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

Friday, December 30, 2011

IC317 Love Birds

This card was inspired by today's Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge - IC317 - Embroidery Everywhere. My inspiration piece is this:

I need 2 anniversary cards for next month, so here is my first. I used a vellum sentiment for the center of my pre-embossed square card, outlined that in silver and added some silver beads for shine. The little love birds are from an Inkadinkadoo Hearts and Love set. They were heat embossed on black cs with detail white ep, then cut out and popped up. Inside is Happy Anniversary also heat embossed, but in black, and one of the birds in white. tfl

Party Dress

This card is for 3 challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers - F4A97 - party dress;

2. Color Q Challenge - cQc#117 - shown above my card - Black, White and 1 color of choice; and

3. Party Time Tuesday - PTT#48 - Anything Goes.

I stamped and heat embossed the dress (Inkadinkadoo Friendship set) and the sentiment (Glitz Clear Stamps beautiful dreamer set) and colored with Copics. Embellishments and it's done. tfl

Top 10 Favorite Cards of 2011

Stephanie of Ingenious Inkling has a post of her top 10 favorite cards that she made in 2011, and asked if her readers would like to do the same. So, here are mine.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rainbow Bouquet

Today's card was inspired by 2 challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It - WT355 - Just Bead It...I used little red seed beads in the centers of my flowers; and

2. DSYU Challenge Blog - Challenge #52 - Rainbow...to use rainbow colors found in the inspiration pic shown above my card.

The stamp used is from the Just Rite "Sending You Sunshine Set". I stamped it in black and heat embossed it with clear ep, then colored in with copics. Used diamond Stickles to glue my little beads on.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blossoming Hope SC365

This card is for today's Sketch Challenge - SC365 - at Splitcoaststampers. The beautiful rose with sentiment frame is from Glitzitnow. The hope and butterfly sentiment are studio g from Hampton Art. The beautiful designer papers are by My Mind's Eye. tfl

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CC355 Thank You Cards

Both of these cards are for today's Color Challenge - CC355 - at Splitcoaststampers. The window card was my first, but I wasn't totally happy with the way it came out, so I made another. Heat embossing was used on both, and the window and vase are covered with Glossy Accents, though it doesn't show well in the pic. tfl

Monday, December 26, 2011

CAS Thanks

This card is for 4 challenges:
1. TLC357 - Boxing Day - at Splitcoaststampers...Thank You card for mail carrier, newspaper delivery person, etc.;
2. Christmas card challenges week #4 at http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/, for the sketch;
3. Less is More - Week 47 - Just One Word; and
4. Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - Week 87 at Mark's Finest Papers - Anything Goes.
I used a Just Rite stamp and cardstock from My Mind's Eye.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Five Favorite Holiday Cards of the Year

Stephanie at Ingenious Inkling , one of my favorite blogs, has done a post about her five favorite holiday cards of the year, and invited her readers to do the same, so....above are mine. tfl

Merry Christmas

Just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, December 23, 2011

IC316 Dancin' in the Rain

Today's Inspiration Challenge - IC315 - at Splitcoaststampers was to get inspiration from Urban Loft Art. My inspiration piece is pictured above and is found here: http://www.urbanloftart.com/hochstatter-690221/summer-at-the-cottage-ii-art-print.htm.

I used stamps from Glitz Designs called "Dance in Sunshine". Heat embossed with white detail embossing powder on navy cardstock. Added sentiment panel, and there you have it. I'm also entering it into the "Anything Goes" challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend. tfl

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bright & Cheerful Christmas Gift Card

This gift card was inspired by 2 challenges:

1. Splitcoaststampers - WT354 - Digi Day;

2. ABC Christmas Challenge - Z is for Zingy Colours - inspired by the colorful turkeys shown above;

and a tutoral for a gift card holder by Jen Leeflang from South Africa, which can be found here: http://jencraftsa.blogspot.com/.

The digi image is from Bugaboo Stamps. It's supposed to be a birthday image, but I made it into a Christmas one with the colors and sentiment. The merry Christmas sentiment is a new set I got from Stampin' Up, called Petite Pairs. The other half of this pair is stamped inside..."and a Happy, Joyful, Bright New Year". tfl

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Snowy Owl Thank You

This is the second of my Christmas Thank You cards. I used the Sketch Challenge - SC364 - at Splitcoaststampers as my inspiration. Also, Challenge PTT#47 - to use ribbon - at Party Time Tuesdays.

The stamps used are Stampin' Up's Delicate Doilies, and Inkadinkadoo's Winter Birds and Round Frames (the "thank you"). They were all stamped and heat embossed.

I wanted shimmery white ribbon, but didn't have any, so I used grossgrain ribbon and covered it with diamond Stickles. tfl

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thank You Doilies

Wow! It's been a couple of weeks since I posted. Been busy with Christmas stuff...but I'm finally done...I hope! Now I need to get some Thank You cards made up for gifts we've received. Got the new Delicate Doilies stamp set from Stampin' Up a while back, but no chance to use them, so thought I'd break them out for today's Color Challenge - CC354 - at Splitcoaststampers. The "thank you" stamp is from Stampin' Up's Because I Care set. tfl

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MMSC134 Bird Song

This card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - MMSC134. I love these little birds on a wire by Priscilla, which can be found here at priscillastyles-store. I colored them with copics and printed my background papers. The beautiful flower is a dimensional sticker. tfl

Monday, December 5, 2011

Freshly Made Birthday

This card is for 3 challenges:

1. Freshly Made Sketches #13, shown at top;

2. Splitcoaststampers' Technique Lovers Challenge - TLC 354 - to use buttons; and

3. Splitcoaststampers' Clean and Simple Challenge - CAS147 - to use twine.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

O Christmas Tree IC313 WT351

This card is for Splitcoaststampers' Inspiration Challenge - IC313 - and was inspired by a Christmas ornament by Christopher Radko at

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/christopher-radko-christmas-ornament-holiday-centerpiece?ID=574583&CategoryID=30599&LinkType=PDPZ1. I started out with the faux letterpress technique used in Thursday's Ways to Use It challenge - WT351...didn't really like the way the background came out, so did a die cut oval topper cuttlebugged with snowflakes ef, colored the raised embossing on the tree and the ornaments. Glossy Accents on the ornaments, stickles on the garland and star, some die-cut snowflakes with rhinestones and a snowflake ribbon. Started out as a simple card, turned into this !!!! hehe...You never know sometimes! tfl

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Birthday Snow WT351

This is a birthday card for our nephew, Andy. He moved from Florida to Virginia last year, and since they do get a lot of beautiful sparkly snow in the winter, thought he would like this. For inspiration, I used the Ways to Use It Challenge - WT351 - at Splitcoaststampers - to use faux letter press. I brayered my tree folder with bordering blue ink and ran it through. At first, I was kind of disappointed in the coverage, but for this card, it actually worked to my advantage, as it looks like blowing snow. Then I did the same with the Happy Birthday folder and cut out a part of it for the sentiment. Added torn "snow" and Stickles and it's done. Very sparkly and pretty in real life. tfl