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 


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Just Us Girls #436 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess for this week's Just Us Girls Trend Challenge.  I've chosen black and white stripes.  This seems to be very trendy lately and I love to use them!
 
I was off the first week of April for spring break and was organizing my "recent" stamp purchases (recent being a relative term...for instance, this one was purchased in the summer at a stamp show!).  Let's just say it's one that has never been used that I came upon in my stash.  Anyway, I figured it would be fun to use with the black and white stripes.  I stamped, die cut, and copic colored the bee.  I added shimmer to it also.  I prepared the main panel with the b&w stripes and the yellow strip.  These were die cut with a wonky stitches die.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed in white and the bee was mounted with dimensional tape to a stitched circle.  I stamped the little trail and added yellow crystals.  I'm loving these crystals!  I purchased all the colors from Pretty Pink Posh, so you'll be seeing a lot of them scattered on my future cards!  ;-)
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Build-a-Bee and Perfect Blend (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, crushed curry
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Build-a-Bee die (Honey Bee), wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), stitched circle die (SSS), Pretty Pink Posh crystals, Spectrum Noir shimmer, dimensional tape 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time Out Challenge #107 - Theme: Spring

Hi friends!  The challenge over at Time Out is Spring theme.
 
This challenge is sponsored by Uniko Stamps, and I'm using this very pretty Spring Botanicals Snowdrop stamp set.  I stamped it onto Bristol smooth white cardstock and colored it with Zig markers.  I haven't used those in a while and it was fun to color this simple image.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  It's mounted on fun foam and I added some crystals.  Love the simplicity of this one!
 
I'm also entering this in the Creative with Stamps challenge.

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Kimberly, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Spring botanicals snowdrop (Uniko)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Extreme black (MFT), Zig markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MF), crystals, fun foam


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Just Us Girls #435 - Word Week

Hey everyone!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls, and Ina has chosen the word "bold". 
 
I chose to go with a bold color palette.  I pulled out this new set from Altenew.  It's one of their cross stitch stamps and it's a layered one too.  So I stamped each layer in a different color and tried to do a sort of rainbow color scheme.  I stamped the sentiments in black ink and added some Nuvo drops.  To continue with the bold colors, I matted this panel on orange cardstock.  It's really bold and bright in person!
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and a welcome to our April guest, Karren Johnson, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Cross Stitch Flower and Mega Succulent (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, only orange
Ink:  Tiara, orange twist, it's a girl, rockin' red, garden party, lime rickey (C.Pooler), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), Nuvo drops 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sympathy

Hi friends!  I needed a sympathy card today (my elderly cousin passed away after an illness).  I pulled out this old wood block stamp (one of my favorites for a sympathy card that I cannot get rid of) and stamped it in black ink.  Then I die cut the floral image and stamped it with various inks a (it's a layered stamp set).  I added a piece of gingham pattern paper then the flower.  This panel and the yellow panel were die cut with stitched rectangle dies.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Sympathy (Paper Inspirations)
Paper:  Recollections white, barely banana
Ink:  Shea butter, tiara, sauna, eucalyptus (C. Pooler), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT) 


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Just Us Girls #434 - Wild Card: CAS

It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie chose CAS:  Clean and Simple as her challenge. 
 
I made four cards, but only three made the cut!  I chose this layered dahlia stencils from Altenew for my background and sponged two coordinating colors on each, then added a stacked die cut on each one.  The die cuts have shimmer on them.
 
On this one, I used wild honey and spiced marmalade oxide inks.

This one was done with worn lipstick and picked raspberry oxide inks.

This last one has tattered rose and abandoned coral oxide inks.
 
The one that didn't make it used shaded lilac and wilted violet.  It was so pretty!  But some of the yellow inks got on it and it was unsalvageable!   I so wanted to make another, but my stencils were cleaned and inks put away.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest, Stef Perry, on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us and I'd like to thank her for joining us with her amazing cards this month!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  wild honey, spiced marmalade, tattered rose, abandoned coral, worn lipstick, picked raspberry
Accessories:  Layered Dahlia A&B stencils (Altenew), stitched rectangle die (MFT), big basics-birthday die (PTI), happy birthday die (MFT), thanks die (C. Pooler), spectrum noir shimmer
 


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Time Out #106 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi friends!  This week is the Home Sweet Home challenge over at Time Out.  We have this lovely photo that is just so full of fresh and clean colors!
 
