Chaienne

Chaienne

Friday, February 27, 2015

Coffee Lover's Hop

Awwwwwwwww.........
 "Two cats can live as cheaply as one, and their owner has twice as much fun."
                                                                             -----------Lloyd Alexander 

Hi, Friends......

I am back with a card for Amy Tsuruta's Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  In case you are not familiar with this event, there are tons of stops on the hop with lots of coffee (and other hot beverage) goodness and inspiration.....and tons of prizes, too.  Some prizes you can win by leaving a comment (like right here on my blog entry)...and some you win by entering a springy, hot beverage-themed project.  The hop is open for comments and entries through Friday, March 6, 2015.  So.....grab a cup and join in!!!!



I'll be sharing some extra coffee cat photos today.  I hope you enjoy them.




Last Coffee Lovers Hop, back in October, I was lucky enough to win a Stamplorations coffee (and other beverage)-themed stamp set (Eat Drink Be Merry), so naturally I wanted to use it for this hop.  :)  (THANKS, Stamplorations, for being such a generous sponsor!!)

I decided a big sunrise would be perfect for a springy coffee card.  Recently, I was wowed by Dawn Heald's fabulous technique for making these sun rays.  I had to try it!!  It's such a fun and easy technique and.....uses scraps....YAY!!!  :)  I dry embossed them with my Darice - Interlocking Circles folder...and inked them with Distress Ink - Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick to give the dry embossing a little bit more definition.  I added some thrift store lace and bling for fun.  Hope you like it.  :)

Okay, now for a little RAK giveaway to sweeten up your day.  I'll try to make it more appealing than the little RAKs I find on my back door mat from my outside cats!!!  Ha.  How does this look?
 

Okay....to enter the random drawing for this little prize, please leave a comment here on this post indicating to me that you would like to win this prize and PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (in code is fine) by 11:59 pm PDT Sunday, March 8, 2015.  If I don't have an email address for you, I can't notify you that you have won.  If I can't notify you, I will have to redraw.  I don't want you to miss out!




Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate all your kind comments. Did you know I also have another RAK going on? It's on my Unity FWF post. Hey, it's my birthday today and I can de-stash if I want to!! :)

Here's one more coffee cat for you:


Have a lovely day and beginning of your weekend!!!
<3
Janis 

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
I will find some more challenges soon.... :)


Okay, one last shot for you. My craft table has been taken over by Mount Heap-opotamoose, so sorry for the mess. This is the coffee mug I am using today. I have a big collection of kitty mugs to choose from, but the Le Chat ones are some of my faves.

See the Piroulines in background?  BD surprise from daughter and granddaughter.   :)

It's My Birthday!!! - Friends with Flair

Happy Birthday to Janis!!!!! 



"A cat isn't fussy -- just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor."
                                                                              -----------Arthur Bridges



Attention:  I still have not heard back from Susan Falkler who won my SSS $25 gift voucher during my big Triple Giveaway.  I will give her another week to contact me, in case she is out of town.  Susan, please email me at jwoolbright at gmail dot com.  (Folks, this is why I ask for your email address when I have a giveaway....see below.)

Hi, Friends....

Hey, hey......Today is my Birthday!!!!  So I am posting some cat birthday photos that I have found.  Today is special on my blog for several reasons, too.  First of all, it is Friday so it is Unity - Friends with Flair day....Hooray!!  I already have had my big February Triple Giveaway that included my Birthday Giveaway, but I found a duplicate stamp that Unity sent me one time so I am having a tiny little RAK giveaway for it.  More about that later....


Second, today kicks off the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop
envisioned and organized by the super-sweet Amy Tsuruta.  I have a special card I will be linking up for that hop and have another little RAK giveaway for that post, too.  So be watching for all the terrific festivities here and all over papercraft blogland today!!!!

Today I am sharing an easy birthday card I made for a girlfriend who shares a birthday with me.  How fun is that???  She loves so many of the same things that I do (like cats!) that this Birthday Week Checklist card for her could easily apply to me!!  Happy Birthday, Cathy D!!! (For some inexplicable reason, known only to computer and internet wizards, I couldn't link this photo up for my thumbnail on Unity. Please let me know if you are having trouble viewing my card!)


My checklist stamp is from a Unity grab bag (not the one that I won recently....I am still looking forward to that one arriving!!!) My dear sister-in-law sent me a humongous container of about a million super-gorgeous gel pens for my birthday. (THANKS, Polly!!!) So I used one of them...a glittery deep green....to write down things on the checklist that my friend (and I) need to do in the next week for our birthdays!!!

