Saturday, June 15, 2019

Just Us Girls #492 - Color Week

Hey friends!  Just Us Girls has a new Color challenge today, and Carol has chosen a different kind of color challenge.  She wants us to use light, mid, and dark tones of any one color.  Fun!
 
I thought the easiest way to achieve this was to apply color over an embossed background.  I chose this Gerbera Daisy background and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I applied three different yellow distress oxide inks over it.  I think you can see the three different colors.  For the sentiment, I chose this pretty linked chain circle die and die cut it with white cardstock.  Then I die cut a stitched circle from yellow cardstock and stamped the sentiment.  The crystals gave it some sparkle.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Gerbera daisy bg (SSS), sentiment (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, fossilized amber distress oxide
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die, linked chain circle frame die, pierced circle STAX (all MFT), white embossing powder, crystals, craft foam


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Just Us Girls #491 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose texture paste. 
 
I love using texture paste, especially this glittery one.  I took out this leaves stencil and added the lime green glittery texture paste over it on white cardstock.  I let it sit overnight to thoroughly dry, then mounted it on black cardstock with craft foam.  It was a little warped so the craft foam straightened it out a bit.  The sentiment was die cut from black card stock as well as from black craft foam.  I added that and some clear sequins.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Accessories:  Leaves stencil (SSS), Hello die (The Stamp Market), lime burst cosmic shimmer sparkle texture paste, sequins, spectrum noir shimmer, craft foam
 


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Time Out #137 - Theme Challenge

Hi there!  The new Time Out challenge is a theme challenge, and the theme is Nature.
 
I went through my bevy of stamp sets and came across this Whipper Snapper cactus stamp.  It was perfect for this challenge as well as for a thank you card I needed.  We visited my cousin in San Diego a few weeks ago, and she and her husband graciously shared their home with us for two weeks as well as gave us their car to use for the entire time we were there.  I admired her cactus gardens while I was there, so this image was totally appropriate to send to her.  I stamped it in Memento tuxedo black and colored it with copics.  I love Whipper Snapper stamps and packages because they include a colored image that you can use for inspiration.  I die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die.  The thanks word was die cut once from green cardstock and twice from white then were stacked offset.  The sentiment was stamped with black ink and die cut with a banner die.  I added this to a piece of diagonal striped pattern paper as well as white Nuvo drops.  I also added some shimmer to the image and the word die.
 
You can see more from our Time Out challenge and our guest for this challenge, Lise, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Cactus & Aloe (Whipper Snapper), Thanks All Ways (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-press It card, lucky limeade, pattern paper (unknown)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), quote tag die (Paper Smooches), banner trio die (WPlus9), Nuvo drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, craft foam



Saturday, June 1, 2019

Just Us Girls #490 - Word Week

Hey there!  Can you believe it's June already? Where did May go?  But, I'm glad to see May gone.  Not very good weather and I need me some summer! 
 
Anyway, it's Word Week over at Just Us Girls, and Sue chose the word RETRO!
 
I have to admit I saw Sue's card (the retro van) before I made mine.  It reminded me of this stamp I have had FOREVER!  I don't think it's even available now.  But I colored it with copics in some mod colors and die cut it with a stitched rectangle as well as a black mat.  The panel behind it was stamped with an old background basics stamp from PTI. That panel was die cut with a larger stitched rectangle and another black mat.  The panel the image is on was popped up with craft foam.  I added shimmer on several items on the van.  I thought the sentiment was appropriate.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our June guest, Marlena on the JUGs blog.   Welcome to JUGs Marlena!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Flower Power Camper Van (Stampavie), Background Basics: Retro (PTI), All About You (MFT), Frames & Flowers (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, Express It Blending Card, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, flirty fuchsia, lemongrass (CP)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, craft foam 


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Time Out #136 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi friends!  The current Time Out challenge is in its second week, and I have a reminder card for you.
 
We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I'm using this very pretty stamp set called Frames & Flowers.  I used the colors from the inspiration photo and tried to emulate the rectangular design on the wall with my grid stencil and glimmer paste.  I stamped the flowers and leaves inside the rectangle frame.  I needed a sympathy card, so I added this sending prayers sentiment.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our current guest, Greta, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipes

Stamps:  Frames & Flowers (Stamplorations), Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Paper:  Recollection white, black, pacific point
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, rouge, lemongrass, sage (CP)
Accessories:  Large grid stencil (MFT), Nuvo glimmer mist paste, craft foam


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Just Us Girls #489 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls, and Vicki chose this cool rainbow design.  So on trend right now!
 
