Thursday, September 24, 2020

Jack-O-Lantern for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

 Hello friends!  I hope you're continuing to do well!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  Tenia has created a fabulous board, and while I've used it to make a Halloween card, there are lots of options for other designs if Halloween isn't your thing.  

I chose to go down the middle (mixed media, splatter, orange) for my card.

I LOVE this stamp from Colorado Craft Company and the card that Sandy Allnock made last year, that I pretty much copied for my card.  I did add stars to the night sky, have a different sentiment and a bit different card design, as much as you can with that large of an image.  Ole' Jack, he was stamped then the entire scene was stamped with Copic markers.  For stars, I strategically added white gouache splatters to avoid the pumpkin and leaves, then filled in more with a white gel pen.

The Royal Purple card base is 5"x7", then a piece of dark orange patterned paper was adhered directly to the base and the main image atop that. Since I trimmed down the left side of the panel on which the pumpkin was stamped, I aligned both those panels to the left side of the card base.  Finally, the heat embossed sentiment strip was added with foam tape.  Minimal dimension for easy mailing!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek, I always appreciate your visits!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the challenge and the fabulous cards of the other DT members!

Stef


Stamps:  Jack-O-Lantern (Colorado Craft Company)

Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Royal Purple (Simon Says Stamp), Harvest Festival patterned paper pack (Honey Bee)

Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versamark

Other:  Fine Detail White embossing powder (SSS), White Gouache, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen

Copics:  Y15, 06, 02, YR23, 18, 16, 04, E59, 19, 08 YG97, 95, 93, 100(black), W9, 7

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Pups & Kisses for The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps

Hello friends, I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy!  It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players, where it is Clean and Simple week and the fabulous LeAnne has given us a fun theme of Pets.  It's also time for a new Sunday Stamps challenge, where we have a terrific sketch for you!  I decided to combine both challenges for my card this week.


For my card I combined old and new, using some long hoarded saved patterned paper and a relatively new stamp set.


This cute pup was just begging to be used (so to speak 😄), so I stamped and colored him up with Copic markers.  For the background used a very soft, light brown, then created some grass for him to be standing on.  This was my second try.  For the first attempt I colored him with colored pencils and was so happy with how he turned out, but then I added colors to the background that were AWFUL.  I thought about fussy cutting him and creating a new background, but instead went the quick and easier route with the markers, which I liked much better.


Next, the Ivory card base was created and stamped with a Lined by Hand background stamp.  I wanted it subtle because of the CAS challenge but I'm not sure you can even see it in the photos.  Next a panel of some fun and funky Basic Grey patterned paper was added to the right side.  The two strips and the die cut circle are also from that same paper pack.  The sentiment was stamped, die cut and added to the lower strip and our sweet doggie die cut with a circle die, adhered to the larger circle and added to the card with foam tape.  Lastly, the three enamel dots were added to finish things off.


Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it!  Be sure to use the links above to check out both challenges and all the fabulous cards by the other DT members!

Stef


Stamps:  Pups & Kisses, Lined by Hand Background (both MFT)

Paper:  Ivory (Simon Says Stamp), Sugared Patterned Paper 6x6 (BG)

Ink:  Gina K Warm Glow and Chocolate Truffle Amalgam

Other:  Nexted Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts), Skinny Strips die (MFT), Lily White Sprinkles (Doodlebug)

Copics:  Dog-E37, 35, 34, 31, R20, 22, W9, 5; Grass-YG97, 95, 93; Background-E000


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Gratitude for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hi there and welcome back!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  This week we have another great board for you with loads of fall options.


For my card, I went with the left diagonal (die cuts, shades of red, layers).  I used one a couple of cute fall themed products to create this scene.


I started by stamping and masking the images from Fall Friends on a panel of white card, then ink blending the background sky and ground.  After using Copic markers to color the images, I went to work ink blending a number of Distress Inks on a panel of Bristol, going from orange to three shades of red.  It was splattered with water and once dry, die cut with the Lots of Leaves cover die.


