Saturday, September 13, 2014

Design Team call at Just Us Girls!!

This has been an absolutely crazy week. I have been busy working between two departments at work and staying late most nights and school is in full swing. ( I have just started grad school for my Masters in  nursing) Today was my day off and I ended up going into work to help out. The gist of this rant is that I have been behind in everything I had to do this week.

Luckily, this week's challenge card has been made for weeks. Remember my crafting weekend? I worked way ahead on many of my challenges because I knew September was going to be trying.

 This week at Just Us Girls, we have some exciting news- we are looking for a new DT member. Here are the details:

If you are interested, just play in this week's challenge and when uploading your card, put a DT after your name.  The Team will then discuss and vote for the chosen new JUGHEAD.  We will announce the new member on Saturday, September 20th.  The new member will officially start in the October 4th challenge.  Good Luck!

This weeks tend challenge by Vicki is right on point- water coloring! Most of you know I have been all over this especially since I took the online water coloring class with Jennifer Maguire and Kristina Werner.  My card today is a technique I learned from the class using stencils. 

The quick version is that you make a very wet watercolor wash and then press your stencil into the wash and let it sit till it dries and then pull the stencil off.

I think the saying is perfect for the challenge because- "Yes you all can do anything!!" 

I hope many of you will considering applying as a DT member. I am the newbie at JUGS. I have been with them for a year this month and not only are the challenges fun, but the DT are wonderfully creative and supportive women! 

I hope to see your watercolor creations this week at Just Us Girls!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Autumn Splendor

September's challenge at House of Cards is a color challenge. What beautiful colors huh? I made one card, but I just wasn't feeling it, so I nixed it for this colorful fall card. This card makes me happy, happy for fall and everything fall means.  

The leaves are Paper Smooches, Leafy Greens. I used a variety of inks, distress, Hero arts and momentos. Whatever worked. It was the old ink and spritz technique. The saying is from My Favorite Things, Vertical Greetings. Please check out all the CAS inspiration this week at House of Cards

Curtain Call is hosting a "lovely leaves" challenge and I thought my card fits right in with their challenge. So I am throwing my hat in the ring with them too.

I can't wait to see what you create from our inspiration colors this month at the House of Cards.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Simple simplicity

Cheryl is hosting the challenge at Just Us Girls this week. It is my favorite challenge- a word challenge. And the word is leaves. How appropriate since it is fall and the leaves are beginning to turn. For some reason I had trouble with this one. I think I was going to big and to complicated. I was working on this card on my crafting vacation. My friends were laughing at me because I just couldn't get it. Finally in frustration I said how about if I just stick a leaf in the corner with a saying!!! 

Wait- isn't this what they call an "aha moment"?!!? I did stick a leaf in the corner and added a saying, but it seemed just a bit to simple. Bevy B. suggested I use one of her background stamps. I t added just the right touch. the saying from one of her Papertrey Ink sets was perfect. I think you can figure out why!

I like it so well, I tried it with kraft paper and it gave this somewhat feminine card a masculine feel.

If you have ever been to the blog Simplicity? Susan is the queen of CAS. This card is so her- well only if you removed the background.

Don't let the idea of leaves overwhelm you like it did me, just have fun and join us at Just Us Girls this week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Retro ornaments

Hi everyone, I am back with another card using the hanging ornaments dieIt seems when I grab something from Memory Box in my stash, I become obsessed and have to play with it until I can't figure out another use for it. 

My last card using the hanging ornaments die showed up on the Scrap Mart website!! A fellow MB buddy sent me an email letting me know. I didn't know companies "borrowed" our art work!


Well, I digress, let me get back to todays card. I started by essentially creating a stencil from the die- I just used the negative of the die cut.


Do you notice what I did? I took the positive and cut out the snowflakes from the balls.  I didn't want them there- save them! Save the bubbles too! I gently laid the positive die cut back inside the negative.


Using copics, I stated filling in the ornaments and bubbles.


I colored the whole thing.


I added the ornament embellishments of the dots and stripes.


