Chaienne

Chaienne

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Purple Shaker Card

"Don't think I can't see you back there!"

"The cat Bastet sat perched on the rim of the tub, watching me through slitted golden eyes.  She was fascinated by baths.  I suppose total immersion in water must have seemed to her a peculiar method of cleansing oneself." 
                                                                           ------------Elizabeth Peters

Hi, Friends....

I am here with one of two shaker cards I made recently.  These were the first ones I ever tried.....and they work!!  :)  Well, mostly.  Is it normal for some of the sequins to sometimes hang up a bit on the upper areas?

I stenciled the background with my favorite of the selections from an Artistcellar set I won called Tam's Whimsy series.  (THANKS, Artistcellar!!!)  LOVE these dangling hearts and stars!!!  I dabbed on Versamark and heat embossed in silver on the DCWV purple cardstock.

I had wanted to make a shaker for a long time, but didn't think I had a way to make those circle cuts.  Then I realized I could use my Sizzix Circles, Scallop set of dies!!  Hooray!!  I chose and cut the size of window I wanted from the set of circle dies.  Then I chose the next size larger die to cut the outside of the ring.....and the next size smaller die for the inner part of the ring.  So the ring is actually cut from dies that are two sizes apartThat way the intermediate diameter of my acetate would easily fit behind the ring for the window, without sticking out.  I made the ring in one pass with my Big Shot by lining up the two dies at the same time.  

Then I heat-embossed my DCWV cardstock ring with the same stencil, again using silver, and lined it up with my background to know where to place it.  I should have planned this a little better, but I didn't.  Ha!!  The placement of the window in this was by chance, but I LOVE where it landed.  I would suggest using a bit more planning if a certain place is near and dear to your heart.....like it actually landing ON your card and not hanging off, so the sequins fall out!  :)  Thing is that I hadn't originally planned on lining up the ring design with the background.  But when I was placing it, I discovered how nice it looked to have that continuity.....so, voila!


I used a combination of sequins from my stash, including some pale pink stars along with the other black, deep pink, and silver ones.  I put the sequins on the card in a pile in the center of the shaker area.  I used Beacon 3-in-1 to glue my window to the ring.  Then I put 3-D foam all around the ring, peeled off the backing, and carefully pressed it into the correct spot to line up the design.  It worked!!  I shaked and shaked and shaked it with delight!  This is an important part of the process!!!  Ha.  :)  All of it went onto a premade DCWV glitter card base.

I am loving this card for several reasons:  I LOVE the whimsical and almost fantasy look that Tam's lovely stencil brings.  I now have a way to use some of the stack of 300 zillion acetate sheets my MIL had for nearly 2 decades and gave me a few years ago.  (Be watching for lots of shakers!!  Ha!)  And, finally, I love this way of using bunches of sequins from my stash without getting glue all over my fingers!!!  Ha!  Hey, shaker cards win in tons of ways!!! 

Hope you enjoyed my card, today!  Have a lovely rest of the weekend and beginning of the new one.

<3
Janis

Thank You for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Sizzix Challenge - Inspiration photo
2.  Craft for the Craic - September Challenge #8 - Something with Circles
3.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4.  DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.  Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Masculine #5 - Navy - Miss You

Beluga whale mother giving her baby a piggy-back ride.

"It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming."
                                                                                        -------------Adlai Stevenson

Hi, Friends.....

Here is my last installment for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - Masculine card with Navy Blue.  I stamped and heat embossed this sailboat image from the MFP Silly Shells stamp set.  (THANKS, MFP!!)  For some reason, it seems like a very sad and lonely image to me, so I made this into an ultra-simple Miss You card that I probably will send to my hubby some time when he is on a work trip.


As you might know, my hubby works out of "town" (I use the word loosely in a rural Idaho sort of way.....Ha!) and is often away.  I miss him terribly when he is gone, which is one reason I got started blogging.  If I had a stamp that said "Desolate without You", I would have used it.  All the white space on this card in stark contrast to the navy blue just seems to communicate that mood to me.  (Wow....I am really going to have to post a bunch of happy cards after this one!!)

Other supplies I used for this card include:  SSS Soft Navy Ink, SSS Soft Navy Cardstock, white cardstock from my stash, clear embossing powder, adhesive blue pearls.

That's all for now.  Hope you have enjoyed my series of Masculine cards using Navy Blue!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4. DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

Masculine #4 Navy behind Autumn Leaf


"Anywhere!  
They don't care!
Cats sleep
Anywhere."
                                                                              ----------Eleanor Farjeon

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with #4 of my 5 cards for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - Masculine card with Navy Blue.  As I mentioned, I am departing slightly from the 3 very simple cards I already made.  This one is more colorful because of the Autumn theme, but still simple enough to be suitable for a man.

