Saturday, July 4, 2015

Just Us Girls - Celebrating 300 Challenges!

Before I begin, I want to wish all my American friends a very happy 4th of July!  I hope you have some fun with family and friends today and be safe!
Wow everyone!  Just Us Girls is celebrating its 300th challenge!  I remember when we started this challenge way back in 2009!  Maria and I are the only original members, but Vicki and Nancy and the other girls have carried on and kept it going!  We've always had fabulous designers playing with us and fabulous challenges. I'm so happy we are still around to celebrate this milestone!  So with that in mind, we have a word for you to focus on for this challenge...CONGRATULATIONS!
Now the ditz that I am, when I was making my card I pulled out a congrats die then thought, no it's supposed to be celebrate.  So I found my only celebrate die and went on with my card.  Then when I was posting my card to the blog, I realized my first inclination was correct.  But, by then it was too late!  It took me forever to get the shaker created!  So after a few hours of feeling guilty (I was not able to do another card), I added the congrats die over the balloon.  I die cut it from fun foam then red glitter paper.  I love the revised version and my guilt has disappeared!  LOL!
I wanted to make a shaker card with a balloon just like in the photo above.  And because today is the 4th of July, I wanted to make it red, white, and blue!  I added some red, white, and blue sequins along with some silver stars.  The pattern paper is from a pack that had the theme colors I wanted.  The confetti was cut from the same paper using the die set as well.

Now, to celebrate, we have some fabulous prizes from some very generous sponsors!

Inspired by Stamping
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$25.00 gift certificate
$25.00 gift certificate

STAMPlorations is a California-based small company owned and managed by husband-and-wife team, David & Shery Russ. We began in June 2013 selling clear stamps based on Shery's designs. From just a handful of stamps, we now have 100+ stamp designs; 2 amazing stamp designers creating stamps alongside Shery; ARTplorations, our exclusive line of stencils; a stamp club; and a design team consisting of 21 amazing paper crafters who regularly produce gorgeous projects featuring our products. All of our stamps are proudly made in the USA. Through our stamp line, we aim to encourage crafters of all ages and experience levels to "Stamp with all your ART!"

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Please stop by our blog to see what the design team, our 3 guest designers from the past and our current guest have created for this challenge!  You can also see more details about these prizes on the JUGs blog!
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Vintage cream, Fair Skies (Farm House Paper Co.), red glitter paper
Accessories:  Shaker shapes:  balloon (PTI),  Congrats die (PTI), Accent-it:  celebrate (MFT), sequins, fun foam, stick-it, corner rounder


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches

Hi everyone!  I fell in love with the colors from this week's Color Throwdown and had to play.  Aren't they just so fresh and summery?
I purchased the new Bloomers set from PTI this release because I just love flower images and this one looked so fun and easy to create some gorgeous flowers.  I had a difficult time stamping that aqua flower because the stamp is so solid and the ink just pools on the stamp, leaving a blotchy impression.  I tried wiping it several times with a baby wipe, using an eraser on it, stamping it over and over, and it still came out splotchy.  But in the end, I do like how this came out.  I did add some green for the's hard to do leaves in any color but green (for me!).  I used Tim Holtz's spritzer tool to get some ink splatters on the card.  Love that thing!  I used some texture paste and a stencil to get the stripes on the bottom of the panel then added some baker's twine to finish it off.  The main panel was raised using some fun foam.  Easy card, but took forever to create because of stamping those dang flowers! 
For the layout, I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
Just a reminder:  This Saturday is the 300th challenge over at Just Us Girls and we are having a celebration!  Prizes and all!  Make sure you tune in for the celebration!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Bloomers and Beautiful Brushstrokes (PTI)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft
Ink:  Cool Caribbean, apricot appeal, kraft, frayed burlap distress marker
Accessories:  Bloomers dies (PTI), texture paset (Wendy Vecchi), dots and stripes stencil (WV), TH spritzer tool, baker's twine, fun foam


Time Out Challenge #34 Reminder - Home Sweet Home

Hello friends!  I made another card to remind you about the current Time Out challenge.  You have one more week to play!

