Friday, January 18, 2019

Sending Joy with Penny Black



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a sweet card that I made using an adorable set I received from a crafty friend and hadn't inked up yet. So much fun playing with new toys. 😎

I used a very simple color scheme for this card. We get moderately snowy winters where I live and I notice how everything turns monochrome when it snows. This card reflects that look with only the pops of red and a touch of pink breaking the neutrals. I adore this bundled up little snowguy with the pup ready to play nearby. I even found some sweater knit patterned paper in my stash to put in the background to add to the warm, cozy "bundled up" feel.



I added some pretty sparkle to the snow and to the snowguy with my clear Wink of Stella pen, but naturally it is rendered completely invisible in this photo! lol...

Products used include:
Penny Black - Merry Delight stamp set
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray
Clear embossing powder
Distress markers
Spectrum Noir markers
Wink of Stella pen
Misc. cardstock, snowflakes, and fake raffia ribbon from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying a restful January.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #2 - Bundle Up!
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #81
3. Crop Stop Link Party #47 (I used Tsukineko Versafine ink and Ranger Distress Markers)
4. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - AG opt Something New
5. Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge - Let's Go Half & Half
6. Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
7. Double Trouble Challenge #19 - Warm and Cozy
(I did Thing 1 - all warm and cozy bundled up, Thing 2 - I have mittens and a puppy, Thing 3 - Double Dare by entering over at Creative with Stamps, too!)
8. Creative with Stamps Challenge #34 - Mittens


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

For a Very Special Person


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a pretty card using the wonderful color palette Heather chose for the current Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge.


I adore these pine and pink tones together!!! I was thinking about making a Christmas card with them, but I went Valentine-ish, instead.....using some of my newly acquired W&W products! FUN!!

I grabbed a couple sheets of smooshed paper I had on hand in the appropriate colors. I echoed the scalloped edge of the heart in the scalloped rectangles...and stamped and die cut a bouquet of flowers and leaves to put inside the heart. A few butterflies help me remember that spring will be here before I know it. I even got brave and put a few ink splatters on!! 


Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Sentimental: Gift stamp set
Winnie & Walter - True Dotty Heart Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in London Fog
Distress Ink in Black Soot, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Mixed Media Paper and Watercolor paper backgrounds I had on hand that had been smooshed with various leftover inks.

I'm not very experienced making bouquets for my cards, but I really like how this turned out. Hope you like it, too!! Thank you so much for stopping by today.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter December Color Combo Challenge
2. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
4. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #80
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #353 - Love
6. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New (I used my new W&W Dotty Hearts and Frenchy's Festive Florals sets)
7. Word-Art Wednesday Weeks #368-#369 - Anything Goes
8. Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly + I is for Include a Die Cut
9. Papercraft Challenges #28 - Celebrate
10. Allsorts Week 501 - Hearts and Flowers

11. Lost Coast Portal Challenge #67 - Anything Goes with Stamping 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Penguin Happy Holidays




Hi, Friends......

I am here with a fun little penguin card to enter into the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #37. I don't own the adorable Stampets: Penguin Rerun set for this month, so I took inspiration from the penguins that each of the designers used and the contrasting dark and light background that Kelly used HERE.




Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Tilda Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti stamp set (retired)
Versamark ink
White Sparkle embossing powder
Echo Park - Winter Wishes paper collection (retired)
DCWV Scraps
Snowflakes from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope January is a quiet relaxing month for you after the rush of the holidays.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Rerun No. 37 - Stampets: Penguin
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #343
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #419 - AG Christmas
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for AG Christmas
5. Christmas Crafts All Year Round January Challenge - Let it Snow
6. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New (I used my new W&W Tilda die set)
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (I used my new W&W Tilda die set)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Introducing a New Challenge You Won't Want to Miss!!!

That's what my cats would say if I tried to put antlers on them!!  lol...


Hi, Friends......

Happy New Year to everyone!  I took a bit of hiatus from my blog during the holidays, but I am back.  I hope you are feeling rested and ready to take on a challenge because there is a brand-new one starting and I am so thrilled to introduce you to it!  

http://dottypuddingdesigns.blogspot.com/My crafty friend, Dotty Jo, over at Just a Dotty Pudding has just launched her super-fun Christmas Kickstart Challenge to get us going on our Christmas cards again!!  I am so ready.  I love making Christmas cards in January while my supplies are still out and there is no pressure!!  The challenge is fortnightly on Tuesdays and the inaugural theme is:  Rudolph and Friends....so get out your Rudy stamps or deer die-cuts and let's help Dotty Jo get her sleigh in the air!!  You can read all the details HERE.

