Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time Out #90 - Theme Challenge

Hi friends!  The new challenge over on the Time Out blog is the Theme with a twist challenge.  The theme is Autumn and the twist is to make your card in 10 minutes or less.  THAT'S a challenge!
 
Now I didn't time how long it took me to do this card, but it was under 10 minutes to create it.  Thinking about what I was going to make and getting the supplies together was another thing!  I started by die cutting the white panel with the wonky stitches die.  Then I started stamping the leaves.  I stamped the green one in the middle first, then stamped the others.   I wanted the die cut words to match the inks, so I used the direct to paper technique then die cut the words.  I wanted to stack the words, but to do that would have taken more time, so I just have one layer.  I had to add some Nuvo drops too!  This panel is mounted on a green base.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Elaine, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Geometric Greenery (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, garden green
Ink:  Sunshine (SSS), canyon clay (PTI), bamboo leaves (Memento)
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), Thank you die (Hero Arts), Nuvo crystal drops



Friday, August 11, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #180 - Friendship

Hello everyone!  There's a new challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays and the word to be inspired by is FRIENDSHIP.
 
CAS-ual Fridays just released four new stamp sets.  The "mwah!" comes from the one called Puffy Heart Love.  The font is so pretty!  I started by creating a background using Distress Oxide inks on Bristol Smooth white cardstock.  I spattered it with white and black paint then die cut it out.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The rest of the sentiment, "and there's nothing you can do about it!" is stamped on the inside (forgot to photograph it!).  I added black and white sequins to finish it off.
 
You can see more from the other Girl Fridays on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe

Stamps:  Puffy Heart Love and Sassy Smiles (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, vellum
Ink:  Twisted citron, peacock feathers, and picked raspberry distress oxide; Versafine onyx black, Versamark
Accessories:  Blueprints #26 (MFT), white embossing powder, sequins


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Just Us Girls #405 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week, and for our Word Week challenge I chose SHOWERI chose this word because yesterday was my niece's bridal shower.  She's getting married in September.  Can't wait for that!
 
So I needed a card for the bridal shower for my mom.  The color scheme for the shower was Tiffany blue, gold, and white.  So that's what I chose for the card.  I started by die cutting the umbrella then stamping the top in Audrey blue and the handle in gold.  I didn't have cardstock to match, so I took the ink cube and went ink to paper to create the blue strip on the left and for the sentiment.  I did the same for the gold piece.  I ran the white piece through a swiss dot embossing folder.  The sentiment was white heat embossed and I finished off the card with shimmer spritz and gold sequins.  My mom loved it!
 
I hope you can join us this week.  We are welcoming Darnell Knauss as our August guest!  So happy to have her joining us!  Stop by the JUGs blog to see more!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Scattered Showers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Audrey blue, delicata gold, Versamark
Accessories:  Scattered showers die (PTI), swiss dot folder, sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Time Out #89 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi friends!  The new challenge at Time Out is up!  It's our Home Sweet Home challenge where we give you a picture in a home to be inspired by.
 
Here's this challenge's photo.  I love these colors!
21 Ways to Make the Industrial Look Work for You including brick veneer, pallet coffee tables and map walls:

I did something real simple because it's been a busy week for me!  Too much fun to be had in this short period of time we call "summer"!  So I used this new stamp concept that I'm obsessed with!  They are the turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th.  The one I used today is the Triangle Turnabout.  I stamped it in blue, kraft, and brown inks then again in Versamark and embossed in gold.  (My stamping is a little wonky!  The triangles don't match up very well.  I really need to fix that next time!)  I took these colors from the photo.  I stamped a whole panel then cut it in half and attached it to the card base.  I wanted to use the same blue color for the die cut, so I dragged the ink pad on some white cardstock and die cut the word from that.  I added gold sequins to finish it off.  
 
You can see more from the Time Out crew and our guest for this challenge, Trina, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Triangle Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, dark chocolate, classic kraft (PTI), cornflower (Archival)
Accessories:  Celebrate die (MFT), sequins, gold embossing powder, corner rounder



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Just Us Girls #404 - Wild Card Week: Something Old/Something New

Hey friends!  It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls.  Since there are five Saturdays in July, the hostess can choose any type of challenge she wants.  Ina is our hostess and she chose to have us use something old and something new on our cards.
 
So for my something new, I used this new Sunshine turnabout stamp set from Concord & 9th.  I have three of these, and they really are so cool!  I also used four new ink colors:  one from Simon Says Stamp and the other three from Altenew.  The old is the Spellbinders die I've had forever and the sentiment stamp.  It's from MFT and it's still in their store, but I've had it for a while (I thought it was retired!).  I used the Garden Green cardstock from SU (another something old) because I was thinking this could be a masculine card, but then the pink ink jumped out at me!  So I spritzed it with shimmer spritz and added sequins and it's now a card for a female!  Can you imagine all the color combinations possible for this turnabout stamp?  Can't wait to play with it some more!
 
