Chaienne

Chaienne

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah



"Everything comes to those who wait......except a cat."
                                                                            ------------Mario Andretti

Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a Hanukkah card I made for the dear gentleman who lives next door to us.  (Thank you to Chana at 613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog for reminding me about Hanukkah beginning!)  My design for this card is simple, but I added a touch of elegance with my molten background technique that I detailed in this post.  I think the gold is perfect for the Festival of Lights.


For this card, I used my Darice Circle Interlock embossing folder and heat embossed all over with gold.  I wanted the design pattern to show up a little better, so I brayered Versamark over the surface and heat embossed with a deep blue that matches the cardstock.

The sentiment is from the Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments set that was a prize from A Creative Journey with Melissa.  (THANKS, Melissa!!)  I backed it with some DCWV glitter cardstock and mounted the whole thing on some Coredinations blue cardstock. 

Also, in keeping with the holiday, I saw this adorable Hanukkah paper plate craft on the Ain't She Crafty blog.  I thought our neighbor would enjoy Little Peach making a craft for him, too.  Here she is....hard at work with some glitter glue.

With some help and coaching from her mommy, here she is with her finished project.  Cute, huh?  :)




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Ding Ding Ding.......New Follower Introduction Time!!!!!
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Ellie of My Creative Moments runs the Monday Morning Challenge where I entered my One-Sheet Wonder cards, but Ellie makes some *gorgeous* cards, herself.  Her Winter Song card that is top on her blog right now is one you do not want to miss!!!  Thanks so much, Ellie, for your support and encouragement in becoming a follower here.  This ginormous smile is what spreads over my face whenever I get a new follower.  This one is for you!!!
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Thank you all for stopping by.  I appreciate each and every one of you and especially love to read your comments!!!   Hope you are having a lovely holiday season!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #21 - Anything Goes w/ opt of squares (but no squares this time)
2.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
3.  Inkspirational Challenges #71 - Anything Goes with Gold
4.  Scrapbook Blessings Club December Linky Party - Anything Goes-Happy Holidays
5.  Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - Holiday Project, No Red or Green

Monday, December 15, 2014

Purr-fect Birthday



"Cats are magical.....the more you pet them the longer you both live."
                                                           -------------Anonymous



Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share the birthday card I made for my dear hubby who has a December birthday.

You all do know that we are cat people at our house, right?  So, naturally, I had to make a cat card for my vet hubby.  I just love this snuggly-looking kitty that is all "dimed up", as we say.  (We have our own cat vocabulary.  "Dimed up" means curled up in a tight little ball no larger than a dime....figuratively.)   I cut a piece of variegated flannel for the kitty to nap on.

My intent for the card was to show a sleepy kitty on a snowy day, so I used a snowy embossing folder on some kraft and brayered over it with Versamark and then heat embossed in white.  I tore the edges to give a more rustic, masculine look and put it on some Echo Park paper from the This & That collection.  The sentiment is from the Newton's Antics stamp set. (THANKS, Newton's Nook!!!)



Here's a closer look at the little kitty nestled into the soft flannel.  I used some thrift store mesh ribbon layered over a red ribbon.  I topped it off with a button from my stash.  Cute, huh?  I hope it's not too cutesy for my hubby.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comments.  They mean more to me than I can say!!!

Hey, wait.............there's more.......

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Ding Ding Ding!!!!!  It's New Follower Introduction Time!!! 
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I have a couple of new followers to introduce.  This makes 74 on Google Friend Connect!! 

1.  Patry Ro of Patsy's Scrapbooking has some wonderful cards she has created with the coffee theme....soooo creative!!!  Her other work is equally as enjoyable and inspiring.  Thanks so much for becoming a follower on my blog.  This ginormous smile is all yours!!!
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2.  Anita of Cards & Coffee (isn't that the perfect combination?!) makes some of the cutest cards around.  I first visited her blog when she participated in the Coffee Lovers Hop (of course!) and just enjoy browsing around looking at the bright and happy things she makes.  You will, too!  Thank you, Anita, for becoming a follower here.  Your support means a ton to me!!!!  Here's your ginormous new-follower smile!!!
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Again, thank you to each of my readers.  Have a lovely week and take to time to relax and enjoy the Christmas season.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #21 - Anything Goes w/ opt of squares (but no squares here this time)
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #162 - Anything Goes 
4. Bunny Zoes Crafts December Challenge - Buttons  I hope one button is enough.  :)
ETA 5. Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #242 - Round those Corners

WINNERS of my Two Giveaways!!!!!!







