Saturday, January 19, 2019

Just Us Girls #471 - Color Week

Hey friends!  It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Angie didn't choose specific colors this time, but rather pastels.  How fun!
I pulled out quite a few pastel inks and even stamped the floral image in a light gray ink in keeping with the pastel color palette.  This set from Concord & 9th is kind of cool because there are layering stamps that give the look of a loose watercolor.  I wasn't sure how I liked this at first, but as the colors dried and faded a bit, I warmed up to it.  The only thing I would have changed would have been the darker color in the center of the large flower.  I still think it's too dark.  The sentiment is also in a dark gray rather than black.  I added some shimmer spritz and crystals.  It's super sparkly in person.  Love that!  This is going to my niece for her birthday.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, marigold morning
Ink:  Twilight, black jack, green tea, it's a girl, it's a boy, shea butter, bellini, polished
Accessories:  Misti, crystals, shimmer spritz, craft foam 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time Out Challenge #127 - Inspired by Words

Hi everyone!  We have a new challenge over at the Time Out blog.  It's our Inspired by Words challenge.  Take the quote below and use it as inspiration.
I of course went with the "drinks" part of the quote to be inspired by.  I went searching through my stash and found this wine glass bottle tag from Spellbinders.  I just cut off the top part of the wine glass that creates the tag to put on a bottle.  I colored the class with a light blue copic marker and die cut the "wine" and sentiment piece from some burgundy cardstock and embossed the sentiments with white embossing powder.  The grapes and leaves were die cut and colored with copic markers.  The background was embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and I aged it with distress inks.  I added that panel to another piece of burgundy cardstock and adhered that to the base.  Sequins were added as were some Wink of Stella to the "wine" and grapes.  We went to a 40th birthday party a couple of weeks ago and this was a perfect card for the occasion.
You can see more from the Time Out design team as well as our guest for this challenge, Claire, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Wine Glass (Spellbinders), Uncorked (MFT)
Paper:  Vintage cream, recollections white, bravo burgundy
Ink:  Versamark, vintage photo, brushed corduroy, copic markers
Accessories:  Wine glass bottle tag die (Spellbinders), Tim Holtz embossing folder, stitched rectangle die (MFT), white embossing powder, Wink of Stella, sequins, dimensionals 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Just Us Girls #470 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  At Just Us Girls this week, our Trend challenge is the emboss resist technique.
I was watching The View the other day, and the background in this photo caught my attention.  I thought it would work well for this technique.
So this is what I came up with.  I had to make a card for my niece's husband's 30th birthday and I thought it the inspiration would make a great card.  I stamped the gingham background in Versamark on Bristol cardstock and embossed it in white embossing powder.  Then I sponged blue print sketch oxide ink over it.  I was hoping for a darker color blue.  I took a paper towel to wipe off the excess in on the embossed areas.  All I had left to do was die cut the numbers and stamp and emboss the sentiment.  I added some Nuvo drops (I didn't think my usual crystals would work on a masculine card!).
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Big Birthday Wishes (PTI), Gingham background (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, real red
Ink:  Versamark, blue print sketch
Accessories:  By the Numbers and By the Numbers Mats dies (PTI), white embossing powder, Nuvo drops, dimensionals 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Last of the 2018 Christmas Cards!

I think this is going to be the last of the 2018 Christmas cards!  I forgot to post them!
This first one used the Tiny Wreath Builder set by Gina K Designs I received for FREE from Simon Says Stamp!  I love these wreath builder sets and this tiny one is oh so cute!  This is a 4.25 x 4.25 square card.  There is some sparkle on it to make it even more festive.

This next one was special because the stencil I used was a gift from my Time Out friend, Sandie Munro.  I used it as soon as I got it and sent it off to her.  I used three different green inks to create an ombre effect.  I love how simple this card is but the red glitter paper I used for the die really made it festive as well.
I'm going to try to make some Christmas cards every month so I have a good amount of cards for next Christmas.  We will see how that goes! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe:  Wreath card
Stamps:  Tiny Wreath Builder (GinaK), Tiny Words Christmas (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, Candy Land (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, lime rickey, rockin' red, it's a girl, it's a boy (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Tiny wreath builder stencil, MISTI, star dust sticles, craft foam
Recipe:  Season's Greetings
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, glitter paper (SSS)
Ink:  Bundled sage, peeled paint, forest moss distress inks
Accessories:  Season's greetings die (SSS), white & red Nuvo drops, Funky Fossil Designs stencil

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Just Us Girls #469 - Word Week

Hi friends!  Welcome back to Just Us Girls for 2019!  We had a nice holiday break and are back to our fun challenges!
This week is our Word Week challenge and Sue chose "leftovers".  Clever word choice!
When I sat down at my desk to do my card, I had no idea what I was going to do.  Then I saw this great blue sponged piece that I had discarded because there was a big white splotch from the copic paint I spattered.  It didn't work for the card I was making, but I made it work for this card.  Then I saw all these images (there are more!) that I stamped, colored, and die cut that were intended for tags.  Well, life happened and the tags were never made.  But they were perfect for this leftovers challenge!  The middle penguin is where the splotch of white paint is and he covered it perfectly!  All I had to do is die cut the snow drifts and the word, added Star Dust Stickles, and sequins and I was done!  So nice to have some leftovers to make a great card for next year!
You can see more from the JUGs design team on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sweet Holiday Penguins (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, glitter paper (SSS)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, distress inks, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), stitched snow drifts (MFT), Joy (MFT), star dust stickles, sequins, dimensionals 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Time Out Challenge #126

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope it's a good one for you!
A new year and a new challenge from Time Out.
I wanted to get away from the holiday colors, so I chose this fresh combo.  I stamped the background and added the stacked die cut, which is from Birch Press Designs, our sponsor for this challenge.  There's a vellum shadow behind the word that you can't really see.  I didn't have yellow cardstock to match the ink, so I just did the direct to paper technique to get the color I desired.  In the center of each of those circles is a crystal.  The die cut also has shimmer on it.  The main panel is on craft foam for more dimension.  That's it!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Jane, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Deco Borders & Corners (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, vellum
Ink:  Coral cabana, tiara, mardi gras (CP)
Accessories:  Big Hugs die (Birch Press Designs), crystals, Wink of Stella, craft foam 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Time Out Challenge #125 - Inspired by Words

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all recovering from all the festivities over the last few days.  It's time to relax and chill out.  At least that's what is on my agenda!
The Time Out challenge currently in its second week is our Inspired by Words challenge.  The words to be challenged by are!
My card is geared towards the words family and life.  We recently lost my father-in-law and my family was in need of some warm and cozy hugs, which we received from many of our friends, family, and many of you!  So I think this card is appropriate.  I made another card a few weeks ago with this same hat and scarf, but there was a girl's face in place of the words.  I had colored two sets of these and didn't want the second set to go to waste, so I created this card.  The background was embossed with a SU embossing folder that went well with the hat and scarf motif.  There's some sparkle on it too!
 You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Michele, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Winter Wear (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Winter Wear dies, wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), SU embossing folder, shimmer spritz, fun foam


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