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Monday, December 26, 2016

Oh Yea!

Hello and happy day after Christmas,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day with family and friends. I traveled the length of California to spend a few days with my mom and brother. We had a very low key and quiet day, which was perfect.

Before I left, I had made this card for Mr. Personal Chef and left a little goodie for him. We don't typically do a whole lot for each other on Christmas as we like to do fun things throughout the year instead. But, since I was leaving for a few days, I thought he needed a little treat.

I used Jen's Freshly Made Sketch for the layout.

Have a nice week and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Figure Of Speech set by Reverse Confetti
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Real Red card stock and Taylored Expressions patterned papers
Ink: SU Cucumber Crush and Real Red
Other: Reverse Confetti Figure Of Speech dies, Die-namics stitched frame dies, enamel shapes, the Big Shot, diemensionals

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

From Our House To Yours

Hi stamping friends,

I saw the sweet inspiration photo on the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge blog this week and immediately had a thought. After a few tweaks from what my mind's eye was seeing and I came up with this card.

I used the Avery Elle Christmas Chalet set and dies. The papers are from a bag of random papers that I got at a local store several years ago. They are all kraft with either white, red or gold patterns. I loved them when I purchased them, but have rarely used them. I think they were perfect for this challenge's theme.

The chalets are stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white EP. I used the corresponding dies to cut them out, then arranged them on the card base, which is another piece of paper from the same group.  (The white dots reminded me of snow).

Stamps: Christmas Chalet set by Avery Elle
Paper: Whisper White card stock and kraft patterned papers (company unknown)
Ink: VersaMark and SU Real Red
Other: Christmas Chalet dies, Lawn Fawn small banner die, SU white EP, heat tool, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Some non-paper crafting: Since I've been taking a "stay-cation" from work the last few weeks, I made a quilt for the 2 month old little guy next door. He was born on Halloween evening. I finished the quilt last night and took some pictures of it outside this morning. I'll give it to his mom and dad later this week. I'm not an exceptional seamstress, but this one turned out pretty nicely. (For anyone that's interested, this is a Fig Tree quilt pattern)

Thanks for looking in and enjoy the rest of your day,

Friday, December 16, 2016

Extra Yummy!

Hi and Happy weekend,

It's been a very stormy few days here in southern California. I know, I know. Nothing like the snowy and freezing Mid-West and North East. Even the North West has seen some snow. Still, we've had rain for about 24 hours and last night more rain and strong winds. Since I'm on vacation and doing a "stay-cation" I spent all day Friday stamping and listening to the rain on my windows. It was very enjoyable!

I made a few cards. The one here is made using the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout designed by Leigh Penner. Very fun! I tried to stay true to the way she drew the images larger at the top to small at the bottom. The stamps are from a couple of older Taylored Expressions sets called Build A Treat and Build A Treat Border.

All of the inks are Stampin' Up and I did tons of masking on this one. The finished card turned out just how I pictured it, which is always a nice outcome. Here is the inside. Images are from the same sets.

 I love the fork in place of the I in seize!

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by,

PS: stay warm and safe if you're in the areas with harsh weather.

Stamps: Build A Treat and Build A Treat Borders sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stock
Ink: SU Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Archival Basic Black
Other: Sequin, water brush

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Let's Get Fizzy- Color Throwdown # 423 Guest Star Stamper

Good Morning Fellow Stampers,

I played along with the Color Throwdown Challenge #421 a few weeks ago and my lucky number 13 card was chosen by random.org as the "winner," which means that I get to play along with this week's Color Throwndown #423 as the Guest Star Stamper. How COOL is this!

This week's color palette is a bright and fun one!

I took my inspiration not only from the colors, but also from the beverages in the inspiration photo to make my card. I received my Monthly Hero kit in the mail just a few days ago and one of the "add ons" is a super cute beverage set called Cocktail Party. The sketch is the current CAS(E) This Sketch.

I started with some watercolor paper that I smooshed with bright pink Distress Ink using an acrylic block and water. While it was drying, I stamped the three daiquiri glasses on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento Gray Flannel ink then stamped the beverages using Real Red, Melon Mambo, and Lime Green inks. The glasses are shaded with N1 and N2 Copics. I arranged the glasses on the card front and marked where the straw should be, then removed them and stamped the straws using Memento Gray Flannel. I lined up the glasses again and adhered them with dimensionals. The card base is SU Smoky Slate.

