Saturday, July 24, 2021

Just Us Girls #594 - Photo Week

 Hello everyone!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls.  Nancy chose this nautical, red, white & blue photo.  Such great inspiration!

I had every intention of using an anchor as my main image, however you can see I changed my mind!  I was at my LCC the other day and the owner has a Buffalo section of papers, stamps, and such (I'm from Buffalo, NY).  The paper that jumped out at me has this design in the red and also blue all over the 12x12 paper.  I had to go with it!  I love our Buffalo Bills (hopefully we will be going to the Super Bowl this year and win this time!).  I shamelessly cased a card that was on display.  I cut out the red design, mounted it on a white stitched rectangle then mounted that on a blue polka dotted paper.  I added crystals for good measure!  Super simple, but it reminded me of one of the photos in the inspiration piece.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Buffalo Bills pattern paper, SU dotted pattern paper, recollections white
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle dies (MFT), crystals

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Just Us Girls #593 - Color Week

Hello everyone!  Just Us Girls has a great Color Week going on.  Angie chose yellow, grey, and teal.

I used the new Honey Bee Coneflower dies for this card.  Now I know coneflowers aren't yellow (they are pink...I have several of them in my garden now), but Color Challenge!  I had to make them yellow for this challenge!  There are four layers to the flower, and I added some distress inks to them for some depth.  On the centers of the flowers, I used a light gray and dark gray cardstock.  For the leaves, I used teal cardstock and added blue ink.  The panel was inked up with a new MFT stencil in gray ink.  I added the sentiment, crystals, and shimmer spray.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Riding By (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, barely banana, taken with teal, basic gray
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, scattered straw, fossilized amber, mermaid lagoon, hickory smoke
Accessories:  Coneflower dies (Honey Bee), Riding By die (HB), stitched rectangle die (MFT), watercolor wash rectangle stencil (MFT), crystals, shimmer spray

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Just Us Girls #592 - Trend Week

Hi everyone!  The Just Us Girls challenge this week is our Trend challenge.  Sue chose for us to recycle something on our card.  This was fun!
I save the package inserts from stamp and die sets.  I use them for cutting extra images to use for dimension.  I love the Waffle Flower packaging and found one that was the perfect size for a card.  I just cut it down a bit to fit on a yellow mat.  Then I used one of their new stamp/die/stencil combos called Spread Your Wings.  I stamped the butterflies then blended three inks on them using the stencils.  I stamped them again in the black ink because it was a bit dull.  In hindsight, I could have done this a few other ways, but this was what I went with initially.  After stamping and blending the ink, I die cut each one and then die cut each two more times to stack for dimension.  The sentiment is from The Greetery and I used the yellow and pink inks (they blended together for a peachy color) to stamp it and then die cut it as well as two more times for dimension.  I added the sub-sentiment, some crystals, and spritzed it with shimmer spray.  I love the way this came out!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Spread Your Wings (Waffle Flower), Written in Ribbons (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, Waffle Flower packaging
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, kitsch flamingo, mustard see, broken china distress oxide
Accessories:  Spread Your Wings dies and stencil (WF), crystals, shimmer spritz

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Just Us Girls #591 - Word Week

Hello everyone!  Today begins a new Word Week challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Bobby chose the word SCRIPT.

I had so many choices for this challenge. I have several large scripted word dies that I could have chosen, however I just got this bicycle die from Honey Bee that I wanted to use.  I chose yellow as my feature color and went from there.  I used a polka dot stencil and yellow distress oxide ink to create the background.  That panel was die cut with a scalloped die.  Then I die cut the bicycle.  I used yellow cardstock for the main frame, silver for the handlebars and spokes, black for the wheel rim and handles, and craft for the basket.  I stamped and colored the flowers and then die cut that as well.  The script sentiment was also stamped and die cut.  I added silver crystals and shimmer spritz for sparkle.

We have a new guest designer for the month of July!  Chrissie Stokes will be with us all month.  Welcome!

You can see more from Chrissie and the JUGs design team on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Riding By (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, yellow, silver
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, squeezed lemonade, copic markers
Accessories:  Riding By dies (HB), Bicycle Builder dies (HB), Audrey cutaways die (Winnie & Walter), large polka dots stencil (MFT), silver crystals, shimmer spritz

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Just Us Girls #590 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  Vicki chose a really cool photo for the Just Us Girls Photo Week challenge.

I went literal with the challenge.  I started by blending some distress oxide inks in various shades of blue to create the background.  I tried to leave some lighter areas like in the photo and splattered it with white paint.  I remembered I had this balloon cutting plate from Taylored Expressions that was perfect!  I die cut it three times.  I colored one of them with copic markers and cut the balloons from the other two just so I had the frames remaining.  I stacked them onto the first one for dimension.  I then die cut the sentiment three times and stacked it too.  Crystals and shimmer spritz were added for sparkle.

You can see more from the JUGs design team on the JUGs blog.

This is our June Guest Designer, Fran Wing's, last challenge with us this month.  I'd like to thank her for being such a great guest and hope we see her in the gallery in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Various blue distress oxide inks, copic markers
Accessories:  Up, Up & Away cutting plate (TE), Impression Obsession sentiment dies, crystals, shimmer spritz

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Just Us Girls #589 - Color Week

 Hi friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls.  Cecile has chosen a hot trio of colors:  orange, poppy red,and hot pink.  Very fiery colors!

I went with a grapic design, choosing this Turn About stamp from Concord & 9th.  Usually with a TAB stamp, you use four colors (or turn the stamp four times).  I only turned it three times using the three challenge colors.  I then used the accent stamps to add some patterns to some of the images in black (a neutral color that's allowed).  I matted it on a black mat.  The die cut sentiment was die cut three times in black and stacked.  The shadow was die cut in white and I added the black sentiment on top.  I added a black clay heart to the center of the letter "o".  The strip sentiment is from one of the pre-printed sentiments from SSS.  I added clear crystals that kind of look like water droplets.  I'm loving these colors together!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Paint Swash TAB (C & 9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; puckered up, rockin' red, orange twist (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Hello dies (SSS), sentiment strip (SSS), crystals, clay heart

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time Out #190 - Photo Inspiration and a Farewell

Hi all!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This week is our Photo Inspiration challenge and it's such a cool one!  Love those stripes!

 Those stripes and the plants are what I chose as inspiration for my card.  I started with the striped pattern paper from Waffle Flower.  Then I found this floral frame die and sentiment die in my "never been used" box and used them.  The frame die has a coordinating outline stamp that I stamped in black ink and colored it with copic markers.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked together for dimension.  I added shimmer to this die cut and crystals around the card.  It was a very fast and easy card to create and I love all the fun colors.

So this will be my last post as a design team member with Time Out.  I've been on this team since the very beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.  I just feel it's time to move on and do other things.  Sandie and the other girls have always made me feel so welcome.  It was so fun to meet Joyce in person when I was in San Diego two years ago.  She picked me up and took me to a great restaurant for breakfast.  We've done some Zoom meetings which were also so much fun to get to actually talk to the girls.  This is a wonderful team, and I know they will keep the challenge going strong as it has.  Thank you so much for everything, and I won't be a stranger...I'm sure you'll see me in the gallery from time to time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Thinking of You (Concord & 9th)
Paper:  Recollection white, JJ's Rainbows (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Thinking of  You die (C&9th), bubble bath baubles (Trinity), spectrum noir shimmer


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