Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just Us Girls Anniversary!! JUGS 53 - Sketch

Today is a VERY special day at Just Us Girls! If you didn't notice our post title, it's the JUGS one year anniversary! Yes, we started our humble little challenge blog one year ago today. Our group name was conceived when Lauren Meader decided to pursue her new, My Time Made Easy business and disbanded her challenge DT. "Just us girls" ventured off on our own, changed the lineup of challenges a tad bit, and started JUGS. It was an intended pun to use this name because most of the JUGS ladies have been affected by breast cancer in some way. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so the start of our group and the name had significant meaning in a couple of ways :]

We are proud to boast over 650 followers, many of whom faithfully play along every week. You all make us so proud every time you link your gorgeous work to our challenge blog. We are honored to share your company in this wonderful, paper crafting world ♥

So, in honor of our anniversary, we have a simple, yet FUN sketch:
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are not asking for you to donate to a specific organization, rather, we would like to provide a few popular links that support breast cancer awareness and research. If you donate, we are grateful, if you don't, feel free to share the links and spread the word!

Avon Foundation for Women - Breast Cancer Crusade
Breast Cancer Awareness
The Breast Cancer Site
CDC - Breast Cancer Awareness
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

We also have several, GENEROUS sponsors this week! The list of prizes that have been supplied by some of our FAVORITE stamp companies is listed below. HUGE THANK YOU to every company who donated!!!

My Time Made Easy - A Secret Surprise Stamp set PLUS In Suspense Template!

Gina K Designs - Fanciful Tags stamp set

Joan's Garden - $25 gift certificate to spend at Joan's store!!

Paper MakeUp Stamps - $25 gift certificate!!

Clear and Simple Stamps donated the following prize package:
(1) Awareness Darling stamp set
(1) Awareness button mix sampler (includes buttons from I'm a Princess Pink, You're Such a Gray-cious Host, and A Blanc Check color stories)
(1) I'm a Princess Pink Ribbon sampler (1 yd)
(1) Limited Edition Attitude mini stamp
**All products are made in the USA, ribbon is double-faced satin, and stamp sets are 100% photopolymer.

WPlus9 TWO stamp sets of the winner's choice!!!

PixiePetals - Etsy - $10 Gift certificate

JustRite Stampers From the JUGS team - we'd also like to give away a stamp set and block.

We are donating Homemade Treats and Wood Stamper 2-3/8" with Bonus 25 pt Font set

In order to earn two entries into the random drawing for one of the prizes, you can do the following:

1 - simply play along this week and post a direct link to your project using InLinkz at the bottom of this post.

2 - Collect our group of 8 letters that spell out a phrase, by hopping to everyone's blog in the order our cards are listed in this post! Your last stop is JUGS! Send the phrase to our JUGS email for your second entry! **DON'T take the time to hop to everyone's blog and collect the letters only to share with everyone in the comments area (you're doing the work for them!). If you comment, please just tell us how much you love our challenges or better yet, tell us how breast cancer has affected you - directly or indirectly.

Now for the big reveal of the gorgeous projects our talented design team made:
1 - Alicia

2 - Andrea

5 - Lisa

6 - Maria

7 - Pam

8 - Selma ~ Our October Guest Designer

9 - JUST US GIRLS - Last stop on the hop!! Your letter is "K"

That's all there is to it! The challenge closes on Thursday, October 7th at 9pm. We will announce not only our esteemed, Chic of the Week, but also our prize winners! Be sure to check back!!!

Thanks for playing along this week!


Gail said...

Im right behind you girls on this one .My mother and grandmother both died from breast cancer,both of them aged only 46 .For me every day is a bonus as I fast approach my 55th b'day.I sell my cards to raise fund for the Cancer Council and the RSPCA.
I'm off to make a card now.

Have a great weekend.

Betty Benton said...

Congratulations to a great bunch of ladies for their one year anniversary on a creative and fun challenge site! Here's to many more!!

Debbie said...

WOW - congrats, girlies, on one year of creativity and fun :) Here's wishing for another year of inspiration here at one of my all-time favorite challenge sites :)

Hugs, Debbie

rhonda said...

you ladies rock! i have numerous friends with breast cancer and have had multiple scares myself! i think that keeping people aware and on top of things is key! so koodos to you all! happy anniversary to some amazing talented women! hugs!!

Kimberly S said...

Happy Anniversary JUGS! Gorgeous cards ladies, thanks so much for inspiration! :)

Melissa Craig said...

Your post made me cry! I didn't realize this was how JUGS was born. I just figured it was a cute acronym. Anyway, my sister is breast cancer survivor. She just went for her mammogram, having been diagnosed 3 years ago. They found a spot of concern. We are now just waiting to hear what they say about it. I only pray that it's nothing and she can truly celebrate 3 years of being free from this horrible disease.

