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, April 29, 2010

Butterflies & Flowers

Amy came over today and we made two cards. The top one I made is for today's SCS Ways to Use It Challenge - WT268 - to use chipboard. The little buttons in the corners are chipboard. The butterfly is a sticker that Amy gave me (Thanks, Amy!), backed with the reverse side of the core'dinations cs that I used for the cuttlebugged and sanded background panel. Stickles on his body and antennae.
The second card is made using the "Black Magic" technique. I heat embossed the white flower which was stamped on black cs, and then using a cotton ball, rubbed chalks over it. The top bg panel is more core'dinations cs, cuttlebugged and sanded. I just love that stuff, don't you??!! tfl

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

You Done Doggone Good SC278

I needed to make a card for our nephew for graduation. He has a bulldog, and while sorting through my wallpaper samples the other day, I found this great assortment. The bulldog was on a border with a bunch of other dogs. I cut him out and scanned him to size. The denim background and squares were also from the same wallpaper line. I put eyelets in the center of the rivets and stamped the "congrats" stamp , bordered it and set the dog, who is on pop-up on it, like it's a box. When I told my husband that I was going to use the dog on Tony's card, he suggested a sentiment for the inside: "You done doggone good!"...hehe...so, what's what's on the inside, on tea-stained paper that I made by sponging tea-stain distress ink on white. This was fun to make, although it took forever with the scanning, etc. Time that I should be spending packing...lol. tfl

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beach Vacation CC268 MMSC51

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC51 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/04/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-51.html; and
2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - C268 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=489160.
The main image is from Sassy Studio Designs. The tropical cocktail stamp is from Michael's dollar bin. I used glossy accents on the drinks, a piece of wallpaper sample table of contents page for the blue/green background she's laying on, and a part of a cocktail umbrella for her beach umbrella. This was a fun card to make, and makes me happy to look at it. Hopefully it will you too! tfl

New Award

Hey, check this out...got a new award from Midnight Madness at priscillastyles for this card! Thank you so much, Midnight Madness Design Team!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Flowery Smiles TLC270

This card is for Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC270 - to take a card from our gallery and change it from clean and simple to "more", or from "more" to clean and simple. The card I chose from my gallery for inspiration is found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1374872?&cat=500&ppuser=162786.
The top card is the original. The bottom card is the "more" version. The bg on the new version is a piece of recycled wallpaper sample. The flowers were made with my Cricut. tfl

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beach Vacation F4A9

This card is for Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge - F4A9 - to make a card with a vacation theme. The bg paper, main image, and sentiment are all digital. I arranged them into the card front, and then added Glossy Accents to the glass and Stickles to the lemon, waves, and tips of the umbrella stays. Stamped the inside with a little umbrella drink inked with Versamark. Added a piece of one of my favorite ribbon, and Voila...instant V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!!! tfl

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Jewels by Val

Made this bracelet and earring set while sitting on the patio enjoying the beautiful weather today. tfl

Thank You Flower WT267

This card is for Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - WT267 - to mix patterns. I've had these two pieces of dp sitting on my table for a while. Love the way they go together. I made the flower with scalloped nesties and tissue paper that has a really pretty shimmer to it irl. This technique was in this week's SCS newsletter. tfl

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earrings Made Today

Been a busy little bee today: 2 cards and 2 pair of earrings. tfl

Sympathy SC277 CTD89 Caardvarks

This card is for 3 challenges:
1. Color Throwdown Challenge - CTD89 - found here: http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2010/04/color-throwdown-89.html;
2. Caardvarks Core'dinations challenge, to make a monochromatic card with Core'dinations paper, found here: http://caardvarks.blogspot.com/2010/04/celebrating-coredinations.html; and
3. Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC277 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=488399.

