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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Warm Hugs

Hi all,

I made the following card with a brand new stamp set that I received in the mail Saturday afternoon. When I first saw this stamp set around blog-land a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted it. (And, I don't even drink coffee).  I inked it up as soon as I opened the package from SSS.

I love the whimsical design of the cup and saucer. I decided on a Valentine's Day card and used the current CAS(E) This Sketch #158 for my layout.

You'll notice that I rotated the sketch to make a "landscape" card because I wanted to use the TE Heart boarder die for the background elements. The image is stamped on SU Naturals Ivory card stock and colored with Copics. The Copics on this card stock do not blend all that well, but it worked "okay." The coffee is stamped in SU Soft Suede. I gave it a chance to dry into the card stock, then stamped the heart in VersaMark and heat embossed with SU white EP. The card base is the same card stock and the heart borders are cut in Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede card stock. After the card elements were all assembled, I went around the cup rim and handle with Crystal Effects to give it a glass or ceramic look. 

That's all from me tonight. Have a great Tuesday and thanks for checking in,

Stamps: Concord and 9th Let's Chat set
Paper: SU Naturals Ivory, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Riding Hood Red, SU Soft Suede, VersaMark Craft
Other: SU White EP, Taylored Expressions Heart Border die, Heat Tool, dimensional

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Hello again,

I grabbed a couple hours this morning to play with some sketches.

Linda Callahan is the Featured Stamper over at Pals Paper Arts this week and she has a really nice and simple sketch for us. When I saw it a few days ago, I knew I wanted to be sure to play along. The middle feature element looked perfect for a large sentiment stamp to me. Looking through my SU sets, here's what I came up with.

I kept it pretty simple, as you can see. I pulled the star theme from the star inside of "you" in the stamp and kept it going with the Taylored Expressions Star border die and the old, old, old SU silver star eyelet. To jazz it up, I added a very small orange enamel dot. The sentiment panel and border are cut with Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX dies, I just cropped off the banner ends by turning the panels and cutting the flat end again.

Stamps: Bravo set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit card stock, X-Press Blending card stock and SU Sycamore Street DSP
Ink: SU Tangerine Tango
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags Stax dies, Taylored Expressions Star Border die, SU Star Eyelet, orange enamel dot, the Big Shot, dimensionals

We're off to a "Super Bowl" party in a few hours. Have a great Sunday afternoon and evening and thanks for looking,


Sending You Hugs and Fishes - The Paper Players Challenge 281


I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Today is Sunday, and it's time for a new Paper Players challenge. This week, LeAnne has a fun theme challenge for us:

I have several stamps with cats and dogs, which I'm guessing many of us do. After looking through all of my options, I settled on this cutie from SugarPea Designs. I just love coloring the images in their stamp sets. The layout is based on last week's Retro Sketch.

I stamped the image onto Neenah cream card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored it with Copics. It's cut it out with a Die-namics die. The card base is SU Pool Party and the layering panel and the scalloped border are SU So Saffron. I have a bag of old patterned papers and scraps and I pulled these out from it. I have no idea what company they are from. After putting the card together, I used some Crystal Effects around the edge of the fishbowl. IRL, it really makes the bowl dimensional.

Take a look at the rest of the DT's cards. You find some awesome inspiration!

The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-me

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with our dog and cat theme challenge this week. 

Have a great Sunday afternoon. If you're a football fan, enjoy the BIG game later today.
Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Don't Be Koi set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Pool Party and So Saffron card stock, Neenah cream card stock, misc patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Hello Honey and Riding Hood Red classic ink pads
Other: Die-namics Stitched Curved Rectangle and large Banner STAX dies, Taylored Expressions large Scalloped Border die and Curly Border die, We R Memory Keepers enamel shapes, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Showered With Love


It's Thursday, so only one more work day. I'm looking forward to getting together with friends this weekend.

