Saturday, September 27, 2014

Just Us Girls #260 Photo Challenge!

Good Saturday morning to you!!  It's going to be a beautiful day and weekend here in Western New York.  I have already been out with a friend for a 3 mile walk around the lake and a kayak paddle on the lake! Now to get my card posted and some house work done!  
But, first-Sue V. has a great inspiration photo for us this time over at Just Us Girls!
There's a ton of inspiration on our blog for you to feast  your eyes on!  Thank you Bobby for being such a great and fabby Guest designer!

For my card, which is more richly colored IRL than I am able to photograph, I used Wagon from Impression Obession.  If you search wagon on iostamps.com you will also see the Wagon Accessories.  Really cute, just right sized things to put in your wagon!  I cut a slit using my craft knife and slid the pumpkin and cider jug into it.  Then I used dimensional pieces to lift them a bit.  I love the 'country' prints you see in some catalogs and this reminds me of one.  I was going for a matted and framed look for my card and used a black card base for the 'frame'.
Thanks so much for coming by to look!

Did everyone out there have a Radio Flyer when they were growing up?  I know we did!  Wish I still had it!  I'd set it out on the porch and fill it with mums for this wonderful season!
Hope you're spending the day doing something you love!
thanks for visiting!
Cheryl

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In the PINKS-challenge #259

Hello!  I feel like the tiredness from school and fighting a bad cold have really sapped my creative juices! But, today I made a card!  Color me happy!  I couldn't let Nancy's amazing color challenge for Just Us Girls this week pass me by!  You can find all the details on our blog HERE!
And, while you're there take a look at what the fabulous DT members have created for inspiration!

 Speaking of inspiration, you may also have noticed an element (or TWO) from Kittie747!  Her blog was featured yesterday in the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I just adore THIS CARD that she made a short time ago.
The JUGS challenge is to use a Warm Pink, Light Pink and Cream.  I sort of forgot about the cream and used white instead. I sure hope Nancy doesn't send the challenge police out for me.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I've been up to!
Cheryl

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WATERCOLOR!!

Hi! Just a mid week reminder that you have until tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 18) night to enter our Just Us Girls challenge this week!
And we're having a DT CALL as well!  for details please check out the blog link above!


And, Enter your watercolored card/project!!

Hope to see your card soon!
Have a great day,
Cheryl

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just Us Girls #258 TREND week!

AND, a Design Team Memeber Call!  Hello, friends!  Vicki has a great Just Us Girls challenge for us today!  It's TREND week and she has asked us to WATERCOLOR!  You KNOW how popular that has been for awhile now. So, come on, create something new with this great trend in papercrafting!
And check out our BLOG because we are having an ALL CALL for a new DT member. Could it be you? (While you're visiting you can also check out some GREAT inspiration from the DT Members!

 I decided to watercolor this new stamp from Whipper Snapper, so that's how I started.  I have all my SU reinkers in a basket and since there are so many color choices that's what I usually watercolor with. I use an inexpensive paint palette from Joanns to put drops of the color into.  That way I don't have to have all the ink pads out on the table. I stamped the image in waterproof black. The colors used are as follows: crumb cake, soft suede, early espresso, soft sky, cool caribbean, rose red, kiwi kiss and old olive as far as I remember. I cut it with a nestability, mounted it on early espresso, sponged the edges and mounted it on early espresso. Oh, yes, I also added some Spica Gel Pen lots of places on the image.  I don't think you can see that very well, though.  So sorry!
 My tag is a large manilla one from Ranger Ink.  I stamped it with the Impression Obsession gingham background with Versamark and embossed it with white.  Then I got out my Tim Holtz sponge daubers (which don''t see enough action) and my Distres Ink Pads and added Pine Bough, Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw to the tag.  To distress it more I added Vintage Photo and Early Espresso to the edges. It got a little darker than I wanted, but you can still see the colors a little.  The back was so 'inky' that I mounted the whole tag on Early Espresso!!
The "hello" is cut about 6 times from cream paper and glued together.  That didn't show up as much as I wanted so I added an Early Espress die cut on top.  BETTER! then I added gen pen sparkle to that.  After that I covered it with Glossy Accents. A seam binding bow that was distressed a bit with the Vintage Photo ink pad and a little more added to the top and I was done!
I REALLY like how this came out. I liked it so much that I actually decided to send it to my friend and fellow Design Team member LISA, who, like me, is just beginning another year teaching school.

