Thursday, July 19, 2018

Nautical Stripes



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


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


Stripes make me think of masculine cards, which I am always in need of. I decided on a nautically themed card, with the stripes from the patterned paper as my starting point. I used a new to me stamp set from Verve, Learning to Sail, and colored the image with my Copic markers. 


I tried adding a birthday sentiment on the tag, but my white embossing powder was not cooperating. I guess it's time for a new jar. In the meantime, my birthday sentiment will go on the inside, using another stamp set from Verve. 


I'm playing along with the Inkspirational Challenge for the first time, and the word prompt for this challenge is Birthday. 



Stamp Sets: Learning to Sail, Wishing You (Verve)
Card Stock: Ivory (Simon Says Stamp), Night of Navy (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Seaside (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Circle Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Large Tag Dies (Simon Says Stamp)
Accessories: Thick Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up)

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, July 17, 2018

CAS Christmas Poinsettias


Hi everyone! Yes, this is a Christmas card, in July! I'm sorry to say that this is only the fourth Christmas card I've made all year, and if I don't pick up the pace I'm going to be in trouble come December. This one features the gorgeous Poinsettia stamp set from Mama Elephant, and I've colored it with my Copic markers. 


Here is my source of inspiration, the Poinsettia theme at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge. There are some very pretty cards in the gallery; you should check it out!


Stamp Sets: Poinsettia, Jingle Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Accessories: Gold Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pretty Good Things


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week the sweet and talented Joanne is our hostess with a color challenge, and this one is a beauty! So pretty, I love it.



Well, it will come as no surprise to you that these colors shouted "floral" to me! I settled on a digi set from Power Poppy and colored it with my Copic markers. Slowly. Over the course of three days, lol! I hope Joanne doesn't mind, as I added a bit of "sky" blue in the background. The bouquet seemed kind of lost without it. 


I'm also playing along with the Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy, to use any of their previous challenges. I chose the Blow up your Digi's challenge. 




Stamp Sets: Countryside Bouquet, Fall Haul Digi Stamp Sets (Power Poppy)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Lilac Mist Textured (My Colors)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Femme Frame Dies (Mama Elephant), Circle Punches (Stampin' Up)

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 :)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Birthday Sequins



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


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


My card features one of my favorite florals, the Kind Soul stamp set from W plus9. I had the panel heat embossed, and took it with me while on a short three-day vacation to Rhode Island. All I needed to pack was my card front, a few paintbrushes, and my super portable Watercolor Dot Palette from Daniel Smith. When I got home, I did a partial die cut of the front, mounted it on a card base, and added a smattering of sequins. Easy-peasy! 


I'm also playing along with the ladies at the Just Us Girls challenge where it's Anything Goes. I think this is the first time I'm playing along with this challenge, though I'm not 100% sure... lol! At Stamp Ink Paper it's Card Maker's Choice, and it's no secret that my favorite stamps are anything floral! 


I love how perfectly our new Seize the Birthday watermark coincides with my creation! 


Stamp Sets: Kind Soul (W plus9), Birthday Greetings (Altenew)
Card Stock: Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up), Smooth Watercolor (Bristol)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Forever Green (Hero Arts), Watercolor Dot Palette (Daniel Smith)
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Kind Soul Dies (W plus9)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Moonshine 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 :)


Sunday, July 1, 2018

PP400 Huge Celebration and Giveaway!


Hi friends! It's Sunday, that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players, and this is a big one! For the next two weeks we will be celebrating our 400th Challenge. Not surprisingly, the theme is CELEBRATION!  You can create any kind of celebratory card, such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation. And with every good celebration, we are having a party with LOTS of prizes! The wonderful Jaydee is our hostess for this party, WHO I might add, has been on this team since Challenge #1! We also have a couple of surprise past Design Team members returning to add to the inspiration. So how do our simple rules differ for this party?

