Saturday, November 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #421 - Photo Week

Happy Small Business Saturday!  Remember to support your local stamp and other stores in your community today!  I'm going to my local stamp shop, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, to purchase some things and participate in their annual Make 'n Take fundraiser.  They use the money to purchase gifts for needy families.  Love that store and all they do!
Today is also our last Just Us Girls challenge for 2017!  But don't worry, we will be back in January.  The girls decided to take some much needed time off during this busy holiday season.  I'm so grateful for this team of girls for keeping this blog challenge going for as long as it has!
Our challenge this week is brought to us by Vicki with this great holiday photo.
Here's a close up of the photo.  I've always loved this color combination for Christmas cards.  I was so happy to see this inspiration.
The bottom photo on the left caught my eye and made me think of this ornament die I just got.  I die cut it like a card, positioning the die just a bit off of a folded card.  Then I die cut it again with the middle piece from some red cardstock and cut this piece out of it.  I used the coordinating stamp set and stamped the pine boughs in an aqua color then adhered the red panel.  I die cut the holder piece from some coordinating aqua paper and adhered that to the top.  The sentiments were stamped in red and I added Star Dust stickles to the open design of the red piece and some twine to finish it off.  There's a sentiment stamped in red on the inside, but I didn't photograph that.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks to our November guest, Trina Pham, for being such a great guest this month!
And I'd also sadly like to say farewell to Judy Woodland who is stepping down from the team.  She and her talent will be missed, but we wish her well.  Thank you for being a part of our team!
That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Ornamental (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Neenah solar white, real red, aqua
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Rockin' Red
Accessories:  Ornamental die (Concord & 9th), twine, Star Dust stickles

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Place Settings

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  Ours was wonderful and the food was delicious (and the leftovers today were just as delicious!).
I saw a post on Laurie Willison's blog and I was so grateful I came upon it!  She made holiday place settings and I immediately knew I wanted to make these for my Thanksgiving table.  I always love to make place settings for my holiday dinners.  I of course had all the materials except for these super cute mini grapevine wreaths I got from Amazon here.
I used Mama Elephant's Calli Letters stamp set to stamp the names on a tag from Reverse Confetti.  Then I took a piece of cardstock and sponged Oxide inks on it with orange, red, and green ink and spattered it with water.  I die cut the leaves using Lawn Fawn's Fall Tiny Tags. 
I don't know if you can see it, but on the straight edge of the tag, I wrapped some pumpkin washi tape around it.  Then I tied everything together with some twine.
These are all the place settings I made plus one not photographed.  My SIL told me at the last minute that her fiancĂ© was going to join us.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make one for him, but I didn't want him to feel left out.  I still had all the materials on my craft desk, so I was able to pull one together for him in about 10 minutes.

This photo is a little blurry, but this is how they looked on my table.  Everyone loved them, and my niece Maria said she was going to put it on her tiny Christmas tree.  I never thought about that when I was making them, but that's what I'm going to do with mine and my hubby's!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Calli Letters (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Wild honey, spiced marmalade, fired brick, peeled paint Oxide inks; Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Tag Me die (Reverse Confetti), Fall Tiny Tags (Lawn Fawn), washi tape, twine, mini grapevine wreaths

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time Out #97 - Inspired by Words Challenge

Hi friends!  Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends.  I hope you are spending some time with your loved ones and eating all the bounty of this holiday!  I know I am!  This is my favorite holiday.
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The challenge over at the Time Out blog is Inspired by Words.  This is the sentiment to be inspired by.  So perfect for today's holiday.
I love wreaths, so I stamped up this magnolia wreath layered stamp set. The first layer was stamped in peanut brittle Memento Luxe and the second layer in brown.  I then die cut the sentiment three times in white cardstock and once in shiny gold cardstock.  I added sequins, mounted it on a brown panel then the base, and was done.  This is a 4.25" square card.
You can see more from the design team and our guest for this challenge, Izzy, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Magnolia Wreath (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso, shiny gold
Ink:  Peanut brittle (Memento Luxe), Icing on the Cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Thankful die (C. Pooler), sequins

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Card Concept #82

Hi everyone!  I'm in Christmas card mode now and saw this great photo on the Card Concept's blog.  What a beautiful wreath!  I was looking through my Christmas stamps and dies and found a die that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.  I really need to participate in other challenges too instead of just creating for my design teams.  I'm getting lazy!
I started by sponging some Oxide inks on Bristol paper in pinks and blues.  Then I die cut this gorgeous wreath from it.  It came out just as I imagined!  That doesn't happen often!  I just bought the Concord & 9th release and this ribbon die and sentiment were perfect for the middle of the wreath.  I embossed the sentiment in platinum embossing powder.  As I was laying everything out, I decided to impress the main panel with a linen impression plate.  Then I saw these snowflakes that were die cut from the die and added them as accents instead of throwing them out.  I sprayed the whole thing with shimmer spritz.  I think I would call this Clean and Simple according to the Card Concept's definitions.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Christmas Cheer Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Bristol, recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, and broken china Oxide inks
Accessories:  Ornament wreath die (SSS), ribbon die (C&9th), liquid platinum ep, linen impression plate, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Just Us Girls #420 - Color Week

