Saturday, November 30, 2013

Just Us Girls #217 - One Layer Winter Themed Card

It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls because it's the 5th Saturday of the month.  That means that the hostess gets to choose any challenge she wishes.  Nancy chose to challenge us to create a one layer project with a winter theme.  Great challenge for me!
I had an idea to use this Jingle Bell Border die from Memory Box.  I thought I could use the negative piece as my stencil and cover it with embossing paste.  Great idea, but some of it smooshed out and made a little mess in the middle.  So then I tried Versamark ink and gold embossing powder, and that worked like a charm!  I repeated the embossing of the sentiment and that was it!  Done! 

Check out all the fabulous one layer creations by the JUGs design team!
Our November Guest Designer is posting her last card with us this week.  Make sure you check out her card on her blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Communique Curves (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink white
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Jingle Bell Border die (Memory Box), gold embossing powder


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American stamper friends!  If you don't celebrate then Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Washi Card

I've been watching Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series videos on her blog and they are fabulous!  I went back and watched her 2012 series too and found this washi card she did on this You Tube post.  I have lots of washi tape, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I totally CASED her card, but with different washi tape.
I had four different washi tape designs and just started adding them on the card like Kristina did.  The silver medallion was created by embossing several layers of silver embossing powder.  On the last layer, I stamped the snowflake medallion into it while it was still hot to get the impression.  The stamp was stamped in Versamark before stamping into the hot embossed piece so it wouldn't stick.  I tied some red and white baker's twine around the card and added the medallion on top.  Another easy card to recreate.
That's it for me for a while.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I've got a busy weekend!  Anyone shopping on Black Friday?  Not me!  I hate crowds like that! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  2008 Holiday Tag Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Wash tape, silver embossing powder, baker's twine


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For My Niece

Hi everyone!  My niece's birthday was on the 12th and I'm just making her card.  I thought I would just use one of the ones I had on hand, but I thought she deserved a special one from her favorite aunt and godmother!  So when I saw this sketch from Unscripted Sketches, I knew I had to use it to make her a special card.
Maria loves green, so I went through my paper to find four different patterns with green in them.  I took a 4.25 x 4.25 piece of white cardstock and covered it with adhesive.  Then I started laying the strips of paper on top of it on an angle and trimmed off the excess.  I die cut the rectangle in the middle as well as another rectangle from white cardstock.  The decorative panel was adhered to the base, and then I inlaid the sentiment piece in the hole.  The flower was made with pink pirouette cardstock and I added a pearl in the center.  This is an easy card to recreate and I love the outcome, but my flower making skills need to be honed I think!  The MFT girls' flowers seem to so much prettier!
That's it for me today!  It was a busy weekend of crafting!  I'll have another post tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, pink pirouette, Indie Bloom (Basic Grey), Lively (Authentique), Beautiful Life (Echo Park)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Layered leaves and hybrid camellia dies (MFT), Spellbinders rectangle die, pearl, glue dots


Monday, November 25, 2013

Freshly Made Sketches - Thanks

Happy Monday!  It's a short week for me because of the Thanksgiving holiday!  This weekend I was pretty busy in my stamp room.  This is my third post in a row!  That doesn't happen very often.  Anyway, my niece called on Saturday and asked me to make her a thank you card for her nursing teacher.  She wanted something masculine (her teacher is a male) and nursing related.  That was a tough one.  I first searched for sketches and chose this one from Freshly Made Sketches.
I had a stamp set from Paper Smooches called First Aid that had this ambulance image in it so my card revolved around that.  I stamped the ambulance in black ink and colored parts of it with red and blue markers.  I cut it out, mounted it on foam tape, and added some Glossy Accents to the window.  I placed it on the panel stamped with the red chevrons.  I added the pattern paper and stamped the sentiment.  I think it's pretty cute and my niece loved it.  I followed the sketch pretty literally. 
That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Jumbo Mod Borders (My Favorite Things), First Aid (Paper Smooches), Thanks All Ways (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, pacific point, Lauderdale dp (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Archival black ink, real red, pacific point
Accessories:  Glossy Accents, dimensional tape


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Color Throwdown #269

Happy Sunday everyone!  I was able to play in this week's Color Throwdown challenge.  Love these fall/Thanksgiving colors and they went well with an idea I've had for about a week.
I was in Starbucks last week and saw this sign for one of their coffees.  Isn't it cool?  I immediately thought I could replicate it with the help of my Silhouette Cameo.  And guess what?  I did!

