Thursday, March 26, 2020

Purple Day Hop - Purrfect Friend




Hi, Friends........

I'm here today with a special post for the Purple Day Hop which supports Epilepsy Awareness.



Please take a moment and read the following:

Purple Day is a global grassroots event formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder.
Further intentions of this movement are to reduce the social stigmas commonly endured by many individuals afflicted with the condition; to provide assurance and advocacy to those living with epilepsy that they are not alone in their ongoing endurance; and to initiate individuals living with the condition to take action in their communities to achieve these aims.
The day occurs annually on March 26.


You can read more about epilepsy here and in the chart below.


The wonderful Fikreta Posavec has organized this blog hop. It is my privilege to participate along with Fiki and a bunch of other blogging friends that many of you already know. It would be nice if you become a follower of each participant, but is not necessary to be in the prize drawings. (More on that in a minute....)
You have from March 26 - 31 to hop around!

Here is the hop list:

Annabel
Darnell
Fikreta
Hetty
Janis (You are HERE!!!)
Ike
Kitty
Karen
Lori
Lisa
Mia
Olga
Vicki


Some ladies have giveaways on their blogs (including me!!) and we also have 2 sponsors Digi Doodle Studios and Kinda cute by Patricia Alvarez. (Kinda Cute doesn't generally do sponsorships, but this time she accepted Fiki's invitation because she's on her team!)  You can win an image of your choice from our sponsors. Ike from Ike's Art and Annabel from Knitty Kitty Designs also are giving images!  Thank you to all these sponsors!

Please pop over to their FB pages here:
Ikes Art
Digi Doodle Studios
Knitty Kitty Designs
Kinda cute by Patricia Alvarez

So what should you do to be eligible for the prizes?  It's simple. You must comment on each stop. Also, be sure to tell Fiki what you have learned about epilepsy when you visit her blog!!

I have a prize, too!! Leave a comment on this post with the words "Purrrr-ple Day Hop" and you will be in the drawing for a $15 USD (or equivalent, in your currency) e-gift card to the online retailer of your choice. Comments close on March 31st. I will be drawing the winner on April 1st (no foolin!) and posting the winner soon after that.

Okay....so here's my purple card. I have used an adorable image from Ike's Art, one of our generous sponsors!! 💜



Supplies used include:
Ike's Art - Kitty Luv digital stamp
Spectrum Noir markers
Paper Smooches - Feline Friends stamp set
Versafine ink in Hickory Smoke
Lawn Fawn - Small Stitched Rectangles die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
DCWV patterned paper scraps
Distress Ink in Pumice Gray for inking edges
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock
Buttons from stash

Thank you for stopping by today and participating in the Purple Day Hop. 

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!!

💜
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. SUYP Cats Only Challenge #52 - Furrything Goes
2. Ike's World Challenge #130 - O is for Out of Your Comfort Zone/Anything Goes
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper March Challenge
4. Tales From The Craft Room Challenge #3 - Furry Friends
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #432-433 - AG
6. DL.ART March Linky Party - AG
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
8. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #374
9. TCP Challenge #366 - Furry Animals 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Spring Card in Purple and Orchid


Hi, Friends.....

Is it spring where you live yet????? Probably not quite yet if you live in the North. (Or in the Southern Hemisphere!! lol...) Here in Idaho we had several days of spring weather last week and I noticed a few daffodils had opened up their cheery blossoms.  (None of mine, of course, but in some other yards...lol.) Yesterday was chilly with thunder and hail and today we woke to an inch of snow. The birds were singing throughout the day, though, so I know spring is coming!  

I have a pretty spring card to share with you today. I used a gorgeous die that the lovely hostesses of the Double D Challenges sent me as a prize a long time back. (THANKS again, Diane and Darlene!!) I teamed it up with one of my leftover Easter egg dye backgrounds. LOVE!!!


Supplies used include:
Tutti Designs - Garden Background die
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Versamark ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Leftover Easter Egg dye background
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
Scraps of cardstock from my stash

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Be sure to pop in tomorrow....Thursday, March 26th. I am participating in the Purple Day Hop...for epilepsy awareness. There will be great inspiration and prizes! Yay! Just what we need to lift our spirits. Stay safe and healthy!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Double Trouble Challenge #52 - Thing 1: Used a die for my Spring Flowers, Thing 2: Entering in Bitten by the Bug
2. Bitten by the Bug 2 - Spring Equinox plus Double Trouble (Usu reqs Cricut, but this time any diecut machine is okay....I used my Big Shot.)
3. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge - Encouragement
4. CARDZ-TV Challenge #110 - AG
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #432-433 - AG
6. The Creative Crafters Challenge #26 - AG
7. Dare2BArtzy March Challenge - AG
8. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
9. Double D Challenges - Welcome Spring

10. STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge - Stamps + Nature

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My "Quarantine" Project...Remaking Thrift Store Stationery!



