Saturday, July 29, 2017

Just Us Girls #404 - Wild Card Week: Something Old/Something New

Hey friends!  It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls.  Since there are five Saturdays in July, the hostess can choose any type of challenge she wants.  Ina is our hostess and she chose to have us use something old and something new on our cards.
So for my something new, I used this new Sunshine turnabout stamp set from Concord & 9th.  I have three of these, and they really are so cool!  I also used four new ink colors:  one from Simon Says Stamp and the other three from Altenew.  The old is the Spellbinders die I've had forever and the sentiment stamp.  It's from MFT and it's still in their store, but I've had it for a while (I thought it was retired!).  I used the Garden Green cardstock from SU (another something old) because I was thinking this could be a masculine card, but then the pink ink jumped out at me!  So I spritzed it with shimmer spritz and added sequins and it's now a card for a female!  Can you imagine all the color combinations possible for this turnabout stamp?  Can't wait to play with it some more!
You can see more from the JUGs DT and our July guest, Aileen, on the JUGs blog.  It's her last week as our guest and I'd like to extend a thanks to her for being such a fabulous guest!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Birthday Greetings (MFT), Sunshine Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, garden green
Ink:  Key lime (SSS), rubellite, maple yellow, tide blue (Altenew)
Accessories:  Spellbinders #3 die, white embossing powder, sequins, shimmer spritz, fun foam 

Friday, July 28, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #179 - Dies Only

Hi friends!  There's a new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.  This time it's to use dies stamps!  Let's see what you can do!
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I decided to make a tag.  Since I couldn't use any stamps for a sentiment and I didn't have any CAS-ual Fridays sentiment dies (???), I used this paper with birthday greetings on it to get my message across.  The tag was cut from this paper and white cardstock as well to give it some stability.  Then I wanted to use these flower dies, but I wanted to add some interest.  I pulled out some watercolor paper scraps and my Color Burst powders and created some watercolored paper.  I die cut the flowers and leaves from these papers and layered them together with an enamel dot in the center.  The flower was added to the tag along with some ribbon and twine.  That paper used for the middle flower was created with yellow ochre Color Burst.  There are a bunch of colors in it!  I didn't expect that, but I went with it anyway.
You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thnaks for stopping by!
Stamps:  No stamps!
Paper:  Neenah solar white, watercolor paper, Birthday Blowout dp (MFT)
Ink:  lemon yellow, yellow ochre, orange, pthalo green Color Bursts
Accessories:  Scallop tag and pretty posies dies (CF), shimmer spritz, enamel dot, ribbon, twine, dimensional tape

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Time Out #88 - Inspired by Words

Hello everyone!  The current challenge over on the Time Out blog is the Inspired by Words challenge.  Here's the quote to get you inspired:
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. 
I was inspired by the word sunbeams and used this rays stencil to start with.  I used three of the distress oxide inks.  Once I inked up the stencil, I spritzed it with water to get the oxide look and some water droplet marks.  When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment and spritzed it with shimmer spritz.  The word die was die cut four times and layered.   It too was spritzed with shimmer spritz.  I mounted this on a black mat and added some clear sequins.  This sentiment was inspired by the quote too.

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Toni, on the
Stamps:  All About You (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, candied apple, abandoned coral, spiced marmalade
Accessories:  Rays stencil (TH), big you die (SSS), fun foam. shimmer spritz, sequins

Monday, July 24, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #231

Hey friends!  I've had to make a sympathy card for a friend's sister who recently passed.  She loved daisies, so this is what I made and sent to my friend and her nephew (it was his mom who passed).  I die cut this daisy, one in each size, and layered it.  I also die cut the yellow center and green leaves.  I mounted the flower on this pretty gingham pinked square.  It's hard to see, but I used a diamond shape impression plate on the white mat.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark on a yellow banner and embossed with white powder.  This whole panel was spritzed with shimmer spray.  I love the softness of the shimmer.
I used this sketch again from CAS(E) this Sketch.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Deepest Sympathy (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, daffodil delight, Sidewalks dp (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Upsy Daisy die (MFT), Trio Banner die (WP9), impression plate (PTI), Pinking Edge Square STAX (MFT), shimmer spritz, fun foam, white embossing powder

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Just Us Girls #403 - Photo Week

Hello friends!  It's time for another challenge over at Just Us Girls and this week is our Photo challenge.  Look at the fun summery photo Bobby chose.
I started by stamping this watermelon image from an older Stamp-a-Faire PTI set.  It's a three-step image.  I stamped the leaves/rind in green, then the meat of the watermelon in red, and the seeds in black.  Then I pulled out a scrap of the red check pattern paper and die cut a pinked edge square.  Once that was done, I took a piece of watercolor paper and used the same green ink to paint a square-ish splotch on it, big enough to accommodate the checked piece.  I layered this on top of a black banner which grounds it.  I stamped the sentiment and added sequins.  There's glossy accents on the seeds and shimmer on the watermelon.
I used this sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Scent-imentals (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, designer paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, lime rickey, pale tomato
Accessories:  Scent-imentals die (PTI), pinking edge square stax die (MFT), trio banner die (WP9), sequins, fun foam, Spectrum Noir shimmer

