Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge #46...and a birthday SURPRISE!

Hi all!  It's Saturday which means it's time for some JUGS!  Just Us Girls challenge that is...#46 :] 
Today our challenge is to create a project with a Wild Wild West theme in honor of our beloved teammate, Alicia, and Ethan's Rodeo.  Alicia's son, Ethan, fought a cancer called Neuroblastoma from 2007-2009, and at the tender age of 5, he lost that fight...last year after the first rodeo held in his name.  Alicia and her husband Dave are continuing the fight against this horrible disease through the establishment of "Ethan's Rodeo".  You can read all about Ethan on their Caringbridge site and all about Ethan's Rodeo HERE.  I only wish I could be there with them to help out and enjoy the festivities while remembering such an AMAZING little guy ♥ 
The card I made showcases the Cowboy Ethan (now known as Cowboy Billy) Weiman Wrangler image from Pink Cat Studios that was created to raise funds for the family. 
The image is colored with Copics except for the black areas and the sponged background.  I used SU ink (no black Copic yet...I think it's time :)  Here's a close up that shows the paisley dry embossing :]  I also added a little faux stitching to the main panels.  The layout is courtesy of Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC86).

While it's true that today's JUGS challenge is dedicated to Ethan's Rodeo, we are also spotlighting another beloved teammate...PAM!  Her birthday is Monday, but we wanted to surprise her today and celebrate by making a birthday card also!  This is the card I made for Pam:
For some reason these colors are just calling to me the past two weeks with JUGS.  I printed some of my MTME paper on kraft, stamped and embossed a couple of MTME flourishes in white, added a Border Builders cut file accent (scalloped border), some ribbon with a SU hodgepodge ribbon slide, another MTME cut file accent (All Tied Up - Rectangles label), and adhered all of my elements.  What a quick and easy birthday card that looks like it was much more labor intensive!  I hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday, Pam!  I'll put this card in the mail this weekend for your big day ♥  HAPPY BIRTHDAY girlie!!!
That's all I have for you today...we certainly hope you can play along this week!  Please post a direct link to your project over at JUGS and use keyword JUGS46 in any online galleries, and we would really love it if you could post a link to Ethan's Rodeo as well ;]

Be sure to check out the rest of the team's eye candy for additional inspiration...and to wish Pam a very happy birthday!  Links to their blogs are in my left sidebar.  You should also swing by the Color Throwdown team's blogs...some of the girls will be playing along this weekend to help promote the rodeo (thanks, ladies!)...links to their blogs are in my left sidebar also :]

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!  Can't wait to see what kind of Wild Wild West project you come up with!

17 comments:

Laura Pryor said...

Kristin, these are two wonderful creations! Of course your Cowboy Billy card is super and for a fabulous cause and the birthday card is just absolutely gorgeous!! I must have that flourish! It's the best one I've ever seen!! This is just one outstanding card!!
Both are wonderful!!

Lisa Kind said...

Such a cute cowboy card, Kristin! I've always loved this image! Great layout and I love the paisley embossed background! The coloring and sewing are great too! (I've got to get some thread on my bobbin so I can sew again!) And Pam's birthday card is so pretty! Great job with both!

Theresa Momber said...

What a beuatifully designed wild, wild west card! Everything about it is just perfect! I love your gorgeous birthday card, too!

Stampin' Pam said...

Kristin - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the BD card you made for me - it's GORGEOUS in typical Kristin style - THANK YOU - I don't know who was behind the scenes on that but y'all surprised the heck out of me. Meanwhile your Wild WIld West card is just fantastic - I LOVE Cowboy Ethan image and to pair it with MTME paper was genious - it's perfect with the paisley CB embossing too. It's SO good to have you back! You've been missed and it's truly obvious that your mojo didn't stay out on leave. Thanks for everything girly :-)

Maria Levine said...

Fabulous job Kristin! Love both your cards. It's great to have you back in action!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Your Cowboy Ethan card is adorable, and your coloring is fabulous! LOVE the birthday card, too! Gorgeous and elegant!

Silke Ledlow said...

Kristin, your card for Ethan turned out super duper cute...love this sweet image!!! Your birthday card for Pam turned out gorgeous!!! What a fun surprise :)!!! Hugs~S~

Tangii said...

Kristin your cowboy card is too cute! What a fabulous idea for the challenge. The birthday card for Pam is just gorgeous as well! It's great to see you back :)

Kathryn B said...

Great sketch you used to showcase Cowboy Bily this week Kristin! Love your coloring and how you popped up his balloon!
OMG!!! That is one beautiful card you made for Pam's B-day! It's simply gorgeous girl!!!

Andrea M said...

Kristin - OMG!!! Your cards are GORGEOUS!!! Love the WW card - how fabulous is that paisley DP?!?! Pam's birthday card is WONDERFUL!! I love the blue satin ribbon and the kraft - WOW!!! It may have been quick and easy but it sure is purdy!!!! Awesome inspiration!

Dana Gustafson said...

Kristin! These are wonderful cards! I love the sweet Ethan birthday card with the wonderful paisley embossing background. Pam's birthday car is so elegant and classy! THe embossed swirls and the luscious teal ribbon are stunning together! Yay! Kristin is BACK, with a vengeance!

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Great cards and I love your coloring. so cute.

LeAnne said...

Man, your coloring puts mine to SHAME!! So cute, and the sponging is awesome! Great, fun card. And Pam's birthday card is GORGEOUS! So glad you are back!

snehal watwe welde said...

what a sweet card and a touching story ...thanks for sharing both.

Elise said...

It is SO amazing to see you crafting like a maniac, Kristin! These cards are AMAZING! I'm SO loving the theme for the latest JUGS challenge, and of course, the lovely memorial to Ethan - SUCH a classy show you guys are running! Thanks for sharing this WONDERFUL inspiration!

Jo, Paul & Jade said...

Love both the cards! Love the colour combo on the birthday card and the background paper is fab. Love the coloring of little Billy, Perfect!

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Two great cards, but I have to say the little cowboy stole my heart. So cute. I might to CASE for my grandson.

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