Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge #35 - Anything Goes!

The challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges is an Anything Goes challenge!  Woohoo!  Time to put your thinking caps on and create whatever you choose (as long as it's holiday related, of course!).
I saw this car stamp sitting on my table just waiting to be used.  I don't know what it was doing there, but it wanted to be inked up!  I stamped it on watercolor paper and used Distress inks to color the image.  I added Glossy Accents to the windows and bumpers, then Wink of Stella shimmer to the tree and car.  It was fussy cut out (no die for this older stamp!).  I added the washi tape and sentiment (which I thought was perfect for this image) then used some embossing paste through this new stencil on the background.  It sort of reminded me of snowflakes.  When dry, I added the image on dimensionals.
I followed this week's Freshly Made Sketches but flipped it around because of the way the image was facing.
The girls over at Christmas Card Challenge have some great inspiration for you!  Take a look here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Car with Tree (Hero Arts), Love Lies Here Holiday (PTI)
Paper:  Real red, Neenah white, watercolor paper
Ink:  Archival jet black, Versafine onyx black, barn door, gathered twigs, tumbled glass, peeled paint, mustard seed, and pumice stone distress inks
Accessories:  Pointed star stencil (Jenny Bolin), embossing paste (Dreamweaver), washi tape, glossy accents, Wink of Stella shimmer, dimensiionals


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Just Us Girls #251 - Photo Week

It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Sharyn chose a great summer picture for us to use as inspiration.
 Here's a close up of the photo.  What a fun way to throw a BBQ!
Love the banner triangle flag idea we can, have a little table where people can write on them and then hang them up as you walk around you can look at what everyone wrote:))  kind ckassic american bbq decor right?
I just purchased this beverage stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and was so happy to use it for this challenge.  I also just purchased this brick stencil pattern and pulled out the water color brushes and Distress inks to color the brick pattern (you can see the brick in the background of the photo) and the yummy and colorful beverage.  The straw was cut from some striped pattern paper.  I just love that sentiment too! (But who says it has to be 5:00 to drink?)  Lovin' those sequins too!  I'm thinking I need a new camera.  I have not been happy with my photos for a while.  These colors are so washed out compared to the real card.  I wish you could see how colorful it is!  :-(
You can see much more inspiration from the DT gals and our guest designer on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!  I think it's 5:00 here...time for a drink!  ;-)
Stamps:  Adult Beverages and Adult Beverages Sayings (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Tim Holtz watercolor, Neenah white, positively pink (SU)
Ink:  Archival jet black, Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry Distress inks
Accessories:  Adult Beverages dies (SSS), Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Spellbinders die, Wink of Stella shimmer brush, mini brick stencil (Crafters Workshop), dimensionals, banner trio die (WPlus9) 


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



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