I searched the Silhouette store for a turkey and found one that was almost exactly the same as the one in the photo.  Here's what I did:  I just created a rectangle and welded it to the turkey!  Voila!  It looks just like the photo!  In keeping with the CTD colors, I cut the shape out with soft suede cardstock, but I think it's a little light.  So...

I made another using early espresso and I like it better.  More like the photo.  I added an embossed sentiment, a burlap circle, a button, and some twine to finish it off.  A simple card that could be reproduced quite quickly.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Autumn Hills (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Soft suede, early espresso, peach parfait, Sugar Hill (Farmhouse)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Silhouette Cameo and turkey die cut, burlap circle, button, twine, white embossing powder


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Just Us Girls #216 - Photo Inspiration

My favorite Just Us Girls challenge is the photo inspiration challenge, and this one is fabulous!  Vicki always manages to find the most amazing photos for these challenges.
Just take a look at this photo!  Isn't it so festive?  So many inspiration possibilities!
I was so inspired by the red stripes, the stockings, the blue, and the polka dots.  The stripes on my card were created using a Wendy Vecchi stripe stencil and Festive Berries Distress Ink.  I just applied the ink with a blending tool and it really came out so clean and crisp.  I die cut the stockings from white cardstock and pattern paper then layered them together.  The tops of the stockings were run through my Xyron machine then I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter on top.  The dots on the bottom are just a strip of the pattern paper, and I stamped the sentiment below.  I added some red crystals for more bling.
I followed this sketch from Clean & Simple Sketches.

I have forgotten the last two weeks to mention our November Guest Designer Nancy Penir.  I am so sorry for Stylibeing so remiss because her last two creations were absolutely fabulous.  Please make sure you check out her blog along with all of the JUGs DT blogs below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Holidays (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, 'Tis the Season (MME)
Ink:  Festive Berries Distress Ink, real red
Accessories:  Precious Stockings die (Memory Box), Yikes Strips stencil (Wendy Vecchi), Clear Rock Cancy Distress Glitter, Xyron machine, red crystals


Monday, November 18, 2013


My husband unfortunately needed a sympathy card for a former co-worker of his whose wife passed away.  I don't make many of these, but they would be nice to have on hand.  These events are always so sudden.  I decided to CASE myself with this card I made years ago.  I just love that sympathy stamp and the Penny Black flower has always been a favorite of mine!  The last time I made this card, I used watercolor crayons.  Today I used Distress markers.  Both so pretty!
So do you have a stash of Sympathy cards?  I  think I should include some in mine!  Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps:  Sympathy Calligraphy (Paper Inspirations), Flower (Penny Black)
Paper:  Vintage cream, black, Madison Avenue (MME)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress markers:  crushed olive, spun sugar, aged mahogany
Accessories:  Corner chomper, PTI ribbon


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Just Us Girls #215 - Color Challenge

Hi everyone!  We have a new color challenge this week over at Just Us GirlsMarisa chose the fabulous color palette and it happens to be my favorite!
I have been seeing these angled panels all over blogland, and as a matter of fact, Papertrey Ink has just released a die yesterday to get the perfect angled panel.  I cut one myself and just made a template of it so I could use it over and over.  Will I buy the PTI one?  Probably!  I'm a PTI junkie!
Anyway, I digress!  On this card, I cut the angled panel out of riding hood red cardstock and paired it with one of my all-time favorite pattern paper from SU which is retired called Christmas Cocoa.  The Santa image is from the Tim Holtz Collection and Stampers Anonymous.  I've always loved this image, and apparently I love it so much I purchased it twice!  Yes I have the cling mount as well as the wood mount versions!  That ever happen to you?  Be honest now!  I stamped the sentiment, from PTI's Instant Photo: Holidays, in Versamark and embossed it in white ep.  Ribbon and a snowflake button finish it off.