The leaf die cut panel was layered on the trimmed down scene, then added to an Early Espresso card base.  The sentiment was heat set with white embossing powder on a banner of white and added to the card, along with a few scattered sequins.


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out all the fabulous cards by the rest of the DT and hopefully join us for this week's fun Tic Tac Toe challenge!

Stef


Stamps:  Fall Friends (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Early Espresso
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam; Spiced Marmalade, Crackling Campfire, Barn Door and Aged Mahogany Distress
Other:  Lots of Leaves Cover die (MFT), Wow white ep, Sentiment Labels die (SSS)
Copics:  BG000, 0000, YG95, 93, 91 E(29, 37, 23) (35, 33, 31, 30) (11, 00, 51), R59, 46, 27, 05, B39, 37, 16, 12, YR18, 07, 15, 21

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Extra Whip for The Paper Players

 Hi there friends and welcome back!  I hope you continue to remain safe and healthy.  It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players, where the lovely Anne Marie is hosting our color challenge, and she has chosen some gorgeous colors for us to play with!


For my card I used one of my few Art Impressions ladies stamps that was made just for fall.


I began by stamping these fun gals and coloring with Copic markers similar to the challenge colors, plus a warm gray to ground them and, while it's hard to see in the photos a light tan color for the background. Next I stamped the sentiment in brown pigment ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.  After using oval dies to cut out the image and sentiment. I used metallic pearlescent paint in Orange Copper around the rim of both and then set aside to dry.


For the background, a piece of peacock card was stenciled using the Wonky Dots stencil and Versamark ink.  I actually was aiming for a more subtle background but I do like the playfulness of the big dots.  When that was done the panel was adhered to a 5"x7" ivory card base, then a strip of patterned paper was added for some additional interest.  The main image and sentiment were then adhered with foam tape and some final touch was to add some blue-green crystals for the "glitter" portion of the challenge.



Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate it so much!  Be sure to use the links below to visit the other DT members and check out their beautiful creations.  I hope you'll join us for Anne Marie's color challenge this week!

Stef


Stamps:  Pumpkin Spice (AI for 2018 SSS Stamptember)
Paper:  Ivory, Peacock (SSS), Neenah Solar White, Harvest Festival patterned paper (Honey Bee)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Acorn, Versamark
Other:  Essential Oval dies (Ellen Hutson), Wonky Dots Stencil (MFT), Finetect Pearlescent Colors Metallic paints, Ocean Waves Crystal (Studio Katia)
Copics:  [V15, E33, 11, R22, 27] [BV08, W7, 5, 3] [E19, YR18, 14] [BG78, 49, 15] [E11, 21, 51, R20, RV17] [E79, 57, 35] [V09, 17, 06, 05] [T6, 4] [W5, 3, 1, YR000] [C5, 3, 0] [E43, 41]

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Wicked Together for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello friends and welcome back!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge!  The lovely Jeanne is our Featured Designer and has given us this fun board, perfect for fall.


For my card I went straight across the bottom - cat, night and plaid.  I used a fun Halloween silhouette stamp set from Picket Fence to create the scene.


Starting with a panel of Bristol, I masked off the large moon then ink blended several Distress Inks to create the spooky night.  I spritzed the panel with water and set it to the side to dry.  Next I heat embossed my plaid onto an orange panel and used the retired Lucky Stars embossing folder with a strip of Blackberry Bliss card.  Both of those were then adhered directly to the black card base.


I made sure the ink blended panel was completely dry, then inked up the images and sentiment with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The panel was then trimmed down and adhered to a slightly larger black panel, then added to the base with foam tape.  Finally, a few Dark Sapphire jewels were added for a bit of bling.  Yes, even a Halloween card can have a bit of that IMHO LOL!


Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the amazing cards of the other DT members and join us for this fun challenge this week!

Stef


Stamps:  Wicked Together (Picket Fence)
Paper:  Black, Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie (SU), Strathmore Bristol
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne; Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot Distress
Other:  Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder, Lucky Stars embossing folder (ret. SU), Dark Sapphire Jewels (Little Things from Lucy's Cards)

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Crackle Birthday for the Paper Players and Sunday Stamps

Hello friends, I hope you are doing well, staying safe and healthy!  It's time for new challenges at The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps and I've combined them both to make today's card.