"I think one reason we admire cats.....is their proficiency in one-upmanship.  They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing---or pretend to do.  Rarely do you see a cat decomfited.  They have no conscience, and they never regret."
                                                                        --------------Barbara Webster




Hi, Friends.....

Thank you to everyone who entered my two giveaways.  I appreciate each one who came to visit!  I am also thrilled that a bunch of you became followers.  Your support is such an encouragement to me!!!

Here are the winners:

First, for my Coffee Lovers Hop.  The winner is Melissa Vandridge.

Next, for my Christmas Giveaway.  The winner is  Sandy Lewis.

Congratulations, ladies!!!   I have emailed each of you.  Please send me your shipping info so I can mail your prizes to you.  :)

Thanks again!!  And remember to be watching for my combined 1st Blogoversary / Birthday Giveaway in February!!!!!  Yay!!!

<3
Janis 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One-Sheet Wonder Set of Cards






"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart."
                                                                             -----------Ernest Menaul



If you are looking for my Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post (with candy!), please click HERE.

If you are looking for my Christmas GIVEAWAY post, please click HERE.  
Both of these end at 11:59 pm, Sunday, Dec. 14th!
Hi, Friends......
I am here with a fun little set of cards.  This is for the Viva la Verve One Sheet Wonder Challenge.  This particular plan designed by the awesome Julee Tillman is an amazing way to make 4 different cards from one double-sided 6"x6" piece of patterned paper.  The cutting guide and sketches are easy to put together and look fabulous!!  All you need besides your pretty piece of paper are some neutral colored circles and neutral card bases.......or in my case....glittery!!!   :)  :)  :)  You know I cannot resist using something shiny (like foil) or glittery to jazz things up, especially this time of year!!!

A friend of mine asked if I would make 10 Christmas cards for her.  I thought doing a double one-sheet wonder would be ideal.  So instead of cutting one piece of double-sided paper (I used the Echo Park - This & That collection), I also cut two pieces of single-sided paper.....DCWV red foiled cardstock and a piece from the DCWV Gilded Stack, which was a prize from DCWV.  (THANKS!!)
Here's one set of 4 using the plan.  Are these fun or what????


I inked around the edges of my cut pieces with some Spectrum Noir markers.


For my focal panels, I used a luscious heavy paper I've had for years.  My sis-in-law got a humongous stack at a yard sale and gave me a bunch of it.  I absolutely love the pale ivory color and the thirsty texture.  I used Distress inks in Walnut Stain, Bundled Sage, and Forest Moss for stamping. 



My backgrounds are from the DCWV Woven Stack.  The burlap-ish texture and uneven weave seemed just right to make these cards have a mix of elegant and rustic elements.
With the other pieces, I put together the other 6 cards my friend requested.
 
 I used the other color in the Woven stack for these backgrounds.  Which color do you like better??

I think I like the brown better, but the white looks great, too.

