Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just Us Girls #277 Photo week!

   Here's Chris' great (and timely!) photo!  What a beauty!  There's loads of DT inspiration on our Blog-Just Us Girls!                                  
And, here's my card!  I'm very late posting and I'm not sure I hit the inspiration on the mark, but thanks for coming by to have a look! I'm also entering this in IC477 at Splitcoast Stampers!
I've used a poppy red card base stamped in burgundy with a background stamp from Impression Obsession-it's swirly.  The Kraft panel was die cut with Simon Says Stamp die that has these three rounded square windows.  Isn't it great!!??  After cutting it and rounding the corners I stamped it in kraft ink with the linen background stamp (ret. SU, I think!)  As you can see I sponged the edges -vintage photo distress ink for this.
I stamped the love sentiment (manufacturer unknown) in Versamark and embossed it in white eb.  The layered hearts are cut with my Verve set of 4 hearts from Coastal Cabana.  They are also stamped with the linen background stamp and then the edges are sponged with CC  Those gems on the hearts are red and a line of Stardust Stickles is run down the opposite side of the heart.  The whole kraft panel is raised on dimensional tape (so it doesn't sag0I hate that!) and the hearts are inserted in the windows.  They are rasied too, of course!

So, again, thanks for stopping by!  Please consider joining us in Chris' JUGS challenge this week!  You have until Thursday night, Jan. 29 at 9 ET.  Chics of the week in January have a chance to be our guest designer in March!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Just Us Girls #276- COLOR

Our hostess for the COLOR challenge this week is Maria and she's picked some great ones! GREEN, ORANGE AND BLUE! Love them!  See the graphic below and OUR JUGS BLOG for a larger photo and tons of DT inspiration!

And, here's my card...  First a close up. Keep scrolling to see the whole thing, please!  Bear with me~this is my favorite card in awhile and I took a number of photos!
This adorable Fox from Whipper Snapper Designs is a favorite of mine! He is soooo cute!  AND, so fun to color! His name is Rizzo and you can find him HERE.  Rizzo is colored with copics.

I used one of My Favorite Things rounded banners to cut a window in the top two layers of my card-the dp and orange. I taped them together and cut through both at once-no problem or worries about lining up!  Behind that is a layer of Aqua Mist or Pool Party.  That is sponged a bit with baja breeze and coastal cabana.  Wish I'd made it a bit darker...

 The grass die is from Impression Obsession.  Love the height of this grass.  There's one layer behind Rizzo and one layer in front.  The clouds and banner are from Papertrey Ink.  The sentiment is from and SU set, I think.  I used some double sided dimensional tape to cover the back side of my 'window' piece so the foxy is in a sort of shadow box.  My card base is a lime green-not sure whose, but isn't it pretty!

And, here is the inside of my card.  A rectangle cut with MFT's rounded rectangle die, another die cut of grass and a couple more clouds.  Not sure of the sentiment, but birthday, of course!
So, there's my color challenge card! Hope you like it too!
And, please show what you can do with these colors this week!  Our chics of the week in January may win a Guest DT spot for March!  You have until Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9:00 pm ET to link your card on our JUGS blog.
Thanks for swinging by and have a great day!  Cheryl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just Us Girls -Stencil

                                   When I made my first DT card for this week's challenge, I made two panels.  Before it languished for months on my craft table I decided to use it in another card!  Very unusual for me!

so here it is...
This time I used the whole panel to cover the Coastal Cabana card front.  I die cut My Favorite Things 'Thanks' die (it was free with my order!) 4 times and glued them together. Then I covered the whole die cut with glassy accents and let it dry.  It really shines, so I hope you can see a little of that in the photo. Pretty easy card!
You have until Thursday, Jan. 15 at 9:00 to add your card (using a stencil) to our BLOG!  Come join us!
(And this Saturday's is a knock out!  Be sure to return-I colored an image!)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Just Us Girls #275 TREND!

And, Sue (our lovely host) has a great one for us this week!  STENCIL!!  They are hot, inexpensive and everywhere these days!  So we want to see what you can do with your stencils!  Below is what I've done with mine!  Check out our BLOG for all the DT inspiration!

