Saturday, January 21, 2017

Feline Better

 
Fine print says, "*once I'm done napping**  **You might be waiting awhile  :)



Hi, Friends...

I am here with a card for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 which celebrates 5 years of blogging, 1000 posts, 1000 followers...(and 146 years of marriage! Ha.) This time she is adding a special little twist. In addition to having us use some of our NBUS craft supplies (Never Before Used Schtuff!) we are asked to use a special technique: colored pencils on kraft. This is something I have only done once or twice before so it is a great challenge for me!!

Oh, yeah....Did I mention there are prizes? Cool, huh!


After I made my Candy Cane on Kraft card for this challenge, I got looking around at the other entries and spied Susanne Vargas' card here. I knew I wanted to try blue on kraft. Mine, of course, doesn't approach hers in beauty or grace, but I hope it makes up for it in whimsy! :)


I stamped my NBUS (to me) thrift store Stampendous - Wire Whiskers Sweet Surprises (discontinued, but this shows a nice photo!) with Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia and colored it with my Prismacolors. I teamed it with a sentiment from Newton's Nook Designs - Newton's Sick Day stamp set.

Do you like the pawprint burlap background? I used a scrap of this ivory paper-backed burlap and stamped the paw prints myself. (Soooooo very proud! lol...) I think I tried stamping on my burlap "paper" once before and it only turned out so-so. I think the trick (at least for me) is to use a solid stamp...not anything with fine details or lines. This paw print stamp from my Inkadinkadoo - Catitude stamp set worked great! I used the same Versafine - Vintage Sepia ink. Yay!!

After I got my card together, I felt like the kitty was looking at something......but what???? I had to give him something to be bug-eyed about....how about a birdie nonchalantly singing nearby? I pulled the bird and note stamps from my Newton's Nook Designs - Baskets of Wishes stamp set and put them in. I think it adds just the right amount of playfulness to this get well card to bring a smile to the recipient.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my card and I hope you will join in with Darnell's NBUS challenges! This is only the first week of three....so you have plenty of time to play!! Thank you, Darnell, for all your work in organizing this!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Blog Birthaversary NBUS #8 Challenge - use NBUS plus Colored Pencils on Kraft
2. Mod Squad Challenge - Get Well Soon, Please
3. SUYP - Cats Only Challenge #14 - Furrything Goes
4. Allsorts Challenge Week #399 - Daisy, Daisy
5. Penny Black and More January Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Candy Cane on Kraft with Nuvo Drops


Hi, Friends...
I am here with a card for Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 which
http://www.djkardkreations.com/2017/01/blog-birthaversary-surprise-nbus.htmlcelebrates 5 years of blogging, 1000 posts, 1000 followers...(and 146 years of marriage! Ha.) This time she is adding a special little twist. In addition to having us use some of our NBUS craft supplies (Never Before Used Schtuff!) we are asked to use a special technique: colored pencils on kraft. This is something I have only done once or twice before so it is a great challenge for me!! 

Oh, yeah....Did I mention there are prizes? Cool, huh!

I have been wanting to make a few Christmas cards to put away for next holiday season, so I pulled out a NBUS Stamper's Anonymous - TH Candy Cane Sketch stamp that has lain uninked in my stash for a couple of Christmases. It is a nice easy image for this novice colorist....so now was the time!

I decided to add an extra challenge for myself by making a one-layer card. These are among the scariest of cards for me to make!! NO margin for error.....NO mistakes can be covered up! EEEK!!




The stamping with Versafine ink in Onyx Black went flawlessly and I heat embossed with clear powder. So far, so good.... (I was even so encouraged that I stamped out three more of the images!!) I colored the image with my Prismacolors and embellished with some NBUS Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic Silver. I am still practicing with these drops, so some of them look like silver chocolate chips rather than silver enamel dots......but I'll get there....(maybe!)

All in all, I am pleased with how this card turned out. Thank you, Darnell, for your wonderful challenge. Happy everything-sary to you!!! :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Blog Birthaversary NBUS #8 Challenge - use NBUS plus Colored Pencils on Kraft
2. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #399 - Christmas
3. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Anything Goes or B is for .... (I chose brown.)
4. CHNC Challenge Extra January - Anything Goes Christmas
5. CHNC Challenge #316 - Anything Goes Christmas w/ opt. Twist of a Creature (I did not do the twist.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Smile More, Worry Less




Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a simple card to share. I've been doing some fancy backgrounds and frilly cards lately, but this is a very basic one. Cards don't ALWAYS have to leave people going WOW!! Sometimes, it is nice to be able to put a card together quickly....especially if I can use some long-neglected stash!! I have a lot of that....and I bet you do, too!