I mounted each of these card fronts on to premade DCWV card bases in red, gold, and green glitter and also in cream shimmer.  
Do you like them?  By using the equivalent of two double-sided sheets, I was able to put 4 patterns on each card (although one sketch only needs 3) giving me more flexibility.  I hope my friend will be pleased with her order. 
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Ding Ding Ding........New Follower Introduction Time!!!!
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I am thrilled that so many of you who visited for my giveaways this last week have decided to become followers!!!  The only names that show up on my sidebar are those that follow by Google Friend Connect.  So, please, if you become a follower by email or Bloglovin or some other port of entry, please let me know in the comments so I can introduce you, too!!!
1.  Holly Flores of KopyKat Creation also entered the Coffee Lovers Hop and made a couple of super-cute creations.  Did I mention she has candy?????  :)  Her sidebar is full of awards, so you know you will be inspired when you visit her!!  Thank you, Holly, for becoming a follower.  Your support means a lot to me!!  This ginormous smile is for you!!!
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2. Nancy Carroll of My Crafts has a gorgeous G45/PaperTrey project on top at her blog right now.  You won't want to miss it.  She also has some other really nice cards in a variety of genres.  Nancy, I appreciate you becoming a follower.  This ginormous new-follower smile is all yours!!!
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3.  Indy of Indy's Designs really went to town on the Coffee Lovers Hop.  She made three fabulous projects!!!  And she has candy, too!!!  Woohoo!!  Indy has a fresh, happy style that is delightful to see.  You'll want to visit her, for sure!!  Thank you, Indy, for hitting that Follow button.  This ginormous smile was all over my face when I saw I had a new follower!!!
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I also have some new email subscribers.  I have a special place in my heart for those who are willing to let my posts fall into their inbox each time.  I am honored.  Really.  

1.  Lissa Goldsmith - I couldn't find a blog for you, Lissa.  If you have one you would like me to mention, please send me a note.  Thanks soooooo much for becoming a follower by email.  Here's your ginormous smile!!!
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2.  Marla Howell of Happy Scrapper uses gorgeous and vibrant colors in her work and lots of vintage images.  What's not to love about that????  You'll enjoy seeing her projects!!!  Thank you, Marla, for choosing to subscribe by email.  I am thrilled and honored.  Here's one of my ginormous new-follower smiles for you and you alone!!
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3.  Sherry Butcher of  Scrapbooking & Card Making by Sherry has some lovely winter projects on her blog.  I enjoyed looking at each of them.  Thanks so much, Sherry, for becoming a subscriber.  Your support is a great encouragement to me.  That's what keeps these ginormous smiles on my face!!!  Here's one for you!!!
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4.  Sandy Lewis mentioned in her comment that she was a new follower, too, but I can't see which port she used.  I couldn't find a blog for you, Sandy.  But if you will send me a note with a link to your blog or gallery, I will be glad to post it.  Thanks for becoming one of those invisible followers.  I must have 1000s of them!!  Ha.  This ginormous smile.....NOT invisible....is especially for you.
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Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.  Be sure to check out my giveaways (see top of this post) because they end soon!!!  Have a lovely rest of the weekend.
<3
Janis 
Thank you for the honor of entering this set of cards in the following challenges:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Molten Christmas 2


"Cats are angels with fur."
                                                                           ------------Sark

THIS IS MY THIRD POST OF THE DAY!!!
If you are looking for my Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post (with candy!), please click HERE.
If you are looking for my Christmas GIVEAWAY post, please click HERE.  
Hi, Friends.....
I am back with my other Molten Christmas card, this time in bright sparkly pink for a non-traditional look.

I used the same technique I detailed in my last post here....and the same dies from Clearly Besotted. 



One thing I like to do on Christmas cards (that I don't usually do much other times of year) is to mix silver and gold.  At Christmas, I feel like I can go all out with glitter, metal, sparkle and shine, so I encourage you also not to hesitate to mix metals for a super-elegant look.  The dies I used (Christmas Tree Die and Modern Christmas Die) were lovely prizes from Clearly Besotted. 

Here's a close-up of my molten background.  The silver I used is not a super-white silver, so I think it goes well with the gold.  Several layers of heat-embossing with the silver really brings out the snowflake pattern of this Darice Snowflake Swirl dry embossing.



I mounted everything on a pre-made silvery card base.  Do you like the non-traditional colors?  I like the nice change they make from the usual red and green, which I also love!!  lol...

Thanks for stopping by!!  I appreciate all the nice comments I have received today on my first foray into digis.  I still prefer the old school red rubber or clear stamps, but I did have a lot of fun with that coffee project.  

