Saturday, June 24, 2017

Just Us Girls #399 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for this week's Photo challenge.  Since yesterday was my last school day and my summer vacation starts today, I thought this photo was perfect!
 
I just love those beautiful Adirondack chairs!  So pretty!
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The colors on my card look so washed out, but they are really brighter in person.  I used yellow, orange, green, and blue Memento Luxe inks with this cool turnaround stamp.  The yellow panel and the blue banner were impressed with a linen plate.  I added shimmer to the sun.  So happy it's summer!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Oh Hello Turnaround and Say Hello (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight, pacific point
Ink:  Versamark, dandelion, morocco, pear tart, and bahama blue Memento Luxe inks
Accessories:  Large sunshine die (Lil' Inkers), linen impression plate, sequins, fun foam, MISTI, spectrum noir sparkle, white embossing powder

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time Out #86 - Theme

I'm really losing track of time this week!  It's our last week of school, they have all been half days.  I'm late with this post, but it's up now!
 
The new challenge at Time Out is the Theme challenge, and the theme is celebrations with a twist to make a one-layer card.
 
We are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays and I'm using the Special Delivery stamp set and coordinating die.  Who wouldn't want a pretty mailbox like this?  So cute!  I've colored it with copics and die cut it.  On the base, I used another die from CAS-ual Fridays called Bubble Label (I think it's retired.  I won this die a few years ago somehow!) to create the clouds.  I die cut it from some cardstock then used it as a stencil.  The grass was die cut also and added to the bottom.  My SIL and her fiancée are looking for a new home for when they get married, so I'll save this for that time to celebrate their purchase!
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest TaeEun on the Time Out blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Special Delivery (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, Copic Blending card, garden green
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, broken china, copic markers
Accessories:  Mailbox die (CF), bubble label die (CF), fresh cut grass die (MFT), sequins, shimmer spritz

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Just Us Girls #398 - Color Challenge

Hi friends!  Bobby has a great color challenge for the Just Us Girls challenge this week.
 
I don't know if kraft is considered brown, but that's what I thought looked good with the yellow and aqua I used on this card.  Looking at it now, I should have used brown!  Oh well!  This stencil was purchased because of a Jennifer McGuire video.  She can get me to buy anything!  I sponged broken china first, then turned the stencil around and sponged fossilized amber.  I love graphic designs!  The sentiment was stamped onto this rounded square die cut piece in Versamark and embossed with white powder.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and made it into a banner.  That piece is on dimensional tape.  This is the card I'll give to my father-in-law this weekend.
 
I'm entering this in the TGIF Challenges.
 
You can see more from the design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Best Dad (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft
Ink:  Broken china, fossilized amber, Versamark
Accessories:  Cube Builder stencil (Altenew), Inside & Out stitched rounded square STAX die (MFT), Blueprints 13 (MFT), white ep, fun foam

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Friday, June 16, 2017

CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge #174

Hi everyone!  A new challenge has popped up on the CAS-ual Fridays blog!  This time it's a color challenge.
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I started by creating the background in aqua and coral with the Wallflower stamp.  Then I die cut the scallop tags...one in gray and another in white.  The sentiment, also from the Wallflower stamp set, was stamped in gray.  I added some gray ribbon tied with aqua twine.  I finished it with aqua and coral sequins.   
 
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Wallflower (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, basic gray
Ink:  Basic gray, aquatini, cameo coral
Accessories:  Scallop tag die (CAS-ual Fridays), ribbon, twine, sequins, fun foam

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Just Us Girls #397 - Trend Week


Hi friends!  The Trend Challenge over at Just Us Girls this week is to use powdered dyes. 
 
I haven't used these Color Burst powder dyes in a while, so I was happy for this challenge.  I decided to use three colors (yellow, crimson, and blue) and just go wild on a piece of watercolor paper.  I spritzed it with water and dried it with a heat tool.  Then I die cut it with this harlequin cover plate.  I also cut another piece of watercolor paper with the die and insert the watercolor piece into the frame.  I used Stick It so that the frame and pieces would stick to the black base.  I die cut the word die from black cardstock four times and stacked it.  I embossed the word "wishes" on vellum and adhered the die cut to it as well as the sequins.  There's shimmer on the die cut as well.
 
