Saturday, February 6, 2016


TWO PAPER DIVAS is an online Paper Crafting Stamp Company which I have been a designer (Design Team) for in the last few years.  Melissa Rodgers and Gayla O'Dell are the owners & creators of the company.  First and foremost they are good friends and really fun ladies.

They have decided to have their first Challenge (February 2016) and the black and white picture above is the concept.  I will admit ..... this is my first Challenge.  I could have done one many times in the past but because of teaching "weekly" card classes for over 5 years (and working with others on a one-on-one basis for many years beyond that & working -playing- in so many girlfriend's stores) I just never got involved.  I hesitated for a while when Melissa first asked if I would become a "Diva" with Two Paper Divas.  You know it is one of those things ..... how do you turn down a friend which she has been since 2004.

So, I started with three colors which I love of the Distress Inks.  Color palette is typically, as an Interior Designer by Degree, my first look at when I even am doing card making.  When I spotted the object which basically looked like a flower, I knew that I wanted to do my favorite ..... a shaker!!

After I colored with the three Distress Inks, I added water droplets and a glitter spray.  Then giving the "curve" as shown in the concept photo, I used a punch (eyelet) look.  BUT, it still needed something, even though I was going to make a shaker over it.  I remembered that TPDivas created a recent stamp set which is called the "Background Stamps #1".  There are four 2" x 2" stamps with different designs which would give each of my colored strips their own individuality.  I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in the soft granite instead of black to give a lighter look.  The fourth stamp from that set was used on the Balloon pattern paper and I stamped it in Simon Says Stamps White Pigment Ink (hard to see it in the photo).  I pulled the original "Birthday Wishes" set (Retired now) and used the Balloon and the Girlfriend sentiment from that set.  This set was replaced with an updated version by the same name.

When making the shaker, I knew that I had to use two pieces of clear Plastic sheeting.  After going to that much detail on the three colored strips, I did not want to totally cover it up doing a normal concept of a shaker.

Happy Challenge Ladies!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Inlaid Tree

I wanted to do an inlaid card with the Card Class gals this past week, so I grabbed my tree die by Memory Box (I believe) and away it went with the creation.  Then is dawned on me that I had the perfect Sentiment from TWO PAPER DIVAS set of stamps "Branching Out".  Worked great with the exposed branches.

Not much to really explain about this one other than after I double die cut the card stock, I did an attachment on the back side of the two color inside die cut with a tiny strip of 1/8" score tape at the top and bottom middle of the fitted two pieces on the wrong side.  It was at this point that I took the pieces along with the tree die to my Big Shot and die cut the tree.  I now have a Bazzill card stock "scalloped edge" in Butter Mint which I can use on another card for a future day!

It has been a snowy day today and we are expecting "round 2" a bigger blast tonight through tomorrow.  We probably have around 5" (which was added to about 2 ft still in the yard) from this snow today.  Mel and Gayla .... I think this will be heading your way soon!!  Stay warm ALL!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Balloons Make Me Smile!!!

Balloons up in our beautiful Blue sky here in Colorado always make me Smile.  It is Winter here now and we are so lucky to see the Balloons up every season.   THE WONDERFUL TOURISTS!!!! Tomorrow I am starting another Online Water Color Class (Intermediate) and I decided it would make a wonderful background for this Balloon.  I am planning to do a Pre Class Post this evening of the card.  

STAMPS:  TWO PAPER DIVAS  -  "You Are My Sunshine" (Located in the OTHER Category)
and the Sentiment "You Make Me Smile".  The Sunshine set is an older set but one of my favorites!!

INK:  Versafine - Onyx Black

CARDSTOCK:  Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor (Textured Side)

PIECING:  Simple Stories - I Heart Summer & Tim Holtz Linen Ribbon for a piece on the basket of the Balloon

WATER COLOR:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi

There is always such a final touch when you splatter ink.  When I used the Linen Ribbon on the basket of the Balloon I stretched it (on purpose) and it made it very open weave.  Almost like the Balloon has a very used basket!!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Home, Family & Blessing

This Sentiment by TWO PAPER DIVAS speaks volumes and I am lucky for 50 Years of marriage to know all three statements.  Pretty special and I thank Roger, my husband, for giving me these wonderful years.  I put only three die cut houses on this card ...... but if truth be known ..... he and I have lived in too many places (homes and apartments) in all these years and the card could not hold all those die cuts!!  HA!!

I will be back to finish this card later!!

If any of you were concerned about stamping on a doily, well obviously this shows you that they will really stamp easily.  Some of my students were unnerved by it at first and every single one of them did perfectly.  I backed it with the pink circle die to make the sentiment stand out.  I love the die cut homes and it just accents the concept of the Sentiment.

Have a great day creating ..... I need to get busy and create five more cards and cut for classes by Tuesday .... Yikes this is Sunday .... BYE!!!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Bright Side

I am on a roll ...... just completed another TPD Design Team card.  When Inspiration rattles out of my brain .... gotta go with it.

Will be back to do the write up!!!

Okay, I am back to do a short write up but first let me explain to those who have already visited my site and notice a change ...... I removed the first picture because of a discovery I made ..... there was a piece of pop up under the black side which had slipped over and was peeking out one of the punch out holes.  You probably did not care but I did ...HA!

STAMPS:   Two Paper Divas - Watt's Up Set
INK:  Versafine Black Pigment Ink
PUNCHES:  Martha Stewart All around punch
                     Edge punch

When I first saw this set of stamps, I just had a head full of concepts.  But, this one popped into my head first and I wanted to develop it.  When you are stuck on creativity, let the Sentiment speak to you and go with it.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Best Fishes

Well ...... I did it like I said that I might!!!  Thank you Melissa Rodgers, Co-Owner of TWO PAPER DIVAS!!!  You inspired me to do this card with your "original" design of the Fishies in the Gum Ball machine that you did for the December 2015 release of the stamp set "I Chews You".  Knowing that I had the die of the Gum Ball Machine from Simon Says Stamp (2015) which they put out for a Shaker card.  This is not a Shaker but it almost could have been the way that I designed it........BUT Mel .... you totally get the credit for the creation.  Thank YOU!!

STAMPS:  TWO PAPER DIVAS - Best Fishes Stamp Set  (Fish and Sentiment)

PENS:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush (Red, Lilac, Light Blue, Cobalt Blue & Lemon Yellow)

DIES:  SIMON SAYS STAMP & Essentials by ELLEN - Bohemian Garden by Julie (Greenery)

Again ..... I have to say thank you to Melissa Rodgers for the concept **** AND also to Gayla O'Dell both are owners of Two Paper Divas.  To Gayla .... Yes I had to order the ZIG pens because of you. Not a full set but enough to get through the basic coloring.  I love the "brush"!!!

Happy coloring out there!!!

This card is going to my dear friend, Judy Davidson, for her Birthday on Monday.  I will email it to her, teach a class on Tuesday with it and then put it in the MAIL to Judy.  A little sneaky!!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Repost of the Lips inside the Ribbon Valentine Card

This is the new inside of the last card which I posted......the addition of the Red/Pink Lips on the inside.  The Lips are from TWO PAPER DIVAS stamp set - Sending Love!!