Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Baby Bird for The Paper Players


Greetings! I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend. Today at The Paper Players the sweet and talented Joanne is our hostess, and she has chosen a Baby theme for our Clean and Simple challenge. There will be so much cuteness in the gallery this week! 


Though I have (ahem) quite a few stamp sets, I have to say that I do not own one a single one that is specifically baby themed. I do however have lots of others that can be used for a baby card, and in my opinion anything with a cute little critter will do. So for my card, I've decided that the stork has the flu this week and didn't want to spread his germs to a wee one, so instead has delivered this baby bird on a paper airplane! 


I'm linking up to the Retro Rubber Challenge where Anything Goes, but we must use stamps older than one year. I used four different Lawn Fawn sets for my card and they are all over a year old, but I think the oldest is Gnome Sweet Gnome which I used for the baby bird. It's five years old, followed by Hello Sunshine which is three years old. I'm also playing along for the very first time at the TGIF Challenge, where the theme is Baby.


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Flying By, Hello Sunshine, So Much to Say, Gnome Sweet Gnome (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Pint Sized Patterns Beachside (Lawn Fawn)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Soft Pool, Tide Pool (Hero Arts)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Flying By Dies (Lawn Fawn)


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 Baby Challenge this week, too! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Painted Flowers Color Splash


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


This time around the "Toppings" options is a color challenge: black, white plus a splash of any one color. You can also chose to do an Anything Goes birthday card, the choice is yours!


I went with the toppings option, and what a surprise, florals. I thought the sketchy look of the Painted Flowers stamp set would lend itself well to leaving the leaves colorless. The blossoms were stamped in two close shades of yellow, apparently a bit too close as they blended as the ink dried. That's ok, this was supposed to be only one color plus black and white anyway! I did a bit of ink splattering on the background which is always a messy job for me. The ink tends to go everywhere, even on unintended cards if they are too nearby. No injuries this time.


I'm also adding this to the gallery at The Flower Challenge, where it is anything goes this month. 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Painted Flowers, Label Love (Altenew)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie (Altenew)
Tools: Big Shot, Painted Flowers Dies (Altenew)
Accessories: 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 :)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lucky Me, CTD434 & MOJO488


Hi everyone! Today I am excited to be a Guest Star Stamper at the Color Throwdown Challenge! This week is a fabulous color trio by Amy, and I was inspired right away, not only by the colors but by the black and white stripes in the inspiration photo.

I used my much neglected Bold Blossom dies to create a black and gold focal point. The leaves are a single layer, the blossoms three layers of black and then a layer of gold foil. I love layering up dies like that; they have a nice heavy feel like chipboard. The patterned papers were mixed up from three different stacks but I think they work together quite well.


For my layout, I was inspired by this weeks sketch at Mojo Monday. I added a couple layers; I hope they don't mind! I'm also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Bit of Green.


eta... How could I not add this to the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge?! A big thank you to @ellenhutsonllc for reposting my card on Instagram :)


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Fancy Thanks (Essentials by Ellen)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black, Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp), Gold Foil (Stampin' Up)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella), I Am (Simple Stories), Here Comes Santa (Doodlebug)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Bold Blossom Stand-Alone Dies (Essentials by Ellen)
Accessories: Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

Thanks for visiting, and please pay a visit to the fabulous Design Team at Color Throwdown! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lucky Latte, PP335


Greetings, friends! This week at The Paper Players the fabulous Jaydee is our hostess, and she's chosen a seasonal color combination for us. Love it! I had an idea right away.


I had lots of fun combining stamp sets from different companies to create this card. I was originally going for Irish coffee, my daughter thinks it looks like a Shamrock Shake, but I think I've decided it's a Shamrock Frappucino. Doesn't that sound yummy? 


The cup is from a Reverse Confetti stamp set, the whipped cream is borrowed off a cupcake set by Avery Elle, the sentiment which is so perfect for this time of year is from Ellen Hutson, and my little shamrock is from Lawn Fawn. I think it's such fun that they all worked so well together. As least I thought so!


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Caffeinated Cups, Be A Barista (Reverse Confetti), Cupcakes (Avery Elle), Fancy Thanks (Ellen Hutson), Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Patterned Paper: Emerald One (Authentique)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Caffeinated Cups Dies (Reverse Confetti), Cupcakes Dies (Avery Elle)
Accessories: White Bakers Twine (Stampin' Up)

Thanks for visiting! I'd love for you to leave a comment, then please check out the creations of the rest of our Design Team at The Paper Players. We'd love for you to play along, too!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Life is Beautiful, PP334


Hi everyone! This week at The Paper Players, I have the pleasure of being your hostess. For my theme challenge I've chosen a simple one: Cut it Out! Just cut out an element for your card using the tool of your choice, plain old scissors are just fine if you wish.


I chose to use some brand new dies from Concord and 9th that I've had my eye on for a while and just purchased. They were sitting on my desk screaming "Pick Me!" I really love the clean lines of these stalks, which are inlaid and then backed with some sparkly glitter paper. 


I'm also playing along with the colors at Color Throwdown, which I blended on watercolor card stock for my background.


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Words (Concord and 9th)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Watercolor Card Stock (Tim Holtz), Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Lawn Fawn), Layering Leaves Dies, Beautiful You Dies (Concord and 9th), Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holtz)

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


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Magical Birthday Wishes



Hi everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! There are no toppings this week, so it's Anything Goes Birthday. Easy Peasy! 


A certain someone who loves unicorns and glitter had a birthday recently, and this is the card I made for her, combining two stamp sets and matching dies from Avery Elle.


This was such a fun card to make, and though I'm a bit of a glitter phobe I liberally added it to the unicorn mane and tail, the fairy wings and the stars. It's super sparkly in person.


I'm also playing along with the 30 day coloring challenge at The Daily Marker. The coloring on my card was pretty simple, but what could be more fun than coloring a unicorn?!


... and here is my card inside.



Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Pixie Dust, Be A Unicorn (Avery Elle)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Blending Card Stock (Copic), Lilac Mist Textured (My Colors)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Pixie Dust and Be A Unicorn Dies (Avery Elle), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (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 :)


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!