For the inside, I used another of the Monthly Hero add-ons called Martini Fancy Die, keeping with the challenge colors.

I'm telling you, these dies are super fun and have so many possibilities. I'm thinking some felt coasters for gifts.

I hope you have a chance to join us using this bright and fun color combo this week. Thanks to the ladies at Color Throwdown for inviting me to play along.

As always, thanks to you for stopping by my blog, and have a great Wednesday.

Stamps: Cocktail Party set by Hero Arts
Paper: Fabriano Grans Fina cold pressed water color paper, X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Bright Green (retired) card stock, and vellum
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and gray flannel, Copics N1 and N2, SU Melon Mambo, Real Red, Lime Green, Distress Bright Pink
Other: Hero Arts Cocktail Party and Martini Fancy dies, Wink of Stella, sequin, the Big Shot, dimensionals and glue dots

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thanks For Being So Sweet

Hello all,

As I write my post today, I'm filled with much gratitude (and a little sadness) because it's my last post as a Paper Players Guest Designer. My challenge card today is made especially to thank these PRETTY AMAZING LADIES,  LeAnne, Jaydee, Nance, Sandy, Claire, Laurie, Joanne, and and my fellow Guest Designers for 2016, Linda and Hannelie. It's to thank them for the AWESOME time that I've had being included in this wonderful group for the past twelve months. I have enjoyed every week more than I can say! I'd do it again "in a heartbeat" as the saying goes. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, ladies for inviting me to be a part of your fabulousness!

So, onto this week's challenge. Jaydee is our hostess for the final challenge of 2016. Her theme this week is a color challenge. Here you go:

I made a CAS thank you card using the challenge colors and some Avery Elle stamps and dies. The card base is SU Brushed Gold card stock. The top layer is SU Shimmery White card sock. I cut the Avery Elle Sentimental Thanks die from SU Brushed gold paper. Using the same die, I cut it from the Shimmery White panel then pushed the gold die cut in place like a puzzle. I stamped the small macaron cookie and the bow from the AE set, Bonjour, with VersaMark craft and heat embossed with SU silver and gold EP, then cut them out with the corresponding dies. The sentiment is from the same set, heat embossed in silver. I added a small clear gold enamel heart and dot, and a glittery silver enamel dot for embellishments.

For the inside of the card, I typed the names using my Mac computer and printed them onto a piece of Shimmery White card stock in a gold font. I trimmed it down to size then heat embossed the MFT sentiment in silver and added another clear gold heart.

You'll find more silver and gold sweetness here on their blogs:

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

The Paper Players will be on Holiday for a few weeks and start back up in January. While I won't be on the DT next year, please be sure to look for my entries as I will be playing along every chance I can. 

Again, thanks so-so much ladies! I've truly enjoyed being part of this group for the past year! Hugs to you all. To you, and all my blog visitors, have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a very Happy New Year!

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Sentimental and Bonjour sets by Avery Elle, Complementary Greetings by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Brushed Gold and Shimmery White card stock
Ink: VersaMark Craft
Other: Silver and Gold EP, heat tool, Avery Elle Sentimental and Bonjour dies, the Big Shot, enamel shapes, dimensionals

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Oh What Fun!

Hi all,

I hope your weekend is going well. Since it's Sunday, it time for a new Paper Players Challenge. Nance is our hostess and she's continuing with winter/holiday themes with a Snowflake theme this week. I know we are going to see lots of "cool" cards in our gallery for this one. (sorry, I couldn't resist.)

I've been doing lots of water coloring lately and this week is no exception.

Isn't this moose the cutest! I started by stamping the moose on water color paper with black craft ink embossed with clear EP. Using Tim Holtz distress inks and a paint brush, I water colored him using some bright shades. After drying with the heat tool, I cut him out with the corresponding die.

For the top panel, I stamped the snowflakes using white craft ink embossed with white EP. I then smooshed the panel by mixing a few of the bright and light blue shades onto a large acrylic block with water. After it was dried, I cut out the circle using a Die-namics Inside and Out Stitched circle die.

