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Sunday, June 26, 2016



I'm half way through my two week road trip and I'm looking forward to heading home on Thursday evening. Since today is Sunday, it's time for the Paper Players challenge 301. We sure had fun celebrating #300 last weekend. This week, Joanne is our hostess with a fun sketch.

I made my card the evening before flying out, so I needed to keep things pretty simple, but no less cute. I love this bear from Ellen Hutson and he was perfect to use for a friends birthday card.

I didn't take a picture of the inside. It says, LOVE, HUGS, SUNSHINE and Happy Birthday!

As always, you'll find awesome inspiration when you visit the other DT's blogs listed below:

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm looking forward to seeing your lovely creations this week.


Stamps: All Inside by Julie set from Ellen Hutson
Paper: SU heavy whisper white, Real Red card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock and Doodlebug Sunkissed patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: All Inside coordinating dies, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX and Curved Stitched Rectangle STAX dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fiesta. . . Time To Celebrate


I hope everyone had a good week. I left home yesterday for a two week work road trip! I'd rather be home stamping, LOL.

Now on to this week's challenge... It's a Clean and Simple theme challenge from Jaydee: Celebration! To celebrate this occasion we have blog candy to give away, and lots of it! The team has assembled not one, not two, but ten grab bags full of stamping goodness! To be eligible to win one, all you need to do is play along with our challenge this week. You can play as many times as you like, but each needs to be a new project (no back linking, please) and see The Paper Players blog for our other challenge rules. Winners will be selected from all PP300 challenge participants using Random.org and will be posted on Saturday, July 25.

My card today was made for a very good friend's father who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Now that's something to celebrate too! The birthday party was Mexican fiesta themed with yummy tacos and other Mexican treats as well as super yummy margaritas. In keeping with the Fiesta theme, here is what I came up with:

I wanted the images to be super bright so I used my Misti stamping tool and stamped each flag twice. While it looks like there is a lot going on here, it was really pretty quick and easy to make this card and I love how bright and cheery it turned out.

Here is the inside:

Check out the fun celebration cards from the rest of the DT and our special returning guest this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester
Ann Schach

Please see the Paper Players post for information on challenge rules and how blog-candy works. I will be participating with a fun birthday themed grab bag. Since I'm actually away from home for next two weeks, my blog-candy winner will receive the package after the July 4th holiday, which is when I return home from my travels.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week ahead.

Stamps: Front: Papel Picado Banners set by Avery Elle Inside: SU Happy Hour and Endless Birthday Wishes sets
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Daffodil Delight card stock
Ink: SU Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Real Red classic ink pads and Memento tuxedo black, & for the inside: Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate
Other: Papel Picado dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals, Misti stamping tool

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Happy Thoughts


It's time for a new Paper Players challenge. This week my friend LeAnne is our hostess and she has a fun color challenge for us.

I decided to challenge myself and use this patriotic color palette to make a floral card using some new to me stamps from Altenew.

My card layout is a CASE of the bottom card in this post by TaeEun. I really like the layout of her card with the flowers and patterned papers along the bottom. I kept the layout in my mind and decided to give it a try for today's card.

This is one of Altenew's stamp sets with stamps for "three layer" stamping. The flowers are stamped entirely with Cherry Cobbler ink. For the lightest layer, I "stamped off" twice before stamping onto the vellum. The middle layer was "stamped off" once. The final layer I used the ink full strength, re-inking and stamping it again for a really dark finish. The Misti stamping tool sure helped with perfect placement for the layering! For the leaves, I used the outline leaf stamp and inked it in Dapper Denim. The three flowers and the leaves were cut out with the coordinating dies from Altenew.

The background is made with another of the stamps from the set with Dapper Denim ink, as is the sentiment in the lower corner. I added a few light blue rhinestones for minimal embellishing, since I "need" some embellishment on my cards.

Here is a look at the inside:

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations using this fun patriotic color combination from LeAnne. You can see the rest of the DT's cards on the Paper Player's blog or visit their individual blogs here:

The Paper Players Design Team
Hannelie Bester

I hope you all have a nice and relaxing Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm working to get finished with a work project that I was given very little time to complete. (Woe is me!) As always, thanks for stopping by.


Stamps: Beautiful Day set by Altenew
Paper: SU Dapper Denim and X-Press It Blending card stocks, SU vellum, Simple Stories patterned papers
Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim classic ink pads, SU Dapper Denim marker. On the inside, Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Altenew Beautiful Day dies, Fiskars corner punch, light blue rhinestones, the Big Shot, dimensionals, glue dots, Misti Stamping tool

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dad, You're the Coolest

Hello out there,

It's the first Sunday in June and time for a new Paper Players Challenge. Claire has a fun and timely theme challenge for us this week. It's time to make those Father's Day cards.

I had many ideas bouncing around in my brain and in the end, I decided to pull out my Lawn Fawn "Best Pun Ever" set and make a CAS card.

The popsicles are stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with red, turquoise, and orange Copics. I added a liberal amount of Wink of Stella so they look "frosty." They were cut out with the matching Lawn Fawn dies and mounted on a white panel cut out with a Die-namics die. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. The large white space just called for some sparkle, which I added in the form of red, turquoise and gold sequin.

