Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thinking of You, SIP17

Good morning and a happy Tuesday to you, my inky friends! We've arrived at week #17 at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge, and this week it's a theme challenge: Floral. My favorite!  

I took my cues from the colors in the inspiration photo and colored my floral image in shades of pink and purple. The stamp set is Thinking of You from Clearly Besotted, and I beleive it is an image of a Phalaenopsis orchid, one of the most beautiful of all flowers. There are varieties in nearly any color, too. (Scroll down for some orchid photos.)

I'm also entering this card in to Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Thinking of You (Clearly Besotted)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss (SU), Watercolor Card Stock (Tim Holtz)
Ink Pads: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Stormy Sky, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Spun Sugar Distress Inks (Tim Holtz),  Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Thanks Die (Simon Says Stamp), Paintbrushes (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp), Rhinestones (SU)

And now, for the promised orchid pictures, taken in the Orchid House at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay earlier this year...

I hope you enjoyed a little trip to the Orchid House! Now please head over to Stamp, Ink, Paper to check out the creations of the rest of our team, and hopefully to play along too!

Inky hugs!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Trick or Treat Trio, PP265

Hi friends! I having been looking forward with anticipation to today's challenge at The Paper Players. The wonderful Joanne has chosen Halloween for our theme this week, and I love Halloween! I love the weather this time of year, the decorations, the colors, the candy, everything. Ok not quite everything. I don't have a taste for the creepy or gory stuff. As long as it's pretty or cute, I'm good! 

I have a new Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn and I've been waiting for today to put it to use. I think it's just the right size for a few treats, but also great for small gifts and other occasions. I used some retired patterned paper from Stampin' Up, as it perfectly coordinates with my candy corn stamps.  The Goodie Bag is really easy to put together, but here is a quick video with some tips I found helpful. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Trick or Treat, Spooktacular (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
Patterned Paper: Motley Monsters (SU)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Goodie Bag Die, Stitched Circle Dies, Trick or Treat Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Spooky Lawn Trimmings Cord (Lawn Fawn)

Please pay a visit to the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and we'd be thrilled if you played along, too! 

Inky hugs!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello, MOJO 417

Hi, friends! I just received my newest Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card kit in the mail, and I love, love, love this one! It includes gorgeous gilded patterned paper, gold ink, even a die. Everything I used on today's card came from the kit, with the exception of the enamel dots and Strawberry ink. 

I loved Julee's sketch this week at Mojo Monday. The big panel was perfect for allowing some beautiful patterned paper to take center stage. At the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes!

Products Used:
Card Stock, I See You Stamp Set, Painted Hello Die (SSS), Embroidery Floss (DMC) , I See You Patterned Paper (MME), Galaxy Gold Ink Pad (Tsukineko): All from the the Simon Says Stamp October 2015 Monthly Card Kit
Ink Pads: Strawberry Slush (SU)
Tools: Big Shot
Accessories: Enamel Dots (MME)

Thanks for paying me a visit today! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Love You A Latte

Hi, friends! We have zoomed around to week #16 at the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge, and it's my favorite challenge, Cardmakers Choice. Just take out some of your favorite stamping goodies and let your imagination run wild, woo hoo! 

I am so enjoying the crisp Autumn air after the steaming hot summer we had this year. I think all my cards of late reflect that, and this one is no exception. I used a bunch of Lawn Fawn products to come up with this fun card, using my favorite form of coloring, Copic Markers. Hmm.. I think the one on the left is a caramel latte and the one on the right is a pumpkin latte. Autumnal yumminess! 

You know I love me my challenges! I'm also playing along with the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps, and I couldn't miss participating in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I never knew there were so many coffee themed products out there! What fun!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Love You A Latte (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Sahara Sand, Early Espresso (SU)
Patterned Paper: Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

Thanks "A Latte" for stopping by today!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy 60th Birthday

Good Monday morning, friends! It was a very busy weekend at my house. Saturday night we had lots of company for dinner as it was my MIL's 92nd birthday. She is in very good health overall and shows no signs of slowing down, God bless her. Clearly this wasn't her card, but was for my BIL who also had a 60th birthday celebration this weekend. There are lots of birthdays in my family this month, and next month, too! 

I love making CAS guy cards, and I thought the black and vanilla color scheme was elegant for the occasion. For my layout, I thought the one at Freshly Made Sketches would be perfect. I'm also playing along with Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday.

To make my custom sentiment, first I stamped the birthday greeting from the Happy Birthday Everyone stamp set. The numbers are from the Recollection ABC's, and the "th" was stamped from the SU Designer Typeset Alphabet. Everything was heat embossed for a little shine.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Happy Birthday Everyone, Designer Typeset Alphabet (SU), ABC's (Recollections)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black (SU)
Patterned Paper: Modern Medley (SU)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Neutrals Candy Dots (SU)

Have a great day and a great week, everyone!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Autumn Leaves, PP264

Hi, stamping friends! Today at The Paper Players, the lovely Claire is our hostess, and she has a great sketch for us to play along with. I took the liberty of rotating it 90 degrees.

I'm using another new stamp set from Clearly Besotted today called In Stitches Autumn, with it's matching dies. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold. The gorgeous patterned paper is from Authentique.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: In Stitches Autumn (Clearly Besotted)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (SU)
Patterned Paper: Thankful (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, In Stitches Autumn Dies (Clearly Besotted), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (SU), Natural Hemp Twine (Hemptique)

Thanks for paying me a visit today, and I would love a comment from you! Then, please visit the rest of our team over at The Paper Players!

Inky hugs!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Baby Woodland Kisses

Hi, friends! I received an order from Clearly Besotted the other day, so you'll be seeing a few projects using their stamps in the next week or so. I've have been wishing for a cute stamp set suitable for baby cards in the last couple of years and could not find one I loved, and though this one is not specifically for babies, I think it is so sweet and perfect, I had to have it. There are lots of mama/ papa plus baby animals in this set, and I'm totally in love with this doe and fawn. 

I let out a little squeal when I saw the challenge at The Card Concept this week, Forest Friends. Inspiration to ink up my new stamp set was found! The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is not to use patterned paper. Ok, I'm good, though I have a little strip of Washi Tape. I hope that's allowed.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Woodland Kisses (Clearly Besotted), Baby (SSS)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), So Saffron, Coastal Cabana (SU)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Baby Die (SSS)
Accessories: Retro Fresh Washi Tape (SU)

Thanks for visiting! Inky hugs!