Saturday, July 27, 2019

Just Us Girls #498 - Photo Week

Hello!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and I chose this photo for our Photo Week challenge.  I love elephants and loved this photo.

I had so many ideas for this challenge.  In the end, I chose this stamp set from Concord & 9th but it didn't end up the way I envisioned.  I die cut the elephant from the center of the print and die cut it three more times from white cardstock and mounted them all together.  When I photographed it, you couldn't see the elephant very well.  So I die cut another elephant from yellow cardstock.  Looks much better in the photos, but I liked it better the first way in person.  Oh well.  The elephant is covered with shimmer. 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our July guest, Emma, on the JUGs blog.  This is Emma's last week with us.  Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed your time with us!
I'm entering this in the Color Throwdown Challenge too.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral Print Silhouette (C&9th), Unforgettable (WPlus 9)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow cardstock
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, party dress, tutti frutti, tiara (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Floral Print Silhouette die (C&9th), stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals, spectrum noir shimmer 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Just Us Girls #497 - Color Week

Hi friends!  Nancy chose a very feminine and pretty color combination for this week's Just Us Girls color week challenge.
This was an easy challenge for me.  These colors scream flowers!  And what better stamp company to choose for that than Altenew?  This Pomander stamp set is just so pretty.  I stamped the flowers in light and dark pink Altenew inks then the leaves in green ink from MFT.  The outline of the image was first stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink.  I stamped the sentiment then die cut the main panel and the black panel with stitched rectangle dies.  I added star dust stickles to the flowers and random crystals to the background.  I thought it would make a nice sympathy card (something I like to have on hand).
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Prettiest Pomander (Altenew), Moments of Grace (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, MFT field green, Altenew pink diamond, pinkalicious, rubellite, razzleberry
Accessories:   Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), crystals, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Time Out #140 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi friends!  We have a new challenge at Time Out.  It's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  Use the photo to inspire your creation.
We are sponsored by Topflight Stamps and I used this cute Baby Bear & Friends stamp set.  I needed a new baby boy card, so this stamp set was perfect!  I was a little stumped trying to use the inspiration photo with this set, but then settled on the wood from the steering wheel (I looked up the proper name and it's the helm...who knew?) and the blue from the one candle.  I found pattern paper in similar wood for my background.  This was die cut with a stitched rectangle.  Then I stamped the bear and masked it so I could have him laying on the tree stump.  I colored him blue and the stump brown with copic markers.  The hearts have shimmer and glossy accents on them as does the bear's nose.  When I die cut the bear, I left it in the die and sponged some antique linen around it so it left a white margin around the stitched area.  I die cut another blue mat and mounted them together.  This was mounted on craft foam for some dimension.  The sentiment was die cut four times and stacked.  I added shimmer on this as well.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch too!
You can see more inspiration from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Baby Bear & Friends (Topflight Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It blending card, blue cardstock, Woodgrain pattern paper
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, antique linen distress, copics
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die, inside & out stitched rounded square, arrow greetings die (all MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, glossy accents, craft foam, Nuvo drops 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Just Us Girls #496 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  The new Just Us Girls challenge is up and this week is Trend Week.  Maria chose making the sentiment your focal point.
So glad for this challenge, as I have had this large stamp and die set from The Stamp Market that I've been wanting to use.  I started by stamping the sentiment with a rainbow colors ink pad. Then I stamped over it with another stamp in black.  This was then die cut and also die cut three more times and stacked.  I die cut a rainbow panel from Lawn Fawn pattern paper and a black panel with stitched rectangle dies.  I added sequins to the background and shimmer to the sentiment.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hugs & Hellos (The Stamp Market)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Really Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, bouquet (Kaleidacolora)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), Hugs & Hellos die (The Stamp Market), spectrum noir shimmer, sequins, craft foam 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time Out #139 Reminder

Hi all!  It's the second week of the current Time Out challenge, and I thought I'd share another card for it.  We are sponsored by Catherine Pooler Designs, and I have a bunch of her products which I love.
I started out with this Amazing Floral stamp set.  It looked like it would be a good set to use with Gina K's wreath builder template, and it was.  I started with the 4"x4" template and piece of white card stock and stamped the various flowers and leaves using Catherine Pooler inks (love them!).  Then I cut that piece in half, rounded the corners, and mounted it on a dark gray cardstock.  I then cut another piece of gray cardstock to fit in the open space and mounted a white piece of cardstock embossed with a swiss dots folder.  The sentiment was die cut from white card stock with one die and gray from another and layered together.  This was mounted on craft foam and then on the main panel.  I added some crystals around the panel and shimmer on the sentiment.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest, Claire, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Amazing Floral (C.Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah, gray
Ink:  party dress, tiara, garden party, fiesta blue, pixie dust, polished (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Thank You Layered dies (C. Pooler), sequins, craft foam, Gina K wreath builder template

