Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge #90

Hi everyone!  Sorry I've been MIA, but I have been a little overwhelmed with unpacking and putting furniture together and organizing...and trying to keep up with designing paper, my real career (Air Force) and being a mom-taxi.  Soooo, just to catch everyone up...I took a month break from JUGS because I want to be able to fully dedicate myself to not only the challenges and the team, but also to the loyal participants!  I know I haven't been dedicated for a while now, and I'm simply not okay with that.  I co-founded JUGS on the premise that we would consistently play along with the challenges and comment, and keep it fun and exciting.  If I can't follow my own guidelines, I need to get it together until I CAN.  You know what I mean?  So, I will be back, but not for a few more weeks.

I will, however, be playing along with the Color Throwdown challenges!!  I couldn't give up everything and it's easier (IMO) to keep up with weekly color challenges.  So...let's get on with it.  This week, Tammy is our hostess and she selected a FAB color palette:
I have to agree with Bar...she's said before, she loves it when the palette includes a green because we can easily make a flower our focal point. are right up my alley, so naturally, I went with it.  Today I'm sneaking a peek of Lauren Meader's Sensational Stems set and one of my digi papers being released at My Time Made Easy on 1 May.  LOVE LOVE LOVE her new Sensational Stems set!  I foresee this one bieng my go-to set for some time... 
This card is actually a birthday card, but I didn't see a good way to add the sentiment to the front of my card since I was following Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC71) for my layout and it didn't really fit nicely in a circle tag.
I used Couture Cardstock Bow Bells paper THINKING that one of our colors was Purely Pomegranate (not Razzleberry).  Bow Bells is pretty close to Pomegranate...just a little more red than purple...but nowhere NEAR the color of Rich Razzleberry!  So, just ignore the incorrect colore palette I used, or adjust your monitor settings :]  LOL  My ribbon is actually Martha Stewart Craft Seam Binding.  I LOVE that stuff!  I added some yellow stickles to the centers of my flowers, used our very first MTME cut file called Flutters and Flowers to cut my butterflies, and I stitched them together using craft thread.

That's about all there is to this one!  Hope the photo looks a little better than normal since I used natural lighting.  Mine always turns out a little yellow and looks hideous compared to the rest of the team :[  I did buy a photo light tent (finally) though.  Simply because I hate how my photo stands out in a bad way every week over at the CTD.  A photographer I'm any help I can get (like a tent) is welcome!!  LOL

Okay, keep our simple rules in mind if you play along.  Please stick as close as possible to our palette...though you don't have to use these exact colors.  Just come close and avoid those rainbows :]  Use keyword CTD90 in any online galleries and post your project to InLinkz on the CTD blog.  More detailed guidelines are listed in the right sidebar over at the CTD.

Be sure to swing by our fabulously talented teams' blogs to soak up some more inspiration! 
Teresa Kline ~ Our April Guest Designer

Also, swing by Lauren's blog to check out the sneak peeks for the May release!  You don't want to miss this one!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Rest assured I'm getting things together in the new house and hope to be back to normal SOON!  Have a great week! 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge #89

Oh my, it's about that time to throwdown some color again!  Forewarning:  this post is going to be short and sweet...I'm BEAT and headed to la-la land as soon as I publish this :]

This week, LeAnne chose a challenging, yet beautiful combination:
Her inspiration was Basic Grey's Wisteria paper...which I don't own :[  So, I stuck with a CAS white-based card...and cheated a little by adding the vibrant May Arts ribbon!  I'm fairly certain I can't go without ribbon on a project...  Here's my sample:
I used all My Time Made Easy products other than the paper (SU and Couture Cardstock) and the May Arts ribbon.    Okay, seriously, that's all I have other than the standard mumbo jumbo...

Remember, you don't have to use these exact colors to play along, just come as close as you can without creating a rainbow of excess colors :]  Post a direct link to your project using InLinkz over at the CTD, and use keyword CTD89 in any online galleries.  Don't forget to swing by our CTD team members' blogs along with our April Guest Designer, Teresa Kline!

