Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just Us Girls #391- Wild Card


Dear Ones~
This week is Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls, and I am the host. Since it's the fifth Saturday of the month, I get to choose the topic for our challenge. I have chosen the technique PAPER PIECING.  For this technique a portion of an image is usually stamped on patterned paper, fussy cut, and adhered to the original image for a patterned look.

Here's my example:
Here I chose to stamp and fussy the dress on this image. I used the same patterned paper as the background. I colored her with Copics and used Stickles on the sun and Pearl Nuvo Crystal Drops for embellishment. The image is from the GKD Sunkissed Autumn Kit, and unfortunately it is retired.

Here are the Ingredients:
 Sunkissed Autumn Stamps
SU Island Indigo Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
HOTP Pretty Little Posies Patterned Paper
Die-namics Delicate Doily Die
SU Balloon Pop Up Die for Ribbon
Copic Markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments!
They always make me smile!!
~judy~

 














Wednesday, April 26, 2017

100 Wonderful Years

Dear Ones~
It's a beautiful day here in Northern Michigan. I went on a 2-mile walk, it felt wonderful.

This card has been made for a very special lady who will be turning 100 very soon. I also made it for the Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge. This month we are asked to pick a sketch. Here are the sketches we can chose from.

 Here is my card:
This image is from the Power Poppy digi set called Rose and Chamomille. I printed it out and colored it with my Prismacolors. Then I die cut it into an oval and fussy cut one side of the rose. I recently found some liquid stuff called Embossing Dabber by Ranger. It comes in a bottle and you are supposed to dab it onto your paper and use it like Versamark for heat embossing. I discovered that you can paint it on the edge of things with a paint brush and then sprinkle with embossing powder for a pretty embossed edge. Here I did it in gold along the fussy cut edge of the rose. I also did some gold foiling for the greeting with my laminator. Wish the gold showed up better, but there you just are.

Here's a close up of the heat embossing:
 

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx and White Card Stock
Core'dinations Dots & Stripes Patterned Paper
Kaiser Craft Shine Bright Patterned Paper
Power Poppy Rose & Chamomille Digi Image
SU Oval Nesting Dies
Prismacolor Pencils
Ranger Embossing Dabber Liquid
GKD Gold Embossing Powder
Stash Gold Foil
White Nuvo Crystal Drops

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments. I'm off to write a couple more blogs.

Hugs~
~judy~







Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just Us Girls #390 - Photo Week

Dear Ones~
This week is photo week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Chris has provided us with this really cool photo to use for inspiration.
And here's my card:
I studied and studied that photo. There is so much going on and so many possibilities. I finally chose to focus on the gray and yellow, and the sort of geometric designs through out. I stamped the background zigzag strip with a stamp from Paper Wishes using Basic Gray ink from Stampin' Up. Then I just shuffled through my patterned papers until I found something I liked and finished it off by embellishing with some die cut flowers and leaves.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Stash Gray and Yellow Card Stock
Kaiser Craft Shining Bright Patterned Papers
HOTP Happy Patterns Stamp
SU Basic Gray Ink
SU Botanical Builder Framelits
GKD The Wetlands Stamp for Greeting
Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops

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

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments!
They always make me smile!!
~judy~
























Friday, April 21, 2017

Communing with Fireflies

Dear Ones~
Today's offering was made for the Double D Challenge. This time we are invited to use a silhouette on our card. These tiles are wonderful for inspiration!!

 http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/04/silhouettes-challenge.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DoubleDChallenges+%28Double+D+Challenges%29

Here is my card~
I just adore this cute little fairy by Lavinia Stamps. Can't you just see her talking to the fireflies? I sponged the background on GKD ivory Card Stock with Distress Oxides and sprinkled with water. There were many different stamps used on this card. I wanted to give the feeling of the fairy walking through the forest on a warm summer evening. She is carrying a treasure because it makes her happy. For the fireflies I stamped an image that is just little circles and heat embossed with silver. Then I applied some Stickles to give them more sparkle.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Ivory Card Stock
SU Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
Stash Silver Card Stock
Distress Oxide Inks
Lavinia Dandelion Fairy Stamp
GKD Holiday Frame Fillers Stamp
GKD By the Sea 2 Stamp
GKD Branching Out Stamp
GKD Triple Play Frame Stamp
Stickles and Silver Embossing Powder

It has been cold and rainy all day here. A great day to play in my craft room. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by. Your comments always make me smile!

