Saturday, August 1, 2015

Just Us Girls #304 - Word Week

Hi friends!  This week over at Just Us Girls it's word week.  Maria chose the word favorite time of the year!  I'm pretty sure it's Maria's as well!
This is my interpretation of Autumn...leaves.  I started with the woodgrain stencil and brushed corduroy ink.  Then I went to work on the tag.  I stamped the leaf sprig on the tag with Versamark ink and embossed it with white powder.  Then I took three distress inks and sponged them on, blending them together.  I then die cut the leaf from watercolor paper.  I worked on this leaf for a looooong time!  I did it and re-did it four times before I settled on this one.  I sponged green on the stem and towards the center of the leaf.  Then I applied some orange and yellow inks.  I then added some drops of water on it and heat set it.  The veins were stamped with brown ink.  The baker's twine, sequins, and sentiment finish it off.
I used this week's Tag You're It! challenge as my inspiration.
I'm also taking the Background Check Online Card Class and the sponging on the tag is a technique they talked about.
You can see more inspiration from the design team and our new guest, Karen Bourke, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Leaf Prints (PTI), Paisley Prints (WPlus 9), First Aid Kit (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor
Ink:  Distress Inks:  mustard seed, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, brushed corduroy, crushed olive; Memento rich cocoa; Versafine onyx black; Versamark
Accessories:  Leaf Prints and Tag Sale #3 dies (PTI), woodgrain stencil (Tim Holtz), white embossing powder, baker's twine, sequins, dimensionals


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Time Out #36 and Just Us Girls #303 Reminder

Hello all!  I have a card for a few challenges.  I'm taking the Background Check class from Online Card Classes and I made a background from one of the lessons.  I made it into a card for the current Time Out challenge.
This is the card we are CASE-ing by Alice Wertz.

I sponged the middle of the cardstock with orange and blue inks.  I die cut this tea cup from blue cardstock and covered it with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink.  Simple CAS card!
I never got to do a card for the current Just Us Girls challenge.  I was on vacation last week and ran out of time.  So I thought I'd use the blue and orange from this beautiful photo (love those colors together!) that my friend Cheryl found.  The challenge runs through tonight (Thursday) at 9:00 pm EST, so you still have time to play!
Stop by the Time Out blog and Just Us Girls blog to see what the design teams have created! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Embroidered Border (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, pacific point
Ink:  Dried marigold, salty ocean, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Fancy Tea Cup die (PTI), fun foam, Wink of Stella, glossy accents


Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Hi everyone!  I'm taking the Background Check class from Online Card Classes this week. (If you're not taking the class, I suggest you do.  All of their classes are very well done and informative!)  I've created a couple of backgrounds and made them into cards.  I'm sharing a plaid one today and a different background tomorrow. 
Laura Bassen created a background similar to this one and made a card with it similar to this one as well.  I guess you can say I cased her!  I used three pigment inks and a stripe stamp. I also used two die inks (the black and gray).  I sponged on the gray color and stamped the black with a thinner stripe stamp.  The scallop circle was die cut from the center then I embossed the sentiment in white.  I added some yellow sequins.
My colors came from this week's Color Throwdown.  I did add in the gray and black as neutrals.  Love these colors!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Plaid Background Builder (MFT), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  Recollections white, perfect plum
Ink:  Pear tart, dandelion, sweet plum (Memento Luxe), smoky slate, Memento tuxedo black, Versamark
Accessories:  Peek-a-Boo Circle Window die (MFT), sequins, white embossing powder


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time Out challenge #36 - CASE-ing Alice

Hi friends!  It's time for a new challenge from Time Out.  This time around is our CASE-ing challenge.
This is the card by Alice Wertz that we are CASE-ing.  Super cute card!

