Saturday, June 30, 2018

Just Us Girls #447 - Anything Goes!

Hi friends!  It's the 5th Saturday of the month which means that it's Wild Card week over at Just Us Girls.  That means that the hostess, this week Vicki, gets to choose any challenge she wants.  Vicki has chosen "Anything Goes" and has offered a challenge to all of you.  If we have 75 or more participants, Vicki is giving away a prize to a lucky participant.  All you have to do is enter and post our graphic on your blog to be in the running for the prize!

 My LSS is fortunate to have Stephanie Klauck from My Favorite Things teach a class every month.  I've been to two so far, but now that I'm retired I can go to all of them.  This time, we made two cards and a pop-up card.  Since this week is anything goes, I can post these for the challenge!  All of these mostly used the stamps and dies from the last MFT release.

This was the first one we made...a pop-up.  MFT doesn't have a die for this box, so Stephanie designed this just from cutting the paper and scoring it herself.  I sponged the waves with distress inks and spattered it with water.  All of the fish, crabs, greenery, and palm tree were colored with copic markers.  These are so fun to make!

On this one, we sponged a panel with various blue distress inks and spattered with water.  Then it was die cut with the stitched collage frame.  The frame was die cut from white paper I think 4 times and stacked together.  Then the blue frame was adhered and the squares inset.  Everything else was colored with copic markers and added to the squares.
I was so excited when I found out that we were going to do this next technique that I was itching to try out.  In fact, I had on my list of things to purchase at the store the Distress Micro Glaze to do this technique!  I've seen Tim Holtz, Jennifer McGuire, and Amy Rysavy do this technique and it's really cool.  You start with Alcohol Ink cardstock (or glossy cardstock) and smoosh the distress oxide inks on a craft mat and spritz with water.  Then you smoosh your cardstock into the inks and dry it thoroughly.  (This technique will only work with the oxide inks.)  I did this about 4-5 times to get many layers of color, picking up the remaining dots of color left on the craft mat.  When you finish, there is a chalky finish on the cardstock from the oxide inks and it looks dull.  But then you take an ink blending tool with a sponge attached and apply a very small amount of the Distress Micro Glaze on it and sponge it over the piece.  It just comes to life before your eyes and brings all the layers of color forward!  It is just so cool!  You can see Jennifer's tutorial here.
All of these fish, crabs, and greenery took forever to color!  I had to do most of them when I got home.  These classes with Stephanie are so fun and I can't wait for the next one in July!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest, Hannelie Bester on the JUGs blog.    This is her last week with us and we were so happy to have her join us.  Her style is just unmatched and so clever.  Thanks for joining us this month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Gill Friends, Just Beclaws, Beach Buds (MFT)
Paper:  Alcohol Ink cardstock, smooth white, Ranger watercolor, berrylicious, Birthday Blowout paper pad
Ink:  Extreme black, black licorice, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, broken china, gathered twigs distress inks; peacock feathers, salty ocean, mermaid lagoon distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Just Beclaws, Beach Buds, Gill Friends, Ocean Waves, Stitched Snow Drifts, Beach Scene Builder, Stitched Collage Frame, Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips, Stitched Tag-Corner Rectangle STAX, Hearts in a Row-Horizontal die-namics; Distress Micro Glaze

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Just Us Girls #446 - Photo Week

Hey there!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria chose this adorable picture of an owl make from a pineapple and bananas!  How clever!
I used this old owl set from Papertrey Ink.  Everything was die cut and stamped with the coordinating stamps.  I first die cut the panel with the wonky stitches die then impressed it with a woodgrain impression plate.  Then I adhered the branches and owl and the sentiment strip.  I added shimmer to the heart and wings and the Nuvo Drops. 
I used the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #11 and Wise Owl (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Versamark, It's a Girl, Icing on the Cake, Garden Party
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), woodgrain impression plate (PTI), Polka Dot Parade #11 dies, Nuvo Drops, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, white embossing powder

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time Out #112 - Warm

Hey everyone!  The challenge over at Time Out "Warm".   
The weather here in Buffalo, NY has been warm (finally!).  We really never had a spring and I didn't think that the warmth would ever arrive.  But it's here and my card is full of warmth and sunshine.
I just received this sun shaker die from MFT which was perfect for this challenge.  I first sponged some tumbled glass ink through a swiss dots stencil.  Then die cut the sun from that piece and stamped the sentiment before I adhered the circle shaker pouch to the panel.  I added the sequins then closed it up with the yellow panel.  The main panel and yellow panel were die cut with stitched rectangle dies.  I added some sequins and shimmer to finish it off.  This came together so quickly!  Love these shaker pouches MFT has come out with.  They really make shaker cards a breeze!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Marieke, on the Time Out blog. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Full of Sunshine (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass
Accessories:  Sunshine shaker die (MFT), circle shaker pouch (MFT), stitched rectangle dies (MFT), swiss dots stencil (MFT), sequins, shimmer