  1. PP400 will run for two weeks, and you may submit up to two cards for this challenge. 
  2. Prizes awarded to participants will be drawn from random.org.
  3. Create a new paper project.
  4. Upload your project to your blog with a link back to The Paper Players.
  5. Provide a direct link to your blog post for your challenge entry.
  6. Please link your card to no more than FOUR challenges (including ours).
  7. TRULY ENJOY OUR CELEBRATION!  We have appreciated your participation over the last 399 challenges.
You must be wondering about the prizes! We've been floored by the generosity of the crafting community. We will be picking 40 lucky winners for one of the following (sponsors listed in alphabetical order)...
  1. Altenew- $30 gift card
  2. Atenew Academy - $20 gift card
  3. Avery Elle- $20 store credit
  4. Butterfly Reflections - Breathe Rainbows Stamp Set (US winner only)
  5. CAS-ual Fridays - $25 store credit
  6. Cheery Lynn - $20 gift card  
  7. Cheery Lynn - $20 gift card
  8. Concord & 9th - $25 gift card
  9. Craftin Desert Divas - $10 store credit
  10. Dies R Us - $15 gift card
  11. Ellen Hutson -  $20 gift card 
  12. Ellen Hutson - $20 gift card
  13. Happy Little Stampers - $20 store credit
  14. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  15. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  16. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  17. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  18. Lawn Fawn - $25 gift card
  19. My Favorite Things - $25 store credit
  20. Neat & Tangled - $15 store credit 
  21. Newton's Nook - $20 store credit
  22. Pink & Main - $20 store credit
  23. Power Poppy - $10 store credit
  24. Stampendous - $20 reward cards (US winner only)
  25. Stampendous - $20 reward card (US winner only)
  26. Stampendous - $20 reward card (US winner only)
  27. STAMPlorations - $20 gift certificate
  28. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  29. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  30. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  31. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  32. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  33. Technique Tuesday - $20 gift card
  34. The Foiled Fox - $25 store credit
  35. Trinity Stamps - Let it Grow and Lady Liberty Stamp Sets
  36. Tutti Designs - $15 gift card
  37. Uniko - any in-stock stamp set of the winner's choice
  38. Verve Stamps - stamp & accessory bundle (US winner only)
  39. Verve Stamps - stamp & accessory bundle (US winner only)
  40. Waffle Flower -  $15 gift card
How awesome is that?! Well, this post is getting crazy long so I guess it's time to move on to my card...


Since it just a few days before US Independence Day, I thought I'd make a celebratory card in patriotic colors. I don't have a particular recipient in mind yet, but I think this card would be suitable for a graduation, birthday, or any summer party. I stamped the balloons and strings on my card front first. Then I stamped more balloons on another piece of card stock and colored them with Copic markers. Finally, I cut the balloons out by hand and adhered them to the base. A very simple card, and I gave the Big Shot a day off! 



Stamp Sets: Birthday Bits (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Cornflower (Hero Arts), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Markers: Copic

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team and our special guests at The Paper PlayersWe hope you'll play along with our special challenge, too! This is going to be fun, fun, fun! 

Inky hugs :)



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Farewell Merry Monday


Good morning, all! It's going to be a scorcher in New York this weekend, perhaps not the kind of weather when most people think about Christmas cards. However, I just had to play along with the farewell challenge at Merry Monday. I'm so sad to see that challenge come to an end. Though I certainly didn't play along every week, I wished I could have and sometimes created a card in my head even if it didn't make it to paper. I love the different themes each week and wonderful inspiration. Thank you, Merry Monday Team! 


This week's challenge is Rustic Christmas, and I took lots of inspiration from the challenge badge, including the colors, wood paneling, and deer mount. I love making a Christmas card in earthy tones, and I think it makes for a great masculine card.


In searching for other Christmas Card Challenges, I came across this one that is new to me, Christmas Card Throwdown. The challenge there is Wood Background, so I'm playing along there for the first time, as well. 



Stamp Sets: Christmas Noel (Recollections)
Card Stock: Ivory (Simon Says Stamp), Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Welcome Home (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool, Deer Head Dies (Recollections)
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

PP399 Floral Flourish Thanks


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week the sweet and talented Laurie is our hostess with a sketch challenge.


So here's my take on the sketch. I knew I wanted to use this new-to-me stamp set from Verve for the focal point, but I wasn't sure where to fit the sentiment so I shifted the vertical panels to the right a bit. I think this is the first time I am using these dies, too. I almost used a real button, but liked the way the piercings in the paper button echoes those in the flourish.



Stamp Sets: Dream Big (Verve)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Smoke, Sunshine (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Classique Beauty (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Butter Bar (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Scalloped Flower Dies (Verve), Pierced Fancy Flourish Die, Vintage Button Dies (My Favorite Things)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Simple Stories)


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 :)