Hi friends!  It's color week at Just Us Girls and Angie chose a fun combo!
When I saw the new MFT release, I knew I wanted to get this deer die set and the chained link set.  When I finally got around to ordering it, they were sold out everywhere.  So sad!  But my LSS, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, came through.  I got the last one of each!  Love that store! 
Anyway, I thought it would be perfect to use for this challenge.  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Bristol paper and sponged Peacock Feathers oxide ink on it.  Then I doe cut two stitched snow drifts from the same paper.  I die cut the deer from brown cardstock and the antlers from some shiny gold paper as well as the sentiment.  For the first time, I used the Copic opaque white paint to spatter some to look like snow falling.  I added the gold hearts to the antlers and black enamel accents for the eyes. Love those antlers!
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Bristol white, recollections white, gold shine (MFT)
Ink:  Peacock feathers distress oxide, copic opaque white
Accessories:  Deer Love, Stitched Snow Drifts, Blueprints 13 dies (MFT); Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti); black enamel accents

Friday, November 17, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #187 - Gratitude with Altitude

Hi everyone!  The challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is Gratitude with Altitude.  What does that mean, you ask?  I was a little stumped too until I saw what the design team came up with.  Basically it's giving some "lift" to your thankful sentiments.
This is what I came up with.  I bought this stamp set way before I was on the design team.  I just loved it and the sentiments.  I die cut the curve on the main piece then curved the green image on my Mini Misti to follow it and stamped it.  Then I stamped the top sentiment in orange.  The middle sentiment was stamped in Versamark on desert storm cardstock and embossed in white.  I made it a smidge longer than the main panel and cut the ends into flags.  This piece was raised from the main panel using dimensional tape.  To give the desert storm piece behind this panel some texture, I ran it through a quilted embossing folder.  Spectrum noir shimmer was added to the green image and sequins completed the card.
I used this week's CAS(E) this sketch for my layout.  Very cool one!
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Frankly (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm
Ink:  Versamark, lime rickey, tutti frutti
Accessories:  Edgers die (Reverse Confetti), quilted embossing folder, white embossing powder, Spectrum Noir shimmer, sequins, dimensional tape

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Just Us Girls #419 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week, and it's our Trend Week.  I saw Jennifer McGuire do a video on silhouette stamping a while ago and thought it would be good for this trend week challenge.
I was at my LSS last week and came upon this Penny Black stamp set.  I thought it would look good stamped in black, so I bought it.  I wish my photo taking skills were better.  This card looks so washed out, when it really isn't!  I started by sponging some oxide inks onto a piece of Bristol white cardstock.  I left it lighter around the manger.  Then I stamped the images in Versafine onyx black.  I wanted to spatter it with some copic white paint, but I didn't want it to get all over the images, so I just used a white get pen.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment.  Starting to get those Christmas cards done!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Three Kings (Penny Black)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, broken china, salty ocean, seedless preserves, black soot Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  White embossing powder, white gel pen, fun foam 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time Out #96 - CASE Challenge

Hi friends!  The challenge over at the Time Out blog is a CASE challenge.
This is the card by Michele we are CASE-ing.  Love the layout and the way the she die cut the word on that angle.

So here's my take on it.  I used the same layout and design, but stamped this new plaid bg stamp in red and then the lines in black.  I die cut the word (which was a freebie from Concord & 9th) from the panel and three more times from white cardstock and stacked them together.  I mounted the panel onto a black panel and inlaid the word die.  I stamped Christmas on black cardstock and embossed it in white.  I added sequins to finish it off.  Maybe I should have left them off...not sure about them.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, my JUGs teammate Bobby, on the Time Out blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Plaid background (Concord & 9th), Communique Curves (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, rockin' red
Accessories:  Merry die (Concord & 9th), sequins, white ep 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Just Us Girls #418 - Word Week

Happy Saturday!  We have a new Word Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Maria chose the word THANKFUL.  Great word for this time of the year!
I was organizing my new stamps the other day and came across this free stamp I received from Concord & 9th.  I thought it was perfect for this challenge.  I stamped it in one of those Kaleidascope ink pads.  This one was from Stampin' Up, so it's an old one called Pumpkin Patch.  Then I used a wonky stitch die to cut it out.  I also came across this plaid cover die from Altenew while I was organizing and used it over the Distress Oxide inked background.  The colors matched the ink pad I used on the stamp perfectly.  The background was spritzed with water.  I added sequins too.
You can see more from the JUGs DT and our November guest, Trina Pham, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Grateful for You (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Neenah
Ink:  Spiced marmalade, fired brick, peeled paint, Kaleidascope pumpkin patch
Accessories:  Wonky stitches (Avery Elle), Layered Plaid cover die (Altenew), sequins, fun foam 

Friday, November 3, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #188 - Anything But a Card

Hi friends!  I'm late getting this post up, but over at the CAS-ual Fridays blog, the challenge is to make anything but a card.  I love tags, and CF has some cute tag dies, so that's what I went with.
I love making tags for Christmas, and these just came out so cute.  I cannot wait to put them on some gifts!  I die cut four tags and found four different scraps of holiday paper and die cut pieces of them with the tag die as well.  I stamped the sentiments in Catherine Pooler inks and the snowflakes.  I added a strip of cardstock and Nuvo drops on top of that.  Then I added the ribbon and the button tied with twine 

You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Mistletoe & Holly (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, garden green, designer paper scraps
Ink:  Rockin' red, grass skirt, it's a boy, smoky slate
Accessories:  Scallop tags (CF), nuvo drops, ribbon, twine, buttons 


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