Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Karen!



Hi, Friends.....

I'm here today with a card to wish my crafty friend, Karen Ladd, a very Happy Birthday!!!!

Are purples hard for anyone else to photograph?  I really had to play with PicMonkey to get these colors anywhere near the real ones.....and they still aren't great....esp on the watercolor background!!!  But I was in a purple mood and Karen loves kitties, so I went from there.  :)


Naughty Newton has decided the empty box is as much fun as the gift that is supposed to be inside!!!

I stamped Newton on a piece of my watercolor marker refill background paper and colored him with Spectrum Noirs.  I don't think I have tried coloring over one of my backgrounds before....at least not very many times.  I wasn't sure how the colors would look, but I think it worked pretty well.  


Supplies used include:
Newton's Nook - Newton's Antics stamp set

My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Sizzix - TH Texture Fades - Sparkles
DCWV scrap of lavender tiny plaid print
Wink of Stella pen on a few of the embossed sparkles
Sparkly raffia ribbon from Dollar Store

Karen, I hope you like your card!  

If any of you would like to wish Karen a Happy Birthday, too, hop over to her Flickr acct and comment on one of her latest projects!  Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.  Have a lovely week!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Make a Wish
2.  Penny Black at All Sorts May Challenge - Anything Goes (must stamp focal, no digis)
3.  DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

4.  SUYP Cats Only Challenge #6 - Furry Friends 
5.  Critters and Creatures Linky Party #4 - Anything Goes with Critter Focal
6.  Twofers Challenge #20 - Animals

Sunday, May 22, 2016

God's Most Beautiful Thoughts....



Hi, Friends......

Everyone at church is so excited that our pastor and his wife are expecting their first baby!  I wanted to make a special congratulatory card for them.  I used a sweet thrift store stamp that says:
"God's most beautiful thoughts bloom into children."
I stamped it on vellum with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular.   I colored on the non-embossed side with Spectrum Noir markers. 

I wanted to use this adorable teddy bear confetti, so a shaker seemed the way to go.  :) 

I also did a little bit of dressing up the inside, but nothing too fancy.  I discovered with these last two cards that decorating the inside of my cards is a great way to use more scraps!!!  Yay!!
 
 

Other supplies used include:
Sizzix - Circles, Scallop
Congratulations stamp from my stash
Ranger - Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi Designer Series) in Forget-Me-Not
Scraps from my stash

Hope you enjoyed this card.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Your comments make my day!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Wow! Embossing Powder May Challenge - Anything Goes with Heat Embossing or Wow! Product
2.  Penny Black at All Sorts May Challenge - Anything Goes (must stamp focal, no digis)
3.  DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #230-231- Anything Goes Family Friendly 

5.  Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge #57 - Congratulations

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Scholarly Cat Birthday Card



Hi, Friends.....

Sorry for the long absence from my blog.  I'm still not 100% recovered from being sick for a couple of weeks with some nasty bug that is going around plus we have had some challenging family drama and other just regular things....and my son celebrated a birthday!

He's a remarkable young man....very bookish and scholarly.....and never without Othello, his black feline companion, in his bookshelf-lined room.  I am quite proud of my son and so thankful for him.  So I wanted to make him a extra special birthday card.  

I recently won a Stampendous gift card and found this Cattus Librum stamp, the PERFECT stamp to use for his card, which I heat embossed in black with clear powder on some parchment looking paper.  I also used some delicious vintage papers from the new Graphic 45 Communique collection I won recently. (THANKS, Stampendous and G45!!!)  (Hey, for once I used some G45 products before I had them long enough to say I was hoarding them!  I really am trying to follow my "Hoard no more" rule this year.)


 I even decorated the inside of the card!!  Something I hardly ever do.



Other supplies used for this card include:
Darice - Crackle embossing folder
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Sizzix - Fancy Labels Dies
Versafine Ink- Onyx Black
Bits and pieces from some other Graphic 45 collections

I love how this card turned out and my son really liked it, too.  :)

Thank you for stopping in today.  I'm glad finally to be feeling up to begin making cards and blogging again.  It's going to take awhile to be back to full strength, but this is a start!!  :)

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  SUYP Cats Only Challenge #6 - Furry Friends
2.  Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #120 - Man's Best Friend My son's best friend is his cat, Othello!  :)
3.  Ike's World Challenge #63 - Embossing
4.  Wow! Embossing Powder May Challenge - Anything Goes with Heat Embossing or Wow! Product
5.  Penny Black at All Sorts May Challenge - Anything Goes (must stamp focal, no digis)
6.  Critters and Creatures Linky Party #4 - Anything Goes with Critter Focal
7.  Twofers Challenge #20 - Animals
8.  DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #230-231- Anything Goes Family Friendly 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

WINNERS of my Big Blog Blitz Triple Giveaway!!!!