Altenew is sponsoring this challenge, so I pulled out all my Altenew stamps and chose to use this Arabesque Medallion set.  It's never been used and I love how it's designed with stamps for all the open spaces.  So clever!  I pulled out all the colors in the photo and used them on my card.  I really didn't want to cover up any of this lovely stamp, so I used vellum for the sentiment.  It was stamped in Versamark and embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder.  I wish I would have stamped and embossed it in black.  It sort of gets lost.  But I'm still happy with the whole card.  There's shimmer on all the yellow flowers and dots too.
 
You can see more details about this challenge and what the Time Out design team and guest, Sarah, created on the Time Out blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Arabesque Medallion and Beautiful Inside (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, crushed curry, vellum
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, sauna, it's a boy, eucalyptus (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  MISTI, spectrum noir shimmer, liquid platinum ep, corner rounder 


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Just Us Girls #433 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls.  Bobby chose these photos that so evokes the spring season (hoping it gets here soon!).
 
I wanted to make an Easter card using the photo with the eggs as my inspiration.  I pulled out PTI's Etched Egg dies and die cut them from colored cardstock.  I also liked the blue stripes on that saucer in the photo, so I used Broken China oxide ink and a stripe stencil and created my background.  For the sentiment, I embossed it on vellum with liquid platinum embossing powder.  I added Nuvo drops, but wish I had used sequins.  I have to say that I'm not crazy about how this card turned out.  I guess it was the two glasses of wine I had before making it (it was a tough day at school!).
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Bunny Basket (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, soft sky, pink pirouette, daffodil delight, Baja breeze, melon mambo, vellum
Ink:  Broken china oxide, Versamark
Accessories:  Etched Eggs dies (PTI), stitched rectangle die (MFT), stripes stencil (Wendy Vecchi), liquid platinum embossing powder, morning dew Nuvo drops, fun foam


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Just Us Girls #432 - Color Week

☘☘Happy St. Patrick's Day!   This week over at Just Us Girls, Nancy chose one of my favorite color combinations for our Color Week challenge!  I just love blue and brown together!
 
First off, looking at this picture, I don't know why I used this Island Indigo cardstock instead of Tempting Turquoise!  It didn't look this different in person, but looking at it now I see the difference!  Sigh...
Anyway, I stamped this dahlia turnabout stamp with Catherine Pooler inks.  First with It's a Boy, then with Icing on the Cake, and last with Fiesta Blue.  I skipped stamping the fourth time and used the die instead so I could pop the panel up on some desert storm cardstock.  Then I layered that on the Island Indigo cardstock.  The sentiment was die cut with the same cardstock and layered together.  For some final finishes, I used spectrum noir shimmer on the die cut petals and added some clear sequins.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Dahlia (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm, island indigo
Ink:  It's a Boy, Fiesta Blue, Icing on the Cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Dahlia die (C&9th), Thick and Thin: Thanks (PTI), spectrum noir shimmer, crystals, dimensional tape


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time Out's 4th Birthday!

Hey everyone!  It's a special challenge at the Time Out blog!  It's our 4th birthday!  Where has the time gone?  This is the quote we'd like you to be inspired by for this challenge.  Perfect for our birthday celebration!

And to make this celebration even more special, we are sponsored by one of my favorite stamp companies...Concord & 9th!  They were so generous and allowed our Time Out design team to pick out something from their store to celebrate with.  I chose this really cool stamp and die set called Birthday Stacks.  It creates this sort of 3-D pop up card (there's a video on how to create it on the link I just noted).  It actually folds flat so it can be easily mailed in a regular A-2 size envelope.

I recently watched a video from Amy R where she colored some images using Distress Oxide inks on kraft paper.  I used the same colors on my stamped and embossed balloon and present images.  After stamping the images, I die cut them and the word celebrate at different heights so they would layer into the wrap.  Such a cute design idea!  Love their creativeness at Concord & 9th!
 
You can see more on the Time Out blog and the Concord & 9th blog.
 
Our guest for this challenge is Claire.
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Birthday Stacks (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Desert storm, melon mambo
Ink:  Picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, cracked pistachio, broken china, wilted violet Distress Oxide inks; Versamark, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Birthday Stacks dies (Concord & 9th), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Just Us Girls #431 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  We have a fun Trend Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Carol chose as the trend "mythical" or "magical". 
 
