Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just Us Girls #416 - Color Week

Dear Ones~
This week is COLOR WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Vicki has chosen black, purple and green. What amazing colors to play with.

Here is my card:
 Since it's almost Halloween, these colors would be great to create a Halloween card, but I chose to do something different. Stampin' Up has just released a fabulous stamp and die set called Christmas Quilt and I just couldn't wait to use it. This image has been paper pieced with the appropriate colors and then the pattern on the star was stamped with black ink. I think this new set is fabulous.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx and White Card Stock
Paper Studio Trick or Treat Patterned Paper
Stash Green Glitter Paper
Stampin' Up Christmas Quilt Stamp/Die Set
Impression Obsession Stamp for Greeting
Judy Dots
 
Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our October Guest Designer Karola and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our October challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of December!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Double D - LEAVE it to Me

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D it's Team Darlene's turn, and the challenge is LEAVES. Use leaves on your project.
Just look at this luscious Mood Board provided for your inspiration! Is it not gorgeous??


So here's my card:
As you can tell, this is a birthday card for my dad. He is turning 99!!! I'm so thankful to still have him with me. This design has been CASED from some cards that Angie Cimbalo made recently. You can see them HERE. I thought her cards were just beautiful and I had to copy them. I have used a copper laminate which comes in a roll, think Contac Paper. I stuck it to a piece of card stock and dry embossed the panel. I think my dad will like it.
 
Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx & White Card
Darice Basketweave EF
Darice Fall Leaf EF
SU Dragonfly Dreams for Greeting
SU Seasonal Layers Thinlits for Leaves
Deco Metallic Laminate 
Die Cut Letters by Art C

 
 
Please come on over to the Double D Blog to see what the other designers have created. And you could win this awesome prize if you play along.
 
 
 Oh, and thanks for stopping by, your comments always make me smile.
Hugs,
~judy~

Monday, October 16, 2017

Christmas Cardinal

Dear Ones~
This is my first post as an inspiration designer over at Dies R Us. Dies R Us is a fabulous online store with a HUGE inventory of dies and other crafting tools. They carry dies from over 75 die companies, and always have discount prices. You really do need to go over and take a look

Here is the card I have made for your inspiration today:
I love Cardinals, and was so tickled when I found this sweet die from Dee's Distinctively. The die has many different sections which are cut and then glued together. Lots of dimension here. 

~Here's how I made this card~

I made an A2 card base with red card stock, made a mat with black, and finally added a layer of white. The corners were punched for a more decorative look.

 I die cut the cardinal with red and black card stock.

I painted a little bleach onto the beak and then sponged with a small amount of orange ink. The rest of the body and wings were sponged with red ink.

The Twig Wreath and Pine Boughs were die cut.

And then the whole card was put together.


These are the dies I used:

Dee's Distinctively Dies - Cardinal Left

 Impression Obsession - Dies - Twig Wreath 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this sweet little cardinal, I know I do!!

And don't forget to come and join in all of the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.
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~judy~


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just Us Girls #415 - Trend Week


Dear Ones~
This week is TREND WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Angie has asked us to make a Peek-A-Boo Card. How fun.

Here's what I came up with:
In case you hadn't noticed, it's my grandniece Maeryn's 5th birthday! What better occasion to make a Peek-A-Boo card? I have had this sweet little digi image for quite awhile and was just waiting until the right time to use it. Isn't she cute? I'm sorry I don't know where it came from, I just found it in my stash. I had so much fun coloring her with my Copics, and then I highlighted her dress and cheeks with my white gel pen. Maeryn's name was generated on my Cricut.

Here's the inside:
 These are the Ingredients:
GKD Ocean Mist, Red Hot and White Card Stock.
Colorbök Patterned Paper
Stash Digi Stamp
Copic Markers
Cricut Machine for Name
SU Layered Circle Dies
SU Balloon Pop Up Thinlits for Bow
SU Papillon Potpouri for Butterfly 
Judy Dots

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

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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Just Us Girls #414 - Word Week

Dear Ones~
This time over at Just Us Girls it's WORD WEEK, and our gal Sue has chosen the word 'LIGHT'. how fun is that?

Here's my card:
What greater light source do we have than our beloved SUN?? I recently got this stamp and its companion dies from Stamplistic. It's called Sunshine, and I just love it. Here I stamped the image in 4 different colors and heat embossed with gold. Then I used some of the dies to cut out the various layers. I think there are something like 8 dies or so in the set, everything you would ever want to cut out the elements in that wonderful stamp. This card is a 4 1/2 inch square.

