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! https://www.etsy.com/listing/244801883/christmas-stocking-holders-set-of-4:
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!


Recipe
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!
 
Recipe
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 


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #421 - Photo Week

Happy Small Business Saturday!  Remember to support your local stamp and other stores in your community today!  I'm going to my local stamp shop, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, to purchase some things and participate in their annual Make 'n Take fundraiser.  They use the money to purchase gifts for needy families.  Love that store and all they do!
 
Today is also our last Just Us Girls challenge for 2017!  But don't worry, we will be back in January.  The girls decided to take some much needed time off during this busy holiday season.  I'm so grateful for this team of girls for keeping this blog challenge going for as long as it has!
 
Our challenge this week is brought to us by Vicki with this great holiday photo.
 
Here's a close up of the photo.  I've always loved this color combination for Christmas cards.  I was so happy to see this inspiration.
 
The bottom photo on the left caught my eye and made me think of this ornament die I just got.  I die cut it like a card, positioning the die just a bit off of a folded card.  Then I die cut it again with the middle piece from some red cardstock and cut this piece out of it.  I used the coordinating stamp set and stamped the pine boughs in an aqua color then adhered the red panel.  I die cut the holder piece from some coordinating aqua paper and adhered that to the top.  The sentiments were stamped in red and I added Star Dust stickles to the open design of the red piece and some twine to finish it off.  There's a sentiment stamped in red on the inside, but I didn't photograph that.
 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks to our November guest, Trina Pham, for being such a great guest this month!
 
And I'd also sadly like to say farewell to Judy Woodland who is stepping down from the team.  She and her talent will be missed, but we wish her well.  Thank you for being a part of our team!
 
That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Ornamental (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Neenah solar white, real red, aqua
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, Rockin' Red
Accessories:  Ornamental die (Concord & 9th), twine, Star Dust stickles



Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Place Settings

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  Ours was wonderful and the food was delicious (and the leftovers today were just as delicious!).
 
I saw a post on Laurie Willison's blog and I was so grateful I came upon it!  She made holiday place settings and I immediately knew I wanted to make these for my Thanksgiving table.  I always love to make place settings for my holiday dinners.  I of course had all the materials except for these super cute mini grapevine wreaths I got from Amazon here.
 
I used Mama Elephant's Calli Letters stamp set to stamp the names on a tag from Reverse Confetti.  Then I took a piece of cardstock and sponged Oxide inks on it with orange, red, and green ink and spattered it with water.  I die cut the leaves using Lawn Fawn's Fall Tiny Tags. 
 
I don't know if you can see it, but on the straight edge of the tag, I wrapped some pumpkin washi tape around it.  Then I tied everything together with some twine.
 
These are all the place settings I made plus one not photographed.  My SIL told me at the last minute that her fiancĂ© was going to join us.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make one for him, but I didn't want him to feel left out.  I still had all the materials on my craft desk, so I was able to pull one together for him in about 10 minutes.

 
This photo is a little blurry, but this is how they looked on my table.  Everyone loved them, and my niece Maria said she was going to put it on her tiny Christmas tree.  I never thought about that when I was making them, but that's what I'm going to do with mine and my hubby's!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Calli Letters (Mama Elephant)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Wild honey, spiced marmalade, fired brick, peeled paint Oxide inks; Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Tag Me die (Reverse Confetti), Fall Tiny Tags (Lawn Fawn), washi tape, twine, mini grapevine wreaths


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time Out #97 - Inspired by Words Challenge

Hi friends!  Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends.  I hope you are spending some time with your loved ones and eating all the bounty of this holiday!  I know I am!  This is my favorite holiday.
See the source image
 
The challenge over at the Time Out blog is Inspired by Words.  This is the sentiment to be inspired by.  So perfect for today's holiday.
 
I love wreaths, so I stamped up this magnolia wreath layered stamp set. The first layer was stamped in peanut brittle Memento Luxe and the second layer in brown.  I then die cut the sentiment three times in white cardstock and once in shiny gold cardstock.  I added sequins, mounted it on a brown panel then the base, and was done.  This is a 4.25" square card.
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest for this challenge, Izzy, on the Time Out blog.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Magnolia Wreath (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso, shiny gold
Ink:  Peanut brittle (Memento Luxe), Icing on the Cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Thankful die (C. Pooler), sequins



Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Card Concept #82

Hi everyone!  I'm in Christmas card mode now and saw this great photo on the Card Concept's blog.  What a beautiful wreath!  I was looking through my Christmas stamps and dies and found a die that I thought would be perfect for this challenge.  I really need to participate in other challenges too instead of just creating for my design teams.  I'm getting lazy!
 
I started by sponging some Oxide inks on Bristol paper in pinks and blues.  Then I die cut this gorgeous wreath from it.  It came out just as I imagined!  That doesn't happen often!  I just bought the Concord & 9th release and this ribbon die and sentiment were perfect for the middle of the wreath.  I embossed the sentiment in platinum embossing powder.  As I was laying everything out, I decided to impress the main panel with a linen impression plate.  Then I saw these snowflakes that were die cut from the die and added them as accents instead of throwing them out.  I sprayed the whole thing with shimmer spritz.  I think I would call this Clean and Simple according to the Card Concept's definitions.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Cheer Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Bristol, recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, and broken china Oxide inks
Accessories:  Ornament wreath die (SSS), ribbon die (C&9th), liquid platinum ep, linen impression plate, shimmer spritz, dimensional tape
 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Just Us Girls #420 - Color Week

Hi friends!  It's color week at Just Us Girls and Angie chose a fun combo!
 
When I saw the new MFT release, I knew I wanted to get this deer die set and the chained link set.  When I finally got around to ordering it, they were sold out everywhere.  So sad!  But my LSS, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, came through.  I got the last one of each!  Love that store! 
 
Anyway, I thought it would be perfect to use for this challenge.  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Bristol paper and sponged Peacock Feathers oxide ink on it.  Then I doe cut two stitched snow drifts from the same paper.  I die cut the deer from brown cardstock and the antlers from some shiny gold paper as well as the sentiment.  For the first time, I used the Copic opaque white paint to spatter some to look like snow falling.  I added the gold hearts to the antlers and black enamel accents for the eyes. Love those antlers!
 
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Recipe
Paper:  Bristol white, recollections white, gold shine (MFT)
Ink:  Peacock feathers distress oxide, copic opaque white
Accessories:  Deer Love, Stitched Snow Drifts, Blueprints 13 dies (MFT); Winter Words die (Reverse Confetti); black enamel accents


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