Saturday, February 27, 2021

Just Us Girls #573 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is our Photo Week challenge.  Sue chose this great photo.  Look at that beautiful sky!

I created this background with distress oxide inks in yellow, pink, blue, violet and black.  I blended the first four colors on white cardstock then blended black all over that.  I spattered water and then white paint on it.  I love the soft look of it.  I then added the sentiment and some sequins.  I spritzed the entire front with shimmer spritz which gave it that special sparkle.

I created another using plain old distress inks.  This gives a more bold look.  I used the same ink colors as the one above and the same finishing techniques.  Not sure which I like better!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, wilted violet, black soot
Accessories:  stitched rectangle dies (MFT), scripty happy birthday die (SSS), copic opaque white, sequins, shimmer spritz

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Time Out #182 - 7th Birthday Celebration!

 Hello everyone!  We are celebrating the 7th birthday of the Time Out challenge blog!  It's hard to believe we are 7 years old!

To celebrate with us, STAMPlorations is our sponsor for this challenge.

I used a set from STAMPlorations that appears to be retired.  It's called Pocket Blooms and I also used the pocket die that goes along with it.  I die cut the pocket from navy cardstock and stamped the flowers on another piece of cardstock.  I colored it with copic markers and fussy cut it.  Then I stenciled the background with scattered straw ink.  The sentiment was stamped in navy ink right on the panel and the die cut was cut from yellow and navy cardstocks.  I added the pocket with craft foam for dimension and the flowers behind it.  Shimmer and crystals were also added.

I've been on this team since its inception, and I must say the ladies on this team are very talented and wonderful group that I am so happy to know.   You can see more from them on the Time Out blog along with our guest for this challenge, Karen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Pocket Blooms (Stamplorations)
Paper:  Recollections white, navy, yellow
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, scattered straw distress oxide, juniper (C. Pooler), copic markers
Accessories:  Pocket Blooms die, stitched rectangles (MFT), HB die (Creek Bank Creations), Just Plaid stencil (C. Pooler), crystals, shimmer, craft foam

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Just Us Girls #572 - Color Week

Hello friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls and Angie has chosen rainbow colors.  Fun!

I have so many rainbow stamps and dies that I had to go with it!  I used a rainbow shape card die from Simon Says Stamp.  There is a stamp for the base of the card and then one each for the rainbows, sun and clouds.  Since there are five stripes in the rainbow die, I die cut each of the five colors which gave me five red stripes, five oranges stripes, etc.  Therefore, I made five of these cards!  I didn't have enough stripes to complete the rainbow, so I used the violet color for the sentiment.  I added the cute smiley face and cheeks to the sun and some bubble bath crystals.  I also spritzed it with shimmer spray to give it that sparkle I love so much.  These cards are just so cute!  I can't wait to send them to friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Caramel Apple (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, only orange, summer sun, garden green, brilliant blue, bashful blue, lovely lilac
Ink:  Versafine onxy black, copic marker
Accessories:  Rainbow Card die (SSS), hello die (?), bubble bath crystals (Trinity), shimmer spritz


Friday, February 19, 2021

Seize the Birthday #208 - Create a Scene

 Hi friends!  I have a birthday card that fits in perfectly with the new Seize the Birthday challenge...Create a Scene.

My golfing friend has a birthday coming up and I pulled out this old Gina K set called Golf Diva that I've never used before.  (I haven't checked to see if it's still available or not).  I started by die cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle and stamped the images.  I masked all of them (even the little golf ball). I took a piece of masking tape and cut it into an arch.  I stenciled the clouds using blue ink then placed the other piece of masking tape to cover up that part and blended some green ink for the grass.  I removed the masks and colored the images with copic markers.  I heat embossed the sentiment and added it with foam strips.  I finished it by spritzing the panel with shimmer.  I'm thinking my friend is going to get a kick out her golf ball making it into the hole!  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Golf Diva (Gina K)
Paper:  Recollections white, Neenah
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, broken china and mowed lawn distress inks, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), masking magic (Gina K), shimmer spritz, cloud stencil (MFT)

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Just Us Girls #571 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  I'm back with another Just Us Girls challenge.  This week is Trend Week.  Maria has chosen for us to make a slim line card for this challenge.

