Saturday, July 21, 2018

Just Us Girls #450 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Lisa has chosen a beautiful, soft color combo for us to play with!


You really have to visit the JUGS blog to see all the lovely creations by our Guest Designer - Julia Aston and the rest of the talented Design Team.


Using my Altenew Beautiful Day flowers again!  Stamped the outline in black and only one layer with the pink.  Stamped the big swirly image from Technique Tuesday on the white base in aqua ink.  Added a few Nuvo drops.

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.



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Floral Birthday

Playing along with the Mod Squad Challenge with theme of Floral Birthday

Modsquad Challenge

And another entry to the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge for their Splash Watercoloring challenge



The splash watercolor background was done with Distress inks in Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters following Loll Thompson's tutorial.  Stamped the striped piece in Memento Elderberry from Gina K's Ribbon Stripes.  I am loving this new hydrangea stamp from Gina K!  Stamped the flowers and watercolored with Distress inks in blues and purples and then greens on the leaves and stems.  Added yellow gel pen to the flower centers.  Stamped the sentiment from another Gina K set in Memento Elderberry.  

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Watercolored Die Cut

The July challenge at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge is to Colour your Die-cuts + stamping + your choice



Also, over at CAS Watercolor Card Challenge this month the challenge is Splash Watercolor





Die cut the flower 3 times and glued together then watercolored with Distress Inks.  Watercolored the background panel with blue and green.  Stamped the sentiment and used a word window punch and adhered to the watercolored panel overlapping the edge.  My flowers are a little splotchy from some of the glue getting onto the top, but it gives it a little character and that's what I'm going with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just Us Girls #449 - Trend Week

It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby has chosen the ever trendy Watercolor Background.


Come on over to the JUGS blog to see the beautiful watercolor backgrounds created by our Guest Designer - Julia Aston and the rest of the Design Team.


A friend asked me to make a sympathy card for someone who just lost their beloved cat and this is the best cat image I could come up with.  I colored the cat to try to match what the cat looked like in life. Distress Inks were used on the background and then the leafy branched were added by using a stencil.  After sponging some green ink through the stencil, I added some brown to the branches and some darker green to the leaves with Prismacolor pencils.  I didn't have a color I liked for a base, so I swiped some Distress Ink around the outside edge of a white base and on a strip for the sentiment and the circle for a better match. 

Now it's your turn to create a watercolor background and play along with us at JUGS.  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. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Nautical Birthday

I combined 3 challenges for my Nautical Birthday card.

Cardz 4 Guyz # 198 -  Blue and Brown 

Cardz 4 Guyz Logo

Double D Challenge - Nautical

Double D Challenges

CAS Colours & Sketches - Sketch Challenge



One layer card using Kraft.  Stamped the compass image from Kaiser Craft with Hero Arts Pool ink.  Added the rope image from Gina K and colored with a Prismacolor marker.  Stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts with Memento Espresso ink.  After taking the photo, I wish I would have stamped the rope first and masked it before stamping the compass.

Thanks for taking a closer look!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Just Us Girls #448 - Word Week

It's time for Word Week at Just Us Girls and our very talented Carol has chosen the word Citrus!  You can use actual citrus images or citrus colors.


Since this is a new month, that means we have a new Guest Designer, welcome Julia Aston!  Come on over to the JUGS blog to see how Julia and the rest of the amazing Design Team have interpreted the word Citrus!


This is literally the only image I have that has citrus!  I did some masking of the drink glass and the blender image and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Added some Wink of Stella clear to the citrus, blender contents and the drink glass.  Added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the rim of the glass,  Added the black and white diagonal stripe piece to the lime green graph layer, both are free digis from Mel Stampz.

Now it's your turn to play along with us!  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, June 30, 2018

Just Us Girls #447 - Wild Card

This month has 5 Saturdays which make this Wild Card Week at Just Us Girls and Vicki has a great challenge for us - Anything Goes!


Sadly, this is our last week with our June Guest Designer, Hannelie Bester and I want to say Thank You for joining us this past month with all of your awesome designs!  Now, come on over to the JUGS blog to see what Hannelie and the rest of the Design Team have created for this challenge.


I had this background laying on my desk from when we played with alcohol inks and decided to put it to use.  Stamped the flourish from Technique Tuesdays with Archival Ink in Paradise Teal and the flowers from Unity and leafy branches from Gina K in black Archival Ink.  The sentiment was heat embossed with gold ep also from Gina K.  I couldn't find a base in the color I wanted, so I used a Touch Twin marker to color around the edges of a Gina K heavy weight white base to match.  No bleed through with the Gina K heavy weight white!

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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

100th Birthday

This was made for an amazing man who was celebrating his 100th birthday!  I used the theme from Cardz 4 Guyz - #197 - Metal Madness.

