Saturday, April 25, 2015

Just Us Girls #290 - Photo Week

Happy Saturday!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls!  Maria chose a beautiful photo of spring-colored tulips!
Here's a closeup of the photo.
Now I know my card doesn't look like I took much inspiration from the photo, but I actually did.  I made this card for my MIL's birthday and she loves red. Since her birthday is in April, I thought spring (like the spring flowers in the photo) and I did add flowers to the card.  She loved it and I was happy!
I also used the Sweet Sunday sketch for my layout.
You can see more inspiration from the JUGs team and our guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Quilted Spring, Ruby Rose, Women of Life (PTI)
Paper:  Vintage cream, Everyday Enchantment dp (SU)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, certainly celery, riding hood red
Accessories:  Quilted Spring die (PTI), Stitched Rounded Square die (MFT), sequins, foam tape 


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Just Us Girls #289 - Color Week

Hi all!  I'm the hostess this week over at Just Us Girls for our Color Week.  I love brown with almost any color, so I chose brown, white or beige, and any third color of your choosing.
Here's what I came up with.  Last week's JUGs challenge was a shaker card and I missed it.  So, I chose to do one this week!  This one is a flat shaker, so the sequins don't move around so much.  For the design, I chose to use Distress inks in picked raspberry and gathered twigs on watercolor paper.  The background stamp is a new one from My Favorite Things and I'm in LOVE with it!  After inking it up, I spritzed it with water and stamped it on the watercolor paper.  The opening was die cut with a MFT die and I backed it with white cardstock stamped with this sentiment.  I added some acetate and the sequins and adhered it all together.  I don't know if you can see it, but I added some pink dew drops as well as some clear ones.   
You can see more from the design team on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Garden Flourish (MFT), Mega Mixed Messages (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso, Tim Holtz watercolor
Ink:  Picked raspberry, gathered twigs, soft suede
Accessories:  Peek-a-boo circle window die (MFT), sequins, dew drops, acetate


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time Out Challenge #29 - Inspired by Words

Hi friends!  It's time for another Time Out challenge!  This week is our Inspired by Words challenge, and here is the phrase we want you to be inspired by:
"You can't make a rainbow without a little rain"

I went with the rainbow theme using the colors of the rainbow.  I recently saw this post by Wendy Vecchi using her borders stencil.  I was at my local stamp store last week and they had this stencil, so I bought it.  I thought I'd use it for this challenge with these rainbow colors.  I used distress inks and love the outcome!  The sentiment is from a Mama Elephant stamp set.  The stars are from the same set.  All the stars were dabbed with some Wink of Stella shimmer.  You can't see it too well, but I also shimmered up one diamond in each row.

I'm also entering this in the Runway Inspired Challenge for this week.  Perfect match!

Stop by the Time Out blog to see more inspiration from the design team and our Guest Designer Michele Henderson!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Make a Wish (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Recollections white, pumpkin pie
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn, salty ocean, seeded preserves
Accessories:  Borders stencil (Wendy Vecchi), Wink of Stella, mounting tape


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time Out Challenge #28 - CASE with your own twist

Hello friends!  It's time for another Time Out Challenge!  This time around is our CASE with your own twist challenge.
This is the card by Kim that we are CASEing  Lovely, right? 

Here's what I came up with.  I used a technique I found on SCS called black magic.  Basically, you stamp your image in white pigment ink on dark cardstock, heat set it, and color it in with colored pencils.  I need some practice with this technique because I'm not all that happy with my outcome, but I think it's ok. I used Prismacolor pencils to do my coloring.   My sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  
We have a sponsor this week and that is Clearly Besotted StampsThe prize is a £20 gift voucher to the winner. 
We also have Claire joining us as guest designer this week.
You can see more information on the Time Out blog as well as more inspiration from the design team.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Lace Bouquet and Embroidered Blooms (PTI)
Paper: Recollections white, black
Ink:  Fresh snow, Versamark
Accessories:  Prismacolor pencils, corner rounder, white embossing powder


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time Out #27 - CAS with a Twist

Hi friends!  We have a new Time Out challenge, and this week the challenge is CAS...but with a twist.  The twist is to make a black and white card with a splash of one other color.  Think you can handle that?  I'm sure you can!

I was so happy that it was a CAS card this week cause I've just been so exhausted lately.  Anyway, when I went to my stamp table to think about this card, this set from SU was on my desk.  I've been wanting it for a long while an finally bought it recently.  So I stamped the gingham circle in black as well as the sentiment.  The flowers on the sentiment were masked off and colored with markers.  Here's my dilemma...what color do I color the leaves?  If I did them in black, I don't think I'd like it.  But if I colored them green, it would add another color. So I went rogue and colored them green!  I also added more gingham in the pink to the right side for balance.  I love this color combo! To finish it off, I added enamel dots and rounded the corners.
You can find more inspiration on the Time Out blog
We have guest designer Susanne joining us this time around.
Also, CAS-ual Fridays is our sponsor - we will do a random draw for those who use the twist and the winner will get $20 gift voucher.
We hope to see you playing along with us.  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Kind and Cozy (SU), Background Basics: Gingham (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, regal rose, certainly celery
Accessories:  Enamel dots, corner rounder


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time Out #26 Reminder - It's Our 1st Anniversary!

Hi everyone!  Long time, no post!  It seems like forever since I've been able to sit in my craft room!  And for this card, I was only in there for a short while.  It's been a busy month.  We were on vacation, then when I came home my mom suffered a fractured pelvic bone.  Now she is in rehab and from there she will be going to an assisted living facility.  I've been wanting her to go there, but now that it's actually happening I'm kind of sad.  But in the end, it will be much better for her. 
Anyway, did you know that the Time Out Challenge is celebrating its first anniversary?  Yep!  And there are prizes being given out as well!  Here's the scoop:
Our very own DT members Shery and Beverley have both very generously offered these prizes for this challenge.
-The winner chosen by our DT will get a $15 STAMPlorartions Gift Voucher and a £15 Uniko Gift Voucher 
-A randomly chosen winner will get a Celebration/Birthday stencil pack from STAMPlorations
So why not play along?  This week is a reminder week of our Home Sweet Home challenge.  We have this great photo for you to use as inspiration.
Frame Collage Funky Bright Home Decor Upcycled Vintage Frames Hollywood Regency Apartment Decor Quirky Decor
So here's my take.  I found this old PTI set that had these great frame stamps in them.  I stamped them in Memento Luxe inks and stacked them sort of like in the inspiration photo.  Then I stamped this great "Hugs" sentiment in black to mimic the branches in the photo.  The flag sentiment was then stamped in pink and to finish it off, my fav enamel dots!   Love those!  I rounded two corners to give it some interest and soften the edges.  That's it!  Pretty easy peasy!
I hope you can play along and celebrate with us over on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  B&C Monogram edition and Big Hugs (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Bahama blue, rose bud, pear tart (Memento Luxe), Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Enamel dots, corner rounder


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Time Out Reminder

Hi everyone!  It's been a little quiet here on the ol' blog!  I've been on vacation in sunny Huatulco, Mexico!  This was the view of sunrise from our room...absolutely fabulous!
Anyway, since I've been frolicking on the beach, I've been behind on my crafting but I did want to remind you that the current Time Out challenge, Rock Around the Clock, is still going on!  You can find it here.
Hope you can join us!
Thanks for stopping by!



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