Saturday, February 29, 2020

Just Us Girls #525 - Wild Card!

Happy Leap Day friends!  Are you doing anything special on this extra day?  I'm going to a local Polish restaurant that is celebrating with a Krupnik fest!  Krupnik is a Polish liqueur that is made with honey.  It's so good!  We will also be eating some delicious Polish food! 
But today is also Wild Card week at Just Us Girls.  Since it's the fifth Saturday in the month, our hostess, Nancy, gets to choose any challenge she wants.  Nancy chose Inlay Die Cuts.
I bought this set (I actually bought the entire release from The Greetery) with this challenge in mind.  It's a very cool set to use.  I started by die cutting the word in the middle of the panel.  Then I took the layering leaves stencil that comes with the set and blended green ink around the word.  I took the next stencil and blended pink ink for the flowers.  To get the details on the leaves and flowers, I used the coordinating stamps and darker green and pink inks.  I adhered that panel onto the base and made sure to add lost of adhesive where the letters are.  I die cut the word again from pink cardstock, then inlaid them into the opening in the panel.  The tricky thing was to add those little white pieces that the die cut.  I actually had all but one of these pieces!  I had to die cut the letter A again just to get one of those tiny pieces!  After all this was done, I added pink crystals to the panel and shimmer to the letters.  The little banner with the embossed sentiment was added to the middle with some dimensional tape.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our February guest, Betty, on the JUGs blog.  This is Betty's last week with us, and we were very happy to have her as our guest this month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Easter Jubilee (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, pink, olive
Ink:  Versamark, Distress oxide: worn lipstick and crushed olive; C. Pooler: party dress and eucalyptus
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Easter Jubilee die and stencils (The Greetery), white embossing powder, crystals, shimmer, dimensional tape

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time Out #156 - Home Sweet Home

Hi friends!  We are getting through February...almost ready for spring!  And this picture for our new Time Out challenge certainly has some springy colors in it!
I have been wanting to make a bright blue and yellow card for a long time.  I love these two colors together!  For this card, I started with a stencil and some blue glittery paste.  Love, love this color and the sparkle is amazing!  In the photo, hanging on the wall, I spotted a doily-like plate so I found a doily die I my stash and die cut one from white card stock.  I used it as a backdrop for my floral arrangement.  I stamped and die cut the flower and leaves and arranged them on the doily.  I wanted to add a sentiment (mine is crooked I now see!) and first stamped and die cut it from white card stock, then wanted to see how it looked on yellow card stock.  I liked that look better!  I finished it with some yellow crystals. 
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Maria, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Courage (E. Hutson), Tiny Words Birthday (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, persimmon (MFT), Altenew: citrus burst, maple yellow, honey drizzle, bamboo, olive, moss
Accessories:  Courage dies (E. Hutson), Doily Details die (PTI), Skinny Strips (MFT), ray of light stencil (MFT), Nuvo glimmer paste-blue topaz, sequins, craft foam 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Just Us Girls #524 - Photo Week

Hello!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls.  Carol chose this underwater photo that you can take so much information from!
Here's a closeup so you can see all the details.
I sort of cased the photo...or tried to!  I started by creating the background.  I used various distress oxide inks to recreate the water, including adding the sunlight coming from that right corner.  Then I spritzed it with water and then again with shimmer spray.  It's very sparkly in real life.  Then I chose two layering sets from Hero Arts for the sea life.  I stamped those with Catherine Pooler inks.  All that was left to do was lay them out and put the shell and fish on dimensionals and then add some crystal bubbles.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed on black cardstock and adhered with dimensionals as well.  I think I may use this for a baby shower.  Would that work?
You can see more from the design team and our February guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Color Layering Goldfish and Color Layering Seahorse (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, C. Pooler:  it's a girl, party dress, orange twist, rockin' red, something borrowed, suede shoes, aquatini, black jack; Distress Oxide:  squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass, salty ocean, blueprint sketch
Accessories:  Color Layering Goldgish and Seahorse dies (HA), stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels (SSS), shimmerz spritz, crystal bubbles, dimensionals, craft foam 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Happy Birthday!

