Saturday, April 23, 2016

Just Us Girls #340 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hello!  This week at Just Us Girls, Bobby has the Photo Inspiration challenge.  She chose this fresh and summery photo.
Here's a closeup so you can see more details.
When I saw those cookies with the swirly frosting on them, I immediately thought of the Circle Scribbles stamp set from PTI.  So I stamped them on watercolor paper and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I then watercolored them with distress inks in colors I took from the inspiration photo.  The sentiment and butterflies were embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, even thought they look gold.  I added sequins for additional interest.  I usually use white card stock as my base, but today I used a coral card stock instead.  The main panel is on craft foam.  I should also mention that this card is a CASE of Danielle Flanders' card.  I looked up this stamp set on PTI and saw her card.  It was just what I was looking for as inspiration on how to use this set (for the first time!).
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Circle Scribbles and Boutique Borders: Thanks (PTI)
Paper:  Tim Holtz watercolor paper, cameo coral, vellum
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick, abandoned coral, scattered straw, shaded lilac, peacock feathers distress inks
Accessories:  Stitched butterflies (Lil' Inkers), liquid platinum embossing powder, sequins, craft foam

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time Out Challenge #55 -Theme Challenge

Hi friends!  The challenge over at the Time Out blog this time around is a theme challenge.  The theme is CELEBRATIONS.  You can also twist this challenge by die cutting or fussy cutting.

I didn't twist this time around.  The celebration I made this card for was a bridal shower.  The wedding is in May in Virginia, and the shower is next week in Virginia as well.  We are going to the wedding, but I'm not attending the shower.  I love this stamp from Whipper Snapper.  I think it's just so beautiful.  I stamped the image in Versafine onyx black and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I tried my hand at watercoloring with Peerless watercolors.  So cool!  I really like the control I had with them.  The sequins on the dress are covering up some ink that transferred from the stamp!  This is a larger card too:  6" x 4.25".  I chose this size because I got ahold of some envelopes this size lined with gold paper.  Sort of special for the occasion.
Our guest for this challenge is Elizabeth Stewart.  You can see her card and our DT cards on the Time Out blog.
This challenge is sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays.  They are giving a $25 gift voucher randomly to someone who twists with this challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bride (Whipper Snapper); sentiment (PrintWorks)
Paper:  Tim Holtz watercolor paper, recollections white, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Peerless watercolors
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, sequins


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Just Us Girls #339 - Color Week

Hi friends!  It's color week over at Just Us Girls and Judy has chosen these beautifully soft colors.
I used the peach and lavender colors through a stencil on ivory cardstock.  Then I used them again on the flower.  The tag was splattered with these colors as well.  I added some peach seam binding tied with ivory floss.  The main panel and the tag are popped up on craft foam.
I'm playing along with the current Tag You're It challenge.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest Angie on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Darcie's
Paper:  Vintage cream
Ink:  Wisteria and Sunkist (SSS); Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Tag Sale #3 die (PTI), Upsy Daisy die (MFT), mesh stencil (Memory Box), seam binding, floss, craft foam, crystal, Wink of Stella


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Just Us Girls #338 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  Have you tried the "smooshing" technique yet?  It's quite popular and very easy to do.  That's the challenge for Trend Week over at Just Us Girls
To get this effect, I smooshed three distress inks on my craft mat, spritzed it with water, and laid my watercolor paper in it.  I dried it with my heat tool and was done.  You just have to be certain not to place colors next to each other that will mix into a muddy color.  To finish off my panel, I added a die cut that I stamped and colored with copic markers.  I added star dust stickles to the flower centers and a little bit on the bottom of the jar. 
The cool layout is from this week's Freshly Made Sketches.  I just had to use this sketch when I saw it!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest Angie Cimbalo on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Best Buds (Paper Smooches), Round and Round (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, June Bug (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, mustard seed, worn lipstick, ripe persimmon distress inks, copic markers
Accessories:  Best Buds die (PS), Banner Trio die (WP9), star dust stickles, white embossing powder, craft foam 


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time Out Challenge #54 - Home Sweet Home

It's Thursday and that much closer to the weekend!  I'm going to see Diana Ross in concert on Saturday so that should be fun.  I saw her years ago and it was a good concert.  Looking forward to it!
I'm also looking forward to this week's Time Out challenge.  It's our Home Sweet Home challenge where we give you a photo and you use it as inspiration.
Here's the photo for your inspiration.  Isn't this piece of furniture so cool and colorful?  I immediately thought of Basic Grey's Marrakech paper pack because it has so many of these colors in it.
Once I chose the pattern paper from the pack, I had to figure out how I was going to use it.  I chose this quilt die and die cut the pattern paper and cream paper with it.  I punched out all the pieces from both papers and inlaid all the pattern paper pieces into the cream frame.  This card is going to a good male friend of ours who treated myself, another female friend, and his date to a concert and appetizers and drinks last week.  He had extra tickets and wouldn't take money for them, so the least I could do was send a card.  I die cut the thanks die three times and stacked them.  Since it's going to a guy, I decided not to add any sequins like I usually do (it was difficult not to, believe me!).  I matted the quilt piece on the same brown cardstock I used for the sentiment.  This card is a 4.25 x 4.25 square card.

This challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. They are offering a $15 gift voucher to the winner.  Kylie, the owner, is joining us as our special guest designer.  We also have Elisabeth joining us as a guest designer.
You can see more inspiration from the team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Vintage cream, early espresso, Marrakech (Basic Grey)
Accessories:  Quilt square coverup die (MFT), Many thanks die (MFT)


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Time Out #53 - Inspired by Words

Hi friends!  The challenge this time around on the Time Out blog is the Inspired by Words challenge.  We give you a quote to be inspired by, and the quote is a goodie!
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water"
by Eleanor Roosevelt
I knew I had a stamp with this quote, and it took me a minute to find it in my collection of stamps but I found it!  It's from an old My Time Made Easy set that you can't get in a stamp anymore (I don't think!), however you may be able to get it in digital form here.  I die cut the stack of tea cups and colored them with copics to match the paper.  I also covered all of them with Wink of Stella.  I added some sequins and ribbon, which I haven't used in forever!
I'm playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this week.  I haven't played in that challenge in quite a while!
Just a reminder that our Time Out challenges usually run for two weeks, however, we made a boo-boo and scheduled this for only one week!  So hurry and get your entry in!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Keep Strong (MTME), Tea-riffic (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  Recollections white, Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Tea-riffic die (TE), stitched arch STAX die (MFT), sequins, wink of stella, ribbon, craft foam


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Just Us Girls #366 - Photo Week

 Happy Saturday!  This week is Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and Nancy has chosen this really cool seaside birthday cake as inspiration for us.
I honestly don't have many stamps with shells and starfish, but I did find this Dockside stamp set from WPlus9.  To start, I inked up an old background cheesecloth stamp from SU in Kraft ink and stamped it off before stamping on the white layer.  Then I stamped the rope in the Kraft ink as well.  The focal image was stamped and die cut with a pierced circle die and matted on a blue die cut piece.  That was mounted on craft foam for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom and rounded the bottom corners before adhering it all together. 
I followed this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch, but had to put my sentiment at the bottom.  I hope I don't get thrown out of the challenge!
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our March guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Dockside and Dockside Backgrounds (WPlus9), Cheesecloth bg (SU)
Paper:  Recollections white, Baja breeze
Ink:  Kraft (MFT), Baja breeze
Accessories:  Pierced circle STAX (MFT), craft foam, corner rounder


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