I started this card by using things I found on my desk.  I had this hello die cut from another project that I did not use and the phone die.  As a young girl, I always wanted a pink princess phone.  Needless to say, my parents nixed that dream...I wonder why?  So I die cut the major pieces of the phone from a dark pink piece of scrap cardstock I also found on my desk and other parts from black and white.  After putting the phone together, I smooshed Versamark ink all over it and embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it the shine of a real phone.  I put those pieces aside and went to work on the background.  I pulled out a dotted circle stencil and added pink ink.  The stencil is a 6x6 size, so I had to move it down to cover the whole piece.  Then I die cut the black scallop frame and added that to the stenciled piece.  All that was left to do was stamp the sentiment, add the die cut pieces and some black clay hearts.

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for February, Leslie Turner,  on the

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Layered Bouquet (Pink Fresh Studio)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, melon mambo
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick distress oxide
Accessories:  Dial Phone (SSS), slimline nested rectangles (SSS), slimline sentiments (Honey Bee), jumbo polka dot stencil (MFT), hello die (MFT?), clear embossing powder, black clay hearts

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Time Out #181 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

 Hi friends!  The new Time Out challenge is live and it's our Photo Inspiration challenge.  Lovely photo of heart cookies!

We are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for this challenge.

I was inspired by that one heart cookie with the light pink stripes and floral spray.  I pulled out this die (which I believe is retired because I cannot find it anymore).  I die cut the heart from the panel and the floral spray from another piece of cardstock.  The floral spray was colored with copic markers and adhered to the heart.  I added a piece of pink cardstock behind the heart as well as the stacked happy die cut.  I used one of the preprinted sentiments from SSS to finish the sentiment.  Crystals and shimmer were added to complete the look.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, pretty in pink
Ink:  Copic markers
Accessories:  Layers of Love die (C&9th), happy die (The Greetery), stitched rectangle dies (MFT0, Nuvo drops, crystals, shimmer, craft foam

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Just Us Girls #570 - Word Challenge

Hey there!  The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is our Word Challenge.  Vicki has chosen the word

So I thought I'd mix it up a bit and instead of making a card, I made a home decor diy project.  Have you ever heard of The Little Green Bean Instagram store?  I got hooked on her adorable sweater gnomes.  This year, she swung into diy projects because so many people were looking for projects to do with kiddos and adults since we were spending so much time at home.  She showcased her first set of houses at Christmas time and I was in awe.  I bought the three houses she had and painted and decorated them.  Then she came out with Valentine themed houses.  I of course had to have those too.

So here is the first house I did.  The houses come with a backer piece that have all the pieces engraved on them so you know where to place them.  The chimney, heart, windows and door are like puzzle pieces that fit right in the openings.  I painted all the pieces separately and added star dust stickles to parts of it.  On the Christmas ones, I used a brick stencil to create a brick house and a woodgrain stamp to create that look on the cabin house.  I wish I would have done some texture on these as well.

Here's the second one.  A much taller house.  I need to add some flowers to the flower boxes.  I just didn't have tiny flowers on hand when I put these together.  Again, I wish I had added texture to the house.  It looks so flat here.  Oh well!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for February, Leslie, on the
JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Color Hues Challenge #11

 Hi friends!  I'm participating in the Color Hues challenge with my card.  The colors are appropriately red and pink!

My mom is in a nursing home, and I like to make cards for the residents around the holidays.  I had just gotten The Greetery's Love Is stamp set and was playing around with it.  I liked the pink and red boxwood wreath and it was so simple to create with a MISTI.  I decided that this would be a good one to mass produce (I made 84 of them!).  It's also a one-layer card, something I'm not used to making!  I used Catherine Pooler inks and the sentiment inside the heart is from an older Verve stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Love Is (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  rose petals, rouge (C. Pooler), Versa Claire black
Accessories:  MISTI


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