Sunday, July 14, 2019

Off to the Shore


Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a fun seashore-themed card for summer in a vintage twist on the red, white, and blue that is front and center this month. 


 



I used the Graphic 45 "By the Sea" collection. I tinted my cheesecloth "netting" by smooshing it around in Distress Ink. I also added vintage lace and a scattering of real shells, putting it all on a burlap background. 



LOVE how this turned out.....tons of delicious textural elements. Don't you just want to touch it??? :)









Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 "By the Sea" collection
Cheesecloth
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
DCWV burlap
Shells and vintage lace from my stash

Hope my card makes you long to cool off at the seaside! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your visits mean so much to me.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Life on the Ocean Waves
2. Graphic 45 July Mixed Media Challenge #G45MixedMedia
3. Mod Squad Challenge - Red, White, and Blue
4. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
6. DL.ART July Linky
7. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #149 - AG opt RWB
8. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #93
10. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board







Monday, July 8, 2019

WINNER of my Celebrating 30 Cats in 30 Years GIVEAWAY



Hi, Friends......

I am here to let you know who the lucky winner is of my "Celebrating 30 Cats in 30 Years" Giveaway. I first want to thank you all for your amazingly kind comments about my mini-album. It was a work of love and I was thrilled to be able to share it with you!!

I also want to announce the upcoming..........

2019 Cat Lovers Hop
October 21-26, 2019 

It will be our 5th Cat Lovers Hop!!! (Five years....can you believe it????) I have a new blog badge up and ready for you to display on your sidebars. You can put it up right away (or anytime) and I will have a giveaway starting in September for those who have it posted before the Cat Hop begins.

Scamper is our badge kitty for this year. She is 13 years old and a littermate of Marshmallow, the fluffy kitty some of you will remember from my mini-album. She has the honor of being my first outside kitty to be featured on a Cat Lovers Hop badge.
Remember....you can be working on your Cat Lovers Hop projects all year round....just don't post them anywhere before the hop. I don't have this year's Guidelines finished yet, but you can peruse last year's FAQs in the tabs under my blog header to review the rules for cat projects.

Now for what you have been waiting for.....the winner of the $30 gift voucher to the online store of their choice.

I had 19 eligible entries and ran that through Random.org:

True Random Number Generator 
 
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The winning comment was made by Karen Ladd!!!!

Congratulations!!! Please email me (jwoolbright at gmail dot com) and let me know which online store you would like for your little shopping spree. :)


Thank you, everyone, for participating in my Giveaway and I hope you will start thinking about your cat projects for the Hop in October.  See you then, if not before!!!  

🖤
Janis
 

It's the Little Things - Hinged Card


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a pretty little card for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge where H is for Hinged Cards, the featured style. Being the lovely hostess that she is, Mrs. A has provided a wonderful tutorial for making this kind of card HERE. I didn't have a suitable fancy Spellbinders die to use, so I went simpler with a flower-shaped card base.

The main star of my card is my mixed media butterfly. I made this background sheet a long time ago with leftover Easter Egg dye and salt on mixed media paper. As the dyes dried the salt crystallized in fun patterns. But then what? How do I use it without the salt crystals flaking away? I tried some hair spray to set the crystals. That helped a little, but certainly didn't secure them completely.

Then I got digging around and found some acrylic gloss medium that I thought was worth a try. I very gently applied a generous layer of this over the top of the crystals with a foam brush and a thinner layer over the rest of the background. It worked great! Some of the crystals softened a bit and didn't entirely keep their distinct shapes, but for the most part I was very satisfied with the results.

H is also for Hexagon so I diecut a hex pattern into the butterfly. 


Seems that I often do not have a clear idea of what I want for my card to look like when I first venture out.  So, after I had already adhered the doily and butterfly onto the card,  I decided the lavender base needed something more. I had a swirly dot stencil from the Dollar Store. It is self-sticking and worked like a dream. (I wish all my stencils were self-sticking....so easy to use!!!) I lifted the edge of the doily and butterfly and slipped the stencil underneath and sponged some dots. I like how it turned out.
Supplies used include:
Darice - Nesting Floral Shapes die set
Canson - Mixed Media Paper
Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Gloss Medium
Serendipity - Floral Butterfly stamp and die set
Sizzix - Thinlits TH Mixed Media die set
Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
Unity grab bag stamp - "It's the little things" (still looking for link)
Dollar Store Stencil
Ribbon from stash

Hope you enjoyed my card. I will be back with the name of the lucky winner from my GIVEAWAY. Thank you for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Butterfly Challenge #124 - Butterfly + H is for...... (I used Hinge card, Heliotrope, and Hexagon)
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
3. Craft Stamper June TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with stamping
4. Crafter's Castle July Challenge - Anything Goes
5. DL.ART July Linky
6. Die-Cut Divas - AG
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #93
8. 
Papercraft Challenge #20 - AG with opt Up in the Air (I used a butterfly)
9. Time Out Challenge #139 - Inspired by Words (I chose a butterfly to signify the word FREEDOM.)














10. Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge

Friday, July 5, 2019

Thinking of Mew - Monochrome



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Don't miss my GIVEAWAY HERE
on my
30 Cats in 30 Years post!!!

