Sunday, October 23, 2016

Swanky Snowdude, PP318

Hi everyone! It's Sunday (my favorite day of the week) and that means it is time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the awesome Jaydee is our hostess, and she has a great sketch for us to play along with. Love this layout, so many options! 

I decided to try out a new stamp set for the first time, Swanky Snowdudes by Paper Smooches. I love these fun images and they are super fast to color. After all, a snowman is white! I just used a little hint of blue around the edges for a shadow. These stamps have matching dies, but as I planted a little bird on the hat, I cut the whole thing out by hand. I don't mind, I kind of miss all the fussy cutting I used to do before (almost) every set had matching dies.

I am also playing along with the Christmas Inspiration Challenge at The Challenge. I was inspired by the colors.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Swanky Snowdudes (Paper Smooches)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Soft Sky, Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Let's Bokeh In The Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Bis Shot, Mini Snowflake Dies (Lawn Fawn)

That's it, just a quick post today! Please pay a visit to the rest of our wonderful Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope you'll find time to play along with us this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Birthday Leaves for Seize the Birthday

Hi friends! I have a very exciting announcement to make: I've been invited to be on the Design Team at Seize the Birthday! I'm very honored to craft alongside such a talented group of ladies. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your team!

This challenge the "Toppings" option is Lots of Leaves, but if you're not a "Toppings" kind of person you can always go with an "Anything Goes" birthday card. This is a two week challenge (love that!) so you have plenty of time to play along. As long as it is a birthday card, you are good to go!

Lots of Leaves made me think of my Foliage background stamp from Hero Arts, and I decided to use it with an emboss resist technique. I stamped it onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then, I used a piece of acetate, distress inks and water to add some color. I wanted to take a break from the autumnal colors I've been using so much lately, and went with some jewel tones. Ink colors are detailed below. 

I am also playing along with the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, where they would like us to use the color pink in our projects in honor of breast cancer awareness month. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Foliage (Hero Arts), Happy and Smile (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp), Smooth Watercolor Paper (Bristol)
Ink Pads: Versamark; Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Heat Tool, Bis Shot, Happy Script Die (Mama Elephant)
Accesories: White and Clear Embossing Powders, Crystal Sequins (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 :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Brushed Floral Bouquet, SIP70

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it's a tic-tac-toe challenge. I went down the column to the left: Leaves, Sparkle and Orange. 

I had orginally intended on making a Halloween card, but I had all those brand new products from the Mama Elephant show sitting on my desk untouched and I was busting to use them! The set I chose to use was the Brushed Florals stamp set, and after one use I'm already in love with it. These solid images are so easy to layer up and will lend themselves to so many techniques. 

I am also playing with the debut challenge at The Flower Challenge, Anything Goes with Florals. Now there's a challenge right up my alley! I think they are going to see me frequently. I have sooo many floral stamps. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Brushed Florals (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black, Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Mango Smoothie, Forest Glades, Grapevine, Caramel Toffee (Altenew), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Big Shot, Femme Frames Dies (Mama Elephant), Small Hello Die (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

I'm so glad you paid me a visit today! Please visit the rest of our team at Stamp Ink Paper, and we hope you'll play along this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

CAS Leaves, PP317

Hi everyone! Are you enjoying the wonderful Autumn weather as much as I am? It's quite lovely in the Northeast US and the leaves will be changing soon. Speaking of leaves, at The Paper Players, our fabulous Nance is our hostess this week. She has chosen Leaf as the theme for our Clean and Simple challenge. I love leaves almost as much as I love florals! 

In keeping with the Clean and Simple part of this challenge I kept plenty of white space on my card, in this case Ivory. I love these three neutral shades together and almost left it as is, but at the last minute decided to add a little splash of color with the berries. 

As I am using Altenew products, I'm playing with the Altenew Inspiration Challenge today as well. Though I didn't use the colors, I did use leaves! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day, Peony Bouquet, Beautiful Lady (Altenew)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black, Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Evening Gray, Grapevine (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Day Dies, Peony Bouquet Dies (Altenew)

I'm so glad you stopped by today! Please take a moment to leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see what the rest of our team has created this week. We hope you'll play along, too!

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Fall, SIP69

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it's a theme challenge: Fall in Love. You can make something with a fall theme, a love theme, or both! I was inspired by the leaves and fall. 

My Joy to the Woods stamp set hasn't seen any love yet this year and I thought it was about time. I'm really happy with the way the tree came out, though I must say die cutting all those tiny leaves was an excercise in patience! It was worth it I think. My little squirrel thinks so, in his leafy nest :)

I'm also playing along with the inspiration board at the Lawnscaping Challenge. The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has a similar board. For both of them I was inspired by the falling leaves.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Sweater Weather, Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Sweater Weather (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Cup'O Joe, Field Greens, Just Rust, Red Royal, Butter Bar (Hero Arts), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Sweater Weather Dies, Joy to the Woods Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Hillside Border Dies (Lawn Fawn)

I'm so glad you paid me a visit today! Please visit the rest of our team at Stamp Ink Paper, and we hope you'll play along this week, too! 

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Too Cute To Spook, PP316

Hi friends! I am hoping that this Sunday morning finds you all safe and sound from the hurricane that swept the east coast of the US. If you are reading this, then at least hopefully that means you have power. Today at The Paper Players, I have the pleasure and honor of being your hostess, and I chose some seasonal colors. Making a Halloween card is totally optional, as you'll see by the creations of our amazing team.

I had a new stamp set that I was dying to ink up, so I did stay with the Halloween theme. Isn't this kitty adorable?! Love it, and love all the accessories in this set, including the cute skull garland. Yes, skulls can be cute! I kept the rest of the card pretty simple because I wanted to give the stamped images center stage.

I'm playing along with two other challenges today, the sketch at Reverse Confetti and the Halloween theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Too Cute To Spook (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Boos & Brews (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Too Cute To Spook Dies (Reverse Confetti), Stitched Circles (Lawn Fawn)

Thanks for stopping by! Please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players, and I hope you'll play along with my challenge this week, too!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Santa's Elf, MM216 & RS85

Hi friends! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I have a cute, simple Christmas card for you today. I'm using the Santa's Elves stamp set for the first time, which I bought to play along with one of the challenges. I didn't have any elves, and after perusing my Christmas sets, I see I am also missing Santa, angels and snowmen. I seem to always gravitate to the same things, florals, foliage and critters! 

Merry Monday is the challenge that sent me shopping this week. I'm also playing along with Retro Sketches where the challenge is to pick any of their prior sketches, and I went with RS85.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Santa's Elves, Layering Christmas Tree, Layering Wreath, Say Hello (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Cucumber Crush (Stampin' Up), Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid Christmas (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sea Glass (Altenew)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Santa's Elves Dies (Hero Arts), Stitched Scallop Borders Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Button and Cotton Thread (from my sewing stash)

Thanks for visiting!