Saturday, December 28, 2013

Just Us Girls #221 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hi everyone!  The last Just Us Girls challenge for 2013 is a photo inspiration challenge, and I'm the hostess!  I've chosen this photo for the obvious reason.  I also thought it was a really cool picture with lots of inspiration options!

This is my take on it.  It actually came out just as I envisioned, which doesn't happen very often!  I stamped the clock in Delicata Golden Glitz ink (love that ink!).  The numbers were then stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink as was the sentiment.  I found the ribbon and confetti stamp in a PTI set.  It seemed the perfect fit!  I added the die cut hands of the clock with a gold brad and some black pearls.

You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team on these blogs.

I hope you had a great 2013 and I wish you an even better 2014!  Thanks for stopping by all year, and I look forward to seeing you next year!
Stamps:  Hands of Time and It's a Celebration (Papertrey Ink), Bring on the Merry (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Vintage cream, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Delicata Golden Glitz
Accessories:  Hands of Time die, pearls, brad, corner chomper


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Just Us Girls #220 - Color Challenge

Hi everyone!  Last weekend before Christmas!  Are you ready?  I've just got a few things to purchase and I'll be done!
Just Us Girls has a great color challenge this week.  I love these colors that Sue T. chose.
I didn't need any more Christmas cards, but I did need a tag for my hubby's gift.  I've been admiring this Woodland Deer die from Memory Box being used around blogland lately and was wishing I had purchased it.  I was looking through my dies for something to use on this tag, and lo and behold I found this die!  I seriously need to inventory my supplies!  Anyway, I die cut it from early espresso card stock.  Before mounting it on the kraft tag, I cut some snow mounds from sahara sand cardstock and added some clear rock candy distress glitter and some fresh snow ink to it.  I added a piece of washi tape at the top and burlap ribbon tied with a button and twine.  The sentiment was stamped in real red ink.  I also added some fresh snow ink around the edges of the tag.  I think I got all the colors in there.
This deer reminds me of the many bucks we are seeing in our backyard lately.  They've been in my husband's garden eating whatever leftovers they can find!  This evening I let our dog out and saw three bucks in the yard.  After Lizzie came in I saw what I thought was two of the bucks fighting.  I opened the door and could hear their antlers smacking against each other!  They were fighting for quite a while.  It was a very cool sight to see!
I hope you stop by these blogs to see what the design team created with these colors.

Jan Del Bone, Guest Designer

Stamps:  Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper:  Early espresso, sahara sand, kraft tag
Ink:  Real red, fresh snow
Accessories:  Woodland Deer (Memory Box), clear rock candy distress glitter, glossy accents, burlap ribbon, twine, button, washi tape


Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Gift Card Holders

Hi everyone!  Are you busy with the holiday?  I know I am!  I even took a personal day today just to get some things done!  One of the things I had to do was get these gift card holders made for my mom.  She gets Meals on Wheels, and we thought we'd give gift cards to the ladies that deliver her meals.  They are volunteers and are so nice to my mom. 
We got them Target gift cards and the ones we chose were blue and red in color, so I went with those colors for the gift card holders.  I actually made three, but one I didn't have time to photograph this morning!  I got the dimensions from a video by Gina K on Stamp TV.  It is held together by a belly band of ribbon.  I die cut the bow and adhered it on top of the ribbon.  So cute!

Here's the inside where you can see the gift card.  I die cut and applied the Happy Holidays on the inside.

I added a panel where my mom could sign it.  
I just think these are so adorable!  They can be adapted for a girl or boy, birthdays, or any occasion you give gift cards.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper:  Real red, riding hood red, vintage cream, Christmas Wish (My Mind's Eye), Jingle (Lilybee designs)
Ink:  Real red
Accessories:  Christmas greetings die (MFT), Beautiful bows (MFT), riding hood red ribbon, Scor-tape, glue dots, Tombow mono multi glue


Sunday, December 8, 2013


Hi everyone!  I had some time to create tonight and made a few tags.  This first one I'm entering into Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch challenge.  You are supposed to make a tag based on inspiration from one of the designers, but I'm just so inspired by all of them!  I guess mine is most inspired by Sharon Harnist's reindeer tag with the jingle bells.  Mine started with a white glossy tag.  I added Ruby Red ink with a stipple brush, swirling it around to cover the tag.  Then I pounced Raspberry Ripple ink on top to give it the stippled look.  That cute reindeer is from Stampendous called Special Delivery, and is stamped in Jet Black Archival ink.  The sentiment is from Take a Bough.  After stamping and making sure it was dry, I used a Krylon gold leafing pen on the edges of the tag.  The ribbon, baker's twine, and jingle bells were added to the top of the tag.  I stamped the to/from on the back of the tag (not pictured).

These next two were so simple to create.  The tag base was actually a mistake!  This is a cut file from My Time Made Easy called Occasional Label.  When I cut it with my Silhouette, it was too big.  And I made quite a few of these!  So I saved them for tags.  I just added some pretty washi tape to the center of the tag, added my sentiments, ribbon and some sequins.

On this one, I also added the washi tape, ribbon, and sentiments along with some gold embossed snowflakes.

This one was inspired by Amy Kolling's tag.  I saw it and realized I had that die, but didn't realize I had the stamp set!  (I have too many a sickness!) Needless to say, I was happy to see I had the stamp set!  I stamped it with Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk ink and used the Wink of Stella brush to add some shimmer and add a little shading.  This is a very small tag, but oh so cute!  

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Special Delivery (Stampendous), Take a Bough, Peaceful Pinecones, and Bells & Boughs (PTI), Glad Tidings (Verve)
Paper:  Glossy tag, Neenah white
Ink:  Memento Luxe rhubarb stalk, archival jet black, ruby red, raspberry ripple, real red, Versamark
Accessories:  Washi tape, gold embossing powder, Krylon gold leafing pen, ribbon, baker's twine, sequins, jingle bells


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Just Us Girls #218 -Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  This week is sketch challenge week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria has created this fun sketch for us!
This is what I came up with.  I was trying to play along with the Color Throwdown which has these colors plus red, but I just could not get the red in there.  So I just went without and created this.  I started with the pattern paper from Doodlebug called North Pole as my base.  Then I cut the snowflake from pink glitter paper and used the leftover pieces on the tag and in the corner.  I just couldn't let them go to waste!   The green panel was run through a snowflake embossing folder.  The rest is pretty self-explanatory.  This will go to one of my girl friends since it's so girly in color!
We have a new guest designer for December starting with us this week and that is Jan Del Bone.  Please welcome her and check out the JUGs DT cards here.
Stamps:  Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, regal rose, pear pizzazz, North Pole (Doodlebug), glitter paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Fancy Flakes dies (PTI), ribbon, tag die (PTI), snowflake embossing folder, dimensionals



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