Thursday, May 25, 2017

Warm Holiday Wishes - Rudolph Days



Hi, Friends.......

You can see below what it looked like at my house here in Idaho last week. We had 2-1/2 inches of snow on May 16!  I don't care what hemisphere you live in.......that is just WRONG!!!!




Here is my apple tree all in bloom with the snow covering the blossoms. Fortunately, the flowers did not seem to have been harmed. It's a little early to say, but I think they were able to set fruit and will be fine. And even if we have a smaller harvest of fruit, that will just give the tree a little bit of a rest and make for a larger harvest next year. Time will tell....

 
Here is a lone, shivering hummingbird bravely guarding "his" feeder. Chilly temps and snow were not going to deter this courageous little guy. He perched there on the wire hook ready to take on all comers!!! It's difficult to tell from the photo, but this is a male Rufous Hummingbird....the fiercely territorial bully of the feeders!



We have 4 species of hummingbirds in my part of Idaho: Rufous, Broad-Tailed (with their zing-zing metallic wing sounds), Black-Chinned, and the tiny Calliope. They all visit my feeders, competing for that sweet nectar and gobbling up mosquitoes and other small flying insects. They put on quite the show in the early evenings!!

So, with this spring snow.......
Was I in the mood for making Christmas cards?????  Oh, yes!!!! 

Besides, I knew ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas Challenge was coming up. I had a bunch of layered embossed backgrounds I made months ago with leftover scraps of Christmas prints and took this opportunity to make them all into cards. I kept the design simple to show off the fun patterned paper designs. I ended up with 12 matching ones in this set!! YAY!!!  
(This helps make up for the Christmas cards I did NOT get made in Feb, March and April!)
 


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (for blue outer pierced panel)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for inner scalloped panel)
Darice - Swirl Background embossing folder
Simon Says Stamp - Big Holiday Wishes stamp set [discontinued] (sentiment)
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Clear Sparkle embossing powder
Distress Ink in Faded Jeans (for inking edges of panels)
Sparkly glitter (on upper and lower edges of layered panel)
DCWV scraps

I hope you will join us in the Rudolph Days challenge through the end of the month. I might not have been too happy about having snow in May, but I am very glad to have a nice supply of Christmas cards beginning to accumulate. Hey, maybe I will even get them sent out this year!!! Ha!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. May Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's - Anything Goes Christmas
2. ABC Christmas Challenge - J is for Jingle Bells, K is for Keep it Simple (I used a simple design)
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 - Anything Goes Christmas w/ optional twist of Candy Canes
4. Christmas Cards All Year Round May Challenge - Precipitation
5. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #344 - Anything Goes
6. Crafting by Designs May Get Ready for Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Purr-thday - Winnie & Walter



Hi, Friends.......

I have three cat-loving crafty friends with birthdays in May (that I know of, at least....maybe there are more and I just don't know when their BDs are!!). They each visit my blog so they probably have a good idea who I am talking about! :) I have been in such disarray all month that I am just now getting cards ready for them....so each of the cards will be VERY late in arriving. Although they will see these three birthday cards on my blog here before they receive theirs in the mail, they won't know whose is whose. That will be a surprise they will have to wait for!

I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind:


1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - Love these relaxing colors!!!




2. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes (ends June 5) The theme this month is Birthday, but you can do any project with a cat(s) as the main subject!

 

Here's my card.......

This is such a sweet doggy and kitty from the Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set. I stamped them with Versafine ink in Onyx Black and watercolored them with Distress Inks. My layered background is embossed with my
Darice - Cherry Blossom folder.

Other supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
My Favorite Things - Cat-itude stamp set (for sentiment)

Hope my cat-loving friends will enjoy their kitty birthday cards! Hope you have had fun seeing them, too. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes
2. Deep Ocean Challenge #155 - Furry/Feathered Friends
3. Mod Squad - Birthday Bash
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends

5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters
6. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.

Happy Birthday Cats in Pink and Purple




Hi, Friends.......