Here are the Ingredients:
PTI Terra Cotta and Summer Sunrise Card
GKD Lemon Drop, Sweet Mango and Copper Card
Stamplistic Sunshine Stamp
Stamplistic Sunshine Dies
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Autumn Red, Ripened Pumpkin & Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops
Fiskars Lace Corner Punch

I would like to welcome our October Guest Designer Karola Rehnström. She is super creative,  just go over to her BLOG and see what I mean!!!

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

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mod Squad - COLOR ME FALL

Dear Ones~
This week it's my turn to be the host over at The Mod Squad Challenge, and I have chosen to do a color challenge. The colors I have picked are RUST, ORANGE and GOLD. Nice fall colors for our inspiration.


Our sponsor this week is Gina K Designs and Stamp TV
 Gina K Designs Craft store
Stamp TV is a free online community featuring card making, stamping techniques and project videos for paper crafters using stamps and other products by Gina K. Designs. Be sure to check out StampTV for a ton of great videos and techniques. They also have weekly challenges. Shop Gina K Designs.
THE PRIZE
A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store!!
 
Here is my card:
For this card I chose to use the GKD Inspiration Mosaic background stamp by Melanie Muenchinger. I stamped it on Sandy Beach card stock and then pulled out several different GKD patterned papers and paper pieced them onto the image. I also stamped and heat embossed the greeting and stamped and colored the leaf wreath in one of the rectangles. I cut those pretty leaves from 3 different card stocks for my embelishment.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Dark Chocolate, Sandy Beach and Sweet Mango Card Stock
SU Cajun Craze Card Stock 
GKD Birthday Hoot Patterned Paper
GKD Grateful Heart Patterned Paper
GKD Triple Play Holiday Stamp
GKD Sunkissed Autumn Stamp
GKD Dark Chocolate Ink
GKD Dark Chocolate Embossing Powder
SU Stampin' Write Markers
Prema Dies Forest Leaves Die
Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops
Stash Twine

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. I can't wait to see your wonderful creations, and I adore your comments.
Hugs~

~judy~

Double D - Fright Night

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D, Team Diane has chosen the topic FRIGHT NIGHT.  Use the colors or the patterns or the images or anything YOU see in the mood board. Here is the Mood Board provided for your inspiration:
 

 And here is my card:
This was a really fun card to make, so many possibilities with that Mood Board. I decided to use the spiders and ghosts and I loved the colors. I have just done a bunch of layers and played around with pattern and texture. Those little ghosts are actually buttons, aren't they adorbs?

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx, Jellybean, White & Sweet Mango Card Stock
Paper Studio Trick or Treat Patterned Paper
Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch
GKD Wicked Stamp for Greeting
Cricut Happy Hauntings Cartridge for Spiders
Black Stickles Glitter on Spiders
Buttons Galore Ghost Buttons
Stash Google Eyes

Please come on over to the Double D Blog to see what the other designers have created. And if you play you could win this great prize. This Cottage Cutz owl die set is so stinkin' CUTE!!!
 
Oh, and thanks for stopping by, 
your comments always make me smile.
Hugs,
~judy

Sunday, October 1, 2017

BIG NEWS!

Dear Ones~

Well, I can finally share some fantastic news with you! As of today, October 1st, I am officially a member of the Dies R Us Design Team.  If you are not familiar with this company, you really need to check it out.  Dies R Us carries all the major brand name dies at great prices. Everything is at a discount. I hope you will stop in at the Dies R Us Store by clicking here.

I am on the Inspiration Team, and my first inspiration blog post over at Dies R Us will be October 16th, so stay tuned and come on over here to my blog AND to the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog on that day to see what inspiration I will have for you.

We also have a Challenge Blog, so if you are interested in that  Simply click here.

 
 
 I hope you will come back here on October 16th when I kick off my first inspiration for you. In the meantime, happy crafting.

~judy~

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just Us Girls #413 - Wild Card!!!!



Dear Ones~
This week it's WILD CARD WEEK over at Just Us Girls! That means it's the fifth Saturday of the month, and anything goes. Our gal Nancy has asked us to do WORD DIE CUTS on our card.

Here's what I came up with:
I wish you could see this card in real life. I have put glitter all over that dream catcher and all the flourishes and things in the background. Try as I might, I could NOT get that glitter to photograph. Boo!!!! It's just beautiful. The word has been die cut from some Hunky Dory Mirri Ombre card stock. I could NOT get it to show up, but it's kind of a wine color. It just looks dark in the photo. I stamped and white heat embossed the dream catcher from GKD onto the HOTP patterned paper. I love all the flourishes and ethereal feel of this background paper.