This card was inspired by the current Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Monday Challenge. Here's the inspiration photo she gave us this week. I was inspired by the geometric look of the colorful sails and also by the thought of a relaxing and carefree sunny day of sailing. I haven't ever done this, but it does seem like a lovely idea! lol.... :)

I was delighted to find everything I needed for this multi-colored card in a prize pack from Simple Stories I won quite a while ago. I used the Simple Stories - Sn@p - Fresh Double-Sided Cards & Bits/Pieces Pack and added patterned paper from my stash and thrift store twine.



Do you like it? It's quite different from my usual style. Even though it is simple, I really like the bright flashes of all the different colors. I never quite know what to do with ampersands, but I used this humongous wood-grain one to connect the two sentiment phrases. I am surprised how much I really love it.

That's all for this card. Thank you for stopping in. Maybe you have been inspired to pull out some neglected stash, too, and try using it in ways that differ from your usual style.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1. Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Monday - Week 168
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Chill Out (I chose the relaxing sentiment - Worry less, Smile more!)
3. Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday Linky Party
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. DL.Art January Linky Challenge
6. The Paper GirlsChallenge #120 - Patterned Paper

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Attempting Something A Little Bit Shabby



When I can't find some cat meme that pertains to my post, I go to my saved images and find one that makes me laugh.

Hi, Friends.....

I want to thank each of you who has left such wonderful and encouraging comments on my projects lately. My cards have been largely experimental and at the outset I never quite know how they will turn out!! Eeek! So your nice words have meant a lot to me. Here I am again with something a little bit experimental.....shabby chic. I know that is the go-to genre for lots of crafters, but I never feel like I can pull it off....even though I LOVE seeing shabby cards!!

I made this card for a very special blogoversary......the first anniversary of the Double D Challenge Blog run by the lovely and amazing Diane and Dar. Huge CONGRATULATIONS, you two, for this special milestone and accomplishment!! If any of you are unfamiliar with their challenges, you must really join in. I don't get a card in there every time, but I always have it on my list to check out. It's one of my favorite challenges!!


So all month long they are celebrating but this first challenge of the month (ending soon!) has the theme of Anniversary/Blogaversary/Birthday using something from their mood board for inspiration. I LOVE the soft peach and green colors of the flower and foliage, so I chose those colors for my card.

I went to my scrap bag of peachy colors and pulled out a number of them that I liked together. I was surprised to see a piece of lovely DCWV butterfly print in there. (I usu keep all my butterfly things together in my "butterfly box" for Mrs. A's challenges!) I pulled it out and built a card around it with a some pretty pieces of thrift store peach colored lace and trim.


Other supplies used include:
LDRS - Gilded Oval Labels die set
Celebrate sentiment from Newton's Nook Designs - Baskets of Wishes stamp set
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs
Prima Flowers layered together
Spectrum Noir markers to color some of the flowers a more peachy hue
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Rhinestones

How do you think I did on trying a shabby style card? I think it turned out pretty well.....and covering the cardstock with the peach lace panel helped a lot! lol... I still don't really have that shabby look down, but I am so delighted to use this card to help celebrate with Diane and Dar and their teams over at Double D Challenges!!! Congratulations and thank you!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Double D Challenge - Anniversary Celebration (use mood board and Anniv/Blogaversary/BD theme)
2. Butterfly Challenge #70 - J is for Jewels and/or Jade (An unexpected second entry for me with just the jewels this time!)
3. Mod Squad Challenge - Bling!
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. DL.Art January Linky Challenge
6. Moving Along With The Times Challenge #36 - Something in the Air
7. Daisy Chain Challenge #4 - Add Some Sparkle
8. Crafty Catz Challenge #353 - Anything Goes plus Twist of Butterfly

9. All Sorts Challenge Week #398 - Wings on Things 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Today and Always

Perfect for cats, not so perfect for people. This is just what our scamp Skippyjon needs.....someplace to lie in wait to attack us!  He just got neutered so we are hoping that will cool his jets a little bit....

