Thursday, 2 April 2015

Lemon Chiffon

It's Freshly Made Sketches day and you know what that means!  A fabulous sketch and some wonderful inspiration!  This week, Jennifer Timko is our sketch artist and she has given us a very cool sketch.

I started with a Smoke card base and die-cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  I then cut a half circle with a stitched circle die out of Lemon Chiffon cardstock, which is such a soft and buttery color.   The sentiment is a new-to-me die and was cut from some black cardstock.  I also cut a Chloe stem die.  A selection of black and lemon sequins and some twine finished off the card.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have come up with a wonderful selection of cards to inspire you as always.

Products used:

Cardstock:  Lemon Chiffon, Smoke (SSS), Black
Accessories:  Chloe Stem die (Memory Box), Greetings Top Word Edgers (Impression Obsession), Stitched Circle and Rectangle dies (Lil' Inkers), Doodlebug sequins, American Crafts twine.


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Merry and Bright

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday!  Today's challenge comes to us from Kristie and her challenge is to use turquoise, lime and white.  

For my card, I used the sketch at Pals Paper Arts and came up with a very CAS card:

The photo looks a bit dull but this is really quite bright IRL.  The word "merry" was die-cut three times from white card and once from Audrey Blue then stacked together and colored with clear Wink of Stella.  I then stamped the "& bright" with Green Apple ink.  I positioned a few sequins with rhinestone centers and called it done.


Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have used these colors to make some gorgeous cards, so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Wet Paint Holiday (PTI)
Ink:  Green Apple (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Wonderful Words Holiday die (PTI), sequins, rhinestones, Wink of Stella


Monday, 30 March 2015

Birthday Balloons

Hi and welcome!  Today's post will be short and sweet as I've got lots to do!  This card was made using the colors from Color Throwdown and the sketch from Viva la Verve.

I haven't been able to play along at Viva la Verve for months and really wanted to try out this sketch.  I used a tag shape instead of the rectangle and adhered some black card top and bottom as per the sketch.  The balloons were colored with Copics to try and match the colors at Color Throwdown.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Party Time, Poppy Birthday (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Black, X-Press It, So Saffron patterned paper
Accessories:  Copics, Tags a Lot die (Mama Elephant), Doodlebug sequins


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Card for Laura

Hi and welcome to the latest challenge for The Paper Players.  This week, Claire has given us a tic-tac-toe challenge.

I wanted to make a birthday card for my work colleague Laura, so chose the bottom line:  Flowers/Any shade of Pink/Polka Dots.

My friend Laura has just discovered my blog and she oohs and aahs over my cards and generally makes me feel like a superstar :)  So I wanted to make her a special card with lots of texture for her 20th birthday.  (Her birthday was last Friday, so she'll have the card before she sees this post.)

I colored a flower image from Clearly Besotted with Copics then die-cut it using the matching dies.  Of course it goes without saying that I colored the flowers with my clear Wink of Stella pen!  For the polka dot element, I masked off an area on the card base before coloring some embossing paste with Rose Red ink and using my Tiny Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment was stamped using another Clearly Besotted set and both the sentiment panel and the flower are popped up on foam adhesive.  A few pink sequins finishes off this card.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful cards to inspire you.  I hope you'll have some fun with this tic-tac-toe challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Fresh Flowers, Say it in Style (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Gray Flannel, Archival Black, Rose Red (SU)
Cardstock:  White, X-press It
Accessories:  Embossing Paste, Tiny Dots Stencil (SSS), Copics, Wink of Stella, Fresh Flowers die, sequins


Paris Style

Hi!  Today's card uses the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch as well as the "style" theme at CASology.

I went for a postage stamp look on my card but I didn't have a postage stamp die the right size.  I only had a big huge Mama Elephant one, so I had to do lots of partial die-cutting to try and come up with the right size.  

The stamp I used is a very old one from Hero Arts called Style de Luxe.  The actual stamp does have a postage stamp edge, but I cut that off so I could add a blue layer behind the stamped image.  

I stamped the image twice and colored the lady with Copics before cutting her out.  I stuck her onto the main image with glue dots so she doesn't sit too high.  I then layered that onto some blue card from SSS (Island Blue?) before sticking it down to the postage stamp piece.

I wanted a small one line sentiment so chose the greeting from Poppy Birthday.  Looking at the card now, I'd probably move it all down a bit if I could have a do-over, but that black piece is stuck down with foam tape and ain't budging!

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Style de Luxe (Hero Arts), Poppy Birthday (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Island Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Peek-a-Frame die (Mama Elephant)


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at CASology.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Birthday Cogs

Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch for Freshly Made Sketches comes to us from Amy O'Neill, who has the most amazing eye for color!  Check out her sketch:

I have to confess the big panel in the middle had me stumped.  It looks perfect for patterned paper, but I don't ever think to use patterned paper.  In the end, the idea to use some patterned paper finally dawned on me (doh!) and I came up with this card.

I wanted to make a masculine card so chose some paper that had a masculine feel.  Once I had the paper cut, it looked too bare, so I hunted through my dies and came up with this NBUS die that I got a couple of months ago.  I cut it from black cardstock and stuck it to the patterned paper.  

The sentiment comes from my new favorite set Label Love and this time I clear embossed over the top to add some texture to an otherwise un-adorned card.

And that's it for this week!  Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of our design team.  

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Label Love
Ink:  Archival Black
Cardstock:  Black, Smoke (SSS), Rosie's Wedding Patterned Paper
Accessories:  Clear EP, Memory Box Steampunk Corner Die


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Embossed Trees

Welcome to Merry Monday where Kathy is today challenging us to feature a tree on our Christmas cards.  

My card came together quickly after I found a dry-embossed panel featuring a tree which I'd already stuck behind the die-cut Christmas Frames die.

As the bulk of the card was already completed, all I needed to do was put it on a card base!  I chose a Smoky Slate card base and embossed the tree again on that after die-cutting it with the stitched rectangle die. 

I placed a few silver CTMH sticky-back sequins on the card and was done!  Here's a close-up so you can actually see there are trees on my card :)

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have done marvelous things with this challenge so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate (SU)
Accessories:  Christmas Frames die (SSS), Reindeer Silhouette EF (Couture Creations), sequins (CTMH)