Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time Out #95 - Theme Challenge

Hey friends!  There's a new challenge over at Time Out and this time it's a Theme challenge.  The theme is sympathy, and there's an optional twist of distressing. 
I needed two sympathy cards for friends who lost their pets within days of each other.  One was a total surprise and passed unexpectedly.  The other was quite old, but still a sad loss.  I pulled out this pet sympathy set from Papertrey Ink.  I die cut a heart from red cardstock and stamped the paw prints across the heart.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed it in white embossing powder.  The heart was spritzed with shimmer spritz and layered onto a white cardstock impressed with an impression plate.  This was layered onto black cardstock onto a white card base.
On the inside, I stamped this beautiful sentiment and heart.

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Sue, on the Time Out blog.  We are also sponsored by Happy Little Stampers for this challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  With Sympathy: Loss of Pet (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark
Accessories:  Spellbinders heart die, impression plate (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just Us Girls #416 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls!  Vicki chose some colors that will work for Halloween or even a pretty card.
I pulled out this Monster Love stamp set because I just love these little guys!  I also wanted to send it to a little boy that is battling a rare form of cancer for seven months.  I saw a post on Taylored Expressions Facebook page about him, and all he wants are Halloween cards.  So I thought this would be a cute card to send to him.  I made the plaid pieces with a plaid builder set and the challenge colors.  The monsters were die cut then stamped.  I added shimmer to them and glossy accents to their eyes.  The background looked a little too white, so I spattered some black acrylic paint on it.   
If you would like to send a Halloween card to this little boy, here is the address:
Brock Chadwick
11 McKenney Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Monster Love, Plaid BG Builder (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, flirty fuchsia, lime rickey
Accessories:  Monster Love dies (MFT), pinking edge die (MFT), glossy accents, Spectrum Noir shimmer, black acrylic paint

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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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 


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