Saturday, October 25, 2014

Just Us Girls


My month of guesting at Just Us Girls went by so quickly and I want to say a big THANK YOU to the team for having me join them!  I enjoyed each and every challenge!  This last week is photo inspiration week and this fall scene is filled with gorgeous fall elements!  


I was inspired by the basket to use TCW's Mini Basketweave stencil with Wendy Vecchi's metallic gold embossing paste.  Sunflowers are my favorite fall flower, so I had to go with Flourishes "Sunflowers" stamp set.  I colored with Copics then fussy cut the images.  I sponged Pumpkin Pie ink on a Martha Stewart doily tag then layered some black thread behind the popped sunflowers. 

Be sure and check out what the other designers have created on the Just Us Girls challenge blog!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Friday, October 24, 2014

ODBD October Release Reminder

Today, we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs' October release...


For my project, I decorated a plain, glossy white lunch bag by
creating an ornament tag - using the Noel Ornament stamp -  layered over a trio of designer paper flags. I created the background using the bokeh technique on Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock.  For a video demonstration of the steps, check out the YouTube video HERE.  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink then heat embossed with clear EP.   Hopefully I've inspired you to create some one-of-a-kind holiday gift tags this year!

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the ODBD blog and see what the other super talented designers have created with the October release goodies!  You can also visit their individual blogs by clicking on the links below:

Grace * Paula * Chris * Lori * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Stacy * Wanda * Audrey

PAPERS: Season's Greetings by Echo Park.
ACCESSORIES: Circle and Scallop circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Fishtail Flags Die-Namics by MFT, Gold cording, Satin ribbon, Label punch (SU).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Color Throwdown



Hey, hey, hey! It's hump day and that means a new Color Throwdown Challenge! 

 I used a couple of watercolor techniques for this fall greeting.  For the long rectangle, I used 3 different distress inks (Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed) by stamping the block onto the ink pad, spritzing the block lightly with water then "stamping" it on watercolor CS.  I took a second sheet of watercolor CS and put a water "wash" over the entire panel.  I then used 3 different Pelikan paint colors and swirled it randomly over the panel - adding water to blend.  I then die cut the leaves. 

Our star stamper this week is Bernadette Bliss!  You don't want to miss her gorgeous card!

For more inspiration, be sure and check out the rest of the design team's creations with the links below:

Tara Godfrey - October Guest Designer

What else did I use?
STAMPS: Autumn Splendor (Verve).
PAPER: Cajun Craze (SU), Vintage Cream (PTI), Watercolor CS by Tim Holtz
INK: Cajun Craze, Distress inks (see above).
ACCESSORIES: Banner flag die by Reverse Confetti, Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Leaves die, Herringbone EF, Brights Candy Dots by SU, Corner chomper.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hey, Sweetie!



Loved Karen's fun sketch for the current Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and combined it with 2 SCS challenges: the Color Challenge (Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake) and Misti's HYCCT challenge to use a sweet treat image on our card.

Here's what I used...
STAMPS: Let's Chill (Reverse Confetti)
PAPER: Fresh Prints DP (SU), Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, White
INK: Real Red, Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Let's Chill dies by Reverse Confetti, Enamel dots by Recollections, Circle Nestabilities, Flag It die set by Verve.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mojo Monday


Good Monday everyone! It's Mojo Monday challenge time and Debbie Carriere has a wonderful sketch for us! I'm anxious to see all the interpretations for that large rectangle panel! I went with this elegant gold striped vellum paper layered over Vintage Cream CS. I lightly sprayed the back of the vellum with Elmer's spray adhesive to adhere it without any visible tape lines. Easiest for me is to place the paper face down on a paper towel in my trash can to avoid sticky overspray hitting the floor or desk areas. For the horizontal border, I die cut Verve's Rounded Scalloped Frame twice - once on textured black CS and once on Vintage Cream.  I embossed the center of the frame using a dotted swiss embossing folder (it doesn't want to show up well in my photo).  

If you'd like more inspiration...check out the rest of the mojomakers' blogs below:

STAMPS: Be Blessed (Verve), Bloom and Grow (Verve).
PAPER: Vellum w/Gold stripes and Textured black by SU, Vintage Cream by PTI.
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, Calypso Coral, Old Olive.
ACCESSORIES: Clear embossing powder (for sentiment), Elegant Leaves die, Sprightly Sprigs die, and Rounded Scallop Frame die - all by Verve, Gold brad.

Hope to see you in the gallery!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Just Us Girls


I can't believe it's week #3 already, but I'm back again for my October guest designer gig for the Just Us Girls challenge!  This week is Color Week and I'll admit I was initially intimidated by the purple which is not one of my go-to colors.  I kept trying to think of a fall/Halloween theme, but finally decided to play once again with one of my fave images to watercolor.  You know...I ended up loving this color combination!  I guess that's why I enjoy challenges so much...they stretch me to work outside my normal box!



I started by die-cutting the flower pot from watercolor paper and coloring with a Faded Jeans distress ink marker. I picked up a small amount of water on a brush and blended the "scribbles". Then I die cut the flowers and leaves and applied more distress ink markers to the stamps, stamped them onto the watercolor CS shapes and blended with a brush.  Then I got to play flower designer and filled up the vase!  

Here's what else I used:
STAMPS: Pretty Peonies, Fresh Cut Containers - both sets by WPlus9
PAPER: Tim Holtz watercolor CS, Lucky Limeade (SU), White (PTI)
ACCESSORIES: Lattice BG die by WPlus9, Hand Lettered Thanks die by WPlus9, Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush marker, Clear rhinestones by SU.
TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS MARKERS: Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you playing along with us this week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches



Before heading out to work, I made this quick and easy fall thank you card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I used some neglected designer papers and tried out my new Reverse Confetti envie wrap die paired with a Roundabout stamped sentiment. TGIF and I have the weekend off!  Sun is out...finally...and I am loving the fall temperatures.  Enjoy your day!

STAMPS: Roundabout (Reverse Confetti)
PAPER: Vintage Cream (PTI), Retro Fresh (SU)
INK: Baked Brown Sugar (SU)
ACCESSORIES: Envie wrap die by Reverse Confetti, Wood veneer leaves by Hobby Lobby, Circle Nestie, Corner chomper.