Thursday, September 21, 2017

Home for the Holidays Circle Tag Card

Hello! I'm still industriously working on my Christmas card stash, and playing along again with Merry Monday today. I was so excited to be chosen as their winner last week, thanks ladies! This week Sue wants us to add a tag to our card using texture, bling and die cuts. Wow, that is a lot of elements and a little intimidating at first, but I think I managed! 

I had all the little images on my tag already stamped, colored and cut for intended use on another project that didn't cooperate, and they were just the right size for use on a tag. The tag die and embossing folder for the background are new-to-me, and the baker's twine repurposed, right from the bakery.

I even finished off the inside of my card and the envelope, so this baby is ready to go! 

Stamp Sets: Home for the Holidays (Lawn Fawn), Inside Holiday Greetings (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Let's Bokeh in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Forever Green (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic, White Gel Pen (Signo)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Stitched Hillside Borders Dies, Stitched Circle Tag Dies, Home for the Holidays Dies (Lawn Fawn), Snowfall EF (Taylored Expressions)
Accessories: Baker's Twine (repurposed), Mini Jingle Bells (Michael's)

So glad you paid me a visit and I hope you have an awesome day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Not Enough Coffee

Good morning! Just a quick post today to play along with a couple of challenges. I think this coffee themed card would be a cute way to give a coffee gift card. I know there are a lot of Starbucks fans out there, but I'm a Dunkin' Donuts girl myself, especially iced coffee this time of year. Yumm.


My inspiration is the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and the Reverse Confetti Sketch for you to Try. Using my Reverse Confetti coffee themed stamps, it was a perfect match, I thought.

Just adding a quick pic of Ollie... he seems to know when I am ready to craft, as he parks himself on my paper bins. And won't move. Note the perfectly good kitty condo next door.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Be a Barista, Caffeinated Cups (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Early Espresso (Stampin' Up), Neutrals Textured (American Crafts), Cream (SSS)
Patterned Paper: Thankful (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Cup O' Joe, Soft Brown, Pumpkin Pie (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies (Reverse Confetti), Circles Dies (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)

Thanks for paying me a visit today, and I'd love if you left a comment!

Inky hugs!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Harvest

Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the wonderful and talented LeAnne is our hostess with a Clean-and-Simple challenge: Harvest. I love the inspiration photo and the white gourds! 

I've been eyeing this digi stamp set from Power Poppy for a while now, and LeAnne's challenge enabled me to make the purchase. Thanks, LeAnne :-) I'm becoming very fond of Power Poppy images, they are so much fun to color and I just can't stop coloring these days. I laid down a light background of color to each image with my Copic markers, then went back in with colored pencils to do all the highlights. I wanted to keep the card CAS, so I added my patterned paper to the envelope. 


I'm playing along for the first time at the Power & Spark Challenge, where the theme is coloring on Kraft paper. In my case it's Naturals Ivory which is pretty close to Kraft; I hope that will do! I'm also adding this to the gallery at 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.

Products Used:

Digital Stamp Set: Fall Haul (Power Poppy)
Card Stock: Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Markers: Copic
Pencils: Prismacolor
Pattered Paper: American Crafts

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 :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Hi everyone! I'm playing along with the challenge at Merry Monday today, and trying to play as often as possible as I really need to build up my Christmas card stash. This week, Nina would like us to create a card based on our favorite holiday movie. 

One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is A Charlie Brown Christmas, and I even have the soundtrack which we listen to every year while decorating the tree. I had the perfect stamp set for it too, this adorable set by Mama Elephant. I tried some different backgrounds for my card base, but they all seemed to detract from the image. I thought it looked "Charlie Brown-iest" all by its clean and simple self!  

This was another card that was super easy to make multiples of using the Misti, so I made four of them. My stash is slowly growing! 
I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Clean and Simple.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: O' Tiny Tree (Mama Elephant), Holiday Ornaments (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Evergreen (Simon Says Stamp)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn)

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

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Birthday Balloons & Bits

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

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

I have several stamp sets with balloons in them, and decided to use this one by Simon Says Stamp. I love all the interesting little "bits" in this stamp set. This card is going to someone in the family whose favorite color is (you've guessed it) purple! 

Since I have a few stars in my background, I thought I'd add this to the gallery at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is 'It's Written in the Stars.'

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Bits (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Doll Pink, Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Black and White Essentials (My Favorite Things)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Granite (Hero Arts), Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine (Altenew)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Doodlebug), Glitter Tape (American Crafts)

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, September 10, 2017

Pastel Ornaments, PP361

Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the wonderful and talented Jaydee is our hostess with a pretty color challenge.

It's funny that many of us on the DT decided to use these colors for a Christmas card, myself included. My most recent stamp purchase is this ornament set from Hero Arts, and I think they look so pretty in these non-traditional colors. I took the liberty of adding some soft gray patterned paper and card stock, but the sentiment and ornament hangers are embossed in silver and shiny IRL. 

Products Used:

Stamp Sets: Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Polar Pals (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Bamboo, Frosty Pink (Altenew), Soft Granite (Hero Arts), Versamark (Tsukineko)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)

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 :)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Peace Joy Love, MM255

Yay, Merry Monday is back! I've been awful about making Christmas cards this year, only three of them so far to be exact, so this challenge is just what I need to get on the ball. This week Marcia would like us to create a card with the word "Joy" in it. 

This left loads of options, and looking for further inspiration I went through all my Christmas stamp sets to see which ones have been neglected. I purchased this stamp set from a local scrapbook store which was going out of business about three years ago, and I am embarrassed to say this is the very first time I am inking it up. I don't know what I was waiting for because now I love it! The sentiments are just gorgeous.

I'm really pleased with the way this card came out. The gold shine of the embossing is so pretty IRL, and I was able to line things up perfectly thanks to my Mini Misti. Once the stamps are all lined up in the Misti, it's no trouble at all to make duplicates so I made four of these. And now my Christmas card stash is up to a whopping 7 cards, lol! Though I think I may have to keep one of these for myself, so let's call it 6. I am so bad that way :-) Sometimes I hate parting with my creations! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Peace Joy Love (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Cream (SSS), Brushed Gold (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Here Comes Santa (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Lipstick Red (SSS)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

Thanks for stopping by, and I'd love it if you left a comment!