Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer and Blue Jeans



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Hi, Friends......

I am back with a fun little summery card for The Paper Girls' Forever in Blue Jeans challenge.  As soon as I saw this challenge I knew I wanted to use my adorable Great Impressions - Pocket of Flowers stamp.  I originally intended to watercolor the image....but after I stamped it with Versafine Ink in Majestic Blue and heat embossed it with clear powder, I found myself loving it uncolored!

I added some scrap denim flowers die cut with my Sizzix Originals - Build a Lilac Die.  This is one of those big huge bulky original dies....you know the ones I am talking about, right?  I got this on clearance quite some time back and I LOVE it so much.  The small flowers are perfect for using up my little scraps, and it cuts through ANYTHING!!!  No going back and forth to get a clean cut with this monstrosity!!!  Nope.  It cut through the denim like it was warm butter.  

Some denim patterned paper from DCWV, rhinestones, and a bit of thrift store eyelet lace finished up this card.   I am delighted with the monochromatic look.  The blue and white remind me of a fresh summer breeze coming in the window.  Considering it is 95 degrees at my house right now, the thought of a cool breeze is quite refreshing!  

Hope you enjoyed my card.  Thank you all for the awesome response to my 100-Follower Giveaway.  I was overwhelmed by the number of international commenters who sent me congratulations.  I am humbled and grateful.  I really feel bad that this current giveaway is only for USA addresses because of the heavy paper pads.  So, I plan to have an "easy mailing" giveaway exclusively for my internationals in the near future.  Hooray!!!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. The Paper Girls Challenge #84 - Forever in Blue Jeans
2. Great Impressions Customer Gallery
3. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #161 - Summertime
4. Little Scrap Pieces Show-It-Off Saturday Linky Party
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
6. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week #188

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bird-Chirping Weather FWF - 7-31


Oh, such a very naughty kitty-cat!!!





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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with my Unity - Friends with Flair project for the week.  I used a super-fun Unity grab bag stamp:  "My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather."  Sweet!  I have had this card partially made for months, but didn't know exactly how I wanted to use the elements.  So today I finally made the plunge and went shabby chic.  I even was able to use a large scrap of pastel pink cardstock for the big background piece!  Yay!!


My bird on the branch is the Sizzix Bigz Bird Branch die by Tim Holtz.  I die cut some Core'dinations heavy duty white cardstock for a good sturdy base without having to layer it.  Then I Versamarked and heat embossed the daylights out of it with layers and layers of powders of many colors, including verdigris, gold, maroon, and copper. I achieved a wonderful texture and blistery effect for the rough branch by overheating some embossing enamel on it.  When I had trouble getting my powders and such to stay put, I used glue.  I simulated the coloration of the robin by strategically adding the powders in the right spots.


My pink background is a complex mix of little pattern stamping, heat embossing, sponging, and splattering with water.  Distress ink in Worn Lipstick is the most predominant feature.  Love how it looks like a sunrise behind my bird.  A big single-knot in some thrift store frayed satin blanket binding for the bow and a strip behind the focal panel in the same color ties everything  together.  

I hope you have enjoyed my card.  I love how it turned out!!!
Thank you so much for your visit and for the lovely comments you leave.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

<3 
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unity - Friends with Flair Link-Up
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not Ordinary Paper (I used an extra heavy weight cardstock for my die cut. I hope that is out of the ordinary enough!)
4. Simon Says Stamp Work-It Wednesday - Use Die-Cuts
5. DRS Challenge #185 - Cause a Scene
6. Stamp and Create - July Challenge - Patterns

(I stamped my little patterned stamps in a checkerboard square arrangement on the focal panel.)
7. Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #226 - The Great Outdoors

Christmas in July #3



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Hi, Friends.....

I am back with my third entry into the Christmas in July Challenge at Cards in Envy.  This is my favorite of the three that I made for this challenge.  I love the non-traditional pink color for Christmas cards and the retro font of the die-cut I used.



I used DCWV scraps from my stash and I also die-cut silver foiled paper from the DCWV Stack - Foiled using my Clearly Besotted - Merry Christmas dies.  LOVE how this gorgeous foiled paper makes the greeting shine!  So perfect for an eye-catching accent!!


I added a soft little satin bow in a coordinating pink color for a monochromatic look.  I really love the simple elegance of this quick Christmas card.  Hope you like it, too!!!

Have a great day.  I will be posting my Friends with Flair card today, also.  Busy day for my blog!!!  Can't work outside in the heat.  Might as well try to craft.  :)

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Cards in Envy - Christmas in July
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not Ordinary Paper
4. Simon Says Stamp Work-It Wednesday - Use Die-Cuts
5. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week #187

Christmas in July #2





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Hi, Friends.....

I am back with my second entry into the Christmas in July Challenge at Cards in Envy.  This time I used some DCWV patterned paper that already had the adorable little snowman on it.  I dry embossed it with my Darice - Snowflakes folder.  I brushed some gesso over the snowflake shapes and then wiped off the excess with a baby wipe to give some soft definition to the fluffy flakes. 




I went over some of the lines of the image with a silver gel pen and my Wink of Stella pen to give some shimmery accents.  I also drew in some faux stitching with a metallic gel pen.       


Some sequins and a shimmery faux raffia bow gave a festive look, too.  I mounted it all on a blue card base.   

This was one of those simple, just for fun, kind of cards, but I think the snowman looks quite jolly.  Hope you like him, too.  Today is supposed to be 96 degrees here, so I don't mind making Christmas cards to help me remember what cold feels like.  lol.... 

Stay cool and have a great day!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Cards in Envy - Christmas in July
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. DL.ART July Linky Challenge
4. Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo - July Rudolph Days - Christmas Cards

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Christmas in July #1




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Hi, Friends.....

