Saturday, October 25, 2014

JUST US GIRLS #264 - Photo Week

Hello and happy Saturday to you all! We have a photo challenge at JUST US GIRLS, hosted this week by Maria! Just look at this gorgeous photo she found for inspiration:

Pretty, huh? It's amazing how we all interpreted this differently. I was drawn to the colorful leaves, so that's what I went with:

Here's the inside:

A while back, perhaps even a year ago, I was experimenting with distress inks, and colored a couple pieces of card stock by smooshing a few different inks onto my craft mat, spritzing with water, then laying the card stock in the mess. I kept the unused bits, (of course!) and used them to die cut the leaves. Then I got way out of control and did this whole tree themed card, using that adorable tree paper behind the main focal point. I masked the "I'm" from the sentiment then filled the space with a tiny fussy cut leaf. 

(Side Trip: Does anyone know of a sentiment stamp set that is plural? Meaning, instead of saying "I'm thankful for you", it says "We're thankful for you" or "Happy Birthday from us", etc? I'd like to get my hands on that if it exists. There you go stamp manufacturers - I've just thrown down the gauntlet - I double dog dare you to make it happen! LOL!) Because, even though I make the cards, address the envelopes, stamp and return label them, and get them in the mail, I still sign them from me and my hubby. You know, as if he actually had something to do with the complete process. (wink)

But I digress. ☺ I finished the inside with a stamped sentiment and two more die cut leaves. (See? Way out of control!) 

Now it's your turn to make a card or project inspired by the photo. Be sure to link it up at Just Us Girls so we can admire it! While there, please be sure to see what my teammates and our guest designer, Wanda Cullen, created  - you won't be disappointed!  If you win Chic of the Week for any of the challenges in October, you'll be in the running for our Guest Designer for the month of December! How cool is that?! Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Paper Smooches - Jive Turkey; Hero Arts - Celebrate Everyday
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger DI's
DP: Recollections - Simply Autumn
CS: Darice
Accessories: Grand Calibur, Sm & Lg classic oval Nesties; Lawn Fawn - Stitched Leaves dies; Recollections - ribbon; MME - Enamel Dots
Adhesives: SA by 3L - MyStik permanent, 3D foam squares; Recollections - red tape


  1. Awesome leaves fabulous card. funny how a project keeps growing lol.

  2. LOVE the detailed leaves you used - Fabulous inspired card!

  3. There were some gorgeous colours to be inspired by this week and you certainly captured them with this fabulous card. So colourful. Those leaves are so nice.

  4. You are so right.....we need more sentiments in plural....never thought about it until you mentioned it!! Love your card too!!

  5. Huh, now that you mention it, can't think of a single (ha!) plural sentiment set. In the meantime, masking the "I" out works nicely, doesn't it? This is such a great card. I'm particularly appreciating the gorgeous maple leaf at the moment...

  6. This is fabulous! The colors are so bright and pretty. I love the trees in the background and your pretty leaves!

  7. Those leaves are gorgeous! Love your design and the combo of patterned papers. Great idea masking that sentiment and adding the little leaf.

  8. Gorgeous Fall card Chris, both inside and out, love those amazing leaves! Thanks for your lovely comment, take care, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  9. Your card is so pretty Chris, I love these beautiful colours. Thank you for joining us for Tuesday Morning Sketches this week.

  10. Love those leaves! Distress inks are just so fun to play with, aren't they? I just love your take on the inspiration photo! This is lovely!

  11. Love your distressed leaves paired with that perfect fall paper! Beautiful! Thanks again for the warm welcome this month...I really enjoyed it!

  12. Cute card! These are fun and pretty papers!
    Thanks for playing along this week at TMS!!

  13. K, those leaves. I needs them. LOVE them. A lot. Also, yes about the sentiments. Customers ask me about that all the time!
    I'm gonna share your card on the TMS FB page today, because I want to.

  14. Pretty, Chris! I love those fall leaves, and that paper is just beyond perfect!

  15. Distress inks make the greatest leaves, but I can't imagine cutting up a whole bunch of them. Sounds like too much finicky work to me! Gorgeous cards.

  16. Gorgeous card sistah! The leaves, the colours...just fab!


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