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~