Saturday, April 13, 2019

Just Us Girls #483 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  The Trend Week challenge over at Just Us Girls is Off the Edge!  Carol has chosen this trend and it's so fun!
 
My mother-in-law's 85th birthday is the day after Easter, and we are having a surprise party for her today.  I made this card for her.  I stamped, die cut and colored this floral bouquet with copic markers twice.  I place it on the card in opposite corners off the edge and cut off the excess.  Then I added the die cut numbers and sentiment along with some Nuvo drops.  There is also shimmer on the flower centers.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and April guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Cottage Corsage (C. Pooler), Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, GinaK amalgam ink, copic markers
Accessories:  Cottage Corsage die, Nuvo drops, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, craft foam 


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time Out #133 - Theme Challenge

Hey friends!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This week is our theme challenge, and the theme is embellishments.  We want you to use two or more embellishments on your card.  Not a difficult challenge, huh?
 
We are sponsored by Birch Press Designs, and they sent me this beautiful stitched maple circle frame die to use.  I love it because there are so many parts that you can use together or separately (you'll see that from the design team who used this same die!).  I started by playing with some alcohol inks that I've had forever.  I have added to my collection and recently purchased the alcohol pearls too (haven't used those yet)!  I went with some fall-ish colors because of the maple leaf design.  I created the alcohol design on alcohol ink cardstock, let it dry completely and then die cut the design from it and also from white cardstock.  Then I inlaid all the pieces.  I did this because the circles are so delicate.  This way, they stayed nice and circular, if you know what I mean!  I added the sentiment on white cardstock also and it looked too bland, so I sponged some ink on it to make it stand out.  Since the challenge is to use two or more embellishments, I added the jewels and a double twine bow to the stem of the leaf.  Now I'm not gonna lie...I was so concerned about using the sponsor die that I didn't pay attention to the challenge!  At first I only added the jewels, then at the end realized I needed another embellishment!  The twine bow seemed the most natural choice and I do like it!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Andrea, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Recollections white, alcohol ink cardstock, really rust
Ink:  Rusty hinge (distress oxide), alcohol inks: dandelion, butterscotch, terra cotta, lettuce, blending solution
Accessories:  Stitched maple circle frame (Memory Box), stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels (MFT), twine, jewels, dimensionals


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Just Us Girls #482 - Word Week

Hello!  This week Nancy chose the word "houses" for the Just Us Girls Word Week challenge.  I loved it!
 
I went looking through my stamps and found this NBU stamp.  I stamped it onto Neenah cardstock with GinaK amalgam ink and colored it with copics.  I added some shimmer to many parts of the image.  This was a very simple card to create.  I didn't have room for a sentiment on the front, so I can use this for any occasion and stamp something appropriate on the inside. 
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for April, Christine, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  The Artful Stamper
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah solar white, daffodil delight
Ink:  GinaK amalgam, copic markers
Accessories:  Spectrum noir shimmer, craft foam


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Just Us Girls #481 - Wild Card Week

Happy Saturday!  This is the 5th Saturday of the month at Just Us Girls and we call it Wild Card week.  That means the hostess, Sue, gets to choose a challenge of her choice.  Sue chose for us to use embossing folders. 
 
I have so many embossing folders, and I find myself using the same two or three.  This is one of the ones I like to use.  It's a 3-D embossing folder in a quilt pattern.  I had this image sitting on my desk all colored and ready to be featured on a card.  I used some stitched dies to cut the panels and added some crystals to the image and card to finish it off. 
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our March guest, Greta, on the JUGs blog.  This is Greta's last post with us as guest, so I'd like to thank her for all her beautiful cards she created for our March challenges.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe
Stamps:  Darcie's (duck image), Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Recollections white, lucky limeade
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), pinking edge square stax (MFT), quilted embossing folder, crystals, craft foam 


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time Out #132 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hey everyone!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This time, it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  We have this photo to inspire us.  We are sponsored by Altenew (one of my favorite stamp companies for flowers!). 
 
