Saturday, May 27, 2017

Just Us Girls #395 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  Nancy chose a great photo for this week's Just Us Girls photo challenge! 
Here's a close up of the photo so you can see more details.
I used a flourish stencil and molding paste to get that white on white look. The heart was die cut  four times and stacked together.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  Silver nail heads were added on each scallop to mimic one of the cookies in the photo.  I matted the embossed panel onto silver cardstock.  I'll add this to my wedding or anniversary card stash.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Love & Marriage (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, silver
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Spellbinders scallop heart die, silver nail heads, molding paste, flourish stencil (T. Holtz), silver embossing powder


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time Out #84 - Inspired by Words

This week over at Time Out blog, the challenge is Inspired by Words.  These are the words we are using.
"Flowers and friends make life a garden"

We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge and I'm using this lovely stamp set called Blossoming.  I first stamped the frame (from Rubbernecker) onto watercolor paper then stamped the floral image in black and clear embossed it.  I used the Kuretake watercolor paints to color it.  These colors are so vivid. After watercoloring the floral image, I stamped the sentiment.  The watercolor panel is mounted on fun foam then on the black panel.  I added some sequins also.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Michelle, on the Time Out blog.  You can also see the prize Stamplorations is offering.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Blossoming (Stamplorations), Freehand Border: Large (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  Masters Touch watercolor; Recollections white, black
Ink:  Black licorice hybrid (MFT), Versafine onyx black, Kuretake watercolor paints
Accessories:  Sequins, fun foam


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Just Us Girls #394 - Color Week

Hey friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls, and Judy has chosen a great color combination.
I had this cute little stamp set on my desk and thought the colors would look cute on this piƱata.  I stamped him with Versafine ink on Bristol paper so I could color it with Zigs then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I also stamped and colored the candy pieces.  I die cut a tag from navy cardstock and stamped and embossed the sentiment.  I used a stencil and distress inks to create the background.  I sprayed it with shimmer spray also.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by !
Stamps:  Year Seven (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol, night of navy
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, twisted citron, peacock feathers, blueprint sketch, Zigs
Accessories:  Year Seven dies (Lawn Fawn), Infinity Tag die (Hero Arts), Parquet stencil (Neat & Tangled), white and clear embossing powders, twine, shimmer spray, dimensional tape


Friday, May 19, 2017

Casual Fridays Challenge #174 - Sketch

Hi friends!  There's a new challenge over at Cas-ual Fridays and it's a sketch challenge!  I love sketches!
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Although I have to admit this one was a challenge for me!  Not in what I wanted to do, but it was lining up those envelopes and coloring them that gave me trouble!  I first tried using the MISTI, but that was a bust.  Then I just stamped them and used my eyes to line them up and that worked better.  But the copics weren't behaving on the Neenah cardstock I have so I changed to the copic paper (can't remember the name!) and that worked like a charm.  I colored the envelopes in rainbow order then cut it down to about a 3.75" square.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum, embossed with clear embossing powder, and wrapped it around the main panel.  That was added to the desert storm base on fun foam.  I added shimmer to each heart and some sequins.
You can see more from the Cas-ual Fridays design team on the Cas-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Happy Mail (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  X-press It Blending card, desert storm, vellum
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, sequins, Spectrum Noir shimmer, sequins, fun foam


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Just Us Girls #393 - Trend Week

 Hey everyone!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls, and Sue chose to make a background using Distress Inks. 
I love the oxide inks so much!  I hope they come out with more colors soon!  I needed a sympathy card.  My husband's cousin lost her husband the other day.  He was only 51 years old.  I feel so bad for her because she is such a lovely person.  So I wanted to make a nice card for her.  I was low on creativity, so I cased a card in Papertrey Ink's gallery for the Painted Petals stamp set.  I started by die cutting the scalloped panel and sponging broken china distress ink on it.  I then spritzed it with water to get water marks (hard to see in the picture).  I stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them to the panel.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  I also added some pink flowers and sequins to finish it off.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Painted Petals (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Daffodil delight, marigold morning, regal rose, pale tomato, kiwi kiss, chocolate chip, broken china distress oxide, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Painted Petals dies (PTI), Audrey Cutaways (W&W), sequins, fun foam

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time Out #83 - CASE Challenge

Hi everyone!  This week over at Time Out, we are CASE-ing a card of one of my favorite card designers...Hannelie Bester!

