Paper Players Challenge Week 344

I decided to join the paper players challenge this week. These challenges are fun and exciting and I love how much they push me to use my creativity.


This week was a colour challenge. What I discovered is that I need to order tempting turquoise paper as well as tangerine tango paper, but I made do with what I had.


I think it turned out really nice.. I water coloured the background.. and by that I mean I dropped all the colours on a stamp case and laid the watercolour paper on top and let it do it’s own thing. Then I stamped the hot air balloons in tempting turquoise and die cut them out. I stamped the trees in basic black archival ink using the classic lovely as a tree stamp set. I stamped the clouds on velum with versa mark and heat embossed them with whisper white embossing powder and die cut them out. I stamped the sentiment in versa mark and used white embossing powder on that as well.

This card reminds me of camping and sitting around a fire and looking up at the sky through the trees.

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What will you Stamp # 115 Challenge

Today I decided to join the wonderful people in this weeks What will you stamp challenge. This weeks stamp set  is Beautiful You.  If you click on the photo below it will take you to the blog.

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I love love love this set, but as you well know, making cards is a process, and I’m fairly new to designing my own cards. I can CASE cards like it’s no body’s business, but designing has been a talent that I feel I’ve had to work on. I had to think about the stamp set and think about the picture I wanted to create, and then compute that to my project. I compare it to painting, which I love to do. One stroke on a canvass looks like nothing but as you continue to paint and add different colors and layers, your painting turns into a masterpiece, or sometimes it doesn’t, and you scrap it and start again. IMG_6553

I knew what stamp I was using thankfully that part I didn’t have to think about, and I wanted to use this beautiful sheet of  dsp from serene scenery. (unfortunately it’s no longer available in canada). I love the dancing lady and I love the idea of putting her on the beach, which is what this paper reminds me of.


I didn’t want to just stamp her on the dSP,  I didn’t want her to look see through, so I stamped her again on a sheet of DSP from the falling in love suite, also not available anymore. Sorry it happens when stuff is retiring. It runs out before the month does. Anyhow, I cut her dress out and adhered that to the serene scenery dsp. She still didn’t look right to me because now she has a dress on but her arms and legs and hat are all still blue. People aren’t blue, hind sight being 20/20 what I should have done was to stamp her on a piece of whisper white card stuck then colored her arms and legs with calypso coral water color pencil, cut the entire shape out and then cut the dress out, it would have been easier then what I did do , which was to stamp her arms, legs and hat and cut each individual piece out. I made more work then I needed too, but oh well it’s a process right, and honestly it’s the process that makes paper crafting so relaxing to me.


I love the way her dress turned out. I am happy I didn’t leave her arms and legs blue. I think she’s beautiful.


I added some blades of grass from the High Tide Stamp set and decorate the inside of the card the same as the envelope. I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s pretty cute. I also splattered the card with some wink of stella and some bermuda bay ink.



Sorry You’re Leaving

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Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 9: Sorry You’re Leaving




I’m very very excited to be participating in my very first blog hop.  I have joined my friends at Global Stamping Friends for this weeks blog hop with the theme “Sorry You’re Leaving” and I have to say that I am sorry to see this set go. It has been one of the sets out of the occasions catalogue that I have used the most since we don’t have a ton of stamps that are geared towards men. This stamp set is actually unisex since both men and women have been known for their skills with tools.IMG_6483

The Urban Underground suite has been a favourite of mine, I love the paper, I love the embellishments and I love the Nailed It bundle, unfortunately it has retired and if it isn’t sold out already it will be soon.

The details.

I started with a smokey Slate base 5.5″x4.25″

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I used my non stampin up stamp-a-majig to stamp Best Guy Ever all over the front. That stamp is not actually from this set, it’s from Suite Sentiments, but it coordinates with this set so nicely.


Then I stamped the hammer, screw driver, and wrench in Basic black on whisper white card stock and I colored them with real red, early espresso, daffodil delight, and basic grey water color pencils and blended all the colors with my blender pen, except the grey, I blended that with my wink of stella.

Then I cut they grey dsp from the urban underground dsp with the largest square in the stitched framelits set. I also cut a piece of the yellow dsp at 1.75″ x 3.5″ I adhered that too the front.. I die cut the tools and popped them up with some dimensionals.

My Son thought it should be a fathers day card, even though it could go either way, so this is what I did on the inside. IMG_6484

And of course the envelope.


Why don’t you hop on over to the next blog to see what they have in store for you.

Global Stamping Friends Next Blog

1. Sarah McDermott
2. Courtenay Heuston
3.Georgia Missy Gaydos
4. Kimberley Anne Morris

5..Angélique Stempelkeuken
6.. Lisa Ann Bernard
7..Rachel Macleod
8..Anita Wifladt
9..Erica Jones
10.Jenn Curtis Charles
11..Ilse van Vliet
12. Carole Anne Currie Patterson
13. Marieke Bart
14. Petra Wenninger


Paper Players Challenge 342

I decided to join the Paper Players Challenge this week. I like challenges and blog hops as they really encourage me to step out of my box and create my own designs.

