Sunday, August 30, 2015

Minty Thanks for The Paper Players

Greetings on this lovely Sunday, my friends! I am looking forward to a much needed day off today. Over at The Paper Players, my sweet friend LeAnne is hostess, and she has a fun tic-tac-toe board for us to play along with. I opted for the bottom row: Ribbon, Mint Macaron and Oval. 

I decided I'd let the Mint Macaron be the key player and went with a CAS monochromatic card. I had fun mixing up some patterns from the Pretty Petals stack. I added a snippet of ribbon and a tiny Vintage Trinket brad.

Products Used (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Endless Thanks
Card Stock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron
Designer Series Paper: Pretty Petals
Ink Pads: Mint Macaron, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Dies
Accessories: Very Vanilla Tafetta Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets

I thought I'd share a few photos of my recent trip to Orient Point, at the east end of Long Island on the north fork. There are over 100 wineries in this area and the scenery is amazing.

Here it is, the very end of Long Island, at Orient Point State Park.

In the background you can see the ferry to Connecticut.

The antique carousel in Greenport.

We had lunch at Noah's, including crab stuffed delived eggs and duck rillette.

After lunch we took the ferry to Shelter Island.

I was amused by the image on my GPS. That's us, the little red arrow in the middle of the water!

I hope you enjoyed a few pictures of Long Island. Now head over to The Paper Players and check out the creations of the rest of our Design Team. Please play along if you can, too!

Inky hugs,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Poinsettia for Merry Monday

Hello, friends! The glorious summer weather continues here on Long Island, but that doesn't stop me from working on my Christmas card stash. This card features a stamp set I'm using for the first time, Poinsettia from the Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society. After all my hard work coloring with Copic markers (two practice tries before I got to this one), I decided that all the attention should be on the Poinsettia so I set it on a simple white card base.

I'm playing along with the red and green challenge at Merry Monday, and the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Poinsettia (Tenhique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Xpress It Blending Cardstock (Copic)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Accessories: Gold Dazzling Details (SU)

Thanks for stopping by today and please leave a comment!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Flutter By, SIP11, FM222 & STB

Hi, friends! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. The weather in NY is supposed to be glorious all week, low 80s during the day and upper 60s at night. Love it! This week we have a tic-tac-toe challenge for you at Stamp, Ink, Paper. Fun! I could have gone a couple of different ways, but lets call it Birthday, Die Cut and Butterfly.

Here's my card, using the Flutter By stamp set from Lawn Fawn and one of my favorite techniques. I heat embossed the flowers, leaves and butterfly with white embosing powder and then colored them with a paint brush and some distress inks. The sentiment is from the Agapanthus stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

I'm mashing it up with the Friday Mashup. They would like us to create a birthday theme project using any technique we like. I was also inspired by the colors in their inspiration photo. I'm also playing along with Seize The Birthday, where the theme is "Anything That Flies". Last but not least is the Lawnscaping Challenge, which is Embossing.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn), Agapanthus (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Strawberry Slush (SU), Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
Patterned Paper: Pink Sized Patterns Beachside (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Heat Tool, Painbrushes (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (SU), Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

I hope you'll join us this week at Stamp, Ink, Paper and play along with our tic-tac-toe challenge!

Inky hugs!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hello, PP259 & CQC304

Greetings, Stampers! Today at The Paper Players, the talented Joanne is our hostess and she has a marvelous sketch for us. I had an idea for this one right away. I love when that happens!

My card is very graphic, not my usual style, but I think I like it. I took the sketch quite literally and used the shapes to do some inlaid die cutting. This is the second card in a row for me that uses no stamps or ink. What's up with that?!

The awesome colors are from this week's challenge at Colour Q. I didn't have Poppy Parade, so I substituted Watermelon Wonder.

Products Used:
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Coastal Cabana (SU)
Tools: Big Shot, Small Hello Die (SSS), Banner Dies (SU), Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Various)

Please pay a visit to our wonderful Design Team at The Paper Players, and play along with us if you can!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Happy Wedding Day, FMS200

Hi friends, and Happy Saturday! It's a Simple Saturday, as today's card requires no stamps or ink whatsoever. It features some yummy paper and stickers from the Simon Says Stamp May card kit. I love this patterned paper, so gorgeous! I allowed the paper to take center stage and just added a sentiment and some gold accents.

I couldn't let the annivesary celebration at Freshly Made Sketches go by without making a second card. Love this simple sketch.

Products Used:
Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray (SU)
Patterned Paper: Fancy That (MME)
Tools: Big Shot, Straight Talk Happy Die (Technique Tuesday)
Accessories: Fancy That Stickers (MME)

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Orange You Sweet

Hi friends! Life has been crazy busy lately but I managed to squeeze in a little stamping time last night, and I have to say I had a lot of fun making this card. I've been hoarding that little scrap of patterned paper in citrus colors from my Simon Says Stamp May kit because it works perfectly with the You're So Sweet stamp set, and I finally had a chance to use them together. 

I had to play along with Freshly Made Sketches this week as they are having their 200th challenge celebration, complete with lots of prizes! The theme challenge at the Simon Monday Challenge is Citrus with a Twist. Both provided great inspiration!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: You're So Sweet (SSS)
Card Stock: White, Green Leaf (SSS)
Patterned Paper: Sunkissed (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), You're So Sweet Dies (SSS), Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Moonshine Sequins (SSS)

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

Inky hugs!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fresh Berry Bouquet for SIP10

Hello, friends! Today we have a new inspiration challenge for you at Stamp, Ink, Paper, compliments of Lisa. I LOVE this inspiration photo!

You could go any one of a number of ways with this challenge, but I zoned in on the gorgeous colors, the foliage and berries, and the containers. I even have a little piece of jute to mimic the jute ball in the background. I really love this color combination: Pear, Gray and Blackberry. Yumm. The leaves, berries and sentiment are from the Fresh Cut Florals stamp set  (W plus 9), and the container from A Little Something (CB).

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Fresh Cut Florals (W Plus 9), A Little Something (Clearly Besotted)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Blackberry Bliss (SU)
Patterned Paper:Subtles Stack (SU)
Ink Pads: Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss (SU), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, A Little Something Dies (CB), Fresh Cut Floral Dies (W Plus 9), Large Tag Dies (SSS)
Accessories: Hemp Twine (SU)

Please pay a visit to the rest of the DT at Stamp, Ink, Paper, and we'd be thrilled if you played along with us, as well!

Inky hugs!