Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happiness Grows with Love and Care


Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another card that I made for the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge. Look at the wonderful color palette Heather chose this month:




NOTE:  I must apologize for my photography of late.  My phone takes lousy pictures and my camera is broken.  :(   In addition to those problems, this particular card uses papers and chippies with a glossy finish that produced a glare that was nigh unto impossible to remedy. Sigh....   I hope you can get an idea of what this card is supposed to look like!!!  I also used a tall format which further complicated matters in trying to get the whole card in focus.  Ugh!!!

Do you like the super-fun blue chipboard hearts on my card? My crafty pal Karen Ladd sent these to me a long time ago.....and I am ashamed to admit that I only recently found them buried in my stash!! THANKS, Karen!!! (I hope I am not the only one that loses things in their stash!!) They are the perfect color for this challenge and I think they go well on this tall format anniversary card.

I know you can't read the sentiment....but it says, "Happiness grows with love and care". Awwwww.....Aren't the little doggy and kitty sweet all cozied up together???!!!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set (some minor stamp surgery was required to make this sentiment)
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Distress Inks for watercoloring
DCWV scraps

I am so disappointed that I can't show you a better photo of this card, because it turned out really cute. Thanks for bearing with me while I locate a new camera!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge
2. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + A Stamp
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
4. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Die Cut Divas August Challenge - Anything Goes (use a die cut or embossing folder)
6. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #210 - Circles & Stripes
7. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #296-297 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
8. Cardz-TV Anything Goes #9
9. Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
10. Penny Black at All Sorts August Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small (must stamp focal)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hooray for Eclipses!....and a card. :)


Hi, Friends......

Yes....I saw the Total Eclipse!!! Yay!!! 

Hubby and I traveled a little ways farther south in Idaho to the path of totality and attended an Eclipse event sponsored by our alma mater. We met up with several friends from back in our science-nerd college days and enjoyed some great presentations by a fellow alum who is an astronomer with the Smithsonian. 

There were a number of telescopes set up the night before the eclipse for stargazing and also during the eclipse so we could see it projected on a screen....as well as view it with our funky eclipse glasses! :) It was sooooooooooooo AWESOME to see that beautiful corona during totality!!! So thankful we had clear skies...esp since today is smoky, smoky, smoky again. Did any of the rest of you in the USA get to view it?????

I made a couple of cards before I left but didn't have a chance to blog them...so I am playing catch up today. I made this card for a couple of challenges in particular:


1.  Winnie & Walter always has several fabulous challenges going on and I am participating in the August Color Combo Challenge.  Look at the wonderful color palette Heather chose this month:

The colors in my photo below don't look quite right, but they are much closer to the palette IRL than in my photo!  At any rate, my card was most certainly inspired by this color combo!!  :)








2.  I also am participating in Julee's August Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge this month.  Here's her sketch for us to interpret.  I flipped it mirror-image for my card.







As usual, I had to pull out some Graphic 45 to use for at least one of my entries into these challenges. :)


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops) Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 - Children's Hour collection, Cityscapes collection, Artistic Style collection
Prima flowers
Nuvo Drops for flower center
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain for edges
Ribbon from my stash
Thank you for stopping by. I hope those of you in the USA were able to view some of the eclipse where you live. I would love for you to tell me about it in the comments!!! I'll be back later with another card to share.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge
2. Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge - August
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
4. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Die Cut Divas August Challenge - Anything Goes (use a die cut or embossing folder)
6. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #210 - Circles & Stripes
7. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #296-297 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
8. Cardz-TV Anything Goes #9
9. Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thinking of You with Unity, Serendipity, and Winnie & Walter






Hi, Friends.....

I am back with a last-minute card for the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July. Take a look
at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!! This is the last day for this challenge and I have had a lot of fun with these colors. Thank you, Heather H, for such an fresh and inspiring palette!!



On this card, I pulled out an old UFO (unfinished object) from my stash. I love this Unity Stamp mother bird on the nest. I stamped it with Versamark on a scrap of patterned paper and did an emboss resist with Distress Inks. LOVE!! I framed it with a dry embossed panel that I sponged with more Distress Ink. The colors turned out muted, but started out brighter like the palette. I love this soft effect.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Unity - Love
Serendipity - Thinking of You
Sizzix - Fancy Labels die set
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins
Versafine Ink - Smokey Gray
Paper Studio - Woodgrain embossing folder
Versamark Ink
Distress Inks - Bundled Sage, Twisted Citron, Mowed Grass, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
Shimmery ribbon from my stash
White cardstock and K&Co. Paper Scraps

Hope you liked my card! Thank you for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July
2. Word Art Wednesday Week 294-295 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
4. Crop Stop August Challenge #31 - Use brands that CS carries (I used Distress Inks and Sizzix )
5. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Paper Scraps + Stamp
6. Moving Along With the Times Challenge #51 - Things that Fly
7. Penny Black at All Sorts August Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small (must stamp focal)
8. Fairy Tale Challenge #173 - Beloved Family
9. Craft Stamper August TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping

10. Dare2BArtzy August Challenge - Pastels

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Happy Card with Doily - Winnie & Walter



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Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another card for the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July. Take a look at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!! There is only a day or so left in this challenge, so hurry if you want to link up!!



