Monday, September 22, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Fun, RS133

Hello again and a Happy Monday to you, friends! Oh my gosh, the weeks and years pass at a frightening speed, don't they? How do I have a child who is now 30 years old? Eek! I still feel like I haven't quite grown up myself yet, LOL! I still love to play with my toys, which for the last several years have been stamps, paper and ink. Hooray for my inner child! 

Love, love, love the sketches every week at Retro Sketches, and though I can't always find the time to play along I was determined to do so this week. The DT samples were so inspiring. I think I followed this one pretty closely.

If you're like me you have some forgotten items in your craft space, and I'm determined to start using some of my Paper Pumpkin items more often. So much fun stuff in those kits! Nearly everything in this card was from past kits. Super simple card to create; no explanation required. The ingredient list will explain it all, but as always, contact me with questions.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Card Stock: Whisper White
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Starfruit
Tools: 3/16" Corner Punch
Other: White Enamel Dots, old as can be, from I don't know where! 
All Other Supplies: Paper Pumpkin Try It Kit & Good Life Brag Book Kit

Big Inky Hugs!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Amazing Birthday, PP214 & CTS93

Hi there, Stampers! It's Sunday, and that means it's time for another challenge from The Paper Players! This week the wonderful Jaydee is hostess, and she has chosen a Clean and Simple Masculine Birthday Card for our challenge. I have soooo many birthdays coming up in the next two months, so this worked out perfectly for me.

My BIL's Birthday is in just five days, so I'm popping this baby right in the mail tomorrow! I tried to stay true to the CAS aspect of this challenge and keep plenty of white space. No tools required either, just stamps, paper, ink and couple of minimal embellishments.

I chose the layout from CASE this Sketch for my card. I tried to place my sentiment panel slightly askew to mimic the sketch, but the Libra in me would have none of it! Is there anyone else out there who has trouble with askew?

The focal panel was stamped three times, once in Espresso, then again with Hello Honey and Marina Mist onto scraps. Snip, snip, it is done!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Amazing Birthday, Perfect Pennants, Gorgeous Grunge
Card Stock: Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink Pads: Early Espresso, Hello Honey, Marina Mist
Accessories: Natural Trim, Linen Thread

Check out the challenge and the samples by the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players by clicking here!

Inky hugs!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Season of Joy, MM126, FMS154 & NBUS2

Hi, Friends! The other day my stampin' buddy Justin and I took a trip to the scrapbook store, and one of the things I came home with was this Scripty Joy die by Lawn Fawn. I love that you were able to purchase it individually, not part of a set, which made it very inexpensive. I had wonderful fun playing with it for the first time yesterday, and my CAS creation came together in a flash! 

I'm playing along with three challenges today. The theme challenge at Merry Monday is to make your sentiment the focal point of your card. The awesome layout is from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I'm playing along a second time at the NBUS Challenge, with the side option of Christmas.

I stamped just a few subtle snowflakes from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set in Soft Sky.

I cut the sentiment three times in Real Red, once in Silver Foil paper and glued the layers together with my Two Way Glue Pen, a trick I learned from Mary Fish's blog. So pretty! Thanks, Mary!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Silver Foil
Designer Series Paper: Nordic Noel
Ink Pads: Real Red, Soft Sky
Tools: Big Shot
Accessories: Frosted Sequins
Other: Scripty Joy Die by Lawn Fawn

Thanks for stopping by! Inky hugs!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Deconstructed Card, TSSC332 & FM177

Hi, Friends! I've titled this card My Deconstructed Card because that is exactly what I did to it; put it together and then took it apart. This card originally had a Mossy Meadow card base, embossed background, a big crumpled up leaf and some swoopy loops of Linen Thread. I hated it! One by one I started removing ingredients, and I wound up with a much more CAS card, and I must say I prefer this version. I've been gravitating more and more to clean and simple cards, not so much because they are easier, but more calming. However, maybe tomorrow you'll see a card on my blog loaded with layers, and piles of ribbon and glitter! Depends upon my mood! 

