Saturday, May 20, 2017

Just Us Girls #394 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Judy has chosen an amazing color combination for us!


Come on over to the JUGS blog to see what our Kathie Durgan, our May Guest Designer and the rest of the amazing Design Team have done with these colors.


Used a dotted stencil for the background with Hero Arts Lime Green ink.  Stamped the stripes on aqua cardstock with Distress Oxide ink in Faded Jeans, love how it still looks navy.  Die cut the bow from navy and aqua cardstock and the little tag from lime green and heart from aqua.  Die cut the happy 3 times in each of these colors and layered for a shadow effect.

What do these colors inspire you to make?  Come join us and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then make you eligible for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stars for the Graduate

I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!


And the theme from The Male Room - Stars



Stamped little stars with Brilliance Yellow ink on a white panel and also the big star.  Cut out the big star and layered onto some navy to make it stand out more.  Added some navy with stars washi tape.  Die cut the Congrats from yellow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Just Us Girls #393 - Trend Week

It's my turn again to host this week's Trend Challenge at Just Us Girls!  There seems to be a lot of the new Distress Oxide Inks from Time Holtz backgrounds being created a
round blogland.  My challenge is to do just that, create a background with Oxide or Distress inks, or any other ink that you have to achieve a similar effect.


Kathie Durgan, our May Guest Designer is with us again this week.  Come check out the backgrounds by Kathy and the rest of the talented JUGS Design Team.



This one uses the cling wrap technique found here



This is the Magic Stencil Technique by Jennifer McGuire found here



And this one was misted Distress Oxide inks on a Teflon mat and swirled the watercolor paper into it to create the blend.  After it was dry, used a stencil to add the sunburst dashes by sponging more Oxide Ink.

Come on over to Just Us Girls and show us your backgrounds and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week and that would put you in the running for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Positively Negative

There is a fun technique for this week's challenge at The Mod Squad - Positively Negative!

Modsquad Challenge 


Image is an old Gina K set - Grand Damask.  Stamped it on Dark Chocolate cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with tan ep.  Stamped it again on Kraft cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa.  Cut the 2 in  half and pieced together the 2 halves for the positive- negative effect.  The sentiment is also from Gina K's Elegant Florals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Just Us Girls #392 - Word Week

The Word of the week at Just Us Girls is "Mother" chosen by our talented hostess Maria!  Perfect timing for this challenge!


I would like to welcome our May Guest Designer - Kathie Durgan!  Come see what Kathy and the rest of the talented JUGS Design Team have created with the word Mother.


Started with a piece of glossy photo paper, sponged on some Distress Oxide inks then spritzed with water to blend the colors.  Stamped the flowers with  Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint.  Used a mix of stamps for the sentiment.  

Come play along with us and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would put you in the running for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Birthday Flowers

I was working on a birthday card and came across this sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!



I started with a pre-made watercolor card base and stamped the peonies from Altenew in shades of peache, pink and poppy red.  Added some colored pencil to blend the color a little more.  Masked the flowers and stamped the leaves in Memento Olive and colored with pencils.  Die cut the happy by Tim Holtz and stamped the birthday from Altenew.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Just Us Girls #391 - Wild Card Week

It's Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls and Judy has chosen to do Paper Piecing.  I had forgotten how much fun paper piecing is!


It's our last week with our Guest Designer, Laurie Unger and I would like to thank her for joining us this past month and sharing all of her amazing creations!  Now come on over to JUGS to see what Laurie and the rest of the talented Design Team have chosen to paper piece.


I just love this spunky lady from Art Impressions!  She was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then paper pieced her pants, top and sun umbrella.  The rest was colored with Prismacolor markers and gel pens for her shoes and earring..  The sentiment is from Altenew.

Come play along with us and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then make you eligible for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just Us Girls #390 - Photo Week

It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Chris has chosen a photo that has endless possibilities for inspiration.



We have Laurie Unger, our April Guest Designer with us again this week.   Come see how this photo inspired Laurie and the rest of the JUGS Design Team.


I was inspired by the patterned rug, red table and the flowers in the vase.  The stamps are from Gina K.  Stamped the vase on yellow cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with white ep and then cut it out.  Stamped and colored the flowers with Prismacolor markers and added  gel pen dots for the flower centers.  Sponged some Distress Ink with more concentration of the bottom of the panel. Added a strip of washi tape on top of the yellow lattice die cut background.  