Here are the Ingredients:
SU Tranquil Tides and Fresh Fig Card Stock
Hunky Dory Mirri Ombre Foil Card Stock
HOTP Twilight Jewels Patterned Paper 
GKD Dream Catcher Stamp
Little Yellow Bicycle Dream Die
GKD White Embossing Powder
Stash Gems

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our September Guest Designer Linda 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!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Just Us Girls #412 - Photo Week

Dear Ones~
This week it's PHOTO WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Ina has chosen this wonderful photo for our inspiration.
WOW!!!! Lots of inspiration here!!!!

This is what I came up with:
I decided to pick up on the succulents in the pots on the table in the middle of the photo. Also liked all the tropical greenery. This is an image from the GKD Sentimental Summer Stamp TV kit. I have been practicing the no line watercoloring technique, so I stamped the succulents with a very light Distress Ink and then colored the image with my Zigs.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Ocean Mist and Jellybean Green Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
SU Botanical Gardens Patterned Paper
SU Botanical Builders Framelits
GKD Sentimental Summer Stamp TV Kit
Spellbinders Fancy Frame 2 Die
Spellbinders Large Classic Ovals Die
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our September Guest Designer Linda 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!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Double D - Sentiment/Quote

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D Team Darlene has challenged us to use a Sentiment or Quote on your card.

Here is the Mood Board provided for your inspiration:
 
 And here is my card:
The background for this card was so much fun to do. I saw a video over at Splitcoast Stampers showcasing the technique. You can watch it HERE. I used my Oxides and a stencil. The quote is one of my favorites. It's an old wood block rubber stamp by Inkadinkado, I have had it forever. The dragonflies are a die from Stampin' Up and I die cut it twice, once in black and once in purple glitter paper. Then I inlaid the wings with the glitter paper. I love doing inlay, it's like putting together a puzzle.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Wild Orchid and Black Card Stock
Recollections 110# White Card Stock
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Distress Oxide Inks in Seedless Preserves & Wilted Violet
Inkadinkado Stamp
SU Dragonfly Dreams Die
Paper Studio Glittered Paper Pack
Hero Arts Glorious Petals Stencil
GKD Black Embossing Powder 
Nuvo Jewel Drops

Please come on over to the Double D Blog to see what the other designers have created. And if you play you could win this great prize, Crafty Secrets 'Words from the Heart' booklet:
 
 
Oh, and thanks for stopping by, 
your comments always make me smile.
Hugs,
~judy~   

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Us Girls # 411 - Color Week

Dear Ones~
This time it's COLOR WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Maria has chosen burgundy, orange and yellow. Great fall colors!!! As always with color challenges, you are to use ONLY the three chosen colors as well as any neutrals that you need.  Neutrals are white, ivory, kraft, black, brown or gray.

Here's my card:
I decided I would try my hand at stamping a wreath with lots of little images. Here I have used the Fabulous Flowers stamp set by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs. I started by tracing an oval onto my card front and then just started stamping. This card measures 4 1/4 square. it was really fun, you should try it!!

Here are the Ingredients:
PTI Rustic Cream Card Stock
SU Cherry Cobbler and So Saffron Card Stock 
GKD Sweet Mango Card Stock
GKD Cranberry Tart Ink
SU Inks In:
*Peekaboo Peach
*So Saffron
*Crumb Cake
*Soft Suede
GKd Triple Play Frame for Greeting
GKD Fabulous Flowers Stamp Set
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our September Guest Designer Linda 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!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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





Saturday, September 9, 2017

Just Us Girls #410 - Trend Week

Dear Ones~
This time over at Just Us Girls it's TREND WEEK, and our gal Bobby has chosen Block Watercolor Stamping. Put down some color on an acrylic block and then stamp it on the paper. Gorgeous!!!!

Here's my card:
I recently watched Jennifer McGuire do this technique in a video, and she really inspired me. You can watch it HERE. She made some amazing cards. Here I have used 3 colors of Oxides and used the technique Jennifer showed us. The focal is from the GKD Sentimental Summer kit and I chose to do some no line watercoloring with my Zigs. I love this little image.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Dusty Rose and Black Onyx Card Stock
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
GKD Sentimental Summer Stamps
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Oxide Inks in:
*Picked Raspberry
*Fossilized Amber
*Salty Ocean
Pop Up Balloon Thinlits Die for Little Bow
Stash Pearls
Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our September Guest Designer Linda 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!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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








Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge - Lose the Lines

Dear Ones~
This week it's my turn to host the Mod Squad Challenge, and I have chosen to do some no line watercoloring. HERE is a video by Melanie Muenchinger showing this technique. Basically the image is stamped in a very light color and then colored in so that the line become invisible.

