Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lovely Birthday, PP337

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend so far. It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players, and this week Claire is our hostess and has a fabulous sketch for us to play along with. I love all the fun layers! 

I stayed very close to the sketch except I thought three flowers looked better than one. And that they needed some leaves. And some berries, lol :) Those were all stamped and die cut, and the the brick background was created with a stencil and my Clarity stencil brushes, which I don't use nearly often enough considering how beautifully they work. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday, and worked perfectly with the space I had to work with.

I'm playing along with the Happy Little Stampers challenge for the first time today, where it's Anything Goes with Dies.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: You're So Lovely (Hero Arts), You Did It (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Navy, Soft Sky, Lime Green, Pale Tomato (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn), You're So Lovely Dies (Hero Arts), English Brick Wall Stencil (My Favorite Things), Stencil Brushes (Clarity)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting! I'd love for you to leave a comment, then please check out the creations of the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along, too!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's A Girl Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Today is a special day in Blogland as a bunch of us are celebrating the upcoming birth of a special baby girl, Little Miss Croghan! I'm sure most of you know who Lesley Croghan is, both a kind and wonderful person, and also the creator of many of the challenges we all play along with each week: The Paper Players, Seize the Birthday and The Card Concept, to name just a few. I've been honored to be on the DT's on a few of her challenge blogs, and couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity and inspiration.

Well, Lesley and her husband Corey are expecting, and to celebrate Lori Turner has generously given of her time to organize this event. Everyone is welcome to create a baby card and share some good wishes, so please join us at the It's A Girl Blog Hop!

I wanted to make something soft and feminine and settled on these sweet bunny images from Clearly Besotted, and sentiments from Simon Says Stamp. I think the gingham and button follow through on the baby theme, and the soft pink is all girl. It's a simple card but I like it, and I hope the proud parents do, too! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Woodland Kisses (Clearly Besotted), Baby (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Spring (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Woodland Kisses Dies (Clearly Besotted), Baby Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Button (from my sewing stash)

Congratulations, Lesley and Corey! Wishing you all the best in your new home with your growing family!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Baby Bird for The Paper Players

Greetings! I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend. Today at The Paper Players the sweet and talented Joanne is our hostess, and she has chosen a Baby theme for our Clean and Simple challenge. There will be so much cuteness in the gallery this week! 

Though I have (ahem) quite a few stamp sets, I have to say that I do not own one a single one that is specifically baby themed. I do however have lots of others that can be used for a baby card, and in my opinion anything with a cute little critter will do. So for my card, I've decided that the stork has the flu this week and didn't want to spread his germs to a wee one, so instead has delivered this baby bird on a paper airplane! 

I'm linking up to the Retro Rubber Challenge where Anything Goes, but we must use stamps older than one year. I used four different Lawn Fawn sets for my card and they are all over a year old, but I think the oldest is Gnome Sweet Gnome which I used for the baby bird. It's five years old, followed by Hello Sunshine which is three years old. I'm also playing along for the very first time at the TGIF Challenge, where the theme is Baby.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Flying By, Hello Sunshine, So Much to Say, Gnome Sweet Gnome (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Pint Sized Patterns Beachside (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Pool, Tide Pool (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Flying By Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along with our Baby Challenge this week, too! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Painted Flowers Color Splash

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

This time around the "Toppings" options is a color challenge: black, white plus a splash of any one color. You can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!

I went with the toppings option, and what a surprise, florals. I thought the sketchy look of the Painted Flowers stamp set would lend itself well to leaving the leaves colorless. The blossoms were stamped in two close shades of yellow, apparently a bit too close as they blended as the ink dried. That's ok, this was supposed to be only one color plus black and white anyway! I did a bit of ink splattering on the background which is always a messy job for me. The ink tends to go everywhere, even on unintended cards if they are too nearby. No injuries this time.

I'm also adding this to the gallery at The Flower Challenge, where it is anything goes this month. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Painted Flowers, Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Painted Flowers Dies (Altenew)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (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 :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lucky Me, CTD434 & MOJO488

Hi everyone! Today I am excited to be a Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown Challenge! This week is a fabulous color trio by Amy, and I was inspired right away, not only by the colors but by the black and white stripes in the inspiration photo.

I used my much neglected Bold Blossom dies to create a black and gold focal point. The leaves are a single layer, the blossoms three layers of black and then a layer of gold foil. I love layering up dies like that; they have a nice heavy feel like chipboard. The patterned papers were mixed up from three different stacks but I think they work together quite well.

For my layout, I was inspired by this weeks sketch at Mojo Monday. I added a couple layers; I hope they don't mind! I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Bit of Green.

eta... How could I not add this to the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge?! A big thank you to @ellenhutsonllc for reposting my card on Instagram :)

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Fancy Thanks (Essentials by Ellen)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black, Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp), Gold Foil (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella), I Am (Simple Stories), Here Comes Santa (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Bold Blossom Stand-Alone Dies (Essentials by Ellen)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting, and please pay a visit to the fabulous Design Team at Color Throwdown! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lucky Latte, PP335

Greetings, friends! This week at The Paper Players the fabulous Jaydee is our hostess, and she's chosen a seasonal color combination for us. Love it! I had an idea right away.

I had lots of fun combining stamp sets from different companies to create this card. I was originally going for Irish coffee, my daughter thinks it looks like a Shamrock Shake, but I think I've decided it's a Shamrock Frappucino. Doesn't that sound yummy? 

The cup is from a Reverse Confetti stamp set, the whipped cream is borrowed off a cupcake set by Avery Elle, the sentiment which is so perfect for this time of year is from Ellen Hutson, and my little shamrock is from Lawn Fawn. I think it's such fun that they all worked so well together. As least I thought so!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups, Be A Barista (Reverse Confetti), Cupcakes (Avery Elle), Fancy Thanks (Ellen Hutson), Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Emerald One (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies (Reverse Confetti), Cupcakes Dies (Avery Elle)
Accessories: White Bakers Twine (Stampin' Up)

Thanks for visiting! I'd love for you to leave a comment, then please check out the creations of the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players. We'd love for you to play along, too!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Life is Beautiful, PP334

Hi everyone! This week at The Paper Players, I have the pleasure of being your hostess. For my theme challenge I've chosen a simple one: Cut it Out! Just cut out an element for your card using the tool of your choice, plain old scissors are just fine if you wish.

I chose to use some brand new dies from Concord and 9th that I've had my eye on for a while and just purchased. They were sitting on my desk screaming "Pick Me!" I really love the clean lines of these stalks, which are inlaid and then backed with some sparkly glitter paper. 

I'm also playing along with the colors at Color Throwdown, which I blended on watercolor card stock for my background.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Words (Concord and 9th)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Watercolor Card Stock (Tim Holtz), Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn), Layering Leaves Dies, Beautiful You Dies (Concord and 9th), Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players, and I hope you'll play along with my challenge this week, too!