Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Be still, my sparkly HEART!

For my Just Us Girls post, please click here!
For my Card Patterns project, please click here!

Wplus9 Design Studio - is BACK! With a grand and glorious release!

I know I always come bustin' out of the chute, ALL excited and floaty
about Dawn's latest stamps... BUT, it's with excellent reason...!

Dawn makes EXCELLENT stamps!

What's a girl to do? {I get giddy!} AND, I like to share the inspiration:

Check out my fabby sistas of Wplus9!


This is GOING to be a CRAFTY ride, sweet friends of blogland!

I hope you'll ride along with us!

Yee Haw!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Wplus9 Design Studio
Bling - Want2Scrap™
Ribbon - Michael's
Baker's Twine - My Craft Spot

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bling ON, the HOLIDAYS!

For my Just Us Girls post, please click here!
For my Card Patterns project, please click here!

BLING on some HAPPY!

Follow me: I'll show you HOW!

I would be SO honored it you'd check out the rest of this
delightful HOLIDAY ATC banner project over at Want2Scrap™ -

MUCH fun to share: SO much fun!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Get your ELF onnnnnnn!

For my JUGS card, click here!

It's THAT time, babies! The inner elf comes out in ALL of us!

Did you just squirrel some top secret packages from the trunk
of your car into the depths of your closet? Are you engaged in
late night wrap sessions? Bleary eyed, but full of JOY????????
Are YOU the chief ELF in your family??? Well - THIS card is


I was, delightfully inspired by THIS week's Card Patterns sketch,
FLIPPED upside down! {Thank you, very MUCH!} We are so
happy to be sponsored by the lovely Craft's Meow this week!!!
They have the MOST darling stamps! Also, be sure to check out
their hugely inspirational blog!!! You have a chance to win a set
of your choosing, simply by playing along! So... play with us!!!

Lucky, me! I got to play with THIS darling set, Santa's Little Helper -
so, FUN! Course, once I saw these gangly elf legs, I knew there would
be chimney - so, this card pretty much made itself! THE season of
Elf is HERE, so why not slap in the ELF DVD and get craftin'! Also,
if you're looking for ANOTHER fun and fabulous place so show off
your creation, Buttons Galore & More is hosting a linky party for
Christmas oriented projects that incorporate buttons! A few more
days to play along, but a LOT of fun, inspiration and chances to
win, so we HOPE you'll join us! Yipeeeee!

Here's hoping you had the LOVELIEST of Thanksgiving, and if you
don't celebrate, hope it was a LOVELY weekend - this is SUCH a hopeful
time of year! That's why I'm DEARLY hoping that you'll get inspired to
play with Card Patterns this week - we'd BE beyond honored to have you!

THANKS for stopping by!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Basic Grey
Stamps - The Craft's Meow
Ink - Staz On, Colorbox Chalk, Stampin' Up!
Buttons - Buttons Galore & More
Baker's twine and Seam Bias - My Craft Spot
Edge Die - Sizzix

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bring ON the HOLIDAYS!

~Super hostess gift idea~


For your creative INSPIRATION, the lovely ladies of Just Us Girls
are tempting you with a super timely creation - Make a box, and
fill with coordinating cards! {What a LOVELY hostess gift idea!}

There's all kinds of tutorials out there, and certainly, if you're a
template junky - there's a million of 'em!!! If you've not challenged
yourself to work in 3D - THIS is a terrific place to start! Treat
yourself to a visit to the Just Us Girls headquarters, and then off
to the designers - we've got LOTS of ways to share the inspiration,
so I hope you'll give the girls some love! This is SUCH a great idea
and our DARLING, and AMAZING Andrea is our fine and fabby
hostess with the mostess! I hope you'll jump in and
PLAY ALONG with us! {!}


This is our last week to have the ever so talented, Kim O'Connell,
in da'HOUSE, so please, please check out her lovely work and
prepare to BE inspired: we SURE have enjoyed having her stunning
creations and sweet mojo with us, the month: THANKS, Kim!

I threw a BUNCH of lovely buttons on these lil' babies!
Which reminds me that THERE IS STILL TIME TO ENTER
the fun and inspiring LINKY party at Buttons Galore & More!
Just share a Christmas creation, embellished with a button, or
20! There's many chances to win and LOTS of adorable ideas
to check out - the linky is open until 11/30 so, so this is a great
combo project - CHECK IT OUT, babies!