Because I die cut the cover plate twice, I was able to make two cards.  Here's the reverse of the first one.  Same design, different look.
 
And here they are side-by-side.  I have a few retirements to go to and I think these will be perfect for them.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Simple the Best (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Master's Touch watercolor, black, vellum
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; Color Bursts:  lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue
Accessories:  Harlequin cover plate (PTI), Best die (CPD), sequins, Stick It, Spectrum Noir shimmer

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time Out #85 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi everyone!  There's a new challenge over at the Time Out blog.  The challenge is our Home Sweet Home challenge where we give you a picture from a room in a home as inspiration.
 
Here's the picture for this challenge.  What a place to relax, right?
Laura Ashley Blog | SPRING / SUMMER 2015 INTERIOR TRENDS | http://blog.lauraashley.com:

When I looked at this photo, I saw three things:  the rattan hammock and the colors pink and turquoise.  I tried to incorporate these things into my card.  I started by stamped this floral image in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I created a mask for it and stenciled what I thought looked like rattan or bamboo over the rest of the card.  Then I colored the image using Zig markers.  I die cut the banner and stamped the coordinating sentiment in Versamark and embossed that in white embossing powder as well.  I mounted this onto turquoise cardstock and then mounted that on fun foam.  I spritzed it with shimmer spritz and added white sequins. 

 
Our challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.  You can see more about the prize and see what the Time Out design team and our guest, Ashwini, have as inspiration for you on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th), Banner Style (PTI)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, tempting turquoise, brushed corduroy distress
Ink:  Versamark, Zig markers
Accessories:  Staggered brickwork stencil (Dylusions), Banner Style die (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, sequins, fun foam

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Just Us Girls #396 - Word Week

Hey friends!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Ina chose die-cuts as the word.  How easy is that challenge these days?
 
I came home today to a box from Simon Says Stamp and this die (times two...I accidentally ordered two!  Happens All. The. Time!) and I had to use it.  It's been on my wish list for a while because it's been out of stock.  So I of course had to use it for this challenge.  I die cut it in the kiwi first.  The flower part is another die and it's cut from two shades of pink.  I added the pearl in the center.  The background behind the frame is blue china oxide ink sponged onto Bristol paper and spritzed with water.  Both pieces were spritzed with shimmer.  The front of the base was impressed with a linen plate.  I added the sentiment (stacked four times for dimension) and sequins for more sparkle.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June (can you believe it's June already?) guest, Estelle, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth, kiwi kiss, melon mambo, pink pirouette
Ink:  Broken china distress oxide
Accessories:  Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps), Impression Obsession word die, linen impression plate, shimmer spritz, sequins, fun foam

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Friday, June 2, 2017

CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge #175 - Use Pattern Papers

Hey friends!  It's time for another CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This time, we are breaking out the pattern papers.  Dust them off and get them on a card!
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I have to admit that I have TONS of pattern paper that I just don't use anymore!  So this challenge was great for me to get out some paper and use it!  I love the colors in this pack.  The top is from the pack and it looked to plain, so I ran it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The sentiment from Wallflower was stamped with navy ink onto a matted oval die.  That horizontal piece was pinked with an edge die.  I stamped the flower from Pretty Posies and die cut it with the coordinating die.  I added sequins to finish it off.

You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays team on the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog.

I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Wallflower and Pretty Posies (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Very vanilla, Trend Setter (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Night of Navy, aquatini
Accessories:  Pretty Posies dies (CAS-ual Fridays), pinking edge die (MFT), oval dies (Spellbinders), sequins, fun foam

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Just Us Girls #395 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  Nancy chose a great photo for this week's Just Us Girls photo challenge! 
 
Here's a close up of the photo so you can see more details.
 
