Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time Out #82 - Theme Challenge

Hi friends!  The Time Out challenge this time around is a theme challenge.  The theme is flowers (easy to do!) and the twist is to use the "kissing" technique.

My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this month, and my sister-in-law and my best friend pulled off a surprise party for us.  And when I say surprise, I mean SURPRISE!  We had no clue whatsoever!  There were about 40 friends and family there, and we had so much fun and felt so loved!  We received many wonderful gifts, and I had to make about 20 thank you cards.  I needed to make something simple because of the amount of cards I had to do, and I wanted to emboss them in silver.  I just got this lovely floral stamp and since the challenge was flowers, it worked out perfectly.  Using the MISTI, I was able to stamp these in Versamark and then emboss them in silver embossing powder.  I sprayed it with shimmer spritz and added the Nuvo Drops.  Simple cards, but they were perfect for what I needed.
 
Stop by the Time Out blog to see what the design team created for this challenge.  We are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers too!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Kind Soul (WP9), Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Neenah solar white
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Silver embossing powder, shimmer spritz, Nuvo Drops, MISTI

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just Us Girls #390 - Photo Week

Hey friends!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls and Chris has a fun photo for us to use as inspiration!
 
Here's a larger photo for you to see all the details.
 
I saw the pattern on the rug and the black, red, yellow combination and that's what I used as inspiration.  I stenciled the background in yellow and added a panel stamped with circles in the red, black, and yellow colors.  I mounted that piece onto a black piece of cardstock to frame it and sprayed the card with shimmer spritz for some pretty shimmer.  Sequins finished it off. 
 
The girls over at JUGs and our April guest have some fabulous designs to share with you.  Stop by the JUGs blog and play along!
 
I'm playing along in a couple of challenges.  It's been a long time since I've done that!
 
I'm playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch this week with this sketch.
 
I'm also playing along with TGIF Challenges polka dots!
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Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Spot On (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tiara and rockin red (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories:  Latticework stencil (Tim Holtz), sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Just Us Girls #389 - Color Week

Happy Saturday!  It's time for another challenge over at Just Us Girls!  This week is our color challenge, and Ina chose some springy colors.
 
I was thinking ice cream with these colors.  I just had my first ice cream cone of the season the other day, and it was oh-so-good!  I stamped this image and the sprinkles then colored the ice cream and cone with copic markers.  I die cut it with the coordinating die and spritzed it with shimmer spritz.  The pattern paper was die cut with a scallop die and adhered to the card base with fun foam.  I added the sentiment and sequins for more shimmer.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Colorful Treats (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Beautiful Brushstrokes (PTI)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, bubble gum (Hero Arts), copic markers
Accessories:  Colorful Treats die (PTI), Audrey Cutaways (Walter & Winnie), shimmer spritz, sequins, fun foam

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time Out #81 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

The current challenge over at the Time Out blog is our Home Sweet Home challenge.
 
This is the photo for you to use as inspiration.  Isn't it cool? 
 
We are sponsored by STAMPlorations for this challenge, and I used this cool Shower of Flutters stencil from them on my card.  I sponged pink, red, and burgundy inks over the panel for this look.  I took the colors from the photo.  I love the striking white against this ombre look.  I die cut the panel with the wonky stitches die and added the black word die and sequins.  I sprayed it with shimmer spritz (which you can't see in the photo), and it shimmers so nicely in the light!
 
You can stop by the Time Out blog to see what STAMPlorations is offering for this challenge, and to see what the Time Out design team and our guest, Michelle, have created for this challenge.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Raspberry fizz, pure poppy, scarlet jewel (PTI)
Accessories:  Shower of Flutters stencil (STAMPlorations), wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), word die from Quote Tag (Paper Smooches), sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #388 - Trend Week


Hi friends!  I'm a little late to the game here, but better late than never!  I usually make my cards on Friday nights because it's just a nice way to unwind from the long week.  It relaxes me!  But last night at the last minute, I went out with friends and didn't make it home until midnight! So my card was made this morning!
 
Sue chose multi-step stamping for this week's Trend Week challenge at Just Us Girls.  Love this trend!
 
I found this brand new multi-step stamp set on my table and just had to use it!  I stamped it in yellow and orange inks.  I matched it up with this pretty gingham pattern paper (that I have so much of, but hardly ever use anymore).  I die cut the square frame and mounted the flowers on the square panel in the middle.  The frame was mounted flush with the card base and the middle part was popped up.  I sprayed the frame and middle panel and flowers with shimmer spritz.  I added some pretty sequins to finish it off.
 