Inside the circle I layered Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Border dies over a plain white panel. Both the back panel and mountain panel are dry embossed with TE Falling Snow EF. I dotted the top of each round snowflake with some Diamond Stickles for a frosty look. The snowy mountain tops are cut from some of the left over trimmings of the front snowflake panel.

The sentiment is on a Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle tag and I found a very small wooden snowflake in my stash of embellishments and I added a turquoise rhinestone for more sparkle.

The rest of the scene can be found on the inside of the card:

All of these little critters are having "Snow Much Fun" in their Winter Wonderland. I love how this turned out and I think it will go to one of my nephews for his Christmas card.

You'll find more "cool" cards when you visit the rest of the Design Team's blogs:

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

Stamps: Snow Much Fun set by Avery Elle
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock and Fabriano Grans Fina cold pressed water color paper
Ink: SU Craft Black and Memento Brilliance Moonlight White Craft inks, Tim Holtz Distress Mini ink pads, SU Watermelon Wonder ink pad
Other: Avery Elle Snow Much Fun dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Border and Stitched Circle Tag dies, Die-namics Inside and Out Stitched Circle die, Taylored Expressions Falling Snow EF, SU White and Clear EP, heat tool, Diamond Stickles, small paint brush, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, December 3, 2016

You're A Spoonful of Sugar

Happy Saturday,

I have a quick post before I start packing for my vacation. Last night, while I should have been packing, I sat down and made a quick card for this week's Freshly Made Sketch Challenge. Since I mailed my holiday cards yesterday morning, I decided to do something totally different than a winter theme. Here you go:

This is the Concord & 9th set called "Let's Chat." I stamped the saucer and cup images both on Whisper White card stock and on SU DSP then fussy cut them out so I could paper piece them. Instead of using the banner element for my sentiment, I thought the spoon image would look good there, so I placed the sentiment under the focal image.  A few enamel hearts for embellishments and it's done.

So, I better get to it as I'm leaving tomorrow morning. My Paper Players post is all set to go for tomorrow, so be sure to check back. We have a fun theme challenge this week for you. Tomorrow is my second to last post as a Guest Designer, and I'm feeling a little sad about that.

Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Let's Chat set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU heavy weight Whisper White card stock and SU Love Blossoms DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Blushing Bride, VersaMark, Memento Brilliance White Craft, Copic T3 and T4 Sketch markers, Hero Arts Cup O' Joe
Other: Pebbles enamel hearts, SU whisper white EP, heat tool, dimensionals

Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy New Home

Happy Friday!

For me it is indeed a happy Friday. My last official day of work for a month! And to be honest, I'm not doing a whole lot of work today either. I worked some longer hours this week in order to finish all of my reports, etc., so today is just taking care of things that come in.

A good friend recently moved to a new house and tomorrow she is having a combo Christmas and House Warming party. Last night after dinner I made a card for the occasion. Using inspiration from this week's Color Throwndown colors and the sketch from CAS(E) THIS SKETCH, I put this together.

The three colored houses are heat embossed with black craft ink and clear EP onto water color paper. Using Distress ink pads and a paint brush I water colored them in the challenge colors. After dry, I cut them out using the corresponding dies.

For the white background panel, I stamped the houses onto X-Press It Blending card stock using Memento tuxedo black and the Mini Misti to get them perfectly aligned. The sentiment is heat embossed using black craft and clear EP. 

The banners are water color paper smooshed with the Distress inks and cut with Die-namics dies and the heart is cut with a Lawn Fawn die.

I used fun foam to raise the white panel for dimension.

This may be a little "busier" than the Sketch intends, but I think it turned out pretty cool. 

The ladies over at Stamp, Ink, Paper have an embossing theme this week, so I'm playing along with it as well.

Have a great Friday afternoon everyone and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Holiday Home set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Basic Black, X-Press It Blending card stock, Fabriano Grans Fina cold pressed water color paper
Ink: SU Craft Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Other: SU Holiday Home dies, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags dies, Lawn Fawn Heart die, rhinestones, the Big Shot, fun foam, dimensionals

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just Relax

Hey all,

It's "Hump Day" and I'm so excited because I only have two more days until vacation time. I'm frantically trying to get everything finished and packed for my trip to Europe. We leave Tuesday next week. I spent my Thanksgiving holidays finishing up my Christmas and December's family and friends birthday cards.

Using the current Sunday Stamps sketch, I made this card for my niece, Rachel, whose birthday is (sadly) Dec. 26th. She loves yoga and pink! Is this not the perfect card?

This is the MFT Pure Innocence set called Serenity. I stamped her with Memento tuxedo black and colored her with Copics. The plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and the cover plate is Die-namics.

Here is the inside:

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Serenity Pure Innocence set by My Favorite Things stamps and SU Endless Birthday Wishes set (inside image and greeting)
Paper: TE pink textured card stock, X-Press It blending card stock and SU Gable Green card stock, Lawn Fawn plaid patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Comics, SU Blushing Bride Pink ink pad
Other: Die-namics polka dot cover plate and Stitched Square dies, Lawn Fawn heart die, pink rhinestones, the Big Shot, diemensionals

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Hello and Happy Tuesday,

I've been furiously trying to finish up my holiday cards and I actually think that I have enough now. I made this one last night for the young guy that does our windows. We usually give hime gift cards to lunch spots like Panera and Rubios so he can grab a quick lunch while working.

I wanted a somewhat "masculine" looking card and found some great inspiration at Inspired By All the Little Things and CAS(E) This Sketch. Also, Merry Monday has a masculine theme this week.

I used a simple "chalk board" technique with the MFT Holiday Subway stamp set. Very quick and easy. To raise the black panel up I used some fun foam.

Thanks for looking in today,

Stamps: Holiday Subway set by My Favorite Things and Christmas Kitch set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Basic Black card stock and My Minds Eye Necessities Wood Designer patterned paper
Ink: Memento Brilliance Moonlight White craft ink, Memento tuxedo black, SU Emerald Envy and Copics
Other: SU White EP, heat tool, Christmas Ktich dies, the Big Shot, fun foam

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho

Good Morning from a very wet and windy Southern California,

Winter has finally arrived to my neck of the woods! After 90 degrees in the beginning of November, we are having a good old fashioned winter storm. The rain and wind hit around 2 pm yesterday and is supposed to continue all day today. We should even get some snow in our San Diego mountains east of the city.

Today is Sunday and time for a new Paper Players Challenge. You all really rocked Claire's CAS Christmas theme last week. It was super hard to pick favorites! This week, our very talented Sandy is our hostess, and she has a sketch for us.

I love sketches with a tilted panel. I know there are some that don't, but I think it really adds some interest, especially when using a patterned paper or "all over" stamping. For this week's card I pulled out one of my all time favorite SU sets called Scensational Season. Using Tim Holtz Distress Mini ink pads, I stamped some of the images from the set onto water color paper. The stamped images come out very blotchy, but if you take a paint brush dipped in water and go over the ink, it smooths out nicely. This is not a quick technique, but very fun to do.

After painting all of the images, I dried the panel with my heat tool then gold embossed the snowflake on the green cups. For the gingerbread people's faces and buttons I used yellow and red dimensional pearl liquid. For the sentiment element, I used the corresponding SU dies to cut out the red cup and steam images. The HO3 stamp is MFT as are the banner and Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies.

The DT has, as usual, some really awesome cards to share. Stop by their blogs to say Hi and have a look.

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

I know you'll have fun with Sandy's sketch and I know we'll be seeing some great cards in our gallery again this week.

I've really enjoyed my long Thanksgiving weekend. Both Thursday and Friday were company holidays and I've used the days off to finish up my Christmas cards and my December birthday cards, (I have at least seven birthdays in December to make cards for). This is all because I have one more week of work before my BFF (HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALISON) and I fly to Amsterdam on Dec. 6th. We stay in Amsterdam for four days, then we fly to Germany to go on a Viking Christmas Market cruise on the Danube River for 10 days, ending in Budapest. In addition to this fabulous trip, I'm taking the whole month of December off work! I've never had more than two weeks off at at time in all my years of working. I am so excited about it all!

Have a great week everyone, and as always, thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Scentsational Seasons set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Old Olive, Real Red and Gold card stock and Fabriano Grans Fina cold pressed water color paper
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress mini ink pads and VersaMark craft ink pad
Other: Gold EP, Heat tool, SU Scentsational Seasons dies, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flag and Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies, Fiskars corner punch, SU Snowflake EF, Dimensional Pearls, the Big Shot, paint brush, foam tape

Friday, November 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Happy Day After Thanksgiving all,

I hope yesterday found you celebrating with family and friends. We had a quiet morning at home then we went to a friend's house for dinner in the early afternoon. Good food, good wine and  good conversation.

I'm still finishing up my holiday cards. I had stamped a bunch of the deer images form the Avery Elle set Kitch Christmas, colored them and cut them out with the corresponding dies a few months ago. I had them all in an envelope, but wasn't sure what I was going to make. Along comes this week's Freshly Made Sketch and I knew it was the perfect layout to for my little deer.

I had enough deer to make 12 cards. Since there are two deer images in the stamp set, six fronts had one and six had the other image. Here is a card with the the other deer image.

I love how these turned out too!

Have a great weekend. Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Kitch Christmas set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Whisper White, X-Press It Blending card stock, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid patterned paper and SU retired Christmas DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Island Indigo
Other: Avery Elle Kitch Christmas dies, Die-namics Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame dies, sequin, the Big Shot, dimensional

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let It Snow


Welcome to this week's Paper Players post. It's Claire's turn to host and she has a Clean and Simple Christmas challenge for us this week.

I chose to use another uber cute Lawn Fawn set from last year. I love this little alpaca with his warm winter scarf.

Mr alpaca is stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black, colored with Copics and cut out with the corresponding die. Using the Lawn Fawn Forrest Border die, I cut a panel from SU Handsome Hunter and one from X-Press It Blending card stocks. I stamped Let It Snow from the Lawn Fawn Winter Scripty Sayings set in Handsome Hunter ink, then layered the white over the green on the card base. It was just a little too "clean" for me so I added some SU sequin snowflakes.

Here's the inside:

I just love Lawn Fawn's punny saying stamp sets. You know what else I love, my fellow DT's cards! Here are the links to their blogs. Be sure to stop by.

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

We have a short, three day work week this week. I'm SO ready for it too. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends.

Thanks for looking in today,

Stamps: Winter Alpaca set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Handsome Hunter card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Handsome Hunter, Real Red and Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Forrest Border die, SU snowflake sequin, the Big Shot, Dimensionals

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Best Friends Forever

Hi everyone,

How was your Saturday? I did some shopping for my trip coming up next month this morning then headed to my stamp table to have some inky fun this afternoon. The Freshly Made Sketch looked pretty interesting this week, so I though I'd play along. I took a break from making Christmas cards, (although I still need more) and made this. Warning, this is one bright card!

The inside panel:

The images are from Mama Elephant stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. The dies are all Die-namics.

Stop by tomorrow for a new Paper Player's challenge. Claire has another fun one for us.

Thanks for stopping in. Enjoy your Saturday evening,

Stamps: Honey Bunny set by Mama Elephant
Paper: SU Flirty Flamingo and X-Press It Blending card stock, Suga Pop by KaiserCraft patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics Single Stitched Line Circle Frames, Pierced Circle, Stitched Oval and Stitched Scalloped Oval Frame, Pierced Fishtail Flags dies, Fiskars corner rounder punch, glass beads, the Big Shot, Dimensionals

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!

Hey all y'all,

No I'm not from the South, I'm just back from my travels to Nashville for my company's annual North American Meeting where I heard this greeting many times during the week. It's always a good time to see co-workers from across the country this one time each year. We have general sessions that review results of the previous year, changes and goals for the new fiscal year, a full day of training, an awards night and a half day of "team building." I'm happy to say that I came home with two awards, one for my last year's performance and one that our whole team won. Pretty exciting and rewarding stuff!

Our team building exercise this year was super fun and inspiring. We partnered with Operation Stand Down in Nashville and filled backpacks with food to give to veterans for Thanksgiving. Inside each bag we included hand written notes thanking them for their service to our country and other words of encouragement.

Today is Sunday and time for our second November Paper Players challenge. It's Joanne's turn as hostess and she has a fabulous color challenge for us. Perfect for Christmas! Check it out!

