Saturday, March 26, 2016

Just Us Girls #336 - Photo Week

Dear Ones~
This week is PHOTO WEEK at Just Us Girls. Nancy is our host, and she has chosen this beautiful photo to inspire us:

And here's my card:

When I saw this inspiring photo I immediately thought of the awesome stamp set by Kitchen Sink Stamps called 3 Step Sea Shells. Unfortunately, it has been retired, but is still available on special order. I had so much fun playing with this multi-step set, trying many different ink colors to see what the result would be.

 Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Kraft and Ocean Mist Card Stock
PTI Rustic Cream Card Stock
Kitchen Sink Stamps 2 Step Sea Shells
Greeting by HOTP 
Martha Stewart Pine Branch Punch
Various Momento and GKD Inks
Stickles and Stash Gems

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards the rest of the team, and our Guest Designer Steph Castro, have made this week.  I hope to see you there.
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 thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Friends of a Feather

Dear Ones~
I just finished watching the Make It Monday video over at Papertrey Ink and had to make a card for the challenge.  LOVE doing sponging over embossing.

So I pulled out my Feather Finery set and white embossed the largest feather. Then I sponged it with Distress Inks, stamped the companion accent dots over the feather with Versamark and embossed it with silver powder. The flowers are from the PTI set Graceful Greetings. I think the feather is just gorgeous with the white embossing!!


 Here's the Ingredients~
GKD Blue Raspberry & Wild Wysteria Stock
PTI Graceful Greetings Stamp Set
PTI Feather Finery Stamp Set
Distress Inks
GKD White and Silver Embossing Powder
Ranger Black Enamel Accents

So glad you stopped by, I adore your comments! Have wonderful week, my friends!!

For Dad

Dear Ones~
I decided this year to make my dad a book mark instead of an Easter card. He is an avid reader, and he will be able to use the book mark all year long.

Here's the result~~~
I got to play with some foiling with this one. I took the cross die and made a copy of it with my laser printer. Then I cut the shape out and foiled it through my laminator. I think Becca Feekan came up with the idea. You can see her tips HERE.
This book mark is a folder with two magnets on the inside bottom. You place the book page inside the folder and let the magnets grab each other to hold the book mark in place.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Gold Foil Card Stock from my Stash
Spellbinder Cross Die
Recollections Espresso Patterned Paper Stack
Minc Gold Foil
Foiled Computer Generated Greeting
Laser Printer 
Scotch Laminator

This will be entered in the Double "D" Challenge,
here is the inspirational photo~
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week, I adore your comments!

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Dear Ones~
I have been very busy trying to keep up with my duties on the design teams for Mod Squad and Just Us Girls. But I thought I better play along with the latest challenge over at Power Poppy. The challenge this month is to make a Peek-a-Boo card.

Here's what I came up with:
I'm here to tell you right now, I found this to be a very difficult challenge. It's not so easy getting those images in just the right place so they peek out through the cut outs.
Here's the inside.

And here's a close up of the stamping.

I used my new Power Poppy set Short Stacks which I won recently. Thanks, Marci!!! I think the images are the cutest. The little pot of tulips is part of a bigger image. I had to mask it off to just get the pot and flowers so it would fit in the cut out. I also used the Simon Says Stamp die Ring Frame. I cut out the shape, with several different papers and then inlaid the circles in different colors. That is so much fun - I love the inlaid look.
Here are the Ingredients:
GKD White Card Stock
Momenta Watercolor Patterned Paper
Power Poppy Short Stack Stamp Set
HOTP Botanical Frames Stamp Set for Greeting
Simon Says Stamp Ring Frame Die
Zig Clean Color Markers
Ranger Enamel Accents
Stash Sequins

So that's it for me tonight. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and the first day of spring. WOW, that went fast. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Oh, and I love your comments.

Just Us Girls #335 - Color Week.

Dear Ones~
This week is COLOR WEEK at Just Us Girls.
 Our host is Chris, and she has chosen the beautiful colors 
pink, yellow and purple. 
 Here is my sample for you:
 What a fun color combination. It, of course, reminds me of all things SPRING!!! I had so much fun coloring those beautiful flowers with my Zigs on Bristol Board. And yes, Bristol Board is perfect with the Zigs. I had heard other people using it with great reviews, so I thought I would give it a try. And you should's wonderful!!

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Lemon Drop, White and Passionate Pink Card Stock
DCWV Bouquet De Fleur Patterned Paper
HOTP Floral Fantasy Stamp Set
GKD Birthday Label Stamp Set for Greeting
PTI Small Doily Die
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die
GKD Black Embossing Powder
Black Enamel Accents for Flower Centers
Judy Dots

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards the rest of the team, and our Guest Designer Steph Castro, have made this week.  I hope to see you there.
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 thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mod Squad Challenge - Rainbow Connection

Dear Ones~
It's time once again for me to host the challenge over at The Mod Squad Challenge Blog. This week the theme is THE RAINBOW CONNECTION! It's March, and that mean's St. Patrick's Day, and that means Leprechauns, and that mean's pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. are invited to paint a rainbow on your card. You don't necessarily have to do an actual rainbow, but you must use rainbow colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. 