Hi, Friends.....

I am here to announce the lucky winners of my Big Blog Blitz Giveaway.  As you recall, this Blog Blitz was where I made 11 cards from the same Viva La Verve Sketch..........using ALL scraps!!!  Yay!  I was really planning to make masculine cards, but this scheming sketch had a mind of its own and only made lady cards for me!  Ha.  

Each post had a question for you to answer to be entered into the drawing.  I enjoyed so much reading your answers!!  Thank you for joining in with your entertaining answers!!!  I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me.  I wish I could send each of you a prize because you all just made my day with your enthusiasm and frequent visits.  Sadly, I only have prizes for three.  

I just got done tallying up all the qualifying entries from each of the eleven posts and came up with a total of 169 to feed into Random.org for the lucky winners.  I want to add that each of the winners answered all or almost all of the questions on each of the eleven posts.  It paid off!!  Here are the names:

Alicia at Golden Goddess Designs

Teresa Doyle

Dawn at Designs by Dragonfly

Congratulations, ladies!!!! Please email me with your snail mail info so I can get your prizes mailed to you: jwoolbright at gmail dot com.

Many thanks, again, to each of you for your comments and encouragement. I appreciate you all!!! Have a lovely day!!!

<3
Janis

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Final Post for GIVEAWAY: Viva La Verve Sketch Biltz - #11



Hi, Friends.....

I am back with Post #11......the FINAL POST for my big 11-Post Blog Blitz where I made 11 cards using the Viva La Verve Sketch 2I can't believe I managed to get these all blogged!!!  YAY!!!


Remember that I have a giveaway going on during this Blog Blitz so take a look at THIS POST for details. Comment by 11:59 pm April 30, 2016 on any or all of my eleven Blog Blitz posts answering the question(s) for each post to be entered. 




Here's the sketch that I used for these eleven cards that I am showing you in this Blog Blitz:







For my final card I have another orange and pink cupcake card using the adorable little HA set!

I had been hoarding the background striped paper, but.....Hoard No More!!! (I have to keep saying this to myself....over and over!) I am so glad I used it because I think it is perfect for this happy and celebratory final card of my Blog Blitz! What do you think?

Supplies used include:
Hero Arts Sparkle Clear - Cupcakes
Versafine ink - Smokey Gray
Faber-Castell Art-Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Aquabrush
Prima flowers and a little button I added from my stash!  (Because I liked the look so much from Post #10!)

Now for the very last Blog Blitz Question for Post #11:
What has been your favorite part or parts of this Blog Blitz?

I want to personally extend heartfelt THANK YOUs to:
Stacey of Stacey's Stamping Stage for the wonderfully inspiring sketch that got this Blog Blitz started.
AND to....
Julee at Viva la Verve for putting up with me blitzing her April challenge with these eleven identical cards!!
Ladies....you are wonderful!!!

Many, many thanks to each of you who has come to visit during the last few days and left your kind comments.....especially to those of you who have made it through all eleven posts!!!  WOW....You all are totally awesome!!   

*****Remember to answer the questions on any or all of the Blog Blitz posts by 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight time on Saturday, April 30th to be entered into my GIVEAWAYS!!!!*****

I will be drawing the random winners of the three prizes on Sunday, May 1st and posting the names probably sometime that afternoon or evening.  So be sure to check back!!

Thank you, again.  Have a lovely rest of the week!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge - April Sketch #2
2. Countryview April Challenge - Spring
3. Southern Ridge Trading Co April Challenge - Anything Spring
4. The Ribbon Girls April Challenge - Anything Goes with an Image
5. A2Z Scrapbooking April Challenge - Watercolor must use HA focal

6. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 226 - Use Snippets
7. Verve Diva Inspirations April Challenge


GIVEAWAY: Viva La Verve Sketch Biltz - #10

Caught in the act of hoarding craft supplies!
Hi, Friends.....

I am back with Post #10 for my big 11-Post Blog Blitz where I made 11 cards using the Viva La Verve Sketch 2. I have a giveaway going on during this Blog Blitz so take a look at THIS POST for details. Comment on any or all of my eleven Blog Blitz posts answering the question(s) for each post to be entered. 





Here's the sketch I used for these eleven cards I am showing you in this Blog Blitz:






We are on the homestretch for this Blog Blitz and I want to thank each of you who has left comments so far.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them....laughing and chuckling at your entertaining answers to my questions.  They ring so true with me!  

For my last two cards, I stayed with the same birthday cupcake theme.  I just love this sweet HA set!  I went mostly with just orange and yellow this time, with a hint of pink.  LOVE these sunny colors!!!

