Saturday, January 8, 2011

Just Us Girls Challenge #66

TGITW!  ..."the weekend" ;]  This first FULL week back has proven to be a long one for me.  I feel wiped out!  I must be getting old...blech.  BUT, alas, it's about that time for another JUGS challengePam is our hostess this week and she challenged us to not only make a card, but to also decorate and line an envelope.  I've been wanting to line my envelopes for a while, but I always take the short route and avoid even decorating them.  So, I'm happy with the challenge, and the results! 

We're also a lucky bunch this weekend...the very generous Gina K. is sponsoring Just Us Girls!  I LOVE that she allowed us to choose whatever stamp set we were inspired by (some sponsors don't) makes it so much easier to get crafty :]  I chose to work with the oh so pretty Botanicals set!

I felt very "Krafty" when I started working with the set, so I used Stampin Up's Crumbcake cs as a primary color.  I also knew that I wanted to layer my flower on the text, but in a less obvious way.  I decided to stamp my bloom with VersaMark and emboss it with clear powder (I did the same on my envelope).  I then stamped the text with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink on my precut Killer Curves pieces.  I sponged the edges of my Crumbcake cs with white craft ink. 
To add a little color, I offset my Crumbcake panels with Very Vanilla, and also created a top border with my Autumn Leaves Collection 2 patterned paper and a vanilla layer...both cut from the Border Builders Elegance Scallop cut files.  I hand stiched the zig zag.  I added small scraps of ribbon to my All Tied Up Square cut file panel, and tied them off with craft thread.  I added a few buttons for a little more color and stamped "Miss You" in the corner to finish it up.  Super easy yet striking IMO :] 
I lined my envelope using the same Autumn Leaves patterned paper that I used on my card.  Gina K. has a wonderful tutorial on lining envelopes over at Stamp TV to get you started.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the same sized envelopes she used in her tutorial, BUT, her directions did help to move me in the right direction.  I cut a piece of patterned paper at 5.5" x 6" and trimmed the top corners evenly.  I adhered the same way Gina did in her tutorial and before I knew it, my envelope was finished :]  I really SHOULD line and decorate them more often...they don't take much work at all.
All in all, this challenge turned out to be pretty easy!  I was pleased with how quicky I finished, and I really LOVE the stamps more than I expected I would when I ordered them!  HUGE THANK YOU to Gina K. and Pam for arranging the sponsorship and for hosting a fun challenge this week!  I certainly hope all of you can play along this week!  If you do, be sure to post a direct link to your creation over at JUGS and use keyword JUGS66 in any online galleries. 

Take a peek at our fab DT's projects to get a healthy dose of inspiration before you get started:

Hope your weekend is off to a nice, slooow start :]  Thanks for stopping by today!


Lisa Kind said...

Gorgeous! I love the crumb cake, red, and vanilla combo! And the way you stamped your main image is beautifully done! I especially love the little scraps of ribbon all tied up on top...the little things make me happy! LOL!!! Great job with the challenge...that dp is one of my favs that you created!

LeAnne said...

This is INCREDIBLE! Those diecuts are amazing---LOVE the color combo you've used, and of course, your envie makes me envious! LOVE it all!

Carla S. said...

Beautiful card and envelope, Kristin! I love the color combo and all the fantastic details!

Amy Sheffer said...

WOW!!! Absolutely love this! So many awesome little details!

Lynn said...

Love your card the text background!

AKiteFlier said...

Stunning combo Kristin - love the kraft with the red - your paper is the perfect accent for pulling it all together and your envelope is as yummy and the card. I'm sure the recipient will love it. Thanks for doing our graphic and for posting the linky for me.

Andrea M said...

GORGEOUS Kristin!!! Love this - your color combo is YUMMY!!! Love that botanicals set - must add that to my ever-growing wish list! The cream cardstock really sets the card off! And your envelope is soooo purdy!!! Fabulous work m'dear!!!

Kathryn B said...

Kristin this is such a unique looking card! I just LOVE it(wonderful eye candy)! I love how the front of your envelope came out too!

Dana Gustafson said...

Ohhhh, I love all of your layers! You do indeed have killer curves! ALso digging that cool embossed flower/stamp over technique. Stunning!

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