Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time Out #128 - Home Sweet Home challenge

Hi there!  There's a new challenge over on the Time Out blog and this time around it's our Home Sweet Home challenge, using the picture below as inspiration.
Stamplorations is our sponsor for this challenge, and I'm using their Romantic Expressions 3 stamp set.  I stamped the heart image onto Bristol cardstock and colored it with Zig markers then fussy cut it out.  I wanted to somehow incorporate the envelope background in the photo and thought this 3-D embossing folder sort of did the trick.  I die cut the word from red cardstock and added it to the piece.  I also die cut a scalloped mat for the main panel.  I added the acrylic hearts as a finishing touch.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Conil, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Romantic Expressions 3 (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onxy black, Zig markers
Accessories:  3-D embossing folder (We R Memory Keepers), acrylic hearts, dimensionals

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Color Throwdown #528

Hi friends!  I saw the colors in this week's Color Throwdown challenge and loved them!  I just got the Stained Glass stamp set from Altenew and thought the colors would work well with them. 
It took me quite a while to figure out which inks to use for this image.  I needed a set for the base layers and another set for the stain glass layers.  If you look at the stamp set, you'll understand what I mean.  After stamping the image, I die cut it with the matching die.  Then I embossed the white panel with a woodgrain impression plate.  I edged the left side of the card with a piece of aqua glitter paper.  I used the same paper for the sentiment.
Here are the colors from the Color Throwdown challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stained Glass Window (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, aqua glitter (SSS)
Ink:  Shea butter, sauna, sand castle (C. Pooler), mountain mist, lagoon (Altenew), kraft (MFT), Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Circle die (Altenew), HB die (MFT), crystals, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sending Condolences

Hello everyone!  I had some time in my craft room yesterday and pulled out the new Faceted Turnabout stencil from Concord & 9th.  I pulled the colors from the MFT challenge (I realized later  it was an MFT challenge and I wasn't using MFT products!).  I love the stencil and the soft colors of distress inks I chose.  I decided to make this a sympathy card and increase my stash of these because I hate to make these last minute.  I think I'll do more in different colors.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked.  I didn't add any embellishments to keep it simple.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  The Big, the Bold and Greetings (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pumice stone, spun sugar, shaded lilac, and black soot distress inks
Accessories:  The Big, the Bold and Greetings die (W&W), stitched rectangle die (MFT), Faceted TAB stencil (C&9th) 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Deepest Sympathy

Hello everyone!  My husband told me he needed a sympathy card so I made this one pretty quickly.  It's a new turnabout stamp set from Concord & 9th.  I love these turnabout stamps.  They are so fun to create and you can make so many panels in so many different color combinations. 
Since I needed to get this out quickly, I used similar colors that were on the sample on the packaging.  Looking at it now, I wish I would have stamped the sentiment in the platinum embossing powder so it wasn't so stark.  But I was in a hurry.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine onyx black and then used clear embossing powder over it.  I added some crystals and shimmer spritz to finish it off.  Pretty simple card.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Stitched TAB (Concord &9th), Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, calypso coral
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, garden party, coral cabana, skylight, daydream (C.Pooler)
Accessories:  MISTI, crystals, shimmer spritz, clear embossing powder, craft foam 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Just Us Girls #472 - Photo Week

Hey friends!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Nancy chose these nautical themed pictures.  Fun!
I have this Spellbinders anchor die that I just love.  My dad was in the navy during WWII, so anchors have always appealed to me.  I die cut the anchor from pattern paper (I have tons of pattern paper and haven't used it in so long!) that was first adhered to a lightweight cardstock to give it more stability.  Then, using a nautical stamp set from WPlus9, I stamped that vertical piece in navy and green anchors.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in navy (the "happy" was stamped twice in my MISTI and the paper must have shifted a bit...I wasn't going to start over!).  No sequins or shimmer on this one.  I plan to keep it for when I need a card for a male's birthday.
I used  Freshly Made Sketches for my layout.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
This is the last week for our January guests, Cindy and Janet, and I'd like to thank them for their beautiful cards this month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Dockside and Dockside Background (WPlus9)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Trendsetter (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Mint to be and juniper mist (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Anchors Away die (Spellbinders) 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Happy Anniversary

