Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Us Girls #313 WORD WEEK

Sue has the challenge for us this week and the word she's chosen is Sympathy.  They are the cards we don't really want to make but, all too often, seem to need.   It's also World Cardmaking Day, so besides showing this card, I'm hoping to make at least one other card in honor of our great hobby!


Here's my card for the challenge:
I fully admit to being in a creative drought at the moment and to CASEing Jan Tink for this card! Here's the link to her blog post:  THINKING OF YOU I love that she has purple in her card. I just wasn't sure about using it since my card is going to a friend who has lost her husband. I have a really juicy Black Archival ink pad so I glued the cloud to the card base and stamped the tree direct to paper.  I was pleased at how well it worked.  My cloud die is from Papertrey Ink.  My Hills are cut from dies by My Favorite Things from various Stampin' Up and PTI designmer papers.  I cut some 5,5 inch papers and then matched them up the way I wanted them to look on the card, glued them together and then trimmed off the edges to fit the 4.5 inch card front.  The piece was then too think to go into my corner punch so It is glued to the card front and then I hand-trimmed the corners.  The finial step was to sponge the edges-vintae photo distress ink.  The sentiment has two parts so I colored the part I wanted with a water color (not copic) marker, huffed on it and stamped it to the card front.
Thanks for looking today!  We sure hope you'll join in our challenge this week and Happy Worlk Cardmaking Day!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Just Us girls #311-Color Challenge Week!

Hi! It's still warm in Western New York, but this is the last weekend of summer! Autumn is official on September 23 (or is it 22nd?)  Anyway, Maria has an autumnal color challenge for us this week! She wants us to use RED, YELLOW and ORANGE on our projects!  Great challenge, Maria!
Here are my cards!  I have an August birthday and I have NEVER been SO late with my thank you notes!  Because of that I've made 15 variations on this first card so that I can get them written and sent soon!  I'm showing you three of my cards, so I hope you like!
 First up, I used Paper Smooches "Best Buds" stamp set , stamped on water color paper and colored with clean color real brush zig pens and water on a regular paint brush.  This one got a little dirty when I used a stencil brush on the edges with soft suede and got to much in an area. I had to 'dirty' up the rest in an effort to hide my error! I used a black sharpie for the ziggy lines around and also used lots of stickles for sparkle and shine!  The 'thanks' die cut is from Your Next Die. A perfect fit!
Same card, different photo-see the sparkle?
 And, two different cards with an altered placement of the focal image.

We sure hope you'll join the JUGS team in the challenge this week!  LOTS of DT inspiration can be see HERE!  Link your card or project to the site by 9 pm ET on Thursday, Sept. 24!  You may also have a chance to be our Guest DT member for November!
Thanks for coming by today!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Just Us Girls-Trend Challenge! #310

Hello!  Now that we are back in school I sure welcome the weekend!  So happy that Saturday is here! One reason to ALWAYS be happy it's Saturday is a new Just Us Girls challenge! This week it's my turn to host and I picked BALLOONS as the trend !  They are every where lately, don't you think?!  In dies and stamps and in all shapes and sizes!
I used a new stamp set from Darcie's Heart and Home rubber stamps that I got when Lisa and I went to the Stamp and Scrap Tour show when it was in town. It's so much fun to see sooo many products in person! We spend the day and a few dollars there! I colored the duck with my Clean Color Zig Pens and fussy cut him out by hand. (I'm such a wimp-I want dies for every stamp now!).  The balloom is cut using a die from MFT. I used real twine to tie it in his open wing.
The background is made on watercolor paper using Ken Oliver's Colorburst Powders.  Lisa showed them to me when we were in our Local stamp store in August.  She is such an enabler!  I bought 3 or 4 that day. Before even using them I saw that Taylored Expressions was carrying all the colors and as long as I was ordering I ordered the rest of the colors!  Geez! Anyway, I tapped a little powder onto watercolor paper in a few areas (crimson, yellow and orange) and then spritzed carefully with water from a distance away.  Then I waited and watch the water work.  If the paper curled and water went to the edge I used a little paper toweling to wick that off.  I wanted it kind of splotchy so I dried it with my heat gun. I did the same with green and ultramarine blue on paper before cutting the balloon. I used a little clear wink of stella on the balloon to add sparkle.It picked up a little color.
I understand Ken Oliver has some You tube videos so I think I'll watch how he uses his powders before I play again! However, I kind of like how mine came out!

We, at Just Us Girls, sure hope you'll look over your crafty supplies and find balloons you can use (or even just circles!) and join us in the week's challenge!
Check out our blog for tons of inspiration!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Just Us Girls #309 WORD WEEK!

Hello friends! Well, I'm in a fallish mood despite the extreme summer heat we're having here in Western New York!  Lisa is the Just Us Girls Host for this week and she has a challenge with a touch of fall as well!  Her WORD CHALLENGE to inspire us this week is APPLE!! Isn't that perfect!?  I couldn't wait to get started on it! Luckily I didn't have school today so it was first on my list this morning! (And I always have a Looong list!! You too?)  Use the link above to visit the blog for loads of apple inspiration!

