Sunday, April 5, 2020

Monkey Business for The Paper Players!

Hello and welcome back!  I hope this day finds you and your families continuing to stay safe and healthy.

It's Sunday, which means it's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  This week is a Theme Challenge and the fabulous LeAnne has chosen A Day at the Zoo.  Come play along with us and show us your Zoo critter!

For my card I used one of the stamps from Picture Perfect.  I mean, this stamp set is way off the cuteness charts and these silly brothers look like they're up to a lot of crazy monkey business taking selfies!

First step was to color up the "photo" with Copic markers, then I cut out around the edges of the stamped image and layered on Polaroid frame with the fun sentiment.  I also put another piece of card stock underneath to give it more stability.

Next up was figuring out the card base.  I had a leafy frame die that I wanted to use but the aperture wasn't bit enough for the photo frame.  Then I remembered I had a leafy frame stencil!  Yah!  The panel is Lemon Lime Twist and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink was used to stencil on the leaf images. Both layers were popped up on foam tape and added to the white card base.  Easy peasy card!

Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate it so much!  I've added a link to the challenge above so be sure to head over there and check out the other DT cards, and hopefully join us this week!


Stamps:  Picture Perfect (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Lemon Lime Twist (SU)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne (sentiment), Mowed Lawn DI
Other:  Polaroid Shaker Frame (MFT), Leave Frame Stencil (Simon Says Stamp)
Copics:  YG67, 17, 13, E29, 37, 31, 30, 11, BV000, T2, 0

Monday, March 30, 2020

Easter Parade

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  Barbara is hosting and has chosen Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Pineapple Punch with a dessert option of spring or Easter.  I was in need of a few more Easter cards, so that's the direction I went.  I used the darling Bundle Girl with Chocolate Bunny stamp, coloring it up with Copic markers similar to challenge colors plus those similar Stampin' Up neutrals Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso. I also used this stamp for my Paper Players design team card last week, with a different layout and colors. Here's a link to that card.

After stamping the image in Copic friendly ink, the first step was to create the background sky, using the lightest blue green marker.  Next I colored up the image with my Copics.  I gave her bright yellow boots, because that grass might be wet (!) and thought it went well with her cute blue green outfit.

For the grass I used a light green to color in the entire base, then flicked darker greens over the top.  When the coloring was complete the panel was trimmed down to fit within the scallop panel stitching and a white gel pen added polka dots to her little bonnet.  Flirty Flamingo card stock was used for the base, which was stamped in white pigment ink with a floral background stamp.  After that dried, the main image was added using fun foam for some nice dimension, as was the sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting, I truly appreciate it!  I hope you and your families remain safe and healthy, and if your time and mojo allows, it would be wonderful if you could join us for the Color Challenge this week!


Stamps:  Bundle Girl with Chocolate Bunny (Stamping Bella), Modern Rose background (Simon Says Stamp), Crazy Talk (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne (sentiment), Hero Arts Unicorn White
Other:  Scallop A2 Rectangle die, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copics:  Y08, 04, 000, RV43, 32, 20, 000, BG49, 13, 32, 11, 10, 000, G99, 94, 82, YG97

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Blossoming Cherry for The Paper Players!

Hello friends, I hope you are staying safe and well!  It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at The Paper Players.  It's Tic-Tac-Toe week and the lovely Joanne is hosting.  She's offered lots of great choices to spark your creative energy!

I'm also joining up with the make your mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, and the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

I love Tic-Tac-Toe challenges because they definitely help when my mojo is lagging.  I chose the left column elements (ribbon, die-cut and pink) for my card. I had this lovely Power Poppy digi image printed and ready to go, and what's better for pink than cherry blossoms?

I started by coloring the background in my lightest blue Copic marker, then worked on the cherry blossoms in the pinks.  There are definitely a lot of blossoms to color in this piece but it was rather meditative and I enjoyed the process.  When the coloring was complete I trimmed down the panel to fit on the white die cut scallop rectangle.  Before doing so I used my Misti to help align and stamp the sentiment on the colored panel.

