Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just Us Girls #456 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  It's September 1st, can you believe it?  Where did the summer go?  Time just flies when the weather is beautiful and there are so many things to do in the summer!
 
 The challenge this week over at Just Us Girls is our word week challenge.  The word that Ina chose is "CELEBRATE".  I know we all have a lot to celebrate, so let's get to it!
 
I have a wedding to go to tomorrow, and we are going to celebrate two teachers who are getting married.  Their colors are red and white (and I'm assuming black), so that's what I went with.  I used an old Cuttlebug dual embossing folder and die.  One side is the die and the other is the embossing folder.  I've had it forever.  I put that piece on fun foam and stamped the sentiment on a white piece behind it.  I backed it with a red mat then adhered that to a white panel.  The flowers are from MFT's stitched flowers dies.  I spritzed them with shimmer spritz and added some crystals. It's a big card (5.25 x 7.25) so I had to make a special envelope from pattern paper. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Julie Beech, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
 Recipe
Stamps:  Hampton Arts sentiment
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder/die, stitched flowers dies (MFT), shimmer spritz, crystals, fun foam
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Just Us Girls #455 - Photo Inspiration

Hi friends!  This week Just Us Girls has a Photo Inspiration challenge.  Vicki chose this back to school photo, and I had to laugh because I just retired from teaching!  I don't have to look at this stuff anymore (although I must admit I will miss it a bit!).
 
So I went in a different direction.  I chose the colors as my inspiration.  I was organizing my recent purchases and wanted to stamp out this turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th.  I chose two colors in the brown tones, one in a blue, and another in a peachy color.  I kind of saw that color a bit in the photo (plus I liked the way it looked with the other colors!).  I chose these Spellbinders dies because it looked like one of the shapes in the photo as well.  I stamped the sentiment and some leaves and splatter on the white piece and matted it on chocolate brown cardstock.  The white panels were spritzed with shimmer spray and the main panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle.  You can't really tell, but I did add some crystals on the main panel and the chocolate mat.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Thankful Leaves Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, chocolate chip
Ink:  Melon (SSS), stone blue, sand castle, over coffee (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Spellbinders label 5 dies, MISTI, crystals, shimmer spritz, fun foam 


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Just Us Girls #454 - Color Week

Hi there!  This week Just Us Girls has a great color challenge brought to us by Angie. Great for any type of card.
 
So I watched the latest Jennifer McGuire video...surprising right?  She called her technique on this video Framed Stamping.  When I watched it the other day, I knew it was something I could easily do.  I thought these colors would work well with the design I had in mind.  I started by masking off the triangle shape and stamped this Penny Black floral image I got as a gift from my friend Cheryl.  I stamped it using C. Pooler inks...ink direct to stamp.  I added some shading with Tombo markers.  I removed the mask and stamped the triangle in aqua ink and the sentiment in black.  I mounted this panel onto an aqua panel and then adhered that to the card base.  I added some Nuvo drops in the challenge colors to finish it off.  Very easy card to create!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Lustrous (Penny Black), Bold Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, tempting turquoise
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, limoncello, garden party, fiesta blue
Accessories:  Nuvo drops, masking paper 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Time Out #116 - Bright

Hi friends!  The team at Time Out is challenging you to be BRIGHT.
 
There are many ways to interpret this challenge, but I chose bright colors.  A few weeks ago, I saw a Papertrey Ink video using these triangle stencils and coordinating stamp set.  I ordered it right away!  I actually made this card the day after I received the stuff and cased this card from the video but changed the colors.  I used Catherine Pooler inks because I love the brightness of the colors...perfect for this challenge.  The frame and sentiment were stamped first.  Then I used the stencil to sponge the yellow ink.  I die cut the flowers and leaves and stamped them with various inks.  The stars were stamped and then the card was spritzed with shimmer.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest, Anila, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 

Recipe
Stamps:  Gran's Garden, Bold Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Limoncello, be mine, party dress, garden party, grape crush
Accessories:  Bold Basics stencils (PTI), fun foam, shimmer spritz


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Just Us Girls #453 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  The new challenge at Just Us Girls is a trend challenge.  Sue chose a "fast watercolor" challenge.  Jennifer McGuire did a video on this technique which you can see here.
 
Basically all you do is emboss an image on watercolor paper then cover it up in a random way with Distress inks.  Once that is done, you spray it with water quite heavily and let it dry naturally.  I did this one evening and let it dry overnight.  Jennifer showed a lot of examples with one large flower and did do one with a background stamp.  I did one with a large succulent stamp from Altenew, but didn't get that one finished to post.  This one was done with rainbow colors.  I finished it off by die cutting it with a stitched rectangle die, a thank you sentiment, and Nuvo drops.  Very easy technique, just a little time consuming letting it air dry. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new August guest, Ros Crawford, on the JUGs blog. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Cosmos bg (SSS), Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Canson watercolor
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, salty ocean, wilted violet
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Nuvo drops, white embossing powder, fun foam 


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time Out #115 - Theme Challenge

Hello!  The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is a theme challenge.  The theme is food and drink.
 
I had several stamp sets to use for this challenge, but chose to use this one (a simple one...no coloring!).  I've used this sketch before.  There are so many images you can use with it.  I stamped the cup in brown ink and then the "latte" part in yellow.  I colored the heart shape with copic markers and cover it with glossy accents.  The entire card was spritzed with shimmer and then I added some Nuvo drops.
 
You can see more inspiration from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Susie Moore, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Latte Love (Lil' Inkers)
Paper:  Recollections white, Father Knows Best (PTI)
Ink:  Shea butter and icing on the cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Latte Love die (Lil' Inkers), Nuvo Drops, shimmer spritz, dimensionals



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Just Us Girls #451 - Photo Week

Hey friends!  Don't you love this photo Nancy picked for the Just Us Girls Photo Week challenge?  I just love it and was so inspired!
 
Of course I had to use an Altenew floral layering set for the flower!  I looks very much like it, and I see some of the JUGs design team used it as well!  I stamped it in tiara, bellini, and coral cabana inks from C. Pooler (in that order too).  Then I stamped the outline in black.  The leaves were stamped in garden party and lime rickey C. Pooler inks (in that order as well).  Then I chose this gray (it looks lilac) checked pattern paper from Lawn Fawn and layered it on the card base.  For the white middle piece, I stamped it with black ink and a script stamp.  That piece is on craft foam.  The middle of the flower has Star Dust stickles on it to mimic the center of the flower in the photo.  I added the sentiment and some Nuvo drops.
 
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  It was perfect!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest, Julia Aston, on the JUGs blog.  This is Julia's last week with us this month as our guest.  She gave us some beautiful designs and we hate to see her go!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Beautiful Day and Beautiful Inside (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, Gotta Have Gingham (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; tiara, bellini, coral cabana, garden party, and lime rickey C. Pooler inks
Accessories:  Beautiful Day dies (Altenew), Nuvo drops, star dust stickles, craft foam 


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