This week our SPONSOR is the wonderful stamp company  


Kitchen Sink Stamps offers us a discount CODE: ModSquad15.

  These stamps are amazing. Most have a multi-stamp feature that lets you get great detail in your images using several colors. There is real dimension with a 3-D effect! And one of the best features of this stamp company is that there are color recipes for most of the multi-step stamps, so you don't have to guess what colors to use. There are even alternative colors if you don't have the inks that are suggested. Maria from Kitchen Sink Stamps is a member of our Mod Squad Challenge Facebook Group so feel free to say Hi or ask any questions.

$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the store. 
You can pick your own goodies and there are lots of choices!

Here is a sample for you:
I made this Mandela style design using the Kitchen Sink Stamp Set called Pretty Tear Drops. This set has so many possibilities for design and pattern. I used 11 different colors of ink on this one. It was so much fun!!!! I also used a couple of stamps from the Nesting Dolls set and the Friends of the Moon set. Both of those have little stamps that are perfect for making patterns. The greeting is from the fabulous new set called Make a Big Statement.

 Here's a close up of the dimension I achieved with 
fussy cutting and pop dots:

These are the Ingredients:
GKD Inks In:
Red Hot, Tomato Soup, Sweet Mango,Sweet Corn
Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green
Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, Wild Lilac, Black Onyx
Memento Inks In:
Cantaloupe, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies
GKD White, Black Onyx and Turquoise Sea Card Stock
Spellbinders Lacy Circle Die
MFT Stitched Circle Die
Sash Gems and Flower Punch for Corners

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to head on over to The Mod Squad Blog Challenge and play along. I can't wait to see your colorful creations!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Just Us Girls #334 - Trend Week

Dear Ones~
This is a very special post for me. I am so happy to announce that I have been invited to join the Design Team over at the Just Us Girls Challenge Blog. I am honored to work with such a wonderful group of talented gals!! I hope you will join us each week and play along.

This week is TREND WEEK. Vicki is our host, 
and she has chosen the trend shaker cards as our inspiration. 
Shaker cards are so much fun to make, and there are so many possibilities for the "shaker" bits.
I made the shaker with my handy dandy Fuse Tool, sure makes the work so much easier. I stamped and heat embossed the greeting on the inside so it shows through the shaker window.

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Lovely Lavender and Ivory Card Stock
MFT Peach Bellini Card Stock
Darice Cherry Blossoms Embossing Folder
HOTP Lacey Rectangles Die
HOTP Flower Frenzy Dies
SU Butterfly Basics for Greeting
GKD Gold Embossing Powder
Beads and Sequins from my Stash

Please visit the JUST US GIRLS blog to see the wonderful cards the rest of the team, and our Guest Designer Steph Castro, have made this week.  I hope to see you there.
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 thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

It's Easy Being Green

Dear Ones~
Well, it's been a few days since I posted anything, but I have been busy at work creating some new things. This card is green.....all green....and I don't really love it. I love the green part, just not the card itself. But there you just are and that's all I have to say about that. We all have our ugly card moments, lol.

I wanted to use this sketch from the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge:

I also wanted to enter this Double "D" Photo Challenge:
So here's my card, don't judge:
 As you can see, the Double "D" Challenge is to make a green card with just a pop of red. I have been so in love with the W Plus 9 Happy Birds Stamp set, these images just make me smile. So I had to use them again on this card. I made my own tag, embossed with a Paper Studio Embossing Folder and sponged with Distress Inks. Oh, and how do you like the new Vuvo Crystal Drops? I just got a bunch of colors; here I used the bright green. They take the place of enamel dots, you use them like Liquid Pearls, and they are a dream!! I LOVE them!!!!

Here are the Ingredients:
GKD Fresh Asparagus and Ivory Card Stock
Paper Studios Embossing Folder, sorry, don't know the name
Recollections Habitat Patterned Paper
W Plus 9 Happy Birds Stamp Set & Companion Dies
Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splat Die
Distress Inks
Cheery Lynn Flourish Die
Vuvo Crystal Drops
Enamel Accents
White Gel Pen & Stickles

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Double "D" Challenges - Feeling Green
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes with a Die
Simon Says Monday - Take a Leap into the Unknown 
                                (my new Crystal Drops) 
Simon Says Wednesday - Touchy Feely, Add Some Texture

Thanks for stopping by, I adore your comments. And for those of you who live in states that participate in Daylight Savings Time, a week from tomorrow is the turn over. Spring forward, my friends! Spring is coming, spring is coming!!!!