Saturday, January 29, 2022

Just Us Girls #617 - Wild Card Week

 It's Wild Card Week over at Just Us Girls!  Just what we need, right?  An additional week in January (at least for me in Western New's cold!).  But it gives us a reason for another JUGs challenge.  Carol Mayne is our hostess and she chose PLAID.

I was so happy when I saw Plaid because I have so much pattern paper that I don't use often enough.  This gave me a chance to use at least one piece of it!  LOL!  I went with this puple plaid that has some gold foil going through it.  I die cut it with a scallop die and set it aside to work on the other parts of the card design.  I got this stamp, stencil, and die set recently and put it to work (I didn't use any stamps on this card).  I took colors from the pattern paper to ink up the flowers and used greens for the leaves.  I needed something between the pattern paper and flowers, but didn't want to cover up too much of the plaid paper so I die cut this smaller cover plate from white card stock.  I adhered that to the plaid paper and the flowers/leaves.  The sentiment is a pre-printed one from a pack from Pink Fresh.  It's gold foiled, which matches the plaid paper.  I added gold pearls to finish it off.

You can find more inspiration from our JUGs design team and our January guests, Chrisse Stokes and Stef Perry on the JUGs blog.  This will be their last week with us, and I just want to say thanks for being such great guests and giving us so many beautiful cards to display on our blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White, Madras Plaid (Memory Box)
Ink:  Soft lilac, summer shower, seaside, mint, key lime (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  A Little Hello stencil and dies (Gina K), Creative Curves die (Penny Black), Audrey Cutaways (Winnie & Walter), foiled sentiments (PF), pearls

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Just Us Girls #616 - Photo Week

 Hello!  It's Photo Week over at Just Us Girls, and look at this adorable photo Lisa E. chose!  Cute, right?

I was in a Valentines mood when making cards for this challenge.  I was going to use snowmen, but saw this new set that I haven't used yet and thought it was so adorable and perfect for a Valentine card.  I stamped and colored it with copics and fussy cut it because I couldn't find the die for it (found it afterward!).  Then I hot foiled the heart background with red foil.  I die cut the heart and set that aside to use on other cards (see below).  I stamped and die cut the sentiment and set that aside too while I worked on the shaker part.  This is what they are calling a "flat shaker".  I took a piece of dark purple card stock cut to size and the original clear packaging from a stamp set cut to about a 1/4" larger on each side.  I added double-sided adhesive to each side of the clear packaging.  Then I folded it over three of the four sides, adhering it to the card stock.  I left one open to fill it with the shaker bits, then closed that up as well.  I adhered that to the back of the main panel, then put dimensional tape around it to account for the thickness of the shaker packet (even though it's supposed to be wasn't!).  Before adhering this panel to the card base, I added some coordinating strips of card stock to it for more color.  I saw someone on YouTube do this (I think Nichol Sphor).  I added shimmer to the sentiment and parts of the penguins. 

Same card, different colors, sentiment and image.  Love these penguins!

Did I mention I love these penguins??

So here's what I did with the hearts I die cut from the panels above.  I stenciled, stamped, and die cut the floral image and adhered it to the green panel.  Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment and added pearls.  Love these colors!

I had this floral image already done and sitting on my desk, which gave me the idea to create these additional cards.  

You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team and our January guest designers on the JUGs blog.

That's it for me!  Thanks for sticking around!

Recipe Penguin Cards
Stamps:  Playful Penguins (Gina K), Love & Hugs (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  Hammermill, white, dark purple, violet, red, pink
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, candy apple, copics
Accessories:  Playful Penguins dies (GK), Love & Hugs (TE), Happy Hearts die (Stamp Market), stitched rectangle (MFT), heart grid hot foil plate (Pink Fresh), red hot foil, sequins, confetti, shimmer

Recipe Floral Heart Cards
Stamps:  Choose Hope (Pink Fresh), Hearts on Fire (Verve)
Paper:  Hammermill, white, green, purple
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Versamark; berrylicious, candy apple, candy violet, lavender, mint, key lime (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  Stitched rectangle (MFT), Happy Hearts die (Stamp Market), Choose Hope die (PF), heart grid hot foil plate (PF), red hot foil, white embossing powder, crystals, pearls

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Just Us Girls #615 - Color Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week for the Color Week challenge.  I chose light blue, silver, and white.  

I wanted to use the hot foil machine with silver foil for this challenge.  I went through my (growing) hot foil plates and came across this butterfly.  I used Hammermill cardstock (everyone recommends this cardstock for foiling because it is really smooth) and foiled the butterfly with silver foil.  This butterfly set comes with stencils to add color to it.  I used two shades of blue inks to do this.  I love the way it colored up!  Once that was done, I die cut the butterfly with the coordinating die.  On the white mat, I used piercing die then die cut the panel with a scalloped die.  I mounted that onto a light blue panel.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added silver crystals for more sparkle.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Butterflies (Pink Fresh), Friendly Silhouettes (Gina K)
Paper:  Hammermill, white, light blue
Ink:  Versamark; sky blue, summer shower (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  Butterflies die/hot foil plate/stencils (Pink Fresh), Audrey cutaways scallop die (Winnie & Walter), quilted stitched pattern die (Lil' Inkers), silver hot foil, silver embossing powder, silver crystals

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Just Us Girls #614 - Trend Week

Hello everyone!  The Just Us Girls challenge this week is hosted by Vicki and is our Trend Week challenge.  She chose to make inked or sprayed backgrounds.  I made a few (!) cards this week!

