Saturday, May 23, 2015


Hi there, crafty friends!! It's photo week at Just Us Girls and Lisa has picked a gorgeous entryway photo to inspire us! Take a look:

See what I mean?  Stunning, right?  So beautiful that I was a bit stumped! You may want to check out truly inspired creations on the BLOG before looking at my sad example! LOL! Well, here goes!
 I guess I was mainly inspired by the gorgeous aqua door and the bright, crisp white.  From there, I'm afraid I just wanted to use my new MFT stamps! I just love this sentiment with the cow!  It just makes me happy~And SO does Lisa's photo!
 Another view and finally a CLOSE up of the little cow!  I guess the cow has the touch of 'orange' you see on the rug in the photo, if you stretch your imagination a bit! I used MFT dies for my circles and card layers. I cut Felt buttons with PTI dies. Love them!
I appreciate that you took a look and thanks again to those who have joined as followers! Summer is coming and I hope to be coloring and posting more frequently!  I love that you visit!
Please do join us in the challenge this week.. We'd love to see what  you come up with! You have until Thursday, May 28 at 9 pm ET.  IF you are chosen Chic of the Week in May you have a chance to be our Guest Designer in July!

Have a great day and weekend!  THANK YOU to all our servicemen and women, past and present, for your service to our country.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Just Us Girls #293 COLOR week

Hello!  It's color week at Just Us Girls and Chris has a great one that will give you OPTIONS!!!
Take a look!

I didn't have to think twice about using some (light) teal and coral with a bit of green!  I adore these colors!  I've had this stamp set (Bordering on Romance) from SU for a long time and only inked it up a couple of times!  I'm a bit late with my post because work has me worn out these days and I wasn't feeling the creative spirit.  But, this morning I pulled out my Xpress it blending and some copics and got to work! Not work, when you love it!

Here are a couple of pics of the result and I'm pretty happy with it.  I used some YRs for my large flowers and buds. BGs for the teal, and YGs for the leaves.  I surrounded the colored image with Ws and then cut with my ~~NEW~ MFT crosss stitch dies! OMG! I'm in love!! I left the cardstock in the die and stenciled Sahara Sand on my Xpress it and Crisp Cantaloupe ink on the Crisp Cant. piece.   Finally, the card base is Pool Party.  It's stamped in Pool Party with my Impression Obsession 6" gingham stamp (another fave!!). Edges are sponged with more PP.  Some PTI ribon finished off my card.
I hope you like it and please don't let the week get by you without joining in on our challenge!  You have until thursday, May 21 to get your card entered.  And to see tons of inspiration you've got to visit our blog JUST US GIRLS!
Thanks for spending a little time here and I thank the new people who are following me as well as my previous friends! I appreciate it so much!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday May Flowers!

Hi!  It's a rare Monday post for me!  Just thought I'd pop in with a reminder that the Just Us Girls team challenge for the week is to use twine on your card!  This is such an easy one so won't you join us!

 I just got this new stamp in my Whipper Snapper order! I love these Groovy Blooms!  I stamped them on xpress it blending card and colored them with my copics.  I tried to match some of the colors in this ancient October Afternoon dp.  I didn't want it to be too matchy-matchy.
my card base is Kraft and the green layers are PTI's Lucky Limeade.  After I took the photos I added some stardust stickles to each of the flowers.

Thanks for coming by today! I really appreciate it!
Have a great day and week!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Just Us Girls 291- WORD WEEK

                                          Hello friends!  It's my turn to host on the Just Us Girls team and I have a fun and easy challenge for you this week! The word is TWINE!  Sometimes ribbon can give us fits with trying to get the bow to look right, but not TWINE! It's thin for mailing and just adds a great look to a card! Did you get tons of colors when it became popular like I did?  Well then, let's get going!  Here's some inspiration for you on our BLOG.

           I made a set of cards to give a friend for her birthday and added twine to several of them.  So, bear with me, I have a few photos for you.  I used PTI products-Brushed Blooms stamp set and Cover Plate dies.  The grey cardstock is also PTI (Smoky Shadow?) as well as their basic white cardstock for my card bases. It's so nice and thick-makes the card a substantial piece of art.  So, here are my cards:
And another;
 okay, this one doesn't have twine (I should have added it to the flower stem), but I wanted to share!  this is Paula's b-day card and I boxed the rest up and put a bunch of the ovals in a little bag, so she can add the sentiments she wants when she uses the cards!

