Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Peeps for Paper Players #234

Hello stampers! Who is ready for Spring? It's been c-o-l-d here in Texas these past few days. I know it is nothing compared to what some of you are feeling out there, but we just aren't used to it down here. I'm also sick with a yucky cold right now, so that makes it worse. Gah! So, in the spirit of bidding this winter season a fond farewell, Laurie is hosting a fantastic Spring Theme Challenge over at The Paper Players this week. Come join us!
I decided to bust into a stamp set I have had for a while but have never inked up. Aren't those little Peeps ADORABLE? The stamps are from Close to My Heart. I have been itching to use some Stampin' Up Sweet Taffy DSP on this card as soon as I saw the theme. It's so bright and cheery! The cloud DSP behind the bunnies is from a retired SU DSP pad. I can't remember the name of it, I had a little piece of it in my scrap folder and I thought it would look perfect with the "grass" in the scene. I busted out the old-school decorative edge scissors for the grass.
Now this is going to be a shocker for anyone who follows my blog regularly. My original plan was to hit these little "Peep"-ers with some glittery embossing powder. But when I tried it out, it felt like it was just "too much" with all the colors and patterns going on. So...yes, it's true...I really skipped the sparkle on this card. *Gasp!* Generally the image below is the mantra in my stamp room...
It still felt like I needed to add something to the bunnies to dress them up a bit. So, I squirted on a little Crystal Effects to highlight around the edges and I actually really like how it came out.

Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, March 6th, 2015 at Noon (PST). Stop by and say hello to the Design Team.

The Paper Players Design Team

Before I sign-off, here is my favorite photo of the week. This is my sweet, tripod kitty, Tony Triple Paws. He was just basking in the morning sunshine. Usually he runs when I grab the camera, so this was a pretty special occasion. Have a great day today! :) 
Stamps: My Peeps from Close to My Heart
Paper: Daffodil Delight CS, Tempting Turquoise CS, Rich Razzleberry CS, Rose Red CS, Whisper White CS, Sweet Taffy DSP
Accessories: Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Brights Candy Dots, Crystal Effects, circle and scallop circle die cuts

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Yee-Haw for Paper Players #233

Hello there! After taking a week off for foot surgery (which went very well, by the way) I am back in creative action. This week at The Paper Players, the lovely Sandy Mathis is our challenge hostess bringing us a fun sketch to play along with. As soon as I saw it, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it: a bright and cheery cowgirl card! That's was exactly what you were thinking when you saw the sketch too, wasn't it? Haha!! Clearly you can tell that I know nothing about being a cowgirl, except that your boots should be pink and sparkly. I do live in Texas though, so somehow I think that makes me more "legit". Maybe? Not exactly. :)
I used two of my favorite stamp sets on this card: Bootiful Occasions and Yee Haw. I have to totally be honest that I completely forgot about placement of the sentiment on the sketch until I had already created the card. I went back to look at the sketch and said "whoops". I added that little banner at the last minute and I really like how it pops. It's just a F-U-N card! 

I absolutely in love the Adventure Bound DSP Stack from Stampin' Up! That "weathered wood" paper is awesome! I want to get like 100 more sheets of it. I also sponged a little but of Crumb Cake ink on the sparkly Silver Glimmer Paper to tone it down a little. Here is a fun fact. I have 13 packs of unopened Silver Glimmer Paper in my stamp studio. 13. That is not right. #sparklehoarder
 Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at Noon (PST). Stop by and say hello to the Design Team.

