Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happily Ever After

Dear Ones~
It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here on the old blog. Grand kids, family reunion, visiting my dad, you name it....life is getting in the way.

Today's offering has been made for the Double D Challenge. Since June is traditionally wedding month, we are invited to create anything that has to do with weddings. Just look at the beautiful Mood Board Diane and Dar have provided for us.
 http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/06/june-is-wedding-month.html
 And here's my card:
I found this awesome svg file for free on SVGCuts.com. It works perfectly with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I have had so much fun with that machine - it amazes me!!! After cutting the pattern and layering on the card front (there are 3 layers), I added a stamped and embossed greeting which I colored with Stampin' Write Markers and cut with an oval die. I added a little silver thread behind the greeting and finally, attached some stash pearls.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
SVG File from Stash
SU That's the Tag stamp for Greeting
GKD Silver Embossing Powder
Stampin' Write Markers
SU Nesting Oval Dies
Stash Silver Thread
Stash Pearls 

It feels so good to actually do a post again. Hopefully I will find more time now that the flurry of activity has passed. Time will tell. Thanks so much for stopping by, you always leave such lovely comments. I truly appreciate every single one!
Hugs~
~judy~


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Just Us Girls #399 - Photo Week

Dear Ones~
This week is photo week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Lisa has chosen this awesome photo for our inspiration.
Image result for summer vacation images

Aren't those gorgeous colors, so many possibilities with this one. Here's what I came up with:
To me, flip flops scream SUMMER VACATION, so I decided to stamp four pairs of them on these little 2" white panels and paper piece them all in the different colors reflected in the photo. LOTS of fussy cutting, but it was fun. I used SU markers to color in the straps and soles. Then I punched out wee little flowers with the same colored card stock and embellished the thong of each sandal. Of course I had to put a little gem in the middle of each flower for extra glam.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
GKD Sweet Mango Card Stock
GKD Jellybean Green Card Stock
GKD Passionate Pink Card Stock
GKD Turquoise Sea Card Stock
GKD Hello Sunshine Stamp Set
Colorbök Beach House Patterned Paper
Martha Stewart Flower Punch
SU Markers
Stash Gems
 
Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our June Guest Designer Estelle and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our June challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of August!!   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, June 17, 2017

Just Us Girls #398 - Color Week

Dear Ones!
It's COLOR week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Bobby has chosen yellow, aqua and brown. 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 Sample:
I found these colors to be challenging, but I came up with stamping the images vertically, masking when needed,  and then fussy cutting to create a pretty edge. 

  I used Altenew's Garden Treasure stamp set, which lends itself nicely to the color palette. They are multi-step stamps so I didn't need to do any coloring. I attached the brown panel to the inside after I embossed it with the Darice Basket Weave embossing folder, so it shows up on the outside and showcases the florals.


Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Ivory Card Stock
GKD Dark Chocolate Card Stock
Stash Gold Foil Card Stock
Altenew Garden Treasures Stamp Set
SU Inks in:
*Tempting Turquoise
*Island Indigo
*Soft Sky
*Crushed Curry
*So Saffron
*Early Expresso
SU Nesting Circle Dies
Stash Gold Thread
 
Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our June Guest Designer Estelle and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our June challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of August!!   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, June 10, 2017

Just us Girls #397 - Trend Week


Dear Ones~
This week is Trend Week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Chris has invited us to use powdered dyes on our card. This would be powdered inks such as Brushos or Color Burst.

Here is my card:
I have used Brushos here, they are all I have. Just sprinkled with green and turquoise and then spritzed. The flower is a new stamp I just got from Heartfelt Creations called Classic Petunia Bouquet. It has a companion die, so that's what I used to cut the image. I colored it with Derwent Watercolor Pencils. Haven't used them in forever. The image was stamped on watercolor paper. The patterned strip behind the flowers is from a Sizzix embossing folder, and I'm sorry but I don't know the name.

Here are the Ingredients:
Michael's 110 lb Turquoise Card Stock
GKD Ivory Card Stock
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Green and Turquoise Brushos
Heartfelt Creations Classic Petunia Bouquet Stamp
GKD Wild Blossoms Stamp for Greeting
SU Basic Black Ink
Derwent Watercolor Pencils
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Buttermilk Crystal Drops

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our June Guest Designer Estelle and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our June challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of August!!   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, June 7, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge - Spark It Up

Dear Ones~
I am the host for this week's Mod Squad Challenge, and my challenge is to Spark It Up. Use sparkle somewhere on your project.
The sponsor this week is Gina K Designs and Stamp TV
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.