I actually did this card first, but I wasn't loving the way the twine looked.  To "petite".  I should have wrapped it around the panel about three times.  Hind sight is 20/20!  I reversed the colors of the panels, image, and card base from the other one.  I like the red image better I think!
Want more inspiration?  Check out these blogs.  We have a fabulous guest this month, Nancy Penir! 
JUGs blog
Nancy Penir, November Guest Designer
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!
Stamps:  Instant Photo:  Holidays (PTI); Santa (Tim Holtz Collection by Stampers Anonymous)
Paper:  Neenah white, soft suede, riding hood red, Christmas Cocoa (SU retired)
Ink:  Versamark, riding hood red, soft suede
Accessories:  Ribbon, twine, snowflake buttons, white embossing powder, dimensionals 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Die Cutting for Holiday Cards

I'm taking the Holiday Card Workshop from Online Card Classes and Jennifer McGuire did something that just blew me away today.  I watched her video while I was a lunch at work today, and I just couldn't wait to get home to try this technique.

Jennifer called this technique layered die-cut inlay and her cards were amazing.  However, I didn't have dies that I could layer, so I made do with what I had.  She used wood paper, and of course I didn't have that either.  So I went to Michael's on my way home and just bought some wood grain pattern paper.  I cased a card  she did to create this card.  The word, trees, houses, and clouds were all colored with copics, then I added shimmer with a Wink of Stella brush.  There was a spot that was bare, so I stamped the word "merry" in red.  I don't think I inked it up enough!  This really looks so much better in person.  I had fun doing this technique and creating this card 

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Merriest Christmas Wishes (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Vintage cream, riding hood red, wood grain pattern paper
Ink:  Copics - G94, R27, E25, B52 & 97
Accessories:  Clouds 1&2 dies (PTI), Country Landscape and Christmas Script dies (Memory Box), Wink of Stella brush


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Just Us Girls #214 - Technique Challenge

Are you ready for another technique challenge from Just Us Girls?  I chose another challenge that Jennifer McGuire shared on her blog.   You can see it here.

And so the Christmas card making begins for me!  I chose Papertrey Ink's Polka Dot Parade #9 stamp set to create my background.  I stamped the Merry in riding hood red ink and Christmas in kiwi kiss ink.  The ribbon was added to separate them.  The sentiment is from Two Feet Deep by PTI also.  The clear snowflake I believe is from Heidi Swapp, and I added the white glitter dot in the center.  It's mounted on a lucky limeade card base. 

I was so intrigued by this sketch from CAS(e) this Sketch.  So fun!
You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team at these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #9 and Two Feet Deep (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, lucky limeade
Ink:  Riding hood red, kiwi kiss, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Riding hood red and kiwi kiss taffeta ribbon, clear snowflake, glitter dot


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Just Us Girls #213 - Sketch Challenge

Hi friends!  This week's Just Us Girls challenge is a sketch challenge, and Sharyn created a great one.

This is my interpretation.  I'm usually pretty literal when it comes to sketches, but those two small circles really through me for a loop!  I just could not make them work with my clock die. I tried every button, bow, brad, and flower in my stash! I think it came out ok though.  This die is from Impression Obsession and I cut it out of this cool silver cardstock my friend and now fellow JUGS member Cheryl gifted me.  You can buy it here and see how it is used in this Theresa Momber video. You can also see how Cheryl used it on her card here.   Really cool stuff!  Thanks Cheryl!
I made this card for my SIL's birthday.  I bought her a ticket to see Cher in concert here in Buffalo, NY in April (I'm going too!).  I was thinking of her song "If I Could Turn Back Time" when making this and I will probably type that up on my computer and print it out for the inside of the card. 

You can see more from the JUGs design team at these blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hands of Time (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, Trend Setter (Fancy Pants), silver paper
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Clock die (Impression Obsession), Fancy Flourishes die (PTI), white embossing powder, button, floss, dimensionals



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