Sunday, April 20, 2014

Washi-tastic for The Paper Players

It's time to play with The Paper Players! This week, we are featuring a Clean and Simple Washi Tape Challenge, hosted by the talented Nance Leedy.  Now I will be the first to tell you, I am not a Washi Tape user, but I do collect it.  So I pulled out my washi stash and stared at it for an hour.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to use my elegant Watercolor Wonder Washi or my fun and funky Retro Fresh Designer Washi.  I guess I was just being a little wishy-washi!  However, being a fun and funky retro type of gal, I went with the bright colors and created a happy card.  I hope you enjoy it!

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips: Washi Fun
This finished card measures 5-1/2" wide by 4-1/4" long.
  • Doing a happy dance...tango style! The Oh, Happy Day circle, from Starburst Sayings, was inked in Tangerine Tango.  This is such a fun color which just screams "HAPPY"!  I cut it out using the Starburst Framelits, and backed it onto a Coastal Cabana circle, for just a hint of color peeking out from behind.
  • Arrow-dynamic!  An Arrow, from the Essential Wooden Elements collection, was covered with Daffodil Delight Gingham Washi from the Gingham Garden Washi Tape collection. 
  • Yipes, stripes! Maybe I went a little overboard with the washi tape, but it was so easy creating this striped background!

I am such a pushover for Tangerine Tango and Coastal Cabana.  The combination is so cheery, and definitely retro!  And couldn't we all use a little more cheer in our lives?

As I stated at the beginning of today's post, I have not delved much into the world of washi...and it shows.  I look at the cards of the other Design Team members, and I love what they have created.  I guess I am not a washi woman. How about you? Do you use washi tape often? Won't you let me know in today's comment? And remember, if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time...

The Paper Players Design Team


Stamp Set:  Starburst Sayings; Ink:  Tangerine Tango;  Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar; Tools:  Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Starburst Framelits; Glitz and Glam:  Essentials Wooden Elements, Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape;

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pals Paper Arts 200th Challenge

On July 30, 2009,  Pals Paper Arts kicked off its inaugural challenge.  Two hundred challenges later, the journey continues. In order to celebrate this milestone, all twenty members of both Design Teams created monochromatic inspiration cards using Margaret Moody's sketch and a color of their choice.  AND as an extra surprise, ONE lucky participant in this week's challenge will be randomly selected to receive all twenty Design Team cards.

Members of the Design Team were able select the color we wished to use, on a first come basis. I chose Crumb Cake.  I hope you enjoy my interpretation of this week's sketch.
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips: By the Seashore
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Vanilla! The Crumb Cake patterns in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack coordinated with Whisper White. But since I was in a Very Vanilla mood, I simply brayered over the designs with Very Vanilla ink! Problem solved!
  • Pearls! The pearled background was created using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate. Mini-pearls were placed at each intersection for that extra-special touch. 
  • Distressing! Sea creatures from By the Seashore were stamped in Crumb Cake and snipped out with Paper Snips.  To add a touch of contrast, the edges were distressed using  Soft Suede Ink and a Sponge Dauber.

Because this card will be heading to a lucky player this week, I wanted it to reflect who I am.  I think I gave it some of my special touches...distressing, diagonal backgrounds, a banner, water spots, linen thread...and yep, a few pearls!

A Blast from the Past

Our first challenge was a color challenge...Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo.  That was back when Bermuda Bay was an In-Color.  How times...and styles have changed. I am so proud to have been a member of the Design Team since the very beginning.  Here is my first Design Team card and the original post:

As always, your comments are important to me. Won't you leave me a comment to let me know what you think of today's card? Would you have been able to recognize it out of a stack of twenty as being designed by me?  And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Oh...and be sure to play at PPA in order to win today's card.  Until next time...

Stamp Sets:  By the Seashore, Loving Thoughts, Gorgeous Grunge, Textures Stampin' Around Wheel (retired); Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla;  Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Tools:  Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Paper Snips, Brayer, Sponge Dauber, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder; Glitz and Glam:  Pearls, Linen Thread

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Simple Stems for The Paper Players

It's Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!  This week we have a fun, color challenge featuring a trio of my favorite colors:  Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke.  I hope you enjoy today's fun and colorful card, featuring one of my favorite sets from the Occasions catalog, Simple Stems.