I love the sketch by Mary Jo at the TSSC Sketch Challenge this week, and thank her so much for selecting this card last week! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Mary Jo!

I'm also playing along with Friday Mashup where the challenge this week is to: Create a project using the "Sketch", or Create a project with "Leaves", or Mash it Up! and create a project with "Leaves using the Sketch". I didn't use the sketch but I think I have plenty of leaves!

After I took apart my original creation, this turned out to be a super easy card. The only thing stamped is the sentiment, and my one embellishment is an Autumn Wooden Element tied off with a bit of frayed Gold Baker's Twine. I adhered it to my card with a bit of Liquid Tombo Adhesive.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Good Greetings
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow
Designer Series Paper: Color Me Autumn
Ink Pads: Cajun Craze
Accessories: Autumn Wooden Elements, Gold Baker's Twine

Thanks for visting! Inky hugs!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stippled Blossoms and Memorable Moments, CTD309

Greetings Stampers and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend. It's cooled down a lot in NY and when I woke up this morning it was only in the 50s! Brr! Yesterday my oldest son and his girlfriend asked me to make a card for her Grandma's 90th birthday. What a special occasion! I gladly complied, and this is what I came up with. I love the combination of the Stippled Blossoms and Memorable Moments stamp sets for an occasion like this.

My color inspiration came from the challenge at Color Throwdown. They don't name the colors anymore so I decided they looked most like Basic Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Island Indigo.

A matching envie, as always...

Stampin Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Stippled Blossoms, Memorable Moments
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Designer Series Paper: Subtles Stack
Ink Pads: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray
Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots and Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folders, Labels Collection Framelits

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have an awesome day and an awesome week!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

World of Dreams for The Paper Players

Wow, check out this awesome autumnal color combo Anne Marie has for us this week at The Paper Players! Love, AM! Though these are perfect colors for an fall card, I had something a bit different in mind. 

Four colors can sometimes be difficult to incorporate into one card, but not if you are doing collage style stamping, which is what I did. I used the World of Dreams Stamp Set, and allowed Blackberry Bliss to be my predominant color, with the other colors being accent colors.

The awesome sketch is from Mary Jo at the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. I know I will be using this layout again.

The background was created by inking up one side of the Honeycomb Embossing Folder with a sponge, placing the card stock inside, and rolling over it with a brayer.

For my focal panel, I stamped the bird and nest image with Blackberry Bliss full strength. All the other images were stamped off once for a lighter, more subtle shade.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: World of Dreams
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss
Ink Pads: Blackberry Bliss, Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Tools: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Brayer, 3/16" Corner Punch, Stampin' Sponge
Accessories: Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon, In Color Sequins

Thanks for visiting today! Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players and leave them some inky love!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Four Feathers Meets My Paper Pumpkin, MOJO362

Happy Friday Stampers, and a Happy Birthday to my awesome and amazing friend Justin! This is the card I made for him, which I was fortunate enough to be able to hand deliver. I thought I'd share it with you today and encourage you to visit his blog and send some birthday wishes his way! You can visit his blog, JKCards, by clicking here. I know some of his favorite images are feathers (check out his blog header) so I had to include a few in my card, from my brand new Four Feathers Stamp Set.

This sketch by Julee Tilman at Mojo Monday was perfect for my feathery creation! 

I love any stamp set that comes with coordinating Framelits, and this combo is so reasonably priced that I kick myself for not purchasing it sooner! The gray feather was heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder on Basic Gray card stock. Large yellow feather was die cut only. Smallest feather was stamped with Black Stazon ink and then sponged lightly with Daffodil Delight ink.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Four Feathers, Hi There
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Versamark, Daffodil Delight
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Feathers Framelits, Sponge Dauber
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, 
Other: Paper Pumkin Hi There Welcome Kit (Card Base, Envelope, Patterned Paper and Banner Sticker)

Happy Birthday JRK!

Hugs to all!