Saturday, April 12, 2014

Challenge 236-Try this technique!

Hello!  What a crazy week!  I've been working on projects, but not getting any posts done! But, it's Saturday and Lisa has a technique challenge for you over at Just Us Girls! Please check it out and join us!

This is the card I made for my husband for our 22nd anniversary which was yesterday.  Inside I wrote, "After 22 years, I'd go anywhere with you!"  My image (from Art Gone Wild-Michelle Masters topiary series) is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with reinkers from SU. It was then cut with an MFT pierced recangle die. Love that stitched look! I left my image in the die and used a stencil brush on the ink pad and added the pool party to the sky and old olive for the grass.
Now, since our challenge is water color background I had to get busy with that!  I cut a piece of water color paper to fit my Coastal Cabana card base.  I wet it with a water spritzer and then used my 'splatter' stamp with Coastal Cabana ink.  My 'splatter' stamp' is from Impression Obsession. The wet paper made the ink move about a bit for the watercolor look I was going for.  I added a couple of strips of green washi tape for interest and then put my image on old olive and raised it on dimensionals.  I also added some stickles that are difficult to see, but ass some nice sparkle.
With the popularity of water color right now, we would sure love to have you join us in Lisa's challenge this week!
BTW, you can wish Lisa (and her hubby Kevin) a Happy Anniversary too!  We discovered after we met online (through stamping!) that we were married on the exact same day!! April 11, 1992.  Such a fun thing to have in common, 'cuz we both have great husbands!
Thanks for visiting!  Have a great day and weekend!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Just Us Girls #235-It's a Sketch!

Hello!  Ahhh! Another weekend! And spring is here-AND-soon it will feel like spring, I hope!  
Maria, at Just Us Girls has a great sketch for us today and the team has rocked the sketch! 
Please check out the fabulous inspiration on OUR BLOG!

Once again, I tweaked the challenge, just a bit! I started with the plan to use three sunflowers on my card, but I have been working on another card with this Stampin' Up chocolate bunny and it just sort of evolved into this. My bunny is stamped onto Close to Cocoa with Versamark then heat embossed with some very dark brown (and coffee scented!) embossing powder. I used dies from a mix of companies: MFT- the leaves, Papertrey In-the flowers and Impression Obsession-the grass.  I also used Versamark and embossing powder on my flower center.  The trellis punch is from Martha Stewart. 
Oh, and my flower is cut from Daffodil Delight card stock  and sponged with Peach Parfait and Pumpkin Pie. The card base is kraft stamped with SUs wood grain in Soft Suede.
Please do check out the blog for some divine inspiration and join us this week in the challenge!  You have until Thursday, April 10 at 9:00 pm ET to link up your card.  And we want to see what you create!
Wishing you time to create this weekend!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Chick Magnet

Gosh! I love the name of this stamp. I also love how it colors up!! Such great pastel colors, don't you think!

I did color it up some time ago, but just got around to putting it on a card front..  My papers are from Papertrey Ink and my card stock is from Stampin' Up.  I just love pool party and with coastal cabana, oh my!!
So thanks for coming by to look at what I've been up to! I appreciate it so much!
See you soon!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just Us Girls #234

Hello and Happy Saturday!! I'm so glad to have ended that work week! It was a tough one, but today is a day for creativity!  I finished this card last night for the Just Us Girls wild card challenge.  It's the 5th Saturday in a month and Marisa has this great challenge!  Make a tall and skinny card. Please see our blog for details on playing along and for much inspiration from the DT gals!
 Now, for the confession-I sort of goofed on the challenge and I hope Marisa (our lovely hostess) won't send the challenge police after me-my card does not quite meet her dimensions as listed on the blog.  Sorry Marisa-I read the post too quickly!
For my card base I used one of the many greens I own-perhaps lucky limeade or kiwi kiss or even one of Papertrey Ink's greens.  Sewed onto that is PTI designer paper in Simply Chartreuse.  The image is layered on Harvest Gold (PTI) shaded with More Mustard.
My image is drawn by the amazing Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper Designs and called Daisies Smile Upon You. You can find it HERE. My image is stamped on watercolor paper and cut with an MFT pierced rectangle die. I used reinkers to watercolor my image.  I want to add stickles to the centers and glossy accents to the jar, but I was just out of time!
The sentiment is dotted paper from PTI in Harvest Gold also layered on Harvest Gold.
In the top picture you can see I used a Martha Stewart punch to make a white lacy edge to my card.
                                     Below you can see with the added sparkle and glossy accents!
We really hope you will join us in the challenge this week. Chic of the Week winners are eligible to become our guest designer in an upcoming month-June, this time, I think! You have until Thursday (4/3) at 9:00 pm to show us your creation!
In the meantime, have an enjoyable and creative weekend!  Thanks for stoppin by!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Hi!  There's a new challenge out in Blogland called TIME OUT challenge.  Take some time out to create something!  This is the last day for their first challenge "Dancing in the Rain", but I think you have until tonight to enter.  There will be another challenge posted soon and you have TWO weeks to create something!
Here's the blog:
(My good friend, Lisa, is on the challenge team!)

