Thursday, March 31, 2016

Time Out #53 - Inspired by Words

Hi friends!  The challenge this time around on the Time Out blog is the Inspired by Words challenge.  We give you a quote to be inspired by, and the quote is a goodie!
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
I knew I had a stamp with this quote, and it took me a minute to find it in my collection of stamps but I found it!  It's from an old My Time Made Easy set that you can't get in a stamp anymore (I don't think!), however you may be able to get it in digital form here.  I die cut the stack of tea cups and colored them with copics to match the paper.  I also covered all of them with Wink of Stella.  I added some sequins and ribbon, which I haven't used in forever!
I'm playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this week.  I haven't played in that challenge in quite a while!
Just a reminder that our Time Out challenges usually run for two weeks, however, we made a boo-boo and scheduled this for only one week!  So hurry and get your entry in!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Keep Strong (MTME), Tea-riffic (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  Recollections white, Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Tea-riffic die (TE), stitched arch STAX die (MFT), sequins, wink of stella, ribbon, craft foam


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Just Us Girls #366 - Photo Week

 Happy Saturday!  This week is Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Nancy has chosen this really cool seaside birthday cake as inspiration for us.
I honestly don't have many stamps with shells and starfish, but I did find this Dockside stamp set from WPlus9.  To start, I inked up an old background cheesecloth stamp from SU in Kraft ink and stamped it off before stamping on the white layer.  Then I stamped the rope in the Kraft ink as well.  The focal image was stamped and die cut with a pierced circle die and matted on a blue die cut piece.  That was mounted on craft foam for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom and rounded the bottom corners before adhering it all together. 
I followed this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch, but had to put my sentiment at the bottom.  I hope I don't get thrown out of the challenge!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Dockside and Dockside Backgrounds (WPlus9), Cheesecloth bg (SU)
Paper:  Recollections white, Baja breeze
Ink:  Kraft (MFT), Baja breeze
Accessories:  Pierced circle STAX (MFT), craft foam, corner rounder

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Just Us Girls #335 - Color Week

Hi all!  It's color week over at Just Us Girls, and Chris has some pretty spring colors for us to use!
I've been loving creating CAS cards lately.  I just love this one!  I took a floral stencil and used the three challenge colors with it.  I stamped the sentiment and added sequins then mounted that on a light pink mat.  I rounded one corner for some interest.  I'm going to stamp an Easter sentiment on the inside and send it off to a family member.
I used this week's Freshly Made Sketches for my layout.
You can see more from the design team and our guest, Stephanie Castro, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Tulip Time (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, pink pirouette
Ink:  Squeezed lemonade, spun sugar, shaded lilac distress inks; Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Floral stencil, sequins, corner rounder, craft foam


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Time Out Challenge #52 - CASE with your own twist

Hi all!  It's time for another Time Out challenge.  This challenge is our CASE with your own twist.
This is the card we are CASE-ing by Marjan Kuppers.

I was inspired by the flowers and the green dots.  I liked the watercolor effect of the flowers, so I pulled out one of my all-time favorite Penny Black flower stamps and used watercolor crayons to color right on the rubber.  Then I spritzed it with water and stamped.  I covered it with Wink of Stella for some shimmer.  I used a stencil and peeled paint distress ink on the main panel to get the dots.  I added the sentiment (an old Hero Arts stamp) and sequins.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest, Lee Ann, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Flower (Penny Black), Sentiment (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Peeled paint distress ink, Versafine onyx black, SU watercolor crayons
Accessories: Tipped Tops die (PTI), Swiss Dot stencil (MFT), sequins, Wink of Stella, craft foam


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time Out #51 - Reminder

Hi friends!  We are in week two of our current Time Out challenge.   I have a reminder card to share with you.

 Our challenge is a theme challenge with an optional technique twist.  The theme is Easter and/or Spring and the twist is masking. 
I didn't twist with this challenge, and I chose the theme of Easter for my card.  I die cut a tag and created an Easter scene on it with a bunny and a chick.  They were die cut from pattern paper.  I added the grass and sponged some clouds in the background.  The base of the card was sponged also with some lilac ink.  I added some seam binding and sequins to the tag along with the sentiments.
You can see more inspiration from the design team and our guest, TaeEun, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bunny Basket (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, certainly celery, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Distress Inks: tumbled glass, shaded lilac; Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Bunny Basket dies (PTI), Tag Sale: Quilted die (PTI), grass border punch, sequins, seam binding, corner rounder, craft foam


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Just Us Girls #333 - Word Week

Happy Saturday everyone!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria has chosen what I think is going to be a popular word...Flowers!  Everyone loves flowers, right?
While this card looks simple, it took a couple of tries to do that banner panel!  Don't ask!  I stamped, colored with copics, and die cut that flower.  Then I die cut the banner and stamped the horizontal image, the leaves (which were stamped off before stamping on the banner to get the right color) and the sentiment.  The flower was added with dimensional tape.  I added sequins and star dust stickles on the flower center.  The white panel was embossed with an embossing folder.
I took my color palette from this week's Color Throwdown.
And my layout was from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest, Steph Castro, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hennah Elements (Altenew), Signature Greetings II (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, handsome hunter, copic markers
Accessories:  Half & Half die (PTI), Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, sequins, star dust stickles, craft foam, dimensional tape


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time Out Challenge #51 - Theme Challenge and Our 2nd Birthday!

The Time Out challenge blog is celebrating it's 2nd birthday this week!  Time sure has flown by!
We have a theme challenge with an optional technique twist for you this time around.  The theme is Easter and/or Spring and the twist is masking.

I didn't do any masking on my card, but I chose to use a butterfly and the sentiment to go with the spring theme.  I started out by sponging different colored inks on the butterfly die cut, which was cut from watercolor paper.  Then I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I covered the entire butterfly with Wink of Stella.  The butterfly tail was impressed with another die.  I added some stamping and sequins around the butterfly and sentiment.
I played in a couple of challenges.  I hope they don't expire before I get around to posting this!
***ETA:  Looks like I was too late for both challenges!  :-(***
I used the colors from the Colour Q challenge #330.
I also used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #161.
Our challenge is sponsored by STAMPlorations.  The winner will receive a $20 gift voucher.  A random drawing for those who twist will win two standard sized ARTploration stencils.
You can see more inspiration from our design team and our guest for this challenge, TaeEun, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  What the Doodle: Butterfly and Tulip Time (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Distress Inks: barn door, mustard seed, peeled paint, peacock feathers; SU: daffodil delight, real red, tempting turquoise; Versafine onyx black; Versamark
Accessories:  What the Doodle: Butterfly die (PTI), Stitched Butterfly (Lil' Inkers), white embossing powder, sequins, Wink of Stella, dimensionals, corner rounder



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