Thursday, December 19, 2019

Time Out #151 - Inspired by Words

Hello!  The newest challenge from Time Out is the Inspired by Words challenge.
"You are never too old to set another goal, or dream a new dream." - C. S. Lewis

We are sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge.

I chose to use this set called New Beginning from Stamplorations for this challenge.  I liked the sentiments in this set and chose this one for this challenge.  I stamped the image and sentiment in amalgam ink and colored the image with copic markers.  I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle then added liquid shimmer and sequins for some sparkle.  This panel was added to a stitched black rectangle mat and adhered to the card base with craft foam for dimension.  I love the simple design of this card!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Helen, on the Time Out blog.
Stamps:  New Beginning (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, black
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), liquid stardust (LF), sequins, craft foam 


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time Out #151 - Merry & Cheerful

Hello all!  It's getting closer to Christmas and Time Out Challenge is asking you to be Merry & Cheerful!
We are sponsored by Uniko Stamps for this challenge as well.
I chose to use this very cute stamp from Uniko called Block Party Christmas.  It's such a time-saving stamp because all of these images are on one stamp.  There are so many ways you can use it.  For my card, I chose to stamp it with Versafine Onyx Black ink and emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Then I chose three distress oxide inks and, using blending brushes, applied the inks to the panel. I then die cut the panel and added some liquid stardust to various images for much needed sparkle.  That panel was adhered to the card base with craft foam for dimension.  This card took maybe 15 minutes to make, so it would be great for mass production.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Angie, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Block Party Christmas (Uniko)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, festive berries, peacock feathers, twisted citron distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), liquid stardust (LF), clear embossing powder, craft foam 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Just Us Girls #516 - Anything Goes!

Hello everyone!  Today is the last day of challenges for Just Us Girls for the year 2019.  We've had 516 challenges since we began in October 2009!  We are taking a December break, as we have been doing for the past few years, to give our designers a break during the holidays. We will be back on January 4, 2020 with challenge #517.

So this week is the fifth week of the month which means it's our Wild Card week.  Vicki chose Anything Goes for this challenge.

A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer McGuire put out a call for a card drive.  You can read about it here.  The cards they were asking for were for families who had pets who were experiencing an illness.  They were supposed to have a dog on it, if possible, and some kind of get well sentiment.  I'm a dog lover, so I had to participate.  I lost my sweet Springer Spaniel Lizzie a year ago yesterday to cancer.  I did receive cards from friends when she passed, but would love to have gotten cards during the time we knew she had cancer.  My Lizzie was liver and white in color, so I colored this dog to look similar to her.  I put her in the middle of these fun flowers and added the sentiment.  I only made five of these because of time constraints, but I also sent about ten Thank You cards that I had on hand that were also requested. The drive runs until December 15, so you still have time to send some cards if you have time.
We hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday.  I'll have a few more cards posting in December for my Time Out challenges.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our December guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Doggone Good (Darcie's Stamps), Healing Hugs (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, black
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), Versamark, copics
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), white embossing powder, glossy accents, shimmer

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving - Gobble, Gobble!

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!  I hope your day is filled with delicious food, family, friends, and football!  I'm sharing some Thanksgiving cards and table decorations today.
First up are these cuties.  I made NINE of these!  Let's say I was thankful for my Gemini Junior!  Each feather had to be die cut four times for each one, the hat is made from three pieces, and that little red gobbler thing?  SO TINY!   But it was fun and worth it!  They are filled with peanut M&Ms.  (My hubby said my nephew will eat the M&Ms and throw this cute turkey away!  NOOOOO!!!)  These are made with the Tiny Gift Box and Peacock and Turkey Add On dies from Lawn Fawn.  I'm going to add banners with everyone's name on them so they know where to sit at my table.  I'm also thinking they need cheeks.  I have to add those!

I colored this image a while ago and it was supposed to be for a JUGs challenge, but I forgot about it!  So I made it into a Thanksgiving card for a good friend.  This is an Impression Obsession stamp and I colored it with copic markers.  I added a piece of barn wood pattern paper to the card base to make it look more rustic.
The design on this card was made with a Concord & 9th turnabout stamp a while ago.  I made about ten of these one day in different colors.  I was having so much fun trying out different color combinations that day!  I thought this was perfect for a Thanksgiving themed card.
That's it!  I hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe Card #1
Paper:  Kraft, yellow, orange, brown, red, pink
Accessories:  Tiny gift box die and peacock and turkey add on dies (Lawn Fawn)
Recipe Card #2
Stamps:  Impression Obsession, Fall Fox (Sugar Pea)
Paper: X-Press It, recollections white, pattern paper (?)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals, craft foam
Recipe Card #3
Stamps:  Wreath Turnabout (Concord & 9th), Fall Fox (Sugar Pea)
Paper:  Recollections white, brown
Ink:  Sand castle, mandarin spice, over coffee, icing on the cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  MISTI, crystals, stitched rectangle die (MFT), craft foam

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Just Us Girls #515 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  This week is Photo Week over at Just Us Girls and Maria chose this really sweet photo for us to be inspired by.

