Sunday, June 29, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #31 - Anything Goes!

Happy Sunday Christmas stampers!  This week over at Christmas Card Challenge it's an Anything Goes challenge (except that it has to be Christmas related!).  So here's what I came up with.  I purchased this die at a stamp show last summer and I never used it.  (I'm trying to use some of the items I've purchased and never used.)  I die cut it from red cardstock and placed him on a snow bank I made from the polka dot paper.  I created some falling snow with a stencil, modeling paste, and some blue ink.   I added the die cut and stamped the rest of the sentiment and then some glitter dots.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my inspiration.
You can see more inspiration from the CCC DT at these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments: Holiday (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, riding hood red, Christmas Cheer (Lilybee Designs)
Ink:  Riding hood red, tumbled glass distress ink
Accessories:  Sled die (Impression Obsession), Christmas Greetings die (MFT), Falling Snow stencil (SSS), modeling paste, glitter dots, Wink of Stella shimmer, corner punch, dimensional tape


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just Us Girls #247 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hi everyone!  I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world like it is in mine!  We've been having some pretty nice summer weather here and I'm lovin' it!
Today, Marisa has chosen a great photo for the Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration Challenge.  Love these colors!
Here's a close-up of the photo so you can see more of the details.  Gorgeous!
My inspiration came from the chevrons, the bedspread, and polka dots.  I stamped the chevrons in gray ink, then die cut the leaf from black cardstock.  The flowers were stamped in black ink, then I used a 1" and 3/4" punch and some polka dot paper for the centers.  There's some Wink of Stella shimmer on the flower centers which you can't see in the photo.  I die cut the "hello" about five times and stacked them together.  I put some glossy accents on it (it's still wet in the photo and looks a little blue-ish).  I added some enamel dots to finish it off.
I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch as my inspiration for the layout.  It's a pretty loose sketch!  I hope mine is acceptable!
 You can see more inspiration from the JUGs DT on these blogs.
Stamps:  Background Basics: Chevron, Beautiful Blooms II #2 (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, Baja breeze, basic black, Christmas Cheer (Lilybee Designs)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, smoky slate
Accessories:  Beautiful Blooms II #2, Turning a New Leaf , Wet Paint Cuts dies (PTI), circle punches, glossy accents, enamel dots, corner rounder, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, dimensionals


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #30 - Photo Inspiration

Happy Sunday everyone!  Did you enjoy your first day of summer?  It was a pretty day here!  I'm here with a Christmas card on this beautiful summer day!  This week over at Christmas Card Challenge we have a photo for your inspiration.  
I was inspired by the red and gold and the pretty gold ornaments.  I hunted through my stash of Christmas stamps and came across this oldie but goodie.  I stamped it in Versamark on water color paper and embossed it in gold.  Then I water colored it with red distress ink.  Before mounting it on dimensional tape, I spritzed the background paper with gold shimmer and added the gold star sequins.  The sentiment was also embossed in gold.
Want to see more inspiration?  Visit these blogs to see what the fabby DT came up with.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Ornaments (Great Impressions), Happiest of Holidays (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah, white, Tim Holtz water color paper, gold shimmer paper, real red
Ink:  Versamark, festive berries distress ink
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, Heidi Swapp gold color shine, star sequins, dimensional tape


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Just Us Girls #246 - Color Challenge

Happy Summer everyone!  Today is the first day of summer, and it's been a long time coming!  Maria has a summery Just Us Girls color challenge this week...yellow and orange!
I came home to a Papertrey Ink box this evening and broke out two of the new sets on this card.  I first created the background.  I colored modeling paste with orange and yellow inks then spread them over a stencil.  I set that aside to dry and worked on the banner.  I stamped the string in orange ink and added the flower brad over the "knot".  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  The banner was added with dimensional tape.  I mounted it on orange and yellow cardstock.
I'm playing the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge this week with this sketch.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest this week on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, No Strings Attached, Topiary Trio (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, only orange, daffodil delight
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, only orange (SU), sunny day (Studio Calico)
Accessories:  Rosie Posie die, modeling paste, falling snow stencil (SSS), flower brad, dimensional tape


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time Out Challenge #8 - Case With Your Own Twist!

This week at the Time Out Challenge the challenge is to CASE a card and add your own twist on it.  This time around, we are CASEing this fabby card by Donna.  Isn't this a lovely card? 
So here's my interpretation of Donna's card.  I just watched this technique video on Monday by Jennifer McGuire that worked perfectly for my card.  I inked up this chicken wire embossing folder with three distress inks, spritzed it with water, put the water color paper inside, and ran it through the Big Shot.   This is what you get...very cool!  I die cut the diagonal piece and embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder.  The butterfly was die cut from white paper that I also embossed with gold powder. 

