Sunday, September 9, 2018

Guest Designer for Addicted To Stamps - Christmas Comes Soon


Hi, Friends.........

I am honored today to be a Guest Designer for the beautiful people over at the Addicted To Stamps Challenge blog. Their theme is "Christmas Comes Soon", so they are asking for a Christmas card with stamping as the focal point. I have a lot of Christmas stamps that don't get much ink, so it was fun to choose one to use for this challenge.

For this card, I picked out a pretty stamp that my son found for me at a thrift store. (Isn't he just the best son???!!!) I think it looks Christmas-y, even though it actually is a Noah's Ark theme with the dove carrying the olive branch over the waves. But it still certainly carries the message of Christmas: Peace on Earth. I heat embossed it in gold (which I adore!!) and colored it with some shimmery thrift store watercolors. :)

My background is a DCWV pre-embossed card base. I brayered Tombow multi mono glue over it and dusted it with gold Perfect Pearls. It was still a bit sticky after the dusting, so I sprinkled a bit of cornstarch over it to "de-stick" it.....worked great and didn't dull the gold of the powder! I also sponged some distress ink in Rusty Hinge around the edges for a vintage look.


Products used include:
Inkylicious - Seasons Greetings x4 stamp set
Dove Stamp from thrift store
Versamark ink
Ranger - Embossing Powder in super fine gold
DCWV - pre-embossed card base
Tombow Multi Mono Glue
Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder in gold
Distress ink in Rusty Hinge
Shimmering Watercolors from thrift store
Prima - Gold Doilies

Hope you liked my card. I want to thank the wonderful team at the Addicted To Stamps Challenge blog for inviting me to design with them today. Hope you are inspired to get working on your Christmas cards!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Crop Stop August Linky Party #43 - Anything Goes + opt. twist: Use a doily (I used Distress Ink, Ranger embossing powder, Tsukineko Versamark ink, and a Prima doily)
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp on It
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
4. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday August/September - Stamp a Celebration or BD card
5. Word Art Wednesday Week #350-351 - Anything Goes
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #63
7. Dare2BArtzy September Challenge - Use Your Favorite Color (LOVE anything with gleaming gold!!)
8. Artistic Stamper - Go Round and Round
9. Craft Stamper September TIMI Challenge - AG with a Stamp

10. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #402 - AG Christmas

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Graphic 45 Lady in Elegant Dress




Hi, Friends......

I am back with another pretty Graphic 45 card to also enter into the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. Here's the beautiful palette that I chose for my card.  The colors have an autumny feel (which I ran with), although the photo is springy.  It even has pink...my favorite color!


I'm not big on fussy cutting a lot of details, but this card was a lot of fun to make with all the pearls and lace. I even put some pearls around the hem of the gown. Pretty!!  The lovely lady is from the "9 Ladies Dancing"  sheet of my G45 - "12 Days of Christmas" collection.



Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 "Place in Time" collection
Graphic 45 "12 Days of Christmas" collection
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
DCWV scraps
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
Ribbon and Lace from my stash
Core'dinations cardstock for card base

Hope you enjoyed my card. I really love how it turned out!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
2. Crop Stop August Linky Party #43 - Anything Goes (I used Distress Ink and Core'dinations cardstock)
3. TCP Tuesday Challenge #350 - Fall
4. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Word Art Wednesday Week #350-351 - Anything Goes
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #63

7. Dare2BArtzy September Challenge - Use Your Favorite Color (Pink!)

Graphic 45 Anniversary Cards

Married to her for all those lives and never realized that!  Ha.


Hi, Friends....

I've been on a Graphic 45 kick lately and have some anniversary cards to share with you today. I love mixing and matching the vintage patterns and solids for a pretty look. By staying all in one collection, everything matches and I don't have to go comparing colors in my millions of scrap bags...lol.

Occasionally I find a scrap that is exactly the right color so I put it inside the big 2-1/2 gallon zipper bags that I keep each G45 collection in....very handy for next time I am using that set. I prefer the press and seal type of zipper bags over the slider zipper kind, but either is fine....as long as I get it at the dollar store. They are big enough to hold 12x12 stacks plus extras.....like the scraps I generate while making cards! :)

I am entering in the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. Here is the beautiful palette I found to help me with my card.




While I had my collection out, I made three cards.  Which is your favorite?