 For my card I used this great Gary Paulsen image from Impression Obsession.  I don't know the title, but if you love it just search Impression Obsession. They have stamps sorted by artists, and he's a true artist!   I stamped it on watercolor paper in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink (waterproof).  The image is colored with my Clean Color Real Brush Zig Pens and a paint brush with water.  It's so fun to water color this way.  I love those things! Easier and quicker than getting out my reinker bottles.
I used a piece of craft foam to mount my image on instead of dimensionals. that way the main panel doesn't sag.  The orange layer is Summer Sunrise (PTI) stamped in Cajun Craze using the large gingham stamp (Impression Obsession).  Those pieces are mounted on a Blackberry Bliss card base.  It's a perfect purple with oranges and yellows for those fall cards!  
Oh, yes, and I sure hope you can see the APPLES in the image so you know I did follow Lisa's challenge!
Please join us this week in the challenge!  The details are on the Just Us Girls blog!  You have until Thursday at 9 pm ET and could win a change to be our guest DT for November!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Just Us Girls #307 Photo Week!

Hello there!  I have been unintentionally absent for far too long! My apologies, but I won't offer excuses!  I'm back today with Chris' Just Us Girls challenge #307.  She has a super photo to challenge and inspire us this week!  You can see her post and the photo HERE!  AND, there is tons on DT inspiration, too!
So, here is how I was inspired!  I think this is the funniest (and, yes, the truest!) stamp I have seen in a long time!  I adore it with it's accompanying sentiment!  My friend, Luanne, gave me a round tag she had made using it.  I will get a photo of her tag to post soon. I came home from Luanne's and ordered these stamps (ebay, HERE and HERE) immediately! 

The image is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with the wonderful clean color real brush zig pens and a little water with a paintbrush. I used the 'sun' spellbinders die.  the rest of the dies are from MFT.
Thanks for visiting. It was so fun to create something again.  Now I want to create 8 more of these for teacher friends!  Wonder if I'll get that accomplished!  First up today, though, is to finish the closet I started yesterday.  It looks like it threw up its contents all over the floor. better get crackin'!  Have a great weekend and try to find time to join in the challenge! You have until Thursday at 9 pm ET!
(You could win a chance to be our Oct. Guest DT member!)

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Hi all!  Welcome to my little blog! The Just Us team has a new challenge for you this week!  The trend is to use vellum on your card or project.  You have it, I know you do! BUT, do you use it very often?  I know I don't! What are we afraid of, anyway? That we'll ruin it? So what, we can just cut another piece!  So, get it out and start crafting with us!  The DT over on the BLOG has some great inspiration for you! Don't miss it! 

My Favorite Things had a release this week. I was inspired by some of the new cards to get out this older set of MFT dies -LJD Scribble Flowers and get to work!  I started with a white card base.  Heavy white PTI card stock is my favorite. I made a top fold card.  Then there is my layer of vellum, cut just slightly smaller than the card front.  The card cover is a PTI die-diagonal stripes.  that is all adhered together with little dots of glue.

I cut my flowers, scribbles and leaves from the same white card stock. Putting the scribbles aside so I wouldn't get them inky I went to work with my Tim Holtz round sponge applicators.  I sponged on Pool Party and then Lost Lagoon in the center.  The leaves have a few different greens, I just couldn't seem to get what I wanted.  I used PTI Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado mostly.  I used my Clean Color Real brush Zig pen to free hand the veins-not perfect, and next time I think I'll try something else, but it worked for now.
Pretty simple card, really, but I like how it came out.
Thanks for visiting! I sure hope you'll visit our blog and then join in the challenge.  Chics of the week chosen in August have a chance to be out guest DT member in October!  You can enter up to 3 cards too!
gHave a great day and weekend!  Cheryl

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Just Us Girls #304 WORD WEEK

Hello! It's Saturday again and that means the Just Us Girls (JUGS) team has a new challenge for you! Maria has the word challenge this week and she has challenged us with the word AUTUMN!  A fun challenge, if you ask me! I love all things Autumn (well, except for going back to work!). The smells, the colors, the decorations, the leaves falling, the apples, the wine! All of it!

So, I got into that box that hold my beloved autumn stamps and pulled out this beauty. I think she's seen ink, but I'm not sure I've ever gotten around to coloring her.  I put off the cleaning I'd planned to do today and colored her up with my Zig Real Brush Clean Color Pens (or something like that-it's a mouthful!) Watercoloring made easy!  She is a stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs called 
Happy Scarecrow. Since it was my first time to color her I stayed pretty true to how she was colored on the WSD website.  I like pink and orange together anyway!

My card base is white, then there is a layer of pumpkin pie, cut with an MFT Blueprints die and sponged with Cajun Craze. then a layer of PTI dp (Berry Sorbet) also cut from an MFT die and finally to image which was stamped on water color paper and cut with an MFT cross stitch rectangle after the water coloring.  I mounted the focal image on the dotted dp and then cute the same size rectangle from craft foam so that panel could be raised without sagging.  After adhering those together, I wrapped my orange twine around twice and tied before using Scor-tape to stick that panel to the pumpkin pie.  Everything is very securely stuck together.  This card opens in the traditional book way which has become unusual for me.  I make so many top fold cards now.
So, thanks for coming by to look.  We sure hope you'll take up the challenge this week and join in. You have until Thursday, August 6 at 9:00 pm to link your card up to our main site.  And take a look at all the DT inspiration over there too!!  Here's the link: Just Us Girls Blog


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