Saturday, July 22, 2017

Just Us Girls #403 - Photo Week

Hello friends!  It's time for another challenge over at Just Us Girls and this week is our Photo challenge.  Look at the fun summery photo Bobby chose.
 
I started by stamping this watermelon image from an older Stamp-a-Faire PTI set.  It's a three-step image.  I stamped the leaves/rind in green, then the meat of the watermelon in red, and the seeds in black.  Then I pulled out a scrap of the red check pattern paper and die cut a pinked edge square.  Once that was done, I took a piece of watercolor paper and used the same green ink to paint a square-ish splotch on it, big enough to accommodate the checked piece.  I layered this on top of a black banner which grounds it.  I stamped the sentiment and added sequins.  There's glossy accents on the seeds and shimmer on the watermelon.
 
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Scent-imentals (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, designer paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, lime rickey, pale tomato
Accessories:  Scent-imentals die (PTI), pinking edge square stax die (MFT), trio banner die (WP9), sequins, fun foam, Spectrum Noir shimmer
 


Friday, July 14, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #178 - Christmas in July

Hey it's Christmas in July over at CAS-ual Fridays!  Six more months until that holiday rolls around, and it's never too early to start making those cards!
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I'm so happy with the way this card came out.  I started by stamping the mistletoe image onto white cardstock and masking paper.  I fussy cut the masking paper and masked the image.  Then I stamped those rectangles in red and green inks.  I removed the mask and colored the image.  I cut the piece and mounted it onto red cardstock.  This was mounted on fun foam.  I stamped the sentiment below the focal point.  The mistletoe was covered in glossy accents and I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops around the sentiment.  And that main panel was sprayed with shimmer.
 
I used this sketch which from CAS(E) this Sketch, but the challenge is over.  I just thought it was the perfect sketch for what I wanted to create with the mistletoe!
 
You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Mistletoe & Holly (CAS-ual Fridays), Swatches (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, watermelon and key lime (SSS)
Accessories:  Inkadinkadoo masking paper, flossy accents, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #401 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  This week is Trend Week at Just Us Girls.  Nancy chose ink blending, which is oh so hot right now in stampland!
 
I was excited about this challenge because I just received the new colors of Distress Oxide inks and couldn't wait to break them open.  I love the new colors that were released.  On this card, I started with picked raspberry, twisted citron, and peacock feathers blended on white cardstock.  I used this new die on another piece of white cardstock, leaving a spot for the sentiment, and adhered it to the inked background.  I die cut the sentiment and stamped "friend".  The heart is one of the pieces from the flowers colored with a copic marker.  This panel is mounted on a melon mambo cardstock mat then that is mounted on the base with fun foam.  I sprayed the panel with Spectrum Noir shimmer and added Nuvo Crystal Drops in green, pink, and blue.  I'm pretty happy with this card.  It came out just as I pictured!  That doesn't happen too often.  :-)
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Best Banners (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, melon mambo, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, picked raspberry, twisted citron, and peacock feathers Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  Floral Burst Collage die (SSS), Best Banners die (Concord & 9th), Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time Out #87 - CASE with Your Own Twist

Hi friends!  The challenge this time around at Time Out is our CASE challenge.  This is the card we are CASE-ing by Cornelia.
 
And this is my take on the CASE.  I immediately thought of these Bird Crazy birds from Time Holtz.  I colored it with copics and die cut the bird, wing, and eyes/nose using the coordinating dies.  The wing is on dimensionals, but the eyes are just glued on (too small for dimensionals).  I did add glossy accents to the eyes.  The background was impressed with an impression plate on ivory cardstock, then I used an ink duster brush and antique linen ink to bring out the circle design.  I added a die cut tree branch for the bird to sit on and skinny sentiments on thin strips of cardstock to mimic the CASE card.  Sequins, of course, finish it off.
 
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Pooja, on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Recipe
Stamps:  Bird Crazy (TH), Contempo Cage (MFT)
Paper:  Vintage cream, close to cocoa, copic blending card
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, antique linen, Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Circle Doodle impression plate (SSS), bird crazy dies (TH), branch with leaves die (MFT), ink duster brushes, sequins, white embossing powder, glossy accents, dimensional tape, fun foam
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #400 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  Today is a very special day...it's the 400th Just Us Girls challenge!  I cannot believe it!  We started this challenge way back in October of 2009, and myself and Maria are the only two original designers on the team.  We've had some amazing designers come and go, and the team we have now is just as amazing. 
 
We are, however, losing one of our designers.  Chris Dring has decided to step down.  We wish her lots of luck in her future endeavors.
 
We have a new designer to fill the void Chris is leaving.  Please welcome Angie Cimbalo! 
We are so pleased to have her join our team.
 
So on to the challenge.  Since it's our 400th, we decided to choose "celebrate" as our word.
 
