Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Christmas in Non-Traditional Colours

The JustRite challenge is to do a card using non-traditional colours. After much consultation with my sister last week I decided on aqua, white and silver. I wear aqua and white a lot in the summer, so I don't associate that with Christmas.
I used the gorgeous JR Festive Poinsettia stamps with the matching SB dies, and a very old JR set called Christmas nested Sentiments.
You can find the JustRite challenge here:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Colours of Summer

The Impression Obsession challenge is "Colours of Summer". I still have the gorgeous Hollyhock die by Impression Obsession that my friend, Carmen ( Papercraft Goddess) loaned to me. I love, love, love this die, and it always is out of stock whenever I go to place an order. I think I love it because although it is a Hollyhock die, it makes me think of Glads. I am crazy about Glads, and planted a lot of them and can't wait until they bloom. This card is very simple with a background embossed  with a Cuttlebug folder, and a lot of die cuts, which I painted with Peerless watercolours. I punched two holes in the top piece and threaded a ribbon through. I mounted the top on a card base made with Neenah Solar white #110lb card stock.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Black, White and Pink All Over

Most card makers seem to love sketches judging from the number of sketch challenge blogs out there. I prefer to avoid those. Luckily JustRite only posts the occasional Sketch challenge, they like to mix it up with other types, which works for me! I am not one of those people who can look at a sketch and put together something brilliant, or in my case, even something mediocre. It has been suggested that my contrary nature rebels against being told what to do. Really? Moi? ( Shut it, Sis!)
 I am in awe of people who can take a sketch and turn it into something amazing, and rather than drive myself crazy (again, shut it, Sis) I usually avoid doing them. I just can't stay away from JustRite , especially since I got the most gorgeous stamp set and couldn't wait to play with it ! I pretty much did a Happy Dance when I got Rose Bouquets Vintage Labels. I may hate long stemmed roses (especially red, OMG I can't stand red), but I adore miniature roses and the Rugosa roses that are planted all along one of the streets on my dog walking route. The scent is divine! So I had to have this set, and it's even better in person! Okay, so it doesn't take much to make me happy, and getting something that I will get a LOT of use out of pretty much always works! Practical and difficult, now you know all about me! LOL!
I pretty much knew from the start that I would use SB Gold Majesty Circles and half the rose image( the whole stamp is gorgeous, but only half would fit) from the Rose Bouquet set, and after numerous attempts in various colours, I settled on black, white and pink.

I also used the JR Sweet Lace Background stamp, the Garden Gate Background stamp, and the sentiment is from JustRite's Hydrangea Vintage Labels Seven. The music paper is some old Theresa Collins paper. I have quite a stash of it and wish I had even more! The ribbon is MME.
I'm glad I decided to do the challenge, I'm actually happy with the card (although it might just be that stamp), and I can't wait to see what Sheri has up her sleeve for the next challenge.

This card is entered in JustRite's challenge #124 found here:

I am still having problems leaving comments.It may have something to do with all the Google Chrome problems I've had. I have cleaned the registry, and run numerous things to try and fix my issues. I installed and uninstalled Chrome four times. Everything seems to be back to normal except for my problem with Blogger. This is driving me crazy, But I'm not giving up!

Please take the time to visit the challenge and leave the fabulous girls some love since I may not be able to, and better yet, join us! ( Carmen, this means YOU!)
Kathy Jo, I tried three times to comment on your lovely blue and white card. The glossy tiled look is gorgeous and I am so glad you got the time to play at JR again!
UPDATE : My card was picked as a winner! I get to chose a set of JustRite branded dies to go with my fabulous stamps. YAY!!!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

In My Thoughts.

Just a quick and simple card using a Memory Box stencil and a stamp from Unity's January 2014 KOTM.  I keep seeing cards with an angled piece on them, so I thought I'd give it a try with some older MME paper and this lovely stencil. I first stenciled everything with a white ink and then went over it with TH distress ink in Pine Needles.This actually makes the leaves look raised, almost like they have a thin layer of embossing paste on them. On the top I used Molding Paste and I cut a Sizzix die bookplate out of chipboard and covered it with copper embossing powder. I added a metal butterfly that I coloured copper with a Krylon pen.I like the simplicity of this card and I adore the stencil so I think I'll do a few more in a similar vein while the remnants of Hurricane Arthur blow stuff around tomorrow.
Update: Arthur blew the power out here all day (Saturday) and wreaked havoc on my Mom's vegetable gardens. I was lucky that we re-hung the tomatoes under the upper deck to protect them, and all my vegetables and flowers were protected from the wind. I felt sorry for the birds today, they were really getting blown about.

I hope things are working better for me as I have been having the worst time trying to leave comments. I write them and post them and they vanish into LaLa land. I can get about one in three to work, and usually I have to switch browsers to even get that! So I will be having a lovely time visiting everyone participating in Unity's Friends with Flair, but who knows if I'll be leaving comments!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

It Could Only Happen to Me !

JustRite's Challenge #123  is a very pretty colour challenge.

I love the colours, but I had the worst time coming up with anything. So, as usual, I left it to the last minute and had to rush to get a photo taken before the rain came. You won't believe what happened, but more about that later.
I used a stamp that I had wanted to get for quite a while now, and I like it just as much as I thought I would ! YAY! It's called Floral Thank You and I like that it is a cling stamp that I can do some fun techniques with. This time I just coloured on the stamp with Faber-Castell Big Brush markers and Distress markers and lightly misted the stamp before applying it to the cardstock. I layered that on pink and then on a white piece cut with Spellbinders A2 Locking Loops, which I layered on pink and then the white card base. It's a simple card so I thought it would benefit by a lot of layers! I haven't used much bling lately, so I got happy with a whole lot of little shiny gems!
So, see how nice and clean this card is? Well, it's not any more! I thought I'd try and get a couple more photos, you know, and pick the best one. Look at closely at the upper left corner of this next photo.

That's a Chickadee, and here's the card right before it fell into a planter full of mud! That little begger is kind of a pet. I call him Chirp, and he usually chirps at me before he flies at me, but this time he didn't give me any warning! I hand feed him and he is so darn cute I guess I can forgive him for wrecking my card. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

FWF : A Beautiful Friendship

Just a quick post to link up with Unity's Friday Friends with Flair.
The stamps are from March 2014 KOM and Tulips and Daisies.
Papers are Simple Stories and Basic Grey.
FWF is found here;
I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge found here:

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

IO Challenge : Masculine

My computer is acting up so much, I don't know if this will even get posted, so sadly I didn't put a lot of effort into it. I used Impression Obsession stamps  CAC Map ( CC063 ), and Schooner (H4355). The die is Seabirds ( DIE078-F).

My card is for the Impression Obsession challenge :

I think I need to visit the GeekSquad before I drop kick this into next week!
Sorry if I don't get around to visit, I am reaching the end of my tether!