Saturday, November 27, 2021

Just Us Girls #612 - Photo Week

 Hi friends!  I'm the hostess for this week's Just Us Girls challenge and I chose this picture for inspiration.

I know I had something in mind when I chose it back in August, but I couldn't remember for the life of me!  When I went through my Christmas stamps, I found this sentiment and thought it would be perfect.  I saw swirls on the paper bags in the photo and used a 3-D embossing folder on kraft paper to mimic it.  I lightly inked the raised parts with white pigment ink to highlight those areas.  I then inked up the border with several layering stamps and inks.  I added the border with dimensional squares and cut off the pieces hanging over the edge.  I used those pieces on the bottom of the white panel.  I added star dust stickles to the red berries for some sparkle.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our guest, Rachel Davis, on the JUGs blog.  This is her last week with us as guest for this month.  Thanks so much for being such a great guest!

Just a reminder that we are taking the month of December off, so we will be back January 1, 2022.

We are also looking to add a design team member to the team.  See the JUGs blog post for details!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

Stamps:  Seasonal Borders: Winter and Favorite Things (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, kraft
Ink:  unicorn white; sage, spruce, rockin' red, cranberry fizz, It's a Boy, Icing on the Cake
Accessories:  Swirling Snowflakes embossing folder (SSS), star dust stickles

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Just Us Girls #611 - Color Week

Hello everyone!  We have a great color challenge over at Just Us Girls.  Vicki chose aqua, brown, and cream.
I was lucky enough to snag this Tim Holtz/Simon Says Stamp collaboration set during Stamptember.  It sold out pretty quickly.  I thought it would be perfect for this week's colors.  I started by stamping the sleigh and the trees (several times to get a forest on the bottom) in Memento rich cocoa ink on a cream cardstock so I could use copic markers.  A moon two-step stencil came with the set.  I temporarily adhered the first solid stencil down and masked the sleigh with masking paper.  Then I was able to stencil the clouds with a cloud stencil.  Keeping the sleigh stencil in place, I replaced the solid moon stencil with the detail one and used a light blue ink with it.  Once that was finished, I removed the stencil and masking paper.  I used very light blue copics to color the sleigh, Santa, and trees then stamped the sentiment.  I added some star dust stickles to the Santa and trees.  That panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle and mounted onto an aqua panel die cut with a bigger rectangle.  I'm going to make more of these for my holiday cards this year.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Tim Holtz/SSS stamp set
Paper:  Vintage cream, aqua, recollections white
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa, antique linen and speckled egg distress oxide, copic markers
Accessories:  Stitched rectangles (MFT), cloud stencil (MFT), masking paper, star dust stickles

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Just Us Girls #610 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  The challenge over at Just Us Girls this week is our Trend challenge.  Elizabeth chose a trend that is certainly popular around the crafting industry...MINI SLIMLINE cards.

I saw Kristina Werner watercolor this image from Art Impressions and I had to have it!  I love the way their samples are colored with all the shading and such.  Kristina used watercolors, but I used copic markers.  Once colored, I die cut it using the coordinating die and mounted it on a Lawn Fawn pattern paper along with a sentiment.  I mounted that panel on an orange mat and added crystals.  I like this size of slimline card better that the bigger size.  

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Halloween Slimline (Art Impressions)
Paper:  Recollections white, orange, Fall Fling (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, copics
Accessories:  Halloween Slimline die (AI), crystals

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Just Us Girls #609 - Word Week

Hi friends!  The first challenge of the month over at Just Us Girls is the Word Week challenge.  Nancy chose the word MERRY

I was so happy Nancy chose this word because I finally got to try out my new hot foil system.  I've been on the fence about adding a new technique with new products into my craft room, but I found it to be fun and rewarding!  I was so worried about this coming out messy, but when I took the foil off the paper, it was perfect and so pretty!  I can't wait to try more things!  After I foiled the word, I used a Pink Fresh stencil set to create the wreath around it.  I used several shades of green inks and the red for the berries.  I stamped the word Christmas in dark green and added gold crystals.  I matted this onto red cardstock and then onto a white base.  First of the Christmas cards done!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Written in Ribbons Holiday (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, red
Ink:  Rockin' red, sage, spruce, deck the halls (C. Pooler)
Accessories:  Holiday Botanical stencil (Pink Fresh), stitched rectangle (MFT), hot foil Merry die (SSS), gold hot foil, crystals

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Celebrating The Creative Knitter!

 Hi friends!  I don't know how many of you know Stephanie Klauck.  She worked creatively for My Favorite Things for many years.  She lives in Canada near the US border and I live in the US near the Canadian border.  I got to know her when she taught classes at the stamp store here in Buffalo called Buffalo Stamps & Stuff.  Stephanie came once every month to teach classes using MFT products.  We had so much fun at those classes, and Stephanie has an infectious laugh.  We were missing those classes during the Covid and border shutdowns.  

Well it seems Stephanie wasn't idle during that time.  She picked up her knitting needles and dove head first into a new career.  She began dying her own yarn and started an online company from her home calling it The Creative Knitter.  Well now she's taken it a step further and opened a brick and mortar store in Ridgeway, Ontario.  You can read more about it on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

So I thought I'd send a congratulatory card to her.  I found the perfect stamps for this card.  They are from The Greetery.    I stamped, colored and die cut the super cute image of this moose (hello...Canada is full of them!) and lamb knitting!  The background is a stencil in a knitted pattern that I created with blue ink.  I die cut the sentiment from red cardstock and the shaddow from white.  I matted this on a blue panel before adding it to a white card base.  I just hope this reaches her.  I have another friend in Kitchener, Ontario who I sent a card to and it was sent back as no such address.  It was her exact address, confirmed by her!  Ugh!  Fingers crossed it gets there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Gettin' Cozy (The Greetery)
Paper:  Recollections white, blue
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, stormy sky, copic markers
Accessories:  Gettin' Cozy die and Knit Wits stencil (The Greetery), stitched rectangle (MFT), star dust stickles, scripted greeting die (Pink Fresh)


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