Sunday, July 21, 2019

Grungy 'Tis the Season



Hi, Friends.......

I am here with another Christmas in July card to share. This one ended up with kind of grunge feel. It's a different look.....but I like it. You, my cardmaking pals, can perhaps appreciate the techniques, if not the style. :)

I played around with double-embossing on colored cardstock. This background is dry embossed on red and then heat embossed with a warm-tone silver for an antique metallic look.



To add to the grungy look, I used the same embossing powder on black for the sentiment. The contrast isn't as great as I would have liked. But it is still readable, so I guess it is okay.

I wanted to do something a little extra with the sentiment banner, so I put a square of foam underneath the center and the ends and liquid glue in between them to give a slightly scrolled look. You can see the curves in the angled shot below. It's subtle, but the foam will help keep that strip from crushing when it goes through the mail.


I finished it off with some rhinestones and silver photo corners. The corners are a favorite accent of mine when I want something that's not too flashy. They are inexpensive and make a card look tailored and finished. They work especially well on masculine cards or cards with a busy double-embossed background. I keep a variety of all the colors on hand.
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Darice - Christmas Tree embossing folder
Versamark ink
Warm silver embossing powder
My Mind's Eye - All is Bright stamp set (retired)
Scrapbook-Adhesives - Photo Corners
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
2. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #447 - AG Christmas
5. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. Cards und More Shop Challenge #38 - AG Christmas
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #94
10. Die-Cut Divas - AG
11. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG
12. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas
13. Mod Squad - Christmas in July
14. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Happy Christmas Shaker


Hi, Friends.........

Are you loving all the Christmas in July challenges??? I sure am. I love making Christmas cards all year long.......and seeing if I can actually get them mailed in December. That's the *real* challenge!  Ha.



I was inspired to make a shaker card by the MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 3 "Spectacular Shakers" challenge. This set of ornament dies is perfect for this style of card.




Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Spellbinders - Holiday Tags die set
Happy Christmas stamp I found in a thrift store grab bag
Versafine ink in Crimson Red
Scraps of kraft and solid cardstock from my Christmas stash
Acetate and sequins from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having a wonderful summer!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 3 - Spectacular Shakers




2. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - O is for Ornament
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #446 - AG Christmas
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. Cards und More Shop Challenge #38 - AG Christmas
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
9. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
10. Die-Cut Divas - AG
11. Papercraft Challenge #20 - AG with opt Up in the Air (I used ornaments that are hanging up.)
12. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas
13. Mod Squad - Christmas in July
14. MFT Wednesday Sketch #446

Life is Beautiful




Hi, Friends........

I was inspired by the MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 1 "Wonderful Watercolor" and Day 2 "Remarkable Resist" challenges and decided to dig out my long-neglected Brushos to make a colorful background over an embossed design.

LOVE the vivid colors......so much fun!....and then when you add emboss resist, too....I am in raptures!!!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Waffle Flower - Doily Circle stamp set
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Canson -140 lb XL Watercolor Pad
Colourcraft - Brusho
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins

Hope you liked this pretty card. I need to play with my Brushos more often!!! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

🖤
Janis


 
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 1 - Wonderful Watercolor




2. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 2 - Remarkable Resist



3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
4. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG



5. Stamplorations World Watercolor Month Challenge


6. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
7. DL.ART July Linky
8. Craft Stamper June TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with stamping
9. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
10. Penny Black and More - Bright Summer Colors (must stamp focal)
11. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

No Peeking #2


Hahahaha..... Oh, this one made me laugh!!!  :D

Hi, Friends.......

I am back with another card to share in the ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for No Peeking. As I mentioned in my other No Peeking card HERE, the only sentiment I have that actually says No Peeking is very small. I really wanted to use it, so I made a very, very CAS card using this little stamp set that I bought ages ago from the dollar rack at JoAnns.


Here's an angled shot so you can see a little of the sparkle I added with my Wink of Stella marker around the image and sentiment. As you might know, CAS is NOT my natural style. I sooooooooooo wanted to add more stuff. I had to really control my impulses. Ha.

Supplies used include:
Dollar rack stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder
Distress Markers for watercoloring
Wink of Stella pen
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock


While I was at it, I also made two other color variations.  (You can click on the images to enlarge.)

Which do you like best of the three?