My eyes went to the striped pillow, pink flowers, and all the gold accents.  The stripes reminded me of a gift card at Hobby Lobby I saw a while back (see a picture of it below).  I knew I had the Gradient Stripes set and lots of different floral sets.  I went with the Watercolor Wonder set.  I stamped the flowers in pink and yellow and some leaves and arranged them on the top part of the cardstock.  The stripes were stamped about three times in Versafine onyx black to get a true dark black.  I had to wait a while to emboss the sentiment.  The stripes took long to dry and I used a heat tool as well to speed things up.  Even with that, there was still some powder sticking to the black ink when I embossed the sentiment.  I added this panel to a shiny gold mat and added some gold sequins.
 
Here is the other inspiration I used to make this card. 
Pansies Gift Card
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, my JUGs teammate Bobby on the Time Out blog!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 Recipe
Stamps:  Watercolor Wonder and Gradient Stripes (Altenew), Jumbo Stripes (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, gold shiny (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark; it's a gir, party dress, shea butter, sauna, seafoam, spruce (CPooler)
Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder dies (Altenew), white embossing powder, sequins, dimensionals


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

It's Purple Day - The International Day to Raise Awareness of Epilepsy

 
Hi everyone!  Today is Purple Day which is a day to raise awareness for epilepsy.  My friend and Time Out teammate, Sandie, has this condition and is promoting this day on her blog, London Days.
 
This is what she has to say about it.
 
Today we try to spread the word about this condition and make people more aware of it, dispel some of the myths that surround it and educate more people about it.

What better way to spend this day but to make a purple card. Plus the wonderfully creative Fikreta has organised a hop for us-we do have some prizes along the way but our main aim is to raise awareness.

Fikreta talks about some of the facts and myths on her blog post so I will just tell you my story but if you want to know more about Epilepsy-visit Epilepsy Society
 
I didn't make this card for this hop, but here is a purple card to celebrate the day!
 
 
Hop on over to her blog, London Days, and read more about this condition and her giveaway!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
 


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Just Us Girls #480 - Photo Week

Happy Saturday friends!  It's time for another challenge at Just Us Girls!  This week is our Photo Week challenge, and Maria chose this fun birthday photo!
 
It was perfect for what I needed.  My 3 year old grand-niece celebrated a birthday recently, and I needed a card.  I chose this Sprinkles turnabout set from Concord & 9th and stamped the sprinkles in the colors from the photo:  red (which looks orange in the photo), green, blue, and yellow.  I also die cut the sentiment three times from red cardstock.  The cupcakes from the set were stamped, die cut, and placed on dimensionals.  Right after I adhered them, I thought it would have been cool to put them on those wiggly things.  I have them in the small and large sizes, but could only find the large ones and they were too big!  Bummer!  There's shimmer on the sentiment and the cupcakes.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Sprinkles turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Amalgam (GinaK); persimmon, lemon drop, field day, cornflower (MFT)
Accessories:  Sprinkles die (C&9th), Big Basics: Birthday (PTI), stitched rectangle (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, craft foam 


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mom's 90th Birthday!

My mom's 90th birthday is today...the first day of Spring!  We are having a little party on Friday with family and friends to celebrate.  But today, she is getting a birthday cake to share with her friends at her nursing home and this card.
 
This was my third attempt at making this card!  I first stamped it on watercolor paper and tried watercoloring.  Major fail and it ended in the trash!  Then I tried Zigs on Bristol smooth cardstock.  That worked until I tried to mask the flower and sponge some Distress ink around it.  There was some splotching and dark patches that appeared from where, I do not know!  I tried to cut it out to save it, but failed again!  So I tried again with the Zigs and used another blue marker to watercolor around it.  That worked, finally!  I added it to a scalloped mat and then added the die cut numbers and sentiment.  The panel was sprayed with shimmer and I added some star dust stickles to the center of the yellow flower and some crystals.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Fresh Cut Flower background (MFT). Birthday Greetings (GinaK)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, recollections white, melon mambo
Ink:  Amalgam (GinaK), Versafine onyx black, zig markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Outside In Stitched rectangle (Lawn Fawn), By the Numbers border die (PTI), crystals, shimmer spritz, star dust stickles, craft foam 


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!  I went to a class at my local stamp store and made four of these cards there.  I came back home and made more!  They are all Whipper Snapper Designs and I colored them with copic markers.  Love them!  Here they are!
 