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!  I'm celebrating my father-in-law and remembering my dad today.   We are taking my FIL to our cabin for a relaxing day of visiting and cooking out.
I made this card for him.  This is such a cute set and I thought about this card all day yesterday.  It should have been a super easy card to create, right?  Well it is if you use the right inks.  I thought at first that I'd use Catherine Pooler inks, but they were too juicy and the patterns on the stamps were lost.  (And I did give them the "love taps" she suggests!)  I think this finished panel is my third try!  So then I moved on to inks by SSS, PTI, and Altenew.  These worked much better.  And the bowties came to life when I stamped the black creases on them.  Such a cute image!  I die cut both the stamped panel and black panel with MFT's stitched rectangle dies.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock.
I hope you have a very nice day with your loved ones!  Here's a picture of my dad and me in 1986 at my friend's wedding (I was a bridesmaid).  It was the last photo we took together.  He passed away in 1994 from complications of Alzheimer's.  Miss him so much every day!
 Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Dapper Chap (PTI)
Paper: Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, spring rain (SSS), Hawaiian shores (PTI), lagoon (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT) 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Just Us Girls #445 - Color Week

Hi friends!  This week over at Just Us Girls, Ina chose a favorite color combo of mine!
I love the boldness of black, red and white.  When I sat down to make this card, there was a piece of yupo paper with alcohol inks that I made for last week's challenge and never used.  It was red, so I was inspired to use it.  I die cut it with a PTI die (some of those pieces didn't want to come out and I had to take a razor knife to get them out!).  Then I die cut some stitched flowers from white cardstock and leaves from black and layered them in the corner.  The black leaves and flower centers have shimmer on them.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, yupo
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, alcohol inks
Accessories:  Bold border flare die (PTI), stitched flower dies (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time Out #111 - Theme Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone!  We are in our second week for the Time Out Theme Challenge.  The theme is holidays with an optional twist to make it a one-layer card.
I'm not twisting today, but I don't have too many layers either.  It's sort of CAS I think!  I knew I wanted to use this Lawn Fawn paper with this snowflake.  The snowflake was die cut once from this paper and then three times from white cardstock to stack together.  Then I die cut an offset circle from the pattern paper and added the snowflake in it.  The sentiment was die cut four times from white cardstock and stacked as well.  Then I stamped the sentiment on a white strip and adhered it to the pattern paper.  I finished it off with some sparkle and Nuvo drops.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  It's closed now, but I'm still linking it. 
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Ishani, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Snow Birds (Honey Bee Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, Knit Picky (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched circle die (SSS), Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti), Layered Snowflakes (MFT), Nuvo Crystal Drops, spectrum noir shimmer, fun foam

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Just Us Girl #444 - Trend Week

Hey friends!  I had fun playing with alcohol inks for the Just Us Girls trend week challenge.
I started by creating a panel of yupo paper and alcohol inks in butterscotch and terra cotta.  I added the alcohol blending solution to move the color around.  It looked so cool, like marble.  I then die cut it using this hourglass cover plate.  I also die cut it from white paper.  I adhered the alcohol piece to the card base and inlayed the white pieces.  I die cut the sentiment and adhered that in the center.

I was able to create another card with the leftover pieces.  The sentiment was die cut with the leftover pieces as well.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, Yupo
Accessories:  Full card hourglass die (SSS), birthday basics: birthday (PTI), birthday wishes (CF), alcohol blending solutions

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Just Us Girls #443 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  This week over at Just Us Girls Sue has a word for our Word Week challenge.  She chose "outside".  Lots of ways to interpret this one.
I actually made this card a while ago at a class at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. Stephanie Klauck from MFT does monthly classes there and I've been to a couple.  This is one from those classes.  The background was sponged and splattered with water.  The rest was just stamped, colored, and adhered to the background.  "Toad-ally" cute card!  And it fits with the outside theme!
Stop by the JUGs blog to see what the JUGs design team and our guest, Hannelie Bester, created with this word.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Toad-ally Awesome, Splendid Swans (MFT)


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