Friday, February 28, 2014

Time Out - Great News!

Hi everyone!  I have some news!

Yes, I made the team!  There's a new blog on the horizon and it's called Time Out.  You can read about the challenges and new design team here.  I came across the blog a while ago when they had a DT call.  I applied (twice!) and was accepted!  The challenges run every two weeks and there is a rotation of 4 different challenges.  Love those kind of challenges where I can use my own supply of stamps! 
Our maiden challenge will be on Thursday, March 13th, so stay tuned! 


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Just Us Girls #229 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess this week over at Just Us Girls for the Photo Inspiration Challenge.  I've chosen a photo I hope you'll get lots of inspiration from!

Here's a closeup.  I just loved the spools and how they were decorated.  I also loved the colors!

I had so many ideas running through my, but settled on this.  The spool dies are from My Favorite Things Sew Nifty set.  I cut them several times and glued them together to make them more substantial.  The top ones were run through the wood grain impression plate.  Then I covered them with some picket fence distress stain.  I covered the middle of them with pattern paper that looks similar to one of the spools.  The vellum piece was run through the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I changed the sentiment piece a bit, but it still has the same feel I think!

You can see more inspiration from the JUGs team at these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Well Preserved (My Time Made Easy)
Paper:  Vintage cream, kraft, black, vellum, It's the Little Things (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Archival jet black, picket fence distress stain
Accessories:  Sew Nifty die (MFT), button, twine, Swiss Dots embossing folder, wood grain impression plate (PTI)


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Seize the Sketch

Hi friends!  I went to my LSS yesterday and purchased some more fun supplies to play with.  One of the purchases was this Paper Smooches set called Hooties (love that name!) and the matching dies.  Well, I'm a messy crafter and now can not find the die for this owl!  I guess it's karma because I just commented on someone's blog who said she misplaced part of a stamp she cut apart, but found it later.  I'm thinking it's in my trash can.  I've looked in there two times, but I think I need to do a better job in there.  I'm so mad!
Anyway, I cut the owl out of watercolor paper and stamped the image using Archival jet black ink.  He's colored with Distress markers and a water brush.  I added glossy accents to his eyes.  The branch in the stamp set has a paisley pattern on it and it didn't work well with my pattern paper.  So I stamped it, cut it out, and used Hero Arts latte chalk ink to color the back side of the branch.  I just used the ink to paper technique to color it.  Then I ran it through the wood grain impression plate.   The main ivory panel was also run through the wood grain impression plate.  To finish it off, I added the happy birthday sentiment (can you see it on the bottom?), button and twine, and the crystals. 

The sketch is from this week's Seize the Sketch challenge.

I'm also hooking this up with the Catered Crop birthday challenge.  This is a new challenge to me, so I'm hoping I'm legal in entering
Catered Crop

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hooties and Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Vintage cream, aqua mist (PTI), watercolor paper, Find and Dandy (MME)
Ink:  Archival jet black, latte chalk ink (Hero Arts), Distress markers: spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, mustard seed, old paper, walnut stain
Accessories:  Hooties dies (Paper Smooches), wood grain impression plate (PTI), button, twine, crystals, glossy accents


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Just Us Girls #228 - Color Challenge

Hi everyone!  This week is color challenge week over at Just Us Girls and Sharyn found this great photo to pull the colors from.  I fell in love with the stripes!

Here's a close-up of the photo.

Like I said, I fell in love with the stripes!  And I have to tell you about my illness...I have stencilitis!  Ever since I took the Stenciled class from Online Card Classes, I've been hooked on them!  Actually, I was using them a little before the class, but I'm loving them even more and more!  The diagonal stripe stencil is from Simon Says Stamp.  I used Hero Arts inks with sponge daubers to get the ink onto the paper.  The dies were cut four times each with white cardstock and once in the colored cardstock and stacked together.  I added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella brush.  I added sequins and some pretty ribbon to soften up the harsh lines of the stripes.  In hindsight looking at the photo now, I would have swapped out the grape ink for a softer purple.  

Please stop by these blogs to see what the JUGs team designed as well as our Guest Designer.
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Neenah white, Bermuda bay, regal rose
Ink:  Butter bar, pale tomato, bubble gum, tide pool, cornflower, grape juice (all Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Diagonal Stripe stencil (Simon Says Stamp), Tipped Tops and birthday trio dies (PTI), sequins, ribbon, Wink of Stella shimmer brush


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stencils + Glitter

Well Jennifer McGuire had my attention again the other day with this video.  I just had to try this technique and CASED her cards.  It's such a cool technique!  You have to watch the video to see how she did this.  It's too much to explain, but I used Glitter Ritz for the technique.  These cards use Ocean Spray and Cool Highlights glitter and the Large Lotus Pattern stencil from Hero Arts.  I built up the "thanks" die by cutting it out 6 times and then covering the top one in glitter. 