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.
Here is my example:
For this card I used a die from Spellbinders called Glass Effects. I die cut in GKD Black Onyx, plus in 3 other colors of glitter paper. Then I adhered the black die cut to some lavender paper, and inlaid the other colors of glitter paper here and there for a stained glass look. The flowers are from the Gina K Designs Stamp TV Kit Flowers and Frames. They were colored with Copics. I used a couple of Martha Stewart punches for the leaves.
Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx Card Stock
Paper Studio Glitter Stack Card Stock
Spellbinders Glass Effects Cover Plate Die
STV Flowers and Frames Kit Stamps
GKD Wild Blossoms Stamp for Greeting
Martha Stewart Punches
Copic Markers
Stickles
Wink of Stella
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~

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Just Us Girls 396 - Word Week


 
 Dear Ones~
This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Ina has chosen the word Die-Cuts. Easy, peasy, right?

Here's my card:
I have had this dream catcher die for awhile and this is the first time I have used it. I love it.....don't you? I cut it from white card stock and then did several layers of heat embossing with Ranger's Antiquities embossing powder in Verdigris. I really like the rustic look. The gold background is some wallpaper that I stamped with the feather stamp from GKD and then gold embossed it. Then I cropped it at an angle and die cut the pattern with Tim Holtz's Mixed Media Die. The other background paper is from Paper Wishes from their Twilight Jewels line.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Blue Denim Card Stock
SU Soft Sky Card Stock
HOTP Twilight Jewels Patterned Paper
Stash Wallpaper
GKD Fine Feathers Stamp
GKD Fine Gold Embossing Powder
Spellbinder's Dream Catcher Die
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die
Ranger Antiquities Verdigris Embossing Powder
GKD Cottage Garden Stamp for Greeting
Stash Gems

I would like to welcome our June Guest Designer Estelle. She is over-the-top creative, just check out her BLOG to see what I mean.
Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that Estelle and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our June challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of August!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 

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


Monday, May 29, 2017

Flowers, Flower Everywhere

Dear Ones~
Hope this finds you enjoying your Memorial Day holiday.

Today's offering has been created for the Double D Challenge. This time we are invited to include multiple flowers on our creation. Here are the tiles they have provided us for inspiration. I think all the photos are just lovely!!
http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/05/flowers-galore.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DoubleDChallenges+%28Double+D+Challenges%29

Here's my card:
I stamped the images from GKD's stamp set Wild Blossoms, attached the matted panel to my card base, and then overlaid the whole front with vellum. I love the soft look it created. I have used some of the new In Colors from Stampin' Up. I'm really warming up to them, it was super fun to stamp this panel. I die cut the butterfly from some glitter paper that matched that gorgeous Berry Burst color, and die cut the "hello" with a Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst card stock and then stacked them together.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
SU Berry Burst Card
Tranquil Tide Card
SU Inks In:
*Berry Burst
Tranquil Tide
*Blushing Bride
GKD Wild Blossoms Stamps
Die-namics Happy Hello Die
SU Bold Butterfly Thinlits
Paper Studio Glitter Stack
Clear Crystal Drops 


Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments so much! It has been sunny here most of the day, perfect for putting something on the grill. Have a great week and I hope to see you back here soon. My computer has been acting up, so I fear I will be taking it to the Apple Hospital tomorrow for a check up. I may be out of commission for a few days.

Hugs,
~judy~

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Just Us Girls #395 - Photo Week


Dear Ones~
This week is photo week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Nancy has provided us with this beautiful photo for our inspiration. Aren't those cookies gorgeous? Way too beautiful to eat!!!
And here is my card:

I had a terrible time photographing this. I just could not get the lighting right. But I did the best I could. Of course I chose to do an all white card, using a pearlized card stock. That Mixed Media 2 die from Tim Holtz seemed to fit the bill to recreate the texture of that beautiful cookie. I used the Darice Circle Interlock embossing folder for that fishtail banner and added Crystal Drops for accents. The butterfly is from Cheery Lynn. I think it might be retired because I couldn't find it on their website. The bow was tied using Gina's method.


Here are the Ingredients:
Core' dinations Pearlized Card Stock
Darice Circle Interlock Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Die
Cheery Lynn Butterfly
Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops
Stash Ribbon

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our May Guest Designer Kathie, and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our May challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of July!!   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, May 20, 2017

Just Us Girls #394 - Color Week

Dear Ones~
This week is COLOR WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and I'm your host. I have chosen the colors Lime Green, Turquoise and Navy. 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 is my card:
The layered background was cut on my Cricut. I was gifted with this svg file, and I think it's called A2 Card Stacking Circles. That's all I know, sorry I'm not more help.  The balloon is a die from Stampin' Up and was cut on turquoise glitter card stock, as were the clouds. LOVE me some glitter - can you tell?

