Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Anniversary

I had two anniversaries to make cards for last week.  One was for my in-laws who celebrated their 63rd anniversary, and the other was for our best friends.  They celebrated their 40th!  It doesn't seem possible that they could be married that long!
 
Since the 40th is celebrated with red, that's what I went with for both cards.  I started with foiling this foil mates panel from GinaK in red foil using my Mini Minc machine.  Then I stamped and die cut the flower and placed it on the white panel.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  A crystal in the middle of the flower finished it off.  Simple and quick card. 
 
Here's a shot of the foil.  It's hard to capture it in photos, but it was so pretty in real life.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Calendar Basics and Bloomers (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, pure poppy, scarlet jewel
Accessories:  Bloomers die (PTI), red crystal, Heidi Swapp red foil, Elegant Florals Foil Mates (GinaK) 


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Just Us Girls #412 - Photo Week

Hello everyone!  This week at Just Us Girls, Ina chose this great photo for our photo week challenge.
 
Here's what I saw in the photo and how it translates into my card.  I chose this jungle stencil and used two Distress Oxide inks with it.  While it was still wet, I covered it with clear embossing powder.  It really intensified the colors.  Then I die cut the bird and colored it with Zig markers to mimic the parrot in the photo.  The bird is placed on a white border on which I stamped the sentiment, heart, and sequins.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Contempo Cage (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, twisted citron, peeled paint, Zig markers
Accessories:  Contempo Cage bird die (MFT), jungle stencil (Dina Wakely), clear embossing powder, sequins, dimensional tape



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Us Girls #411 - Color Week

Hi friends!  Today is color week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria has chosen a warm fall color palette.
 
I just got this new stamp/die set from Concord and 9th.  As I was thinking about what I was going to make, I picked up this set to take it down to my craft room and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  It's a two-step stamp, so I stamped the first layer in yellow and the second in orange.  Then I stamped the berries in burgundy and die cut the wreath.  Then I die cut the words and added crystal drops to the berries.  The wreath was spritzed with shimmer spray.  The front panel of the card base was given some texture with an impression plate.  The wreath was popped up with dimensional tape.
 
You can see more from our JUGs design team and September guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Magnolia Wreath (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, brave burgundy, Masters Touch watercolor paper
Ink:  Fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, scarlet jewel
Accessories:  Magnolia Wreath die (C&9th), word die (Hero Arts), impression plate (PTI), shimmer spritz, Morning Dew crystal drops, dimensional tape



Friday, September 8, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #182 - CASE a Girl Friday

Hi everyone!  The challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is to CASE a Girl Friday's card.  Cool challenge!
 
 I chose this beautiful card by Michelle Lupton.  I love her style and this one really caught my eye for a number of obvious reasons!

Here's my case.  I went for the layout (which BTW was not easy to figure out...at least for me!), the embossed background and the pinks.  I started by embossing the Curtis background stamp in Versamark and embossed it with clear powder.  I added Distress Oxide inks over the embossing and blended it together.  Then I cut it in half diagonally and laid it on the base so I could center the sentiment between the two pieces.  I stamped the sentiment in black, attached the panels to the base, and added sequins.  My card does not do Michelle's justice, but I do like it. 
 
You can see more from the Girl Fridays on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Curtis bg and Frankly (CF)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, wilted violet, and seedless preserves Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  sequins, clear embossing powder 


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Us Girls #409 - Word Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls for our Word Week challenge.  I chose the word "SHOES" as I've always loved them and have many!
This is another new stamp I picked up last week at a Scrap and Stamp show especially for this challenge.  It's from Technique Junkies and is one stamp.  I stamped it in Versafine onyx black ink onto Bristol smooth white paper and embossed it in clear powder.  It's colored with Zig markers.  I had to color the soles of the shoes red!  The straps of the shoes were covered with glossy accents and I added some Nuvo crystal drops.  The panel was die cut with a wonky stitches die.

 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Linda Snodgrass, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
ETA:  How could I forget The Daily Marker's Coloring Challenge?  I'm entering my card!
Recipe
Stamps:  The Right Shoes (Technique Junkies)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, orchid opulence
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Zig markers
Accessories:  Wonky Stitches die (Avery Elle), Nuvo Crystal Drops (morning dew), glossy accents, fun foam 


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Time Out #91 - CASE Challenge

Hi friends!  I have a new challenge for you to participate in over at the Time Out blog.  It's a CASE challenge and the photo below is the card we are CASEing.
 
This lovely card is by Beverley Brown.  I just love the soft rainbow colors and those black accents from the flower and sentiment.
 
The thing that I noticed was the rainbow color palette, so that's what I used as inspiration for my card.  I went to a Scrap and Stamp convention this weekend and bought some amazing stamps, dies, and other crafty things!  I went with my stamping friend Cheryl and we bought the place out I think!  I got these layering dies from Honey Bee and die cut them from white cardstock.  Since I was covering up a lot of the background, I wanted my rainbow to be bright so it shined through.  Therefore I used the Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  They give such a bright opaque color.  Love them!  I added a die cut sentiment and placed it in the same place as Beverley's card.  It was layered four times and I put some shimmer on top of it. Sequins finished off the card.
 
I hope you play along with us this week.   Beverley just happens to own Uniko and is our sponsor for this challenge.  Stop by the Time Out blog to check out the prize and to see inspiration from the Time Out design team and guest Lucie.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Masters Touch watercolor
Ink:  Gansai Tambi watercolor
Accessories:  Hexagon coverplate (Honey Bee), Hello die (Stamplorations), sequins, Spectrum Noir shimmer, black enamel accects (Ranger)




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Just Us Girls #408 - Photo Week

Hi everyone!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls and Maria has chosen this fun Hawaiian themed photo for us to be inspired by.
 
I was so happy to see this photo because I could use this cool stamp set from Concord & 9th.  I of course bought it because that girl named Jennifer McGuire (you know her, right?  LOL!) used it in a video and it looked so cool I had to have it!  She made it look so simple, but it took me at least four tries to get it (sort of) right. (I guess I cased her card too!)  I stamped the pineapple in Versamark and embossed it in white.  Then I used the coordinating stamps and my MISTI to stamp the fronds, flowers and leaves.  I kept to the colors in the photo when I matted the stamped image and chose the base.  I don't know if you can see it, but I stamped the yellow base with a background stamp and Versamark to give it some texture.  I spritzed it with shimmer spray and added the sequins.  The sentiment banner is on dimensional tape.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Darnell, on the JUGs blog.  This is Darnell's last week with us and we'd like to thank her for being such a great guest this month!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Pineapple Perfection (Concord &9th), Fine Check bg (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight, melon mambo
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, maple yellow, ocean waves, and pinkalicious (Altenew), key lime and watermelon (SSS)
Accessories:  Pineapple Perfection die (Concord & 9th), white embossing powder, sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam


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