Thanks for looking! Please do click on the Just Us Girls blog link above to see all the DT inspiration and then join us this week in the challenge to use TWINE on  your card!
You have until Thursday, May 7 at 9:00 pm to add your card with Mr. Linky.
Thanks and have a great weekend,Cheryl

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Just Us Girls #290 Photo Inspiration Week

                                                                    Hello!! Sure glad it's the weekend, aren't you?  The Just Us                                 
Team has another great challenge for you this week! It's Maria's turn and look at these beautiful spring tulips that she chose to inspire us!  Such pretty colors!  And I'm all about color!

I chose this stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs called Pretty Potted Tulips.  I stamped it on Xpress it Blending card and colored it with my copics.  Then I went hunting through my stash of 12 x 12 papers. I have waaaay too many!!  I found the background paper from Penny Lane (are they still making papers?) and matched it to some Papertrey Ink (Royal Purple, I think) and some Bo Bunny double dotted.  Using sketch number 186 from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge I finished up the card.  I love all the stitched and pierced dies out there now.  Mine are from My Favorite Things.

Thanks so much for coming by today!   Hey, if you're in the Buffalo area there is a crafty sale at a church nearby in Amherst on Saturday, April 25 from 9 am-2 pm.
Location: 3915 Millersport Hwy, Amherst NY 14228   -   Amherst Alliance Church Gym/Multi-purpose room
Lisa (Kind Creations)  and I are selling a few of our loved but less used items at this sale to benefit the church and clear out our studios at the same time. Come on by!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Just Us Girls #289 Color Challenge!

Hello there!  I have not had a real creative streak going lately, but I wouldn't miss a Just Us Girls challenge!  Lisa has a good one for us this week!  See the graphic below and then head to our BLOG for tons of inspiration! You don't want to miss that!

 So I've had this stamp since PTI came out with their Friendship Jar and Jar Fillers! I love them, but haven't used them nearly as much as I should have! This card is a birthday card for our hostess, and my good friend, Lisa!  She looooves her peaches and orange, and brown, too!
 I stamped the tulips on watercolor paper in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I had fun painting with reinkers from SU.  I used Certainly celery and kiwi kiss on the leaves.  the tulips are apricot appeal (a color that should NOT have been retired!) and pumpkin pie. Lisa will have to forgive me for the green as an added color-flowers NEEd green leaves!
I gave my flowers and leaves a touch of Stardust Stickles (another thing Lisa loves) and tied the peach crinkly seam binding around.  My layers are cut with an MFT blueprints kit (I forget the number) and Cross Stitched Frame Borders (Memory Box).  There is sponging on the edges of the layers.  Pretty simple card really.
I hope Lisa likes it 'cause her birthday is Sunday!!
Thanks for coming by! Please join us this week in this great color challenge! You have so much freedom to use a color you love with neutrals!  Link your creation up by Thursday, April 23 at 9 pm ET!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just Us Girls #288 TREND week

Hello and welcome! The Just Us Girls team has a great trend challenge for you this week-Make a Shaker card!  I hope you're like me and you've been intending to make one, but just haven't gotten to it!  Take the challenge and make one with us this week!  You can find inspiration on our BLOG.
 Now, I must admit that my shaker is pretty much a copy of one from Kristina Werner's blog-LINKED HERE.  When I saw her card I just knew I needed the Art Impressions Cats. With the front and back they are so funny!  Please watch Kristin's video-she shows exactly how to color and make this card.  I'm not sure I followed directions perfectly, but it worked out!
 My 'cat lady' friend who had a birthday on April 10 is going to love this!! I can't wait to give it to her!
And, it's like a surprise inside when you see the back of the stack of cats! I told you-FUNNY!
Check out the shaker cards from the rest of the DT. You won't be disappointed and we hope you'll be inspired!  You have until Thursday, April 16 at 9:00 pm to link up your own shaker !  And, you could win a spot as out GDT member for June too!
Thanks so much for visiting!


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