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 


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