Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wplus9 Sponsors JUGS Sketch Challenge #23

It is my pleasure to sponsor the 23rd Just Us Girls Challenge with TWO Wplus9 stamp sets going to one lucky winner! Just Us Girls hosts a fabulous challenge every week, with each week focusing on a specific category. The first of the month is always a sketch. And boy did Kristen supply a wonderful sketch.


I had a wonderful time with this challenge, as did the rest of the Wplus9 Design Team.

I used the Funky Foliage set to create a gorgeous spring tree ripe with flower buds. Thanks to the building pieces included in this set, this tree is a cinch to re-create. To create the leaves, I layered them using PTI Spring Moss, and SU!'s Old Olive. First I stamped the lighter green leaves around the outer edge creating the basic shape of the tree. (always stamp your lighter colors first when layering with ink for best results) This works out in our favor since in real life, the further something is away from you the less saturated the colors appear.

Once that was finished, I filled in the rest of the tree with the darker green leaves. And Once the ink was completely dry, I came back in and added the flower buds randomly. You'll notice that for the leaves and the buds, each stamp has a small grouping of images. This makes quick work out of stamping, but still gives you control over the final shape and fullness of the tree. Not to mention you can then layer it with wonderful colors...think fall, this technique is gorgeous using oranges, reds, and green!

Check out what the rest of the Wplus9 Design Team came up with. They always blow me away!

Maile Belles also used Funky Foliage in the most inventive way and sentiments from Funky Flowers. Just look at those flowers. Swoon! Trees and flowers from the same set, you can't beat that!

Savitri Wilder is rockin' the satin and lace with Funky Foliage! Check out the bow! Any more perfect and it would be illegal.

And Elise Durenberger worked her usual magic using Love Birds. Do you see that sky?! I feel as though I am looking through a window at a real sky. Such beautiful work. She mentioned doing a tutorial on how to create these breathtaking clouds...stop by her blog and leave a comment, I'm sure we can convince her. ;o)

Want to play along? Want a chance to win TWO Wplus9 Design Studio stamp sets of your choice? Create your own project using the sketch above and add your link to the Just Us Girls challenge blog to be eligible to win. Or just stop by to see all of the projects that the incredibly talented JUGs design team has created for this sketch. Have fun and GOOD LUCK!

15 comments:

  1. LOVE all of these cards! So glad that you are sponsoring a challenge- I didn't even need to think about playing along! ;)

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  2. OMGoodness!!! I LOVE that gorgeous tree!

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  3. Dawn,

    I can't say thanks enough for sponsoring us at JUGS this week. Your stamps are wonderful and I had such a fun time playing with them. I went the non-traditional route and made a scrapbook page, but I love your stamps to make patterned paper...worked perfectly. I really like your card too, what a cute idea to tie the ribbon like you did. Thanks so much!

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  4. well crud.... i had never seen your stamps but caught them on the JUGS challenge and I am in love!!! I cant wait til spring when i can place an order!!!! ) Your card is just adorable!!!

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  5. gorgeous-all of them! dawn, i could see making a topiary with your cute tree design, too!

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  6. Your card is gorgeous! I love your style! And your stamps are fabulous! Congrats on your new store and thanks for sponsoring Just Us Girls! Your DTs cards are fab also! Just lovely!

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  7. Hi Dawn. I seen you over at JUGS and had to hop over to check out your products. Then I seen that you are from Jacksonville. Me too! Just wanted to say hi. Your stamp sets are so cute and the samples your DT have created are wonderful. Good luck with your business!

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  8. BeAuTiFuL work on all of these creations and I LoVe you images....will be in touch : )

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  9. Darling Dawn! Those little leaves give me a thrill, just lookin' at 'em! I ADORE how you've created that tree and the depth of leaves and shadow - oh, it's just fabulous! I'm enjoying that set soooooo much: the versatility is never-ending! Remember that card that Maile made a while ago where she just used the tiniest hint of those leaves... MMMMMMmmmmmm Mmm! Such diversity, such possibility! Thanks for kicking EVERYTHING I love about stamping up a huge notch, AND making me enjoy polymer stamps like never before! YEE HAW! Have a great day!

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  10. Fantastic card Dawn and rockin job with the sketch. Am LOVIN' your stamps - can't wait to see what else you have in store. Thanks for sponsoring JUGS this week - hope we get a lot of players and thanks for your generous prize donation. Great cards by your DT as well.

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  11. Dearest Dawn,

    THank you so much again for sponsoring the JUGs challnge this week! WE were honored to use your wonderful stamps and I am loving the creative variety I have seen from everyone.

    Your card is adorable. I love those fresh colors and thank you for the tutorial on how to get your tree with all of it's stamped depth goodness! Your twine tied ribbon is a great interpretation of my sketch! THanks for making it look amazing!

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  12. Beautiful beautiful card Dawn! Just wanted to say THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for the opportunity to play with your stamps -- I ♥ them very much. The size of the images is sooooo yum-o! Wishing you the utmost success -- though I don't think you'll have too much trouble, you're off to a GREAT start!

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  13. Your card is just so FAB! I am so sorry I am at the Beach for my son's UCF spring break and can't play (someone has to be the chaperone!) but I'll be sure to check out your stamps when I get home! Back to your card - so many pretty details but I just LOVE how you tied the twine on the ribbon! It added so much to your card!

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  14. These are so pretty! I love them all! :)

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  15. These are super awesome Dawn!!! The DT did a great job showcasing the stamps!

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