Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Butterfly Gift Box


Hi, Friends......

I am here with an upcycled gift box that I made for Mrs. A's  Butterfly Challenge.  I used only the butterfly + W is for Wheat (color) in this project.



My project started out as an interesting hexagon-shaped Turkish Delight box.......



....and ended up as a pretty gift box:



Someone needs to make a crafting cartoon similar to the X-Box one above that says.......
Son: Oh, yay!!....Turkish Delight!!
Janis: Oh, yay!!!....Turkish Delight BOX!!
Now do you see why I chose that cartoon for this post?!! :D

This box was easy to cover because it has a separate top and bottom...and also because the "flaps" unfold easily from the interior.  Here's the lid all unfolded:


I chose some coordinating K&Co. butterfly prints and glued them onto the unfolded top and base.  I trimmed with a craft knife, scored the folds for a crisp look, and then reconstructed the box.  It was quite easy!  

Inside the base of the box.

The box base turned over.
The flaps of this particular box all interlock so no glue is necessary.  But I glued it, anyway, for extra security.






Here's a zoomed in shot of the tag I made for the box.  The tag base is made of cork and the bow is twine.  I like the organic texture of this combination with the nature motifs I used.  The Versafine ink stamped on the cork perfectly.








Finished project.........


Products used include:
Empty candy box
K&Co. patterned paper
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Sentimental: Gift stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set (discontinued)
Prima flowers
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Tea Dye
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
Quick Quotes - Antique Brads
Twine from my stash

Hope you liked my butterfly gift box. I had a lot of fun making it! Have a great rest of the week and thank you for stopping in today.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #103 - I used the Butterfly + W is for Wheat option
(more coming....)


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Graphic 45 Sporty Father's Day Card



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a baseball-themed Father's Day card I made for an order this month. I went with a super-easy collage style made from Graphic 45 papers....great for a masculine card without any fancy doo-dads.


I often use a 5-1/2" square format when I make this kind of card so the ephemera fits without being too crowded. I know this size takes extra postage if it is being mailed, but since this was going to be hand delivered it didn't make any difference. I do try to keep that in mind when filling orders.



Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 "Good Ol' Sport" Collection
Distress Ink in Bundled Sage to ink edges of panels
Buttons from my stash
Core'dinations cardstock for card base

Hope you liked this simple vintage-looking card. Have a great day and rest of the week!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #340-341 - Anything Goes
2. DL.ART June Linky Party
3. TCP Tuesday Challenge #347 - Outdoors
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
5. The House That Stamps Built - J2718 Anything Goes
6. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
7. The Craft Blog June Challenge - Masculine Card

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Your Kindness Card with White Embossing


Hi, Friends......

I am here to share with you another heat embossed card.  This one has very simple messy watercoloring for almost an impressionistic look. It's an autumn scene and you might think I am jumping the gun with it, but let me tell you it is STILL chilly here in Idaho.
(If everything weren't so leafed out and green, I would think it was already autumn. The air truly has thaaaaaaat kind of nip to it. I don't know if it ever hit 70 yesterday, although it was bright sunny all day, and it was in the 40s last night!! Brrrr.)
 
This card was inspired by several challenges: 


1. The June Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge. I don't own the rerun set (Scenery: Into the Woods) but I was inspired by Shay's lovely card HERE with the white embossed wood grain. I rarely use my white embossing powder for anything besides sentiments or snowflakes so I wanted to give something new a try. I even stayed with a woodsy/tree theme! :)

2. The current Double Trouble Challenge which is a Double Dare Color Challenge along with Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge.  Even though these are more summery colors, the Sorbet color reminded me of red autumn leaves and the rosy tint of the autumn sky, so I gave this out-of-season theme a go.  I did not do the optional Thing 2 Twist of String Things this time.
(I'm still not sure what they thought of my frayed burlap for the String Twist from one of my other entries, but I thought it was clever! lol....)



Double Trouble Challenge #3
 

3. As You Like It Challenge - Fave Type of Embossing and Why. As I mentioned before, I honestly can't decide which I like better....but one of my favorite things to do when watercoloring is to heat emboss my image for raised outlines. They help to keep me in the lines, so that's what I did here. (Not that I stayed in the lines on this card, but I DID do the heat embossing! Ha.)

 

I wasn't sure if my white embossing would work very well with the challenge colors. The Glacier color is rather pale and I feared it might not give enough contrast with the white embossed sentiment. So while I had my stamps set up on my MISTI, I stamped a second panel to be embossed with dark brown powder. 

Which do you like better???? I am leaning toward the white one. It's a different look for me and I think it is pretty, although the dark one looks more autumny.


Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Versamark ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Stampendous - Clear Embossing Powder in Clear Bark
Distress Inks in Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass, and Abandoned Coral
Canson - Mixed Media Paper Spiral Bound Notebook
Core'dinations Cardstock for card base

I hope you enjoyed seeing me try out white embossing on a watercolored image. It was fun and I think I will have to remember to do this again soon! Thank you so much for stopping in today!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Rerun #31 - Scenery: Into the Woods
2. Color my Heart Color Dare #297 - Nutmeg, Glacier, and Sorbet
3. Double Trouble Challenge #3 - I am participating in Thing 1 (color challenge) and Thing 2 (Color My Heart)
4. As You Like It Challenge - Fave Type of Embossing and Why
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #340-341 - Anything Goes
6. DL.ART June Linky Party
7. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #230 - Wedding or Thank You
8. Power Poppy June Challenge - Let's Go Round and Round (I used a tree with a round crown.)
9. TCP Tuesday Challenge #347 - Outdoors
10.TIME OUT Challenge #112 - WARM (I love warm autumn days with crispy leaves...but right now I would be content with a warm enough summer for my zucchini seeds to sprout!!!)
11. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
12. The House That Stamps Built - J2718 Anything Goes
13. ARTastic June Challenge - Country (I was inspired by the rounded crowns on the trees and the blue sky.)

    


 
  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Joy - June Rudolph Days and Double Trouble Color Challenge



Hi, Friends.....

I am here with my June entry into Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Days Challenge.  Finally.......I've been able to enjoy a full month of cardmaking and blogging so Mo's wonderful challenge isn't the only thing that has made me break away and get into my craftroom!  It has felt good to be active in here again.  Not sure how long that will last, though, because summer activities pull me away as the weather gets warmer.  Right now it is unseasonably cool and my THIRD planting of zucchini has still not come up!!  (And that is with fresh seed!!)  :( 

Today, I am also entering both the Double Trouble Challenge and the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge which have teamed up using the same colors for their challenges as a Double Dare kind of thing. So much fun!!!

 

For this Christmas card, I went very simple: no-stamping and non-traditional colors. It's always fun to see if I can make different color palettes work for Christmas. (I'm still having a challenge getting that "glacier" color to photograph true to real life and my die-cut cardinals are actually a tiny bit redder IRL, too. Sigh...)


I have tons (prob literally...ask my hubby!!) of patterned paper and rarely make a completely die-cut card with only solid cardstock. This one has a tiny bit of patterned cardstock for the cardinals, but otherwise it is all solids. I am unaccustomed to this look and it leaves me feeling like it still needs something. But it is good for me to try different looks, so here it is. The non-fussy look of the card makes it somewhat masculine, too.


Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Joy Cutaway die
Memory Box - Cheery Cardinals die set
Baker's Twine that had been tied around a prize from ACreativeJourneyWithMelissa <3
Core'dinations and DCWV cardstock - solids and patterned (for the cardinals)

Thank you for stopping by today. I have one more idea I might try for this color challenge, even though photographing this particular combination is giving me fits! lol...   Have a great day!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Double Trouble Challenge #3 - I am participating in Thing 1 (color challenge), Thing 2 (Color My Heart), and Thing 3 (String Things with baker's twine) YAY!!
2. Color my Heart Color Dare #297 - Nutmeg, Glacier, and Sorbet
3. Power Poppy June Challenge - Let's Go Round and Round (I used a scalloped-edged die.)
4. Three Amigos Challenge #15 - Use Machine Die Cutting
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
6. The Craft Blog June Challenge - Masculine Card
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #391 - AG Christmas opt. Washi Tape
8. Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's June Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
9. Christmas Cards All Year 'Round June Challenge - Non-traditional Colors
10. DL.ART June Linky Party

Monday, June 25, 2018

Happy Birthday, 2 Year Old

Can't beat 'em....join 'em!


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a sweet card made with a wonderful cut-apart from Graphic 45. I just love this replica vintage magazine cover. It's difficult to read the finer printing, but on the lower left it says "Two years old to-day." Pretty little girl and fabulous fancy cake....Yum!



Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 "A Place in Time" collection
Pretty DCWV scraps from my stash
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for inking edges
Some weird sythentic raffia ribbon that's been in my stash for ages and that I thought I had finally used up!! Nope.

Hope you liked this sweet vintage card. Can you tell that I've had a lot of fun with my Graphic 45 lately? LOVE! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Power Poppy June Challenge - Let's Go Round and Round (I used a scalloped edge die)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
4. Three Amigos Challenge #15 - Use Machine Die Cutting
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Food and/or Drink  Does cake count as food???? It does if you are a grown-up and doesn't if you are a kid! :)
6. All Sorts Challenge Week #473 - Sweet Treats


Butterfly Thank You for Double Trouble


This 19-yr old kitty changed his hair color!!  He used to be solid black, but his coat is now marbled due to a harmless and rare condition.  You can read about this kitty and his unusual coat HERE.  My sweet Jetta doesn't have that condition, but at age 15 her solid black coat is getting more and more flecked with white hairs...and now she has one white whisker.  <3


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a bright and cheery thank you card that changed colors on the photo!! lol.... I am such a novice when it comes to photography. Even with photo editing software, I can't get the colors right!! Arrrgh. So you will have to bear with me.   And if the color challenges I am entering this in don't accept it, I will understand.  I am also new to these "ALL and ONLY" color challenges where you can't use anything but those colors, but have to use them all. 

