Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Husband


Hi friends! My dear hubby's birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, and I thought I would get a head start on his card. It's always a challenge making a card for him because I feel like I've already used every stamp in my collection that is remotely masculine. As I was going through my inventory, I stumbled across this stamp set that I've had for a year and never used and completely forget I'd even ordered! Does that happen to anyone else?! I was really glad I found it, and had great fun watercoloring this image. I hope hubby likes it. I'm pretty happy with the way it came out and like the little pop of orange.


 

I'm playing along with the Masculine challenge at The Challenge, and Anything Goes at Seize The Birthday. 


Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: The Wilderness Awaits, Endless Birthday Wishes, Guy Greetings
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper: Adventure Bound
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar
Tools: Aqua Painter, Piercing Tool & Mat, Paper Piercing Essentials
Accessories: Linen Thread

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be taking a little bloggy break next week to get caught up with some projects around the house, but I'll be back on May 8. Have a great week, and I hope you'll leave me a comment! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Little Angel, SIP45


Hi friends! It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper. This week it's a theme challenge: Baby. I love making cute little baby cards, though I don't know of anyone having a baby at the moment. That's OK, it's always good to have a stash of cards for when you need one. 


This also gave me an opportunity to ink up a new stamp set for the first time. Fairies and unicorns seem to be all the rage right now, and I especially love the Pixie Dust stamp set by Avery Elle because it has the sweetest sentiments, too. This was a simple card to make, just stamp, color and cut!


I'm playing along a second time at the Simon Wednesday Challenge which is Make it Girlie. I think this is about as girlie as it gets!


Products Used: 
Stamp Sets: Pixie Dust (Avery Elle)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah), Audrey Blue (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Spring (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Copic
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Pixie Dust Dies (Avery Elle)
Accessories: Wink of Stella (Zig)

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!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Floral Hello, PP292


Hi friends! Hooray for Sunday! I'm happy to say I am off work today, and will be heading to Brooklyn shortly to have brunch with my son and his girlfriend. I'll also be presenting him with a belated birthday gift, this crocheted blanket which I just finished making. So many hobbies, so little time...

Today at The Paper Players, our sweet Claire is hostess and she has a fabulous sketch for us to play along with.


My card uses ingredients from the April Simon Says Stamp card kit, and was super easy to make. There was no stamping involved as the sentiment and flowers are stickers. I'm not usually a sticker kind of girl, but I do love how fast this came together! 


This week the theme at the Simon Wednesday Challenge is Make it Girlie, and I think I've done so with my florals and sequins.


Products Used:
Card Stock: White (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Life in Color (Simple Stories)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Life In Color Stickers (Simple Stories), Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

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, April 19, 2016

Uncharted Wetlands, SIP44


Hi friends, and a happy Tuesday to you! I'm happy to report that the weather on Long Island has been glorious for the last few days, finally! Speaking of Long Island, Justin has a great inspiration photo for us this week at Stamp Ink Paper. It's a photo of the lighthouse on Fire Island, a barrier island off the coast of Long Island. I've been there many, many times. 


I was inspired by the wetland scene and setting sun to create my own scene doing some masking and sponging. The sentiment and birds are from the Uncharted Territory stamp set, and the sea grass from the Wetlands stamp set.


I punched out a circle and used it as a mask and then sponged the sky. Some post-it tape worked perfectly as a mask for my horizon. I kept sponging and adding more color until I was satisfied with the result, and then stamped the other images and sentiment. I have to say, I'm really happy with the way it came out. It looks so peaceful; I wish I was there! 


Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Wetlands, Uncharted Territory
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Blask, Crumb Cake
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Old Olive, Island Indigo
Tools: Sponge Daubers, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

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!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CAS Butterflies for Mom, PP291


Hi friends! Today at The Paper Players, it's my turn to be hostess. It's a Clean and Simple challenge, and I've chosen Butterflies as my theme. I don't know about you, but I have tons of butterfly themed products and they don't see nearly enough action. On a quick count, I found butterflies on about 15 stamp sets, three punches, one stencil, about 15 dies, and that doesn't count patterned paper and accessories! 


All that said, I tried to control myself as this is a CAS challenge. I have more layers than I would normally use, but I think I kept it clean with my monochromatic colors and use of white. I stopped myself from adding any embellishments other than a single pearl. 


I stamped another matching butterfly on the envelope, and a sentiment inside to finish things off. This card is ready to go, woo hoo! 


Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Delightful Dozen, Wonderful Mother
Card Stock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, White Vellum
Ink Pads: Mint Macaron, Black Stazon
Tools: Big Shot, Butterflies & Bold Butterfly Dies, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Accessories: Basic Pearls

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

Inky hugs!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hello Dahlia, SIP43


Hi friends! I hope your week is going well so far. It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Stamp Ink Paper, and this week it's a fabulous sketch by Justin. I must admit, I don't normally gravitate to things "askew", as it conflicts with the Libra in me! I do like this one, though!


The big focal panel inspired me to use a large background stamp I've only used once before, Definately Dahlia. I inked it up with Blushing Bride ink, then used a sponge dauber to add some Calypso Coral ink to the center. I stamped it on watercolor paper, and used an aqua painter to blend and spread the colors a bit. I kept playing a bit more, and added some more Coral ink with the aqua painter to add a little more depth. I think I like it! 


Products Used: (All Stampin' Up)
Stamp Sets: Delightful Dahlia
Card Stock: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper: Stacked with Love
Ink Pads: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride
Tools: Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Sponge Dauber, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Neutrals Candy Dots

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!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Birthday Flowers


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means it is time for a new challenge at The Paper Players. This week Joanne is our hostess with the mostess, and she has a fun color challenge for us. 


I used stamps and paper from my newest Simon Says Stamp card kit, and some brand new ink pads from Hero Arts. They don't match the challenge colors exactly but this was as close as I could get. I hope Joanne doesn't mind :) 



I was able to link up with a few other challenges with this card. I'm playing along with the sketch at Mojo Monday. At the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the theme is Birthdays, and at Seize the Birthday the toppings option is Floral. 


Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Birthday Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: White, Black (Simon Says Stamp), Vellum (Bazzill)
Ink Pads: Cornflower, Lime Green, Ultra Pink, Tangerine, Neon Pink (Hero Arts), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Dies (Lawn Fawn), Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder (Darice)

Thanks for visiting and I do hope you will join us this week at The Paper Players! Please check out the creations of the rest of our wonderful Design Team, too! 

Inky hugs!