Welcome to Val's Paper Obsession

Welcome to VAL'S PAPER OBSESSION! Thanks for stopping by.

This is a blog of my card creations, with a few other things thrown in...Kick off your flipflops and sit a spell.

To see my card gallery, please go to: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=162786

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Get Well Soon

Well, I've always loved the Stampin' Up Thoughts and Prayers set, and I finally gave in and bought it. This card is for a friend who is having surgery next week. I am entering it into 2 challenges as well.

The colors don't show up correctly. It's really Close to Cocoa and Sage Shadow, colors inspired by the Etsy Inspired Challenge - EIC114 - mine was a beautiful seafoam bracelet found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/52277667/seafoam-bracelet-gemstones-and-silver.

The other inspiration was the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC307 - and WT297 - to use brown - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2 Cards from SU Workshop

These 2 cards are from a Stampin Up workshop at my new friend and demonstrator's house - thanks, Yolanda - had a great time and these cards are beautiful, although I can't take credit for the design. They are lovely, though, aren't they? Just wanted to share them anyway. tfl

Cards for Kids

These are the last 2 cards for the 4th round of the Cards for Kids Drive - package went out yesterday with 13 total - 1 for each child. I just love making cards for this cause. If you've never heard of it, check it out here: http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/my_weblog/cards-for-kids-round-4.html.

Merry Christmas Snowmen

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC80 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/; and
2. "Whatever Makes You Happy" theme challenge found here: http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/2010/11/simon-says-stamp-show-whatever-makes.html. These little snowmen make me smile every time I see them!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Joy

This card is for 3 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC79 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/11/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-79.html;
2. Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C63 - challenge to make a Christmas card or project - found here: http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/2010/11/crazy4challenges-c4c63.html; and
3. Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge - IC258 - inspiration from 2 different sheet sets (striped and polka dotted) on Company C website, challenge found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/inspiration-f88/ic258-~-company-c-%7B11-13-10%7D-t511917.html.

I got this cute little Hampton Arts stamp set for $1 on clearance somewhere, and I just love it! It doesn't show in the picture, but I used Glossy Accents on the ornaments and ribbon on the package. tfl

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dimensional Ornament

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Caardvarks - Holiday Card with Die-Cuts - found here: http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-die-cuts.html; and
2. Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C62 - a square card - found here: http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/2010/11/crazy4challenges-c4c62.html.

SU Ornament Card

Yesterday I went to a workshop at my new SU demonstrator's house here in California, and met some wonderful people and had a great time! I had to leave before the end of the workshop, so Yolanda kindly gave me the package she had to make some little tags for Christmas. I used one of the cute ornaments to make this card today.
I am entering it into the following challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC296 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/color-combinations-f43/cc296-poppy-tempting-white-t511453.html; and
2. Mojo Monday sketch challenge - MOJO164 - found here: http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2010/11/mojo-monday-164.html. What a perfect sketch for this cutle little ornament!
Thanks, Yolanda, for the inspiration and a great time!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Peaceful Feelings

I made this card for my husband...he needed some encouragement. He loved it! My inspiration was from the EtsyInspired Challenge found here: http://etsyinspired.blogspot.com/. The piece I chose is here at Putu Princess Escapes shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59573148/myanmar-koi-womens-short-sleeve-tee. I just love these tee-shirts! I think I have to have one or two!! hehe

Friday, November 5, 2010

White Christmas

This card is for a challenge at Simon Says Stamp, to make an (Almost) All White project - found here: http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2010/11/simon-says-are-you-all-white.html. I recycled a Christmas card from last year for the snowflake bg, adding the white sparkly panel in back of the tree, and of course the embossed christmas tree. The little white button seemed perfect, and then I added a few little pearls to the tree.

Thru the Window

This card is for Splitcoaststampers F4A37 challenge, to create a project with an image that has a tail, found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/free-all-f45/f4a37-tail-waggin-greetings-11-5-10-a-t511107.html. These little birdies (a digi from imag-e-nation) sure fit that challenge, and I used the "simple frame" technique found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/simpleframe.
I made it look like you're looking out a window and there is snow piled up on the windowsill outside.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Merry Christmas Snowman

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. MOJO163 sketch challenge at mojomonday here: http://www.mojomonday.blogspot.com/; and
2. Country kitchen inspiration at the shabby tearoom - TSTR34 - found here: http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/. I was inspired by the colors.


