Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Bunny Kisses

Hi friends!  Well it looks like Easter celebrations here in the US will be cancelled.  It's a sad thing, but what is sadder are the people becoming ill, people dying, and health care professionals being pushed to the limit.  But it doesn't mean that we can't send cards to those we would have been spending the day with, right?
I made two similar cards that started with this uber cute bunny background stamp.  There is another small stamp set that comes with the background stamp to give the bunny ears color/pattern.  There is even a stamp for the bunny cheeks.  It's so easy and fast, and it is a great one to use for mass production of cards.  Then I found this die I got last year.  I die cut it twice to stack it.  I usually stack three times, however it's such an intricate die I decided to take a short cut!  I added crystals to the background and shimmer to the sentiment.
This is the exact same card except for the background panel. I think I'll make more of this design to send out to family and friends.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hop to It background (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  Recollections white, teal, yellow, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, black jack, melon ice, sauna, aquatini, mandarin spice, cotton candy
Accessories:  Bunny Kisses die (SSS), stitched rectangles (MFT), crystals, shimmer, craft foam 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Just Us Girls #529 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and I'm the hostess for this challenge.  I chose this landscape covered with pretty tulips.  I think tulips are the ultimate sign of Spring.
I was so happy to get my hands on this layering stencil set from Simon Says Stamp.  There is a layering stamp set to go along with it as well, but I only used the stencils.  I used distress oxide inks with the stencils and actually started with a larger piece of cardstock and used the stencils twice side-by-side to get a fuller bunch of flowers.  Once I was done stenciling, I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and added the die cut sentiment (die cut and stacked three times for dimension).  I added shimmer to the sentiment and flowers then added the clear sequins.  I have many birthday cards on hand and decided to get some sympathy cards done. I made this yesterday, and today I found out my former co-worker’s father passed away from Covid-19. I didn’t think I’d need this card this soon. Stay safe everyone!

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our guest for this month, Vicky, on the JUGs blog.  This is Vicky's last week with us, and I'd like to thank her for her beautiful cards this month.

Thanks for stopping by!


Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, forest moss
Accessories:  Layered Tulips stencils (SSS), sentiment die (Dee's Distinctively), stitched rectangle (MFT), sequins, shimmer, craft foam 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time Out #158 - A Special Challenge

Hi everyone!  We have a special challenge going on over on the Time Out blog.  Please read below for more information.
Why a Special Challenge?

Today is Epilepsy Awareness day and we want to help raise awareness of this condition.

Purple is the colour for Epilepsy and a purple ribbon represents Epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a complicated condition that is often misunderstood. Many see seizures in the media as convulsive seizures but there are many types of seizures-many are silent and you wouldn't even know they were happening!
Rather than us explain Epilepsy in detail to you-take a look at this link to find out more.
Also Sandie, our team leader, has epilepsy and she tells you her experience of living with this condition-so visit her blog if you want to know more.
Plus there is a hop going on to raise awareness of Epilepsy with some super Guest Designer and some prizes along the way. Friketa is organising this-pop on over and hop along!

 We chose 'friendship' as our 'optional twist' as we thought it would be nice to send a purple card to a friend to make them smile!
I'm loving gnomes lately, so I chose this cute girl gnome and colored her in shades of purple.  I added some purple gingham paper and die cut a scallop edge on one side.  The sentiment is keeping with the "twist" of friendship.  I added purple crystals and star dust stickles to flowers and heart for some sparkle.   I hope you will join us in this special challenge!
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Kavya, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Spring gnomes (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, purple, Chicken Scratch Gingham (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, amalgam black (Gina K)
Accessories:  Spring gnomes die (SSS), stitched rectangle die (MFT), scallop stitches die (SSS), crystals, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Just Us Girls #528 - Color Week

Hello!  This week over at Just Us Girls we have a color palette that Vicky chose that I love!
I chose this bold floral set from The Stamp Market to work with today.  I stamped the flowers and leaves in the challenge colors around the perimeter of the panel.  I recently saw a video by Kristina Werner where after she stamped the images (or rather I think she used a stencil for the images), she blended some of the same inks over it to soften the look.  I decided to try that and liked the effect I got.  I stamped this sentiment, and wasn't really happy with it at first, so I created another card.

