Saturday, September 18, 2021

Just Us Girls #602 - Color Week

 Hi everyone!  The challenge over at Just Us Girls this week is a beautiful color challenge chosen by our Nancy.  Perfect for the upcoming fall season.

I recently got this cool Patchwork Pumpkins stamp and die set from Honey Bee and thought it would look great with Nancy's colors.  (The far end of the pumpkin looks pink-ish, but it's actually red!)  I started by die cutting the large red piece, the orange piece, then the yellow from white cardstock.  There is a stencil that goes with this set, and I used it to apply the red, orange and yellow inks with a blender brush to these pieces.  I then stamped the designs in the coordinating colors on each piece.  I die cut one additional piece to layer behind the orange piece and two more pieces to add behind the yellow piece for dimension.  I stamped and die cut the leaves and added green ink and stamped and die cut the stem in brown.  (Hoping to use those colors as neutrals!)  I also stamped and die cut the vine pieces and added all of them to the white base.  That base was stamped with a frame stamp in brown as was the sentiment.  I fussy cut the sentiment and added it to the pumpkin.  The card base is dark brown.  Shimmer spray and crystals were added for sparkle.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Patchwork Pumpkins (Honey Bee), Freehand Border Large (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  Recollections white, early espresso
Ink:  Rockin' red, orange twist, tiara, spruce, icing on the cake
Accessories:  Patchwork Pumpkins dies (HB), stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, shimmer spray


Monday, September 13, 2021

Color Hues #25

 Hi friends!  I'm getting this card in under the wire for the Color Hues challenge.  It's their first birthday celebration, and I just had to enter!

The colors are perfect for going into this next season of autumn, yellow and orange.  I've been trying to use some of the many new stamps, dies and stencils that I've purchased recently.  This one is a triple-step turnabout set from Concord & 9th.  I used yellow and two shades of orange to create this image.  I stamped it then die cut it.  I also cut it from a coral colored cardstock and layered it behind the stamped image.  The main panel was created with a T. Holtz 3-D embossing folder.  I blended some of the lighter orange ink around the edges, lightening up in the center.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment in white and added it to the panel as well as crystals.  I sprayed it with shimmer for extra sparkle.

Happy 1st birthday Color Hues!

Recipe
Stamps:  Triple-step Autumn Leaf (C&9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, coral
Ink:  Versamark, tiara, tiki torch, tutti fruitti
Accessories:  Autumn leaf die (C&9th), Intertwine 3-D folder (T. Holtz), crystals, white embossing powder, shimmer



Saturday, September 11, 2021

Just Us Girls #601 - Trend Week

Hello friends!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Elizabeth is hosting her first challenge as a design team member.  She chose for us to make a shaker card.  Love those!  They are so fun to make and shake!
 

I was at a stamp show a couple of weekends ago and bought this Hootie Owl die set with several add-on holiday sets from Jillian Vance.  The samples they had on display using these dies just hooked me!  I thought this witch owl would be cute atop a shaker.  I'm sending this to my sweet great-niece and I think she will love it!  

I started by die cutting and putting the owl together.  I wanted googly eyes instead of the circles that came with the set, but I wish they were bigger.  These were the largest I could find in my stash.  I die cut the frame four times from white card stock and once from black.  I adhered the white ones together then cut a piece of acetate and adhered that to the black piece.  I took one of the fall out pieces from the white die cut and stamped spider webs on it.  To put the card together, I first adhered the pattern paper to the card base then adhered the white frames and the middle piece on top.  I added the shaker bits inside the well of the frame and attached the black piece with the acetate to cover the shaker.  Then I added the owl and sentiment strip.  So fun to make!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Halloween Gnomies (SSS)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, Matilda (Cosmo Cricket), acetate
Ink:  Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Hootie Owl and Hootie Halloween Add-on (Jillian Vance), stitched rectangle die (MFT), wood frame die (HA), sequins, Spooky Salutations strips (SSS), googly eyes


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Just Us Girls #600!!!

 Hello JUGS friends!!  This week Just Us Girls is celebrating our 600th challenge!  Woohoo!  We've been in existence since October 2009, and I can say with pride that I have been here since challenge #1 (although I may have missed a challenge or two!)!  Vicki is hosting this challenge (she took over administrative duties a few years ago to keep this challenge running smoothly...thanks so much Vicki!), and she chose for us to use 6 of anything on our cards.

I was in my LSS a couple of weeks ago and picked up this stamp/die set from Say It With Stamps.  I thought those little birds were adorable!  I noticed there were six different birds in the set, so it was perfect for this challenge.  I stamped them, colored them with copics, then die cut them along with the branches (there are two in the set and I die cut one of them twice so I had a long enough branch for all the birds). I die cut a white panel and used a mini cloud stencil and ink to create the background.  I stamped the sentiment on that panel and added crystals and shimmer.  I adhered that to an aqua panel and a base that is a mini slimline size.

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our new guest for September, Loll Thompson, on the JUGs blog.  Welcome Loll!

And look what someone will win just for joining our 600th challenge!  These great products from Creative Expressions!  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  A Little Birdie Told Me (Say It With Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections white, X-Press It card, aqua
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers, salvaged patina
Accessories:  A Little Birdie Told Me dies (SIWS), master layouts 7 (Gina K), crystals, shimmer, dimensionals


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Just Us Girls #599 - Photo Week

Hello!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week for our Photo Week challenge.  I thought this was a cool photo that can have many interpretations.
 

