Posts tagged ‘Just Us Girls’

December 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 308: Merry Christmas mixed media card

Hello! Well, it’s been ages since I’ve posted! Chalk it up to a super-busy week last week with the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m now playing catch-up with my to-do list! I’m sharing a card today for the December challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo. This month, the theme is “Winter Holidays” with “Ornament” as the optional twist. I hope you’ll come check out what my teammates created and then join in on the fun :o)

I skipped the twist and went with a quick card. I created stripes and dots on my card base with Distress paints (mowed lawn, festive berries, and mustard seed). I splattered shabby shutters Distress ink and stamped the poinsettia in mustard seed Distress ink. For the border, I just used the side of my Japanese watercolor brush pen and ran it along the edges. I added drywall tape and torn patterned paper then dabbed them with a bit of PanPastels. I mixed silver Gelatos with modeling paste and applied that over a stencil. I adhered a piece of burlap ribbon then stamped the poinsettia again on pre-cut diecut and colored it with Chameleon Color Tones. Last, I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival ink.

My card’s also a reminder for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges. The current theme is “embossing” with the optional twist of sparkle. There’s still a couple of days left to play. Create a project with the twist and you’ll be in the running to win a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts.

Linking up my project to these fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps #92 – Lots of Layers; (2) Addicted to Stamps and More #123 – Holiday; (3) Just Us Girls #269 – Anything Goes; and (4) Sentimental Sundays #235 – Lots of Layers.

Thanks for stopping by!


September 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 273: Hippie chick

2014-09-28 Hippie girl 613 Avenue Create

Popping by to share my project for this week’s challenge over at 613 Avenue Create. It’s Anything Goes with the optional twist to use a heart. We have two awesome sponsors this week: Lacy Sunshine and Oak Pond Creations. Come stop by the blog to see the fun projects my teammates created!

For my project, I used a delightful image called Eleanor hippie chick from Lacy Sunshine. I gotta tell ya, I’m totally diggin’ this ’60s girl — right up my alley. She was super fun to color with my Spectrum Noir markers. I figured a colorful, psychedelic background is perfect for my hippie chick so I sprinkled different Brusho colors onto mixed media paper, spritzed with water to activate the colors, and then laid a 4″ by 5.25″ white card stock panel over. I dried the panel with my heat gun and then I sponged yellow PanPastel over the area. Stamped some hearts along the bottom, added some fun stickers at the top, and mounted it onto my card base. I used foam tape to adhere Eleanor, after I’d fussy cut her.  This is one of those cards that I ended up falling in love with afterwards because it was so cool ;o)

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September 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 257: Thank you CAS mixed media card

2014-09-08 CAS Autumn thank you

Happy Monday! Have you checked out The Mixed Media Card Challenge? We’ve got a fun theme for September: Autumn Colors with Metal or Leaves as optional elements. Add A Little Dazzle is sponsoring us this month and they’ve got great craft metal sheets!

I exercised a little restraint this time and went for a CAS mixed media card. (I had to channel my inner Deepti and Loll for this one or else, I would have gone crazy with the modeling paste and inks.) I applied modeling paste through a Hero Arts stencil. Once that was dry, I sponged mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and barn door Distress inks, and partially stamped text in black for added texture (Vignette: Live Love Laugh). I diecut some leaves from Add A Little Dazzle craft metal sheet and I colored them with Adirondack alcohol inks (watermelon, sunshine yellow, and sunset orange) before adhering to my card base. Last, I stamped the sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Thank You) in VersaMagic red brick chalk ink.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: Just Us Girls #257 – LeavesThe Paper Players #212 – Happy Fall Y’all, and Ooh La La Creations Challenge #164 – Clean and Simple.


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June 16, 2014

Paper craft project no. 205: You make me smile one layer watercolor card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-15 OLC You make me smile
We have a new sketch challenge at the STAMPlorations blog. And we’ve got another returning guest designer, Deepti of Dee’s Art Utopia. You’ll have to check out the blog to see how she and the STAMPlorations girls interpreted the sketch. And, judging by the inspiration projects, two of the July stamp sets appear to be favorites :o) We’re gearing up for another blog hop because STAMPlorations turns one year old this month! (There’ll be prizes on all stops in the hop, so follow the STAMPlorations blog if you don’t want to miss the hop!) Here’s the sketch:

For my DT project, I went with an artsy one layer card. I stuck with a simple color palette (Pale Ochre archival ink and Dried Marigold distress ink by Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black, and yellow and green Inktense blocks by Derwent). I used stamps from the May release (SENTIMENT BUILDERS: HappySENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You, and SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare), a new release (Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments), and a soon-to-be-released (the flower stamp, which is one of several that I illustrated). I used the same watercolor stamping technique I used in this card I made the other day — only this time, I made a video tutorial. It’s a shorty — just under 5 minutes — and I demo how I created the  soft watercolor background — it’s really simple! And yeah, it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart :o)

Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-15 OLC You make me smile-cusmall

I’d like to enter my card to the following challenges: One Layer Simplicity Challenge #6 – I’ve Been Framede (my third entry); Keep It Simple #42 – Splatters (my second entry); Just Us Girls #245 – Watercolor Stamping (my second entry); Crafting at the Weekend #2 – Anything Goes; and Sweet Stampin’ – Say It With Flowers.


Thanks so much for stopping by!


June 15, 2014

Paper craft project no. 204: Hello one layer watercolor card

2014-06-14 OLC Hello
This one layer card was inspired by 5 challenges. I’d been wanting to ink these new STAMPlorations stamps since they got here Friday but they had to wait until things got a little less hectic here at home. (DH has been sick since Wednesday.) The big daisy flower stamp is flower #2 in the series of flower stamps I illustrated that will be available in a couple of months. (I received the samples and I want to test these flowers out first to see how they stamp and all before releasing them.)

Over at Just Us Girls, it’s watercolor stamping. (I don’t think I’ve participated in this challenge before but two talented ladies inspired me: Vicki and Shirley.) I was also inspired by the colors, images, and sketch at Fusion. I smooshed distress inks (Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, and Spun Sugar) onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, stamped my daisy flower stamp on, and then stamped on my watercolor paper card base. I started with the red daisy, dried it up with my heat tool, and then masked it before stamping in the other colors.

5x7 Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments-webAt Less Is More, the challenge is one layer off the edge, so I had two of my flowers with petals going off the top and bottom. I also took my Hero Arts newspaper background stamp, inked it up with Memento Rich Cocoa, and partially stamped it on the left to create a border.

It’s all about splatters at Keep It Simple so I took my fan brush and splattered yellow, orange, and red Inktense blocks. I stamped my sentiment (from the new Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set by STAMPlorations) in Memento Tuxedo Black. I finished the card by drawing a simple black frame around the flowers with my black Spica pen (the black ink is a little glittery IRL), so I’m entering my card to the One Layer Simplicity Challenge #6 (frames) too.

I don’t think I’ve made a card that came together so easily and was inspired by this many challenges (that all go to together rather nicely)! I love the artsy-ness of this simple card so I know I’m going to be making a ton for my stash.

Oh, and I hope you’ll check out the current challenge at Time Out Challenges (where I’m part of Sandie’s and Nonni’s DT). It’s “Summer with the optional twist of flowers” and it’s open until Wednesday, June 18th 5pm GMT. This is a special challenge for those who choose to twist along with us, as CAS-ual Fridays is sponsoring us with a $25 gift voucher (randomly selected).


"Less is More"

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