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 

Monday, October 21, 2019


Hello!  I'm posting the fourth of the Halloween cards I made this year.  This one is an Impression Obsession image.  Cute, right?  This is one of those images that you only make one or two of because of the amount of coloring involved.  It was all colored with copic markers.  I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and mounted it on a purple card base, which was stamped with a gingham stamp in coordinating color.  There is of course shimmer on many parts of this image.
Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Jack-O-Lanterns (Impression Obsession), gingham background (MFT)
Paper:  X-Press It, purple
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, flirty fuchsia, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), liquid stardust (LF), craft foam 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Halloween Cutie

Hi friends!  I go to a stamp class every month at my stamp store taught by Stephanie Klauck of My Favortie Things.  This was one of the cards we made in class.  This design is all Stephanie's...I just put it all together!  The pieces were all die cut by her, but I colored them with copic markers.  The background was sponged with wilted violet distress ink using a cloud stencil.  It was so fast and easy to create this card because those images are so fast to color.  I added shimmer to everything and sequins to the background.
Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Spooktacular Friends (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah, black, orange
Ink:  MFT black, wilted violet, Versamark
Accessories:  Spooktacular Friends dies (MFT), tucked in turf die (MFT), sequins, shimmer, craft foam

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Just Us Girls #510 - Color Week

Hi friends!  This week is Color Week at Just Us Girls and Sue chose a great color combo of purple, navy and green.  I love this combo!

I thought a great way to incorporate all those colors would be to use a turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th.  I chose this fall-ish one so I could use it on a Thanksgiving card.  I used two greens to get the full turnabout effect on a 6x6" piece of cardstock.  I cut that into two 2x5.5" pieces so I could make two cards.  I cut a small strip of purple cardstock to add more color and separate it from the white area of the base.  I stamped the scene image and sentiment in navy and the leaf in green.  I decided not to color the scene.  I liked the line image and simplicity it gave to the card.  I'm making more of these because they were so simple and fast to create.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our October guest, Chris Dring, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Thankful Leaves TAB (Concord & 9th), Autumn Hills (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, purple
Ink:  Sage, eucalyptus, juniper mist, royal treatment (CPooler) 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Happy Scarecrow

Hey there!  Yesterday I posted the first of five Halloween cards I've made.  This is the second.  I went to a stamp show in August and this die caught my eye in a big way!  I just thought it was so cute!  So I bought it (of course).  I die cut all the pieces and sponged some ink on the pumpkin, patches, rats and grass (a Lawn Fawn die) to give it some dimension.  I sponged the clouds in the sky with wilted violet distress ink using a mini cloud stencil.  Super easy card to make, but I'm so in love with how cute it is!
Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Mr. Bones (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, green, black, purple, orange, gray, shiny gold
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, wilted violet
Accessories:  Scarecrow (Elizabeth Crafts), stitched rectangle (MFT), simple grassy hillsides (LF), shimmer, mini cloud stencil (MFT)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Candy Corn

Hey friends!  I had time to make about a dozen (or more!) Halloween cards.  I usually don't do this because of time constraints, but since I'm now retired (and own a bunch of Halloween stamps), I sat down and made them.  I'll be sharing them here over the next few days.
This one is the How You Bean? set and the Candy Corn add-on from Lawn Fawn.  Don't you just love those faces on the candy corn?  I especially love the faces that are getting squished in the jar and the ones that have bites out of them!  So cute!  I colored the candy corn and jar with copic markers and die cut them.  The background was sponged with Distress Oxide inks to mimic the candy corn.  I stamped and embossed the sentiments and die cut them as well.  I added sequins to the background and shimmer on the jar and candy corn.  Now I want some candy corn! 
Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  How You Bean? and Candy Corn add-on (Lawn Fawn), Spooktacular Friends (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, black
Ink:  Gina K amalgam, mustard seed, carved pumpkin, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), How You Bean dies (LF), skinny strips dies (MFT), sequins, shimmer, white ep, craft foam

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Just Us Girls #509 - Trend Week

Hello friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby chose Frame It. 
I made two cards, not sure which to showcase on the JUGs blog, but in the end I chose this one.  I started by using scraps (I just watched a Jennifer McGuire video showing how she uses up scraps) that I have from some really old Stampin' Up paper.  I cut them into different widths and adhered them to the rectangle that was left over from die cutting the frame, allowing them hang off a bit.  I adhered that piece to the main panel.  For the frame, I wanted it to have a woodgrain texture so I impressed it with a woodgrain impression plate from Papertrey Ink.  I popped that up on the pattern paper piece with foam strips.  I found this leaf I had created a long time ago and thought it looked pretty in the frame.  I'm pretty sure it was created with distress inks.  I added brown crystals and a sentiment on a flag strip.