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a pretty card that has lots of fun techniques.....some that I haven't tried before and some of my tried and true faves, like my double embossing that I outlined recently in this post


I am combining several challenges, but I want to mention one in particular up front because you still have lots of time to participate! I am getting my entry in early (for a change!!!) to Mrs. A's fun and fabulous Butterfly Challenge. This time the challenge theme involves the Letter J......my favorite letter in the alphabet, so of course I had to make a card!! She is asking us to use, in addition to the requisite butterfly/ies, J is for Jewels and/or Jade (the color).

I'll take you through my process....but if you prefer, you can just scroll down to see my finished card! :)



First I dry embossed a piece of Core'dinations heavy duty white cardstock with my Darice - Butterfly folder. Then I tried something new-to-me that I saw Lindsay, the Frugal Crafter do with a Poppy embossed design quite some time ago.....sadly, I cannot find the post!  I selected several of my Ranger - TH Distress Markers in Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass and colored the debossed side of the paper.  I chose this side so I would be coloring in the "wells" and so the veins of the wings would show nicely after heat embossing. A quick, inexact coloring job was fine because it was all going to be misted with water next, anyway. (This is all I remember Lindsay doing....so here I take off on my own creative journey....Wheeee!!!!)


I outlined a few of the butterflies with my Wild Honey DI marker and then misted the paper with water. After I was satisfied with the way the ink had reacted with the water, I dabbed with paper towels and used my heat gun to dry. All of this made the paper buckle, but no matter!

I slipped the buckled paper right back into place in the original embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot again to flatten it back out! It is quite easy to fit it back onto the design on the folder....and it doesn't have to 100% exact. I got it off a tiny bit and it made no difference in the end result.

Ahhhhh....much flatter. Not 100%, but it is fine. Okay....ready to heat emboss!

I brayered Versamark ink all over the surface of my paper, so the Versamark only touches the higher parts of the design. Then I sprinkled on gold embossing powder and zapped it with my heat gun. I like to repeat this step two or three times to get a good build-up of embossing on the ridges of my design. Loving how this is looking!!!

I trimmed it to size and mounted it securely onto black cardstock to help finish flattening it. I wanted this to be a celebratory card that I could use for birthday, anniversary, or other special joyful occasion so I chose a layered die cut (Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway) and sentiment from Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set stamped with Versafine Ink in Onyx Black with the banner die cut from the Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set. (Each of these pieces were from my scrap bags. Yay!)
I'm not really sure these words/phrases have ever been paired together before, but they really spoke to me of happiness being something that we can choose each and every day!!  "Happy - today and always"......that's something I want to practice in my life this year!!!


Last of all, I applied some small adhesive jewels in several colors to the bodies of the butterflies. I wanted them to add some bling without stealing the show. I think this small size is just perfect. Some of them I colored with a Sharpie to get a color I liked better. :)

As I was making my embossed background, I was interested to discover the mineral look that resulted in some of the areas. I was reminded of the Winnie & Walter - Gossip Column Marble Challenge. In the Gossip Column feature, the amazing Taheerah Atchia shows us all sorts of examples of real and faux marble and has made the most awesome cards using some fabulous techniques. You must go see!!! :)
From Tile-Stones.com


I looked at some images of marble and found this one that looks a lot like some of the parts of my background. Take a look at the close-ups of my card below. Do you see what I mean about how it looks mineralized?




Always before, my gold double-embossed backgrounds reminded me of heavy vintage jewelry, but now I am seeing something even more elemental.....mineralized marble! :)



Here also......


Well.....did you make it all the way to the end of my long post? Wow! Thanks for having a look. Hope you enjoyed this celebration card. It was a really fun adventure trying out new things and looking at familiar things with a new appreciation! Thank you for your visit and for your lovely comments. Have a fabulous day!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Butterfly Challenge #70 - J is for Jewels and/or Jade
2. Winnie & Walter - Gossip Column Challenge #6 - Marble
3. Mod Squad Challenge - Bling!
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 264-265 - AG with Family Friendly Sentiment
5. DL.Art January Linky Challenge
6. Crop Stop January Linky Party #24 - Anything Goes use prod CS sells
(I used a Darice embossing folder and Distress Markers)
7. Moving Along With The Times Challenge #36 - Something in the Air
8. Daisy Chain Challenge #4 - Add Some Sparkle
9. MarkerPOP Challenge #111 - Let's Celebrate



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Celebrate




Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share in celebrating a special 5 year Blogoversary milestone for my friend Fiki over at Bad Kitty's Craftroom. She has drawn a special party kitty image (SOOOOOO adorable!!) to commemorate the occasion and I am thrilled to make this card with it.