Cardz 4 Guyz Logo


Masked the center rectangle, added Versamaark and Perfect Pearls in silver.  Embossed the background with a diamondplate ef.  Die cut the gears from Tim Holtz and colored with Tim Holtz gold crackle paint, copper nail polish and silver crackle finish nail polish.  Die cut the sentiment and 100 from black glitter paper..

Thanks for taking a closer look!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Just Us Girls #446 - Photo Week

It's time for Photo Week at Just Us Girls with Maria as our hostess and she has chosen this awesome photo for our inspiration!


Come on over to the JUGS blog to see how this photo has inspired our June Guest Designer, Hannelie Bester and the rest of the Design Team!


Pulled out this old, but loved owl image and colored with Touch Twin markers.  Stenciled the background with Distress Oxide ink in Antique Linen then stenciled the brown hearts and adding some Wink of Stella in brown for a little shimmer.

Come play along in our Photo Challenge 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, June 16, 2018

Just Us Girls #445 - Color Week

It's time for our Color Week challenge at Just Us Girls and Ina has chosen a very striking color combo!


Come on over to JUGS and check out what our June Guest Designer, Hannelie Bester and the rest of the amazing Design Team have created using these colors.


The background stripes is a very old stamp I found in my collection and stamped with black ink.  The roses are from Altenew and stamped in shades of red and the leaves in shades of green for my additional color.  the sentiment was also stamped in a red ink.

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, June 9, 2018

Just Us Girls #444 - Trend Week

It's time for Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby has chosen Alcohol Inks!  I only had a few so I made some by adding dye reinkers to alcohol.  You can also use Sharpies by pulling out the core and putting it into alcohol.

We have Hannelie Bester with us again this week as our Guest Designer.  Be sure to check of the JUGS Blog to seen how Hannelie and the rest of the amazing Design Team have used alcohol inks on their creations.


Started by using my homemade blue and green alcohol inks by spraying the glossy photo paper with alcohol then dropping on the colors and blowing it around with a straw.  Repeated the process until I was happy with the results.  Then embossed it with an embossing folder, then tapping Versamark onto the raised parts of the embossing after using my embossing buddy and added some gold ep and heat embossed.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Just Us Girls #443 - Word Week

It's Word Week Challenge time at Just Us Girls and it's my turn to choose the word and I have chosen the word "Outside".  This leaves a lot of room for interpretation!  Think of anything that is literally Outside or and image that runs outside of the frame which could be stamped or die cut.


I would like to welcome our June Guest Designer, Hannelie Bester!  Come on over to JUGS to see how Hannelie and the rest of the amazing Design Team have interpreted this weeks Word Challenge.


I used my new hydrangea stamp from Gina K, which flowers are outside and cut the panel by using my paper cutter up to the edges of the flowers and leaves, then fussy cut around then so that the image runs out of the box.  I used Distress Inks to watercolor the image and then added some yellow gel pen dots to the center of the flowers.  Layered onto a piece of gray and white polka paper.  Stamped the lacy border, also from Gina K with black ink on some old Vintage Violet that I have hoarded from Stampin Up.

Come play along with us 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, May 26, 2018

Just Us Girls #442 - Photo Week

It's time for Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Nancy has a beautiful Photo for our inspiration.


Sadly, this is our last week with Patti Kehl as our Guest Designer and I want to say Thank You for joining us this past month and sharing all of  you amazing designs!  Now, come on over to the JUGS blog to see how Patti and the rest of the Design Team were inspired by this beautiful photo.


I used the daisy from A Year of Flowers by Gina K to make my black eyed Susan.  Colored with Touch Twin markers and added the sentiment from Hero Arts.  Layered on some kraft polka dot paperer and Warm cocoa cardstock from Gina K.  Added some clear Wink of Stella to the petals or a little shimmer.

Come on over to JUGS to share your creations using the photo as  your inspiration.  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, May 21, 2018

Copper Peonies

Playing along with CASology this week in their Copper challenge.



Stamped the Altenew peonies in 2 shades of copper ink.  The background was masked off and sponged with copper ink then embossed with a herringbone embossing folder.   Added the sentiment from Hero Arts, also stamped in copper ink.  Inked the edges of a white card base with copper ink and done!  Lots of copper!

Thanks for taking a closer look!



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Just Us Girls #441 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Lisa is challenging us with this gorgeous color palette. 


We have the very talented Patti Kehl with us again this week as our May Guest Designer!  Come on over to the JUGS Blog to see how these colors inspired Patti along with the rest of the talented Design Team.


Using Altenew's Vintage Roses in Navy and Aqua with the leaves in shades of gray.  Stamped the gingham background from Lawn Fawn in navy ink onto a gray layer and adhered it all to a navy card base.  A little tip I learned from Jennifer McGuire's blog, use Press n Seal over the top side of the flowers when you get them arranged the way you want, then add your adhesive to the back side, flip it over onto your card as one piece then just peel away the Press n Seal.