Sorting through options of neutral card bases, Fog ended up working the best.  A separate A2 panel of Fog card was stamped with a woodgrain background stamp in the same color of ink for a suble tone-on-tone look, then wrapped with a piece of ribbon and added to the base.  After adhering the main image to the card base with some fun foam, a few jewels were added for that little bit of sparkle!

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you have a good week and stay well!


Stamps:  Blossoming Cherry (Power Poppy digi), Delicate Flowers (sentiment, Simon Says Stamp), Woodgrain background (ret. SU)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Fog (SSS)
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne, Fog
Other:  Ocean Wave Crystal gems (Studio Katia), Iridescent Jewels (Lucy's Cards Little Things), White Satin ribbon (ret. SU), Scallop A2 Rectangle die (Honey Bee)
Copics:  E47, 44, 42, RV69, 09, 14, 13, 00, B0000

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time To Celebrate for Seize the Birthday!

Hello, friends!  It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! The "toppings" for this challenge is cards for kids, super fun!  Just remember to keep it a birthday theme.

I decided to use a fun Penny Black stamp set with various critters to make a birthday card that will eventually go to our niece's young son.  I began by stamping the images on a 4.5" x 7" piece of Bristol paper with Copic friendly ink, then masking them off so I could ink blend the background sky and green hills.

With the ink blending complete I colored the images with my Copic markers. When the coloring was complete I thought my hills looked a little bare, so I added some grass and a few fluffy bushes in the background.  Separately I stamped and colored the gift down by that cute pooch, fussy cutting and popping it up on foam tape. The polka dots on both birthday presents were colored in with a white gel pen

After trimming down the main panel, the sentiment was stamped, then the panel was layered on a piece of yellow card before adding to the blue card base with foam tape.  The final size of the card ended up being 4.25" x 7".  The last detail was to add some sparkle to the balloons.  I was also going to add crystal glaze to the balloons but I forgot to do that before I took my photos.

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above and join this fun challenge at Seize the Birthday!

Stay healthy and safe!


Stamps:  Time to Celebrate (PB), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point (SU), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks
Other:  Mini Cloud stencil (MFT), Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copics:  W5, 3, 1, 0, N4, 2, 0, B39, 26, 24, 21, YR07, 15, 21, Y28, 08, 02, 00, YG03, 07, 17, 67, G28

Monday, March 23, 2020

Mondo Wildflowers

Welcome back, friends!  It's time for a new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers!  I'm the host this week and have chosen Melon Mambo, Grapefruit Grove and Blushing Bride with a dessert challenge of flowers, because, well, I love to color flowers, and it's Spring, and hopefully it will bring some cheer to your day!  You may also use any of the Stampin' Up neutrals.  I've used colors similar to Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake this week.

For my card, I used a new-to-me stamp called Mondo Wildflowers from Ellen Hutson.  It is a dream to color these pretty images.

The flowers were stamped on white card with Copic friendly ink and colored up using colors similar to those for the challenge.  To help the flowers look a bit grounded, I used the lightest peachy pink marker and went around the edge of the entire bouquet, then added white gel pen to the ends of the stamen.

I decided to frame up the floral image, so I used a butterfly embossing folder on an A2 sized panel of white card, then die cut a large oval from the center.  I trimmed down the colored piece and then added the frame with foam tape.  After adhering to the white card base, I painted the flowers with a shimmer pen plus added a few jewels for lots of sparkle.  I opted to wait to add a sentiment until I send the card.

Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you'll be able to join us for the Color Challenge this week!

Please take care and stay safe & healthy my friends!


