Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SIP57 Black and White

Hi friends! It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it's a color challenge, and I hope you like it as much as I do: Black and White. You seriously can do no wrong here! 

My first thought was to mix up a few black and white patterns, which is exactly what I did. This is kind of a busy card compared to the CAS style I've been leaning toward lately, but I think it's the simple color scheme that makes it work. I added a few kraft color accents to highlight my creamy cup of latte, and used my palest gray Copic to add some dimension to the cup.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups, Be A Barista (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: White, Black (Simon Says Stamp), Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Classique Beauty (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies (Reverse Confetti)
Accessories: Linen Thread (Stampin' Up)

The Stamp Ink Paper team have outdone themselves this week with amazing black and white creations! Please check them out, but first leave me a comment :)

I'll be taking a little bloggy break for about a week and will have tales of my adventure when I return!

Inky hugs! 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Watercolored Pansies, PP304

Hi friends! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge from The Paper Players! This week the fabulous Jaydee is hostess, and she has a fun challenge: Use watercolors on your CAS creation.

I originally made this card for Nance's color challenge last week, but when it was done I thought it would work better for Jaydee's challenge. I used ink on the lids of my ink pads with some water and a paintbrush to color my flowers, and after they dried I added a bit more ink in the same colors for added depth. When that was dry I used a larger brush to create my background. Thankfully I don't need this card just yet but it never hurts to have a sympathy card on hand.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Pansy (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up)
Tools: Paintbrushes (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Linen Thread (Stampin' Up)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next please visit the rest of our wonderful Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along, too! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Coffee and Flowers, CTS181

Hi friends! I am honored to be a Guest Designer today at CAS(E) this sketch! I love this super simple layout which leaves lots of room for interpretation. 

This is what I came up with, using some new to me stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti. It was super simple to make, and I like the fun mix of patterns. You know me, anything with flowers makes me smile :)

On that note, I am also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Flora and/or Fauna. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups, Be A Barista (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Sunny Days Ahead (Echo Park), Happy and Smile (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Caramel Toffee (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies (Reverse Confetti)
Accessories: Button, Bakers Twine (Stampin' Up)

Thanks for stopping by, and please head over to see the fabulous creations of the Design Team at CAS(E) this sketch!

Inky hugs!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas in July, SIP56

Hi friends! It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it's a theme challenge: Christmas in July! Summertime Christmas challenges seem so popular this year, and it's never too early to add to your stash. I send lots of handmade Christmas cards, at least 50. How about you?

Last December when my Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit arrived, I was already pretty much done with Christmas paper crafting and only made one card with it. This was a good excuse to use some of those products. Since I make so many holiday cards I try to keep them pretty simple. The only stamping on this was the sentiment, and the cute images are puffy stickers. 

While I was at it I made a second card using all the same products, also in shades of blue.

Speaking of summertime challenges and shades of blue... Merry Monday has a "Christmas in Summer Link-Up" going on from now until the end of August. All you have to do is make a card using one of their previous challenges, and I chose #149, Monochromatic Blues. 

Here is my card inside, simple but dressed up with some scraps of patterned paper. I especially like to get my insides finished right away when it comes to Christmas cards. Stamping 50 inside sentiments can get pretty boring after a while!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Gifts of Love, Inside Holiday Greetings (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: White, Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Christmas Wishes (Pink Fresh Studios), Cherry on Top (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Christmas Wishes Studio Puffs (Pink Fresh Studios), Silver Twine (Michaels)

Thanks so much for visiting! Next I hope you will head over to Stamp Ink Paper to see the Christmas creations from the rest of our team. Please play along, too!

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Butterflies For You, PP303

Hi friends! Today our magnificent and fearless leader Nance is hostess at The Paper Players, and she has a lovely jewel tone color combo for us. I actually made two cards using these colors and you'll see the other one next week.

For today's card, I did my best to match the colors to my Copic markers and Distress Inks, though my colors are a little more vibrant. I've seen so many pretty watercolor wash backgrounds and thought I would give the technique a try. A couple of You Tube videos later, this is what I came up with. I think I like it :)

I'm also playing along with the challenge at Seize the Birthday, which is Bees, Birds & Butterflies, and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker. 

Here is my birthday sentiment on the inside.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Flutter By, Love You A Latte (Lawn Fawn)
Inside: Flying By, Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Ink Pads: Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserve, Evergreen Bough Distress Inks (Tim Holtz), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle & Stitched Oval Dies, Flutter By Dies (Lawn Fawn), Paintbrushes (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Next please visit the rest of our wonderful Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along, too! 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Red Birthday Blooms, CTD400 & FMS244

Hi there friends! Yesterday it was sooo hot in New York, a good day to stay in air conditioned spaces. I was busy with chores most of the day, but found a little crafty time in the afternoon. I've been playing with my beloved Copic markers again. Although I love other coloring mediums, Copics have become my hands-down favorite. I love how you can color layer after layer without damaging the card stock. I'm certainly no expert but I am having fun learning :)

I'm playing along with three challenges today: The colors at Color Throwdown (resisted the urge to make a Christmas card), the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (rotated it 90 degrees), and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker. 

Just a word about the 30 Day Coloring Challenge... They had a blog hop yesterday and one of the stops on the hop was the amazing Amy Tangerine. She had a great video and talked about how meditative and therapeutic coloring can be and I totally agree. I however, being the multi-tasker that I am, wound up coloring my image over the course of a 1-1/2 hour phone call to Verizon customer service, the most recent of eight phone calls over the last few months. Hello? Not relaxing!!! Maybe the coloring is what got me through the call! Next time I sit down to color I will be sure to schedule some "me" time.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Organic Blooms, Charmed (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Charmed Dies (Mama Elephant), Stitched Ovals (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)

So glad you paid me a visit today and I'd love for you to leave a comment! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Be Happy, SIP55

Hi everyone! I hope all of you in the U.S. enjoyed a nice long holiday weekend, and that the rest of you had a nice weekend, also. It's Tuesday and that means it is time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it is a sketch, courtesy of moi! 

I have a confession to make, sometimes I struggle making a card! Last week I was working on a card for a color challenge, and four cards wound up in the trash before I came up with something I liked. Not this time, but this time it was too easy, lol! No stamps, ink or tools were required, and I kind of feel guilty that it came together so fast. I know... I have issues :) The star of the show here is the patterned paper and journaling cards from Authentique which I gave center stage. I only needed to add a couple of embelishments and this card was complete. I love the sentiment and I think it will be perfect for a friend that could use some encouragement. 

Most of my card ingredients came from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit, and I thought it would be appropriate to play along with their Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes! 

Products Used:
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Papers: Classique Beauty, Glistening (Authentique)
Accessories: Classique Beauty Journaling Cards (Authentique), Black Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up), Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

Thanks for visiting! Now I hope you will stop by and visit the rest of the team at Stamp Ink Paper, and hopefully play along, too! 

Inky hugs!