Saturday, January 1, 2011

JUGS Sketch Challenge

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and a little creative break!  I know I did!  Just being able to catch up on my card making and get a jump start on a few projects (will see how long that lasts)... is a good deed done.

O.K. ladies, are you ready now to get those creative juices flowing again!  I hope so because we at Just Us Girls have a fun sketch for you to kick the new year off with!  I was so  inspired by Tim Holtz's twelve days of Christmas and I seem to have gotten stuck on using his distressing inks.  I have many of them and haven't really played much with them lately.  If you're like me and have everything there is to craft with but then forget you have it or tuck stuff away never to be seen again until you see someone else using them like Tim Holtz!  Anyway I've been using the distress inks to shade my images to kinda match my design papers.  I just love the look I get with this technique and I do like how this card turned out.  I made some really cool Christmas cards by embossing Christmas images in white and then shading them with the distress inks. Really quick and easy technique!

Stop by the rest of the teams blogs along with our January featured designer Carla Suto for more inspiration!

How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes directly to your project in the Inlinkz form at the bottom of this post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword or tag, JUGS65. After you post to Inlinkz you can also leave a comment here.

Deadline to be considered for the weekly "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 6th. The Inlinkz form will close at that time. Our top pick "Chic of the Week" will be announced on the following Friday morning.


  1. Oh Kathryn I love this card - it's classic elegance just really makes a statement! Your use of the distressing ink is the perfect touch. I love the ribbon and buckle accent too. well done and a great sketch. Hope your new year is filled with laughter, love, hugs, smiles and lots of good health! Happy New Year!

  2. Just lovely! I love the dp and colors you used! And the distress inks are cool. I use them a lot to shade around my cards too! Lovely sketch this week! Happy 2011!

  3. This is gorgeous, Kathryn! I love the DP and the shaded tree silhouettes! Happy New Year!

  4. Beautiful card Kathryn! What gorgeous DPs!!! Love the ribbon treatment and the awesome buckle embellie :) Great job - I LOVE the sketch too!!! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!

  5. Very pretty and subtle! Your card and dp match so well together! Great shading:)

  6. Kathryn! THis is breathtaking! I love the serene look to your trees combined with that wonderful swirly sentiment.

  7. Kathryn, your card is just stunning. Love everything about it. The technique with the trees is wonderful too.

    Thanks for your comment on the card I entered, always so nice to read that a card brought back wonderful childhood memeories........

    Sue Drees