#1 - I like the spring/summery colors of this one.



#2 - Same design as #1, but in more late summer/autumny colors, which I also love!!


#3 - Another in later summer/autumny colors with 2 panels.

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 - Celebrations collection
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Core'dinations Cardstock for card bases 

Hope you like these cards and that it reminds you to stop hoarding that Graphic 45 paper!! lol.... I know it is too pretty to use....but it is also too pretty to NOT use!! A few years ago I finally decided I needed to buy a whole bunch of collections just so I could allow myself to use the few that I already had. It was a nasty task indulging in these lovely collections, but I had to do it! Hahahaha... Thank you for stopping by today!

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
2.
Crop Stop August Linky Party #43 - Anything Goes (I used Distress Ink and Core'dinations cardstock)
3. TCP Tuesday Challenge #350 - Fall
4. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge

5. Word Art Wednesday Week #350-351 - Anything Goes
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #63

Belated BD Card with Paper Piecing


Looks like this sweet sloth is all partied out!!  Awwww.....

Hi, Friends......

I am here to share a really fun belated birthday card. Maybe you are like I am....make tons of cards and can't get one sent in a timely manner! I slipped up on every August birthday on my list....arrrgh. Not sure where my energy went, but I think the heat really got to me.

One of the birthdays that I am going to celebrate with a late card and gift is for my very own daughter!! (How bad of a Mom am I!!! lol...) Actually, that one was by design...because I wanted to use this adorable LF sloth set from Di Wray (THANKS, Di!!!) which is perfect for a belated card. My daughter loves sloths!! She doesn't read my blog, so I am safe posting this right away. :)

I am entering this card in the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. Autumn tones of green are my daughter's favorite color, so I chose this muted palette for my card:



I got brave and tried paper piecing the sloth with scraps from my stash. I even had a grassland piece to use for the critter's hairy little body!
I rarely do piecing....because I am soooooo SLOW!  Ha!  But this was really fun.  
Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Lawn Fawn - Hang in There stamp set
Lawn Fawn - Hang in There die set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Gel Pens - 10 Pack (black for eyes)
Distress Marker in Walnut Stain to ink edges of pieces
DCWV scraps from stash
Twine from stash

Hope you liked my card. I think my daughter is going to love it!! (If I ever manage to get it to her...lol!)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #334 - Use Snippets
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #62
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp on It
5. HeARTful Stamping (Sep 2 - Sep 9) - Anything Goes + a Stamp
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #350 - Fall
7. Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge
8. DL.ART September Linky Challenge
9. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It
10. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday August/September - Stamp a Celebration or BD card
11. Dare2BArtzy September Challenge - Use Your Favorite Color (I actually used my daughter's fave color since this card is for her!) 

12. Lost Coast Designs Challege #60 - Paper Piecing
13. Joy Clair September Challenge - Mood Board (I took inspiration from the leaves and woodgrain)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August Rudolph Days - Graphic 45



Hi, Friends.....

Here I am with my entry for Scrappy Mo's August Rudolph Days Challenge. I used a couple of different Graphic 45 collections and some wonderful gold glittery bells from my crafty pal, Karen Ladd. (THANKS, Karen!!)

I am also entering this in the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. For this card I chose this pretty inspiration piece:
 

 

Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 - "Place in Time" collection and "Twelve Days of Christmas" collection
Distress ink in Walnut Stain
Core'dinations cardstock in cream and kraft
Glittery bells
Gold-edged ribbon from my stash

You still have a few days to join in the Rudolph Days challenge, so I hope to see you there!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Scrappy Mo's August Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes
3. Christmas Cards All Year Round August Challenge - Use Hot/Warm Colors
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. Mod Squad Challenge - Anything Goes
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #400 - AG Christmas
8. All Sorts Challenge Week #482 - Music
9. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #15 - Machine Die-cutting.)
10. Word Art Wednesday Week #350-351 - Anything Goes

Embossed Roses Kindness Card

Wouldn't it be fun to live in have one of these?!!!  :)


Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a card to share with you for a couple of Winnie & Walter challenges:

1. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #33 - Picture Perfect - I don't own the featured rerun set so I took inspiration from the colorful splashy background of Shay's card HERE. My card uses one of my leftover Easter Egg dye watercolor backgrounds that is probably a little too wild for the sedate stamp set I used, but I think I managed to harness it. You can let me know in the comments.

