Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tic-Tac-Toe Hello for Paper Players #238

Hello there, stamping friends! This week at The Paper Players, my sweet friend Claire has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us. As soon as I saw it I said "you are NOT going to select any row with PINK in it"...but it didn't work. Here's the deal. If you dangle a challenge with the option of pink in front of me, I am always going to take it. Always. That's just how I roll. With that being said, I went with the bottom row of the tic-tac-toe board for my card this week: flowers, any shade of pink and polka dots.  
I know I am late to the party, but I finally got the Hello You Thinlits Dies last week. Why did I not buy these dies sooner? I am in LOVE with them! I love big, bold sentiments and these are perfection! I paired them up with a trio of flowers from a die that I thought was current (Floral Fusion), but isn't. I have to be honest, I'm simply having fun creating right now. It makes me happy. I'm not worried about using the latest and greatest...what is current and who makes it. I am just using what inspires me and going with that. I think that is what the essence of creativity is. Just use what you have to make pretty things...and have fun doing it! That's what it's all about, right? :)
I used some Primrose Petals ribbon...with a little pleated detail. But you didn't use anything else in that color on the card, Anne Marie. Yup, I realized that AFTER I added it to the card. Whoopsie! I don't think you can tell, that much. Well, now that I mentioned it, you can, right? Even if you can, just nod and tell me looks like it matches perfectly, ok? The rest of the somewhat coordinated supply list can be found at the end of the post. Haha!
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The challenge will close Friday April 3rd at Noon (PST). 

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Have a great day! :) 
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Stamps: None!
Paper: Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron card stock
Ink: None! 
Accessories: Primrose Petals ribbon (because I'm a hot mess!), Hello You Thinlits Dies, Bird Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Punches (I think this is retired), Large Polka Dot Textured Expressions Folder, Basic Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Golden Birthday Girl for Paper Players #237

Hello there, stamping friends! It's Sunday and that means it is time for another fun challenge over at The Paper Players. This week, my sweet friend LeAnne is our hostess and she has an awesome sketch for us. Check it out:
I LOVE this sketch! So many possibilities. I decided to flip the sketch on it's side for my card. To get started, I pulled out the SU Birthday Bash Specialty DSP and a stamp set from Close to My Heart called Be Yourself. These stamps were sent to me from a very sweet, AMAZING friend and I had yet to ink them up. I love the flecks of gold in the DSP, so that was what made me decide to emboss the stamped image in gold. It took me 4 tries to get it right, because I was lazy and didn't think I needed to use my Embossing Buddy. I was so wrong. Don't skip this step when you are embossing, you will be really frustrated, trust me. 

The color combo in this paper is not something I would have ever put together and I love that! Let's talk about that patterned paper though! Doesn't it completely look like cake/cupcake sprinkles? The pops of gold make it even more fabulous. I thought my embossed "golden girl" worked well with it. I added a touch of Glimmer Paper and some sequins because this party gal looked like she needed some more sparkle.  All of the supplies I used are listed below. 
Here is a quick shot of the inside of the card. Here's a fun fact: I was on the phone while I was finishing my card and totally stamped WAY off-center because I was distracted. How embarrassing!  What was I thinking? I tried to cover it up with that strategically placed strip of DSP so I wouldn't have to do it over again. If I didn't tell you, you would think I meant to do it that way, right? Ha! Just nod and agree. It will make me feel better about my mistake. :)
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The challenge will close Friday March 27th at Noon (PST). 

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Before I sign-off, I wanted to share a photo of my little "helper". Not only did she steal my Embossing Buddy off the desk while I was stamping, but I caught her hanging out in my new IKEA cart. Apparently, it is not just for organizing your crafting supplies. You can also sort your spare kittens in it. Oh Sophie....

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Stamps: Petite Pairs (sentiment) and Be Yourself (from Close to My Heart)
Paper: Birthday Bash Specialty DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Versa-Mark and Calypso Coral Classic Ink
Accessories: 1- 1/4" Circle Punch, 1- 3/8" Circle Punch, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Bermuda Bay ribbon (ret.), Bermuda Bay Sequins and Stampin' Dimensionals 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

CAS Mixed Bunch for Paper Players #236

Hello there! This week at The Paper Players, my friend Ann Schach has a fabulous challenge for us. It's Clean and Simple week and we are focusing on a floral theme. So perfect for Spring, don you think? 
I was determined to use a lot of white space on this card, something I tend to struggle with. I decided that the big, bold blossom from the SU Mixed Bunch set was going to be the focus for my card with a fun sentiment from My Favorite Things. I needed a card to send to a friend I haven't connected with in a while, so this was perfect. I added some leaves from the Bird Builder Punch for dimension and a big honkin' rhinestone for sparkle.

Still, I felt that the card needed just a wee bit more, so I went over to my washi tape collection and grabbed a couple of rolls that would coordinate with the card colors. I am absolutely obsessed with washi tape right now...it's really bad. I think at last count, I have over 130 rolls. I guess I need to start using it on my cards more. What crafting supplies do you hoard?
Please join us over at The Paper Players
The challenge will close Friday March 20th at Noon (PST). 

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Stamps: Mixed Bunch (SU), sentiment from My Favorite Things
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette, Garden Green and Whisper White Card stock
Ink: Strawberry Slush Classic ink
Accessories: Rhinestone from SU, Washi Tape from SU and Pick Your Plum, Bird Builder Punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Large Flower punch


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Love is Kindness for Paper Players #235

Hey there! This week at The Paper Players, I am honored to be hosting our color challenge. I picked these colors because I thought they were really versatile to celebrate the spring season.  Please join us and play along! 
As soon as I picked the challenge colors, I knew that I wanted to ink up the Love is Kindness stamp set, I colored the flowers with my Copics and paper pieced the newspaper "wrap" around the flowers  I added some glitter to the flowers because...well... I have no reason other than I felt like this card REALLY needed some sparkle! The edges of the layers are sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  
Please join us over at The Paper Players! The challenge closes on Friday, March 13th, 2015 at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
Before I sign off, I want to share one of my photos. This is Flip. I just love this sweet boy! Every time I go to take photos at my friend's rescue, he is always happy to get a lot of extra attention . Flip is FIV+ but that shouldn't discourage anyone from adopting him. This sweet guy has a lot of love to share and is looking for his forever home.
Thanks of stopping by! :) 

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...