Saturday, June 19, 2021

Just Us Girls #589 - Color Week

 Hi friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls.  Cecile has chosen a hot trio of colors:  orange, poppy red,and hot pink.  Very fiery colors!

I went with a grapic design, choosing this Turn About stamp from Concord & 9th.  Usually with a TAB stamp, you use four colors (or turn the stamp four times).  I only turned it three times using the three challenge colors.  I then used the accent stamps to add some patterns to some of the images in black (a neutral color that's allowed).  I matted it on a black mat.  The die cut sentiment was die cut three times in black and stacked.  The shadow was die cut in white and I added the black sentiment on top.  I added a black clay heart to the center of the letter "o".  The strip sentiment is from one of the pre-printed sentiments from SSS.  I added clear crystals that kind of look like water droplets.  I'm loving these colors together!

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Paint Swash TAB (C & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; puckered up, rockin' red, orange twist (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Hello dies (SSS), sentiment strip (SSS), crystals, clay heart


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time Out #190 - Photo Inspiration and a Farewell

Hi all!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This week is our Photo Inspiration challenge and it's such a cool one!  Love those stripes!

 Those stripes and the plants are what I chose as inspiration for my card.  I started with the striped pattern paper from Waffle Flower.  Then I found this floral frame die and sentiment die in my "never been used" box and used them.  The frame die has a coordinating outline stamp that I stamped in black ink and colored it with copic markers.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked together for dimension.  I added shimmer to this die cut and crystals around the card.  It was a very fast and easy card to create and I love all the fun colors.

So this will be my last post as a design team member with Time Out.  I've been on this team since the very beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.  I just feel it's time to move on and do other things.  Sandie and the other girls have always made me feel so welcome.  It was so fun to meet Joyce in person when I was in San Diego two years ago.  She picked me up and took me to a great restaurant for breakfast.  We've done some Zoom meetings which were also so much fun to get to actually talk to the girls.  This is a wonderful team, and I know they will keep the challenge going strong as it has.  Thank you so much for everything, and I won't be a stranger...I'm sure you'll see me in the gallery from time to time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Thinking of You (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollection white, JJ's Rainbows (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Thinking of  You die (C&9th), bubble bath baubles (Trinity), spectrum noir shimmer



Saturday, June 12, 2021

Just Us Girls #588 - Trend Week

Hello!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Carol has challenged us not to stamp anything on our cards.
 

I decided to use just die cuts on my card for this challenge.  I went through all of my dies and chose one I haven't used yet.  I saw this exact card sample (in different colors) at my LSS long ago and bought these Spellbinders dies to recreate it.  There are three layered dies and I chose a dark pink for the bottom layer, a light pink for the middle layer, and white for the top layer.  I die cut each one five times and layered them together to create five final triangles.  I arranged them on a slimline size card.  I then die cut the hugs die from the dark pink cardstock and the layer from vellum.  For some finishing touches, I added white pearls and shimmer spritz.  (Sorry for the bad photo.  It was late, I had bad lighting, and I have trouble getting good photos of slimline cards in general.)

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, pretty in pink, pink passion, vellum
Accessories:  Kaleidoscope Triangles (Spellbinders), Big Hugs dies (Birch Press Design), pearls, shimmer spritz


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time Out #189 - Inspired by Words

 Hello!  The Time Out challenge is in its second week of its Inspired by Words challenge.  So much to take away from this quote.


I have had this stamp set from Hero Arts for a bit and thought it would be perfect.  I stamped the tree and boy reading a book (of poems!) and colored them with copic markers.  I added the grass to ground them.  There is some shimmer on some of the things in the tree and I added sequins for extra sparkle.  I love the sentiment!

We are sponsored by Alex Syberia Design for this challenge.  See the Time Out blog for details.

You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  My Monthly Hero Arts March kit (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), sequins, shimmer



Saturday, June 5, 2021

Just Us Girls #587 - Word Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week, and I chose KIND/KINDNESS.  A nod to my last name I know, but I thought we could use some kindness these days! 

I found this stenciled panel on my desk that I must have done a long time ago.  I know I've made cards with this stencil before (probably with these same colors), but I just love it!  I searched for a die cut to use and found this one (never used!) from Papertrey Ink.  I'm not even sure it's still available.  I die cut the word from navy cardstock three times and stacked it for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The embossing is not even...I did it twice and had the same results.  I even heated up my heat gun for a minute and only held it over the embossing until it melted.  Sometimes it comes out perfectly, sometimes not!  I added blue crystals to finish it off.

