Friday, February 17, 2017

Celebrate Your Day - Winnie & Walter


Happy 3rd Birthday to our friends at Winnie & Walter!!!

Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share a card I made for the big Winnie & Walter - 3rd Birthday Bash celebration over on their blog!!!  

I want to take this opportunity to say a big, huge CONGRATULATIONS to Shay at Winnie & Walter on this wonderful 3rd Birthday milestone.  Shay is one of the sweetest and most generous gals ever!!  Here's to many more successful years for you and everyone at W&W!!! 
You might know that there is hardly anything in the papercrafting world I like better than Winnie &Walter challenges, so I have been really excited finally to get started on some cards for this current celebration! Not only do they have a GIGANTIC giveaway, but they have 10 (count 'em!...TEN) different challenges (with fabulous prizes) that you can play along with.....including a chance at a big Guest Star slot, if you participate with at least 4 different cards starring their products!! I'm obviously not good enough for that (not being humble...just realistic!!!), but what I lack in talent I make up for in WILD ENTHUSIASM!!!! lol.... :)

I also am playing along just for fun in Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge where she asks us to use a butterfly(ies) with the &/or options of P is for Paper Piercing (that's pieRcing not piecing, as I first had thought!) and/or F is for the color Fern. I am using dies from the lovely Tonic - Rococo Juliet Butterfly stamp and die set that I previously won as a prize from this very generous lady. (THANK YOU, Mrs. A!!!)



   

For my card I pulled out one of my "Leftover Easter Egg Dye" backgrounds on mixed media paper from last year!! (Do any of you remember me making these after my granddaughter dyed eggs???? I couldn't let all that great colored water go to waste, could I??? Nooooooooooo!!)

I used my butterfly die and the single perforated border from my Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set, which I cut three times for the Winnie & Walter - Three Challenge with Shay. I carefully off-set the middle row so it would go off the edge of my cutting mat and not cut the last hole in the row. (I am extremely proud of how well I got them lined up so be sure to say something about that in your comments!!! Ha.)

After I finished my die cuts, I stenciled my background just around the edges with my Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Multi-Faceted Creative Screenings and Distress Ink in Bundled Sage....for the Winnie & Walter - Stencil Challenge with Kelly. (I TOLD you there were a ton of challenges to play along with!!) Then I picked out some scraps of a fresh floral print to put under the die cuts to look pretty and attached them to the underside of my green background.....which went onto a pink card base.


Do you like my wild scissors and crazy dollar store crafting glasses???  lol....  8)


I want to show you a close-up of my butterfly. This unique stamp and die set from Tonic has a two-piece die assembly where you can keep the butterfly attached to your paper and lift the parts for accent or snip its attachments loose so the whole thing can flutter away separately. I wanted to keep it attached for the Winnie & Walter - Off the Page Challenge with Keren.



I had in mind a different sentiment, but guess what!......A prize package from Winnie & Walter came to my door and I switched gears and inked up my brand-new Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set!!! Love it!!! (THANK YOU, W&W!!!) I matted the sentiment panel with another scrap of the same floral print and finished the card up with some dazzling sequins that Winnie & Walter included in my package as a sweet surprise. <3 <3 <3

Well.....that was a long post!! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read through it. I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and that you will join in with all the Winnie & Walter - 3rd Birthday Bash Challenges and in Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge!!  Have a lovely weekend!!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #72 - P is for Paper Piercing &/or F is for Fern (color)
2. HIMCR #288 Super Scraps Saturday - Use Scraps
3. Winnie & Walter - Three Challenge with Shay
4. Winnie & Walter - Off the Page Challenge with Keren
5. Winnie & Walter - Stencil Challenge with Kelly
6. Sequins Challenge with Kate
7. Mood Board Challenge with Heather P



Monday, February 13, 2017

Eyelet and Coffee Valentine




And all this time my doctor thought it was A-fib!!!


Hi, Friends......

I am here with another fun valentine using the new Love From Me Digital Set by the wonderful and talented Julee Tilman at Verve Stamps. This is a free download (only thru Feb. 15, so hurry!) and she has a challenge for you to enter if you use it, too! Yay!! I don't use digis very often, but I am surprised and pleased with how much fun they are!!!. THANK YOU, Julee, for sharing this amazing set!


