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.)


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Viva La Verve Sketch Biltz - #9



Hi, Friends.....

I am back with Post #9 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 that I used for these eleven cards that I am showing you in this Blog Blitz:







I still had my orange scraps out and another card with orange and pink and those weird little flowers just sort of happened.....  LOL!  At least I was a little more restrained in piling on the flowers than I was on my last card!  I think I was just very excited to find a place they would work and the busy background on that card could handle the big grouping of them.  This plain background would be overwhelmed with too many of them.


This is quite an eclectic mix of colors, but I like the bright combo.  Do you like the K&Co. wood fence background piece?  I think it looks sweet with the crazy flowers.

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

Now for the Question for Post #9:
What supplies have you used lately that you thought you might never find a place for?

That's all for now. 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 next 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

GIVEAWAY: Viva La Verve Sketch Biltz - #8



Hi, Friends.....

I am back with Post #8 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 that I used for these eleven cards that I am showing you in this Blog Blitz:




 

On goes the saga.....

I still had a leftover bit of that funky floral patterned paper with the lavender and blue on it.....and guess what I noticed about it.  It also has pink on it!!!!  Back out of my drawer came my pink scrap bag as I rummaged around for some paper with pink and orange on it.  I decided to make a birthday card with what I found while digging.

I have never thought this particular background paper was very attractive, but the singularly weird floral and geometric mix actually kind of works with these colors!  Glad to get rid of some of it that has been in my stash for years!!!  Ha.
With this card, I broke a long-standing bad habit tradition of making newly-acquired craft supplies (especially prizes!!) "ripen" for a few days, weeks, months, years....before using them!  (Eeek!  I KNOW I am not alone here....admit it!)  So I was very pleased with myself for using this adorable little Hero Arts Sparkle Clear - Cupcakes stamp set on the very day that received it from Pam at Airbornewife's Stamping Spot.  (THANKS, Pam!!)
Enabler Alert: Pam very generously was giving away a whole ton of these discontinued sets and she might still have some! (I'm not sure.) Hop over there and look or drop her an email or something, if you are interested!
I also was very glad to use some of these flowers.  I bought the package online and was less than pleased with the look of them when they arrived.  Ugh.....would I EVER have a card they fit with????  

In keeping with what I gather is the theme of the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" (Yes...set right here in Idaho! Oh, great...what are people going to think of Idahoans with a movie like that???!!!  lol...)"There is someone for everyone."......this apparently was the card for these flowers.  I guess weird flowers and weird paper go together, what can I say? (Oh, please...no comments about weird minds thinking that they go together!!) Anyway, somehow the patterns and colors worked to make sort of a different, but sort of an okay card.  What do you think?  (You can be brutal....it won't hurt my feelings!!)

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

Now for the Question for Post #8: 
Do your new craft items and prizes have to "ripen on the shelf" for a while before you use them?  How long is the average? (Be truthful, now.....) 

That's all for now. 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 next 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. Penny Black at All Sorts April Challenge - Birthdays
5. The Ribbon Girls April Challenge - Anything Goes with an Image
6. A2Z Scrapbooking April Challenge - Watercolor must use HA focal
7. Verve Diva Inspirations April Challenge
April 2016 Verve Diva Inspirations Challenge | www.vervestamps.blogspot.com 








GIVEAWAY: Viva La Verve Sketch Biltz - #7






Hi, Friends.....

I am back with Post #7 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 that I used for these eleven cards that I am showing you in this Blog Blitz:




 
On goes the saga.....

I liked the blue and orange combination in my previous card, but noticed the piece of floral scrap also had lavender in it.  Since I had enough scraps to make another card.....and since this big Sketch-travaganza was all about using up old things and trying new combinations, I was emboldened to make this one with lavender and orange.  What a combo, huh?  I don't think I have ever combined those two for the main colors on a card before.....(There might be a good reason for that!!!  lol.....)......but I did it and my twisted brain really likes the springy way it turned out!!  (Go figure....) 

You can see that my use of Distress Ink for stamping my sentiment caught up with me and this one is all beady.  Oh, bother!  I even had used an eraser on the stamp first.  Oh, well....I used the panel anyway.  I wonder if the composition of this particular color (Dusty Concord) is slightly different than the others.  (shrug...)


Supplies used include:
Verve - Scripture Medley 2 stamp set
Distress Ink in Dusty Concord
Prima flowers



Now for the Question for Post #7:
Have you used any unusual color combinations lately?

 
That's all for now. 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 next 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. Crop Stop Linky Party #15 - Anything Goes Using Brand CS Carries (I used a Distress Ink)
3. Double D Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers
4. Countryview April Challenge - Spring
5. Little Claire's Designs Monthly Challenge #68 - Spring Colours
6. Southern Ridge Trading Co April Challenge - Anything Spring
7. DL.Art April Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, April 25, 2016

Smile - Life is Beautiful

Hi, Friends..... 

I'm here with another brief hiatus from my Big Blog Blitz Giveaway series to share a sweet very last-minute card I made for the Waffle Flower April Photo Inspiration Challenge. Look at these fabulous colors!!!


 Here's my take: 

Do you like how I cut the large sequin in half to make the tiny leaves?  I am feeling extremely clever thinking of that little trick!!  Ha.

I heat embossed in white over one of my marker refill water backgrounds, using my brand-new Waffle Flower Doily Circle stamp set. I can't tell you how much I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this set!!! You are going to be seeing this one a lot. :)

I want to give a big shout-out to the Twofers Challenge Blog. I recently won their Organic Challenge with my lettuce-stamped roses card and the prize was a generous e-gift card to Alleystamp. I hadn't heard of Alleystamp before, but what a fun online store! This is where I picked out the new Doily Circle Waffle Flower stamp set. So.....a huge THANK YOU to the gals at Twofers Challenges and to Alleystamp!!!!

Other supplies used include:
One of my marker refill water backgrounds....pink, of course.....LOVE!!!
VersaMark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Vellum
Blue Embossing Powder
Prima flower
Fancy Pants - Oh Deer sequins
Pre-made DCWV Card base

Okay, that's all for now....I want to get this posted and linked up in time to slip under the wire at Waffle Flower!  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!!!  

Thank you for stopping by today!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Waffle Flower April Photo Inspiration Challenge
2. Mod Squad Challenge - Water, Water Everywhere! (I used a watercolor background I made from my marker refill water.)
3.. Crop Stop Linky Party #15 - Anything Goes Using Brand CS Carries (I used Versamark Ink)
4. Countryview April Challenge - Spring
5. Southern Ridge Trading Co April Challenge - Anything Spring
6. Wow Embossing April Challenge: Anything Goes, Use Heat Embossing
7. Double D Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers (the doily reminds me of an umbrella and the sequins remind me of raindrops.)
8. DL.Art April Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9. Rubber Dance April Challenge Stamp into Spring (Use colors from this inspiration collage.)