Saturday, November 25, 2023

Just Us Girls #707 - CAS Week and a Fond Farewell

Hi friends!  It's our last challenge for 2023!  What a year of challenges it has been!  This week is our CAS week and Bobby has chosen In a Circle.  Lots of interpretation ahead!

I chose to use this new die set from Spellbinders.  A very simple but elegant ornament.  I also stenciled the background with a holly and berry stencil then cut it down to make it more CAS.  The ornament was simply die cut from red card stock and white glitter paper.  I used gold shiny paper for the hanger and green and red for the holly and berries.  I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with the corresponding die then added gold pearls for a more elegant touch.  I love this and may use it as my main card this year!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our November guest, Melissa Craig, on the JUGs blog.  This is Melissa's last week with us and I'd like to thank her for the wonderful cards she's made this month!

On another note, it's been 14 years that I've been on this team.  We started it in October 2009 and I've been on it ever since.  I've really loved being a part of this team.  I've seen some amazing talent come across this challenge over the years and made some even more amazing friends.  I've even managed to meet a couple in person...Nancy Leppek while I was in Florida and just recently Sue Vandevusse who traveled from Michigan through my hometown where we met for lunch (I hope you stop again when you are on your way through!).  All this to say that I am stepping down from this team.  This will be my final challenge.  I'll probably regret it next year, but I just felt it was time.  Thanks to all my teammates and best of luck with the new challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps:  Elegant Christmas Sentiments (Waffle Flower)
Paper:  White, red, green, gold shine, sugar crystal
Ink:  Versafiine onyx black, candy apple, evergreen
Accessories:  Festive Ornament dies (Spellbinders), Elegant Christmas Sentiments die (WF), Holly & Berries stencil (Honey Bee), stitched rectangle die (MFT), gold pearls

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Just Us Girls #706 - Photo or Mood Board Challenge

 Hello everyone!  Carol is the hostess over at Just Us Girls for our Photo or Mood Board challenge.  I just love the photos she chose for the mood board!

I was cleaning my craft room today and found some things I haven't used yet.  This one is a stencil and die set from Pink Fresh.  I stenciled everything in the colors on the butterflies (although the aqua looks green even though the color is Aqua Sky).  I then die cut them.  The pink panel was stenciled with a snow fall stencil and white ink.  I adhered the ornaments and bough to the panel along with the die cut sentiment.  I added the gold pearls and some star dust stickles to the ornaments for sparkle.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Peace Love Joy (Honey Bee)
Paper:  White, pink
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, unicorn, aqua sky, candy apple, olive, evergreen, rose petals, Delicata gold
Accessories:  Holiday Ornaments stencil and die (Pink Fresh), Joy die (Honey Bee), stitched rectangle (MFT), Falling Snow stencil (SSS), gold pearls, star dust stickles

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Just Us Girls #705 - Word Week

Hello!  Carol is the hostess this week over at Just Us Girls for our Word Week challenge, and she has chosen the words THANKS or THANKSGIVING. 

I chose Thanksgiving as my word because I need more of these cards to send to friends and family.  I started by stenciling the background with a two-part stencil.  I chose several different autumnal rainbow colors and brown for the stems.  I just love those colors!  Then I chose this die and die cut it three times.  First from the brown card stock for the background.  Then I die cut the thanks part from white card stock that I first sponged with the rainbow inks and once again from just white card stock for the bottom part of the sentiment.  I added the orange card stock to the card base then the main panel.  That panel was spritzed with shimmer spray before adding it to the base.  I also added yellow crystal for more sparkle.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White, orange, brown
Ink:  Sweet mustard, marigold, fresh pear, olive, evergreen, gathered twigs, sorbet, cranberry
Accessories:  Layered Fall Wreath stencil (PPP), Thanksgiving die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, shimmer spray

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Just Us Girls #704 - Color Week

Hi friends!  Carol has a great color combination for the week's Just Us Girls Color Week challenge.  Perfect for getting those holiday cards started! 

Of course I thought of a poinsettia for this color challenge, as did a couple of my design team friends did!  I die cut the poinsettia from cranberry and red card stocks and accented them with ink.  I also die cut some leaves and evergreen sprigs from green card stock and accented them with inks as well.  For the background, I used a cover plate to get the snowflake design and accented it with antique linen distress oxide ink.  The sentiment was die cut three times from cranberry card stock and stacked for dimension.  I spitzed it with shimmer spray for some sparkle and added gold pearls.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new November guest, Melissa Craig, on the JUGs blog.  