Last night after dinner I made a quick card using the sketch from the new Freshly Made Sketches. I like the off-center element that Narelle has for us this week.

This was a fairly quick card to put together. The images are all from the same set called You Make Me Happy, a Taylored Expressions "Stamp of the Month" set from 2013. It took me longer to decide on the patterned papers than it did to do the stamping and put it all together. The umbrella was cut from the same paper as the rectangle using the opposite side. The raindrops in the background were added using a Simon Says Stamp stencil and Distress Ink.

Stamps: You Make Me Happy set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White card stock and  Echo Park "I Love Sunshine" patterned papers
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink, Pumice Stone and Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Die-namics Stitched Curved Rectangle and Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX dies, Simon Says Stamp raindrop stencil, sponge, the Big Shot, dimensionals, TE white sequin

Have a great day and thanks for looking in,

Sunday, January 31, 2016

You Are Made Of Wonderful - Paper Players Challenge 280


Wow, the last day of January already.

It's Sunday and time for another Paper Players challenge. Jaydee is our hostess this week and she has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us.

For challenge #280, I choose to use the left vertical option of flowers, die cuts, yellow. I'm still inking up my new Stampin' Up sets and today I am using the Picture Perfect set from the 2016 Occasions catalog. This set has three separate stamps to make the final image and each stamp is numbered to help with the layering. Easy, and SO MUCH FUN!

I saw a Kleenex purse pack that had a heart shape made from roses on it, and I decided to re-create it for my card today. I started by using some Eclipse masking paper cut to the same size as my front panel, then used my SU Heart Framelit die to cut the heart shape. I put the mask down over my card front and began stamping and layering the roses into the open space.  What made the layering technique very easy is the Misti tool. It's so easy to ensure that the stamps are perfectly aligned. I also fussy cut three rose "masks" to use in the process.

Once I finished stamping the roses, I peeled the mask off and stamped one of the sentiments from the set along the side of the heart. The panel was cut with a Mama Elephant die, layered over a piece of Crushed Curry card stock with fun foam to raise it up. The card base is Whisper White. I kept the embellishments simple, just two groups of clear sequin.

I had so much fun stamping with the Misti, I made a second card. This time I used water color paper and Tim Holtz distress inks, using the exact same process. Here is the second card, and it has a totally different look.

To do the blue color wash over the rest of the card front without getting ink on the yellow roses, I placed the cut out Eclipse heart over the image. Using water and a large paint brush I painted the three blue shades. I used my heat tool to quick dry, then heat embossed the same sentiment with SU Craft black ink and clear EP. The image is cut out with a Die-namics die. Again, just a few embellishments.

I think these cards will go to my mom and sister for their Valentine's Day cards.

Don't forget to stop by the rest of the DT's blogs. They have some really great cards to share.

The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-me

Supplies (both cards)
Stamps: Picture Perfect set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Bordering Blue, Hello Honey, water color card stocks
Ink: SU Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Black Archival, Tim Holtz Distress Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass, SU Craft Black
Other: Eclipse masking paper, Misti tool, Mama Elephant All Prettied Up scalloped die, Die-namics Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched rectangle die, Fun Foam, clear sequin, We R Memory Keepers enamel shapes

I'm looking forward to seeing what you create this week. Thanks for coming by,

Monday, January 25, 2016


Good morning all,

It's Monday and I'm really working, but since I made this card after dinner last night, I though I'd take some time to post it.

I'm playing with my latest goodies from Stampin' Up, specifically the new Sale-A-Bration set called Honeycomb Happiness. I think everyone who sees this sweet lil' chick thinks she's adorable!

I'm using the latest sketch from Pals Paper Arts, #284. This is an SU only card.