Here's what I made:



I got brave and did some stamp surgery on this reindeer and tree stamp. It used to have a cathedral shaped arching outline, but I cut the thing off. I rarely use it with that around it, but I kept the outline in case I want it later. I made two variations of this card.....using scraps for my layered background.

On this first one, I tried stamping and heat embossing directly on the background. Major FAIL. lol... The deer had a seam through its middle and the silver blended into the background too much. Ugh. Then I had the bright idea (uh-oh...!!) to heat emboss it on vellum and stick that over the top of the failed attempt at embossing. Much better. I offset it a teence, although it is hard to see in the photo, so there is a bit of a shadow effect.


Here's another variation....with a paler sky and the image embossed on a scrap of white cardstock. Which do you like better????




Supplies used include:
Mark's Finest Papers - Crisp Winter stamp set (retired)
Versamark Ink Pad
Ranger - Embossing Powder
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Winnie & Walter - Comfort + Joy stamp set
Versafine Ink - Majestic Blue
Clear embossing powder
DCWV scraps
Vellum
White cardstock scrap
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you liked my cards and will play along in Dotty Jo's new challenge along with me.
(I'll even let you in on a bit of a secret: Dotty Jo invited me to guest there in a few weeks. Can you guess the theme she chose for that fortnight??? Shhhhh.....)
See you over there!!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #1 - Rudolph and Friends
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #342 - Use Snippets

3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #418 - AG Christmas or New Years
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for AG Christmas
5. Christmas Crafts All Year Round January Challenge - Let it Snow 
6. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #422 - Winter Sparkles

Monday, December 10, 2018

Happy Hanukkah





Hi, Friends......

My dear next-door neighbor is Jewish....(a rarity around here!)...and so I always try to make him a Hanukkah card.  Fortunately for me, Hanukkah lasts all week so I have several days to remember about it and several days to procrastinate and still get the card done before the Festival is complete!!  lol....  But although the card was on time...I am just finally getting this posted today!

I found these super-pretty Hanukkah napkins at a thrift store sometime back and decoupaged one of them onto cardstock for the card.  (You can see my other recent foray into napkin decoupage HERE.)

Men don't generally have time for fussy and fancy things, so I kept this card very, very simple and let the napkin do the work.  I accented the candle flames with some Sakura Souffle gel pens that really glow against dark backgrounds. 


I just love the rough crinkly texture of my imperfect decoupage technique!!  lol...

I did some stamp surgery on a holiday stamp and mixed the sentiment with "Bright" from a different company.  Good thing I used my MISTI (on my second attempt, that is....lol) because it wouldn't stamp right.  Turns out the thickness of the two companies' clear stamps is different!!  The thicker "Bright" word was preventing the nearby parts of the other words from contacting the paper!  I had not ever had that happen before....live and learn, I guess.  :)

Here's the inside view:
 

Supplies used include:
Napkin from thrift store package
Mod Podge - Matte Finish
Simon Says Stamp - Big Holiday Wishes stamp set [retired]
Memory Box - Making Spirits Bright stamp set [retired]
A Creative Journey with Melissa - Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set
Versafine Ink in Majestic Blue
Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke
Core'dinations cardstock
Sakura Gelly Roll Souffle Gel Pens

Hope you liked this light-filled card. I really love how it turned out. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are getting all ready for your holiday festivities!!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Crafty Hazelnut's December Patterned Paper Challenge
2. DL.ART December Linky Challenge
3. Crop Stop December Link Party #46 - Anything Goes w/ product from brand CS carries (I used Tsukineko Versafine Ink, Distress Ink, Core'dinations cardstock, and Plaid Mod Podge)
4. Dare2BArtzy December Challenge - Winter
5. TCP Tuesday #352 - Winter Holiday
6. ABC Christmas - Z is for Zero Embellishments (Hanukkah is okay for this Christmas challenge, too.  Thank you!)
7. Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday November Challenge - Ho Ho Holiday
8. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Warm Winter Wishes
9. That's Crafty Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
10. Little C's December Prompt Challenge - I used Day 7: Star(s)

11. Three Amigos Challenge #21 - Christmas/Winter/Holiday
12. Memory Box Challenge #44 - Holiday Sparkle and Shine (Hanukkah and Shining Candles go together!!)
13. Christmas Cards All Year Round December Challenge - AG Christmas/Winter/Holiday
14. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #77

15. Kat Scrappiness Charity Blog Hop for Coffee Oasis
16. Joy Clair Dec/Jan Challenge - Mood Board (Winter Wonderland) or Anything Goes

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Good Tidings

Even cats can't resist a lovely sunset.....  :)

Hi, Friends......

Taking time out from the Coffee Hop to post a Christmas card in non-traditional colors.  I realize that not EVERYWHERE gets snow at Christmas so maybe this scene looks a little more like home to some of you.  :) 



I was inspired by the Winnie & Walter November Color Challenge.  Look at this beautiful color palette that Heather chose for us this time:





I knew I wanted to try making a blended sky with those gorgeous colors and heat embossed some W&W silhouettes to go with it.  LOVE!!!!



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Our Town stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Comfort + Joy stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marigold, Rusty Hinge, and Black Soot
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock

Hope you like this non-traditional Christmas card! It's fun to do something different sometimes. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. They mean so much to me!!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter November Color Challenge
2. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #414
3. The Artistic Stamper December Challenge - Christmas
4. Creative Fingers Challenge #154 - Anything Goes
5. TCP Tuesday #352 - Winter Holiday
6. ABC Christmas - Z is for Zero Embellishments
7. Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday November Challenge - Ho Ho Holiday
8. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'B' is for...Black
9. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge #1 - Christmas/Winter
10. Double Trouble Challenge#16 - Winter/Holiday - I did Thing One: Embossing (my images are heat embossed) and Thing Two: Entering at Three Amigos
11. Three Amigos Challenge #21 - Christmas/Winter/Holiday
12. Crop Stop December Link Party #46 - Anything Goes w/ product from brand CS carries (I used Tsukineko Versafine Ink, Distress Ink, and Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock)
13. Christmas Cards All Year Round December Challenge - AG Christmas
14. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #414 - AG Christmas opt use stickers
15. Joy Clair Dec/Jan Challenge - Mood Board (Winter Wonderland) or Anything Goes

 

Coffee Lovers Hop - Let it Snow!




Hi, Friends......

Here I am with another card for the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop.



Quite some time ago (I just checked...it was FOUR years ago!!) my crafty pal and coffee enthusiast, D.Ann at D.Ann's Crafting Whims, sent me a coffee prize that included some super-fun "Cafe Presse" napkins. I always wanted to decoupage one onto cardstock to use as a card background and I finally did it....4 years later!!! (I am so ashamed!)
 

I am following the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #414 today.  The simple design is perfect for my card.






I didn't want to put too much over the fun coffee press background image, so I tucked doilies around the edge and placed a simple heat-embossed sentiment strip with lace across the panel.  A few snowflakes add to the wintery feel.  I love the crinkly texture of the delicate napkin paper decoupaged onto the card!!



Supplies used include:
Cafe Press napkin panel
Mod Podge - Matte Finish
Core'dinations cardstock
Unity - "Let it Snow" from One of a Kind Winter
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Clear embossing powder
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
Snowflake sequins from stash
Lace ribbon from stash

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. It's not a very Christmasy winter image, but this will be made into a Christmas card with the inside sentiments. It's cold and clear today here in Idaho...so winter is on my mind. We don't have very much snow left at the moment, but it is sure crunchy outside!! Stay warm, everyone!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop
2. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #414
3. Crafty Hazelnut's December Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Creative Fingers Challenge #154 - Anything Goes
5. TCP Tuesday #352 - Winter Holiday
6. DL.ART December Linky Challenge
7. Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday November Challenge - Ho Ho Holiday
8. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - 'B' is for....Blue
9. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge #1 - Christmas/Winter
10. Double Trouble Challenge#16 - Winter/Holiday - I did all three things!! Thing One: Embossing (my sentiment is heat embossed) Thing Two: Entering at Three Amigos, Thing Three: Included snow on my card. YAY!!!
11. Three Amigos Challenge #21 - Christmas/Winter/Holiday
12. Crop Stop December Link Party #46 - Anything Goes w/ product from brand CS carries (I used Tsukineko Versafine Ink and Core'dinations cardstock, Plaid Mod Podge)
13. Christmas Cards All Year Round December Challenge - AG Christmas
14. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #414 - AG Christmas opt use stickers
15. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #420 - AG
16. Dare2BArtzy December Challenge - Winter

17. ABC Christmas - Y is for Your Favorite Thing (I LOVE Snow!!)
18. Joy Clair Dec/Jan Challenge - Mood Board (Winter Wonderland) or Anything Goes