Welcome Melissa!  We are so happy to have you joining us this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White, red, cranberry, green
Ink:  Marigold, doe; cranberry, evergreen, antique linen oxide
Accessories:  Lovely Layers: Poinsettia (Honey Bee), Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs (Memory Box), Snowfall cover plate (Concord & 9th), sentiment die (Paper Roses), stitched rectangle (MFT), gold pearls, shimmer

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Just Us Girls #703 - CAS Week

 Hello friends!  The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is the CAS Week challenge.  Nancy is our hostess and she wants us to just use the center of the card.  I like this challenge!

I need to send out some Halloween cards to the kiddos in the family.  I chose to make this cute black cat for my great-niece who has a black cat.  I started with the stencils.  Since we had to use just the center of the card, I used an oval masking stencil over the spider web and then the spiders.  The cat was die cut from black cardstock and I added an orange band to the hat and pink for the eyes and nose.  I added star dust stickles to that orange band and crystal effects to its nose.  I used wobblers to add the cat to the main panel.  I stamped two sentiments in orange ink and added another sentiment on orange card stock stamped with black ink.  I found these silver stars and added them for some sparkle.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our October guest, Bonnie Klass, on the JUGs blog.  This is Bonnie's last week with us, and I'd like to thank her for her beautiful cards she shared on our blog this month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sentiment Strips: Halloween (Pretty Pink Posh)
Paper:  White, black, orange
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, clementine, rocky slope, licorice
Accessories:  Layered Spider Web stencils (PPP), Masking Ovals stencil (PPP), Spooky Cat die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), crystal effects, star dust stickles, silver stars, wobbler

Monday, October 23, 2023

Just Us Girls #702 - Photo or Mood Board Challenge

 Hi friends!  Sorry my post is going up so late, but my computer crashed and burned and I was finally able to have the Geek Squad look at it.  Unfortunately, it died so I had to get a new one.  I lost a lot of stuff on there!  I can't figure out how to get my signature that I use at the end of my blogs to load.  Ugh!  Such a pain!

Anyway, I was able to load my card onto the JUGs blog and post it here.  

I also don't have the software on this new computer to edit my photos.  So it's a little blurry looking at it here.  I used some new products from Waffle Flower.  I started with the stencils and used the colors from the photos.  After stenciling, I die cut it using the coordinating die and stamped the images using the coordinating stamp set.  Then I stamped the sentiment on black card stock with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I mounted the main panel onto a rust panel and onto the white base.  I did add some shimmer which you can't see in the photo but it's there!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Postage Collage (Waffle Flower)
Paper:  White, black, rust
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark, apricot, clementine, candy apple, shea butter, warm buff, doe
Accessories:  Postage Collage Fall stencils and die (Waffle Flower), white embossing powder, shimmer

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Just Us Girls #700 - Color Week

 Hello friends!  It's Just Us Girls 700th challenge!  That's something to celebrate!  I'm the hostess for this challenge, and I guess it's appropriate because I've been with this challenge since the beginning 14 years ago!  So let's see what I came up with for this Color Week challenge.

My photo isn't showing up very well.  This is supposed to be a terrarium.  I have die cut the glass top of the terrarium from vellum, however you can't really see it!  Oh well!  It's there!  I die cut all the leaves and mushrooms from white card stock, then used the coordinating stencils to color the pieces.  I added them to the terrarium and placed some pearls on the mushrooms.  I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder on brown card stock.  Love these fall colors!

To celebrate this 700th challenge, I'm giving away a little prize.  I have a Distress Oxide ink pad, some mica sprays (these are so fun!), some stamps and a few other things.  In order to win this, please comment below on my blog and on the JUGs blog as well as enter the JUGs challenge with a card in these colors.   Unfortunately I'm only sending this to US residents (shipping costs are too expensive outside the US!).  I will select one winner randomly.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new October guest, Bonnie Klass, on the JUGs blog.  Welcome Bonnie!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Decorative Pumpkins sentiment (Pretty Pink Posh)
Paper:  White, brown, vellum
Ink:  Versamark, sky blue, summer shower, clementine, persimmon, warm buff, doe
Accessories:  The Magic is in You stencils and die (Pink Fresh), terrarium die (Pink Fresh), stitched rectangle (MFT), pearls, white embossing powder


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