Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time Out #112 - Warm

Hey everyone!  The challenge over at Time Out "Warm".   
 
The weather here in Buffalo, NY has been warm (finally!).  We really never had a spring and I didn't think that the warmth would ever arrive.  But it's here and my card is full of warmth and sunshine.
 
I just received this sun shaker die from MFT which was perfect for this challenge.  I first sponged some tumbled glass ink through a swiss dots stencil.  Then die cut the sun from that piece and stamped the sentiment before I adhered the circle shaker pouch to the panel.  I added the sequins then closed it up with the yellow panel.  The main panel and yellow panel were die cut with stitched rectangle dies.  I added some sequins and shimmer to finish it off.  This came together so quickly!  Love these shaker pouches MFT has come out with.  They really make shaker cards a breeze!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Marieke, on the Time Out blog. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe

Stamps:  Full of Sunshine (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass
Accessories:  Sunshine shaker die (MFT), circle shaker pouch (MFT), stitched rectangle dies (MFT), swiss dots stencil (MFT), sequins, shimmer


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!  I'm celebrating my father-in-law and remembering my dad today.   We are taking my FIL to our cabin for a relaxing day of visiting and cooking out.
 
I made this card for him.  This is such a cute set and I thought about this card all day yesterday.  It should have been a super easy card to create, right?  Well it is if you use the right inks.  I thought at first that I'd use Catherine Pooler inks, but they were too juicy and the patterns on the stamps were lost.  (And I did give them the "love taps" she suggests!)  I think this finished panel is my third try!  So then I moved on to inks by SSS, PTI, and Altenew.  These worked much better.  And the bowties came to life when I stamped the black creases on them.  Such a cute image!  I die cut both the stamped panel and black panel with MFT's stitched rectangle dies.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock.
 
I hope you have a very nice day with your loved ones!  Here's a picture of my dad and me in 1986 at my friend's wedding (I was a bridesmaid).  It was the last photo we took together.  He passed away in 1994 from complications of Alzheimer's.  Miss him so much every day!
 
 Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Dapper Chap (PTI)
Paper: Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, spring rain (SSS), Hawaiian shores (PTI), lagoon (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT) 


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Just Us Girls #445 - Color Week

Hi friends!  This week over at Just Us Girls, Ina chose a favorite color combo of mine!
 
I love the boldness of black, red and white.  When I sat down to make this card, there was a piece of yupo paper with alcohol inks that I made for last week's challenge and never used.  It was red, so I was inspired to use it.  I die cut it with a PTI die (some of those pieces didn't want to come out and I had to take a razor knife to get them out!).  Then I die cut some stitched flowers from white cardstock and leaves from black and layered them in the corner.  The black leaves and flower centers have shimmer on them.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, yupo
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, alcohol inks
Accessories:  Bold border flare die (PTI), stitched flower dies (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time Out #111 - Theme Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone!  We are in our second week for the Time Out Theme Challenge.  The theme is holidays with an optional twist to make it a one-layer card.
 
I'm not twisting today, but I don't have too many layers either.  It's sort of CAS I think!  I knew I wanted to use this Lawn Fawn paper with this snowflake.  The snowflake was die cut once from this paper and then three times from white cardstock to stack together.  Then I die cut an offset circle from the pattern paper and added the snowflake in it.  The sentiment was die cut four times from white cardstock and stacked as well.  Then I stamped the sentiment on a white strip and adhered it to the pattern paper.  I finished it off with some sparkle and Nuvo drops.
 
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  It's closed now, but I'm still linking it. 
 
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Ishani, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Birds (Honey Bee Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, Knit Picky (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched circle die (SSS), Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti), Layered Snowflakes (MFT), Nuvo Crystal Drops, spectrum noir shimmer, fun foam



Saturday, June 9, 2018

Just Us Girl #444 - Trend Week

Hey friends!  I had fun playing with alcohol inks for the Just Us Girls trend week challenge.
 
I started by creating a panel of yupo paper and alcohol inks in butterscotch and terra cotta.  I added the alcohol blending solution to move the color around.  It looked so cool, like marble.  I then die cut it using this hourglass cover plate.  I also die cut it from white paper.  I adhered the alcohol piece to the card base and inlayed the white pieces.  I die cut the sentiment and adhered that in the center.

