Saturday, December 13, 2014

Just Us Girls #271 TREND week!

And the TREND is MiXED MEDiA!  I'm not the best at conceptualizing Mixed Media, but I gave it a shot with this tag!  Please check out the inspiration from our fabulous design team HERE!  
 I started with a basic manilla tag and stenciled it with Distress ink in Evergreen Bough with my Memory Box snowflake border stencil.  Then I used the mini foam applicator (Tim Holtz) tooo put tea dye on the edges. Next I stamped some (retired) SU! snowflakes in white pigment ink and embossed them with white detail embossing powder.  After that I added glue and glitter to the snowflakes.
 I have been coloring several of these polar bears up from MFT's Cool Day set (love them!!)  This one has a berry pink sweater with a bit of sparkle.
 I cut 5 (yep 5!) of the  Joy die (SU!) from bright pink cardstock.  Then added one more on top that is cut from a platinum glitter paper, also from SU.  It's nice and thick.  There's a bit of Liquid applique under the polar bear.  finally there's ribbon, brown twine and baker's tine tied to the top.
And here's my bear in close up.  I made his sweater look textured by added a little copic colorless blender to a wash cloth and dabbing the loopy part onto the sweater.  Then watch while color disappears and leaves a fuzzy look!  So fun!!
This tag makes me so happy! I hope you like it, too.  Wishes for a great day and weekend!
Please join us in the challenge this week and add your card/project to the blog by Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9 pm!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Speaking of Sparkle!

Hey there!! A Monday post-that's just not like me!  Well, this was actually a card I made yesterday for the Featured Stamper on Splitcoast Stampers.  I was inspired by a card to use these SU dies that had never touched paper!  And now they have!

 I also want to mention, remind that the Just Us Girls word challenge this week is SPARKLE!! I added lots to my card and the DT at JUGS wants to see your sparkle! Details are on our BLOG.
 I'm sure this card took me more steps than were necessary, but I had a vision of what I wanted and I enjoyed every minute-even the tries that had to be thrown out!  The scene with the trees is the white card base. I die cut a scrap to make a pattern for where to place the snow hills and trees. I cut the smaller SU die out of white card stock.  The I cut the larger one out of pool party card stock.  Of course, I had to make sure that they lined up.  I sponged the white one with coastal cabana and then used a copic marker on the 'embossed' edge to darken it.  I used a Memory Box snowflake border stencil on the pool party layer and used a sponge and stencil brush to apply coastal cabana ink in order to make the snowflakes show up.  Some of those tiny holes were hard to get color into!  The two top layers were put together with foam tape pieces and then the whole thing was adhered to the card front with double sided tape.
My sparkle is Prisma glitter and Stardust Stickles.  Oh yes, I also stamped a tiny snowflake image around the trees and snow in pool party.
The polar bear cutie is from My Favorite Things Cold Day set.  I looooove these guys!  More to come with them.
Well, I gotta finish supper and try to get some crafty time in this evening!
thanks so much for visiting!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Challenge #270 The word is.....

SPARKLE!!  Isn't that a great word for this time of year?!  Super challenge!  So, come on and get out your stickles, your glitter, whatever ya got and go crazy! Here's my card!

 I started with a bright pink card base.  It's Papertrey ink cardstock, but I can't seem to remember the color!  It is stamped in SU's flannel background in Purely Pomegranate.  I made an attempt to then spatter it with white. that didn't make large enought spatters so I used an old SU set with random 'dots'. I stamped them in pigment ink-white.  Still not completely satisfied I then used a falling snow stencil and Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle texture paste.  So that's why you see so many dots on my flannet bg!
 Trees from a new SU set make the background for my snowman. That circle is then sponged in pool party, coastal cabana and not quite navy. Then lots of sparkle was added with Stardust Stickles.  The snowman is from Darcie's  (search snowmen on .
 He's colored in copic markers and then MORE Stardust Stickles were added to his scarf, hat and cup.
One more close up!
Now, if you haven't already, go on over to JUST US GIRLS and check out all the DT inspiration!  We sure hope you'll join in this week!  You have until Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9 pm. to do so!
Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Just Us Girls #269 ANYTHING GOES!!

Hello!  Just Us Girls has its weekly challenge up on the blog, and it comes to us courtesy of Vicki!  She has chosen ANYTHING GOES!  Wow, I love that challenge! This is a card we made in the group of lovely ladies that I stamp with.  They seemed to like it so I hope you do too!