I decided at the last minute to participate in the Christmas in July Challenge at Cards in Envy.  It helped that I looked in my Christmas tote and found some cards that were partly made already!  Yay!!! 

Here's my first entry:




I used one of my favorite techniques on this card of layered embossing.  I die cut the ornaments using my Spellbinders - Holiday Tags die set and some lovely foiled paper from my DCWV Foiled Elegance Stack.  I glued them onto a piece from my DCWV Woven Stack.  I love the wonderful texture of this unusual paper!!!  Then I embossed it with my Darice - Interlocking Circles folder.  After embossing, I drew in some strings for the ornaments with red glitter glue.  I attached some gold photo corners for a little holiday dazzle and added a puffy holiday sticker.  I mounted everything on a red card base.  Hey, now I have one Christmas card ready for December!!!  lol....

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to enter my 100-Follower Giveaway!!!  

<3 
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Cards in Envy - Christmas in July
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not Ordinary Paper
3. Mod Squad - Anything Goes + Die from brand sold by One Happy Cut
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Simon Says Stamp Work-It Wednesday - Use Die-Cuts

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My 100-Follower GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

I got this for you when I was out last night.....


Hi, Friends.....

Finally.............Here it is.........My 100-FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!!!!  I am delighted to offer this giveaway as a thank you to my awesome readers....especially those who have become followers over the last year and a half that I have been blogging!  I also want to acknowledge those who follow by other venues such as subscribing by email.  I am truly honored that you let my posts drop into your inbox!  Thank you, also, to those of you who visit regularly whether or not you are official followers.  Your comments really make my day!!!

So......as a thank you, I have put together what I hope you will think is an exciting little prize package for one lucky person.   (USA only, this time....sorry.  My last few giveaways were open internationally, but this one will be too expensive to mail.)


Here's what you can win:
1.  Graphic 45 - Time to Flourish 8"x8" pad
2.  Graphic 45 - Come Away with Me 8"x8" pad
3.  Hot Off the Press - Heat Resistant Clear Acetate 8-1/2"x11", 5 sheets
4.  Three packs of ClearSnap - Designer Foils in Silver Fog, Cherry Pie, and Goldmine, 2"x8", 6 sheets each.

Sound interesting????  I hope so!  These had all been on my wishlist for some time.  When I snagged them on a good sale, I bought two of each......one for me and one for a prize for you, too!!!


Here's how to enter to win this little prize bundle (USA only):

1.  Comment on this post and please tell me which prize items look the most interesting to you and why.
2.  PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR COMMENT.  If you win, I will email you if I have your addy.  I can't guarantee I will find you if I have to track you down.   I would hate for you to miss out! 
3.  Comments will close at 11:59 pm PDT, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.  I will announce the winner on my blog the next day.
4.  You do not have to be a follower to be eligible for the giveaway, but I would LOVE it if you are!!! 

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NEW FOLLOWER INTRODUCTION TIME!!!!!
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Hey.....I am waaaaay overdue on introducing some new followers!!  I apologize for that.  June and July have been a dizzying whirl for me!!!

Please help me welcome Karen Franciola of Little Scrap Pieces.  Karen hails from New York state and runs the sweetest little Show-it-Off Saturday linky party on her blog each week.  I haven't won the random draw, yet, but I keep entering because that luscious ribbon prize looks so enticing!!!  Her challenge is on my list of Favorite Challenge Sites and her blog is a delight to visit.  I love seeing the wonderful things she puts on her beautiful cards!!  Thanks so much, Karen, for becoming a follower.  This ginormous smile is what spreads over my face when I see new faces smiling at me from my sidebar!!!
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Next to welcome is Susan.  I am 99.99% this is Susan Hogan, but I am not 100% positive!  lol... I will assume that it is.  Susan is my second follower from Tasmania, Australia!!!  Woo-hoo!!  She is the owner over at Unstampabelles, which is also on my list of Favorite Challenge Sites.  (psssss...there's a giveaway over there, too!)  Susan also has her personal craft blog, Time to Play, which is filled to the brim with lovely projects she has made.  Thanks so much, Susan, for becoming a follower.  I appreciate your encouraging words on my projects!!  This ginormous smile is for you!!!
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Thanks so very much to each of you for visiting my blog.  Your comments lift and encourage me!!!  Have a very lovely week!!!

<3
Janis 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Chocolate Gratitude


Been there.......

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Hi, Friends.....

Did somebody say "chocolate"????  LOVE it...especially milk chocolate!  Oh, yum!!!  When I saw the current Words 2 Scrap By challenge theme of "A Friend with Chocolate", I knew I had the perfect DCWV scraps for it!!



I used my circle punch on this patterned paper of the luscious box of chocolates and framed it with a doily.  I backed it with another scrap from my stash and put the little pre-made diecut border on it.  

When it came to the sentiment, I pulled out one of my brand-new Just-Rite sets.  Their online store was closing and everything was on deep discount!  This is from the Filigree Journal Covers set.  I was totally delighted to find that this gorgeous Gratitude stamp fit perfectly inside the frames from one of my old Clear Dollar Stamps sets.  Isn't it wonderful when that happens??!!  I hardly ever use this little set of frames, but I sure will now!!!  :)

Other supplies used:
Versafine Ink - Vintage Sepia
Clear embossing powder
Core'dinations cardstock
Decorative scallop scissors
Distress Ink - Antique Linen

Hope you liked my yummy card.  Thanks so much for stopping in!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1. Words 2 Scrap By Challenge #19 - A Friend with Chocolate
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week #187
3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday - Summertime or Thank You
4. DL.Art July Linky Challenge
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper July Challenge