Paper Anthology

04
Dec

It’s a guy card!

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Over and over again I hear how hard it is to create a guy card – very challenging,people say, not much stuff out there for masculine cards, they say… So when I saw this weeks challenge at Shopping Our Stash  – “Happy Birthday Dude” I really thought about what would make a card personal for my husband.  We live in a lake house with wood virtually everywhere – wood paneling, wood floors, wood burning stove, 7 cords of wood stacked outside, you get the idea.  So, I knew wood had to be featured, and anyways, I really wanted to try the new Tim Holtz wood planks die and 3D embossing folder.  Now, my husband has this old flannel shirt that he wears ALL THE TIME, I mean he really loves this shirt   (and I love plaid and green)  so I decided to recreate the look for a background panel.  First I stamped the Altenew Buffalo check background stamp on moss green paper with Bluebird Archival ink, then I used one of the lines from the MFT Plaid Builder stamp set and alternated Prickly Pear and Peat Moss archival inks in between the Buffalo check..a touch of vintage photo distress ink to soften the edges and viola – an old plaid shirt.  The letters are die cut from Tim Holtz’ metallic kraft stock with the Sizzix Alphanumeric dies – 3/4″, then sanded roughly and inked with more vintage photo.  This was one of those rare times when the card ended up looking exactly like I saw it in my mind!


 

Thanks for stopping by and leave a message so I know you visited!

 

~elisabeth

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01
Dec

Christmas Swap

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Every year we do a Christmas card swap at Paper Anthology and I’m always in awe at the beautiful designs everyone comes up with.  For those of you that haven’t submitted your cards yet for this year, please get them to the store as soon as possible so I can get all the cards out to everyone.  Once they’re all in, I’ll choose 3 to spotlight here on the blog.    I haven’t joined the fun for several years as November is a very busy time of the year at the store, but this year I vowed to carve out some time!   I may have mentioned once or twice how much I loved Taylored Expressions’ Holiday release this year- honestly every single thing was fantastic – so I decided to feature a few things from them on my swap card:

 

I die cut the Taylored Expressions moose from Altenew’s wood paper ( this is super cool ultra thin real wood that die cuts like a dream)  The background is stamped with Taylored Expressions Buffalo check background stamp.  The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous “Christmastime” set (adore these sentiments!)  The blanket stitch die cut is from Waffle Flower and the smaller die cut is from Sizzix, stitched rectangles.  The tiny twine bow just added the perfect touch!

 

Thanks for stopping by  – I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a comment, I LOVE to see who’s visited!

 

~elisabeth

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27
Nov

Got Washi?

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This week’s challenge at Shopping our stash is “Washi, Washi, Washi!  While I don’t have a stash quite like Lauren’s, I was able to pull together a nice collection for this nature inspired, fall hued card.  While Washi tape is the focal point here, I couldn’t resist a bit of stamping.  I used The Concord and 9th set-Just Because and added a tree ring stamp from the Honey Bee stamp set – Hello Gorgeous!  Inks used are Archival ink (potting soil, of course)  and Wendy Vecchi blendable dye inks -stamped and watercolored. (orange blossom, sunflower, acorn and fern green).  Be proud of me – I’ve kept that cactus alive for almost a month now!

Thanks for stopping by!

~elisabeth

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25
Nov

On a roll!

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With all the Christmas cards I design throughout the year, you’d think I would have done a Jingle Belles challenge before this!  Well, I finally did one, just in time for their Holiday break!   The girls at Jingle Belles asked us to “bring them some Figgy pudding” and design a card inspired by festive food!  Since Lauren says her favorite holiday treat is Xmas cookies, I decided to make her a plate full!