I went through my holiday stamps and found this set from Avery Elle that I believe is retired because I could not find it on their site.  I decided to make another tag with it because I love the small landscape tags offer on which to create.  I stamped the tree and sentiment directly onto the tag and the snowman and bird on a separate piece and die cut them.  They were colored with copic markers.  There are faint blue snowflakes stamped directly on the tag as well.  I added a red glitter piece around the hole in the tag and tied the ribbon through it.  There is stardust stickles on various places too.  In hindsight, I wish I would have added a red offset tag behind this.  I may do that later!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our November guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Winter Woodland & Wonder (Avery Elle)
Paper:  X-Press It, red glitter
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), copic markers
Accessories:  Winter Woodland & Wonder dies (Avery Elle), Infinity Nesting Tags dies (HA), stardust stickles, dimensionals

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time Out #149 - Theme Challenge

Hi friends!  It's Theme Challenge time at the Time Out blog.  Our theme is celebrations.

Proud to be Sponsored by
We are sponsored by Altenew for this challenge, and I have TONS of Altenew product (who doesn't?) so I chose to use this cute smaller set called Sophisticated Wreath.  I've said this before, but I love that they include samples in their packaging.  I used one of the samples as a guide to make this card.  The wreath is made with one branch repeatedly stamped to make the wreath.  I did it twice with two different colors of light and one darker.  Then I stamped and die cut the flowers and arranged them on the wreath. The flower centers have stickles on them for sparkle.   I chose this sentiment because I thought it fit with the celebrations theme.  I finished it with some clear sequins with some stickles in the middle of them for more sparkle.  I mounted the main panel on an olive base for it to stand out on the white base.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Christine, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sophisticated Wreath (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, olive
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, limelight, gumdrop green, jelly bean green, cotton candy, razzleberry (MFT)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Sophisticated Wreath dies (Altenew), star dust stickles, sequins, craft foam 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Just Us Girls #513 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Carol chose for us to make anything but a card!  Easy enough!
I have lots to share with you today.  I was asked by one of my retired teacher friends to purchase bottles of wine for our retirees Christmas party.  I couldn't give her "naked" bottles of wine, so I decorated them!  I saw a picture on MFT's email newsletter of the elf wine tag on the left and I had to copy it!  I ordered the elf and wine tag dies as well as the snowman die, and when I received them, went straight to work! 
I die cut all the elf pieces from different colored cardstocks as well as red glitter cardstock and adhered them together.  Then I die cut the wine glass and created the shaker and adhered that to the elf.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed in white embossing powder.  This was then adhered to the wine tag.  So cute!
I did the same with the adorable snowman.  He was easier to put together because there weren't as many parts to him!  These are so cute and sparkly in person and looked adorable on the wine bottles.
 It's also that time of year when we need all the gift tags.  I recently purchased the Speed Tagging stamps and coordinating die set from The Greetery.  All these different tags are on one 6x6 rubber stamp, and the dies for it are all attached onto one die.  So all you do is stamp, place the die over the stamped piece and die cut all the tags at once...speed tagging!  I stamped them twice.  Once in black ink and once in red. 

Once the tags were stamped and die cut, I stamped the various sentiments in various inks on them.

I also added some of the foliage and bells on the tags to spiff them up.

I added the twine and shimmer to each of them as well to finish off the tags.  This is such an easy and fast way to create tags!  I think there are seven different tags on the one stamp.  So fun!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our November guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by! (Pictures are not the greatest!  They were taken in my kitchen as opposed to my photo box!)
Recipe (Wine Tags)
Stamps:  Sassy Pants Holiday Too (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, kraft, red glitter (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Christmas Crew Snowman and Elf Girl dies (MFT), wine tag die (MFT), wine glass shaker window and frame, wine glass shaker pouch, star glitter, white embossing powder
Recipe (Tags)
Stamps:  Speed Tagging Sentiments (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, wild cherry, gum drop green, razzleberry, sauna
Accessories:  Speed Tagging die (The Greetery), twine, shimmer

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time Out Challenge #148 - Home Sweet Home

Hello!  There's a new Time Out challenge posting today and here is the beautiful photo we have for you to use as inspiration.
So I went pretty literal with my card.  I started by searching my Christmas stamp stash for that sentiment!  I knew I had to have it somewhere and I found it in Concord & 9th's Holly Berry turnabout set. Next, I went in search of a wreath that would be small enough to fit to the left of the sentiment.  I found this one in PTI's Communique Curves (retired I think), and the bow is from Paper Smooches Holly Jolly stamp set.  Then I used Concord & 9th's Plaid Background set to make the plaid piece.  I added a strip of black cardstock to separate the plaid from the top of the card.  There are stickles on the berries of the wreath and this main panel is on craft foam.

