Saturday, September 24, 2016

Just us Girls #362 - Photo Week

Dear Ones~
It's PHOTO WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our host Bobby has chosen this beautiful photo. It just screams fall!!! And I always think of my friends "Down Under" who are just moving into spring.

Here's a closer look, how stunning!!!

And here's my example:

I have this old stamp set and I have no idea what company it's from or it's name. But I love the images for fall. Back in the day before I started doing challenges I didn't save any of the info regarding stamps. Little did I know that stuff was important. I used the masking technique to stamp the images and then pulled out my Prismas to color it in. Did some partial die cutting so the leaf is outside the frame.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Dark Sage Card Stock
DCWV Neutrals Card Stock
GKD Grateful Heart Patterned Paper
 Stash Stamps
Prismacolor Pencils
Stickles 
Stash Ribbon

With this challenge we say goodbye to our talented September Guest Designer, Kathy Schweinfurth. Thanks for all your beautiful creations this month, Kathy!

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards that Kathy and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our September challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of November!!   I hope to see you there. 

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!!









Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mod Squad Challenge - Celebrate Your Inner Splat

Dear Ones~ 
This week Vicki Dutcher and I are hosting the Mod Squad Challenge. Our challenge is to include a splat on your project, whether it be splatters from a tooth brush, or one big splat.

One of our sponsors is the wonderful stamp company  
  https://www.kitchensinkstamps.com/shop/index.html
Kitchen Sink Stamps offers us a discount CODE: ModSquad15.
  These stamps are amazing. Most have a multi-stamp feature that lets you get great detail in your images using several colors. There is real dimension with a 3-D effect! And one of the best features of this stamp company is that there are color recipes for most of the multi-step stamps, so you don't have to guess what colors to use. There are even alternative colors if you don't have the inks that are suggested. Maria from Kitchen Sink Stamps is a member of our Mod Squad Challenge Facebook Group so feel free to say Hi or ask any questions.
 
THE PRIZE
A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the store. 
You can pick your own goodies and there are lots of choices!

Here is a sample for you:
I used the Kitchen Sink Stamp Set Make a Big Statement for the greeting. For the splats I took a couple of bottles of Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn and SPLATTED them down hard on watercolor paper. I also used SU Botanical Builders Thinlits for the flower and leaves.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Turquoise Sea, Ivory and Jelly Bean Green Card Stock
Kitchen Sink Stamps Make A Big Statement Stamp
Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn Distress Stains
Paper Studios Simplicity Patterned Paper
SU Botanical Builders Thinlits
SU Botanical Blooms Stamp Set
  
 Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to The Mod Squad Blog Challenge and play along. I can't wait to see your wonderful creations, and I adore your comments.


 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Power Poppy Power and Sparklette

Dear Ones~
Well, this week we move my dad to another facility where he can get more help. We are moving him on his 98th birthday, I guess it's time for him to have all the help he needs. The move will be easy because the facility is right next door to where he lives now, and he is happy to be going there. Lots of work, but so worth it. And he is doing well - I am blessed!!!

Now on to this card. 
I created it with the Power and Sparklette Challenge in mind.
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2016/09/coloring-outside-lines-mini-challenge.html

This week we are invited to "color outside the lines".  This is really a challenge for me.  I'm just that much of a perfectionist that I don't like the looks of messy coloring. I wet the whole area with clean clear water and then loaded my brush with watercolor and just dabbed away.
This is as messy as I can get.

Here are the Ingedients:
GKD Dark Chocolate & White Card Stock
PTI Canyon Clay Card Stock
Power Poppy Peony Love Digi Stamp
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Sakura Koi Water Colors


Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. 2 more days until the Autumnal Equinox. The seasons come and they go, but my love for paper forever remains. Know what I mean?????


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Just Us Girls #361 - Color Week

Dear Ones~
It's COLOR WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our host Nancy has chosen the colors YELLOW, RED and BLACK. You may use other neutral colors, but only the designated colors as your main focal.

Here's My Example:
Here I used a couple of flower punches to punch out some shapes, spritz them with water and crumpled them up. After they were dry I opened them up and I layered them together. I kinda like the shabby chic look they morphed into.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx, Wild Dandelion and Red Hot Card stock
We R Memory Keepers Wildflower Patterned Paper
Kaiser Craft Shine Patterned Paper
 SU Jars of Love Stamp Set for Greeting
SU Petite Petals Punch
SU Pansy Punch
Black Nuvo Crystal Drops

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards our awesome Guest Designer Kathy and the rest of the team have made. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our September challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of November!! I hope to see you there. 
Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!!


















Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Down on the Farm

Dear Ones~
Hope you are having a wonderful week. It's Wednesday, the sun is shining, and the temps are temperate. I'll take it!!

Today's card has a "farm" theme.

I used an older GKD stamp set called Primitive Blessings, and I thought it would be cute to stack all those animals on top of each other. Super fun!!! I colored the cows in with some SU ink and a blender brush. Some sponging around the edges, a little ribbon and a fussy-cut sunflower finished it off.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Sandy Beach Card Stock
PTI Terra Cotta Tile Card Stock
SU Chocolate Chip Card Stock
GKD Primitive Blessings Stamps
Graphic 45 French Country PP
SU Inks in:
*Delightful Dijon
*Cajun Craze
*Soft Suede
Nuvo Crystal Crops
Stickles



This card will be entered in:
Double D Challenges - Down on the Farm

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. Stay well my friends!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Autumn Dandelion Fairy

Dear Ones~
It's certainly feeling like fall today. Kind of dreary, low temps and a promise of rain this afternoon. Oh well, it is what it is.

I love this sweet Dandelion Fairy stamp from Lavinia Stamps. All of the stamps in this line have a wonderful ethereal quality.
I chose fall colors for this card and heat embossed the fairy with copper powder. The fairy is holding a dandelion, but I layered a leaf die cut on top, and I used my Versamark Marker to add the Verdigris stem. The background was sponged with GKD inks. The leaves were die cut from white card stock and then heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities Verdigris Turquoise Embossing Powder. There are several layers of powder on them.

Here are the Ingredients:
PTI Cnyon Clay Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
GKD Copper Card Stock
Lavinia Dandelion Fairy Stamp
GKD Inks In:
*Faded Brick
*Sweet Mango
*Wild Dandelion
DCWV Mariposa Patterned Paper
Prima Forest Leaves Dies
Ranger Antiquities Turquoise Embossing Powder
 
This card will be entered in:
Simon Says Monday - Stamp It
 
Thanks for stopping by, I love your comments. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. A pot of chili is on the stove and we have football on the tube. Life is good!!!



Just Us Girls #360 - Trend Week



Dear Ones~
It's TREND WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our host Lisa has chosen the trend SEQUINS.

Here is my Example:
This is a little 4x4 card. I thought it would be fun to use the sequins like flowers, making a cluster and cutting the large green ones in half for leaves. 
The jury is still out as to how much I like it. 

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
SU Perfect Plum Card Stock
PTI Garden Gate Make It Market Kit
Stash Patterned Paper
Stash Sequins

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards that our awesome September Guest Designer Kathy and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our September challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of November!!   I hope to see you there. 
Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!!