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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


  1. Oh Colleen, before I comment on your card, I have to tell you how happy and excited I am for YOU! WOW! What an amazing vacation! I would love to do that one day! ENJOY every second of your month off! You have earned it!
    Also, I am envious that your Christmas cards are all made. I was thinking today, I am never going to have enough done. I mail out about 80 and I have waited too late to make that many with all the other stuff I need to do.
    Your card is adorable! I love the stamped images on the watercolored paper. I have never used a brush to fill in, but that is a fabulous idea! Love it all, My Friend! Have a great week! XX

  2. OMGoodness, I thought this was DSP...you did a fabulous job creating this background! It's wonderful! And how wonderful to be off work for a month AND traveling to such a cool place! I know you'll have a fabulous time and come home with lots of interesting tales!

  3. Oh my gosh Colleen, what a fabulous trip you have planned! My in-laws have down that same cruise twice and it sounds picture perfect. I wish you a trip full of winter magic! And speaking of winter magic, what a wonder you created with inks and a brush! Adorable card!

  4. What an awesome background you created! Sounds lie a fun trip too!

  5. Ok I thought it was DSP as well! Beautifully stamped! I am going to try that with the distress inks! Wonderful hoiday card!

  6. I am glad you like my tilted panel Colleen, because I am trying to embrace things "askew"! I love your card, especially the stamped panel with an old favorite. But wow your trip sounds fabulous! And a whole month off from work to boot! I hope you enjoy every moment of it :)

  7. What an awesome trip you have planned Colleen - that will be full of wonderful experiences! Such a cute card too; I thought your panel was DSP that looked strangely familiar but I couldn't quite put my finger on it - then I realised it was stamped! Love the effect on the watercolour paper too. A fun festive card!


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