Monday, August 5, 2019

Welcome Tweet One






Hi, Friends.......

Seems that it is baby season in our tiny little community here in Idaho. We have 3 (count 'em THREE) ladies expecting in our church. (This will nearly triple our attendance!!! Hahahaa..) So with all these babies coming in the space of a few short weeks of each other we are having a Baby "Sprinkle" at church for them.
(This is the first I have heard of a baby sprinkle.....is it called that because of water shortages? If you ask me, three babies is most definitely a baby SHOWER!!! But, whatever.... )

I checked my supply of baby cards and realized I better make another one or two. The current Winnie & Walter Color Challenge with mint, pink, and gray, had the perfect colors for little ones on the way....esp since we only know the gender of one of them!!! 

I used the current Papercraft Challenges sketch for a guide, also:






Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Memento Ink in London Fog
Spectrum Noir Markers
DCWV scraps

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope your summer is going well. My garden is an absolute jungle. I nearly have to hack my way in with a machete to get to the yummy fresh veggies!! lol.... But I am NOT complaining!!! I have only been stung once so far this season.....so that's pretty good, considering how much foliage I am reaching between. Are you gardening this summer????

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter June/July Color Combo Challenge
2. Papercraft Challenges #42 - Sketch
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - AG
4. The Artistic Stamper August Challenge - AG
5. Dare2BArtzy August Challenge - AG
6.
CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #95 
7. DL.ART August Linky Challenge - AG
8. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #398-399 - AG
9. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bare Footin'



Hi, Friends.......

I have another sunny summery card for you today. I found these fabulous little flip-flop embellishments at my local thrift store and have been wanting to make this very card for a long time. Well.....summer is here and so I finally got it made! :)

I had to resist the temptation to line the flip-flops all up in a nice tidy row at the bottom of my card. But I decided that I wanted a casual, "can't wait to kick off my shoes" kind of look to go with the fun sentiment. So the haphazard arrangement is what happened. lol..


Supplies used include:
Cardz-TV - Summer Fun stamp set
Versafine ink in Crimson Red
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Sunny Skies die
Scraps of DCWV patterned paper, kraft cardstock, and solid cardstock
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Tiny flip-flops from thrift store

Thank you for stopping by today!!! Hope you like this fun card. It makes me want to go to the beach......the REAL beach...at the ocean!!! I don't consider the tiny spots of sand along the Clearwater River in Idaho as anything close to being "beaches".....but incredibly that is what they call them around here! (Janis shakes head in dismay! Nooooo, no, no!!)

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this set of cards in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful colors
2. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Moving Along with the Times Challenge #102 - Splish Splash (My card is at the beach, even though there is no water showing.)
4. Double Trouble Challenge #34 - I did all 3 Things: Thing 1 AG, Thing 3 Sunshine, Thing 2 Linked up to Three Amigos
5. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board


Have a SUN-sational Day!


Hi, Friends,

I have been using some of my large patterned papers lately, and here are a couple more cards I made with some. I like the tropical surf theme for summertime masculine birthday cards, but didn't want to dress them up too fancy. 


So I put some Glossy Accents on the surfboards and added a simple sentiment and photo corners. Quick and easy......and used up some old stash!! WIN! I couldn't decide whether I wanted to use a sunny yellow or jungle green.....so I made one of each. :) Which one do you like better? I think I like the yellow one.

Supplies used include:
DCWV patterned paper
Scrapbook-Adhesives - Photo Corners
Ranger - Glossy Accents
Cardz-TV - Summer Fun stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock

Hope this gives you ideas on dressing up patterned paper for quick and easy cards. I think these will make fun birthday cards for a young man. Thank you for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this set of cards in the following challenges:
1. Dare2BArtzy July Challenge - Masculine BD
2. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Moving Along with the Times Challenge #102 - Splish Splash
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful colors
6. Mod Squad - All that Sparkles (My Glossy Accents are sparkly)
7. Double Trouble Challenge #34 - I did all 3 Things: Thing 1 AG, Thing 3 Sunshine, Thing 2 Linked up to Three Amigos
8. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board

Hold on to the Spirit of Christmas - July Rudolph Days

Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a couple of cards I made for the July Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's. I used some of the background I made with leftover Easter egg dye and salt. This is from the same sheet as I used HERE on my butterfly card. You can read my technique there.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to coordinate with the purple and blues or the pink from the background, so I made one of each. Which do you like better?

