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 


Monday, October 1, 2018

Hello Autumn - CAS(E) this Sketch #291

Hello Autumn!  It's getting a bit cooler here, and my summer flowers are starting to fade.  I have to swap them out for some fall mums.  I love autumn.  It's my favorite time of the year! 
 
I also love leaf stamps. I have several, and this one is a new layering one.  There are four different layers for each of the leaves, and three for the acorns.  It's a Catherine Pooler stamp set and I used inks from her line as well.  The main panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle, then I used a frame die that cuts this skinny little frame from the main panel.  I used the same die on some rust color glitter paper and inlaid it into the main panel.  There's some shimmer on the top leaf also.
 
I used the current layout from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I just noticed my sentiment is misplaced. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Hello Autumn (Catherine Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, glitter paper (SSS)
Ink:  Bellini, sand castle, over coffee, icing on the cake, tiara, tiki torch, orange twist, mandarin spice
Accessories:  Hello Autumn dies (CP), stitched rectangle die (MFT), Frames die (SSS), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals 


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Just Us Girls #460 - Stripes

Hi friends!  It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie chose to use stripes on our creations.  So many ways to use them!
 
I pulled out a few new stamps sets for this card.  I stamped the flower in black ink, then stamped it in aquatini and twilight inks.  The leaves were stamped in eucalyptus.  I die cut the flower and leaves with coordinating dies.  The striped background was stamped with the same twilight ink.  The flower was added with dimensionals and the leaves were glued right to the base.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and added crystals.
 
I got my color combination from this week's Color Throwdown challenge.
 
You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team and our September guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Floral Art (Altenew), Watercolor Background (Right at Home), Sketch Lotus Flowers (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, aquatini, eucalyptus, twilight (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Floral Art dies (Altenew), crystals, dimensionals 


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time Out #119 - Theme Challenge

Hi friends!  It's been a long time since I've posted here!  I've been on vacation in Hawaii for two weeks!  It was beautiful, but I'm glad to be home!
There's a new theme challenge over at the Time Out blog.   
We are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays for this challenge, so I pulled out my CAF stamps and got to work.  I stamped the flowers and leaves from Pretty Posies, masking when I needed.  I colored them with copic markers.  Then I stamped the sentiments from Sassy Smiles.  The secondary sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut the end into a flag and added it to the panel with dimensional tape.  I added star dust stickles to the flower centers and crystals to finish it off.

Stop by the Time Out blog to see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Marieke.

You can also see what CAS-ual Fridays is giving away to a winner!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Pretty Posies and Sassy Smiles (CAF)
Paper:  Neenah solar white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (MFT), star dust stickles, crystals, white embossing powder, masking paper, dimensional tape




Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just Us Girls #456 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  It's September 1st, can you believe it?  Where did the summer go?  Time just flies when the weather is beautiful and there are so many things to do in the summer!
 
 The challenge this week over at Just Us Girls is our word week challenge.  The word that Ina chose is "CELEBRATE".  I know we all have a lot to celebrate, so let's get to it!
 
I have a wedding to go to tomorrow, and we are going to celebrate two teachers who are getting married.  Their colors are red and white (and I'm assuming black), so that's what I went with.  I used an old Cuttlebug dual embossing folder and die.  One side is the die and the other is the embossing folder.  I've had it forever.  I put that piece on fun foam and stamped the sentiment on a white piece behind it.  I backed it with a red mat then adhered that to a white panel.  The flowers are from MFT's stitched flowers dies.  I spritzed them with shimmer spritz and added some crystals. It's a big card (5.25 x 7.25) so I had to make a special envelope from pattern paper. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Julie Beech, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
 Recipe
Stamps:  Hampton Arts sentiment
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder/die, stitched flowers dies (MFT), shimmer spritz, crystals, fun foam
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Just Us Girls #455 - Photo Inspiration

Hi friends!  This week Just Us Girls has a Photo Inspiration challenge.  Vicki chose this back to school photo, and I had to laugh because I just retired from teaching!  I don't have to look at this stuff anymore (although I must admit I will miss it a bit!).
 
So I went in a different direction.  I chose the colors as my inspiration.  I was organizing my recent purchases and wanted to stamp out this turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th.  I chose two colors in the brown tones, one in a blue, and another in a peachy color.  I kind of saw that color a bit in the photo (plus I liked the way it looked with the other colors!).  I chose these Spellbinders dies because it looked like one of the shapes in the photo as well.  I stamped the sentiment and some leaves and splatter on the white piece and matted it on chocolate brown cardstock.  The white panels were spritzed with shimmer spray and the main panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle.  You can't really tell, but I did add some crystals on the main panel and the chocolate mat.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Thankful Leaves Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, chocolate chip
Ink:  Melon (SSS), stone blue, sand castle, over coffee (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Spellbinders label 5 dies, MISTI, crystals, shimmer spritz, fun foam 


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Just Us Girls #454 - Color Week

Hi there!  This week Just Us Girls has a great color challenge brought to us by Angie. Great for any type of card.
 