I have three cat-loving crafty friends with birthdays in May (that I know of, at least....maybe there are more and I just don't know when their BDs are!!). They each visit my blog so they probably have a good idea who I am talking about! :) I have been in such disarray all month that I am just now getting cards ready for them....so each of the cards will be VERY late in arriving. Although they will see these three birthday cards on my blog here before they receive theirs in the mail, they won't know whose is whose. That will be a surprise they will have to wait for!

I made this card with the Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes (ends June 5) The theme this month is Birthday, but you can do any project with a cat(s) as the main subject!

Get your shades on because this is a bright one!!! Here's what I made......


I wanted to use wildly vivid colors for this card, so I stamped the Great Impressions - Three Black Cats in Versamark and heat embossed with some bright day-glo pink powder. Then I sponged around the trio with Distress Ink in Wilted Violet.  A bit psychedelic, isn't it?  :)
Other supplies used include:
Stampendous - Cat Sayings stamp set
Versafine Ink - Imperial Purple
Lawn Fawn - Small Stitched Rectangles die set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Darice - Assorted Stars embossing folder
Ribbon from my stash
Hope you liked my bright and happy card. I wonder which one of my cat-loving crafty friends will find this one in their mailbox! :)

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes
2.
Card Mania Challenge #92 - Life is Colorful
3. Mod Squad - Birthday Bash
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters
6. Deep Ocean Challenge #155 - Furry/Feathered Friends

Happy Birthday - Laurel Burch Cat




Hi, Friends.......

I have three cat-loving crafty friends with birthdays in May (that I know of, at least....maybe there are more and I just don't know when their BDs are!!). They each visit my blog so they probably have a good idea who I am talking about! :) I have been in such disarray all month that I am just now getting cards ready for them....so each of the cards will be VERY late in arriving. Although they will see these three birthday cards on my blog here before they receive theirs in the mail, they won't know whose is whose. That will be a surprise they will have to wait for!

I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind:

1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes (ends June 5) The theme this month is Birthday, but you can do any project with a cat(s) as the main subject!

2. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly/ies plus L is for Layers &/or the color Cream (ends June 13) We have two fortnights to finish our projects up this time. No excuse (even for me) to not get at least one in there. Great prizes, too!!

Here's what I made......



I had fun getting out my Stampendous - Laurel Burch Indigo Cats die set and Stampendous - Laurel Burch Indigo Cats stamp set which I hadn't used yet. I chose a bright spring green layered and embossed background made from scraps. (Yes, I really do save all those skinny strips of paper for making these!!) I stamped the cat and butterfly with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and watercolored them with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, and Fossilized Amber.
Other supplies used include:
Waffle Flower - On My Mark stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Darice - Interlocking Circles embossing folder

Hope you enjoyed seeing the fun Laurel Burch stamps. I still have two more birthday cards to post so I will see you later!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes
2. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly/ies plus L is for Layers &/or the color Cream
3. Mod Squad - Birthday Bash
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters
6. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Add Sunshine (sunshiny color or a sun)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#6 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter

My new glasses are snazzy, but they have nothing on this old gal's 3Ds!!  lol....


Hi, Friends......

I am finally here with #6, the LAST of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza where I went wild with my Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection and made SIX cards!!! This card uses the last three panels from the sheet I was using in each of my cards.  Again, I made this baby card with one of the Winnie & Walter challenges in mind:


Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!





Here's my card......


This might be my very favorite of the cards I made in this series. I like the three-panel design in this tall format. I have a ton of long scraps that are too narrow for my usual A2 size card, but exactly the right width for this size. I used an adorable border die and added lots of flowers and some butterflies. Sweet!! I really like this one!!
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (the sweet xoxoxo border and little butterflies)
Prima flowers and other
Roses found at local thrift store
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
DCWV scraps
Distress Ink in Tattered Rose
Thank you for your patience as I flooded my blog with all these cards! I had a great time making them and hope that you have enjoyed all the variations I did on them. Thank you for taking a peek and leaving a comment or two. Your visits mean a lot to me!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. CardzTV "Card Crazy Crafters" Anything Goes Challenge #1
3. CardzTV "Mailbox Smiles" Anything Goes Challenge #1
4. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Dare2BArtzy - Girly Challenge
6. Allsorts Week #415 - Ring a Ring o' Roses
7. Unstampabelles #68 - Layering and Borders (no stamping)

Monday, May 15, 2017

#5 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter




Hi, Friends......

