Saturday, May 27, 2023

Just Us Girls #681 - CAS Week

 Hello friends!  Lisa E. is our hostess this week over at Just Us Girls for the CAS week challenge.  She has chosen SILHOUETTE as our CAS focus.

I love silhouette images!  I remember when I was on a design team for a now defunct stamp company and one of the girls took a line image stamp and colored it in with a black copic marker to make it into a silhouette image.  It was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and I have been smitten with silhouette images since!  

On to my card.  I needed a get well card for a guy friend who is going through some cancer issues, but it looks like he's going to be ok.  I used this image from Gina K and just created a black and white card.  I stamped the image on a panel that was die cut with a stitched rectangle.  Then I impressed that panel with a linen impression plate.  You probably can't see the cool texture it creates in this picture.  I'm not one to leave a panel smooth white...I always feel it's missing something.  So I use this impression plate a lot.  It's no longer available, so I'm glad I've hung onto it.  Next, I used a thin frame die to die cut a frame and die cut it again from black card stock. I inlaid the black frame into the panel.  I also love this look.  It really frames the image well.  I used pre-printed get well sentiment strips (I wish they were black with white text) and mounted them on foam strips.  

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest, Claire, on the JUGs blog.  This is Claire's last week with us and I'd like to thank her for joining us with her beautiful designs this month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Friendly Silhouettes (Gina K)
Paper:  White, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Thin frame (SSS), Get Well sentiment strips (SSS), linen impression plate (PTI)

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Just Us Girls #680 - Photo/Moodboard Week

 Hello!  The challenge at Just Us Girls this week is our Photo/Moodboard challenge.  Bobby has chosen a few great photos for this challenge.

I chose the colors from the photos.  I pulled navy, orange, aqua, and red to create with.  I used this hexagon stencil set from Taylored Expressions.  This stencil set creates four backgrounds on one sheet.  I chose this background to use for this card.  After stenciling the four colors, I cut it out with a stitched rectangle and stamped the sentiment and a hexagon in some of the stenciled hexagons with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I mounted that onto a navy card stock mat.  

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Oh Yes You Did  (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  White, navy
Ink:  Versamark, aquamarine, blue jay, persimmon, candy apple
Accessories:  Hexagon stencils (TE), gold embossing powder, craft foam

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Just Us Girls #679 - Word Week

Hello friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week for our Word Week challenge.  My niece is getting married in July and I thought WEDDING would be a good choice for this challenge. 

I used to make wedding cakes, so this stamp/die/stencil set from Pink Fresh was perfect for this wedding card.  It reminded me of all the beautiful weddings my cakes were part of.  I started by stamping the images in black ink and adding color using the coordinating stencils.  I used gold Delicata ink on the cake.  I die cut the cake and flowers and then the cake stand from gold card stock.  I wanted a foiled background, so I used this Pink Fresh hot foil plate and gold foil to create it.  The sentiment was die cut from the same gold card stock as the cake stand as well as two more times from white card stock for dimension.  After adhering everything to the foiled background, I added gold crystals to it and to the cake stand.  The main panel was added to the card base using craft foam.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Celebrate in Style (Pink Fresh)
Paper: White, gold
Ink:  Ballet slipper, sparkling rose, sweet mustard, fresh pear, olive (PF); Delicata golden glitz, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Celebrate in Style dies and stencils (PF), celebrate die (MFT), Abstract Triangle hot foil plate (PF), gold foil, crystals, craft foam

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Just Us Girls #678 - Color Week

 Hi friends!  Nancy has chosen pretty colors for the Just Us Girls Color Week challenge.  Pink and yellow!

I pulled out this layering die set from Honey Bee for this challenge.  My friend Cheryl gave me a birthday card using this flower and I loved it.  I had the die (never used it) and thought it would be pretty in these colors.  I die cut everything from white card stock and inked them with two pink inks and two yellows.  I shaded with the darker inks for dimension.  I adhered them on a panel that I stenciled by Tim Holtz with the lighter yellow ink and die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  I didn't want a black sentiment, so I die cut the sentiment from gray card stock.  Pink crystals were added for dimension.  I wasn't sure how yellow leaves were going to work, but I think it came out fine!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for May, Claire, on the JUGs blog.  Welcome Claire!  I can't wait to see what you create this month for us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White, gray
Ink:  Lemon whip, lemongrass, ballet slipper, sparkling rose
Accessories:  Lovely Layers Peony dies (Honey Bee), Impression Obsession die, stitched rectangle (MFT), Gothic stencil (T. Holtz), crystals

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Just Us Girls #677 - Wild Card Week

Hello!  Vicki is our hostess for this week's Just Us Girls challenge.  It's the fifth Saturday in April (where has the time gone?) so we have an extra challenge.  Vicki chose to have you CASE one of the design team members!  This seems like a fun one! 

The design team members were able to create any card they wanted for the participants to CASE.  I was very busy this week and didn't get a "new" card done, but I did have this one that I haven't posted.  I participated in a Pink Fresh event a while ago, and this is one of the cards we made.  It uses one of their fabulous stamp/stencil/die sets for the floral images.  I used Pink Fresh inks with the stencil and I think a gray ink for the outline to keep it soft.  The mat is die cut with one of their slimline dies and the sentiment is one of their gold foiled sentiments.  I added gold pearls to complete it.  You can see some dimension with the die cuts.  I added some of them with dimensionals.  I love this card!  That's why I still have it and haven't sent it out to anyone yet!  LOL!

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our April guest, Joanne James, on the JUGs blog.  This is Joanne's last week with us and I'd like to thank her for joining us this month with her beautiful creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  In the Meadow (PF)
Paper:  white
Ink:  Various PF inks
Accessories:  In the Meadow stencil and die set (PF), Blanket Stitched Slimline die (PF), foiled sentiment (PF), gold pearls

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Just Us Girls #676 - CAS Week

Hi friends!  It's CAS Week over at Just Us Girls, and Carol has chosen for us to use food and/or beverages on our cards.  These CAS cards are a challenge for me for sure! 

I chose to use this cute punny set from SSS.  I stamped, colored, and die cut the image.  Before adding it to the card, I gave it some pink color to place it on to stand out more.  To give it more interest, I scored some lines in the bottom corner.  The sentiment was stamped, crystals were added and I also added some glossy accents to the donut.  Easy peasy card, but I always feel like it's missing something!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Funny Food (SSS)
Paper:  white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, pink, copics
Accessories:  Funny Food die (SSS), crystals, glossy accents

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Just Us Girls #675 - Photo/Mood Board Week

 This Moodboard for the Just Us Girls challenge this week was so appropriate for today because our weather was almost in the 80's.  Much needed warmth and sunshine here in Western New York!  Nancy is responsible for these beautiful photos and I had so many ideas for this challenge, it was hard to choose!

I settled on these garden tools from The Greetery.  I'd love to have pretty garden tools like these!  I die cut them (3 times for dimension) from white card stock and the handles from lavender card stock.  For the design on the spade, I first used the coordinating stencil then the coordinating stamp set.  The design on the hoe (?) just used the coordinating stamp set.  I noticed some script on the mood board, so I used a light gray ink and a script stamp for the background.  I layered that onto a lavender scalloped mat.  I added the preprinted sentiment strip and purple pearls to finish it as well as some shimmer on the flowers.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  In Spades (The Greetery), Script Bold Prints (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White, lavender
Ink:  Sweet mustard, soft lilac, candy violet, fresh pear, olive, twilight
Accessories:  In Spades dies and stencil, stitched rectangle (MFT), scallop die (Winnie & Walter), All Things Happy sentiment strips (SSS), pearls, shimmer


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