Sunday, February 14, 2016

Feel Better Sunflowers, PP282

Hi, Stampers! I've just returned from ten days in Florida, and I have to tell you I am not happy to be back! Though it was unseasonably cool in Florida, it was still better than the bone chilling zero degrees we are hitting this weekend in New York. Someday I hope to be a snowbird... In the meantime, I shall hibernate in my craft room as much as possible! 

This week at The Paper Players, the talented Laurie has an awesome color combo for us, which made me immediately think of warm weather sunflowers!

I used a brand new-to-me stamp set and dies from Lawn Fawn, called Our Friendship Grows. This set has been on my wish list forever. I added some neutral browns to the color combo, and an itty bit of green for the leaves. I hope Laurie doesn't mind!

Nothing too complicated here, just lots of coloring with my Copic markers. I was particularly happy with the way my clay pot came out, which took a bit of practice.

I am playing along once again with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker. 

My daughter hears me talking about Lawn Fawn occasionally and has seen the logo, and one day presented me with a cute little Lego fawn. Doesn't he look just like the fawn in the logo? I love it :)

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Our Friendship Grows (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up), Solar White (Neenah), Xpress It Blending Card Stock (Copic)
Patterned Paper: Pint Sized Patterns Beachside (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Our Friendship Grows Dies, Stitched Scallop Border Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

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

Friday, February 12, 2016

You Inspire Me

Hi, friends! If you follow my blog, then you may remember that a few days ago I posted a work in progress, a page out of one of the many adult coloring books I received for Christmas. This is the card I made with the completed page. The coloring was done with Prismacolor Colored Pencils, and the only stamping was the sentiment. I added a few sequins for a little shine. I really enjoyed working with the colored pencils, a first for me. This card is going to my sister, who constantly inspires me with her creativity.

Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this sketch, and the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Colored Pencils, Blender Marker (Prismacolor)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Glorious Gardens Coloring Book (Metro Books)

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Happy Birthday to Mew, PP281

Hi, Stampers! This week at The Paper Players my sweet friend LeAnne is hostess, and she has a theme challenge for us: Cats and Dogs. I am all over this one! I'm a big cat lover and couldn't wait to make a cat themed card.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect as I needed to make a birthday card for my daughter, who loves cats and shaker cards. I had so much fun making this, right down to the punny sentiment that I created using three different stamp sets. I was singing "Happy birthday to mew" all night! 

I'm also entering this in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: I Knead You (My Favorite Things), Sending and Wishing, Birthday Celebration (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Pint Sized Patterns Beachside (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn), I Knead You Dies (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Window Sheets (Stampin' Up), Fun Foam (Michaels), Glacier Sequin Mix (Lucy's Cards)

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adult Coloring Books

Hi friends! I have something a little different today, a half finished project, lol! I'm finally getting around to playing with some new goodies I got for Christmas, a big stack of adult coloring books and shiny new Prismacolor colored pencils.

My inspiration was from Kathy at The Daily Marker and her newest 30 Day Coloring Challenge. We are to color for at least five minutes a day for 30 days. I can do that! My colored pencils are a new medium for me, so I have some learning and practicing ahead of me, and the timing of this challenge is just perfect.

I still have a bit of coloring to do to finish this page, and eventually I will turn it into a card, but I kind of like it just the way it is with plenty of white space. Maybe I'll do that with another page.

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Love You, SIP33 & RS200

Hi Friends, and a happy Tuesday to you! Today at Stamp Ink Paper we have a new color challenge for you, Black, Red and Gold. You can easily use these colors to make a Valentine as I did, though that is totally optional. 

I think the star of the show on this card are the wonderful coordinating patterned papers from the Carta Bella Words of Love stack. I was grateful to still have some scraps of long retired Riding Hood Red card stock from SU as it coordinates perfectly. The sentiment and small hearts are outlined images, which I stamped first in black ink and then filled in with black marker. I then cut the sentiment again four times in black and layered it all up for some added dimension.

I'm playing along with two other challenges today, the fabulous sketch at Retro Sketches, and Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Roses For You (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up), Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Tuxedo Black Dual Marker (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Roses for You Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Scalloped Border Die (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Gold Twine, Gold Sequins (Michael's)

Thanks for stopping by and I would be so happy if you left a comment! Then, head over to see the creations by the rest of our Design Team at Stamp Ink Paper!

Inky hugs!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Flowers for my Friend, PP280 & CTD377

Greetings, all! Today at The Paper Players, our wonderful Jaydee has an awesome Tic-Tac-Toe board for us to play along with. Jaydee recently had a hand injury and was unable to craft for a while, and I'm so glad to see her back in the saddle. The team isn't the same without her! 

I've been making a lot of Valentine creations in recent weeks, so I thought I'd change things up a bit. I went right down the first column, and made quick work of it with some yellow die cut flowers. Almost felt too easy, lol! This card was so simple but I have to say I really like it.

I especially like the colors, inspired by this week's challenge at Color Throwdown

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Flowers on my Mind (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Neutrals Stack (SU), Classique Beauty (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Two Flowers Two Leaves Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Corner Punch (SU)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

Big Thanks

TGIF, my friends! I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend. Since we had over two feet of snow last weekend, pretty much anything that happens will be an improvement! Actually it is supposed to be pretty mild, so hopefully some of that piled up snow will melt away. We have some fun things planned for my DD's birthday, details and photos to follow! 

I have a simple card today inspired by a couple of challenges, no stamps required! 


I was excited when I saw the layout this week at Freshly Made Sketches by Karren, who wants our sentiment to be the focal point. I happened to have a brand new large sentiment die that I have never used before and thought was perfect. I recently won it (along with some other goodies) from the amazing Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker.  As I'm using some Simon products, I thought I'd play along with Anything Goes at the Wednesday Challenge blog.

I die cut my sentiment three times and stacked them up for some dimension using spray adhesive. Then, I inked it up with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder, a little trick my friend Justin uses all the time. I love how it gives the sentiment some super glossy shine. The heat tool caused the layers to separate so I had to adhere them back together again, but no big deal. I'll just reverse the process next time. 

Products Used:
Card Stock: Black, Cream (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: I See You (My Minds Eye)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Big Thanks Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp), Enamel Dots (Recollections)

Thanks for visting and please leave a comment! Hope you have an awesome weekend, too!