Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunflower hello

This week's challenge at the Card Concept is a photo challenge with a theme of country and sunflowers. My challenge as a wild card member was clean and graphic. Ardyth is the queen of CAG, so if you aren't sure what that means- check out her blog.

I originally did this card white on white, but it just didn't have the same punch as the white on black. 

 What do you think? I am hoping my good buddy the "beautiful Lydia" liked it. She loves all things sunflower, so I had to send her this card for her birthday!!

Please check out the Card Concept and show me how you would interpret the challenge.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Candy cane ombre

It's looking a lot like Christmas! Wait!! I haven't even started my Halloween cards!! Yikes!

This week I am hosting the trend challenge at Just Us Girls. The trend is one of my favs- ombre.
You see it everywhere from fashion to hair color to furniture. No surprise it is everywhere in paper crafting too.

I had such fun! I created a series of candy cane ombre cards using Papertrey Ink's "ombre builder" stamp set. The ink pads I used were  Memento- angel pink, Distress ink- worn lipstick, Hero Arts- mid-tone pale tomato and Impress ink- poppy red. Remember it's not rocket science, take what ever inks you have and play with them until you get the graded tones you like.

Now on a sad note and with a heavy heart, I have stepped down as a designer for JUGs. As the saying goes "life just got in the way", what with a new FT nurse coordinator job and graduated school. I will be checking out what our designers are creating and hope to play along myself when time permits. It has been a great year and the JUG girls are an awesome group to work with!

Monday, October 6, 2014


I have a confession to make, unlike most women, I happen to find very smart guys sexy. There is something about intelligence that just grabs me. It was one of the first things I noticed about my husband. Although it didn't hurt that he was 6'2, blond and handsome too.

So when I saw this set from Mama Elephant- Lights Out and My Sunshine, I knew I had to make a card for my brilliant hubby.

This month at House of Cards, the challenge is to use a die or a punch. That certainly makes it wide open huh? No excuses everyone, come on over and play along!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The word is celebrate- World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day! The best day of the year next to my birthday!! Even my husband gets into the action, by getting me flowers!

So this is why the challenge word by Sharyn this week at Just Us Girls is perfect- CELEBRATE! Celebrate anything- the sky is the limit with this challenge!

The challenge today gave me an opportunity to use a new Mama Elephant set- Soiree.  It is always fun to crack open a new stamp and get it all inky!

This week we are introducing our new team members- say hello to Ina and Chris! Please give them a big welcome by playing along with our challenge this week at Just Us Girls. It is so good to not be the new kid on the block!

So celebrate World Card Making Day by being creative!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ghoul friends

Today's card challenge at the Card Concept is a color challenge. I sure screams Halloween doesn't it?

My challenge this week was clean and layered. I thought this would be easy, but not so much. I had it in my mind that I was going to use the dancing ghoul stamp from the now defunct stamp company Picture Show. So I had to work everything around the image and make the layers work.

How do you start a card? Do you start with a particular stamp or a layout and the stamps to fit that layout?

The fun thing about this card is I took sticky back paper and cut my own flame stencil and sponged the flames onto the card. The flames are all the same orange ink, I just try to lighten the sponging towards the bottom to create shade.

I hope you will join us at the Card Concept for this awesome color challenge!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Enjoy the simple things

This week at Just Us Girls we have a very autumnal photo challenge. As you know I have such trouble with photo challenges. I always read to much into them.

Why can't I just "enjoy the simple things"? When I finally put away the 10 or more stamps I thought might work and settled on 4, I was much happier and could actually take a deep breath and my pulse dropped below a 100!!

The wheel barrow was in the bag of StampinUp stamps that I was purging- another reason I am glad those stamps were still in my studio! The cute little bird is  such an old Memory Box stamp. I could never get rid of him and I am so glad I didn't.

So the moral of this story is to not sweat the small stuff and just have fun! Please join us this week at Just Us Girls!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The same but different

Hi everyone. Does this card seem like deja vu? Does it seem the same but slightly different? If you answer yes, then you must have seen last week's challenge card for Just Us Girls. 

I used the same technique on today's color challenge card that I used for the watercolor challenge last week. I really like the look of the watercolor through the stencil. I kept the card simple and let the background be the star.

Pink was always my mom's favorite color. She just loved it, so much so that when she died we buried her in a pink coffin and the family all wore pink to the funeral. I know my mom was looking down and smiling.

My mom would have loved this card. Please join us for this great color challenge at Just Us Girls!