How does this photo inspire you?  If you play along with us, you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then make you eligible for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Just Us Girls #389 - Color Week

Ina has chosen some soft, beautiful colors for us to work with at Just Us Girls for our Color Week.


Come over and check out the JUGS blog to see what Laurie Unger, our April Guest Designer and the rest of the Design Team have created with these beautiful colors!


This huge flower is from Stampendous and I colored it with Prismacolor pencils in Pink, Peach and Lemon Yellow.  Added the sentiment which was heat embossed on a strip of vellum.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #388 - Trend Week

It's my turn to bring you the Trend Week Challenge at Just Us Girls.  There are so many companies out there with multi-step stamps that help you create a realistic image and my challenge to you is to use any multi-layered stamp(s).


Laurie Unger is with us again this week as our April Guest Designer!  Check out the JUGS Blog to see what Laurie and the rest of the Design Team have created using multi-step stamps.



I used the Peony Bouquet from Altenew.  Stamped the flowers in 3 shades of pinks and the leaves in 2 shades of green.  I used a water pen to soften the edges a little since my stamping was a little off.   Added a light watercolor wash of light green on the background.   Added the Label sentiment, also from Altenew and a strip of washi tape down the side.

Now it's your turn to come play in our Trend Challenge!  You could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would put you in the running for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Just Us Girls # 387 - Word Week

Nancy is our hostess this week at Just Us Girls for our Word Challenge and she has chosen the Word - Sea.



I would like to welcome our Guest Designer for the month of April - Laurie Unger!  Come on over the the  JUGS Challenge Blog to see what Laurie and the rest of the Design Team have created for our Word Week Challenge.


Started out by masking and sponging the background for the sand, sea and sky using Distress Inks.  Stamped the shells from the Gina K set - Gifts From the Sea, which I thought was pretty appropriate for this challenge.  Cut out the shells and scattered on the beach.  Stamped the little sailboat on the horizon and added the sentiment.

I used the sketch from CAS Colour & Sketches Challenge.



Come play along with our Word Challenge and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week and that would then put you in the running for a chance become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sketched Wood Hello

Playing with some of my newer Reverse Confetti stamps using their March Sketch



And also using the theme from The Male Room  - Use Wood



Used an Antique Linen Distress pad to create the rectangular shape by placing the edge of the pad on the ivory cardstock and sliding downward.  Stamped the paint swashes from Reverse Confetti with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa.  Stamped some woodgrain onto some kraft in Memento Soft Sand for a subtle look, then stamped the hello, from the same Reverse Confetti set. with Versamark and heat embossed with blue ep.

Thanks for dropping in!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Balloon Birthday

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for this birthday Card.



Stamped the balloons with Memento Luxe Nautical Blue and Bahama Blue.  The smaller balloon was stamped first then masked to stamp the larger one.  Added the strings and sentiment  using Altenew ink in black.  The card base is from Concord & 9th.

Thanks for taking a closer look!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #386 - Photo Week

Vicki has a fun photo for your inspiration at Just Us Girls Photo Week.



This is our last week with our March Guest Designer Nance Salkeld and I want to thank her for sharing all of her wonderful creations with us.  Now hop on over to the JUGS Challenge Blog to see what Nance and the rest of the talented Design Team have created using this cool photo.


I found this teapot in an old Gina K set.  It has a fleur-de-lis on it, so I masked it directly on the stamp with some washi tape, inked it up and removed the tape, then stamped it.  Then added the little butterfly and colored with Prismacolor markers.  Used some patterned papers from my stash and stamped the orange polka dots.  Heat embossed the sentiment in white.  Inside sentiment is: Beautiful inside and out.

Now it's your turn to come play along in our Photo Challenge and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then make you eligible for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Off the Edge

Playing along with CAS-ual Fridays Off the Edge Challenge



Stamped the flowers from Concord & 9th, colored with Primsmacolor pencils and cut them out.  Added some Nuvo Crystal drops in lime green to the flower centers.  Stamped the leaves from the same set and colored in with Prismacolor marker.  Added the sentiment from Gina K and die cut with a scalloped edge tag from SU.  Added lime green dots to the scallops.  The patterned papers are a free digi from Mel Stampz.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Just Us Girls #385 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Lisa has chosen the colors Pink, Purple and Gray.  This is a beautiful color combination.



