Saturday, April 19, 2014

Just Us Girls #237 - Color Challenge

Hi all!  As I was scheduling this post last night, I realized today is my birthday!  I knew it was today, but I was just kind of into making this card and getting this post done last night.  So I guess I made this card for me!  LOL!
Anyway, the new challenge over at Just Us Girls is a color challenge and it's one of my favorite color combos!  Sue V. chose these colors for us this week!
I snuck in some green into my card...I couldn't NOT have green leaves!  I chose to use the Happiness in Bloom set from PTI with pumpkin pie and brilliant blue inks to create the flowers.   I also used these colors and Tim Holtz's spritzer tool on the background.  First time using this tool and it's so cool!   I also impressed the blue piece with the linen impression plate for some texture.    There are enamel dots in the center of the smaller flowers and Wink of Stella shimmer in the flowers and leaves. 
I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch and it also fits the Runway Inspired challenge with the orange, blue, and white. 
You can see more fabulous inspiration from the DT at these blogs.
Stamps:  Happiness in Bloom (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, brilliant blue
Ink:  Pumpkin pie, brilliant blue, wild wasabi
Accessories:  Beautiful blooms II #1 dies, linen impression plate, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, enamel dots, spritzer tool, dimensionals 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Just Us Girls #236 - Technique Challenge

Hello friends!  I'm hostess this week over at Just Us Girls and it's technique week.  I chose this water colored background challenge weeks ago, and it seems that I chose a popular technique!   It's all the rage in blogland recently!   
I chose to do something very simple with my card.  I just took a piece of Tim Holtz water color paper and embossed the sentiment with Versamark ink and white powder.  Then I wet the paper with a paint brush where I wanted the ink to be, and started coloring.  I used reinkers here because they seemed to give me more vibrant colors.  To finish it off I added a gingham ribbon and some sequins. 
You can see more water colored inspiration from the JUGs DT and our guest at these blogs.
JUGs blog
Cheryl Rowley
Maria Levine
Marisa Ritzen
Nancy Leppek
Sharyn Polesel
Sue Trembeth
Sue VanDeVusse
Vicki Dutcher
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Make a Wish (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Tim Holtz water color paper, tempting turquoise
Ink:  Tempting turquoise, yoyo yellow, regal rose reinkers; Versamark ink
Accessories:  White embossing powder, gingham ribbon, Color Theory sequins 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time Out Challenge #3 - Theme Challenge with an Optional Twist

Hi everyone!  We have a new challenge over on the Time Out blog.  This time around it's a theme challenge with an optional twist.  The theme is Birthday and the optional twist is to make it a masculine birthday.  And there are prizes too!  More about that at the end of this post.
I'm not good at masculine cards, so I chose not to use the twist.  I was playing with some water coloring the other day and had this piece on my craft desk.  I pulled out my Tipped Tops dies and went to work cutting it up.  I die cut the shape and the word together.  Then I die cut the word from the yellow cardstock and inlaid it into the water colored paper.  Love that look.  To finish it off, I created the flower added dimensionals in between each layer to bulk it up.  I added some star dust stickles to the center for some sparkle.  The sentiment was stamped in pigment ink and embossed in clear powder. 

Now for the prizes.  We are giving away two prizes:  one winner who uses the masculine twist and the other prize will be to an overall winner.  The prizes are offered by Uniko Stamps.
Prize 1 for those doing the twist will be chosen randomly and will be a £15 gift voucher.
Prize 2 is the overall challenge and will receive these stamp and die sets.
So we hope you play along.  For more inspiration, stop by these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, Tim Holtz water color paper, Daffodil delight, pear pizzazz
Ink:  Memento Luxe rose bud
Accessories:  Upsy daisy die (MFT), Tipped tops die (PTI), clear embossing powder, star dust stickles, dimensionals


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Just Us Girls #235 - Sketch Challenge