My card uses a High Hopes stamp that I've had for awhile.  I love to color their images!! This one is colored with my copics. As it happens I used similar colors to out current challenge at Just Us Girls!  See post below for that challenge-you have until Thursday evening to enter that one!
I think the current High Hopes challenge running is for SPRING so I plan to enter this card in that challenge as well!

Thanks for coming by today.  Copic colors are posted for the card below.  Same ones were used in addition to some grays from the 'T' group!

Thanks for coming by!! Cheryl

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Challenge #233 Photo Inspiration!!

Hello!! You have just got to see what we have for you today over at the Just Us Girls Blog!  The inspiration is....well.... it's INSPIRATIONAL.  The photo Nancy has found just makes me want to create more cards with the colors/theme!! Please check it out.

 My card is somewhat different than my DT buddies.  When I saw the balloons I thought of this adorable Tilda from Magnolia-licious and when I found her I also found the stamp of 4 balloons you see in the background.  She is stamped on Xpress it blending card and colored with my beloved copic markers!
 I knew I wanted to pick up the greens and blues in the Inspiration photo so that drove my color choices.  On pinterest I found a hair color I liked and used those colors.   The background piece is cut with My Favorite Things pierced rectangles and Tilda is cut out and curved then mounted on dimensionals.  I didn't want to punch my main piece to put the ribbon through so I just poked it behind her legs and tied it.  The card base is baja breeze and the paper is from Graphic 45. Of course, the balloons and parts of Tilda's outfit are covered with Starduss Stickles for tons of sparkle
Here's a close up of this sweet girl.  I am so happy with how this card came out! I've missed my Tilda's and think I better get back to coloring one a week! It's good therapy for this tired teacher!
Thanks for coming by!! Please let this challenge take you up and away and create something to share with all of us!
(Keep reading for copic colors)
Thanks for coming by!  Cheryl

skin E00, R30, E11
dress, socks, blue balloons B91, B93, B97 (darker blue added to boots)
green balloons BG10, BG11, BG34, BG13, BG18
hair E97, E99, E29

Friday, March 21, 2014


Hello and TGIF!!  I'm so happy that it is Friday that I couldn't sleep past 4:00 am so I'm getting lots done before work today!  First up is a recent LEGO card I made!  I know some little boys who would be crazy about a card like this!  The 'boy' this one is going to is actually in his 30s!

It's pretty simple, too!  Just a 1 inch punch, some bright card stock and sponges for shading along with a 3/8" circle punch that I found on Etsy for only a couple of bucks!  With shipping the total cost was about 5.50!  I used PTI's poppy red and blueberry sky and SU colors Gumball Green and Summer Sun.  TIP: for the circles, just shade a bit of the cardstock BEFORE PUNCHING with ink and sponge.  It's too hard to sponge these dinky circles!  You get more ink on your fingers than on the card stock!
The circles are glued onto the card stock with Tombo liquid glue.  I found this worked better than glue dots since you can move them around a bit to line the dots up.  Glue dots make them much tougher to move.
As I look at my card the top LEGOS might be glue dots and the bottom glued! I'm not sure because I made a bunch of LEGOS and then put them on cards. Of course, putting the circles on dimensional pieces would look neat, too, but I was going for a quick card!

That's it for me today!  Please return tomorrow!  We have a new Just Us Girls challenge (photo inspiration) and I colored up a Tilda (Magnolia-licious) for it!

Have a great day! Cheryl


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