Saturday, September 25, 2021

Just Us Girls #603 - Photo Week

 Hello!  Just Us Girls has a new Photo challenge this week, and Ina chose this photo of beautiful basket of what I believe are lilacs.  Their scent is heavenly!

I wasn't surprised to see some purple in the photo Ina chose, because I know she loves that color!  I'm glad to use purple because I don't use it often enough.  As you can see, I chose to use the colors from the photo...two shades of purple, green and soft brown (as seen in the basket).  I used the Harvest Wreath turnabout stamp set for my card today.  After stamping the wreath, I die cut a leaf and some tall leaves to add to the center.  I stamped the sentiment, die cut it, and added it to the center as well.  I added that panel onto a kraft mat.  Crystals and shimmer spray were added for that sparkle I love so much!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our September guest, Loll, on the JUGs blog.  This is Loll's last week with us, and I'd like to say thanks for all the beautiful cards you created for our September challenges!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Harvest Wreath turnabout (C&9th)
Paper:  Recollections white, desert storm
Ink:  Sweet sixteen, flirty fuchsia, grass skirt, sand castle
Accessories:  Harvest Wreath dies (C&9th), stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, shimmer spray

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!

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!

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!

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!

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


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