Do you like the layered flower?  The orange bottom layer is one from a Prima pack that Pat Garvin sent me in a prize recently.  (THANKS, Pat!!)  The ivory one on top is from the Prima - Pura Adelita collection and came pre-made with the tiny button center.  I ADORE it!!!

Supplies used include:
Hero Arts Sparkle Clear - Cupcakes
Versafine ink - Smokey Gray
Faber-Castell Art-Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Aquabrush


Now for the Question for Post #10:
What is your favorite stamp or stamp set at this very moment?  (If you are like me, it can change from minute to minute...just like my favorite color does!  Love the one you're with... Ha!)

That's all for now.  I'll be back with my final Blog Blitz post later today.  Be sure to answer the questions on each of my Blog Blitz posts by 11:59 pm April 30, 2016 for lots of entries into my big Blog Blitz Giveaway! See you soon for my final blitz post!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge - April Sketch #2
2. Countryview April Challenge - Spring
3. Southern Ridge Trading Co April Challenge - Anything Spring
4. The Ribbon Girls April Challenge - Anything Goes with an Image
5. A2Z Scrapbooking April Challenge - Watercolor must use HA focal
6. Verve Diva Inspirations April Challenge


Bluebird Altered Treat Jar

Not a kitty, but I love bluebirds, too.  One year we had a terrible hatch out of grasshoppers.  We were still in the old house and my chickens free-ranged over on our new property...so they couldn't help with the awful pests.  In the late summer when the grasshoppers were at their peak, the juvenile bluebirds were fledging.  Help was on the way!                                                                                                 It was very entertaining to see the youngsters learning to hunt.  Bluebirds' natural inclination is to hunt on the wing, but these grasshoppers were on the ground.  Instead of just picking them off the blades of grass as the experienced adult bluebirds knew to do, the young bluebirds would flap their wings and hop around in the yard to flush out the grasshoppers.  As the insects jumped, the juveniles would flutter up in the air a few inches and catch them.  A little unconventional, but they sure ate a lot of those disgusting hoppers...and it was great fun to watch!

Hi, Friends....

I'm here with another brief hiatus from my Big Blog Blitz Giveaway series to share a pretty bluebird altered treat jar that I made for a friend's birthday and filled with mini Almond Joy bars.  Yum!  :)


These are so much fun to make and it makes me feel good to reclaim jars that otherwise would not be saved.

The lovely images are fussy cut from an envelope that had come with a card a friend sent me a few years ago.  I knew that sometime I would use those cheerful birds!

To make this treat jar, I first gessoed over the sides of the jar and over the whole outside of the lid.  Then I tore discarded book pages in strips and Mod Podged them over the gesso on the jar and let it dry thoroughly.  I rubbed Gelatos with a moist finger to add some color over the book paper.  Then I Mod Podged my birds and blossoming branch papers in place and let everything dry completely.  This whole process took several days as each "let it dry" step was overnight!

 


I glitzed up my images with some glitter on the branches and flowers and I colored over the birds lightly with my Wink of Stella pen...although you can't really see much shimmer in the photo.  






I added a few sequins here and there and some twine.  

 
You can see a little flower I put on the twine in the top photo. I even tucked in a wee leaf from some vine trim I have had for ages.




Then it was time to work on the lid......

I blended the same Gelatos over the gesso and Mod Podged it all to seal it.  Then I added a twine bow and a layered flower with a sweet little dew drop that my crafty friend, Karen Ladd, once sent to me. (THANKS, Karen!)  I have been hoarding these so long I had forgotten about them!  Hoard No More!!!!  :)
I hope you like my treat jar. It has no stamping on it at all......but, again, who misses it? The gorgeous birds and flowers are plenty and the book paper adds a nice background.....so it really didn't need any stamping.

Okay, that's all for tonight. I have two more Blog Blitz posts that I will put up tomorrow. Be sure to visit my GIVEAWAY posts and answer the questions on each post by 11:59 pm April 30th Pacific Daylight Time to be entered!! Details are on THIS POST!!!

Thanks so much for your visit!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this altered treat jar in the following challenges:
1. Countryview April Challenge - Spring
2. Southern Ridge Trading Co April Challenge - Anything Spring
3. Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party - In the Garden
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Metal (The lid of my jar is metal, and the sequins are metallic.) 
5. Ellibelle's Creative Moments Critters & Cratures Linky Party #3 - Critter must be the Focal
6. Happy Little Stampers April Mixed Media Challenge - Wings
7. Craft for the Craic April Challenge - Anything But a Card
8. Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #139 - Things with Wings must use Ribbon or Trim
9. Anything But Cute Challenge #12 - Earth Day Mixed Media Mood Board

(I am inspired by the colors and the bird on the mood board.  I recycled/reused several items for my project that would have been discarded, otherwise.)