Saturday, May 29, 2021

Just Us Girls #586 - Wild Card Week

Hey friends!  It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls.  This week, Angie wants us to use spots and/or dots on our cards. Cool challenge!

I have birthday party to go to today for a one-year old.  I thought these fun primary colors and this cute mouse would be perfect for Ethan.  I colored the images with copic markers and die cut them.  I chose a red polka dot pattern paper for the main panel and die cut it with a square window slimline die.  I added a yellow diagonal pattern paper behind it.  The sentiment was die cut from polka dot paper also in green.  I embossed the happy sentiment on a blue flag.  I sprayed it with shimmer for that extra something.
You can see more from the JUGs design team and our May guest, Jacinda, on the JUGs blog.  This is Jacinda's last week with us and I'd like to thank her for her beautiful contributions this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  It's a Mice Time to Celebrate (MFT)
Paper:  Recollections white, Polka Dot Parade (Sunny Studio), Birthday Blowout (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, copic markers
Accessories:  It's a Mice Time to Celebrate dies (MFT), mini slim square window die (TE), birthday trio die (PTI), shimmer spray

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Just Us Girls #585 - Photo Week

Hi friends!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls and Cecile chose this photo of a beautiful daisy bouquet. 

I chose this Daisy Bouquet image from SSS.  I stamped it with a brown ink and colored it with copic markers.  The daisies were colored with a blue-violet copic marker to give it some shading while keeping the look of white.  The centers were somewhat solid, so they look a little brown.  I was still able to color them in yellow and then added yellow stardust stickles.  I pulled out an old Stampin' Up wood mount background stamp called Cheesecloth and stamped it with a kraft colored ink off center.  I die cut that panel with a stitched rectangle mounted it on kraft cardstock.  The daisy image was die cut once it was colored and two more times to layer for dimension.  I added a twine bow, the sentiment, and crystals.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Daisy Bouquet and Bouquet of Thanks (SSS), Cheesecloth (SU)
Paper:  Recollections white, kraft
Ink:  Sand castle and icing on the cake (C. Pooler), Memento rich cocoa, copics
Accessories:  Daisy Bouquet die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), twine, crystals, yellow stardust stickles

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time Out #188 - Inspiration Challenge

Hi there!  The new Time Out challenge this time is our Inspiration challenge.  We are challenged to be inspired from items inside our homes.  There's a twist of embossing too!

You know what I have a LOT of inside my home?  NEW STAMPS that have never been used!  LOL!  So I decided that was what I was inspired by.  Reverse Confetti and Hero Arts teamed up to create this graphic floral stamp set.  I loved the samples I saw with this set so I bought it.  I started by stamping and die cutting all the pieces and adhered them together.  Then I went to work on the background.  You can't see it in the photo, but I ran the white piece before stamping it through my die cut machine with a diagonal impression plate.  I then stamped it with the yellow ink.  Before I stamped it onto the cardstock, I stamped it off on a scrap piece.  I wanted a subtle background in that color.  For the yellow mat and sentiment piece, I used the same yellow ink and did the ink to paper technique.  I didn't have a yellow in this color cardstock, so I created my own with the ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  I added yellow crystals and shimmer.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Better Together (Reverse Confetti and Hero Arts)
Paper:  Recollections white
Ink:  Versamark, catching rays, do-si-do, rouge, lime rickey, eucalyptus (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Better Together dies, stitched rectangle (MFT), sentiment labels die (SSS), impression plate (PTI), white embossing powder, crystals, shimmer, dimensionals


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Just Us Girls #584 - Color Week

 Hi friends!  Maria chose these pretty colors for the Just Us Girls Color Challenge this week.

I had to use this Joyful Peonies stamp, stencil, and die set from Pink Fresh Studio.  I stamped it first, then used the five stencils to add the color (the leaves really are blue...they may look a little green).  I used the coordinating die and cut it out as well as two more times to stack it for dimension.  I die cut the sentiment, then stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with silver embossing powder.  It was also die cut two more times for dimension.  I wanted to bring in more silver, so I used a thin frame die and die cut the silver frame.  I added silver crystals and some shimmer spritz.

This was the first one I created.  I didn't care for the placement of the sentiment, so I created the one above and moved it to the other side.  I'm not sure who would notice this, but it bothered me!  LOL!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Joyful Peonies (Pink Fresh), Opposites Attract (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, silver cardstock (MFT0
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark; squeezed lemonade, shaded lilac, wilted violet, weathered wood, faded jeans distress oxide inks
Accessories:  Joyful Peonies stencils and die (Pink Fresh), thin frame die (SSS), Opposites Attract die (The Greetery), silver embossing powder, crystals, shimmer spritz

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  This is another difficult day for me as I am unable to visit my mom at her nursing home for the second year because of Covid.  I've been able to visit for the last month or so, but they are quarantining at her nursing home for the next few weeks because workers there have tested positive.  I'm very sad that people who choose to work in that field are not getting vaccinated.  It puts so many at risk, but that is their choice.  I only wish they would think long and hard about that.