I was able to create another card with the leftover pieces.  The sentiment was die cut with the leftover pieces as well.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, Yupo
Accessories:  Full card hourglass die (SSS), birthday basics: birthday (PTI), birthday wishes (CF), alcohol blending solutions
 
 



Saturday, June 2, 2018

Just Us Girls #443 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  This week over at Just Us Girls Sue has a word for our Word Week challenge.  She chose "outside".  Lots of ways to interpret this one.
 
I actually made this card a while ago at a class at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. Stephanie Klauck from MFT does monthly classes there and I've been to a couple.  This is one from those classes.  The background was sponged and splattered with water.  The rest was just stamped, colored, and adhered to the background.  "Toad-ally" cute card!  And it fits with the outside theme!
 
Stop by the JUGs blog to see what the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, created with this word.
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Toad-ally Awesome, Splendid Swans (MFT)




Saturday, May 19, 2018

Just Us Girls #441 - Color Week

Hello everyone!  Have you been watching the Royal Wedding?  I woke up at 5:00 am!  I did the same for the weddings of Diana, Sarah, and Kate.  I love watching them...always have!
 
Anyway onto the Just Us Girls color challenge.  I'm the hostess this week, and I chose these colors.  They are the colors in my duvet and I just love them.
 
Here's a picture of my inspiration.
 
And this is what I came up with.  I used the colors to stamp these pretty images.  The gray was used to stamp the spray.  Then I used navy to stamp the large and small roses and some of the smaller ones, which were stamped off first to get a lighter color.  Aqua was used to once again stamp more of the smaller flowers and the filler flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in navy.  I added silver sequins.  This main panel was mounted on fun foam and then onto fog cardstock.  I'm going to a bridal shower next weekend and I think this will make a perfect card for the occasion.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Jar Flowers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, fog
Ink:  All that jazz, juniper mist, smoky slate
Accessories:  Sequins, fun foam 


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Just Us Girls #440 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie has us using stencils!
 
I literally have a drawer full of stencils of all kinds!  I chose this butterfly one from a recent Simon Says Stamp kit and instead of using it with ink, I used some Cosmic Shimmer texture paste.  I got it at my LSS and the price tag was placed over the color names, so I'm not sure of that.  But it's a green one and a blue one!  I put some of the green paste on the top two butterflies then mixed some of the green with the blue for the middle one which then transition to the bottom two butterflies in blue.  I had a hard time finding some pattern paper to match, but ended up with this plaid one.  I die cut the hello die four times in white and once in the green.  I added some green and blue crystals.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, green galore, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Accessories:  Butterfly stencil (SSS), Cosmic Shimmer texture paste, Impression Obsession die, crystals, fun foam


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Time Out #109 - Inspired by Words Challenge

Hi friends!  The new Time Out challenge is our Inspired by Words challenge.  This is a good one for spring with all the beautiful flowers starting to bloom.
 
We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I'm using their products.  I started by taking a piece of cardstock and inking it direct to paper with Faded Jeans distress ink.  I die cut the pocket from that paper.  Then I took the Dots All Over stencil and inked the corner with Squeezed Lemonade oxide ink.  The flowers were inked with Memento markers and stamped onto the paper.  The sentiment was then stamped in blue ink.  I took the Faded Jeans ink and Squeezed Lemonade ink and again did direct to paper for the mats.  I added yellow crystals for some sparkle.  The pocket and main panel are popped up with fun foam.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Kristina, on the Time Out blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Pocket Blooms (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Faded jeans distress, squeezed lemonade oxide, desert night (Altenew), Memento markers
Accessories:  Pocket Bloom die and Dots All Over stencil (Stamplorations), crystals, fun foam
 
 

 



Saturday, May 5, 2018

Just Us Girls #439 - Word Week

Hey there!  We have a great word for Word Week over at Just Us Girls.  Sue has chosen the word "shadow" as the word.  Lots of opportunities for inspiration!
 
I happened to come upon an older video from Jennifer McGuire and she did a technique that she called shadow stamping.  I have to admit that I shamelessly cased her cards!  To make this technique work, you need a layering stamp set.  I used this set from Simon Says Stamp/WPlus 9 called Many Thanks.  I put the first layer in the MISTI and stamped it with white pigment ink.  Then I turned the cardstock around and stamped it again.  Then I placed the second layer onto the first (after the ink had dried) and stamped it with a coordinating ink to match the cardstock.  So you get the white ink as the shadow, a lighter color that was stamped over the white ink with the colored ink, and a darker ink color.  Here I used Calypso Coral cardstock and Tutti Frutti ink.  Each card has a different sentiment stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  Clear crystals finished them off.
 
Here I used Parrot ink and Lucky Limeade cardstock.

