Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just Us Girls #358 - Photo Week

Just Us Girls has a fabulous photo for your inspiration this week.  Judy found this painting and it has so much to inspire us!
Here's a close-up of the photo.
I chose the colors as my inspiration as well as the butterflies.  I used Brushos as my color medium.  First I embossed the butterflies with Versamark ink and white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  Then I just put some Brusho on the paper and spritzed it with water.  I used a paint brush to move the color around a bit to get the effect I wanted.  I then die cut a banner and stamped the sentiment.  This piece was mounted on fun foam and added to the peach mat.  I added white sequins, of course!  I also rounded the one bottom corner for some interest.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest, Colleen, on the JUGs blog.  This is Colleen's last week with us as a guest. Thanks to her for being such a great guest!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Patterned Bugs (Inkadinkadoo), Simple Little Things (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor paper, Peach Parfait
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Brushos: yellow ochre, orange, burnt orange, ultramarine blue
Accessories:  Banner Trio die (WP9), fun foam, sequins, corner rounder, white embossing powder


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Just Us Girls #357 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week for our color challenge.   I saw a box at Hobby Lobby a while ago and loved the colors and wanted to use them on a card.  The box was white and had aqua and kraft triangles on it.  So those are the colors I chose.

This is the box I saw that inspired my color choices.

I wanted to incorporate the triangles on that box and here's what I came up with.  I used a triangle background stamp and some aqua ink for the bottom part of the card.  I used a vine die as a border and stamped and die cut the flowers and leaves.  I stamped more aqua flowers and added the sequins and the stacked thanks die.  I also added some white dots on the flowers with a white gel pen.  For some shimmer, I used a Spectrum Noir crystal clear brush.
I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch as my layout inspiration.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Flashy Flowers and Patterned Triangles (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft
Ink:  Kraft (MFT), Ocean Waves (Altenew)
Accessories:  Flashy Florals dies and vine border die (MFT), quote tag (Paper Smooches), sequins, Spectrum Noir crystal clear brush, white gel pen, dimensionals


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Time Out Challenge #64 - CASE

Hi friends!  For our challenge this time over at the Time Out blog, we were challenged to CASE a card.
This is the fun card we are CASE-ing by Julia Alterman.  So much inspiration to take away from it!

I went pretty literal my card. (And so did my teammate Joyce!  Our cards are almost identical!)  First I worked on the background.  I watercolored the sky on watercolor paper using Distress inks.  Then I die cut the frame from pattern paper.  I did some die cutting for the clouds, plane, and banner then stamped the image and banner.  The clouds were covered with sparkle and I added the Nuvo dots.  The frame was adhered onto the watercolor piece with fun foam.  The plane and banner are on dimensionals too.  
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest, Jenny, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Take Flight (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Recollections white, watercolor paper, Pen Pals dp (Pink Paisley)
Ink:  Real red, nautical blue (Memento Luxe), salty ocean, broken china, and tumbled glass Distress inks
Accessories:  Take Flight dies (Clearly Besotted), rectangle frames (MFT), trio clouds (MFT), Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir crystal clear, fun foam


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Just Us Girls #356 - Trend Week

Happy Saturday!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and the trend Ina chose is water-coloring!  I love to watercolor and I tried something new (to me!).
I've been watching Kristina Werner using the Zig Clean Color Brush markers on Bristol Smooth White cardstock.  She recommends this paper for this type of watercoloring.  So I bought some of the paper and went to work with the Zigs.  My friend Cheryl and I went to a watercolor class at our LSS taught by Sandy Allnock a couple of months ago.  She used these Art Impression stamps to teach the class, and of course we had to buy some!  This birdhouses stamp is one of the few I purchases.  I stamped it in Archival jet black ink and watercolored it with the Zigs.  I sort of used the image on the package as my guide.  It was watercolored very "loosely", so that's what I did.  It made coloring it very easy.  Then I took the AI foliage stamp and I added the color to the stamp with a green Zig then stamped it a few times on the bottom.  Lastly, I added some blue around the image for the sky.  I die cut the panel with a stitched rounded square die, added fun foam to it and some Nuvo crystal drops.  The kraft panel was run though a woodgrain impression plate and cut with a stitched rectangle die.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Birdhouses, Foliage Set, Robin (Art Impressions), Painted Poppy (Altenew), Calendar Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Bristol Smooth White, desert storm
Ink:  Archival jet black, Versafine onyx black, Zig Clean Color Brush markers
Accessories:  Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Square STAX dies (MFT), Blueprints 13 dies (MFT), woodgrain impression plate (PTI), Nuvo Crystal Drops, fun foam


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Just Us Girls #355 - Word Week

Hi friends!  There's a great challenge over at Just Us Girls this week.  It's Word Week and Sharyn chose the word "water".
I recently purchased three of these color layering stamp sets from Hero Arts and one of them was this goldfish set.  I was kind of bummed because I thought I had the dies for this set, but I guess I didn't!  It must have been sold out when I bought the stamp set.  You better believe they are on my next craft purchase!  I'm so spoiled with these dies lately!  So I had to change my design plans.  I decided to do some masking.  I stamped the fish using the Mini Misti and then masked them.  I also masked off the center portion of the panel and sponged some distress inks.  I spattered some water on it to make it look more like water.  Those orange and yellow dots are Nuvo Crystal Drops.  There's some shimmer on the fish too.
You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for August, Colleen Foelker, on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Color Layering - Goldfish (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Melon, coral reef, duckling, sunshine (SSS), broken china, cracked pistachio distress inks
Accessories:  Nuvo crystal drops, Spectrum Noir crystal clear, fun foam, masking paper, Mini Misti


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Time Out #63 - Theme Challenge with a Twist

Hi everyone!  The Time Out challenge this time around is our Theme Challenge with an optional twist.  The theme is "holiday" and the optional twist is "no stamping" (except the sentiment!).
Since the twist on this challenge was not to stamp anything (except the sentiment), I went to my holiday dies and chose this lovely one.  I die cut it from some white glitter paper and adhered it to turquoise cardstock.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment in white.  I added some Nuvo crystal drops and covered them in fine glitter to match the glitter paper.  Easy peasy! 

This challenge is sponsored by Uniko.  Check out the Time Out blog to read more about the prize, see more inspiration from the Time Out design team, and our guest, Aileen.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Happiest of Holidays (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, tempting turquoise, white glitter paper
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Frostyville border die (Memory Box), white embossing powder, Nuvo crystal drops, Martha Stewart glitter



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