Sunday, February 26, 2017

Umbrella Trio, PP333

Hi friends! Today at The Paper Players, the sweet and talented LeAnne is our hostess, and she has an awesome sketch for us to play along with. I had so many ideas for those three elements: balloons, flowers, teacups, feathers, the options are limitless! The team came up with some really fun ideas, too! 

I finally settled on umbrellas, using a stamp set from Clearly Besotted that hasn't seen too much love yet. I also used a brand new, juicy red ink pad from Simon Says Stamp, and I have to say I was really impressed at the great coverage with just one inking. Those solid images can sometimes be challenging. However, before I used it I dropped it ink side down on my beige carpet. Aughhh! Thankfully the damage wasn't too bad and by moving quickly I was able to get it all out. Phew! 

I'm also playing along with the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp which is Anything Goes.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: April Showers, April Shower Additions (Clearly Besotted)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Markers: Tuxedo Black Dual Marker (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Simon Says Stamp), April Showers Dies (Clearly Besotted)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cups of Kindness, SIP87 & CTD431

Hi friends! I am guilty of staying up a wee bit too late last night. There were a few challenges I really wanted to play along with, and wanted to finish up my card and post it while the inspiration was still fresh. I used the retired Simon Says Stamp stamp set Cups and Succulents, which I've only ever used once before, and it was happy to see some ink. This video by Sandy Allnock was very helpful in doing some partial die cutting of the images as there are separate dies for the foliage and the cups.

The challenges that inspired me are the kindness theme at Stamp Ink Paper, the colors and inspiration at Color Throwdown, and at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge it's Anything Goes with an emphasis on Simon products.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Cups and Succulents (Simon Says Stamp), Just a Note (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black, Fog (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Neutrals Stack (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic, Tuxedo Black Dual Marker (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Garden of Succulents Dies (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Just A Note, PP332

Hi friends, and Happy Sunday! I hope you all have a relaxing day in store. This week at The Paper Players, the wonderful Laurie is our hostess, and her Clean and Simple challenge is to use a sentiment as your focal point. 

I don't have much in the way of large sentiments suitable for a focal point, but I did have this one that I got as a freebie at the Mama Elephant show last year and it hadn't seen any ink yet. I was glad to have it; I think it worked perfectly for this challenge. I did some subtle background stamping and sponging and then die cut the background with a stitched border die. Then, I placed the sentiment in my Misti, and stamped it three times so it would be a nice rich black that stands out well from the background. After I finished it, the thought occurred to me that a set of these in a box would make a nice gift. Hopefully I will find the time to do that!

I am also playing along with the Simon Says Samp Wednesday Challenge, which is Fantastic Florals.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Brushed Florals, Just A Note (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Fog, Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Bamboo, Sea Glass (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Femme Frames Dies (Mama Elephant), Stencil Brushes (Clarity)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Simple Stories)

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Inlay Hearts for Seize the Birthday

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

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

I've had this die from Impression Obsession on my desk for a few weeks and this was the perfect opportunity to put it to use. I was inspired by a card from Lisa at I'm in Haven, though I don't think Lisa inlaid her hearts. Regardless, I love the colors she used. My daughter loves anything rainbow and I knew it would be perfect for her. 

It took a little longer than I expected to piece this together as there are lots of different sized hearts in this die, but it was fun, like a puzzle! While I was at it I made a second card with the cuts, and have plenty left over for a few more cards. 

With the first card I am also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is to use your favorite tool (my Big Shot), and with the second the Casology Challenge which is Romance. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Greetings (Altenew), Crazy About You (Stampin' Up), Garden Hydrangea (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Schoolhouse Red, Doll Pink, Orange Peel, Sunshine, Green Apple, Audrey Blue, Lavender (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Heart of Hearts Die (Impression Obsession)

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, February 14, 2017

Coffee & Friends

Hi everyone, and Happy Valentine's Day! You know, last week I tried and tried to create a few more Valentines, and all I wound up with is a pile of abandoned projects and a messy desk. Nothing was cooperating. Don't you just hate when that happens? I finally found my mojo over the weekend and came up with this card, which I think is good for either a Valentine or a friendship card.


The colors were inspired by the paper stack, and the layout is from Reverse Confetti. I hope you can see the sketch; my circle element was obviously the wreath and the cup is the vertical element, though it's on top instead of beneath. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to use your favorite tool, which is definitely my Big Shot!

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups, Be A Barista (Reverse Confetti)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp), Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Brown, Red Royal (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies, Wreaths Dies, Circle Heart Die (Reverse Confetti)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll leave a comment!

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Modern Hydrangeas, PP331

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week our wonderful leader Nance is hostess, and she has a gorgeous, elegant color combination for us. Though I love this color combo it took me a while to decide on a subject matter, but I finally settled on (ahem..) flowers!

I had a brand new Altenew stamp set sitting on my desk just begging to be inked up. As this is a layering set, I first heat embossed the outline with copper embossing powder. Then I stamped the next two layers with blush colors, and the final layer with copper pigment ink. As the pigment ink takes a while to dry, I had time to move the ink around a little with a Versamarker and add a little more detail. I have to say I really love the end result, and these hydrangea stamps are just gorgeous. The two coppers are so pretty together too, one shiny and one shimmery. 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Garden Hydrangea (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Morning Frost, Moon Rock, Evening Gray, Blush, Rouge (Altenew), Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Cosmic Copper Brilliance (Tsukineko)
Markers: Versamarker (Tsukineko)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Garden Hydrangea Dies (Altenew)
Accessories: Washi Tape (Recollections), Copper Embossing Powder (Hero Arts), Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting me today! Please pay a visit to the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players, and we hope to see your creation in the gallery, too! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine Love, PP330

Hi everyone! It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper PlayersThis week the sweet and talented Claire is hostess, and she's helping us get going on our Valentine's Day creations!

I recently purchased a new patterned paper stack called Kitten Smitten (can you stand it?!), and this pretty piece inspired my card. I really love the colors. I just mounted it on some black card stock, and all that was left to do was add a little banner and a sentiment. I cut the sentiment three times also from black card stock and stacked them up. Then I coated it liberally with Wink of Stella, and finally a thick coat of Glossy Accents. It's super shiny and sparkly IRL! 


I'm also sharing this card at the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is The Color of Love, and the Love and Romance theme at The Card Concept. I was inspired by the colors and pretty patterns. 

Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Kitten Smitten (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Pink (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Love Stamp & Cut Die (Hero Arts)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Wink of Stella (Zig)

Before I go, I thought I'd share a quick pic of Ollie. Why must he always sit right there in front of the monitor? Clearly it's all about him. He's got quite the look of attitude on his face too, as though how dare I think otherwise!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see the creations of our fabulous team. We hope you'll join us in our challenge this week, too!