Stampin' Up that I've had for ages and refuse to part with. 

The supply list for the card is small, no punches, dies or Big Shot. I stamped the sentiment multiple times for the background and heat embossed in white. I did the same thing for the top layer and fussy cut the image. Yup. That was all cut by hand, the old-school way!


This was a great opportunity to play along with the Retro Rubber challenge, where it's Anything Goes. I can't give an exact age on these stamp sets, but I am going to guess they are about 10 years old. 

Supplies (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Elements of Style, Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Midnight Muse
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder

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! Don't forget, it's our last challenge of the year! 

Inky hugs :)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

CAS Warm & Cozy, PP371


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week I have the pleasure and honor of being your hostess. It's Clean and Simple week, and I've chosen Warm and Cozy as the theme. I can't wait to see what everyone creates!



Though I have this terrible habit of forgetting the clean-and-simple part of clean-and-simple week, I think I did pretty well this time. I've got lots of white space, and took inspiration from the white cup in the challenge badge. The cup and holly dies are from Reverse Confetti, and I thought the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp was a good pairing.

Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups (Reverse Confetti), Lots of Snowflakes, Inside Holiday Greetings (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Pear Pizzazz, Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Here Comes Santa (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies, Holly Dies (Reverse Confetti)

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, November 12, 2017

PP370 White on White


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 color challenge: White on White. I love white on white cards and couldn't wait to get started on one! 


Given the time of year and the inspiration photo, a Christmas card would have been the logical choice. However, I was inspired to use some silhouette dies that I purchased recently from Hobby Lobby. Did I mention there is a Hobby Lobby in my area now? I'm so excited! It's a 30 minute or so drive but prior to this I would have had to travel to a different state to get to the closest one. Anyway... I cut the image three times and stacked them up for some dimension. For some texture, the top layer is textured card stock. I also added a base layer of some recycled card stock which is just beautiful. It came in a kit and I had no idea what to do with it, but it worked perfectly for this project. I'm happy to say I don't need a sympathy card at the moment, but it never hurts to have one on hand.

Stamp Sets: Love and Sympathy (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), White Textured (Stampin' Up), Recycled Card Stock (Hero Arts)
Ink: Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Pierced Rectangle Dies (My Favorite Things), Stacking Rectangle Dies (Hero Arts), Wildflower Dies (Tim Holtz)

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 :)