Friday, March 26, 2010

Just Us Girls 3-D/Template Challenge... JUGS26

Hello and Welcome to Just Us Girls 3-D/Template Challenge! This week's challenge is sponsored by Lauren Meader from My Time Made Easy. Your challenge is to use a template to create a 3-D project. We would, of course, love it if you would use a My Time Made Easy template (by the way, there is a FREE one for you to try - you can get it here!) BUT we also want all of our fans to be able to participate so you may also select any template of your choosing in order to play along with us.

Lauren's challenge to the JUGS team was to use her Slip Cover template (which will be released on April 1). It is a 2-piece template that was designed to hold standard A2 cards. As all of her templates are, it can be used in many other ways as well. I often give away sets of notecards and usually put them in a clear box that I order in bulk. I look forward to using this new template instead! For my project today, I created a box for my DD, Sabrina. Each week she gets a list of spelling words. I thought this would make the perfect box to hold her flashcards in one place!

I have used Lauren's templates in the past by printing the PDF file and cutting the pieces out by hand. Quick and easy enough since the hard part is in the design of the template. So this was my first time using my Cricut Expression along with the Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software (that allows you to import SVG files). It worked like a charm! I resized the box, making it a bit smaller so that it would fit my flashcards. There is plenty of room for her existing cards and many more (the cards are 3" x 3 1/2"). The lid slips right off (without having to remove the ribbon or any other embellishments) revealing the flashcards.

I let Sabrina choose the colors and patterns for my project. She chose pink and polka dots! Everytime I'd ask her if I could add another color, she'd just say pink, so it turned into a monochromatic project! Both of these are digital papers designed by Kristin Bueter for My Time Made Easy! I printed Darling Dots on one side and Butterfly Definition from Fluttering-by on the reverse side.

I printed the polka dot print on some thinner paper, then I cut several sizes of flowers using Spellbinders Dahlia Nestabilities. I curled the edges with a stylus, stacked them and attached them with a big brad. I made the brad with the Imaginisce I-top. I punched out a piece out of the same dot paper and stamped the letter "S" in the center and in no time made my brad. I sprayed the entire flower with Pearl Glimmer Mist for some shimmer. I like the way that the mist made my ink bleed a little and created a more natural looking flower. Here's a closer look at the flower:

This is my final post as the JUGS March Featured Designer.. I've had a wonderful time this month and would like to thank each of the Girls for a fabulous time.. it's been fun playing along side such talent and getting to know them a little better! I hope you will play along with us this week! For more details on the challenge, please visit the Just Us Girls site HERE, and for more inspiration, be sure to check out the fabulous creations by each of the girls:

♥♥ Just Us Girls Design Team ♥♥

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies ~
Stamps: Catalina Lower Letters Large (Technique Tuesday)
Paper: Blush CS (CTMH), Ultra Premium Presentation Paper (Epson), Darling Dots, Fluttering-By (My Time Made Easy)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dahlia Nestabilities (Spellbinders), With Gratitude Embossing & Die set (Provo Craft), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Pearls (Queen & Co), I-top brad maker (Imaginisce), Velvet Thickers (American Crafts), Silk ribbon (Creative Impressions), Rose (Prima), Slip Cover template (My Time Made Easy), Foam tape, Red line tape, Thread, Sewing machine.