Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #722 - Word Week - RAIN - You Make It Rain Rainbows (Avery Elle Rainbow)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #722, where our lovely Lisa has selected RAIN for our Word Week Challenge. Certainly fitting, given our weather of late - and that's fine by me. We need the moisture to stave off forest fires.


We're also delighted to have Colleen Begley joining us as our April Guest Designer.

I haven't played with my Avery Elle rainbow set for ages, so out they came for this challenge. One card quickly became two...



Looking forward to seeing your RAIN-themed cards filling the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!


Playing at AAA Colourful - Colourboard #2 - Happy Birthday Dear Friend Blooming Anemones (Memory Box)

Hello,

Popping in quickly with my card for AAA Colourful - Colourboard #2 before I miss the closing date (like I did with their first challenge!).


I LOVE pansies, but don't have any in my stash so...I went with anemones from Memory Box. 


Now, to find some pretty pansy dies to add to my stash! 

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #313 - Word Prompt - Fold - Just a Note A2 Slider (MCT Watering Can, Tulips and Springtime Papers, A2 Slider - Pinkfresh Studio)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #313 where our Word Prompt for the next two weeks is FOLD.  As card-makers, 'fold' may be reflected as a fancy fold designed to change up the typical side or top fold style. And...that's 100% totally fine. Fold, however, can also include things like:  folding chairs, a fold in clothing/drapes, something 'folded' around something else (folded in a hug), folded clothes...and so on. As long as a 'fold' is visible (and explained, if need be) on your card/project, we'll be delighted. 


My ability to incorporate a 'fancy fold' into my usual card style is limited because for the life of me, I can't cut/fold straight. Not even a little bit! I need dies and how fortunate that I have the Pinkfresh Studio A2 Slider die in my collection.  

After several trial runs that wound up in the bin (no issue with the die; rather, operator errors and misfires LOL), I landed on this:

Closed view



The watering can, tulips, label shape, sentiment and papers are all from My Creative Time.

Even though this was a challenge for me, I'm not putting the slider die away just yet. More possibilities to explore (and mistakes to correct!).

Looking forward to seeing your fabulous FOLD creativity in the gallery! 


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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #721 - Color Week - Purple, Orange, Mustard - HB 2 U (Spellbinders Stitched Letters and Numbers)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #721, where our lovely hostess, Ina, has selected Purple, Orange and Mustard as this week's inspiration.
As this is our first challenge of the month, we're delighted to welcome our April guest designer: Colleen Begley

I've had an assortment of Spellbinders stitched letters and numbers for a while now and, for the letters at least, my card marks their debut with this Happy Birthday to You card. A sprig of posies and ta da...another card to add to the stash.


Looking forward to seeing how purple, orange and mustard inspire you.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #84 - Peach and Green - Just A Note Painted Peony (Concord and 9th, MCT)

Hello,

Happy April 1st (already!) and welcome to Colour Hues Challenge #84. Our lovely hostess, Cindy, has selected hues of Peach and Green  - a wonderful combination Spring - as inspiration for the next two weeks.

We're delighted to have Donna joining us for this challenge.

My Concord & 9th Painted Peony stamp and die set is making yet another appearance. I love it! Another floral set that's dazzling in any colour. 


The challenge will be open until April 14th @ 9 AM EST!

The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a
future Guest Designer!
Have Fun!

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #720 - Anything Goes Stencil Week - Hello Friend Roses mini slim (Altenew Perfect Gift, Crop and Create Fall 2023)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #720, where we're inviting you to create whatever occasion/style of card you want using stencils. Our lovely teammate, Sue, will have the honour of choosing the winner. 
We're delighted to have Tracey McNeely joining us, but sad that this is her wrap-up as our March Guest Designer. Thank you for your awesome inspiration this month, my wonderful friend! 

My card features a stamp, stencil and die combination from Altenew, which was part of last fall's Crop & Create. It's called Perfect Gift (not sure if it's been released on their site yet) and has a variety of sentiments that complete phrases that speak to people/occasions being "perfect gifts." The flowers are lovely, aren't they! My sentiment comes from a different stamp set, from Crop & Create 2022. It's pretty and, in my view, fits well with the flower clusters. A sprinkling of 'stamped' splatters finishes off my card.


Looking forward to seeing your stencil sensations in the gallery.

Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, March 22, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #312 - Designer’s Choice - White on White - Daisies Hello (MCT)

Hello,

Hard to believe we're nearly at the end of March and 'this close' to Easter. Time's flying!

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #312, where our wonderful Julia invites us to play with her Designer's Choice: White on White.  This combination, often used for winter/Christmas cards, works beautifully for a much wider range of seasons/occasions. 


I went all flowery with my version of a white on white card. I'm smitten with the daisy eyelet background die; it needs to see much more play time.

 
Looking forward to seeing your takes on White-on-White in the gallery. 


Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Just Us Girls and Time Out Collaboration Challenge - Hummingbird and Rose Happy Birthday (LDRS)

Hello,

Popping in with a quick reminder post + card to share that Just Us Girls Challenge #718 - Birds, which is a collaboration with Time Out Challenge - Birds of a Feather, is still open until March 27th (noon).


My card is a close cousin to the one I posted on the original blog. Had to give the perched hummingbird some equal time in the spotlight.


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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #83 - Cream and Blue - Sealed Flowers and Wax Seal Hello

Hello,

March 16th has certainly come quickly, hasn't it! Seemed but a blink ago that it was January 1st...and we whooshed through that month and February, too. Of course, mid-month brings a new Colour Hues Challenge and, as your hostess, I've selected hues of Cream and Blue as inspiration for the next two weeks. Both combinations invite a range of hues/shades, so hopefully, you'll find a pairing that speaks to you.

My amazing teammates, as well as our guest designer, Steph, have lovely inspiration to spark your creativity.

I've become a bit obsessed with wax seals, recently, so I decided to share a couple plays I had with them for this challenge. My card designs are far from original, with inspiration coming from Spellbinder's designers. Even so, I added a couple of my own touches.

I decided not to use a gold highlight pen on my seals for a couple of reasons - the pen is quite, shall we say, 'fragrant' and I didn't want to mess up the seals with my inability to wield the pen skillfully on such delicate images. As a result, I've shared my cards in a larger format, so you can see how pretty the seals are. The first is an floral envelope 'Hello' (which matchy-matches my card); the second is 'Just A Note', which can be used as that, or as 'just a note' for a specific occasion, shared inside.



Looking forward to seeing how Cream and Blue inspire you! 

The challenge will remain open until March 29th at 9 am!

The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge and the overall winner will have the opportunity to be a future Guest Designer.


Thank you for dropping by!



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #718 and Time Out Challenge Collaboration - Birds - Rose and Hummingbird Wishing You A Lovely Day (LDRS)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #717, where our wonderful hostess, Bobby, has planned a special two week collaboration with the Time Out Challenge. The theme: Birds. How cool is that! 
   

By entering the linky tool on the Just Us Girls blog you will automatically also join Time Out. An easy peasy two-for-one entry, right! 

The bonuses: Your project will gain twice the visibility. You'll  double your chances to be chosen as a design team favorite and your project may be showcased in one of the challenge blogs. Whether you join from Time Out or from Just Us Girls, you also have a chance to win $25.00 store credit to Waffle Flower Crafts. Talk about fabulous opportunities. 

We're also delighted to have Tracy McNeeley joining us once again as our March Guest Designer.

My card features LDRS stamps, stencils and dies, part of the collection of products included in the Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking September 2023 event. The roses are lovely - and the set also includes two versions of hummingbirds, one of which I've shared here.


Looking forward to seeing which feathered friends you'll share in the gallery.


Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, March 8, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #311 - Clean and Simple (Optional: Feature a Balloon) - Panda, Balloon and Candles Happy Birthday (Alex Syberia Designs)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #311, where our challenge for the next two week is CAS - Clean and Simple - with an optional twist of Feature a Balloon. 


Optional: Feature a Balloon

I'm featuring a balloon - and a cutie patootie panda, a stenciled candles background and a sweet little butterfly - all from Alex Syberia designs. The two collections - Cheerful Pandas and Flickering Candles - are just made for each other!

To help you out, here's what we'll be looking for with your Clean and Simple designs:


✅ One main focal point
✅ Lots of OPEN space (doesn't 'have' to be white)
✅ Minimal Layers
✅ Minimal Embellishments

Looking forward to seeing your Clean-and-Simple designs, with or without balloons.

