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!

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!
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 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!
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!
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 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Just Us Girls #450 - Color Week

Hi all!  It's my turn as hostess for the Just Us Girls Color Week.  I hope you like these!

I'm going to a bridal shower tomorrow so these colors were perfect.  I started by stamping the leaf frame with an aqua ink and then overstamping it with the same color using the second layering stamp.  Then I did the same for the flowers using a pink ink.  I tried to use two different inks for the frame and flowers, but I just couldn't get the right colors together.  So I just used the one color and stamped it several times the for the second layer to get a darker impression.  For the background, I used a turnabout dotted stamp.  I was going to stamp it more times, but I liked it stamped just once.  The frame and flowers were die cut with the coordinating dies.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink, and I finished it off with sequins and shimmer spritz.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest, Julia, on the JUGS blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Laurel Frame and Polka Dot turnabout  (Concord & 9th), sentiment (Printworks)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Hawaiian shores, It's a Girl
Accessories:  Laurel Frame dies, sequins, shimmer spritz, dimensionals

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Time Out #114 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hey friends!  There's a new Time Out challenge and it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.
This is the photo from a room we want you to use to get your inspiration.  Love the beachy and cool tones of this room!
I chose to use the colors as my inspiration.  We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I'm using a set called Trendy Spring Blooms.  I stamped the flower first in a tan color ink and over stamped it in navy.  I fussy cut out the flower.  Then I chose this navy pattern paper to go with it.  The sentiment was stamped in navy onto kraft cardstock and matted it with navy cardstock.  I spritzed it with shimmer spray and added sequins.
 Now I can be a little scatter brained when crafting at times!  I was focused on using the stamps, and not focused on the inspiration photo!  So this was my first attempt.  Same layout, just different colors that didn't match the photo colors.  I needed another thank you card, so now I have one!
I used the Fusion layout for my cards.  You can see where my colors for the second card came from!

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Heather, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Trendy Spring Blooms (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft, navy, Boxer dp (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Sand Dunes (Altenew), night of navy (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), sequins, shimmer spritz

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just Us Girls #449 - Trend Week

Hi all!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose watercolor background.  Certainly a trend, wouldn't you agree?
The brother of my husband's friend passed, so I needed a simple sympathy card.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors and distress watercolor paper to create the blue background.  Then I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I stamped the flower and sentiment with Versafine Claire ink.  I had to stamp it several times using the MISTI to get the really solid image.  I matted it with a die cut blue panel.  It's also on fun foam for some dimension.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Julia Aston, on the JUGs blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Wildflower Garden (Altenew)
Paper:  Distress watercolor, recollection white, marina mist
Ink:  Versafine Claire nocturne, Gansai Tambi watercolor
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Just Us Girls #448 - Word Week

Hi all!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Carol chose CITRUS as our word.
 I started by stamping this background stamp with the middle section taken out.  It was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white embossing powder.  Then I used distress oxide inks in citrus colors and sponged it over the embossed pattern (I masked off the circle).  I don't have (or at least I couldn't find) any citrus images, but I did find a set from a now defunct stamp store Paper Makeup Stamps.  I stamped the lemon in distress oxide squeezed lemonade ink and quickly embossed it in clear embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set.  I added crystals, rounded the bottom corners, and added the main panel and lemon with fun foam.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest, Julia Aston, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Center cut geometric pattern (SSS), sentiment (PMS)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, versamark; squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade, twisted citron oxide inks
Accessories:  Spellbinders circle die, crystals, white embossing powder, corner rounder, fun foam

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Time Out #113 - Inspired by Words

Hi everyone!  It's time for a new Time Out inspired by words challenge.  I love this quote.
I had a difficult time deciding what to make for this challenge.  It was so hot out and I don't have central air.  It was cool in my basement where my craft room is, but it was so stuffy!  I just needed to get something done quick!  This was a fairly quick card to make.  I just got this rainbow die last week.  I die cut it from white cardstock first, then used scraps to die cut the rainbow.  The cloud was sponged with distress inks.  I adhered the cloud/rainbow and then the frame on top of that.  The word die was die cut four times and stacked then adhered to the panel.  Everything was spritzed with shimmer.  I added the crystals for more sparkle.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Amanda, on the Time Out blog.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Funky Fossil Designs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, black, rainbow scraps
Ink:  Tumbled glass and salty ocean distress inks
Accessories:  Rainbow Panel (Waffle Flower), smile die (Lil' Inkers), shimmer spritz, crystals

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Just Us Girls #447 - Anything Goes!

