Thursday, June 23, 2016

Season of Joy, MM210

Hi friends! The temperatures have been close to 90 degrees the last few days, yet I was inspired to make a couple of Christmas cards. Here is one and you'll see the other next week, both using long retired Stampin' Up stuff. In particular I've been trying to finish up a package of patterned paper that I bought in hmm...2009? Can't quite figure it out but needless to say I am a patterned paper hoarder, and I am determined to finish off this pack eventually, down to the very last scrap. I know I'm a little crazy but if there are any other crazy paper hoarders out there I'd love to hear from you, lol!

My inspiration was this week's challenge at Merry Monday, to use the words Love, Peace or Joy on your card. I love the mantle in their inspiration photo and also tried to channel the color scheme of greens and earth tones. 

I stamped my envelope and a simple sentiment inside, and this card is ready to be added to my Christmas card stash. That box is looking sadly empty but I intend to work on that.

Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Early Espresso
Patterned Paper: Merry Moments
Ink Pads: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Real Red
Tools: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Tree Punch, 3/16" Corner Punch
Accessories: Gold Glimmer Paper

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Our Friendship Grows, SIP52

Hi friends! Today at Stamp Ink Paper we have a fun new challenge for you: Case the Designer. Pick any one of the Design Team cards and CASE it! You can CASE the layout, the colors, the theme, whatever inspires you.

I tried to come up with something that was easily CASEable, with a simple color combo and layout. I've also got a little bit of country going on with my Lawn Fawn sunflowers, gingham, and cross stitching. 

I hope I didn't go overboard with the sequins! I usually try to limit them to three. Last but not least is my little Lego fawn. He's so cute! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Our Friendship Grows, Gingham Backdrops (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Cross Stitch Rectangle Dies, Our Friendship Grows Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you'll play along with our challenge this week at Stamp Ink Paper! 

Inky hugs!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

PP300 Celebration Challenge and Giveaway

Hello, friends! Today is a special day at The Paper Players as we are celebrating our 300th challenge, woo hoo! I have not been on the DT since the very beginning, which was in 2010, but it's fair to say that the challenge has evolved a lot over the years. I'd like to give a special shout out to Lesley Croghan, the creator of this challenge, and to Nance Leedy, our fearless leader and badge designer extraordinaire. You guys rock, and I'm so priveleged to be part of this awesome team.

Now on to this week's challenge... It's a Clean and Simple theme challenge from Jaydee: Celebration! To celebrate this occasion we have blog candy to give away, and lots of it! The team has assembled not one, not two, but ten grab bags full of stamping goodness! To be eligible to win one, all you need to do is play along with our challenge this week. You can play as many times as you like, but each needs to be a new project (no back linking, please) and see The Paper Players blog for our other challenge rules. Winners will be selected from all PP300 challenge participants using and will be posted on Saturday, July 25.

Now on to my creation... I wanted to use the word "celebrate" or "celebration" somewhere in my project, so when I came across it in one of my stamp sets, that became my inspiration. Do you remember when I was on a purple kick recently? Well I looked at my last few recent creations and clearly I'm on a blue kick now. I did my best to keep it CAS by making my card monochromatic and maintaining some white space. My only embellishment is a few enamel dots; I love those things! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Bits (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Soft Sky (Stampin' Up), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Happy Things ( Pink Fresh Studios)
Ink Pads: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Coastal Cabana (Stampin' Up), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't already, please visit the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players. After that I hope you'll head off to your craft room to play along with our challenge this week, and maybe win a prize!

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Don't Be Afraid To Sparkle, CTS177

Greetings, friends! I'm super excited to be a Guest Designer today at CAS(E) this sketch! When Chrissy emailed me the layout, I had an idea right away. I love when that happens! 

I inked up this magical little fairy with Memento ink and colored her with my Copic markers. I tend to be a glitter phobe most of the time, but with a sentiment like this I had to get over it! I added glitter to the wings and the stars, and used shimmer cardstock for my card base, which also has some pretty sparkle. 

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Pixie Dust (Avery Elle)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Tropical Bay Shimmer (My Minds Eye)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (Stampin Up)

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll visit the fabulous Design Team at CAS(E) this sketch!  You'll be glad you did! 

Inky hugs :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Columbine, SIP52 Anniversary Celebration

Greetings, friends! Today is a special day as it is the one year anniversary of the Stamp Ink Paper challenge. We hope you'll join in our celebration, and there will also be blog candy. Head over to the Stamp Ink Paper challenge blog for all the details. Our challenge this week is "Cardmaker's Choice", basically anything goes.

Without a doubt my favorite images are florals, so what kind of image to use was a no-brainer. I've also been trying to learn to use my Prismacolor colored pencils a little better and this was my first experiment with no-line coloring. I stamped the image in a very pale color, Memento Desert Sand, and then colored over the lines and filled it in with my colored pencils. I thought it came out OK for my first attempt. I kept the rest of the card simple as I wanted the floral image to take center stage.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Columbine, You Did It (Technique Tuesday)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smoke, Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Desert Sand, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

I thought I'd share one of my practice pieces also, colored from the 'A Million Cats' coloring book I received for Mother's Day.

To thank you we are going to have three giveaways. All you have to do is enter a card in this week’s challenge. You have until Sunday evening at 8:00pm on June 19th to enter your project. Winners announced on Monday, June 20th! We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Next on the hop is the fabulous Ginger Pelfrey. 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sail Away With Me, PP299

Hi friends! I am back from a wonderful week visiting my son in Missouri. It was my first time there, and I was awed at the beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Scroll down if you'd like to see a few pics!

My sweet friend LeAnne is hostess this week at The Paper Players, and she has a patriotic color combo for us. I thought these colors would also work well for a nautical theme, and since I needed to make an anniversary card for my DH, that's the route I went.

I still have oodles of products left from my 2015 Simon Says Stamp card kits, including the patterned paper I used today. The Sailing stamp set also came in the kit. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. I love this little sailboat! 

I used the sketch at Mojo Monday and rotated it 180 degrees. At Simon Says Stamp, the Wednesday Challenge is "For a Guy".

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Sailing (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: White, Navy (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Seasidie (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Wood Veneer Stars (Studio Calico)

And here are a few promised picks from my Missouri trip. We went to so many beautiful places, it was hard just to pick a few!

This one was taken at Grand Gulf State Park (the little Grand Canyon), in Thayer, MO. 

Hodgson Water Mill in Ozark County, MO.

Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring, AK. 

Last but not least, my handsome grand-dog Brody! 

Thank for stopping by, and please 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!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Be-You-Tiful, SIP50

Hi friends! It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it's a simple sketch challenge, my favorite kind. It leaves lots of room for interpretation. You can keep it simple or layer it up to your hearts desire! 

I hadn't used any of my Essentials by Ellen products in a while and thought it was time to dust them off. As a matter of fact, this is first time I am using the sentiment die though I have had it over a year. My bad! I cut it four times and layered them on top of one another using spray adhesive.

I'm also playing along with the Floral theme at the Essentials by Ellen Pin Sights Challenge, the colors at The Card Concept, and it's Anything Goes at the Simon Wednesday Challenge. 

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Bold Blooms (Essentials By Ellen)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Classique Beauty (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade (Stampin Up)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Be-You-Tiful Die (Essentials By Ellen)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for stopping by and I would be so happy if you left a comment! Then, head over to see what the rest of our Design Team has created at Stamp Ink Paper!

Have a terrific Tuesday!