Saturday, August 26, 2023

Just Us Girls #694 - CAS Week

Hello friends!  The CAS Challenge over at Just Us Girls is brought to us by Sue this week.  She has chosen a BABY theme to go along with it.

I pulled out an oldie but a goody stamp set from Papertrey Ink for this challenge.  I started by masking off a section of the main panel and inked it with Kitsch Flamingo ink.  I used another oldie but goody embossing folder.  I haven't used this Swiss Dots folder in a long time.  Then I matched some pattern paper to it and stamped the elephant on it and fussy cut it (no dies with the older sets...ugh).  I also die cut the word die from the same pattern paper.  The secondary sentiment was stamped and die cut on white card stock and all three were adhered to the inked panel.  I matted the main panel on another piece of pattern paper and added crystals and shimmer spritz for that bit of sparkle.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our August guest, Greta, on the JUGs blog.  This is Greta's last week with us and I'd like to thank her for joining us this month with her beautiful cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Bitty Baby Blessings (PTI)
Paper:  White, Plaid Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, kitsch flamingo
Accessories:  Wonder Words: Baby die (PTI), Swiss Dots embossing folder, stitched rectangle die (MFT), crystals, shimmer spritz

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Just Us Girls #693 - Photo or Mood Board Challenge

 Hello friends!  Bobby is the hostess over at Just Us Girls for this week's Photo or Mood Board Challenge.  I love the summery feel of this photo she chose.

I loved the starfish and the stripes in the photo, so I was contemplating a card with those aspects.  I didn't think I had a starfish, but I actually found one in my Crop & Create Cardmaking event box from this past March.  I haven't had a chance to make everything from that event yet but I've been going in there from time to time to make some of the cards.  There is so much in there!  Anyway, I found a set from Concord & 9th in the box and there was a starfish die in it!  The card made with this set also had blue stripes.  So I decided to make the card and enter it here.  Cathy Zielske was the teacher for this class and this card is her design. I did change out the sentiment.

I started by using a stencil with this Concord & 9th set to ink the stripes on two squares.  Then I used a square stencil to ink the sky backgrounds. I die cut them with a postage stamp die, also from the set.  Then I die cut the starfish, sailboat, life saver, and bridge from various card stocks and added them to the die cut postage stamps.  I used the stamps from the set to stamp them to look like actual postage stamps.  I die cut the wheat card stock with the large postage stamp die and added the smaller postage stamps and sentiment.  (I used the word "stamp" a lot here, huh?)

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Seaside Post (C&9th), Brushstroke Expressions (MFT)
Paper:  White, blueberry, rust, wheat, buttercup
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, buttercup, harbor, nectar, spiced cider, blueberry
Accessories:  Seaside Post dies and stencil set (C&9th), sequins

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Just Us Girls #692 - Word Week

Hello friends!  I'm the hostess over at Just Us Girls this week and I've chosen the word
I'm seeing bees a lot in decor and thought it would be a good word for card making.

So you may remember the background of flowers on my card from last week.  When I made last week's card, I made four of these floral backgrounds.  I was going to use a honeycomb stencil when I saw the remaining three backgrounds on my desk and thought it would look great with a bee on it.  So I started by stamping the bee and coloring it with copic markers.  I die cut it two more times and layered it for dimension. I die cut the word bee three times as well from black paper and stacked them. Then I went on a hunt to find a secondary word that would work and settled on awesome.  To add some interest and fun, I put the bee on a wobbler.  I love how she moves!  I added star dust stickles to her wings, flower and drink and some black clay hearts to finish off the card.  Now I'll have to see how I use the remaining two backgrounds in other cards.  Who knows?  Maybe you'll see one next week!

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

Thanks for buzzing by!

Stamps:  Beekini Season (Honey Bee), Monster Love (MFT)
Paper:  White, black
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers, sunshine, marigold, summer shower, grassy knoll, warm buff
Accessories:  Spectacular Sunflower stencils (Gina K), Bee Cool die (Honey Bee), stitched rectangle (MFT), clay hearts, star dust stickles, wobbler

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Just Us Girls #691 - Color Week

 Hi friends!  Vicki has chosen a pretty color combo for this week's Just Us Girls Color Week challenge.

I recently watched a Jennifer McGuire video where she used this stencil from Gina K Designs to create this design.  I loved it so much (and of course the stencil) I had to get it but it was out of stock.  I put myself on a wait list and when it came back in stock I snatched it up!  The technique was very cool.  I started by cutting a full piece of card stock into four equal pieces and taped them back together on the back.  I put the stencil in the center of the piece and stenciled it in the challenge colors.  When I took it apart, a quarter of the design was on one corner of each panel.  I kept arranging the panels so that the center was blank and stenciled again.  I did have to mask a few petals on the final time I stenciled.  I used the mask to stencil in the leaves too.  The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  I added crystals for shimmer.  The main panel was popped up with craft foam and adhered on a yellow card base.

You can see more from the JUGs design team and our new guest for August, Greta Hess, on the JUGs blog.  Welcome Greta!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper:  White, yellow, black
Ink: Sunshine, marigold, summer shower, grassy knoll, warm buff (Pink Fresh)
Accessories:  Spectacular Sunflower stencils (Gina K), happy birthday die (Creek Bank Creations), stitched rectangle (MFT), crystals, craft foam


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