The inside:

See more creative goodness when you visit the other DT's blogs. Their links are below.

The Paper Players Design Team

I have a super busy month of June, compliments of work. I'm starting a project Tuesday that normally takes six weeks and I've been asked to complete it in eight days. Then on the 18th, I leave for two weeks of work travel. I will be glad when July comes, LOL.

I'm looking forward to seeing your Father's Day cards. I know there will be tons of awesomeness!

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Best Pun Ever set by Lawn Fawn and SU Something To Celebrate set (inside greeting)
Paper: SU Tempting Turquoise card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Doodlebug Sunkissed patterned paper (inside)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Best Pun Ever dies, Die-namics Inside-out Diagonal Stitched STAX and Rounded Stitched Rectangle dies, TE sequin, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, May 29, 2016

2 Glasses

Hi and Happy Sunday!

Here in the U.S. it's the middle day of our Memorial Day long weekend, and kind of the official start to our summer. Since it's Sunday, we have a new challenge for you at the Paper Players. This week, Joanne has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, and I'm looking forward to see what you all create.

This simple card took me about 5 hours! That's because I made three others and they ended up in the recycle bin, then I took a break, LOL. I don't know what was going on with me but three times it was "YIKES! NO!" I was on a mission because I needed to make a birthday card since tomorrow is my "personal chef's" birthday. He loves We love wine, in fact, we are in the Central Coast (California) wine country for our long weekend. I had the idea to make a watercolored background with wine glasses and use this sentiment in some sort of die cut. It wasn't happening! After doing three versions, I pitched them, cleaned off my table, put everything away and had dinner. I came back with a different, simpler approach. Here is the card that I finally ended up with. And, I actually think it looks pretty good and I know Denis will like it.

In case you haven't figured it out, I used the bottom to top diagonal with embossing, die-cut, birthday. The sentiment is heat embossed with gold EP, the banners and background patterned paper are die-cut and as you can see from the picture below of the inside, it's a Birthday card. I've used several different stamp/craft companies to put it all together too.

See more creative goodness when you visit the other DT's blogs. Their links are below.

The Paper Players Design Team

For those who live in the U. S., Happy Memorial Day. I hope you are spending it with those you love, and taking time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

Thanks for coming by today,

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Witty Wine Quotes set (outside sentiment), stamps from SU and MFT used on the inside.
Paper: SU Emerald Envy and Very Vanilla card stock, SU Playful Palette DSP Stack (new catty)
Ink: VersaMark, SU Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum
Other: Ranger Gold EP, heat tool, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags and Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies, Doodlebug enamel shapes and dots, TE Wine A Little dies (inside), the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy Birthday


If it's Sunday, it's time for a new Paper Players challenge. This week we are up to number 296 and Laurie has a fun sketch for us to use.

I have several family and friends who have birthdays over the next three months, so I thought I'd work with a summer theme to make a birthday card for my girlfriend who loves the beach.

I think this is one of my favorite sets from SugarPea Designs. She is a blast to color. Looking through my patterned papers, I found the Sunkissed pack from Doodlebug. Perfect for her background! The image is stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. I stamped the beach bucket a second time on scrap paper, colored and fussy cut it and popped it up over the first stamped image, which was cut off with the die. This also works for the additional element in Laurie's sketch, though maybe not so obvious.

The rest of the DT have some awesome inspiration for us. Stop by their blogs for a visit:

The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-Me

I know we'll be seeing some fun and creative projects from you this week. I can't wait.

Have a great Sunday and week ahead. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: SugarPea Designs Seaside Wishes set
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Doodlebug Sunkissed patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics Zig-zag Circle Stax dies, SU Large Polka-dot EF, Wink of Stella clear glitter, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Welcome Baby

Hello stamping friends,

It's a pretty Saturday morning here on the SoCal coast and I'm enjoying it. I had breakfast on the deck in the sunshine eating while reading a new fun book by Mary Kay Andrews called "The Weekenders." I love all of her books. A little romance, a little mystery all set somewhere in the Low Country. 

I made this card Thursday evening. My co-worker is pregnant with her second child and they know that they are having a girl. I'm keeping with my current "stamp my own background" kick with this card, just like on my previous post.

I stamped the sweet little animal images in Memento tuxedo black and used sponge daubers to randomly add color, then cut a circle using a Spellbinders classic circle die to make the shaker part of the card. I stamped the sentiment and bear through the opening for perfect placement. The bear is colored with Copics and I added a liberal amount of Wink of Stella over his muzzle, ears and foot pads.

All in all, a fairly simple card. The longest part was cutting and placing the foam tape perfectly around the circle to hold in the sequin.

This afternoon, I'm working on my Paper Players card for tomorrow. We have a fun sketch challenge for you.

I hope you have a great Saturday, and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Carnival Cupcakes set by Mama Elephant and Something To Celebrate set by Stampin' Up (sentiment)
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock and SU Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplumb, Mint Macroon, Copics
Other: Die-namics Stitched Mini Scalloped circles die, Spellbinders Classic circle die, SU window plastic, the Big Shot, foam tape, sequin, Wink of Stella