The first Saturday is always a sketch challenge, and the divine Dana Gustafson has a great one for us today!
It's also a special week because we have a new sponsor. A brand new company called WPlus9 Design Studio. The JUGS girls are featuring their first 4 new stamp sets. I was given a set called Love Birds to work with and it was so fun to use! These are very good quality acrylic stamps.I wanted to use this Basic Grey dp called Origins that my good stamping friend, Cheryl Rowley, gifted to me along with some great images to color and use! Such a sweet gift! I liked this paper because it had the colors I wanted to use in it: yellow for the birds, brown for the tree limb, and green for the leaves. The birds were colored with a Summer Sun marker, stamped and cut out. I then sponged Close to Cocoa around the edge to tone it down a bit and give it some definition. They are popped up on the limb. The leaves are a cluster of hearts that comes with the set. (This set can definitely be used for Valentine's Day!) I added star dust stickles to the leaves for the sparkle I love so much! The sentiment was stamped in the same Certainly Celery as the leaves, and I added some Kaiser pearls underneath it. The strip of flowers was created using an EK Success punch (love that one!) in Summer Sun. The ribbon is a strip of Certainly Celery twill from SU's Sale-a-bration last year. I used a decorative edge punch for the corners. That's it!
Would you like to win two sets of your choice from WPlus9 Design Studio? Enter a card on the JUGs blog using the sketch and you could win!
And since it's the first Saturday of the month, we have a new guest designer...Stephanie Kraft. She has faithfully played in the JUGs challenges and has such a lovely style. Please welcome her. I also hope you stop by the JUGs blog to see what the girls have done. Here are the links to the DT blogs so you can stop by and say hello.