Meanwhile, since it is the season, please know that
high on my gratitude list this Thanksgiving, is my never
ending joy that I receive from sharing this crafty space
with soooooo many of you -THANK you, as ALWAYS, for
your dear support, friendship and incredible inspiration!

I adore you ALL, beyond words: thanks, again, for
sharing this with me! Hope your season is off to a
lovely start - and that you don't get too busy to get
your CRAFT onnnnnn! Yee Haw!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Making Memories, Daisy Bucket
Stamps - Tim Holtz, Creative Imaginations
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Colorbox Chalk
Seam Bias and Baker's Twine - My Craft Spot
Buttons - Buttons Galore & More

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's the MOST colorful time... of the year....

{Well, if you LOVE traditional Christmas colors!}

JUST US GIRLS l-o-v-e PLAYING with color!

And we LOVE when you get ALL colorful WITH us!!!

Can you resist? Aren't you just itchin' to play with these colors?

{They might be RIGHT there on your desktop, right NOW!}

Just grab some, mix, and play! Take this vintage cocktail napkin -
just settin' right thar on my desk, all innocent and nostalgic...
Perfect inspiration for this card! Just to show you NEVER know
when inspiration is going to tap you on the shoulder! But, if there
is any doubt how inspiration strikes - check OUT the JUG HEADS!


And our DELIGHTFUL guest designer, gracing us with her
talent this month - the darling Kim O'Connell!

Hope you'll get some Christmas color ONNNN with us....!

{Even if you DON'T use it for a Christmas creation!}

And if you DO make a Christmas card, toss in some buttons
and then LINK up with a FABULOUS Linky Party at my MOST
favorite source for buttons - Buttons Galore & More!

SUCH a fun time to get crafty! Can't WAIT to see what you do!

I'm so pleased you stopped by! Hope you have a
super-duper craftilicious day! Enjoy!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Cosmo Cricket & Graphic 45
Stamps - Wplus9Design Studio
Ink - Brilliance, Colorbox Chalk
Seam Bias Ribbon - My Craft Spot
Baker's Twine - My Craft Spot
Self Adhesive Pearls - Want2Scrap™
Clear Button - Buttons Galore & More

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The BRILLIANCE of buttons....

For my recent Buttons Galore & More Project, please click here!
For my JUST US GIRLS card, please click here!!!
For my Want2Scrap™ altered frame/blinged out Christmas tree, please click here!

We're in the thick of it now, friends - the CRAFTIEST time of
the year! Have you buttoned down your Christmas card design,
as of yet? I'm so glad you stopped by: I have one or two {!}
suggestions... {Imagine! Me - a suggestion, or TWELVE?}

FIRST of all, I know the BEST place to get your hands on some delightful
seasonal buttons, AND then some... {WIDEST selection, great ideas and
support... !} .... But that's not ALL.... Buttons Galore & More is hosting
a fun Holiday Card and Tag Linky party - and YOU'RE ALL INVITED!

Just to share some fun button craft ideas and invite our friends and
neighbors over to do the same - it's the seasonal thing to do! Only,
the best thing is that you don't have to press that dress, don your heels,
or even leave your palace - ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LINK WITH US!

Additionally, I was delighted to read about the Random Fun Challenge
over at Moxie Fab World! To commemorate the release of their great
special issue, 365 Days of Cards, they are collecting entries for three
different, random days
, one of which is National Button Day, November
16th! OMG! How cool is THAT!?! So, I'm double dippin' in the fun!

Hope you'll play along! Would really, REALLY love to see your
button festooned Holiday cards and MORE! It means so much
when my peeps play along - I sure HOPE you can make it!

{I'll bring the dip!}

THANKS! Hope you have a MARVELOUS day!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - October Afternoon
Buttons AND ribbon - Buttons Galore & More
Paint and Artist Spackle - Eco Green Crafts
Glitter - Stampin' Up!
Christmas Tree Die Cut - Sizzix

Saturday, November 12, 2011

CARD PATTERNS - got me OUT and into DIGI!

For my recent Buttons Galore & More Project, please click here!
For my JUST US GIRLS card, please click here!!!
For my Want2Scrap™ altered frame/blinged out Christmas tree, please click here!