 
Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, March 16, 2019

Just Us Girls #479 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm really late getting my post up for this week's Just Us Girls Color Week challenge!  Time just got away from me!  Nancy chose this really pretty color combo and I just couldn't pass it up!
 
In hindsight, I was sort of glad I was late.  I just got these new Altenew stamps in the mail this afternoon, and they were perfect for this color challenge.  This is a layering stamp set.  The yellow flowers have two stamps as do the purple flowers, and the leaves are just one stamp.  It took a bit to figure out the layering.  The first time I stamped them, I was a bit off.  So I tried again with better results.  After stamping, I die cut the bouquet with the coordinating die.  I actually die cut it two more times to make it more dimensional.  I took another Altenew stamp set that had a flower stem and stamped it in the vase.  I added some shimmer to the vase and scattered some crystals on the panel.  The sentiment was perfect for my friend who is going through a difficult time. 
 
This is my little card making helper, Martha.  She's 6 months old now and such a good puppy (except she likes to steal any supplies within reach)!
 
 You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Prettiest Pomander, Versatile Vases, Pretty Pansies (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, perfect plum
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; she butter, sauna, sugared lavender, royal treatment, aquatini (CP designs)
Accessories:  Prettiest Pomander die (Altenew), stitched rectangle die (MFT), cyrstals, spectrum noir shimmer, MISTI 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Time Out Challenge #131 - It's Our 5th Birthday!!

Hi friends!  Time Out Challenges is celebrating our 5th birthday!  I cannot believe it's been 5 years of great challenges!   In honor of our birthday, we have this for our Inspired by Words challenge:
"Hugs, kisses, and a lot of birthday wishes".
 
So I created a fun and colorful birthday card.  I used a birthday turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th in four bright cheery colors.  I die cut the circle in the panel to create a shaker card.  I stamped the sentiment (which I love!) in black Versafine ink and embossed it in clear embossing powder.  I added sequins and stars for the shaker bits.  It's a pretty busy card!  LOL!
 
Stamplorations is our sponsor this week and to celebrate, they are offering a $50 gift voucher to one winner!  That's a great prize!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Kara, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Birthday Basic Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; poppy, lemon drop, limelight, cornflower (MFT)
Accessories:  Circle die (C&9th), sequins, clear embossing powder, dimensional tape


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Just Us Girls #478 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  For Trend Week at Just Us Girls, Bobby has us using our background stamps.

 I have to first start out by saying this isn't a favorite card of mine!  I started by using the Color Throwdown colors of gray, purple, lavender, and kraft.   However, the kraft was not cutting it.  I already had the panel done with the first three colors, so I kept it.  I sponged the gray, purple, and lavender on Bristol cardstock then stamped and embossed the marble background stamp. I added more ink after I heat set the white embossing powder to darken it up.  The sentiment was die cut three times...twice in white and one in purple and stacked them.  Crystals finished it off.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Marble background (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, lavender lace
Ink:  Versamark, milled lavender, wilted violet, and hickory smoke distress inks
Accessories:  Word die (Altenew), white embossing powder, crystals


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Just Us Girls #477 - Word Week

Hello everyone!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Vicki chose Birthday!  Easy peasy!
 
I didn't have lots of time to create a card, so when I went to my craft table I found this floral piece siting there.  This is not pattern paper.  It's Altenew washi over cardstock.  I purchased this washi from my stamp store and added it to the cardstock the other day.  It's very cool washi because it's so large.  I used a stitched rectangle to give it some texture and mounted it on some new Lawn Fawn cardstock that was also die cut with a stitched rectangle.  Then all I did was added the sentiment banner and some crystals and adhered the panel to the base.  Very fast card!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new March guest, Greta Hess, on the
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Banner Style (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Spiffy Speckles (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), Banner Style die (PTI), painted fantasy washi (Altenew), crystals, dimensionals 


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time Out #130 - Unique

Hey there! (That's a Catherine Pooler tagline!)  The Time Out challenge this time is sponsored by Catherine Pooler Designs (hence the "hey there!"), and the challenge is to be unique.
 