Hugs~
~judy~
 























Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Rose is a Rose

Dear Ones~
I hope you are having a good week. Today's card has been made for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. This week we are invited to make a card using a pattern behind a die cut window.
Here's my card:
All of a sudden I got it in my head I wanted to make a navy and yellow card. I absolutely LOVE those colors together. I just think they look so classy. Here I used the PTI Rosie Posie stamp set. I think it's beautiful in yellow. I popped the navy panel up with foam strips for a little dimension.
That gingham background is a stamp from Simon called Gingham Background (go figure....ha ha!!!) It's the first time I have gotten it inky and I'm really happy with the stamp. It should come in really  handy!



Here are the Ingredients:
GKD In the Navy and White Card
SU Daffodil Delight Card
PTI Rosie Posie Stamp Set
PTI Tiny Tags Stamp Set
SSS Gingham Stamp
 Various SU Inks
PTI Oval Die
Stash Pearls



So many cards to make, so little time. I am heading to our daughter's this weekend to play with the Princes, watch Caleb play soccer, attend a Painting with a Twist class with Sarah, and visit the Michigan History Museum. I may need a week to recover. Thanks for stopping by....as always, I adore your comments!!!

Hugs~
~judy~


















Saturday, April 15, 2017

Is This Bright Enough?

Dear Ones~
Well, we have mid 70's and sunny here in Northern Michigan today. And it's the day before Easter!! Why are we always compelled to comment on the weather....lol?

Today's offering was made for the Double D Challenge. The challenge this time is to use neon or bright colors. Just look at these tiles!!!! EEK!!! LOVE bright colors!

And here's my card:
Do you think it's bright enough?? I didn't have a thing in the neon color catagory, so I went out to the Wal Mart and picked up a pack of neon card stock. I figured, what the heck, now I'll have it when I want a bright neon color. The background die cut uses a Spellbinders background die called Diagonal Chevron. I cut the die out with 3 other colors besides black and then inlaid the strips into the black die cut. Inlaying is so much fun....it's always so amazing how the pieces fit perfectly!! Flowers and leaves are from a Stampin' Up die set called Botanical Builder Frame. I use it a lot. I sponged all the flowers and leaves to make them pop.


Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White & Black Onyx Card
Neena Astro Brights Card S
Spellbinders Diagonal Chevron Die
Stampin' Up Botanical Builders Dies
GKD Fabulous Flowers Stamp for Greeting
GKD Jelly Bean Green Ink
GKD Passionate Pink Ink
SU Daffodil Delight Ink
SU Tangerine Tango Ink
Stash Pearls


This card just made me smile....it's so stinkin' BRIGHT!!!

So, that's all I have for you today. Hope you are enjoying the week end, and for those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope it's a joyous one! Thanks for stopping by, I so appreciate all your lovely comments!!

Hugs~
~judy~























Just Us Girls #389 - Color Week

Dear Ones~
This week is color week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Ina has chosen PEACH, PINK and LEMON as your colors. As always with color challenges, you are to use all three of the chosen colors as well as any neutrals that you need.  Neutrals are white, ivory, kraft, black, brown or gray.

Here's my example:
I have to admit this was a difficult challenge for me. Not because I couldn't come up with a design, but I just could NOT find the perfect combination of peach and pink. All the peach card stock I had looked dirty next to pink. Anyway, this is what I ended up with, take it or leave it. That color combination is gorgeous, I just couldn't find the right papers. I used the SU Petals and Flower Shop stamp sets, stamped the images on colored card stock, then punched them out with companion punches and inked the edges with the same inks I used to stamp.

Here are the Ingredients:
PTI Sweet Blush Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Good Old Values Scrappy Chic Patterned Paper
DCWV Mat Stack Pastels Card Stock
GKD Peach Bellini Card Stock
SU Peekabo Peach and Daffodil Delight Inks
GKD Fabulous Flowers Stamp for Greeting
GKD Gold Embossing Powder
Various Punches for Embellishments
Doily Cut with my Cricut
Stash Pearls


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

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments!
They always make me smile!!
~judy~