Friday, October 20, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #185 - Think Pink

Hi friends!  It's October and it's Breast Cancer Awareness month, so the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is Think Pink.
 
I started with stamping several stamps to relay a message to all you ladies out there to get checked.  I stamped this on a piece of white cardstock and adhered it to a piece of some old SU pattern paper.  Then I ran that through the wonky stitches die.  I die cut the flowers and used the same pink ink used on the sentiments to stamp the flowers.  I added stickles to the flowers and some sequins and was finished.  Now I need to get up the courage to have my mammogram!  I absolutely hate going!  But I will make the appointment!  Sigh....
 
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Calling All Sistahs, Pretty Posies, Calm & Gentle (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, Pretty Patterns dp (SU)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, berry sorbet
Accessories:  Pretty Posies dies (CF), Wonky Stitches (Avery Elle), star dust stickles, sequins, dimensionals


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just Us Girls #415 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  This week the trend at Just Us Girls is to make a window or peek-a-boo card.  Angie chose a great challenge...so many possibilities!
 
I wanted to copic color images, so I chose this new Stamptember stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and paired it with a die from My Favorite Things and some pattern paper.  (I have so much of it and need to use it!)  I sponged some ink on the background so it wasn't so white.  I added some Nuvo drops and the sentiment and was done.  Easy peasy!
 
You can see more from the design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Hello Pumpkin (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bo Bunny dp
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers, antique linen distress ink
Accessories:  Hello Pumpkin dies (SSS), Nuvo drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, Interactive stitched die (MFT), dimensionals


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time Out #94 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

 Hello everyone!  I love the Home Sweet Home challenge over at Time Out this week.  The photo is so pretty and so fall-ish!
 
Look at this pretty vase.  Love those orange pumpkins.
 
We are sponsored by Stamplorations this week, and I've used this cute pumpkin image from the Thankful for Autumn stamp set.  I felt like making a tag for this challenge.  I die cut the tag then stamped and masked the pumpkin.  Then I used a Tim Holtz stencil and inked it up with some Distress ink.  I colored the pumpkin image with copic markers, stamped the sentiment, and added Nuvo Drops, ribbon and twine bow.  There's also some Spectrum Noir shimmer on the pumpkin.
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest for this challenge, Janet, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Thankful for Autumn (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Neenah solar white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, walnut stain, antique linen, copic markers
Accessories:  Made with love tag 1 die (PTI), Nuvo drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, ribbon, twine, Tim Holtz stencil, Inkadinkadoo masking paper

 
 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Just Us Girls #414 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Nancy chose "Light" as our word.  There's a bunch of ways this word can be interpreted.
 
I chose to make a set of four 4.25" square cards using lamps as the focal point in each one.  I've had this stamp set from Papertrey Ink for some time, and I don't know if it's ever seen ink!  I started by picking out an old paper pack from Stampin' Up and die cut a square frame from four different colors and also die cut the lamp shades from the same paper.  I stamped the lamp bases in coordinating colors.  Before I adhered the lamps to the card base, I masked off an area and sponged the "light" from the lamp in yellow ink.  I stamped two different sentiments, added sequins, and spritzed the card with shimmer spray.
 



 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest for October, Karola Rehnstrom, on the JUGs blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Lighten Up (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Polka Dot Parade (SU)
Ink:  Melon (SSS), autumn rose and limeade ice (PTI), brocade blue and barely banana (SU), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Lighten Up die (PTI), sequins, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape



Friday, October 6, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #184

Hi friends!  The challenge this week over at CAS-ual Fridays is a sketch challenge.  There aren't as many sketch challenges around today as there were a few years ago, so I was very happy to have one to follow today.
 
I love these heart music notes and haven't used them yet, so I thought it would be good to use for this sketch.  I die cut it three times and stacked them for more dimension.  Then I went to work on the background.  I taped this fun stencil to some Bristol smooth white cardstock and used Distress inks to create the background.  That was matted onto some black cardstock.  I added the white strip stamped with the sentiment and added black sequins to finish it off. 
 
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Big Treble (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, twisted citron, salty ocean, peacock feathers
Accessories:  Double note die (Cas-ual Fridays), graphic pattern stencil (Hero Arts), Spectrum Noir shimmer, sequins, fun foam 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just Us Girls #413 - Wild Card Week

Hi everyone!  Today is the 5th Saturday in September, so Just Us Girls has it's Wild Card challenge.  For this challenge, Nancy has chosen to use word die cuts on our cards.
 