This is the card we are CASE-ing.  Hannelie's style is amazing and what she does with her Silhouette is equally amazing!  Gorgeous card! 
I created this card based on Hannelie's.  I used Distress Oxide inks to create the background.  I die cut the butterfly cover plate twice and layered to make it more sturdy.  I spritzed the butterfly die cut with shimmer spritz then splattered it with the amber and red inks.  I finished it off with crystals and a sentiment on a banner.
Stop by the Time Out blog to see what the design team and our guest, Susanne, created for this challenge. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Birthday Greetings (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah solar white, black
Ink:  Versamark, Fossilized amber, fired brick
Accessories:  Cover plate: butterfly (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, crystals

Sunday, May 7, 2017


It's been a while since I posted a card that wasn't a design team card.  I had a communion party to go to today, and this is the card I created.  I love this stamp from WPlus 9.  I used it here for anniversary thank you cards, but it was just embossed in silver.  This is the first time I colored it.  I embossed it with white embossing powder and colored it with Zig markers.  I die cut the panel with a scalloped rectangle die.  The cross was die cut from melon mambo cardstock and embossed with a swiss dots folder.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white card stock and once from melon mambo.  I layered them together and offset the white piece to let the pink show.  I added crystals and also sprayed it with shimmer spritz.  This panel was adhered to a melon mambo base.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Kind Soul (WP9)
Paper:  Bristol white, melon mambo
Ink:  Versamark, Zig markers
Accessories:  Cross die (Verve), Blessed die (WP9), Audrey cutaways (W&W), white embossing powder, embossing folder, crystals, shimmer spirtz


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Just Us Girls #392 - Word Week

Hi friends!  This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls.  And with Mother's Day (here in the US) just around the corner, Maria chose the word "mother".
My card started late last night, and I had an urge to make one of these pop-up boxes.  I thought my mom and mother-in-law would like something different.  I used the die for the box from Lawn Fawn and the flowers and leaves from Papertrey Ink.  The sentiment at the top of the box is from an old Flourishes stamp set and the sentiment at the front is an old Stampin' Up stamp.  I sprayed it with shimmer spritz for that great shimmer I love so much!

Here's a side view so you can see the outside of the box.  Sort of looks like a wood box, doesn't it?  I have to make more of these!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II and Turning a New Leaf (PTI), Motherly Love (Flourishes), sentiment (SU)
Paper:  Neenah solar white, regal rose, Vintage Bliss (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Versamark, butter bar, berry sorbet
Accessories:  Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die (Lawn Fawn), Beautiful Blooms II #1 and Turning a New Leaf dies (PTI), Stitched Butterflies (Lil' Inkers), white embossing powder, sequins, shimmer spritz


Friday, May 5, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #173 - Pick 6 Birthday Card

Hey friends!  Today is my first post as a Girl Friday on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog!  I'm so excited to be working with these fabulous designers!  Did you see the announcements of who's on the team?  You can see it here and here.

This challenge is celebrating its 6th birthday!  So happy to be able to celebrate this milestone!  So the challenge is to use 6 of something on your card.  This can be done in a variety of ways!
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My six things are not in-your-face noticeable, but it's there.  I used six different Zig marker colors on this card:  four on the flower and two on the leaves.  I should have limited the sequins to four, but I got carried away with them and added about nine of them!  I love this flower and the leaves are so pretty too!  I stamped them with Versamark on Bristol smooth white paper and embossed them with white embossing powder.  Then I colored them with the Zigs and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  I have a hard time leaving the white cardstock so plain, so I used a canvas impression plate to get some texture.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark on black cardstock and embossed.  I cut the ends into a flag and mounted it on the card.  The white background was also spritzed with shimmer spritz for that shine I love so much!
I used the sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout.
Stop by the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what the design team created for this birthday challenge and play along!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Pretty Posies, Young at Heart (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, melon mambo, black
Ink:  Versamark, Zig markers
Accessories:  Pretty Posies dies (CF), canvas impression plate (PTI), white embossing powder, sequins, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays - Some Exciting News!

Hi friends!  I have some exciting news to share.  On a whim I applied to be a Girl Friday on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge and they chose me!  They have made some announcements yesterday, and today is when they are announcing me!  You can read all about it on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog!
I'll have my first card posted as a Girl Friday on Friday!  Hope you stop by!
Thanks for stopping by!



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