Thursday, July 19, 2018

Time Out #114 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hey friends!  There's a new Time Out challenge and it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.
This is the photo from a room we want you to use to get your inspiration.  Love the beachy and cool tones of this room!
I chose to use the colors as my inspiration.  We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I'm using a set called Trendy Spring Blooms.  I stamped the flower first in a tan color ink and over stamped it in navy.  I fussy cut out the flower.  Then I chose this navy pattern paper to go with it.  The sentiment was stamped in navy onto kraft cardstock and matted it with navy cardstock.  I spritzed it with shimmer spray and added sequins.
 Now I can be a little scatter brained when crafting at times!  I was focused on using the stamps, and not focused on the inspiration photo!  So this was my first attempt.  Same layout, just different colors that didn't match the photo colors.  I needed another thank you card, so now I have one!
I used the Fusion layout for my cards.  You can see where my colors for the second card came from!

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Heather, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Trendy Spring Blooms (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft, navy, Boxer dp (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Sand Dunes (Altenew), night of navy (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), sequins, shimmer spritz

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just Us Girls #449 - Trend Week

Hi all!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose watercolor background.  Certainly a trend, wouldn't you agree?
The brother of my husband's friend passed, so I needed a simple sympathy card.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors and distress watercolor paper to create the blue background.  Then I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I stamped the flower and sentiment with Versafine Claire ink.  I had to stamp it several times using the MISTI to get the really solid image.  I matted it with a die cut blue panel.  It's also on fun foam for some dimension.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Julia Aston, on the JUGs blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Wildflower Garden (Altenew)
Paper:  Distress watercolor, recollection white, marina mist
Ink:  Versafine Claire nocturne, Gansai Tambi watercolor
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Just Us Girls #448 - Word Week

Hi all!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Carol chose CITRUS as our word.
 I started by stamping this background stamp with the middle section taken out.  It was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white embossing powder.  Then I used distress oxide inks in citrus colors and sponged it over the embossed pattern (I masked off the circle).  I don't have (or at least I couldn't find) any citrus images, but I did find a set from a now defunct stamp store Paper Makeup Stamps.  I stamped the lemon in distress oxide squeezed lemonade ink and quickly embossed it in clear embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set.  I added crystals, rounded the bottom corners, and added the main panel and lemon with fun foam.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest, Julia Aston, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Center cut geometric pattern (SSS), sentiment (PMS)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, versamark; squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade, twisted citron oxide inks
Accessories:  Spellbinders circle die, crystals, white embossing powder, corner rounder, fun foam

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Time Out #113 - Inspired by Words

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new Time Out inspired by words challenge.  I love this quote.
I had a difficult time deciding what to make for this challenge.  It was so hot out and I don't have central air.  It was cool in my basement where my craft room is, but it was so stuffy!  I just needed to get something done quick!  This was a fairly quick card to make.  I just got this rainbow die last week.  I die cut it from white cardstock first, then used scraps to die cut the rainbow.  The cloud was sponged with distress inks.  I adhered the cloud/rainbow and then the frame on top of that.  The word die was die cut four times and stacked then adhered to the panel.  Everything was spritzed with shimmer.  I added the crystals for more sparkle.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Amanda, on the Time Out blog.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Funky Fossil Designs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, black, rainbow scraps
Ink:  Tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks
Accessories:  Rainbow Panel (Waffle Flower), smile die (Lil' Inkers), shimmer spritz, crystals

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Just Us Girls #447 - Anything Goes!

Hi friends!  It's the 5th Saturday of the month which means that it's Wild Card week over at Just Us Girls.  That means that the hostess, this week Vicki, gets to choose any challenge she wants.  Vicki has chosen "Anything Goes" and has offered a challenge to all of you.  If we have 75 or more participants, Vicki is giving away a prize to a lucky participant.  All you have to do is enter and post our graphic on your blog to be in the running for the prize!

 My LSS is fortunate to have Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Things teach a class every month.  I've been to two so far, but now that I'm retired I can go to all of them.  This time, we made two cards and a pop-up card.  Since this week is anything goes, I can post these for the challenge!  All of these mostly used the stamps and dies from the last MFT release.