You can see more from the JUGs DT and our July guest, Aileen, on the JUGs blog.  It's her last week as our guest and I'd like to extend a thanks to her for being such a fabulous guest!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Birthday Greetings (MFT), Sunshine Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, garden green
Ink:  Key lime (SSS), rubellite, maple yellow, tide blue (Altenew)
Accessories:  Spellbinders #3 die, white embossing powder, sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam 


Friday, July 28, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #179 - Dies Only

Hi friends!  There's a new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.  This time it's to use dies only...no stamps!  Let's see what you can do!
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I decided to make a tag.  Since I couldn't use any stamps for a sentiment and I didn't have any CAS-ual Fridays sentiment dies (???), I used this paper with birthday greetings on it to get my message across.  The tag was cut from this paper and white cardstock as well to give it some stability.  Then I wanted to use these flower dies, but I wanted to add some interest.  I pulled out some watercolor paper scraps and my Color Burst powders and created some watercolored paper.  I die cut the flowers and leaves from these papers and layered them together with an enamel dot in the center.  The flower was added to the tag along with some ribbon and twine.  That paper used for the middle flower was created with yellow ochre Color Burst.  There are a bunch of colors in it!  I didn't expect that, but I went with it anyway.
 
You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thnaks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  No stamps!
Paper:  Neenah solar white, watercolor paper, Birthday Blowout dp (MFT)
Ink:  lemon yellow, yellow ochre, orange, pthalo green Color Bursts
Accessories:  Scallop tag and pretty posies dies (CF), shimmer spritz, enamel dot, ribbon, twine, dimensional tape


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Time Out #88 - Inspired by Words

Hello everyone!  The current challenge over on the Time Out blog is the Inspired by Words challenge.  Here's the quote to get you inspired:
 
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. 
 
I was inspired by the word sunbeams and used this rays stencil to start with.  I used three of the distress oxide inks.  Once I inked up the stencil, I spritzed it with water to get the oxide look and some water droplet marks.  When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment and spritzed it with shimmer spritz.  The word die was die cut four times and layered.   It too was spritzed with shimmer spritz.  I mounted this on a black mat and added some clear sequins.  This sentiment was inspired by the quote too.

 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Toni, on the
 
Recipe
Stamps:  All About You (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, candied apple, abandoned coral, spiced marmalade
Accessories:  Rays stencil (TH), big you die (SSS), fun foam. shimmer spritz, sequins
 



Monday, July 24, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #231

Hey friends!  I've had to make a sympathy card for a friend's sister who recently passed.  She loved daisies, so this is what I made and sent to my friend and her nephew (it was his mom who passed).  I die cut this daisy, one in each size, and layered it.  I also die cut the yellow center and green leaves.  I mounted the flower on this pretty gingham pinked square.  It's hard to see, but I used a diamond shape impression plate on the white mat.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark on a yellow banner and embossed with white powder.  This whole panel was spritzed with shimmer spray.  I love the softness of the shimmer.
 
I used this sketch again from CAS(E) this Sketch.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight, Sidewalks dp (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Upsy Daisy die (MFT), Trio Banner die (WP9), impression plate (PTI), Pinking Edge Square STAX (MFT), shimmer spritz, fun foam, white embossing powder



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Just Us Girls #403 - Photo Week

Hello friends!  It's time for another challenge over at Just Us Girls and this week is our Photo challenge.  Look at the fun summery photo Bobby chose.
 
I started by stamping this watermelon image from an older Stamp-a-Faire PTI set.  It's a three-step image.  I stamped the leaves/rind in green, then the meat of the watermelon in red, and the seeds in black.  Then I pulled out a scrap of the red check pattern paper and die cut a pinked edge square.  Once that was done, I took a piece of watercolor paper and used the same green ink to paint a square-ish splotch on it, big enough to accommodate the checked piece.  I layered this on top of a black banner which grounds it.  I stamped the sentiment and added sequins.  There's glossy accents on the seeds and shimmer on the watermelon.
 
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Scent-imentals (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, designer paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, lime rickey, pale tomato
Accessories:  Scent-imentals die (PTI), pinking edge square stax die (MFT), trio banner die (WP9), sequins, fun foam, Spectrum Noir shimmer
 


Friday, July 14, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #178 - Christmas in July

Hey it's Christmas in July over at CAS-ual Fridays!  Six more months until that holiday rolls around, and it's never too early to start making those cards!
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I'm so happy with the way this card came out.  I started by stamping the mistletoe image onto white cardstock and masking paper.  I fussy cut the masking paper and masked the image.  Then I stamped those rectangles in red and green inks.  I removed the mask and colored the image.  I cut the piece and mounted it onto red cardstock.  This was mounted on fun foam.  I stamped the sentiment below the focal point.  The mistletoe was covered in glossy accents and I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops around the sentiment.  And that main panel was sprayed with shimmer.
 
