Saturday, January 30, 2021

Just Us Girls #569 - Wild Card Week

 Hello there!  It's the 5th Saturday of the month which means the challenge at Just Us Girls is a Wild Card challenge.  I'm the hostess and got to choose anything I wanted for the challenge.  I chose MASKING.

I pulled out a never been used stamp set from Altenew because masking flowers is a great choice for masking.  I started by stamping the pink flower, created a mask for it then stamped the yellow flower.  I created a mask for that as well and stamped the leaves.  I had to create masks for the leaves as well so I could stamp the background image.  I added a piece of pattern paper to the bottom then die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  I die cut the sentiment and added that along with some crystals and star dust stickles in the flower centers.  This was added to a yellow panel die cut with a stitched rectangle as well.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our January guests on the JUGs blog.
It is the last week for these talented ladies who have joined us all month.  Thanks to them for their great cards this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Flowering Cistus (Altenew), You Are (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, yellow, Classic Gingham (Sunny Studio)
Ink:  citrus burst, fresh lemon, maple yellow, honey drizzle, pink diamond, pinkalicious, rubellite, razzleberry, parrot, olive, moss (Altenew); mandarin spice, twilight, icing on the cake (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Gina K masking paper, stitched rectangle dies (MFT),Impression Obsession sentiment die, star dust stickles, crystals, craft foam

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time Out #180 - Inspired by Words

 Hello there!  The new Time Out challenge is our Inspired by Words challenge.  What a great quote for this time of year.

We are sponsored by Newton's Nook for this challenge.

I didn't have the cute stamp set from Newton's Nook of this cute kitty sleeping on top of a stack of books, but I did find this one in my collection.  I don't know about you, but I'm always finding books I'd like to read from friends or suggestions sent to me online.  I thought instead of making a card, I'd decorate a Moleskine notelbook dedicated to recommended books to read.  I started by stamping the image and sentiment in black ink and colored it with copic markers in rainbow colors.  I added shimmer to parts of the images.  I then adhered kraft colored polka dotted pattern paper to the front of the notebook, adhered the image to the center, and added the twine.  I'm hoping to fill up this notebook and read as many books as I can.  

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, my friend Bobby,

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Book & Film (C. Pooler)
Paper:  Recollections white, MFT pattern paper
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Lawn Fawn shimmer, twine

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Just Us Girls #568 - Photo Week

 Hi there!  It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Carol chose this really cool photo for inspiration.

The first thing I thought of was this City Block background stamp from MFT.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and embossed it with antique gold embossing powder on black cardstock.  It looks so cool in person!  I die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  Then I went to work on the sentiment die cut.  It's also from MFT and was die cut from some gold paper as well as twice from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.  I die cut a piece of black cardstock with the same stitched rectangle die and cut it to size to fit the sentiment.  I die cut a larger stitched rectangle from the same gold paper and added the black piece to it.  I left it without crystals (I had a hard time doing this!) so I could use it as a masculine card.  

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  City Block bg (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, black, gold
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Stitched retangle dies (MFT). sentiment die (MFT), antique gold embossing powder

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Just Us Girls #567 - Color Week

Hello there!  This week is Color Week over at Just Us Girls, and Maria wants us to use three shades of blue. 

OK, so I used six different shades of blue, but when you twin them up there are three!  I have a habit of not reading the rules much.  It's my brand!  LOL!

Anyway, are you sick of seeing these Pink Fresh Studio layering stencils?  I think I have one more on the way, so I won't use them much until then, I promise.  But they are just so dang fun and the end results are so pretty!  I used the Daisy Wreath one today and created a card with purple flowers for my sister-in-law and her hubby's anniversary, but I'm not going to share it here.  Maybe another day (I don't think I even took a picture, though!)

Back to the card. This layering stencil set is called Seamless Floral Panel.  After using the six different blues (or three twins), I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and mounted it on navy cardstock.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  I added shimmer to it as well.  I finished it with some pretty crystals.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, navy
Ink:  Tumbled glass, broken china, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, faded jeans, chipped sapphire distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Seamless Floral Panel stencils (PFS), stitched rectangle, sentiment die (Altenew), shimmer, crystals

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time Out #179 - You

 Hello!  It's time for a new Time Out challenge.  This week we challenge you to be YOU.  Tell us about yourself through your card.  See the Time Out blog for more information.

I made this card to tell you about how I love to use layering stencils and die cutting.  I find these two things to be so gratifying.  I love to color, but I've been finding this more to my liking and I just love the results.  My last few posts have been cards made with layering stencils and some sort of dies.  This is a Pink Fresh Studio stencil and die set called Daisy Wreath.  The last one I made was in the pink color family, so I chose to use the orange color family for this one.  I used five different distress oxide inks for this one and used the die to cut it out.  I also die cut it two or three more times from white cardstock to stack them together for dimension.  I don't know if you can see the main panel, but it has been embossed with a Dainy Diamonds embossing folder from SU that my friend Cheryl gave me for Christmas.  It's so pretty in person.  The thanks die (this was a freebie I got with an order...maybe from Taylored Expressions?  Not sure.) was die cut from orange and white cardstock and stacked for dimension as well.  I added shimmer to the word and flower centers.  Yellow crystals finished off the design.   I'm having a hard time with photos lately...this card is really very pretty in person!