The Paper Players Design Team
As I usually do, I am signing off with one of my favorite photos from the past week. This is my Oscar. We rescued him from the shelter after he was surrendered by his former owners who simply didn't want him anymore. Ugh! He is the most loving guy, although we are still working on teaching him manners. Have a fantastic day! Happy stamping! :) 
Stamps: Yee Haw, Bootiful Occasions
Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper, Tangelo Twist CS, Rose Red CS, Natural White CS, Adventure Bound DSP Stack
Accessories: Baker's Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers and coordinating punch

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Under the Umbrella for Paper Players #231

Hello there! This week at The Paper Players my wonderful, amazing friend Nance has gorgeous color challenge to get inky with. Please join us and share your creations this week.
As soon as I pulled the 3 colors of card stock out of my stash, I was absolutely smitten with this combo. It can work for so many types of cards, but I really wanted to create something fun and cheery this week. One thing I have discovered about moving into the new house and totally recreating my stamp space is that I have a LOT of stuff! A lot of stuff that has never seen the light of day. Time to change that.  This fun umbrella die and sentiment set are from My Favorite Things. I dressed up the umbrella with some texture and sparkle...and of course that spot of bling. I can't seem to make a card without it.

The polka-dot background paper is actually pretty cool. It comes plain white with embossed details. You can sponge or spritz any color of ink you would like on it to create a "custom design". Super easy and totally customizable. It's the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP and is only available with a qualifying order during SU's Sale-A-Bration. Shoot me a message if you would like more details.
Finally, here is a photo of the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment a little crooked originally, so I covered it up with the layered, punched detail. It's still not completely centered but shhh, just tilt your head and pretend it is. I had a crazy kitten on my desk while creating this card and by the time I got to stamping the sentiment I was tired of her shenanigans. She chewed up a punched umbrella handle and tried to eat some Stampin' Dimensionals. She is out of control!
Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at Noon (PST). I'm actually having foot surgery that day...EEEK!! Stop by and say hello to the Design Team.

The Paper Players Design Team

Before I sign off, I thought I would share a photo of my co-creator of the card, Miss Sophie. She looks like she is plotting her next move here...gotta love those kittens! Enjoy your day! :) 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Crazy About You for Paper Players #229

Hello there! Wow, where did the last week go? It's already time for a new challenge over at The Paper PlayersThe lovely Jaydee is our challenge hostess this week and she has an absolutely fabulous sketch to play along with.
So, I haven't been stamping a whole lot these days but I just keep ordering new stamping supplies...purses...lots of organic produce...and home decor. Did I mention stamping supplies? Oh my, I need a "shopping intervention" this month! It's really bad. LOL! Can anyone else relate to that?

I used the Crazy About You stamp set with coordinating flower punch for the main image on my card. The flower is heat embossed, not sure if you can see that in the photo. The paper, buttons and ribbon are exclusive to the SU! Sale-A-Bration promo which is going on right now. You can get them for free with every $50 you spend. The colors are Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry. The "double bow" took me longer to create than the card itself. Ha!
Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at Noon (PST). Stop by and say hello to the Design Team.

The Paper Players Design Team
Before I say good-bye, I wanted to share one of my favorite photos from last week. I don't know if I have shared this before, but I volunteer to take photos for a local cat rescue. The rescue specializes in taking in cats with special needs and there are some amazing kitties looking for homes. Two of my cats were adopted from this rescue. This wee one is Nugget. Nugget was the runt of the litter and has been at the rescue since he was only a few weeks old. I love this little guy! He's going to find a good home soon, I can feel it . :)
So glad you stopped by today! Please leave a comment to say hello. Happy stamping! 
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hello Life for Paper Players #228

Hello there, stamping friends! Well, I am trying to get back into the swing of things on my blog and I'm slowly but surely getting into the "crafty groove" again. This week at The Paper Players our  lovely hostess, LeAnne has a fun challenge to get the creativity flowing. We are keeping it Clean and Simple (CAS) with a focus on the sentiment. 
I love cards with big, BOLD sentiments! As soon as I saw the challenge LeAnne had planned for us, I knew I wanted to use the new Hello Life stamp set. I ADORE this sentiment! The color combo is Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay and Smokey Slate.