I also am playing along in the August Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge....(Yay! It's back!!!)....where Julee has provided us with this fun sketch:







Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway die
Doodlebug mini-doily
Nuvo Drops
Distress Inks - to ink around edges of panels
Scraps from my stash
Ribbon from my stash

Thank you for stopping by. Your visits and comments are very much appreciated!! Stay safe during this last dry part of summer. The smoke is terrible here in Idaho, but thankfully there are no fires that are close by.

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July
2. Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge - August
3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #210 - Circles & Stripes
4. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.
Word Art Wednesday Week 294-295 - Anything Goes Family Friendly 
6. Card Mania Challenge #95 - Party
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
8. Crop Stop August Challenge #31 - Use brands that CS carries (I used Distress Inks and Doodlebug)
9. Inky Chicks Challenge #86 - Use Sentiment instead of Image

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wonky Framed Happy Birthday Cards


Hi, Friends.....

I have a fatal flaw (probably several!!) when it comes to my crafting....I never want to throw anything away!! So when I had a bunch of leftover "outsides" of die cut panels, I immediately thought of FRAMES. But what do you do with a bunch of inverse scallop skinny frames? The only option for a crazy cat woman like me to do with them was to layer them in a wonky way! Thus began a whimsical cardmaking frenzy. :)

I have enjoyed playing with the colors from the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July. Take a look at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!! There is only a day or two left in this challenge, so hurry if you want to link up!!




My lame brain can't remember who sent me these cute little bird die cuts several years ago (Karen, do you recognize them????) ....but they had been in my stash all this time. I was thrilled that they matched the color palette and decided to try to find a way to use them. The mesh behind the die cut and the playful frame arrangement reminds me of a bird in a makeshift coop. I did a bunch of variations on this theme with various embellishments and embossing.

#1 - With dry embossed birdie and heat embossed hearts.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set (little hearts)
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Waffle Flower - On My Mark stamp set
Versafine Ink - Black Onyx
Darice - Crackle embossing folder
DCWV scraps from my stash
Flower rhinestone from Dollar Store
Here are the other variations I made.  Please let me know which you like best!

#2 - With rhinestones on the wing and stars and rhinestones on the background.
#3 - With argyle tag behind the birdie.

#4 - Flower Power with dry embossed birdie (checkered).


#5 - With a silver heart from a scrap of DCWV Mercury Glass paper.


#6 - With different print for the Happy die cut and sparkly flower rhinestone.

Hope you enjoyed my fanciful and happy cards! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your visits and comments make my day!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Happy Birthday

3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 293-294 - Use Snippets
4. Card Mania Challenge #95 - Party
5. Word Art Wednesday Week 294-295 - Anything Goes Family Friendly 
6. Cards und More Challenge #190 - Dots, Dots, Dots
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
8. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Paper Scraps + Stamp
9. Moving Along With the Times Challenge #51 - Things that Fly

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kindness with Brusho Background - Winnie & Walter





Hi, Friends.......

I am back again with another cactus card I made for the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July. Take a look at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!!




I have been having the best time playing with my Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set for the current W&W Rerun Challenge. As I mentioned in a previous post, I made a huge crafty mess with Brushos and Dylusions sprays for backgrounds and die cuts. Here's one I did using my favorite stamps in the set: the cactuses. <3 <3 <3 I matted it in black to accentuate the bold colors in the background.



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Kindness wth Evelin T Designs stamp set
Versafine Ink - Black Onyx
Dylusions Ink Spray
Brusho
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain for shadows
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins

Hope you have enjoyed my cards for the W&W Rerun Challenge. It has been so much fun using my new stamp set. I know I am going to be reaching for it again and again!!

Thank you for all your kind comments. Your words of encouragement have been especially welcome lately!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun #21: Kindness with Evelin T Designs
3. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes Challenge #7
4. DL.Art July Linky Party
5. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #209 Happy Birthday or Thank You (I made a thank you card.)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kindness with Patterned Paper and Cactuses - Winnie & Walter



Hi, Friends.......

I am back again with another card I made for the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July. Take a look at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!!




Can you tell I have been having a good time with the Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set......which is this month's rerun set for the W&W Rerun Challenge??? I absolutely fell in love with this set when I saw it featured for the Rerun Challenge. Then when I noticed that it included cactuses, I was hopelessly smitten. I rarely see a set that I HAVE to get right then...(no waiting around...right NOW!).....but this one of them. (It helped that I had a W&W GC....YAY!! Thank you, W&W!!!)

Sorry again for the poor photo quality.  I am still having to take pics with my phone and it's not going well!!  EEK!!
For this card, I selected some cactuses I had stamped onto my Brusho/Dylusions papers and fussy cut out. I paired them with some patterned papers in the aquas of the color palette. I'm not sure if the print of the background reminds me of suns or Nazca lines! lol.... Anyway, it seemed desert-y. :) Adding the extra background layer as a mat was an easy way to ground my cactuses without drawing in a shadow.
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Kindness wth Evelin T Designs stamp set
Versafine Ink - Black Onyx
Dylusions Ink Spray
Brusho
DCWV and K&Co. scraps from my stash

Thank you for all your kind comments!! You are champs for wading through all of these!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun #21: Kindness with Evelin T Designs
3. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes Challenge #7
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
6. DL.Art July Linky Party
7. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #209 Happy Birthday or Thank You (I made a thank you card.)
8. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - You've Got the Edge (I used a die with a scalloped edge.)