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD In the Navy, Turquoise Sea and Jellybean Green Card Stock
Paper Studio Glitter Stack Card Stock
My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Patterned Paper for Background
SU Up and Away Thinlits Dies
SU Lift Me Up Stamp for Greeting
SU Night of Navy Ink for Greeting
Stash Gems

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our May Guest Designer Kathie and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our May challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of July!!   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, May 13, 2017

Just Us Girls #393 - Trend Week

 Dear Ones!
This week it's TREND WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Sue has invited us to make a background using inks, Distress Oxide, Distress or otherwise. Here is my card:

I chose to use Oxides in Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans. I sponged the inks onto a piece of GKD Foilable Image Sheet, placed a piece of silver foil over the sheet when I was done sponging, and ran it through my laminator. The result is this beautiful silver foiled background. It's really stunning in real life - foiling is so difficult to photograph. The medallion is from Stampin' Up, a multi-step stamp set called Make a Medallion. I stamped it in the same Oxide Ink colors as the background.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White and Vibrant Violet Card Stock
Stash Silver Foiled Card Stock
GKD Foil Image Sheet from the Sending Love STV Kit
Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans Oxide Inks
SU Make a Medallion Stamp Set
GKD Fabulous Frame Stamp for Greeting
GKD Silver Embossing Powder
SU Nesting Circles Dies

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that our May Guest Designer  Kathie and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our May challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of July!!   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, May 10, 2017

Garden Gate

Dear Ones~
Today's offering has been made for the Stamp TV Monday Challenge. This week Cat has asked us to use THIS....or THAT. THIS is an embossing folder, THAT is vellum. We can use either one. I chose both.

Here's my card:
Isn't this image adorable? It's part of a GKD's stamp set called Cottage Garden, by Claire Brennan. I love all of Claire's work. I stamped the image on GKD heavy weight card stock and colored it with my Stampin' Up Markers. I heat embossed the greeting on vellum and attached it to the panel that was die cut with a stitched scalloped rectangle. The background is white card stock that has been embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder. I fussy cut the little blue birds and popped them up with dimensionals. The flowers were punched from various stash punches.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Red Hot and White Card Stock
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Die-namics Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle
GKD Cottage Garden Stamp Set
Stash Flower Punches
Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. And don't forget to head over to the Stamp TV Challenge and play along. You could win a $20 gift voucher if you use Gina K stamps.

Hugs~
~judy~

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Fourth!!!!

Dear Ones~
This is my second blog post for today. I'm on a roll. This card has been made for the
This time we are invited to use red, white and blue 
and/or stars and stripes.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/05/redwhiteblue-optional-stars-stripes.html
Here is what I came up with:
 This was a fun challenge. I die cut the Spellbinders Diagonal Chevron cover plate with both GKD Blue Denim and the star patterned paper. Then I inlaid the patterned paper into the blue denim die cut. I love doing that.....so satisfying when the pieces fit perfectly. I had some gold eyelash yarn that I thought would be great to attach to the underside of the star to look the tail of a comet. I dunno - maybe it doesn't look like a comet's tail, but I like it. And I layered a couple of die cut buttons from PTI in the middle of the star.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Blue Denim, Tomato Soup and White Card Stock
Basic Grey Life of the Party Patterned Paper
Spellinders Diagonal Chevron Die
Quick Cuts Nesting Stars Dies
PTI Button Stack Dies
GKD Holiday Frame Stamp for Greeting
Stash Gold Cord on Buttons
Stash Brass Dots

I'm so happy that you stopped by! 
Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Hugs~
~judy~


























Sweet Pea Frame





Dear Ones~
Welcome, and hope your week will be grand. It's sunny but chilly here in Northern Michigan. I WANT SUMMER!!!!

Here's one of my cards for today:
This is a simple card made for a couple of challenges that required us to use a frame. Here I have done some simple coloring with Copics. The image is from Power Poppy's Sweet Memories stamp set. The greeting is from Power Poppy's Natural Beauty stamp set. The bow is tied using the Gina K method. You can watch her do it HERE.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Fresh Asparagus Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
DCWV Susan Winget Patterned Paper
Spellbinders Floral Oval Die
Spellbinders Classic Oval Die
Power Poppy Sweet Memories Stamp
Power Poppy Natural Beauty Stamp
Copic Markers
Ivory Shell Crystal Drops
Stash Ribbon

This will be entered in the following challenges:

 

Simon Says Monday Challenge - It's a Frame Up

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments very much. Now I'm on to my next blog post.