Wow! I've gone on long enough!  Now get busy and watercolor something for us!  And check out the blog for more inspiration and maybe even enter to become a DT member!
Thanks for coming by!! 
Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Just Us Girls 257! WORD WEEK

Hello and welcome to the weekend! I'm so glad to have a couple of days off to regroup and prepare for the 5 day week.  Anyway, here is what I've made for the JUGS challenge that I'm hosting this week.  I hope you like my word choice-LEAVES!!
Yep, show us any kind of leaf or leaves on your card/project.  They can be part of a stamp or die cut like mine! Your choice!


 I actually started with the box you see below. It's a new Papertrey Ink box die-a gable box. It's adorable!! Then I diecut a BUNCH (very technical word!) of leaves with the Impression Obsession leaf set die cut. I cut my leaves from Hisbiscus Pink (PTI), Summer Sun (retired SU), Coastal Cabana, and Limeade Ice (PTI). I sponged until my fingers were super inky! Adirondack lettuce on the limeade ice and coastal cabana, pumpkin pie on the summer sun and pink. Then I sponged them all with Soft suede on part of the edge.  Didn't want them to appear too even or alike.  I scrunced and folded them on the score line with is made with the die and they were ready to mount on my kraft card stock card and box. The card is 4.25 x 4.25 inches.

 I played with the placement for awhile and finally ended up with this leaf bouquet. I started sticking them on with glue dots.  Added a twine bow at the end.
I've said it before, but it bears repeating-Ours is such a great challenge because you can use any of your supplies that you've been itching to use-like me with this box die!
Please check out our BLOG for tons more inspiration and get crafty with us!
You can upload with Mr. Linky until next Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9pm ET.  We can't wait to see what you make!
Thanks for coming by! Have a great day!
Cheryl

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Challenge #256! Join in!

Hello! I'm getting pretty nervous about the start of school so I use my crafting time as escape from those feelings. It calms me!! This week Just Us Girls Marisa has a great challenge for us!  It's the 5th Saturday of August so Marisa has offered the Wild Card challenge-ANYTHING BUT A STANDARD A2 CARD!  Could be a tag or gift package, an odd sized card or (what I've made) a shape card!  Endless possibilities!  
You can see what the craftly girls on the team did HERE

I used Spellbinders dies to creat my flower background.  I didn't really know where I was going with the flower until I noticed the MFT set- Witch Way is the Candy? just waiting to be used. I really used it-4 of the images AND the dies!  The fence die cut you see behind is from Impression Obsession.  My images are stamped on water color paper and water colored with reinkers from Stampin Up. The flower center is raised with dimensional foam tape and the images are glued to that. 
I added a little sparkle to the pumpkin, witch's cape and hat and the bat with a shiny gel pen.  Just a fun card to make and I sure to love my fall and Halloween stamps and colors!  Remember to check out the DT blog for inspiration and then come back to link up what you've created! You have until Thursday, Sept. 4 at 9 pm to enter.
All August Chics of the Week have a chance to become out guest designer in October!
Thanks for coming by today! Have a great day!
Cheryl

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JUGS #255-Photo Challenge!

Hello!  Aren't these summer weeks just flying by?  I've been trying to cram in lots of fun and memories before going back to work! Having fun is exhausting!!  Also trying to make time to create, so I will have some other things I want to show you when I can make time to do the posts! In the meantime, Lisa has a great Inspiration Photo for us today!  You can see it HERE!
I wanted to include sunflowers on my card so I went to my Sunflower Girl set from My Favorite Things.  I just love their stamps and dies! Now, in addition to a big Papertrey Ink order every month I also have a big MFT order!  This obsession!! Oh my!

I die cut my images from water color paper and then stamped them in black (waterproof) ink and watercolored them with my reinkers. My background is Almost Amethyst (retired SU-Bring it back!!). I used my MFT cloud stencil to sponge the clouds in Fresh Snow ink (PTI).  The edges are sponged with Winter Wisteria ink.
 
The grass is punched with a Martha Stewart punch from Bo bunny Dot paper. then the whole thing was assembled on peach card stock and a kraft card base. the flowers and sun are on think dimensionals and my little girl is on thicker dimensionals so she stands out a bit more. I think I can add a sentiment on top of the card, but I'll wait until I decide who this one is for.
Thanks for visiting and please consider joining us in the challenge this week at Just Us Girls! You have until Thursday night at 9 pm to participate. We'd love to see what Farm Fresh ideas you have!  Chics of the week have a chance of being chosen as a future guest designer!
Cheryl

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