Stamps:  Mondo Wildflowers
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam
Other:  Oval Collection framelit (ret. SU), Fluttering embossing folder (ret. SU), Tonic Nuvo Shimmer pen, Bridal Mix Jewels (Lucy's Cards Little Things), Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copics:  RV09, 06, 02, R32, 20, 30, 00, 000, YR68, 01, E33, 31, 29, 27, 23, G99, 94, 82

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Happy Easter for The Paper Players!

Hello friends and welcome back!  I hope this finds you safe and healthy!  It's sketch week at The Paper Players and the lovely Claire has created an excellent and versatile one.

I'm also joining the current Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

With Easter coming up, I thought this sketch would work perfectly for my cute little Bundle Girl and her BIG chocolate bunny!!

Isn't that adorable?  After stamping with Gina K Amalgam ink I used Copic markers to color up the scene.  The colors are similar to those on the packaging picture, except I switched them around a bit.  The picture is also a great guide for shading, taking some of the guess work out of it.

Next I used a large oval to cut out the image.  Because it is so large, I had to adjust my card size to 4.5" x 5.75" (fortunately I have an envelope punch board, so I can make a custom envelope).  I also die cut an A2 sized scallop rectangle to layer beneath and found some long retired textured card stock in Early Espresso for the strip elements.

I decided the pink layer looked a bit too plain so I found some sweet little leaf, berry and floral images with which to create my own background, using white pigment ink to keep it very subtle.  You can see it in the bottom right corner in the photo above.  Much of it is covered up with the other layers but it just adds that "somethin', somethin'" that I felt was missing.  Lastly, the oval was added to the main card with fun foam, then I stamped the sentiment in brown and layered it on the oval with thin foam squares.

Thank you for visiting, I always appreciate it so much!  Take care, stay healthy and I hope you'll be able to take your mind of the current state of affairs and join the Paper Players' challenge this week!


Stamps:  Bundle Girl With Chocolate Bunny (Stamping Bella), Woodland Whimsy (Simon Says Stamp), Crazy Talk (sentiment, Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Cotton Candy (SSS), Textured Early Espresso (ret. SU)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Hero Arts Unicorn White, Versafine Clair Pinecone (sentiment)
Other:  Scallop A2 Rectangle die, Ovals Collection Framelit (ret. SU)
Copics:  RV91, 21, 10, 00, BG72, B01, 00, 000, E47, 74, 71, 11, 01, 000, Y23, 21, 02, YR23, YG25, 01, W3, 0

Monday, March 16, 2020

Birthday Bloom

Hello friends!  I hope you're able to cope with our crazy world right now.  I know things are difficult so I hope taking a look at my card for the new Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers offers a moment of respite.  Karen is hosting this week and has chosen the soft combination of Purple Posey, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Soft Seafoam, with a dessert option to use polka dots.  I've used the sketch from the current SCS Sketch Challenge as well.  Both challenges can be located on the SCS front page using the link above.

These colors worked well for coloring flowers which, if you follow me you know I love, and I decided to use one of the stamps from the Stronger Together stamp set.  I stamped it in Copic friendly ink on Ivory card and colored it with Copics similar to the challenge colors.  I added a touch of blue to the tips of all the flowers and was so pleased at how well it blended with the light purple.

With the coloring complete, the sentiment was added, then the panel was trimmed down and adhered to a Balmy Blue scallop rectangle.

The card base was made with Purple Posey card stock, then I added a vellum banner that was embossed with a polka dot embossing folder.  The main image was adhered on top of the vellum banner with fun foam for a bit of dimension, with the final touch a few sparkly jewels.

I'm so happy you visited and hope you'll use the link above to check out both challenges!


Stamps:  Stronger Together (SSS), Mini Everyday Messages (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Purple Posey, Balmy Blue, Ivory (SSS), Grafix Platinum Vellum
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne (sentiment)
Other:  Scallop A2 Rectangle die (Honey Bee), Polka Dot embossing folder (ret. SU), Bridal Mix jewels (Lucy's Cards Little Things)
Copics:  V17, 15, 01, 000, B000, G24, 21, 20