Saturday, July 15, 2017

Just Us Girls #402 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Nancy has chosen some very pretty colors for us to work with.


We have with us again this week, Aileen Ryan our June Guest Designer!  Check out the JUGS blog to see some awesome creations that Aileen and the rest of the Design Team have made.


The blues really are a closer made in real life than how they appear in the photo!  I used some Concord & 9th stamps and a couple of Reverse Confetti dies.

Come play along with us in our Color Week Challenge 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, July 8, 2017

Just Us Girls #401 - Trend Week

Nancy is our hostess this week at Just Us Girls for Trend Week!  She has chosen Ink Blending which can be seen all over Blogland right now!


We have with us again this week, Aileen Ryan our June Guest Designer!  Check out the JUGS blog to see some awesome Ink Blending by Aileen and the rest of the talented Design Team.


The background is sponged and blended with a combination of Distress Oxide and Distress Inks.  Stamped the flag stick with black ink and stamped the flag on some white cardstock and colored with Touch Twin markers and add the 19 with Concord & 9th stamps.  Stamped the sentiment on some kraft and die cut.  Added a strip of washi tape.

Come and show us your Ink Blending 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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just Us Girls #400 - Word Week

It's our 400th Challenge at Just Us Girls and it's time to Celebrate!  Vicki is our hostess this week and that is exactly what her Word is.  So let the Celebration begin.  We have 2 companies which are offering up prizes this week which makes it even more special.


Random winner: [1 choice of a stamp set, and 1 ink pad]
and


[The Chic of this Week will win a $15 gift certificate AND, 1 random winner has their choice of a 4x6 stamp set, or 2 [in-stock] 3x5 stamp sets.]

A huge Thank you to both these companies!!

I would like to welcome our June Guest Designer - Aileen Ryan!  And I would also like to welcome our newest, extremely talented Design Team Member - Angie Cimbalo!  Come on over to  JUGS to see what Aileen and the rest of the talented Design Team have created to Celebrate!


I started with the Tim Holtz sunburst stamp with Memento Luxe Dandelion ink, stamping the top half in my MISTI, then flipping the card around and stamped again on the bottom half.  Stamped the big Celebrate with red ink and added 3 stars (which are are to see here) die cut from white glitter paper.

Now it's your turn to play along with us and you could win one of the awesome prizes up for grabs this week, as well as a chance to become our Chic of the Week!  If you do get chosen as our Chic of the Week that would then make you eligible for a chance to become our next Guest Designer!  Please limit your entries to 3.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Just Us Girls #399 - Photo Week

It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls and Lisa has the perfect photo for our inspiration!


I would like to take this time to thank Estelle, our June Guest Designer for joining us this past month and sharing all of her awesome creations!  Now, hop on over to JUGS to see what Cheryl and the rest of the Design Team have created using this photo for inspiration.


I was inspired by the sand and water.   I used a technique by Jennifer McGuire - Wrapped Watercolor.  I used Twinkling H2Os on watercolor paper and crinnkled up some plastic wrap and laid it on top of the wet paint and let it dry overnight.   Added the sand dollar from Reverse Confetti which had the edges sponged with Distress Ink and the sentiment from Gina K.

Come play along with us and show us how the photo inspires you 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 17, 2017

Just Us Girls #398 - Color Week

It's Color Week at Just Us Girls and Bobby has chosen a beautiful color combo for us to work with.


Visit our JUGS blog to see how these colors inspired Estelle our June Guest Designer and the rest of the Design Team.


Some Kraft Core Core'dinations was used for the embossed brick wall, then it was sanded and sponged with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The print background is a piece of a bag that my stamp order came in, I crinkled it up then adhered it to some cardstock and inked the edges and the raised crinkles with some more Walnut Stain.  The Tim Holtz bird was colored with Prismacolor pencils and die cut.  Used some words from an old Gina K set, Calendar Bits and Pieces, to build the sentiment on the layered fishtail tag.

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.

I am also adding this to The Male Room Challenge - Off the Edge

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Just Us Girls #397 - Trend Week

Chris has a great Trend Challenge for us at Just Us Girls, however, I don't own any of these so I had to improvise!


Come on over to JUGS to see what our June Guest Designer - Estelle and the rest of the Design Team have created using powdered dyes.


Since I didn't have any powdered dyes I came up with the idea to use Kool-Aid!  I thought about using some Rit Dye, but the Kool-Aid was more readily available.  I sprinkled some Blue Raspberry Lemondae and some Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid on some watercolor paper and misted it.  It was a little sticky after it dried, so I sprayed it with some matte sealer.  Stamped the big sentiment from Concord & 9th with Versamark and heat embossed with black ep.

Now it's your turn to show us your creation using powdered dyes.  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 3, 2017

Just Us Girls #396 - Word Week

Ina is our hostess for our Word Week at Just Us Girls and she has chosen Die-Cuts!


I would like to welcome our June Guest Designer - Estelle !  Come on over to JUGS to see what Estelle and the rest of the Design Team have done with die-cuts.


This started with a piece of glossy photo paper and used Distress Oxide inks in Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick to drag the ink pad directly to the paper from top to bottom overlapping the colors.  Used a couple of dies from Concord & 9th.  Added some Stickles to the butterfly.  Did the inlaid die technique on the sentiment banner.

Come play along with us in our Word 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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Just Us Girls #395 - Photo Week

Nancy has chosen a beautiful photo for our Photo Inspiration Week at Just Us Girls!  This is perfect timing for me because I need to create a wedding card for our niece.


So sad to say it is our last week with Kathie Durgan, our May Guest Designer.  Make sure to leave her lots of love!  Now hop on over to the JUGS blog to see what has inspired Kathy and the rest of the Design Team!


This was hard to get a good photo of with all of the shimmer!  I added some coral mist to some shimmer cardstock and layered the die cut and embossed hearts, also from shimmer cardstock.  Layered onto a scalloped rectangle, once again from shimmer cardstock and then onto an ivory cardbase.  I had to add the light peachy color because this is for my niece's wedding and those are her colors.

Come play along with us at JUGS 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, 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!