Monday, August 22, 2016

Butterflies Plus V is for Vases and/or Vanilla



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a last minute entry into Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge 
 where she asks us this time to use butterflies plus V is for Vases and/or Vanilla.   I chose some warm vanilla cardstock and did an emboss resist card in soft colors.


My vase and flower images are from an unidentified Stampin' Up set I got at a thrift store.  The butterflies are from my ancient Rubber Stampede Victorian Butterfly set.  (I hope I am not the only one who still uses old foam mount rubber stamps that are nearly 30 years old!!!)  I stamped them all with Versamark and heat embossed them with white powder.....a creamy white, not my whitest white.  I sponged some distress ink around the embossed images and wiped off the excess with a baby wipe.  Then I added some spatters of Clearsnap - Smooch Spritz in Carrot Cake.  

Other supplies used:
Scraps of DCWV paper for matting
Tulle ribbon from thrift store
Metallic gold photo corners
kraft card base

I hope you like the soft colors of this card.  I love how it turned out.  Thank you for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - V is for Vases and/or Vanilla
2. Allsorts Challenge Week #377 - Fabulous Florals
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
4. Amusing Challenge #35 - Anything Goes
5. Wow! Embossing Powder August Challenge - Flowers
6. Crop Stop Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - Use a product CS sells (I used Distress Ink)
7. Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party - Watercolor
8. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - AG 

9. My Time To Craft Challenge #327 - Embossing Heat or Dry
10.
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #114 - Resist Stamping
11. Papercrafters Corner Challenge Week #158 - Inspiration Photo  (I was inspired by the flowers in the vase with their warm colors.)

http://papercrafterscorner.com/blog/papercrafting-challenge-week-158/
 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

School Daze


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a School Daze card....I say daze because it is my 5 yr old granddaughter's first day of public school kindergarten this week and it is a whole new experience for our homeschooled family!!!  Eeek!  For a variety of reasons, our daughter has decided to put her little girl in school and none of us knows the first thing about how to even do it!!  Ha.  Dear daughter is, of course, getting it all figured out, but it is quite a mental adjustment to us all.  I naturally decided to make my little granddaughter a First Day of School card for this big event.

I am being really brave by showing you this card because, for the first time, I tried coloring an image with Distress Ink markers.  I would very much love to say that I was trying for a "primary school look" with my coloring but really I wasn't.  lol...  Nonetheless, I can only get better, right?  As my granddaughter says..."Practice makes practice!"  Ha.
The patterned paper and the pencil die cut are from a very old Imaginisce Back to School set that is one of the very first prizes I won in my early days of craft blog hopping.  (This one came from PaperCrafts.  I told you I have had it a long time!!)  I can't find the name of this collection on any of the packaging.  But, finally, for the first time....I have it out and am using it. Who would have guessed?

The image and sentiment are from My Favorite Things - Pure Innocence:  Emma and Her Backpack (apparently discontinued).  I stamped them with my MISTI using Versafine ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed them to help me stay in the lines to give it some definition.  I messed up the face twice and finally restamped just the face, colored it yet again, and glued it over the top of the first image.  You can't really tell in the photo, but it has just a teensy bit of dimension because of the double layer.  My granddaughter wears glasses, so I drew some in.  8)  I die cut the panel with my My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card.  I think it turned out cute despite my non-existent coloring skills using these markers!!  Thank you for being patient with me.  :)  Maybe I should have used watercolor paper or mixed media paper instead of cardstock....not sure!  Oh, well...  I know one little girl who will like the card no matter what.  Awwwwww....  

Thanks so much for stopping by and always leaving such sweet comments.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MarkerPOP Challenge #101 - Embossing 

2. One Crazy Stamper August Challenge - Fall/Halloween 
3. Mod Squad - The Die's the Thing
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
5. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - AG 

6. Papercrafter's Corner Challenge Week #157

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Praying for You with Gilded Rose




Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a pretty card to share that I made with my beautiful Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die set.  I LOVE this set sooooooooo much.  (THANKS, W&W!!!)

I was inspired by the current Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge where a previously released set is chosen and then highlighted by their designers.  The challenge is to make something with that particular set or other W&W product inspired by what the design team made.  I don't have the specific set, but all the floral designs made me want to get out my W&W Maggie's Roses die set and play.  I was particularly inspired by elements from Lydia's card (circle shape and open greenery) and Heather's card (outlines of the flowers and leaves) from this Rerun post.





