Saturday, May 28, 2016

Just Us Girls #345 - Photo Week

 Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week for our Photo Week challenge.  I chose this pretty, sunny photo of a craft room.
Here's a close-up of the photo so you can see more details.
What caught my attention was the yellow wallpaper and those pretty posies!  I started by stamping the background with yellow ink and an old Stampin' Up background stamp.  I then die cut a window in the center so I could create a shaker card.  After I created the shaker, I realized I should have added more sequins and glued some down so they didn't all fall to the bottom!  The flowers were stamped and layered onto the card with dimensionals, and the sentiment was stamped onto a banner.  I added more sequins and Wink of Stella on the flowers.  I'm giving this to my mom because she fell (again!) and broke her shoulder.  She's currently in a rehab facility because she can't use her walker and needs more care.  Hopefully she'll be back at her assisted living facility soon, and I'm also hoping this cheers her up.  She loves the color yellow, too!
I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
You can see more from our JUGs DT and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hand Stitched  (SU), Floral Sketches (PTI), Everyday Classics (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Cotton candy, teeny bikini, willow, fern (Simon Says Stamp); pomegranate and daffodil delight (SU); Versafine onyx
Accessories:  Rectangle peek-a-boo window die (MFT), banner trio die (WP9), sequins, fun foam, Wink of Stella, dimensional tape


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Time Out #57 - Inspired by Words Challenge

"May all your weeds be wildflowers"
What a beautiful sentiment!  That's the inspiration for our current Time Out challenge.

I received this great stamp set and matching dies from my good friend Cheryl for my birthday last month. I just had to use them for this challenge.  I stamped this swag of flowers on watercolor paper in Versafine onyx black ink and embossed it with clear powder.  Then I for the first time used my Kuretake watercolors to color it.  I matched the colors to the pattern paper, mixing some to get the colors I needed.  I die cut the swag and mounted it on dimensional tape, added the sentiments, and sequins.  I love this color palette.  
I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as my starting point. 
Our challenge is sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps, and they are giving a £15 evoucher to the winner of this challenge! 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Julia, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Floral Frame (Avery Elle), Natural Beauties (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor paper, Trend Setter dp (Fancypants)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Kuretake watercolors
Accessories:  Floral Frame die (Avery Elle), Banner Trio die (WP9), clear embossing powder, sequins, dimensional tape


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Just Us Girls #343 - Trend Week

Hi friends!  We have a fun new challenge going on over at Just Us Girls!  It's our Trend Week, and Judy chose vellum as the trend to use this week.  It's certainly been making a comeback in blog land!
This is what I came up with.  I have to say that it's a case of a card Jennifer McGuire did in a recent Online Card Class called Clear and Sheer. I don't want to go into detail on how I colored the background (it's a paid class), but I embossed the image with white embossing powder, added the banner with a tiny attacher, and added sequins.  The vellum overlay has a flap on the other side that I attached to the cardstock base with strong adhesive.  I love this look and it was surprisingly easy to do!  I like the rainbow colors, but I may have to do more in ombre colors too!
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Lace Bouquet (PTI), Banner Sayings (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, vellum
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, tenny bikini, orange peel, butter bar (Hero Arts), fern, scuba, blue jay (SSS)
Accessories:  Folded banner die (SSS), white embossing powder, tiny attacher, sequins, mini Misti


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time Out #56 Reminder - CASE with a Twist

Hi everyone!  We are in week two over at the Time Out blog for our CASE with a Twist challenge.  I missed the first week of the challenge because I was sick and couldn't get a card done.  I don't like to work ahead (I know lots of you do), but I've always waited to do my cards a day or two before they are due.  It's just the way I roll!  And sometimes it gets me into trouble!
The GORGEOUS card we are CASE-ing is this one by Kay Miller.  I'm so crushing on all the cards she creates!  And this one is just amazing!  I'm so glad she shared this one with us!

I guess you can say that I pretty much cased her card exactly (I just loved this card!).  However, I changed up a few things like the images and I used vellum for the large leaves. I added some sequins and rounded one corner.  
You can see more from the Time Out team and our guest on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Beautiful Brushstrokes and Embroidered Blooms (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, gray, vellum
Ink:  Basic gray, pretty in pink, pixie pink
Accessories:  Beautiful brushstrokes dies ((PTI), pierced square frames (MFT), clustered leaves (SSS), sequins, dimensionals


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Just Us Girls #342 - Word Week

Mother's Day is tomorrow, and this week word challenge at Just Us Girls gave me the perfect word to use:  Butterfly.
I've had this butterfly cover plate in my unused box for a while, so I pulled it out.  It's die cut from white card stock then sponged with mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and ripe persimmon distress inks.  (My mom likes yellow and this is for her!)  This was adhered to the card base, which was stamped with a text stamp in smoky shadow ink.  I added the sentiment on a banner and enamel dots.  The butterflies are covered in Wink of Stella.
You can see more from the design team and our May guest on the Just Us Girls blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Motherly Love (Flourishes), Background Basics: Text Style II (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versamark, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, smoky slate
Accessories:  Cover plate: butterfly, enamel dots, Wink of Stella, fun foam, white embossing powder


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



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