 I used Poppy red for my card base.  It is stamped in burgundy with Hero Arts woodgrain stamp and the edges are also sponged in the dark red.  The snowglobe die is from My Favorite Things. I've been using it a lot recently!  I cut the circle with the set from white cardstock. Then I stamped on the trees from the SU set, White Christmas.  The trees are colored with brown copics and the Santa and sleigh from another SU set (Holiday Home) is stamped in black.  Then I went to work with my stencil brush and blue inks.  First, I used Pool Party, then Coastal Cabana, then Not Quite Navy to get the deepest blue for a night sky.
The base of the snow globe is cut from Kraft, dry embossed with the SU woodgrain folder and sponged with soft Suede.  The little snowman is from a retired SU set (Winter Play) and fussy cut.  Then I added snow and glitter to the tree.  The snow 'dots' were added with my Versamark pen and embossed in silver embossing powder.  I added the star at the top with white pen and then went over it with a Wink of Stella pen.  The globe was taped together and then raised up on dimensionals and mounted to the card front.

I really hope you'll check out all the amazing inspiration pieces at the Just Us Girls blog and then create something to share with us for our Anything Goes challenge!
Take care,

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I was chosen....

to be the Featured Stamper this week on Splitcoast Stampers!  What an honor!  It's the first challenge I check each week and is my favorite, probably because I am such a copycat creatively!  It was fun to look through my own gallery through the eyes of other stampers as they chose my cards to CASE (Copy and Share with Everyone).  I am just so thrilled to have been chosen by the great challenge team at SCS!  Sincere thanks to them!

I made this card on Sunday as a CASE of another card I had made with Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Holiday fillers.  Such fun sets, and of course I had to buy them all!
Here's the Sunflower Card that I CASEd, if you're interested.
I used some Sea Shimmmer cardstock (also from PTI) and a Memory Box die to create my snowy background.  The lavendar cardstock is grapesicle from My Favorite things.
The image is colored with copics, then covered with Stardust Stickles.
I also added stickles to the white snowflake border for extra sparkle.
Thanks for coming by today.  I'll have another snow globe card to show you soon!

Please see post below for my current Just Us Girls challenge!  We would love to have you join in with us in this Photo Challenge!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Hi there!  It's my turn to be challenge hostess and I chose this great photo from Pinterest.  I love all the elements in the photo in which to find inspiration!  The sled, the tree, the copper tub, the door, the wreath, wood floor and framed music. I love it all!! Please check out the ways that out Design Team show how they were inspired by this photo- Just Us Girls Challenge Blog.

And, my card shows how I was inspired by the photo!  I used the pine (die from Impression Obsession), I tried to show the shiny copper with my glitter snowflake die from Memory Box.  Behind that is a music background stamped in kraft ink on white.  The sled is from Papertrey Ink's set called Two Feet Deep.  The little cat is from Impression Obsession.
 That adorable elf is one of two that comes in a set from Stamping Bella.  It's called Buddy and Jolly.  I used the little one on my card.  They are both sooooo cute!
 Here's a close up~
And one more picture of my card which opens from the bottom.
I really hope you'll check out the blog and show us what you can create from this photo!  You have until Thursday, Nov 27 (USA Thanksgiving) until 9:00 pm to add your work!
Until then, have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#267 Mr. Freeze Warms Things Up!!

And  so does Sharyn!! It's challenge number 267 and Sharyn has a great color challenge for YOU!  It's turquoise, gold, red and any neutrals!  Here's the graphic for inspiration! Are those great colors or what!!

My first thought with these colors is summer or fall, but I decided to go outside the box and make a winter card with Whipper Snapper Designs Mr. Freeze.  I just adore him!  (Advance warning-I took a lot of photos!)

 I stamped him on Express it Blending Card and colored him up with lots of copics.  Mostly from the BG group and the Y and YR groups.  I cut him out with My Favorite Things piereced tags and then shortened the tag at the bottom.  With the way he's standing (dancing!!) he should have been tilted, but then he didn't fit on the standard card base, so I decided he's dancing down hill!  Be careful, Mr. Freeze!!
 The card base is white and the layers of dp are from Papertrey Ink in Hawaiin Shores and Summer Sunrise.  The snowflake and tag border are Martha Stewart punches.  I added Stickles dry glitter in Diamond to the snowflake and falling snow.
 Close up! and then, one more!
Please show us your creation this week with these great colors!!  You have until Thursday, Nov. 20 at 9:00 pm to link up what you've made.  You can see what the rest of the design team has to show you on our blog: Just Us Girls.
We  have snow now in Western New York, so we're feeling all Christmasy!!
Have a great day and weekend!


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