Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time Out Challenge #124 - Joyful

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge, and this time we are challenging everyone to be joyful!  Not too difficult this time of year, right?
 
This card came together quite accidentally!  I first made a card with this designer paper as a base for another card, but didn't like the way the main panel looked on it.  So, I tore off the main panel and put it on another to make a different card that I liked better.  (You'll see it probably next week!)  The tag was already made and was just going to be a free standing tag.  I created it using the tiny wreath builder set by Gina K that I got for free from Simon Says Stamp.  This tag and base were sitting next to each other on my desk and I loved the way they looked together, so they became a card!  I just added the glitter washi tape and it was the perfect card for this challenge!  I love red and green for the holidays.  So festive!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Chrissie, on the Time Out blog
 
We are also sponsored by Uniko for this challenge.  You can see the giveaway from them on the Time Out blog as well.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Tiny Wreath Builder set (Gina K), Tiny Words (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, red glitter (SSS), Candy Land (MFT)
Ink:  Rockin' red, lime rickey, eucalyptus (CP inks)
Accessories:  Tiny wreath builder stencil (Gina K), Hero Arts infinity tag die set, joy die (MFT), ribbon, star dust stickles, glitter washi, fun foam 


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Just Us Girls #468 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for the Photo Week challenge.  I chose this shopping cart full of bright bows and presents!
 
I knew immediately that I would use this layering bow stamp set from The Ton.  I looked at the set on their site to get some inspiration and ended up case-ing one of their cards but changed the colors.  I used Catherine Pooler inks in lighter shades for the bottom layer and brighter colors for the top layer.  I stamped the sentiment in black, added some shimmer spritz, and crystals.  The main panel is on fun foam for dimension.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our November guest, Claire, on the JUGs blog.  This is Claire's last week with us, and I'd like to say thanks for being such a great guest!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Bows (The Ton), Be Merry (Damask Love)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; it's a boy, suede shoes, it's a girl, rockin' red, shea butter, sauna, garden party, grass skirt
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), PPP crystals, shimmer spritz, fun foam 


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Time Out #123 - Theme Challenge

Hi all!  Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends today!  I hope you are celebrating with family and friends and are eating some delicious food (and maybe watching some football too!).
 
Back to our challenge.  The new Time Out challenge is our theme challenge.  We want you to make a black and white card using one other color.  To twist it even further, make it a one-layer card (totally optional).
 
I used this Penny Black wreath stamp and stamped it in black onto a card base to make it a one-layer card (sort of...I forgot the sentiment is dimensional!).  Then I simply used a red copic marker to color in all the berries.  Then I added the die cut sentiment which is on fun foam.  Finally, I added Star Dust Stickles to the berries and shimmer to the die cut.  This would be an easy card to mass-produce for the holidays.
 
Our challenge this time around is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Joanna, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Pine Burst (Penny Black)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink: Gina K amalgam, copic marker
Accessories:  Winter words die (Reverse Confetti), star dust stickles, fun foam 


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Just Us Girls #467 - Color Week

Hi everyone!  Vicki chose these fabulous colors for our Just Us Girls Color Week challenge.  I really had fun with them!
 
I just got these stamps from Concord and 9th the other day and couldn't wait to use them.  I thought these colors would work beautifully with these images.  I stamped and die cut the hat and scarf then colored them in the challenge colors.  The face was stamped directly onto the panel and colored.  I added the hat and scarf.  You can't really see it, but I stamped and embossed some snowflakes with a frosted crystal embossing powder.  It is very subtle but pretty.  This girl reminds me of my niece, and she will get this at Christmas.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our November guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe
Stamps:  Winter Wear (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bermuda bay
Ink:  Gina K amalgam black, Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Winter Wear dies (C&9th), wonky stitches (Avery Elle), frosted crystal embossing powder, star dust stickles, fun foam


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Just Us Girls #466 - Trend Week

So when was the last time you used bleach?  In the wash or for crafting?  I must admit I've used it more in laundry than in crafting, but there's always a first time, right?  Just Us Girls wants you to use bleach on your cards.  There are a variety of ways to do this as well!
 
I watched this video by Gina K to get my inspiration.  You can't really tell I used bleach on these flowers because I die cut them.  In Gina's video, she stamped a few flowers on brown cardstock but didn't die cut them so you can see the difference in the color of the cardstock after the bleach was applied.  I think you can kind of see the difference on mine if you look at the very edges.  They are darker because I didn't apply the bleach beyond the embossed area.  I'm loving these block print stamps from Altenew.  They frame the card so nicely.  I stamped and die cut some leaves in some fall colors and added the sentiment and sequins to finish it off.  I think I should have used bolder colors for them because the brown flowers really stand out!  Oh well!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our November guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Floral Art and Block Print (Altenew), Autumn Adornment (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Versamark, shea butter, bellini, mandarin spice, icing on the cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Floral Art dies (Altenew), stitched rectangle (MFT), black embossing powder, bleach, crystal, dimensionals, fun foam 


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time Out #122 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hello all!  It's time for a new challenge over at Time Out.  This time it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  And please notice our new blog look!  It was time for a change and we think it's very cool!
 