I used a bunch of Sizzix dies on this one:  Stitched circles, Doily and Fresh Baked # 1 and # 2.  Sentiment and Frame is from one of my favorite sets from Stampers Anonymous, Simple Saying – CMS155.  (If you don’t have this one in your collection, get it – you will reach for it over and over again!)   The patterned paper is from the Authentique “Jingle” collection.  Oh, and glossy accents – lots of glossy accents.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~Elisabeth

 

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23
Nov

Playing with Honey Bee

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This weeks challenge at Shopping our stash, SOS381,   is to create a card inspired by a food or beverage label.  So I went in my pantry and this box jumped out at me:

 

 

Probably because I really wanted some biscuits, or more precisely, biscuits and gravy, but I digress..

The layout and the color scheme caught my eye and I was ready to roll!  Here’s what I came up with:

 

The stamps are from a Honey Bee stamp set that I’ve been itching to get inky.  The image is colored in with Polychromos pencils with just a touch of sponged squeezed lemonade distress ink to soften things up a bit.

Now I’m off to work on the Christmas Card swap!

 

thanks for stopping by!

 

Elisabeth

 

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18
Nov

I did a card challenge!!!

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I used to LOVE doing online card challenges, absolutely loved being, well, challenged to create out of my comfort zone.  Color challenges, sketch challenges – you name it, I did it!  Well it’s been years since I’ve done one (at least 7 years!) and I decided it was time to carve out some time and get challenged!  This week I decided to join the Tic Tac Toe challenge at Shopping Our Stash.    (SOS380)

Choose a line, horizontal, perpendicular or diagonal and use all the elements in your card.  I chose straight down the middle – stamps (of course), stash more than 5 years old and Happy Birthday.  Here’s my card:

 

 

 

For the stamps, I used a lovely set from Concord and 9th called “Just Because” and a sentiment from Cats Life Press.

As to the “stash older than 5 years” part, I used a piece of patterned paper from Rouge De’ Garance from 2006.  I stamped the flowers and background block with some original distress inks that I have had for at least a dozen years – antique linen, tattered rose and worn lipstick.  (although they’ve been re-inked many, many times since then…)

The birthday wishes sentiment, leaves and branches were stamped with Archival ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Elisabeth

 

 

 

 

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15
Nov

Paper Anthology will be closed today, Thursday, 11/15/18

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It’s coming down fast and heavy up here in Vernon. As the snow is supposed to change to sleet and ice, I have decided not to risk the treacherous roads. Paper Anthology will be closed tonight. Stay home and safe everyone!

09
Nov

Anniversary Party Winners!!!

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Congratulations to the Anniversary Party Winners:

Raffle ticket winners:

Pat McGillicudy
Jenn DeStefano
Stacey Brandt
Deb Steckler

Button Jar winner:

Marissa Edwards

Grand Prize Trivia Contest winner:

Bryan Hann

Stop in the store to pick up your prizes!

28
Sep

Upcoming classes

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Just sharing some upcoming classes for next week :  We still have some spots available for the following classes:

 

Shari’s class on Monday, Oct. 1st 6-9 pm:

create this awesome purse shaped box (without using dies) featuring adorable new paper from Doodlebug.  Along with the purse, you’ll make a set of 6 cards that coordinates with and fits perfectly in the purse, along with envelopes.  A Catherine Pooler Stamp set and Penny Black sentiments are featured on the cards.

 

Sweet treats on Thursday, Oct. 4th, 6-9 pm

 

 

An amazing collection of 6 treat boxes, featuring unique shapes, perfect for Halloween goodies!  Beautiful Authentique paper and fun stamps sets from Catherine Pooler and Lawn Fawn are featured – this class is a must for those of you that love to create your own treat boxes!

 

Strip Tease: Oct. 6th – 12-3 pm

 

Lauren will teach you three new ways to construct beautiful, unique, autumnal backgrounds using nothing but leftover strips of patterned paper and adhesive. Believe it or not, there’s hardly ANY measuring or precision involved, and the methods you learn can be taken home and used with any paper you’d like to finish up.

 

Join us!

07
Jul

And the winner is….

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The winner of the 2nd quarter Frequent Shoppers prize is Eileen Eisele! 

Congratulations!!!

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