I created the card in the same manner, however I think I got a little heavy handed with blending the inks around the stamped images.  I do like the sentiment better on this one.  I finished both cards with yellow crystals and star dust stickles in the flower centers.
I hope I don't need to send the get well card to anyone anytime soon.  I hope everyone is well and heeding the precautions from the doctors and scientists.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Botanicals (The Stamp Market), Moments of Grace, Healing Hugs (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, blue, yellow
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, sauna, stone blue, sage (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), blending brushes, crystals, star dust stickles, craft foam

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Just Us Girls #527 - Trend Week

Hey friends!  Just Us Girls has a fabulous challenge this week.  It's Trend Week and Bobby chose to use a BLACK BACKGROUND.
I was excited for this challenge because I knew this Blossoms Fill-In stamp set from Concord & 9th would be the perfect stamp for it!  Can I just say that I am tickled pink (or black?) with this card?  Is that too vain?  Well I am!  It really came out just as I had imagined!  I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.  I had to stamp it twice to get a really dark black impression.  Then I used various orange and green inks to stamp in the flowers.  Super easy and fun card to create!  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle and added the sentiment, silver crystals, and star dust stickles to the flower centers.  Now I have to save it for someone really special to send it to!  ;-)
You can see more from our amazing JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Blooms Fill-In and Birthday Stacks (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onxy black; orange peel, mandarin spice, polished, sage, and spruce (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Color Throwdown #528

 Hi everyone!  I'm playing in this week's Color Throwdown.  I haven't played in a while and had some time today to play with these fun colors.
Are you on a gnome kick? I just think they are so adorable and found this St. Patrick's Day one that I purchased last year that had not seen ink.  It's from Whipper Snapper and I colored it according to the image on the packaging.  I had to fussy cut it (no dies) which I do not enjoy I must say!  The background is a turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th that I stamped in two colors of green.  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  Then I used the thin frames die from that panel as well as from a black panel to get that thin black frame.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked.  I added star dust stickles to the gnome and spectrum noir shimmer to the sentiment and stars.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Lepregnome (Whipper Snapper), Star TAB (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K), limelight and gumdrop green (MFT)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Thin Frame die (SSS), Wet Paint Cuts die (PTI), star dust stickles, spectrum noir shimmer, dimensional tape 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time Out #157 - It's Our 6th Birthday!

Happy 6th Birthday to Time Out Challenge!  I cannot believe it's been six years already!  Time flies when you are having fun I guess!
So the theme for this challenge is BIRTHDAY!  No surprise here!
We are also sponsored by Stamplorations for this challenge.
I used two stamp sets from Stamplorations for my card today.  I used Flowers and Frames for the wreath and City Girl (it's out of stock currently) for the sentiment.  Let's start with the wreath.  I used the wreath builder stencil to create it.  I started with the large flower and stamped it in light and dark pinks.  Then I added the leaves.  The panel started out as a 4x4 panel that I cut in half.  I then stamped the sentiment.  The original sentiment says "have a stylish birthday", however I cut it apart to add "fabulous" instead.  I stamped the little butterfly on that panel.  I adhered the two wreath panels on the green base and added the sentiment over it.  This gives the illusion that the wreath is oval instead of round.  I added silver crystals and star dust stickles on the flower centers.
You can see more from our fabulous Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Christine, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Frames and Flowers and City Girl (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, green
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pink champagne, sangria and sage (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Wreath builder stencil (Gina K), star dust stickles, crystals 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Just Us Girls #526 - Word Week

Hi all!  The word for this week's Word Week challenge over at Just Us Girls is HEAL.
I thought about creating some get well cards, but I really needed to bump up my sympathy card stash because I hate making these last minute, which is usually when you need them.  So I found some great sentiments that indicate healing and made four similar cards.  All of them use the Peony Bouquet stencil.
This one is ironically my favorite.  I say ironically because of the colors I chose.  I started by spraying the back of the stencil with Pixie spray to make it tacky so it stays put while adding the ink.  The first color I used was antique linen distress oxide (all inks used were distress oxides).  Then I used vintage photo to give the flowers some darker shading.  The leaves were done with peeled paint and forest moss (the leaves were done with the same colors on all cards).  The sentiments on all the cards are from an old set by Verve.  I thought they fit well with the challenge word.  I mounted this on kraft cardstock before mounting it on a white base.  White Nuvo Drops were used on the flower centers.
On this card, I used spun sugar and picked raspberry and mounted it on some bright pink cardstock.  A different sentiment from the same Verve set and star dust stickles in the flower centers.
This one was done with scattered straw and fossilized amber and mounted on some crushed curry cardstock from SU (I think!).  White Nuvo Drops finish off the flower centers.
And last but not least, this was done with milled lavender and wilted violet mounted on purple cardstock and I used star dust stickles for the flower centers.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Forever in Our Hearts (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft, yellow, pink, orchid
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Distress Oxide: spun sugar, picked raspberry, antique linen, vintage photo, scattered straw, fossilized amber, milled lavender, wilted violet, peeled paint, forest moss
Accessories:  Peony Bouquet stencil (SSS), stitched rectangle dies (MFT), star dust stickles, white Nuvo drops 


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