Featured Slider

The Paper Players #485


Time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  LeAnne is hosting a theme challenge this week, A Day at the Zoo.  I might have stretched the limits ever so slightly with my card!  I am sure for most, a buffalo is not your first pick for a day at the zoo.  I am fortunate enough to live where these majestic animals can almost run free.  But, in other parts of the country, their existence is only in zoos.  So, they do exist in a zoo setting!


My card is based on the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch-


This sketch was so me....I am a huge fan of layers!  I went with a mix of rustic wood tones for my layers.  My buffalo is from the Wild and Free stamp set.  This set is available with or without Thin Cut dies.  I was ecstatic when Close To My Heart came out with matching dies!  Here is a look at the complete set-


My buffalo was stamped in Intense Black ink and then colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended out the colors with Gamsol.  A bit of burlap twine finishes off the card.  I seriously can not create a rustic card without adding in a touch of burlap in some form!


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3709 Wild and Free Stamp Set w/Thin Cuts
C1818 Life is a Journey
Fresh Air Papers-Retired
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5951 Espresso Cardstock
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils-941, 946, 947
Gamsol
Stitched Square Die-MFT
Twine-Unknown

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge-Z is for Zoo Animals
Die Cut Divas-Animals

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
The Paper Players Design Team

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Just Keep Swimming


The April Stamp of the Month, O-fish-ally Awesome, is super cute! The set includes 37 stamps for you to create your favorite underwater or aquarium scenes. I went with super simple to make a card of encouragement.  I found the sentiment really fitting for our current times....we all just need to keep swimming...from a distance of course!  You can add this set to your collection for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. Our warehouse is following all recommendations and we are still able to ship your orders!  Here is a look at the complete stamp set-

To create my card, I stamped my images in Intense Black ink and added colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended out the pencils with Gamsol.  The images were fussy cut and applied in layers with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.  I sponged on Carolina Ink onto my cardstock panel for a water effect.  I added a few sequins for bubbles.


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
S2004 O-fish-ally Awesome Stamp Set
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z6505 Carolina Exclsuive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils-109,913,918,935,941
Gamsol
Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins
Stitched Panel-Simon Says Stamp

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create-Anything Goes w/optional colored pencils
Aud Sentiments Challenge-Anything Goes w/a sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge-Anything Goes w/coloring
Little Red Wagon-Blue
Polkadoodle-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cardstock Carnival


Stock up on your favorite cardstock colors with the Cardstock Carnival special! From April 1 through April 30, you can enjoy out-of-this-world deals on exclusive cardstock bundles and individual colors. Our two-toned cardstock coordinates perfectly with all our paper packets and is a staple for any avid crafter. We’ve put together a few exclusive bundles with similar colors, so it’s easy to expand your stash of cardstock. Please note that the discounts in the Cardstock Carnival special do not apply to the cardstock packs associated with paper suites or other specials or the Custom Cardstock Pack options. These offers only apply to the exclusive cardstock bundles and individual colors available through the special. With discounts between 20–40% on cardstock bundles and select individual colors, feel free to go on a shopping spree! The Cardstock Carnival special is available from April 1 through April 30.  You can view all of the cardstock deals here!

April Stamp of the Month, O-fish-ally Awesome


I so love the April Stamp of the Month, O-fish-ally Awesome!  This is a set of 37 stamps!  The sentiments are too cute!  The possibilities are endless! I can't wait to see what everyone creates with this set. Here is a look at the complete set-

 You can add this set to a qualifying order for only $5!  This set is only available to purchase in the month of April.  You can view all of the great Close To My Heart products here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Paper Players #484


Ann is having a Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week at The Paper Players!  I inked up the super cute Happy Easter Bunny stamp set for a Lilac themed Easter card.  Chances are we will be staying home on Easter, so I am putting a few cards in the mail.  Here are your choices for your creation-



I went with the top row across: ribbon, rhinestones and patterned paper. I inked up my bunny with Intense Black ink and then added a touch of color with Copic markers. He was fussy cut and applied with 3-D foam tape.  My pattern papers are from the current Mix In paper collection in Lilac.  I promise in person, my ribbon matches!  I so struggle with capturing true colors when there are different materials involved.


My card is based on the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday-


All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
A1246 Happy Easter Bunny Stamp Set
X9013 Mix In Paper Packet
X6041 Lilac Cardstock
X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6506 Lilac Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Copic Markers-T0, T1, RV10, V000, V12
Stitched Panel-Simon Says Stamp
Circle Dies-MFT
Grosgrain Ribbon-Unknown
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
Time Out Challenges-Lots or a Little Purple

Check out the other Paper Players Design Team member creations for more inspiration:
The Paper Players Design Team

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Everyday Life Album Sale


Close To My Heart is having a weekend album sale! The sale starts today at 3:00 PM MT and runs through March 31, 2020.  Save 20% on your favorite Everyday Life albums!  You can view the collection here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!