I just got this new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and decided to use these popsicles as the background.  Each row was stamped using the MISTI and painstakingly colored with Zig markers in rainbow colors.  Once I had that done, I had to decide what to do with that panel!  I settled on this die from MFT (retired?) die cut from black cardstock and then the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed underneath it.  I added some shimmer and glossy accents to some of the popsicles.  Sequins finished it off.
 
Because we are celebrating, we have a couple of prizes from two generous sponsors.
 
Our Sponsors are:
Random winner: [1 choice of a stamp set, and 1 ink pad]
and

[The Chic of this Week will win a $15 gift certificate AND, 1 random winner has their choice of a 4x6 stamp set, or 2 [in-stock] 3x5 stamp sets.]

A huge Thank you to both these companies!!
 
Hope to see you playing along with Just Us Girls!  Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  So Cool (SSS), Spot On (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versamark, black licorice (MFT), Zig markers
Accessories:  Accent It - Celebrate (MFT), sequins, glossy accents, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam
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Friday, June 30, 2017

CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge #177 - TicTac Toe

There's a new challenge posted over at CAS-UAL Fridays.  It's a Tic Tac Toe challenge with lots of great choices.
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I chose the first row down:  butterflies, monochromatic, and shaker card.  I chose the now retiring set Butterbows for the butterflies, various colors of orange for the monochromatic part, and I made it into a shaker.  I just love orange and these colors are just so bright and fun!  I smudged the Crystal drop on the lower left and it messed up my card right at the end!  UGH!!  I tried to cover it with a white gel pen. 
 
You can see more from the CAS-UAL Fridays design team on the CAS-UAL Fridays blog.
 
Hope you can join in the Tic Tac Toe fun!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Butterbows (Cas-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Bellini, tiki torch, orange twist, tutti frutti (Catherine Pooler), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Wonky stitches die (Avery Elle), stitched circles (SSS), sequins, dimensional tape, Nuvo crystal drops

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Just Us Girls #399 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for this week's Photo challenge.  Since yesterday was my last school day and my summer vacation starts today, I thought this photo was perfect!
 
I just love those beautiful Adirondack chairs!  So pretty!
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The colors on my card look so washed out, but they are really brighter in person.  I used yellow, orange, green, and blue Memento Luxe inks with this cool turnaround stamp.  The yellow panel and the blue banner were impressed with a linen plate.  I added shimmer to the sun.  So happy it's summer!
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Oh Hello Turnaround and Say Hello (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight, pacific point
Ink:  Versamark, dandelion, morocco, pear tart, and bahama blue Memento Luxe inks
Accessories:  Large sunshine die (Lil' Inkers), linen impression plate, sequins, fun foam, MISTI, spectrum noir sparkle, white embossing powder

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time Out #86 - Theme

I'm really losing track of time this week!  It's our last week of school, they have all been half days.  I'm late with this post, but it's up now!
 
The new challenge at Time Out is the Theme challenge, and the theme is celebrations with a twist to make a one-layer card.
 
We are sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays and I'm using the Special Delivery stamp set and coordinating die.  Who wouldn't want a pretty mailbox like this?  So cute!  I've colored it with copics and die cut it.  On the base, I used another die from CAS-ual Fridays called Bubble Label (I think it's retired.  I won this die a few years ago somehow!) to create the clouds.  I die cut it from some cardstock then used it as a stencil.  The grass was die cut also and added to the bottom.  My SIL and her fiancĂ©e are looking for a new home for when they get married, so I'll save this for that time to celebrate their purchase!
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest TaeEun on the Time Out blog
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Special Delivery (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, Copic Blending card, garden green
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, broken china, copic markers
Accessories:  Mailbox die (CF), bubble label die (CF), fresh cut grass die (MFT), sequins, shimmer spritz

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Just Us Girls #398 - Color Challenge

Hi friends!  Bobby has a great color challenge for the Just Us Girls challenge this week.
 
I don't know if kraft is considered brown, but that's what I thought looked good with the yellow and aqua I used on this card.  Looking at it now, I should have used brown!  Oh well!  This stencil was purchased because of a Jennifer McGuire video.  She can get me to buy anything!  I sponged broken china first, then turned the stencil around and sponged fossilized amber.  I love graphic designs!  The sentiment was stamped onto this rounded square die cut piece in Versamark and embossed with white powder.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and made it into a banner.  That piece is on dimensional tape.  This is the card I'll give to my father-in-law this weekend.
 
I'm entering this in the TGIF Challenges.
 
You can see more from the design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Best Dad (Altenew)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft
Ink:  Broken china, fossilized amber, Versamark
Accessories:  Cube Builder stencil (Altenew), Inside & Out stitched rounded square STAX die (MFT), Blueprints 13 (MFT), white ep, fun foam

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Friday, June 16, 2017

CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge #174

Hi everyone!  A new challenge has popped up on the CAS-ual Fridays blog!  This time it's a color challenge.
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I started by creating the background in aqua and coral with the Wallflower stamp.  Then I die cut the scallop tags...one in gray and another in white.  The sentiment, also from the Wallflower stamp set, was stamped in gray.  I added some gray ribbon tied with aqua twine.  I finished it with aqua and coral sequins.   
 