For me, I went literal.  When I chose this photo, I had this confetti stencil set from MFT in mind, and I think it came out pretty cool.  There are two stencils in this set and I stenciled two colors with each stencil.  I used navy and yellow with the first stencil and aqua and gray with the second.  I die cut the panel with a stitched die and used a larger die for the gray mat.  I die cut the hello die once from gray cardstock and twice from white and stacked them.  I also die cut the shadow from vellum.  These were adhered together and placed on the panel on an angle.  I added a sentiment strip, crystals and shimmer to finish it off.

You can see more from the JUGS design team and our August guest, Claire, on the JUGs blog.  This is Claire's last challenge with us this month, and I'd like to thank her for her beautiful additions to our challenge this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, gray, vellum
Ink:  Limoncello, cumberbund, juniper mist, twilight (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Card sized confetti stencils (MFT), hello die (MFT), stitched rectangles (MFT), sentiment strip (SSS), crystals, shimmer


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Just Us Girls #598 - Color Week

Hi friends!  It's Color Week over at Just Us Girls, and Carol has chosen a summery combo of yellow, pink and green.
 

I immediately think of flowers when green is included in a color combo, and I have so many of these beautiful stamp/stencil/die sets from Pink Fresh Studio so I have to go there.  I chose this newer Happy Blooms Floral set, using various Distress Oxide inks in the challenge colors.  There are two groups of flowers in this set (I die cut them two more times from scrap cardstock to stack for dimenson).  I arranged them to look like one on this mini slimline card.  Before I adhered them on the white scalloped die cut, I blended some yellow ink on it for more color.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment, added crystals and shimmer.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Happy Blooms Floral (Pink Fresh); Opposites Attract (Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; squeezed lemonade, wild honey, kitsch flamingo, picked raspberry, crushed olive, peeled paint distress oxides
Accessories:  Happy Blooms Floral die (PFS), Opposites Attract (Greetery), mini slimline card die (Trinity), crystals, shimmer


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Just Us Girls #597 - Trend Week

Hello to a new challenge at Just Us Girls!  This week is Trend Week, and Vicki chose black and white!
 

I made two cards because of the design of this die.  I started by die cutting this pinwheel die from black and white cardstock.  On this one, I took the white frame and added in the black pinwheel pieces.  The butterfly is a two part die...one solid and one decorative.  I also die cut those from black and white cardstock, and on this one I placed the black decorative piece on top of the solid white.  I added a preprinted sentiment, crystals, and shimmer spray. 

For this card, I did the exact opposite of what I did above.  I love the way these came together!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Paper:  Recollections white, black
Accessories:  Stitched pinwheel (Reverse Confetti), Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies (Memory Box), sentiment strips (SSS) crystals, shimmer, dimensional squares


Saturday, August 7, 2021

Just Us Girls #596 - Word Week

 Hello!  It's Word Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby has chosen the word HARVEST.

I had to search for this stamp set.  I couldn't remember who the company was, but I was able to find it!  It's a Lawn Fawn set called Rooting for You and I thought it worked well for the "harvest" word choice.  I've never used it (surprise, surprise!).  I sort of cased a card on Lawn Fawn's website because I am challenged when it comes to these types of images!  I started by stamping all the images then die cut them.  I used a cloud stencil for the background and die cut the "dirt" using a snow drift die. Once the that was done, I stamped the water and added the watering can.  The hello sentiment was a freebie from I believe Taylored Expressions (but I could be wrong!).  I added crystals and shimmer.  The main panel was popped up using craft foam.  I love the cute faces on the veggies!

Before I end, I'd like to wish a fond farewell to one of our team members, Maria Levine.  She and I are the original members of Just Us Girls!  We started this challenge blog in 2009 and I've been so lucky to have known Maria and so many others.  Good luck Maria!

And now, I'd like to welcome our new member Elizabeth Stewart.  She's going to be a great addition to the team, and we are so fortunate to have us joining us!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for the month of August, Claire Apostoloff, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Rooting for You (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Recollections white, brown (SU)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, various C. Pooler inks, tumbled glass distress oxide
Accessories:  Rooting for You dies (LF), stitched snow drift (MFT), stitched rectangle (MFT), mini cloud stencil (MFT), hello die (TE?), crystals, shimmer spray, craft foam


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Just Us Girls #595 - Wild Card Week

 Hello everyone!  This is the fifth Saturday of the month which means it's Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls.  Ina is our hostess, and she gets to choose whatever type of challenge she wants.  She wants us to make anything but a card.

I love making bookmarks, which is what I chose for this challenge.  This bookmark looks pretty simple, but took a long time to make (as is usual for me).  I die cut the bookmark from heavy weight cardstock as well as from a SU retired pattern paper. I adhered them together.  Then I stamped and die cut the crayons.  I colored them with copic markers.  I used two colors for each crayon.  The sentiment was die stamped and die cut and both the sentiment and crayons were adhered to the bookmark.  I added ribbon and twine at the top.  I kept it flat (no dimension or crystals like I usually do).

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our July guest, Chrissie Stokes on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us and I'd like to thank her for her amazing contributions to the challenges this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe
Stamps:  Brilliant Day (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, SU tangerine tango designer paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Tall Tale Bookmark die (Altenew), Brilliant Day dies (Altenew), ribbon, twine


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!

Recipe
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!

Recipe
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!

Recipe
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!

Recipe
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!

Recipe
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!

Recipe
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!

Recipe
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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