For the Paper Players, the lovely Jaydee is hosting our theme challenge to make a masculine birthday card.


At Sunday Stamps we have a new Color Challenge with fabulous Fall colors!


I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week's theme is to "Stamp It!"

For my card, I decided to use this opportunity to make a card for our nephew's birthday later this month. 


I definitely went towards the grungy side with this one!  To begin, the Crackle Background stamp was inked up in brown pigment ink on a panel of Bristol, then sprinkled randomly with gold embossing powder, then the remainder was covered with clear embossing powder.  After setting with my heat tool and letting it cool I did some controlled "ink smooshing" to layer on three colors of Distress Oxide Ink, the new Crackling Campground, Speckled Egg and Walnut Stain, the last of which came out much lighter than I expected as it melded into the other two colors.  The panel spritzed with water then when dry, splattered with gold metallic paint.


While the panel dried, the leaves and sentiment were die cut, then I rimmed the edge of the leaves with gold paint.  The Cajun Craze base was created to be a 6" x 4.5" card.  The dried ink smooshed layer was trimmed down and adhered to a slightly larger panel of Early Espresso and added to the base with fun foam.  Next the leaves were adhered to the back of the die cut sentiment and mounted onto the base with foam tape.  Even though there's a lot going on in the background it still needed something, so I remembered I'd recently ordered some enamel dots and sure enough there was a color that matched perfectly.  Love it when that happens!


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the links above to check out the amazing cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us at both The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps for these great challenges!

Stef


Stamps:  Crackle Background (SSS)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso (SU), Ivory (SSS), Neenah Dessert Storm
Ink:  Versafine Clair Pinecone; Crackling Campfire, Speckled Egg and Walnut Stain DOX
Other:  Layering Leaves dies (MFT), Happy Birthday sentiment dies (SSS), Antique Gold embossing powder (Altenew), Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder (Hero Arts), Gansi Tambi Starry Colors Metallic watercolor paints, Warm and Cozy Enamel dies (Altenew)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Thanks for The Paper Players

Hello and welcome back!  It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players and this week the fabulous Ann is hosting our Tic Tac Toe Challenge!


I'm also joining the current Fusion Challenge where I used the sketch plus my color combination was based on the inspiration photo.


And finally I'm joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week's theme is Anything Goes.

For the Tic Tac Toe challenge I used the bottom horizontal row.  I realized that I had some long retired wood sentiments, including one that said thanks and that would cover two of the three elements.


I began by stamping the lovely floral image and coloring with Copic markers in colors similar to those in the inspiration challenge.  My tendency is to use a lot of contrast when coloring but this time I used very light markers, then went in with darker shades of Polychromos colored pencils to add some shading.  I haven't tried using colored pencils much in conjunction with Copics and I loved how it worked out.


After the coloring was complete I fussy cut the image.  Next I used a cover die on an A2 sized panel of white card, die cut it with a rounded rectangle die and adhered to the base.  I love the subtle pattern it gives.  On top of that a Pretty Posy Die cut circle was layered, cutting of the left side, then I added the fussy cut floral arrangement with foam tape, also trimming off at the card edge.  Finally the wood sentiment was adhered and a bit of shimmer added to the flowers with an aqua shimmer pen.


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to check out all the wonderful DT creations linked below and head over to the Player's blog and join us this week!

Stef

Stef Perry (that's me!)


Stamps:  Paeonia Japonica (Altenew)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pretty Posy
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam
Other:  Pinpoint Leaf Plate Cover die (Memory Box), Nested Infinity Circle and Rounded Rectangle dies (Hero Arts), Wood sentiment (ret. SU), Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Friday, August 28, 2020

Thinking of You

Hello friends, I hope you are doing well, staying safe and healthy!  I have a card to share with you that is for the current Mojo Monday challenge.


I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Anything Goes.