I am back with #5 of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza where I went wild with my Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection and made SIX cards!!! I love this collection with its images that are suitable for baby boys or girls. I made this little boy card with one of the Winnie & Walter challenges in mind:


Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!





Here's my card......



In addition to the Graphic 45 papers, I used scraps for matting and leftover bits of a doily from THIS PROJECT. I think the little wheel shapes have a sort of nautical look and go with the sailboats in the papers.
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (the rectangles with straight sides and the fishtail banner )
Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set (sentiment)
Versafine Ink in Deep Lagoon
Doily scraps
DCWV scraps
Hope you are enjoying what I have been making with my G45 papers for the W&W challenges. I have one last card of this collection to post. I would love for you to join in, too. You still have plenty of time! Thank you, as always, for your visits and comments!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. Not Just Cards Challenge #44 - One for the Boys
3. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 281 & 282 - Use Snippets
5. Bizzy Becs May Challenge - Anything Goes

#4 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter





Hi, Friends......

I am back with #4 of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza where I went wild with my Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection and made SIX cards!!! I love this collection for making baby cards.....like this one for a brand-new little boy. I made it with a couple of challenges in mind:


1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!




2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville (ends May 31) - The W&W Rerun challenges are where a stamp set from the past is featured. Shay and her design team members make cards with this older set and she challenges us to make a card using it, also. If we don't have the set, we can use a different W&W product to make a card inspired by one from the design team. Fun!!! This month Shay is actually has two stamp sets to rerun:


W&W Parentville Stamp Set

W&W Parentville Extras Stamp Set





And....Shay even has a giveaway!!!

Comment on the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge and Giveaway post to have a chance to win BOTH of these stamp sets!!

Wow!! Thank you, Shay!!!








Here's my card......



I don't have either of the W&W Parentville/Extras sets, so I drew inspiration from Kelly's cards where she made beautiful clusters of hearts. You can see her cards HERE. Instead of hearts, I made some sweet clusters of stamped and die-cut stars (from glittery blue scraps...YAY!) and Nuvo drops. (I am still getting the hang of using the drops, so bear with me!!) I think the card turned out super-adorable!!
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (the scalloped rectangle)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (the plaid rectangle with straight sides)
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Big Bang Confetti stamp set
Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection
Sizzix - Fancy Labels die set
Versamark ink
Clear Sparkle embossing powder
Nuvo Drops
Distress Ink -Tattered Rose (to ink edges of panels)
DCWV scraps

Hope you enjoyed this sweet little baby card. It was fun to use the stars from the W&W Big Bang Confetti set! Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville

3. Not Just Cards Challenge #44 - One for the Boys
4. The Male Room Challenge #60 - Stars
5. CardzTV "Card Crazy Crafters" Anything Goes Challenge #1
6. CardzTV "Mailbox Smiles" Anything Goes Challenge #1
7. DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
 
8. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Going Dotty
9. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
10. Crop Stop May Challenge Linky Party #28 - Anything Goes using a product or company CS carries  (I used Versamark ink, Sizzix die set, Distress Ink,

#3 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter


Oh, my goodness.....this is adorable.  But did YOU ever dress up your kitty in doll clothes when you were little?  I did.  They HATED it!  lol...  They'd go streaking from the room leaving a trail of dresses and hats and booties behind them.  How did they get this one to stay still?????   


Hi, Friends......

I am back with #3 of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza....my latest crafting whirlwind where I got started making cards with my Graphic 45 Precious Memory collection AND couldn't stop!!!  lol...   I love the sweet images on the papers of babies and mommies and related themes.  This time I made a baby girl card with a couple of challenges in mind:



1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!





2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville (ends May 31) - The W&W Rerun challenges are where a stamp set from the past is featured. Shay and her design team members make cards with this older set and she challenges us to make a card using it, also. If we don't have the set, we can use a different W&W product to make a card inspired by one from the design team. Fun!!! This month Shay is actually has two stamp sets to rerun:


W&W Parentville Stamp Set

W&W Parentville Extras Stamp Set





And....Shay even has a giveaway!!!