I was a little stumped at first, so I did what everyone usually does and went to Pinterest.  I found some interesting prints of black silhouettes against book print.  Score!  I purchased a dictionary at a dollar store years ago and pulled it out.  I tore out a page and adhered it to a piece of cardstock to make it more stable.  Then I die cut it with a stitched rectangle and stamped the images and sentiment in Versafine onyx black ink for that silhouette look.  I masked the flower to stamp the leaves, however I don't think I really needed to because it was all stamped in the black ink.  I added this piece onto a black mat that was also die cut with a larger stitched rectangle.  The base is a cream cardstock because white was too bright.  I added some crystals on the flowers and around the piece.  I think stamping on a dictionary page is pretty unique!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Elizabeth, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Bloomin' Bouquet and Good Things (C.Pooler)
Paper:  Black, vintage cream, dictionary page
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (MFT), masking paper, crystals 


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

It's Magic!

Hi everyone!  Have you seen the new Magic Picture Changer dies from Lawn Fawn?  I'm in awe of them!  I just got these in the mail yesterday and had to create a card(s).  I did two and will post the other one tomorrow.
 
First of all, I'll tell you the story behind the reason for making this card.  My best friend Maria had to put her beloved Australian shepherd Roscoe down on Friday.  It was very sudden.  They found his sudden discomfort was due to a bleeding tumor on his spleen.  So sad.  He was such a good dog and only 10 years old.  We all loved him (especially my hubby who would watch him when Maria and her hubby needed a sitter).  So I of course had to make a sympathy card for her and her hubby.  They are so sad about this event.
 
I thought this card may brighten their spirits a bit, or just let them know how sorry we are for their loss.  I started by stamping the sentiment and heart on one piece using Bristol cardstock (I actually wanted this to be on the inside, but it was the first card I made and now know what to stamp on which panel!).  This was stamped on the longer die (if you take a look at the dies, you'll know what I mean).
 
Then I stamped the pup on the smaller die on Bristol cardstock also.  I colored the pup with two Zig markers.  Roscoe is a mix of sort of brown, tan, and white colors.  I tried to capture that as best I could.  Next, I die cut the pieces and followed the directions on how to put it together (just go to Lawn Fawn's Youtube page to see a video).  It's really easy to do.  To decorate it, I used the Magic Picture Changer Add On dies and some pattern paper.  I just love when you pull up the tab, the picture magically changes from the sentiment to the picture.  My hubby even smiled when I told him to pull the tab!  Making him smile about something like this is a SCORE!  LOL!

 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this.  I'll be posting another of these tomorrow so come back again!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Furry Friends (Avery Elle), Deepest Sympathy (MFT), All the Hearts (Altenew)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, early espresso, Max & Whiskers (BG)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Memento tuxedo black, antique linen and ground espresso DO, persimmon (MFT)
Accessories:  Magic Changer and Add On dies (Lawn Fawn), craft foam, black glaze pen 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Just Us Girls #476 - Photo Week

Hello everyone!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for this week's Photo Week challenge.  I chose this photo of amethyst, which is the gemstone of February.  This is our last challenge for February.  March and hopefully spring are on their way!
 
I went to a class at our local stamp store, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff, a couple of weeks ago with my friend Cheryl and we made these beautiful cards.  When I saw this purple one, I knew it would be perfect for this challenge.  We used the Sunny Studios Everything's Rosy layering stamp set.  These aren't my designs...I only stamped and put them together.  All the materials were provided, so I don't know what dies, papers, and such were used.  But aren't these flowers and leaves so pretty?  This one definitely was a favorite among the students in the class!
 
This one was a tough one to line up because the yellows were so pale, but I loved them nonetheless.  The lacy panel is not a die cut but rather a laser cut piece that the owner of the store purchased.  Not sure of its origin either.

This was another favorite of mine.  I love that dark blue against the lighter shades.  The sentiment is from Sunny Studios as well.
 
I love the pinks we used on these flowers.  This is such a lovely stamp set!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our February guest, Lisa Elton, on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us and she did a fab job with all of her entries!  Thanks Lisa!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Everything's Rosy (Sunny Studios) 


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