Now it's your turn to show us how these colors inspire you!  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, May 12, 2018

Just Us Girls #440 - Trend Week

It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls and Angie is our hostess and is challenging us to use Stencils!


We have Patti Kehl with us again this week as our Guest Designer for the month of May!  Pop on over to the JUGS Blog to see what Patti and the rest of the talented Design Team have created using stencils.


I printed the treble clef and notes on a laser printer and foiled them with Rose Gold foil.  Matted with some slate gray cardstock.  Stenciled on the one side and into the image with a Tim Holtz Stencil with Hero Arts Wet Cement ink.  Stenciled the chevron onto the card base with Memento Gray Flannel ink.  Added the sentiment and done.

Here is one more that is for my grandson's first communion using a sunburst stencil.


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, May 5, 2018

Just us Girls #439 - Word Week

It's Word Week at Just Us Girls a I have chosen the word Shadow.  You can make a shadow of an image or words, it could be stamped or drawn shadows or create a shadow by layering die cuts.  Use your imagination and see where it takes you!


I would like to welcome our May Guest Designer, Patti KehlCheck out the JUGS Blog to see how Patti and the rest of the Design Team have interpreted the word Shadow.


I went with stamped shadows.  The balloons were stamped with gray ink with the die cut balloons adhered directly to the white layer, slightly offset for a dimensional look.  The sentiment was stamped first with gray ink then a little and to the right with black ink, again for a dimensional look.  The sentiment was stamped using my MISTI to get the right placement.. I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the balloons.

How does the word Shadow inspire you?  Come share you creations with us 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, April 28, 2018

Just us Girls #438 - Photo Week

It's time for Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Vicki has chosen an amazing photo for our inspiration!


Sadly, this is our last week with our April Guest Designer Karren Johnson.  I would like to say THANK YOU for joining us this past month and sharing all of your amazing creations!  Now jump on over to the JUGS Blog to see how Vicki's Photo has inspired Karren and the rest of the Design Team.


I was pretty literal with my interpretation!  Love the colors and the black and white artwork paired with the orange flowers.  I used Concord & 9th Background Blocks.  The flower die cut has orange Stickles on the flower heads.

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Just us Girls #437 - Color Week

The amazing Carol is our hostess for our Color Week Challenge at Just Us Girls and her color choice is Prominently Purple!


Come check out all of the pretty purple creations by our Guest Designer Karren Johnson and the rest of the JUGS Design Team!


Using Distress Oxide Inks in Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet.  I smooshed the inks on my craft mat, misted and pressed and moved the watercolor paper around in the inks.  The Seedless Preserves ended up looking more pinkish.  After it was dry, stamped the script from Gina K's Botanicals, the flowers from Unity and the sentiment from Hero Arts all in Versafine Onyx ink.

Now it's your turn to share you Prominently Purple project with us at JUGS!  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, April 14, 2018

Just Us Girls #436 - Trend Week

It's Trend Week at Just Us Girls, a time to create using one of the current trends we are seeing all around Blogland!  Lisa is our hostess this week and she has chosen the ever trendy Black and White Stripes!


Come on over to the JUGS Blog to see what Karren Johnson, our April Guest Designer and the rest of the amazing Design Team have created using Black and White Stripes!


I paired the beautiful peonies from Altenew with the black and white bold strripes and stamping the sentiment directly onto one of the white stripes.  The card base is Apricot Appeal from SU.


I just had to make a second card using the black and white stripes.  I love this Gina K set, Lots of Lines.  Stamped the 3 squares onto white and added a bolder striped piece along the edge,  The leaves are a die cut from green vellum, left in the die and inked with Versamark and then heat embossed white green ep.

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, April 7, 2018

Just Us Girls #435 - Word Week

It''s time again for Word Week at Just Us Girls and Ina is challenging us with the word Bold!  There are so many directions you can take with this.


I would like to welcome our April Guest Designer - Karren Johnson!  Hop on over to the JUGS Blog to see all of the Bold creations from Karren and the rest of the talented Design Team.


I went with a Bold sentiment and Bold stripes!  Stamped the background stripes from MFT in Hero Arts Tide Pool ink as well as the small balloon.  The larger balloon was stamped with Memento Nautical Blue ink.  The sentiment was printed out on a laser printer and then foiled with some Tim Holtz Frozen foil.  Layered it all onto a navy card base.

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Alcohol Ink and Foil

I've been having a lot of fun playing with alcohol inks and trying my hand at foiling!  This week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! was a perfect opportunity to use both without hiding much of the background.



This started out by misting photo paper with alcohol and dropping orange alcohol ink onto it and blowing around with a straw.  The lace border is from Gina K stamped with Archival Black ink.  The butterfly is from Concord & 9th which was covered with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and then put through a laminator with some iridescent silver foil.  Stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts and die cut the banner strip.

Thanks for taking a closer look!