Saturday, September 26, 2015

Just Us Girls #312 - Photo Inspiration

Hi friends!  The challenge over at Just Us Girls is a Photo Inspiration challenge.  Vicki chose the most amazing photo for us to be inspired by!
Here's a close-up of the photo!  So much to take away from it!
Here's my take on it.  I actually pulled out a top I have in my closet today which had this design on it and I knew I could recreate it for this card.  I first adhered the striped paper on the base of the card.  Then I die cut these flowers from watercolor paper, stamped the flower on it, and watercolored it with the Zig brushes.  I added some Wink of Stella on the centers.  I did the same for the leaves.   I adhered the leaves directly to the base and the flowers with dimensionals.  The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder, and I finished it off with several sequins.
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Vintage Linens (PTI)
Paper:  Black, watercolor, All Dressed Up dp (DCWV)
Ink:  Versamark, Archival jet black, Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
Accessories:  Vintage Linens dies (PTI), white embossing powder, sequins, Wink of Stella, dimensionals


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time Out #40 - Reminder

I missed posting a card to this Time Out challenge last week, but I was able to get a card done for the reminder post.  So glad I didn't miss it altogether because I really like the designer we are case-ing in this challenge.

This is the card we are case-ing and it's by Tracey McNeely.  I've always been a fan of her style.  Take a look at this beauty that we are using to case.  So soft and pretty!
I took Tracey's sponging technique on her card and incorporated it into mine.  Although her colors a little more subtle than mine!  I first die cut this happy birthday die and then die cut around it with a round die.  Then I went on to sponging the cardstock in yellow, pink, and blue distress inks.  I adhered the die on top of the sponged panel and added sequins.
You can see more from the design team and our guest on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Spun sugar, squeezed lemonade, and tumbled glass distress inks
Accessories:  Birthday Centerpieces die (MFT), sequins, fun foam


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Just Us Girls #310 - Trend Week

I'm a little late getting this post up, but better late than never, right?  This week's challenge over at Just Us Girls is a Trend challenge.  Cheryl chose balloons as the trend.  We've been seeing the all over blog land!  Great choice!
I pulled out my Blueprints 26 for this challenge and used their sketch for my card.  I die cut the balloons four times - twice from white cardstock and then from the orange and orchid glitter paper.  The glitter paper is very thin, so I adhered it to the white cardstock. The orange balloon is popped up on fun foam. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. 
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Melissa Dawn Lane on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, Plaid Patterns (MFT), Glitter Paper (American Crafts)
Accessories:  Blueprints 26 dies, fun foam


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Time Out #39 Reminder

Hi everyone!  The current Time Out challenge is in its second week.  I'm posting a reminder here for you.  The challenge is called Make Your Mark...meaning use any medium to color with!  Markers, pencils, watercolors, copics, etc.  You choose!

I recently purchased the Ken Oliver Color Bursts (in every color!) and was playing with them one day.  I wasn't happy with the result, so I set it aside.  When thinking about that piece, I thought a part of it might look good in a shaker card.  So that is what I did.  I die cut a butterfly from the center of a piece of white cardstock as well as from some fun foam.  I cut a piece of the watercolored paper to put behind the butterfly and adhered it to the card base.  I created the shaker element by sandwiching a piece of acetate between the fun foam and the cardstock I die cut the butterfly from.  Then I put some sequins on the watercolored piece and adhered the shaker element on top.  Easy peasy!  The die cut sentiment was die cut from the same watercolored piece.  Love how it has a sort of ombre look.
You can see more from the Time Out designers on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor paper
Ink:  Ken Oliver Color Burst
Accessories:  Blissful Butterflies die (MFT), For You die (Lawn Fawn), sequins, fun foam, acetate


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Just Us Girls #309 - Word Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess this week over at Just Us Girls for our Word Week challenge.  I chose the word APPLE because school is starting up and I thought it was appropriate.
I wasn't sure what I had in apple stamps, so this was a challenge for me!  I did have PTI's Teacher's Apple stamps set, so I put that one to use (and it's never seen ink either!).  Very simple card.  Everything is stamped.  I popped up the banner and main panel with fun foam.  The front of the card base was given some texture with a linen impression plate.  I like the sentiment...I thought I'd give my profession a shout-out.  We sometimes are given a bad rap! ;-)
 I chose to use the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for September, Melissa Dawn Lane on the Just Us Girls blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Teacher's Apple (PTI), Freehand Border - Small (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, old olive
Ink: Versamark, Versafine onyx black, real red, kiwi kiss
Accessories:  Linen impression plate (PTI), Banner trio die (WP9), button, twine, white ep, fun foam


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Time Out #39 - Theme Challenge

Hi everyone!  Our Time Out challenge this week is a theme, and the theme is "Time Out to Make Your Mark".  In other words, we want you to use any kind of marker to do your coloring (i.e., copics, water colors, pencils, etc.).  And there's a twist too...use a monochromatic color palette.

I chose not to twist with this challenge.  I used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color my image.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and then die cut it with the matching die and colored it.  There's also lots of shimmer on the flowers and buds with the Wink of Stella brush...I used a new one that was real juicy.  The doodling around the panel is actually a stamp.  I just got it (and this flower image) at a stamp show this weekend.  I mounted the die cut flower image on the panel then stamped the sentiment. 
You can see more from the Time Out designers and our guest for this challenge, Marika, on the Time Out blog.
Stamps:  Oval Flower Frame 2 (Art Gone Wild), Thanks All Ways (PTI), Freehand Boarder large (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  watercolor, Recollections white, daffodil delight
Accessories:  Oval Flower Frame 2 die (Art Gone Wild), Wink of Stella shimmer, fun foam



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