Hope you are impressed that I managed to make some CAS cards......three, no less!!! LOL... Thank you so much for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card (the top one) in the following challenges:
1. ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for No Peeking
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #446 - AG Christmas
3. The House that Stamps Built DCC J319 - RWB
4. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
5. All Sorts Week #528 - CAS
6. AAA CAS Game #144 - Maxi White Space w/ opt. Christmas in July


7. Cards und More Shop Challenge #38 - AG Christmas
8. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #149 - AG opt RWB
9. Power Poppy Creative Confetti - Christmas in July
10. Lost Coast Challenge #80 - Christmas in July
11. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
12. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #188 - AG Christmas
13.
Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas 
14. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
15. Tales from the Craft Room Challenge #6 - Christmas in July
16. DL.ART July Linky
17. Stamplorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge



19. Stamplorations World Watercolor Month Challenge



No Peeking #1



Hi, Friends....

I am here with a card for the N is for No Peeking part of the ABC Christmas Challenge. I had this ancient piece of DCWV patterned paper with stacks of gifts and thought that theme sentiment would be perfect for it. Problem was that this is a long-format card and the only No Peeking sentiment stamp I have is a tiny one. Definitely would have gotten lost in the busy-ness of the fun background.

So I pulled out some Hero Arts letter stamps to make my own No Peeking sentiment. Is it just me.....or is it maddeningly impossible to get individual letter stamps to line up nicely? lol... No amount of effort managed to get my two 'E's square with each other. 


So....what to do????? Embrace the misalignment, and go with wonky!! Ha. I skewed my letter strips on the blue matting and angled them on my card so everything would trick the eyes into just thinking "wonky" and not "incompetent bungler"!! :)
My sentiment strips are flecked pieces of cardstock.....too bad the flecks look like stamping smears!!!  Hahaha...that's just in keeping with how this supposed-to-be-VERY-simple card went!!

Supplies used include:
Hero Arts - Kelly's Shadow Letters stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Crimson Red
DCWV patterned paper
Snowflake sequins and rhinestones from stash
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock for card base

Thank you for stopping by today.  I have another entry for the No Peeking challenge, so I will back later.  Hope you are having a nice summer.......or refreshing winter for my friends at the bottom of the world!! :)

🖤
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for No Peeking
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #446 - AG Christmas
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Number
4. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
5. A Blog Named Hero - Christmas in July

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Off to the Shore


Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a fun seashore-themed card for summer in a vintage twist on the red, white, and blue that is front and center this month. 


 



I used the Graphic 45 "By the Sea" collection. I tinted my cheesecloth "netting" by smooshing it around in Distress Ink. I also added vintage lace and a scattering of real shells, putting it all on a burlap background. 



LOVE how this turned out.....tons of delicious textural elements. Don't you just want to touch it??? :)









Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 "By the Sea" collection
Cheesecloth
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
DCWV burlap
Shells and vintage lace from my stash

Hope my card makes you long to cool off at the seaside! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your visits mean so much to me.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Life on the Ocean Waves
2. Graphic 45 July Mixed Media Challenge #G45MixedMedia
3. Mod Squad Challenge - Red, White, and Blue
4. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
6. DL.ART July Linky
7. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #149 - AG opt RWB
8. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #93
10. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board







Monday, July 8, 2019

WINNER of my Celebrating 30 Cats in 30 Years GIVEAWAY



Hi, Friends......

I am here to let you know who the lucky winner is of my "Celebrating 30 Cats in 30 Years" Giveaway. I first want to thank you all for your amazingly kind comments about my mini-album. It was a work of love and I was thrilled to be able to share it with you!!

I also want to announce the upcoming..........

2019 Cat Lovers Hop
October 21-26, 2019 

It will be our 5th Cat Lovers Hop!!! (Five years....can you believe it????) I have a new blog badge up and ready for you to display on your sidebars. You can put it up right away (or anytime) and I will have a giveaway starting in September for those who have it posted before the Cat Hop begins.

Scamper is our badge kitty for this year. She is 13 years old and a littermate of Marshmallow, the fluffy kitty some of you will remember from my mini-album. She has the honor of being my first outside kitty to be featured on a Cat Lovers Hop badge.
Remember....you can be working on your Cat Lovers Hop projects all year round....just don't post them anywhere before the hop. I don't have this year's Guidelines finished yet, but you can peruse last year's FAQs in the tabs under my blog header to review the rules for cat projects.

Now for what you have been waiting for.....the winner of the $30 gift voucher to the online store of their choice.

I had 19 eligible entries and ran that through Random.org:

True Random Number Generator 
 
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The winning comment was made by Karen Ladd!!!!

Congratulations!!! Please email me (jwoolbright at gmail dot com) and let me know which online store you would like for your little shopping spree. :)


Thank you, everyone, for participating in my Giveaway and I hope you will start thinking about your cat projects for the Hop in October.  See you then, if not before!!!  

🖤
Janis