I'm really looking forward to Fall, which is my favorite season of the year.  One of my favorite plants that grow in late summer and stick around during Fall are Chinese Lanterns.  Earlier this year I purchased this stamp set when it when on sale, knowing I would enjoy using it come the change in season.


The image and sentiment were stamped with Copic friendly brown ink and the lanterns and leaves colored with a variety of Copic markers.  When complete it was die cut and adhered to a slightly larger circle of Bumblebee card.


For the base I used a piece of orange card, then decided to use some of my long, long, long discontinued Basic Grey patterned paper, which had the perfect colors for my Fall scheme.  I used one pattern to layer on the base, then another for the vertical strip that was layered on a larger strip of Cinnamon Cider card.  Once the base was complete a small embossed rectangle was adhere to the focal image then it was all popped on the base with foam tape.  Since I don't normally use much patterned paper, I was very pleased with myself to make an effort to utilize some of my ancient stash LOL!


Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it!  Have a great weekend and please check back with me on Sunday when I'll have my new DT card for The Paper Players.

Stef


Stamps:  Sunny Harverst (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Orange Peel and Burnt Orange (Simon Says Stamp), Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam
Other:  Nested Infinity Circle dies (Hero Arts), Stitched Rectangle die (SSS), Petal Burst embossing folder (SU)
Copics:  BG000, 0000 (YR18, 07, 15, 21) (R08, YR16, 15, 21 (YG03, 01 YR23, Y23) E37, YG17

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bold Cupcake for the Tic Toc Toe Challenge

Hello, my friends, welcome back!  It's time for a new Tic Toc Toe Challenge with Team 0.  The wonderful Annie is our Featured Designer and has given us this awesome board!


For my card I went on the diagonal with cupcake, big sentiment and twine. 


I mean, if you're going to have a cupcake, it should be a REALLY big one, right?  I colored it up with Copic markers then decided to fussy cut it as I wanted to layer it on a fun background.  Next I took a panel of Bristol and spread on Glitter Glitz gel using a stencil.  I let that dry and then trimmed down all the edges, adhering it directly to the Desert Storm card base.


The sentiment was die cut then layered on the cupcake with thin foam squares, then I used foam tape to add the cupcake to the card.  The strawberry and frosting were painted with an aqua shimmer pen to dress them up a bit, then the final step was to add the black and white baker's twine. 


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the link above to check out all the fabulous cards by the rest of the design team and hopefully join us at the Tic Tac Toe challenge this week!

Stef


Stamps:  Big & Bold-Sweetest Friend Cupcake (Colorado Craft Company)
Paper:  Neenah Solar and Desert Storm, Black, Koh-I-Noor Bristol
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam
Other:  Turquoise Sea Glitter Glitz Gel (Gina K), Wonky Dots stencil (MFT), Black Baker's Twine, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen
Copics:  G28, 46, 43, R39, 37, 35, 43, E18 27, 23, 31, 30, BG49, 15, 11

Sunday, August 23, 2020

In My Heart for Sunday Stamps

Hello friends, how are you?  I hope you are continuing to remain safe and healthy.  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps!  The lovely Claire has brought us a really great sketch for this challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create with it!


For my card I used some products that I got this spring but really haven't used too often and thought they would work perfectly with this sketch.


I began by stamping the floral image and sentiment with brown ink, then set about coloring the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.  When complete, the panel was die cut and set aside.  I think there are matching dies to this stamp set but since I don't have them, the sentiment was fussy cut.


Next a piece of the lovely patterned paper with delicate butterflies was die cut with a slightly larger rounded rectangle die, then adhered directly to the white card base.  While I used to be so matchy-matchy about white with white and ivory with ivory, I found I liked the subtle contrast of the ivory background in the paper against the white card base.  Next the green horizontal piece, also from the patterned paper collection, was layered on then the main image and sentiment adhered with foam tape.  Finally I added a few clear sequins.


Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate it so much!  Be sure to use the link above to check out the beautiful creations by the other DT members and hopefully join us for our sketch challenge!