Anyway, I did make a card for her and my mother-in-law.  I've been sitting on this Waffle Flower set for a while and I'm so glad I pulled it out for this occasion.  It's so pretty!  It's a stamp, stencil, and die set called Spring Blooms.  I started with the stenciling using several distress oxide inks.  Then I stamped the black parts (it's all one stamp which makes it so easy to do!) and finally die cut the image.  I die cut it two more times to stack for dimension.  I decided to use another stencil for the background.  I love this stencil as it gives just enough color and design without being too busy. I mounted it on a pink piece of cardstock and then attached it to the base.  I added the sentiment, sprayed it shimmer spray, and added crystals.  

I hope you enjoy your day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Spring Blooms (Waffle Flower), Motherly Love (Flourishes)
Paper:  Recollections white, pink
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; spun sugar, worn lipstick, mustard seed, crushed olive, tumbled glass, wilted violet distress oxide
Accessories:  Spring Blooms stencil and die (WF), Harleen stencil (Winnie & Walter), shimmer spray, crystals

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Just Us Girls #583 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  It's Trend Week over at Just Us Girls and Ina chose for us to use layers on our cards.

I don't use layers much anymore.  I used to use them a lot when I followed sketch challenges.  I never made a card without following a sketch, and there were always lots of layers.  So I looked back at old cards and found a sketch I liked.  I pulled out this rainbow die and colored it with copic markers then die cut it with a stitched rectangle.  I pulled out some fun pattern papers and chose the orchid one for the main panel and two different ones for the other pieces.  I popped up the rainbow panel on craft foam, stamped the sentiment and die cut it.  I die cut it two more times for dimension and added the enamel dots.  I spritzed the card with shimmer spray for extra shimmer.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Hugs Sunshine Smiles & Rainbows (Erin Lee), Brilliant Day (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollections white, Over the Rainbow and Birthday Blowout (MFT), Really Rainbow (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (MFT), sentiment die (Honey Bee), essential stitched sentiment die (MFT), enamel dots (Waffle Flower), shimmer spritz, craft foam

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time Out #187 - Move

Hi all!  The new Time Out challenge is challenging us to MOVE.  Something I need to do more of!  It can mean anything...walking, running, bicycling, moving to a new home, or even a card that moves.

That's what I chose...a moving card.  I have many interactive dies and chose this sliding window die to create my card.  I have to admit I've never made one of these before, and this finished card isn't my first try!  It was kind of confusing until it wasn't, you know what I mean?  I started by cutting the main part from this green polka dot paper.  Then I did all the stamping and copic coloring and die cut the lovebirds.

When you pull on the twine, a panel comes up revealing a message on top and another bird on the bottom.  These are really cute and fun to make (once you know what you are doing!).

Here they are together.

So now I have some sad news to share.  Our Time Out administrator and founder, Sandie Monro, is leaving.  You can read about her reasons for leaving on the Time Out blog, but I just want to say that I am so grateful for having been on this team with her for what I think has been seven years.  She is the nicest person I have had the pleasure to know in this crafting world.  She sends you the nicest messages, checks up on you, sends birthday and holiday cards, and works harder than any blog administrator I know.  She will definitely be missed!  My best wishes go out to you Sandie, and I'm sure we will see you around blogland in the future!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Birds of Paradise and Troplical Tweets (Honey Bee)
Paper:  Recollection white, Polka Dot Parade (Sunny Studios)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Sliding window dies (Sunny Studios), Birds of Paradise dies (Honey Bee), mini cloud stencil (MFT), twine, star dust stickles

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Just Us Girls #582 - Word Week

 Hello!  This week is Word Week over at Just Us Girls. Sue chose a great one:  FLOAT.  So many possibilities!

Our nephew and his new wife are expecting a baby in the fall.  A baby shower is planned for June, so this challenge fit my need for a baby card so well.  This is a mini slimline card, which I like so much!  My friend Cheryl sent me a beautiful Valentine card and I loved it so much, I used her layout for this card.  I pulled out this Penny Black balloon and bear image and colored it with copic markers.  I chose soft rainbow colors for the balloons and a neutral yellow and green palette for the base (we won't know the baby's gender until its birth!).  I used a triple window slimline die to die cut the yellow panel then added a plaid piece behind the windows.  The bear image was fussy cut (ugh, no die!) three times and layered for dimension.  The baby sentiment was also die cut three times and layered.  I added star dust stickles to the word and balloons and yellow crystals to the base for extra shimmer and a small white clay heart to the bear's chest.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Balloon Ride (Penny Black)
Paper:  Recollections white, certainly celery, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam black (Gina K), copic markers
Accessories:  Mini slimline square window die (Taylored Expressions), baby die (PTI), crystals, star dust stickles, clay heart


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