Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Yesterday my hubby and I went to a 25th wedding anniversary for friends of his.  He asked me to make a card for the occasion.  No problem there!  This is a terrible picture of this card.  It's so pretty in person.  Since it's a 25th anniversary, I wanted to incorporate some silver into the card and I just had to add the pink to soften it up.  I hope they like this! 
I used this week's Deconstructed Sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Embellished Elegance (PTI)
Paper:  White shimmer (PTI), brushed silver and pink pirouette (SU)
Ink:  Pink pirouette, Versamark, pistachio pudding
Accessories:  Embellished elegance dies (PTI), enamel dots, embossing folder, silver embossing powder, dimensional tape


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #34 - Photo Inspiration

Are you getting your Christmas cards done?  If so, great!  If not, why not join us over at the Christmas Card Challenge and get started?  We have a great photo inspiration for you this week.
 Great inspiration, don't you think?  I love Christmas cookies, especially with anise.  The bakery that made my favorite anise cookies closed recently and I'm crushed!  There's another bakery that makes them, but they are not the same.  Anyway, I'm hankering for one right now! 
My card this week focuses on those star cookies.  At first, I colored some embossing paste and "painted" it on the kraft cardstock, but when it dried it wasn't looking so good.  So plan B was to cut the stars (the smaller ones were created with a punch and the large one was stamped and hand die for it!) several times from kraft and then once in white, green, and red.  I added some white liquid pearls to the red and green ones and then added some glitter over it while still wet.  The white one has red stickles added to it.  I then layered the snowflakes on top, as in the photo.  The small white snowflakes were added randomly and the sentiment stamped and embossed in white.
I used the Clean & Simple sketch for my layout inspiration.
The CCC team has some great inspiration for you as well on these blogs.
Happy stamping!
Stamps:  Layered Postmark: Holiday (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, garden green, real red, kraft
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Star punch, Let It Snowflake dies (MFT), liquid pearls, red stickles, white embossing powder, glitter dot, glitter


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Just Us Girls #250 - Color Week

Hi all!  It's our 250th challenge at Just Us Girls!  We've been doing this for almost 5 years!  Wow!  Maria Levine and I have been on the team since the beginning and we've had some amazing teammates and guest designers in those 250 challenges!  Our current team is fabulous and is keeping this challenge blog trending and moving forward.  We hope you like our new line-up, which you can see below.
This week is Color Week and Vicki has chosen a great summery color combo.
I recently purchased the Sprinkles and Shakers Make It Market kit from Tammy Herschberger who was selling hers (thanks Tammy!).  I hemmed and hawed about buying it originally, and was sorry I didn't.  Then I saw Tammy putting hers up for sale and I jumped on it!  I love the dies in it!  So I decided to make a shaker card with these colors.  I started by stamping the three colors using the Ombre Builders stamp set.  then I cut the frames, the clear cardstock, and the adhesive sheet.  Then I started building the shaker part.  Inside the shaker are sequins in turquoise and green and micro beads.  I then added more sequins on the outside of the frame.  I thought the sentiment was a fun one to put on the inside.
In celebration of our 250th challenge, we are being sponsored by Dare 2B Artzy.  Our Chic of the Week will win their choice of stamp set of $14.99 or less! 
You can see more from our fabby DT and Guest Designer at these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Ombre Builders and Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz
Ink:  Tempting turquoise and wild wasabi (SU), pear tart (Memento)
Accessories:  Shakers  & Sprinkles dies, clear cardstock, sequins (Pretty Posh and Color Theory), micro beads, adhesive sheet

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tag You're It!

There's a new challenge on the block called Tag You're It!  They are on to challenge #2 already (I missed the first one because I was on vacation).  I love making tags.  Don't know why, but they are just so fun to make!  Laura Bassen is their guest for this challenge and I just loved her tag.
The colors and grid grabbed my attention.  I had a Hero Arts grid pattern stamp that I've had for a while, but never used.  So I decided to dust the cobwebs off of it!  I started with die cutting a tag from distress watercolor paper then embossing it with the grid pattern stamp in white embossing powder.  To color the tag, I used three gelatos in lemon, mango, and melon.  I put some color down and blended them together with water and a paint brush.  Love the look!  The "hello" die was cut 5 times and stacked together.  I shimmered it up with a Wink of Stella shimmer and glossy accents for more shine.  I placed it on a black banner to ground it and added some sequins and baker's twine.
Now I have to find a gift bag to put it on!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Grid pattern (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Distress watercolor, black, Neenah white
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Quote Tag die (Paper Smooches), Banner Trio (WPlus9), sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Studio Calico), white embossing powder, baker's twine


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time Out Challenge #10 - Home Sweet Home

Hey friends!  There's a new Time Out Challenge and this time around it's our Home Sweet Home challenge.  Here is the photo for your inspiration.
There are so many elements you can take from this photo.  I love those stripes on the wall and the aqua color.  I also liked the watercolor look of the flags and those feather dangling from the teepee.  That was my inspiration for this card.  I watercolored the feathers and spritzed it with some brown ink.  I also added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella shimmer brush.  And I think I added too many enamel dots!  I just love those things!
I'm playing along with this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge too.
You can see more inspiration from the DT on these blogs.
 Time Out blog

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Topiary Trio (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, marigold morning, watercolor paper, Bitty Dot dp (PTI)
Ink:  Scattered straw, wild honey, spun sugar, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon distress inks, Versafine onyx black, brushed corduroy distress marker
Accessories:  WPlus9 fanciful feathers die, MFT vertical greetings die; enamel dots, Wink of Stella shimmer, dimensional tape, Tim Holtz spritzer tool


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Bird-Day!

Gosh, I was ready to say "Happy Monday", then I realized it was Tuesday already!  See what happens when you are on vacation and don't have to think of what day it is?  LOL! 
Since I was sitting here waiting to pick up my mom from her hair appointment, I decided to stamp!  I just got these Reverse Confetti stamps and dies in the mail yesterday and decided to work with them.  I just thought they were so cute.  I made it into a birthday card for my best friend Maria.  Her birthday is later in the month.  One of the first cards she made and sent to me (when she was stamping) was a flamingo card.  I thought I'd make her one all these years later.  It's a pretty self-explanatory card.  I did use some Wink of Stella shimmer on the wings of the birds.  I just adore flamingoes!
I used more layers than I have in a long time on this one.  I followed the Deconstructed Sketch for this week.
Deconstructed Sketch No. 159
I'm also linking up to the Curtain Call challenge.
Hope you are enjoying your summer!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Neenah white, pretty in pink, kraft, Bitty Dot dp (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, copics, signo white gel pen
Accessories:  Fabulous Flamingo die, Spellbinder's circle die, scallop border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, dimensional tape


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #33 - Color Challenge

Happy Sunday all!  This week over at Christmas Card Challenge we have a color challenge.  These are such lovely colors and translate well into a Christmas card.
This is how these colors translated into a Christmas card for me.  I stamped the snowflakes in red ink and the sentiment in smoky slate ink.  The vintage cream cardstock was matted with gray and red paper.  The snowflakes were shimmered up with a Wink of Stella shimmer brush.  Very simple and easy card to create, however it took me at least five tries to get this done.  I started with a poinsettia stamp that just wasn't stamping properly.  Then I used painter's tape and then washi tape to mask off the middle, and it kept pulling the paper.  Very frustrating!
I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.
You can see more inspiration from the DT on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Two Feet Deep (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, real red, basic gray
Ink:  Real red, smoky slate
Accessories:  Wink of Stella shimmer brush



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