Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge #3 - JUGS3

Welcome back to the 3rd Just Us Girls challenge!  We are so excited to have captured the attention of 101 followers since we launched our blog just over a week ago!  That's fantastic!!  Everyone seems to be having fun with our challenges so far, which I'm so happy about!  Our group is so excited to offer diverse creations for our unique challenge line up.  If you haven't checked us out yet, be sure to hop over to JUGS and see what we're all about!

Today is a color challenge hosted by our sweet Dana Gustafson!  She selected an awesome combination of Aqua, Red, and Cream. 


I used Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy and Select White (I don't own their Vintage Cream cs yet).  For some reason my card looks a lot greener than the other girls...I think it's just the lighting and the camera settings though ;]


I used red for my topiary thinking of a poinsettia....even though I turned this into a birthday card!  I really need focus in my life :O)  For the full part of my topiary, I punched five daisies x 2 different sizes and used the 3-D technique I used for my ornaments on this OLD card.  Lauren also posted a tutorial on this technique that you can view HERE.  Think basically of folding all but the base flower in half and adhering together.  Once 4 of the 5 are adhered together, adhere the bunch to the base flower.  Then just randomly move the petals around to make it even bushier.  I used glue dots on the centers only (not the petals).  My shadow was created using a VersaMark Pen.  I added some hand stitching, patterned paper and a LOT of dimensionals, and done!

I STRUGGLED with this week's card!  I think it was due to the shift in my mojo over to the graphics side of my creativity.  I had a HARD time shifting it back to paper!  My loss of mojo WILL be your gain though during the Wild Card week!!!!  Be sure to keep an eye out for what I have up my sleeve :O)

Hope you can play along with Just Us Girls this weekend.  Be sure to post a direct link to your card using Mr. Linky over at the JUGS site and use keyword JUGS3 in any online galleries!  Oh, and don't forget to check out what our fabulous team came up with!





Thanks for stopping by today! It's so rainy and cold here, I think I'll craft some more and maybe organize my craft room this weekend.  OH, and help my daughter get ready for her Homecoming dance tonight :O)  Have a great weekend!!

16 comments:

Dana Gustafson said...

Oh my stars and FLOWERS! This 3-D topiary is amazing!!! I totally have to try your technique, thanks for re-linking your sources. You know me and a handmade flower tutorial..just can't resist!

And oh Kristen my dear! I just cannot get over your handstitching. It is perfection! My machine looks like chopped liver next to you precise little stitches. LOL! Finally, the layers and layers of paper, texture, and label shapes are so beautiful. I love it! Your MOJO is fully back!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Lisa Kind said...

Love the flowers! And did you say you "hand-stitched" on this card! You are amazing! This is very lovely! Can't wait to see what the Wild Card idea is!

Tracey Cuccia said...

I think it turned out great Kristin - love the stitching - and the topiary flowers... :)

Beverly S. said...

I love the way this card turned out!!!! Very creative putting the flowers in the flowerpot...love the added sewing too.

Hope you took lots of pictures of your daughter tonight for the homecoming dance. :)

Andrea M said...

Oh my goodness!!! This is fan-freaking-tastic!!!! I absolutely love your topiaries :) What a gorgeous card, Kristin. The hand stitching is just icing on the beautiful cake. Thanks for the inspiration.

Silke Ledlow said...

Kristin - I think your card is gorgeous...!!! I have the same DP and I can visualize the *real* beauty of this card!!! I also love the pop of red in the center - so eyecatching!!!
Hugs ~S~

Wendy said...

This is really beautiful! I am so glad I found you, thanks to my girl Pam!

Andrea M said...

Kristin - Thanks so much for your comments and for letting me know about the posting problem. I had no idea :( Again - thank you. I'll fix it straight away - don't want to miss out on those comments!

LeAnne said...

Very, very pretty! All the JUGS cards are great this week....I am going to try to squeeze in some stamping time & use these colors---Aqua Mist is one PTI color I actually have!!! :D

Stampin' Pam said...

Well now that I have made the rounds to all 30 entries so far it's time to visit my design team GFs and WOWWWWWWWWWWW did you blow me away with this one Kristin. I HAVE to try this technique - it is smashing! Your stitching is impeccable. I love this simply layout yet STUNNING results. Glad you are on our team - you are an inspiration to all of us.

Lauren (mytime) said...

THUD! What a fabby color combo. Im going to have to give this a whirl. Love the flowers and that stiching is over the top

Elise said...

This is soooooo pretty, Kristin! That stitching is OVER THE TOP and the 3D flower is truly delicious! I love it! You transitioned out of "graphics girl" just fine from what I see! Regardless, I feel your pain - I'm either SCRAP BOOKER or CARD MAKER but never both! Creative gears can be the hardest to switch!

Great job with CRAFTY DANA'S cool colors - She's a dilly! :o)

Kelley Eubanks said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous!! I LOVE IT!!

Thank you for visiting me and leaving me some love! :)

Courtney Baker said...

Oh I love the 3-D effect. It's looks great! I'll have to try that!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous, these colors are so pretty together. I love that aqua, it is a very gorgeous color! Thank you so much for sharing this, The flower and stitching are amazing!

Gwen said...

love this little 3-D card...I adore your perfect stitching...oh how I wish I could do that!!

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