Hi friends!  It's the 5th Saturday of the month which means that it's Wild Card week over at Just Us Girls.  That means that the hostess, this week Vicki, gets to choose any challenge she wants.  Vicki has chosen "Anything Goes" and has offered a challenge to all of you.  If we have 75 or more participants, Vicki is giving away a prize to a lucky participant.  All you have to do is enter and post our graphic on your blog to be in the running for the prize!

 My LSS is fortunate to have Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Things teach a class every month.  I've been to two so far, but now that I'm retired I can go to all of them.  This time, we made two cards and a pop-up card.  Since this week is anything goes, I can post these for the challenge!  All of these mostly used the stamps and dies from the last MFT release.

This was the first one we made...a pop-up.  MFT doesn't have a die for this box, so Stephanie designed this just from cutting the paper and scoring it herself.  I sponged the waves with distress inks and spattered it with water.  All of the fish, crabs, greenery, and palm tree were colored with copic markers.  These are so fun to make!

On this one, we sponged a panel with various blue distress inks and spattered with water.  Then it was die cut with the stitched collage frame.  The frame was die cut from white paper I think 4 times and stacked together.  Then the blue frame was adhered and the squares inset.  Everything else was colored with copic markers and added to the squares.
I was so excited when I found out that we were going to do this next technique that I was itching to try out.  In fact, I had on my list of things to purchase at the store the Distress Micro Glaze to do this technique!  I've seen Tim Holtz, Jennifer McGuire, and Amy Rysavy do this technique and it's really cool.  You start with Alcohol Ink cardstock (or glossy cardstock) and smoosh the distress oxide inks on a craft mat and spritz with water.  Then you smoosh your cardstock into the inks and dry it thoroughly.  (This technique will only work with the oxide inks.)  I did this about 4-5 times to get many layers of color, picking up the remaining dots of color left on the craft mat.  When you finish, there is a chalky finish on the cardstock from the oxide inks and it looks dull.  But then you take an ink blending tool with a sponge attached and apply a very small amount of the Distress Micro Glaze on it and sponge it over the piece.  It just comes to life before your eyes and brings all the layers of color forward!  It is just so cool!  You can see Jennifer's tutorial here.
All of these fish, crabs, and greenery took forever to color!  I had to do most of them when I got home.  These classes with Stephanie are so fun and I can't wait for the next one in July!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest, Hannelie Bester on the JUGs blog.    This is her last week with us and we were so happy to have her join us.  Her style is just unmatched and so clever.  Thanks for joining us this month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Gill Friends, Just Beclaws, Beach Buds (MFT)
Paper:  Alcohol Ink cardstock, smooth white, Ranger watercolor, berrylicious, Birthday Blowout paper pad
Ink:  Extreme black, black licorice, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, broken china, gathered twigs distress inks; peacock feathers, salty ocean, mermaid lagoon distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Just Beclaws, Beach Buds, Gill Friends, Ocean Waves, Stitched Snow Drifts, Beach Scene Builder, Stitched Collage Frame, Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX, Hearts in a Row-Horizontal die-namics; Distress Micro Glaze

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Just Us Girls #446 - Photo Week

Hey there!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria chose this adorable picture of an owl make from a pineapple and bananas!  How clever!
I used this old owl set from Papertrey Ink.  Everything was die cut and stamped with the coordinating stamps.  I first die cut the panel with the wonky stitches die then impressed it with a woodgrain impression plate.  Then I adhered the branches and owl and the sentiment strip.  I added shimmer to the heart and wings and the Nuvo Drops. 
I used the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #11 and Wise Owl (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Versamark, It's a Girl, Icing on the Cake, Garden Party
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), woodgrain impression plate (PTI), Polka Dot Parade #11 dies, Nuvo Drops, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, white embossing powder

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!

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!
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!
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!
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


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