Hi friends!  My sister-in-law and her husband celebrated their first anniversary on Sunday and this is the card I gave them.  I was playing with this Wreath Turnabout stamp last week and couldn't stop at making just one.  I figured if I had the stamp set up, I may as well make more.  Well....I made about 10 of these panels!  I just couldn't stop!  I was just playing with all different color combinations using Catherine Pooler inks.  So it was nice to have a panel ready to make a special card.  I wanted the sentiment to stand out, so I stamped it in Versamark onyx black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I added some purple crystals and shimmer spritz to finish it off.  You'll probably be seeing more cards in the future with the stamp set I'm sure!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Wreath Turnabout (C&9th), Embellished Elegance (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, sweet 16, flirty fuchsia, sugared lavender, royal treatment
Paper:  Recollection white, concord grape
Accessories:  Crystals, clear embossing powder, craft foam, shimmer spritz, MISTI

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Who's Turning 40?

Hi friends!  I don't know how this happened, but for the last three Saturdays, I've had two fortieth and one thirtieth surprise parties to attend.  Crazy!  I shared this thirtieth card last week and decided to make a fortieth but in different colors.  It was for a male cousin, so I went with brown and black.  (I believe Color Throwdown had this as their color challenge last week and it stuck in my head.)  I embossed the gingham background in white on black cardstock.  Then I used chocolate chip cardstock for the mat, sentiment strip and numbers.  The numbers were matted with white cardstock to make them stand out.  I embossed the sentiment in white on the brown strip.  That's it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Big Birthday Wishes (PTI), Gingham bg (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, chocolate chip
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  By the Numbers and Mats (PTI), white embossing powder, craft foam

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Just Us Girls #471 - Color Week

Hey friends!  It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Angie didn't choose specific colors this time, but rather pastels.  How fun!
I pulled out quite a few pastel inks and even stamped the floral image in a light gray ink in keeping with the pastel color palette.  This set from Concord & 9th is kind of cool because there are layering stamps that give the look of a loose watercolor.  I wasn't sure how I liked this at first, but as the colors dried and faded a bit, I warmed up to it.  The only thing I would have changed would have been the darker color in the center of the large flower.  I still think it's too dark.  The sentiment is also in a dark gray rather than black.  I added some shimmer spritz and crystals.  It's super sparkly in person.  Love that!  This is going to my niece for her birthday.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, marigold morning
Ink:  Twilight, black jack, green tea, it's a girl, it's a boy, shea butter, bellini, polished
Accessories:  Misti, crystals, shimmer spritz, craft foam 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time Out Challenge #127 - Inspired by Words

Hi everyone!  We have a new challenge over at the Time Out blog.  It's our Inspired by Words challenge.  Take the quote below and use it as inspiration.
I of course went with the "drinks" part of the quote to be inspired by.  I went searching through my stash and found this wine glass bottle tag from Spellbinders.  I just cut off the top part of the wine glass that creates the tag to put on a bottle.  I colored the class with a light blue copic marker and die cut the "wine" and sentiment piece from some burgundy cardstock and embossed the sentiments with white embossing powder.  The grapes and leaves were die cut and colored with copic markers.  The background was embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and I aged it with distress inks.  I added that panel to another piece of burgundy cardstock and adhered that to the base.  Sequins were added as were some Wink of Stella to the "wine" and grapes.  We went to a 40th birthday party a couple of weeks ago and this was a perfect card for the occasion.
You can see more from the Time Out design team as well as our guest for this challenge, Claire, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Wine Glass (Spellbinders), Uncorked (MFT)
Paper:  Vintage cream, recollections white, bravo burgundy
Ink:  Versamark, vintage photo, brushed corduroy, copic markers
Accessories:  Wine glass bottle tag die (Spellbinders), Tim Holtz embossing folder, stitched rectangle die (MFT), white embossing powder, Wink of Stella, sequins, dimensionals 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Just Us Girls #470 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  At Just Us Girls this week, our Trend challenge is the emboss resist technique.
I was watching The View the other day, and the background in this photo caught my attention.  I thought it would work well for this technique.
So this is what I came up with.  I had to make a card for my niece's husband's 30th birthday and I thought it the inspiration would make a great card.  I stamped the gingham background in Versamark on Bristol cardstock and embossed it in white embossing powder.  Then I sponged blue print sketch oxide ink over it.  I was hoping for a darker color blue.  I took a paper towel to wipe off the excess in on the embossed areas.  All I had left to do was die cut the numbers and stamp and emboss the sentiment.  I added some Nuvo drops (I didn't think my usual crystals would work on a masculine card!).
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Big Birthday Wishes (PTI), Gingham background (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, real red
Ink:  Versamark, blue print sketch
Accessories:  By the Numbers and By the Numbers Mats dies (PTI), white embossing powder, Nuvo drops, dimensionals 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Last of the 2018 Christmas Cards!