This week the challenge is a tic tac toe challenge from Jaydee. This is what we had to go on.


I chose twine, die-cut, and pink, but to be honest I had a little of everything except circles and sequins.


I recently got the Jar of Love bundle and I hadn’t had a chance to use it yet. I wanted this card to be a mothers day card, as I have made tons of fathers day cards and only one mothers day card so far.  I got out my stamps and chose my ink colors and got to work.


I ended up with this beautiful card. I’m so happy with how it turned out and I’m so happy I decided to purchase this bundle.

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Saying Goodbye

I actually purchased the Carousel Birthday Stampset off the retired list. I didn’t want anything to do with it out of the catalogue. I didn’t like it at all, but as you know, I have seen tons and tons of cards posted using this set since, and some of them are simply adorable.


I love the colors in this afghan that I saw on pinterest one day. I immediately pinned it to my “stampin up inspiration” board. I see the world in Stampin Up colors, so in this blanket I saw, bermuda bay, whisper white, and early espresso, but when I was thinking about the blanket and not looking at it, I thought it was smokey slate so that’s what I threw in my bag today to bring to work.

I knew I had to put those colors on a card, so this is what I came up with. It’s a very simple card using only stamps. I did fussy cut the horse out of a sticky note and mask it to get the Ferris wheel in the background.  I”m pleased with it, and I love the colors even more on this card.


Delicate Details

I just can’t let go of the sale-a-bration stamp sets. I feel like I didn’t get to play with them enough. Especially this one because I got it so late in the game.  Anyway I digress. I am part of a monthly card club with my up-line and as part of it for the winter we get some “crop” time after we make our main project. My friend Linda and I made the background of this card together, which we case’d from Ellen Woodbridge, you can see her blog here.

I have to say that I have a new favourite stampin tool, and that is the sponge brayers. They are so handy for the emboss resist technique. For this card I stamped the background in whisper white craft ink using the delicate details stamp set, then I put white embossing powder on it and heat set it.


Then I stamped the flowers from petite petals, which is also retiring, in sahara sand and sponged the middle lightly with blushing bride, I punched those out and placed three on my card front and adhered that to a piece of sahara sand card base.


Then I added a little bitty banner sentiment with a pool party background, but I really didn’t like it, it was too small, or something I’m not sure, but I do know it wasn’t right. So then I took that off and cut out an oval from whisper white card stock with my stitched framelits and then put the flowers around the outside, stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Rose wonder stamp set and…. ta da!!!!!!

That was the change it needed.


I also stamped the envelopes with three little flowers in sahara sand and sponged the centre with blushing bride for a nice finishing touch as well.

Not shown.. the inside sentiment is from balloon adventures, it says no one deserves a happier birthday then you.

I actually mailed one of these cards to my Great Aunt today. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

I almost forgot to add a photo of my ever present crafting buddy. Pippy the cat. IMG_6398

Ghosting with Swirly Birds

I cased this card from a fellow demonstrator. Sue Vine, you can see her original card here.

It was a LOT of work.. but as you can see it was totally worth all the work that was put in.


It started with stamping everything with craft whisper white ink ( item# 101731 $10.75) on Crumb cake cardstock. (item#120953 $10.00) I cut it at 5.25″x4″ because I knew I was going to put it on a card base. The craft ink does not dry quickly like Stampin’ Up’s regular classic ink so all these stamped items had to be set aside to dry.

After the white ink dried I stamped again over the white ink and off a tiny bit to create the white shadow. I used sweet sugarplum (item# 141395 $8.50), perfect plum (item#126963 $8.50), elegant eggplant (item#126969 $8.50), garden green (item#126973 $8.50)and wild wasabi (item# 126959 $8.50) ink.


If it’s not a kid then it’s this cat, but I always have some company in the craft room.

I popped a few of the little flowers on dimensionals (item# 104430 $5.35) and adhered the rest with mini glue dots (item# 103683 $7.00) I also added the bee and the tiny dragonfly from Detailed dragonfly thinlit dies (item# 142749 $41.00) cut out of basic black cardstock ( item#121045 $10.00) The flowers are from Swirly birds stampset (item# 141749 $31.00) with coordinating framelits Swirly scribbles thinlit dies (item# 141497 $35.00)  The card base is Elegant eggplant cut at 5.5″ and scored at 4.25″ (item# 105126 $10.00)

This card is really beautiful and I love the added bees and dragonflies, it was a really fun card to make, but I don’t think I’d do it again too soon, or make as many. That was a lot of running of the Big Shot (item# 143263 $136.00)

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