Teresa Kline ~ April Guest Designer
 Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you can play along with us this week ;]

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge #29

Hi all!  I'm back for another Just Us Girls challenge :]  Today sweet, Maria is hosting a color challenge.  She chose this springy palette of pastels:

Today is extra special because we are surprising Lisa for her birthday!!  Her special day is actually on Monday, but we wanted to celebrate JUGS style a couple days early.  SOOOO...the twist for our color challenge is to create a birthday card in honor of Lisa!  Here's mine:

As you can see, I took the liberty of adjusting the hues a little on my card ;]  I've been so busy moving that I haven't even used my new paper from last month yet!  SO, I was determined to use it on this card even though my printer is sitting in my family room on a cardboard box and all of my supplies are still boxed in my craft room.  Working full time and driving my daughter to and from gymnastics every day doesn't lend a lot of spare time for organizing.  Hopefully I can put a serious dent in it this weekend.  Anywho, I changed up the lavender to more of a pomegranate hue and used two variations of pink and green.  I left the yellow off since it was optional.  My layout is from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch (MTSC69):

Okay, back to Ms. Lisa...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, girly!  Hope you have a super weekend celebrating in preparation for an even bigger celebration on Monday!  Enjoy your special day my sweet friend

That's all I have for you tonight, but be sure to swing by the other team members' blogs to gather some inspiration and finish up with Lisa and wish her a Happy Birthday ♥ 

Sue Lelli ~ Our April Guest Designer
Our birthday girl

If you play along, remember to post a direct link to your project using InLinkz over at JUGS and use keyword JUGS29 in any online galleries. 

Stamps:  MTME, Just For You
Paper:  MTME, Fresh Flowers and Fresh Fabric Collection 1; Couture Cardstock, One Sheet Wonder; SU! Whisper White
Ink:  SU! Purely Pomegranate
Accessories:  May Arts, Ribbon; Primas; Recollections, Pearl Rhinestones; Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge #88

Whew!  What a month this has been.  Especially the past two weeks.  If I didn't clue you in before, I'm finishing up the process of moving from one house to another.  Since the new house is less than a mile away, I'm moving most of our stuff myself with my SUV.  I gotta say, getting the "stuff" here wasn't a terribly difficult's the task of finding a place to put everything and the time to organize it that is mind boggling!  If you've been keeping up, you'll know that I pretty much missed the past two weeks of challenges with both JUGS and the CTD!  UGH UGH UGH!!!  My craft room is in complete disarray, BUT, I just couldn't miss another week!  SO, I dug through my boxes, bags and piles, and found the essential items I needed to create a card for today's Color Throwdown challenge.  Thankfully, I found everything easily despite the fact that I could barely move around my craft room.  Aww, heck.  Here's a shot of what my room looks like today:
Just to give you an idea of what I'm dealing with!  LOL  I'll post an updated picture once I get it organized.  It's a LOT smaller than my old craft room, but I think I can work it out perfectly with the huge closet in there.  Cross your fingers for me ;]

Okay, okay...onto the CTD challenge I'm hosting this week!!  I selected my palette from a gorgeous Cosmo Cricket pack of patterned paper called "Everafter".
Fresh, right?  I love it!!  I've had the pack for a while and it's truly my go-to pack when I don't use my own digi paper.  Which worked out perfectly tonight since I don't have my printer or my Cricut set up yet.  I mention the Cricut simply because of the flower on my card:
LOVE how this bloom turned out ♥ Being that my Cricut is taking a break this week, I didn't use one of my MTME floral cut files.  Instead I used two heart punches, two daisy punches, and a snowflake punch.  Yes, a snowflake.  I cut 6 hearts in each size out of the patterned paper, three daisies in each size out of So Saffron cs, and two medium snowflakes.
I curled the edges of the hearts using my bone folder and colored the base and edge of each petal with a Prawn colored Copic.  I then used a glue dot on each spoke of the snowflake to adhere individual petals, then layered the two blooms.  I punched three daisies in each size, and pinched them together in the centers after adhering the layers with glue dots to create my stamen.  The rest seems pretty easy to figure out ;]

The layout is from the JUGS27 sketch challenge I hosted a week ago but couldn't play along with! 
Okay, I suppose that sums everything up.  I'm about to pass out on my couch, so I'm going to close.  Please be sure to swing by the CTD lady's blogs to check out their inspiring, GORGEOUS projects! 

Teresa Kline ~ April Guest Designer
Hope you're having a great week! It's half over ;]