Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fabulous Florets for Paper Players #191

Hello there stamping friends! This week at the Paper Players, we have a color challenge brought to you by Ann.  I will admit, when I saw this color combo, I was kind of stumped. So, I pulled out one sheet of card stock in each of the colors and picked the Fabulous Florets stamp set off the shelf. Why that stamp set? I've never used it, so I figured it was time.
I had the colors and the stamps...now I just needed some inspiration for the layout. As soon as I saw Cindy's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, I was ready to get to stamping.
Getting the layers together on this one took some time, I'm not going to lie. I think I tried every combination of colors in the layers until I decided that this was the keeper. Gah! Once I fussy-cut that flower, I knew I was committed to using this stamp set. I had to make it work! I really needed to get some Coastal Cabana on the main image somehow and decided to try sponging some ink on the background. I liked how it came out...I hope you do, too. Often, I think when you spend a lot of time on a card, you can sometimes convince yourself that something looks good...but it might not. So, I hope this was a good call. I sponged Calypso Coral ink around the flower and on the layer of DSP as well. 
Of course, a card for Ann's challenge had to contain pearls...so I added 12 of the little buggers. I also added a little Glimmer Brad for a tiny pop of sparkle. 

Here is a photo of the inside of the card, combining the flower from Fabulous Florets and stamps from the Happy Watercolor stamp set. 
Please join us over at the Paper Players!  The challenge is open through Friday, April 18th, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. 
  
The Paper Players Design Team

Before I sign off, I wanted to share some great advice from my little pup, Gidget.
Have a fantastic day today! :)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sweetie Pie Trio for Paper Players #190


This week at the Paper Players, the always wonderful LeAnne is our hostess with a fun theme challenge: Three Spree. Sounds like fun, huh?

I used a new photopolymer stamp set from SU called Sweetie Pie. Aren't these little ladies the cutest? I might have slightly went a little "sparkle happy" on this card...I know. Sometimes I just can't help it. Once the Glimmer Paper comes out, all bets are off.
I used a lot of "three's" on my card: three stamped images, three ribbons, three different types of sparkly accents and the little ladies have three different hair accessories. A girl has to accessorize, you know? I dressed up the headband and the little beret with some Dazzling Details. I mean, who wouldn't want a pink sparkly beret? Sheesh!
The sentiment is from the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set. It is a fun set of birthday sentiments that I have wanted for some time and finally broke down and purchased it. I just don't think you can ever have too many sentiment stamps. Speaking of too many stamps...I really need to clean out my stamp studio soon. It is busting at the seams in there. Eeek! 

 Here is a quick peek at the inside of the card: 
Please join us over at the Paper Players!  The challenge is open through Friday, April 11th, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. Have a great day! 
  
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Geometrical Birthday for Paper Players #189

Hello stamping friends! This week at the Paper Players, the always-awesome Nance is our hostess with a tic-tac-toe challenge. I love these challenges...so many options to get your creative mojo working. I went with the top line of the tic-tac-toe board, using a birthday theme with punches and twine.
The Geometrical stamp set was one we received at the Stampin' Up Leadership Conference back in January. I haven't really given this stamp set it's fair share of ink, so I really wanted to use it for this challenge.  It's a "happy" stamp set. I paired it up with the coordinating Kaleidoscope DSP and Triangle punch, which I was ridiculously excited to earn from the Leadership event. I got up in front of the crowd and shared one of my most embarrassing stamping stories. Eek! I'm not proud of that embarrassing story, but I do love this bight and cheery card.  I added some twine and rhinestones, because bling really makes EVERYTHING happier! :)
Please join us over at the Paper Players The challenge is open through Friday, April 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. 
  
The Paper Players Design Team
Before I sign off, I just wanted to share one of my favorite photos of two special kitties. Benny (my 24 pound Maine Coon) isn't usually cuddly with the other cats. He prefers to stand alone and take the spotlight for himself. Recently, my little tripod "ginger kitty" Triple has become infatuated with his big brother and is always by his side. I love that Benny has taken to nurturing him. I almost fainted when I saw them cuddled up together.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

CAS Mixed Bunch for Paper Players #187

Hello there stampers! Hope you are having a great day so far. This week Jaydee is our hostess over at the Paper Players with a Clean and Simple Spring card challenge. Jaydee is truly the Queen of CAS cards. She has a way of doing "more with less". I always over-do CAS cards, it seems. I have really been trying to "clean up my act" and not stress about them when I make them. That was my approach for my card for the challenge. Thank goodness it wasn't a one-layer card challenge or I would have REALLY been in trouble. Haha!
The layout was inspired by one I saw on my stamping pal Lesley's blog: The Challenge. Any layout that has elements repeated in "threes" always catches my eye. I decided to use two stamp sets I rarely ink up and picked out a fun spring trio of colors. It is not a complicated card but I really like how it came out. The colors really pop and I am going to be able to pop it in the mail using only one stamp! Whoot!   
Here are the products I used to create my card: 
  • Mixed Bunch Stamp Set
  • Sweet Essentials Stamp Set
  • Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Sale-A-Bration item)
  • 1" Circle Punch
  • Banner Punch (Sale-A-Bration item)
  • Basic Rhinestones
  • Classic Stamp Pads in Rose Red, Gumball Green and Wisteria Wonder
  • Card stock in Whisper White and Rose Red
Please join us over at the Paper Players The challenge is open through Friday, March 21st, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. 
  