Nance Salkeld, our March Guest Designer is with us again this week.  Check out what Nance and the rest of the JUGS design team have created using these colors.



I have finally used these awesome flowers from Altenew.  The outlines were stamped in gray, the solid piece in pink and the accent layer with purple.  Stamped the hello in a slightly darker purple and die cut.  Layered onto a gray polka dot card base from Lawn Fawn.

Show us your creations using these colors at JUGS and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would put you in the running for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Just Us Girls #384 - Trend Week

It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Maria has chosen the Trend to use a stencil.  There are so many things you can do with a stencil!


Nance Salkkeld is with us again this week as our March Guest Designer.  Come and check out what Nance and the rest of the Design Team at JUGS have created using stencils.


First I started with a chevron/arrow strip stencil down the right side using Multi-Medium (because I couldn't find my texture paste).  When that was dry, added some light blue ink smeared partially over that strip and then stamped a brush stroke over that in the same color.  Added a wavy chevron stenciled area in a darker blue.  Added the splatters, also a stencil in yet a darker blue.  Stamped the little coffee stain circles in the light blue and darker blue.  Die cut the butterfly from Concord & 9th from some glitter cardstock and enhanced it with some Touch Twin markers.  Added the sentiment from Altenew.

Come and play along with us at JUGS and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then make you eligible at a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Just Us Girls #383 - Word Week

Bobby is our hostess this week at Just Us Girls for Word Week and she has chosen the word "Geometric".  So many possibilities with this word.


I would like to welcome our Guest Designer for the month of March - Nance Salkeld
Wait until you see all of the creativity that Nance and the rest of the JUGS Design Team have come up with.


I used a hexagon stencil for my Geometric shape and sponged it with Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade.  Stamped the butterfly and sentiment from Gina K and then colored with Prismacolor markers.

How does the word Geometric inspire you?  Come and play along with us at Just Us Girls and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then put you in the running at a chance to be our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reverse Confetti Sketch

Using the sketch from Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try



I used the Reverse Confetti set - Color Me Happy.  Used orange ink for the background swash of color and heat embossed the hello in blue.  The blue polka dot layer is a piece from my stash printed from Mel Stampz.  Added a scalloped edge and layered onto a scalloped circle.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Just Us Girls #382 - Photo Week

It's my turn to be hostess at Just Us Girls for Photo Week.  I'm about ready for winter to be done and the tulips to be blooming!


It's our last week with Michele Greenwood as our February Guest Designer and I would like to thank her for sharing all of her amazing designs with us this past month!  Now let's see what Michele and the rest of the Design Team have created at JUGS have created with this photo as inspiration.



I used a very old SU set of 2 step flowers and stamped with Altenew Crisp inks in shades of red.  Then to add some snow effect, I spritzed the panel with some clear shimmer mist.  Adhered this to the gray polka dot layer to portray the gray clouds that bring the snow.  Added a few drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist.  This was really hard to get a good photo of so the tulips in the top photo look a little brighter than in real life.

Come play along with us and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would put you in the running for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Just Us Girls #381 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Judy is our hostess and has chosen one of my favorite color combos - Red, Black and Kraft!



Michele Greenwood is with us again this week as our February Guest Designer.  Come on over to the JUGS Challenge Blog to see what Michele and the rest of The Design Team have done with this color combo.

Die cut the large heart, ran it through a woodgrain embossing folder and lightly inked with kraft ink.  Added the die cut heart strip and the sentiment, from Altenew.  The striped background is a free download from Mel Stampz.

Now it's your turn to come play along with us and you could be chosen as our next Chic of the Week, which would then make you eligible for a chance to be our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Sketch

I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for yet another valentine card.



Stamped the little falling hearts from Altenew with Memento Love Letter ink on the pink panel.  The circle with the hearts is from Gina K and was heat embossed with black ep, then stamped with Versamark on red cardstock and heat embossed with clear ep and cut them out and placed on the circle.  The sentiment and die are from Reverse Confetti stamped with more Memento Love Letter ink.

Thanks for visiting my blog!