I was on a design team for a now defunct stamp company called Paper Makeup Stamps.  Many of the stamps the company designed were fairies.  I went searching through my stash of them and found this silhouette of a praying fairy. I thought it would make a nice sympathy card.  I stamped the image using Versafine onyx black ink using the MISTI to get a good solid image.  I then die cut it with a stitched rounded square die and while it was still in the die, I used a soft brush and inked some yellow ink around the image.  I then just mounted it on some pattern paper, added the embossed sentiment, flower, and sequins.  It's also spritzed with shimmer spritz for a more magical look.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Fairy (PMS), Sending You (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Blissful dp (Authentique)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, butter bar
Accessories:  Inside out stitched rounded square die (MFT), Beautiful blooms die (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, crystals, fun foam



Saturday, March 3, 2018

Just Us Girls #430 - Word Week

Hey everyone!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Maria chose the word BALLOONS.
 
So many choices of balloons in my collection to use!  I wanted to try this MFT balloon stencil and distress oxide inks.  I used ink colors in rainbow order.  After inking them through the stencil, I die cut the panel with a wonky stitches die.  Then I drew in the strings with a black marker and ruler.  For the sentiment, I inked up a piece of cardstock in the same colors of ink and die cut the word.  I adhered it to the panel then stamped the happy above it.  Gems and shimmer spritz finished it off.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and March guest, Stef Perry, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Balloons (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, mint melody
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, picked raspberry, carved  pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, lucky clover, broken china, wilted violet distress inks
Accessories:  Big balloons stencil (MFT), Blueprints #26 (MFT), Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), gems, shimmer spritz 


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time Out Challenge #104 - Be Bold

Hi friends!  It's time for a new challenge over at the Time Out blog, and they are challenging us to be BOLD.
 
Our sponsor for this challenge is Poppystamps, and they provided us with our choice of stamps.  I chose this pretty Flourish Blooms stamp and die set.  To go with the bold theme, I first chose this black and white gingham pattern paper then chose bold pink and yellow inks.  I over stamped them with the flourish image in black ink.  I used the die to cut out the flowers.  The sentiment is also from the set, and it was stamped with Versamark and embossed in white on black cardstock.  I added Nuvo drops in pink and yellow.  The base of the card was impressed with a linen impression plate.
 
Here's some information about Poppystamps:
 
Their store is a delight to visit and is packed with top quality goodies-take a look here. They also have a fab blog. Take a look at it here and sign up so you don't miss out on all the fun!

On their blog they are running a 'Clean and Simple' challenge. So if you have some of their products and make a clean and simple card for our challenge...then link it up to their challenge for a chance to win more prizes!!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Flourish Blooms (Poppystamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Autumn Chicken Scratch Gingham (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, maple yellow (Altenew), Party Dress (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Flourish Blooms dies (Poppy Stamps), Nuvo Drops, corner rounder, dimensionals
 


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Just Us Girls #429 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and I'm thinking spring!  These cute flowers always pop up around my house even in the snow!  So pretty!
 
So I watched Jennifer McGuire video this morning...'nough said, right?  She was demonstrating GinaK's new wreath building template (which I of course ordered immediately), and I thought I could recreate it with a square die cut.  I first die cut a square from a piece of cardstock and then put the negative piece in the MISTI and the square die cut in the negative space. I stamped the flower in the corner, then turned the square piece three more times and stamped the flower each time.  Then I went in with the colors and did the same procedure.  When stamping the leaves, I had to mask the flower.  All I had to do when done was stamp the sentiment and add some star dust stickles in the center of the flowers.  It's mounted on yellow cardstock and that's mounted on fun foam to the base.  It's a 4.25 x 4.25 card. 

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe
Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, barely banana
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, eucalyptus, sugared lavender, royal treatment, shea butter, sauna (C. Pooler inks)
Accessories:  Square die (Spellbinders), star dust stickles, fun foam, MISTI



Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time Out Reminder

Hi everyone!  I had to make a card for a fellow teacher who retired.  I thought about a gift for her, and settled on a Barnes & Noble gift card.  She's a reading teacher, so I thought this old set from Papertrey Ink would be perfect for her card.
 
This is such a simple card, but when I say it took FOREVER to make please believe me!  I stamped the image I think four times due to smudges.  Then I dropped a stamp pad on the main panel just as I was ready to mount it on the base.  I inked another (the background is sponged with ink) and spattered it with that dark pink ink...I hated it, so I started over!  Then I didn't like the original pattern paper, so I changed that.  Yikes!  This is the final result, and I'm just ok with it, but it had to do!  I hope my friend likes it.  I stamped another sentiment about reading and Happy Retirement on the inside and put it in the envelope!  
 
I'm also adding it to the Remind post over at the Time Out blog.  The theme is hobbies.
 
You can see more from the Time Out team and our current guest on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  All Booked Up (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Sweet Threads (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Razzleberry and bamboo (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Mat Stack 3 die (PTI), sequins, dimensional tape 
 
 


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