Monday, July 8, 2019

Ruff Day

Happy Monday!  I have a fun card for my brother-in-law who may need some cheering up. 
Last week Sunday, he was trimming some branches from his tree in the backyard.  When one of the branches he cut fell, it hit the ladder and knocked him off.  He fell 15 feet on this right side.  He was knocked unconscious for about two minutes.  A neighbor saw him fall and called 911.  My niece, a nursing student, came to his side and helped him so he could breathe better.  He ended up with 6 broken ribs and a bleed behind his right ear.  He was in intensive care for 3 days and was released on July 4th.  He is in a lot of pain and is taking pain meds which don't help much.  He went to his general practitioner who told him he shouldn't have been released from the hospital and that he should go back.  He didn't.
This past Sunday, he and my sister-in-law went to the marina to see the tall ships that were on display.  His right leg was becoming numb, so she took him to the ER.  He's back in the hospital.  Not sure what is going on, but he definitely needs some medical attention and some cheering up.  So, I made this card.
They have two dogs (none of which look like these dogs!) and I thought he would appreciate this theme.  This is a Center Picture Window card.  The front is pretty simple.

But when it's opened, there is a center window that pops up.  I added the dog, fire hydrant, water bowl, and bone in the window as well as some clouds in the background.   The pattern paper is an old dog themed one from Basic Grey.  I hope this brings some joy to him.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  You Make My Tail Wag (MFT), Pretty Posies (Casual Fridays)
Paper:  Tan cardstock, X-Press it blending card, Max & Whiskers (BG)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, icing on the cake (CPooler)
Accessories:  Center Picture Window Card dies and add-on dies (Lawn Fawn), You Make My Tail Wag dies (MFT), glossy accents, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Gnome Pile

Happy Sunday friends!  I'm in a gnome mood lately.  I've purchased several of the Stampingbella gnome images.  They are so adorable and fun to color!
This one is called Gnome Pile.  I used the packaging as an example to color them.  Very simple copic coloring.  The sentiment that comes with it didn't suit my needs, so I found this MFT one that I thought fit.  It was stamped with Versamark and embossed in white.  I found some pattern paper that matched and added a panel to the left.  The main panel and image panel were die cut with stitched rectangles.  I added Nuvo drops and mounted the sentiment flag and image panel on craft foam. 
I'm using the Fusion Challenge sketch as inspiration for my card.
I'm also entering this in the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Gnome Pile (Stampingbella), Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It blending card, turquoise cardstock, Family Ties (Pebbles)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), Nuvo drops, spectrum noir shimmer, white embossing powder, craft foam

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Just Us Girls #495 - Word Week

Hey friends!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie chose SMILE!
I got all mixed up with days of the week with the July 4th holiday being during the middle of the week, and at around 10:00 Friday evening I realized I didn't make a card for this challenge!  Thank goodness for inspiration from Altenew's packaging with their stamp sets!  I pretty much cased one of their examples on the packaging, changing up the colors.  This is one of their newer sets called Sunflower Daisy.  I just changed up the colors to match the Color Throwdown colors.  The flower actually looks like a gerbera daisy so I thought it was safe!  I stamped the flower in three shades of Catherine Pooler red inks and added black for the last layer.  The leaves were stamped in four different Altenew greens.  I stamped the sentiment and then die cut the main panel and black panel with stitched rectangle dies.  I mounted it on craft foam and added sequins and some shimmer to the center of the flower.  I love red, black and green on a card!  So striking!
Here is the link to the Color Throwdown challenge I'm entering.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for July, Emma, on the JUGs blog.  Welcome to JUGs for July Emma!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sunflower Daisy and Dahlia (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  C. Pooler: rouge, rockin' red, peppermint scrub, shea butter, tiara, sauna; Altenew: bamboo, parrot, olive, moss; Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), sunflower daisy mask (Altenew), sequins, spectrum noir shimmer, craft foam 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Time Out #139 - Inspired by Words Challenge

Hello and Happy 4th of July to my American friends!  I hope you are celebrating your freedom and all the good things our country has to offer with your family and friends today!
We are also celebrating a new Time Out challenge.  This time it is our Inspired by Words challenge.  Here's the quote:
"With freedom, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?"
- Oscar Wilde
We are sponsored by Catherine Pooler Designs for this challenge, and I chose this Beautiful Ride stamp set and dies for this card.  I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers.  The pup and flowers were die cut and popped up for dimension.  I found this cute bicycle pattern paper and added it and the green pattern paper.  This panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and popped up with craft foam onto the base.  There's some spectrum noir shimmer on the images too. 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Claire, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Beautiful Ride (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, x-press it blending card, Horizon (Pink Paisley)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Memento tuxedo black, mowed lawn distress oxide, copic markers
Accessories:  Beautiful ride dies (C. Pooler), stitched rectangle die (MFT), spectrum noir shimmer, dimensionals, craft foam


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