You can see more from the design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Wallflower (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Recollections white, basic gray
Ink:  Basic gray, aquatini, cameo coral
Accessories:  Scallop tag die (CAS-ual Fridays), ribbon, twine, sequins, fun foam

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Just Us Girls #397 - Trend Week


Hi friends!  The Trend Challenge over at Just Us Girls this week is to use powdered dyes. 
 
I haven't used these Color Burst powder dyes in a while, so I was happy for this challenge.  I decided to use three colors (yellow, crimson, and blue) and just go wild on a piece of watercolor paper.  I spritzed it with water and dried it with a heat tool.  Then I die cut it with this harlequin cover plate.  I also cut another piece of watercolor paper with the die and insert the watercolor piece into the frame.  I used Stick It so that the frame and pieces would stick to the black base.  I die cut the word die from black cardstock four times and stacked it.  I embossed the word "wishes" on vellum and adhered the die cut to it as well as the sequins.  There's shimmer on the die cut as well.
 
Because I die cut the cover plate twice, I was able to make two cards.  Here's the reverse of the first one.  Same design, different look.
 
And here they are side-by-side.  I have a few retirements to go to and I think these will be perfect for them.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Simple the Best (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Master's Touch watercolor, black, vellum
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; Color Bursts:  lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue
Accessories:  Harlequin cover plate (PTI), Best die (CPD), sequins, Stick It, Spectrum Noir shimmer

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time Out #85 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi everyone!  There's a new challenge over at the Time Out blog.  The challenge is our Home Sweet Home challenge where we give you a picture from a room in a home as inspiration.
 
Here's the picture for this challenge.  What a place to relax, right?
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When I looked at this photo, I saw three things:  the rattan hammock and the colors pink and turquoise.  I tried to incorporate these things into my card.  I started by stamped this floral image in Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I created a mask for it and stenciled what I thought looked like rattan or bamboo over the rest of the card.  Then I colored the image using Zig markers.  I die cut the banner and stamped the coordinating sentiment in Versamark and embossed that in white embossing powder as well.  I mounted this onto turquoise cardstock and then mounted that on fun foam.  I spritzed it with shimmer spritz and added white sequins. 

 
Our challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.  You can see more about the prize and see what the Time Out design team and our guest, Ashwini, have as inspiration for you on the Time Out blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th), Banner Style (PTI)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white, tempting turquoise, brushed corduroy distress
Ink:  Versamark, Zig markers
Accessories:  Staggered brickwork stencil (Dylusions), Banner Style die (PTI), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, sequins, fun foam

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Just Us Girls #396 - Word Week

Hey friends!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Ina chose die-cuts as the word.  How easy is that challenge these days?
 
I came home today to a box from Simon Says Stamp and this die (times two...I accidentally ordered two!  Happens All. The. Time!) and I had to use it.  It's been on my wish list for a while because it's been out of stock.  So I of course had to use it for this challenge.  I die cut it in the kiwi first.  The flower part is another die and it's cut from two shades of pink.  I added the pearl in the center.  The background behind the frame is blue china oxide ink sponged onto Bristol paper and spritzed with water.  Both pieces were spritzed with shimmer.  The front of the base was impressed with a linen plate.  I added the sentiment (stacked four times for dimension) and sequins for more sparkle.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our June (can you believe it's June already?) guest, Estelle, on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth, kiwi kiss, melon mambo, pink pirouette
Ink:  Broken china distress oxide
Accessories:  Floral Stem Collage die (Poppy Stamps), Impression Obsession word die, linen impression plate, shimmer spritz, sequins, fun foam

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Friday, June 2, 2017

CAS-UAL Fridays Challenge #175 - Use Pattern Papers

Hey friends!  It's time for another CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This time, we are breaking out the pattern papers.  Dust them off and get them on a card!
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I have to admit that I have TONS of pattern paper that I just don't use anymore!  So this challenge was great for me to get out some paper and use it!  I love the colors in this pack.  The top is from the pack and it looked to plain, so I ran it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The sentiment from Wallflower was stamped with navy ink onto a matted oval die.  That horizontal piece was pinked with an edge die.  I stamped the flower from Pretty Posies and die cut it with the coordinating die.  I added sequins to finish it off.

You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays team on the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog.

I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Wallflower and Pretty Posies (CAS-ual Fridays)
Paper:  Very vanilla, Trend Setter (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Night of Navy, aquatini
Accessories:  Pretty Posies dies (CAS-ual Fridays), pinking edge die (MFT), oval dies (Spellbinders), sequins, fun foam

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