For this card, I pulled out my favorite of my autumn leaves I cut from some gorgeous K&Co. paper.  This oak leaf is traced from a stencil I made of one of my own free-hand leaf drawings, of which I am inordinately proud.  Ha!!  (Those of you who are skilled and naturally-talented at drawing have no idea what it is like for those of us who are totally pencil-challenged!!)  I ran the leaf through my Big Shot with the Checkered pattern Darice embossing folder to give a hint of texture.  

My background is a piece of SSS Soft Navy cardstock (a very nice heavy-weight paper!) with the same checkered pattern dry embossed into it.  Then I applied my Versamark pad not too evenly all over that piece and heat embossed with gold.  Love the variations in coverage! 


I thought brads seemed manly-looking, so I used them to attach my leaf to the background.  (Besides, they were still out on my craft table from the 1-2-3-4 Challenge....Ha!!)  I like how they allow the edges of the leaf to lift away from the card a bit for some dimension.  My NATURE stamp is from the MFP Nature's Brushstroke stamp set I won.  (THANKS, MFP!!!)  I used the same gold embossing powder for it and I love how it subtly blends in to the background.  I mounted it all on a deep blue card base.

How do you like it?  Is it masculine enough?  I was afraid to ask my hubby!  Ha.  Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Thank you for all your lovely comments!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1. MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4. Pile it On Challenge #38 - Shiny
5. Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite
6. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #9 - Autumn

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masculine #3 - Navy - Congratulations

Going to the market........probably on someone's back porch.


"To some blind souls, all cats are much alike. To a cat lover, every cat from the beginning of time has been utterly and amazingly unique."                                                                            ---------------Jenny de Vries

Hi, Friends......

I'm back with yet another card for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge - Masculine card with Navy Blue.  As I mentioned, I got super-inspired by this combination and had a lot of fun making this series of relatively unadorned cards!!!    




This time I used a new "Congratulations" embossing folder from my Darice - Phrases 3 Pack with that fabulous Core'dinations Heavy Weight cardstock I talked about here.   LOVE!!!!  I really noticed the difference in weights when I used my diagonal stripes embossing folder for the navy blue background.  It nearly cut through the blue cardstock.......and in fact a small corner tore off which I had to repair.  I didn't have any hint of that problem happening on my previous card using the heavy weight white.




To add a bit of shimmer, I had to use some of my favorite metallic color - GOLD!!  I placed a narrow strip from the DCWV Foiled Cardstock, which I got for 50% off at JoAnn's recently because it was dinged up a bit on the edges.  (Hey, it was already 40% off and so I told them I would buy this slightly damaged one if they would come down to 50% off.  They did!  Yay!!) Jennifer McGuire recommended this foiled cardstock on her site recently, saying a little goes a long way.  So instead of cutting a huge chunk to completely surround my greeting, I used one little slice.  Thanks, Jennifer!  I love the more restrained look for this masculine card.  

That's all for now.  I will switch gears a little bit for my next card as I help usher in Autumn.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #151 - Anything Goes with an Encouraging Sentiment
4.  Pile it On Challenge #38 - Shiny 

5.  City Crafter Challenge Week #230 - Focus on Sentiment

Masculine #2 - Monochromatic Snowy Scene with Fox

Amazing that penguins keep their young all together like this!!!


"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
                                                                  -------------George Orwell

Hi, Friends......

I am back with another card for the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge of making a Masculine card with Navy Blue.  I used the same winter scene image from the MFP What a Fox stamp set, stamped and heat embossed on watercolor paper.  (Be sure to see the fox!)  This time I went monochromatic and capitalized on the winter look by dry embossing a white background.  I just got this Diagonal Stripe Darice embossing folder and I love it!  It works like a dream on my favorite heavy-weight cardstock.  (More about that later.....)



In keeping with a simpler and less-adorned style for the masculine theme, I relied on a few lengths of thrift store ribbon laid along the lines of embossing for dressing up this card a bit.  Simple, but I like the look.