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On!
2. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge 20 - Anything Goes w/ Opt Color Scheme (which, again, I did not do on this one, either! hehehehe)
3. Diecuttin Divas Challenge #195 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
4. Shopping Our Stash Challenge #180 - Favorite Technique 

5. In the Pink Challenge #59 - Christmas in Pink  
 

Molten Christmas 1





"She will attempt nothing that she cannot do well."
                                                 -----------K.C. McIntosh
  
THIS IS MY SECOND POST OF THE DAY.  
If you are looking for my Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post (with candy!), please click HERE.
If you are looking for my Christmas GIVEAWAY post, please click HERE.  

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with the first of two cards I made with my absolute favorite way to make backgounds:  my molten technique.  I love to play with embossing powders, and let me tell you........this process really burns through them!!!  I need to start buying them by the pound!!  Ha.  (Now, wouldn't that be a lot of ep??!!)  This card is in my favorite Christmas color combo:  blue and silver....(swoon!)


In addition to playing with powders, I also love anything shiny!!!  So I had to get out my DCWV foiled cardstocks, too.  Did you know that a stack of this gorgeous stuff is in my Christmas giveaway???  :)



I started my sparkling background by dry embossing some violet blue cardstock with my Darice Snowflake embossing folder.  Then I Versamarked over the entire surface and sprinkled with sparkly light blue embossing powder.  I tapped the excess off with a fairly heavy hand so the background color would still be somewhat visible after zapping with my heat gun.  

After that step, I brayered the background with some Versamark so only the raised parts (for the most part) would get embossed, and sprinkled on silver powder and zapped again.  The more you repeat this step, the higher relief you will get on your design.  I think I did this one 2 or 3 times.  Love this look!!!!


With such a great background, you don't want to cover very much of it up.  I used some simple die cuts (Christmas Tree Die and Modern Christmas Die) that were prizes from Clearly Besotted (THANKS!!!) and a banner with Joy to the World stamped and embossed in silver.  I mounted this on an ice blue card base.  Done.  :)

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DING DING DING........New Follower Introduction Time!!! 
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Hey, I picked up a new follower today while doing this post!!  She follows by BlogLovin, so her lovely portrait does not show up on my sidebar.

Joyce Casaldi of Paper, Scissors, Sew! designs or has designed for a bunch of companies and has a blog filled with awards and such for her amazing work.  She is also participating in the Coffee Lovers Hop and is offering blog candy! You don't want to miss out on her lovely tags for this hop or on the chance to win a fantastic prize!  Thanks so much, Joyce, for becoming a follower and letting me know, since I wouldn't see it otherwise!!  This ginormous smile is for you!!!!
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That's all for this post.  I have another almost identical card in pink that I will post next.  Hope you enjoyed my molten technique.  Thanks for your lovely comments!!!
 
<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On!
2. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge 20 - Anything Goes w/ Opt Color Scheme (which I did not do on this card either! hehehehe)
3. Diecuttin Divas Challenge #195 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors
4. Shopping Our Stash Challenge #180 - Favorite Technique
5. Perfectly Rustics Challenge #37 - Sentiment (Not Birthday) 

6. MFP FOSTV Challenge #147 - Blue and Silver

Coffee Lovers Hop




"She would ignore me first; then turn her head, silkily arrogant and half close her eyes for each praise-name, eac one separately.  And, when I'd finished, yawn, deliberate, foppish, showing an ice-cream-pink mouth and curled pink tongue."
                                                                             ---------Doris Lessing



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If you are here for my Christmas Giveaway, click here!
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Hi, Friends......

When I saw Amy Tsuruta's Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to participate, too!!!  If you haven't stopped over there, you need to forthwith.  (I've been watching Blue Bloods on Netflix and they use the word "forthwith" a lot.  Love that word!!)  There are prizes for making a coffee (or other holiday hot beverage) related project and also prizes for hopping along.  Also, a bunch of blog candy is hidden in the stops....including this one!!!  :)  You know how I love giveaways!!!  :)  So thank you for stopping by!!

I LOVE coffee, but I don't have any coffee related stamps.  I do have teapot stamps (because I also love tea!!) but nada for coffee.  As I was hopping along in the Coffee Lovers Hop, I noticed that one of the blogs had a download.  Well, I have NEVER EVER before used a digi image and I wasn't sure I was up to the techno challenge.  I am so old school....or maybe just old!  Ha.  But I couldn't resist this cute image and sentiment from Two Paper Divas.  They assured me that using it would be easy.  Well, after several false starts with my printer, I was able to get a nice print of the image.....and, you know what?  It really was pretty easy!!!  THANKS, TPD!!!  

Instead of a card, I decided to decorate up a festive little bag and put a Starbucks card inside and then go with a green accent for the color scheme.  


Just yesterday, I received my Wink of Stella pen in the mail as part of a prize from Simon Says Stamp.  (THANKS, SSS!!!)  I thought it would be perfect for glitzing up the coffee mug.  Wow...what a fun toy!!! The green on the mug is a metallic gel pen, the steam is a glittery gel pen, and the brew inside is covered with Glossy Accents.  

Other supplies include:  Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Label Dies 3 (THANKS, Joanna!!), DCWV Glitter cardstock, Core-dinations cardstock, festive gift bag from Summer Rumsey (THANKS, Summer!!!), and iridescent twine from my stash.  

Now for a little bit of candy to go with my post.  I already have a giveaway going on, but Amy encouraged everyone to offer a bit of candy, also, if we were so inclined.  I am soooooooooo very, very inclined!!!  :)  So here's a little something that I have for a randomly drawn lucky commenter:

To be in the drawing for this, please leave a comment right here on this post by Sunday, December 14th @ 11:59 pm PST.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (in code is okay) SO I CAN CONTACT THE WINNER!!!  Hey that deadline is the same as for my other giveaway....except you might have noticed that I messed up when I was trying to convey that mine ended at midnight Sunday night....I have fixed it.  (It drives me crazy when people can't get the am/pm right for midnight or the correct date it goes with.....and then I did it myself!!!  Arrrrggghh...) 


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DING DING DING........New Follower Introduction Time!!!   
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I was surprised and pleased to see that several people became new followers with my Christmas giveaway post.......that makes 69!!!  I appreciate the support so much!!!  Here go some intros:

1.  Burning Rubber of Burning Rubber's Reliquary.  She has been having fun with her new E-brush and has some awesome projects on her blog that you will want to take a look at!!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.  This ginormous new-follower smile is all yours!!
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2.  Heather Thompson left a very sweet comment on my giveaway post and became a follower, but I can't find a blog address for her.  Heather, if you have a blog or gallery that you would like for me to post a link for, please leave me a note.  Thanks for following!!  Here's the smile I got when I saw you were a new follower!!!
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3. Char K. of Glitter in my Kitchen is a multi-talented gal who not only excels in many different sorts of crafts, but also writes!!  She has an adorable 3-D bride and groom up on her blog right now.  So cute!!  Thanks, Char, for following.  I appreciate your support!!! Here's a ginormous smile from me to you!!
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4. Connie of Craft Caring Friends2 has a couple of blogs, but also is involved in Fuller Kid's Wear.  I can't tell for sure if these are still active or not, so Connie please let me know if there are some other links you would like me to post. Thank you so much for stopping in to visit and following.  This ginormous smile is for you!!!
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5. Nisupa Hettiwatta - I can't find a blog for you, Nisupa, or any other info, but I would love to post a link if you send one to me.  Thanks so much for becoming a follower.  It makes my day to see new faces on my sidebar!!  Here's a ginormous smile just for you!!
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6. Jean from Pages in Time is the latest new follower of the batch.  She is an amazing artist who does a lot of artsy mixed media projects as well as regular papercrafting.  I am so delighted she has become a new follower!!!  This ginormous smile is for you!!!
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If you are a follower and I somehow missed introducing you, please send me a note.  I would love to give you a ginormous smile and introduce you to my other readers!  Many thanks to EACH of my readers, whether you are officially a follower or not.  Your visits and comments bring a smile to my face each and every day!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this project in the following challenges:
1. Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
2. Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On!
3. The House that Stamps Built DCC 123 - Anything But a Card
4. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge 20 - Anything Goes w/ Opt Color Scheme (which I did not do!  hehehehe)
5. The Paper Girls Challenge #69 - Small Gifts