Here's my take on it.  I loosely used her layout as my jumping off point.  I started by laying some color down on the watercolor paper with a Zig marker then used a water brush to move the color around.  I stamped the airplane and sentiment and die cut them.  They are popped up for dimension.  I added the washi tape and sequins.  That whole main panel was also popped up on some fun foam then mounted on a red card base.
You can see more from our design team and our guest for this challenge, Rema, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Take Flight (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Watercolor, real red
Ink:  Real red, pacific point, Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Accessories:  Take Flight dies (CB), washi tape, sequins, water brush, sequins


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Just Us Girls #302 - Color Week

Hi all!  We have a color challenge over at Just Us Girls and it is a summer goodie!  Sharyn chose these fun colors and boy did I have fun with them!  You only have to use three of the 5 colors.
I chose to use all 5 colors.  I used some new products I had on my table.  I used the bokeh lights stencils (there are three in the set) for my background.  I stenciled the smaller dots in pink, the middle dots in orange, and the large dots in yellow.  (I love this stencil...I think it's going to get lots of use!)  Then I die cut the tag in bright green and the flowers and sentiment in turquoise.  There are the 5 colors!  I added some sequins to the flowers and Wink of Stella shimmer to the sentiment and tag.  The main panel is popped up on fun foam.
You can see more from the design team and our guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, tempting turquoise, green galore
Ink:  Daffodil delight, only orange, pixie pink
Accessories:  Bokeh lights stencil (SSS), Big hugs die (PTI), Garden stems tag (SSS), sequins, fun foam


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Just Us Girls #301 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  I'm very excited today because my favorite band of all time, The Rolling Stones, are in my hometown Buffalo, NY!  My best friend Maria and my cousin Renee are going to the concert with me!  The band has been getting excellent reviews on this tour!  They've been visiting around town today.  They were at a local restaurant yesterday and today they were at the Darwin Martin house, which was built by Frank Lloyd Wright.  I wish I could have run into them somewhere!  It's on my bucket list to meet them...I doubt that will ever happen!  I'll take pics of the concert and let you know how the concert was.
Well, back to why I'm really posting today!  The Just Us Girls challenge this week is a trend challenge. I'm the hostess and I've seen lots of gold being used on cards, so that's the challenge...use gold. 
Please excuse my photo.  The light I use above my light tent is out and hubby hasn't changed the bulb yet.  I took about 13 photos all over my house and outside too and his was the best one. 
I purchased these Paper Smooches dies the other day and thought they'd look cool in gold.  I have a set of gold flatware that I use with my china for holidays.  That was my inspiration.  I die cut them from gold glitter paper, added some gold washi tape, some sequins, and a gold sentiment.  The main panel is popped up with fun foam. 

You can see more from the design team and our guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Hand Lettered Thanks (WP9)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, gold glitter (American Crafts)
Ink:  Delicata gold
Accessories:  Flatware 2 dies (Paper Smooches), washi tape, sequins, fun foam



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Time Out Challenge #35 - Theme: Nature with a Twist of Animals

Hi friends!  Ready for a new challenge from Time Out?  This challenge is a theme challenge.  We want you to use the theme of nature and if you want to twist with us, add an animal too!
I've had this stamp set from Inky Antics for a couple of years now and it needed to finally see some ink.  (See, hubby?  I do need all these stamps cause some day I'll need them!)  I stamped the jar and the bug on watercolor paper with Archival ink.  I colored them with the new Zig Clean Color Real Brushes.  (I looked online for them a few weeks ago and no one had them.  I saw a post from my local stamp store who said they had them.  One phone call to hold the last set of 24 for me and they were mine!)  I added glossy accents to the bug's eyes and star dust stickles to its wings. 
My layout comes from this week's Retro Sketches.  I changed the orientation for my card to vertical.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Barb Ghig.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bug B Gone (Inky Antics), Friendship Jar Summer Fillers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, pacific point, Good Morning Sunshine dp (SU)
Ink:  Archival jet black, Zig Clean Color Real Brushes
Accessories:  Friendship Jar Summer Fillers die (PTI), On the diagonal die (Lil' Inkers), Borders 1 die (Paper Smooches), Banner Trio die (WP9), candy dots, star dust stickles, glossy accents, fun foam



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