I used a flourish stencil and molding paste to get that white on white look. The heart was die cut  four times and stacked together.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  Silver nail heads were added on each scallop to mimic one of the cookies in the photo.  I matted the embossed panel onto silver cardstock.  I'll add this to my wedding or anniversary card stash.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Love & Marriage (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, silver
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Spellbinders scallop heart die, silver nail heads, molding paste, flourish stencil (T. Holtz), silver embossing powder

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time Out #84 - Inspired by Words


This week over at Time Out blog, the challenge is Inspired by Words.  These are the words we are using.
"Flowers and friends make life a garden"

We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge and I'm using this lovely stamp set called Blossoming.  I first stamped the frame (from Rubbernecker) onto watercolor paper then stamped the floral image in black and clear embossed it.  I used the Kuretake watercolor paints to color it.  These colors are so vivid. After watercoloring the floral image, I stamped the sentiment.  The watercolor panel is mounted on fun foam then on the black panel.  I added some sequins also.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Michelle, on the Time Out blog.  You can also see the prize Stamplorations is offering.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Blossoming (Stamplorations), Freehand Border: Large (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  Masters Touch watercolor; Recollections white, black
Ink:  Black licorice hybrid (MFT), Versafine onyx black, Kuretake watercolor paints
Accessories:  Sequins, fun foam


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Just Us Girls #394 - Color Week

Hey friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls, and Judy has chosen a great color combination.
 
I had this cute little stamp set on my desk and thought the colors would look cute on this piñata.  I stamped him with Versafine ink on Bristol paper so I could color it with Zigs then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I also stamped and colored the candy pieces.  I die cut a tag from navy cardstock and stamped and embossed the sentiment.  I used a stencil and distress inks to create the background.  I sprayed it with shimmer spray also.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by !
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Year Seven (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol, night of navy
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, twisted citron, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch, Zigs
Accessories:  Year Seven dies (Lawn Fawn), Infinity Tag die (Hero Arts), Parquet stencil (Neat & Tangled), white and clear embossing powders, twine, shimmer spray, dimensional tape

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Casual Fridays Challenge #174 - Sketch

Hi friends!  There's a new challenge over at Cas-ual Fridays and it's a sketch challenge!  I love sketches!
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Although I have to admit this one was a challenge for me!  Not in what I wanted to do, but it was lining up those envelopes and coloring them that gave me trouble!  I first tried using the MISTI, but that was a bust.  Then I just stamped them and used my eyes to line them up and that worked better.  But the copics weren't behaving on the Neenah cardstock I have so I changed to the copic paper (can't remember the name!) and that worked like a charm.  I colored the envelopes in rainbow order then cut it down to about a 3.75" square.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum, embossed with clear embossing powder, and wrapped it around the main panel.  That was added to the desert storm base on fun foam.  I added shimmer to each heart and some sequins.
 
You can see more from the Cas-ual Fridays design team on the Cas-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Mail (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  X-press It Blending card, desert storm, vellum
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, sequins, Spectrum Noir shimmer, sequins, fun foam


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Just Us Girls #393 - Trend Week

 Hey everyone!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls, and Sue chose to make a background using Distress Inks. 
 
I love the oxide inks so much!  I hope they come out with more colors soon!  I needed a sympathy card.  My husband's cousin lost her husband the other day.  He was only 51 years old.  I feel so bad for her because she is such a lovely person.  So I wanted to make a nice card for her.  I was low on creativity, so I cased a card in Papertrey Ink's gallery for the Painted Petals stamp set.  I started by die cutting the scalloped panel and sponging broken china distress ink on it.  I then spritzed it with water to get water marks (hard to see in the picture).  I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them to the panel.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  I also added some pink flowers and sequins to finish it off.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Petals (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Daffodil delight, marigold morning, regal rose, pale tomato, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, broken china distress oxide, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Painted Petals dies (PTI), Audrey Cutaways (W&W), sequins, fun foam
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time Out #83 - CASE Challenge


Hi everyone!  This week over at Time Out, we are CASE-ing a card of one of my favorite card designers...Hannelie Bester!

This is the card we are CASE-ing.  Hannelie's style is amazing and what she does with her Silhouette is equally amazing!  Gorgeous card! 
 
I created this card based on Hannelie's.  I used Distress Oxide inks to create the background.  I die cut the butterfly cover plate twice and layered to make it more sturdy.  I spritzed the butterfly die cut with shimmer spritz then splattered it with the amber and red inks.  I finished it off with crystals and a sentiment on a banner.
 
Stop by the Time Out blog to see what the design team and our guest, Susanne, created for this challenge. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe

Stamps: Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah solar white, black
Ink:  Versamark, Fossilized amber, fired brick
Accessories:  Cover plate: butterfly (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, crystals
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