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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tiffany's Garden MMSC60 CC277

This card is for 2 challenges:

1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC60 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/06/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-60.html; and

2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC277 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=496472.

I used a digital image, which I got as a freebie from www.tiffanysgarden.com. I colored it with Copics. tfl

Sunday, June 27, 2010


CJ has a cute little birdie digital stamp freebie on the Challenge Blog. You can find it here, but it's only good for 24 hours! http://cowgirlssundaystampenchallenge.blogspot.com/2010/06/free-stamps-for-my-followers.html

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge

This card is for an Inspiration Challenge at Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge. The inspiration is a picture of a beautiful quilt. You can find the challenge here: http://cowgirlssundaystampenchallenge.blogspot.com/.
The layout is MMSC59 - Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/.

CJ has lots of really cute hand-drawn images you can purchase as digital stamps. We'd love to see you use some for the challenge, but you can use others if you like. So...head on over and check it out, and while you're there you can get some inspiration from the other DT's beautiful creations.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cowgirl Up Blog Hop - Anything Goes

Here's my card for the ANYTHING GOES blog hop going on at "THE COWGIRL UP STAMP RANCH" found here: http://cowgirlssundaystampenchallenge.blogspot.com/. If you've come here from Sarah's blog - http://craftynaturally.blogspot.com/ - then you're on the right track, and this is your last stop before going back to where you started the hop.

You can see the great prizes on the challenge site and also on my sidebar. If you need some digital images for your entry, you can find some great ones, hand drawn by CJ here: http://cowgirlupdigitalstampenranch.com/. She is having a SALE right now of 45% OFF of your order good through Wednesday, June 23rd. You may also use another image of your choice.

Don't forget to leave comments for all the designers along the way on the hop. I hope you'll take the challenge, and Good Luck! Now, after leaving your comment here, go back here: http://cowgirlssundaystampenchallenge.blogspot.com/.

When Life Gives You Lemons... SC286 TCPTues115

This card is for 2 challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC286; and

2. TCPTues115, found here: http://dancinginpajamas.blogspot.com/2010/06/tcp-tuesday-115.html. The picture of glass tiles under my card pic was the inspiration.

I cut striped paper into strips and then staggered them and taped together on the back to mimic tiles. Added glossy accents, and Voila...tiles! Got the idea of how to stagger the stripes from SmylinStef http://ingeniousinkling.typepad.com/ingenious_inkling/2010/06/moxie-fab-paper-bargello.html. Thanks, Stef.

The image is a freebie from Tiffany Doodles found at CDAC here: http://priscillastyles.ning.com/forum/topics/freebie-digi-kick-off. Thanks, Tiffany! I also added Glossy Accents to it to make it look like a glass pitcher. The image has a cute little umbrella, but I wanted to use a cocktail umbrella for dimension. tfl

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lovey & Dovey CC276 stamp-n-doodle

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC276 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495667; and

These doves remind me of a pair that regularly visit our feeder. We call them Lovey & Dovey...hehe. I colored the image on watercolor paper with watercolor pencils, and blended with my aquapainter. The braid is a gift I got from Priscilla at Priscillastyles, and the little charm is from an old necklace I had years ago. tfl

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Blog Candy

Wow! Check this blog candy out here: http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/blog-candy-worth-25000-including-36.html

Wonky Flowers - CAS72

This card is for the Clean and Simple Challenge - CAS72 - at Splitcoaststampers. It was a sketch challenge, and can be found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495534. The image is a digital stamp from tiddlyinksdigitals here http://tiddlyinks.blogspot.com/. Isn't it cute?? It was a lot of fun to color. I used Copics and added Stickles to the flowers and Glossy Accents to the vase and water. tfl

If you haven't already, check out the Cowgirl Up Blog Hop post below...great blog candy to be had!
See ya'll later. ~.~

Friday, June 18, 2010

Blog Hop Announcement

Please see my sidebar for an exciting blog hop that is coming up this Sunday! Hope you can join us! Great prizes and fun!!!

Kitty Love F4A17

This card is for today's Free For All Challenge - F4A17 - at Splitcoaststampers found here: http//www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495226. We were to create a card with a pet. Isn't this little kitty just adorable??!! He is a digital image from Motivet. Sorry, can't find link now. The little paw print paper is also digital. tfl

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Flowers in Vase MMSC58 WT275

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC58 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/06/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-58.html; and
2. Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - WT275 - to use ribbon, found here: http//www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=495124.
The digital image is one I watercolored with pencils a while back from sketchingstamperdigitals (tried to find the site, but couldn't find it, sorry). The background flowered paper is Core'dinations cuttlebugged and sanded. tfl

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Classy and Fabulous SC285

This card is for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC285, found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=494966. The cute little hat is a freebie from Daisy Doodles, which can be found here on the new Crafters Digital Art Center site:
http://priscillastyles.ning.com/forum/topics/freebie-digi-kick-off. This and many more free digis can be found here. I used watercolor pencils to color the image, and digital word art (sorry, don't remember from where) for the sentiment. Didn't have the right color red for my flowers, so made my own polka dotted paper with a white paint pen and some real red cs. Inside the card says..."and YOU are Both!" tfl

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Isabella's Flowers - ISC11 CC275

Hi ya'll! (Have to talk like that now that I'm on the Cowgirl's Posse!!) hehe

This card is for 2 challenges:

1. Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge 11, found here: http://isabellaschallenge.blogspot.com/2010/06/challenge-11-sketch-challenge-using.html; Isabella put this beautiful image as a freebie on the new digital stamping site found here: http://priscillastyles.ning.com/. If you haven't seen this site, you need to check it out...LOTS of freebies and LOTS of fun!!; and
2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC275 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=494840.
My sister gave me a beautiful watercolor set about a year ago, and I've been scared to use it. Have been using watercolor pencils, but not paints in a tube. Well, this image just screamed "Watercolor me!!"...so I thought, what the heck, so this is my first. Of course, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, although I know practice will make it better, so be gentle ~.~.
Inside is stamped "With Sincere Sympathy" which has a little flower beside it, also watercolored.
Thanks for looking, and hope you're having a great day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Taking Flight in One Layer TLC277 CAS71

This card is for 2 challenges at Splitcoaststampers:
1. TLC277 - to make a card with one layer; and
2. CAS71 - make a clean and simple card with things that fly.
I used my favorite cardstock (Core'dinations), cuttlebugged with 3 different cuttlebug folders, and sanded it to make the designs stand out. Stamped the cute little bird with white pigment ink, and heat embossed with white detail embossing powder. A piece of white ribbon, and a little red heart for a pop of color, and there you go. Hope you like it. tfl

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sketch Challenge at Cowgirlssundaystampenchallenge

Today there is a new sketch challenge at Cowgirlup, which you can find here: http://cowgirlssundaystampenchallenge.blogspot.com/.

My card is made with this beautiful checked fairy image hand-drawn by CJ. Isn't she just beautiful??!! She is colored with watercolor pencils. I traced her wings onto vellum and cut them out and put them behind her. After I assembled the card I popped her up on the "moon" and put diamond Stickles on her wings. The Stickles made her wings curl a little bit, and I just love the effect!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you'll go to the challenge blog and play along! CJ has just put lots of new images that can be used for Father's Day in the store here: http://cowgirlupdigitalstampenranch.com/.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Teacup Fairy

Here is a card I made today with a beautiful digital stamp from Cowgirlup, found here: http://cowgirlupdigitalstampenranch.com/. It was just perfect for some challenges that I found today:

1. Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge - IC236 - found here: http://http//www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=494495 to find inspiration here: http://http//roses-and-teacups.com/teaware.php;

2. Color Challenge at Crazy4Challenges - C4C41 - found here: http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/2010/06/crazy4challenges-c4c41.html; and

3. Sketch Challenge at Taylored Expressions - TESC117 - found here: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/2010/06/taylored-expressions-sketch-challenge_11.html.

I watercolored the cute little fairy, masked the cookie and stamped and heat embossed the rose stamp onto the cup, and added glossy accents to the cup to make it look like porcelain...and it really does!!!...getting so I love that stuff!

Friday, June 11, 2010

He's a Keeper

This card is made with a brand new digital stamp created by CJ at Cowgirl Up Stamps here: http://cowgirlupdigitalstampenranch.com/. It's a great digi for a masculine card...seems there are never enough of them! CJ has just put out a whole bunch of them in her store for Father's Day!! Check them out!
I used the stamp for today's challenge at Splitcoaststampers - F4A16 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=494368. It was to make a card with the inside as your focus.
I colored my image with watercolor pencils and used my Asian cuttlebug folder...who knew it would be good for a masculine fishing card???!!! lol Added glossy accents to the splashing water, and voila! tfl

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bee Thanks WT274 fdkoc

Hi there! This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - WT274 - to use bug images on a card; and
2. Crafters Digital Art Center fdoc challenge found here: http://priscillastyles.ning.com/forum/categories/challenges-1/listForCategory.
My digital image is a freebie on that site. It is from Sugar Creek Hollow. Isn't it beautiful?!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Butterflies for Priscilla MMSC57 CC274

This card is for 2 challenges:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC57 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/06/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-57.html; and
2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC274 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=493927.
I used a freebie stamp from Priscilla of http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/. Thanks, Priscilla!! Copied it once, then copied again and flipped it to make the pair. Colored it with copics and added Stickles. Used a cricut medallion under the image. tfl

Monday, June 7, 2010

First DT & Non-Challenge Entry for Cowgirlup

This is my first entry as a DT member of http://cowgirlupdigitalstampenranch.com/. Isn't this image soooo cute??!! I used the TLC276 challenge from Splitcoastampers for my layout inspiration. It was to make a personalized card for a specific person (that would be my 16-year old granddaughter, who loves horses, and has taken riding lessons), and to use a favorite technique. I love to use watercolor pencils, and to use the out-of-the-box technique, and to recycle wallpaper samples. The bg paper is a wallpaper border sample, and the buckled rein is cut from a coordinating wallpaper sample. Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Masculine Encouragement SC283 F4A15 fdkoc

With all my travels in May, I'm having a hard time getting back into the routine of daily challenges, but I will be back more regularly, I promise.
This card is for 3 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge - SC283 - from yesterday;
2. Splitcoast Limited Supplies Challenge - F4A15 - to make a masculine card - from today; and
3. Crafters Digital Art Center - fdkoc - digital kickoff challenge.
I colored the image with Copics...still getting used to them, as you can probably tell...lol. tfl

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Masculine Birthday Card MMSC56 CC273

This card is for my brother-in-law's birthday. I used 2 challenges for inspiration:
1. Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC56 - found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/2010/05/midnight-madness-sketch-challenge-56.html for the layout; and
2. Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge - CC273 - found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492949.
I stamped the birthday cake and sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink and colored with Copics. Then I added glossy accents to the cake stand to make it look like glass, and added a little sky blue, which was the "dessert option" for the color challenge. Added gold stickles to the candle flames and brown stickles to the chocolate birthday cake. A few washers and clips for accents, and it's done. Hand drew the candle and sentiment on the envelope. tfl