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Template challenge - JUGS #52

Hey all!

Whew! Saturday again! To top it off, it's the start of my vacation - can I get a "heck ya!"? 
I've been craving some crafty time so hopefully can fit lots in this weekend :)

Time for a new JUGS challenge! It's template time and the DT got to work with one of the wonderful templates from My Time Made Easy called "Tuckered out". 


I made this little gift set to house a book mark that I made using some beautiful glass beads I picked up at a local craft store.

Here's the book mark (or book thong, as I guess it's correctly termed :)) in action;


They're super simple and fun to make. Cute little gift for a book-lovin' friend :)

If you already haven't, see the JUGS site for all the challenge deets. Don't forget to swing by the blogs of the other JUGS DT gals and show them a little love :) Their links are posted on the side bar of my blog.  Make sure you stop by and visit our September featured designer, Lynn Mangan too :) Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls - we love seeing your creations and always appreciate your support!

Also, a little update on my sweet Spencer... he had surgery on Wednesday. The surgeons had to remove more tissue than they thought (including a few tendons) to get all the mass out of his front leg. He's recovering well and we'll find out next week if we managed to get it all. 
Here he is with his bandaged little leg :)


He and I want to thank you all so very sincerely for your wonderful well wishes!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

TTFN,
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Ingredients (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: All About You
Ink: Berry sorbet, sunflower (Colorbox), ochre (Colorbox)
Paper: White, berry sorbet, patterned paper (Basic Grey)
Other: Lemon zest ribbon, lemon zest and berry sorbet buttons, nesties

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Color Challenge JUGS #51

Before I get to the main topic of the post, I have to thank you all so much for all your sweet comments regarding Spencer, my sweet Golden retriever. We received the results of his biopsy today and it's a benign tumor. Something that surgical resection should cure! YAY! We're breathing a sigh of relief today :) So thanks again for all your thoughts and well-wishes!!! It really means so much - Spencer and I appreciate it so much!!!

It's SATURDAY!!! Time for a new Just Us Girls color challenge! Kathryn has chosen wonderful colors for this week's challenge...

Add a neutral and, for me, it had Christmas written al over it :) Of course, the colors are not just for Christmas, they're prefect for many reasons and seasons!

Here's my take.


I selected kraft as my neutral. I textured the kraft with my fav texture plate - PTI linen impression plate. And here's a close up of the glittery center of the poinsettias and other details.


I had fun with this one! Although I'm tired, this is the first time in a while I felt a bit o' mojo a brewin' :) 

If you already haven't, see the JUGS site for all the challenge deets. Don't forget to swing by the blogs of the other JUGS DT gals and show them a little love :) Their links are posted on the side bar of my blog. Also make sure and visit Lynn Mangan, our September Featured Designer - she's always got a beautiful creation to share!

Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls - we love seeing your creations and always appreciate your support! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

TTFN,
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Ingredients (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Peaceful Poinsettias, Background basics - text style, JustRite Christmas nested sentiments and verse
Ink: Versamark, ripe avocado, tuxedo black (Memento), lady bug (Memento)
Paper: pure poppy, true black, ripe avocado, kraft
Other: black glitter, glossy accents, clear embossing powder, linen texture plate, sewing machine

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Color Splash

Hi all. Quick post tonight... I'm stressing over my golden fur baby, Spencer. I'm probably over-reacting but he's an older guy and we just found a lump on his leg. You may think I'm crazy, but as a veterinarian, I assume the worst until proven otherwise. The lump is so painful to touch that I'm afraid it's associated with a nerve :( The hubs is taking him to work tomorrow to biopsy it (he's a vet too). I'm such a nervous nellie when it comes to this kinda stuff. We found a small lump on his chest several years ago and it turned out to be an aggressive fibrosarcoma - thankfully we caught it early. Hopefully this will be something benign (fingers crossed!!!).

Thought I'd share a pic of him doing one of his favorite activities, aside from eating of course :)


Anyway, since paper crafting is TOTALLY therapeutic, I've got a card to share for this week's Play Date Cafe - it's a color splash challenge! They're my fav!!!! We had a choice of adding pink, copper or gold as our color splash and I chose pink.