Happy Saturday!  How was your week?  I hope it was better than mine!  This was a big testing week in NY for our students in English Language Arts, and it was a difficult test for our kiddos to take.  Three days of testing and 90 minutes per day!  Yesterday I was at our training center for scorer training and it was a stressful, long day.  Next week we correct them...fingers crossed they did ok!
Anyway, crafting calms me and this week over at Just Us Girls we have a sketch challenge.  Maria came up with this really fun sketch.
I just bought this stamp set and matching dies from Paper Smooches Reverse Confetti called Carton Cuties.  (I'm such a dork!  I entered this card in the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge and it's not a PS stamp set!)  It is such a cute set!  I die cut the little chickies, stamped the image, and then colored them with copic markers.  I die cut the circles (I wish they were smaller) and added the chicks behind that panel.  The green panel was run through a chicken wire embossing folder.  I added some Wink of Stella shimmer on the chicks. 
Since this is the first challenge of the month, we have a new guest designer.  We are welcoming Lee Anne Cross this month!  Please stop by her blog and the DT blogs as well for more inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Carton Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Neenah white, pear pizzazz, Sidewalk (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Carton cuties die, Spellbinder's circle die, chicken wire embossing folder, Color Theory enamel dots, Wink of Stella brush, dimensionals


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just Us Girls #234 - Wild Card: Tall and Skinny

Hi everyone!  We have a Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls!  That means the hostess has the option to choose any type of challenge she wants.  Marisa has chosen to have us make a tall and skinny card. 
This is my version.  I wasn't sure which direction I was going with this, but I just kept going until I was happy with my water colored background.  I used Tim Holtz water color paper and SU reinkers in Coastal Cabana, Cameo Coral, and Apricot Appeal.  On top of that, I added some modeling paste using the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil.  The flower was made with the mini rolled rose die (I have such problems making these flowers...don't know why!).  The leaves were cut using a WPlus9 die.  The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate ink and the base of the card is Going Gray and measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
I got my color combo from this week's Colour Q challenge.  I didn't have Calypso Coral, so I used Cameo Coral.
You can see more inspiration on these blogs.  I also want to thank Calypso for being out very special guest this month.   She created some fabulous designs this month.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlias Addition (PTI)
Paper:  Tim Holtz water color paper, going gray, coastal cabana, SU dp
Ink:  Coastal cabana, apricot appeal, cameo coral, smoky slate
Accessories:  Mini rolled rose die (MFT), fresh cut florals die (WPlus9), dot fade stencil, modeling paste, dimensionals, pearl


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time Out #2 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

It's time for the second Time Out Challenge.  This time the challenge is called Home Sweet Home, and for this challenge we provide a photo from a part of a home for your inspiration.  I love the clean look of this bedding and those butterflies are just so beautiful!
I went very CAS with my card.  But just because it's CAS, doesn't mean it's a 1-2-3 card!  I had to do the main panel at least twice before I got it right on this one.  I was using a new bottle of Tombow mono multi glue and it was getting everywhere and leaving spots on the white card stock!  Then I tried using a new SU chocolate chip ink (I don't like the new pads) and ink got on my hands and invariably the card!  Anyway....I finally got it right with no (visible) spots!  I stuck with the patterned butterflies you see on the spread and that little strip is like the edging on the spread.  The base of the card was run through the linen impression plate for a little bit of texture.  I added some shimmer with the Wink of Stella brush.
This is the sketch I used from this week's Retro Sketches.  Loved it!  So different!
You can see more fabby designs from the Time Out DT at these blogs.
This challenge is on a two week run, so you have lots of time to link up!  Hope to see you taking the Time Out to play with us!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Tag You're It (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah white, Market Square (Farmhouse)
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa
Accessories:  Linen impression plate (PTI), Darla Butterfly die (Memory Box), Wink of Stella shimmer brush, dimensionals


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Just Us Girls #233 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hi friends!  It's time for another challenge at Just Us Girls.  This week is our Photo Inspiration challenge brought to us by Nancy.  She chose this great hot air balloon photo with great colors.

Here's a close up of the photo so you can see more details.

I chose to go with the colors and another thing that flies...kites!  I've had this kite die from MFT for quite a while but never used it.  I cut it out using a retired paper from SU called Jersey Shore.  I've always loved the colors in this paper and the patterns.  The white piece was run through a cloud folder and then the clouds were covered with some Wink of Stella shimmer.  To get the string to loop, I just put some multi matte medium on it, looped it, and let it dry.  The rest is pretty self-explanatory.

You can see more the design team on these blogs as well as our Guest Designer.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Banner Sayings (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah white, pumpkin pie, brilliant blue, Jersey Shore (SU)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Fly a Kite die (MFT), folded banner die (SSS), white ep, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, string, multi matte medium, cloud embossing folder, dimensionals



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