The challenge is called Home Sweet Home and we choose a photo of a room to inspire you.  Here's the current photo.

This time I chose a stencil to lay down some color.  I added the stacked black sentiment to which I added some shimmer with Wink of Stella.  The main panel was added to the black panel on fun foam.  Then I added some enamel dots to finish it off.
You can see more from the design team on the Time Out blog as well as our guest, Sue.
Thanks for stopping by!
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Picked raspberry and spiced marmalade (distress inks)
Accessories:  Chevron pattern stencil (SSS), many thanks die (MFT), enamel dots, Wink of Stella, fun foam

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Just Us Girls #299 - Photo Inspiration

Happy Saturday!  School is finally over and summer begins for me!  Hopefully that means more crafty time for me too!  Today begins a new challenge over at Just Us Girls and it's a photo challenge.  Maria has chosen this summer-filled photo.
Here's a close up of the photo.
I just love gingham, so I chose that for my inspiration.  I made this rosette from the red gingham and placed it on a green diagonal panel.  The green came from the rind of the watermelon in the picture.  I added a green heart to the center of the rosette and some sequins.  The white panels were spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  This is going to my BFF Maria, so I chose this lovely sentiment.
I used this sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketches.
You can see more from our design team and guest on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Blissful Butterflies (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, real red, kiwi kiss, pattern paper (unknown)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Paper rosette (Tim Holtz), Surely Stitched Heart (SSS), sequins, biscotti perfect pearls mist, fun foam


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time Out #34 - Home Sweet Home Challenge

Hi everyone!  The new challenge over at the Time Out blog is our Home Sweet Home challenge.  This is where we supply a photo of a room in a home and you use it as inspiration.

Here's the really cool room we chose for this challenge.  So many possibilities!
I chose the pink and orange colors as my inspiration along with a bit of black. I needed some thank you cards for some end of year gifts my students are giving me.  I was organizing my stamps this weekend and found two sets from Verve with these beautiful butterflies and had to use them.  This is a one-layer card (except for the sentiment which is stacked with five layers).  Very simple card.

You can see more from our Design Team on the Time Out blog as well as Sue, our guest for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fluttering By and Petals & Stems (Verve)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Morocco and rose bud (Memento Luxe)
Accessories:  Quote tag die (Paper Smooches), Wink of Stella


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!  I have a great father-in-law that we are celebrating today with breakfast and dinner!  I made this card for him, unfortunately he won't see it because he's blind.  But I always make sure I make a nice card for him, even though he can't see it.  It makes me (and my mother-in-law) feel good!
I recently purchased MFT's Terrific Ties and the coordinating dies.  I die cut the three ties from pattern paper and adhered them to the black panel.  I also die cut some stars to place in the corner.  The sentiment was stamped below.  The white panel is raised using fun foam for some dimension (Jennifer McGuire's idea and don't we all follow her lead?  LOL!).
I followed the Fusion sketch and some of the colors from their photo.
Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!
Stamps:  Take Flight (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Marrakech (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Terrific Ties dies (MFT), Small Sketched Stars dies (PTI), fun foam


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Just Us Girls #298 - Color Week

Hi everyone!  This week over at Just Us Girls we have a color challenge.  Ina chose some pretty fall colors (my favorites!).
I made a mistake in the colors.  I didn't add any burgundy.  Ooops!  I just had that picture in my head and missed the "color" part of the challenge.  Anyway, I used alcohol inks in terra cotta, butterscotch, and lettuce.  I applied drops of those colors on a felt piece attached to a blending tool then pounced it all over a piece of glossy cardstock.  Then I added some pearl mixative on the same felt piece and pounced it all over.  Some blending solution pounced over that softened the look.  It sort of looked like the picture!  I added a sentiment on a folded banner, a leaf bunch, and sequins.
I used the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.
You can see more from our design team and guest on these blogs.
Ros Crawford, guest designer
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Sayings (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, glossy cardstock (PTI)
Ink:  Dusty Durango, alcohol inks: terra cotta, butterscotch, lettuce, pearl mixative
Accessories:  Folder banner die (SSS), Turning a New Leaf die (PTI), sequins, dimensional tape



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