Thursday, January 23, 2020

Colorful Three Kings


Hi, Friends.....

I just received this fabulous STAMPlorations - Three Kings stamp set as a prize. (THANKS, Shery!) I rarely tear into a new stamp set right after receiving it, but I love this one so much that I had to!!  :)  I was playing with my artsy backgrounds and chose a particularly colorful one to do some simple line stamping of these Magi. This piece was leftover from a sprayed background I made for this Laurel Burch card.

My starry background was one I made a few months ago when I was using gesso for this project. I had some leftover that I didn't want to throw away.....so I splattered it over several colors of dark cardstock. This is one of the black ones. I added a sprinkling of gold star confetti to the sky, also.



Supplies used include:
STAMPlorations - Three Kings by The Bee's Knees stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Leftover backgrounds from my stash....one sprayed with different colors of Dylusions sprays and one splattered with gesso
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (for background panel)
Gold star confetti from my stash
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my artsy and non-traditional colored Christmas card. I liked this one so much that I made two of them to get my stash replenished for next Christmas!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
2. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
3. Kat Scrappiness January Challenge - No Designer Paper
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #473 - AG Christmas
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Moving Along With The Times - All Things New (I used a new stamp set.)
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used a new stamp set.)
8. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
9. Ike's World Challenge #128 - M is for Male
10. Die-Cut Divas January Challenge - New Things
11. Lost Coast Challenge #91 - Walk of Fame (Real or Fictional Famous People)

12. STAMPlorations Theme and Prompt January Challenge - Stamps + Splatters

13. STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Heart Breeze

Totally NOT TRUE of hubby and me, but it always makes me laugh!!

Hi, Friends......

I am here with another card I almost forgot to post for the MFT Color Challenge palette:

I used the Poppystamps Heart Breeze again for this card. You can see the lovely swirls better here than in the other one I made HERE. I kept this one rather CAS to show off those sweet hearts and flourishes.



Supplies used include:
Poppystamps - Heart Breeze die
American Crafts - Dear Lizzy Serendipity stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set

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

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Poppystamps January Challenge #64 - From the Heart
2. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
3. Kat Scrappiness January Challenge - No Designer Paper
4. The Creative Crafters Challenge #24 - AG
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #449 - Layered Die Cuts
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used an older stamp set.)
8. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
9. 
MFT Color Challenge #113
10. STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge w/ opt. Metallic

11. Cards und More Challenge #44 - Best of 2019 Challenges (I chose Feb 2019 - Someone Special)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Someone Remembers...


Hi, Friends.....

I'm here to share a bittersweet card. Just a year ago in our community a family lost their pre-teen boy when he took his own life. We were devastated. A friend at church recently suggested we let this family know they are still in our thoughts and prayers as the anniversary date approaches and asked me to make a card for them. I was honored to do this. I hope it can help bring some comfort to this hurting family.

I used what is probably my most favorite sympathy sentiment of any I have ever seen. It is especially perfect for marking the anniversary of a loss. This wonderful stamp is from the Dare 2B Artzy - Prayers 4 You stamp set. I can't say enough how much I love this entire thoughtful set.


Supplies used include:
Dare 2B Artzy - Prayers 4 You stamp set
Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke
Poppystamps - Grand Pine Tree die
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow stencil
Dreamweaver- Embossing Paste
DCWV Patterned Paper
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock
White cardstock from an upcycled commercial greeting card back
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set

Thank you for stopping by today. The time you spend looking at my cards and leaving comments means so much me!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Stencil
2. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
3. Ike's World Challenge #128 - M is for Male
4. All Sorts Week #555 - More than One Word Sentiment
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #449 - Layered Die Cuts
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used an old greeting card back.)
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge
9. Craft Stamper January TIMI Challenge - AG with Stamping
10. Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday December Challenge - Snowflakes
11. Dare2BArtzy January Challenge - Winter (I used a D2BA product)
12. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
13. STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge



Monday, January 20, 2020

Butterfly - Quatro Fold


Hi, Friends.....

