Saturday, December 3, 2016

Feminine Twist Tag Challenge - Take #1


Hi, Friends....

I am here with a tag that I made for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge. Now I will tell you right off that I am NOT a tag maker. I don't understand how it can be so hard for me because everyone else just kind of makes tags in their sleep using lots of delicious scraps and bits of ephemera. Not me. I agonize. Ugh. lol...

Part of my problem is that I don't know how big to make them. I asked my crafty friend Karen Ladd, who makes lots of super-fun tags all the time, how big hers are. When she told me they were only about 4 inches long, I was stunned. How can you do something in that small of a space???? I have no idea!! So you will have to bear with me as I try to make a few tags for this challenge. This is going to be a REAL challenge for me!!


For this 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge we are asked to make a tag inspired by one of the designers for the event. I started at the very beginning and chose the first tag I came
Laurel Beard's tag that inspired me.
to....by the talented Laurel Beard! 

Here is the adorable Santa Claus tag she made. ---------------->

I don't use very many Santa motifs at Christmas (so that was a challenge already) but I wanted to use her Santa as a starting inspiration point for my tag. I knew I had Mr. Claus-themed items in my stash, though, so how hard could it be???? (I was still saying this hours later as I tried to put all the elements together in some meaningful arrangement! Ha.)


Here is what I came up with.

This tag is about 8"x4" and so I really scrambled to scrounge enough things to fill it up!! I should have asked Karen about size BEFORE I started this one!! Ha.

I was tickled to use a cute little Santa journaling card from Pretty Little Studio that had been in my stash for a long time! I stamped "Dec 25" with my SMASH date stamper.

For the red double embossed tree, I dry embossed the red cardstock with my Darice - Christmas Tree folder, brayered the design with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with a sparkly white powder. Then I fussy cut just the tree out of the design. You can't see it in this photo, but there is a sparkly rhinestone in the star atop the tree.

Supplies used include:
Premade kraft tag base
DCWV scraps
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Stampendous flocked adhesive snowflakes
Darice - Diagonal Stripe Background embossing folder on red scrap behind the journaling card
A bit of ancient metallic gold punchinella
Quietfire Designs - We Believe in Santa!
Versafine ink in Olympia Green
Martha Stewart Edger Punch - Doily Lace
Ribbon that Gloria Stengel sent me a long time ago :)
Rhinestones from my stash

Whew.....that's a lot of supplies!! I think cards are easier. lol... But I am pleased with how the tag turned out and I will try making some more for this challenge. Thank you for stopping by!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this tag in the following challenges: 
1. 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge
2. Die Cut Divas December Challenge - Layers or Layer It
3. Craft Calendar December Challenge - Christmas Time
4. Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - AG Christmas
5. Creative Corner Challenges - Vintage/ Retro Christmas
6. Crafty Ribbons Challenge #178 - Christmas
7. Tuesday Throwdown TT321 - Make a Tag
8. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'O' Christmas Tree
9. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
10. WOW! Embossing Powder December Challenge - Winter (must heat emboss or use one of their products)
11. The Cat's Pajamas Tuesday Challenge #328 - Snow

12. Mod Squad Challenge - Holiday Dimension 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Monochrome Christmas Landscape


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a last-minute entry into the Winnie &Walter - November Rerun Challenge #16. They are featuring one of their lovely Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs which I do not own, but I can still enter using another of their products and inspiration from one of their designers. Yay! Shay is so very generous over there at W&W!!!

 


I was inspired by this card by the awesomely talented Kelly Griglione. I love the simple design of the house with the trees stamped around it.





For my card, I went completely monochromatic and made a snowy church scene using my Winnie & Walter - Our Town stamp set and Distress Ink in Black Soot.  I did first, second, and third generation stamping to give some dimension and an imperfect "snowy" look to the images.  The monochrome reminds me of how a snowfall gives a landscape a soft black and white look.   Love this effect! 



