Sunday, July 23, 2017

Graphic Thank You, PP354


Hello friends! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. The wonderful Jaydee is our hostess this week with a simple sketch challenge. I love sketches that leave lots of room for interpretation.


This is what I came up with, a kind of graphic card, I think. It was not my original plan to do the flowers in black, but after cutting them in several other colors, I decided I like the contrast of the black against the assorted background patterns. The card base was sponged through a stencil, and the only thing stamped was the sentiment. A simple card to make, really, but it took me forever to make a decision on the flowers. I blame it on the Libra in me, we do not make decisions easily! 



I'm also playing along with the Pin-Sights Challenge at Ellen Hutson, where I was inspired by the dots and stripes.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Let's Polka (Lawn Fawn), Black and White Basics (My Favorite Things)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Bold Blossom Dies (Ellen Hutson), Grid Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Silver Sequins (Stampin' Up)

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 our challenge this week, too! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Birthday Fishes STB


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


This time around the "Toppings" options is "Splatter". However, you can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!


I had great fun making this card, and almost everything was leftover from other projects so it came together pretty quickly. Well, quickly for me that is, the worlds slowest stamper! I even had the background in my UFO box. It didn't seem to work well for its originally intended project, but worked great as a watery background. It's smooshed and splattered! 


I am also playing along with the color inspiration board at Lawnfawnatics. Love the colorful inspiration photo! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Fintastic Friends, Mermaid for You, Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smooth Watercolor CS (Bristol)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive Distress Inks (Ranger), Mermaid, Freshly Cut Grass (Lawn Fawn)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Fintastic Friends Dies, Mermaid for You Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Hillside Border Dies (Lawn Fawn)


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, July 16, 2017

Summer Fun in the Water


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the sweet and talented Claire is our hostess with a Clean-and-Simple challenge: Summer Fun in the Water. On Clean-and-Simple weeks I tend to forget the CAS part and focus on the theme. As a result I made a card which was way too busy, but that's OK as you will see it later in the week!  


For my second try I was sure to stay very Clean-and-Simple, and what's more fun than a mermaid riding a narwhal?! Both images were in my UFO box, all colored and cut, so all I had to do was create my simple background and emboss the sentiment. Sweet! 



I'm also playing along with the Lawnfawnatics challenge which is summertime fun, and the Curtain Call challenge which is Surf's Up! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Mermaid for You (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Bermuda Bay (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Mermaid for You Dies (Lawn Fawn), Border Wave Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp), Enamel Dots (Simple Stories)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players. We hope you'll play along with our challenge this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Get Well Lupines, PP352


Hello friends! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. The sweet and talented LeAnne is our hostess this week with a pretty color challenge in shades of purple.


The colors made me think of lupines, so I went in search of a digital image and found this one. I colored it with my colored pencils, and used several different shades of purple though it's hard to see because the petals are so tiny!


Products Used:
(All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes  
Card Stock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry  
Patterned Paper: Brights Stack  
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Colored Pencils: (Prismacolor)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine
Digital Image: Link Here 

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 challenge this week, too! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sailboat Birthday


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


This time around the "Toppings" options is "Red, White and You" (your choice of a third color). However, you also have the option to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours. My choice was seasonal Red, White and Blue! 


Recently I have been doing some experimenting with digital images. Sometimes I don't have just the stamp I want in my stash and don't have the time to order one, and I love the instant gratification of a digital stamp. This is one of the free ones I found, and I've shared the link below. I tried a few different coloring mediums, but I decided that I liked working with colored pencils the best, as the sharp points can get into the tiniest of spaces. I kept the rest of the card pretty simple as I wanted the focus on the sailboat. This birthday card is for my sailboat-loving big brother. 


I'm also playing along with the challenge at Curtain Call which is Red, White, and Blue, and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Red, White and Blue! Guess it's that time of year! 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Lady (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Island Indigo (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Seaside (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Digital Image: Link here

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, July 2, 2017

Little Green Apples, PP351


Hi Stampers! I hope all my friends in the U.S. are enjoying a safe and happy Independence Day weekend. Actually, I hope you all are enjoying a safe and happy weekend! As I mentioned in my last post, I am just back from a month long blogging break and I must say, I missed my team-mates at The Paper Players. The wonderful Joann is our hostess this week, and she has chosen "Class of 2017" as our theme.


I used my Lawn Fawn Thanks a Bushel stamp set, and though I've used this set several times before, I've never colored the apples green. I love how fresh they look, and the touches of black provide some contrast as well as make this card a little more "grown up".

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


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Thanks a Bushel (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White, Desert Storm (Neenah), Green Apple, Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Spring (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Thanks a Bushel Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn) 
Accessories: Black Twine (Hemptique), White Gel Pen (Signo)

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 challenge this week, too! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Just My Cup of Tea


Hi everyone! I am back for the first time today after a one month blogging break. I was so busy there was just no time left to stamp. I hate when that happens! It felt good to get inky again, and I was inspired by two challenges: The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (tea and cocoa are welcome), and the sketch at Reverse Confetti. I used my Caffeinated Cups stamp set and dies, and though I've used this stamp set many times, this is the first time I used the teacup stamps. I'm also playing around with some new backdrops for my cards. What do you think?

  

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups, Be a Barista (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Doll Pink, Ivory (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Sunny Days Ahead (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Brown, Ultra Pink (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies (Reverse Confetti), Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Crumb Cake Seam Binding (Stampin' Up), Enamel Dots (Simple Stories)

Thanks for stopping by!