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2" wide by 4-1/4" long.
  • Colors! All three challenge colors were easily incorporated into the Simple Stems Flowers, and the leaves from Secret Garden. Of course, any well-dressed flower wears Pearls!
  • Bordering on fun!  An Always Artichoke Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border packs a playful punch and adds contrast.

  • Feeling sentiment-al! For a slightly different look, the Happy Day sentiment from the Happy Day stamp set was inked in Always Artichoke, and stamped on the Grid pattern paper from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper collection.

As I write this post, Lexi and I are completing Day #2 of our dog show marathon.  So far, Lexi has showed beautifully.  She definitely has her head in the game, and is putting her best paw forward.  Although we have not been the big winner, we haved garnered a class win and a second place at the Boxer specialty...and we still have two shows to go!

As always, your comments are important to won't you let me know what you think of today's card? With it's playful combination of stripes and polka dots, I think that today's card would surely make anyone's day a happy one! And remember, if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time...

The Paper Players Design Team
Stamp Sets:  Simple Stems, Secret Garden, Happy Day; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral; Designer Series Paper:  I Am Me, Fresh Prints; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke; Tools:  Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch; Glitz and Glam:  Pearls

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Field Flowers for Pals Paper Arts

It's Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts.  This week, the Pals are treating us to a refreshing color challenge:  Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron.  This trio of hues made me think of spring and flowers.  I pulled out the Field Flowers set and stamped and snipped to my heart's content.  Enjoy today's blooms and butterflies!

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Doing the two-step! I love two step stamping, especially when I have my Stamp-a-ma-jig handy for perfect alignment.  Today's bouquet was stamped in So Saffron, and over-stamped with Calypso Coral.  How pretty is that

  • A bevy of blinged bitty butterflies! Creating butterflies is a breeze with the Bitty Butterfly Punch. Of course, a few Rhinestones adds a touch of sparkle.
  • Bow beautiful! A double Pear Pizzazz Taffeta bow is scrunched up and held in position with a few glue dots. Don't you just love this look?

Lexi Lou and I have started our whirlwind weekend.  We have four shows in a row, as well as a graduate trumpet recital.  We'll be racing from Crown Point, IN to Columbia, MO on Sunday to listen to Brady.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that both of my babies do well this weekend!

Burlwood's Unlike Any Other (Lexi) 
Brady's publicity shot from two years ago
Don't you think the haircolor is similar?  Plus, they both have that intent look about them.  And...Lexi will be sporting a new bit of bling in the ring...her "big girl" lead.  Now she won't have to use Muffy's hand-me-down!

As always, I LOVE reading your comments.  Won't you let me know what you think of today's card in your comment today? Of course, if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Deals and Downloads

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If you do not currently have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours! Until next time...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Quick and Easy Paper Pieced Tulips for The Paper Players

When I saw this week's Paper Players challenge, Three Spree...use three of something on your card...the Blessed Easter Tulips immediately came to mind.  I snipped off the sentiment, leaving just the tulips, and decided to tackle a clean and simple, quick and easy card.  Enjoy!

The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Piece, baby! The Tulips were inked with Jet Black Stazon and stamped onto Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Old Olive Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.  I then snipped out the leaves from the Old Olive piece, and the blossoms from the other colors.  The great thing about this is that I can quickly create two other cards simply by stamping the leaves again.
  • Why, hello there! The "hello there" sentiment from Happy Days was inked in JetBlack StazOn and stamped onto Whisper White. A "V" was notched into one end with the Hexagon Punch, while an Old Olive Designer Button adorns the other.

Dog show season has started for the Schachs.  Lexi and I are in Dekalb, IL this weekend.  Hopefully she will return victorious. I will definitely keep you posted.  She looked fabulous last week. Her weight is stabilizing at 55.5 pounds. Many of you emailed me, wondering how she did last Sunday.  We are pleased to report that she WON...and was named Best of Winners! Woo hoo, Lexi Lou!

I hope you enjoyed today's clean and simple card.  Won't you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me.  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time...

Stamp Set:  Blessed Easter, Happy Days; Ink:  Jet Black StazOn; Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Real Red; Tools:  Paper Snips, Hexagon Punch; Glitz and Glam: Brights Designer Buttons, Brights Candy Dots, White Baker's Twine