You can see more from the Time Out design team and our guest for this challenge, Anila, on the 

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, only orange
Ink:  Mustard seed, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, shabby shutters, mowed lawn distress oxide
Accessories:  Daisy Wreath stencil and die (PFS), Dainty Diamonds embossing folder (SU), stitched rectangle (MFT), shimmer, crystals

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Just Us Girls #566 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  Ina has a great trend challenge this week over at Just Us Girls.  Using stencils have become one of my favorite trends lately!

I've been loving these layering stencils from Pink Fresh Studio.  I used for last week's challenge as well.  This one is called Garden Florals and I think consists of five stencils to create this beautiful floral bouquet.  After I stenciled it, I used a thin frame die to cut a frame out of this panel and inserted a frame die cut from green cardstock. I love this look and really want to create another card using some gold or silver shiny cardstock.  I think that would look cool with the right colors.  I made this into a sympathy card with a die cut sentiment of three layers for dimension.  I added shimmer and pearls for a finishing touch.

Now I had so much fun with stencils the other day, I created more!  This card was created with another Pink Fresh Studio layering stencil set called Daisy Wreath.  Once again, I believe there are about five stencils in this set to create this wreath.  I also used the thin frame die to create this look.  I added shimmer and pearls as well.

The next two cards use The Greetery's Snowflake Soiree stencil set.  I love this one too!  This one has four stencils to create the snowflakes.  I used blues and pinks inks.  The thanks die was die cut from white cardstock and pink for the shadow.  Shimmer and crystals were added.

This is the exact same card except for the shadow on the word die.  I chose to use a navy cardstock.  Stencils are just so much fun to use!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe:  Card #1
Paper:  Recollections whtie, handsome hunter
Ink:  Mustard seed, dried marigold, wild honey, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss distress oxide
Accessories:  Garden Florals stencils (PFS), stitched rectangle (MFT), thin frames (SSS), with sympathy die (Dee's), pearls, shimmer spritz, craft foam

Recipe:  Card #2
Paper:  Recollections white, regal rose
Ink:  Mustard seed, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, peeled paint, forest moss distress oxide
Accessories:  Daisy Wreath stencils (PFS), stitched rectangle (MFT), hello die (TE), thin frame die (SSS), pearls, shimmer spritz

Recipe: Card #3 & #4
Paper:  Recollections white, regal rose, navy
Ink:  Speckled egg, faded jeans, worn lipstick, aged mahogany distress oxide
Accessories:  Snowflake Soiree stencils (Greetery), stitched rectangle (MFT), thick and thin thanks (PTI), shimmer spritz, crystals, craft foam

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Time Out #178 Reminder - Theme Challenge

 Hello everyone!  I'm here with a reminder post and card for the current Time Out challenge.  It's a theme challenge:  Life in the City

I totally cased a card I found on the Papertrey Ink site, however I used some different supplies.  I thought it was so pretty and simple.  I die cut the NY skyline and stars from gray cardstock and adhered them to a black panel.  Then I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it in white.  I added shimmer to the stars and mounted the sentiment strip on craft foam for dimension.  It was so simple and easy to create!

You can see more from the Time Out design teams and our guest for this challenge, Joy, on the
Time Out blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  City Scene and City Scene Sentiments (PTI)
Paper:  gray and black 
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle and NY skyline dies (MFT), white embossing powder, shimmer craft foam

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Just Us Girls #565 - Word Week

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great New Year's Eve kicking 2020 out the door!  I know I did!  Here's hoping 2021 will be better!

So Just Us Girls is back at it from a little rest in December.  Welcome back!  We are starting out with Word Week and Nancy chose a great one for the beginning of the year...HELLO!

I really wanted to do something so opposite of Christmas and fall, cards we've all been making for months now!  I just got these layering stencils from Pinkfresh Studio and I'm finding I love these types of stencils.  I have a few and they are so fun.  I pretty much used the same colors that are on the packaging.  There are five different stencils and I used five different color inks.  I had somewhat of a conundrum picking out colors for the hello die and the shadow die for it.  I chose two different colors of yellow with dark green and that didn't work.  Then I settled on orange and white, very clean and fresh.  I added some crystals around the hello die and I also placed some in the middle of the flowers.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guests (we have two for this month!), Carol McFarland and Melanie Hungerford, on the JUGs blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Recollections white, only orange
Ink:  Fossilized amber, ripe persimmon, speckled egg, bundled sage, pine needles
Accessories:  Hanging Garden stencils (Pinkfresh), stitched rectangle and Little Hello dies, crystals, shimmer spritz, craft foam


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