Friday, March 27, 2015

Safari, So Good.....Friends with Flair 3-27



Our Judith and Brian in the dollhouse.  Awwww....sweet!
"It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating little friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more." 
                                                                                           -------------Agnes Repplier



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a masculine card for this week's Unity - Friends with Flair link up.  I used some pieces from the DCWV Safari Chic stack.  I also used a wonderful Unity Itty Bitty - Enjoy, Explore, Believe.  I received this as a prize from the lovely Gaylynn.  (THANKS so much!!)  I couldn't wait to ink it up.  I used Versafine Onyx Black. 

Some weeks ago, I played around with my Imagine Crafts Walnut Ink Crystals.  I sprinkled them on watercolor paper and misted with water to let the crystals dissolve and blend.  This was a perfect chance to use one as a background for my stamp.  I learned about this product from a Just-Rite tutorial by Darsie Bruno.  I really loved the effects she achieved and waited until JoAnns had the crystals in stock and on sale for half-price.  :) 
I love the look of torn edges on my panels, but I am always afraid my paper will tear in a bad direction.  I discovered that by scoring this cardstock and then tearing it, I was able to get a softly ragged edge without it suddenly veering off in an unplanned direction.  I inked the edges with Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy.

Do you like my elephant tag?  He's a little oversized for this card, but elephants are supposed to be big, right?  :)  I fussy cut the image from one of the DCWV Safari Chic pages and hit on the idea to make a tag from him.  I just got these fiber yarns from my local thrift store yesterday.  Yay!!  LOVE them with my elephant!!!  

I got a huge package of that crinkly fiber yarn and would love to share it.  If you'd like some, send me your address via my online form and I will send some to you.  :)





















My background stamping is a leaf I got in my recent Unity Grab Bag.  (THANKS, Unity!)  I thought it was perfect for my safari themed card.  I stamped it in Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy and Fired Brick.   I love how my card turned out and I hope you do, too!!

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Ding, ding, ding!!!  New Follower Introduction Time!!!
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Ardyth Percy-Robb of MASKerade is known to many of us from her fabulous cards over at CASology.  She is an absolute genius with the CAS style, which is very impressive to me.....since I love to use so much "stuff" on my cards!!!  :)  Ardyth has a neat feature on her blog...pages with galleries of her work along the top of page.  Click on one of them and watch the loveliness unfold before you!!  Thank you, Ardyth, for becoming a follower here.  I appreciate it so very, very much!!! 

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments!  I am slipping this right under the wire at Unity....again!  Ha.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unity Friends with Flair 3-27 
2. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - March 2015 - Stamping
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
4. DRS.Designs Challenge #167 Pet Store - That's some pet store that would carry an African elephant, huh? But the criteria say "any animal". :)
5. Moving Along with the Times - In the Wild 

37 comments:

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This is so unique, and the perfect masculine card!

Carol said...

A fabulous masculine card. Carol x

Donna K said...

Love this Janis! The fibers are a great touch!!

TangledBlueRose said...

Love this card, so rugged and adventurous! Perfect sentiments, love!~kim

D- said...

Oh I loVe your wonderful masculine card. Thanks for sharing.
I saw your project at Unity's FWF hop.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Mary Anne!!!! Your kind words mean a lot to me!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Carol!! I rarely make a masculine card....so really appreciate your nice comment.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Donna, for mentioning the fibers. I was so excited to see those at the thrift store and to be able to use them right away!!! :)

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Kim!!! Love your description of my card being rugged and adventurous. You made my day!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Dawn!!! It was fun to make a masculine card for a change!!!

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Janis

Gaylynn said...

Love how you used this stamp Janis. The rustic look of this card is just wonderful. :)

Janis said...

Oh, thank you, Gaylynn, for your sweet comment!!! This is just a fabulous stamp and I am so glad to have it. Thanks, again!!!!

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Janis

Sue D said...

Love this--the large elephant tag is perfect and I like your use of the walnut crystals--I haven't tried them yet.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Love your card, Janis! Love all the dimension. And I am always looking for inspiration for manly cards - they are hard for me.

Donna Ellis said...

LOVE your Safari card, Janis! Wonderful colors, and the layers are fantastic! hugs, de

Janis said...

Thanks, Sue!! The crystals are a lot of fun to play with. One little container goes a loooooooooooooooooong ways!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Rebecca!! I, too, have difficulty with masculine cards. This one came pretty easily, though. I appreciate you stopping by!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Donna!!! Your kind comments mean so much to me!!!

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Janis

Kim Rippere said...

Awesome card! The colors, layering, and texture are incredible. From FwF.

Kim
Craftisan Studios
Design Team Showcase

ionabunny said...

Hi Janis, love this. Great colours and textures and the elephant tag is beautiful. Hugz

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Kim!!! I appreciate your nice words!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Gail!!! I appreciate you mentioning the elephant tag since I was thinking its size might be a bit overwhelming for this card.

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Janis

Brandi R said...

Oh I LOVE this!!! Elephant....yum! Gorgeous ♥

Janis said...

Oh, thank you for liking my elephant!!! :) I appreciate your sweet comment!!!

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Janis

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous masculine card! Elephants are one of my favourite animals! I love your kitties in the dollhouse too! Enjoy your weekend!

Janis said...

Thank you so much, KT, for mentioning our kitties in the dollhouse! I thought that was such an adorable photo. My little 4 yr old granddaughter put the kitties there and they were content to just stay there.....with Brian settling in for a nap. :) Thanks for stopping in and leaving your lovely comment!!

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Janis

Karenladd said...

Wow Janis...LOVE this! The elephant tag looks amazing with those rustic fibers and is just big enough! Great focal point and wonderful mix of papers. The walnut crystals and torn edge all combine with the patterns and colors to make the perfect masculine card. I know that you prefer to make feminine designs but you've obviously got the knack for both!

Karenladd said...

Oooh, took another look and discovered that natural burlap-type ribbon you used as well. Wonderful texture!!

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Karen!!! Glad you like my elephant. I really liked him with the fibers, too. That burlap ribbon seems to be my go-to trim for all my natural fiber cards. I, too, really love the texture it adds.. Thank you for being my cheering squad on all my cards!!! :)

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Janis

Lucy C said...

I love all the texture and tones, great job!

Janis said...

Thank you, Lucy!!! Your sweet comments are very encouraging to me!!!

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Janis

JPScraps said...

The card is amazing! The colors and texture blend beautifully together.

Sue B said...

Wow this is gorgeous Janis! I love the colours, patterns and textures! everything has come together beautifully on this fab card! :-)
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week!
Hugs, Sue B xx

Dawn Fields said...

This is a stunning masculine card! Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I like your theory about spring being a woman.

debby4000 said...

What a fabulous masculine card.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Luv
Debby

Shelia said...

Fabulous masculine card! I really like the elephant tag with the unique fibers. Thank you for sharing with us at DRS Designs this week!

ionabunny said...

Elephants are supposed to be overwhelming LOL. Hugz