Sunday, January 15, 2017

Beautiful Friend, PP327

Hi friends! This week at The Paper Players, it is my turn to be hostess. I have a simple color challenge for you: black, white and any one color. Lots of room for interpretation here, I hope you are inspired!

Though my first thought was to combine black and white with red or another Valentine color, I shifted gears entirely. I had this floral stem stamped up and waiting to be colored for quite a while, but decided I liked it the way it was, colorless. Instead, all the color was in my background, and I thought the white image stood out nicely against it. 

I die cut the image, then stacked it up on three more layers of the same die cut in black. I took another piece of patterned paper from the same paper pad and lined the envelope with it. 

I am also playing along with the Altenew January Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the white blossoms and the rich shade of yellow-gold. And of course my gorgeous Altenew stamps!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Lady (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Summer Starfruit, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Harmony (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Lady Die (Altenew), Envelope Liner Die (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Simple Stories)

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! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Going Green with The Paper Players

Hi everyone! It's time for the first new challenge of the year at The Paper Players, woo hoo! My sweet and talented friend LeAnne is hostess this week, and she's helping us kick start our resolutions with a Going Green challenge, to use a recycled item in our projects. 

One of my Christmas gifts from my son and his girlfriend this year was this beautiful fig and vanilla soy candle from Sydney Hale Co. It smells amazing! Also note the cool box in the background, which is one of my recycled items. I also recycled some black sparkly ribbon which was on another gift. 

I thought I'd use my recycled items to get started on a Valentine's Day card. I always make cards for my sons and of course hubby too, so I went with what I hope is a masculine Valentine. Close up you can better appreciate the subtle tone on tone stripes of the kraft card stock, and the sparkle of the ribbon. The die cut sentiment is inlaid on the black base, with just a few peeks of red. At the last minute I added a few hearts because I thought the card wasn't Valentine-ish enough. I hope they are not too girly!


I'm also playing along with both the SSS Monday Challenge which is "Start Afresh", and the SSS Wednesday Challenge which is "New Something". My new and never-before-used item is my Hero Arts Love Stamp & Cut.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black, Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Love Stamp & Cut Die (Hero Arts), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)
Other: Kraft Card Stock & Black Sparkle Ribbon (Recycled)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see the creations of our fabulous team. We hope you'll join us in our first challenge of the year, too! 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Simple Birthday Floral

Hi everyone! It's a new year and we are back with a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! There are no "Toppings" this week, so it's "Anything Goes" Birthday. Easy peasy, and I know you want to get a head start on making some birthday cards! 

December was a tough month for me as my DH had some pretty serious medical problems, which thankfully are on their way to being resolved. This was the first time I'd stamped in almost a month, so I gravitated toward something most in my comfort zone: florals, and my beloved Altenew stamp sets. I chose a no-fail color combo of pinks and greens, and layered up the die cut images into a simple bouquet. It felt so good to get inky again. 

With all the challenges going on in my life right now I decided to take a break from the Design Team at Stamp Ink Paper. That won't stop me from playing along as often as I can, though! This week the challenge is Card Maker's Choice. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Peony Bouquet, Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Woodgrain Card Stock (Altenew)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Velvet, Rouge, Blush (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Peony Bouquet 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 :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and My Favorite Cards of 2016

Hi Stampers, and a Happy New Year to you! Did you all have a nice New Year's Eve last night? It was a very quiet evening for me. The month of December was full of challenges, more on that in another post, but a quiet relaxing evening was just what I needed. 

For the last few years, it has become my tradition to look over my blog posts for the prior year on January 1 and pick out 12 of my favorite projects, one for each month. Doing this is always an interesting experience for me, as I see how my style has evolved. As you can see I am enjoying product from lots of different companies! Below each project is a link to the original blog post where you can find the list of supplies. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this gallery of my favorites! Inky hugs, and all the best to each one of you in 2017!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Silver and Gold, PP325

Hi friends! Well, we have come to the very last challenge of the year at The Paper Players! Our sweet and wonderful Jaydee is hostess, and she has some festive colors for us to play along with: Silver, Gold and White. This is also the last challenge that our wonderful Guest Designers will be with us and I am so sad to see them go. They have been part of our team for twelve months and have become like family. Thank you so much for all your hard work, Hannelie, Linda and Colleen! 

My card today is real clean and simple. I bought this stamp set from Technique Tuesday a year (or maybe two?) ago, but this is the first time I'm using it. I love the little ornaments, especially embossed in gold. My silver element is really a silvery gray ink but I think it works. 

Stamp Sets:
Holiday Ornaments (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp), Textured White (American Crafts)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see the creations of our fabulous team. We hope you'll join us in our last challenge of the year, too! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Festive Snowflakes, SIP77

Hi everyone, and a happy Tuesday to you! Are you all doing your Christmas countdown yet? I still haven't finished my cards, yikes! I aways say I am going to start earlier but it never happens. From here on in my cards are going to be clean and simple so I can mass produce, and this weeks sketch at Stamp Ink Paper was perfect for that. 

I was inspired to create a snowflake card in soft shades of red and cream. The mass production was super easy since I used my Misti for placement. 

As you can see I made four of them, and I love how they came out so I think I'll make another batch in different colors. Adhesive sequins? Yes please! The perfect finishing touch for a quick and easy card!

Finally,  a coordinating sentiment and a few little snowflakes for the inside of my card.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Jingle Greetings (Mama Elephant), Lots of Snowflakes (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Ivory (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Have a Merry Christmas (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Soft Brown, Pale Tomato, Red Royal (Hero Arts), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Red Raspberry Adhesive Sequins (Jillibean Soup)

So glad you stopped by today! Please leave a comment, then head over to Stamp Ink Paper to see the creations of the rest of our Design Team. We hope you'll play along, too! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Glistening Snow, PP324

Hi friends! We are winding down to the last couple challenges of the year at The Paper Players. This week our fearless and amazing leader Nance is hostess, and she has a simple theme challenge for us: Snowflakes. Love that cool challenge badge! 

I've been trying to pay more attention to my backgrounds lately, and had lots of fun creating this one. I just wish I was a better photographer and got a better picture of it as it is much more sparkly IRL. First I sponged the background with several different ink colors. Then I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls. Last, I used a stencil and embossing paste to create my snowflakes, and while the embossing paste was still wet I sprinkled it with glitter. Once that was dry I layered on my die cut scene all in white. 

I thought I'd share a boo-boo, too. I took so many picture of this card trying to capture the shine, and paid no notice to the fact that a couple of my windows were laying on the snowy hillside. There must have been a good party at that house!

I'm also playing along with the Anything Goes challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Soft Pool, Pool, Stone Wash, Passion Flower, Charcoal (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Hillside Border Dies (Lawn Fawn), Home Collection Dies (Mama Elephant), Falling Snow Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Modeling Paste (Liquitex), Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger), Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger)

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll pay a visit to the rest of the team members at The Paper Players, and please play along, too!