Read all about it!

I made DIGI art!

Yeeeeee Haaawwwwww!

And I lived to tell the story - and it's a good one! We had the esteemed privilege
of playing with My Memories digital scrapbook software - and it was fun! You
might know that I'm not a huge digi chick, sadly. My experience it pretty limited,
but I've learned to do a LOT in Word!!! And when I absolutely have to, I can do a
tiny bit in Photoshop. Either way, if a novice like me can kick out something that
I'm happy with - I'd say that's a great testimonial that YOU can, too! Check out the
details on the Card Pattern's site! We've got a generous gift package and a lot of
creative fun to share - I hope you'll join us! Even if you don't even GO digi, play
along! The composition is super, and the creativity is catching! Check it OUT!

Don't forget my, ever SO lovely and talented teammates!

Inspiration from every shape and size of digi experience...


Carla Suto
Kristii Lockhart
Terese Broman
Tracy Schultz
Nina Bracket
Michelle Bertuzzi

Hope you'll grab this sketch and make it yours!

We cannot WAIT to see what you do!

Thanks, so much for sharing another piece of the journey with you!

Have a SPLENDID day!

Rockin' around the bling-ed out CHRISTMAS tree...

For my latest Just Us Girls project, please click or scroll here!

For my most recent Buttons Galore & More project, click here!

.... WHAT a happy holiday THIS is going to be!!!

Can you FEEL it in the air, already? SUCH a stunning season....

So, if you humming a little more and contemplating how to add
just a little more SPARKLE to your holiday output... I WOULD
LOVE, love, LOVE it, if you'd check out my tutorial on HOW to
emblazen this FUN {and I'm NOT exaggerating here!}, FUN
Christmas wall or window hanging, over at the sparkliest
place on the internet,
Want2Scrap™! I'd be DOWNRIGHT
delighted if you did! CHECK it, babes! And get ready to
GET your BLING on! It's going to be a MOST crafty day!

THANK you, SO very much for allowing me to share my
"zeal" for BLING, crafts and EVERYTHING with you!

Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11 and Challenge #110...Ohhh! Just missed it!

Drats! Wouldn't that have been FABULOUS if Just Us Girls
had been on Challenge # 111! Crackers. Oh, well. Never MIND
that - we're still having ALL kinds of technique rich fun over
thar, at the place where Just Us Girls { and YOU, too! } play!

Our crafty efforts and fun are being hosted by the darling
and EVER so talented, Lisa! She's sharing a super technique,
perked up a notch or two after a class she took with Wendy
{LUCKY!} last year. The technique is called "ghosting",
but she cranks it up a notch by embossing with white pigment
ink, to really make the colors pop! By the looks of her exquisite
sample, she was EXTREMELY successful - it's a stunner!!! If
you are interested in a tutorial, check here! Being the rebel that
I am... I went the traditional route..... {!}

Using ONLY Versamark... because.... {remember my middle name: DANGER!}
but also because I've never been successful with it. I always opt for clear embossing
or quit all together. I was beginning to think this technique was a myth! Well, I am,
at last, a BELIEVER! It worked! Versamark, only... and a few great tips from my
darling DT cohort, and CLOSE, PERSONAL FRIEND! Dana G! - Anywhoo, she re-
minded me about the importance of heat gun application AND had a great tip to use
an Embossing Buddy! WHAT a buddy! Indeed! I'm POSITIVELY delighted with the
results! Before I inked the background, I made some clouds with Post-Its and added
my joyful cloud crafting technique, shown here { In case you're interested! - ! } to ensure
the feeling of WIDE open space in this here, GET well card for a friend who's been
out of the saddle for too long.... {Prayers of healing*Prayers of healing*Prayers of
healing....! - A girls GOT to ride! That's alllllllll!} Anywhoo, check out THIS fantastic
stamp in the inside of this card.... {THANKS, again, Claire, of Waltzing Mouse
, for designing this set for lil' old me - I SURE appreciate it! LOL}


So. Aside from my long-windedness ... would you like to play with us?

{I hope so!}

And, for your consideration - howz' about taking a gander at the rest
of the FABULOUS JugHeads? Inspiration for ANY crafty climate!!!