I have a super-pretty butterfly card to share with you today. As most of you know, the wonderful Mrs. A (ValeryAnne) over at the Butterfly Challenge always has some interesting new fancy fold for us to try. This fortnight it was the Quatro Fold, where your card has four distinct folds. She kindly gives us wonderful photo tutorials and sometimes it is something even my limited skill set is able to do!! :)

The challenge theme this time was Butterfly/ies + Q is for: Quatro Fold, Queen Pink (pale pink), Quick Silver, Quinacridone (magenta), Quotes (a butterfly related sentiment), and Quartz Gems. How could I possibly pass up on the chance to use pink AND magenta????


Here's my quatro fold card all folded up:



I used a fancy Serendipity butterfly cut from some glitzy silver holographic paper. It was pretty flimsy so I glued it to the underside of a solid butterfly shape die cut from clear acetate to give it some sturdiness....and so I could lift the wings. I used Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and it worked perfectly!! To be honest, the holographic paper did not die cut perfectly and there is a place or two on the wings that is missing. I added some quartz crystal rhinestones over those to help disguise them. Shhhhh...don't tell....

Below is an angled shot. You can barely see the transparent acetate holding the silvery butterfly above the solid pink die cut that I stamped with the same fancy pattern as the holographic die. I used gray for a shadow effect. It also helps disguise the imperfect holographic diecut.

In this next shot the card is partially unfolded. You can see a bit of craft velcro that I used for holding the card closed.


Here's the inside with a stamped butterfly and sentiment from a sweet Technique Tuesday butterfly stamp set. I hope that sentiment qualifies as a quote. It came with the set. I matted the sentiment panel with some of the same patterned paper I used on the front of the card. I positioned it so that a short personal greeting could still be written below it. The side panels also could be written on, if desired.


Supplies used include:
Technique Tuesday - Take Flight stamp set
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray
M&C Boutique - Large Circle Frame die set
Impression Obsession - Serendipity Floral Butterfly stamp
Impression Obsession - Serendipity Floral Butterfly die
Impression Obsession - Serendipity Solid Butterfly die
Dollar Store holographic paper in silver
Clear acetate from stash
Tombow - Mono Aqua Liquid Glue
DCWV patterned cardstock
Quartz crystal rhinestones from stash
Tombow - Hook and Loop Tabs (retired)
Core'dinations/Darice solid pink cardstock

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you liked this card. The fancy fold was really quite easy and I love the look of it. Thank you, Mrs A., for the great tutorial!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Butterfly Challenge #134 Butterfly/ies + Q is for: Quatro Fold, Queen Pink (Pale Pink), Quick Silver, Quinacridone (magenta), Quotes (a butterfly related sentiment), and Quartz Gems. If my sentiment counts as a butterfly quote, then I did all 7 elements!!! YAY!!
2. TCP January Challenge #364 - Spring Forward
3. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
4. All Sorts Week #555 - More than One Word Sentiment
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Moving Along With The Times - All Things New (I used a new fancy fold.)
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used a new fancy fold.)
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge
9. As You Like It - Anything Goes
10. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #106
11. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #155 - AG opt Love is in the the Air
12. Tales From the Craft Room Challenge #1 - Something New (I used a new fancy fold.)
13. Die-Cut Divas January Challenge - New Things (I used a new fancy fold.)
14. Virginia Lu's January Show and Share
15. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - AG
16. Craft Stamper January TIMI Challenge - AG with Stamping
17. The Creative Crafters Challenge #24 - AG
18. Cards und More Challenge #44 - Best of 2019 Challenges (I chose June 2019 - Florals....My background has flowers on it and my "Floral Butterfly" has flowers on it, too.)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Babushka Doll Birthday Card & Tag


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a sweet and simple card and tag set I made for a young girl's birthday. In my "partially made cards and idea box" I found some scraps of this Babushka Doll (also called Matryoshka Dolls) patterned paper from an old MAMBI stack that I had previously paired up with this aqua and pink paper. It was time to make the card. I had a couple extra dolls from these scraps so I made a tag to go with the card.





I mostly always diecut a tag shape out of the lower layers of cardstock on my cards that will be obscured by the upper layers. It saves on weight and bulk and I get a free tag.....(which I rarely use!!! Ha.) This time I knew I would use it with one of the spare dolls.


