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~






















Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #388 - Trend Week

Dear Ones~
This week is Trend Week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Sue has chosen the trend MULTI-STEP STAMPING. I love this technique, it always adds so much dimension to a project! It's done by using multiple stamps that are layered one on top of the other, with darker and darker inks used with each stamp.

Here's my example:
This is a stamp set that was a "free with a $50 purchase" during Sale-a-bration over at Stampin' Up one year. It's always been one of my favorites, and usually doesn't need much embellishment. Here I stamped the greeting on vellum and heat embossed in gold. The multi-step stamp and rich patterned paper made this card a simple one to create.

Here are the Ingredients:
Stampin-Up Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
Stash Gold Card Stock
Stampin' Up Lotus Blossom Multi-Step Stamp
Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle Die
SU Inks In:
*Rich Razzleberry
*Sweet Sugar Plum
*Blushing Bride
*Wild Wasabi
*Garden Green
Craft Smith Flower Market Patterned Paper
GKd Fabulous Flowers Stamp for Greeting
Stash Pearls

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 7, 2017

Emboss Resist Easter

Dear Ones~
Today's card uses the Emboss Resist technique where the image is white heat embossed and then sponged with color to make the embossing pop.
Here is my card:
It's so much fun to sponge the white embossed image and watch it come to life. Here I used Distress Oxides for some interesting texture. I heat embossed the GKD flowers from the Flowers and Frames Kit and then sponged with Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick inks along with some spritzing with water. I used one flower image, stamping it 3 times and bending the stems to make it look like a bouquet.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Peach Bellini, Dusty Rose and White Card Stock
GKD Flowers and Frames Stamp
GKD Springtime Baskets Stamp for Greeting
Distress Oxide Inks
Stampin' Up So Detailed Framelits
Darice Circle Interlock Embossing Folder
Stampin' Up Layered Circles Dies
Judy Dots
Ranger White Enamel Accents

This card will be entered in:
Stamp TV Release Party Challenge - Emboss Resist Technique
Stamp TV Monday Challenge - Happy Easter 

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your lovely comments so much. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
~judy~



















Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge - Ya Wanna Piece of Me?

Dear Ones~
This week over at Mod Squad I am the host.
I have chosen PAPER PIECING for the challenge.

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 card:

I used the GKD background stamp Inspiration Mosaic for the background. I stamped it on white, and then again on several different patterned papers. Then I cut out the rectangles and pieced them on the white. I had so much fun mixing and matching my papers. I stamped the little critters from the GKD Spring Fling stamp set before I pieced so that I didn't have to do any masking. Oh, and I tied that bow using the tines of a fork. To learn how to do it, watch this video HERE.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Jellybean Green, Lemon Drop & Dusty Rose Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Doodlebug Designs Easter Express Patterned Paper
GKD Inspiration Mosaic Background Stamp
GKD Spring Fling Stamps
Copic Markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops
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.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #387 - Word Week

 
Dear Ones~
This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Nancy has chosen the word SEA.

Here is my example:
I just love this card. The image is a very old stamp from Close to my Heart that I don't think I have ever gotten inky. I colored it with my colored pencils. The texture in the top right corner was done with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die, and the patterned papers contain a lot of texture as well. They are photos of rusted and rustic images.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Dark Chocolate and Sandy Beach Card Stock 
Elizabeth Craft Designs Through the Lens Patterned Paper
Close to my Heart Perfect Day Stamp
Prismacolor Pencils
Sizzix Mixed Media Die
Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle Die
Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops
Stash Linen Thread

I would like to welcome our April Guest Designer, Laurie Unger. She is over-the-top talented. Check out her blog HERE to see what I mean. 

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful examples that 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~

 























Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Azalea

Dear Ones~
Hope your week is going well. Today I have made a card to be entered in the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge. This week we have been provided with this photo for inspiration.
http://stamptv.ning.com/forum/topics/mix-it-up-monday-stv17mon13-let-s-get-inspired

 And here is my card:
I stamped the flower image from Melanie Muenchinger's Stately Flowers 4, colored it with my Zigs, and fussy cut it out. I really love the black stripes in the photo along with the soft pink. My flowers are a bit bright for my taste, but I don't have many Zigs to work with. So there you are...lol.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White and Innocent Pink Card Stock
Kaiser Craft Shine Bright Patterned Paper
Spellbinders Splendid Circles Die
GKD Stately Flowers 4 Stamp
GKD Flowers & Frames Stamp for Greeting
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers
SU Black Ink
Black Nuvo Crystal Drops

The sun is shining today. I almost forgot what it looks like - lol!!!!! Our furnace went out 4 days ago, but we got it fixed today. We do have a woodburning stove, so we have stayed toasty. Life is full of surprises!!! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your sweet comments. Enjoy the rest of your week!!!