I wasn't quite sure about the first card, so I made this one next.  I created the main panel with distress oxide inks then added the mandala frame on top.  The sentiment was die cut with the silver paper for the word and vellum for the shadow behind it.  Silver sequins were added to match the silver sentiment. 
That's it!  You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest on the JUGs blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe - Card #1
Stamps:  Happy Harvest (Lawn Fawn), Leaf Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Recollections white, Autumn Meadows (SU retired)
Ink:  Distress inks, icing on the cake (CP)
Accessories:  Rectangle frame (MFT), Leaf Prints die (PTI), sentiment labels (SSS), woodgrain impression plate (PTI), crystals, dimensionals
Recipe - Card #2
Paper:  Recollections white, vellum, silver paper (MFT)
Ink:  Mustard seed, carved pumpkin, wilted violet (distress oxide)
Accessories:  Mandala cutting plate (TE), little hello die (MFT), sequins, craft foam 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time Out Challenge #146 - Encouraging

Hi friends!  It is time for a new Time Out challenge and this week we challenge you to be ENCOURAGING.
We are sponsored by Newton's Nook Designs for this challenge.  They are offering up $25 for the winner of this challenge!
Newton's Nook has a bunch of stamp sets with that cute little cat in them, but they also have some floral stamp sets.  I chose to use this one for this challenge.  It's so pretty and perfect for a square card.  Also, the sentiment I chose works well for the challenge (can't forget that!).  My initial inclination was to use bright summery colors for the flowers, however being the fall season, I wanted to use more muted colors.  I took my inspiration from the mums I have in pots around my house.  I switched out my summer flowers for them and they are so pretty!  So this is the color combo I came up with and I'm so happy with them!  They are colored with copic markers.  I matted it on a peach color mat.  I did add liquid stardust from Lawn Fawn on all the flower centers for some shimmer.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Shawna, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral Fringe (Newton's Nook)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, marigold
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Liquid stardust (Lawn Fawn), craft foam 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Just Us Girls #508 - Word Week

Hello!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Nancy chose Designer Paper.  I used to use DP on all my cards, but don't use it as much anymore so I was glad to see Nancy choose this for the challenge.  I have so many pretty papers to choose from!

So, The Greetery...LOVE their designs!  I've always loved Betsy Veldman's style when she worked for PTI so I was so happy to see her continue with her talent in her new stamp company.  This was one of those sets that I just fell in love with.  I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a chai tea from Starbucks.  I wanted to use some muted but more fall-ish colors for this card.  All of the stamped images are two-step stamps.  On the cup/saucer and spoon, the second step is for shading.  The "coffee" part is stamped in a lighter brown and a darker brown on top.  The sprig was stamped in two shades of peach/rust.  For the coaster, I die cut it from gingham designer paper from PTI.  I love how that die cuts the fringe as well as pierces the paper in a diamond shape.  I added the sentiment on a sentiment strip, added twine to the sprig (there are two of them tied together), and sequins. 
We have a new guest for October, and it happens to be our favorite former JUGs designer, Chris Dring. So happy to have her joining us once again this month!  You can see more from Chris and our JUGs design team on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Cozy Cup (The Greetery); Tiny Words (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, blush, Gotta Have Gingham (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; seafoam, bellini, polished, sand castle, over coffee, twilight (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Cozy Cup dies (Greetery), cozy cup coaster die (Greetery), twine, crystals, dimensionals, liquid stardust

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Life is Better with Crafty Friends

 Hello there!  I colored this image during the last 30 Day Color Challenge but never made it into a card.  It just seemed wrong to post an image like this out of season!  So I saved it for now.  I used the package for inspiration when coloring this.  It's funny that I can color something well when I have something in front of me to follow, but if I had to color this on my own it would be a disaster!  I just don't have that art background!  When I was done coloring, I die cut the panel and added the sentiment.  The background was stamped with a sweater background stamp.  It's pretty light and hard to see in the photo.  This image reminds me of my crafty friend Cheryl and me.  Whenever we go to classes at our stamp store, she brings me a Starbucks chai tea.  This is going to her! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Impression Obsession, Stamped Just For You (Hero Arts), Sweater Stitch (MFT)
Paper:  X-Press It, desert storm
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), craft foam


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