I made this card a few weeks ago at a class that Stephanie Klauck from MFT taught.  It fit right in with the rainbow theme of the inspiration photo.  The strips were die cut in various rainbow colors as was the word hello.  The image is just so cute!  I colored it with various gray copics to make it look like a black and white photo.  I just love how fun this card is!  This is all Stephanie's design.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Picture Perfect (MFT)
Paper:  MFT
Ink:  copics
Accessories:  Polaroid shaker die (MFT), #Captions die (MFT), dimensionals


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Just Us Girls #488 - Color Week

Hi all!  There's a new challenge over at Just Us Girls and it's a color challenge.  Maria wants us to use the colors in this beautiful photo below.
 
I made this card for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  I loved the colors of the tulips in the photo and used that as inspiration as well.  This is a layering stamp set from Altenew.  The tulip was stamped in yellow, red, and purple, and the leaves were stamped in two shades of green.  I stamped the sentiment in the same purple.  I added crystals in the same colors as the tulip and mounted the panel on dark purple cardstock.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Exotic Tulips (Altenew), Mother's Love (Flourishes)
Paper:  Recollections white, concord crush
Ink:  Rockin' red, limoncello, grape crush, lime rickey, grass skirt (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals, Mini MISTI 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Just Us Girls #487 - Trend Week

Happy Saturday!  This week at Just Us Girls, Nancy chose Bold Letters as our Trend Week challenge.
 
Loved this challenge, as it gave me a chance to use a die set that I had never used yet!  I started with looking for a sketch (I believe the challenge is over for this sketch).  I then chose this pattern paper.  I think I bought this pack from JoAnn's.  I thought it would be a fun one to use for a birthday card.  Then I die cut the word three times from black cardstock and stacked it.  It also has some shimmer on it.  I stamped the sentiment underneath it and lastly added some colorful crystals.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  All About You (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Ms. Sparkle (Rainbow)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Big U die (SSS), stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystal, spectrum noir shimmer, craft foam 


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Time Out #135 - Inspired by Words Challenge

Hi friends!  The new challenge over at Time Out is the Inspired by Words challenge.  This is the quote this week:
"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground."
-Theodore Roosevelt
 
Stars!  That's my take on the quote.  I needed a college graduation card, so the stars made it an easy card to make.  I started by searching my stash for stars, and pulled out this Shifter stencil from Tim Holtz.  I sponged Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean inks on the cardstock, then die cut it with a wonky stitched die.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked with some shimmer on top.  I stamped the other sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white on the black cardstock.  Perfect grad card!  And I made this in my new craft room!  It's not finished completely yet, but I was able to bring up the essentials to create this card.  Can't wait to get it completely finished!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Michele, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Celebrate You (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, pacific point, black
Ink:  Twisted citron, salty ocean, Versamark
Accessories:  Wonky stitches (Avery Elle), Hooray die (Concord & 9th), shifter stars layering stencil (T. Holtz), white embossing powser, craft foam, spectrum noir shimmer 


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Just Us Girls #486 - Word Week

Happy Saturday!  We have a new challenge on the Just Us Girls blog.  It our word week and Carol chose "movement".  What a fun word and so on trend too!

When this magic picture changer die from Lawn Fawn came out, I IMMEDIATELY bought it!  And when I got it, I IMMEDIATELY made two cards with it!  I think this was the first one which was made a while ago.  I also made this one.  I also made another similar to the other one that my niece requested, but I guess I never took a photo of it!  It was so cute...another dog themed card!  Anyway, on this one, I stamped and colored the butterfly with copic markers on one piece, then stamped the sentiment on another.   I used this pretty rainbow paper from Lawn Fawn as well.  The sequins finished it off.

When you pull up the tab, you get this new picture!  I was so amazed by this die, and it is super easy to use!

Here they are side-by-side.  So cute!
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Beautiful Day (MFT), Kindness Matters (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, Really Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Magic picture changer and add-on dies (LF), sequins, craft foam


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time Out #134 - Playful

Hi friends!  This week over at the Time Out blog, we are challenging you to be playful!
 
We are sponsored by Winnie & Walter for this challenge, and they gifted me this very Dog-Gone Cute stamp set.  I'm not a great scene creator, but I channeled Nichol Spohr as inspiration.  I commented on one of her videos that she is the queen of scenes.  I started by sponging some clouds in the background with some blue ink (hard to see in the photo).  I stamped, colored and die cut all the images.  I added the grass on the bottom and continued to add the elements.  The thought bubble and butterflies are on dimensionals.  I added shimmer to the clouds and butterflies.  The sentiment is part of one from another stamp set.  I think this looks playful!
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Nancy, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Dog-Gone Cute (Winnie & Walter), Funny Food (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah solar white, garden green
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, GinaK amalgam, berrylicious (MFT), copic markers
Accessories:  Dog-Gone Cute dies, stitched rectangle die (MFT), cloud trio dies (PTI), fresh cut grass die (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals 


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


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