Comment on the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge and Giveaway post to have a chance to win BOTH of these stamp sets!!

Wow!! Thank you, Shay!!!






Here's my card......


I don't have either of the W&W Parentville/Extras sets, so I drew inspiration from the two cards that Heather H made. You can see her cards HERE. I loved how she added a pretty horizontal piece of lace ribbon to her Mom card. I did the same thing, but mine is vertical. I think the fancy edges on her sentiment panels are so pretty, so I used a sweet scalloped edge die. The patterned background paper for her Dad card has a decidedly masculine feel, but it inspired the dainty dotted paper I used.

It was nice seeing Heather make such lovely use of patterned paper. If you are like me, you have a ton of it in your stash! I LOVE how the W&W Essential series of dies are perfect for making wonderful layered cards with pretty papers from many different companies. I enjoy being able to use what I have on hand. The Essentials by W&W make it easy and fun!!

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (the scalloped rectangle)
Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection
Eyelet Lace from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Thank you so much for stopping in. Hope you liked seeing this sweet and simple little card. Your visits and comments brighten my day!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville
3. Dare2BArtzy - Girly Challenge
4. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Bizzy Becs May Challenge - Anything Goes

#2 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter



Hi, Friends......

I am back with #2 of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza where I went a little bit crazy making cards with my Graphic 45 Precious Memory collection. These papers are great for making Mother's Day cards...or baby cards.....cards for small children.....or all-occasion cards for those special ladies in our lives. The vintage images are so evocative of long ago memories. I made this one especially for a couple of challenges:



1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!




2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville (ends May 31) - The W&W Rerun challenges are where a stamp set from the past is featured. Shay and her design team members make cards with this older set and she challenges us to make a card using it, also. If we don't have the set, we can use a different W&W product to make a card inspired by one from the design team. Fun!!! This month Shay is actually has two stamp sets to rerun:
W&W Parentville Stamp Set

W&W Parentville Extras Stamp Set





And....Shay even has a giveaway!!!

Comment on the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge and Giveaway post to have a chance to win BOTH of these stamp sets!!

Wow!! Thank you, Shay!!!






Here's my card......


I don't have either of the W&W Parentville/Extras sets, so I drew inspiration from a card that Shay made in THIS POST. I loved Shay's two-toned stamping/embossing on her Mother's Day card and did a similar thing with my heat-embossed sentiment on a sponged die-cut.

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (the banner under the sentiment)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (the scalloped rectangle)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set (sentiment)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set
Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection
Prima flowers
Ribbon from my stash
Versamark Ink
Blue embossing powder from my stash\
Distress Ink - Tattered Rose

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I still have several more to post, so stay tuned!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville
3. WOW! Embossing Powder Challenge - Memories (The vintage image brings back memories of when my kids were young!)
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Frame it Up
5. CardzTV "Card Crazy Crafters" Anything Goes Challenge #1
6. CardzTV "Mailbox Smiles" Anything Goes Challenge #1
7. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
8. Die-Cut Divas May Challenge - Use Flowers
9. Creative with Stamps Challenge #14 - Flowers


 












10. Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #407 - Mother's Day


Sunday, May 14, 2017

#1 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter




Hi, Friends.....

I got on a roll this weekend and made SIX cards with my Graphic 45 - Precious Memories collection for several different challenges. WOW!!!
(So proud of myself for using my G45!!! lol...)

1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!



2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville (ends May 31) - The W&W Rerun challenges are where a stamp set from the past is featured. Shay and her design team members make cards with this older set and she challenges us to make a card using it, also. If we don't have the set, we can use a different W&W product to make a card inspired by one from the design team. Fun!!! This month Shay is actually has two stamp sets to rerun:
W&W Parentville Stamp Set

W&W Parentville Extras Stamp Set





And....Shay even has a giveaway!!!

Comment on the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge and Giveaway post to have a chance to win BOTH of these stamp sets!!