Friday, July 14, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays #178 - Christmas in July

Hey it's Christmas in July over at CAS-ual Fridays!  Six more months until that holiday rolls around, and it's never too early to start making those cards!
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I'm so happy with the way this card came out.  I started by stamping the mistletoe image onto white cardstock and masking paper.  I fussy cut the masking paper and masked the image.  Then I stamped those rectangles in red and green inks.  I removed the mask and colored the image.  I cut the piece and mounted it onto red cardstock.  This was mounted on fun foam.  I stamped the sentiment below the focal point.  The mistletoe was covered in glossy accents and I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops around the sentiment.  And that main panel was sprayed with shimmer.
I used this sketch which from CAS(E) this Sketch, but the challenge is over.  I just thought it was the perfect sketch for what I wanted to create with the mistletoe!
You can see more from the CAS-ual Fridays design team on the CAS-ual Fridays blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Mistletoe & Holly (CAS-ual Fridays), Swatches (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, watermelon and key lime (SSS)
Accessories:  Inkadinkadoo masking paper, flossy accents, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #401 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  This week is Trend Week at Just Us Girls.  Nancy chose ink blending, which is oh so hot right now in stampland!
I was excited about this challenge because I just received the new colors of Distress Oxide inks and couldn't wait to break them open.  I love the new colors that were released.  On this card, I started with picked raspberry, twisted citron, and peacock feathers blended on white cardstock.  I used this new die on another piece of white cardstock, leaving a spot for the sentiment, and adhered it to the inked background.  I die cut the sentiment and stamped "friend".  The heart is one of the pieces from the flowers colored with a copic marker.  This panel is mounted on a melon mambo cardstock mat then that is mounted on the base with fun foam.  I sprayed the panel with Spectrum Noir shimmer and added Nuvo Crystal Drops in green, pink, and blue.  I'm pretty happy with this card.  It came out just as I pictured!  That doesn't happen too often.  :-)
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our July guest on the JUGs blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Best Banners (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, melon mambo, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, picked raspberry, twisted citron, and peacock feathers Distress Oxide inks
Accessories:  Floral Burst Collage die (SSS), Best Banners die (Concord & 9th), Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Time Out #87 - CASE with Your Own Twist

Hi friends!  The challenge this time around at Time Out is our CASE challenge.  This is the card we are CASE-ing by Cornelia.
And this is my take on the CASE.  I immediately thought of these Bird Crazy birds from Time Holtz.  I colored it with copics and die cut the bird, wing, and eyes/nose using the coordinating dies.  The wing is on dimensionals, but the eyes are just glued on (too small for dimensionals).  I did add glossy accents to the eyes.  The background was impressed with an impression plate on ivory cardstock, then I used an ink duster brush and antique linen ink to bring out the circle design.  I added a die cut tree branch for the bird to sit on and skinny sentiments on thin strips of cardstock to mimic the CASE card.  Sequins, of course, finish it off.
You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Pooja, on the Time Out blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bird Crazy (TH), Contempo Cage (MFT)
Paper:  Vintage cream, close to cocoa, copic blending card
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, antique linen, Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  Circle Doodle impression plate (SSS), bird crazy dies (TH), branch with leaves die (MFT), ink duster brushes, sequins, white embossing powder, glossy accents, dimensional tape, fun foam

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #400 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  Today is a very special's the 400th Just Us Girls challenge!  I cannot believe it!  We started this challenge way back in October of 2009, and myself and Maria are the only two original designers on the team.  We've had some amazing designers come and go, and the team we have now is just as amazing. 
We are, however, losing one of our designers.  Chris Dring has decided to step down.  We wish her lots of luck in her future endeavors.
We have a new designer to fill the void Chris is leaving.  Please welcome Angie Cimbalo! 
We are so pleased to have her join our team.
So on to the challenge.  Since it's our 400th, we decided to choose "celebrate" as our word.
I just got this new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and decided to use these popsicles as the background.  Each row was stamped using the MISTI and painstakingly colored with Zig markers in rainbow colors.  Once I had that done, I had to decide what to do with that panel!  I settled on this die from MFT (retired?) die cut from black cardstock and then the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed underneath it.  I added some shimmer and glossy accents to some of the popsicles.  Sequins finished it off.
Because we are celebrating, we have a couple of prizes from two generous sponsors.
Our Sponsors are:
Random winner: [1 choice of a stamp set, and 1 ink pad]

[The Chic of this Week will win a $15 gift certificate AND, 1 random winner has their choice of a 4x6 stamp set, or 2 [in-stock] 3x5 stamp sets.]

A huge Thank you to both these companies!!
Hope to see you playing along with Just Us Girls!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  So Cool (SSS), Spot On (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper:  Recollections white, Bristol smooth white, black
Ink:  Versamark, black licorice (MFT), Zig markers
Accessories:  Accent It - Celebrate (MFT), sequins, glossy accents, Spectrum Noir shimmer, fun foam


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