Saturday, April 30, 2022

Just Us Girls #630 - Wild Card Week

Hi friends!  I'm the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and it happens to be our Wild Card week.  I can choose any challenge!  I settled on making a tri-fold card.

My friend, Cheryl, sent me a tri-fold card and I thought it was so clever and that is where I got the idea for this challenge.  My card is very much inspired by hers.

Here is the card closed.  I created the base by cutting a piece of fog card stock to 6" x 10.5" and scoring at 3.5" and 7".  This gives you the tri-fold card.  I then chose this Fly By stamp set and stamped, colored, and die cut the two flowers and the butterfly.  (I was very inspired by the Ukrainian colors when coloring the images with copic markers.)  Next, I die cut the larger window on the front panel, folded the card back up and figured where to die cut the second window.

I used a stencil and Unicorn white ink to stencil the fog card stock.  I love how it looks like silver.  I took the same two squares dies and taped them together and die cut a white frame to put around the inside window.

On the inside panel, I die cut a decorative panel using an older Spellbinders die and added clouds with a mini cloud stencil and blue ink.  I adhered the butterfly to it and stamped the trail and the sentiment (messed that up a bit).  Then I adhered the flowers to the middle panel and the front panel.  I also die cut the sentiment three times from white card stock and stacked them.  To give it some sparkle, I added star dust stickles to the flowers and butterfly and some crystals.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fly By Friends and Birthday Buds (MFT)
Paper:  Fog, white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, unicorn white, copic markers
Accessories:  Fly By Friends dies (MFT), square dies and decorative die (Spellbinders), birthday wishes die (Casual Fridays), just plaid  slimline stencil (C. Pooler), mini cloud stencil (MFT)


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Just Us Girls #629 - Photo Week

 Hello!  Cecile is the hostess at Just Us Girls this week and for our Word Week challenge she was very clever in choosing her words.  You can see all of your choices in the picture below.
You'd think I would have chosen the rock with the word Kind on it because, you know my last name and all, but instead I chose "smile" on that pink rock with black dots.  That one just jumped out at me!  I chose a pretty pink cardstock and a polka dot stencil to create the black dots.  I die cut the word smile three times and stacked them.  I layed the word on the background and it got lots among the black dots, so I added a vellum band to the panel and adhere the word to it.  Much better!  I added that panel to a black mat and then added that to a white card base.  I finished it with two black hearts.  The rock in the photo had one, but I added another.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Pink, black, white
Ink:  Extreme black (MFT)
Accessories:  Large polka dot stencil (MFT), smile die (Lil' Inkers), stitched rectangles (MFT), hearts & stars die (Memory Box)

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Just Us Girls #628 - Color Week

 Hey there!  It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Sue has chosen a very regal color, black, and white.

I purchased this three step butterfly die set at a stamp show a while ago and thought it would work well with these colors.  I first die cut the top layer in white, the second in red, and the third in black.  I mounted it onto a white card base.  To keep it simple, since there is so much going on with the cutouts, I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a black band.  I stacked a red and a white butterfly, that were left over from die cutting the plates, together and added it to the black band.  I added black crystals to the center of the butterfly to represent its body.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Geometric Kit (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White, red, black
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Butterfly Panel (Creek Bank Creations), white embossing powder, black crystals

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Just Us Girls #627 - Trend Week

 Hi friends!  It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls.  Ina wants us to use foil on alcohol inked cards.  I love creating with alcohol inks!

If you have all the necessary supplies (which aren't much), this is such a fun, fast and really easy technique.  Using alcohol ink paper (or you can use Yupo paper), I put some blending solution on the paper to get it wet so the inks move right away.  I only used two inks on this one:  sail boat blue and wild plum.  They really start moving and combining right away, but I wanted some "rivers" for lack of a better word.  This is where the inks sort of pool and create a lines that are great for applying foil when they are dry.  So I used a Tim Holtz air blower to move the inks around and create these "rivers".  The inks dry super fast, about 15 minutes.  When it was dry (but the "rivers" still a bit tacky), I placed a piece of silver foil (pretty side up, I learned the hard way!) over the "rivers" and pressed the foil into the ink.  Because the ink is still tacky there, the foil sticks to it.  

You can see the foil better here with the light shining on it.  Once that was done, I trimmed the piece down and added it to silver cardstock, mounting it on craft foam for dimension.  (I die cut a rectangle from the center of that silver cardstock so it's not wasted.)  I added some foiled sentiments from Pink Fresh as well as some silver crystals to finish it.  Simple card.  I wanted to highlight the techniqe.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  Alcohol ink paper (Ranger), silver shine paper (MFT)
Ink:  sail boat blue and wild plum alcohol inks
Accessories:  Foiled Sentiments (Pink Fresh), crystals, silver foil, craft foam

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Just Us Girls #626 - Word Week

 Hello friends!  Elizabeth chose the word EGG for this week's Just Us Girls Word Week challenge.

I had so many choices for this challenge and settled on this truck shaped card carrying Easter eggs.  I die cut the truck from a pattern paper in light green and colored the windows, mirrors, and other things on it with copic markers.  The eggs were also colored with copic markers and die cut.  For the "hoppy" letters, I colored a piece of white cardstock with a blue copic marker and die cut them.  I added them to the tailgate of the truck which was also die cut and popped up on dimensional squares.  I added white puff embossing powder to the bunny's tail, crystal lacquer to the mirrors and lights and shimmer to the eggs and letter.  Using the pattern paper for the truck was a great idea (I saw it on the Honey Bee site) because it saved time coloring it!

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest designer for April, Mac Mable, on the JUGS blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Big Pickup Tailgate and Loads of Spring (Honey Bee)
Paper:  White, Farm House pattern paper
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Memento Tuxedo black, copic markers
Accessories:  Big Pickup Tailgate and Loads of Spring dies (HB), Tall Type Alpha dies (C & 9th), white puff embossing powder, liquid lacquer, shimmer, dimensionals


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