Turquoise Flowers

It’s Color Week at  Just Us Girls using yellow, green and turquoise. I used the layered sunflower from the Hero Arts September 2020 kit sponged with the following inks by Gina K Designs: Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea and Tranquil Teal. The leaves are Grass Green and Lucky Clover. The die is also from the kit. The shadow layer is Lemon Drop and the sentiment is Turquoise Sea on a Lemon Drop card base. Thanks for stopping by to take a peak.

Blue Sympathy

Sympathy cards are always hard to make when they’re needed. This has become my quick and CAS sympathy card that I try to keep on hand. I’ve done this in the past in shades of gray, but wanted to change it up a bit. I stamped the sentiment from Extra Grand Sentiments by JustRite in Ocean Mist.  The butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Kit from Simon Says Stamp was stamped in Sea Glass. The card base is Ocean Mist. I’m entering this in the Perfectly CAS challenge to make a sympathy card. Thank you for stopping by to view my card.

Wise Men Still Seek Him

There is a new challenge Peace on Earth which is a year round Anything Goes Christmas Challenge. This will encourage me to make a few Christmas cards throughout the year to avoid the last minute rush. In my mind, nothing says Peace on Earth like the Wise Men seeking Him.  I spotted this image as I was leaving a stamp show at least six years ago. I don’t know how old it is or even who the manufacturer is, but I had to add it to my collection even though I usually avoid unmounted stamps. I cut a piece of cling foam and thanks to MISTI am finally able to get a good impression.  I colored the image with Prisma pencils. The sentiment is from Nativity Sentiments by JustRite from about 2016. The current challenge at Retro Rubber is also an Anything Goes challenge so I’m entering it there too.

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Orange and Green

The challenge at Color Hues is to use Orange and Green. Not colors I normally use together unless I’m getting ready to celebrate St. Paddy’s day. I used the layering sunflower stencil from the Hero Arts September kit. The brushed the first layer very lightly in Peach Bellini, then the second layer in Peach Bellini but with a slightly heavier hand. I used Sweet Mango for the center and Tangerine Twist for the highlights in the center. The leaves were brushed with Jelly Bean Green and Lucky Clover. The colors look more muted than they did when I first created the card.  I used the layered Hello die from the kit cut from scraps of orange and green, cutting two layers of each layer for a bit of dimension. The card base is Jelly Bean Green.  Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my card.

hey pumpkin

Halloween is not really my jam, but I do usually make a card for my husband. Since Halloween is the word of the week at Just Us Girls I decided to get his card done early to save my usual last minute scramble. The pumpkin is part of the Jack O’ Lantern Fancy Die set by Hero Arts, cut from an orange scrap and brushed with Tangerine Twist. All stamped images inside and out are from Haunts and Harvest by Gina K Designs. After working on the layout, I decided the background was too plain. The Spiral Petals stencil by Hero Arts brushed with Soft Stone ink was the closest I could come to a spider web. For the panel that will go on the inside, I stamped the ghostly trio in Soft Stone to give them an ethereal look, then stamped the sentiment in Obsidian. I’m also entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge – Pumpkins Pumpkins everywhere.


It’s photo inspiration week at Just Us Girls. The inspiration is a lovely wooden tub with purple flowers. I used the wooden tub from Beyond Baskets by Gina K Designs. The flowers are from Botanical Medallions and Banners by JustRite colored with Prismas – Violet and Kelly Green. I colored the flowers lightly, then went over the inner section of each petal again to shade a bit, then blended with the blending pencil. Then I fussy cut them. I couldn’t decide what color to make the centers so ended up using some bling from my stash. I used a die from the Crochet Lace set by Tim Holtz and lightly sponged with Antique Linen Distress Oxide. I die cut a tiny rectangle then stamped the sentiment from Mini Tag Sentiments by Divinity Designs. For the “stick” to hold the sentiment in the flowers I used the stem from the wheat stalk from the Autumn Bouquet Fancy Die set by Hero Arts – which is one of my new favorite dies. I found the yellow gingham piece that I had die cut for a previous project and never used – it made a perfect background.

Pumpkin blessings

I’ve been down with a cold the last couple of weeks and just haven’t had the energy to create. Now that I’m finally feeling better I want to get back into the swing of things – I have a lot of ideas to get on paper. The challenge at Just Us Girls is to use yellow, red and orange – wonderful fall colors. This didn’t turn out quite the way I’d envisioned it but I quite like the final result. The pumpkin is from a very old Spellbinders set. The sentiment is from Beyond Baskets by Gina K Designs. The leaves and wheat are from Autumn Bouquet Fancy Die set by Hero Arts. I got the elements arranged how I wanted them, used Press ‘n Seal to hold them together while I added my glue. I used a deckle edge die for the main panel then cut mats of Sweet Mango and Red Velvet and placed on a Wild Dandelion card base.

Dog Days of Summer

Retro Rubber has a picture for inspiration for the current challenge. I made this card for a dear friend who’s turning 80 soon. All stamp sets are by Gina K Designs and are all older than 1 year. The pitcher is from Stately Flowers 9 (2015). The flowers are from Daisy Delight (2017) Birthday Blessings is from Beyond Baskets (2012) 80 is from For the Grad (2019) and was just about the perfect size to go with the rest of the sentiment. The daisies were colored with Copics YR02, YR04, YR07, Y02, Y08. The card base is Lemon Yellow. The gingham is from my stash, matted with Sweet Mango. I’m also entering this in the Color Hues challenge. The current challenge is to use Yellow and Orange. They are celebrating their first anniversary.

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Six of anything

Congrats to Just Us Girls on their 600th Challenge – WOW! What a milestone. The challenge is to use six of anything. My card has six layers (besides the card base). I used Dark Chocolate for the mats. The PP is from Weathered Wood by Divinity Designs. The sentiment from Autumn Wreath Builder by Gina K Designs is stamped in Dark Chocolate on Ivory. The card base is also Ivory. I made this for the Brothers in my husband’s Lodge to thank them for their help and support at a recent BBQ fund raiser I was in charge of.