Flowers for Mother - SC277

This card is for my dear mother-in-law. Her name is Rose and she is as sweet as any rose you'll ever find! She puts my cards on the wall in a little "gallery". I hope she likes this one.
I used the sketch challenge at SCS today - SC277 - and papers from Basic Gray Porcelain - my favorite!! The bg is Core'dinations, cuttlebugged and sanded. The flower is made with scallop nesties, scrunched and inked. The lace is some my friend, Amy, gave me the other day. Thanks, Amy! tfl

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lighthouse Birthday MMSC50 CC267

This birthday card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC50 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/04/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-50.html; and
2. Splitcoaststampers' Color Challenge - CC267 (basic gray, apricot appeal, sage shadow and neutrals) - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=488289.
There are digital and rubber-stamped images. The cuttlebugged panel is sage shadow, but I sprayed it with shimmer mist, which turned it kinda turquoise, which I didn't really mean to do, but it did turn out pretty, at least in mho. lol tfl

Monday, April 19, 2010

Beachy Smiles & Flower Trio TLC269 - CAS63

The top card is for Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC269 - to use piercing. I used a digital image and cut it out with "postage stamp" scissors. Pierced 2 corners and added a flower that I had made with alcohol ink resist.
The second card is for SCS Clean and Simple Challenge - CAS63, which is a sketch challenge inspired by Alanna. This one's pretty self-explanatory. tfl

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hope F4A8

This card is for a challenge at Splitcoaststampers - F4A8 - to use the out-of-the-box Nesties technique and embossing - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487828.
I stamped the dandelion twice and heat embossed it. Then I cut it out with the technique found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/outoftheboxwithnestabilities/. I dry embossed the black panel, added a little butterfly, gold pearls, and a little stickles and yellow ribbon. tfl

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jewels by Val

It was just such a beautiful day today that I could NOT stay inside and make cards, so decided I'd make some earrings to go with some new dresses I got. I can do that out on the patio. The weather here in Florida is at its very best right now...after the cold, before the humidity, so I have to be out there and enjoying it while I can. I love these crystals! Now a couple of bracelets are in order! Don't worry...I'll get back to cards, just taking a little break. tfl

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Missing Piece MMSC49 CC266

This card is for 3 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC49 - found here: http://www.priscillastyles.blogspot.com/;
2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC266 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487394; and
3. Color Theme Challenge Week 1 - Ruby Red - found here: http://showandshareart.ning.com/group/colourfeaturechallenge/forum/topics/week-1-ruby-red.
I designed the puzzle in Cricut Design Studio and used it to cut out a photo for my main image panel, as the main image for the Midnight Madness Sketch was a puzzle. Cuttlebugged the bg Nestie and made my flowers with various punches, dew drops, and Stickles. tfl

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bookmark Card TLC268

This card is for Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC268 - to make a bookmark card. tfl

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stars and Stripes Birthday for Craig SC275

This card is for my oldest son's birthday. I used the sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers - SC275. All the paper, except for the base, which is SU night of navy, is recycled wallpaper samples. I love the way they coordinate, and this sketch seemed perfect for coordinated prints! tfl

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happiness MMSC48 CC265

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC48 - found here: http://www.priscillastyles.blogspot.com/; and
2. Splitcoaststampers' Color Challenge - CC265 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486459.
The main image and the Happiness symbol are both digital. I printed them, then used my Versamark pen and clear embossing powder to emboss them. Sprayed over the embossed images with turquoise shimmer mist, although it doesn't show up that well in the photo. IRL it's very pretty. Cuttlebugged the other panels, added some gold cording, stamped the little coins on the soft suede paper and heat embossed with detail gold powder and cut them out and mounted them on little pop dots. Cut butterfly with embosslits and wrapped gold cording around for body and antennae. Used my gold paint pen around the edges, and here you go.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Hummingbird Easter for DH F4A6

This is a card I had already started for my dh for Easter. He LOVES hummingbirds and roses. He grew up here in Florida, and says there are no hummingbirds (although I know better...lol) and roses are not the easiest thing to grow here. He is retiring the end of July and we're moving to California in the fall. We visited the area of Diamond Springs which is about an hour from Sacramento, last year, and when we were there there were beautiful roses everywhere! And we know that hummingbirds love the place too! The pic of me beside the roses was taken there. We're going back out next month to look at the property again and do a little more extensive research...so thought little card/mini album, which is today's challenge at SCS found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486055 ,would be perfect for him for Easter. My hummingbird image on the cover is stamped, then colored with watercolor pencils and blended with my aqua-painter. tfl