Saturday, May 30, 2020

Just Us Girls #538 - Wild Card Week

Hi everyone!  This is the fifth Saturday of May which means Just Us Girls has an additional challenge which we call our Wild Card Week.  Our hostess, Sue, has chosen to use two or more different pattern papers on our cards.
A friend of mine just became a grandma, so I needed a baby card for her daughter, the new mom.  I used one of the new pattern papers from Waffle Flower in soft colors, focusing on blue because the new baby is a boy whom they named Ethan.  I pulled out this quilt die and die cut it from white, to use as the frame, and then blue, pink and a butter yellow color.  I backed the frame with a piece of white copy paper which was covered with adhesive.  I then inlaid the pieces to create a pleasing pattern.  The sentiment was die cut in the blue paper as well as twice from white cardstock and stacked together.  I added the quilt piece to craft foam and then to a blue base.  Sequins were added to the background and shimmer was applied to the word die.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest, Deborah Frings, on the JUGs blog.  This is Deborah's last week with us, and I'd like to thank her for joining us this month and for adding her lovely cards to our challenges.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, Unicorn Dots (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Quilt Square die (MFT), wonderful words: baby (PTI), sequins, shimmer, craft foam 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Time Out #162 - Free

Hi friends!  It's time for a new challenge from Time Out.  This time we challenge you to be FREE.
We are sponsored by Visible Image for this challenge.  Check them out!
My card is very simple for this challenge (simple meaning no sparkle or sequins!) because I'm making 100 of these for a local assisted living facility.  (Thank goodness for the MISTI!  It saved me!).  I thought it fit with this challenge because when I think of butterflies, I think how free they are coming from their cocoons and flying beautifully.  I used the new Brilliant Butterflies from MFT and Catherine Pooler inks.  Like I said above, the MISTI was a huge time saver because there are 4 layers to making this card.  First I stamped the top part of the butterflies in a lighter shade, then the bottom part in a darker shade.  The lacy wings were then stamped in Versafine Claire ink.  Lastly, I stamped the bodies and the sentiment in the same black ink.  While I did this step, I also stamped the back of the card with my signature stamp.  I used the original size MISTI so the card fit in there flat and I was able to add my signature stamp.  I didn't take a picture of the inside, but there was another stamped message in there, again using the MISTI.  This is also a one-layer card.

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Joanna, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Brilliant Butterflies (MFT), Strictly Sentiments (WPlus9)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine Claire, tiara, sauna, sweet sixteen, pixie dust, bellini, coral cabana
Accessories:  MISTI 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Just Us Girls #536 - Color Week

Hello friends!  This week over at Just Us Girls, I'm the hostess for our Color Week.  I chose some fun, bright and cheery colors. 
I received this lovely gift from Altenew the other day.  I was pleasantly surprised and decided it would be a great image to use for this week's challenge.
I first stamped the image and colored it with copic markers.  Then I used an oval masking stencil over the image and blended some spun sugar ink over the panel, heavier around the image and lighter towards the edges.  Then I die cut it with a scalloped edge die.  I added the sentiment (it's crooked, ugh!) and some sequins.  That panel was popped up with craft foam and added to the base. 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral image (Altenew), sentiment (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It
Ink:  Amalgam black, Versafine onyx black, spun sugar, copic markers
Accessories:  Audry Cutaways die (Winnie & Walter), masking oval stencil (TE), sequins, shimmer, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!  I hope you are having a great day and are a little bit spoiled today!
This is the card I made for my mother-in-law.  It's a larger 5x7 size because that potted lily image is quite large.  I stamped the image and colored it with copic markers.  I love the way this die cuts out all those open spaces between the blooms.  I also die cut it twice from white cardstock to stack it because it's a bit flimsy.  I then cut a 4x6 piece of watercolor paper and added faded jeans distress ink to create a sort of frame on which to adhere the image and stamp the sentiment.  This was mounted on a navy mat.  I added sequins and star dust stickles in the center of the sequins.  There is also shimmer on the image. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Potted Lily (Waffle Flower), Motherly Love (Flourishes)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, Strathmore watercolor, navy
Ink:  Amalgam black, Versafine onyx black, faded jeans, copic markers
Accessories:  Potted Lily die (WF), sequins, shimmer, star dust stickles, craft foam 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Just Us Girls #535 - Trend Week

Hey friends!  The Trend challenge over at Just Us Girls that Carol chose this week is to use something MINI.
I knew I was going to use these agenda bunnies from Mama Elephant when I saw this challenge.  I was looking for the circle cover plate die that I know I have and came across this frames die from Pink Fresh Studio.  I thought it would be different.  I die cut it from black cardstock once and twice from white cardstock and stacked them.  I die cut and stamped all the bunnies and chose ten that I thought would work for a birthday card.  I colored them with copic markers and added them to the frames.  I kept one larger one free and stamped the sentiment onto one of the white frames.  I added quite a few crystals (which are difficult to see) and shimmer to the bunnies.  The pattern paper is from one of the new Waffle Flower paper pads.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Little Bunny Agenda (Mama Elephant), Birthday Greetings (Gina K)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Dots Unicorn (WF)
Ink:  Amalgam black, Versafine onyx black, copics
Accessories:  Little Bunny Agenda die (ME), Lovely Frames (Pink Fresh), crystals, glitter pen (LF) 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Time Out #161 - Theme Challenge

Hello!  This week over at Time Out, the challenge is a theme challenge.  The theme is the arts.  It can be interpreted many ways.
My interpretation of the arts is the art I have loved for many years...the art of card making.  I started by inking up and coloring this cute selfie image.  I paired it with the polaroid frame and sentiment which says it all.  The background was simply created with a circle stencil and some distress oxide ink.  I added crystals to the background and glossy accents to the noses.
Our sponsor for this challenge is Birch Press Design.
You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Selfie Square (MFT), Stamped Just for You (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, black
Ink:  Amalgam black, Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass distress oxide, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), polaroid shaker frame die (MFT), jumbo polka dot stencil (MFT), glossy accents, crystals, craft foam 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Just Us Girls #534 - Word Week

Hi friends!  This week Just Us Girls is honoring our Heroes with our Word Week challenge.
Who is your hero during this difficult time?  Health care worker, grocery store clerk, transportation workers, etc.  There are so many out there working so we can stay home.
My heroes are my two nieces who just happen to be nurses.  My older niece has been travelling from Buffalo, NY to Staten Island, NY a few days a week to help health care workers there in addition to working her regular nurse's job.  My younger niece just started her nursing career at the end of March, and found out two weeks ago that she contracted the virus, probably from working, although we aren't sure.  She is fine and had mild symptoms.  As of yesterday, she was back at work.
So I made two of these cards to give to each of them.  I started by using the free digital image Call the Shots from MFT.  It was so generous of them to release four of their Birdie Brown sets for free.  You can find them on their blog (for some reason I had trouble linking it).  I printed out the digital set and colored the nurse image.  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and also die cut the sentiment using a sentiment label die.  I cut the ends into flags.  I used a new pattern paper from Waffle Flower which I die cut with another stitched rectangle die.  These were adhered to the pattern paper base with craft foam.  The nurse is shimmered up a bit for some sparkle along with some crystals in the background. 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for May, Deborah Frings, on the
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Call the Shots digital (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It, JJ's Rainbow (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), sentiment label die (SSS), white gel pen, crystals, shimmer, craft foam 


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