Saturday, October 12, 2019

Just Us Girls #509 - Trend Week

Hello friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose Frame It. 
I made two cards, not sure which to showcase on the JUGs blog, but in the end I chose this one.  I started by using scraps (I just watched a Jennifer McGuire video showing how she uses up scraps) that I have from some really old Stampin' Up paper.  I cut them into different widths and adhered them to the rectangle that was left over from die cutting the frame, allowing them hang off a bit.  I adhered that piece to the main panel.  For the frame, I wanted it to have a woodgrain texture so I impressed it with a woodgrain impression plate from Papertrey Ink.  I popped that up on the pattern paper piece with foam strips.  I found this leaf I had created a long time ago and thought it looked pretty in the frame.  I'm pretty sure it was created with distress inks.  I added brown crystals and a sentiment on a flag strip.

I wasn't quite sure about the first card, so I made this one next.  I created the main panel with distress oxide inks then added the mandala frame on top.  The sentiment was die cut with the silver paper for the word and vellum for the shadow behind it.  Silver sequins were added to match the silver sentiment. 
That's it!  You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe - Card #1
Stamps:  Happy Harvest (Lawn Fawn), Leaf Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Recollections white, Autumn Meadows (SU retired)
Ink:  Distress inks, icing on the cake (CP)
Accessories:  Rectangle frame (MFT), Leaf Prints die (PTI), sentiment labels (SSS), woodgrain impression plate (PTI), crystals, dimensionals
Recipe - Card #2
Paper:  Recollections white, vellum, silver paper (MFT)
Ink:  Mustard seed, carved pumpkin, wilted violet (distress oxide)
Accessories:  Mandala cutting plate (TE), little hello die (MFT), sequins, craft foam 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time Out Challenge #146 - Encouraging

Hi friends!  It is time for a new Time Out challenge and this week we challenge you to be ENCOURAGING.
We are sponsored by Newton's Nook Designs for this challenge.  They are offering up $25 for the winner of this challenge!
Newton's Nook has a bunch of stamp sets with that cute little cat in them, but they also have some floral stamp sets.  I chose to use this one for this challenge.  It's so pretty and perfect for a square card.  Also, the sentiment I chose works well for the challenge (can't forget that!).  My initial inclination was to use bright summery colors for the flowers, however being the fall season, I wanted to use more muted colors.  I took my inspiration from the mums I have in pots around my house.  I switched out my summer flowers for them and they are so pretty!  So this is the color combo I came up with and I'm so happy with them!  They are colored with copic markers.  I matted it on a peach color mat.  I did add liquid stardust from Lawn Fawn on all the flower centers for some shimmer.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Shawna, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral Fringe (Newton's Nook)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, marigold
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Liquid stardust (Lawn Fawn), craft foam 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Just Us Girls #508 - Word Week

Hello!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Nancy chose Designer Paper.  I used to use DP on all my cards, but don't use it as much anymore so I was glad to see Nancy choose this for the challenge.  I have so many pretty papers to choose from!

So, The Greetery...LOVE their designs!  I've always loved Betsy Veldman's style when she worked for PTI so I was so happy to see her continue with her talent in her new stamp company.  This was one of those sets that I just fell in love with.  I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a chai tea from Starbucks.  I wanted to use some muted but more fall-ish colors for this card.  All of the stamped images are two-step stamps.  On the cup/saucer and spoon, the second step is for shading.  The "coffee" part is stamped in a lighter brown and a darker brown on top.  The sprig was stamped in two shades of peach/rust.  For the coaster, I die cut it from gingham designer paper from PTI.  I love how that die cuts the fringe as well as pierces the paper in a diamond shape.  I added the sentiment on a sentiment strip, added twine to the sprig (there are two of them tied together), and sequins. 
We have a new guest for October, and it happens to be our favorite former JUGs designer, Chris Dring. So happy to have her joining us once again this month!  You can see more from Chris and our JUGs design team on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Cozy Cup (The Greetery); Tiny Words (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, blush, Gotta Have Gingham (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; seafoam, bellini, polished, sand castle, over coffee, twilight (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Cozy Cup dies (Greetery), cozy cup coaster die (Greetery), twine, crystals, dimensionals, liquid stardust

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Life is Better with Crafty Friends

 Hello there!  I colored this image during the last 30 Day Color Challenge but never made it into a card.  It just seemed wrong to post an image like this out of season!  So I saved it for now.  I used the package for inspiration when coloring this.  It's funny that I can color something well when I have something in front of me to follow, but if I had to color this on my own it would be a disaster!  I just don't have that art background!  When I was done coloring, I die cut the panel and added the sentiment.  The background was stamped with a sweater background stamp.  It's pretty light and hard to see in the photo.  This image reminds me of my crafty friend Cheryl and me.  Whenever we go to classes at our stamp store, she brings me a Starbucks chai tea.  This is going to her! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Impression Obsession, Stamped Just For You (Hero Arts), Sweater Stitch (MFT)
Paper:  X-Press It, desert storm
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), craft foam

