Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time Out #101 - Inspired by Words

The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is our inspired by words.  This is the quote to be inspire by.
I went literal...a no brainer!  I had this card designed in my head, but I had a heck of a time finding this Wrap it Up die!  It was of course in the last possible place I could look.  I still have lots of organizing to do!  I started by die cutting the box of the present with some old Cosmo Cricket pattern paper.  Then I matched it up with some equally old SU cardstock...ruby red.  It was a perfect match.  I die cut the ribbon, bow, and word from that cardstock.  I added rose sequins and some shimmer to the word die.
You can see more from our Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Michele, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Desert storm, ruby red, Cosmo Cricket dp
Accessories:  Wrap it up die (PTI), Celebrate word die (MFT), sequins, fun foam, Spectrum noir shimmer 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Just Us Girls #423 - Trend Week

Hey friends!  It's Trend week over at Just Us Girls, and Sue chose the galaxy background.  So fun!
These backgrounds are so cool to create.  They really don't look great while making them, but when done they look amazing.  And they look even better when the white paint is splattered on them (in my opinion!).  I first die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die then embossed the sentiment and fireworks with white embossing powder.  Once that was done, I started blending blues, purples, and black inks on the panel.  I buffed off any ink that remained on the white embossing.  Then I splattered it with the white paint and added the sequins for more shine.  This panel was mounted on fun foam to the base.
Check out what the JUGs design team and our January guest did with this trend on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Make a Wish (ME), USA 1776 (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, tumbled glass, salty ocean, dusty concord, black soot
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle STAX die (MFT), white ep, sequins, Copic opaque white, fun foam

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time Out Challenge #100 - Thankful

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a nice holiday.  Mine were a little different.  I had two funerals within days of each other.  Very sad this time of year.  But that's life.
Time Out is challenging you to be thankful.  I know I'm thankful for many things.  We are sponsored by Verve for this challenge.
I'm using one of Verve's stamp sets called Kindness Matters.  The flower is actually one stamp, and I stamped it three times, colored it, and cut it out to layer it with dimensional tape.  I stamped it on Bristol smooth white paper with Versafine onyx black in and embossed it with clear powder.  I colored each layer with Zig markers and watercolored it with a water brush.  The background was sponged with Distress Oxide inks to match the flower and spritzed it with water and shimmer spritz.  The sentiment was stamped and then the panel was die cut with the stitched scallop die.
Verve is giving one stamp set of their choice to our winner for this challenge. 
We also have Julee from Verve and Bobby as our guests for this challenge.
You can see more inspiration from the design team on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Kindness Matters (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Picked raspberry, candied apple, spiced marmalade oxide inks; Versafine onyx black; Zigs
Accessories:  Outside in stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn), clear embossing powder, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas crafty friends!  I hope this day finds you happy and healthy and enjoying time with loved ones!
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I'm stopping in with some things I've done for the holidays.  I hadn't colored in a long time, and this was so relaxing to do.  I made four of these and just sat on the couch one day when I was under the weather and watched football and colored.  I used a scalloped and stitched die to cut it out, mounted it on red cardstock, and embossed the greeting.
I did the same with this, but used a cross-stitch die to cut it out.   

These were some gift card holders I made.  These are so cute.  Love that reindeer!
Here's the back of the gift card holder.
I did make multiples of another card, but forgot to take a picture of it before I sent it in the mail! 
Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 15, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #189 - Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hi everyone!  The challenge this time around at CAS-ual Fridays is "Dreaming of a White Christmas".  This is my last post as a design team member.  I'd like to thank the CAS-ual Fridays team for having me these last six months!
 I needed some tags so I pulled out the scallop tag dies and on the larger one, stamped and embossed the "falalalalala" stamp on the entire tag (it's hard to capture in the photo).  Then I die cut the smaller tag and stamped the sentiment and some snowflakes on it.  I sprayed that small tag with shimmer spritz.  I tied the two together with some dotted ribbon and was done!  I made a few of these to add to my tag stash.

You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Mistletoe & Holly (CF)
Paper:  Bristol smooth white
Ink:  Versamark, cornflower blue (Hero Arts)
Accessories:  Scallop dies (CF), white embossing powder, shimmer spritz, ribbon 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time Out #98 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi friends!  This photo is from the Time Out challenge and I'm in love with it!  So much inspiration to take away from it.  Wait 'til you see what the design team created! 
These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace!
I loved the white deer silhouette on that piece of wood when I first saw this photo.  I knew I had a stamp/die of a deer similar to it.  So I die cut it from white cardstock four times and stacked it.  Then I mounted it on an oval die cut from soft suede cardstock.  I debated my next step which was choosing some pattern paper.  I went back and forth with this one and a more "subdued" one.  In the end, I went with this because the patterns in the photo are so vibrant.  I'm glad I did!  I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer to the deer.  The banner was stamped in red and then die cut.  I like the way it looks across the deer.

You can see more from the design team and our guest for this challenge, Sarah, on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Magical Christmas (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, soft suede, North Pole (Doodle Bug)
Ink:  Rockin' red (Catherine Pooler)
Accessories:  Magical Christmas die (SSS), oval die (Spellbinders), Spectrum Noir shimmer, dimensional tape 

Friday, December 1, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #188

Hi friends!  Can you believe it's December 1st already?  Those holidays are just around the corner, and the CAS-ual Fridays challenge is Winter Blues. 
I wanted to try some watercolor resist.  Not sure I'm I love with this card, but I'm posting it anyway.  I started by embossing this lovely image onto watercolor paper with white embossing powder.  Then I used a lighter blue paint to color in the entire panel.  Then I went in with a darker blue and painted the bird and bow (I see I missed a piece of the bow...just noticing that now!).  Then I took some yellow paint and painted the pears.  I originally had the sentiment embossed on the bottom of the panel, but it didn't show up well.  So I cut the panel down and stamped the sentiment in some blue ink on white cardstock, cut it into a strip, and adhered it to the panel.  I spattered it with white copic paint.  It's mounted on a mustard panel to match the pears.  I also spritzed the entire panel with shimmer spritz too!
You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Partridge in a Pear Tree (CF)
Paper:  Watercolor, recollections white, more mustard
Ink:  Versamark, bahama blue, Kuretake Gansai Tambi
Accessories:  White embossing powder, shimmer spritz, Copic opaque white 


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