12/1/21

JUGS - Photo Week

Goodness, I LOVE the photo at Just Us Girls (JUGS) this week (below) and I love my card BUT when you leave home before daylight and arrive home after daylight, what do you do? You make the best of it and snap a photo in the very large flower pot outside the office. 😁

I had a lot of fun creating this one! I started with a kraft piece of cardstock (reminded me of the grocery sacks in the photo); stamped THIS shiplap background in TE Sugar Cube - very faint on the kraft. I then used the Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp and added some red splashes of text. I then die cut the entire panel using two of The Greetery's Nordic Frames dies. I decided to take the leftover outside border - just a thin rectangle and coat it with TE Mocha ink to represent the darker wood you see in the photo. The innermost panel of the Nordic Frame was mounted with fun foam.

I die cut then stamped the Rustic Wreath from The Greetery in two different greens; I added a twine bow and Altenew enamel dots to finish it off. The final piece was foiling the JOY (I chose a color that looked similar to the faucet) and adding the embossed sub sentiment on vellum, both from The Greetery's Opposites Attract Holiday stamp, die and foil set.


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WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Stamps: The Greetery Rustic Wreath, Opposites Attract Holiday, Tim Holtz Script Ledger, TE shiplap background
Papers: PTI Kraft,Vintage Cream, vellum,

CHALLENGES: 

Mix It Up Challenge - Black and White + One Color

Hi friends! Welcome back to the final challenge for Mix It Up; I'm not sure if/when the blog will return. I have immensely enjoyed working with Leslie - owner - so be sure to leave her some love while checking out our projects!

I absolutely love this shiplap die by The Greetery; it oftentimes makes a great backdrop for cards. I cut it multiple times from white card stock and blended on a soft grey ink, varying the pressure on each piece; I then adhered each piece on my card base staggering each row. I cut the Rustic Wreath from black card stock, then cut twigs from both TE Mushroom and MFT Gravel Gray and layered together. I left some of the top twigs loose towards the end to provide lots of dimension. I added a couple different colors of Altenew Enamel Dots. I finished the card with the beautiful hot foil words from The Greetery paired with this Spellbinder's Prism hot foil


Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll find time to join us this month. And please, leave some love for Leslie and this blog; it's always been a fun one!


WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Stamps: NONE

CHALLENGES: 
 

Love to Scrap Challenge - BINGO

It is our very last post for Love to Scrap; I'm not sure when/if the blog will return. Leslie - owner - is incredibly amazing, I have deeply enjoyed working for her!

Our last challenge is a fun one - BINGO! Here is the BINGO challenge we are using:

 
I went with G: gold, red, emboss, charm, green. I cheated on two, 😕, I actually have debossing on my tags and I don't own any charms, so I added some bells, because who wouldn't love a tag on their gift with jingle bells!
 
The tags were made using the Tag Team Duo dies, foil plate, and stamps. This was my first time working with my hot foil machine...boy did I learn A LOT; the right foil makes all the difference. I tried a million times, maybe more 😃, to use one of the prism foils; I tried shims, no shims, different papers, I tried all sorts of things and NEVER got a solid transfer; but I switched to this solid gold, and voila, the tags turned out magnificently. 
 


I hope you have time to join us this busy month; we would love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by!


WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Stamps: The Greetery Tag Team Duo
Accessories: The Greetery Tag Team Duo Dies, Altenew Enamel Dots, Hot Foil, jingle bells, gold cord, red velvet ribbon

CHALLENGES: 
 

11/28/21

JUGS - Chic of the Week

YIPPEE - I was chosen as Chic of the Week for Just Us Girls (JUGS); I love their challenges and this one really spurred me on to do these tags; I love the color combo.

Thanks for choosing me ladies!!


11/25/21

JUGS #611 - Color Combo

Hi friends! For those celebrating Thanksgiving, I want to wish you and your loved ones a beautiful day!

I am in love with the color combo at Just Us Girls this week (image below) - swoon! My hubby left town today, so it was our oldest daughter, our son, and myself in town. We were invited to spend the day with our son's girlfriend's family - follow that? They have been dating just over 2 years so we have been around them a few times but today was ALL THE PEOPLE and so much fun! AND so much food!

I made 12 of these gift tags for the mom and gave them to her with a large candle. I'm told she likes candles as much as I do!

I used a ton of different products on these tags, a couple different stencils and an embossing folder for the front of the tags. I created birds in both Aqua Mist and Confetti Cake; I used PTI Vintage cream and TE Sugar Cube (mainly Sugar Cube) inks to sponge the tags - either directly on the 3D embossing or through stencils. 