ANDDDDDD! Don't forget about our darling guest designer for this month:

Kim O'Connell!

Goodness, GRACIOUS! Much to share, much to do, much to see!

Well, where I come from: THAT'S a GOOD thing!

Thanks for permitting me to do ALL of the above,
with YOU! {*Swack!*} I sure APPRECIATE it!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Waltzing Mouse Stamps; Inkadinkadoo {Rearing horse}
Ink - Versamark, Versafine, Staz On & Stampin' Up!
Button - Buttons Galore & More
Seam Bias - My Craft Spot
Baker's Twine - Paper Treats

Box BUSTIN' fun...

Just in case you've been wishing for a little inspiration, to take you
OUT of your creative box, and into some CRAZY fun, embellishing
territory... I WANT to be your guide! Please ride along.... for the
crafty journey! Be MY guest! I'd be SO honored to show you....

.... ALL AROUND the BEST place for FABULOUS buttons, ribbon,
and OH, so MUCH more! BUTTONS GALORE & MORE - you're
invited to check out our NEW and improved website and blog, and
ALL of the glorious details of this fun altered box... Beckoning... the
HOLIDAY season, fast approaching....

THAT'S what I'm talking about! Please visit my post with all of the construction
details of this seasonal memorabilia piece... {I'll be THRILLED to have ya!}

Sure DO appreciate your visit! THANK you, thank you!

Friday, November 4, 2011

I'd like to make a point....

A very tall, proud and memorable POINT!

... and I'm making that point, in the FORM of a card!

That's right, sweet and fun friends of blogland - let us LEAD you...
right out of that SQUARE box you've been crafting in - it's SKETCH
time with Just Us Girls - and WE'RE waiting for YOU! Play with us!

Our, beloved, Dana... {!} is leading us on this LOVELY journey!
She created this SPLENDID sketch to inspire and dazzle us, the
way ONLY Dana can - {who THINKS "maybe TRIANGLE?"}
Yup, it's Dana. Do you feel like this card looks a little familiar?
{tee hee!} Well, don't be too perplexed... you may have seen this
fabulous crafty bit on the pages of CREATE Holidays out on the
stands, right now!!! And ALSO, she has a similar shaped Birthday
card in the pages of the November CARDS magazine ... OMG!

{Rock STAR!} Yeahooooooo!

So, I'm REALLY diggin' the FAB-A-LICIOUS creative vibes
generated around Just Us Girls Headquarters - you BET!
I hope you'll visit my dear friends and fabulous designers
from the JUGS team - they kick OUT some amazing stuff
week after week and, let's face it - we ALL love LOVE! {!}


And this month we're welcoming another fabby, talented JugHEAD
favorite "player" and designer, extraordinaire, Kim O'Connell!
Welcome, Kim! We are SO looking forward to sharing the DT mojo
with lovely you! What fun!

Meanwhile - I have to just share a few hoarding.. Ur, uh, I mean
triumphs from the creation of this card. I high-fived myself
for "having" materials on hand, that ... heightened the creative
process for me in ways only a true hoarder.. uh, ur, I mean
COLLECTOR can relate to...

{I know. I'm crazy.}

LIKE a FOX in the TURKEY house!!! THIS paper, my friends,
is from the FEARLESS flyer, from Trader Joe's, this time, LAST
year - and I SAVED it for JUST this card! {Tee Hee}

Combined with {brown!} Nestabling circles from Want2Scrap™,
and OLD stamp from Creative Imaginations, and CURRENT
stamps from Wplus9DesignStudio {*Swoon!}!!! THIS card
WAS... SOOOOOOOO... MUCH.... FUN.... to make!

What a TRULY inspiring composition! I know YOU are going
to love it - so, SERIOUSLY, why hold back? PLAY with us!
WE cannot wait to be inspired RIGHT BACK when we gaze
upon your talented output... {No pressure....!}

Wait - YES, pressure! PLAY WITH US!

{You'll be glad you did!}

Thanks, SO much, for stopping by!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Basic Grey; TRADER JOE'S flyer
Stamps - Wplus9DesignStudio; Creative Imaginations
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Versafine
Bling - Want2Scrap™
Ric-Rack - Brytex
Embellishment Thread - My STASH
Die Cut shapes - Spellbinders™
Medallion Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts