Saturday, August 16, 2014

JUGS #254-Color Challenge!

Hello!!  This week Just Us Girls has a color challenge for you, brought to you by our own Sue V.  She picked some great colors to work with-green, blue and any neutrals!  You can see loads of inspiration to get you started HERE on our Blog!  Check it out! You won't be sorry!
 An extreme close up!
Now, for my card.  I went to my friend Luanne's house this week and she had some of this apple basket stamped on watercolor paper.  Luanne is the best I know at watercoloring with ink pads, so as she colored hers, I copied her!! She decided on green apples with the blue checkerboard cloth. We each colored four and when I see her this Monday she wants to see what I created with them.  Imagine how excited I was when I checked on the JUGS challenge and saw the colors!  Happy, happy!
I used soft suede behind my little four square quilt, then Lucky Limeade. That piece was run through the SU embossing folder to make a puffy quilt. The plaid paper is Enchanted Evening from Papertrey INk (as is the solid blue). the card base is Kraft.
I made it into a hinge type card. You cut a piece of cs 4.25x11" and score at 5.5".  then open and score the inside at 1.25".  That side piece becomes a fun, little design area of its own and you tape that piece on the insede to the back of the card-Voila! The "hinge". I hope that makes sense!

A close up of my quilt squares.

You have until Thursday, August 21 at 9 pm ET to enter your card/project for this color challenge.  We certainly would love to see what you've done with these colors!
In the mean time, thanks so much for coming by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life is a Picnic-JUGS challenge, too!

Hello!  Wow! I didn't realize it has been so long since I have posted! I am so sorry about that.  Sometimes real life takes over and squeezed crafting time out, doesn't it!?  This is my card for this week's Just Us Girls challenge #253-It's TREND week and our trend is -WASHI!
Check out the blog (linked above!) for some super duper inspiration cards!
I've used My Favorite Things Life is a Picnic set for my card.  I stamped the plaid gingham background from Impression Obsession in Buckaroo Blue on Marina Mist card stock. Then I stamped More mustard on the new (SU) Honey colored cardstock. I cute both of these pieces with MFT dies so the edges have a piered and stitched look. I love, love those dies! the edges are also sponged in the ink color.
the little girl is colored with copic markers AFTER cutting her out with the matching die and stamping her in Memento Tuxedo black ink.  The 'gold' tag is raised on dimensionals.  I went to put this all together, but had to incorporate Washi tape. I didn't like the way the yellow tape looked on the blue card stock so I taped it to some rustic white card stock and attached to two stripes.
The tag is tied with some twine at the top, as you can see.
I also 'entered' this card in the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast stampers for yesterday.  Katie's inspiration gave me the general layout for my card. It's a super fun challenge to particpate in 'cuz  you have an excuse to 'copy' someone else's card! It helps me get unstuck creatively!
Thanks for stopping by today!  Please joing the JUGS team this week in the challenge! You have until Thursday evening at 9:00 pm to enter your card!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Just us Girls 252-Word Week!

Hello all and thanks for coming by!  Nancy has the challenge this week at Just Us Girls and she has given us the word RIBBON to work with!  Easy Peasy-I love that! However, we just returned from a week in Maine and New Hampshire (I had to take a pass on last week's challenge) and now this weekend is busy too, soooo I'm showing a favorite card of mine from the past!  Please check out our blog at JUST US GIRLS tons of inspiration!

I used Tilda the Skier as my focal image, but I don't remember which collection she is from.  She is colored in copics. I used some My Mind's Eye 'wood' paper as the background like a rustic ski lodge.
And the snowflakes are from punched out. I added glossy accents and then glitter glass to them.  They have to dry awhile before you can put them on, but they sparkle so nicely!
My pink ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.
I've gotta run, but, again thank you for visiting!!
See you soon, I hope and please join us in Nancy's challenge this week. You have until Thursday, August 7 (my birthday!!) at 9:00 pm to enter your card!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Color Challenge from JUGS #250

Hi again and thanks for coming by!  Today Vicki at Just Us Girls has a great color challenge for us today!  It's turquoise, green and lime!  Super summer colors, don't ya think?
 I've been in a coloring mood lately, so I stamped some Magnolia images that had never seen ink and this is one of them-Tilda with Love Cake. My Magnolias have come from Magnolia-licious here in the US.  Diana gives great customer service and gets the new collections quickly!  She also offers a couple of different discounts when  you order!
Tilda is stamped on Xpress it Blending card and colored with copics.  I use Just4FunCrafts color charts for help with color choices these days. It's quick to find a color I want and then I just grab those copics.  Here's the link to my Board on Pinterest so you can check out her site.
 I love using the random pearls, but I'm so bad at placement. How is it that other crafters use just the right numbers of dots or pearls in just the right places?!  Perhaps I used too many so I kill the effect?? I also love how the MFT pierced and stitched dies look on a card.  They are great!! My dp is from Papertrey Ink-Hawaiin Shores, Simply Chartreuse, and Limeade Ice.
Please check out ALL the inspiration on the Just Us Girls Blog (you won't be sorry!) and if you have some crafting time this week we sure hope you'll try our colors and show us your creation!
Again, my appreciation for stopping by!! Cheryl

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wedding card

Hello and happy Friday!  I know everyone who works looks forward to these summer weekends. I do as well, but it's a little bitter sweet as each Friday means another week of not having to go to work has gone by! I know, you don't feel sorry for us at all!
Enough whining, it's not my style!  But this card is! We have a wedding on the 26th of the month and the bride has some teal in the wedding. That's how I chose my background color (PTI_Hawaiin Shores). I used the MFT bride and groom dies again for this card.  You can see another I made recently with gold glitter paper (for a 50th anniversary). Just check out my Splitcoast gallery to see it. I don't think I wrote a blog post for it.
There's also a bit of a hint within this card regarding the Just Us Girls color challenge which will be posted at midnight! We sure hope you'll join us this week!
I appreciate so much that you took the time to come by and see what I've been up to!  Happy Summer weekend!!
OH, I ALMOST FORGOT. HERE'S A PICTURE OF MY BLOG GIVEAWAY FOR THIS WEEK. I DIDN'T GET ANY COMMENTS (besides my design team) SO I'M GOING TO LEAVE IT OPEN FOR NEXT WEEK TOO. I'll use comments from this card and from the Magnolia (Tilda) that I'll have posted tomorrow - July 19) Thanks!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More woodgrain!

Hello!!  I thought I'd post another woodgrain card to inspire you to join us in this week's challenge at Just Us Girls!  We are asking you to create something new with a woodgrain on it! You know, a background stamp, designer paper or one you've created yourself!  ANY woodgrain!

For my card, I used some My Mind's Eye paper behind this new frame die from Memory Box and my stamp is Flower Garden by Penny Black.  I colored the stamp with distress markers, spritzed it just a little and then stamped it on watercolor paper.  I've also added some shine with a Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen. I'm sorry you can't see it!

Will keep my post short as it's a busy day-going with a couple of friends to a garden and home tour at Chautauqua Institution-a very famous gated community in our area.  It's puts a bit of a damper on the day that there is a 70% chance of rain and has already been raining this morning.  Oh well, we'll make the best of it and enjoy our day.

The Just us Girls blog is linked HERE. It's where you can use Mr. Linky to link up your project! Please join us! YOu have until Thursday (July 17) evening at 9:00 pm ET.
Thanks! Cheryl

And I have some Magnolia stamps to give away! Please comment on post below for a chance to win!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Just Us Girls #248 It's a TREND!

Hello!  One of the best trends that has come along recently (well, somewhat recently) is wood and wood grain!  I'm the host for Just Us Girls this week and that's what I challenge you with-create something with wood or woodgrain on it.  Please check out loads of inspiration HERE! and then join us this week, won't you!?

 I went to some of my favorite things for this challenge (besides the wood!) . I stamped this beautiful Magnolia stamp on xpress it blending card with Memento tuxedo black and then reached for my beloved (but lately unused) copics.  I had a ball coloring her and the sunflowers in pots.
I chose this  beautiful floral paper from October Afternoon (an old collection called Report Card) and set about matching the colors!  My orange wood paper is from My Mind's Eye (On the Bright Side-Two, 6x6 pad). I cut the peaks in the fence by hand and then cut new (SU) Honey paper to put behind it. The border punch below is from a Martha Stewart punch.  I also punched grass from Pistachio Pudding and sponged that with a little Crumb Cake. The three little bees are part of the Tilda Scarecrow (mini stamp is still available), so, of course I had to use those! I wish you could see that I used stickles on their wings and also used brown stickles on the sunflower centers.  The sentiment is from AMuse Artstamps.  Tilda and the sunflowers are raised on dimensionals as is the sentiment banner.

I was so privileged to be part of Diana Crick's design team for such a long time, so I have many Magnolia stamps and even a few duplicates!! I would love to send some to a good home!  Please leave a comment below before our challenge closes on Thursday, July 18 and I'll choose a winner using Entering the challenge will get you another chance to win!!
Will try to get a picture posted this weekend once I pull the 'goodie package together!  Join us and GOOD LUCK!!


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