Happy Anniversary JUGS - you truly inspire me weekly, even if I can't always play. Many hugs to all of you.

lisa808 said...

Happy 1st Anniversary! I just finished 'hopping' and have E-mailed my phrase. Now, off to make a card...

Kristin Eberline said...

Oh Melissa...I will definitely keep your sister in my prayers! Thankfully she has a wonderfully supportive and loving sister like you ♥ Gail, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother and grandmother, but delighted to hear you have beat the odds and are living strong! Keep it up girl!!

My mother is a breast cancer survivor. She had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, 9 months of chemo and has been in remission now for 7 years. I completely understand the fear and living on eggshells always wondering if that horrible disease will present itself or wage another battle.

God be with you all, ladies ♥

Carla S. said...

Happy 1 year anniversary to the Just Us Girls team! Thanks for all the inspiring challenges over the last year! You are a wonderful and talented group! Thanks for the chance to play along with you!

Gail said...

I left a comment yesterday ,I would like to add that all the cards are fab.The papers ,colours and the extra special touches have made them all just lovely.

scrapperjulia said...

Happy Anniversary! I really appreciate this challenge site and your ties to breast cancer awareness. I am a mammographer so I deal with breast cancer awareness quite a bit. I also have a close friend whose mother had breast cancer. We will find a cure!

Sheri said...

Happy Anniversary! Fun hop! Inspiration projects are beautiful as always! Now to get busy with a project of my own???

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

HOORAYYY!!! Way to go girls, you're doing an excellent job and I've been enjoying your challenges so much! Congrats, and thank you for the chance to win!!! :)

Dana said...

Happy Anniversary and congrats on a fab blog hop!! My prayers to all of you who have been touched by breast cancer. I am truly grateful to be able to say my mom is a 31 year survivor of RIBD (Radical Inflammatory Breast Disease). At that time she was given a less than 5% chance of surviving. I think we spent the first 20 years waiting for the other shoe to drop. Thank God she was here (and still here!!) to see the birth of her first great grandchild last year! My prayers again to all of you!
JUGS Hugs!!

Sheila D said...

Happy, happy anniversary! I love your chalenges and all the inspiration I find here. Your DT always rocks!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration and the chance to win such amazing prizes!

dee marie said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I just love playing along with the JUGS challenges and all of you on the design team are always so inspiring! Thank you for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and the much needed research. We all hope for a cure!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thanks so much for all you do as you head into your second year! Have enjoyed each and every time I have been able to join in the fun. BCA support is always needed. You are the best!

Theresa said...

Congrats on your one year! I am always inspired by your blog...I just don't ever get to participate, but I am going to today. Not because of the prize, but because it's an important month for me personally.

I am Melissa's Craig's sister...I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago and I have been officially released by the doctors on Friday (10/1). No more mammograms every 6 months - I only have to go yearly now. No more meds!!

I totally encourage every woman to get their mammograms - it's so important, but what's even more important is doing your monthly self-exams, that was how I found my lump. Don't neglect yourself.

Now off to make my card!! Have a fabulous day.

Carma said...

I really enjoy playing with the JUGS challenges when time permits. My mom and my aunt(mom's sister) are breast cancer survivors. Both have had a mastectomy. My mom's surgery was in 1996 and she will be 89 next February!! I also happened to work with Suzie Komen in Peoria, IL several years before she was diagnosed. She was a kind, generous lady and the Susan G. Komen Foundation is great charity that does such great work.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Its been such a fun year!! Many more to come~~

Janine said...

Thanks for some fun challenges this past year. Hope you have many more happy years creating as a team ahead.

Mystica said...

I came into your blog quite by accident. I am not able to configure the email account for some reason! Do you think you could email me so that I can enter the contest.

I thought all the blogs were gorgeous, awesome and very very clever.


Lee said...

Beautiful! The samples are GORJUSS.....of course!!! I love that sketch! Lots of room for layers and bling! LOL I'm hoping to play along! What wonderful sponsors and a fantastic cause!!!

Monique said...

All your ladies cards are just gorgeous.. Congratulations on the one year anniversary!!

TR said...

What a wonderful sketch and beautiful inspiration pieces ladies. This is my first time visiting the site and thought that sketch was just what I needed for a card I wanted to send out this week. Loved reading all the comments and stories in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My grandmother on my father's side had it, but has since passed away. Here's hoping a cure is found.

Theresa's Studio said...

Happy Anniversary! Congrats on your first year and wishes for many more.

Rosemary said...

Congrats, gals, on your one year anniversary! girls, especially JUGs girls, do rock!! here's to another fabulous year of challenges!

Terri Trotter Earley said...

Rats, I just missed it LOL! Here is my card

darling Ho said...

OH! I miss the time!
This is my card.

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