When I saw these colors, I immediately thought holly leaves and berries and I remembered my Taylored Expressions Holly cutting plate. I pulled it out and went to work. Here's my card.

I started by cutting a panel of Emerald Envy card stock with the Holly cutting plate then layering it over a card base of Mint Macaron. I stamped Santa and the Christmas Tree with Memento tuxedo black on X-Press It Blending card stock, colored them with Copies and fussy cut them out. The greeting is stamped in Real Red and cut with a banner die. After placing and gluing the images down, I scattered TE red rhinestones around the card (you know I love my embellishments).  I also added some Crystal Stickles to the white part of Santa's cap and around his middle, yellow Stickles over the star at the top of the tree and red over the ornaments.

The inside uses images from the TE Baby It's Cold Outside stamp set, all colored with Copies in the challenge color shades.

Stop by the DT's blogs for more awesome Christmas inspiration.

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

As usual, I know the gallery will be filled with super cool cards and projects!

Have a relaxing Sunday afternoon and thanks for stopping by,

Stamps:Christmas Doodles and Baby It's Cold Outside sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Real Red card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Real Red, Copics
Other: TE Holly cutting plate, Lawn Fawn large banner die, yellow, red and crystal Stickles, TE red rhinestones, the Big Shot and Dimensionals

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Hi stampers,

I hope that your weekend is going well. It's been a quiet and fairly lazy day here, and I'm all for that. This afternoon, I made it into my craft table and made this Thanksgiving card using this week's Freshly Made Sketch and some Lawn Fawn cuteness.

I'm also linking it up to the Lawnscaping challenge # 141, which is CAS this week and to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks or Thanksgiving cards.

See you back here tomorrow for the new Paper Player's Challenge.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Cutie Pie and Thanks A Bushel sets by Lawn Fawn
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock and Lawn Fawn Fall Plaid patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Hello Honey and Tangerine Tango, Copics
Other: Cutie Pie and Stitched Round Tag dies by Lawn Fawn, SU ribbon, the Big Shot, dimensional

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Christmas Cheer

Happy Tuesday Peeps,

I'm headed to the middle of the country today, specifically to Nashville, TN for work. I'll be gone all week. After packing last night I had some time to make a card and since it's the first week of November, Mojo Monday is a contest sketch this week, so I thought I'd play along.

I'm still needing many Christmas cards so that's what I made.

I stayed really true to the sketch this week, using some snowy hills as the square element.

Have a good week all and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Kitch Christmas by Avery Elle
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Real Red card stock, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Trees die, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flag, Stitched Hill and Stitched Oval dies, Kitch Christmas dies,
Stickles, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happiness Is a Grateful Heart

Hello all,

I hope your weekend is going very well. It's Sunday and time for our first Paper Players challenge of November. Laurie is our hostess this week with a timely theme challenge. Here you go:

I've been traveling for work for the past several weeks and unfortunately, my stamping time has been very limited. I usually try to have my Paper Players card done early each week, but for this week's card, I was frantically trying to get it stamped, colored, photographed and blogged late yesterday afternoon. Luckily, my idea turned out well, so it all came together pretty quickly. A great sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch helped!

I wanted to do something seasonal, and this sweet little image by Jennifer Nilsson for MFT stamps was the perfect choice. As you all know, I love to color, so I colored her up with my Copics. I found this great seasonal patterned paper to use for the sketch layout and it has an added bonus of having the perfect message for Laurie's theme this week too. The stamped sentiment is from the set and it's stamped with Early Expresso ink.

The inside uses some images from a super old SU set called Autumn Harvest. I layered the squash and pumpkins using the masking technique. The inside greeting is from the MFT set.

The Design Team has some awesome inspiration cards. Stop by and say "Hi."

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

Have fun with Laurie's theme. I know we'll see some great cards again in the gallery. 

I'm off to Nashville Tuesday and back very late Friday night. I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Happy Harvest set by My Favorite Things and Autumn Harvest set by Stampin' Up (inside images)
Paper: SU Really Rust, Old Olive and Very Vanilla card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Apple Cider by Imaginisce patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Early Expresso
Other: Dimensionals and enamel shapes