Saturday, October 31, 2015

Just Us Girls #317 - Wild Card: One Layer Cards

Happy Halloween!  I hope the ghosts and goblins come to your doors tonight begging for treats and not tricks!
This is the 5th week of the month, which means that we have a Wild Card Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Sharyn is our hostess and she has chosen One Layer Cards as our challenge this week.
I don't usually make one layer cards...they scare me!  LOL!  But I persevered and this is what I came up with.  I was done making Halloween cards, and this new stamp set from PTI was on my table, so I thought it would be a good one to use for a one layer Christmas card.  I did some masking to layer the various stamps.  Before I stamped, I lightly sponged some blue distress ink in the bottom right corner.  It's so light it doesn't show up very much! 
You can see more from the Design Team and our guest, Julie Gearinger, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs (PTI), Merry Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Garden green, real red, broken china distress ink, Delicata Gold
Accessories:  Inkadinkadoo masking paper, corner rounder


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time Out Challenge #43 - Theme Challenge

Hi all!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge and this week it's a theme challenge.  The theme is Christmas and there's a twist:  Use pink and/or purple.

I went for the twist. I stamped the sentiment (using my Misti) in black then used a new PTI stamp set and inked it in pink and purple and stamped it on an angle.  Some pretty sequins finished it off.  I mounted it on pink cardstock and then popped it up on fun foam for some dimension.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I think I missed the deadline!  Oh well!
This challenge is sponsored by Uniko Studios and a participant who twists with us will be randomly chosen to win a stamp set from Uniko.  Also, we have some of the Uniko DT joining us for this challenge!  Welcome girls!
You can see more from the Time Out DT and our guest, Suchi, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Fair Isle Borders (PTI), Be Merry (Damask Love)
Paper:  Recollections white, pink pirouette
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pretty in pink, lavender lace
Accessories:  Sequins, fun foam


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I'm participating in the Papertrey Ink blog hop today.  It's a little late in the day, but I really wanted to play along.  I got some of the new products and wanted to get them inky.  Here's the photo they chose as inspiration.
Blog hop inspiration
I made this tag using the traditional red and green colors.  I just love the quilted series the PTI has designed and this tag is really fabulous!  I stamped the pieces inside the snowflake and added some ribbon, twine, and bells to the tag.  The sentiment was embossed in white on the banner.

I think this stamp set is my favorite of the release.  I just love tea cups and teapots.  I stamped this one in red on the die cut and added a floral spray from more die cuts.  There is some yellow stickles in the center of the poinsettia.  The front of the card was impressed with the linen impression plate.  The sentiment from the set was stamped in black.  Simple card.
I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my layout.

That's it from me today!  Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe:  Tag
Stamps:  Quilted: Winter (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, garden green
Ink:  Versamark, real red, garden green
Accessories:  Quilted: Winter and Tag Sale: Quilted dies, white embossing powder, ribbon, bakers twine, bells, fun foam
Recipe: Card
Stamps:  Cup of Cheer (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, real red, garden green
Accessories:  Cup of Cheer die, linen impression plate, yellow stickles, dimensionals


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Just Us Girls #316 - Photo Week

Happy Saturday!  Before I start talking about stamping, I have to tell you that I went to see Sir Paul McCartney in concert on Thursday night!  It was a great concert!  I'm a diehard Rolling Stones fan, but the Beatles are a close second, and Paul was always my favorite Beatle!  Paul didn't put on a show like the Stones do, but it was great nonetheless.  I loved all the Beatles and Wings songs he did and Hey Jude was priceless!  He performed for 3 hours and did two encores!  So much fun!
Ok, back to stamping!  This week over at Just Us Girls it's Photo Week.  Ina chose this graphic photo for us to be inspired by.
I think almost everyone did something with those could you not?  I saw that potted succulent plant and immediately thought of this Mama Elephant stamp set I had, so I started with that.  I die cut and stamped it then colored it with copics.  I added some Wink of Stella to it too.  Then I took some desert storm paper and added some texture paste with a Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil. That panel was accented with some polka dot paper, the die cut sentiment, and some enamel dots and was adhered to a black panel.  That panel was popped up with fun foam.  The potted plant was also popped up for dimension.  That's it!  Ob-la-di, ob-la-da!  (A Beatles's song...sorry.  I can't get those songs out of my head!)
Stop by our JUGs blog to see what the team and our guest has as inspiration for you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Potted Pretties (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, recollections white, black, desert storm, June Bug (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copics
Accessories:  Potted Pretties die (ME), Impression Obsession word die, Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil, texture paste, enamel dots, Wink of Stella, fun foam


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Just Us Girls #315 - Color Week

Happy Saturday everyone!  I don't usually make lots of Halloween cards (even though I have lots of Halloween-themed stamps!), but Chris chose some colors for our Just Us Girls color challenge and they screamed Halloween!