With the leftovers, I created this card.  I embossed the white base piece with a linen impression plate.  The pieces on the side were cut off the sides of the piece used on the card above.  I kept them to use somewhere and I thought they looked nice on the sides.   The "thanks" die was created in the same way as above.


These cards are so pretty and shimmery in real life.  That Glitter Ritz is some really cool stuff!
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Neenah white, Bermuda bay
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Ocean Spray and Cool Highlights Glitter Ritz, large lotus pattern stencil (Hero Arts), linen impression plate, quote tag die (Paper Smooches), Spellbinder's heart die, dimensionals

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mojo Monday #332

Hi everyone!  I had some stamping time last night and made a few cards.  I saw the Mojo Monday sketch and knew just what I wanted to do!  This came out just as I imagined it.  That doesn't happen very often!  I also saw a new to me challenge the other day called the Bloggers Challenge which is run by Lisa Sommerville.  The challenge is to use black and white with a splash of color, so this card was created for that challenge as well.
I used some new products on this card.   The "love" die is new as is the heart die.  It was on sale at JoAnn's so it slipped into my hands!  I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to both of them.  The pearl flourish was staring at me from my craft table, so I put it behind the heart.  I used some Tim Holtz tissue tape around the heart and the black base.  The rest is pretty self-explanatory.
Here's the Mojo Monday sketch I used.
I'm also entering this into the Time Out Challenge:  Love and/or Friendship is the theme.  They are having a DT call and while I didn't intend to make this card for that challenge (since I already entered once), it fit the challenge so I entered again!  Can't hurt, right?  LOL!
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I can't remember when I've created a card based on three challenges!  I usually only like to combine two at a time!
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Neenah white, black, Yours Truly (MME)
Accessories:  Dies:  Tag sale #3 (PTI). Accent It: Celebration (MFT), Mini Hearts (Tim Holtz), tissue tape (Tim Holtz), pearl flourish (Want 2 Scrap), SU ribbon, Wink of Stella shimmer brush


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch and Time Out Challenges

Hi friends!  I have a card today that is for three challenges, but I can only enter it in two of them.  Paper Smooches Sparks challenge has a great photo inspiration challenge that I based my card on, but I didn't use any of their stamps, so I can't enter it.  However, I am entering it in two others. 
Here's how I created my heart.  I cut 3/4" squares from two different pattern papers and some foil paper, then cut them in half on the diagonal.  I traced the heart die on some scrap paper and began adhering the triangles to it.  When I had the traced heart covered, I ran  it through my die cutting machine.  The arrow was cut from a die from PTI's Get to the Point die and the word is PTI's as well.  I covered it with a Wink of Stella shimmer brush and glossy accents.  The little heart above is a left over piece from the word die.  It's also cover in Wink of Stella shimmer and glossy accents.  The ivory base was run through a linen impression plate for some texture.  The sentiment I think is appropriate for today.  It's a line from a Beatles song and today is the 50th anniversary of their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  My hubby loves the Beatles, so this may be his Valentine card.
Here's the inspiration photo from Paper Smooches Sparks.  Wish I could have entered!
I used this fab sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

I'm also entering this in the Time Out DT call.  It's a new challenge that is similar to Just Us Girls with a different challenge each week.  I love those kinds of challenges.  Their theme is Love and/or Friendship.  Perfect for this time of the year, don't you think?  Fingers crossed I make their team!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Feeling Groovy (Verve)
Paper:  Vintage cream, real red, Love Me (My Mind's Eye), foil paper (Ranger)
Ink:  Blackboard (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Spellbinder's heart die, Wonderful Words:  Love and Get to the Point dies (PTI), linen impression plate (PTI), glossy accents, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, dimensionals


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Just Us Girls #226 - Sketch Challenge

Can you believe it's already February?  Where has January gone?  It's been a wild month with all the crazy cold weather we've had!  We are starting to warm up this weekend, but I don't know what next week will bring!  Hopefully no more school closings!
Since it's the first Saturday of the month, Just Us Girls has a sketch challenge going on.  Maria came up with this really great one!
I've made my quota of Valentine cards I think, and I needed a birthday card for today so I changed the heart to a circle.   This is for the father of a friend of ours who is celebrating his 80th birthday.  Masculine cards are a challenge for me!  I chose this Bo Bunny paper and some number dies.  Very simple card.  I didn't want to add any bling.  I just purchased this card hanger die and adhered it to the kraft bag so I could hang the card on the front.  You can purchase this die here.  I got mine at my LSS Buffalo Stamps and Stuff recently.  I love that store...the owner always has everything trending!
You can see more of what the JUGs design team did on these blogs, and welcome our new guest for February Melissa Hubert.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hands of Time (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Timepiece (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa
Accessories:  By the Numbers and By the Numbers Mats (PTI), Spellbinder's circle dies, card hanger die, twine


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