Are you aware of a super-fun new challenge blog called Double Trouble??? If you like Dr. Seuss (oh, yes we do, we do, we do!) and if you like challenges with twists (twists are nice, so very nice!) and if you like to pile on an extra challenge or two or three (that's for me, yes..that's for me!) then you will LOVE Double Trouble with Thing One, Thing Two, and even Thing Three! What a delight!!!


This fortnight's Double Trouble Challenge is a color challenge..... wherein lies my photo editing trouble!!! Seems that Things 1, 2, & 3 have changed their hair colors and my camera has done the same thing!!! We are to match those colors (all and only) on our projects. The twist is "String Things" (still with the hair theme, I guess...lol) and the colors happen to be the same ones as over at the current Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge!!









I carefully peeled off some of the background of the burlap to fray it for the String Twist.....however, in order for the stringy burlap background to look even close to the actual in real life color, the butterfly turned much darker and blue-r than it actually is in real life. Arrrrgh. It doesn't look like it goes with this color challenge at all. :(

And....don't even ASK why the piece of burlap is soooooooooo totally off-grain.....I cut it straight, but every piece in the stack is wonky that way. I am just going to say it is ARTY!!! Ha. So that's my story and I am sticking to it.


Products used include:
Lil' Inker - Rainbows and Clouds Sentiment stamp set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
DCWV Colored Burlap Stack
Dollar Store Butterfly
Doily from stash

I hope that you will join me over at the Double Trouble Challenge. SO.MUCH.FUN!!!! Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great week!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Double Trouble Challenge #3 - I am participating in Thing 1 (color challenge), Thing 2 (Color My Heart), and Thing 3 (String Things with my stringy burlap) YAY!!
2. Color my Heart Color Dare #297 - Nutmeg, Glacier, and Sorbet
3. Power Poppy June Challenge - Let's Go Round and Round
4. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #230 - Wedding or Thank You
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
6. Creative With Stamps Challenge #27 - Cute Animals















7. Butterfly Challenge #102 - Letter V (I used Butterflies + Vermillion)


8. Double D Challenge - Butterflies
 

Embossed Sympathy Cards



Hi, Friends.....

I made a series of sympathy cards to have on hand and also to put in my box at church where people "buy" them by donating to the Crisis Pregnancy Center where I volunteer.

By the way...when I mention here on my blog that a particular card is for an "order".....it is a request I have received and any money goes to this cause. As many of you crafters have already discovered, receiving charitable donations for our cards is often the way to go. To truly sell them, we'd have to charge way too much for all the time that actually goes into making them. During the few months I have been offering my cards for donation at our little church in our tiny community, I have raised around $120 for the Center. That's not a lot, but it is a start. Every little bit helps!!

I had these sandable scraps of Core'dinations cardstock left over from the graduation cards I made HERE and HERE. The remnants were the perfect width for my slim embossing folders to make a narrow panel with a tranquil scene.

I am entering the current As You Like It challenge where they ask you about your favorite kind of embossing: heat or dry. I honestly can't really choose because I LOVE them both. I am completely dazzled by heat embossing, but it is messy and I have to get my heat gun out, it doesn't always look perfect, etc etc. Dry embossing is a whiz. Stick your paper in the folder and run it through the machine. Voila! A fabulous design every time that can be dressed up or left plain for subtle texture. I really love the look of sanded dry embossing, too, so I chose this for my "favorite" this time.


I made a bunch of these in other colors. Let me know which is your favorite.







Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Sentimental: Gift stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Darice - Nature (3-pack) embossing folders
Core'dinations Core Essentials - Darks
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops
Scraps for background panels

Hope this gives you some ideas for making a batch of cards using scraps. Thank you for stopping by today. I love it when you visit and leave me nice comments!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. As You Like It Challenge - Fave Type of Embossing and Why
2.
TIME OUT Challenge #112 - WARM (I used warm sunset colors.)
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #340-341 - Anything Goes
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #347 - Outdoors
6. HeARTful Stamping Challenge (Jun 24 – Jul 1) - Anything Goes + a Stamp
7. Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #374 - Embossing, Heat or Dry
8. DL.ART June Linky Party
9. The Craft Blog June Challenge - Masculine Card 

10. ARTastic June Challenge - Country (I was inspired by the grassy fields.)