Friday, November 8, 2013

Just Us Girls #214 - Technique Challenge

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This week's challenge is an easy one as well as a fun one!  All you need to do is use/create a word background.   We are also welcoming our Guest Designer Nancy Penir!

That being said, I'm fessing up to tell you that I cheated, a lot!   After the week I've had I just didn't have the mojo to create a background so I pulled out a background stamp (in this case, Stampin' Up's Tres Chic word background - one I have had for some time and ashamedly have never used!) rather than create my own so I'm  hanging my head in shame here!    
Not only that, but I went with a "subtle word background" to boot.  Many lashes with a wet noodle for me today LOL! 

I clear embossed the background stamp on some gold card stock and then cut it into strips (if you look closely you can see the embossed words on the gold).  Next, I gleefully pulled out my Spellbinders Poinsettia die (oh how I love this die!) and sponged the flower layers while still in the die to create more prominent veins in the flower.   Two more touches of red to balance things off and just had to add the gold snowflake.

The rest of the  JUGS team have some wonderful and more...ahem.... appropriate samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what the Design Team has created.  Then put your creative genes to work and add your card/project to the challenge post on the JUGS blog for the chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Plus if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest Designer.

Kids have a four day weekend so I get to enjoy their company and hopefully get a bit more (if not close to all) my Christmas shopping done.   Don't hate me!  I try to get it done before the end of November so I have lots of lead time to do the other things that come up along the way (decorating, baking, kids school activities etc.).  I find by doing this, I can fully take in the wonder and joy of the Season rather than being so stressed out and exhausted that it becomes just another chore.  

Have a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday with my Mojo Monday card.    



 
What's In It? 
Stamps:  Tres Chic Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), Hero Arts

Ink:  VersaMark
Paper: Real Red (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen, Brushed Gold
Accessories:  Poinsettia Die (Spellbinders), Clear and Red Embossing Powder, Snowflake Punch (Marvy), 5/8" Red Sheer Ribbon (Michael's), Dimensionals

21 comments:

Sharyn Polesel said...

I think this is stunning, so elegant looking! I love your word background and beautiful poinsettias. Great color choice too!

Lynn said...

Happy, happy Christmas shopping! I love the subtle background and the amazing dies!

cm said...

Mariasa, first thank you X 1,000 for the SCS tutorial! I so appreciate that you heard & answered my 'plea in the wilderness. You're the BEST! Your card here - no lashes with wet noodles whatsoever (your posts = engaging and entertaining)! LOVE the subtle background stamping, and the kraft+white+red combination is nothing short of striking and eye-catching! You've met the challenge criteria perfectly! Happy long weekend; enjoy shopping (our plan today, too!!)
c

Betty Wright said...

Absolutely beautiful, Marisa! Lovely background and lovely poinsettia detailing. Wonderful Christmas card!

JoAnn said...

Very pretty. I like your stamped background and of course, the beautiful poinsettia. That is one of my favorite dies also.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous layered poinsettia Marisa. Love the background panels.

Benzi said...

No head hanging needed here. I LOVE this card and the colors you combined. Pretty poinsettia.

Christmas shopping almost done? What!!!!!!!???? Well, I have a Christmas tree up...so there. LOL

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Those background panels are so elegant with the clear embossing on the gold! That poinsettia is so pretty, too. I think you card is amazing!

Bev Gerard said...

I'm totally envious! Christmas nearing completion? OMGosh! This card is bound to share the joy of the holidays with all who receive!

~Bev
TexasGrammy

Nancy said...

Whether you cheated or not...another beauty from you Marisa as always!! Enjoy your long weekend and getting that shopping done!

Vicki B. said...

Gorgeous Marisa, love this color combo!!!!

nwilliams6 said...

This is so BEAUTIFUL Marisa! I love your take on the sketch and the colors are so elegant. Wow! Wow on the card and your shopping planning - impressive stuff! Hugz!

Emily Keaton said...

How beautiful! I love that pretty poinsettia :). I'm close to finishing my Christmas shopping, too!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Gorgeous card, Marisa. Love that subtle, elegant background you created.
I am so impressed that you do your shopping so early. And there I thought I was doing so good by just getting my Christmas cards mostly done! lol

Shelley Germann said...

Super cute, Marisa. Love your choice of colors and sketch. It all came together beautifully! I'll be dropping you a line soon...lots to share! Hope you had a nice 4 days with the kids!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card, Marisa!! Love the poinsettia as your focal image and red and kraft together are a favorite of mine!

Bonnie said...

I love how the beautiful poinsettia pops against the kraft banners! Pretty bow too!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the mono bg with the words~ this turned out great!!

núria claverol i català said...

beautiful card!!!
I love the gorgeous flower, and the color combo, just perfect

Vivienne Holden said...

Gorgeous! Love the bright red with the Kraft! xxx

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

So beautiful. Another great color combination.
Bear Hugs,
Carol