I added shading to the birds and stamped all the leaves, flowers, and berries using various TE inks, my definite go to inks! Before assembling, I added some die cut sprigs in vellum and some Mocha script ledger to each tag. 

I added a blank tag and some additional stamping on the back side. Thanks for stopping by!


WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Stamps: The Greetery Speed Tagging, Tim Holtz Script Ledger
Papers: PTI Kraft,Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, TE Confetti Cake, Vellum (the polka dot vellum is from PTI, no longer carried), MFT Chantilly Cream

CHALLENGES: 
 

11/1/21

MIUCB - 3D Project

Hi friends - hope you are doing great! Thanks for popping over today; the Mix It Up team is showcasing 3D projects. I recently purchased The Greetery Stationery Box which I used to hold these 3 amped up Christmas cards (amped up = lots of dimension)! I always think 3D projects that you have to assemble can be a bit tricky...and this remained true. 😆 I didn't get the 2nd side adhered perfectly so I had to do a tiny bit of trimming. 

Once assembled - yes, after the fact - I remembered I wanted to lightly stencil the front. Sheesh! I also added some stenciling to the 'lid / flap'; hard to see, but it's there, it goes straight up and down, whereas the box is at a diagonal. After photographing, I went back and added more of the Moonshine sequins.

The cards all feature new products from The Greetery too. I mixed up colors for the flowers / berries, but kept the leaves the same. 

 










Thanks for stopping by; hope you are doing well! And don't forget to join us at Love to Scrap!


WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Inks: All inks (except for base card) from Taylored Expressions, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks used on the card base

CHALLENGES:

LTSCB - Anything Goes

Only two more Love to Scrap challenges this year and this is one that everyone loves, ANYTHING GOES! We hope you will join us!

This is another card front that I worked on during a crafty retreat, this brings together all 3 flowers from the Sketchbook Flowers set. Again, I tried to mimic water coloring by using Copics. The background is a brick stencil, I sponged on TE Poppyseed ink in various spots. I didn't have any thin twine, this one is kind of bulky, but I made it work! Once home, I layered onto a card base.


Thanks for stopping by; hope you are doing well! And don't forget to join us at Love to Scrap!


WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Stamps: TE Floral Sketch and Field Notes
Accessories: Copics, TE brick stencil, misc. twine, The Greetery crimp frame die

CHALLENGES:

10/17/21

TE Floral Sketch + ctd644

Hi friends - hope this note finds you doing well! I recently pulled out Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Florals; I wanted the card to look watercolored...without watercoloring. 😁😁 I used Copics to color the florals and tried not to be exact; even  using dots for the shading. The awesome background is from The Greetery, Shiplap Builder Die. I cut the planks from regular white card stock - look at that awesome pattern. Once cut, I ink blended some Taylored Expressions Toffee onto the edges. The sentiment comes from Taylored Expressions Field Notes, shiplap pieces were adhered to PTI's kraft card stock. 


Thanks for stopping by; hope you are doing well!


WHAT'S IT TAKE:

10/1/21

LTSCB - Anything but a Card

Hi - thanks for coming by today!

This month at Love to Scrap, we are focusing on Anything but a Card; I went to my favorite go-to project - TAGS, all the tags! I created 2 'jingle balls' (HA, so makes me laugh) tags and 3 of the adorable Christmas tags from Papertreyink. I also cut a back tag and blended on various Taylored Expression inks, added a 'to' and 'from' greeting from The Greetery Speed Tagging stamp set and pulled them together with some Papertreyink ribbon. I also used a polka dot stencil on the front tag along with some Taylored Expressions glitter





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WHAT'S IT TAKE:


CHALLENGES: 


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MIUCB - Paper Piecing

Hi friends - how are you? I'm doing great!

This month at Mix It Up, we're focusing on paper piecing...a fave technique of mine and I'm so excited as the ENTIRE cupcake is paper pieced! I adore this Big and Bold Cupcake from Colorado Craft Company; I used various designer papers just hanging around in the studio. The frosting and cupcake are actually the exact same paper; I colored over the paper with brown copics for a chocolate cupcake. I added lots of shimmer to the frosting, black enamel for the strawberry seeds and coated it with glossy accents. 


And can I just say - I would love some cupcake wrappers with those bicycles, aren't they just the cutest!?!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you will join us at Mix It Up this month!

WHAT'S IT TAKE:

Papers: TE Cupcake, various designer papers (The Best Days by Pinkfresh)

CHALLENGES: 


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