Wow!! Thank you, Shay!!!






3. Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Mondays Week #170 (ends May 14) - Here we are given a vintage magazine cover for an inspiration piece. I challenge myself to use something from my Graphic 45 collections for these challenges. I was inspired by the mother and child, the contrast of dark and bright colors, and also the diagonal shadow sweeping over the bright splash of salmon pink.


Here's my card......











I don't have either of the W&W Parentville/Extras sets, so I drew inspiration from the cards that Shay and the team made. I really like the idea of a bold panel going completely across the card, like Shay and Heather H. used on their cards in THIS POST. I used satin ribbon from my stash and put it on the diagonal. (Did you think I put it on an angle because I am so arty and creative? Well, actually, it was to hide a flaw in the ribbon!! But I LIKE it on the diagonal. I will have to remember to do this again sometime!! lol...)

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (the perforated border)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (the little hearts and butterfly)
Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection
DCWV scraps
Ribbon from my stash

Hope you enjoyed my card. I made five more from that same collection and I will be posting them over the next day or two.

In the meantime, I hope all you ladies out there are having a nice Mother's Day. I am a firm believer that a gal doesn't have to "technically" be a Mom to deserve recognition on this special day. Women everywhere play a crucial role in mentoring, nurturing, encouraging, and educating the young people in their communities. So hats off and my sincere thanks and appreciation to ALL WOMEN on Mother's Day!!! May you be blessed.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #19: Parentville
3. Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Mondays Week #170

4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Frame it Up
5. CardzTV "Card Crazy Crafters" Anything Goes Challenge #1
6. CardzTV "Mailbox Smiles" Anything Goes Challenge #1

7. DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
8. Unstampabelles #68 - Layering and Borders (no stamping) 
9. Allsorts Week #415 - Ring a Ring o' Roses 
10. Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #407 - Mother's Day







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Butterfly Challenge - Altered Treat Jar



Hi, Friends.....

I am here with an altered treat jar that I made for Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge. The theme this fortnight is Butterfly/ies plus D is for Decoupage &/or the Color Gold. I hadn't made a mixed media monstrosity for quite awhile, but I couldn't resist when I saw the word "decoupage"!!

Out came all my supplies..............

I had this old crumpled-up metallic gold doily that I couldn't bear to throw away.  It was perfect for adding to my jar!!  I cut it into separate medallions and circlets.  I did the same thing with another jumbled-up ivory colored doily (not shown).  It didn't matter that the doilies were damaged....some parts were torn or missing and both of them were wrinkled.  The imperfections are not even noticeable and the decoupage medium smoothed out all the crumples.  Yay!   The green tissue is upcycled from a gift I received.  The text paper is from an old falling apart book of poetry quotations from the free box at my local thrift store. 





"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."
                   ---Oliver Wendell Holmes

 
I wish I could remember who gave me this lovely ribbon with the above quote on it. I have quite a bit of it and this is the first time I have used it. (If you want some, send me a note or tell me in the comments!) The quote fit perfectly around the circumference of this jar! 

The pretty scalloped ribbon that I layered over the lower edge of the quotation ribbon was from a sampler that May Arts sent me. It is self-adhesive and, oh, so very easy to apply!!! <3














The rose and butterfly die cuts were off the bargain rack at Joann's ages ago. The cardstock is kind of thin, so they worked very well with decoupage. I put a thin layer of gesso over the die cuts and then used my Faber-Castell Big Brush markers to outline the images.

 



I was surprised to get almost a steampunk look from these doily medallions. They unexpectedly look a bit like gears. I wasn't going for that look at all...and with all the flowers and ribbons, it isn't really noticeable in the finished project. It sure did look like it with just the gold medallions on, though!




Oooops......I applied a little too much gesso over my rose and butterfly images, so I rubbed bright pink gelatos over them and also went over the darker shaded portions with a dark maroon colored Faber-Castell Big Brush pen.


I used a huge variety of flowers from my stash: lots of Prima flowers and many from thrift stores and ones that crafty friends have sent me in stash pruning prizes. Love them all!!