This was the first one we made...a pop-up.  MFT doesn't have a die for this box, so Stephanie designed this just from cutting the paper and scoring it herself.  I sponged the waves with distress inks and spattered it with water.  All of the fish, crabs, greenery, and palm tree were colored with copic markers.  These are so fun to make!

On this one, we sponged a panel with various blue distress inks and spattered with water.  Then it was die cut with the stitched collage frame.  The frame was die cut from white paper I think 4 times and stacked together.  Then the blue frame was adhered and the squares inset.  Everything else was colored with copic markers and added to the squares.
I was so excited when I found out that we were going to do this next technique that I was itching to try out.  In fact, I had on my list of things to purchase at the store the Distress Micro Glaze to do this technique!  I've seen Tim Holtz, Jennifer McGuire, and Amy Rysavy do this technique and it's really cool.  You start with Alcohol Ink cardstock (or glossy cardstock) and smoosh the distress oxide inks on a craft mat and spritz with water.  Then you smoosh your cardstock into the inks and dry it thoroughly.  (This technique will only work with the oxide inks.)  I did this about 4-5 times to get many layers of color, picking up the remaining dots of color left on the craft mat.  When you finish, there is a chalky finish on the cardstock from the oxide inks and it looks dull.  But then you take an ink blending tool with a sponge attached and apply a very small amount of the Distress Micro Glaze on it and sponge it over the piece.  It just comes to life before your eyes and brings all the layers of color forward!  It is just so cool!  You can see Jennifer's tutorial here.
All of these fish, crabs, and greenery took forever to color!  I had to do most of them when I got home.  These classes with Stephanie are so fun and I can't wait for the next one in July!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest, Hannelie Bester on the JUGs blog.    This is her last week with us and we were so happy to have her join us.  Her style is just unmatched and so clever.  Thanks for joining us this month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Gill Friends, Just Beclaws, Beach Buds (MFT)
Paper:  Alcohol Ink cardstock, smooth white, Ranger watercolor, berrylicious, Birthday Blowout paper pad
Ink:  Extreme black, black licorice, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, broken china, gathered twigs distress inks; peacock feathers, salty ocean, mermaid lagoon distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Just Beclaws, Beach Buds, Gill Friends, Ocean Waves, Stitched Snow Drifts, Beach Scene Builder, Stitched Collage Frame, Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX, Hearts in a Row-Horizontal die-namics; Distress Micro Glaze

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Just Us Girls #446 - Photo Week

Hey there!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria chose this adorable picture of an owl make from a pineapple and bananas!  How clever!
I used this old owl set from Papertrey Ink.  Everything was die cut and stamped with the coordinating stamps.  I first die cut the panel with the wonky stitches die then impressed it with a woodgrain impression plate.  Then I adhered the branches and owl and the sentiment strip.  I added shimmer to the heart and wings and the Nuvo Drops. 
I used the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #11 and Wise Owl (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Versamark, It's a Girl, Icing on the Cake, Garden Party
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), woodgrain impression plate (PTI), Polka Dot Parade #11 dies, Nuvo Drops, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, white embossing powder

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time Out #112 - Warm

Hey everyone!  The challenge over at Time Out "Warm".   
The weather here in Buffalo, NY has been warm (finally!).  We really never had a spring and I didn't think that the warmth would ever arrive.  But it's here and my card is full of warmth and sunshine.
I just received this sun shaker die from MFT which was perfect for this challenge.  I first sponged some tumbled glass ink through a swiss dots stencil.  Then die cut the sun from that piece and stamped the sentiment before I adhered the circle shaker pouch to the panel.  I added the sequins then closed it up with the yellow panel.  The main panel and yellow panel were die cut with stitched rectangle dies.  I added some sequins and shimmer to finish it off.  This came together so quickly!  Love these shaker pouches MFT has come out with.  They really make shaker cards a breeze!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Marieke, on the Time Out blog. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Full of Sunshine (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass
Accessories:  Sunshine shaker die (MFT), circle shaker pouch (MFT), stitched rectangle dies (MFT), swiss dots stencil (MFT), sequins, shimmer


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