Sunday, November 29, 2015

Playing Tic Tac Toe With The Paper Players

Hi friends! How are you all doing this crazy holiday weekend? I have been as busy as a bee. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday cooking and cleaning, and Thursday hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Friday we decorated the house for Christmas. I also made three turkey pot pies, and even found a Black Friday sale to purchase my first MacBook, woo hoo! Today my amazing niece is taking me to see The Nutcracker at the NYC Ballet. I am sooo excited, this is a bucket list item for me! OK enough babbling, on to the card...

I've been so busy that I had to be careful not to forget that this is my week to be hostess at The Paper Players! It is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, and you can you use it to make a holiday card as I did, though that is optional.  I went down the center column: Patterned Paper, Sparkle or Shine, Tree.

I had so much fun making this card using the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods stamp set. All of the images were stamped with Memento black ink, colored with Copic markers, and die cut. I used Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents on the ornaments for some shine, and SU Dazzling Details on the trees for some snowy sparkle. I was so happy with the way that it came out that I didn't want to cover any of it up with a sentiment, so I'll save that for the inside.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake (SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Let's Bokeh in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Joy to the Woods Dies, Stitched Hillside Borders Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Dazzling Details (SU)

Thanks for stopping by! Please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll play along, too!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

So Incredibly Grateful For All Of My Blessings

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the U.S, and greetings to all! I'll be spending the entire day cooking and eating, and enjoying my family, and I hope you'll be doing the same. My card today expresses my feelings exactly, so incredibly grateful for all of the blessings in my life. I created it using my November Simon Says Stamp card kit. Everything came in the kit except for the enamel dots and twine. 

Today I'm playing along with the Thanks / Thanksgiving Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Apple of my Pie (SSS)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Top Folded Scored Card (SSS)
Patterned Paper: Harvest (Pebbles)
Ink Pads: Early Espresso (SU)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Natural Hemp Twine (Hemptique), Enamel Dots (MME)

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Modern Trees, SIP24

Greetings, friends! It's Tuesday and that means it is time for a new challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper. This week it's a color challenge, and I absolutely love this combo!

I'm pretty focused on making Christmas cards now, and I thought this combo would lend itself to a modern holiday card. With a little splash of gold to make it festive, I think it's absolutely delish! All the products except for ink are Lawn Fawn. The trees are from two different sets but I thought they combined perfectly. 

A have a few different gold ink pads, and I tried them out side by side to see which I liked best. The one I used, Galaxy Gold Brilliance by Tsukineko, was by far the shiniest and gave the best coverage. I have just a little mini pad that came in one of my Simon card kits, but this little ink pad packs a punch. I used it to stamp some of the trees and the stars, and I also used it direct to paper on the sentiment. Love it! 

I'm also playing along with two other challenges today. The Lawnscaping Challenge is In With The Old,  and pretty much everything I used to make my card is over a year old. At The Challenge, Lesley would like us to make a Christmas card.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Snow Day, Let it Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Snow Day (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush (SU), Tuexedo Black (Memento), Galaxy Gold Brilliance (Tsukineko)
Tools: Big Shot, Scripty Joy Die (Lawn Fawn)

Thanks for stopping by today! Please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team at Stamp, Ink, Paper and we hope you'll play along with us this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Color Layering Wreath Card & Tag

Greetings, Stampers! This week at The Paper Players, the sweet and wonderful Laurie is our hostess and she has an awesome sketch for our inspiration. I love a tag on a card! I had an idea right away, though my card kind of morphed a bit. Let's just say I used some creative license! 

I started with a tag die from Clearly Besotted, and then searched for some images that would fit nicely. I chose this Color Layering Wreath from Hero Arts. The tag was a little too big for the landscape orientation so I made my card in portrait instead. The second tag beneath was cut from gold glimmer paper and the banner from vellum. I wanted to keep my background white but it looked a bit too plain so I added some texture with a stencil and some embossing paste. I'm pretty pleased with the end result. 

