Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just Us Girls #278 Wild Card!

Happy, happy Saturday!! I'm late with my post and hope you can forgive me! Anyway, Nancy has a great challenge for Wild Card week -Make your SENTIMENT the focal point of your card front!  This is something I seldom do, so it was a challenge, indeed! But FUN!

I've used this great birthday sentiment from Mama Elephant-I've seen it lots of places and took inspiration from other cards I've seen.  
First, I rubbed water color paper with my embossing buddy. Then, I stamped the XL sentiment on water color paper in Versamark, covered it with white embossing powder and heated.  After that I used my water brush and NEW Koi Water Colors to sweep some color across my paper, blending colors as I went.  I let that that dry.  This morning I cut it out with MFT jumbo banner stax (coming out soon with stitched edges!! Oh, my, something else I need!)
The focal piece is layered on a piece of MFT limelight card stock.  The teal layer is from PTI and the card base is white.  I also used not quite navy and a little dot stamp a few times on my focal panel and some stickles and gems.
I knew it needed something else, so I pulled out two colors of twine and put those around my card front.  That will add a little interest to the inside, too!

We all hope you'll join in this week and show us your cards!  You have until Thursday, Feb. 5 at 9 pm to link up your card/project.  There's tons of inspiration on our BLOG, which is linked HERE!
Thanks for visiting!!
Have a great day!
Cheryl

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There's Still time!!

Here are two more Valentine's day cards that I made using the same pieces as my last post.  This one opens at the bottom.

 The one below has a Coastal Cabana card base and the heart colors are altered a bit. This one opens at the side
Sentiment is from SU.
You can still particpate in our Just Us Girls photo challenge this week.  Details and links are HERE!
Come visit on Saturday when the Just Us Girls team will have a new challenge! You won't want to miss it!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just Us Girls #277 Photo week!

   Here's Chris' great (and timely!) photo!  What a beauty!  There's loads of DT inspiration on our Blog-Just Us Girls!                                  
                                         
And, here's my card!  I'm very late posting and I'm not sure I hit the inspiration on the mark, but thanks for coming by to have a look! I'm also entering this in IC477 at Splitcoast Stampers!
                                                                             
I've used a poppy red card base stamped in burgundy with a background stamp from Impression Obsession-it's swirly.  The Kraft panel was die cut with Simon Says Stamp die that has these three rounded square windows.  Isn't it great!!??  After cutting it and rounding the corners I stamped it in kraft ink with the linen background stamp (ret. SU, I think!)  As you can see I sponged the edges -vintage photo distress ink for this.
I stamped the love sentiment (manufacturer unknown) in Versamark and embossed it in white eb.  The layered hearts are cut with my Verve set of 4 hearts from Coastal Cabana.  They are also stamped with the linen background stamp and then the edges are sponged with CC  Those gems on the hearts are red and a line of Stardust Stickles is run down the opposite side of the heart.  The whole kraft panel is raised on dimensional tape (so it doesn't sag0I hate that!) and the hearts are inserted in the windows.  They are rasied too, of course!

So, again, thanks for stopping by!  Please consider joining us in Chris' JUGS challenge this week!  You have until Thursday night, Jan. 29 at 9 ET.  Chics of the week in January have a chance to be our guest designer in March!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Just Us Girls #276- COLOR

Our hostess for the COLOR challenge this week is Maria and she's picked some great ones! GREEN, ORANGE AND BLUE! Love them!  See the graphic below and OUR JUGS BLOG for a larger photo and tons of DT inspiration!

And, here's my card...  First a close up. Keep scrolling to see the whole thing, please!  Bear with me~this is my favorite card in awhile and I took a number of photos!
This adorable Fox from Whipper Snapper Designs is a favorite of mine! He is soooo cute!  AND, so fun to color! His name is Rizzo and you can find him HERE.  Rizzo is colored with copics.


I used one of My Favorite Things rounded banners to cut a window in the top two layers of my card-the dp and orange. I taped them together and cut through both at once-no problem or worries about lining up!  Behind that is a layer of Aqua Mist or Pool Party.  That is sponged a bit with baja breeze and coastal cabana.  Wish I'd made it a bit darker...

 The grass die is from Impression Obsession.  Love the height of this grass.  There's one layer behind Rizzo and one layer in front.  The clouds and banner are from Papertrey Ink.  The sentiment is from and SU set, I think.  I used some double sided dimensional tape to cover the back side of my 'window' piece so the foxy is in a sort of shadow box.  My card base is a lime green-not sure whose, but isn't it pretty!

And, here is the inside of my card.  A rectangle cut with MFT's rounded rectangle die, another die cut of grass and a couple more clouds.  Not sure of the sentiment, but birthday, of course!
So, there's my color challenge card! Hope you like it too!
And, please show what you can do with these colors this week!  Our chics of the week in January may win a Guest DT spot for March!  You have until Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9:00 pm ET to link your card on our JUGS blog.
Thanks for swinging by and have a great day!  Cheryl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just Us Girls -Stencil

                                   When I made my first DT card for this week's challenge, I made two panels.  Before it languished for months on my craft table I decided to use it in another card!  Very unusual for me!
                                               

so here it is...
This time I used the whole panel to cover the Coastal Cabana card front.  I die cut My Favorite Things 'Thanks' die (it was free with my order!) 4 times and glued them together. Then I covered the whole die cut with glassy accents and let it dry.  It really shines, so I hope you can see a little of that in the photo. Pretty easy card!
You have until Thursday, Jan. 15 at 9:00 to add your card (using a stencil) to our BLOG!  Come join us!
(And this Saturday's is a knock out!  Be sure to return-I colored an image!)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Just Us Girls #275 TREND!


And, Sue (our lovely host) has a great one for us this week!  STENCIL!!  They are hot, inexpensive and everywhere these days!  So we want to see what you can do with your stencils!  Below is what I've done with mine!  Check out our BLOG for all the DT inspiration!

 I was totally inspired by Jennifer McGuire for this card.  You'll se if you check out her PIN HERE!
The inks I used are Coastal Cabana (of course!), Not quite Navy, PTI Simply chartreuse, Limeade Ice and Crushed Olive.  The enamel dots are a lime green.
the sentiment is from Impression Obsession and is cut four times in black, glued together and then topped with some sparkling Wind of Stella clear pen.
I didn't get great photos, but I really like this one-for boys or girls!
Please consider showing us what you create with stencils this week!  Have a great weekend!
Cheryl

Friday, January 9, 2015

New card and the WINNER is....


Hello!  I have my winner chosen for some blog goodies.  My contest was in THIS POST!  I had six lovely comments and Random.org chose #2!   That is YOU, cndomino!!  I'll be emailing you to get your address!  congratulations!  See end of this post for goodies!

 I suppose some are tired of winter cards, but I love making them, so here is another!  This one uses the Cocoa Penguin set from Darcie's combined with MFT Cool Day's ice floe and sign.  The snowflake template is also an MFT die. I've colored my image with copics in what turned out to be my favorite colors this holiday season-hot pink, lime green and aqua!
 And, here is what cncomino will have coming to her home.  There's more underneath, but it was tough to get a picture of EVERYTHING!

Though it's clear at this moment we have a snow day from school today. Up to 3 ft are expected when the Lake Effect Snow Machine gets cranked up.  So, I have a day to call my own!  Getting this post done was first on my list.
Be sure to return for a new Just Us Girls challenge first think Saturday! It's a great TREND!!
Cheryl

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