Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time Out Challenge #13 - Inspired by Words

Hi everyone!  Today is a bittersweet day for's my first day back to work.  We have a district day with just teachers.  No kids until September 3, but still it's the end of summer for me!  On the other hand, it's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This week is Inspired by Words which means we give you words to be inspired by.  Sandie chose these:  If music be the food of love, play on.  Beautiful words to live by!

I have lots of stamps with music notes and such on them.  I love music and used to play the piano as a young person.  My husband and I are always playing music on the radio or our CDs.  He loves the Beatles, so I had this Verve stamp set from long ago that has phrases from songs.  This one happens to be from a Beatles tune (that I also loved as a young girl!).  The music notes is from another older stamp set from WPlus9.  It was one of their first released I believe.  I think I received it free when they sponsored our Just Us Girls challenge blog.  Anyway, it's a pretty simple card.  I also snuck in some music washi tape to go along with the theme.
The layout is from Freshly Made Sketches.
You can see more inspiration from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps:  Just a Note (WPlus9), Feeling Groovy (Verve)
Paper:  Vintage cream, black, Graphic 45 dp
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Enamel dots, dimensionals, washi tape


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Ancient Rome #2

Last post for tonight's Stamp-a-Faire event...I'm tired!

This is another for the Ancient Rome challenge.  I CASED Lizzie's card again, but changed up the colors and the die I used for the cut out.  The pattern paper was covered with a thin layer of embossing paste colored with MFT's kraft ink.  I stamped the leaf image in smoky slate ink and the cup in kiwi kiss.  It's stamped a little off because of the texture of the embossing paste.  I think you can see some of the texture from the embossing paste in the photo.
Well, that's it for me.  I don't think I'll be able to do any more of the challenges.  Busy tomorrow, then I'll be away for a couple of days visiting a friend in Cleveland. 
Thanks for stopping by!


Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Ancient Rome #1

Hello again!  This is post #2 for today.  I'm participating (or trying to !) in Papertrey Ink's Stamp-a-Faire eventThe next challenge was Ancient Rome.

 Lizzie Jones was the hostess for this challenge.  Loved this challenge, however mine didn't go exactly as hers did (of course!).  I first stamped the flower and leaf images from Delightful Dahlia using Hero Arts inks.  Then I ran it through my Xyron machine so the adhesive was on the back.  After that, I ran it through the die cut machine using the Mosaic cover plate die.  It wasn't supposed to cut all the way through (Lizzie's didn't), but mine did!  You were supposed to be able to pull the backing off and leave everything intact.  So when I pulled it off most of the little tiles came off too!  I had to puzzle piece the entire piece!  It was a labor of love, let me tell ya!  LOL!  I do like the end results.  I pretty much CASED Lizzie's was too pretty not to!
I have one more card to try from Lizzie's Ancient Rome challenge, but that's still drying too!  Hoping to get that done tonight!  Hope you enjoy! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire: Morning Timer Challenge

Hi friends!  Are you taking part in Papertrey's Stamp-a-Faire event? I'm trying to keep up, but I've only done two cards so far.  I was at the Scrap and Stamp Show here in Buffalo, NY with my good stamping buddy Cheryl Rowley.  We usually spend the entire time (10-5) at the show looking and purchasing new products.  However, she had to leave early to go to a wedding, so I stayed for a little while longer.  Then I had my hubby's family picnic to go to.  So I didn't have all day to create for this event.
The first challenge this morning was a time were supposed to create something within 20 minutes.  Well, my card took only 5-10 minutes to create, but it took quite a while for the Glossy Accents on my die to dry!  Does that count?  Anyway, here's the finished card.  I used Ombre Builders and Memento Luxe inks  (I don't have PTI inks!) to create the border on the bottom.  The die is from Wet Paint Cuts.  I covered it in Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents.  I added some enamel dots and rounded two opposite corners.  The main panel is on dimensional tape.
This is the color combo and sketch I used to create the card.
That's it for the Morning Timer Challenge at 10:00 at night!  LOL!
I'll have at least one more post today for my other card I created this evening.  After that, I don't know if I'll have time! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Just Us Girls #255 - Photo Week

Hello friends!  I'm hostessing over at Just Us Girls this week and it's photo week.  I chose this photo that I just fell in love with.
Here's a close up of the photo.  It reminds me of a stand I pass on the way to our cabin, except they sell vegetables at that stand!
Love this sweet cart made from an old pickup bed! ♥
I'm not in love with card, I'm gonna say it right off the bat.  I just could not make it work to my liking!  But, it was late and I need to get it done!  I do like the way the truck came out.  I used distress markers in fired brick and rusty hinge to sort of get the look of the cart in the photo.  After that, it's a mess! And it is supposed to be a birthday card for my Time Out design team member Nonni whose birthday was yesterday.  There is a birthday linky party going on for her on Sandie's blog
Happy Birthday Nonni!  You will be getting a different card (not this one) soon!  LOL!
I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for my card.
You can find more inspiration from the JUGs DT on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Loads of Love (SU), Simple Little Things (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Tim Holtz water color paper, Market Square dp (Farm House)
Ink:  Versamark, distress markers
Accessories: SU punch, Beautiful Blooms #3 die (PTI), enamel dot, glossy accents

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #38 - Embossing

Hi everyone!  Time for another Christmas Card Challenge.  This week the challenge is to use embossing on your card...wet or dry. In the current Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink, Laura Bassen did a technique on creating backgrounds with embossing paste. I loved the technique and created mine with the Twist cover plate to create the background along with embossing paste colored with various inks.  I die cut the cover plate twice and adhered them together to make the "stencil" sturdier.  Then I added the colored paste.  Laura used this PTI scribbles die in vellum behind her die cut word and I realized I had this die!  Forgot all about it, but I think it looks fabulous behind the word.  I die cut the word three times and adhered them together.  I then covered it with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents.  The crystal snowflakes were another find and I added them as well.  Love the way this came out!
You can see more inspiration on the Christmas Card Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white (Michael's), aqua mist (PTI)
Ink:  Evergreen bough, picked raspberry, spun sugar distress inks
Accessories:  Twist cover plate, wonderful words: joy die, circle scribbles die (all dies PTI), embossing paste (Dreamweaver), Wink of Stella shimmer brush, glossy accents, crystal snowflakes (Memory Box)


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Color Throwdown #305

Hi there!  This is my second post today!  When has that happened?  You can see my JUGs post here.
I've been itching all week to play in the Color Throwdown challenge!  I love the colors and that graphic gave me an idea I wanted to try.
I just received this alpha background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and just thought it was perfect for this challenge.  This actually isn't the design I was going for.  That triangular piece with the alpha stamp started out as a full piece.  On the white part, I stamped a sentiment which stamped terribly!  I was so upset because this happens to me ALL THE TIME!  So I chopped off the damaged part and went from there.  To separate the stamped letters from the sentiment, I used the stitching lines die to die cut those little dots.  Love the look!  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I added enamel dots and was done! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Alpha background (SSS), Thanks All Ways (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, basic gray
Ink:  Kiwi kiss, tangerine tango, Bermuda bay, versamark
Accessories:  Stitching Lines die (PTI), white embossing powder, enamel dots, corner rounder



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