Hugs~
~judy~

























Saturday, May 6, 2017

Just Us Girls #392 - Word Week

 

Dear Ones~
This week is WORD WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Maria has chosen the word MOTHER. How appropriate with Mother's Day just around the corner.

Here's my example:
 My mom is no longer with me, but I have a very dear friend who's mom is still very much around, and I always enjoy sending her a Mother's Day card. This card was made with a fantastic die from Stampin' Up called Delicate Floral Thinlits. Isn't it gorgeous?

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
SU Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
SU Sweet Sugarplum Ink
SU Delicate Floral Thinlits
SU Delicate Details Stamps
GKD Holiday Frame Fillers for Greeting
SU Balloon Pop Up Thinlits for Ribbon
Stash Pearls.

I would like to welcome our May Guest Designer Kathie Durgan. Kathie is over-the-top talented and we are lucky to have her with us this month. Go check out her BLOG to see what I mean.

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

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



















Friday, May 5, 2017

Garden Treasure

Dear Ones~
I have been making way too many sympathy cards lately. And this is another one. I will be entering this in the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge. Here is their inspiration photo:

http://altenewblog.com/2017/05/01/may-2017-inspiration-challenge/
And here's my card:
I love the colors in the photo, one of my favorite combinations.  I have used the Altenew stamp set called Garden Treasure. As with many of Altenew sets, this one has companion dies. I layered the white background card stock onto gold and then cut an oval to reveal the patterned paper beneath.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Stash Gold Card Stock
SU Layering Oval Die
Colorbök Modern Millinery Patterned Paper
Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp and Die Set
SU Inks In:
*Pink Pirrouette
*Melon Mambo
*Cherry Cobbler
*Pear Pizzazz
*Wild Wasabi
*Always Artichoke
*Basic Black
GKD Fabulous Flowers for Greeting
GKD Gold Embossing Powder
Stash Pearls

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to make another card. I appreciate your sweet comments, they make me so happy!!!

Hugs~
~judy~

























Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge -Positively Negative

Dear Ones~
This week over at The Mod Squad Challenge it is my great good pleasure to be the host. For the challenge I have chosen the technique Positively Negative. My challenge is for you to create 2 different images, one light and one dark, then cut them in half and connect the POSITIVE and the NEGATIVE together. Confused? Read on, it will all become clear.

The sponsor this week is Gina K Designs and Stamp TV
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.

A $20 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store.

 Here is my first example:
As you can see, I stamped the feather from the Gina K Designs stamp set Fine Feathers on white card stock with Gina K Designs Blue Lagoon Ink. Then I stamped it again on Blue Lagoon card stock with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I then cut each image in half and attached the positive (white card stock) to the negative (Blue Lagoon) card stock. The patterned paper is from Gina K Designs Here Comes the Sun patterned paper pack.
Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx, White and Blue Lagoon Card Stock
GKD Here Comes the Sun Patterned Paper
GKD Fine Feathers Stamp Set
Versamark Ink
GKE White Embossing Powder
GKD Blue Lagoon and Black Onyx Ink
Nuvo Crystal Drops

And here is my next example:
Same steps with the stamps here. For this card I used an older Gina K Designs butterfly stamp from the set called Birthday Blessings. Inks and card stock are Gina K Designs Red Hot. The patterned paper is again from the Here Comes the Sun patterned paper.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Red Hot and White Card Stock
GKD Here Comes the Sun Patterned Paper
GKD Birthday Blessings Stamp
GKD Red Hot Ink
Versamark Ink
GKD White Embossing Powder
SU Nesting Circles Die
Martha Stewart Lacy Punch
Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder 
Stash Ribbon

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~
 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wetlands Silhouette

Dear Ones~
This will be a quick-y today. I have a lot to do, but wanted to get in on the Stamp TV Monday Challenge. The challenge is Scenic Silhouettes - make a scene with an inked background and silhouette images.

Here is my card:
I thought this background made with Oxide Inks reminded me of a marsh-y area where there might be cattails and red winged blackbirds. I love the blues and greens. That border is a die by My Favorite Things called Stepped Up Chevron.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Jellybean Green Card
GKD Blue Lagoon Card
GKD White Card
GKD Black Onyx Card
Distress Oxide Inks
GKD The Wetlands Stamp
MFT Stepped Up Chevron Die
Black Nuvo Crystal Drops

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate all your lovely comments. I hope you have a great week.

Hugs~
~judy~


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~