Hope you enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

TTFN,
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Ingredients (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated): 
Stamps: Guide lines two, turning a new leaf, through the trees (sentiment)
Ink: tuxedo black (Memento), smokey shadow, hibiscus burst
Paper: White
Other: onyx glitter, rhinestones, RV17 copic marker (to color the rhinestones)

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A technique challenge with JustRite - JUGS #50


Wow - I'm still slammed at work. Not too much time for stamping sadly :( But my parents are coming into town tonight and I'm so excited! I haven't seen them since December - they're here for a month and I CAN'T WAIT!!!


In other fun and exciting news, it's time for another JUGS challenge! This week I'm hosting a technique challenge - get out your heating tools and clear embossing powder and let's have some fun with the cracked glass technique!!! There's a tutorial HERE at Splitcoaststampers.




In more exciting news, JustRite Stampers® is our sponsor this week!!!! Here's a little more information provided by JustRite...

JustRite Stampers has a huge collection of Christmas and holiday stamp sets from which to choose.  Their entire collection can be viewed here.  They also offer the full line of Memento full-sized ink pads and now a selection of 96 expertly-chosen Copic Sketch markers which may be purchased as singles, trios or quads!  The number one question people have about Copic markers is which colors will work together nicely to give a great shading of color.  Now the JustRite design team has done all the work for you -- their quad and trio sets are designed so that you can be assured they will work together to give you a perfect blending group! JustRite has a great 2-page reference guide you can download here.

JustRite is also hosting a 12-Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop starting this week; the details can be found here. Every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks, the JustRite DT and various designers will showcase the JustRite Christmas Collection. As a part of that event, the JUGS gals will be hopping along with JustRite on November 3!!!! 


And, AND.... JustRite has so generously supplied the following prize to be given to one lucky, randomly selected participant this week....
WOW! You just gotta play along for a chance at that awesome prize package!!!

Here's my take on the challenge. I used JustRite's Christmas Ornaments. I really wanted to make a card with a non-traditional color scheme.



If you already haven't, see the JUGS site for all the challenge deets. Don't forget to swing by the blogs of the other JUGS DT gals and show them a little love :) Their links are posted on the side bar of my blog. Make sure you stop by and show some love to our September featured designer, Lynn Mangan

Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls - we love seeing your creations and always appreciate your support! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

TTFN,
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Ingredients (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: JustRite Christmas Ornaments
Ink: Hawaiian shores, Chai vintage ink
Paper: Rustic cream, Hawaiian shores, raspberry fizz
Other: nesties, silver ribbon from stash, nesties impressionabilities snowflakes, sewing machine, UTEE clear embossing powder, copic markers, spica glitter pens, polka dot impression plate

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Gettin' sketchy with Just Us Girls!

It's Saturday and, even better, it's a long weekend!

What better way to spend some time on the weekend than relaxin' and craftin'! It's time for a new Just Us Girls sketch challenge! Alicia is our hostess with the mostest this week and she's come up with a gorgeous sketch!

If it doesn't want to make you just throw down and craft, I don't know what will :)

It's the beginning of September which means we have a new featured designer at JUGS - please give a warm welcome to the uber talented Lynn Mangan! We're so excited to have her join us this month so make sure to stop by her blog and say Hi!!!!

On to my take on the challenge...


A Mother's Day card? ... In Sept? Indeedy :) I love this paper and while pouring over possibilities I decided it would make a lovely Mom's day card. The patterned paper is Mariposa from Die Cuts With A View. I stamped the flourish in palette glue and added gold glitter. The butterfly was die cut from patterned paper then topped with vellum and rhinestones.

Here's the inside...


Make sure to see the JUGS site for all the challenge deets. Don't forget to swing by the blogs of the other JUGS DT gals and show them a little love :) Their links are posted on the side bar of my blog. Also make sure and stop by Lynn's blog. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls - we love seeing your creations and always appreciate your support! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

TTFN,
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Ingredients (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Fancy flourishes, delightful dahlia (sentiment)
Ink: tuxedo black (memento), taupe (colorbox), glue pad (palette)
Paper: Smokey shadow, kraft, rustic cream, mariposa patterned paper (DCWV), vellum
Other: sheer ribbon, cream button, gold glitter, nesties, rhinestones

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