Saturday, March 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #386 - Photo Week

 Dear Ones~
This week is PHOTO WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Vicki has chosen this photo of inspiration. So many possibilities with this one.
 
Here's what I came up with:
 Don't you just adore this cute little snail, happy to have his cozy home be an old teacup? This is a digi stamp I saw in a challenge somewhere and just had to track him down. It's from a company called QKR Stampede, and the name of the stamp is One Man's Trash. What a hoot!! He just makes me smile!!! The card base itself is cut with the PTI Noted Scalloped die for that sweet stitched and scalloped edge. I LOVE it. I colored the image with Copics.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
PTI Noted: Scalloped A2 Die
Paper Studio Textured Card Stock
Pebbles Basics Paper Pad Patterned Paper
QKR Stampede Digi Stamp
GKD Fabulous Flowers Stamp
Spellbinders Fancy Labels 2 Die
Spellbinders Oval Dies
Copic Markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards that our March Guest Designer Nance, and the rest of the team have made this week. And remember, if you win Chic of the Week in any of our March challenges, you will be in the running to be chosen as our Guest Designer for the month of May!!   Good luck, and I hope to see you there. 
 
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for leaving me all your lovely comments. They mean the world to me, my friends!!

~judy~






















Sunday, March 19, 2017

True Art

Dear Ones~
Hope your Sunday is going well. Today I made a card for the Stamp TV Monday Challenge. What's That You Say??? Yep, that's the challenge. Find a quote you love and reflect that quote in a card.

Here is my quote:
"Every artist dips her brush into her own soul, 
and paints her own truth into her pictures." 
Unfortunately, the author is unknown.

Here is my card:
My thought here was to have the pencil drawing the flower. In retrospect I would have done better to use black ink so it looked more like a drawing. Instead I did white heat embossing. But it was great fun to color the image with my watercolors. I also did a wash on the background. 
I have to say this is not the most favorite card I have ever made, but they can't all be perfect.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Sweet Mango and Ivory Card Stock
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Colorbok Signature Patterned Paper
GKD Sending Love Stamps from the Kit
Majelo Mission Gold Watercolors
GKD White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Crystal Drops

I have a few more blogs to write and then I'm going to play in my craft room. I hope you do something wonderful today. Thanks for stopping by, and as always, I appreciate all your sweet comments.
Hugs~















                                                                                                

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Just Us Girls #385 - Color Week

Dear Ones~
This week is COLOR WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Lisa has chosen these gorgeous 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 card:
  
I like the simplicity of this design. It is a CASE from Tami White. You can see her card and video HERE. It was great fun to make, just stamping and not too many layers. I used mostly pink and grey, with just a hint of purple for the greeting and the scalloped oval die cut.

Here are the Ingredients:
PTI Soft Stone Card Stock
SU Smoky Slate and Basic Grey Card Stock
SU Wisteria Wonder Card Stock
SU Avant Garden Stamp Set
SU Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Piroette, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey Inks
SU Wisteria Wonder Ink
SU Layering Ovals Thinlits
Nuvo Crystal Drops



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

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




















Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams



Dear Ones~
This will be a quicky today. I wanted to play along with the Double D Challenge. This time we are to make a card with Things that Fly. Here is are the tiles they have provided us for inspiration:
 http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/03/things-that-fly.html
 While I didn't use any of the above photos for my inspiration, I did make a card with something that flies.
I saw this design the other day on YouTube.  You can see the beautiful card Tina created HERE
 I had to make a sympathy card and I thought this design would be perfect for that. I have used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up. These are the most gorgeous dies, and there is a companion stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.
 
Here are the Ingredients:
SU Soft Sky and Tip Top Taupe Card Stock
GKD Ivory Card Stock
SU Falling In Love Patterned Paper
SU Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits
Crafter's Secret Stamp for Greeting
SU Dazzling Diamonds Glitter



Thanks for stopping by, I adore your sweet comments, they truly make my day.

Hugs~
~judy~

 










Monday, March 13, 2017

It's Easy Being Green

http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/03/lets-get-coloring-folks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PowerPoppy-TheBlog+%28Power+Poppy+-+The+Blog%29 

 Dear Ones~
Hope you are having a wonderful day. Today's offering has been made for the Power Poppy Power and Spark monthly challenge. This month we are showcasing the new Pantone Color of the Year. The color is Greenery. It's a light, sunny yellow-green.



Here's my card:
I love this cute little parakeet from the Power Poppy stamp set Short Stack. Isn't he cute?? Here I colored the image with my Prismacolor Pencils. I smiled the whole time I was coloring him.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Applemint and Black Card Stock
My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Power Poppy Short Stack Stamp Set
Prismacolor Pencils
White Gel Pen
SU Balloon Pop Up Thinlits for the Bow
Black Nuvo Crystal Drops

Thanks for popping by. It's blustery here today, but not nearly as bad as our friends out East are experiencing. Stay safe, everyone! Love your sweet comments, I really appreciate them.