You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, my JUGs friend Angie, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Holly Berry TAB and Plaid BG (Concord & 9th), Communique Curves (PTI), Holly Jolly (PS)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, wild cherry, jelly bean green (MFT)
Accessories: Star dust stickles, craft foam 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Just Us Girls #512 - Word Week

Hi friends!  Ina has chosen the word Thanks for our Word Week challenge at Just Us Girls.  A sentiment I always like to have on a card and ready to go.
I had this image colored a while ago and thought it would work nicely with a thanks sentiment.  It's a rubber cling stamp from Impression Obsession and is colored with copic markers.  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle and added shimmer to the flowers and crystals to the background.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked.  The yellow mat was run through a hounds tooth impression plate for some texture.
I created a second card because I intended to use this stitched scalloped background I created with the card above.  The background was lost when I placed the main panel over it, so I had to do something else.  I found this die in my stash and it was perfect because of the openings.  The scalloped background showed through nicely.  I die cut the sentiment three times from white cardstock and before I stacked them, I added some yellow ink to tone down the white a bit.  I added shimmer to it and some sequins.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for November, Kristin, on the
Thanks for stopping  by!
Recipe Card #1
Stamps:  Impression Obsession
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, green
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), thanks die (C. Pooler), impression plate (PTI), spectrum noir shimmer, crystals, craft foam
Recipe Card #2
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, green
Ink:  Fossilized amber
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), stacked edges #1 die (PPP), boxed up thank you (Lil' Inkers), spectrum noir shimmer, sequins, craft foam

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Time Out #147 - Inspired by Words

Hello all!  My post today is a reminder for our current Time Out challenge.  It's our Inspired by Words challenge and the quote is "Dream Big, Be Grateful, Give Love, Laugh Lots".
We are sponsored by Uniko for this challenge, so I used some of their products on this card.  I started by creating the square background for the floral image.  I used the new Masking Squares stencil from Taylored Expressions to get the square shape by adding color using spiced marmalade distress oxide ink.  Then I laid the Tiger Print stencil by Uniko over it and used the same ink.  It made the stripes a darker shade of the spiced marmalade.  Then I stamped the floral image from Uniko's Just Because stamp set in a dark brown color.  (It looks black, but it's actually brown.)  I stamped the sentiment (from C. Pooler) in the same brown ink.  I love how the stripes seem to go through the floral image.  I didn't expect that result.
Now I have to come clean about the next two cards.  When I was making the card for this challenge, I was so focused on using the sponsor's products (Uniko), that I totally forgot to keep with the Inspired by Words challenge.  This happens a lot!  So, I made the next two cards first using the same procedure as above except I used bundled sage distress oxide ink.  These sentiments don't actually go well with the challenge quote!  I always need sympathy cards, so they won't go to waste, but I need to get my head together when making cards for my challenges!  LOL!

You can see more from our Time Out design team  on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe Card #1
Stamps:  Just Because (Uniko), Autumn Blessings (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Icing on the cake, spiced marmalade
Accessories:  Tiger print stencil (Uniko), masking squares stencil (TE), crystals, craft foam
Recipe Cards #2&3
Stamps:  Just Because (Uniko), Moments of Grace (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, bundled sage
Accessories: Tiger print stencil (Uniko), masking squares and ovals stencils (TE), sequins, craft foam 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Seize the Birthday #177

Hi friends!  I'm sharing a birthday card today.  I created the floral spray a long time ago.  I had the turnabout stamp in my MISTI and went crazy with different color combos.  I think I created about 8-10 different floral sprays that day!  This was one of them, and I think one of my favorites.  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle and die cut the sentiment three times and stacked it.  It was added to the main panel and is covered with shimmer.  Crystals finished it off.  It was adhered to a navy panel then onto a white card base.
I'm entering this into the Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes" challenge.   
Thanks for stopping by! 
Stamps:  Wreath turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections, navy
Ink:  Rose petal, stone blue, sauna, juniper mist (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), happy birthday die (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, crystals, craft foam

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Just Us Girls #511 - Photo Week

Hello everyone!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose this pretty fall photo.
I made quite a few Halloween cards this year and this is the last of the ones I've made and maybe my favorite.  I've had this pumpkin die from Lil' Inkers for a long time and I don't think I've ever used it.  It die cuts the semi-circle and pumpkins all in one pass.  I then die cut the entire panel with a stitched rectangle.  I die cut another from thin cardstock to have a mask for the pumpkins while I sponged the clouds in the background with distress ink.  Then I colored the pumpkins with copic markers.  There is a separate die for the eyes and mouths to make them into jack-o-lanterns.  I added the die cut grass and stamped the bats on the panel.  The inside panel was sponged with more distress inks and spritzed with shimmer.  The white "stars" were made with a white gel pen.  I adhered that panel to the black base and added the main panel with dimensional tape.  Lastly, I added the Boo! die cut.  I loved how all the colors looked together when complete.  There's also shimmer on the Boo! die cut and pumpkins.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest, Chris Dring, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Spooky Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, green, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, wilted violet, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, wild honey
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), simple grassy hillsides (LF), harvest moon and Boo dies (Lil' Inkers), mini cloud stencil (MFT), shimmer, craft foam 


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