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.

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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