The Paper Players #238


Hey stampers 🙂 Today I was trying my hand at a new-to-me technique, called Bokeh. I'm becoming more and more of a distress ink fan, and adding the bokeh technique on top of a distress ink background…oooh fun results! There are a bazillion videos on YouTube, so just pick one out and give it a try!

Here are the two card I made so far, the first one is for The Paper Players challenge, it's a tic-tac-toe challenge, and I used: Any shade of Yellow, Sequins and Polka Dots.

For the card above I used distress inks in Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Riper Persimmon. The sentiment is from THIS set. I stamped my sentiment in Versamark, then embossed with black embossing powder. It seems that black ink alone didn't stand out very much on the busy background. *tip: emboss before adding the bokeh technique! The embossing powder will stick all over your white dots if you do it after*


For the card above I used the same sentiment stamp, but the distress inks I used on this one are Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn. I added some Sprinkles from the Swimming Pool and Blue Jean assortment packs. 

I'm off to make this week's card for The Card Concept, see you soon and thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players {Spring} & Sweet Sunday Sketch #258


Hey stampers! Today I stopped by to see what the gals from The Paper Players were up to, and lo and behold they are having a spring themed challenge this time, yippee! Just the thought of spring is making me giddy with all this snow on the ground. Seriously. Today I went out at lunch time and couldn't believe how happy I was that it was 40 degrees out!

From there I hopped over to Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch to see what's up for this week, and her sketch fit my spring themed idea perfectly! Yes, it's my second card today using the new Spring Tulips set from MFT Stamps, between the matching die and getting to use Copics, I can't get enough of this new set 😉

I colored my tulips with Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, and the leaves/stems with YG01, YG03, YG05, YG07. The DSP is from Doodlebug Designs Snips & Snails.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Paper Players Challenge #230 ~ Critter-tine!


Hi stamping friends! It's been another blissful Sunday here…I've got the house to myself, so I've been cleaning, stamping, and of course cooking lots of goodies for the big game tonight! Our town hosts a ski trip every Sunday in January and Jeff and the boys have gone for years. It's amazing how much can be accomplished when nobody is home but mom! I love feeling like I'm ready to tackle another work week.

I decided today to stop by and see what the gals at The Paper Players have been up to. I haven't played along in a while, and their critter theme seemed like just the right time to jump back in 😉


I found this sweet stamp I've had for a long time, called I'm Raptor Round Your Finger. It's retired now, but was from MFT stamps. I colored this little guy in with Copics of course:

YG03, YG05, YG07, YG09, E000, E00, E11, RV52, RV55, BG000. I used the Blueprints 14 Die-namics for my layout. My cardstock colors are Cotton Candy, Razzleberry and Sour Apple, all from MFT Stamps.


Thanks so much for stopping by, see you again soon!

Fun with Fabric


Here's another card I made using fabric, which is the challenge this week at The Paper Players. Once I broke open the package I had ordered, I couldn't get enough of it! I'm usually a very clean stamper, I like clean lines & somewhat simple designs (does that include lots of layers lol??) but I love the torn fabric look, kind of a shabby chic thing I guess??

Anyway, here's what I used for my card:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Great Friend, Sweet Summer (SAB)

Ink: Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Rose Red, Black StazOn

Card stock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Jewelry Tag Punch, fabric from Occasions Mini, Metallic Brads, Finial Press embossing folder, Mini Glue Dots

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper Players Challenge – Fun with Fabric!



Challenge 36

It's my last week as a guest designer over at The Paper Players and I'm sad for it to end, I've had a blast! The girls on the team are fabulous to work with and oh so talented!!

What a great challenge to end on though, Fun with Fabric!! I have to say this really got me going, before starting my card for this challenge I had an unopened package of SU! fabric just sitting on my desk just waiting for me to give it a try…and I have to admit I was a little afraid of it! But, I've been having a great time stepping out of my comfort zone and playing with it!

