Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time Out #41 - Reminder

Hi all!  This is a reminder that our current challenge over at Time Out is still going on for another week.  We are being inspired by these words:
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.

I purchased this Harvest Mouse stamp set last week from my LSS.  My friend Cheryl and I were there for an amazing technique class taught by Tammy Tutterow.  More on those techniques in another post!  So one night I stamped and colored three of the five mouse images from the stamp set while I was watching TV.  (I got my color inspiration from Jennifer McGuire who colored these in one of her fabulous videos.)  Coloring them was half the battle!  Then I die cut the circles to place him on, added the striped dp to a base that was embossed with a wood impression plate, and added a twine bow and sequins for sparkle.  The circle is popped up on fun foam.
The layout I used is from The Challenge.
I'm also entering this in the 30 Day Color Challenge.  I haven't colored in a really long time.  I forgot how fun it is!
You can see more from the designers on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Harvest Mouse (MFT), Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Cajun craze, Thankful dp (Authentique)
Ink:  Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Harvest Mouse and Jumbo Peek-a-boo circles dies (MFT), Spellbinders circle dies, white ep, sequins, fun foam, twine


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Us Girls #313 - Word Week

It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Sue chose "sympathy" as the word.  As it turns out, I'm in need of a sympathy card.  I never have these on hand, and they are never on my list of cards to make.
I like simpler designs for sympathy cards, so I chose this floral vine stamp.  I popped up a few of the flowers and added some star dust stickles to them.  At first I left the bottom two thirds of the card untouched, but I just couldn't leave it blank!  Too much white space for me!  So I stamped part of the vine and flowers on the bottom corner.  Much better (IMHO).

This sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch was perfect for my card.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Melissa, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Embellished Elegance and Sending You (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream
Ink:  Cameo coral, coastal cabana, kiwi kiss
Accessories:  Embellished Elegance dies (PTI), star dust stickles, corner rounder, dimensionals


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time Out #41 - Inspired By Words

Hi friends!  The challenge this week over at the Time Out blog is our Inspired by Words challenge.  Here are the words to be inspired by:
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullum Bryant

So here's how I was inspired by the words.  I chose this quilted leaf/border die using different papers for the various leaves and the "smile" sentiment. This card took me FOREVER to make!  I die cut that shape five times.  Once from the burgundy paper and then four times from the different pattern papers.  I tried several placements of all those pieces before I settled on this design.  I thought this was going to be so easy!  Ha!  I like the outcome, so I guess the time I put into it was worth it.
You can see more from the design team and our guest, Glenda, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Reason to Smile and Sew Simple Borders (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, bravo burgundy, Autumn Song (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Raspberry ripple (SU)
Accessories:  Quilted: Autumn die (PTI), Maple Leaf corner die (SSS)


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Just Us Girls #312 - Photo Inspiration

Hi friends!  The challenge over at Just Us Girls is a Photo Inspiration challenge.  Vicki chose the most amazing photo for us to be inspired by!
Here's a close-up of the photo!  So much to take away from it!
Here's my take on it.  I actually pulled out a top I have in my closet today which had this design on it and I knew I could recreate it for this card.  I first adhered the striped paper on the base of the card.  Then I die cut these flowers from watercolor paper, stamped the flower on it, and watercolored it with the Zig brushes.  I added some Wink of Stella on the centers.  I did the same for the leaves.   I adhered the leaves directly to the base and the flowers with dimensionals.  The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder, and I finished it off with several sequins.
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Vintage Linens (PTI)
Paper:  Black, watercolor, All Dressed Up dp (DCWV)
Ink:  Versamark, Archival jet black, Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
Accessories:  Vintage Linens dies (PTI), white embossing powder, sequins, Wink of Stella, dimensionals


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time Out #40 - Reminder

I missed posting a card to this Time Out challenge last week, but I was able to get a card done for the reminder post.  So glad I didn't miss it altogether because I really like the designer we are case-ing in this challenge.

This is the card we are case-ing and it's by Tracey McNeely.  I've always been a fan of her style.  Take a look at this beauty that we are using to case.  So soft and pretty!
I took Tracey's sponging technique on her card and incorporated it into mine.  Although her colors a little more subtle than mine!  I first die cut this happy birthday die and then die cut around it with a round die.  Then I went on to sponging the cardstock in yellow, pink, and blue distress inks.  I adhered the die on top of the sponged panel and added sequins.
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Spun sugar, squeezed lemonade, and tumbled glass distress inks
Accessories:  Birthday Centerpieces die (MFT), sequins, fun foam


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Just Us Girls #310 - Trend Week

I'm a little late getting this post up, but better late than never, right?  This week's challenge over at Just Us Girls is a Trend challenge.  Cheryl chose balloons as the trend.  We've been seeing the all over blog land!  Great choice!
I pulled out my Blueprints 26 for this challenge and used their sketch for my card.  I die cut the balloons four times - twice from white cardstock and then from the orange and orchid glitter paper.  The glitter paper is very thin, so I adhered it to the white cardstock. The orange balloon is popped up on fun foam. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Melissa Dawn Lane on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, Plaid Patterns (MFT), Glitter Paper (American Crafts)
Accessories:  Blueprints 26 dies, fun foam


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Time Out #39 Reminder

Hi everyone!  The current Time Out challenge is in its second week.  I'm posting a reminder here for you.  The challenge is called Make Your Mark...meaning use any medium to color with!  Markers, pencils, watercolors, copics, etc.  You choose!

I recently purchased the Ken Oliver Color Bursts (in every color!) and was playing with them one day.  I wasn't happy with the result, so I set it aside.  When thinking about that piece, I thought a part of it might look good in a shaker card.  So that is what I did.  I die cut a butterfly from the center of a piece of white cardstock as well as from some fun foam.  I cut a piece of the watercolored paper to put behind the butterfly and adhered it to the card base.  I created the shaker element by sandwiching a piece of acetate between the fun foam and the cardstock I die cut the butterfly from.  Then I put some sequins on the watercolored piece and adhered the shaker element on top.  Easy peasy!  The die cut sentiment was die cut from the same watercolored piece.  Love how it has a sort of ombre look.
You can see more from the Time Out designers on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor paper
Ink:  Ken Oliver Color Burst
Accessories:  Blissful Butterflies die (MFT), For You die (Lawn Fawn), sequins, fun foam, acetate



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