 
I already had the three border strip background layered onto Coredinations patterned kraft lying dormant in my stash that I knew would be perfect for the Viva la Verve Sketch challenge.  



I layered on my doily and my roses pieces, including the outline that was die cut from gleaming gold cardstock.  LOVE!!!  As you can see, I used the negative scrap from one of the open leaves and added it to the greenery sprig.  My sentiment is from Clear Dollar (discontinued) and stamped with Versafine - Vintage Sepia ink on the circular patterned paper panel.  Can you tell that the cream rose paper has a subtle print?  This and the aqua polka dot panel are from my scrap bag.

Other supplies used include:
Fiskars - XXXL Circle Punch
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Doily and ribbon from stash

Hope you enjoyed my card.  This is the first time I have participated in the Winnie & Walter Rerun challenge.  It was a lot of fun!!  Hope you will join in, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Rerun #13 Challenge
2. Viva la Verve August Sketch Challenge
3. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #70 - A Rose is a Rose
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make for the Border 
5. Crop Stop Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - Use a product CS sells (I used Distress Ink)
6. Allsorts Challenge Week #377 - Fabulous Florals

7. Mod Squad - The Die's the Thing
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
9. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - AG
10. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #243 - Use Snippets
11. Inkspirational Challenge #115 - Patterned Paper w/ twist: Stamping on Patterned Paper

http://inkspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/challenge-115-patterned-paper.html

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Embossed Sympathy Card



Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share a sympathy card today.  As you might have seen in one of my blog posts, we recently have suffered the loss of a couple different friends.  It's been a very sad and difficult time for our family and for our community.  We are comforted by the fact that both of these friends had faith in the Lord Jesus.



This card features double embossing:  gold heat embossing over dry embossing.  I used my Darice Easy Frames set and my Darice - Interlocking Circles folder to make the embossed border and then brayered Versamark over the textured surface and heat embossed with gold powder.  I stamped and heat embossed the praying hands image, too.  Then I sprinkled Imagine Crafts - Walnut Ink Crystals over only the border areas and misted with water to let them dissolve and run.  I love the watery effect.

Supplies used include:
Darice - Interlocking Circles embossing folder
Darice Easy Frames set
Praying hands stamp of unkn origin from thrift store
Clear Dollar Stamps - Easter Blessings stamp set (discontinued)
Imagine Crafts Walnut Ink Crystals
Core'dinations heavy duty white cardstock
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
VersaMark Ink
Gold embossing powder
Scraps from my stash for backing panels

Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate your kind and encouraging words!!!  

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make for the Border
2. Crop Stop Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - Use a product CS sells (I used VersaMark Ink)
3. SRTC August Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party - Watercolor
5. Double D Challenges - Neutrals
6. Mod Squad - The Die's the Thing

7. My Time To Craft Challenge #327 - Embossing Heat or Dry 
8. Creative With Stamps Challenge #5 - Geometric
http://creativewithstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2016/08/cws-challenge-5-geometric.html


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Faith is....".in Pretty Purples and Greens


Hi, Friends....

Seems like I can always use encouraging cards to send to friends who need their day brightened.  You, too?  I especially love using my scripture stamps for these kind of cards and what better fit than to use my Verve stamps and a Viva la Verve sketch???

I got super-inspired when I saw Julee's Viva la Verve August Sketch #1.  It has several elements that really fit with my style such as the paneled background and the circular focal panel with a frilly edge.




No, I am not planning another 11-post blog blitz for this sketch like I did in April....but I do love this sketch and hope to make several cards with it.  

Here's my first take:



I rotated the sketch on its side for this one and used a layered embossed background made of DCWV scraps that had been in my stash for some time.  Julee is very generous in letting us use "poetic license" on her sketches, so I used squares instead of a central circle layered over my doily.  Each and every piece of paper I used on this card except the doily and card base was from my scrap bags.  Yay!!

Supplies used include:
Verve - Scripture Medley 2 stamp set
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Distress Ink used for stamping sentiment - Wilted Violet
Distress Ink sponged on embossed background to show texture - Victorian Velvet
Peridot rhinestones, doily, and lots of scraps from my stash


Hope you enjoyed my card.  What kinds of encouragement cards do you like to make?  Let me know in the comments.  Thank you so much for the encouraging words you always leave for me!  Your visits make my day.