2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge Any Palette Goes - this time I used an inspiration photo in the colors of my background. I was inspired to add some baker's twine. Fun!




So do you think this background is just too too too much? I actually like it with the silver embossing and Wink of Stella (can't see it too well in the photo) over the roses.

Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses stamp
Versamark ink
Ranger - Embossing Powder Silver Ultra-Fine
Baker's Twine from a W&W package :)
Zig - Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Leftover Easter Egg dye watercolor background
Canson - Mixed Media Paper Spiral Bound Notebook
Core'dinations cardstock
Scrap of DCWV Mercury Glass cardstock in silver for butterfly

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you liked my card.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #33 - Picture Perfect
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge Any Palette Goes
3. Creative Knockouts Challenge #260 - Use Twine
4. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #14 May Flowers)
5. Mod Squad Challenge - Anything Goes
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Joy Clair August Challenge - Anything Goes
8. Off the Rails August Challenge - Tribal inspired (I was inspired by the splashy colors of the paint and used a leftover Easter Egg dye background. Also inspired by the botanical panels with the structural outlines defined.)

Before I formed you.......



Hi, Friends......

I am here with an encouraging masculine birthday card to share. I had this card partially put together with this background for a long time and didn't know whether to add more things or not. It's a large format card and has lots of room for lots of stuff, but I finally decided for a guy card....keep it simple and let this interesting background using Walnut Ink Crystals take center stage. (These crystals are super-fun to play with...kind of like Brushos or ColorBursts, only chunkier.) So I tied some twine and added the focal panel and said....finished. :) Now that it is done, I am still not sure if I should go back and add something else or not! Ha.




Here's a close up of the focal panel......

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.  Before you were born, I set you apart." Jeremiah 1:5


And here's a shot of the fun variations you get with these Walnut Ink Crystals. I stamped over the background also with a MFP Crackle stamp.



Products used include:
Clear Dollar Stamps - Set Apart stamp set (discontinued)
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
DCWV Burlap Paper Stack
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge
Sizzix - Fancy Labels die set
Mark's Finest Papers - Background Fun stamp set (discontinued)
Tsukineko - Walnut Ink Crystals
Canson - Mixed Media Paper Spiral Bound Notebook
Core'dinations cardstock
Twine from my stash

Hope you enjoyed this card. Thank you so much for stopping by!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Creative Knockouts Challenge #260 - Use Twine
2.
Penny Black and More August Challenge - Begins with a "B" (I chose Browns, Burlap, and Birthday)
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Fall/Autumn
4. Word Art Wednesday Week #350-351 - Anything Goes
5. The Cat's Pajamas Challenge #349 - Birthday
6. Craft Stamper TIMI August Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
7. Artistic Stamper August Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
8. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #15 - Machine Die-cutting.)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sparkly Happy Birthday

Oh, lol.....TOO close to home!!!  "Life in an Aspy house!" is all I can say.  <3 <3 <3  (Google that phrase, if you don't know what I am talking about, and you will pull up my blog post!  Ha.)

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a pretty floral card I made with some new stamps a friend gave me. I don't have the matching dies, so I left all the flowers in one piece and used it as a background stamp.

I am entering this card in the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. Here is the beautiful palette I used for my card colors:


I used one of my leftover Easter egg dye backgrounds in blue and pink then stamped and colored over the top of it. Finished off with Wink of Stella for non-stop sparkle!!   LOVE!!

I am also entering this card in Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge - Use your birthstone color for a card. My BD is in February and my birthstone is an amethyst. So I used purples in my card....which I adore!!!


Supplies used include:
Heartfelt Creations - Sun Kissed Fleur stamp set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in London Fog
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Spectrum Noir markers
Chameleon - Color Tops
Wink of Stella pen
Glitter from stash
Canson - Mixed Media Paper Spiral Bound Notebook
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti stamp set (limited edition, no longer available)
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Versamark ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Core'dinations cardstock for card base