Hi, Friends.....

No, I am not sick.....or in quarantine. Idaho is not under lockdown, but we are encouraged to not go anywhere....which is fine by me!    So I am just calling this my "quarantine" project since, like many of you, I am (rather cheerfully) staying home (and crafting...a little bit) during this virus thing.


Some weeks ago while shopping at a thrift store, I picked up a big box of 106 pretty Serenity Prayer stationery notes and matching envelopes in a lovely blue "parchment" finish. The notes are quarter-folded of paper weight stock.


I like the Serenity prayer, but sure didn't need 106 of them! And I actually picked up the box for just the envelopes alone. The thrift store price was unbelievably low...only 80 cents!!!


Well, I couldn't just toss out the notes, and I wanted some of the paper for making liners for my own cards. So I die-cut scalloped and straight-edged rectangles right through the 4 layers of each card to remake them into cards to give away.





That way I ended up with the decorated panels for card fronts plus liners for the inside of the notes and extras to use for myself.
 





I had some decades-old navy cardstock that a friend had given me....way back when the kids were young. I still had a pile of it and I knew it would be just right for these notecards.
 

So I went to work putting fronts and liners on the navy cardstock, and paired them with plain white envelopes...keeping the pretty blue ones for myself! :)







 




 


I bundled up sets of 6 notes, 3 plain edge and 3 scalloped edge, with envelopes into sandwich bags.








By the time I was finished, I had over 100 pretty envelopes plus 200 liners to keep for myself.....and a box of simple but attractive notecard sets to give away.  I will leave these at our tiny church for people to pick up if they wish (no church meetings until at least Palm Sunday for us) and donate any that are leftover elsewhere.

The Serenity Prayer is an encouraging one to remember during these trying times:
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

The above is only a portion of the prayer. You can read the rest of it HERE.

I hope you liked my quarantine project. It was a way to use the parts of this thrift store find that I didn't want....and a way to hopefully share peace and hope with others. I'd love to read about things you have been doing to spread joy and peace to those around you during this time.

Stay healthy and safe!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this project in the following challenges:
1. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #432-433 - AG
3. DL.ART March Linky Party - AG
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
5. CARDZ-TV Challenge #110 - AG
6. The Creative Crafters Challenge #26 - AG

Friday, March 20, 2020

He Cares About You - Sympathy



Hi, Friends......

WOW....Have I not posted ANYTHING in March????? I had no idea. Sorry for the long time between posts. (I've encountered some speed bumps lately, including a dental emergency that required travel out of state to take care of.....UGH!! I think the tooth is all good now, though, so it was worth it!) With everything going on here and in the world, my crafting mojo has taken a nosedive. So I am sharing a very simple card that has been in my drafts file for a little while. Maybe this will jumpstart me to get going on something.

I love patterned paper pads, but find that I often am left with some very large patterns that don't get used right away. So I am trying to get some of those out and use them as backgrounds with a simple stamped sentiment. I love the serene colors of this piece that I teamed up with a comforting scripture.  I made this specifically as a sympathy card, but I think the verse is appropriate for everything our world is facing right now. I used scraps for the sentiment panel and matting. Yay!


Supplies used include:
Dare 2B Artzy - Prayers 4 You stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (retired)
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia
Distress ink in Walnut Stain for edges
Scraps from stash for sentiment panel and mat
DCWV patterned paper background

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you and yours are faring well during this unusual time. At least we crafters know how to entertain ourselves at home! (I, for one, am in no danger of running low on crafting supplies. What about you? lol...) Take care, stay healthy, and craft on!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #373 - Use Snippets
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #430-#431 - AG
3. Crafty Hazelnut's March Patterned Paper Challenge
4. CARDZ-TV Challenge #110 - AG
5. DL.ART March Linky Party - AG
6. The Creative Crafters Challenge #26 - AG
7. Dare2BArtzy March Challenge - AG

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Merry Christmas Owl - February Rudolph Days



Happy Leap Day, Friends....

