Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time Out #27 - CAS with a Twist

Hi friends!  We have a new Time Out challenge, and this week the challenge is CAS...but with a twist.  The twist is to make a black and white card with a splash of one other color.  Think you can handle that?  I'm sure you can!

I was so happy that it was a CAS card this week cause I've just been so exhausted lately.  Anyway, when I went to my stamp table to think about this card, this set from SU was on my desk.  I've been wanting it for a long while an finally bought it recently.  So I stamped the gingham circle in black as well as the sentiment.  The flowers on the sentiment were masked off and colored with markers.  Here's my dilemma...what color do I color the leaves?  If I did them in black, I don't think I'd like it.  But if I colored them green, it would add another color. So I went rogue and colored them green!  I also added more gingham in the pink to the right side for balance.  I love this color combo! To finish it off, I added enamel dots and rounded the corners.
You can find more inspiration on the Time Out blog
We have guest designer Susanne joining us this time around.
Also, CAS-ual Fridays is our sponsor - we will do a random draw for those who use the twist and the winner will get $20 gift voucher.
We hope to see you playing along with us.  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Kind and Cozy (SU), Background Basics: Gingham (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, regal rose, certainly celery
Accessories:  Enamel dots, corner rounder


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time Out #26 Reminder - It's Our 1st Anniversary!

Hi everyone!  Long time, no post!  It seems like forever since I've been able to sit in my craft room!  And for this card, I was only in there for a short while.  It's been a busy month.  We were on vacation, then when I came home my mom suffered a fractured pelvic bone.  Now she is in rehab and from there she will be going to an assisted living facility.  I've been wanting her to go there, but now that it's actually happening I'm kind of sad.  But in the end, it will be much better for her. 
Anyway, did you know that the Time Out Challenge is celebrating its first anniversary?  Yep!  And there are prizes being given out as well!  Here's the scoop:
Our very own DT members Shery and Beverley have both very generously offered these prizes for this challenge.
-The winner chosen by our DT will get a $15 STAMPlorartions Gift Voucher and a £15 Uniko Gift Voucher 
-A randomly chosen winner will get a Celebration/Birthday stencil pack from STAMPlorations
So why not play along?  This week is a reminder week of our Home Sweet Home challenge.  We have this great photo for you to use as inspiration.
Frame Collage Funky Bright Home Decor Upcycled Vintage Frames Hollywood Regency Apartment Decor Quirky Decor
So here's my take.  I found this old PTI set that had these great frame stamps in them.  I stamped them in Memento Luxe inks and stacked them sort of like in the inspiration photo.  Then I stamped this great "Hugs" sentiment in black to mimic the branches in the photo.  The flag sentiment was then stamped in pink and to finish it off, my fav enamel dots!   Love those!  I rounded two corners to give it some interest and soften the edges.  That's it!  Pretty easy peasy!
I hope you can play along and celebrate with us over on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  B&C Monogram edition and Big Hugs (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Bahama blue, rose bud, pear tart (Memento Luxe), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Enamel dots, corner rounder


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Time Out Reminder

Hi everyone!  It's been a little quiet here on the ol' blog!  I've been on vacation in sunny Huatulco, Mexico!  This was the view of sunrise from our room...absolutely fabulous!
Anyway, since I've been frolicking on the beach, I've been behind on my crafting but I did want to remind you that the current Time Out challenge, Rock Around the Clock, is still going on!  You can find it here.
Hope you can join us!
Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Just Us Girls #281 - Color Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week, and it's Color Week!  I've chosen a fun color palette that I hope you'll enjoy too!
Here's a close up of the colors.
Perfect color for little girls room . And if you had a boy first and used these blues, so easy to add pink/peach accent colors - no need to repaint which means money saved!
Here's what I came up with.  For the beige, I chose to use kraft card stock.  Then I took inspiration from that pillow on the left.  I embossed the navy card stock with Versamark and liquid platinum embossing powder.  That powder is just so pretty!  The flowers on the one pillow reminded me of this dahlia image, so I stamped it in regal rose and navy.  I added some silver pearls to the center of the flower.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia, Delightful Dahlia Additions, Background Basics: Retro (PTI)
Paper:  Kraft, night of navy, recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, night of navy, regal rose
Accessories:  Delightful Dahlia dies, liquid platinum embossing powder, silver pearls, dimensionals


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Just Us Girls #280 - Trend Week

Hello friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls, and Ina has chosen to have us use burlap on our creations! How fun!
I made a burlap flower.  My friend and DT member, Cheryl, purchased some at Michael's on one of our shopping trips.  This is that burlap!  I made a tag with this sentiment and buffalo die cut that I purchased at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.  I used a new stencil I got there too from Memory Box with some texture paste. 
I used this tag from the Tag You're It! challenge as my inspiration.  That buffalo was sitting on my table and I just thought it was a good fit!
You can see more from our design team and guest on these blogs.
Stamps:  Greetings (Buffalo Stamps and Stuff)
Paper:  Scallop tag cards (The Papercut)
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa
Accessories:  Burlap, Beautiful Blooms II #3 die (PTI), Prima Donna Petals die (MFT), scraped paint stencil (Memory Box), texture paste (Ranger), glitter dot, ribbon, floss, hole punch, Buffalo die cut


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Christmas Card Challenge #10 - White on White

This week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenge blog is white on white.  In all the years I've been stamping, I don't think I've ever done a completely white card.  Always a first time for everything!

I pulled out a new die set I just got this week.  I love this little village set.  I die cut it from white cardstock and then backed it with some saffron cardstock to make it look like lights inside the buildings.  I arranged them around some stitched snow drifts.  I stenciled the background with a falling snow stencil and some texture paste.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum and made into a banner.  I attached it with a button threaded with some twine.
You can see more beautiful cards on these blogs.
                       Alanna    Carol    Donna     Gail    Heather     Jessica     JoAnn     Lisa  
   Margo     Marsha     Monica     Shirley Anne     Tenia

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Have an ICE Day (Sugar Pea Designs)
Paper:  Recollections white, so saffron
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Village die (SSS), stitched snow drifts (MFT), falling snow stencil (SSS), texture paste (Ranger), Wink of Stella, button, twine, dimensionals



Saturday, February 7, 2015

Just Us Girls #279 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  LOVE is in the air at Just Us Girls!  It's Word Week and the word Cheryl chose is
Easy-peasy!  I got this My Favorite Things set from my LSS (Buffalo Stamps and Stuff) a few weeks ago and it was perfect for what I needed to create for this challenge.  I also found this washi tape in my collection and matched up the inks to the hearts on it.  I doubled up the tape to make a thicker border.  The baker's twine is covering up the seam.  I like how the balloon strings are still visible through the washi.  All the hearts have Wink of Stella shimmer on them, so they are really shimmery in real life.  Sequins just seem to always add that special something, don't they?   
I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my layout.
You can see more from the DT and our new Guest Designer on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Heart Balloons (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Bubblegum, pale tomato, Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Washi tape, baker's twine, sequins, Wink of Stella shimmer, corner rounder



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