Hope you enjoyed my card. It was fun to color the flowers using my Chameleon Color Tops. I had experimented around with them but this is my first card using them. I am still getting the hang of the technique. Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Power Poppy Creative Confetti - Use your birthstone as inspiration (Mine is the lovely purple amethyst.)
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #62
4. The House That Stamps Built - A818 Tic Tac Toe (I chose Friendship, Watercolors, and Bright Colors.)
5. The House that Stamps Built - A2218 Anything Goes
6. Joy Clair August Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Artistic Stamper August Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
8. Word Art Wednesday Week #348-349 - Anything Goes
9. Penny Black and More August Challenge - Begins with a "B" (I chose Blossoms, Blues, and Birthday)
10. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #14 May Flowers)
11. Craft Stamper TIMI August Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
12. The Cat's Pajamas Challenge #349 - Birthday
13. Double Trouble Challenge #8 - Summer Happy BD I'm also participating in Thing 2 (Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenge) and Thing 3 (Add Sparkle)
14. Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Summer Birthday Party
15. Time Out Challenge #116 - Bright
16. HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a Stamp

For a Special Mother with Stripes :)

Couldn't resist posting this adorable picture of "a special mother with stripes".  Awwww...
Hi, Friends.....

What I really meant in the title to this blog post was that I made this card for a special mother and that the card has a striped background.....but "for a special mother with stripes" is the first thing that came out! :)

I usually use this stamp for Mother's Day cards, but my dear mother-in-law had an alarming health scare this last week. I wanted to send a pretty mom card to her and thought this would fit the occasion. I love this older DCWV Chateau Lavender stack that I used here.


Products used include:
Mom stamp from my stash
Versafine ink in Sepia Brown
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set (discontinued)
DCWV Chateau Lavender stack
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Pretty lace ribbon from my stash
Core'dinations Kraft cardstock

Hope you like my card and that my mom-in-law will, too. We are all so thankful that she is okay. She's in her mid-80s and needs to start acting her age!!! lol.... <3 <3 <3 Thank you for stopping by today!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Power Poppy Creative Confetti - Use your birthstone as inspiration (Mine is the lovely purple amethyst.)
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #62
3. Word Art Wednesday Week #348-349 - Anything Goes
4. The House that Stamps Built - A2218 Anything Goes
5. Joy Clair August Challenge - Anything Goes
6. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #14 May Flowers)
7. Crop Stop August Linky Party #42 - Anything Goes + Opt Twist of striped background (I used Distress Ink, Tsukineko Versafine ink, and Core'dinations cardstock)
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
9. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #234 - Summer
10. HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a Stamp

G45 Masculine Card with Embossing


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with another Graphic 45 card especially for a couple of challenges:


1. UnstampaBelles Challenge - Use embossing with an optional Make it Masculine Twist.
I used my Graphic 45 Cityscapes collection again for this masculine card. Emboldened by the one I made HERE, I embossed and tore the cardstock again for a peeling wallpaper effect. At least, that what it reminds me of! :)

2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. Here's the color combo I chose for this card. Love the autumny hues of these berries!





Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set 

Graphic 45 - Cityscapes collection
Sizzix - TH Texture Fades - Notebook embossing folder
Core'dinations Cardstock - Neutrals
Distress Ink - Black Soot

Scraps of black cardstock
Ribbon from my stash
Unrelated to cardmaking.....I have good news to report. We have had cool temperatures and rain with no thunderstorms for the last couple of days!! We are so thankful for this gentle change of weather that helps reduce our immediate fire danger. Our nights have been in the low 50s and high 40s, so autumn is certainly on its way. Whew!!! That's always a relief.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you are all well and safe from all the fire and weather-related problems so many areas are experiencing.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. UnstampaBelles Challenge #84 - Emboss with optional twist of Make it Masculine
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Fall/Autumn
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. DL.ART August Linky Challenge
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #61
7. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #16 - Embossing.)
8. Word Art Wednesday Week #348-349 - Anything Goes

Friday, August 24, 2018

Kinda Retro Christmas Cards



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a couple of Christmas cards in deep shades of some bright colors. I love this color palette that I chose for entering the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes.



Digging around in my stash, I found these scraps of DCWV 12x12 paper with a really long Merry Christmas and just had to use them for long format cards. Can you tell that I did some sparkly tone-on-tone embossing on the backgrounds??? For the first card I used a W&W stencil and on the second one I stamped some W&W stars. I scattered glittery stars and snowflakes here and there......made from scraps, of course!  Bonus: I kept these very flat for easy mailing.  Yay!!



I couldn't decide which color of card base to use, lavender or hot pink, so I made one of each.  Which do you like better?  I like the pink one.