 I've had this Northwoods rubber stamp for a few years and it's never seen ink!  I thought it was perfect for this color challenge.  I stamped it in black ink and then sponged the orange ink then the purple around it.  I wanted some water droplets, but instead of using water I used Perfect Pearls biscotti mist.  I wish I would have used water because it washed out the black ink.  But it sure is shimmery!  My friend Cheryl bought the mist for me after we used it in a class we took and we really liked the look of it!  This card is a square 4.25 x 4.25 sized card.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Julie Gearinger, on the Just Us Girls blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Scarecrow (Northwoods), Happy Haunting (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Archival jet black, seedless preserves, chipped sapphire, spiced marmalade
Accessories:  Perfect Pearls Mist biscotti, sequins, fun foam


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Time Out #42 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is our Home Sweet Home challenge.  This is where we provide a photo from a room in a home for you to be inspired by. 

Look at this fabulous photo for this challenge!  Love it!
Spray paint dollar store glass candle sticks black and add pumpkins for Halloween decoration
So I was obviously inspired by the pumpkin on the right with the harlequin pattern.  I used an emboss resist technique on a piece of pattern paper.  The paper is from an old SU Halloween paper pack and was a black and white pattern.  I stamped an old SU harlequin background stamp in Versamark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I sponged over it with spiced marmalade distress ink.  I really love the look!  I cut the piece in two parts and stamped the sentiment and spider on the base.  The sequins were on my desk from a previous card, so I added them too.

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, TaeEun, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Tremendous Treats and Mr. Bones (PTI), Harlequin (SU)
Paper:  Vintage cream, basic black, Night and Day dp (SU)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, spiced marmalade distress ink
Accessories:  Mr. Bones and Spider Web Trio dies (PTI), clear embossing powder, sequins, fun foam


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Just Us Girls #314 - Trend Week

It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Nancy chose stenciling!  I love my stencils and use them a lot.  They are such fun to use!
I just took a technique class with Tammy Tutterow at my local stamp store with my friend and fellow JUGs designer Cheryl Rowley.  She showed us lots of techniques using stencils that I wanted to use.  However, I needed Picket Fence paint for the technique and thought I had it, but I only had it in stain form.  The technique didn't work with the stain.  So I just went with sponging distress inks.  The tag was sponged with a few inks in the background then stenciled with the purple ink.  I stenciled part of the card base with the purple ink as well and added the sentiment and sequins.  The tag was decorated with the cute die cut skeleton and the hanging spider.  (I've been seeing so many spiders in my house lately.  One was super big and I had to trap him in a shoe box before flushing him down the toilet!  EEK!!) 
I'm entering this card in the Tag You're It challenge too!
You can see more from the JUGs team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Mr. Bones (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Ranger tag
Ink:  Archival jet black, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, seedless preserves, brushed corduroy
Accessories:  Mr. Bones die, Batground stencil, ribbon, sequins, dimensional tape


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time Out #41 - Reminder

Hi all!  This is a reminder that our current challenge over at Time Out is still going on for another week.  We are being inspired by these words:
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.

I purchased this Harvest Mouse stamp set last week from my LSS.  My friend Cheryl and I were there for an amazing technique class taught by Tammy Tutterow.  More on those techniques in another post!  So one night I stamped and colored three of the five mouse images from the stamp set while I was watching TV.  (I got my color inspiration from Jennifer McGuire who colored these in one of her fabulous videos.)  Coloring them was half the battle!  Then I die cut the circles to place him on, added the striped dp to a base that was embossed with a wood impression plate, and added a twine bow and sequins for sparkle.  The circle is popped up on fun foam.
The layout I used is from The Challenge.
I'm also entering this in the 30 Day Color Challenge.  I haven't colored in a really long time.  I forgot how fun it is!
You can see more from the designers on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Harvest Mouse (MFT), Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Cajun craze, Thankful dp (Authentique)
Ink:  Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Harvest Mouse and Jumbo Peek-a-boo circles dies (MFT), Spellbinders circle dies, white ep, sequins, fun foam, twine


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Us Girls #313 - Word Week

It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Sue chose "sympathy" as the word.  As it turns out, I'm in need of a sympathy card.  I never have these on hand, and they are never on my list of cards to make.
I like simpler designs for sympathy cards, so I chose this floral vine stamp.  I popped up a few of the flowers and added some star dust stickles to them.  At first I left the bottom two thirds of the card untouched, but I just couldn't leave it blank!  Too much white space for me!  So I stamped part of the vine and flowers on the bottom corner.  Much better (IMHO).

This sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch was perfect for my card.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Melissa, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Embellished Elegance and Sending You (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream
Ink:  Cameo coral, coastal cabana, kiwi kiss
Accessories:  Embellished Elegance dies (PTI), star dust stickles, corner rounder, dimensionals


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time Out #41 - Inspired By Words

Hi friends!  The challenge this week over at the Time Out blog is our Inspired by Words challenge.  Here are the words to be inspired by:
Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullum Bryant

So here's how I was inspired by the words.  I chose this quilted leaf/border die using different papers for the various leaves and the "smile" sentiment. This card took me FOREVER to make!  I die cut that shape five times.  Once from the burgundy paper and then four times from the different pattern papers.  I tried several placements of all those pieces before I settled on this design.  I thought this was going to be so easy!  Ha!  I like the outcome, so I guess the time I put into it was worth it.
You can see more from the design team and our guest, Glenda, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Reason to Smile and Sew Simple Borders (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, bravo burgundy, Autumn Song (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Raspberry ripple (SU)
Accessories:  Quilted: Autumn die (PTI), Maple Leaf corner die (SSS)



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