I have so many word dies, so it was difficult to decide which one to use!  I settled on this one from Papertrey Ink.  I first inked some Bristol paper with four Distress Oxide inks then die cut the word from it.  I stamped the leaves in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with copic markers.  The sentiments were stamped next, and I added Nuvo Dew Drops randomly around the card.  It's also spritzed with shimmer spray.  This card is going to a colleague who lost her son this summer.  I like it better than a sympathy card.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Linda, on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us and I'd like to thank her for creating such beautiful cards with us this month.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Geometric Greenery (MFT), Big Hugs (PTI)
Paper:  Recollection white, calypso coral, Bristol white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, fossilized amber, wild honey, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  Big Hugs die (PTI), Nuvo dew drops, shimmer spray, fun foam, corner rounder 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time Out Challenge #93 - Breast Cancer Awareness/Friendship

Hi friends!  The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is a special one.  We are coming on the month of October and that means focusing on breast cancer awareness.  So Time Out is doing just that.  We'd like you to create something having to do with breast cancer or friendship and the twist is to use pink on your card.  We are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays, who has a few great stamps focusing on this topic.
 
I'm using this set called "Be" by CAS-ual Fridays.  I love the sentiments in this set, and I chose to use all three on bands of pink ombre watercolors.  I used Distress inks for the bands and then stamped the sentiments on each one.  The butterflies were inked with the Distress inks and stamped directly onto the panel.  I spritzed the panel with shimmer spray, added Nuvo Dew Drops, and then adhered it to a pink mat.  That was popped up on fun foam.
 
Stop by the Time Out blog to see the details of the challenge as well as the cards by the design team and our guest for this challenge, Yulia.
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Be (Casual Fridays)
Paper:  Canson watercolor, Recollections white, pink (SU)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, spun sugar, worn lipstick, and picked raspberry Distress inks
Accessories:  Nuvo Dew Drops, shimmer spray, fun foam 


Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Anniversary

I had two anniversaries to make cards for last week.  One was for my in-laws who celebrated their 63rd anniversary, and the other was for our best friends.  They celebrated their 40th!  It doesn't seem possible that they could be married that long!
 
Since the 40th is celebrated with red, that's what I went with for both cards.  I started with foiling this foil mates panel from GinaK in red foil using my Mini Minc machine.  Then I stamped and die cut the flower and placed it on the white panel.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  A crystal in the middle of the flower finished it off.  Simple and quick card. 
 
Here's a shot of the foil.  It's hard to capture it in photos, but it was so pretty in real life.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Calendar Basics and Bloomers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pure poppy, scarlet jewel
Accessories:  Bloomers die (PTI), red crystal, Heidi Swapp red foil, Elegant Florals Foil Mates (GinaK) 


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Just Us Girls #412 - Photo Week

Hello everyone!  This week at Just Us Girls, Ina chose this great photo for our photo week challenge.
 
Here's what I saw in the photo and how it translates into my card.  I chose this jungle stencil and used two Distress Oxide inks with it.  While it was still wet, I covered it with clear embossing powder.  It really intensified the colors.  Then I die cut the bird and colored it with Zig markers to mimic the parrot in the photo.  The bird is placed on a white border on which I stamped the sentiment, heart, and sequins.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Contempo Cage (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, twisted citron, peeled paint, Zig markers
Accessories:  Contempo Cage bird die (MFT), jungle stencil (Dina Wakely), clear embossing powder, sequins, dimensional tape



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Us Girls #411 - Color Week

Hi friends!  Today is color week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria has chosen a warm fall color palette.
 
I just got this new stamp/die set from Concord and 9th.  As I was thinking about what I was going to make, I picked up this set to take it down to my craft room and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  It's a two-step stamp, so I stamped the first layer in yellow and the second in orange.  Then I stamped the berries in burgundy and die cut the wreath.  Then I die cut the words and added crystal drops to the berries.  The wreath was spritzed with shimmer spray.  The front panel of the card base was given some texture with an impression plate.  The wreath was popped up with dimensional tape.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and September guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Magnolia Wreath (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, brave burgundy, Masters Touch watercolor paper
Ink:  Fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, scarlet jewel
Accessories:  Magnolia Wreath die (C&9th), word die (Hero Arts), impression plate (PTI), shimmer spritz, Morning Dew crystal drops, dimensional tape



Friday, September 8, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #182 - CASE a Girl Friday

Hi everyone!  The challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is to CASE a Girl Friday's card.  Cool challenge!
 
 I chose this beautiful card by Michelle Lupton.  I love her style and this one really caught my eye for a number of obvious reasons!