I used this sketch which from CAS(E) this Sketch, but the challenge is over.  I just thought it was the perfect sketch for what I wanted to create with the mistletoe!
 
You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Mistletoe & Holly (CAS-ual Fridays), Swatches (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, watermelon and key lime (SSS)
Accessories:  Inkadinkadoo masking paper, flossy accents, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #401 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  This week is Trend Week at Just Us Girls.  Nancy chose ink blending, which is oh so hot right now in stampland!
 
I was excited about this challenge because I just received the new colors of Distress Oxide inks and couldn't wait to break them open.  I love the new colors that were released.  On this card, I started with picked raspberry, twisted citron, and peacock feathers blended on white cardstock.  I used this new die on another piece of white cardstock, leaving a spot for the sentiment, and adhered it to the inked background.  I die cut the sentiment and stamped "friend".  The heart is one of the pieces from the flowers colored with a copic marker.  This panel is mounted on a melon mambo cardstock mat then that is mounted on the base with fun foam.  I sprayed the panel with Spectrum Noir shimmer and added Nuvo Crystal Drops in green, pink, and blue.  I'm pretty happy with this card.  It came out just as I pictured!  That doesn't happen too often.  :-)
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Best Banners (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, melon mambo, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, picked raspberry, twisted citron, and peacock feathers Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  Floral Burst Collage die (SSS), Best Banners die (Concord & 9th), Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time Out #87 - CASE with Your Own Twist

Hi friends!  The challenge this time around at Time Out is our CASE challenge.  This is the card we are CASE-ing by Cornelia.
 
And this is my take on the CASE.  I immediately thought of these Bird Crazy birds from Time Holtz.  I colored it with copics and die cut the bird, wing, and eyes/nose using the coordinating dies.  The wing is on dimensionals, but the eyes are just glued on (too small for dimensionals).  I did add glossy accents to the eyes.  The background was impressed with an impression plate on ivory cardstock, then I used an ink duster brush and antique linen ink to bring out the circle design.  I added a die cut tree branch for the bird to sit on and skinny sentiments on thin strips of cardstock to mimic the CASE card.  Sequins, of course, finish it off.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Pooja, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe
Stamps:  Bird Crazy (TH), Contempo Cage (MFT)
Paper:  Vintage cream, close to cocoa, copic blending card
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, antique linen, Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Circle Doodle impression plate (SSS), bird crazy dies (TH), branch with leaves die (MFT), ink duster brushes, sequins, white embossing powder, glossy accents, dimensional tape, fun foam
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #400 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  Today is a very special day...it's the 400th Just Us Girls challenge!  I cannot believe it!  We started this challenge way back in October of 2009, and myself and Maria are the only two original designers on the team.  We've had some amazing designers come and go, and the team we have now is just as amazing. 
 
We are, however, losing one of our designers.  Chris Dring has decided to step down.  We wish her lots of luck in her future endeavors.
 
We have a new designer to fill the void Chris is leaving.  Please welcome Angie Cimbalo! 
We are so pleased to have her join our team.
 
So on to the challenge.  Since it's our 400th, we decided to choose "celebrate" as our word.
 
I just got this new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and decided to use these popsicles as the background.  Each row was stamped using the MISTI and painstakingly colored with Zig markers in rainbow colors.  Once I had that done, I had to decide what to do with that panel!  I settled on this die from MFT (retired?) die cut from black cardstock and then the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed underneath it.  I added some shimmer and glossy accents to some of the popsicles.  Sequins finished it off.
 
Because we are celebrating, we have a couple of prizes from two generous sponsors.
 
Our Sponsors are:
Random winner: [1 choice of a stamp set, and 1 ink pad]
and

[The Chic of this Week will win a $15 gift certificate AND, 1 random winner has their choice of a 4x6 stamp set, or 2 [in-stock] 3x5 stamp sets.]

A huge Thank you to both these companies!!
 
Hope to see you playing along with Just Us Girls!  Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  So Cool (SSS), Spot On (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versamark, black licorice (MFT), Zig markers
Accessories:  Accent It - Celebrate (MFT), sequins, glossy accents, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam
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Friday, June 30, 2017

CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge #177 - TicTac Toe

There's a new challenge posted over at CAS-UAL Fridays.  It's a Tic Tac Toe challenge with lots of great choices.
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I chose the first row down:  butterflies, monochromatic, and shaker card.  I chose the now retiring set Butterbows for the butterflies, various colors of orange for the monochromatic part, and I made it into a shaker.  I just love orange and these colors are just so bright and fun!  I smudged the Crystal drop on the lower left and it messed up my card right at the end!  UGH!!  I tried to cover it with a white gel pen. 
 
You can see more from the CAS-UAL Fridays design team on the CAS-UAL Fridays blog.
 
Hope you can join in the Tic Tac Toe fun!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Butterbows (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Bellini, tiki torch, orange twist, tutti frutti (Catherine Pooler), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), stitched circles (SSS), sequins, dimensional tape, Nuvo crystal drops

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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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