Hugs~
~judy~

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Peony

Dear Ones~
This is my second post for the day. This one is for the Altenew March 2017 Inspiration Challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:

 
 And here is my card:
I don't have many Altenew stamp sets and am limited with what I can do, so I just went with the colors in the photo. This set is called Peony Scrolls, and it's the first stamp set I ever got from Altenew.  I heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder and water colored it with my Mission Gold Water Colors. I LOVE them, they are so beautiful and easy to work with!!! I finished the card off with some gold splatter and gold thread.

Here are the Ingredients:
SU Real Red and Daffodil Delight Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Craft Smith Patterned Paper
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Altenew Peony Scrolls Stamp Set
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp for Greeting
GKD Gold Embossing Powder
Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors
Paper Studio Embossing Folder
Stash Pearls and Gold Thread

So that's it for me, I'm outa here. Thanks for stopping by!! 
As always I adore your comments.

Hugs~
~judy~












Nail Polish Marbling

Dear Ones~
Hope you have had a good weekend. Mine was uneventful, which is a good thing.

This card has been made for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. This week Lizzie showed us how to do marbling with nail polish and water. Watch how she does it HERE. It was super fun to do, albeit kinda messy. And a word of caution, make sure to do it in a well ventilated area, the fumes can be pretty strong.

Here's my card:
Luckily I have a lot of nail polish. Not that I'm a fanatic or anything, I just seem to never throw them away. Anyway, Here I used a metallic silver, a metallic pink and a very dark red. I love the result. The thing is, it never comes out the same way twice....super cool. I embellished with PTI Day Dreamer flowers and leaves which I accented with a white gel pen.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
PTI Day Dreamer Stamp
PTI Botanical Silhouettes Stamp for Greeting
GKD Cranberry Tart and Dusty Rose Inks
SU Basic Grey and Smokey Slate Inks
White Gel Pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Stash Nail Polish

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate all your sweet comments. Time to start dinner, it's venison steaks and a salad. Yummo!!!! 
Hugs~
~judy~



Saturday, March 11, 2017

White on Kraft

Dear Ones~
Today's offering was made for the Stamp TV Weekly Challenge. This week Chris has asked us to color kraft card stock with white colored pencil. I LOVE that look, so I decided to play along.

Here's what I came up with:
I think it's so much fun to color with pencil on kraft. You can get some amazing effects. This image is from Stately Flowers 4, and it lends itself very well to this technique.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Sandy Beach, Kraft, and Black Onyx Card Stock
Paper Studio Everyday Kraft Patterned Paper
GKD Stately Flowers 4 Stamp
SU Layering Circles Dies
Prismacolor Pencils
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Stash Ribbon

That's it for me. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It's bitter cold here, I'm so looking forward to spring. Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments!!

~judy~


Just Us Girls #384 - Trend Week

Dear Ones~
This week is TREND WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Maria has chosen the trend STENCILS.

Here's what I came up with:
Aren't these goldfish a hoot? Can you tell the one on the very top is upside down? I didn't want them all swimming in the same direction...ha ha! Now you can never unsee it. 😄  I used a stencil called Mini Cell Theory by Crafters Workshop. I sponged it with GKD Blue Denim, Turquoise Sea and Applemint inks and used it as a background. I think it kinda looks like bubbles and I was going for an under-the-sea look.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Blue Denim, Sweet Mango and White Card Stock
Crafters Workshop Mini Cell Theory Stencil
GKD Applemint, Turquoise Sea and Blue Denim Inks
Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish Stamp Set
SU Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Inks
 Stash Dies for Sea Plants
Glossy Accents and Nuvo Crystal Glitter Drops

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

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





















Saturday, March 4, 2017

Just Us Girls #383 - Word Week




Dear Ones~
 It's WORD WEEK over at Just Us Girls, and our gal Bobby has chosen the word GEOMETRIC. How much fun is that?? So many possibilities!

Here's my card:
I have had this big background stamp for awhile and haven't used it much. It's perfect for this challenge!! I recently acquired some Chameleon pens and this was the first time that I used them. I will need some practice, but they are fun to use. I don't think they will replace my Copics, even for shading, but they are great for some things.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Black Onyx, Blue Lagoon and Vibrant Violet Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Chameleon Markers
Die-namics Happy Hello Die
Stash Sequins filled with Glossy Accents

 I would like to welcome our March Guest Designer, Nance Salkeld. Her work is amazing. Just go check out her BLOG and I think you will agree.

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

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments! They make my day!!