I bought some new dies from Jillian Vance after watching a video by Ardyth Percy-Robb using them.  I die cut the flower and all its parts from some designer paper.  I found it in my stash, but I don't know who they are by.  I know I got them in a kit, so maybe MFT?  Not sure.  Anyway, I die cut them from these papers and layered them together.  The dotted background die was die cut from white cardstock and I layered a bright yellow cardstock behind it.  I stamped the sentiment and added some crystals.  Fun little card! 
I'm entering this into the Seize the Birthday challenge.  The toppings is to use some white space.  I think it can be considered that I used white space on my card, right?
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Heartfelt Sayings (Casual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, dp
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Delightful Daisy Jr. dies and Signature Polka Dot cover plate (J. Vance), sentiment label die (SSS), sequins, dimensionals, craft foam

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Just Us Girls #523 - Color Week

Hello!  We have a fabulous color challenge this week over at Just Us Girls brought to us by Ina!  I'm in love with this color combo!

So classy, don't you think?  I just bought these two new stamp and die sets from Altenew and thought they would be perfect for this challenge.  I started by pulling out some gold shine card stock and found this gold piece already die cut so I used it for the first mat.  The vase was die cut from black card stock and the flowers from vintage cream card stock.  I layered all of them on the gold card stock.  That was layered on a black piece, and I finished it with a sentiment from the stamp set and some shimmery gold crystals.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our February guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Vase Fillers and Mod Vases (Altenew)
Paper:  Vintage cream, black, gold shine (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Vase Fillers and Mod Vases dies (Altenew), stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels (SSS), crystals, craft foam

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time Out #155 - Inspired by Words

Hi friends!  Our new challenge over at the Time Out blog is the Inspired by Words challenge.  You can see the quote on the graphic below.
We are sponsored by Uniko for this challenge and we are celebrating their birthday!  Congrats on another year!  We are also celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is on February 17.  You can read more about both of these celebrations on the Time Out blog.
For my card, I used the Block Party Birthday stamp from Uniko.  This is such a cool stamp because there are so many techniques you can use with it.  Today I used it with a Taylored Expressions rectangle mask stencil.  I first stamped the image with Versafine onyx black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I placed the stencil over the middle part of the stamp and blended tumbled glass distress ink on it.  I masked off that area with the stencil and blended salty ocean distress ink around it.  I then used copic markers to color in the letters and added shimmer to them.  The darker blue is much darker in real life than what it shows in the picture.  It looks more dramatic.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Sue, on the
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Block Party Birthday (Uniko)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass, salty ocean, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), masked rectangle stencil (TE), clear embossing powder, shimmer 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Just Us Girls #522 - Trend Week

Hello!  This week is Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie chose for us to use stripes.
I love stripes!  You'll find a lot of them in my closet and on the many stripe stamps I have in my collection.  I pulled out a few and settled on this background stamp from MFT.  I stamped it in antique linen distress ink to match the flower wrapper.  That was die cut using a Hero Arts die and an old SU paper pack.  The flowers and leaves are from Altenew.  The layers were stamped in various coordinating inks and added to the wrapper.  I added a twine bow to the wrapper, some kraft colored sequins on the background, and star dust stickles and shimmer to the flowers.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our February guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Pretty Pansies (Altenew), Pinstripe bg (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, SU dp
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, antique linen distress, Altenew inks: pinkalicious, rubellite, razzleberry, turquoise, starlight, tide blue, bamboo, olive
Accessories:  Pretty Pansies dies (Altenew), stitched rectangle die (MFT), Hero Arts die, twine, sequins, shimmer, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Just Us Girls #521 - Word Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week.  The word this week is BOW, so put a bow on it!
I found this background piece on my desk when I sat down to create this card.  It was made a while ago, and I could not find the name of the background stamp I used or the inks I used (although I know they are distress inks).  This rainbow of colors was created on watercolor paper, and I die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  Then I pulled out this bow die from PTI and die cut it from shiny silver cardstock.  I adhered it to the background piece to make it look like it was wrapped around a package.  The tag is part of the die set and I stamped a sentiment on it and added it to look like it is hanging from the bow.  I added crystals for some sparkle.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for the month of February,
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Party On (Winnie & Walter), background (?)
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor, silver shine (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, various distress inks
Accessories:  Wrap It Up dies (PTI), stitched rectangle (MFT), twine, white embossing powder, crystals, craft foam


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