Masculine Birthday

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC295 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/color-combinations-f43/cc295-peach-espresso-craze-11-02-10-a-t510351.html; and
2. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC78 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/11/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-78.html.
I really wanted to emboss the leaves in gold, but I still don't have my embossing powders and heat gun...so...this isn't really exactly what I'd like it to be, but tfl.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dandelion Wishes and Butterfly Kisses

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC77 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/10/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-77.html; and
2. Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - WT294 - (to frame it) found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/ways-use-f46/wt294-frames-10-28-10-a-t510329.html.
The dandelion stamp is from Impression Obsession.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Christmas Snowman SC304 CTD116

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC304 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/card-sketches-f41/sketch-challenge-304-10-27-10-a-t510180.html; and
2. Color Throwdown Challenge - CTD116 - found here: http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2010/10/color-throwdown-116.html.
This sweet snowman stamp is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, found here:
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/products/You-Light-Up-My-Life-Clear-Stamp-Set.html. Isn't he cute??!! I colored him with Copics and used Glossy Accents on the lights. The green bg is shimmery paper, cuttlebugged and sanded. tfl

Monday, October 25, 2010

Vintage Love CTD115 EIC111

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Color Throwdown Challenge - CTD115 - found here: http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2010/10/color-throwdown-115.html; and
2. EtsyInspired Challenge - EIC111 - found here: http://etsyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/10/eic-111-stilettoheights.html - to be inspired by the Etsy shop called Stiletto Heights. The print that inspired me can be found here: http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.171909369.jpg. What a fun site this is! Love it!
The paper I used for my main image is from the Graphics 45 line.

Christmas Ornament TLC296

Well, here's my christmas ornament for the Technique Lover's Challenge - TLC296- found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/try-new-technique-f44/tlc296-~-christmas-ornaments-~-10-25-10-a-t509981.html. Obviously, I'm gonna need practice and more time to make them the way I'd really like, but at least I have the general idea now. tfl

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Masculine Vintage

Well, I don't know why the pic loads sideways and I can't figure out how to fix it, so...sorry.

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge - IC255 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/inspiration-f88/ic255-~-poster-cabaret-%7B10-23-10%7D-t509818.html. The piece I chose for my inspiration at Poster Cabaret is here: http://postercabaret.com/neilyoungconcertposteraustralia2009.aspx; and
2. Embellish Magazine blog Vintage Color Challenge - using green, yellow, and rust to make a vintage card - found here: http://embellishmagazine.com/blog/2010/10/embellish-vintage-color-challenge-sponsored-by-pixie-petals/.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thinking of Ewe for Cards for Kids F4A35

This card is for Cards for Kids. The inspiration is from Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge - F4A35, found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/free-all-f45/f4a35-flap-me-10-22-10-a-t509728.html - to make a flap card.

The image is a digital from Cuddly Buddly, found here: http://cuddlybuddly.com/.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lovebirds WT293

I made this card for my dh. We're dealing with all the red tape and hassles to get our dream home here in CA, and I wanted to make him feel better this morning, and assure him that we're in this together and things will work out for the best one way or another as long as we have each other!

I took my inspiration from the Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - WT293 - to use fabric on our card, found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/ways-use-f46/wt293-fabric-10-21-10-a-t509644.html. My fabric is the beautiful ribbon/lace I got here: http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/ribbon-for-sale/

The digi stamp is from Stamp-n-doodle. Their website is here: http://www.stamp-n-doodle.com/. I colored it with Copics and watercolor pencils.

The background dp is from a paper stack Amy gave me as a going away present last time we were together in Florida. Isn't it gorgeous???!!! Thanks, Amy! I miss you!

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Shimmer Butterfly TLC295 CPS86

Well, yesterday my husband and I went to our storage unit to find my Cuttlebug...we didn't find it, although I'm sure it's there...anyway, we did find a whole bunch of my other craft stuff...so, my mojo is sooooo much better! Yeah!!!!
This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers TLC295 found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/try-new-technique-f44/tlc295-~-make-shimmer-~-10-18-10-a-t509322.html; I don't know if you can see the shimmer on the butterfly, but it is there irl; and
2. Card Patterns Sketch - CPS86 - found here: http://cardpatterns.blogspot.com/2010/10/sketch-86.html.

Sweets for the Children - SSS78 Curtain Call Act 52

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. The Sweet Shop - SSS78 - found here: http://sweetstopsketches.blogspot.com/. The image is a Sweetnsassy digital; and
2. Curtain Call Color Challenge - Act 52 - found here: http://stampinwithstacey.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cookie Inspired Flower Card IC254

This card is for Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge -
The inspiration piece I chose can be found here - it's the 3rd cookie in the last row: http://www.betterbitofbutter.com/weddingcookies_page1.htm.
I loved this challenge! This is the first card I've made with my limited supplies since we moved that I'm really happy with! I don't have my brads with me, so I sewed little glass beads from my jewelry making supplies into the center of my torn flower. Hope you like it too. tfl