NOTE: Thrilled to receive an Honourable Mention at Addicted To Stamps and More Challenge #463. Thank you! 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #717 - Color Week - Green, Lime Green plus one other colour - Dragon Love and Lucky (TH Rupert, MCT, WF)

Hello

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #717, where our lovely hostess, Stephanie, invites us to use Green, Lime Green and one other color of your choice as inspiration this week. So many colours go well with green, especially with St. Patrick's Day, Easter and Spring approaching.  Neutrals are also fine.

We're delighted to have my wonderfully talented - and Canadian friend - Tracy McNeeley joining us as our March Guest Designer. 

I'm sharing two Ruperts, by Tim Holtz, sporting green, lime green and light blue, for this challenge. The first is a 'Lucky' dragon (circle sentiment from Waffle Flower/flower and four-leaf clover from MCT) while the second...


is a "Love" dragon (prim hearts from MCT, xoxo from C & 9th). 
Isn't he a handsome lad!


Looking forward to seeing your green, lime green and 'other colour' triad.

Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, March 1, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #82 - Turquoise and Green - You're My Favorite (Concord and 9th Enchanted Hearts)

Hello,

 Welcome to Color Hues Challenge #82, where our lovely hostess, Tracey, invites us to play with hues of Turquoise & Green for the next two weeks. Certainly, a combination that transitions well from March into Spring. 

We're delighted to have Tenia joining us as our Guest Designer; welcome! 

Concord and 9th's Enchanted Hearts makes its debut...and yes, I may have done some inlay. Love the look but it did take a few minutes....okay, more than a few minutes! A LOT of minutes, especially to fit the bitty dots in their bitty spaces. One and done; I've found work-arounds to get pretty results minus the squinting and select 'language' I may have blurted out a time or two.  LOL!


Looking forward to seeing how you create magic with Turquoise and Green.

The challenge will be open until March 14th @ 9 AM EST!

The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a
future Guest Designer!


Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #716 - CASE a DT Week - Cheerful Panda Love (Alex Syberia Cheerful Pandas, Concord & 9th Love, SL Hearts)

Hello,

Happy Leap Day 2024 and welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #716, where we invite you to CASE a Design Team Member. The 'rules' are simple:
  • select one of our Design Team cards and 
  • make it your own based on whatever sparked your creativity: the colors, elements, theme, style, etc. 
In your description, tell us whose card you chose, what inspired you and how you translated that inspiration into your version. We're excited to see who and what caught your eye! 

Behind the scenes this month, I set a personal challenge: to focus on creating love-themed cards that showcased at least two of the following: hearts, the word 'love', pinks and/reds. I wound up with close to 28 cards (some duplicates) which I'll bundle for my niece and nephew for those days when they need a little paper love from Aunty c. I'm hoping to see them in March, so that will be 'one' of their birthday gifts (hard to believe my niece will be 14 on the 3rd and my nephew 12 on the 12th). 

This card features the cutie-patootie pandas from Alex Syberia Designs' Cheerful Pandas, a love die from Concord & 9th and stenciled hearts from Studio Light. Those pandas...seriously LOVE! 


Lots to CASE if you choose my card (honoured if you do): pandas, colours, stenciling, flowers, cute critter images, black + white + pink + red...

Enjoy CASEing! 

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #310 - Mood Board - Just A Note Painted Peony (Concord and 9th, Pigment Craft Co. cover plate, MCT sentiment)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #310, where we have a pastel, minty-pinky, flowers, cake, macarons, cupcakes and cake pops Mood Board as inspiration for the next two weeks. You can see a larger photo over at the challenge blog. Remember: the mood board offers a plethora of launching points for your card/project: images, colours, textures, design and much more. Let us know what caught your eye; I'm sure we'll be dazzled! 

Adapted from:
https://bespokeandbeautiful.blogspot.com/2014/10/mood-board-monday-pink-mint-gold.html

Obviously, the bouquet caught my eye, offering opportunity to play with (finally!) my Concord & 9th Painted Peony stamp and die set. Soooo easy to line up - and I quite like that it doesn't have - or, for that matter, need - outline stamps. A combination of Concord and 9th and Altewnew Inks (very old versions!) provided colour; the diamond cover plate from Pigment Craft Co and a sentiment from MCT finishes it off. Of course, I stamped a few more peonies in different colours; they'll make an appearance down the road. 


Looking forward to seeing your takes on the Mood Board!

Thank you for dropping by!