Here's a close up of the photo to use as inspiration for the challenge.
 
We are sponsored by Altenew for this challenge.  I've used two of their stamp sets on my card...Holiday Bow and Block Print.  I've also used some of their inks.
Proud to be Sponsored by
 
For inspiration, I chose the colors of red, gray, and white (my bow looks much more red in person) and the greenery in the wreath and tree.  The background stamp reminded me of the gray pillow on the bed.  That sentiment stamp (from Concord & 9th) fit perfectly below the background stamp.  I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the bow and berries. 
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Mughda, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Holiday Bow and Block Print (Altenew), Ornamental (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, parrot and olive (Altenew), coral cabana, rockin' red, shea butter, icing on the cake, twilight (C. Pooler), cornflower blue (W.V. archival)
Accessories:  Holiday Bow dies (Altenew), stitched rectangle die (MFT), Wink of Stella, fun foam, dimensionals



Saturday, November 3, 2018

Just Us Girls #465 - Word Week

Hi friends!  The challenge at Just Us Girls is the Word challenge.  Sue chose the word music.
 
I thought this Christmas stamp and die set would be a good fit for the challenge.  I started by creating the night sky with oxide inks on Bristol cardstock.  I spritzed it with water and then spattered it with white Copic ink.  I die cut the snow drifts from white glitter cardstock and the silhouettes from black cardstock.  I added the sentiment and moon, stars, and music notes in black ink. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for November, Claire, on the JUGs blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Here We Come A-Caroling (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, glitter white (SSS)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch, dusty concord oxide inks
Accessories:  C.Pooler dies, stitched rectangle die (MFT), snow drift dies (MFT), copic white ink, dimensionals 


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Just Us Girls #464 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  Vicki chose a fun photo for our Photo Week challenge at Just Us Girls!  Love all that deep red color paired with white.  So striking!
 
I loved that deep red, and SU's cherry cobbler cardstock (do they still sell this color?) was the perfect deep red color.  I die cut this beautiful mandala and the sentiment from white cardstock and spritzed them with shimmer.  The sentiment was die cut four times and stacked.  I added some white Nuvo drops to finish off the card.  This die is very intricate, but die cut beautifully with the Gemini Jr.  So glad I purchased it!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest, Linda, on the JUGs blog.  This is Linda's last challenge with us for this month.  She did a fabulous job in all of our challenges this month!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper;  Recollections white, cherry cobbler
Accessories:  Layered Mandala die (Paper Rose), Joy Wreath die (C. Pooler), stitched rectangle die (MFT), shimmer spritz, Nuvo drops, fun foam 


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time Out #121 - Inspired by Words

 Hi everyone!  This week's Time Out Inspired by Words challenge is based on this quote.  Perfect for this time of year.
 
We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I'm using their Blossom Sprays #2 stamp on my card.
 
This is a beautiful stamp!  I enjoyed pulling out my copic markers and coloring.  My inspiration for the colors came from a paper pack my friend Cheryl gifted me the other day.  I was going to use one of the papers on the bottom of the card, but I just couldn't because it sort of clashed with the pretty image.  I'll use the paper another time.  I added Star Dust stickles on the centers of all the flowers and sequins. 
 
 You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.
 
I'm also entering this into the Color Throwdown challenge.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Blossom Sprays #2 (Stamplorations), Wreath Builder (Gina K Designs)
Paper:  Neenal solar white, desert storm
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), sequins, star dust stickles, fun foam

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Just Us Girls #463 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week for our color challenge.  I chose blue, purple, and green for this challenge.
 
I chose some Concord & 9th stamp sets to use for this card.  I stamped the thank you in the three challenge colors and the second part of the sentiment in black.  The background uses a turnabout stamp and I once again used the three challenge colors and black.  The sentiment was die cut also in black and was matted offset so it would stand out a little bit more.  I spritzed the entire panel with shimmer spritz (a little too much for my liking...it sort of splotched the sentiment).
 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Triple-Step Thank You and Polka Dot Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Something borrowed, lime rickey, flirty fuchsia (C.Pooler)
Accessories:  Triple-Step Thank You die, dimensionals, shimmer spritz, MISTI 
 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Just Us Girls #462 - Trend Week

This week at Just Us Girls, Carol wants us to use celestial elements on our cards for Trend Week.  This certainly is a trend right now!
 