Monday, September 30, 2019

Tag You're It! Challenge #97

Happy Monday!  Today I'm playing along with the Tag You're It! Challenge.  The challenge is fun with flags.
I have had this very old Simon Says Stamp set called Flag Friends (retired) and I just can't part with it.  The coordinating die cuts out the tag and the little flag opening where you can stamp various flags.  I've chosen the thanks flag stamped in a dark pink.  The flower and leaf were die cut from the same pattern paper as the background, Over the Rainbow (MFT).  I punched a hole in the corner to add the twine bow.  I covered the center of the flower and the leaf in liquid stardust and added some sequins for more shimmer and sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Flag Friends (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, Over the Rainbow (MFT)
Ink:  Party dress (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Flag Friends die (SSS), stitched flowers (MFT), sequins, bakery twine, dimensionals, liquid stardust 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Color Throwdown #562

Hey friends!  I thought I'd play with the Color Throwdown colors this week.  They are cobalt blue, aqua, gray and black.  I looked through my stash of unused stamp sets and chose this graphic one from Altenew.  I love that they give you ideas with their stamp sets because I have a difficult time with images like these!  I followed one of their examples and just changed up the colors to match the challenge colors.  I love that sentiment as well.  This is going to a friend to celebrate an accomplishment.

Here is the Color Throwdown graphic and link to the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dot Art (Altenew), Spot On (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, gray
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, sno cone (MFT), suede shoes, twilight (CP)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, craft foam

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Just Us Girls #507 - Photo Week

Hello friends!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Maria chose this beautiful photo.
I love sunflowers (take a look at my blog header!).  I pulled out this sunflower set from Right at Home.  It's a layering stamp set with six different stamps just for the sunflower!  The leaves are a two step stamp.  I stamped the block print in a light color to ground the image.  The happy sentiment was die cut and layered over the stamped sentiment.  I added yellow crystals for sparkle.
I'm also entering this in the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Suflower (RAH), Block Print (Altenew), Bitty Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm, dark brown
Ink:  Tiara, sauna, tiki torch, mandarin spice, green tea, eucalyptus, icing on the cake (C. Pooler); sand dunes (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), sunflower dies (RAH), happy die (SSS), crystals, craft foam 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time Out #145 - Theme Challenge

Hello everyone!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  We are celebrating breast cancer awareness and are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays.
I've chosen to use the stamp set called Peaceful Garden.  I used pink colors to coordinate with the color of breast cancer awareness.  I stamped the leaves three times in a lighter pink then stamped the detail part in a darker pink.  I added the pink strip of pattern paper and the stamped banner on top.  I finished it off with pink heart crystals.  There is shimmer on the leaves as well.
On a personal note, we just found out last week that my 85 year old mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It's in the very early stages and we think she will have some minor surgery to remove the spots and she will not need any further procedures (we are praying for this).  The doctor said it's not hereditary and that they see this happen quite often in elderly women.  Even at her age, she goes every year for a mammogram and we are so thankful she did.  It was caught early and we have a very good cancer hospital here in Buffalo (Roswell Park Cancer Institute) that she is going to.  She will be well taken care of.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Sidan, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Peaceful Garden (Casual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, Really Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, it's a girl, party dress
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels (SSS), heart crystals, craft foam, spectrum noir shimmer 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Just Us Girls #506 - Color Week

Hi there!  I'm hostess this week at Just Us Girls for our Color Week.  The colors I've chosen are white, mint green, and shades of gray.
Let me first say that I'm not happy with my photo.  The color is so washed out!  In person, the green is much more vibrant.  All that aside, I stamped the outline of the flower then added the green shading and a darker gray in the center.  The flower was masked in order to stamp the light gray leaves behind it.  I added the sentiment and crystals and shimmer to the center of the flower.  This main panel was mounted on a gray base with craft foam.  I really love this color combo.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral Art and Painted Poppy (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white and gray
Ink:  Twilight, mint to be, black jack (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), sequins, craft foam, spectrum noir shimmer 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Just Us Girls #505 - Trend Week

Hi all!  This week is Trend Week over at Just Us Girls.  Angie chose stacking die cuts.  I love this trend and use it a lot!
I felt like coloring today, so I pulled out this cute MFT set and colored the bird, basket, and leaves.  The leaves in the basket were stacked three times for some dimension.  The background was created using the grassy edges and cloud stencils.  The hello die was stacked as well.  I die cut it from Lawn Fawn's Fall Fling pattern paper.  I stamped the sentiment under it, added shimmer to the leaves and bird and added the crystals.  I'm not really a scene making kind of card maker, but I enjoyed making this card!
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our September guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Piles of Fun (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It blending card, Fall Fling (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, icing on the cake (C. Pooler), tumbled glass, mowed lawn, peeled paint distress oxides, copic makers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Piles of Fun dies (MFT), Little Hello die (MFT), grassy edges and cloud stencils (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, crystals, craft foam 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time Out #144 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hello friends!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This time it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  Below is the picture to be inspired by.