Supplies used include:
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Spectrum Noir markers (including some new sets that I got for Christmas...Yay!)
Celebrate sentiment from Newton's Nook Designs - Baskets of Wishes stamp set
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Fishtail banner from Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Scraps from my stash of the white cardstock and also the confetti and red papers.

Fiki, I hope you like what I did with your sweet image! Congratulations to you on 5 Years of Blogging!!! Wow!! You certainly are a bright spot in the cat-loving papercrafting blogosphere. Hugs to you on this special occasion and thank you for sharing this wonderful image. You are so talented!!!

Thank you to everyone for stopping by today. Your visits and comments are such a delight to me.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Bad Kitty's Blogoversary Giveaway
2. SUYP - Cats Only Challenge #14 - Furrything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Be Square (I used a square die cut.)
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 264-265 - AG with Family Friendly Sentiment
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - New Something
6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
7. DL.Art January Linky Challenge
8. The Paper Girls Challenge #19 - Confetti
9. Allsorts Challenge Week #397 - Cats &/or Dogs to Feature

Sing as if No One is Listening

This is not my own photo, but I do scatter seed on the ground for the birds.  It is an endless source of entertainment for my kitties watching the hungry little birdies feed.  I scatter it out in wide open places to give the birds are fighting chance.  Their keen eyes and fast reflexes keep them fairly safe. 

Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share a card I made by experimenting around with negative die cuts. These are the leftover outside parts of the paper that remain after a shape is die cut from it. Sometimes these just get tossed, but I strategically had cut the images so I could use them.  This Sizzix - TH Alterations - Bird Branch die is perfect for this because the shape leftover makes a great silhouette shaker.....or in my case this time, a non-shaker. :) You'll see what I mean.

First I took a negative in midnight blue card stock and stenciled some snowflakes over it with my Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow stencil. I used an inexpensive white ink pad and a sponge dauber to get inside the little holes and then heat embossed with WOW! Embossing Powder - White Puff for a soft fluffy look and feel.

You can see that I use my old JoAnn.com packing slips for scrap paper.  I have a LOT of these!!  lol...
Then I trimmed a scrap of cardstock (this was a recycled piece of cardstock that had printing on the back side....since this was all going to be layered, it didn't matter if one side had Children's church craft printing on it!! lol...) to fit under my bird and branch shape and covered it with a piece from my Scrapbook Adhesives - Adhesive Sheets to make it sticky all over. Then I sprinkled iridescent white sequins and white sparkly glitter over it to completely cover it.


I glued a piece of acetate film to a shimmery silver negative of the die cut and then layered the blue one over that one just slightly offset to give a shiny "shadow" that is difficult to see in the photo below. Then I layered the sequined piece under the acetate window and put this on a white card base. So this gives the impression of a shaker, but all the shaker bits are glued down and enables this card to be quite thin and flat.


I finished it up with a sentiment from my Quietfire Designs - The Woods Would be Very Silent stamp set that I stamped in blue and heat embossed with clear powder. I cut it out in a curvy shape to accentuate the lovely calligraphy and mounted it on dimensional foam. I also outlined the entire card front with my silver Elmer's - Painters Marker.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my experiment. I like it a lot and I hope you do, too. Thank you for stopping by today. It is a snowy day here in Idaho. If you are experiencing wintery weather, please do not take chances on the roads......just stay home and craft!! :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Cards in Envy - Snow Birds
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Be Square (My card is square.)
3. The Male Room Challenge #51 - Anything Goes
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 264-265 - AG with Family Friendly Sentiment
5. Daisy Chain Challenge #4 - Add Some Sparkle
6. Cuttlebug Mania - Winter Wonderland - use manual die cutting machine, any mfr (I used a Big Shot.)
7. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #325 - Snowflakes
8. Make My Monday Challenge #37 - A Winter's Walk
9. Craft Stamper January TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes (must stamp)
10. Unicorn Challenge #17 - January Blues
11. Great Impressions - January Color Challenge