On another crafty note, our nephew and his wife are expecting a baby in September, and the baby shower is today.  I was in charge of favors (go figure!) and headed to Pinterest for ideas.  I saw lots of succulent favors, which I thought was so cute.  I wrapped each one in burlap and secured it with twine.  Then I typed up the information I wanted, printed it on cardstock, and die cut it with a Hero Arts onesie die.  I added a green bow (we won't know if it's a girl or boy until its birth!) and after I took the picture, I added a white clay heart that I colored green to match the bow.

This is the back of the tag.  I printed the front and back separately.  Once I die cut both, I adhered them together with a popsicle stick between them.

Thanks for indulging me in my craftiness for this baby shower!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new June guest, Fran Wing, on the 

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Kindness (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, night of navy
Ink:  Versamark; weathered wood, stormy sky, tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans, chipped sapphire distress oxide
Accessories:  Seamless Floral Panel stencils (Pink Fresh), kindness die (PTI), stitched rectangle (MFT), white embossing powder, crystals, dimensionals; onesie stacked dies (Hero Arts)


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Just Us Girls #586 - Wild Card Week

Hey friends!  It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls.  This week, Angie wants us to use spots and/or dots on our cards. Cool challenge!
 

I have birthday party to go to today for a one-year old.  I thought these fun primary colors and this cute mouse would be perfect for Ethan.  I colored the images with copic markers and die cut them.  I chose a red polka dot pattern paper for the main panel and die cut it with a square window slimline die.  I added a yellow diagonal pattern paper behind it.  The sentiment was die cut from polka dot paper also in green.  I embossed the happy sentiment on a blue flag.  I sprayed it with shimmer for that extra something.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest, Jacinda, on the JUGs blog.  This is Jacinda's last week with us and I'd like to thank her for her beautiful contributions this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  It's a Mice Time to Celebrate (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Polka Dot Parade (Sunny Studio), Birthday Blowout (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  It's a Mice Time to Celebrate dies (MFT), mini slim square window die (TE), birthday trio die (PTI), shimmer spray


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Just Us Girls #585 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls and Cecile chose this photo of a beautiful daisy bouquet. 

I chose this Daisy Bouquet image from SSS.  I stamped it with a brown ink and colored it with copic markers.  The daisies were colored with a blue-violet copic marker to give it some shading while keeping the look of white.  The centers were somewhat solid, so they look a little brown.  I was still able to color them in yellow and then added yellow stardust stickles.  I pulled out an old Stampin' Up wood mount background stamp called Cheesecloth and stamped it with a kraft colored ink off center.  I die cut that panel with a stitched rectangle mounted it on kraft cardstock.  The daisy image was die cut once it was colored and two more times to layer for dimension.  I added a twine bow, the sentiment, and crystals.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Daisy Bouquet and Bouquet of Thanks (SSS), Cheesecloth (SU)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft
Ink:  Sand castle and icing on the cake (C. Pooler), Memento rich cocoa, copics
Accessories:  Daisy Bouquet die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), twine, crystals, yellow stardust stickles



Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time Out #188 - Inspiration Challenge

Hi there!  The new Time Out challenge this time is our Inspiration challenge.  We are challenged to be inspired from items inside our homes.  There's a twist of embossing too!

You know what I have a LOT of inside my home?  NEW STAMPS that have never been used!  LOL!  So I decided that was what I was inspired by.  Reverse Confetti and Hero Arts teamed up to create this graphic floral stamp set.  I loved the samples I saw with this set so I bought it.  I started by stamping and die cutting all the pieces and adhered them together.  Then I went to work on the background.  You can't see it in the photo, but I ran the white piece before stamping it through my die cut machine with a diagonal impression plate.  I then stamped it with the yellow ink.  Before I stamped it onto the cardstock, I stamped it off on a scrap piece.  I wanted a subtle background in that color.  For the yellow mat and sentiment piece, I used the same yellow ink and did the ink to paper technique.  I didn't have a yellow in this color cardstock, so I created my own with the ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  I added yellow crystals and shimmer.