My background for this card is from a scrap of very ancient DCWV patterned paper. I used Spectrum Noirs to color the coffee cup and covered it with dazzling shimmer with my Wink of Stella pen. Oh, my...I LOVE that sparkle!!! I used a variety of fun puffy hearts from my dear friend and neighbor Kathy Y (THANKS, Kathy!!) and also some iridescent adhesive dots that Carole Jones sent me. (THANK YOU, Carole!) I finished it off with eyelet lace and ribbon from my stash. Fun!!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I appreciate your kind comments!! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. I'll be staying home with my kitties because my dear hubby is on a work trip. Sounds like a Netflix night with chocolates!  So life isn't too bad.... :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Verve Stamps "Love From Me" Challenge
2. Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday Linky Party
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 268-269 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
4. Allsorts Challenge Week #402 - Hearts and/or Flowers
5. HIMCR #288 Super Scraps Saturday - Use Scraps
6. The Paper Girls Challenge #121 - With Heart
7. DL.Art February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
8. CardzTV Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
9. Incy Wincy Designs - Love
10. Dare 2B Artzy February Challenge - All You Need is Love
11. DL,Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #197 - Pink &/or Red
12. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge - Use Patterned Paper

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Any Day With You





Hi, Friends......

I am back with another in my series of cards using the new Love From Me Digital Set by the awesomely talented Julee Tilman at Verve Stamps. This is a free download (thru Feb. 15) and she has a challenge for you to enter if you use it, too! Yay!! I don't use digis very often, but I am slowly getting the hang of them. THANK YOU, Julee, for sharing this amazing set!



I used another of my "reject" bubble wrap backgrounds made with distress reinkers on glossy paper. This time I cut it into three pieces with one of the scallop border edge dies from Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set. I love the dreamy cloud-like look. I also glued on some romantic confetti which includes hearts and doves.

Other supplies include:
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set

Hope you enjoyed this card!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Verve Stamps "Love From Me" Challenge
2. Pink & Main February Challenge - Love
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Young at Heart

 

LOVE With All Your Heart



Hi, Friends......
 

You better go get your shades because I am here with another card that uses a "failed" bubble wrap background from Darnell's NBUS challenge last week.....and this one is BRIGHT!!!! I really love these blazing colors, but the "bubble" pattern is MIA so it went in my use-later reject pile to be repurposed in a different capacity. (You are going to see quite a few of these!!! Ha.)

Again I am using one of the fabulous elements from the new Love From Me Digital Set by the amazing Julee Tilman at Verve Stamps. This is a free download (thru Feb. 15) and she has a challenge for you to enter if you use it, too! Yay!! I don't use digis very often, but I totally LOVE these. THANK YOU, Julee, for sharing this amazing set!





Other supplies used include:
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
Spectrum Noir marker to accent the heart
Scraps from my stash of white cardstock and leftover scrap from background below.

The above card is actually the second one of a set I made. Here's the first one:


I was going for a graphic look and thought the "rebellious" angles of the panels looked youthful. Hahahahaha!!!

I used the leftover part of the bright background of this one to make the second card (above) which is more "well-behaved" and has a pink card base for a girly look. I like the top one better but I do like this original one, too. (Chalk it up to my "wild" streak, I guess! lol....)

I hope you enjoyed these cards. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this (top) card in the following challenges:
1. Verve Stamps "Love From Me" Challenge
2. The Paper Girls Challenge #121 - With Heart
3. DL.Art February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. CardzTV Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
5. Incy Wincy Designs - Love
6. Pixie's Snippets Playground Weeks #267-268 - Use Snippets
7. Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday Linky Party
8. Simon Says Stamp Work-it-Wednesday Challenge - Use Something New (I used the new Love From Me Digital Set)
9. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Young at Heart
10. Dare 2B Artzy February Challenge - All You Need is Love
11. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #85 - Love is in the Air

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Love One Another




Hi, Friends......
http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/01/nbus-challenge-10.htmlI am here to share one last card for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #10 challenge. The NBUS-orama set of three challenges ends tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 5) so you still have a little bit of time to join in using some "Never Before Used Schtuff".



I took Darnell's optional twist on her NBUS challenge by trying out the Bubble Wrap technique. I combined it with a NBUS and new Love From Me Digital Set by the very talented and lovely (and did I mention fellow-Idahoan?) Julee Tilman at Verve Stamps. This is a free download (thru Feb. 15) and she has a challenge for you to enter if you use it, too! Yay!! I don't use digis very often, but I totally LOVE these. THANK YOU, Julee, for sharing this amazing set!



Did you see what I did on this card?.........I tried paper-tearing again!!! I was so emboldened by the look I achieved on THIS CARD, that I gave it another go. What do you think? Does it work for this style of card, also? I think so. (Besides....the bright bubble wrap pattern was only in this section of my glossy paper, so I tore off the boring parts. lol....)