I used a technique that Jennifer McGuire demonstrated a little while ago with alcohol inks.  Basically, I put blending solution then various inks on one panel and placed another panel on top for a few seconds.  I then pulled them apart.  You get some cool designs on both panels

For this one and the next, I used raspberry, blue and violet pearl inks.  I just love the way these panels came out!  It is so much prettier in person.  I could not capture how lovely is it.  To create this card, I cut the panel down to fit behind this floral frame die.  I impressed the front of the card base with a linen impression plate (I can't leave a panel pure white!), stamped the sentiment, and added crystals.

This is the second panel.  I also cut it down and added silver cardstock strips and sentiment as well as silver crystals.  I CASED one of Jennifer's cards here.

This one looks weired and distorted, but it's really pretty!  I used yellow, coral and pink inks along with a silver mixative.  I die cut the panel with PTI's Tipped Top die and used a larger die to cut the silver mat.  I die cut the sentiment twice from white cardstock and once from silver and stacked them together.  The sub sentiment is a SSS sentence strip.  I love the silver shimmer in this panel.

This is the other panel, die cut with a stitched rectangle.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white and once from silver and stacked.  I added silver crystals.

For the panels on the next two cards, it's not as dramatic looking.  I used the same yellow, coral and pink alcohol inks, but didn't add the silver mixative.  But I still love the effects.  I cut the panel to fit behind this smaller cover plate.  The sentiment was created with black ink embossed with with clear embossing powder.  I added the sentence strip below it and some white pearls.

I added a full cover panel on this one with an embossed sentiment and sentence strip as well.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe Card #1
Stamps:  Moments of Grace (SSS)
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Floral Stem Collage die (SSS), linen impression plate (PTI), crystals

Recipe Card #2
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Hello die (the Stamp Market), stitched rectangle (MFT), silver cardstock, crystals

Recipe Card #3
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Happy Birthday die (Creek Bank Creations), Tipped Tops dies (PTI), linen impression plate (PTI), sentence strip (SSS), silver cardstock, crystals

Recipe Card #4
Inks:  alcohol pearl inks
Accessories:  Birthday Wishes Circle die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), silver cardstock, crystals

Recipe Card #5
Stamps:  Perfect Sentiments (PFS)
Ink:  alcohol pearl inks, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Creative Curves die (Penny Black), linen impression plate (PTI), clear embossing powder, pearls

Recipe Card #6
Stamps:  Perfect Sentiments (PFS)
Ink:  alcohol pearl inks, Versafine onyx black
Accessories:  Lava Lamp die (C. Pooler), sentiment strips (SSS), clear embossing powder, pearls

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Color Hues #32 - Red & Purple

 Hello friends!  I saw the recent Color Hues challenge of red and purple and thought it was a great color combination, so I thought I'd play along.

This was my second try at these colors.  I'll share the first one below.  I created the floral swag using a Pink Fresh stencil/stamp/die set.  I used two inks for the flowers and only one ink for the leaves.  After stenciling, I stamped the outline in black ink, then die cut it.  The white panel was impressed with a piercing plate (hard to see).  I added the purple panel die cut with a stitched rectangle and a silver foiled sentiment (it looks black, but it's silver).  I added silver crystals to finish it off.  

This was my first attempt that I was not very crazy about.  I sponged red and purple inks on a white panel then impressed it with a heart pierced die.  I die cut the coordinating panel from white and added it over it.  The globe was die cut from silver cardstock and again from red so that I could add the heart.  I adhered that to a stitched rectangle and embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.  I added silver pearls to that panel.  This card was ok, but not my favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe Card #1
Stamps:  Choose Hope (Pink Fresh)
Paper:  White, purple
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, berrylicious, candy apple, candy violet
Accessories:  Choose Hope stencils & die (PFS), Detail Ringlet Plate (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), foiled sentiment (PFS), silver crystals

Recipe Card #2
Stamps:  Floral Garden (SSS)
Paper:  White, red, silver
Ink:  Candy apple, candy violet, Versamark
Accessories:  Fluttering Hearts die & pierced die (Honey Bee), globe die (Reverse Confetti), stitched rectangle (MFT), silver pearls, silver embossing powder

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Just Us Girls #613 - Word Week

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a very happy and healthy holiday.  Ours was very nice, but quiet, and while 2021 wasn't the best year, it still was a good year for us.  We welcomed a new great-nephew in August which was the highlight for us!

I'm happy to be getting inky again after making a bunch of Christmas cards and taking the week off after Christmas from crafting.  I've been playing my keyboard a lot, getting reacquainted with it after a very long time.  This week over at Just Us Girls is our Word Week.  Nancy chose BEVERAGE.

So since today is New Year's Day, I had to make a Happy New Year's card.  I started by making the foldable shaker tag from black cardstock with a circle cut out of one side.  I added a piece of acetate and stars to create the shaker.  The front of the tag was stamped with fireworks stamps in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added gold ribbon and twine, the sentiment die cut from gold cardstock, and a glass of what I'm hoping you see as champagne in keeping with the word challenge!

I was going to stop there.  In fact, I took the picture thinking I was done.  Then yesterday, I thought it needed to be on a card.  So I hot foiled a background with gold foil and mounted that on a black piece of cardstock.  I added the tag to it and some gold sequins.  

There's lots of announcements over on the JUGs blog.  We've added two new designers:  Lisa Elton and Carol McFarland.  Welcome to JUGs!  We are so happy to have them joining our team.

We also have two guest designers this month (because we took December off).  We welcome Stef Perry and Chrissie Stokes as guests for the month of January!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Adult Beverages (SSS), Fireworks (MFT)
Paper:  Black, acetate, gold, recollections white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versamark, copics
Accessories:  Foldable Shaker Tag die (Pink Fresh), Adult Beverages die (SSS), Cheers die (MFT), Abstract Triangles hot foil plate (Pink Fresh), gold hot foil, gold embossing powder, stars, gold ribbon and twine, shimmer


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