Here's what I came up with:


Another item sitting on my stamp table waiting to be used…the Lattice Die…why haven't I used it yet? So I cut my first piece of fabric with the lattice die, but wait, how was I going to adhere this piece of fabric to my card?? Oh those little glue dots just don't stick very well to the fabric, and I don't want to wet my fabric with glue, so I started over. I cut a square of card stock the same size as a piece of fabric that would work for the die, and I put adhesive all over the card stock and stuck my fabric to it, THEN I ran it through the Big Shot, and the piece that came out was perfect for adhering to my card, because it was backed with card stock 🙂

I tore a strip of fabric for behind my focal image, added some buttons to my lattice with mini glue dots, a couple of little tags and some texture, and done! It was very easy!

Won't you hop on over to The Paper Players blog and see what the other team members have created?? I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with too!


Paper Players Sketch Challenge

It's week 3 of my guest designer position over at The Paper Players, and I'm really enjoying it! There's a different type of challenge each week of the month, and this week they have a sketch challenge…ooh, right up my alley 🙂 Be sure and check out what the design team comes up with, wow what an amazing group of stampers over there!!

Here's the sketch:

February Sketch Challenge 35
And here's my card:

I'm pretty please with the way this card turned out, and the girls that came over for club on Thursday night really seemed to like it, so I hope you like it too 🙂 I'm sure I should have gone for a longer style card, but I wanted to see if I could fit the sketch into a standard card size.

I used three different designs from the Springtime Vintage dsp pack, along with Very Vanilla card stock. I just love these flowers made with two different sizes of heart punches, I got the idea from Maria's card. For my flowers I used Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy on Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment is from Three Little Words, stamped in Not Quite Navy.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll play along this week, I love to see all of the different takes on a sketch…looking forward to seeing what you create!!


The Paper Players – Color Challenge

Challenge 34
Hooray! It's week #2 of my guest designer spot over at The Paper Players, and I have to tell you I'm having a great time!! The team is awesome, and the players are rockin' it out too!! Lots of eye candy in those entries 🙂

This week it's a color challenge…hmmm, at first I was a little perplexed by what I would do with these colors, but I did come up with something I'm happy with:

I knew I wanted something rustic & nature themed for this color scheme, that's why I chose the set Nature Walk. For the border at the bottom, I used two Scallop Envelope dies for the Big Shot, and adhered them side by side after I cut away the rest of the envelope besides the flap. I added some mini pearls, ribbon and a button to finish it off.

Here's what I used for my card:

Stamp Set: Nature Walk

Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Shimmery White (for the bird)

Accessories: Aquapainter, Designer Buttons Rich Regals, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Scallop Envelope die. Stampin' Sponges, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll join in the fun and play along this week!

Paper Players Challenge

Woohoo!! Can I just tell you how excited I was to be asked to be a guest designer on The Paper Players blog this month!?!?! This talented group of girls invited me to join them??? Wow!! I am thrilled!

So, the first challenge of this month is a theme challenge…

Challenge 33

Oh this is perfect! Valentine's day is right around the corner, and creating a love themed project is always fun 🙂

Here's my card:


I don't know if you can tell from the picture (click on it for a closer look), but the heart is stamped on Botanical Gazette dsp, and I also used the same dsp for the background of the card. I didn't want you to wonder what I did to white or vanilla CS to get that speckly look 😉

Now, you know how I always use all SU! products right? As much as I love our rhinestones, pearls, brads, etc., I wanted something a little different for this card, so I made an accessory of my own. See those cute little dots in the top left corner? Here's how I made them…I started with a sheet of the sticky back rhinestones. I colored on them with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker, then I added a droplet of Crystal Effects to each rhinestone to cover the ink. Check out this picture below for a better look:


I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, I think I'll be using this trick more often!!

Here are the supplies I used on this card:

Stamp Sets: Always, Three Little Words

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Botanical Gazette DSP

Accessories: Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll join in the fun over at The Paper Players!!