<3 
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Viva la Verve August Sketch Challenge
2. Crop Stop Linky Party #19 - Anything Goes - Use a product CS sells (I used Distress Ink)
3. SRTC August Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
5. Amusing Challenge #34 - Anything Goes
6. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday July 2016 - Use Peridot (my rhinestones are peridot color)
7. Cards in Envy - It's Hip to be Square

8. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 242 - Use Snippets

Beachy and "Beyond Borders"



Hi, Friends.....

I am here today with a card I made for the MFP Stamps Tutorial Challenge of "Beyond Borders" where the tutorial shows us how to make a die cut with a stamped image that goes beyond the borders of the usual shape of the die.  It's not hard and it was fun giving it a try!

My shell image and sentiment are from the Mark's Finest Papers - Silly Shells stamp set.  I stamped them in Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and heat embossed with clear powder.


I used more leftovers from my watercolor refill background and die cut with the My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set.  This piece is from the same sheet as I used in this card, but it has a completely different look. 

This card took forever to complete because I couldn't settle on which papers to use for the other panels.  I finally decided (after getting every pink/coral piece in my entire craft room out) to go with this DCWV corrugate and some American Crafts black patterned paper.  I think the print looks good with the natural pattern of the shells.  Not super-beachy colors, but I think this has an exotic and hot tropical appeal.  What do you think?  I finished it off with some crinkly ribbon from Diana Larson.  (THANKS, Diana!!!)

That's all for this post.  I have some other cards I have been working on, too, so I might be back soon!  Thank you so much for stopping by!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Stamps Tutorial Challenge - Beyond Borders
2. Twofers Challenge #25 - The Heat is On
3. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - AG
4. SRTC August Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Go Wild (Anyone for a wild tropical night on the beach? Oh, my!...[blush])
6. The Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature
7. Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party - Watercolor
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge
9. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer Fun
10. Amusing Challenge #34 - Anything Goes

Saturday, August 13, 2016

"Wild about Pears" Altered Treat Jar


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with another altered treat jar.  This is one that I made in a hurry......all in one day!!!  Eeeek!  Some girlfriends and I suddenly decided to get together to celebrate a birthday a week early.  Whaa-aaat???  Early???  Panic city!!!  (Well...this was not actually a whole week early but since we are usually late in our celebrations, this seemed VERY early!! Esp since last year at this time we were evacuated because of the terrible fires which surrounded our community. We didn't celebrate this girlfriend's BD until October!!)   Needless to say....I was NOT ready!

I knew I wouldn't have time for lots of extras this time and I also knew I would be gone the day before the party, so I did a very quick Mod Podge job on a discarded jar before I left in the morning.  I used a colorful ink-stained baby wipe previously used for cleaning up a messy project and also some reused gift wrap tissue.  This base coat had a chance to dry while I was gone and I could resume working on it that night.


This ribbon is more of an apricot color IRL rather than this pink, but I don't know how to edit my photos well enough to make it look right without everything else looking weird!!  Eeek!
I chose an autumny pear theme for my jar.  Actually, I went kind of pear crazy!!  Besides this treat jar filled with caramels, the rest of my gift included a tea towel in these colors with pears, a notepad shaped like a pear, some home-canned pear butter, along with some other color-coordinated things that were not pears.  :)  (Problem was that the only pear-themed gift bag I had was one with a "Partridge in a Pear Tree".....but it was in roughly the same colors, so a Christmas bag she got! LOL....)

I gessoed the lid and then added some bright colors to the jar and lid by rubbing in some Gelatos.  I stamped some scrap tissue with a pear stamp (unidentified from a thrift store) using Versafine ink in Onyx Black and Mod Podged it on.  I sealed everything with another coat of Mod Podge and let it dry overnight.  In the morning before I left for the brunch party, I put a bow on it and snapped a quick photo.  

I usually add more layers and/or embellishments to my altered jars, but I was pleased just to be able to pull this one together in one day.  I think my friend liked it and I hope you enjoyed it, too.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting my blog!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this altered treat jar in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Try to Contain Yourself
2. Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #146 - Anything But a Card with Ribbon or Trim
3. DL.Art August Linky Challenge - AG
4. SRTC August Challenge - Anything Goes
5. One Crazy Stamper August Challenge - Fall/Halloween (Pears seem autumny to me.)

6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Go Wild (I went wild with pears!!)