"Stencils" removed. Almost done. I glittered the ornaments and bubbles and adhered the positive image back over the colored area. I added the snow flakes and popped the bubbles. 

This might take a wee bit of work, but the results are gorgeous, the ornaments remind me of those retro glass balls from my childhood!

Come on back again and see how I can manipulate this awesome die cut!!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School

It's hard to believe, but I am halfway through my time on the Wild Card team at the Card Concept! I was lucky because the styles I have the most difficulty are now over and I can move into the CAS styles! 

The challenge for me this time is free style collage, which doesn't sound that hard until you put a theme to it. Back to school! I have no kids, my nieces and nephews are to old for back to school cards so I had nothing except the odd apple stamp. That wasn't going to cut the paper for me! In dances my BFF, Patricia with a whole slew of BTS stamps!! Yeah!!

I got out my trusty Card Concept primer and read all about freestyle collage. It seems it can be just about anything with unrelated items in a collection. I have all related items- I mean there is a theme here folks! But I kinda added them here and there in a what I hope is pleasing design. I added the red banner strip at the last minute because it seemed more "collage like" with it.

I hope you see the collage here and I would love to see how you would interpret the photo inspiration, theme in a freestyle collage style. I am sure there are many of you who can "school" me on this! Please join us at the Card Concept for this "back to school photo challenge!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pocono wrapup

If you read last Saturday's blog posting, you will know I spent a long weekend in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania for a stamping weekend. A few of my girlfriends and I get together at least once a year for this big crafting, eating and chick bonding time. We get up and start stamping before the coffee is poured and we don't stop until its time for dinner. Well everyone else stamps till dinner- I stop at 5pm to make dinner. I love to cook, so it is my job to feed everyone.
We always try to have a few projects in mind when we go up. I had lots of challenges to stay ahead on since I started my first class in my Master's program this past Weds. 

This week at Just Us Girls is Marisa's last challenge with us as designer. I will really miss her, she has always left the nicest and inspiring comments on my blog as well as being a talented stamper herself. This is a wild card week, so she got to pick any challenge she wanted to. She is asking us to create anything EXCEPT a standard A2 size card. What fun! I love this nestabilitie set from Spellbinders. i wish i could tell you which one it is- I don't know and I couldn't find it. The stamp set is brand new from Mama Elephant's August release- Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers. I think my husband is gonna love this card for his birthday.

I rarely am able to combine challenges, but this week at Just Add Ink their photo challenge is a rainbow of colors and I thought my cupcake fits right in.

Now here are some pics from the crazy crafting weekend:

Jude- whom is dubbed the "Angel" because she is just so darn nice- unlike me! :) Her plan was to watercolor all weekend and that's what she did.

Bevy B. my "it's 5:00 somewhere" partner spent the weekend making up ink swatch cards. Needless to say she brought up just about all the inks she owns!

Patricia, my bestie and co-pilot did a bit of this and a bit of that. Her CAS style was an inspiration to me over the weekend.

I was pretty tired on Saturday and took a wee nap. when I awoke my buddies had this set up at my place with two cards they made for me to celebrate my graduation! The sign "This is my happy place" is on my wall in my studio at home that I brought it up to the Poconos.

Here's my spot working on some challenge. I know its still morning because there is a hot cup of tea at my spot.

Hope you enjoyed my recap, but more importantly please show your support for Marisa's last challenge and play along at Just Us Girls!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Off on an adventure!

I writing this post a week in advance, because as the title of my blog says, I am of on an adventure. This is our annual girls stamping weekend in the Pocono Mountains. I will be up there for 4 days of stamping, crafting, cooking, cocktails and chick flicks. It doesn't get  any better then that!!

Lisa's photo challenge at Just Us Girls was like kismet! I knew exactly what I was going to do. I just had to make sure I hadn't gotten rid of the stamp set I wanted in one of my many purges. I am happy to report, I hadn't got rid of Loads of Love from StampinUp.  This clean and simple was easy to create and I used my new fav trend- watercolors.

I hope you will join us in this cool photo challenge at Just us Girls this week.

These are from last year, but it looks kinda the same every year. Stay tune for pics from this tear!