Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paper Players Sketch 57


Happy Sunday!  Can you believe it is the last day of July!  Wow, the summer is flying by!  Nance is our hostess today and she has brought us a lovely sketch:

Challenge 57

My niece’s birthday is tomorrow and as I was looking through her FB pages, I noticed she wears a lot of deep dark blue…she’s a blondie with blue eyes, so it’s a good color on her!  So I chose Pacific Point and Bashful Blue as my colors for her birthday card:


I stamped the butterfly from Strength & Hope three times---once on the main panel in PP, once on a layer of vellum cardstock in white, and again on Whisper White cardstock in PP, and cut the last two out.  I covered the top layer with Versamark ink and Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heated it up for a lovely glimmer:


I layered them with some rhinestones on my Bashful Blue panel, which was reverse embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots  folder and stamped in a collage fashion with various images from Style Beautiful, You’re A Gem and Nature Walk.  The entire piece was mounted on a piece of Pacific Point Patterns designer paper that was cut using the Top Note die, and a little taffeta ribbon and tag finished it off.  I also stamped the words from Nature Walk randomly on my textured white card in Versamark ink and lightly colored it with chalks.


We hope that this sketch inspires you to pick out your favorite stamps and inks and create something to share with us!  You’ll find all the details on the Paper Players blog!  Thanks for visiting today!

Look ma!  No hands!



Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Style Beautifiul, Strength & Hope, You’re A Gem, Nature Walk, Oval All
  • Paper:  Textured White, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point Patterns DP, Vellum Cardstock
  • Ink:  Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Versamark
  • Acc:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Taffeta Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Pacific Point Marker, Rhinestones, Top Note Die, Pastel Chalks

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birthday Cards

I have nothing of my own to post today; my sister and nephew are visiting from out of town, so I have been spending the day with them!  I will share a few birthday cards that I received, and a few more at a time in my posts next week!

Here is two pinwheel cards!  The first is from Nance:


Isn’t this cute---love the papers, the glimmer brad and the little clouds! 

And the next is from my friend Beth:


Look how sweet this little gift set is…..I am dying to dig into those chocolates, but they’re SO pretty, I am being very disciplined!

And here is one from my friend Linda:


The papers she used are shimmery and so very “me”---I like my corals and pinks!

And last, a sweet little teapot made using the cracked glass technique, from my other friend Linda:


Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Paper Players challenge!


Friday, July 29, 2011

CAS Vintage Sailor Boy


I got this digital image free from The Vintage Workshop and used it to make two super-duper quick cards recently.  I noticed that the waves were very similar to some of the papers from Cosmo Cricket’s Salt Air, so I pulled them out and went to work.  My first one was a thank you to my in-laws for our recent boat trip:


The second was for my BIL’s birthday:


Sometimes digital images don’t print out clearly, but this one was wonderful!  The colors are bright and saturated, and I just think this little vintage sailor is as cute as can be!  Both sentiments are from Cute & Curly.  Thanks for visiting today!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Cute & Curly
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket
  • Ink:  Stazon Black
  • Acc:  Circle Punch, Black Brad


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christmas Joy in Kraft


Happy Thursday!  Does anyone besides me get frustrated because there are so many great challenges out there and not enough time to participate in all of them?  I combined four challenges today, something I don’t usually do, so bear with me!   First, here’s my card:


And here are all the challenges:

My simple sledding image was stamped with white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder, then mounted on a Very Vanilla panel and paper pierced all around it. 


The sentiment was stamped on some off-white twill I got at a yard sale with Memento ink, and mounted over SU’s Simple Snowflake, also pierced and highlighted with a Jelly Roll pen. 


I secured it with a Glimmer brad.  Really easy and another Christmas card to add to my stash!

Okay, why does a bathroom seem like so much fun to an 11-month old?!




Thanks for visiting today, and thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  SU Simple Snowflake, Picture Show Stamps Sledders, Sweet & Sassy Holiday Greetings
  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
  • Ink:  Craft White, Memento Brown
  • Acc:  Twill, Paper Piercer, Glimmer Brad, Jelly Roll Pen

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Dig You Baby Card


As soon as I saw the “I Dig You” set in the new catalog, I knew I had to have it!  Having so many new little boys coming into our family, I could see where it would be put to good use!  First off, I needed a baby congrats card, so I went to work!


I used a bunch of fun new In Colors on this card, and did some markering to get the animals popping out of the top of the dump truck:


The background is done using the new Stripes embossing folder and Lucky Limeade ink, and was shown at convention (but I can’t remember by whom!).  Ink the embossing folder on the raised side using a brayer and the Limeade ink, then run it through the Big Shot with a square of Whisper White cardstock.  Reink the embossing folder, turn the cardstock a quarter turn, making sure the stripes are perpendicular and even,  and run it through again.  It makes a wonderful embossed “gingham” effect! 


I used a tag from Lots of Tags and stamped my sentiment and a little heart from Itty Bitty Bits in Tangerine Tango, anchoring it with a new Polka Dot In Color brad,  and added a fun layered sentiment on the inside, using a sentiment from Petite Pairs (I have used that set SO much already!):


Thanks for visiting today!


Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  I Dig You, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Itty Bitty Bits
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party
  • Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray
  • Acc:  Circle Punches, Brads, In Color Brad, Lots of Tags Die, Markers in Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Bashful Blue, Nestie, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


CQC95 banner

Yum yum, I just loved the colors that Arielle chose today, although the inspiration photo creeped me out just a teeny little bit:


When I was a kid, I could hear owls “hoo-hooing” all summer long in the woods around our house late at night.  It used to frighten me –I probably thought they were going to fly into my open window!  Now, I love hearing owls, but Mr Owl here with his one eye opened and one eye closed, is a tiny bit scary!!!  He is rather dapper, though, but I chose to interpret his colors in a different way:


I really wish you could see this IRL, it’s quite pretty!  Here are a couple closer views:

CQC95 closeup

CQC95 closeup 2

I stamped the butterflies from Kindness Matters in Early Espresso on Vellum cardstock, colored them on the back with coordinating markers, then outlined them with a Gelly Roll pen.   Can you see the sparkle?  Soooo pretty!  The words from Nature Walk are also stamped on the front in Craft White ink.   A sentiment from Bring on the Cake as well as a little ruffle of Patterns DP finishes this simple card.  I added some additional interest by adding a Calypso Coral “w” for the first letter.

I hope you’ll find some inspiration in these colors and flutter on over to the ColourQ blog, not only to see what the other designers have made, but to play along with us as well!


Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Kindness Matters, Bring on the Cake, Nature Walk
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Cardstock Vellum, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party Patterns Designer Paper
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Craft White
  • Acc:  Markers, Dauber, 1’ circle punch, 1/8” circle punch, Gelly Roll pen

Monday, July 25, 2011

PPA103 Thanks


Squeaking in a quick little vintagey thank you card tonight using the Pals Paper Arts sketch 103:


I used some more Beau Chateau DP as well as a matching Side Note, trimmed a little and stamped with various “thank you” sentiments.  (I notice that when I stamp in Early Espresso on these notes, the ink looks gray or black---keep that in mind if you use them too!)  Okay, enough chat, here it is:


I stamped the larger tag from Lots of Tags with the flourish from Best Friends Forever as well as on polka-dotted panel and the Side Note:


I added a little shabbied-up embossed heart, too, along with some Victoria crochet trim and a Vintage Trinket pin:


Thanks for visiting!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Petite Pairs, Tiny Tags, Trendy Trees, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Best Friends Forever
  • Paper:  Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Beau Chateau DP
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
  • Acc:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Heart Embosslit, Side Notes, Lots of Tags Die, Vintage Trinket, Antique Brad

CAS128 Array of Sunshine


Happy Monday!  Is everyone staying cool?  I don’t know what it is like in your neck of the woods, but we just went through some of the hottest weather I can remember.  We went to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (forgot my camera, sorry!) on my FIL’s boat this weekend---thankfully, it had A/C, but walking through Fell’s Point and Inner Harbor was a struggle---even the breeze was stiflingly hot!  So needless to say, I am waay behind in all kinds of things, plus I have family coming to spend the week, so if my posting & commenting is sparse, please forgive me!  I also haven’t been around the baby, so no recent pictures!  Anyway, I did make a card for an upcoming birthday which fits the CAS tag challenge today at SCS:


Although this looks complex, it is just a one-layer card, the tag and some ribbon!  The floral images are stamped and masked with Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder inks, which is a really pretty color combo I think, especially since my friend loves purple!


This new sentiment set called Petite Pairs is great!  There are coordinating inside and outside sentiments for each set! 


Stay cool, everyone!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Array of Sunshine, Petite Pairs
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder Patterns Designer Paper
  • Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder
  • Acc: In Color Brad, Satin Ribbon, Lots of Tags Die, Dimensionals, Post-it Note for masking

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Paper Players 56


Hi everyone!  It’s Sunday and that means a challenge from the Paper PlayersAnne Marie is our hostess today and she’s got a fun sketch for us:

PP56 sketch

To fulfill my once-a-week Christmas card challenge to myself, I made another card using the Snow Much Fun set (again), and I took the liberty of moving the sentiment because it just fit better with my image:


It’s a little smaller than a standard card, so there is room for the sentiment to extend and still fit in a standard envelope.  The base is Island Indigo with a surprise pop of Calypso Coral for a mat.  His little carrot nose and the brad embellishment help pull the colors together.   Mr. Snowman is stamped in Stazon on Crumb Cake and watercolored and markered and glittered and he is just a happy fellow:


I even glittered up the sentiment a little!


I hope that you will play with the Paper Players this week because we’d love to see your take on this fun sketch! 


Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Snow Much Fun, Jolly Old St Nick
  • Paper:  Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo Patterns DP
  • Ink:  Stazon, Craft White, Pool Party
  • Acc:  Polka Dot Brad, Modern Label Punch, Northern Frost Die, White & Black Watercolor Crayons, Aquapainter, Pool Party, Calypso Coral & Certainly Celery Markers, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dauber