 I saw the black and white stripes and that green plant.  I die cut a black and white diagonal stripe pattern paper with a stitched rectangle die.  Then I die cut the leafy square three times from green cardstock and stacked them together.  Then I die cut another from black glitter paper and inlaid the negative piece into the green stacked piece.  The sentiment was stamped and die cut.  I added green crystals to finish it off.
We are sponsored by Poppystamps for this challenge too!
Proud to be sponsored by
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, the very talented Hannelie, on the Time Out blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Clean Line Everyday (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, green, black glitter, black and white diagonal stripe (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Leafy Square die (SSS), Clean Line Everyday die (SSS), crystals

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Just Us Girls #504 - Word Week

Hi all!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls as well as the first week of school (and I'm retired...yay!).  Vicki chose an the appropriate word for this time of year...SCHOOL.
I went with apples.  The quintessential symbol for teachers and school.  I cannot tell you how many lovely apple gifts I received over the years from my students!  I stamped, die cut and colored the apples, flower, and leaves from Papertrey Ink and adhered them to a panel with a black and white diagonal print paper.  The images have shimmer on them from a glitter pen.  I added the sentiment and little heart sequins.  I always loved having cards such as these on hand to give to students when I received gifts. 
You can see more from our JUGs blog and our new guest for September, Janet, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  What the Doodle - Apple (PTI), Beautiful Inside (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, black & white stripe pattern paper (MFT)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  What the Doodle - Apple dies (PTI), heart sequins, glitter pen (Lawn Fawn), craft foam 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Time Out #143 Reminder

Hi everyone!  I'm here to remind you about the current Time Out challenge.  We are in our second week, and here's the quote to be inspired by:
I think it's obvious that I was inspired by the rainbow and raindrops.  I started by choosing four colors for my rainbow of raindrops.  I used a Simon Says Stamp Ledger Drops stencil.  That panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  I didn't want to cover up that pretty background, so I die cut the Dainty Flowers from white cardstock and placed the banner over it.  Sequins were placed on the panel and I used Lawn Fawn's glitter pen on the flowers.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Arlene, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Banners & Blooms (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onxy black; festive berries, mustard seed, peacock feathers, dusty concord distress oxides
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Ribbon Banners (C&9th), Dainty Flowers (Paper Smooches), Ledger Drops stencil (SSS), glitter pen (Lawn Fawn), sequins, craft foam 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Just Us Girls #503 - Wild Card Week

Hey friends!  It's the fifth Saturday of August (and the last day of August, boo-hoo) and it's Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls.  Sue wants us to splash something on our cards for this challenge.  Easy enough!
I went to a stamp and scrap show last weekend here in Buffalo, NY and bought lots of new stuff with my friend Cheryl.  This thinlits die from Tim Holtz was one of them.  I kept it simple and cased the picture on the package.  I die cut the die and leaves first, then sponged distress oxide ink behind them with the Taylored Expressions brushes to get the soft colors.  For the challenge, I splashed some of the new Lawn Fawn liquid stardust and watered down peeled paint distress oxide on the panel.  The sentiment was stamped in C. Pooler black jack ink.  I wanted a softer color so I used this instead of black.  I also added crystals to finish it off and some of the liquid stardust on the berries in the center of the flower.  This panel is mounted on craft foam for dimension.  First card for the holidays done!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and Tristan Dawes, our August guest, on the JUGs blog. This is her last challenge with us for the month and I'd like to thank her for being such an awesome guest.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Mustard seed, festive berries, peeled paint distress oxide; black jack (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Poinsettia thinlits (T. Holtz), liquid stardust (Lawn Fawn), crystals, craft foam 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Just Us Girls #502 - Photo Inspiration

He friends!  It's Photo Inspiration week at Just Us Girls.  Look at this pretty picture Bobby chose. So many options!
My eyes went to that green jar and the purple flowers.  I pulled out some older Papertrey Ink stamps for this.  I stamped and die cut the flowers then watercolored them with distress inks.  I then die cut a scalloped panel and stamped the jar.  I "filled" it with some green ink that is second generation stamping (it's a little darker than I anticipated).  The flowers are mounted on craft foam I die cut with the flower die and the panel is mounted on craft foam as well.  I mounted that on some plaid pattern paper and added sequins and shimmer.  The center of the flowers were dotted with a white gel pen.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers (PTI); Bouquet of Flowers (SSS)
Paper: Recollections white, Neenah, watercolor, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, peeled paint, wilted violet distress inks, sage (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Friendship Jar Hydrangea die (PTI), Audrey cutaways (W&W), sequins, craft foam, spectrum noir shimmer 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time Out #142 - Fashionable

Hello!  A new challenge is posted over at the Time Out blog.  This time we are challenging you to be FASHIONABLE.
We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge, and I chose this set called City Girl.  I've been eyeing this set for a while!  I think it's just so cool.  I started with this newer Altenew background stamp and stamped it in two colors.  I stamped it in yellow then turned it around and stamped it in green.  Then I stamped the image and sentiments.  I love to add sequins to all my cards too!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Jenny Martin, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  City Girl (Stamplorations), Graphic Brushstrokes (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, shea butter and seafoam (CPooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), white embossing powder, spectrum noir shimmer, sequins, craft foam 


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