I didn't follow a sketch specifically for this card, but I have seen simple ones like this.  I thought stacking the papers looked great under the checklist......and was a great way to use scraps!!  :)

I made my background with another Unity grab-bag stamp.  This one is a fancy swirl and you can't really see it well, but I still like the depth it adds to the background.  I Versamarked it and embossed with clear powder.  Then I rubbed on some Gelatos - tangerine, gold champagne, and pistachio.  A twine bow finished off this easy and fun birthday card.  



Now for my tiny little RAK giveaway........since I already did my big giveaway but can't let my actual birthday go by without giving something away on my blog!!!.......



When you comment below, please tell me if you would like to be entered to receive my little extra Unity stamp and please leave your email address (in code is fine) .  Who knows....I might find a few other little goodies to include when I send this off to the winner.  :)  I will draw a random winner from among those who said they'd like the stamp on Thursday, March 5, 2015 and announce the winner next week on my Friday Unity FWF post.  



Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I appreciate all the wonderful comments and well-wishes.  Have a lovely Janis' Birthday....I know I am.  :)

<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 Monday Challenge - No Rules (Anything Goes)
3.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Sad Time for a Blogging Sister

Hi, Friends.....

No funny poster or quote today because I just read where one of our blogging sisters, Terri Scott, of Terri's Tries @ Making Cards just lost her husband, Bob, to cancer.  I know you will want to write her a comment of support and sympathy on her post announcing this sad news.  If you wish to send her a card, I would be glad to forward them on to her.  I don't want to give out her address, of course, but you can send them to me....and I will mail them to her.  Contact me through the form on my sidebar and I will give you my own address.  

Blessings to each of you papercrafting sisters for your care and concern for this grieving member of our community!

<3
Janis

WINNERS of my Triple Giveaway!!!!!

I was looking for a "hooray!" sort of photo for my winner post!!  :)

"Louder he purrs and louder,
In one glad hymn of praise
For all the night's adventures,
For quiet restful days."
                                                                                ---------Alexander Gray

Hi, Friends.........

Here's the announcement you have been waiting for!!!  I wish I could send each of you a prize for all your wonderful comments and encouragement.   You all deserve it!!!  Instead I have the randomly selected winners of my BIG Triple GIVEAWAY!!!!  (Fanfare begins........)

Winner #1 of the $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Voucher:

 Susan Falkler
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Winner #2 of my Birthday Goodie Bag

Rebecca Yahrling
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Winner #3 of my Craft Room Stash Grab Bag

Angela Watson
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Congratulations, ladies!!! I have email addresses for a couple of you and have contacted you. So please check your inboxes and get back to me ASAP with your info.

Susan, I don't have an email address for you, so please contact me as soon as possible through the online contact form on my sidebar. THANKS!!

Thank you to each of you who entered. You made my day with all your lovely words of support. Have a great week!!!

<3
Janis

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy Birthday - Waffle Flower Challenge


"Many a cat can only be lured in by switching off all the lights and keeping very still....until the indignant cry of a cat-locked-out comes at the door."
                                                                           -----------------Pam Brown 

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Have you entered my 
Big February TRIPLE GIVEAWAY
yet????
Click HERE for all the details!!!
TODAY is the last day to enter!!!
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Hi, Friends.....

I am back with my last entry into the current Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge,  using their wonderful color palette.  I have had so much fun using this inspiring combo and I am going to be sad to put these papers away.

 



This time I used stamps from Inspired by Stamping's Graceful Hydrangea set.  I stamped the beautiful hydrangea image and the sentiment each with Distress Ink - Stormy Sky.  I love the bare stamped look for this, so I didn't even heat-emboss.  



I pulled out a tag (Hooray, I actually used one of these!!) from a dollar rack tag pad in my stash to layer beneath my images.  A wisp of chiffon ribbon adds an airy touch.





Here you can get a little closer look at that fabulous script on the sentiment!

The K&Co. background paper has a hint of foiling on the swirls.  You can see it a little bit on the photo below.

I added a couple sets of knobby little adhesive pearls to finish it off and mounted the front on a cream card base.  I rarely use much yellow, so I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this card.  I really like the vintage look it has.  Thanks, Waffle Flower, for such a lovely palette to use!!!


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Ding, ding, ding.....New Follower Introduction Time!!!