Other supplies used include:
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
DCWV scrap and Black Cardstock from my stash
Baker's twine that might have come wrapped around an order from W&W :)

Thank you so much for stopping in and leaving your wonderful comments!! I have two more Christmas Concerts this week and then I can get on with other December activities....including getting my Christmas card supplies out to see how many cards I still need to make!  Ha. Have a great day!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - November Rerun Challenge #16 Happiest of Holidays
2. The Male Room Challenge #49 - Landscape, Cityscape, etc.
3. November Rudolph Days at ScrappyMo's - Anything Christmas
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'O' Christmas Tree
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
6. Mod Squad Challenge - Holiday Dimension (I added visual dimension by second generation stamping my trees)
7. Allsorts Challenge Week #391 - Anything Christmas
8. DL.Art November Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9. Crop Stop Linky Party #22 - Anything Goes using CS product (I used a My Favorite Things die)
10. Love to Scrap Challenge #90 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Birthday in Lavender and Pink


Hi, Friends......

I am here with another card for the this month's Viva la Verve Sketch challenge, again using the Sketch #1.





Here's what I came up with this time, using my Inspired by Stamping - Graceful Hydrangea stamp set (sadly, it is discontinued). The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Ink in Imperial Purple and the pastel image behind it is stamped with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet. The square is die cut using My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set.

Do you like the papers I used? One is a scrap of lavender Core'dinations cardstock dry embossed with my Darice - Flowers and Vines Pattern folder. The pink piece is actually a repurposed scrap from a beautiful envelope that once held a store-bought card from a friend. Way too pretty to toss!! I adore the colors and the gleam of the foiling! The flowers are Prima and Petaloo.  The snippet of lace and the sparkly rhinestone are from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed this pretty birthday card. I very much appreciate your visits and your sweet comments!!! Hope you are having a lovely week.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #257 - Use Snippets
2. Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge - November
3. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November Challenge - Anything Goes using Patterned Paper
4. Crafty Friends Challenge #45 - Use Flowers
5. Aud Sentiments Challenge #169 - Anything Goes + Sentiment
6. Mod Squad Challenge - Sparkle it Up
7. Crop Stop Linky Party #22 - Anything Goes use a brand CS carries (I used My Favorite Things dies and Distress Ink)
8. Love to Scrap Challenge #90 - Anything Goes

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sparkly Thanksgiving Card with Stamped Verse


Hi, Friends.......

Can you stand one more Thanksgiving autumn leaf card? I had a whole bunch of these with just the patterned paper leaf glued on to the patterned paper background.
(I drew this leaf myself, and I am so proud!! Ha!) I knew some dressing up was needed....so, as I did with a couple of the other cards I showed you today and yesterday, I squeezed out a line of white craft glue around the edge of the leaf and sprinkled on super-fine gold glitter. Love that sparkle!!!


This time I decided to add a sentiment from my Verve - Scripture Medley 3 stamp set using Tsukineko - Versamark Ink in Vintage Sepia. I stamped it on a scrap of DCWV cardstock and die cut it with My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set. Then I added some dazzling orange rhinestones for more sparkle!

I think I am done with Thanksgiving cards for the year now. Not only am I delighted to have a stack of them in my TG box to use for next year, but I also reduced the number in the "Needs Work" bag!! Ha. Note that I only claimed that number to be "reduced" not eliminated!!! :) Thank you for your patience in looking at them....and thank you, always, for your encouraging comments!!
 

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November Challenge - Anything Goes using Patterned Paper
2. The Artistic Stamper November Challenge - Autumnal
3. Aud Sentiments Challenge #169 - Anything Goes + Sentiment
4. The Paper Girls Challenge #116 - Grateful
5. Crop Stop Linky Party #22 - Anything Goes using CS product (I used a My Favorite Things die)
6. Love to Scrap Challenge #90 - Anything Goes
7. Amusing Challenge #43 - Anything Goes

Another Glittery Leaf with Nuvo Crystals




Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another Thanksgiving card I dressed up and finally finished. It was lying rejected and unloved in my Thanksgiving box because several years ago I did something "real crafters" never do: I used a pretty CALENDAR PAGE instead of "real" patterned paper!! However, I just can't bring myself to throw things away, so I dug it out and finally embellished it and now I am posting it for everyone to smirk at under their breath. Ha!!! 


Back when I started this card, I also didn't know about layering my background...so this has some very old patterned paper completely covering the card base. I rarely do that anymore! So here it is in all its non-glory. Every dog has its day, I guess. :) (Cards like this that pop up on my blog occasionally are prob part of the reason why I am never invited to be a guest designer at any challenges!! Bwahahaha!!!)


As with this other card, today's card started out with just the background paper and the leaf (one of my own free-hand designs! Yay!) glued on top. Again, I squeezed a line of white craft glue around the perimeter of the leaf and sprinkled with gold super-fine glitter and then turned to my Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops once more. This time I just applied a few drops of the copper Nuvo to the background design instead of going crazy like last time. I think it adds just the right amount of shimmer. So even though this is just a lowly calendar page leaf and patterned paper from an ancient DCWV Fall Stack, the glitter and Nuvo drops make it into a simple but pretty card.....in MY opinion, at least. (Not sure I care abt your opinion, unless I decide to send this card to you next Thanksgiving! Hahahaha...)

I am entering this COQQ (card of questionable quality) in the Snarky Stampers UFO (Un-Finished Objects) Challenge. If you have something sitting around that has been neglected because it has fallen out of vogue (or, as in my case, never was in vogue!) or because your skill level has increased quite a bit since it was first started, I'd love to see it.  Please join in over there!

Thanks for stopping by! Now I have another card to put in my TG box for next year!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #193 - Use Orange, Green, Brown
2. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November Challenge - Anything Goes using Patterned Paper
3.
DL.Art November Linky Challenge - Anything Goes 
4. Hiding in My Craft Room - Any Holiday 
5. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #73 - U is for UFO (un-finished objects) 

Everything Beautiful




Hi, Friends.....
 

I was pawing around in the scraps on my craft desk that were ready to be sorted by colors into my scrap drawer but first decided to make a couple of cards with them....even though they look springy rather than autumny or wintery. I followed the Sketch #1 in this month's Viva la Verve Sketch challenge.
Here's my take using Verve - Scripture Medley 3 stamp set and scraps from my stash:


And here's a second card using the same supplies (Prima flowers, Versafine ink in Blue Lagoon, My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set, and sequins and ribbon from my stash.)  


I really like the icy pastel/brights and early spring look of these two cards. A real contrast with the blazing autumn colors I had been working with. Hope you like them, too! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a good week!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge - November
2. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November Challenge - Anything Goes using Patterned Paper
3. Crafty Friends Challenge #45 - Use Flowers
4. Aud Sentiments Challenge #169 - Anything Goes + Sentiment
5. Crop Stop Linky Party #22 - Anything Goes using a product brand that CS sells (I used a My Favorite Things die)

6. Love to Scrap Challenge #90 - Anything Goes
7. Amusing Challenge #43 - Anything Goes
8. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Trio-tastic (used 3 flowers)




Leaf with Nuvo Crystal Drop Accents in Background



Hi, Friends.....

I took advantage of American Thanksgiving coming a little early because of how the calendar fell this year by finishing and/or embellishing and/or remaking some rejects in my Thanksgiving box. Here's a simple card that was lying there unfinished with only the patterned paper leaf cut out and glued to the patterned paper covered card base. I had a bunch of these!! What to do to dress them up????

I am extremely proud of myself that I drew this leaf free-hand!!!  I cut out a pattern from my drawing to use for tracing onto patterned papers for autumn leaf cards.  :)
Glitter always help, right???? I layed down a line of white craft glue around the entire outline of the leaf, covering the stem completely. Then I sprinkled gold super-fine glitter over it. That made a huge difference, but it still needed something.

A couple months ago I bought a few colors of Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops that I hadn't been brave enough to try yet. I wasn't sure how hard it would be to control the size of droplets I was dispensing onto my project. I did a practice run on a scrap and it was really easy!!! You squeeze these out right onto your project, although I guess you could do them on something non-stick and then glue them onto your card or mixed media piece. Following the pattern of this whimsical doodled background, I went a little crazy with the drops. LOVE the effect!!! I didn't have the Nuvo in gold that matched my glitter, so I used copper penny for a mixed metal look. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! :) What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comments!!  You totally make my day.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Little Scrap Pieces Show it off Saturday Linky Party
2. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper November Challenge - Anything Goes using Patterned Paper
3. Crafty Calendar November Challenge - Autumn Colors
4. Hiding in My Craft Room - Any Holiday (Thanksgiving)

5. Mod Squad Challenge - Sparkle it Up