Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Hi! Just a mid week reminder that you have until tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 18) night to enter our Just Us Girls challenge this week!
And we're having a DT CALL as well!  for details please check out the blog link above!

And, Enter your watercolored card/project!!

Hope to see your card soon!
Have a great day,

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just Us Girls #258 TREND week!

AND, a Design Team Memeber Call!  Hello, friends!  Vicki has a great Just Us Girls challenge for us today!  It's TREND week and she has asked us to WATERCOLOR!  You KNOW how popular that has been for awhile now. So, come on, create something new with this great trend in papercrafting!
And check out our BLOG because we are having an ALL CALL for a new DT member. Could it be you? (While you're visiting you can also check out some GREAT inspiration from the DT Members!

 I decided to watercolor this new stamp from Whipper Snapper, so that's how I started.  I have all my SU reinkers in a basket and since there are so many color choices that's what I usually watercolor with. I use an inexpensive paint palette from Joanns to put drops of the color into.  That way I don't have to have all the ink pads out on the table. I stamped the image in waterproof black. The colors used are as follows: crumb cake, soft suede, early espresso, soft sky, cool caribbean, rose red, kiwi kiss and old olive as far as I remember. I cut it with a nestability, mounted it on early espresso, sponged the edges and mounted it on early espresso. Oh, yes, I also added some Spica Gel Pen lots of places on the image.  I don't think you can see that very well, though.  So sorry!
 My tag is a large manilla one from Ranger Ink.  I stamped it with the Impression Obsession gingham background with Versamark and embossed it with white.  Then I got out my Tim Holtz sponge daubers (which don''t see enough action) and my Distres Ink Pads and added Pine Bough, Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw to the tag.  To distress it more I added Vintage Photo and Early Espresso to the edges. It got a little darker than I wanted, but you can still see the colors a little.  The back was so 'inky' that I mounted the whole tag on Early Espresso!!
The "hello" is cut about 6 times from cream paper and glued together.  That didn't show up as much as I wanted so I added an Early Espress die cut on top.  BETTER! then I added gen pen sparkle to that.  After that I covered it with Glossy Accents. A seam binding bow that was distressed a bit with the Vintage Photo ink pad and a little more added to the top and I was done!
I REALLY like how this came out. I liked it so much that I actually decided to send it to my friend and fellow Design Team member LISA, who, like me, is just beginning another year teaching school.

Wow! I've gone on long enough!  Now get busy and watercolor something for us!  And check out the blog for more inspiration and maybe even enter to become a DT member!
Thanks for coming by!! 
Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Just Us Girls 257! WORD WEEK

Hello and welcome to the weekend! I'm so glad to have a couple of days off to regroup and prepare for the 5 day week.  Anyway, here is what I've made for the JUGS challenge that I'm hosting this week.  I hope you like my word choice-LEAVES!!
Yep, show us any kind of leaf or leaves on your card/project.  They can be part of a stamp or die cut like mine! Your choice!

 I actually started with the box you see below. It's a new Papertrey Ink box die-a gable box. It's adorable!! Then I diecut a BUNCH (very technical word!) of leaves with the Impression Obsession leaf set die cut. I cut my leaves from Hisbiscus Pink (PTI), Summer Sun (retired SU), Coastal Cabana, and Limeade Ice (PTI). I sponged until my fingers were super inky! Adirondack lettuce on the limeade ice and coastal cabana, pumpkin pie on the summer sun and pink. Then I sponged them all with Soft suede on part of the edge.  Didn't want them to appear too even or alike.  I scrunced and folded them on the score line with is made with the die and they were ready to mount on my kraft card stock card and box. The card is 4.25 x 4.25 inches.

 I played with the placement for awhile and finally ended up with this leaf bouquet. I started sticking them on with glue dots.  Added a twine bow at the end.
I've said it before, but it bears repeating-Ours is such a great challenge because you can use any of your supplies that you've been itching to use-like me with this box die!
Please check out our BLOG for tons more inspiration and get crafty with us!
You can upload with Mr. Linky until next Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9pm ET.  We can't wait to see what you make!
Thanks for coming by! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Challenge #256! Join in!

Hello! I'm getting pretty nervous about the start of school so I use my crafting time as escape from those feelings. It calms me!! This week Just Us Girls Marisa has a great challenge for us!  It's the 5th Saturday of August so Marisa has offered the Wild Card challenge-ANYTHING BUT A STANDARD A2 CARD!  Could be a tag or gift package, an odd sized card or (what I've made) a shape card!  Endless possibilities!  
You can see what the craftly girls on the team did HERE

I used Spellbinders dies to creat my flower background.  I didn't really know where I was going with the flower until I noticed the MFT set- Witch Way is the Candy? just waiting to be used. I really used it-4 of the images AND the dies!  The fence die cut you see behind is from Impression Obsession.  My images are stamped on water color paper and water colored with reinkers from Stampin Up. The flower center is raised with dimensional foam tape and the images are glued to that. 
I added a little sparkle to the pumpkin, witch's cape and hat and the bat with a shiny gel pen.  Just a fun card to make and I sure to love my fall and Halloween stamps and colors!  Remember to check out the DT blog for inspiration and then come back to link up what you've created! You have until Thursday, Sept. 4 at 9 pm to enter.
All August Chics of the Week have a chance to become out guest designer in October!
Thanks for coming by today! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JUGS #255-Photo Challenge!

