Saturday, November 9, 2013

Just Us Girls #214 - Technique

Welcome to this week's Just Us Girls Challenge
 I would like to welcome Nancy Penir into our little group.  She will be our guest designer for the month of November.  So welcome, Nancy!
Lisa has picked a really fun technique for us this week - to use your stamps to make a background of words.  Here's a link for a card Jennifer McGuire did and some instructions to help you get started.
Here's my card

This one has been a learning process.  lol  I went through my stamp sets and pulled out all the stamps that I could find that said Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Holiday Cheer....etc.  I had them all arranged on an acrylic block only to discover that you cannot mix the red rubber stamps with the clear.  They are not the same height and will not stamp right.  So, had to start all over.  I stamped the greetings with Christmas Pine ink.  I added a few holly leaves and berries to fill in some empty spaces.  I stamped the Santa with black onyx ink and colored with Copic markers, adding Christmas Red Stickles to the ornament and Diamond Stickles to Santa's hat.  I added an Offray red ribbon and bow with some Natural Polished Hemp and a Christmas Pine button.  I cut out my Santa using Spellbinders Classic Ovals & Scalloped Ovals dies, and attached them with 1/4" pop dots.  The card base is Christmas Pine.
Gina K. Designs Season's Greetings stamp
GKD Pure Luxury White, Kraft & Christmas Pine cardstock
The Christmas greetings are from numerous GKD sets and one Flourishes set
Here's another card
I had an idea for a Christmas background using a gorgeous Merry Christmas stamp from Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 5.  I stamped this all over a piece of GKD Christmas Pine cardstock using VersaMark, and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love the subtle, soft look it leaves behind.  The wreath is from Impression Obsession.  I really love this die, but it is a bear to cut.  You need to use the thinnest cardstock you have and many, many shims, but it is well worth the effort.  Included with the die set are the holly leaves, pine twigs & berries.  For this card I decided to use Recollections red pearls for the berries.  I used 1/4" pop dots to give the wreath a little depth.  They are strategically hidden behind the holly leaves & the bow.  The bow is from GKD, as is, the cardstock.  I used Pure Luxury White, Red Hot and Christmas Pine.
Stop by Just Us Girls and see what the rest of the Design Team and Nancy have come up with this week.  We would love to see what you create, so come join in on the fun!
Just a reminder that Just Us Girls will be continuing the Guest Designer position.  Winning  Chic of the Week puts you in the running for the GD spot.  At the end of the month, after we have all of our Chic's of the weeks for that month, the JUGS girls will decide who the Guest Designer will be. The Chic picked from the November challenges will be joining the team as our Guest Designer for the month of January.


  1. Love both the BGs! Fabulous assortment of Christmas sentiments on the first and love the wreath and versamarked one on the second. YOu can enter the Curtain Call with the second one :)

  2. Wow, what a challenge this will be. But fun too. I will have to rifle through all my sets to see what I can come up with. Your cards are beautiful my dear. And I so recognize that wreath-die-from-hell. You are right, it's THE WORST die to cut, but in the end well worth it. I remember when you got it...haha. I warned you, didn't I?? Anyway, you have done a fantastic job with this challenge, thanks for the great inspiration!!

  3. Oh WOW indeed! You did such an awesome job creating that fabulous background, love the way it came out. I LOVE your first card, reminds me of the popular Subway Art. Well done!

  4. What a great way to make a joyful holiday card. Both of these are fab. I like how you mixed the different style of words to make the background in the first card. And I really like the clear embossing and how elegant it looks on the second. Good job!

  5. Love both of your cards! The green sentiments on the white looks fantastic and I love the added holly and berries. The clear embossed background is such an elegant look and I really like that wreath.

  6. Love both of these Sharyn!!! You are really doing super with these were meant to be on this design team or any design team for that matter! Enjoy your weekend! I started my card over 3!

  7. All your efforts were not wasted! I love both of your cards, Sharyn! Way to rock the challenge!

  8. Beautiful cards Sharyn! I love the one with the wreath! Have a Blessed day!

  9. Killer job with this technique! I love it you made 2!

  10. beautiful card!!!
    I really like this background


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