(Hurry!....It ends 11:59 pm Pacific on Saturday, July 6, 2019!!)
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Hi, Friends......

I'm here with a card to share that I didn't start out to make. It was one of those that happened when two pieces in my coral scrap bag got too close to each other. In my rummaging, I spied this perky gingham pattern behind a couple of off-kilter star diecut negatives. I thought to myself, "It's different.....but I LIKE it!" :)

But what to add to it after the marriage of the two scraps???? Cats, of course! So the card took shape and came into being. I think placing the cats in front of the stars helps them look not quite so off-balance....at least I hope so! When I cut those stars, I obviously  was not planning on making a card from the negative!!!

I almost always cut my card panels so a border of my card base shows, but I didn't want to cut any more off these stars than necessary.  So I used a different stitched rectangle die than usual.

Supplies used include:
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
X-Cut - A5 Mixed Cats die set
Winnie & Walter - True Multifaceted Star Cutaways die set
Newton's Nook Designs - Newton's Sick Day stamp set
Clear Dollar Stamps - Elegant Accents Tag Frames (discontinued)
Versafine ink in Habanero
Scraps from stash

Hope you like my kitty card. I think it turned out really cute. Hope you USA friends had a safe and relaxing 4th of July. Thank you for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stars &/or Stripes
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
3. Kat Scrappiness July Card Challenge - Patriotic &/or Pets
4. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
5. DL.ART July Linky
6. Papercraft Challenges #40 - Stars
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #93
8. SUYP Challenge #44 - Furrything Goes
9. Ike's World Challenge #122 - G is for Gingham

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July



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Don't miss my GIVEAWAY HERE
on my
30 Cats in 30 Years post!!! 
(Hurry!....It ends 11:59 pm Pacific on Saturday, July 6, 2019!!)
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Hi, Friends.......

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!!!

I am here with a quick and easy red, white, and blue card that turned out super cute! 

 

I followed the MFT Wednesday Sketch for this week.  How perfect for using stars instead of circles!!!



I used some upcycled foiled cardboard packaging for the stars, foiled cardstock for the sentiment, and scraps for the other parts. This was so much fun to make.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set
Upcycled foiled packaging
Scraps from my stash

Love how this card turned out and I hope you do, too. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #444
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stars &/or Stripes
3. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #96 - Spots and/or Stripes
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
5. Simon Says Stamp June Work it Wednesday - Foil it!
6. Kat Scrappiness July Card Challenge - Patriotic &/or Pets
7. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
8. Die-Cut Divas - AG opt. Patriotic
9. DL.ART July Linky
10. Papercraft Challenges #40 - Stars
11. Time Out Challenge #139 - Inspired by Words (I chose the word FREEDOM and made a patriotic card.)
 

So Sorry for Your Loss

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Don't miss my GIVEAWAY HERE 

on my 

30 Cats in 30 Years post!!! 

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Hi, Friends.....

I'm back with a sympathy card to share. Seems like I rarely use my Hero Arts stamps, but I saw ABNH's Sympathy-themed Challenge. I am low on these kind of cards and this was a good chance to make one or two before one is needed. 


I used a very pretty (but ancient) HA stamp I found at a thrift store. I heat embossed the image in white and watercolored with Distress Markers. Turned out that I liked this card so much that I made two of them for my stash!


Supplies used include:
Hero Arts - Ribboned Iris F699 (retired)
Versafine ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
"So sorry for your loss" from Unity - Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories (Feb. 2015 Sentiment Kit)
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray
Distress Markers for watercoloring
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Canson - Mixed Media Paper
Misc cardstock from stash
Ribbon from stash

Hope you liked my card. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by for a look.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. ABNH June Challenge - Sympathy












 

2. Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly + H is for... (I used Heliotrope, Hot pink, and Heat Embossing)













3. Cards und More Shop Challenge #37 - Florals













4. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board











5. Stamplorations Summer TAGplorations - Include a tag



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

'Tis the Season to be Jolly



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Don't miss my GIVEAWAY HERE 
on my 
30 Cats in 30 Years post!!! 
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Hi, Friends.......

I am back with another pair of Christmas cards for Jo's Christmas Kickstart challenge with her theme of Your Hot Beverage of Choice. I am using more of the super-cute patterned tissue gift wrap I decoupaged onto cardstock for my card duo HERE. I also used the same neglected stamp set. Yay!!!










Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Sizzix - TH Texture Fades - Sparkles
Simon Says Stamp - Kelly Purkey "Cheers" (retired)
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Patterned tissue gift wrap
Mod Podge - Matte Finish
Striped ribbon and twine from my stash
Snowflake confetti from stash
DCWV scraps from stash
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock for card base

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your visits and kind comments so very much.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this pair of cards in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #14 - Hot Beverage
2. Allsorts Week #526 - Perfect Pairs (I hope a pair of cards counts!)
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stars &/or Stripes
(I used striped ribbon and there are stripes on one of the mugs and the candy.)
4. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #96 - Spots and/or Stripes
(I used striped ribbon and there are stripes on one of the mugs and the candy.)
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
6. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #444 - AG Christmas opt. Snowflakes
7. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
8. Stamplorations Summer TAGplorations - Include a tag