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti stamp set (limited edition, no longer available)
Winnie & Walter - Buffalo Check Creative Screenings
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for edges
Sweet Dixie - 4 Layering Snowflakes die set (from the lovely Di Wray...THANKS, Di!!!)

Tsukineko - Versamark Ink
Scraps of DCWV patterned paper and glitter cardstock
Clear Sparkle Embossing Powder
Core'dinations card stock for bases

Hope you enjoyed this kinda retro and non-traditional color combo for my cards. Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your comments so very much.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
2. Christmas Cards All Year Round August Challenge - Use Hot/Warm Colors
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - AG Christmas

4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper  
5. HIMCR Challenge #366 - Use Die Cuts
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #61
7. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #16 - Embossing.)  
8. Word Art Wednesday Week #348-349 - Anything Goes
9. DL.ART August Linky Challenge 
10. Crop Stop August Linky Party #42 - Anything Goes (I used Distress Ink, Tsukineko ink, and Core'dinations cardstock)
11. The House that Stamps Built - A2218 Anything Goes 
12. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #333 - Use Snippets 
13. Joy Clair August Challenge - Anything Goes
14. Time Out Challenge #116 - Bright 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Back to School, but Wishing I were Fishing....




Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a back to school card. I think with this humorous vintage image, however, it could also be used as a September birthday card for an older gentleman who might get a kick out of it.  

I am entering this in the Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - Any Palette Goes. This is the palette I chose for my card:


Again, I pulled out one of my Graphic 45 collections.....this time it's their "A Place in Time". Isn't the bored expression on the young would-be scholar's face priceless?!!  I can just imagine this lad wishing he were anywhere besides back in school again. lol....

I sanded my embossed wood-grain background.  Love this look!! 


Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 "A Place in Time" collection
Darice Core'dinations - Vintage Collection
Darice - Wood Grain embossing folder
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Buttons and DMC embroidery floss from stash
Core'dinations Vanilla cardstock for card base

Hope you enjoyed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. UnstampaBelles Challenge #84 - Emboss with optional twist of Make it Masculine
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
3.
HIMCR Challenge #366 - Use Die Cuts 
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. All Sorts Week 480/1 - From Boys to Men
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back to School
7. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #16 - Embossing.)
8. Crop Stop August Linky Party #42 - Anything Goes (I used Distress Ink, Darice embossing folder, and Core'dinations cardstock, and Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget)
9. Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Back to School
10. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #61

Paris Travel Card


                                                          Le Chat de Grumpy                                   (My best guess at French....which is only because I have a Le Chat coffee mug that I use all the time.  But oui internet travelers have to pick things up wherever oui can!  Ha.)

Hi, Friends......

I am here with a masculine card to share today. I made this card especially for a couple of different challenges:


1. UnstampaBelles Challenge - Susan, the lovely hostess from the underside of the globe, comes up with fabulous challenges where there is no stamping allowed. :) My Graphic 45 collections are always perfect because they have lots of sentiment strips which match their wonderful papers and can be used in lieu of stamping. This month Susan is asking us to include embossing and, as an optional twist, to make it masculine. Out came my G45 Cityscapes collection that I have been pining to use. For some odd reason, I love the look of cityscapes, even though I am a country girl through and through!

2. Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge - This month Heather's challenge is Any Palette Goes. Fun!!! To help me along with my card, I chose a color palette that goes with my Cityscapes collection . I added a few neutrals to my card, too.



Now....before summer is over, let's go to Paris!!!...................


You can't imagine how much courage it took for me to tear this embossed background!!  I knew it would tend to tear along the embossed lines....and it did....too much in some places!  But I soldiered on and actually like how the tearing turned out.  :)

Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 - Cityscapes collection
Sizzix - TH Texture Fades - Notebook embossing folder
Core'dinations Cardstock - Neutrals
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Baker's Twine from Dollar Store
Core'dinations cardstock in vanilla for card base

Hope you enjoyed your little sight-seeing trip! Thank you for stopping by today. We made it safely through the thunderstorms the other night. There were no ground strikes in our area and no new fires in our part of Idaho. So thankful for God's protection!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. UnstampaBelles Challenge #84 - Emboss with optional twist of Make it Masculine
2. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday Week #348-349 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. All Sorts Week 480/1 - From Boys to Men
6. DL.ART August Linky Challenge
7. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #16 - Embossing.)
8. Crop Stop August Linky Party #42 - Anything Goes (I used Distress Ink, Sizzix embossing folder, and Core'dinations cardstock)
9. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #234 - Summer (Summer is for traveling!!)
10. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #60
11. HIMCR Challenge #366 - Use Die Cuts

