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!
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


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!
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


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!
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

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #400 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  Today is a very special'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]

[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!
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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