Saturday, March 17, 2018

Just Us Girls #432 - Color Week

☘☘Happy St. Patrick's Day!   This week over at Just Us Girls, Nancy chose one of my favorite color combinations for our Color Week challenge!  I just love blue and brown together!
First off, looking at this picture, I don't know why I used this Island Indigo cardstock instead of Tempting Turquoise!  It didn't look this different in person, but looking at it now I see the difference!  Sigh...
Anyway, I stamped this dahlia turnabout stamp with Catherine Pooler inks.  First with It's a Boy, then with Icing on the Cake, and last with Fiesta Blue.  I skipped stamping the fourth time and used the die instead so I could pop the panel up on some desert storm cardstock.  Then I layered that on the Island Indigo cardstock.  The sentiment was die cut with the same cardstock and layered together.  For some final finishes, I used spectrum noir shimmer on the die cut petals and added some clear sequins.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dahlia (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm, island indigo
Ink:  It's a Boy, Fiesta Blue, Icing on the Cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Dahlia die (C&9th), Thick and Thin: Thanks (PTI), spectrum noir shimmer, crystals, dimensional tape

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time Out's 4th Birthday!

Hey everyone!  It's a special challenge at the Time Out blog!  It's our 4th birthday!  Where has the time gone?  This is the quote we'd like you to be inspired by for this challenge.  Perfect for our birthday celebration!

And to make this celebration even more special, we are sponsored by one of my favorite stamp companies...Concord & 9th!  They were so generous and allowed our Time Out design team to pick out something from their store to celebrate with.  I chose this really cool stamp and die set called Birthday Stacks.  It creates this sort of 3-D pop up card (there's a video on how to create it on the link I just noted).  It actually folds flat so it can be easily mailed in a regular A-2 size envelope.

I recently watched a video from Amy R where she colored some images using Distress Oxide inks on kraft paper.  I used the same colors on my stamped and embossed balloon and present images.  After stamping the images, I die cut them and the word celebrate at different heights so they would layer into the wrap.  Such a cute design idea!  Love their creativeness at Concord & 9th!
You can see more on the Time Out blog and the Concord & 9th blog.
Our guest for this challenge is Claire.
Stamps:  Birthday Stacks (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Desert storm, melon mambo
Ink:  Picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, cracked pistachio, broken china, wilted violet Distress Oxide inks; Versamark, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Birthday Stacks dies (Concord & 9th), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Just Us Girls #431 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  We have a fun Trend Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Carol chose as the trend "mythical" or "magical". 
I was on a design team for a now defunct stamp company called Paper Makeup Stamps.  Many of the stamps the company designed were fairies.  I went searching through my stash of them and found this silhouette of a praying fairy. I thought it would make a nice sympathy card.  I stamped the image using Versafine onyx black ink using the MISTI to get a good solid image.  I then die cut it with a stitched rounded square die and while it was still in the die, I used a soft brush and inked some yellow ink around the image.  I then just mounted it on some pattern paper, added the embossed sentiment, flower, and sequins.  It's also spritzed with shimmer spritz for a more magical look.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Fairy (PMS), Sending You (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Blissful dp (Authentique)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, butter bar
Accessories:  Inside out stitched rounded square die (MFT), Beautiful blooms die (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, crystals, fun foam

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Just Us Girls #430 - Word Week

Hey everyone!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Maria chose the word BALLOONS.
So many choices of balloons in my collection to use!  I wanted to try this MFT balloon stencil and distress oxide inks.  I used ink colors in rainbow order.  After inking them through the stencil, I die cut the panel with a wonky stitches die.  Then I drew in the strings with a black marker and ruler.  For the sentiment, I inked up a piece of cardstock in the same colors of ink and die cut the word.  I adhered it to the panel then stamped the happy above it.  Gems and shimmer spritz finished it off.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and March guest, Stef Perry, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Happy Balloons (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, mint melody
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, picked raspberry, carved  pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, lucky clover, broken china, wilted violet distress inks
Accessories:  Big balloons stencil (MFT), Blueprints #26 (MFT), Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), gems, shimmer spritz 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time Out Challenge #104 - Be Bold

Hi friends!  It's time for a new challenge over at the Time Out blog, and they are challenging us to be BOLD.
Our sponsor for this challenge is Poppystamps, and they provided us with our choice of stamps.  I chose this pretty Flourish Blooms stamp and die set.  To go with the bold theme, I first chose this black and white gingham pattern paper then chose bold pink and yellow inks.  I over stamped them with the flourish image in black ink.  I used the die to cut out the flowers.  The sentiment is also from the set, and it was stamped with Versamark and embossed in white on black cardstock.  I added Nuvo drops in pink and yellow.  The base of the card was impressed with a linen impression plate.
Here's some information about Poppystamps:
Their store is a delight to visit and is packed with top quality goodies-take a look here. They also have a fab blog. Take a look at it here and sign up so you don't miss out on all the fun!

On their blog they are running a 'Clean and Simple' challenge. So if you have some of their products and make a clean and simple card for our challenge...then link it up to their challenge for a chance to win more prizes!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Flourish Blooms (Poppystamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Autumn Chicken Scratch Gingham (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, maple yellow (Altenew), Party Dress (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Flourish Blooms dies (Poppy Stamps), Nuvo Drops, corner rounder, dimensionals

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Just Us Girls #429 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and I'm thinking spring!  These cute flowers always pop up around my house even in the snow!  So pretty!
So I watched Jennifer McGuire video this morning...'nough said, right?  She was demonstrating GinaK's new wreath building template (which I of course ordered immediately), and I thought I could recreate it with a square die cut.  I first die cut a square from a piece of cardstock and then put the negative piece in the MISTI and the square die cut in the negative space. I stamped the flower in the corner, then turned the square piece three more times and stamped the flower each time.  Then I went in with the colors and did the same procedure.  When stamping the leaves, I had to mask the flower.  All I had to do when done was stamp the sentiment and add some star dust stickles in the center of the flowers.  It's mounted on yellow cardstock and that's mounted on fun foam to the base.  It's a 4.25 x 4.25 card. 

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Beautiful Day (Altenew), Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, barely banana
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, eucalyptus, sugared lavender, royal treatment, shea butter, sauna (C. Pooler inks)
Accessories:  Square die (Spellbinders), star dust stickles, fun foam, MISTI

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time Out Reminder

Hi everyone!  I had to make a card for a fellow teacher who retired.  I thought about a gift for her, and settled on a Barnes & Noble gift card.  She's a reading teacher, so I thought this old set from Papertrey Ink would be perfect for her card.
This is such a simple card, but when I say it took FOREVER to make please believe me!  I stamped the image I think four times due to smudges.  Then I dropped a stamp pad on the main panel just as I was ready to mount it on the base.  I inked another (the background is sponged with ink) and spattered it with that dark pink ink...I hated it, so I started over!  Then I didn't like the original pattern paper, so I changed that.  Yikes!  This is the final result, and I'm just ok with it, but it had to do!  I hope my friend likes it.  I stamped another sentiment about reading and Happy Retirement on the inside and put it in the envelope!  
I'm also adding it to the Remind post over at the Time Out blog.  The theme is hobbies.
You can see more from the Time Out team and our current guest on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  All Booked Up (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Sweet Threads (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Razzleberry and bamboo (Altenew)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle die (MFT), Mat Stack 3 die (PTI), sequins, dimensional tape 


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