I dry embossed the backgrounds of both the card and the tag. I forgot to gently mist the card background beforehand and some of the design cracked here and there. No matter......I sanded the entire thing to make everything match the white "broken" places. Yay....I love easy fixes!!

The wee sentiment on the tag is from a precious little CTMH set Karen Ladd sent me a year or more ago. (THANKS, Karen!!) It has been on my craft desk to use numerous times since then, but I am so bad to just now be finally getting it inked up. I love the tiny sentiments....just perfect for this tag.



Supplies used include:
Dolls fussy cut from old MAMBI scrap
Tag sentiment: Close to my Heart - A Little Love Petite Perks (retired)
Card sentiment:
Lawn Fawn - Hang in There stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Sizzix - TH Texture Fades - Sparkles embossing folder used for card
Darice - Birthday with Dots embossing folder used for tag
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Scrap of DCWV aqua cardstock
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock
Ribbon from stash

Hope you liked this sweet little set. I love these dolls....so adorable! Thank you so much for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. All Sorts Week #555 - More than One Word Sentiment
2. TCP January Challenge #364 - Spring Forward
3. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
4. Crafty Calendar January Challenge - Add a Tag
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old (I used some very patterned paper.)
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge
9. As You Like It - Anything Goes
10. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #106

Saturday, January 18, 2020

XOXO - Masculine Valentine


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a rather CAS masculine valentine that was inspired by the current MFT Color Challenge palette:


I also used the Tuesday Morning Sketch which I elongated vertically for my card.

I don't know if you can see the swirling stitched details of this lovely die I used or not. The die was a prize from the lovely Susan Hogan of Unstampabelles. (THANKS, Susan!!!) I have another card made with the same die that I will show you soon where the graceful flourishes are more obvious.

I stamped the little tag with an ancient stamp from my stash. Not sure if I or one of my kids picked this up in a grab bag of thrift store stamps or what, but it has been around for a long time and rarely gets used. It was perfect to put on this small tag.


Just a touch of pink and a dark grey card base for the challenge palette!  :)
Supplies used include:
Poppystamps - Heart Breeze die
XOXO stamp from stash
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Shimmery metallic faux raffia from my stash
DCWV scrap
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock

Hope you liked this valentine. I think the grays and deep red make it great for a man. Thank you so much for stopping by!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT Color Challenge #133
2. Tuesday Morning Sketch #537
3. Poppystamps January Challenge #64 - From the Heart
4. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old (I used a very old stamp.)
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge
9. As You Like It - Anything Goes
10. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #106
11. Crafty Calendar January Challenge - Add a Tag
12. STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge w/ opt. Metallic (I used some shimmery metallic faux raffia.)


13. Cards und More Challenge #44 - Best of 2019 Challenges (I chose Feb 2019 - Someone Special)



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

House Mouse - Hello Spring


Hi, Friends......

I hadn't played with my House Mouse images for a long time, so I decided to get one out and make a springy card. I don't usually reach for complementary colors, but this sweet image with the chickies and crocuses just called for lavender and yellow. 


I used a leftover Easter egg dye background that had very subtle shades of yellow and orange and stamped my image on that. I decided to keep the sky completely uncolored, except for what the background already had on it.



Supplies used include:
Stampendous - House Mouse Designs - Sharing Seed
Waffle Flower - Welcome Spring stamp set
Tsukineko Memento Ink in London Fog
Spectrum Noir markers
Sakura White Gel Pen
Canson - Mixed Media Paper
Sheer lavender ribbon from my stash
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock

Hope you liked my fun little card. The Meeces are always so cute!!! Thank you for stopping by.

🖤
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #307 - Any HM goes w/ opt. Food &/or Drink
2. TCP January Challenge #364 - Spring Forward
3. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
4. Virginia Lu's January Show and Share
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Penny Black January Challenge - Make it Feminine
7. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - AG
8. Craft Stamper January TIMI Challenge - AG with Stamping
9. The Creative Crafters Challenge #24 - AG
10. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
11. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #155 - AG opt Love is in the the Air
12. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old (I used an old background I made from leftover Easter Egg Dye.)