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I am so excited to see that, again, I have a few new followers to introduce!!!
Dawn Heald's blog is called Crafting Dawn till Dusk......such a clever and fun blog name!!!  Speaking of clever and fun, wait until you see some of Dawn's projects!  I see Dawn on Friday's Unity Friends with Flair linky parties and I will just say that she is endlessly creative with her 3-D art and cards.  There is one technique, in particular, that Gail drew attention to that I really want to try.  WOW!!  Oh, and did I mention that she has some adorable cats???  :)   Thank you so much, Dawn, for becoming a follower.  Your encouragement means a lot to me!!!  This smile is for you!!!!
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Donna G -- I couldn't find a blog or other information for you, Donna.  Maybe my Grandma-brain just wasn't processing it.  Ugh.  If you have a blog or gallery link that you would like for me to post....please leave me a comment!  Nevertheless, here is your ginormous smile....exactly what spreads over my face when there is somebody new (like you) on my sidebar thingy!!!  Thanks for becoming a follower!!
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As always, thanks so much to each of you faithful readers.  I love your visits and your kind words.  Be sure to leave a comment on my Giveaway post for your chance to win one of three prizes!!!!  The doors close tonight at 11:59 pm PST.  
<3
Janis 

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 

With Deepest Sympathy


"In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you."
                                                                        -------------Michel Euguem de Montaigne

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Have you entered my 
Big February TRIPLE GIVEAWAY
yet????
Click HERE for all the details!!!
 
TODAY is the last day to enter!!!
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Hi, Friends....

I am back with another card for the Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge and their fabulous color palette.


I made this background using my favorite technique of "double embossing".  (I like to think of it as my "signature" technique!!)  This time I used the "extra layer" I had slipped inside my Darice Poppy Field embossing folder when I made the background for this card.  I often put in a second sheet to keep my cardstocks from getting cut by overly enthusiastic folders.  The happy result is that it gives me "now and later" backgrounds to use.  This is the "later" one.  :)

I heat-embossed two times with white powder to give the raised pattern even more texture and to provide more contrast with the blue.  Then I adorned it very simply with a border strip from my stash and an easy sentiment panel, raised up on foam.  The stamp is from a retired Clear Dollar Stamps set called Easter Blessings.  I used Distress Ink - Stormy Sky and heat embossed with clear powder.  I mounted the front onto a kraft card base. 

Hope you like the card.  I like to have sympathy cards on hand and ready to give so I don't have to make one in a hurry.  I was glad this background seemed to lend itself to that.

Thanks for all your very nice responses to my giveaways.  I appreciate all the terrific comments and well-wishes!!!  I am getting my packages ready for the winners that will be randomly picked tomorrow.  Can't wait to see who my winners are!!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge Feb 9-22
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Texture
3. The Crafting Cafe - February Challenge - Favorite Technique
4. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #171 - Anything Goes

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Long, Skinny Format - Thank You

 


"Cats do not declare their love much; they enact it, by their myriad invocations of our pleasure."
                                                                                 
------------Vicki Hearne



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Have you entered my 
Big February TRIPLE GIVEAWAY
yet????
Click HERE for all the details!!!
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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with another card I made for the Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge, using their fabulous color palette.




This time I tried making a long, skinny format card. (Can you believe it is the first time I have ever done that? I am soooo crazy-attached to the familiar!!)

I kind of had to make it long and skinny because of this floral image I used.  I got this and others in a thrift store grab bag....and I wasn't even sure how they were supposed to be used.  They might be decals....but I decided to use them for cards.  

I put this pretty one through my Xyron sticker maker so I could adhere it easily to my patterned paper background.  It worked perfectly. 

My sentiment is from Quietfire.  I love the rustic, vintage look of it stamped with Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy and embossed with clear powder.  I inked the panel slightly with the same pad.  I put this on some thrift store burlap mesh ribbon and added a 3-D bird sticker from a prize.  LOVE the texture from the ribbon and that serene little bird!!!

I added a twine bow and then decided the color of the twine was too pale.  So I carefully sponged some of the same Brushed Corduroy ink lightly on it....all this after the bow was attached to the card!!  It wasn't too hard because I slipped a piece of scrap paper underneath it to keep the ink from getting on the background.  The color difference is subtle, but I like this better.




















This card was really fun because I was able to use a bunch of scraps and thrift store items.  Love getting to do that!!!  It sooooooo justifies me buying more craft stuff!!  Hahahaha. 

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Ding, ding, ding.....New Follower Introduction Time!!!
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Hey, can you believe that I have still another new follower????  And this after my ginormous new follower post!  I am completely humbled by everyone's encouragement and support.  I have gotten many positive comments about my cat photos and quotes and even a few people that like my cards!!  Ha.  :)  Everyone of you means so much to me.  So let me introduce my newest follower:

Stephanie of Stephanie's Blog recently won some new Unity stamps and joined up on this week's Friends with Flair with a super-adorable card.  I am so thrilled that she linked up because it brought her blog out of semi-hibernation.........groundhog must not have seen his shadow at her house!  :)  I hope we get to see lots more of Stephanie's awesome artistry!!!  Thanks so much for becoming a follower here, Stephanie!  This ginormous new-follower smile is just for you!!!!

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Thank you, everyone, for your visits to my blog and your kind words.  You totally make my blog a happy place!!!!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't done so, yet!! 

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge Feb 9-22
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Texture
3. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge February 2015 - Antiqued
4. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #164