Saturday, January 15, 2022

Just Us Girls #615 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week for the Color Week challenge.  I chose light blue, silver, and white.  

I wanted to use the hot foil machine with silver foil for this challenge.  I went through my (growing) hot foil plates and came across this butterfly.  I used Hammermill cardstock (everyone recommends this cardstock for foiling because it is really smooth) and foiled the butterfly with silver foil.  This butterfly set comes with stencils to add color to it.  I used two shades of blue inks to do this.  I love the way it colored up!  Once that was done, I die cut the butterfly with the coordinating die.  On the white mat, I used piercing die then die cut the panel with a scalloped die.  I mounted that onto a light blue panel.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added silver crystals for more sparkle.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Butterflies (Pink Fresh), Friendly Silhouettes (Gina K)
Paper:  Hammermill, white, light blue
Ink:  Versamark; sky blue, summer shower (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  Butterflies die/hot foil plate/stencils (Pink Fresh), Audrey cutaways scallop die (Winnie & Walter), quilted stitched pattern die (Lil' Inkers), silver hot foil, silver embossing powder, silver crystals

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Just Us Girls #614 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  The Just Us Girls challenge this week is hosted by Vicki and is our Trend Week challenge.  She chose to make inked or sprayed backgrounds.  I made a few (!) cards this week!

I used a technique that Jennifer McGuire demonstrated a little while ago with alcohol inks.  Basically, I put blending solution then various inks on one panel and placed another panel on top for a few seconds.  I then pulled them apart.  You get some cool designs on both panels

For this one and the next, I used raspberry, blue and violet pearl inks.  I just love the way these panels came out!  It is so much prettier in person.  I could not capture how lovely is it.  To create this card, I cut the panel down to fit behind this floral frame die.  I impressed the front of the card base with a linen impression plate (I can't leave a panel pure white!), stamped the sentiment, and added crystals.

This is the second panel.  I also cut it down and added silver cardstock strips and sentiment as well as silver crystals.  I CASED one of Jennifer's cards here.

This one looks weired and distorted, but it's really pretty!  I used yellow, coral and pink inks along with a silver mixative.  I die cut the panel with PTI's Tipped Top die and used a larger die to cut the silver mat.  I die cut the sentiment twice from white cardstock and once from silver and stacked them together.  The sub sentiment is a SSS sentence strip.  I love the silver shimmer in this panel.

This is the other panel, die cut with a stitched rectangle.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white and once from silver and stacked.  I added silver crystals.

For the panels on the next two cards, it's not as dramatic looking.  I used the same yellow, coral and pink alcohol inks, but didn't add the silver mixative.  But I still love the effects.  I cut the panel to fit behind this smaller cover plate.  The sentiment was created with black ink embossed with with clear embossing powder.  I added the sentence strip below it and some white pearls.

I added a full cover panel on this one with an embossed sentiment and sentence strip as well.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe Card #1
Stamps:  Moments of Grace (SSS)
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Floral Stem Collage die (SSS), linen impression plate (PTI), crystals

Recipe Card #2
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Hello die (the Stamp Market), stitched rectangle (MFT), silver cardstock, crystals

Recipe Card #3
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Happy Birthday die (Creek Bank Creations), Tipped Tops dies (PTI), linen impression plate (PTI), sentence strip (SSS), silver cardstock, crystals

Recipe Card #4
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Birthday Wishes Circle die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), silver cardstock, crystals

Recipe Card #5
Stamps:  Perfect Sentiments (PFS)
Ink:  alcohol pearl inks, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Creative Curves die (Penny Black), linen impression plate (PTI), clear embossing powder, pearls

Recipe Card #6
Stamps:  Perfect Sentiments (PFS)
Ink:  alcohol pearl inks, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Lava Lamp die (C. Pooler), sentiment strips (SSS), clear embossing powder, pearls

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Color Hues #32 - Red & Purple

 Hello friends!  I saw the recent Color Hues challenge of red and purple and thought it was a great color combination, so I thought I'd play along.

This was my second try at these colors.  I'll share the first one below.  I created the floral swag using a Pink Fresh stencil/stamp/die set.  I used two inks for the flowers and only one ink for the leaves.  After stenciling, I stamped the outline in black ink, then die cut it.  The white panel was impressed with a piercing plate (hard to see).  I added the purple panel die cut with a stitched rectangle and a silver foiled sentiment (it looks black, but it's silver).  I added silver crystals to finish it off.  

This was my first attempt that I was not very crazy about.  I sponged red and purple inks on a white panel then impressed it with a heart pierced die.  I die cut the coordinating panel from white and added it over it.  The globe was die cut from silver cardstock and again from red so that I could add the heart.  I adhered that to a stitched rectangle and embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.  I added silver pearls to that panel.  This card was ok, but not my favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe Card #1
Stamps:  Choose Hope (Pink Fresh)
Paper:  White, purple
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, berrylicious, candy apple, candy violet
Accessories:  Choose Hope stencils & die (PFS), Detail Ringlet Plate (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), foiled sentiment (PFS), silver crystals

Recipe Card #2
Stamps:  Floral Garden (SSS)
Paper:  White, red, silver
Ink:  Candy apple, candy violet, Versamark
Accessories:  Fluttering Hearts die & pierced die (Honey Bee), globe die (Reverse Confetti), stitched rectangle (MFT), silver pearls, silver embossing powder

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Just Us Girls #613 - Word Week

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a very happy and healthy holiday.  Ours was very nice, but quiet, and while 2021 wasn't the best year, it still was a good year for us.  We welcomed a new great-nephew in August which was the highlight for us!

