Saturday, February 25, 2023

Just Us Girls #668 - CAS Week

 Hello!  Nancy has a great challenge this week over at Just Us Girls for our CAS week.

I haven't been coloring too much lately, and it felt good to get out the copics and get them going again.  The next holiday is St. Patrick's Day and I pulled out this cute lucky gnome to color up.  After coloring up the image, I die cut it and then again twice more to stack for dimension.  I added stenciled shamrocks on the side and a stamped sentiment.  I had to add some shine, so I used some yellow stickles on the buckle on is hat as well as on the shamrock in his hand.  I'm liking these CAS cards!

You can see more from our JUGs design team and our February guest, Karen, on the JUGs blog.  This is Karen's last week with us (can't believe we are going into March already!), and I'd like to thank her for joining us with her beautiful cards this month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Gnome Lucky (SSS)
Paper:  X-Press It, white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copics
Accessories:  Gnome Lucky die (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), clovers stencil (SSS), yellow stickles

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Just Us Girls #667 - Photo or Moodboard Week

Hi friends!  Just Us Girls has a new challenge this week that we are calling Photo or Moodboard Week.  You can see the Moodboard below that our hostess, Vicki, chose.

I looked at that moodboard and saw the yellow and purple colors as well as the several roses.  So I pulled out this rose set from Pink Fresh that has a stamp set, stencil set and die in the collection.  I started with the layering stencils (there are 5 of them) and used two colors for each of the roses and the leaves.  I then used the stamp to stamp the black outline and the die to cut it out.  I also die cut it two more times to stack for dimension.  Shimmer was added for some shine to the roses.  I used another stencil to ink up the plain background with yellow ink.  I stamped the sentiment and added crystals to finish it off.

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

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Garden Roses (Pink Fresh), It's All You (Gina K)
Paper:  White
Ink:  Versafine onxy black; lemon whip, sweet mustard, soft lilac, candy violet, mint, olive (PF)
Accessories:  Garden Roses stencils and die (PF), large grid stencil (MFT), crystals, shimmer


Saturday, February 11, 2023

Just Us Girls #666 - Word Week

 Hello!  Carol is the hostess this week for the Word Week challenge at Just Us Girls.  She chose the word SPARKLE.

I love sparkle and almost every one of my cards has some sort of sparkle on it.  I went to my "sparkle drawer" of glitter gels and embossing powders and found a yellow glitter gel.  When I went to use it, I found it had dried up.  I have several and most were dried up.  Anyone know how to reconstitute them?  So I changed direction and used this gift box layered stencil with some colored inks, Versamark ink and a glitter embossing powder.  I used pink, orange, and yellow inks, layering them where they met.  I then used the same inks to add the designs on them.  For the bows, I mixed the colors up, putting yellow on pink, pink on orange, and orange on yellow.  Then, using the same bow stencil, I used Versamark ink and then embossed it with the glitter embossing powder.  I used the same colors on the word die, covered it with Versamark and the glitter embossing powder.  I die cut the shadow die from white card stock and stacked the word die for dimension.

I leaned the card into the light to show more of the sparkle from the glitter embossing powder.
This card looks so washed out here, but it really is quite colorful even though the colors are soft.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White
Ink:  Versamark, ballet slipper, peach fuzz, lemon whip
Accessories:  Build a Gift stencils (Pretty Pink Posh), happy birthday dies (SSS), stitched rectangle (MFT), Wanderlust embossing powder (C. Pooler)

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Just Us Girls #665 - Color Week

 The new challenge over at Just Us Girls is our Color Week challenge, and Lisa E. has chosen pink, kraft and white.  

Here I go with stencils again!  I've never tried Distress Oxide inks on darker card stocks before and when I was thinking about this challenge, I knew I wanted to try it.  I chose this Altenew layered stencil and used Kitsch Flamingo for the first layer and Picked Raspberry for the second layer.  (The colors look orchid, but really are pinks.)  I think I should have used a sentiment that was just a die, not a stamped sentiment but this was sitting on my desk and I thought it would make a nice Valentine card.  I stacked that sentiment and added crystals.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for February, Karen Walker, on the JUGs blog.  Welcome Karen!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Love & Hugs (Taylored Expressions)
Paper:  White, kraft
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, kitsch flamingo and picked raspberry distress oxide
Accessories:  Layered Dahlia stencils (Altenew), Love & Hugs die (TE), stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals


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