Stef


Stamps:  Stronger Together (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Soul Bloom (Moda Scraps)
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle Amalgam
Other:  Nested Rounded Rectangle dies (Hero Arts), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
Copics:  RV95, 32, 93, 91, G43, YG25, 03, 01

Voices in My Head for The Paper Players

Hello friends, I hope you're doing well.  It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  This week our challenge is a sketch brought to us by the lovely LeAnne.


While I had a concept in my mind for this layout design, I struggled with the execution for a while.  But hey, that's why it's called a challenge, right?  I ended up making a card larger than A2 to fit all the elements!


Starting out I knew I wanted the speech bubble in the upper right corner and the rectangle in the sketch to be an online zoom cocktail party to coordinate with the sentiment.  I began by stamping the computer, dividing the screen into quadrants, then masking off each one as I stamped the ladies and their beverages.  I can't lie, that took some practice and multiple versions before getting it just right, but in the end, I like how it turned out.  I used Copic markers to color it up and once complete, it was fussy cut.


For the background I used larger beverage images and stamped them on a panel of light blue card.  As I worked to put all the elements together on the card base, I realized the card would have to be larger than A2, and finally ended up with a 5"x 7" card.  That meant resizing the speech bubble a few times until everything looked balanced and fairly representational of the sketch.  Sorry LeAnne, I did take a few liberties ha ha! Once the blue and black layers were adhered, the speech bubble was lightly inked blended with Tattered Rose DOX ink, then both it and computer were added with foam tape.  Plus a few sequins...just because.


Thanks for taking time to visit, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to check out the amazing designs by the rest of the DT linked below.  Also, be sure to head over to the blog and join in the fun this week!

Stef

Stef Perry (that's me!)


Stamps:  Mini Voices in My Head, Voices in My Head Accessories, Voices in My Head Vol. 3 (Ellen Hutson)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Black, Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Tattered Rose Distress Oxide
Other:  Speech Bubbles die, Sparkling Clear sequins
Copics: [BV08, W5, 7] [V15, E35, 33, 31, R39] [R12,02] BG11 [Y21,00 YR12] [E11, 21, 51, 50 R22] [Y00, B0000] V01 [E29, 27, 23] [V15, 33, 11, R37] [R59, 39, 37] R00 [E33, 25, 50] [E33, 11, 51 R35] [Y38, 35] [E30, 0000] [C5,3,1 YG01, G43, 03]

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Good Work for The Paper Players

Hello, friends and welcome back once again!  I hope you and those close to you are continuing to stay safe and healthy.

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  This week the fabulous Claire is hosting our CAS challenge with a Back to School theme.  Some areas are reopening their schools and others are doing online learning, so it definitely gives some creative options for cards!


What do we mean by Clean and Simple?

Minimal layers and embellishments
Plenty of open space, aka "white" space
Simple and uncluttered

For my card, I used a more traditional look with a cute set from MFT that I just adore. I also used this for my DT card for the Tic Tac Toe challenge.  If interested, you can see it here.


While still trying to keep my card relatively CAS, I also wanted to use this fun frame to highlight our schoolgirl and the other elements.  I stamped, Copic Colored and die cut all the images and set them aside.  Next a blender brush was used to lightly ink blend some blue Distress Oxide ink on the white card base.  Once complete and the ink dry, I used temporary adhesive on the frame to line up the sentiment in my Misti, removed the frame and stamped it in black pigment ink.


Next the frame was added to the base with liquid adhesive, then the books, pencils and schoolgirl were adhered with a mixture of glue and thin adhesive squares for just a little dimension.  Such a fun little card, I'll probably end up sending it to my granddaughter this fall.


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the links below to visit the rest of the DT, they have some terrific cards this week.  I also hope you join us at The Paper Players this week for this fun challenge!

Stef


Stef Perry (that's me!)


Stamps:  Class Act (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Mermaid Lagoon DOX
Other:  Class Act matching dies, Blueprint 27 frame die (MFT)
Copics:  E49, 47, 44, 43, 40, 37, 35, 33, 31, 15, 13, 11, 21, B99, 97, 95, 01, 00, 000, V09, 06, 04, 01, YG67, 17, 25, 03, Y26, 08, 04 R32, 30, BV29, 27, 23, 20