Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #119 - A Sketch from Nancy with a Paper Camellia!

It's time again for another challenge at The Paper Players & here is my card:-


Nance has created this awesome layout, (which I have rotated anti-clockwise 90 degrees):-

 

Regular visitors will know that I love to play around with my crafting tools & create different items with them.  For this camellia I have used the small snowflake from the Snow Flurry Bigz die to create the flower stamens (4 layers) & the small, round ornament from the Ornament Framelits die set to create the petals. I folded a piece of white cardstock & placed the fold near the top of the ornament die, to cut a joined pair of petals, like this (I think I had 10 pairs.):-


I sponged ink around the edges of the petals before I misted them with alcohol to scrunch them.  This made the ink bleed softly into the petals & create a lovely natural look.

Here is a close-up of the bloom:-



This is such a versatile sketch, as you will see by the fabulous inspiration pieces from The Paper Players Team.  You can visit each member via these links:-


Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly

Hope you enjoy playing along with us this week!

Card Components (all SU except as noted)
Cardstock:  Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
DSP:  Brights Pattern Stack
Stamps:  Memorable Moments
Inks:  Primrose Petals
Other:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Piercing Tool & Mat, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Brad, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
Non SU:  Rubbing Alcohol

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #118 - Anne Marie's CAS with Frames

This week at the Paper Players, Anne Marie is hosting, & has presented another fun challenge:-


Well, everyone's perception of CAS varies, so I hope this card fits the bill:-


I've included two frames on this card, the shiny, blue bike frame & an interlocking frame.  Here's how the card works:-



These cards are really quite simple to create - you make a gate card base & then stick down half of your frame on the card, add adhesive to the opposite side of the central panel, sit it within the frame & push down to adhere.  Easy peasy!  :)

I've used four of the new incolors here.  Midnight Muse for the base card & frame, & then Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple & Gumball Green for the ribbons & colouring.

I used Versamark to stamp the bike/presents & then heat embossed with black.  The colouring has been done with blender pens & inkpads.  A touch of clear glitter pen over the midnight muse bike frame adds a lovely sparkle.

Here are the links to the rest of the Team, so you can see their fabulous CAS creations:-


Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly


We can't wait to see what frames you use on your cards this week at The Paper Players!

Card Components (All SU except as noted)
Cardstock:  White Shimmer, Midnight Muse
Stamps:  Pedal Presents, Itty Bitty Banners
Inks/Markers:   Versamark, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Going Gray
Other:  Black Embossing Powder, Framelit Dies, Itty Bitty Banner Dies, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Blender Pens, Dimensionals (under banner)
Non SU:  Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Pen

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #117 - Colours from Jaydee - Triple Time Bleach!

This week at The Paper Players, Jaydee has these beautiful, rich colours to challenge us with:-


I decided to try my hand at two techniques I have not tried before - Triple Time Stamping (a la Dawn Olchefske) & stamping with bleach:-


I also used two new stamp sets - Everything Eleanor & More Merry Messages. I quite like how this turned out, even though I smell like I've been at the pool, lol!

Hope you can join in the fun at The Paper Players!  Here are the links to the Design Team, so you can check out their inspiration pieces with these gorgeous colours:-


Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly


Card Components: (all SU except as noted)
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy
Stamps:  Everything Eleanor & More Merry Messages
Inks:  Night of Navy
Other: Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Dimensionals
Non SU:  Bleach

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #116 - A Cheeky Cup!

This week LeAnne is our Hostess at The Paper Players Challenge #116 & she has presented us all with a fabulous & fun challenge:-


LeAnne & I were having a chat behind the scenes about this challenge & LeAnne suggested it could be a "cup" of any kind, perhaps even a bra cup. Well, with that idea firmly planted in my mind, I set about creating this week's card. Here's the unassuming front of my project:-


& here's the inside:-


I've made this fun pop up card for my sweet hubby, who is always so supportive. He's definitely a keeper!  ♥

Here's a closer view of those perky little cups:-


& here's a bit of a mini tute on how to make them yourself.  :)

(You can click on the image to view larger.)
I've used:-
  • Ornament Punch
  • 2.1/2" circle punch
  • a length of the new eyelet border cut from the Finishing Touches Edgelits
  • a piece of  1/8" or 1/4" ribbon
  • a scrap of paper to join the two cups
  • an embellishment for the centre (I used an itty bitty punch flower & a pearl/rhinestone)
Firstly punch two ornament shapes. Then slide the ornament shape into the circle punch, so the point of the ornament is on the cutting edge & the outside of the "neck" of the ornament is sitting on the cutting edge. Punch. Discard the skinny piece. On the fat piece, trim the "neck" of the ornament off completely & discard.

Repeat this process with the other piece. If you are using printed paper, make sure you cut a left & right side to make a proper pair.  :)

Next you will need to neaten the loopy pattern on one edge of the eyelet border strip. Then cut wedge shape notches out of the bottom edge of the strip so you can curve it around the edge of the bra cup. Run a strip of adhesive on the reverse side of your bra cup. Then, starting with the neatened edge at the top, adhere the border strip, curving it as you stick (note - this paper strip is quite delicate, so be gentle with it or you may tear it).  

Join the two cups together by adding a small strip of scrap paper at the back. (You will be able to see it through the lacy trim at this stage, but it will be covered by your central embellishment.)

Fold a length of ribbon in half & adhere the two layers together at the cut end. Repeat for other side.  Attach the ribbon straps to the back of each cup. Add your embellishment & voila, mini paper lingerie!

Tip: I lined the back of my mini bra with another set of paper cups to hide the ends of the ribbon, the bottom edge of the border strips & to make the joining of the cups stronger.  

Obviously I didn't have an internal sentiment that related to bras, so I whipped this one up on the computer, matching my ink colour to my choc chip cardstock.  I punched the sentiment with the word window punch, & then trimmed the ends with the jewellery tag punch to form an elongated tag (pictures on how to do it in this post).

You can see all the other fabulous cups from the Design Team here:-

Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly

What kind of cup will you make this week? We'd love to see what you create, so please share it with us at The Paper Players!

Card Components: (All SU)
Card Components: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
DSP: Choc Chip (retired), Brights DSP Stack
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Curly Cute
Other: Ornament Punch, 2.1/2" Circle Punch, Jewellery Tag Punch, Word Window Punch, Itty Bitty Punch, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Jewels Pearl, Satin Ribbon (retired), Bakers Twine