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!

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!

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

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Just Us Girls #580 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for the Color Week challenge.  I chose yellow, coral, and raspberry.  I correlated these colors to Distress inks squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral, and picked raspberry.

I purchased the April Hero Arts kit because I really liked the three stencils included in it.  I used all three stencils, using a different challenge color for each one.  I started with a larger piece of paper and realized I could make two mini slimline cards by cutting it in half, so I did!  I just changed out the sentiments and used different flowers on them.  The sentiments were die cut from black cardstock and I die cut the outline from vellum.

I added a yellow piece of cardstock behind the main piece to add more color.  Both cards are spritzed with shimmer spritz and added crystals as well. 

I wanted to try another idea I had.  This time the coral and raspberry inks were stenciled using the same stencil.  I just turned it to create the circle designs.  Then I used the line stencil and neon glitz paste in yellow.  The flower is from the same die set and I used a different sentiment and used white cardstock for the outline instead of vellum like I did on the previous two cards.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, black, vellum
Ink:  squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, abandoned coral distress oxide 
Accessories:  Geometric stencils (Hero Arts), Just Because die and Scripty Happy Birthday dies (SSS), Big Hugs die (Birch Press), stitched flower dies (MFT), hello yellow neon glitz (Rina K), shimmer, crystals

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Just Us Girls #579 - Trend Week

 Hello!  The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is a good one!  It's our Trend Week and Carol chose to use more that one stencil.

If you've seen any of my cards lately, you know I love stencils!  I have several and use them often.  The wreath on this card was created a while ago when I first got this Pink Fresh stencil set.  I couldn't wait to use it, so I created the wreath using the several layers of stencils and put it away.  There is a die for this wreath and it not only cuts the outside of the wreath, but also the inside.  I then went to work on the bow.  I've had the die for a bit, but just got the stamp set that goes with it yesterday.  I stamped it in two ink colors and added the sentiment.  I also stamped the hello sentiment then stenciled the background with the green ink.  I added the wreath and bow (I think it should have moved it down a bit!) to the main panel, spritzed it with shimmer spray and added the pearls.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Put a Bow on It, Opposites Attract (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; melon ice, stone blue, rose petals, sugared lavender (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Overlapping Leafy Wreath stencil (Pink Fresh), bubble wrap stencil (SSS), Put a Bow on It die (Greetery), stitched rectangle die (MFT), pearls, shimmer

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Time Out #185 - Photo Inspiration

Hello everyone!  The new challenge at Time Out is our Photo Inspiration challenge.  I'm am so in love with this photo and wish I could be sitting in one of those chairs! 

We are sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps for this challenge.

I have had this Berries stamp set for a while and this is the first time I'm using it.  It includes images for blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.  I chose the raspberries because they are close to the color of the flowers in the photo.  I chose a color close to the chairs for the stem also.  The diagonal die is reminiscent of the blue bead board on the ceiling of the porch.  I masked off the edges and larger diagonal stripe and blended blue ink on the smaller diagonal pieces.   I stamped the raspberries in three different inks and the stem in two inks and then stamped the sentiment in black.  I die cut the diagonal cover up piece several times to make it more dimensional.  I added the crystals but it looked so bare.  I had some butterflies that were on my desk from another project and colored them with blue ink.  Lastly, I spritzed the panel with shimmer spray.

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

Thanks for stopping buy!

Stamps:  Berries (Kitchen Sink Stamps)
Paper:  White
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; tumbled glass oxide; honeysuckle, poppy, cranberry (C&9th); mint to be, in the park, cummerbund (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Diagonal sentiment strip (MFT), crystals, shimmer spritz

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all those celebrate this holy holiday!

I made so many cards again this year, however this was the only one I remembered to take a picture of before putting them in envelopes and sending them off to friends and family.  I used the Honey Bee lily die set for the flowers and leaves.  I die cut the flower from two different colors of peach and the leaves from two different green hues.  I die cut a white panel with a stitched rectangle and stenciled it with pale yellow ink.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment and added it with dimensional adhesives.  I added crystals and shimmer spritz for some sparkle. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Easter Buddies (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, peach, green
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, scattered straw distress oxide
Accessories:  Easter Lily dies (Honey Bee), stitched rectangle (MFT), Harleen stencil (Winnie & Walter), crystals, shimmer spritz, dimensionals

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Just Us Girls #578 - Word Week

 Hello friends!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Angie chose "Stripes".  So many possibilities!

I was late getting this card done.  I was planning on crafting last night, but a friend called and asked me to go out for a drink and some dinner.  It's been so long since I've been able to do that, so I went (I'm fully vaccinated!).  It was so nice to be able to go last minute!

So this morning I sat down at my desk and saw this heart sitting there.  I had just gotten this stamp set last week and was anxious to see how this three-step stamp set worked.  I decided it would look nice with this rainbow striped pattern paper.  I stamped and die cut a few more flowers and added them for dimension.  I also stamped and die cut the sentiment and added it to the card.  To finish it off, I added crystals and shimmer spritz.  I love how bright and fun this card is.  I'm sending it to a friend who is in rehab for a broken ankle.  She needs some cheering up!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for the month of April, Claire, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Triple-Step Blooming Heart (C&9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, Really Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; honeysuckle, buttercup, parsley (C&9th)
Accessories:  Blooming Heart dies (C&9th), stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, shimmer spritz, dimensionals


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