Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!  I'm celebrating my father-in-law and remembering my dad today.   We are taking my FIL to our cabin for a relaxing day of visiting and cooking out.
I made this card for him.  This is such a cute set and I thought about this card all day yesterday.  It should have been a super easy card to create, right?  Well it is if you use the right inks.  I thought at first that I'd use Catherine Pooler inks, but they were too juicy and the patterns on the stamps were lost.  (And I did give them the "love taps" she suggests!)  I think this finished panel is my third try!  So then I moved on to inks by SSS, PTI, and Altenew.  These worked much better.  And the bowties came to life when I stamped the black creases on them.  Such a cute image!  I die cut both the stamped panel and black panel with MFT's stitched rectangle dies.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock.
I hope you have a very nice day with your loved ones!  Here's a picture of my dad and me in 1986 at my friend's wedding (I was a bridesmaid).  It was the last photo we took together.  He passed away in 1994 from complications of Alzheimer's.  Miss him so much every day!
 Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Dapper Chap (PTI)
Paper: Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, spring rain (SSS), Hawaiian shores (PTI), lagoon (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT) 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Just Us Girls #445 - Color Week

Hi friends!  This week over at Just Us Girls, Ina chose a favorite color combo of mine!
I love the boldness of black, red and white.  When I sat down to make this card, there was a piece of yupo paper with alcohol inks that I made for last week's challenge and never used.  It was red, so I was inspired to use it.  I die cut it with a PTI die (some of those pieces didn't want to come out and I had to take a razor knife to get them out!).  Then I die cut some stitched flowers from white cardstock and leaves from black and layered them in the corner.  The black leaves and flower centers have shimmer on them.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, yupo
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, alcohol inks
Accessories:  Bold border flare die (PTI), stitched flower dies (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time Out #111 - Theme Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone!  We are in our second week for the Time Out Theme Challenge.  The theme is holidays with an optional twist to make it a one-layer card.
I'm not twisting today, but I don't have too many layers either.  It's sort of CAS I think!  I knew I wanted to use this Lawn Fawn paper with this snowflake.  The snowflake was die cut once from this paper and then three times from white cardstock to stack together.  Then I die cut an offset circle from the pattern paper and added the snowflake in it.  The sentiment was die cut four times from white cardstock and stacked as well.  Then I stamped the sentiment on a white strip and adhered it to the pattern paper.  I finished it off with some sparkle and Nuvo drops.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  It's closed now, but I'm still linking it. 
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Ishani, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Snow Birds (Honey Bee Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, Knit Picky (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched circle die (SSS), Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti), Layered Snowflakes (MFT), Nuvo Crystal Drops, spectrum noir shimmer, fun foam

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Just Us Girl #444 - Trend Week

Hey friends!  I had fun playing with alcohol inks for the Just Us Girls trend week challenge.
I started by creating a panel of yupo paper and alcohol inks in butterscotch and terra cotta.  I added the alcohol blending solution to move the color around.  It looked so cool, like marble.  I then die cut it using this hourglass cover plate.  I also die cut it from white paper.  I adhered the alcohol piece to the card base and inlayed the white pieces.  I die cut the sentiment and adhered that in the center.

I was able to create another card with the leftover pieces.  The sentiment was die cut with the leftover pieces as well.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, Yupo
Accessories:  Full card hourglass die (SSS), birthday basics: birthday (PTI), birthday wishes (CF), alcohol blending solutions

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Just Us Girls #443 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  This week over at Just Us Girls Sue has a word for our Word Week challenge.  She chose "outside".  Lots of ways to interpret this one.
I actually made this card a while ago at a class at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. Stephanie Klauck from MFT does monthly classes there and I've been to a couple.  This is one from those classes.  The background was sponged and splattered with water.  The rest was just stamped, colored, and adhered to the background.  "Toad-ally" cute card!  And it fits with the outside theme!
Stop by the JUGs blog to see what the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, created with this word.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Toad-ally Awesome, Splendid Swans (MFT)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Just Us Girls #441 - Color Week

Hello everyone!  Have you been watching the Royal Wedding?  I woke up at 5:00 am!  I did the same for the weddings of Diana, Sarah, and Kate.  I love watching them...always have!
Anyway onto the Just Us Girls color challenge.  I'm the hostess this week, and I chose these colors.  They are the colors in my duvet and I just love them.
Here's a picture of my inspiration.
And this is what I came up with.  I used the colors to stamp these pretty images.  The gray was used to stamp the spray.  Then I used navy to stamp the large and small roses and some of the smaller ones, which were stamped off first to get a lighter color.  Aqua was used to once again stamp more of the smaller flowers and the filler flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in navy.  I added silver sequins.  This main panel was mounted on fun foam and then onto fog cardstock.  I'm going to a bridal shower next weekend and I think this will make a perfect card for the occasion.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Friendship Jar Flowers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, fog
Ink:  All that jazz, juniper mist, smoky slate
Accessories:  Sequins, fun foam 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Just Us Girls #440 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie has us using stencils!
I literally have a drawer full of stencils of all kinds!  I chose this butterfly one from a recent Simon Says Stamp kit and instead of using it with ink, I used some Cosmic Shimmer texture paste.  I got it at my LSS and the price tag was placed over the color names, so I'm not sure of that.  But it's a green one and a blue one!  I put some of the green paste on the top two butterflies then mixed some of the green with the blue for the middle one which then transition to the bottom two butterflies in blue.  I had a hard time finding some pattern paper to match, but ended up with this plaid one.  I die cut the hello die four times in white and once in the green.  I added some green and blue crystals.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, green galore, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Accessories:  Butterfly stencil (SSS), Cosmic Shimmer texture paste, Impression Obsession die, crystals, fun foam


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