Hello!  Aren't these summer weeks just flying by?  I've been trying to cram in lots of fun and memories before going back to work! Having fun is exhausting!!  Also trying to make time to create, so I will have some other things I want to show you when I can make time to do the posts! In the meantime, Lisa has a great Inspiration Photo for us today!  You can see it HERE!
I wanted to include sunflowers on my card so I went to my Sunflower Girl set from My Favorite Things.  I just love their stamps and dies! Now, in addition to a big Papertrey Ink order every month I also have a big MFT order!  This obsession!! Oh my!

I die cut my images from water color paper and then stamped them in black (waterproof) ink and watercolored them with my reinkers. My background is Almost Amethyst (retired SU-Bring it back!!). I used my MFT cloud stencil to sponge the clouds in Fresh Snow ink (PTI).  The edges are sponged with Winter Wisteria ink.
The grass is punched with a Martha Stewart punch from Bo bunny Dot paper. then the whole thing was assembled on peach card stock and a kraft card base. the flowers and sun are on think dimensionals and my little girl is on thicker dimensionals so she stands out a bit more. I think I can add a sentiment on top of the card, but I'll wait until I decide who this one is for.
Thanks for visiting and please consider joining us in the challenge this week at Just Us Girls! You have until Thursday night at 9 pm to participate. We'd love to see what Farm Fresh ideas you have!  Chics of the week have a chance of being chosen as a future guest designer!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

JUGS #254-Color Challenge!

Hello!!  This week Just Us Girls has a color challenge for you, brought to you by our own Sue V.  She picked some great colors to work with-green, blue and any neutrals!  You can see loads of inspiration to get you started HERE on our Blog!  Check it out! You won't be sorry!
 An extreme close up!
Now, for my card.  I went to my friend Luanne's house this week and she had some of this apple basket stamped on watercolor paper.  Luanne is the best I know at watercoloring with ink pads, so as she colored hers, I copied her!! She decided on green apples with the blue checkerboard cloth. We each colored four and when I see her this Monday she wants to see what I created with them.  Imagine how excited I was when I checked on the JUGS challenge and saw the colors!  Happy, happy!
I used soft suede behind my little four square quilt, then Lucky Limeade. That piece was run through the SU embossing folder to make a puffy quilt. The plaid paper is Enchanted Evening from Papertrey INk (as is the solid blue). the card base is Kraft.
I made it into a hinge type card. You cut a piece of cs 4.25x11" and score at 5.5".  then open and score the inside at 1.25".  That side piece becomes a fun, little design area of its own and you tape that piece on the insede to the back of the card-Voila! The "hinge". I hope that makes sense!

A close up of my quilt squares.

You have until Thursday, August 21 at 9 pm ET to enter your card/project for this color challenge.  We certainly would love to see what you've done with these colors!
In the mean time, thanks so much for coming by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life is a Picnic-JUGS challenge, too!

Hello!  Wow! I didn't realize it has been so long since I have posted! I am so sorry about that.  Sometimes real life takes over and squeezed crafting time out, doesn't it!?  This is my card for this week's Just Us Girls challenge #253-It's TREND week and our trend is -WASHI!
Check out the blog (linked above!) for some super duper inspiration cards!
I've used My Favorite Things Life is a Picnic set for my card.  I stamped the plaid gingham background from Impression Obsession in Buckaroo Blue on Marina Mist card stock. Then I stamped More mustard on the new (SU) Honey colored cardstock. I cute both of these pieces with MFT dies so the edges have a piered and stitched look. I love, love those dies! the edges are also sponged in the ink color.
the little girl is colored with copic markers AFTER cutting her out with the matching die and stamping her in Memento Tuxedo black ink.  The 'gold' tag is raised on dimensionals.  I went to put this all together, but had to incorporate Washi tape. I didn't like the way the yellow tape looked on the blue card stock so I taped it to some rustic white card stock and attached to two stripes.
The tag is tied with some twine at the top, as you can see.
I also 'entered' this card in the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast stampers for yesterday.  Katie's inspiration gave me the general layout for my card. It's a super fun challenge to particpate in 'cuz  you have an excuse to 'copy' someone else's card! It helps me get unstuck creatively!
Thanks for stopping by today!  Please joing the JUGS team this week in the challenge! You have until Thursday evening at 9:00 pm to enter your card!


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