Here's my case.  I went for the layout (which BTW was not easy to figure out...at least for me!), the embossed background and the pinks.  I started by embossing the Curtis background stamp in Versamark and embossed it with clear powder.  I added Distress Oxide inks over the embossing and blended it together.  Then I cut it in half diagonally and laid it on the base so I could center the sentiment between the two pieces.  I stamped the sentiment in black, attached the panels to the base, and added sequins.  My card does not do Michelle's justice, but I do like it. 
 
You can see more from the Girl Fridays on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Curtis bg and Frankly (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, wilted violet, and seedless preserves Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  sequins, clear embossing powder 


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Us Girls #409 - Word Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for our Word Week challenge.  I chose the word "SHOES" as I've always loved them and have many!
This is another new stamp I picked up last week at a Scrap and Stamp show especially for this challenge.  It's from Technique Junkies and is one stamp.  I stamped it in Versafine onyx black ink onto Bristol smooth white paper and embossed it in clear powder.  It's colored with Zig markers.  I had to color the soles of the shoes red!  The straps of the shoes were covered with glossy accents and I added some Nuvo crystal drops.  The panel was die cut with a wonky stitches die.

 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Linda Snodgrass, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
ETA:  How could I forget The Daily Marker's Coloring Challenge?  I'm entering my card!
Recipe
Stamps:  The Right Shoes (Technique Junkies)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, orchid opulence
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Zig markers
Accessories:  Wonky Stitches die (Avery Elle), Nuvo Crystal Drops (morning dew), glossy accents, fun foam 


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Time Out #91 - CASE Challenge

Hi friends!  I have a new challenge for you to participate in over at the Time Out blog.  It's a CASE challenge and the photo below is the card we are CASEing.
 
This lovely card is by Beverley Brown.  I just love the soft rainbow colors and those black accents from the flower and sentiment.
 
The thing that I noticed was the rainbow color palette, so that's what I used as inspiration for my card.  I went to a Scrap and Stamp convention this weekend and bought some amazing stamps, dies, and other crafty things!  I went with my stamping friend Cheryl and we bought the place out I think!  I got these layering dies from Honey Bee and die cut them from white cardstock.  Since I was covering up a lot of the background, I wanted my rainbow to be bright so it shined through.  Therefore I used the Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  They give such a bright opaque color.  Love them!  I added a die cut sentiment and placed it in the same place as Beverley's card.  It was layered four times and I put some shimmer on top of it. Sequins finished off the card.
 
I hope you play along with us this week.   Beverley just happens to own Uniko and is our sponsor for this challenge.  Stop by the Time Out blog to check out the prize and to see inspiration from the Time Out design team and guest Lucie.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Masters Touch watercolor
Ink:  Gansai Tambi watercolor
Accessories:  Hexagon coverplate (Honey Bee), Hello die (Stamplorations), sequins, Spectrum Noir shimmer, black enamel accects (Ranger)




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Just Us Girls #408 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls and Maria has chosen this fun Hawaiian themed photo for us to be inspired by.
 
I was so happy to see this photo because I could use this cool stamp set from Concord & 9th.  I of course bought it because that girl named Jennifer McGuire (you know her, right?  LOL!) used it in a video and it looked so cool I had to have it!  She made it look so simple, but it took me at least four tries to get it (sort of) right. (I guess I cased her card too!)  I stamped the pineapple in Versamark and embossed it in white.  Then I used the coordinating stamps and my MISTI to stamp the fronds, flowers and leaves.  I kept to the colors in the photo when I matted the stamped image and chose the base.  I don't know if you can see it, but I stamped the yellow base with a background stamp and Versamark to give it some texture.  I spritzed it with shimmer spray and added the sequins.  The sentiment banner is on dimensional tape.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Darnell, on the JUGs blog.  This is Darnell's last week with us and we'd like to thank her for being such a great guest this month!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Pineapple Perfection (Concord &9th), Fine Check bg (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight, melon mambo
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, maple yellow, ocean waves, and pinkalicious (Altenew), key lime and watermelon (SSS)
Accessories:  Pineapple Perfection die (Concord & 9th), white embossing powder, sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam


Friday, August 25, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #181

Hi friends!  The CAS-ual Fridays challenge is up and it's a color challenge....kraft and white.
 
These types of cards are so fast and easy to create!  This took practically no time at all!  I started by die cutting a kraft cardstock with a pierced scallop die.  Then I stamped and embossed this cool floral hot air balloon in white.  I stamped the sentiment with kraft ink and added the twine and white sequins.  This panel is popped up on fun foam onto the white base.
 
You can see more on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.  Hope to see you playing along!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Floating (CF)
Paper:  Kraft, Recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, kraft (MFT)
Accessories:  Audrey cutaways die (Winnie and Walter), white embossing powder, sequins, twine, fun foam



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