I'm happy to be getting inky again after making a bunch of Christmas cards and taking the week off after Christmas from crafting.  I've been playing my keyboard a lot, getting reacquainted with it after a very long time.  This week over at Just Us Girls is our Word Week.  Nancy chose BEVERAGE.

So since today is New Year's Day, I had to make a Happy New Year's card.  I started by making the foldable shaker tag from black cardstock with a circle cut out of one side.  I added a piece of acetate and stars to create the shaker.  The front of the tag was stamped with fireworks stamps in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added gold ribbon and twine, the sentiment die cut from gold cardstock, and a glass of what I'm hoping you see as champagne in keeping with the word challenge!

I was going to stop there.  In fact, I took the picture thinking I was done.  Then yesterday, I thought it needed to be on a card.  So I hot foiled a background with gold foil and mounted that on a black piece of cardstock.  I added the tag to it and some gold sequins.  

There's lots of announcements over on the JUGs blog.  We've added two new designers:  Lisa Elton and Carol McFarland.  Welcome to JUGs!  We are so happy to have them joining our team.

We also have two guest designers this month (because we took December off).  We welcome Stef Perry and Chrissie Stokes as guests for the month of January!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Adult Beverages (SSS), Fireworks (MFT)
Paper:  Black, acetate, gold, recollections white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark, copics
Accessories:  Foldable Shaker Tag die (Pink Fresh), Adult Beverages die (SSS), Cheers die (MFT), Abstract Triangles hot foil plate (Pink Fresh), gold hot foil, gold embossing powder, stars, gold ribbon and twine, shimmer

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Just Us Girls #612 - Photo Week

 Hi friends!  I'm the hostess for this week's Just Us Girls challenge and I chose this picture for inspiration.

I know I had something in mind when I chose it back in August, but I couldn't remember for the life of me!  When I went through my Christmas stamps, I found this sentiment and thought it would be perfect.  I saw swirls on the paper bags in the photo and used a 3-D embossing folder on kraft paper to mimic it.  I lightly inked the raised parts with white pigment ink to highlight those areas.  I then inked up the border with several layering stamps and inks.  I added the border with dimensional squares and cut off the pieces hanging over the edge.  I used those pieces on the bottom of the white panel.  I added star dust stickles to the red berries for some sparkle.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Rachel Davis, on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us as guest for this month.  Thanks so much for being such a great guest!

Just a reminder that we are taking the month of December off, so we will be back January 1, 2022.

We are also looking to add a design team member to the team.  See the JUGs blog post for details!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Stamps:  Seasonal Borders: Winter and Favorite Things (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, kraft
Ink:  unicorn white; sage, spruce, rockin' red, cranberry fizz, It's a Boy, Icing on the Cake
Accessories:  Swirling Snowflakes embossing folder (SSS), star dust stickles

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Just Us Girls #611 - Color Week

Hello everyone!  We have a great color challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Vicki chose aqua, brown, and cream.
I was lucky enough to snag this Tim Holtz/Simon Says Stamp collaboration set during Stamptember.  It sold out pretty quickly.  I thought it would be perfect for this week's colors.  I started by stamping the sleigh and the trees (several times to get a forest on the bottom) in Memento rich cocoa ink on a cream cardstock so I could use copic markers.  A moon two-step stencil came with the set.  I temporarily adhered the first solid stencil down and masked the sleigh with masking paper.  Then I was able to stencil the clouds with a cloud stencil.  Keeping the sleigh stencil in place, I replaced the solid moon stencil with the detail one and used a light blue ink with it.  Once that was finished, I removed the stencil and masking paper.  I used very light blue copics to color the sleigh, Santa, and trees then stamped the sentiment.  I added some star dust stickles to the Santa and trees.  That panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle and mounted onto an aqua panel die cut with a bigger rectangle.  I'm going to make more of these for my holiday cards this year.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Tim Holtz/SSS stamp set
Paper:  Vintage cream, aqua, recollections white
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa, antique linen and speckled egg distress oxide, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (MFT), cloud stencil (MFT), masking paper, star dust stickles

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Just Us Girls #610 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  The challenge over at Just Us Girls this week is our Trend challenge.  Elizabeth chose a trend that is certainly popular around the crafting industry...MINI SLIMLINE cards.

I saw Kristina Werner watercolor this image from Art Impressions and I had to have it!  I love the way their samples are colored with all the shading and such.  Kristina used watercolors, but I used copic markers.  Once colored, I die cut it using the coordinating die and mounted it on a Lawn Fawn pattern paper along with a sentiment.  I mounted that panel on an orange mat and added crystals.  I like this size of slimline card better that the bigger size.  

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Halloween Slimline (Art Impressions)
Paper:  Recollections white, orange, Fall Fling (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copics
Accessories:  Halloween Slimline die (AI), crystals


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