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sweet Christmas for Kids

This card is for the 4th Cards for Kids drive found here: http://jennifermcguireink.typepad.com/my_weblog/cards-for-kids-round-4.html; and for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers F4A34, to make a winter card not using white. There is a little white, but not the main color. This challenge is found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/free-all-f45/f4a34-winter-white-out-10-15-10-a-t509047.html.
2. Christmasstampin challenge CSAYL67 - make a card inspired by a Christmas home decor photo. This challenge is found here: http://christmasstampin.blogspot.com/2010/10/challenge-67-inspiration-challenge-pink.html.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Challenges to Mojo

Well, I have to say my mojo is really suffering with so many of my supplies and tools in storage...I especially miss my cuttlebug and nesties!! Anyway, here's a challenge card, as it is. This is for 2 challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC294, stamping on wet paper, found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/try-new-technique-f44/tlc294-~-wet-paper-stamping~-10-11-10-a-t508624.html; and

2. Sketch challenge at Taylored Expressions - TESC131 - found here: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/2010/10/taylored-expressions-sketch-challenge_08.html.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

365 Cards Challenge

This card is for today's sketch challenge at 365 Cards Challenge found here: http://365cards.blogspot.com/. The flower and leaves are stamped with Inkadinkadoo stamps, cut out and snipped and ruffled. The flower center is a little button and the bird's eyes are little beads. I colored white ribbon with Copics, as all my other ribbon is still in storage. tfl

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Impressions

This card is for 4 challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge - IC253, inspired by the bouquet that Stephanie picked as one of the 3 inspiration pieces. That challenge is found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/inspiration-f88/ic253-~-john-lewis-department-stores-%7B10-09-10%7D-t508467.html;

2. Tiffanydoodles - TD05, Fall theme, found here: http://tiffanydoodles.blogspot.com/2010/10/td05-fall-theme-challenge.html;

3. Caardvarks challenge to scraplift Crew Caards (I chose Jenyfur's card) found here: http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/2010/10/sensational-stickers.html; and

4. Stampin for the Weekend blog - Challenge 48 - Autumn Inspiration, using autumn colors, found here: http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.com/2010/10/challenge-48-autumn-inspiration.html.

I used glimmer mist and watercolor markers to make my leaf background paper. tfl

Thursday, October 7, 2010


This card is for the Etsy Inspired Challenge - EIC100 - found here: http://etsyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/08/eic-100-cathy-walters-and-blog-hop.html

The inspiration piece is found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47330571/it-doesnt-have-to-be-perfect-pendant. Beautiful creations by Cathy Walters!
I just realized I was on the wrong page at EIC and did an August challenge...OMG!...I'm just not with it yet...bear with me, please!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Here is a card for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC301. This is for Cards for Kids. Sorry the image is sideways...jeesh! tfl

CC291 and MMSC74 for Cards for Kids

Here is a card for Splitcoaststampers CC291 and Midnight Madness Challenge - MMSC74 - for Cards for Kids. Still working with limited supplies in my temporary home. tfl

I'm Baaaack....at least partially!

Hi there! Thanks for checking in! We finally got moved to CA, although we're staying in a temporary place right now. I don't have all my crafting supplies, so my cards will be kinda cryptic for a while, but figure this is a good time to work on the "Cards for Kids" campaign, since they have to be kept fairly simple anyway. However, I can start off with 3 cards that I made with Amy before I left. Just haven't been able to post them before. Here they are. I sure miss that girl!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Goodbyes and New Beginning

Well, we moved out of our house Thursday, packed up our little 4X8 U-Haul, hitched it to the back of our car and came to my friend Amy's house - thanks again, Amy!! Bob's son's wedding was today, so we had the rehearsal dinner last night, wedding today, which was lovely, and now we're back at Amy's. Leaving tomorrow morning for our trip to CA...Bob, me, our little dog, Floppy, in the back seat, and our little U-Haul. Still haven't found the house we want, so we're staying in an Extended Stay place til we find it. Hope it doesn't take too long, but we know what we want and we're not going to settle! Hopefully this will be our last move. Wish us luck, and when we finally get settled, I hope to be back to my crafting and blogging. Thanks for checking in, and stay tuned. I will be back! Big Hugs!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Inspiration & Moving Progress

OMG! If you'd like to see a beautiful card, go to Joan Ervin's Splitcoaststampers entry for today's Technique Lovers Challenge here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1794452!!! This is one of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen!!! I soooooo wish I could play today! My mind is just going crazy with the things I could do with this technique!!! But...right now I'm sitting on an air mattress with my little netbook, most of my crafting supplies sitting in a box in a closet, as we are moving...oh well, I'll just soak up great ideas from you and all the other talented crafters out there until I can stamp again! I did do 3 cards with my friend, Amy, a couple weeks ago, but haven't had time to take pics and upload. Had the big moving sale this weekend (very successful, thank God!), so maybe I can get them up here before we actually move. Thanks for stopping by. I WILL BE BACK!!! ~.~

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CDAC Bog Candy - WOW!!!

Check this out! Fabulous candy at Crafters Digital Art Center!!! See pic at right. Just click on it and it will take you there to check out the details.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Blog Candy Alert!

Wow!! Check this out! You could win 1000 sheets of paper and some stamps here: http://athousandsheetsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Flower Girl F4A24 EIC99 cdacsc3

This card is for 3 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge - F4A24 - garden theme (flowers/fruits) found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/free-all-f45/f4a24-its-garden-picken-time-t501504.html;
2. EtsyInspired Challenge - EIC99 - found here: http://etsyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/07/etsyinspired-99-becky-kazana.html. My inspiration can be found here: It's the Smell the Roses 8... http://www.etsy.com/listing/26061939/smell-the-roses-8-x10-print; and
3. Crafters Digital Art Center Sketch Challenge - cdacsc3 - found here: http://priscillastyles.ning.com/profiles/blogs/sketch-challenge-cdacsc3.
My digital image is from digistamps4joy, found here: http://www.digistamps4joy.com/. I colored her with watercolor pencils and copics. Used chalking around her to soften the bg and also used it on the sentiment piece. The friends sentiment is a rubber stamp. tfl

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Birthday Card for Gary WT282 CPS178

This is a birthday card for my brother, Gary in California. He LOVES old cars...moreso classics from 50s/60s, but I think he'll like this too. I used a panel from my Graphics45 dp as my main image and a key sticker. The card base is actually a card that my husband received (love to recycle). Loved the flap with the brads. Used that and covered rest in various cardstocks, including the core'dinations cuttlebugged and sanded panel. The piercing is for today's Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - WT282 (stick it - use pins and needles or sticks, either as elements on your card, or to pierce), found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/ways-use-f46/wt282-stick-8-5-2010-a-t501372.html. The layout is a sketch challenge - CPS178 - from Card Positioning Systems, found here: http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/2010/08/cps-178-part-1.html.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Chaz

This is a card for our son-in-law, Chaz. When I saw the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge today - SC292 - I thought, OMG! that is weird!!! (no offense to the creator), I don't think I'm going to try that one! lol But, I turned it sideways, and knowing I had to make a birthday card, the candle idea came to me. Well, just so happens I had these cute digi candles by gtc-crafty corner, which is here: http://gtc-craftycorner.blogspot.com/. So, I put three of them together and scewed them to fit the design, colored with copics, found the make a wish sentiment (sorry, can't remember where I got that...if anyone knows, please tell me and I'll give credit here), cuttlebugged the core'dinations cardstock, sanded it, and put it all together. Some Stickles, and there you have it! Nice cheery birthday card for a guy! Hope he likes it, and that you do to!
I used the colors from Color Throwdown - CTD104, which can be found here: http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2010/08/color-throwdown-104.html.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Glass Flowers MMTPT105 CC282 CAS78 SSS67

This card was inspired by the beautiful digital image by priscillastyles. She gave this image away to members of her group at Crafters Digital Art Center, found here: http://priscillastyles.ning.com/group/priscillastylesstore.

The sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations, found here: http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/.

I used 4 different challenges to design my card:

1. Splitcoaststampers Teapot Tuesday Challenge - MMTPT105 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/teapot-tuesdays-f260/mmtpt105-~-petticoats-bloomers-tea-its-penelope-blossum-bea-t501075.html;

2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC282 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/color-combinations-f43/cc282-blushing-riding-expresso-8-03-10-a-t501079.html;

3. Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge - CAS78 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/clean-simple-cards-f239/cas78-ways-use-polka-dots-t500940.html; and

4. The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog - SSS67 - found here: http://sweetstopsketches.blogspot.com/.

I used to have some glass flowers, and this image reminded me of them, so after coloring the vase and flowers with copics, I added glossy accents and stickles to make them look like glass flowers. I love the way this came out...hope you do too! tfl

Moonlighting MMSC65

When Bob and I sat down to read the newspaper yesterday, my eye was instantly drawn to the photo at right, and my mind said "CARD!!!!!" hehe I know, kinda scary, but here's my card, inspired by that photo.

I used the sketch from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC65 - which I found in the Sneak Peek section at priscillastyles. Love that she gives us a sneak peek so we can use it when we're inspired! The challenge is now up here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/08/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-65.html.

The bird on the wire image is a freebie from the "deliciousdoodles" group at Crafters Digital Art Center. You can find it here: http://priscillastyles.ning.com/group/deliciousdoodles. I used my Scrapbook Factory Deluxe program to arrange 2 of them and make the "moonlighting" title (Bob's idea, by the way, isn't he clever??!!). Then made a mask with post-its for the moon and over the title, sprayed with Glimmer Mist, then dried with heat gun. Matted on black glitter paper and doily. Mounted on some of my favorite dp, black-white polka dotted ribbon and bow, and Voila!!! Moonlighting! tfl