I also made a second stand-alone tag so that I could play along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge. They are already up to day 20; where have I been?! I've wanted to play since day one and time is passing just too quickly. I hope to squeeze in one more before it's over. I was inspired by Tracey's tag with its green wreath and red bow, and also Lucy's tag with its layer of gold glimmer beneath, both on day 13. Check out their Pinterest board; it's pretty awesome! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Color Layering Wreath (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green (SU), Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Rounded Tag Die (Clearly Besotted), Color Layering Wreath Dies (Hero Arts), Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Glimmer Paper, White Vellum (SU), Gold Cord (Michael's), Light Modeling Paste (Liquitex)

I thank you for stopping by to pay me a visit today, and I hope you'll visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players! Please play along with our challenge this week, too!

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Birthday Apple Pie

Hi friends! I am here today with another card I made using the November Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. I think this is my favorite card of all using this kit. I love the apple and apple pie images, and I think they look so pretty watercolored. I also love the country feel of the plaid tablecloth paper. 

I paired the elements in the kit with the Sending and Wishing stamp set and dies to turn this into a birthday card. This card is going to my sister who has a November birthday which falls on Thanksgiving sometimes. Two years ago it fell on Thanksgiving and Hannukah! Big sister loves to bake and I think she'll get a kick out of this card.

With this card I'm playing along with two challenges, the color challenge at Colour Me, and the Anything Goes challenge at Seize the Birthday.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Apple of my Pie, Sending & Wishing (SSS)
Card Stock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (SU), Solar White (Neenah), Watercolor Card Stock (Tim Holtz), Top Fold Scored Card Stock (SSS)
Patterned Paper: Harvest (Pebbles)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Wild Honey, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Brushed Cordoroy Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Sending & Wishing Dies (SSS), Heat Tool, Paintbrushes (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (Stampendous), White Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Grateful for You, SIP23

Hi friends! It's already week #23 at Stamp, Ink, Paper and this time we have a sketch challenge for you to play along with. I love this simple layout and immediately envisioned a tag as the center element.

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently came back from a trip to Florida. Not ever wanting to part with my craft supplies, I brought my November Simon Says Stamp Card Kit with me. Having (almost) only this to focus on allowed me to really take advantage of the kit, and I made several cards with it that you'll be seeing in the next week or so. I love the colors for autumn, and thought this owl from the kit was so cute. The only thing that was stamped was the sentiment, and also the custom sentiment on the inside, which I made with the Mama Elephant Bella Alphabet. A bit corny I know, but I couldn't help myself! 

With this card I am also playing along with the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp which is Thanks / Thanksgiving.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Apple of my Pie (SSS), Bella Alphabet (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Top Fold Scored Card Base (SSS)
Patterned Paper: Harvest (Pebbles)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle & Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn),  Stitched Main Street Tags (Poppy Stamps)
Accessories: Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine (SU), Harvest Chips (Pebbles)

I hope you'll join us this week and play along at Stamp, Ink, Paper!  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland with The Paper Players

Greetings, Stampers! I am just back from a week's vacation in Florida and feel so rested. The weather was just glorious. Now it's time to get back to reality, and get ready for the holidays which are fast approaching.

Today at The Paper Players, Jaydee is our hostess and she has a clean and simple challenge for us: Walking in a Winter Wonderland. I need to get serious about finishing up my Christmas cards so this was a welcome challenge.

I've inked up a new Mama Elephant stamp set for the first time. I love the sweet deer images. It wasn't until after I finished my card that I realized my sentiment had some of the lyrics to "Walking in a Winter Wonderland". I love when that happens! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Sunkissed (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Coastal Cabana (Stampin' Up)
Tools: Big Shot, Winter Wonderland Dies (Mama Elephant), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Thanks for visiting! Please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Playersand we'd love for you to play along, too!

Inky hugs!