I think this is going to be the last of the 2018 Christmas cards!  I forgot to post them!
This first one used the Tiny Wreath Builder set by Gina K Designs I received for FREE from Simon Says Stamp!  I love these wreath builder sets and this tiny one is oh so cute!  This is a 4.25 x 4.25 square card.  There is some sparkle on it to make it even more festive.

This next one was special because the stencil I used was a gift from my Time Out friend, Sandie Munro.  I used it as soon as I got it and sent it off to her.  I used three different green inks to create an ombre effect.  I love how simple this card is but the red glitter paper I used for the die really made it festive as well.
I'm going to try to make some Christmas cards every month so I have a good amount of cards for next Christmas.  We will see how that goes! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe:  Wreath card
Stamps:  Tiny Wreath Builder (GinaK), Tiny Words Christmas (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, Candy Land (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, lime rickey, rockin' red, it's a girl, it's a boy (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Tiny wreath builder stencil, MISTI, star dust sticles, craft foam
Recipe:  Season's Greetings
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, glitter paper (SSS)
Ink:  Bundled sage, peeled paint, forest moss distress inks
Accessories:  Season's greetings die (SSS), white & red Nuvo drops, Funky Fossil Designs stencil

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Just Us Girls #469 - Word Week

Hi friends!  Welcome back to Just Us Girls for 2019!  We had a nice holiday break and are back to our fun challenges!
This week is our Word Week challenge and Sue chose "leftovers".  Clever word choice!
When I sat down at my desk to do my card, I had no idea what I was going to do.  Then I saw this great blue sponged piece that I had discarded because there was a big white splotch from the copic paint I spattered.  It didn't work for the card I was making, but I made it work for this card.  Then I saw all these images (there are more!) that I stamped, colored, and die cut that were intended for tags.  Well, life happened and the tags were never made.  But they were perfect for this leftovers challenge!  The middle penguin is where the splotch of white paint is and he covered it perfectly!  All I had to do is die cut the snow drifts and the word, added Star Dust Stickles, and sequins and I was done!  So nice to have some leftovers to make a great card for next year!
You can see more from the JUGs design team on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sweet Holiday Penguins (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, glitter paper (SSS)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, distress inks, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), stitched snow drifts (MFT), Joy (MFT), star dust stickles, sequins, dimensionals 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Time Out Challenge #126

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope it's a good one for you!
A new year and a new challenge from Time Out.
I wanted to get away from the holiday colors, so I chose this fresh combo.  I stamped the background and added the stacked die cut, which is from Birch Press Designs, our sponsor for this challenge.  There's a vellum shadow behind the word that you can't really see.  I didn't have yellow cardstock to match the ink, so I just did the direct to paper technique to get the color I desired.  In the center of each of those circles is a crystal.  The die cut also has shimmer on it.  The main panel is on craft foam for more dimension.  That's it!
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Jane, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Deco Borders & Corners (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, vellum
Ink:  Coral cabana, tiara, mardi gras (CP)
Accessories:  Big Hugs die (Birch Press Designs), crystals, Wink of Stella, craft foam 


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