So I watched the latest Jennifer McGuire video...surprising right?  She called her technique on this video Framed Stamping.  When I watched it the other day, I knew it was something I could easily do.  I thought these colors would work well with the design I had in mind.  I started by masking off the triangle shape and stamped this Penny Black floral image I got as a gift from my friend Cheryl.  I stamped it using C. Pooler inks...ink direct to stamp.  I added some shading with Tombo markers.  I removed the mask and stamped the triangle in aqua ink and the sentiment in black.  I mounted this panel onto an aqua panel and then adhered that to the card base.  I added some Nuvo drops in the challenge colors to finish it off.  Very easy card to create!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Lustrous (Penny Black), Bold Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, tempting turquoise
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, limoncello, garden party, fiesta blue
Accessories:  Nuvo drops, masking paper 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Time Out #116 - Bright

Hi friends!  The team at Time Out is challenging you to be BRIGHT.
 
There are many ways to interpret this challenge, but I chose bright colors.  A few weeks ago, I saw a Papertrey Ink video using these triangle stencils and coordinating stamp set.  I ordered it right away!  I actually made this card the day after I received the stuff and cased this card from the video but changed the colors.  I used Catherine Pooler inks because I love the brightness of the colors...perfect for this challenge.  The frame and sentiment were stamped first.  Then I used the stencil to sponge the yellow ink.  I die cut the flowers and leaves and stamped them with various inks.  The stars were stamped and then the card was spritzed with shimmer.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest, Anila, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 

Recipe
Stamps:  Gran's Garden, Bold Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Limoncello, be mine, party dress, garden party, grape crush
Accessories:  Bold Basics stencils (PTI), fun foam, shimmer spritz


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Just Us Girls #453 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  The new challenge at Just Us Girls is a trend challenge.  Sue chose a "fast watercolor" challenge.  Jennifer McGuire did a video on this technique which you can see here.
 
Basically all you do is emboss an image on watercolor paper then cover it up in a random way with Distress inks.  Once that is done, you spray it with water quite heavily and let it dry naturally.  I did this one evening and let it dry overnight.  Jennifer showed a lot of examples with one large flower and did do one with a background stamp.  I did one with a large succulent stamp from Altenew, but didn't get that one finished to post.  This one was done with rainbow colors.  I finished it off by die cutting it with a stitched rectangle die, a thank you sentiment, and Nuvo drops.  Very easy technique, just a little time consuming letting it air dry. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new August guest, Ros Crawford, on the JUGs blog. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Cosmos bg (SSS), Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Canson watercolor
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, salty ocean, wilted violet
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Nuvo drops, white embossing powder, fun foam 


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time Out #115 - Theme Challenge

Hello!  The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is a theme challenge.  The theme is food and drink.
 
I had several stamp sets to use for this challenge, but chose to use this one (a simple one...no coloring!).  I've used this sketch before.  There are so many images you can use with it.  I stamped the cup in brown ink and then the "latte" part in yellow.  I colored the heart shape with copic markers and cover it with glossy accents.  The entire card was spritzed with shimmer and then I added some Nuvo drops.
 
You can see more inspiration from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Susie Moore, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Latte Love (Lil' Inkers)
Paper:  Recollections white, Father Knows Best (PTI)
Ink:  Shea butter and icing on the cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Latte Love die (Lil' Inkers), Nuvo Drops, shimmer spritz, dimensionals



Saturday, July 28, 2018

Just Us Girls #451 - Photo Week

Hey friends!  Don't you love this photo Nancy picked for the Just Us Girls Photo Week challenge?  I just love it and was so inspired!
 
Of course I had to use an Altenew floral layering set for the flower!  I looks very much like it, and I see some of the JUGs design team used it as well!  I stamped it in tiara, bellini, and coral cabana inks from C. Pooler (in that order too).  Then I stamped the outline in black.  The leaves were stamped in garden party and lime rickey C. Pooler inks (in that order as well).  Then I chose this gray (it looks lilac) checked pattern paper from Lawn Fawn and layered it on the card base.  For the white middle piece, I stamped it with black ink and a script stamp.  That piece is on craft foam.  The middle of the flower has Star Dust stickles on it to mimic the center of the flower in the photo.  I added the sentiment and some Nuvo drops.
 
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  It was perfect!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest, Julia Aston, on the JUGs blog.  This is Julia's last week with us this month as our guest.  She gave us some beautiful designs and we hate to see her go!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Beautiful Day and Beautiful Inside (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, Gotta Have Gingham (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; tiara, bellini, coral cabana, garden party, and lime rickey C. Pooler inks
Accessories:  Beautiful Day dies (Altenew), Nuvo drops, star dust stickles, craft foam 


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