Here is quick shot of the inside of the card: 
Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at Noon (PST). Stop by and say hello to the Design Team. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today. Happy Stamping! :) 

The Paper Players Design Team
Before I sign off, I wanted to share a photo of my Ozzy that I took on Christmas Eve. My sweet boy is 10 years old this year and I can't believe it. Time sure flies, doesn't it? 
PS: I have had a few messages about sharing photos of my new craft space here on the blog...I have a little more work to do and then I will post a some photos, I promise. I have one desk to paint and just got some storage delivered from Stamp N' Storage (Hooray!) that I'm trying to get organized and placed. Almost finished...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dusting off the Cobwebs for Paper Players #226

Well hello there stamping friends! I decided to get my little broom out to dust off the cobwebs (and a wee bit of glitter) from my blog...FINALLY! If anyone has stuck with me this long, you might remember that I took a little (OK, a LONG) break back in July of last year. My husband and I moved into our new home and between that and work, life got pretty hectic. Sadly, crafting moved to the back burner. 

Flash forward to a brand new home and a freshly painted stamp studio. I'm so excited to finally be back at The Paper Players hosting the first challenge of 2015. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and am super excited to be creating with these amazing ladies once again. We are also welcoming our new DT members and Guest Designers this week, so please stop by and say hello. This week, I have a fun Theme Challenge to share: "Everything Old is New Again". The details of the challenge are pretty simple: simply create a project with a recycled or re-purposed item(s). 
To create my card, I used a holiday gifted box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates (yes, some are missing...thanks to my hubby...and maybe me. *wink*), a Birchbox which held my cosmetic goodies from my November subscription and some matches. Isn't this a random mix of re-purposed items? I really wanted to try to challenge myself with this one. After not creating for a while, it was kind of fun to just look for inspiration around the house to get that creative mojo working. 
I used the new One Tag Fits All stamp set and coordinating punch. I'm NOT going to list everything I have used on the card because honestly, this card was all about being creative and having fun. I wasn't wrapped up in the "ingredients" of the card. I thought this would be perfect card to use paired with a candle (and maybe some chocolate) for a gift to a friend. Pretty cute, right? 
There have been many changes since I have last ventured into the blogging world. I won't go into all the nitty-gritty right now, but I absolutely have to share a photo of this little nugget. This is Miss Sophie. Isn't she ADORABLE?? She has been taking over the house since she arrived last month. She is 5 months old and as sassy as they come! 
Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at Noon (PST). Stop by and say hello to the Design Team. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today. Happy Stamping! :) 

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tic-Tac-Toe Papillon for Paper Players #202

Hello there, stamping friends! It's time for a brand new challenge over at the Paper Players! This week, Sandy is our hostess with a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I love these challenges because you have plenty of inspiration to get the creative mojo working! So many options. For obvious reasons, I went with the bottom row of "Pink-Pearls or Rhinestones-Embossing". You can't post a challenge option with pink AND bling and expect me to look away. Nope. Can't do it.

I really needed this time in my craft room to create my card. I mean, REALLY! I haven't shared a lot on my blog (because I didn't want to jinx anything) but things are about to get a little crazy in my world. My husband and I are getting ready to close our new home. Moving is SO stressful, but I keep thinking about the "light at the end of the tunnel"....which includes a huge new space for my stamp studio. I just need to get through the next week and then the chaos begins...ACK! Let's not talk about that yet. Because I can't. Instead, please play along with this fun challenge! :)
I know I mentioned that I was on a "paper buying freeze" last week...well, thanks to my friend Ann, I now have some new paper. I caved. I am weak. If you haven't bought the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack yet, DO IT NOW! This paper is gorgeous!

I created a butterfly birthday card, for no other reason then I wanted to use my butterfly punch. It just made me happy, in the midst of the moving mess. I just had fun creating. Sometimes you just need that. I listed the current SU! supplies at the end of this post, too.
Please join us over at the Paper Players!  The challenge is open through Friday, July 4th, 2014 at Noon (PDT)Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week.  Don't forget to leave a comment and say hello. :) Have a great day!   
The Paper Players Design Team
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