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~


















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~