You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Better Together (Reverse Confetti and Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, catching rays, do-si-do, rouge, lime rickey, eucalyptus (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Better Together dies, stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels die (SSS), impression plate (PTI), white embossing powder, crystals, shimmer, dimensionals



 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Just Us Girls #584 - Color Week

 Hi friends!  Maria chose these pretty colors for the Just Us Girls Color Challenge this week.

I had to use this Joyful Peonies stamp, stencil, and die set from Pink Fresh Studio.  I stamped it first, then used the five stencils to add the color (the leaves really are blue...they may look a little green).  I used the coordinating die and cut it out as well as two more times to stack it for dimension.  I die cut the sentiment, then stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  It was also die cut two more times for dimension.  I wanted to bring in more silver, so I used a thin frame die and die cut the silver frame.  I added silver crystals and some shimmer spritz.

This was the first one I created.  I didn't care for the placement of the sentiment, so I created the one above and moved it to the other side.  I'm not sure who would notice this, but it bothered me!  LOL!

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Joyful Peonies (Pink Fresh), Opposites Attract (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, silver cardstock (MFT0
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark; squeezed lemonade, shaded lilac, wilted violet, weathered wood, faded jeans distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Joyful Peonies stencils and die (Pink Fresh), thin frame die (SSS), Opposites Attract die (The Greetery), silver embossing powder, crystals, shimmer spritz


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  This is another difficult day for me as I am unable to visit my mom at her nursing home for the second year because of Covid.  I've been able to visit for the last month or so, but they are quarantining at her nursing home for the next few weeks because workers there have tested positive.  I'm very sad that people who choose to work in that field are not getting vaccinated.  It puts so many at risk, but that is their choice.  I only wish they would think long and hard about that.

Anyway, I did make a card for her and my mother-in-law.  I've been sitting on this Waffle Flower set for a while and I'm so glad I pulled it out for this occasion.  It's so pretty!  It's a stamp, stencil, and die set called Spring Blooms.  I started with the stenciling using several distress oxide inks.  Then I stamped the black parts (it's all one stamp which makes it so easy to do!) and finally die cut the image.  I die cut it two more times to stack for dimension.  I decided to use another stencil for the background.  I love this stencil as it gives just enough color and design without being too busy. I mounted it on a pink piece of cardstock and then attached it to the base.  I added the sentiment, sprayed it shimmer spray, and added crystals.  

I hope you enjoy your day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Spring Blooms (Waffle Flower), Motherly Love (Flourishes)
Paper:  Recollections white, pink
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; spun sugar, worn lipstick, mustard seed, crushed olive, tumbled glass, wilted violet distress oxide
Accessories:  Spring Blooms stencil and die (WF), Harleen stencil (Winnie & Walter), shimmer spray, crystals



Saturday, May 8, 2021

Just Us Girls #583 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Ina chose for us to use layers on our cards.

I don't use layers much anymore.  I used to use them a lot when I followed sketch challenges.  I never made a card without following a sketch, and there were always lots of layers.  So I looked back at old cards and found a sketch I liked.  I pulled out this rainbow die and colored it with copic markers then die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  I pulled out some fun pattern papers and chose the orchid one for the main panel and two different ones for the other pieces.  I popped up the rainbow panel on craft foam, stamped the sentiment and die cut it.  I die cut it two more times for dimension and added the enamel dots.  I spritzed the card with shimmer spray for extra shimmer.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Hugs Sunshine Smiles & Rainbows (Erin Lee), Brilliant Day (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, Over the Rainbow and Birthday Blowout (MFT), Really Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (MFT), sentiment die (Honey Bee), essential stitched sentiment die (MFT), enamel dots (Waffle Flower), shimmer spritz, craft foam


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time Out #187 - Move

Hi all!  The new Time Out challenge is challenging us to MOVE.  Something I need to do more of!  It can mean anything...walking, running, bicycling, moving to a new home, or even a card that moves.

That's what I chose...a moving card.  I have many interactive dies and chose this sliding window die to create my card.  I have to admit I've never made one of these before, and this finished card isn't my first try!  It was kind of confusing until it wasn't, you know what I mean?  I started by cutting the main part from this green polka dot paper.  Then I did all the stamping and copic coloring and die cut the lovebirds.

When you pull on the twine, a panel comes up revealing a message on top and another bird on the bottom.  These are really cute and fun to make (once you know what you are doing!).