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Christmas Card with Hot Colors


Drum Kit(ties) - This is what it would look like at my house if I had drums.  <3


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a Christmas card to share. I was inspired by the theme over at Christmas Cards All Year Round to make a holiday card with HOT colors. Such a fun theme that I had to try it out. I made one using traditional red earlier this month, but I felt like rising to the challenge and really using HOT colors.

The Winnie & Walter Color Challenge this month is Any Palette Goes, so I found this hot, hot, hot one to use: 



I have been on a Graphic 45 kick lately, so I teamed up a fun 12 Days of Christmas chippie with some DCWV scraps and a Doodlebug doily for my card. I dressed up the doily like a wreath by adding some rhinestones in warm colors. See that fish-tail banner.....oh, how I wish I had some nesting dies in this nice wide shape, but alas...no. I had to cut it out myself...so don't look too closely!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Graphic 45 "Twelve Days of Christmas" Chipboard
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
DCWV scraps
Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge
Rhinestones - various colors of individual ones and the red row from Fiki (THANKS, FIKI!!!)
Ribbon from stash
Core'dinations cardstock in kraft

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you are staying safe in all the heat. We have a fire weather warning for tomorrow with a now updated 40% chance of thunderstorms that is keeping us all on pins and needles. Please keep all those affected by severe weather in your prayers!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter August Color Challenge - Any Palette Goes
2. Christmas Cards All Year Round August Challenge - Use Hot/Warm Colors
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #398 - AG Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper August Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
5. ABC Christmas Challenge - PQR (I used Q is for Quotes.)
6. DL.ART August Linky Challenge
7. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (
I chose Challenge #15 - Machine Die-cutting.)
8. Crafter's Castle Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
9. Crop Stop August Linky Party #42 - Anything Goes w/ the opt Twist: Striped Background
(I did the Twist and I used Distress Ink, Doodlebug Doily and Core'dinations Cardstock)
10. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #60

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gold Butterfly Tri-Fold Card



Hi, Friends.....

I am here with another entry into Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge. This time I played around with a glittery gold Dollar Store butterfly and made my tall format card into a tri-fold.
(I guess tri-fold is the right name for it. It only has TWO folds, so it seems like it should be bi-fold. But I am sure I have seen these called tri-fold before, though, so who knows? Do you think I over-analyze things????? lol....)

I also used some Zva pearl flourishes to give flight to my butterfly. I love these flourishes, but am I the only one who has trouble with the crystals coming off of them while positioning them on the card? These were pearls, instead of crystals, and they all stayed stuck for some odd reason. Ha!  But the old wisdom is good: don't ask questions when something actually goes well....just enjoy it!




I love anything sparkly and also love gold against blue. These DCWV scraps of foiled gold and blue seemed perfect for this card. I just hope this color counts close enough to French Blue for Mrs. A's Challenge!

I extended the flourish trails onto the next panel to make a little scene, of sorts. I left the third panel plain for personalizing with a stamp or note. However, I did add some narrow strips trimmed from the other pieces on each side of that third panel to add continuity.
(Also to show that I intended to leave it blank....not that I just forgot to do something there! Hey...that COULD happen with me!!!)

Supplies used include:
Dollar store glittery gold butterfly
DCWV scraps
Zva adhesive pearl flourishes and swirls
Scrapbook-Adhesives - Photo Corners in gold

Hope you liked this card with its sparkly butterfly and gleaming gold. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Butterfly Challenge #105 - F is for.... I used Butterfly + French Blue + Fold (more than one)
2. Crafty Animals Challenge #17 - AG Animals
3. Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday August Challenge - Feature a Creature
4. Dare 2B Artzy August Challenge - Anything Goes
5. DL.ART August Linky Challenge
6. Three Amigos Blog Hop Challenge #17 - Blast from the Past (play any of their 2018 challenges) (I chose Challenge #10 - AG)
7. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #332 - Use Snippets
8. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #60
9. ARTastic August Challenge - Things that Fly










10. Double D Challenge - Don't Bug Me!