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

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!
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!

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


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