The chick is stamped onto SU Shimmery white card stock with SU Archival black ink and water colored with Blushing Bride ink with my aqua painter and Blushing Bride marker. Her beak and feet are colored with a Crisp Cantaloupe marker. I fussy cut the image and used SU dimensionals to attach to the front of the card. I dropped some Crystal Effects over her beak. The ballon is also stamped on Shimmery white, water colored with Hello Honey and Mint Macroon ink and fussy cut. I adhered it using mini glue dots, but only on one side so it looks more like it's floating, and then added a liberal amount of Wink of Stella over the balloon and ribbon.

I kept the inside super simple using another image from the stamp set and a greeting from Endless Birthday Wishes set.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Honeycomb Happiness and Endless Birthday Wishes sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Mint Macroon, Blushing Bride and Shimmery white card stock and Birthday Bouquet DSP and SU paper doily
Ink: SU Archival black, SU Blushing Bride, Hello Honey ink pads, SU Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Mint Macroon and Crisp Cantaloupe markers
Other: Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, SU sequin, SU Crystal Effects, dimensionals, mini glue dots

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Just Because for The Paper Players


Welcome to another The Paper Players challenge. This week we are on #279. Nance is our hostess and she has a sketch for us to use. This is right up my alley with the layers and circle element.

I was in the mood to color when I made my card so I pulled out my Hydrangea Bouquet set by Taylored Expressions to work with. Hydrangeas are one of my all time favorite flowers. I love how the tiny individual flowers form into big balls of flowers, and the fact that they come in so many colors from white to deep, deep blue. We do have them out west, but nothing like those that we see every summer when we visit Cape Cod. Of all the colors, I like the green and lighter pink blooms, so that is what I tried to create with my card today.

The image is stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. I fussy cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals onto a Die-namics circle cut from Simple Stories patterned paper. The gingham paper is also Simple Stories and it matched SU Watermelon paper perfectly. The card base is stamped in SU Watermelon ink with the SU Hardwood background stamp. For added contrast I used a TE large scalloped border die and cut some Very Vanilla card stock to layer under the gingham, and then used the vanilla as the large banner element, cut out with a Die-namics banner die. The greeting is stamped on the small banner element, again made using a smaller Die-namics banner die. I finished it with some rather large pink and green rhinestones.

Stop by to see what the other ladies have for you today. Tons of inspiration!

The Paper Players Design Team

I can't wait to see what you create. Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for stopping by,

Here are some hydrangea pictures taken last summer "down the Cape." Check out this wraparound porch with the Adirondack chairs. It is a beautiful home in a neighborhood in Dennis, MA.

Stamps: Hydrangea Bouquet set by Taylored Expressions & Hardwood by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Watermelon and Very Vanilla card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Simple Stories patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Watermelon, Copics
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX & Cross-stitched circle dies, TE large Scalloped border die, rhinestones, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Friday, January 22, 2016

Making Spirits Bright

Hello and happy Friday!

We are going to spend the weekend with friends who live about 50 miles away. Not sure what we will be doing, but I know we will have a great time. I'm sure there will be lots of good food and wine involved.

A few nights ago I put together a couple cards for some of the weekly challenges. This week's sketch by Jen B. for the Freshly Made Sketches looked suitably challenging, and fun. It really stumped me at first, but after thinking about it and looking through my stamps, here is what I came up with.

I used the color palette from this week's Color Throwdown challenge, although my pinks are darker than the swatch.

The cocktails are stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. I made masks and stamped the snow flakes from the SU Endless Wishes set in Soft Sky over the masks. The sentiment is on the same stamp as the cocktail so I carefully inked up just the words and stamped the greeting. There is a liberal amount of Wink of Stella clear glitter over the candy canes and the holly berries. It's finished off with some sparkly embellishments. The panel is raised with fun foam on the kraft card.

Stamps: Making Spirits Bright and Endless Wishes sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Crumb Cake card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Soft Sky, and Copics
Other: Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, SU clear rhinestones, sequin, fun foam, Fiskars corner punch

Have a fun and relaxing weekend. For those of you in the mid-Atlantic and North East, be safe and stay warm.

Thanks for looking in,