A Sweet Nest

When I saw the sketch over at The Paper Players this week, I knew I had to make time to participate.  I love this sketch, and have used versions of it so many times.

The Flying Home stamp set was on my first order from the Occasions Catalog.  I knew it would be fun to color with the new Stampin’ Blends markers, and the images are so sweet.

Keeping true to the sketch, I started with some Pool Party card stock and a sheet of the Wood Textures dsp.  The focal image was stamped with Memento Black ink and once it had dried, it was colored with the Stampin’ Blends markers.

The sentiment is from a recent Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!


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One More Fall Card

I think I’ve seriously been hoping that by making Fall-themed cards that I could hurry Fall along here.  It’s not happening!  We are still in the throes of Summer.  But here’s one more for you today.  I wanted to play along with Sandy’s theme challenge at the Paper Players this week:

I decided to pull out the Magnificent Maple stamp.  I just love the detail and the size of this stamp.  I also pulled out my Tape It stamp set, which I just got recently.  I love how the stamps in this set look like washi tape, which you can make in any color you want.  The top and bottom strips are stamps, while the middle strip is dsp.

A Fall Hello

This really was a simple card to make, even though I used four different stamp sets to make it.  lol!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Gorgeous Grunge, Tape It, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine


A Bicycle Hello — PP160

It has been far too long since I’ve been able to play with my friends at the Paper Players challenge site, so I made it a priority to play this week.

I love this dsp from the Birthday Basics dsp collection, but I never know quite how to use it.  This sketch seemed to lend itself to a bigger dsp pattern, so I grabbed it.

A Bicycle HelloI also used some of the silver glimmer paper for the chevrons and used a sponge dauber to add some Basic Gray ink.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Go check out the Paper Players’ design team’s projects and play along.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Four You
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Birthday Basics dsp, Silver Glimmer Paper
Embellishments:  Floral Fusion Sizzlits, Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, In Color Dahlias, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, Chevron Border punch


Christmas in July — A Sneak Peek

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is that we not only get to see the new products in upcoming catalogs early, but we also get to order them early and play with them early.

So when I saw that the Paper Players had this challenge this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

One of the sets at the top of my list in the upcoming Holidays catalog is the A Banner Christmas set.  It has such fun images.  I used two of them on my card.

Christmas in July

The card size is 6-1/2″ X 3-1/4″.  It fits in the Open End envelopes that Stampin’ Up! used to sell.

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  A Banner Christmas
Ink:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Pear Pizzazz 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels

Happy Day Love — PP151

The super talented Nance Leedy has a great sketch for us this week at the Paper Players.

I decided to use the Happy Day stamp set and a fun color combination of Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and Basic Gray.

Happy Day Love

You can check out what the other designers made at their blogs here:

I hope you can join us this week at the Paper Players.  Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happy Day, Express Yourself
Ink:  Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Quatrefancy DSP
Embellishments:  Labels Collection framelits, Basic Gray 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Boho Blossoms punch, Large Delicate Doilies Sizzlit, Brights Designer Buttons, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, sewing machine

A Doily Hi

The super talented Anne Marie has a great CAS (Clean And Simple) challenge for us this week at the Paper Players:

I decided to really focus on the CAS aspect of this challenge, because I often struggle with this.  And struggle I did — I have several versions of this very simple card in my trash can.  Either I didn’t line the two layers up properly, or I stamped the sentiment crooked, or I got a random smear of ink on the white card stock, or somehow otherwise messed it up.  I was quite frustrated with this little card by the time I finished.  Guess I need more practice with CAS, huh!?

CAS Doilies

I hope you can join us in this challenge.  Meanwhile, you can check out the other designers’ creations here:

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Regarding Dahlias (sentiment)
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Hello Flower Shop — PP149

The super talented Ann Schach has a pretty color challenge for us at the Paper Players today.

These are some of my favorite colors, so this challenge was a fun one for me.  I pulled out a couple of new stamp sets to use.  I love the new Flower Shop set.  It has a coordinating punch — love that!

flower shop trio

Go visit the rest of the design team and see what they did with these colors, and then join us in this challenge at the Paper Players.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Four You
Ink:  So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Early Espresso
Paper:  Pool Party, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Subtles dsp stack
Embellishments:  Pansy punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Large Pearl Basic Jewels

Summertime Refreshments — PP

Jaydee has a fun theme challenge for us over at the Paper Players this week:

I’m ready for a Summer holiday, how about you?  My kids have four more days of school, and then we’ll be celebrating Summer in our household.  Yippee!  I love having them home for the summer.

I was kinda stumped by this theme for a little while.  I don’t have any beach or pool themed stamps.  Nor do I have any sunglasses stamps nor flip-flops stamps.  I wasn’t sure what to do.  But then I focused on colors, and I knew I wanted to use Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush (the names are summery, right?).  And the Strawberry Slush made me think of a summery drink, and then I thought of using the Happy Hour stamp set.  Oh, the way the mind works!

Summertime Drinks

When I made this I was picturing a Strawberry daiquiri and a Margarita.  Sounds good!

Some of you have asked me to show the inside of my cards.  Well, there isn’t usually much to show as I don’t often do anything on the inside.  I feel lucky to get the outside finished on most days.  But I love the sentiments that come with this set, and decided to finish the inside on this one.

Summertime Drinks Inside

I hope you can join us at the Paper Players this week!  Meanwhile, take a look at what the rest of this team did with this sketch:

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happy Hour
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Gingham Garden dsp
Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Labels Collection framelits, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Polka Dot Embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, White Stampin’ Emboss folder

Farewell to Artistic Etchings and Fan Fair DSP

Happy Sunday!  Sundays mean a new challenge at the Paper Players, and LeAnne has a great sketch challenge for us this week.

I decided to use the Artistic Etchings set, as it will be retiring this week.  I have loved this set and have gotten a lot of good use out of it.  I also used the retiring dsp, Fan Fair, which I’ve also loved.

Artistic Panels

You can check out what the other designers made at the links below, and then I hope you’ll join us at the Paper Players this week.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Artistic Etchings, Loving Thoughts
Ink:  Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Fan Fair dsp
Embellishments:  Pewter Embossing Powder, 3/16″ Regals Brads, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine

Masculine Label — PP146

The super talented Ann Schach has a great challenge for us this week at the Paper Players.

I don’t know about you, but masculine cards never come easily for me.    I always struggle with making them.  I’m not sure I would exactly call this card masculine, but I wouldn’t call it feminine either.   I think it could easily pass for a guy’s card.  There is no ribbon, rhinestones, nor buttons.  The guys in my house think that those items disqualify a card from the masculine category automatically.

Masculine Label

I decided to go with a grungy look — well, this is about as grungy as I get.  I distressed the edges of the dsp and crumpled it up (which still seems wrong to me, but I just took a deep breath and did it).

Go take a look at what the rest of the team did with the challenge at the Paper Players, and then join us.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Label Love (available May 31)
Ink:  Pool Party, Basic Gray
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Epic Day dsp
Embellishments:  Epic Day washi tape, Hung Up Cute Clips, Artisan Label punch (available May 31), Color Spritzer Tool