Here they are together.

So now I have some sad news to share.  Our Time Out administrator and founder, Sandie Monro, is leaving.  You can read about her reasons for leaving on the Time Out blog, but I just want to say that I am so grateful for having been on this team with her for what I think has been seven years.  She is the nicest person I have had the pleasure to know in this crafting world.  She sends you the nicest messages, checks up on you, sends birthday and holiday cards, and works harder than any blog administrator I know.  She will definitely be missed!  My best wishes go out to you Sandie, and I'm sure we will see you around blogland in the future!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Birds of Paradise and Troplical Tweets (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollection white, Polka Dot Parade (Sunny Studios)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Sliding window dies (Sunny Studios), Birds of Paradise dies (Honey Bee), mini cloud stencil (MFT), twine, star dust stickles



Saturday, May 1, 2021

Just Us Girls #582 - Word Week

 Hello!  This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls. Sue chose a great one:  FLOAT.  So many possibilities!

Our nephew and his new wife are expecting a baby in the fall.  A baby shower is planned for June, so this challenge fit my need for a baby card so well.  This is a mini slimline card, which I like so much!  My friend Cheryl sent me a beautiful Valentine card and I loved it so much, I used her layout for this card.  I pulled out this Penny Black balloon and bear image and colored it with copic markers.  I chose soft rainbow colors for the balloons and a neutral yellow and green palette for the base (we won't know the baby's gender until its birth!).  I used a triple window slimline die to die cut the yellow panel then added a plaid piece behind the windows.  The bear image was fussy cut (ugh, no die!) three times and layered for dimension.  The baby sentiment was also die cut three times and layered.  I added star dust stickles to the word and balloons and yellow crystals to the base for extra shimmer and a small white clay heart to the bear's chest.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for the month of May, Jacinda, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Balloon Ride (Penny Black)
Paper:  Recollections white, certainly celery, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam black (Gina K), copic markers
Accessories:  Mini slimline square window die (Taylored Expressions), baby die (PTI), crystals, star dust stickles, clay heart




Saturday, April 24, 2021

Just Us Girls #581 - Photo Week

Hello everyone!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Bobby chose this very pretty spring/summer photo.  Look at those boots, flowers, and sun hat!
 

I immediately honed in on the boots.  I knew I had a stamp with boots, and I found an old Papertrey Ink set, but then found this die from Simon Says Stamp.  It's just one die that embosses some lines to give some dimension.  I was a little worried about coloring it because I'm not that good with coloring images with no stamping.  But I trudged on!  Once I was done coloring the image, I used an arch die to cut out the pattern paper.  This paper is so pretty with gold foiled lines in it.  I then stamped the sentiments and die cut them out and stacked them (and the boots) with three layers for dimension.  I die cut white and yellow stitched rectangles and added it to the base.  Gold crystals and shimmer was added for that extra sparkle.  

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest Claire on the JUGs blog.  This is Clarie's last challenge with us this month, and I'd like to thank her for the great cards she created for our April challenges.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Pretty Postage (HB)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, Madras Plaid (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Rainboot Planter (SSS), stitched arch die and stitched rectangles (MFT), Pretty Postage dies (HB), linen impression plate (PTI), crystals, shimmer spritz 


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time Out #186 - Theme Challenge

 Hello!  The Theme Challenge over at Time Out this time is PETS

I love my dog Martha.  She's a black and white English Springer Spaniel and she's adorable (IMHO!).  So, I had to use this cute dog in black for this challenge.  I stamped it using black ink and die cut it several times to stack it for dimension.  I used the same black ink and embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder.  I knew I had some old Basic Grey paper with a pet theme and had to dig it out.  I chose this pattern and cut a piece and a black piece of cardstock to mat it.  I added three black hearts to fill out the white space.  I'm sending this to our neighbor's son who comes in the evening to take Martha for a walk.  He rings the back doorbell and Martha runs to the door jumping up and down because she's so excited to go for that walk with him!

Here she is when she was just a puppy of about six months old.  She is 2 1/2 years old now and so furry!  She was sitting by me in my craft room when I took this picture.

You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Hero Arts April Geometric kit
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Max & Whispers (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Dog die (Hero Arts), stitched rectangle (MFT), clear embossing powder, clay hearts, shimmer



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