Just Us Girls Guest Designer Week 1

Happy Saturday!

I’m so honoured and excited to be the June Guest Designer for the Just Us Girls challenge!

The theme of this week’s challenge is ‘paintbrush’ – and I wanted to share the story behind the card! Sorry this is rather on the long side!

I’ve been crafting for almost 15 years…. but do I own any paintbrush dies or stamps?? The short answer is no. The longer answer is I spent a ridiculous amount of time going through ALL my craft supplies as I was CONVINCED I had a paintbrush stamp from back in the day. I was SO SURE that I even recalled colouring the image…. but ‘it’ was nowhere to be found. I did come across an old Elzybells Art Stamps set which included some fun sentiments and a small image with some paintbrushes, but I wanted the brushes to be more of a focal point….

I have a rule that I don’t buy supplies just to make a challenge card and although I could think of ways of incorporating brush MARKS, I felt I had to stick to the theme of paintbrush…. so I broke my rule and ordered the My Favorite Things paintbrush die set from my go-to craft store that usually dispatches the same/next day… can you see where this story is going?

Well, yes, this time they did not dispatch my order for 3 days and as it’s the Platinum Jubilee super-long weekend in the UK, I knew that I wouldn’t get the die set before the challenge launch.

So what did I do? Well, I went through my dies and created my own paintbrushes using parts from die sets by My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp!

I stencilled some glitter paste on my card base before I added the ‘paintbrushes’ and a pot. And all that searching wasn’t wasted as I even used a Pablo Picasso quote from that old Elzybells set!

What do you think of the outcome?

Head over to the Just Us Girls challenge to see the amazing inspiration from the talented design team – we hope you can play along this week!

Thanks for stopping by!




  1. Lucie… thanks so much for joining us this month at Just Us Girls! Your card is so inventive… just love the vase holding brushes… and the background is lovely!


  2. OMGosh, I’m so sorry you had to go through all this to create a card for this challenge! But I love that you persevered and cleverly created such cool paintbrushes! Love your story and your card! Welcome to JUGs for this month!


  3. What an amazing way to use what you have to create what you need! These paintbrushes turned out amazing well done!


  4. Oh no, Lucie!! I’m so sorry for the ordeal you went through, but my goodness are your brushes ever CUTE!! This is a perfectly delightful card. So happy to have you joining us this month!


  5. I love that you were able to create your beautiful paintbrushes using what was in your stash! Your card is amazing with that beautiful vase filled with the paintbrushes and the glittery stenciled background. So glad you are joining us this month!


  6. Ingenious I’d say, Lucie. When the story started I thought you were going to say you made them from what you had. Then it turned around and then back again. What you used made the cutest paint brushes ever and I love that you made a bunch and put them in that darling pot. So glad you have you designing with us this month,


  7. I think ingenious, Lucie. When you started I thought you were going to say you had to use what you had. Then the story turned, and then turned back again. Whatever you used those are the cutest paint brushes ever and I love you made a bunch and put them in that darling pot. So glad to have you designing with us this month.


  8. Lucie, First and foremost…I would like to say welcome to the Just Us Girls team for the month of June. We are so happy to have you joining us. Also, I am so sorry you had to break your rule of not buying products for a challenge and sorry they didn’t come in on time. However, I am super impressed with the outcome of this card and how creative you were! I would have never guessed that your paintbrushes weren’t die-cuts. Awesome, Awesome job and now I can’t wait to see what you do next time!


  9. Lucie, I can relate to products being delayed; happens often here. So impressed with your creativity in ‘pivoting’ to using what you had on hand; your paintbrushes and vase pairing make for an awesome card! Good to know the search lead to the fabulous quote! Thrilled to have you guest designing with us this month!


  10. Very cleverly made Lucie. You certainly had your thinking cap on. Love the coloured brush tips and colourful handles. What a beautiful bowl to put them in. Fabulous sentiment. Lovely to have you Guest with us this month and so look forward to seeing your creative makes for us at JUGS.


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