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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Happy As A Bird With A French Fry

Good Morning Stampers,

Welcome to The Paper Players challenge # 292. Claire has a great sketch challenge for us today. It's right up my alley! I love layers and I know many of you do to. 

I'm using another "new to me" stamp set, which I think is just too cute! Especially this image and sentiment that goes with it.

I wanted to do a water colored background for this little guy in some nice bright hues. I used Zig water color markers on an acrylic block to smoosh yellow, pink and orange onto water color paper. The vertical layers are simply cut and I used the top layer to stamp the sentiment. I debated this placement, but finally decided I liked it. The image is cut out with a Die-namics Pierced Circle die and popped up on dimensionals. Finally, my favorite embellishments, sequins, were added.Though I didn't take a picture of the inside, I made this card a thank you card.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with this great sketch from Claire. You can check out the rest of the DT cards here:
The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-Me

Have a great Sunday and week ahead. I'm excited because I only work four days and we are flying to NYC on Friday for a week. Just to hang out and have fun.

Thanks for coming by,

Stamps: Happy Birds set by W Plus 9
Paper: SU Ballet Blue and Yoyo Yellow card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, water color paper, Lawn Fawn plaid patterned paper
Ink: Zig water color markers, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Die-namics Pierced circle die, sequin, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thank You


I hope your Saturday and weekend is off to a good start. I had some weekend chores to do this morning and when those were done, I treated myself to some stamping time. Looking around at some of the weekly challenges, I decided to pick Leslie's Inspired By All the Little Things inspiration challenge and combined it with the current CAS(E) This Sketch.

Many companies are coming out with fun flower sets that are kind of "funky." They appeal to me because they are easily colored and I do love to get my Copics out. These images don't really require much shading and blending, though you could if you wanted to.

Here is my card:

I die cut the panel first then placed it in my Misti mini stamping tool. I put all of the stamp images in place then inked them with Memento tuxedo black and stamped them all at once. I do love the Misti! I used a few R and RV Copics to color the flowers in various shades of pink using the inspiration photo. I used a white gel pen for the flower centers instead of introducing a new color.

The panel is glued to a piece of fun foam so I raise it above the card base, which I covered in black and white gingham patterned paper. Finally, I placed some black sequin around the front of the card for embellishment.

Thanks for looking in today. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my Paper Players card.

Have a good Saturday evening and Sunday,

Stamps:  Floral Frame set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Whisper White, X-Press It Blending card stocks and Pebbles Walnut Grove patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Mama Elephant scalloped die, sequin, the Big Shot, fun foam


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

For You. . .Enjoy

Hi stampers,

I finished work early this afternoon which left time to photograph a card that I made Sunday evening. I decided to take the picture outside and boy, does the natural lighting make a difference in picture quality!

I recently received some new stamps from Reverse Confetti. It's a puzzle why I ordered this set because I DO NOT drink coffee, LOL. But, I thought it would be fun to play with. Here is my card using the Sketch Saturday #408 sketch.

Besides the Reverse Confetti stamps, there are many other companies represented here and they all combine to make a fun card. I love this bright, spring looking patterned paper. I picked up a couple of 12 x 12 sheets at a local scrapbooking store a few months ago.

Enjoy your afternoon and evening.

Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Caffeinated Cups by Reverse Confetti
Paper: SU Strawberry Slush card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Jilly Bean Soup patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Early Expresso
Other: RC Caffeinated Cups dies, SU Large Dots EF, SU word dies, enamel dots, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, April 17, 2016

You Are One Of A Kind

Good morning,

It's Sunday and time for a new Paper Players challenge. Have you been enjoying the "butterfly revolution" around blog-land lately? I have and so I'm excited that our hostess, Sandy, has a butterfly theme for us this week.

I received the Paper Source Mother's Day circular in the mail earlier in the week and on page 9 there is a black and white card with a green circle element. It really caught my eye so I've CASE'd it for my card this week. (See the picture below my card.) If you saw my post yesterday, I used a Stampin' Around wheel stamp to make the background on yesterday's card. I decided to use another wheel to make the background on today's card. Such fun!

To make the background, I wheeled the stamp diagonally using Memento tuxedo black. One of the small butterflies from the set is stamped in the open boxes using various Hero Shadow inks and my mini-Misti stamping tool. I wanted to stamp the image a few times to get a darker shade and the Misti is the perfect tool for this. Once the ink was dry, I used a white gel pen to add some dots to the small butterflies.

The larger butterfly is stamped in SU Daffodil Delight and cut out with the corresponding RC die, then adhered with Dimensionals. I rounded two opposite corners and mounted on a card base of Daffodil Delight card stock. A few black pearls for embellishments, keeping with the dots theme in the wheel stamp and on the small butterflies, and this simple card is done.

