Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fussy Flamingo Lingo {PP202}

Hi all!  Happy Sunday and welcome to another week with The Paper Players.  Sensational-Sandy has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us this week:
Diving right back into my newest products, I started off with intentions of doing the diagonal Any Shade of Pink--Patterned Paper--Birthday but I ended up with an X by also including Twine and Embossing!  Check it out:
Oh my, I cannot tell a lie. This card took awhile. I mean a really long while.  It started with a kernal of an idea and I was struggling to make it work but I persevered and while I'm not really sure who the recipient might be, I think it turned out pretty cute in the end.  There are all kinds of crazy details here--I seem to be fond of them--like the large polka dot embossed background, the starburst die, the layered banner sentiment, oh and these gals:
I'm really having a hard time putting down this sun/starburst image from Kinda Eclectic.  And look how easy the flamingos were to fussy-cut.  OK, well..maybe not easy but relaxing. 
I am so glad I ordered the Fringe Scissors.  I pooh-pooh'ed them at first (yes, that's a word) thinking I already had a pair I used to cut up junk mail, lol.  These are different, the blades are closer together creating nice thin blades of grass and they cut paper like buttah!
Even more goodies on the inside....Fabulous Four (a bargain bold sentiment set) and so much fun with Photopolymer Boutique Borders!

I hope you'll come join in the fun over at The Paper Players before our challenge closes on Friday, July 4th at Noon (PST).  The other designers have all kinds of goodies to show you so be sure to pop by their blogs and say "hi".



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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Corner Garden Sketch {PP201}

Hello friends!  I have another new stamp to show you today using my sketch over at The Paper Players where I am the hostess this week.   Here's my sketch:
I received the large stamp called Corner Garden along with my new catalog goodies and I wanted to try and show a different way to use it.  This stamp is actually pictured in the catalog with the background stamps but can be used in lots of ways:
Coloring on Crumb Cake cardstock gives a much different feel to this stamp than if it were stamped on white or vanilla.  It has a rustic and natural look doesn't it?  I stamped the image on Crumb Cake with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I tried the image on a horizontal panel but I liked it better vertically.  To accommodate the image, I took creative license and flipped my sketch.
After heat embossing, I went to town coloring with my new Blendabilities markers using Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  The Crumb Cake "canvas" turns these otherwise bright colors into a more subtle, deeper shade.  I used a Chalk Marker to add some swirling dots to my leaves.
This stamp is such a pretty line image that I had to stamp it on the inside too--coloring the sentiment in all the other colors used for the flowers.  This is my first card using the Blendabilities markers and while I still need quite a bit of practice, they are fun to work with--especially on Crumb Cake cardstock!  

Be sure to pop over to the rest of the Design Team to see what they have made with my sketch.  I hope you will join us before the challenge ends on Friday, June 27th at Noon (PST).   I realize that in last week's post I forgot to share more pictures from our Italy trip. Take a peek below if you're interested...


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There are endless views like this in Venice.  Every side street, every bridge leads to an amazing vignette.


In no particular order just sharing images I like....We drove along the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento and while it wasn't the brightest day, sights like this one still took our breath away:

 
Just before sunset on the last night of our tour, the view from our hilltop restaurant in Sorrento.  The restaurant was host to a wedding reception while we were there and do you know what?  They dance to the Y.M.C.A at weddings in Italy too!!
We departed from the tour and took a side trip to Sora, about 2 hours from Rome.  It is the birthplace of family members we were traveling with so it held special significance.  A beautiful town and one of my favorite stops was the Basilica San Domenico.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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