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Terrific Product AlertCore'dinations Heavy Weight white cardstock.  I can't remember exactly why I bought this a while back.....maybe it actually was for dry embossing....not sure.  But it is FANTASTIC for precisely that.  Sometimes my embossing folders nearly cut through lighter-weight cardstock.  This product is a very robust 110 lb weight and bright white.  But here's the weird thing: my usual white cardstock says it is 110 lb. weight, too.  So why is this Core'dinations product so much thicker??????  I have no idea, but it certainly is!!  They might be the same weight, but this is THE ONE for dry embossing!  I am so glad I snagged a package when it was half-price at JoAnn's.  It is now on my list of card-making basics.  (Did I mention it is 40% off at JoAnn.com right now?  Not as good as half-price, but very decent.)  
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Hope you liked my card and my review for the cardstock.  I'd love to hear what cardstock you find is perfect for your card techniques.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
3.  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils &/or Stamps
4.  We Do Doobadoo Challenge #15 - Something Masculine

5.  Wow Embossing Powder September Challenge - My Favourite

Masculine #1 - Navy with Red


"When you come upon your cat, deep in meditation, staring thoughtfully at something that you can't see, just remember that your cat is, in fact, running the universe."
                                                                             ------------ Bonnie Elizabeth Hall


Hi, Friends......

I have been busy making cards and finally have some time to post some of them.  I was super-inspired by the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge of making a Masculine card with Navy Blue.  So I have made a number of them to enter.  This one uses the big wintertime stamp from the MFP What a Fox stamp set I won from them.  (THANKS, MFP!)  Do you see the fox on the hunt in the image?


I rarely make strictly masculine cards, but these were really fun because I got to focus on using a big stamp and trying out textures with the color twist.  For this one, I pulled out some thrift store red twine and matted my focal panel with red over the navy card base.  The simple design helps keep the beautiful scenery stamp at center stage.  I rounded the lower corners to add just a hint of interest.  

Ding.....ding....ding!!!  New Follower Introduction Time!!!
Actually, today I am reintroducing Brandie Partello.  I had mentioned her recently as a new follower, but my Grandma-brain (poor old thing!) had failed to make the connection with her and her blog:  Just a Piece of Me.  Top on her blog right now are some gorgeous autumn cards.  One of them looks for all the world like leather!  Beautiful work.  Thanks, Brandie, for your support and encouragement by becoming a follower.  Here's another ginormous smile for you!!
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That's all I have for you on this post. But I will be posting my other Masculine cards soon!!!! Thanks, always, for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments!

<3
Janis
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #230 - Masculine - Navy  
2.  Simon Says Stamp Wedesday Challenge #8 - Anything Goes  
3.  Double Click Connections - Challenge #5 - Anything Goes 
4.  DL.ART September Linky Challenge - Anything Goes 
5.  Creative Card Crew Challenge #71 - Twine
6.  We Do Doobadoo Challenge #15 - Something Masculine

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Primary Color Challenge

Love these mommy and baby shots.  So sweet!!!
"Nothing can exceed the affection of a cat to those who treat it kindly." 
                                                             ----------William Rhind

Hi, Friends......

I am here with a glittery card for the MFP Color Challenge - Red, Yellow, Blue.  I am not one to use the primary colors together very often, so this was a bit of a stretch for me. (After all, there's no pink on here anywhere!  Ha.)  Instead, I had to use some gold with the primaries.  :)  


I used my new MFP Heavenly Harmony stamp set (THANKS, MFP!!!) for the sun/moon image and embossed it in gold on DCWV Stardust paper.  It doesn't show up as well as I hoped against the blue......(sigh).  I snipped the corners with some decorative corner scissors and went around the edges with a gold marker. 

I layered some gold-edged ribbon between the layers and mounted it on a red glittery card base.  A little metal star helped continue the celestial theme and finished it off.  Simple, but I am surprised at how much I actually like this combo of deep, slightly subdued, primary colors......the gold helps!  :)

Ding.....ding......ding.....ding!!  
New Follower Introduction Time!!!!  This time it is #61!!!
Jacki Daniels of Crafting in My Kitchen is my newest follower.  Folks, you MUST go look at Jacki's blog.  Her creations are out-of-this-world gorgeous.  She makes her own intricate and glittery embellishments and combines them with such artistry that they are indeed a wonder to behold!  I am afraid to ask her how long something like this takes her to make because it would take me years to complete even one of them and she probably does it in a few hours or maybe a couple of days!   Amazing crafter!!!  Did I mention she has a couple of kitties on her sidebar?  :)  Thank you so much, Jacki, for becoming a follower.  This ginormous smile is for you!!!!
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Thanks, everyone, for stopping by today.  Hope your week is going well!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges: 
1.  http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/color-challenge-38-red-yellow-blue
2.  http://acreativeromance.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/anything-goes.html

3.  http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2014/09/dlart-september-linky-challenge.html