 I was totally inspired by Jennifer McGuire for this card.  You'll se if you check out her PIN HERE!
The inks I used are Coastal Cabana (of course!), Not quite Navy, PTI Simply chartreuse, Limeade Ice and Crushed Olive.  The enamel dots are a lime green.
the sentiment is from Impression Obsession and is cut four times in black, glued together and then topped with some sparkling Wind of Stella clear pen.
I didn't get great photos, but I really like this one-for boys or girls!
Please consider showing us what you create with stencils this week!  Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2015

New card and the WINNER is....

Hello!  I have my winner chosen for some blog goodies.  My contest was in THIS POST!  I had six lovely comments and chose #2!   That is YOU, cndomino!!  I'll be emailing you to get your address!  congratulations!  See end of this post for goodies!

 I suppose some are tired of winter cards, but I love making them, so here is another!  This one uses the Cocoa Penguin set from Darcie's combined with MFT Cool Day's ice floe and sign.  The snowflake template is also an MFT die. I've colored my image with copics in what turned out to be my favorite colors this holiday season-hot pink, lime green and aqua!
 And, here is what cncomino will have coming to her home.  There's more underneath, but it was tough to get a picture of EVERYTHING!

Though it's clear at this moment we have a snow day from school today. Up to 3 ft are expected when the Lake Effect Snow Machine gets cranked up.  So, I have a day to call my own!  Getting this post done was first on my list.
Be sure to return for a new Just Us Girls challenge first think Saturday! It's a great TREND!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Another Winter tag!

Hello and happy mid-week!  We are really in the icebox this week in Western New York! It's 12 degrees currently and going to drop (!!) through the day! Snow and wind warnings abound! But a snow day from school~not likely!
 Here's another tag I made and sent to a friend who also loves the My Favorite Things polar bear set. I started with a manilla tag and stenciled snowflakes from a memory box stencil onto it in aqua (not sure of colors now-possibly coastal cabana, pool party?)  I sponged the edges with vintage photo to dull the color a bit.
I had cut several of this MFT snowflake from SUs silver glitter paper so I added one of those.  I was trying to figure out how to fill the tag with my polar bear, ice block and sign.  It just seemed empty on the bottom when I saw a scrap of glitter paper laying (lying?) there on the table.  Just what I needed!  After that a skinny strip of purely pomegranate and some dots with a white pen.  Then I could call the tag done. I added ribbon, brown twine and baker's twine to the top and mailed it off to Luanne!
My 'contest' is still going on (Until this evening)!  I've pulled together a little pile of goodies, included the brick stencil from MFT, a Whipper Snapper stamp, spellbinder's nestabilities, Magnolia stamps (3), a dotted stencil, AND the snowflake stencil I used on this card!
Please see THIS POST for my contest and leave a comment!! 
AND the JUGS challenge is going on until tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 pm.  It's HERE.
Thanks for swinging by!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Woods

I'm actually getting some cards done these days so here's another I wanted to show you.  This card is by way of a reminder that the Just Us Girls challenge word for this week is WINTER!  You can make a card or project expressing what winter means to you!  Please check our BLOG and consider joining in this week! (you also have a chance to be our guest designer for February!!)

I know this card is a bit off my usual "cute" style, but it is always fun to try something different, don't you think?  I took a piece of sahara sand from my scrap pile (yep, pile!) to make a practice scene on.  Well, a few practice pieces later I was ready for the real thing! I stuck with Sahara Sand and stamped the brush tress (Impression Obsession) in Olympia green (Versafine).  I did NOT reink, but just moved the stamp to the side and stamped it off to get a lighter version which looks more distant.  The front trees are a stamp I bought at a local stamp show a year ago. It's similar to the large pine in Lovely as A Tree (SU).  It is also stamped in Olympia Green.

After that I used my MFT white pigment ink pad and a paint brush to brush the snow under the trees.
Then I sponged some crushed olive onto those background trees.  Then I set to work on the sky.  (I also did a few practice on this part!).  The inks are from Adirondack -Cranberry and Butterscotch.
Lastly, I took a fat stencil brush, got it a little wet and tapped it into the same white pigment inkpad then raked my pallette knife across it to spatter (and splatter!) heavy, white snow.

Okay, that's it. I'll probably slow down a bit since it's back to work today.  I feel like I have a bit of my creative MOJO back though, so I hope it won't be too long!
Please consider joining us at Just Us Girls in 2015~Maybe starting THIS WEEK!!
AND I have a little contest on my post from Friday that I'd love to have you enter for some goodies.
You can check that out HERE!
Thanks and have a great day! cheryl


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