My layout came from this week's Fusion challenge, however I left off the banner.  Even my colors follow the photo from their challenge.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Petunia Builder (WP9), Etched Easter Blessings (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Chicken Scratch Gingham (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, lemon tart, ripe avocado (PTI); melon, orange peel, willow (SSS)
Accessories:  Petunia Builder dies (WP9), Single Stitch Line Square Frame die (MFT), sequins, dimensional tape, Shimmer Spritz

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #387 - Word Week


Hi everyone!  The challenge this week over at Just Us Girls is our word challenge, and Nancy chose SEA.  So many great things you can do with this word!
 
I tried to do a scene with a lighthouse, but I'm just not good at creating scenes.  So I pulled out this flamingo stamp set and pretty much followed the picture on the package for my layout.  I used the Distress Oxide inks for the water and sky.  The flamingo is a layering stamp and is stamped with three different pink inks.  I die cut water with a hills die and the frame with a wonky stitches die.  I added clear sequins and also spritzed the completed panel with shimmer spritz.  The main panel is mounted on desert storm paper for more of a beach look.  My friends and I have a girls' night planned in a few weeks at one of our friend's house, so I thought I'd take this with a gift for her.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for April, Laurie Unger, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Color Layering Flamingo (Hero Arts), Express Yourself (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; broken china, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade distress oxide; cotton candy, hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz
Accessories:  Color Layering Flamingo die (Hero Arts), wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), build a scene rolling hills die (Taylored Expressions), sequins, shimmer spritz

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Time Out #80 - Inspired by Words


Hi everyone!  The challenge over at Time Out this week is Inspired by Words.  Here's the words:
"When it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars"
 
So I went with rainbow colors and stars.  I happened to find this stars die in my die collection and die cut it from Bristol smooth white cardstock.  I colored all the stars with Zig markers in the rainbow colors.  I took the negative piece and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock.  Then I painstakingly adhered dimensional tape to each star and inlaid into the opening.  Love how the black shows through a bit.  I wasn't going to use the black cardstock originally, but I'm glad I did!  Each star is covered with Spectrum Noir shimmer.  I added the sentiment to tie the black into the background and some crystals to finish it off.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Marilyn, on the Time Out blog.
 
We are also sponsored by Uniko, so check that out as well while you are at the blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  The Skinny (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Bristol smooth
Ink:  Versamark, Zig markers
Accessories:  Seeing Stars die (Neat & Tangled), white embossing powder, Spectrum Noir shimmer, crystals, dimensional tape

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #386 - Photo Week

Hey there!  Vicki chose a pretty green teapot for the Just Us Girls Photo Week challenge.
 
I pulled out this sweet die and die cut it from white cardstock then colored the leaves and stems with a green copic marker.  I colored some scrap white paper and die cut the butterfly from it as well.  I made the card a shaker because of the opening.  I added some sequins on the front and stamped the sentiment.  There's some Spectrum Noir shimmer on the butterfly and leaves. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest, Nance Salkeld, on the JUGs blog. This is her last week with us and we've enjoyed having her play along with us.
 
I'm also adding this to the Less is More blog.  The challenge is to use a frame.  I think this fits!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Cutaway Tags: Spring (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copic marker
Accessories:  Circle of Leaves (SSS), Stitched Butterflies (Lil' Inkers), acetate, sequins, dimensional tape, Spectrum Noir shimmer
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Just Us Girls #385 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls color challenge this week, and I have some fun springy colors for you to work with.
 
I wanted to do a floral card and found this stamp set from Papertrey Ink in my never been used box.  It's a layering set and I love the way it layers up!  I used several inks on this (see below), keeping with the challenge colors.  I matted it with this brushstroke paper and I ran the front of the base with a linen impression plate for some texture.  Love the sentiment too!  I stacked three of the together to give it some dimension.  There is Spectrum Noir shimmer all over the sentiment and the floral spray.  Sequins, of course, are always a nice way to finish off a card!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Fresh Bouquet (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Recollections white, gray, Beautiful Brushstrokes
Ink:  Hibiscus burst, rose bud, cotton candy, hollyhock, hot mama, flirty fuchsia, smoky slate, basic gray, Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Big Basic: birthday, sequins, dimensional tape, Spectrum Noir shimmer 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time Out #79 - CASE Challenge

Hey friends!  The challenge over at Time Out is a CASE challenge.  We have a lovely card to CASE.
 
This card is by Jenny Mullins.  I love bird houses and these are so fun!
 
This challenge is sponsored by Verve, and Julee graciously gave the Time Out DT stamp sets to work with.  I got this one called Hip Hop Bunnies.  So cute!  I chose two of the bunnies to color up and I placed them on the card similar to where the bird houses are and sponged some ink similar to Jenny's card.  I also used kraft cardstock like she did.  The white background looked plain, so I noticed that carrot stamp and decided to stamp it all over the background.  The bunnies sort of look like peeps to me!
 
