Thursday, January 18, 2018

One Layer Birthday



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


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


This is a card that I made last week while on vacation. I had my floral images heat embossed already, and I brought the card front, a paintbrush and a watercolor dot palette along with me. This was an easy and super-portable way to bring a project for some crafting in my down time. After the card stock was dry I added a sentiment, and that was it, a real CAS card.

I'm also sharing this card at the CAS Watercolour Challenge, where the theme is Birthday, and at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the theme is Add a Sentiment. 


Stamp Sets: Kind Soul (W plus9), Birthday Greetings (Altenew)
Card Stock: Smooth Watercolor Card Stock (Bristol)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Watercolor Dot Pallette (Daniel Smith)
Tools: Heat Tool, Paintbrushes
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)


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, January 14, 2018

Get Well Tree


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 color challenge. I really love these colors, they make me think of beach glass.



I decided to stay with the blue-green theme for my fourth color, and added an olive-y green for the tree trunk and leaves. The tree was stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. The sentiment was heat embossed and popped up with foam dots. This was a really simple card, which seems to be all I have time for lately! 


I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Use Patterned Paper.


Stamp Sets: Say Hello, Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Navy (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid Fall (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Nesting Rectangle Dies (Hero Arts), Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)

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, January 7, 2018

PP375 Punny Valentine


Hi friends! It's the first challenge of the year for The Paper Players, and I am very pleased to be your hostess. The first challenge of the month is always a theme challenge, and I've chosen "Punny Valentine". If you're not sure what I mean by "Punny", check our the work of our fabulous Design Team for some inspiration. I'm quite tickled with all of their fun creations!  


I've always had a love/ hate relationship with shaker cards- I love the way they look and what fun they are to shake, but the contents always seem to either escape, stick to the edges or both. For this card I used a new tool that Santa brought me, the Fuse tool. I think this may be the solution to my problems! My sequins are nicely contained and don't stick to the edges. I see many more shaker cards in my future. 

Stamp Sets: Friends Forever (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: I See You (My Minds Eye)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Heart Dies (Stampin' Up), Stitched Rectangle Dies, Friends Forever Dies (Lawn Fawn), Fuse Tool (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp), Scrapbook Page (Stampin' Up)Sparkling Coral Sequin Mix (Little Things by Lucy's Cards)

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, January 5, 2018

Merry Little Quilt, MM271 & SIP131


Hi everyone! Here in the northeast we got walloped by Mother Nature yesterday. Blizzard conditions had me housebound, with lots of time to craft - not such a bad thing! This card was a straggler from Christmas which never got completed, and I finished it up yesterday. It uses some scraps of one of my oldest patterned paper stacks which I could never part with, and I finally used up the last of it. The sentiment is from a new stamp set I'm using for the first time. I love the font, and it had me humming the song all day. For the base of my card, I cut out all the little squares with a punch, adhered them, and then ran it through an embossing folder. 




I was inspired by two challenges: the embossing theme at Merry Monday, and the embossing theme at Stamp Ink Paper


Products Used: (All Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Sets: Christmas Quilt
Card Stock: Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: Merry Moments
Ink Pads: Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Layering Oval Framelits, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Quilted Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon, Stitched Felt Embellishments


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Feather Pen Birthday



Hi everyone, and a Happy New Year to you! Today it's time for our first challenge of 2018 at Seize the Birthday.  To help you get back in the crafty swing of things, we've made it real easy: Anything Goes Birthday! 


I am always, always in short supply of masculine birthday cards and needed one right away, so that's what inspired my first card of the year. I also went searching for stamp sets that hadn't seen much love yet, and this was one of them. I love the simple feather pen for a masculine card, and I thought the patterned paper coordinated perfectly. I colored the feather with Copic markers, then added some detail with a colored pencil.


I was also inspired by the colors at Color Throwdown. I love a masculine card in neutral colors! 



Stamp Sets: Fair Feathers, Ella and Friends (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black (Simon Says Stamp), Soft Suede Textured (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Harmony (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Brown (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Tools: Big Shot, Fair Feather Dies (Mama Elephant)

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, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas from Ollie



I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas, and Ollie sends his greetings, too!


Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas, Deer


Hello, my friends! I've been a little MIA lately, but like many of us I have been spending time with friends and family, both preparing for and enjoying the holiday season. I have the last of my Christmas cards for this year to share, one that I created with the intent of it being decidedly masculine. It has already been delivered to the recipient, who approved! 


With this card I'm playing along with the Merry Monday Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, and I've chosen the column vertically down on the left: Stamping, Die Cut and Red. I'm also playing along with the final Curtain Call challenge, and it's always so sad to see a challenge blog end. My branches aren't pine, but I think I've captured the colors and masculine feel of the inspiration photo.



A little peek at my card inside and the envelope...



Stamp Sets: Christmas Noel (Recollections), French Foliage (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, White Textured (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Green Plaid (Paper Pizzazz)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Evergreen (Simon Says Stamp), Soft Brown, Cup O Joe (Hero Arts)
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Deer Head Die Set (Recollections)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)


I'd like to wish you all a happy holiday season, and the best in the coming year! Thanks for taking the time to visit!