This card was created in the same manner, except that I added the color to the other side of the embossing folder.  You get much more intense color.  I added a similar banner.
You can see more inspiration on these blogs.  We also have a guest with us this week, and that is Marzena.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Wet Paint and Wet Paint II (PTI)
Paper:  Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Neenah white
Ink:  Picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, scattered straw, Versamark
Accessories:  On the Diagonal and Stitched Butterflies (Lil' Inkers), Tim Holtz chicken wire embossing folder, gold embossing powder, gold sequins, dimensionals



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #29 - Use Three Pattern Papers

Happy Sunday!  The challenge over at Christmas Card Challenge is to use three pattern papers on your card.  I'm an over-achiever...I used four!   I went through my bevy of paper packs and landed on this kind of vintage-y one.  Loved the colors right away!  I die cut the bell and stamped it in Versamark then embossed it in gold.   I added a pattern paper bow cut from a die and the pearl then placed it on a square border die cut.  Very simple card.  This is another one that could be recreated in bulk and put together. 
I followed this sketch from Clean & Simple Sketches.
You can see more fabulous inspiration on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bells & Boughs (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories), Basics Manila (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Versamark, cranberry crisp
Accessories:  Bells & Boughs dies (PTI), Retro Squares border die (MFT), Spellbinders die, gold embossing powder, pearl, dimensionals


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #28 - Color Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone!  I'm such an airhead!  This is my second week as a DT member on the Christmas Card Challenge and I forgot to do my card!  I got mixed up with my other DT which is on a two week rotation!  Sheesh!  I cannot believe I did that!  Anyway, this week is a color challenge and we have these gorgeous blues to work with.
I decided to watercolor a background with these colors, although there doesn't look like too much of a difference in the three colors I chose:  tumbled glass, broken china, and salty ocean.  I used distress markers and colored right on the paper, then used water and a paint brush to move the color around.  Then I die cut the border and added the left over snowflakes to the panel.  You can't see it, but the border and snowflakes were shimmered up with some Wink of Stella shimmer.
You can see more inspiration on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Rustic Wreath (PTI)
Paper: Neenah white, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Ink:  Tumbled glass, broken china, salty ocean distress markers; Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Frostyville border die (Memory Box), Wink of Stella shimmer brush


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Just Us Girls #244 - Sketch Challenge

Happy Saturday!  The Just Us Girls challenge this week is a sketch of my favorite of our challenges.  Nancy created this great sketch for us to use.
 I have a first birthday party to go to next weekend, so I decided to use the sketch to create his birthday card.  I stamped the cupcakes in four different Memento Luxe inks (love them!) on squares.  They looked a little ordinary, so I rounded two corners on each square for more interest.  The blue panel needed something too, so I used a Tim Holtz star stencil and translucent paste. But I'm disappointed that you can't see more of them!  Oh well!  The rest is pretty self-explanatory. 
You should stop by these blogs to see what the design team has created!  And we have a new guest this month...Shirley-Bee!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  It's a Celebration (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, daffodil delight, pacific point, SU print
Ink:  Bahama blue, dandelion, pear tart, rhubarb stalk (Memento Luxe)
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste, Tim Holtz star stencil, enamel dots, Wink of Stella shimmer, corner rounder, scallop border punch, 1 1/4" square punch, dimensionals


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Time Out Challenge #7 - Summer with a Flower Twist

Hello friends!  There's a new challenge over at the Time Out blog.  This time around the challenge is a theme challenge which is Summer with an optional twist to use flowers.
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I did a very fun and bright card to represent summer.   I love these bright colors!  Each petal was cut using the die then stamped with a different color and stamp from the new Oopsie Daisy stamp set.  I don't know if you can see it, but the main panel was cut out with the Tipped Top die.  I should have backed it with a darker color to make it pop more.  The background was stamped with an oldie but goodie stamp from SU:  crosshatch.  I've always loved that stamp!
This week CAS-ual Fridays is sponsoring us. Those entries who use the optional twist of flowers have the chance of winning a $25 GV from their store!!
We also have a guest designer Bobby joining us this week.  Welcome Bobby!
Stop by the blogs of our design team to see their creations too!
 Time Out blog

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps:  Oopsie Daisy, Happiness in Bloom (PTI), Crosshatch (SU)
Paper:  Neenah white, pacific point
Ink:  Memento Luxe: dandelion, pear tart, bahama blue, rose bud, morocco; smoky slate (SU)
Accessories:  Oopsie Daisy and Tipped Tops dies (PTI), enamel dots, Wink of Stella shimmer


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Exciting News - Christmas Card Challenges!

Hi everyone!  I don't know if you saw the announcement here last month, but I've joined another design team!  This time it's the Christmas Cards Challenge.  I'm very excited to have been chosen to be on this team so I can have a good reason to work on Christmas cards ahead of time! 
So this is my first challenge with the team, and the challenge this week is to use a stencil on your card.  Pfft...easy challenge for me since I have lots of stencils! I used a Tim Holtz stencil and distress ink to create the panel that the lovely poinsettia is on.  I've had this poinsettia die for a while and just had to pull it out for this challenge.  I used yellow ink to match the center of the flower.  I sprayed the white panel in back with some gold spray ink to {sort of} match the yellow ink.  The sentiment was stamped in black.  Very simple card that could be mass produced very easily.
I followed this sketch from Seize the Sketch.

Please stop by these blogs to get some inspiration from the CCC design team.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites #20 (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, riding hood red, pear pizzazz, daffodil delight
Ink:  Scattered straw distress ink, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Blooming poinsettia (Memory Box), latticework stencil (Tim Holtz), Heidi Swap colorshine gold spray, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, dimensionals



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