The Paper Players Design Team

Looks like Benjamin is waiting to use the Macbook, so it's time to sign off for now. 
Have a great day today! :) 

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Label Love for Paper Players #186

 Hello stamping friends! Hope you are having a great day so far! This week at the Paper Players, I am the challenge hostess. Right before the Academy Awards, I saw the photo (in the challenge badge) on the Anthropologie page on Instagram and fell in LOVE with the color combo. I thought it would make for a fun challenge. I hope you think so, too.
I was going to go with an entirely different theme for my card but something just kept making me want to create a baby card with these colors. So, I went with it. I have also been trying to ink up stamps that I have been neglecting in my stamp studio. There are quite a few. I bought Label Love awhile ago and have only inked it up once. The layout is pretty simple but I still got a lot of layers on the card, which always makes me happy.

Here are the items I used:


Please join us over at the Paper Players The challenge is open through Friday, March 14th, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. 
  
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring Thanks for Paper Players #185

Hello there! How is your weekend going? The weather down here in South Texas has been amazing the past few days. Nothing but sunshine, blue skies and 80 degree temps. It really put me in the mood for the new Paper Players challenge, hosted by the always fabulous, Ann Schach.

This week, we have a "Thankful for Spring" challenge showcasing Thank You cards. I'm going to enjoy our "spring" while it lasts because another cold-front is rolling in late-Monday. Although I know "Texas-cold" is not as cold as what some of you are experiencing (I'm a native New Yorker...I GET snow and cold) the low 40's are COLD down here when you are not used to it!
To get started on my card, I was completely inspired by Narelle's awesome layout over at Freshly Made Sketches this week. I LOVE this sketch! SO versatile and I know I will be using it often. 
For my card, I kept it pretty simple but the patterns, colors and dimension still keep it fun. Here are the items I  used to create my card: 
One more close-up of those fabby dimensional flowers. It's no secret that I love "puffy" or "chubby" cards. Sure they cost more to mail, but I think they are totally worth it. 
Please join us over at the Paper Players The challenge is open through Friday, March 7th, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. 
  
The Paper Players Design Team

Before I sign off, I wanted to share a photo of my sweet Gidget. She went to her first "spa day" this week and I was so thankful she didn't act all "diva-licious" and bite our groomer. Eeek! Luckily she had her big brother Ozzy there to protect her. Poor baby was quite scared on this adventure but she survived and looks sassy as ever. Have a very HAPPY day today! :)
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Just Sayin' For Paper Players #184

Hello there! This week at the Paper Players, we have a fun sketch designed by Jaydee. There are a lot of possibilities for this layout. I know I will be using this one again, for sure.
For my card, I knew I wanted to use a trio of patterned paper for the banners...but that was easier said then done. Ha! I am the most indecisive person on the planet when it comes to paper selection. (If you have ever stamped with me, you KNOW this to be true.) I finally decided on the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack because I just LOVE this color combo. I also had some baker's twine in coordinating colors sitting on my desk, so that helped, too. ;)

I used the simple sentiment from Just Sayin' and cut it out with the coordinating Word Bubble Framelit Dies. I added a pop of Red Glimmer Paper behind it cut out with the Ovals Framelits Dies. It's more sparkly in real life, I promise. That paper always reminds me of Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. See, now you are thinking it, too! There's no place like home...
Please join us over at the Paper Players The challenge is open through Friday, February 28th, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. Have a great day! 

The Paper Players Design Team
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Super Stars for Paper Players #183

Hello stamping friends! This week at the Paper Players we have a fun star-themed CAS (clean and simple) challenge, hosted by the lovely LeAnne. I hope you will join us and play along this week. 

For my card, I used some star die cuts I bought a while back and almost forgot about. I had stashed them away in a drawer and was so excited to find them. It was like Christmas all over again! Haha! Do you have little hidden gems like that in your craft room, too? Maybe it is a sign that I just REALLY need to clean up my stamp studio sometime soon. Who knows what else is lurking in there! 
I ran the star die cuts through the Big Shot then popped up a few layers for dimension. The sentiment is from the Really Good Greetings stamp set. I thought it would be cute for a congratulations card. The banner "tail" was super easy to make using the Banner Punch which I earned FREE from Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration. You could earn one too, with a qualifying order! Visit the link to my online SU! store for more details. I also used the Arrows Textured Expressions Embossing Folder to dress up the background a bit. Of course, I finished everything off with some sparkle (Basic Rhinestones and Silver Glimmer Paper) and there you have it.  
Please join us over at the Paper Players The challenge is open through Friday, February 21st, 2014 at Noon (PDT). Stop by and say hello to the rest of the Design Team to see what they are sharing this week. Have a great day! 

The Paper Players Design Team
Before I sign off, I wanted to share a cute photo of two of my kitties, Tomas and Triple. As I was typing up my blog post, I looked down and there they were cuddled up together and purring away. I had my camera close by, so I snapped this photo of them. So cute! :) 


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