Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just Us Girls #415 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  This week the trend at Just Us Girls is to make a window or peek-a-boo card.  Angie chose a great many possibilities!
I wanted to copic color images, so I chose this new Stamptember stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and paired it with a die from My Favorite Things and some pattern paper.  (I have so much of it and need to use it!)  I sponged some ink on the background so it wasn't so white.  I added some Nuvo drops and the sentiment and was done.  Easy peasy!
You can see more from the design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hello Pumpkin (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bo Bunny dp
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers, antique linen distress ink
Accessories:  Hello Pumpkin dies (SSS), Nuvo drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, Interactive stitched die (MFT), dimensionals

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time Out #94 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

 Hello everyone!  I love the Home Sweet Home challenge over at Time Out this week.  The photo is so pretty and so fall-ish!
Look at this pretty vase.  Love those orange pumpkins.
We are sponsored by Stamplorations this week, and I've used this cute pumpkin image from the Thankful for Autumn stamp set.  I felt like making a tag for this challenge.  I die cut the tag then stamped and masked the pumpkin.  Then I used a Tim Holtz stencil and inked it up with some Distress ink.  I colored the pumpkin image with copic markers, stamped the sentiment, and added Nuvo Drops, ribbon and twine bow.  There's also some Spectrum Noir shimmer on the pumpkin.
You can see more from the design team and our guest for this challenge, Janet, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Thankful for Autumn (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Neenah solar white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, walnut stain, antique linen, copic markers
Accessories:  Made with love tag 1 die (PTI), Nuvo drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, ribbon, twine, Tim Holtz stencil, Inkadinkadoo masking paper


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Just Us Girls #414 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Nancy chose "Light" as our word.  There's a bunch of ways this word can be interpreted.
I chose to make a set of four 4.25" square cards using lamps as the focal point in each one.  I've had this stamp set from Papertrey Ink for some time, and I don't know if it's ever seen ink!  I started by picking out an old paper pack from Stampin' Up and die cut a square frame from four different colors and also die cut the lamp shades from the same paper.  I stamped the lamp bases in coordinating colors.  Before I adhered the lamps to the card base, I masked off an area and sponged the "light" from the lamp in yellow ink.  I stamped two different sentiments, added sequins, and spritzed the card with shimmer spray.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest for October, Karola Rehnstrom, on the JUGs blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Lighten Up (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Polka Dot Parade (SU)
Ink:  Melon (SSS), autumn rose and limeade ice (PTI), brocade blue and barely banana (SU), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Lighten Up die (PTI), sequins, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape

Friday, October 6, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #184

Hi friends!  The challenge this week over at CAS-ual Fridays is a sketch challenge.  There aren't as many sketch challenges around today as there were a few years ago, so I was very happy to have one to follow today.
I love these heart music notes and haven't used them yet, so I thought it would be good to use for this sketch.  I die cut it three times and stacked them for more dimension.  Then I went to work on the background.  I taped this fun stencil to some Bristol smooth white cardstock and used Distress inks to create the background.  That was matted onto some black cardstock.  I added the white strip stamped with the sentiment and added black sequins to finish it off. 
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Big Treble (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, twisted citron, salty ocean, peacock feathers
Accessories:  Double note die (Cas-ual Fridays), graphic pattern stencil (Hero Arts), Spectrum Noir shimmer, sequins, fun foam 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just Us Girls #413 - Wild Card Week

Hi everyone!  Today is the 5th Saturday in September, so Just Us Girls has it's Wild Card challenge.  For this challenge, Nancy has chosen to use word die cuts on our cards.
I have so many word dies, so it was difficult to decide which one to use!  I settled on this one from Papertrey Ink.  I first inked some Bristol paper with four Distress Oxide inks then die cut the word from it.  I stamped the leaves in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with copic markers.  The sentiments were stamped next, and I added Nuvo Dew Drops randomly around the card.  It's also spritzed with shimmer spray.  This card is going to a colleague who lost her son this summer.  I like it better than a sympathy card.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Linda, on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us and I'd like to thank her for creating such beautiful cards with us this month.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Geometric Greenery (MFT), Big Hugs (PTI)
Paper:  Recollection white, calypso coral, Bristol white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, fossilized amber, wild honey, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  Big Hugs die (PTI), Nuvo dew drops, shimmer spray, fun foam, corner rounder 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time Out Challenge #93 - Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship

Hi friends!  The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is a special one.  We are coming on the month of October and that means focusing on breast cancer awareness.  So Time Out is doing just that.  We'd like you to create something having to do with breast cancer or friendship and the twist is to use pink on your card.  We are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays, who has a few great stamps focusing on this topic.
I'm using this set called "Be" by CAS-ual Fridays.  I love the sentiments in this set, and I chose to use all three on bands of pink ombre watercolors.  I used Distress inks for the bands and then stamped the sentiments on each one.  The butterflies were inked with the Distress inks and stamped directly onto the panel.  I spritzed the panel with shimmer spray, added Nuvo Dew Drops, and then adhered it to a pink mat.  That was popped up on fun foam.
Stop by the Time Out blog to see the details of the challenge as well as the cards by the design team and our guest for this challenge, Yulia.
Stamps:  Be (Casual Fridays)
Paper:  Canson watercolor, Recollections white, pink (SU)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, spun sugar, worn lipstick, and picked raspberry Distress inks
Accessories:  Nuvo Dew Drops, shimmer spray, fun foam 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Anniversary

I had two anniversaries to make cards for last week.  One was for my in-laws who celebrated their 63rd anniversary, and the other was for our best friends.  They celebrated their 40th!  It doesn't seem possible that they could be married that long!
Since the 40th is celebrated with red, that's what I went with for both cards.  I started with foiling this foil mates panel from GinaK in red foil using my Mini Minc machine.  Then I stamped and die cut the flower and placed it on the white panel.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  A crystal in the middle of the flower finished it off.  Simple and quick card. 
Here's a shot of the foil.  It's hard to capture it in photos, but it was so pretty in real life.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Calendar Basics and Bloomers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pure poppy, scarlet jewel
Accessories:  Bloomers die (PTI), red crystal, Heidi Swapp red foil, Elegant Florals Foil Mates (GinaK) 


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