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.

Turquoise and Coral Flowers

The  Color Hues challenge always makes me leave my comfort zone a bit and use colors that I normally might not use together.  I was surprised how much I liked Turquoise and Coral together. I used the Harvest Flourish stencil by Gina K Designs brushed with Sea Glass. The flowers were created with stencil from the Little Hello Bundle, brushed lightly in Coral Reef, then used the coordinating stamp also in Coral Reef. The center was stamped with Sea Glass. The flowers were cut with the matching die. For the center flower I cut two additional flowers from scrap cardstock for dimension. The stenciled panel was matted with Coral Reef on a Sea Glass card base.


Cruisin’ is the theme at Retro Rubber. What better way to go cruisin’ than in a 1957 Chevy from the Classic Dad set by Dare 2B Artzy from 2018. The Chevy was colored with Copics and a silver Sharpie for the trim. The mat is the Plaid Stencil from Taylored Expressions in Blue Denim and Kraft. This is for a friend that is truly a class

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Pink Roses

It’s Color Week at Just Us Girls. The colors we are challenged to use are Yellow, Green and Pink. The rosebuds are cut with a die from the Hero Arts January 2020 kit, cut with Bubblegum Pink and Grass Green for the stems. The pitcher is from Impression Obsession, cut twice for dimension. The PP is from Delicate Essentials, sponged with Sweet Corn to enhance the yellow. The oval background PP is from Made with Love. The scalloped Oval is Lemon Drop, the card base is Bubblegum Pink. After it was all assembled I thought it would have been cute to stamp a small greeting on the pitcher, but I did leave enough room at the bottom for a sentiment strip that I can add depending on the occasion.

Fall Recipe

This week’s challenge at As You See It is A Recipe for a Fall Farm. The recipe is in the graphic below. Kraft card stock is the closest I have to Crumb Cake. I embossed a panel with a brick EF and matted it with Sweet Mango on a Kraft card base. I got the idea of using the wheat with a pumpkin from Stamp Buddy Diana. The wheat was cut from Honey Mustard; the pumpkin from Sweet Mango, sponged with a bit of Tangerine Twist. To ground the pumpkin, I created a “tablecloth” from orange gingham PP. The finishing touch was the tiny twine bow. The sentiment is from Beyond Baskets, cut with a flag die.  

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Tall and Proud

The theme at As You See It is Zoology. They are asking us to fill in the blank with our favorite animal. My favorite animal is the Giraffe – it stands tall and proud, head and shoulders above the rest and is not afraid to stick its neck out. My Giraffe is from Wild About You a retired set by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs. I colored with Copics, stamped the sentiment in Dark Chocolate and die cut with a deckle edge die and mounted on a mat of Dark Chocolate. I stenciled the Palm Frond by Honeybee Stamps in Fresh Asparagus for a jungle like background. Always good to add another masculine card to my stash. I’m also entering this in the challenge at  Sweet Stampin’ to feature an animal.

Stitched Tree

The Old School challenge at Make the Cards is to use any or all of the items shown in the graphic below. I die cut the white panel with a stitched die, the used the Christmas Tree from Spellbinders Merry Stitching die set. I used DMC floss color 700 for the tree and gold cord from my stash for the base. The sentiment is from Sentimental Holiday, stamped in Red Velvet. I matted the white panel with Red Velvet then Lucky Clover on a white card base. I lost the little star cutout, so cut another from holographic CS. As I was moving things on my desk, I found the original star, so layered that under the holographic one for a bit of dimension. I added a bit of bling from my stash, and another Christmas card done.