Saturday, April 13, 2019

Just Us Girls #483 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  The Trend Week challenge over at Just Us Girls is Off the Edge!  Carol has chosen this trend and it's so fun!
My mother-in-law's 85th birthday is the day after Easter, and we are having a surprise party for her today.  I made this card for her.  I stamped, die cut and colored this floral bouquet with copic markers twice.  I place it on the card in opposite corners off the edge and cut off the excess.  Then I added the die cut numbers and sentiment along with some Nuvo drops.  There is also shimmer on the flower centers.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and April guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Cottage Corsage (C. Pooler), Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, GinaK amalgam ink, copic markers
Accessories:  Cottage Corsage die, Nuvo drops, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, craft foam 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time Out #133 - Theme Challenge

Hey friends!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This week is our theme challenge, and the theme is embellishments.  We want you to use two or more embellishments on your card.  Not a difficult challenge, huh?
We are sponsored by Birch Press Designs, and they sent me this beautiful stitched maple circle frame die to use.  I love it because there are so many parts that you can use together or separately (you'll see that from the design team who used this same die!).  I started by playing with some alcohol inks that I've had forever.  I have added to my collection and recently purchased the alcohol pearls too (haven't used those yet)!  I went with some fall-ish colors because of the maple leaf design.  I created the alcohol design on alcohol ink cardstock, let it dry completely and then die cut the design from it and also from white cardstock.  Then I inlaid all the pieces.  I did this because the circles are so delicate.  This way, they stayed nice and circular, if you know what I mean!  I added the sentiment on white cardstock also and it looked too bland, so I sponged some ink on it to make it stand out.  Since the challenge is to use two or more embellishments, I added the jewels and a double twine bow to the stem of the leaf.  Now I'm not gonna lie...I was so concerned about using the sponsor die that I didn't pay attention to the challenge!  At first I only added the jewels, then at the end realized I needed another embellishment!  The twine bow seemed the most natural choice and I do like it!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Andrea, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Recollections white, alcohol ink cardstock, really rust
Ink:  Rusty hinge (distress oxide), alcohol inks: dandelion, butterscotch, terra cotta, lettuce, blending solution
Accessories:  Stitched maple circle frame (Memory Box), stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels (MFT), twine, jewels, dimensionals

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Just Us Girls #482 - Word Week

Hello!  This week Nancy chose the word "houses" for the Just Us Girls Word Week challenge.  I loved it!
I went looking through my stamps and found this NBU stamp.  I stamped it onto Neenah cardstock with GinaK amalgam ink and colored it with copics.  I added some shimmer to many parts of the image.  This was a very simple card to create.  I didn't have room for a sentiment on the front, so I can use this for any occasion and stamp something appropriate on the inside. 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for April, Christine, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  The Artful Stamper
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah solar white, daffodil delight
Ink:  GinaK amalgam, copic markers
Accessories:  Spectrum noir shimmer, craft foam

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Just Us Girls #481 - Wild Card Week

Happy Saturday!  This is the 5th Saturday of the month at Just Us Girls and we call it Wild Card week.  That means the hostess, Sue, gets to choose a challenge of her choice.  Sue chose for us to use embossing folders. 
I have so many embossing folders, and I find myself using the same two or three.  This is one of the ones I like to use.  It's a 3-D embossing folder in a quilt pattern.  I had this image sitting on my desk all colored and ready to be featured on a card.  I used some stitched dies to cut the panels and added some crystals to the image and card to finish it off. 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our March guest, Greta, on the JUGs blog.  This is Greta's last post with us as guest, so I'd like to thank her for all her beautiful cards she created for our March challenges.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Darcie's (duck image), Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Recollections white, lucky limeade
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), pinking edge square stax (MFT), quilted embossing folder, crystals, craft foam 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time Out #132 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hey everyone!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This time, it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  We have this photo to inspire us.  We are sponsored by Altenew (one of my favorite stamp companies for flowers!). 
My eyes went to the striped pillow, pink flowers, and all the gold accents.  The stripes reminded me of a gift card at Hobby Lobby I saw a while back (see a picture of it below).  I knew I had the Gradient Stripes set and lots of different floral sets.  I went with the Watercolor Wonder set.  I stamped the flowers in pink and yellow and some leaves and arranged them on the top part of the cardstock.  The stripes were stamped about three times in Versafine onyx black to get a true dark black.  I had to wait a while to emboss the sentiment.  The stripes took long to dry and I used a heat tool as well to speed things up.  Even with that, there was still some powder sticking to the black ink when I embossed the sentiment.  I added this panel to a shiny gold mat and added some gold sequins.
Here is the other inspiration I used to make this card. 
Pansies Gift Card
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, my JUGs teammate Bobby on the Time Out blog!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Watercolor Wonder and Gradient Stripes (Altenew), Jumbo Stripes (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, gold shiny (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark; it's a gir, party dress, shea butter, sauna, seafoam, spruce (CPooler)
Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder dies (Altenew), white embossing powder, sequins, dimensionals

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

It's Purple Day - The International Day to Raise Awareness of Epilepsy

Hi everyone!  Today is Purple Day which is a day to raise awareness for epilepsy.  My friend and Time Out teammate, Sandie, has this condition and is promoting this day on her blog, London Days.
This is what she has to say about it.
Today we try to spread the word about this condition and make people more aware of it, dispel some of the myths that surround it and educate more people about it.

What better way to spend this day but to make a purple card. Plus the wonderfully creative Fikreta has organised a hop for us-we do have some prizes along the way but our main aim is to raise awareness.

Fikreta talks about some of the facts and myths on her blog post so I will just tell you my story but if you want to know more about Epilepsy-visit Epilepsy Society
I didn't make this card for this hop, but here is a purple card to celebrate the day!
Hop on over to her blog, London Days, and read more about this condition and her giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Just Us Girls #480 - Photo Week

Happy Saturday friends!  It's time for another challenge at Just Us Girls!  This week is our Photo Week challenge, and Maria chose this fun birthday photo!
It was perfect for what I needed.  My 3 year old grand-niece celebrated a birthday recently, and I needed a card.  I chose this Sprinkles turnabout set from Concord & 9th and stamped the sprinkles in the colors from the photo:  red (which looks orange in the photo), green, blue, and yellow.  I also die cut the sentiment three times from red cardstock.  The cupcakes from the set were stamped, die cut, and placed on dimensionals.  Right after I adhered them, I thought it would have been cool to put them on those wiggly things.  I have them in the small and large sizes, but could only find the large ones and they were too big!  Bummer!  There's shimmer on the sentiment and the cupcakes.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sprinkles turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Amalgam (GinaK); persimmon, lemon drop, field day, cornflower (MFT)
Accessories:  Sprinkles die (C&9th), Big Basics: Birthday (PTI), stitched rectangle (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, craft foam 


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