Saturday, November 28, 2020

Just Us Girls #564 - Photo Week

 Hi friends!  This is the last Just Us Girls challenge for 2020.  The JUGs design team is taking a break for December...we will be back in January 2021!  But for this Photo Week challenge, Cecile chose this photo of a tower of gifts. 

I immediately thought of this very cute Presents Stack tag die from Simon Says Stamp.  It's only about three inches tall.  There are two dies in the set.  One cuts the base of the tag and the other cuts all the present details.  I die cut the detail one four times:  three times from different pattern papers and once from the silver glitter cardstock.  To put them together, I used the negative from one of the pattern papers as a guide to inlay all the different pieces.  I added black and white baker's twine to complete the tag.  I saved all the pieces left over so I can create three more tags

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our November guest, Joyce, on the JUGs blog.  This is Joyce's last week with us and we'd like to thank her for joining us and for her beautiful cards the month!

I hope you have safe and happy holidays!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, silver glitter cardstock, pattern paper scraps
Accessories:  Present Stack Tag die (SSS), baker's twine

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Just Us Girls #563 - Color Week

Hi friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls, and Ina chose navy, green, and purple (she had to sneak in purple, her favorite color!). 

I just got this 3-D embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp and made a card with the traditional fall colors.  I loved it so much that I thought these challenge colors would look good with it as well.  I started by die cutting a white cardstock panel with a stitched rectangle.  I spritzed it with water to prepare it for the embossing folder and ran it through the die cutting machine.  This embossing folder is so cool!  The dimension is amazing.  Then I used two shades of each color and blended them onto the panel.  I then die cut the sentiment word from white glitter cardstock and twice from plain white cardstock and adhered them together for dimension.  I cut a piece of vellum to wrap around the panel and adhered the word die cut to it.  Crystals finished it off.  

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, white glitter cardstock, vellum
Ink:  Bundled sage, rustic wilderness, shaded lilac, dusty concord, faded jeans, chipped saffire
Accessories:  Fall Foliage embossing folder (SSS), stitched rectangle die (MFT), thankful die (C. Pooler), crystals

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time Out #175 - Quick Card

Hello everyone!  The new Time Out challenge is to make something quick.  It can be a card that you've made quick, time going quickly, kids growing up quickly, etc.  Use your imagination!

We are sponsored by Catherine Pooler Designs for this challenge, and I used many of her products on my card.

I thought I would make a "quick" card, meaning it wouldn't take long to make.  Well, that was a challenge because I had to find a background stamp I wanted, the Catherine Pooler products I wanted to use, and find the darn glitter paper I wanted to use!  I have a bunch of it, but I could not find it even now!  That being said, once the materials were found and decided upon, I believe this card could be make very quickly!  I started with the background.  Watching a Jennifer McGuire video today, I used her technique for it.  I blended three blue distress oxide inks on white cardstock then spritzed a background stamp with water and stamped it on the inked cardstock.  It leaves a soft impression and looks almost velvety.  I then die cut the frame, sentiment, and snowflakes as well as the background and adhered them onto the background.  I wish I could have captured the sparkle from the glitter paper.  It's so pretty!

You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Garden Flourish bg (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Nuvo sugar crystal glitter card
Ink:  Speckled egg, stormy sky, faded jeans distress oxide
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), snowflake mini cover plate, joy wreath die, good stuff dies (C. Pooler), craft foam


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Just Us Girls #562 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  The Just Us Girls Trend Week challenge was a challenging one for me!  No-line watercoloring for me gives me the shivers, but it's always good to try something new.

So I went soooo simple with my first try at this trend.  I honestly don't know how people do this!  LOL!  Have you seen the samples the JUGs design team created?  OMG!  Gorgeous!  I've been taking a Christmas watercolor class over at the Online Card Classes and printed out a template used for one of the cards created.  I used a pencil to scribble on the back of the template then put it face up on the watercolor paper and traced it.  It left behind the graphite image of the template.  That was the "no-line" part.  Then I used Magellan Mission watercolors (I've had these forever and just filled all the wells with the colors) to fill in the tree.  It looks like a five year old did it!  LOL!   Once dry, I used a Nuvo gold glitter brush to add ornaments to the tree.  I also heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  The panel was die cut with a wonky stitches die and I added gold crystals to finish it off.  This card actually looks much prettier than it does here.  I just can't seem to get good photos lately.  I have to research that!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Snowflake Soiree (The Greetery)
Paper:  Strathmore watercolor, garden green
Ink:  Versamark, Magellen Mission watercolors
Accessories:  Wonky Stitches die (Avery Elle), gold embossing powder, Nuvo gold glitter pen, crystals, craft foam

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Just Us Girls #561 - Word Week

Hi everyone!  It's Word Week over at Just Us Girls and Vicki chose the word TRIANGLE.

I got this boxed set from Gina K and Thermo Web recently and the picture on the front of the trees caught my eye when I was trying to determine how I was going to use a triangle on my card.  Perfect!  The insert had pictures of tags (and I love tags!), so I cased that picture.  I started by stamping the mountains on the tags then stenciled the clouds in the background.  Then I die cut all the pieces.  The set comes with a stencil, so I used it to decorate the trees and the gnomes' hats.  I added red stickles to the ornaments on the trees and star dust stickles to the tops of the mountains.  I stamped the sentiments on the tag and added twine to finish it off.

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for November, Joyce Mehrberg, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Gnome for the Holidays (Gina K/Thermo Web)
Ink:  Versafine Claire, sand castle, over coffee, tumbled glass, broken china, festive berries, pine needles, unicorn white
Accessories:  Gnome for the Holidays dies and stencil, infinity tag die (Hero Arts), mini cloud stencil (MFT), twine, red stickles, star dust stickles, dimensionals

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Time Out #174 - Theme Challenge

 Hi friends!  The new Time Out challenge is our theme challenge, and the theme is festivals.

This was a little perplexing for me as I was trying to find images to fit the challenge.  I did two, but settled on this one.  (The other is posted below as well.)  I chose to use the Pinwheel Party set from The Greetery as I thought it looked festive.  I went with Christmas colors because I thought I could use it as a Christmas card or invitation (although I don't think I'm having any parties any time soon).  I also used a stencil to create the confetti on the bottom half of the card.  The twist on this challenge is to use shimmer or glitter.  I don't know if you can see it, but the cardstock I used for the die cut sentiment is a red shimmer.  I added crystals to the centers of the pinwheels for more sparkle.

This is the first card I made.  It's a trifold card...the JOY word folds down and the main panel folds up.  The main panel was stenciled with a Trinity Stamps stencil in green and red as well as black for the strings.  You can see the shimmer on the word die cut better on this one than in the first photo.

You can see more from the Time Out design team on the Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe (card 1)

Paper:  Recollections white, real red, red shimmer

Ink:  Festive berries, mowed lawn

Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Pinwheel Party stencil and die (The Greetery), crystals, craft foam

Recipe (card 2)

Paper:  Recollections white, garden green, red shimmer

Ink:  Wild cherry, gumdrop green, black soot, unicorn white

Accessories:  Slimline buntings and lights (Trinity Stamps), Full of Joy Trifold die (C&9th), shimmer


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