Saturday, October 5, 2013

Exciting News and Happy World Card Making Day!

First off Happy World Card Making Day everyone!! Isn't it great that card makers have their own special day! I hope you all get to spend some time creating today. This is such a big day at my house. I even get flowers from my husband! 

Now the exciting news! I have been invited to join the Just Us Girls Challenge Blog design team!! Every Saturday they have a different challenge. Here is the monthly schedule:

 Week 1: Sketch
        Week 2: Technique
Week 3: Color
                  Week 4: Photo Inspiration
        Week 5: Wild Card

This week is a sketch challenge. I took a few liberties with the sketch. I hope I don't get booted off the team for bucking the system right from the start. There is a reason for my madness, that I hope will put me back in my teams good graces.

It seems a wee birdie told me it is Just Us Girls (JUGS for those in the know:)) 4th birthday. So for my first challenge card, I knew it had to be a birthday card and I had to have 4 macaroons. One for each year! Am I forgiven girls? 

I used a great set from Avery Elle called Bonjour. Oh the possibilities!

This card features some tips and techniques that i find myself using over and over again. Have you ever pulled a sentiment from your stash, to find it does't fit the space you have? If you have acrylic stamps, do what I do. Just carefully cut up the sentiments into individual words and rearrange them to fit your card. I have been doing this for years. it makes your sentiments much more versatile.

Here is the original saying. (sorry for bad photo.)

Here it is cut up. as you can see from my card, I made the saying into one line.

My technique is making your own baker's twine. How often do you make a card and you don't have any twine to match your card? This used to happen to me all the time. I adapted this technique to make my own from this video.

I start with plain baker's twine and a piece of chipboard 3 inches wide. The length doesn't matter.  I put a notch at the beginning and the end to hold the twine and I wrap it around the chip board.

Next using any kind of permanent marker, color diagonal stripes over the twine. put on several layers of 
color, make sure you cover both sides of the chipboard.

Unwrap the twine and you have your own custom baker's twine.

Please join us at JUGS to celebrate their birthday and World Card Making Day! Our sponsor this week is A Walk Down Memory Lane. they will be offering a $15.00 gift certificate.


Nancy said...

Forgiven....are you kidding me!!! This card rocks! The way you colored the twine was brilliant! Welcome the team..your going to do great things here!!! Love your card!!!

Lisa Kind said...

Techniques in your first JUGs post! Love it! Great technique for the bakers twine...never thought of doing that. (But I think I own every color bakers twine, so I won't need to do this!) Love your card, and yes this is our 4th anniversary as well. Love your cards and now I want something sweet to eat! Welcome to the team!

Vicki Dutcher said...

WELCOME!!! We are thrilled to have you on the Team! Fun little tutorial on stripped twine!!

Marisa said...

Such a cute card!! Love the coloured twine too. Welcome aboard :)

Sharyn Polesel said...

This card is yummy looking and beautiful! Love the technique with the twine!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

LOVE how you colored that twine, brilliant! Great paper piecing on the goodies, too. Your card is adorable! And congrats on being a new Jug Head!

Anonymous said...


Re: JUG----Congratulations! Way to go!!! Love the card.


Cheryl said...

I love how you "bucked the challenge" with your card! Those whoopie pies look delicious and coloring your own twine-genius!!

Maria Levine said...

Oh how super yummy!! LOVE IT! I love your embossed layer that just matches the card! Wonderful job!

Avery Elle said...

Love this sweet card!