I die cut a stitched circle into a piece of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment on the bottom.  Then I inked some distress inks on a piece of Bristol smooth white cardstock to create the night sky.  I die cut that with a star die and backed it with some silver glitter cardstock.  This was added to the card base and the main panel was adhered over that with dimensional tape.  The santa's sleigh was die cut three times and stacked.  There's some shimmer on that piece.  That was added to the main panel.  I finished it with some star sequins. 
 
You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Sprig Wreath (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth, black, silver glitter paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass, salty ocean, dusty concord, black soot
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), starry circle die (MFT), Santa's sleigh die (Poppystamps), star sequins, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensional tape 


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time Out Challenge #120 - Colorful

Hello!  We have a new "Colorful" challenge over at Time Out, and I have a really colorful one for you!
 
We are sponsored by Winnie & Walter for this challenge.  I've used all products from them on this card.
 
I started with this chevron stamp set that I've had for quite some time that hasn't seen any ink.  Since our challenge is to be colorful, I chose a rainbow of colors to stamp the chevrons.  I over stamped them with black ink for some dimension.  I also stamped the sentiment in black as well.  The die cut sentiment was die cut three times from black cardstock and stacked.  I added shimmer to the die cut and Nuvo drops in coordinating colors.  This should cheer someone up who is in need of hugs!
 
Stop by the Time Out blog to see what Winnie & Walter is giving away to the winner and to see what the Time Out design team has created.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  The Big, the Bold and Greetings, Scenery: V is for Chevron (W&W)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; rockin' red, orange twist, limoncello, grass skirt, fiesta blue
Accessories:  The Big, the Bold and Greetings die, Nuvo drops, spectrum noir shimmer, fun foam 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Color Throwdown #514 Featured Stamper!

Hi everyone!  I'm really happy and honored to have been asked to be the Featured Stamper for this week's Color Throwdown ChallengeThis card was the entry that made me the Featured Stamper!
 

I was equally thrilled when I found out the colors for this challenge are fall themed and some of my favorites to work with!
 
The day I got the email letting me know the colors, this new set from Gina K Designs was in my mailbox!  I couldn't wait to try it, and thought the CTD colors would work well with it.  I had to look at some examples (and of course channeled Jennifer McGuire) before I started just to get some ideas.  I used inks from Altenew and Papertrey Ink and Gina K's wreath builder stencil to create this design.
 
Thanks again to the girls at CTD!  You can find their beautiful creations on the Color Throwdown blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Mandala Maker (Gina K), Brushstroke Expressions (MFT), Bold Blossoms (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Orange zest and canyon clay (PTI), honey drizzle and espresso (Altenew)
Accessories:  Wreath builder stencil (Gina K), Spellbinders circle die, crystals, fun foam 
 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Just Us Girls #461 - Word Week

Hello there!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls, and Nancy chose Sympathy.  While this isn't the type of card stampers like to create, it's one we invariably need and hate to make last minute.  I need to replenish my stash starting with this one.
 
I was at my local stamp store the other day and saw a card made this way and I just had to recreate it.  This is such a cool stamp set.  The coral background is actually two stamps that fit around the floral bouquet.  I stamped the right side with coral ink first.  Then the floral bouquet in black, and finally the other coral piece.  I die cut that piece with a stitched rectangle die and matted it on black cardstock.  Then I mounted it on fun foam before adhering it to the card base.  I added the sentiment and crystals.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for October, Linda Snodgrass, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Grateful for Everything (Concord & 9th), With Sympathy (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, coral cabana (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals, fun foam 


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thank You - Sunday Stamps Challenge #188

Hey friends!  My nieces and nephew took my hubby and I out for dinner last week to celebrate my retirement and to thank my hubby for watching my one niece's dog when she goes away.  We had a lovely evening and I wanted to thank them.  I already had this card made but needed another.  I'm loving the multi-step stamps that many companies are designing.  I like to color, but these are so fast to make!  I stamped this lovely flower in black ink, then stamped the flower part in rose and red inks.  The stem was colored in with a copic marker.  I used a frame die to inlay a piece of pink glitter paper.  The panel with the flower was sprayed with black paint.  I added the sentiment with shimmer on it and crystals. 
 
I got my layout from the Sunday Stamps Challenge
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  You Are Enough (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, pink glitter (SSS)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, rose petals and peppermint scrub (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Frames die (SSS), Wonderful Words: Thank You (PTI), crystals, spectrum noir shimmer 


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