Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time Out #142 - Fashionable

Hello!  A new challenge is posted over at the Time Out blog.  This time we are challenging you to be FASHIONABLE.
We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I chose this set called City Girl.  I've been eyeing this set for a while!  I think it's just so cool.  I started with this newer Altenew background stamp and stamped it in two colors.  I stamped it in yellow then turned it around and stamped it in green.  Then I stamped the image and sentiments.  I love to add sequins to all my cards too!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Jenny Martin, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  City Girl (Stamplorations), Graphic Brushstrokes (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, shea butter and seafoam (CPooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), white embossing powder, spectrum noir shimmer, sequins, craft foam 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Just Us Girls #500!!! - Trend Week

Hello friends!  Just Us Girls is celebrating its 500th challenge!  We started this challenge blog way back in October of 2009.  Maria and I are the original members, and we've had so many great designers on the team since then as well as so many guest designers!  I love this challenge and the girls I've "met" through it.  I also want to give a shout out to Vicki who coordinates everything for us and Nancy who creates these fabulous graphics for us.
Vicki also coordinated the prizes from three different sponsors.  Check out the JUGs blog for more information.
The trend challenge is CIRCLES.
I found these birds and flowers on my desk.  I colored them a while ago and forgot about them.  To get the circles in the card, I used a new Altenew stencil called Bubble Wrap and tumbled glass distress oxide ink.  I die cut that panel with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to the card base.  Then I just layered the birds (on dimensionals) and flowers on that panel along with two sentiment strips.  I added shimmer to them and then crystals for more shine.  Easy peasy card because of the pre-colored images!
You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team and our August guest, Tristan, on the JUGs blog.
 Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Toucan Do It (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It blending card
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass DO, copic markers
Accessories:  Toucan Do It dies (CP), stitched rectangle die (MFT), Bubble Wrap stencil (Altenew) spectrum noir shimmer, crystals, dimensionals

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Just Us Girls #499 - Word Week

 Hi everyone!  It's the beginning of August and it's still SUMMER!  That's the word for Word Week over at Just Us Girls chosen by Carol. We just don't want it to end!

So I decided to use this cute set from a new company called The Greetery (such a cute name too!).  This set is called Feelin' Fan-Sea and the main images (this octopus and a starfish) are just so adorable.  I looked on their website to see how this octopus was colored and settled on green. I added the cute purple bow to her head and blue on the dots.  I added shimmer and glossy accents to them.   The fish were colored with various colors.  The "water" was created with a background stamp.  I added the pattern paper strip to which I scalloped the edges with a scallop edge die.  To finish it off, I added the sentiment and some raindrops.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for August, Tristan, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Feelin' Fan-Sea (The Greetery), Whimsical Waves (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Birthday Blowout (MFT)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, aquatini, copics
Accessories:  Feelin' Fan-Sea dies (The Greetery), scallop stitches die (SSS), raindrops, spectrum noir shimmer, glossy accents, craft foam

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time Out #141 - Theme Challenge

Hi friends! Happy August!  Summer sure is flying by!
 It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This is our theme challenge, and the theme is RELAXATION.
Newton's Nook is our sponsor for this challenge.  I chose to use this cute Summer Vacation stamp and die set for my card.  What better way to relax than on a beach on a sunny day under an umbrella?  Maybe a drink in hand?  LOL!  I started by coloring this cute image with copic markers then die cutting it with the matching die.  Then I created the background by sponging in clouds with a stencil and then sponging in the water.  The sand was created with stitched dies using kraft cardstock.  I added the pail of sand and the die cut sun before stamping the sentiment. I added glossy accents to the sunglasses and yellow crystals.  There is also shimmer on the umbrella, sun and pail.  I'm not sure how I feel about the dots I put on the sand.  :-(

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Marieke, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Newton's Summer Vacation (Newton's Nook)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It blending card, kraft and yellow cardstocks
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copics, tumbled glass, peacock feathers and salty ocean oxide inks
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), Newton's summer vacation dies (Newton's Nook), drifting stitched borders (SSS), large sunshine die (Lil' Inkers), glossy accents, spectrum noir shimmer, cloud stencil (MFT), crystals, dimensionals 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Just Us Girls #498 - Photo Week

Hello!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and I chose this photo for our Photo Week challenge.  I love elephants and loved this photo.

I had so many ideas for this challenge.  In the end, I chose this stamp set from Concord & 9th but it didn't end up the way I envisioned.  I die cut the elephant from the center of the print and die cut it three more times from white cardstock and mounted them all together.  When I photographed it, you couldn't see the elephant very well.  So I die cut another elephant from yellow cardstock.  Looks much better in the photos, but I liked it better the first way in person.  Oh well.  The elephant is covered with shimmer. 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our July guest, Emma, on the JUGs blog.  This is Emma's last week with us.  Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed your time with us!
I'm entering this in the Color Throwdown Challenge too.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral Print Silhouette (C&9th), Unforgettable (WPlus 9)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow cardstock
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, party dress, tutti frutti, tiara (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Floral Print Silhouette die (C&9th), stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals, spectrum noir shimmer 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Just Us Girls #497 - Color Week

Hi friends!  Nancy chose a very feminine and pretty color combination for this week's Just Us Girls color week challenge.
This was an easy challenge for me.  These colors scream flowers!  And what better stamp company to choose for that than Altenew?  This Pomander stamp set is just so pretty.  I stamped the flowers in light and dark pink Altenew inks then the leaves in green ink from MFT.  The outline of the image was first stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink.  I stamped the sentiment then die cut the main panel and the black panel with stitched rectangle dies.  I added star dust stickles to the flowers and random crystals to the background.  I thought it would make a nice sympathy card (something I like to have on hand).
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Prettiest Pomander (Altenew), Moments of Grace (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, MFT field green, Altenew pink diamond, pinkalicious, rubellite, razzleberry
Accessories:   Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), crystals, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Time Out #140 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi friends!  We have a new challenge at Time Out.  It's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  Use the photo to inspire your creation.
We are sponsored by Topflight Stamps and I used this cute Baby Bear & Friends stamp set.  I needed a new baby boy card, so this stamp set was perfect!  I was a little stumped trying to use the inspiration photo with this set, but then settled on the wood from the steering wheel (I looked up the proper name and it's the helm...who knew?) and the blue from the one candle.  I found pattern paper in similar wood for my background.  This was die cut with a stitched rectangle.  Then I stamped the bear and masked it so I could have him laying on the tree stump.  I colored him blue and the stump brown with copic markers.  The hearts have shimmer and glossy accents on them as does the bear's nose.  When I die cut the bear, I left it in the die and sponged some antique linen around it so it left a white margin around the stitched area.  I die cut another blue mat and mounted them together.  This was mounted on craft foam for some dimension.  The sentiment was die cut four times and stacked.  I added shimmer on this as well.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch too!
You can see more inspiration from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Baby Bear & Friends (Topflight Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It blending card, blue cardstock, Woodgrain pattern paper
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, antique linen distress, copics
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die, inside & out stitched rounded square, arrow greetings die (all MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, glossy accents, craft foam, Nuvo drops 


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