Oh, I meant to mention that one of my favorite new-to-me products is one I found at Walmart.... Simply Acrylic - Gloss Medium. (Apparently out of stock online atm...but I got mine in the brick and mortar store.) It was very economical and fabulous for decoupaging the shiny metallic gold doily parts because it didn't dull the gleam. :)


I pieced together a ring of the trimmings from the ivory doily to put on the rim of the lid for a lacy look.



Hope you enjoyed my jar. Projects like these don't come together super-fast, but they are so much fun to make! And they are great stash-busters!!! :) Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will join in the fun at the Butterfly Challenge!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this altered jar in the following challenges:
1. Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly/ies plus D is for Decoupage &/or the color Gold

2. Crop Stop May Challenge Linky Party #28 - Anything Goes using a product or company CS carries 
 (I used a foam brush with my Plaid - Royal Coat decoupage medium and Prima flowers)
3. Dare2BArtzy - Girly Challenge
4. Cut it Up Challenge #121 - Wings (must use die cuts, store-bought okay)
5. Alphabet Challenge - D for Decoupage
6. CardzTV Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes Challenge #1

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Watercolor Sympathy Card Set

Not my kitty, but the cherry tree just outside my craft window is in full bloom right now and my sweet little Andromeda does like to climb it.  Never seen her napping in it, though!

Hi, Friends......

Today I am sharing a series of watercolor sympathy cards. I had posted one that was similar on THIS POST, but I had made a bunch of these pretty embossed watercolor backgrounds using leftover Easter egg dye!!

(You know the old crafter's motto: "Waste not, and your craft room will always overflow with unusable items." Hahaha!)
I paired the rest of these backgrounds with a simple scripture from Verve - New Mercies stamp set, stamped with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray. I LOVE how these turned out!!

Other supplies used:

Sizzix Textured Impressions - Roses embossing folder
Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn

#1 - I wasn't sure how sponging DI over the existing color in the background would work.....(I envisioned a disastrous muddy mess...Eek!).....but the layered colors worked great and gave some pretty combined effects as the hues mixed.   I think it helped that they were dry sponged on...and so the lower layers weren't activated very much. 

Here are the others I made:
#2 - I love the "orange peel" effect that I get when I smoosh two pieces of the mixed media paper together and there isn't quite enough watery dye to go around.  The color follows the "channels" between the sheets of textured paper and gives me this lovely dimpled effect.  This probably would look better if the dimpling weren't in the sentiment space, but watercolor backgrounds have minds of their own!


#3 - Lots of watery dye on this background so no "orange peel" look.  I love the dreamy smooth look of this one, too.



#4 - I almost discarded this one because of that streak on the right edge, but I went ahead and used it.  The natural variations are part of the charm. 

CAUTION:  Science Nerdiness dead ahead!!!  You might know that I am a "Mad Chemist" sort of crafter.  That part of me loves the "paper chromatography" effect I get when I make these dye-based backgrounds.  This color separation phenomenon is something I observed way back when I was just a kid.  I was totally fascinated and spent many hours discovering which colors would wick out of all my old classic Flair felt-tip pens...esp the black ones!!  It was extremely exciting to discover in science class that this  phenomenon had a name!  This was long before I was aware of my alchemist alter ego!  (BTW...I think all crafters are alchemists as we love making something fine out of base materials!)


#5 - The streak on the left side is mostly obscured by the embossing and sponging.  The very watery look in the center was perfect for stamping the sentiment. 
Which is your favorite of the cards? Do you like the total watery look or the ones with some of the dimpled look better?

Today is sunny and is supposed to be 80 degrees this afternoon. 
(Eeek!.....Quite a change from the snow we had last week!! lol...) Thank you for stopping by. Your visits and sweet comments are very appreciated!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Hint of Pink
3. Die-Cut Divas May Challenge - Use Flowers
4. MarkerPOP Challenge #119 - Watercolor Florals
5. Creative with Stamps Challenge #14 - Flowers


 












6. Crop Stop April Linky Party - Anything Goes using Product/Brand CS carries (I used Darice embossing folder and Distress Ink)
7. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Great Outdoors 
8. Cupcake Inspirations #405 - Inspiration Photo/Colors