Saturday, February 6, 2016

Just Us Girls #329 - Word Week

Do you make a lot of Valentines?  I make a few, and I love when I have a challenge to direct me.  This week, Just Us Girls did that with our word week challenge.  Vicki chose Valentine as the word and I pulled out a cool heart die for this challenge.
The die is from Simon Says Stamp and it's called Danish Heart.  You die cut it out twice and weave the pieces together.  I used two complimentary papers from a Valentine paper pad and used a strip of pattern paper on the side.  The heart was popped up with fun foam and I put some washi tape behind it.  I added the sentiment and sequins.  There are star dust stickles on the stamped hearts. 
I used the current CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout.
You can see more from our design team and guest, Pamellia, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sweet Valentine (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, Yours Truly (Echo Park)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Danish Heart die, sequins, star dust stickles, fun foam


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time Out Challenge #49 - Inspired by Words

Hi friends!  There's a new challenge over on the Time Out challenge.  This challenge is one of my favorites:  Inspired by Words!  The quote is a beautiful one from a John Lennon song:
"Love is the flower, you've got to let grow"

So of course I thought hearts and flowers for Valentine's Day.  I just got this new die set from Concord and 9th.  I saw a card that Kay Miller did with it and had to have it!  I actually cased her card here, but changed it up a bit.  I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with worn lipstick and seedless grapes distress inks and sprinkled it with water to get some water droplets.  Then I used Clean Color Real Brush markers to watercolor the floral spray.  I also die cut the leafy heart and layered everything together.  I added some star dust stickles in each of the leaf openings and on the hearts in the sentiment. 
You can see more inspiration from the design team on the Time Out blog.  We have Valentyna joining us as a guest too!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sweet Valentine (Verve)
Paper: Recollections white, watercolor paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, worn lipstick and seedless grapes distress inks, Clean Color Real Brush
Accessories:  Layers of Love dies (Concord & 9th), star dust stickles


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Just Us Girls #328 - Wild Card Week!

Happy Saturday!  Since it's the fifth Saturday of the month, Just Us Girls has a special Wild Card Challenge where the hostess gets to choose any challenge she wishes.  Chris is our hostess and she chose this fun Tic Tac Toe challenge.  Many options to choose from !
 I went with the middle vertical column of die-cuts, stamps, and flowers. I needed a sympathy card for an elderly friend's brother, so I thought flowers would be a nice choice.  I've had this set from My Favorite Things for a while and used it for the first time!  I die cut a bunch of the dies then played around with positioning it around a half circle.  I layered it onto a piece of pattern paper.  The base looked a little bare, so I used the spritzer tool to add some color.  I've also added some star dust stickles to the flower for some sparkle.
I followed the sketch from the Fusion Challenge.
You can see more from the design team on the JUGs blog.  You also see designs from our January guests, Vicki and Deepti.  This is their last challenge with us, and we were so happy to have them join us with their beautiful work all month!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Fall Florals (MFT), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Sweet Threads (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Pale tomato (HA), old olive, crushed curry, pretty in pink, melon mambo, soft suede, daffodil delight, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Fall Florals dies (MFT), cross-stitched circle (MFT), spritzer tool, star dust stickles


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Featured Stamper Challenge

Happy Sunday!  I haven't played or posted in Splitcoast Stampers in forever!  I should pay them more attention because that's where all this blogging started way back then. 
Today is their Featured Stamper challenge and we are CASEing  Michele Greenwood (Whimsey on SCS).  I just adored this card she made and had to case it.  I've always loved black, pink and's so Parisian!  I started by die cutting the base of the butterfly in black dot paper and three times from white.  The frame was die cut from paper that I had sponged with spun sugar and picked raspberry distress inks.  I adhered all of them together then adhered it to the base.  Then I sponged another piece of paper with the picked raspberry and punched out the border with the scallop border punch.  That and the black dot paper was adhered to the bottom.  I added the sentiment and sequins to finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Enclosed: butterfly (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, bitty dot basics 2008 (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, spun sugar, picked raspberry
Accessories:  Enclosed:  butterfly die, scallop border punch, sequins


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Just Us Girls #327 - Photo Inspiration

Hi friends!  It's time for another challenge from Just Us Girls, and this week is Photo Week!
Here's a close-up of the photo Sharyn chose this week.
I went very literal, as you can see!  I had this anchor die and cut it four times:  once from wood pattern paper and three times from white cardstock.  I stacked them together for dimension.  I scored the yellow cardstock every half inch, but I don't think you can see it.  I wanted to mimic the paneling in the picture.  And of course, the blue and white chevron comforter was a major inspiration!  I added the blue strip with the embossed sentiment and wood star sequins.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guests on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Round and Round (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, barely banana, night of navy, PB&J (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Anchor die (Paper Smooches), white embossing powder, sequins


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time Out #48 - CASE

Hi there!  The new challenge over at Time Out is a CASE challenge.

Here is the card we are CASE-ing by Marika.  Isn't it lovely?
I went really CAS on this one.  I immediately thought of this stamp set by Papertrey Ink. I sponged some Abandoned Coral ink in a similar fashion to Marika's card.  Then I stamped the strings and bow as well as the sentiment in black ink.  I simply added sequins to finish it off.  This panel was adhered to the base with dimensional tape.
You can see more from the design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  No Strings Attached (PTI), Strictly Sentiments (WP9)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, abandoned coral
Accessories:  Sequins, dimensional tape

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Just Us Girls #326 - Color Week

Hi everyone!  It's color week over at Just Us Girls!  We have white, light blue, and dark blue.  Monochromatic always seem easy until I have to sit down and create with them.  That happened with these colors, but I think I just have too many stamps and can't decide what to use!
This stitched diagonal die was sitting on my desk, so I die cut it from white cardstock and added the navy pattern paper behind it.  I love this dahlia three-step stamp and stamped it using the Misti tool.  First it was stamped in light blue, then navy (which I dabbed with a cloth to take some ink off of it), then again in navy (full strength).  The sentiment was stamped in navy as well.  I added some pearls then mounted that panel on a white card base.
Some of my 5th grade girls Googled me and found my blog!  Hello girls if you are reading this!  I hope you are getting some of that reading done for your January reading log during this long weekend! :-)
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
I'm also entering this in a new challenge blog called Double D Challenge.  Their challenge is to use blue and flowers on your card.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Delightful Dahlia Additions and Script Sentiments (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, Moments (MME)
Ink:  Brocade blue, night of navy
Accessories:  Stitched cover-up companion die (MFT), delightful dahlia die (PTI), pearls, Misti



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