You'll see some beautiful butterfly cards when you visit the rest of the DT's blogs:

The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-Me

I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful butterfly creations as well.

Have a great Sunday and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Butterfly Dreams set by Reverse Confetti and Stampin' Around Wheel "Pindot" by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White and Daffodil Delight card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Daffodil Delight, Hero Shadow Inks Raspberry Jam, Orange Soda, Butter Bar, Bubble Gum
Other: RC Butterfly Dreams Dies, Fiskers corner punch, black pearls, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Just A Note

Hello stamping peeps,

It's a very pretty Saturday morning here on the SoCal coast. Lot's of sunshine! We are heading out around noon to go watch a wee friend play some Little League baseball.

I finally got into my craft room this past Thursday to do some stamping, and it felt good to put a few cards together. After being out east for work for a week, then traveling up to Central CA for the weekend after I returned, I hadn't had any stamping time.

Today's card uses the current Freshly Made Sketches layout.

I used a Stampin' Around Wheel stamp to make the background. Remember those? It took me a while to find the wheel holder because I had it stashed. I couldn't say when I used one of these wheels last, LOL. Stop by my blog for tomorrow's Paper Player's post and you'll see another one.

This is one of those very quick 10 minute cards, but fun none the less.

Speaking of traveling out east, I had the great pleasure to meet LeAnne Pugilese when I went to her area for my work. She invited me to lunch to meet her family, and then she and I spent the afternoon at Longwood Gardens. I SO enjoyed meeting LeAnne and having the chance to visit for the afternoon. If you follow LeAnne's blog, she posted this picture of the two of us at the Gardens.

I hope you have a great Saturday afternoon.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Stampin' Around Wheel "Watercolor Joy" and WPlus 9 Doodle Buds set (sentiment)
Paper: SU Whisper White and Coastal Cabana card stock, SU Coastal Cabana polka-dot DSP, Crate Paper patterned paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Die-namics Fishtail Flag Banner die, Fiskers corner punch, Creative Memories paper flower, enamel dot, the Big Shot, foam tape

Sunday, April 10, 2016



It's Sunday again and for today's Paper Players challenge, Joanne has a nice color challenge for us to use.

Around blog-land lately, we've been seeing cards where the front panel is stamped with several images and colored. Sometimes the background is colored, sometimes the images are colored. Kind of like making your own patterned paper. I thought I'd give the technique a try using these fun colors from Joanne.

I used a stamp set from Paper Smooches and stamped the outlined butterflies with Memento tuxedo black and colored them with Copics matching the challenge colors. For the small solid blue  butterflies, I used my Misti so I could stamp them twice for a darker shade. I added the little green dots and pink swirls which are also in the same stamp set.

The layout is from the Freshly Made Sketches #230 challenge from last week. The banner die is Die-namics and the sentiment die is Stampin' Up.

I know you'll have fun playing with this color palette. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Stop by the rest of the DT's blogs for some great inspiration.

The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-Me

Thanks for looking in today. Have a great Sunday and week ahead,

Stamps: Flap Happy set by Paper Smooches
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock and SU Soft Sky card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Mambo Melon, Soft Sky and Mossy Meadow
Other: Die-namics Frame Banner die, SU Enjoy die, the Big Shot, Misti, dimensionals, enamel dots

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Giddy Up, Cowgirl

Hello and welcome to my Sunday Paper Players post. Today Laurie is our hostess with a fun theme challenge for us.

I actually have several stamps that I could have used for this one. My step father was a complete rodeo fan, so every year I would buy some kind of horse/cowboy related stamp to make his birthday card with. Since he passed several years ago, my western themed stamps haven't seen any ink, so this was a fun challenge for me. My card is more for a cowgirl instead of a cowboy, though.

There are some really high end and expensive cowboy boots out there. Have you heard of the brand Lucchese? I went to their website for some color inspiration to create my card.

The boots are stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. They are cut out with a Die-namics zig-zag circle die which I layered onto squares cut out with a Die-namics double stitched square die. All in all, a pretty simple card design. I added the bling because, after all, what's a western card without some rhinestones?

Here are the boots from the Lucchese website that I used for my color inspiration. These puppies sale for a mere $3000.00.

Here are the links to the other design team's blogs. I know they have some fabulous, fun cards to share with you.

The Paper Players Design Team
Colleen Begley-Me

I can't wait to see what western themed cards or projects you all create. Have fun!

Thanks for stoping by today,

Stamps: Kick 'Em Off stamp by Mostly Animals stamps (boots) and MFT PI Cowgirl set (sentiment)
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Elegant Eggplant card stock and Lawn Fawn patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Elegant Eggplant
Other: Die-namics Zig-zag circle die and Double Stitched square die, pink rhinestones, The big shot and dimensionals