Our sponsor this week is Gina K Designs and Stamp TV
 Gina K Designs Craft store
Stamp TV is a free online community featuring card making, stamping techniques and project videos for paper crafters using stamps and other products by Gina K. Designs. Be sure to check out StampTV for a ton of great videos and techniques. They also have weekly challenges. Shop Gina K Designs.
THE PRIZE
A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store!!
 
Here is my card:
I chose to use the GKD stamp set by Melanie Muenchinger called A Year of Flowers 1 for this card. I stamped the images 3 times on watercolor paper with Old Paper Distress Ink and then did some watercoloring with my Mission Gold Watercolors. Then I fussy cut everything out and adhered the images to my card. The background die cut is from a Mixed Media die set by Tim Holtz. The greeting is from Theresa Momber's set called The Wetlands. I finished everything off with some Nuvo Jewel Drops.
 

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Dusty Rose and White Card Stock
Strathmore 140# Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die
GKD A Year of Flowers 1 Stamp Set
GKD The Wetlands Stamp Set
Old Paper Distress Ink
Mission Gold Watercolors
Nuvo Jewel Drops
 
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to The Mod Squad Challenge and play along. I can't wait to see your wonderful creations, and I adore your comments.
Hugs~

~judy~

Double D - Glitter!!

Dear Ones~
This time over at Double D it's Team Diane's turn, and the challenge is GLITTER!!! WOW, let's see some glitz and glam on your card.

Here is the amazing Mood Board provided for your inspiration:
 
 And here is my example:
I have been learning to use my Cricut Explore, and this image is from the Art Nouveau cartridge. I love all the images on this cartridge. I have used several colors of glitter paper here, and decided to use just a very simple background patterned paper.

Here are the Ingredients:
SU Garden Green Card Stock
Paper Studios Glittered Card Stock
DCWV Pocket Blossoms Patterned Paper
Cricut Art Nouveau Cartridge
GKD Cottage Garden Stamp for Greeting
McGill Vintage Label Punch

Please come on over to the Double D Blog to see what the other designers have created.
 And if you play you could win this great prize:

Thanks for stopping by, I love all your wonderful comments. They always make me smile!
Hugs~
~judy~   










Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Us Girls #409 - Word Week

Dear Ones~
This week it's WORD WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Lisa has chosen the word SHOES

Here's my card:
I was scratching my head because I didn't think I had any images of shoes, and then I remembered I had this old stamp set from Gina K called Springtime Silhouettes. It's one of the first sets I ever got from GKD. Then I found a beautiful lacy card in my Cricut library. I adore that lacy edge by Anna Griffith, all cut on my Cricut. LOVE that machine!!! I recently got some beautiful rose gold embossing powder from The Ton. I thought it went so well with the powder pink.

Here are the Ingredients:
Recollections 110# White Card Stock
SU Powder Pink Card Stock
Stash Gold Foil Card Stock
Anna Griffith Lacy Edge Card for Cricut
SU Fresh Florals Designer Paper
GKD Springtime Silhouettes Stamp Set
The Ton Rose Gold Embossing Powder
SU Layered Circles Framelits
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder

I would like to introduce our September Guest Designer, Linda Snodgrass. Linda is over the top creative!!! Just go visit her BLOG and see what I mean.

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that Linda 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!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Just Us Girls #408 - Photo Week

Dear Ones~
This week is PHOTO WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Maria has chosen this awesome photo for our inspiration.

Here's my Card:
I don't have any flamingos or pineapples, but I do have this Cricut image from the Art Nouveau cartridge. I really love this stylized egret, and I thought if I did it in pink it would kind of resemble a flamingo. Maybe if you squint you can see it....ha ha! I computer generated the greeting - easy peasy. The striped patterned paper mimics the striped cake which is sitting on the table in the background in the photo.

Here are the Ingredients:
Recollections Rose Petal 110# Card Stocks in Various Pinks
Recollections Blossoms and Bliss Patterned Papers
Cricut Art Nouveau Cartridge
M & C Stitched Scalloped Circle Die
SU Succulents Framelits Dies for Flower
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Stash Gold Thread

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

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