The sentiment is die cut with the solid heart from my Serendipity - Heart Scroll stamp and die set. I used a bright fuchsia Sharpie to color in the heart on the digi and added some Glossy Accents for fun. The background is dry embossed with my Darice - Swirl Background folder. It's quite a simple card, but I think it needed to stay relatively uncluttered to let that bold bubble wrap print background shine. Hope you like it!!!

Stay safe this weekend. The weather has warmed up here to just above freezing and it is raining on top of all our ice. EEEK! Sometime today I need to boot up (and maybe cleat up) and go outside to feed my chickens. I don't relish carrying a bucket of feed out to their pen on this slippery ice!!! It will be walking stick in one hand and bucket in the other! Thanks so much for stopping by.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. NBUS Challenge #10
2. Verve Stamps "Love From Me" Challenge
3. DL.Art February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. CardzTV Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - The Color of Love


Friday, February 3, 2017

Heartfelt "Hi"



Hi, Friends.....

I am here with another card for the Hug A Heart Drive. This is a card drive especially for Heart Center patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during February, which is American Heart Month. You can find out all the card requirements and specifications HERE. They are asking for Heart-Themed, but not specifically Valentine cards which will be given to children hospitalized with serious heart conditions.


http://www.christinahordesigns.com/2017/01/hug-heart-card-drive-2017.html


Since I still had all my brown (umber) colored butterfly supplies out, I decided to combine the Hug a Heart card challenge with Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #71 of Butterfly/ies + U is for Underneath &/or Umber (the color). I used the lattice work heart die from my Serendipity - Heart Scroll stamp and die set that shows the brown butterfly patterned paper "underneath".



I stamped a grab bag Unity stamp with the cheery hearts and "Hi" sentiment in Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia and die cut it with My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set. My background is die cut with the pierced large rectangle from the Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set. I inked the edges of the panels with Distress Ink and added some kraft photo corners for fun.
 







Here's a shot of another one I made from the same design. Which do you like better? I think I might like the first one a little more.









Thank you for taking a peek at my cards! I love that you come to visit my blog and your sweet comments keep me going. :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #71 - Butterfly + U is for Underneath &/or Umber
2. CardzTV Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - The Color of Love
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge - Use Patterned Paper

Butterfly Field Notes


Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share a nature card with you using a FABULOUS Stamps Happen - Page About Butterflies stamp that my (candidate-for-best-son-in-the world!!!) son found for me. He's really awesome at finding THE most amazing stamps for me at thrift stores.....and this is one of them!!!! 
I majored in biology way back in the Dark Ages, and I am still a field biologist at heart. I have a shelf brimming with field guides of all sorts and I consult them often! So, naturally, I was drawn immediately to this beautiful stamp showing a page of butterfly field notes.

This has been in my butterfly box since last year, but it is my first time using it so I am participating in Darnell's NBUS Challenge #10 challenge with this card where you use some "Never Before Used Schtuff".



I also am entering this card in Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #71 where the theme this fortnight is Butterfly(ies) + U is for Underneath &/or Umber (the color). I was flummoxed. I thought I knew what color umber was, but I think I was confused with ochre. Internet searches added to my confusion. (I am better off just using the internet for looking at pictures of cats!!!) 

Seems that umber is any number of shades of mineral brown.....from yellowish to quite deep and dark. Thankfully, Mrs. A cleared up my confusion by telling me any shade of brown was acceptable. Whew! Armed with that info, I went to work. For both the Umber and Underneath portions of this challenge, I dry embossed a piece of Core'dinations brown cardstock with a Darice - Wood Grain folder and sanded it to enhance the texture and show the "underneath" color.




I did a lot of distressing with my papers with ink and by tearing. I really love the end result, but I have to tell you this paper tearing business is VERY SCARY!!  (Cuz, I mean, what if I accidentally tear off some important part of the stamped image???!!! EEEK!! You can see that I tore very, very small controlled bits at a time.....which resulted in almost a scalloped edge. lol... Hey, I LOVE to experiment, but I think crafters who use this do-or-die tearing technique live way too dangerously for my personality!! Ha. ) 

Other supplies used include:
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set
Distress Inks in various colors
Hero Arts - Pattern Stripes for background
Three Butterfly SOUO thrift store find (stamp of unkn origin) used on background
Prima butterfly (altered with DIs)
Dollar Store Twine

I had a lot of fun making this woodsy-looking nature card. I hope you like it, too!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Your kind comments make my day!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #71 - Butterfly(ies) + U is for Underneath &/or Umber (the color)

2. NBUS Challenge #10
3. Cuttlebug Mania - Hobby (I love identifying the wide variety of flora and fauna that I find in our area.)
4. HeARTful Stamping Challenge (Jan. 29 - Feb.5) - Anything Goes + Rubber Stamp
5. DL.Art February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes