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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy Birthday for Zach

This card is for our nephew, Zach. For inspiration, I used two different challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge - SC361; and

2. Colour Q Challenge - cQc #13, as seen above the card.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MMSC132 Dream

This card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. The beautiful digital image is from priscillastyles-store. I colored her with Copics, fussy-cut her out and popped her up on dimensionals. "dream" is stamped on my "brick" wall done with whitewash core'dinations paper and sanded. The green pearl swirl embellishment is a little gift Priscilla sent me a long time ago, and the beautiful shimmering sheer lavendar ribbon (which doesn't really show up well in the pic, sorry) is from my wedding 5 years ago, which we just celebrated on 11/11/11. tfl
Other challenges entered:
1. http://thecraftypad.blogspot.com/ Challenge 149 - Recipe of 3's - 3 papers;
2. http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/ - Pile It On #48 - Sugar & Spice - girly

Monday, November 28, 2011

Funky Chicken

My friend, Joyce, collects all things "chicken". When I saw this cute little digi stamp from beccysplace, I just had to make a card for her with it. For the layout I was inspired by a sketch challenge - FMS12 - at Freshly Made. I colored the little chick with Copics, and used beautiful coordinated designer papers from My Mind's Eye. tfl

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wintery Birthday Fun IC312

My card today was inspired by today's Splitcoaststampers' Inspiration Challenge - IC312 - inspiration from Glennajean, found here:
http://glennajean.posterous.com/. (See top pic).

I used a cute little digi freebie from Bugaboo Stamps, colored with Copics. The checked panel was run through the Cuttlebug with a new Darice embossing folder. I then sanded the embossed areas and outlined all the stars with Stickles and added Stickles snow for the penguin to walk on. Love the sparkle and dimension...the star areas actually look like ice. The snow idea was from Crazy4Challenges - C4C115. Fun card to make! tfl

Monday, November 21, 2011

Under the Weather Winter Get Well

This card is for 4 challenges. I need some get well cards for my stash, and this new image from priscillastyles-store is just sooooo cute I just had to use it, and it is perfect for these challenges:
1. The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge - SSS135;
2. Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #82"Black, White and One other color of your choice ;
3. Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C114 - Black & White & WOW!!; and
4. Splitcoaststampers' Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC352 - Let's Make it Snow.
I like the way it came out...hope you do too! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Singing Cat Studio Inspiration IC311

Today's Inspiration Challenge - IC311 - at Splitcoaststampers led me to Singing Cat Studios, where one of the first pieces I saw was the pendant shown above. Not only did it inspire my card, but I had to have it, so I ordered it right away...can't wait to get it in the mail! What beautiful creations Kim has made! I brayered the blue over dry embossed metallic cs. The sentiment is the bottom part of one of the stamps in SU's Thoughts and Prayers set. tfl

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bugaboo Birthday Boy

This card is for 2 challenges, again using a cute little digital image from Bugaboo Stamps. The challenges are:
1. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Craft Challenge 129 - Stars in Your Eyes; and
2. Mark's Finest Papers - Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #81
"Your Favorite Technique
"...My #1 favorite technique is dry embossing on core'dinations cardstock and sanding it.
Inside is stamped "Make a Wish" from Hampton Arts, and some little swirly things like on the front. tfl

Bugaboo Birthday

This card is for 3 challenges:
1. Splitcoaststampers' Free For All Challenge - F4A91 - pixellated challenge;
2. Inspirational Card Sketches - ICSketches#140 - sketch; and
3. Mark's Finest Papers - Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #81"Your Favorite Technique"...My favorite techniques are dry embossing and using Stickles.
The cute little birthday bear is from Bugaboo Stamps.
For the pixellated challenge, I used 3 different pink inks to make my "pixels" with the end of a square eraser. The inside is stamped "Happy Birthday" in the hot pink ink. tfl

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Baby Boy SC359

Another baby card for my stash. Used Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge - SC359 for inspiration. These papers are some of my favorites...especially for baby cards. The stamps are from a set called Special Delivery from Fiscars. tfl

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Surfing Birthday CC349

I was commissioned to do a card for a friend's son, who is a surfer. I used today's color challenge - CC349 - at Splitcoaststampers as inspiration for my colors (baja breeze, lucky limeade and calypso coral). The "surfboards" are made with Inkadinkadoo "Petal Expressions" stamps, the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts CL139 birthday set. Sorry, I can't remember where the little sealife stamps are from. tfl

Merry Christmas MMSC130

This card is for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC130. The beautiful Christmas Ornaments digital stamp is from priscillastyles-store. I colored the digi with Copic markers and made the poinsettias with my new Spellbinders dies. Love these things. Stenciled the veins on the leaves with gold metallic marker, and added little gold studs for centers. Some gold ribbon, and voila! tfl
I am also entering this card into these challenges:
1. 2 Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes;
2. Christmas Card Challenge;

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Needed to make a birthday card for my sweet granddaughter, Brittany, so I was inspired by today's Splitcoaststampers' Inspiration Challenge - IC310. My inspiration was a cute little polka dot plate from Sally Meekins Ceramics. I chalked inside my Nestabilities scalloped circle with a rosy color and then stamped and heat embossed my cupcake and sentiment.

I am also entering the card in an Anything Goes challenge at http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/.


Friday, November 11, 2011

5th Anniversary Card

Today is our 5th Wedding Anniversary, and I made this card for my dh. I used the challenge at Splitcoaststampers to use embellishments we are thankful for - F4A90. Well, I don't know if everyone would consider embossing folders embellishments, but they are one of my favorite things to use on cards. They just add so much texture and interest. I did the embossing and used chalks and copics for coloring. tfl

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Bundle of Joy

This card is for today's Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge - SC358. Just got this cute little baby bear embossing folder from Darice. Love it! Never seem to have enough baby cards, so thought I'd make some up. I chalked the little bear to make him stand out, as he seemed to get lost with some color. The Little Bundle of Joy stamp is the Punches Three set from Stampin' Up. I stamped it with VersaMark and Chocolate Chip ink, then heat embossed it. tfl

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Howdy Pardner

This card is for Splitcoaststampers' Color Challenge - CC348 - cajun craze, kraft, and tempting turquoise. When I saw this pic of a trio of cute little donkeys it reminded me of my manicurist, as she is the only person I know who has a pet donkey. Aren't they soooo cute???!! So...I made this card for her. I made the sentiment on my computer. tfl

Monday, November 7, 2011

Autumn Thanks TLC350

This card is for Splitcoaststampers' Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC 350 - No Stamps Allowed. I used my new embossing folder by Darice...LOVE this ef! Embossed it onto Core'dinations cs and sanded, then colored the leaves with watercolor markers. Printed the thank you and did some more dry embossing and chalking. Oh, and the leaf is from a beautiful weeping birch we have out front. tfl

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Autumn Thanks

This card was inspired by the above picture from Week 1 inspiration challenge from http://justinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com/.

I've also drawn inspiration from
Challenge #22 - Embossing and/or 3 or More Layers at http://heartsonginspirations.blogspot.com/. I heat embossed my image and then used watercolor crayons and an aquapainter on them. Stamped the THANKS on the side, added a cute little glittery leaf button with some raffia, and Voila! tfl

New Challenge Site

Just Inspirational Challenges:

This looks like a fun new challenge blog...and they have blog candy...ending tonight...hurry!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Butterfly Hope SC357

This card is for today's Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge - SC357. Inside is stamped HOPE with a little butterfly. tfl

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MMSC128 Priscillastyles Pincushion

This card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC128. The beautiful digital image is one of the newest from priscillastyles-store. Last weekend my neighbor and I took part in a craft fair here at our community club house. She makes adorable pincushions, and I wanted to thank her for helping me set up my pegboard cardholder, so this image was just perfect to make her a little thank you card. It is also for the following challenges:
1. The Catered Crop - FTR24 recipe challenge;
2. Come and Get It Challenge - anything goes; and
3. Craft your Passion - Bingo