Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christmas Card Challenge #8 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone!  This week over at Christmas Card Challenge is our Anything Goes challenge (as long as it's holiday related!).   
I was once again at my favorite stamp store in Buffalo, NY...Buffalo Stamps & Stuff.  The owner, Sharon, has the most amazing store!  She has all the most popular products on her shelves and then some!   I had last Monday off so I popped in for a peek.  I saw a card there made with this die and had to re-create it.  Luckily this week is Anything Goes, so I was happy!  I die cut this Cottage Cuts die from what I believe is pool cardstock from SU...or maybe aqua mist from PTI.  It's one of the cardstocks I DON'T have labeled.  I backed it with some white glitter paper from Hobby Lobby.  The base of the card was run through a PTI impression plate and done!  I toyed with the idea of adding a die cut word, but this was just so pretty on its own and the word interfered with the design.  Super simple card to create!
You can see more great designs from the design team on these blogs.
                       Alanna    Carol    Donna     Gail    Heather     Jessica     JoAnn     Lisa  
                                     Margo     Marsha     Monica     Shirley Anne     Tenia

Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, glitter white (Hobby Lobby), pool (SU) or aqua mist(PTI)
Accessories:  Winter cottage scene(Cottage Cuts), canvas impression plate (PTI) 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just Us Girls #277 - Photo Week

It's getting close to Valentine's Day and we have a great photo inspiration for you over at Just Us Girls.
I just got some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp.  They arrived in the mail today just in time for this challenge.  I die cut this heart die from early espresso cardstock.  I love brown with pink or red (or any other color for that matter!).  The inside heart was cut from some pattern paper to get a design like the cookies in the photo.  The heart background was created with another new goodie...the tiny hearts stencil. I used red ink and a dauber to get these little cuties on there.  The tiny hearts were cut using a die from the MFT Blueprints #11 set.  Wink of Stella shimmer was used on the little hearts and the die cut word. Something was missing on this card, so I rounded the bottom two corners and distressed the edges with distress ink. 
You can see more on the design team blogs below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Vintage cream, early espresso, real red, Crazy for Love dp (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Real red, brushed corduroy
Accessories:  Surely Stitched Heart die (SSS), tiny hearts stencil (SSS), wet paint cuts die (PTI), blueprints #11 die (MFT), Wink of Stella shimmer, corner rounder


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Time Out Challenge #23 - Theme Week: Valentine's Day

Hello friends!  It's time for another Time Out challenge.  This week is our theme challenge.  The theme is Valentine's Day with a twist to use hearts.  Not too difficult to do with Valentine's Day!

I just purchased this Taylored Expressions die from my LSS this weekend.  I just love the partial heart with the border.  I cut it from some retired SU paper and used a polka dot piece from the same paper pack.  I aligned everything to the right just like the heart in the die.  You can't tell, but I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to some of the dots.  I also added some gold hearts.  The word die was cut five times and stacked.  I covered it with more Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
We have STAMPlorations sponsoring us this week, so there are prizes involved in playing our challenge this week.  Here's the deets:
1. Twist with us (use hearts) and we will do a random draw.  The winner will get a $15 voucher for the store.
2. Comment on Shery's post at STAMPlorations for this challenge and we will do a random draw .  The winner will get a stencil pack from STAMPlorations.
We also have a guest joining us this week...Valentyna (perfect name for our challenge too!).
You can see more from the design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Love Letter (SU retired), real red, black
Accessories:  Part of My Heart (Taylored Expressions), Wet Paint Cuts (PTI), gold hearts, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Christmas Card Challenge #7 - Inspiration Photo: Santa Hats

Hi everyone!  The Christmas Card Challenge this week is an inspiration photo. 

Here's a close up of the photo!  Don't those cupcakes look delicious?
I decided to make a tag this week (I just love them!), and I knew exactly the stamp set that would be perfect for this challenge.  This set is from My Time Made Easy.  I stamped and colored the Santa hat then cut it out.  For the furry parts, I used a Versamark pen and sticky embossing powder then added the Star Dust Stickles glitter.  It's really sparkly!  The sentiment and snowflakes were stamped in red and I added silver pearls to the center of the flakes.  I matted it offset on another tag in red cardstock.  Gingham ribbon and a snowflake button finished off the tag. 

You can see more from the design team on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Secret Santa (MTME)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Real red
Accessories:  Tag Sale #3 die (PTI), sticky embossing powder, Stickles star dust glitter, silver pearls, snowflake button, gingham ribbon


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Just Us Girls #276 - Color Challenge

Hi friends!  This week over at Just Us Girls is color week.  Maria chose three great, orange, and blue!
I have a friend who recently had her gall bladder removed and I needed to send a card to her.  I thought this friend die was a perfect choice.  The decorative paper that immediately came to mind when I saw the colors Maria chose was SU's retired Jersey Shore.  I've always loved this paper!  I die cut the friend die from navy cardstock and the dotted paper was die cut with the stitched scallop border die.  The sentiment border and sentiment are from a Tim Holtz set.  I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the friend die and some candy dots.
You can see more from the design team and our guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Just Sayings (Tim Holtz)
Paper:  Recollections white, night of navy, Jersey Shore dp (retired SU)
Ink:  Nautical blue (Memento Luxe), wild wasabi
Accessories:  Friend die and stitched scallop die (MFT), Wink of Stella, candy dots, dimensionals


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Time Out #22 Reminder - Home Sweet Home

Have you seen the current Time Out Challenge?  This is the beginning of the second week, so you still have time to play.

This is the photo we are using for our Home Sweet Home photo inspiration challenge.
Say Hello: Perk up your home with a friendly welcome sign. For an added boost, choose a bright, funky color. Source: Instagram user decorame

I went a little literal with the photo.  I stamped the couch and pillows on pattern papers and fussy cut them out and added the pillows to the couch.  The "wallpaper" was stamped as was the rug.  I stamped the "hello" like in the photo and added the sentiment on the bottom.  The background was embossed with a woodgrain impression plate.  I added a panel of decorative paper that matches on of the pillows.
You can see more inspiration on the Time Out Challenge blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  On My Couch, On My Couch Additions, Background Basics: Retro, and Mat Stack 3 (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, sahara sand, riding hood red, Boxer dp (BG)
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa, riding hood red, sahara sand
Accessories:  Ribbon, button, dimensionals


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas Card Challenge #6- CASE a DT Member's Card

Happy Sunday!  Today I have another Christmas Card!  I'm so happy to be continuing to make them so I don't freak out in December!  Over at Christmas Card Challenges, we are case-ing a DT member's card from their blog. 
I cased this pretty card by Alanna.  You can find her post here.
I loved the layout and the die cut.  For the background, I used this embossing folder that I saw recently and had to have!  The circle was die cut with a stitched circle.  I stamped the sentiment and added the die cut.  It was cut four times and stacked together.  I added clear sequins for more interest.
You can see more cased cards from our design team on these blogs!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Communique Curves (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, cherry cobbler
Ink:  Riding hood red
Accessories:  Stitched circle and Christmas Blessings dies (SSS), Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, sequins, dimensionals



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