Saturday, May 21, 2022

Just Us Girls #633 - Color Week

 Hello!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls this week.  Bobby has chosen coral, blue, and tan.

I had this stencil on my desk and thought it would look good in the coral and blue colors.  After stenciling, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  I used the tan color for the flower and added a coral center and blue leaves.  The sentiment was die cut with the same coral and blue card stocks.  I added shimmer to the flower center and the sentiment.  I also added pearls in a tan color.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White, coral, blue, tan
Ink:  Coral reef and blue jay (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  Mod layering leaves stencil (SSS), Happy Birthday die (Creek Bank Creations), Upsy Daisy dies (MFT), pearls, shimmer

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Just Us Girls #632 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  The Trend Week challenge over at Just Us Girls is hosted by Carol.  She's chosen shaped cards for our challenge.

I had to search high and low for this die set from Honey Bee!  I knew I had it and was pleased when I finally found it.  I've had it forever, and it's the first time it is being used....can you believe it?  LOL!  It is so fast and easy to create, so I made four of them.  I die cut the card part from white card stock.  Then I used some Tonic velvet black card stock for the tops of the bottles and glitter card stock in various colors for the bottoms.  The die set has two different bows, so I created two of each from coordinating colored card stock.  I adhered two on an angle and two straight on.  I had to find a small die for the front and found this "hi" sentiment.  On the card with the bow angled, I also angled the die cut.  The other two were adhered straight.

These are adorable.  I love the blue one!

My current nail polish is very similar to the pink one here!  

These cards are very small, so I had to find sentiments for the inside that would fit.  These are the ones I chose, both from MFT.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Tiny Words and Hello Beautiful (MFT)
Paper:  White, Black Velvet Tonic Mirror Card, various glitter paper (SSS)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Nail Polish Bottle Card dies (Honey Bee), Hello There die (MFT)

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Just Us Girls #631 - Word Week

Hello everyone!  The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is the Word Week challenge.  Vicki has chosen flowers.

I just returned from a trip to Italy, and we spent time on the Amalfi coast where lemons are in abundance.  I can still smell the fragrance!  So I pulled out this lemon die set from Spellbinders, which also has flowers in it.  I die cut the parts from various greens, white and yellow card stocks and adhered them together.  I adhered them to a panel that was impressed with a weave stencil.  I ran it through my die cut machine with the rubber mat to impress the stencil into the card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and die cut it with a square die.  The main panel was spritzed with shimmer spray and I added yellow crystals.  I mounted that panel onto a yellow mat and adhered that to the white base.

Here's a picture of some lemon trees.  They were growing everywhere!

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for May, Deborah Wheeler, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Motherly Love (Flourishes)
Paper:  White, yellow, greens
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Lemon Zest (Spellbinders), Basic Weave stencil (MFT), square die (Spellbinders), crystals, shimmer spritz

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Just Us Girls #630 - Wild Card Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and it happens to be our Wild Card week.  I can choose any challenge!  I settled on making a tri-fold card.

My friend, Cheryl, sent me a tri-fold card and I thought it was so clever and that is where I got the idea for this challenge.  My card is very much inspired by hers.

Here is the card closed.  I created the base by cutting a piece of fog card stock to 6" x 10.5" and scoring at 3.5" and 7".  This gives you the tri-fold card.  I then chose this Fly By stamp set and stamped, colored, and die cut the two flowers and the butterfly.  (I was very inspired by the Ukrainian colors when coloring the images with copic markers.)  Next, I die cut the larger window on the front panel, folded the card back up and figured where to die cut the second window.

I used a stencil and Unicorn white ink to stencil the fog card stock.  I love how it looks like silver.  I took the same two squares dies and taped them together and die cut a white frame to put around the inside window.

On the inside panel, I die cut a decorative panel using an older Spellbinders die and added clouds with a mini cloud stencil and blue ink.  I adhered the butterfly to it and stamped the trail and the sentiment (messed that up a bit).  Then I adhered the flowers to the middle panel and the front panel.  I also die cut the sentiment three times from white card stock and stacked them.  To give it some sparkle, I added star dust stickles to the flowers and butterfly and some crystals.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fly By Friends and Birthday Buds (MFT)
Paper:  Fog, white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, unicorn white, copic markers
Accessories:  Fly By Friends dies (MFT), square dies and decorative die (Spellbinders), birthday wishes die (Casual Fridays), just plaid  slimline stencil (C. Pooler), mini cloud stencil (MFT)


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Just Us Girls #629 - Photo Week

 Hello!  Cecile is the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and for our Word Week challenge she was very clever in choosing her words.  You can see all of your choices in the picture below.
You'd think I would have chosen the rock with the word Kind on it because, you know my last name and all, but instead I chose "smile" on that pink rock with black dots.  That one just jumped out at me!  I chose a pretty pink cardstock and a polka dot stencil to create the black dots.  I die cut the word smile three times and stacked them.  I layed the word on the background and it got lots among the black dots, so I added a vellum band to the panel and adhere the word to it.  Much better!  I added that panel to a black mat and then added that to a white card base.  I finished it with two black hearts.  The rock in the photo had one, but I added another.

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Pink, black, white
Ink:  Extreme black (MFT)
Accessories:  Large polka dot stencil (MFT), smile die (Lil' Inkers), stitched rectangles (MFT), hearts & stars die (Memory Box)

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Just Us Girls #628 - Color Week

 Hey there!  It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Sue has chosen a very regal color, black, and white.

I purchased this three step butterfly die set at a stamp show a while ago and thought it would work well with these colors.  I first die cut the top layer in white, the second in red, and the third in black.  I mounted it onto a white card base.  To keep it simple, since there is so much going on with the cutouts, I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a black band.  I stacked a red and a white butterfly, that were left over from die cutting the plates, together and added it to the black band.  I added black crystals to the center of the butterfly to represent its body.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our April guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Geometric Kit (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White, red, black
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Butterfly Panel (Creek Bank Creations), white embossing powder, black crystals

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Just Us Girls #627 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls.  Ina wants us to use foil on alcohol inked cards.  I love creating with alcohol inks!

If you have all the necessary supplies (which aren't much), this is such a fun, fast and really easy technique.  Using alcohol ink paper (or you can use Yupo paper), I put some blending solution on the paper to get it wet so the inks move right away.  I only used two inks on this one:  sail boat blue and wild plum.  They really start moving and combining right away, but I wanted some "rivers" for lack of a better word.  This is where the inks sort of pool and create a lines that are great for applying foil when they are dry.  So I used a Tim Holtz air blower to move the inks around and create these "rivers".  The inks dry super fast, about 15 minutes.  When it was dry (but the "rivers" still a bit tacky), I placed a piece of silver foil (pretty side up, I learned the hard way!) over the "rivers" and pressed the foil into the ink.  Because the ink is still tacky there, the foil sticks to it.  

You can see the foil better here with the light shining on it.  Once that was done, I trimmed the piece down and added it to silver cardstock, mounting it on craft foam for dimension.  (I die cut a rectangle from the center of that silver cardstock so it's not wasted.)  I added some foiled sentiments from Pink Fresh as well as some silver crystals to finish it.  Simple card.  I wanted to highlight the techniqe.

You can see more from our JUGs design team and April guest on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Alcohol ink paper (Ranger), silver shine paper (MFT)
Ink:  sail boat blue and wild plum alcohol inks
Accessories:  Foiled Sentiments (Pink Fresh), crystals, silver foil, craft foam


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