Friday, March 3, 2017

Thinkin' Spring

Dear Ones~
Today I made a card for the Double D Challenge. This time we are asked to Think Spring. Just look at the beautiful tiles which they have provided us for inspiration.
http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2017/03/think-spring.html
Here is my card:

This is just a little 3 3/4 inch square card, and I think it's so sweet. That is a new stamp set by Clare Brennan for Gina K Designs called Springtime Baskets. It's so much fun to color all those pretty pastel eggs. I used my Stampin' Up markers which have a fine point so I could get in those tiny spaces on the basket.

Here are the Ingredients:
SU Soft Sky Card Stock
GKD White Card Stock
Paper Wishes Patterned Paper
Spellbinders Beautiful Borders Die
GKD Springtime Baskets Stamp Set
SU Layering Circle Dies
SU Markers
Martha Stewart Punch
Stash Pearls

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for leaving such lovely comments. I really appreciate it, you make my day!!!


~judy~

























Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kraft and Colored Pencils

Dear Ones~
Whew - did we ever have some weather yesterday. A white-out blizzard after pouring rain. Just kill me now. And I was in Traverse City with my BFF, so we had to drive the 50 miles back to Grayling in it. I was never so glad to get home.

Today's offering has been made for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. This week it's to color on kraft with colored pencils. I LOVE this technique AND this look. Here's my card:

I discovered I don't really have any line art PTI stamps that would work for coloring in with pencils, so I chose to use this image from Melanie Muenchinger's STV stamp set Fabulous Frame. However I did use PTI's Graceful Greetings for the die cut greeting. The flower image was heat embossed with white before coloring. I LOVE the effect it gives!!!

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Kraft and Ivory Card
SU Dapper Denim Card
Authentique Something for All Seasons Patterned Paper
GKD Fabulous Frame Stamp
Primacolor Pencils
PTI Graceful Greetings Die
Spellbinder Scalloped Square
SU Nesting Squares
Darice Striped BG EF
Stash Twine
Judy Dots


Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for leaving your lovely comments. They mean so much to me.

~judy~

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mod Squad Challenge - Bleaching with Color

Dear Ones~
This week over at the Mod Squad Challenge I am the host. I have chosen the Bleaching Technique as my challenge, but with a twist. After bleaching we need to color the image in.

The sponsor this week is Gina K Designs and Stamp TV
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I have two different styles of bleaching for you today.
Here is my first example:

 This is one way to do the bleaching technique. Here I stamped the image and then using a paint brush I painted the flower and leaves with bleach. I dried the bleached image completely and then used Copic markers to color it in. The image I used is a retired GKD stamp set duo called Heart Blooms. I didn’t realize until after I had started posting this that the stamp is no longer available, but any of the Year of Flowers sets by Melanie Muenchinger would be perfect for this.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Innocent Pink and White Card Stock
GKD Heart Blooms Stamp
Stash Patterned Paper
Cheery Lynn Ribbon Die
Spellbinders Fancy Labels 3 Die
Copic Markers
GKD Buttons
Bleach
Sitckles

And here's another way:
For this card I used the bleach as ink. I made an “ink pad” with some paper towel on a plate, and then poured the bleach directly onto the towel until it was juicy. The I just dipped the stamp in the bleach and stamped on the paper. The bleach doesn’t hurt the stamp – but to be certain you may want to rinse it under the tap when you’re done. After I dried the image with my heat tool I again used Copics to color it in. It’s really fun to see the bleached image appear as it dries with this technique. The image I used here is from the Gina K Designs stamp set The Wetlands.  

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Charcoal Brown, Fresh Asparagus and Ivory Card Stock
We R Memory Keepers Wild Flower Patterned Paper
GKD The Wetlands Stamp
GKD Fanciful Tags Stamp for Greeting
Ranger Copper Embossing Powder
GKD Burlap Ribbon
Copic Markers
Stickles

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.


 















Saturday, February 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #382 - Photo Week

 
Dear Ones~
This week is photo week over at just us girls, and just look at the beautiful photo our gal Sue has provided for inspiration.
And here is my card:
 I was recently gifted with this sweet tulip stamp set by Kitchen Sink Stamps, thanks Cindy. It's a multi step set, so there's lots of 3-D  here. The photo doesn't do it justice. I used the SSS stencil Falling Snow for the background, applying some dimensional paste and letting it dry. It's the best I could do with the snow part of the photo.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White and Red Hot Card Stock
SSS Falling Snow Stencil
DecoArt Dimensional Paste
Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders
KSS Multi-Step Tulip Garden
GKD Inks:
*Cranberry Tart
*Red Velvet
*Red Hot
SU Inks:
*Pear Pizzazz
*Old Olie
*Always Artichoke
SU Balloon Pop Up Thinlits for Bow
PTI Tiny Tags
Stash Gold Thread

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

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments! They make my day!!