 
Here's one with Bermuda Bay cardstock and ink.

 And this last one uses Melon Mambo cardstock and ink.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Many Thanks (SSS/WPlus9), Birthday Greetings and Deepest Sympathy (MFT), Magnolia Wreath (C&9th)
Paper:  Recollecions white, melon mambo, bermuda bay,  lucky limeade, calypso coral
Ink:  Versamark, melon mambo, Bermuda bay, parrot, tutti frutti, fresh snow
Accessories:  MISTI, stitched rectangle die (MFT), white ep, crystals, fun foam 


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Just Us Girls #438 - Photo Challenge

Hello!  The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is a photo challenge.  This is the cool photo Vicki chose.

 
 I started by die cutting the green frame.  Then I took out a black and white paper pack I had and die cut nine different squares then one white rectangle.  I popped up the frame and recessed the squares inside.  Before I added the rectangle into the frame, I stamped a flower on it.  Then I die cut the sentiment three times from black and once from white.  The white layer was offset so you could see the black behind it.  There's shimmer on the flower and sentiment, and I added clear sequins to finish it off.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest, Karren, on the JUGs blog.  This is Karren's last week with us and we'd like to thank her for her great creations.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Wildflower Garden (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, lucky limeade, black, Monochrome paper pad
Ink:  Sauna, mandarine spice, lime rickey
Accessories:  Collage coverup die (MFT), fabulous phrases die (C&9th), sequins, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensional tape


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time Out #108 - Be Wild

Hi there!  The new Time Out challenge is challenging us to be Wild. 
 
We are sponsored by Walter and Winnie for this challenge, and I chose to use this cute set called Party On.  I'm not sure how "wild" these cute little critters are, but they are partying on and making some noise!  I stamped and colored them with copic markers.  They were masked off and then the clouds were added with a stencil.  Then I die cut two pieces of grass and added it to the bottom.  The sentiment and music notes were stamped with black ink.  There's some shimmer on the instruments and some crystals too.
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest for this challenge, Darnell, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Party On (Winnie and Walter)
Paper:  Neenah white, garden green
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine oynx black, copics
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), fresh cut grass die (MFT), mini cloud stencil (MFT), PPP crystals, spectrum noir shimmer, fun foam 


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Just Us Girls #437 - Color Week

Hey friends!  How are you on the color purple?  It's not my favorite, but I do like a challenge.  It's color week at Just Us Girls and Carol has chosen to prominently use purple on your card.


I must say I'm loving the purple!  I started with another stamp set I've had for a while that I haven't used.  This is a layering marble set from Waffle Flower and I could have done a better job with it had I watched their video tutorial.  But I do like the outcome mostly.  After stamping a much larger piece of cardstock, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  I die cut another panel in an orchid card stock to mat it on.  Then I stamped the flower and leaves in black.  I didn't want to add any other colors and I thought coloring it in purple would be too much (at least for me!).  I did color the middle of the flower with a light purple copic.  Then I die cut the sentiment four times from black card stock and stacked them.  That and the center of the flower received some shimmer!  And of course to finish it off, I added some purple crystals (there they are again!).
 
I'm also entering this in the Creative with Stamps challenge.
 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Layering Marble (Waffle Flower); Bloomin' Bouquet (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, orchid opulence, black
Ink:  Sweet sixteen, pixie dust, flirty fuchsia, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), wet paint cuts die (PTI), Pretty Pink Posh crystals, Spectrum Noir shimmer, dimensional tape 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time Out Challenge #107 Reminder

Hi everyone!  Today is my birthday!  Pretty soon I'm not going to be acknowledging this day because I don't want to admit how old I'm getting!  Yikes!

Anyway, I'm posting today because the current Time Out challenge is in it's second week, and I have a reminder card to share.
 
The theme is spring and I found this pretty die and stamp set in my stash that has never been used (like most of the things in my stash!).  I thought it would work well for this challenge.  I first die cut the frame into white cardstock then stamped the coordinating stamps.  I cut a piece of gray cardstock to fit behind the white die cut panel and stamped the sentiment.  I spritzed the panel with shimmer before mounting it on the card base with fun foam.
 
I'm also entering this in the Creative with Stamps challenge.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest, Kimberly, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Say It With Flowers (Pink Fresh Studio)
Paper;  Recollections white, gray
Ink:  Polished and eucalyptus (C. Pooler), versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Say It With Flowers die (Pink Fresh Studio), shimmer spritz, dimensional tape 


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