The winner of this challenge will get a stamp set of their choice from Verve.
 
You can see more about the challenge and inspiration from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Izzy, on the Time Out blog.
 
I'm also entering this in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Hip Hop Bunnies (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, kraft
Ink:  Broken china and worn lipstick Distress Oxide; Jet black archival; Versafine onyx black; Zig markers
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), sequins, signo white gel pen, fun foam

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Just Us Girls #384 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  This week is Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Maria chose using a stencil.  I love stencils!
 
I chose one of the Woodblock Stencils from Papertrey Ink and paired it with Distress Oxide inks.  I can't seem to stop using these!  I started in the middle and worked my way out using a rainbow of inks.  I sprayed it with Shimmer Spritz to give it some of that sparkle I love.  I didn't want to cover up any of the pretty stencil, so I stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum and wrapped it around the cardstock.  I added some sequins and popped up this piece on fun foam and mounted it to a piece of violet cardstock.
 
You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
I'm also entering it into the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge.  Loved the rainbow colors!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Etched Easter Eggs (PTI)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, Recollections white, violet, vellum
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Distress Oxide:  worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, broken china, cracked pistachio, wilted violet
Accessories:  Woodblock stencil (PTI), Shimmer spritz, sequins, fun foam

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time Out #78 Reminder - It's Our 3rd Birthday!


I'm back again to remind everyone that Time Out is in its second week of celebrating our third birthday!  We are sponsored by these fine companies, so please stop by the Time Out blog to see what the prizes are!
 
The challenge is to make a card based on the theme Love and/or Friendship.  There's a twist to add spotlight stamping.  I just got this stamp and I love it!  It's a bit challenging to color, but I used the packaging to see where the flowers and leaves begin/end.  I used Bristol smooth white cardstock because I wanted to use Zig markers.  I stamped the image in Versamark ink and embossed it with white powder.  The coloring is very simple with the embossing.  I stamped the sentiment below and added sequins.  You can't tell in the photo, but I put some Spectrum Noir sparkle on the letters and leaves.  The main panel is popped up with fun foam.
 
We have four of our sponsors and some of their DT playing along with us as well as our guest for this challenge, Ardyth.  You can see all the details on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Botanical Hello (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Zig markers
Accessories:  White embossing powder, sequins, Spectrum Noir sparkle, fun foam, Mini MISTI
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Just Us Girls #383 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose the word GEOMETRIC.
Fun word!  Lots of possibilities!
 
I've been going through my dies, and found this cute little goodie bag die from Lawn Fawn.  I used to use templates on my Silhouette to make all kinds of boxes.  I miss making them sometimes because they were so cute and fun to make.  So I die cut this cutie and sponged my new Oxide Distress ink on it through a geometric stencil.  Love those inks!  Once I stenciled it, I put it together.  I then decided to make it an Easter-themed bag by die cutting the bunny and stamping it with pink ink.  I also die cut the bunny's tail and added some liquid applique to it and heat it to make it fluffy.  Love the sentiment too!  I finished it off with some sequins and a bow.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our March guest, Nancy, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade (PTI), Carton Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Neenah solar white
Ink:  Party Dress (C. Pooler), cracked pistachio oxide distress
Accessories:  Goodie bag die (Lawn Fawn), Polka dot parade die (PTI), Banner trio die (WP9), Retro pattern stencil (Inkadinkadoo), sequins, liquid applique, dimensionals

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time Out #78 - It's Our 3rd Birthday!

Hey everyone!  It's Time Out's 3rd Birthday and we are celebrating!
Look at all the sponsors we have for our players for this challenge!  So fun!
The challenge this time is Love and/or Friendship with the optional twist of spotlight stamping.
 
I'm using a few new products on my card that I'm so excited about.  I just received the new Oxide Distress inks last Saturday and broke them open to make this card almost immediately!  Let me tell you they are fabulous to sponge with!  It's really effortless to get them to blend!  I used six of the twelve inks on this background.  They still work well with water as you can see by my water droplets.  Once that was done, I die cut the skinny hello from that paper and the fat hello from black paper.  I layered them together and covered the black with shimmer.  I embossed the word friend in white powder and finished it off with Nuvo Crystal Drops in three colors.
 
We have these four companies doing a special blog post for our challenge and some of their DT members are playing along with us.
 
 
You can also see more from our Time Out DT and our guest for this challenge, Ardyth, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Just Saying (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Strathmore watercolor, black
Ink:  Versamark, Distress Oxide: worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, cracked pistachio, broken china, wilted violet
Accessories:  Say Hello dies (Concord & 9th), white embossing powder, Spectrum Noir sparkle, fun foam, Nuvo Crystal Drops:  dandelion yellow, ripened pumpkin, Caribbean ocean

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