I am here with a cute little owl card for Scrappy Mo's February Rudolph Days challenge. Remember that if you enter each month during the year, then you are eligible to be in the final drawing in December! February is short so I had to scramble since I have been celebrating my birthday all week long!! Lucky I had Leap Day to get my card in. :)

I am also entering this in the MFT Sketch Challenge this week:


And I am entering this in Jo's Christmas Kickstart Challenge with the theme of Red.


Supplies used include:
Imaginisce sticker
Background is from the Imaginisce packaging
Serendipity - Merry Christmas stamp - Retired (they don't carry this size at Impression Obsession, but they do have the larger size in this same font)
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Sparkly Santa hat for the owl from Michele Henderson (THANKS, Michele!!)
Weird 7-pointed foam snowflake from stash (STILL haven't used these up, yet!!!)
DCWV patterned paper scraps from stash
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock for card base

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having a nice Leap Day and are ready to March into spring!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Rudolph Days February Challenge - AG Christmas
2. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #478
3. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #28 - Red
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #479
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #109
7. DL.ART February Linky Challenge
8. Creative with Stamps Challenge #47 - Red

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kitty with Heart - Hello, Friend



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a sweet card that can be used for an all-occasion card or for a valentine....next year, of course! :)  A friend recently brought me a lovely snack bag that had Ritz crakers, homemade apple-jalapeno jelly, and cream cheese. YUM!!!  That combo is one of my favorite indulgences!! She lined the bag with a pretty red heart doily, which I told her would end up on a card....so fair warning!  lol...

Since the doily was large, it would not fit easily on a single card...so I glued it onto a large scrap of flirty black and white dotted cardstock and die cut various sizes of hearts from it. LOVE!!!

I also followed the MFT Sketch for this week:







Supplies used include:
Great Impressions - Kitty with Heart stamp #E860S (retired)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set (balloon)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set
Newton's Nook Designs - Baskets of Wishes stamp set (sentiment)
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir Markers
Misc. white cardstock and DCWV scraps
Ribbon from stash
Gingham paper from stash

I hope you liked my card. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week. We are getting a little bit of fresh snow tonight. Hope you are staying safe and warm wherever you are.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #477
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
3. Through the Craft Room Door Feb. 18th Challenge - AG
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #426-#427 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
6. Craft Stamper February TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
7. Penny Black and More February Challenge - Animals, Birds, and Butterflies
8. Double D Challenge - Saying Hello
9. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #372 - Use Snippets
10. Creative with Stamps Challenge #47 - Red



Friday, February 21, 2020

Purrfect Friends


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a whimsical card I sent to a crafty friend for her birthday. Now that she has received it, I can post it. :) She likes kitties and birds, so I chose this fun Stampendous Laurel Burch image. I like birds, too, but cats are my favorites because they are such furry, purry adorable little independent, self-absorbed, naughty creatures!! I have 16 cats...(yes, 16!!!)...so I know!! lol...

I stamped this on one of my leftover Easter egg dye backgrounds and colored with my Spectrum Noirs markers. One fun thing about Laurel Burch images is that you don't need to stay with realistic colors for the animals. (Anyone for a purple cat? Yes, please!!) You might notice that I stamped some little flowers on that panel, too. I wanted just a bit of subtle pattern behind the kitty and birdie.

I debated with myself what color to use for the card base and matting. I originally planned to use purple. But when I put it next to some turquoise, the whole thing seemed to pop. It's a bit wild, but I LOVE it!! What do you think? Do you like the purple and turquoise? It is too much....or just right?


Supplies used include:
Stampendous - Laurel Burch Cat and Feathered Friend stamp
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir Markers
My Favorite Things - Cat-itude stamp set
Versafine ink in Onxy Black
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Leftover Easter egg dye background
Canson - Mixed Media Paper
DCWV and K&Co. Scraps
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock for matting and card base

Hope you liked my card. Are you staying safe and warm as we wait for winter to turn into spring? We have snow on the ground here, but none falling for several days. The days have been sunny and chilly, my very favorite kind of winter day.....also my cats' favorite. They line up in the sunny windows on the back porch and get toasty warm in the sunshine. Purr....

Thank you for stopping by today!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. As You Like It - Favorite Animal (and why)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
3. Through the Craft Room Door Feb. 18th Challenge - AG
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #426-#427 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
6. Craft Stamper February TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
7. Penny Black and More February Challenge - Animals, Birds, and Butterflies
8. SUYP Challenge #51 - Furrything Goes
9. Sugarpea Designs February Meant to be Sent Challenge - Friendship
10. DL.ART February Linky Challenge