Here's the purple/blue one:


I had not used my K&K Small Bow Maker for a long time.  Since I wanted to make sure this bow looked perfect, I got it out.  I had to look up on YouTube to remember how to use it, but it worked great.
Here it is in pink:


Supplies used include:
Quietfire Designs - Hold on to the Spirit of Christmas
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Clear sparkle embossing powder
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Sheer ribbon from stash
K&K Small Bow Maker
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins

Hope you liked my cards. Which is your favorite? I think I like the blue/purple one better. Thank you for stopping by today!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. July Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's
2. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #448 - AG Christmas
4. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG
5. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
6. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
7. DL.ART July Linky
8. Lost Coast Challenge #80 - Christmas in July

9. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful colors
10. Mod Squad - All that Sparkles (I added sparkly sequins and sparkle embossing powder) \
11. Jingle Belles - Neutrals &/or Sparkles - ( I took inspiration from the sparkly snow-encrusted tree with my crystalline background and sparkling sequins.)

12. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Programmed to Party


Hi, Friends.....

I'm back with a happy birthday card especially suitable for a young boy. I used a fun robot party clown image and crisp lines to go with the bright red, white, and blue color scheme. I left the image uncolored to stay with the clean look. Buttons seemed to go just right with this little clown. I rarely use them, so I was glad to find just the right colors in my stash!!!

 

I used the July Sketch from Power Poppy today:







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Supplies used include:
Verve Stamps - Geared Up stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Clear embossing powder
DCWV patterned paper
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Core'dinations/Darice scraps from stash
Buttons from stash

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

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG

4. Dare2BArtzy July Challenge - Masculine BD
5.
Double Trouble Challenge #33 - Kids and Babies Special Occasion
6. The House that Stamps Built DCC J319 - RWB
7. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #149 - AG opt RWB
8. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
9. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG

Quick and Easy Tropical Sunset with Scriptures

Hi, Friends.......

Sometimes I want a very simple encouragement card that is blank inside but has a scripture on the outside. I had these DCWV pieces that I thought would be great for summer. I went with brights for the sentiment panel and card base so the whole thing didn't fade into deepening twilight. I heat embossed my sentiment for a glossy finish that coordinates well with the glossy background scene.



Supplies used include:
Verve - Scripture Medley 2 stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder
DCWV patterned paper
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock

Thank you for stopping by today. Don't forget to use your patterned paper for cards that nearly make themselves when you are in a hurry!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card set in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Crafter's Castle July Challenge #19 - AG
4. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG
5. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board

6. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wishing You Glad Tidings.......



Hi, Friends.......

I am here with another card for Jo's Christmas Kickstart - Festive Things with Wings theme. What thing with wings is more festive at Christmas than an angel????

As you might recall, I try to use neglected supplies in my stash for Jo's challenges. I knew I wanted to use this gorgeous Hero Arts image that had been lonely in my stash, but wasn't sure exactly HOW I wanted to use it. Finally I stamped it out on black cardstock, heat embossed it with gold powder, and painted it with shimmering watercolors. I think they give a lovely translucent ephemeral look....just right for an angel. (I guess.....lol...)

The next part was a bit tricky because I actually fussy cut it!!! lol.... Fussy cutting drives me batty, but I soldiered on. :) For my background I decided to get out my long-neglected embossing paste and stenciled a starry sky. I have only used my embossing paste maybe twice before....but it was easy and fun. You might see it again soon!

I loved the textured and stenciled stars, but it seemed like it needed something else. Clouds, maybe???? Since my angel almost looks like she is on vellum, I decided to diecut some vellum clouds and see what I thought. I knew the stars would show through them, but I thought it might look arty. Turns out I really like the effect. What do you think???

Do you struggle with attaching vellum?  I folded the clouds over the edge of the cardstock when I could, but I still had a few places that needed to be tacked down.  I like my Scrapbook Adhesives - EZ Runner for Vellum but sometimes it still shows.  So I took the end of a stylus and got a bit of the glue from the EZ Runner and placed it on a star and pressed the cloud down to stick.  That worked really well and it blends with the natural variations of the stars so you never notice it.

Supplies used include:
Hero Arts - Heavenly Angel stamp
Versamark Ink
Gold embossing powder
Cardz-TV - Glad Tidings stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Big Bang Classic Star Creative Screenings
Dreamweaver- Embossing Paste
Lil' Inker - Rainbows and Clouds
Vellum from my stash
Scrapbook Adhesives - EZ Runner for Vellum
DCWV Gold Glitter Cardstock
Core'dinations/Darice Black Cardstock

Hope you enjoyed my card. I really love how this turned out. I think it is my favorite of my Christmas in July cards this year. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #15 - Festive Things with Wings
2. Papercraft Challenge #20 - AG with opt Up in the Air (My angel is up in the air!)
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
4. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
5. A Blog Named Hero - Christmas in July


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Happy Birthday for Young Man


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a stenciled no-stamping birthday card for the Unstampabelles Stencil Play Challenge with optional twist of Use Sprays....which I did! :)

I used another of my DCWV 12x12 patterned paper with a large silhouette image. This was perfect for the tall-format card size that I like to make. These fit in a standard #10 envelope (business size). I stenciled stars with Distress Ink in Black Soot and then heat embossed them with clear powder. I put a roughly cut mask over the image and pulled out my box of sprays and mists to start making a mess!! I used 3 different sprays to spray, splatter, and dot.

For my sentiment, I used my trusty Epson electronic label maker. I LOVE this little workhorse!!! I received it a long time ago from a very generous crafter in a stash-busting prize. (Not sure if Sabrina Alery is still around or not....but THANKS, Sabrina!!)  Among a million other fabulous things, she sent the new-in-box machine and a variety of label tapes. I ordered some of this clear background tape for customizing cards without stamping. It worked perfectly for adding a sentiment to this card. 




Supplies used include:
DCWV patterned paper
Epson Label Maker
Black on Clear background label tape
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Big Bang Classic Star Creative Screenings
Distress Ink in Black Soot
Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray
Tsukineko Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - White

Hope you liked this no-stamping card. I had a lot of fun making it. I think it will make a great card for a pre-teen or teenaged young man.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unstampabelles July Challenge #91 - Stencil Play w/ opt twist of Use Sprays (I did the twist.)
2. Dare2BArtzy July Challenge - Masculine BD
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #94
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
5. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
6. Stempelgarten Challenge #82 - Summer
7. Crafter's Castle July Challenge #19 - AG
8. Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge


Monday, July 22, 2019

Seasons Greetings with Lots of Gold



Hi, Friends.......

Do you love gold at Christmas???? I sure do......or at ANY time! I had this scrap of ancient photo-realistic DCWV patterned paper with ornaments on it that I wanted to use for the ABC Christmas - O is for Ornament Challenge.......but I had to think of a way to dress it up. What better way than with some more gold ornaments??? :)

I ran the edges of my background panel over my Versamark ink pad and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I used a gold scrap from the DCWV Mercury Glass stack for the die-cut ornaments.

My crafty pal Karen Ladd will recognize the shiny gold trim on the left. (Oh, my goodness....I still have a bunch of this left, Karen. It will outlast those weird 7-pointed snowflakes!!!) I glued that crinkly ribbon on with my usual glue: Beacon 3-in-1....forgetting that the acetone solvent of the glue dissolves that cellophane-like material!! EEEEK! A little die-cut tree concealed the distorted part where the glue made contact. Whew!


Inspired by the MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter Challenge, I added a touch of glitter by using gold glitter glue for the ornament hangers.




















Supplies used include:
Clearly Besotted -Tree and Tinsel dies (retired)
Spellbinders - Holiday Tags die set
Inkylicious - Seasons Greetings x4 stamp set
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Scraps of DCWV paper, foiled cardstock, and solid card
Gold ribbons from my stash

Hope you enjoyed all the gold! Merry Christmas in July to you. Thank you so much for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter

2.
ABC Christmas Challenge - O is for Ornament  
3. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #447 - AG Christmas
5. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #94
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
9. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
10.
Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge

11. DL.ART July Linky 
12. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #357 - Use Snippets 
13. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Let it Snow Penguin and Mouse Friends



Hi, Friends......

Are you like I am........you have stacks of ancient but cute 12x12 patterned paper with designs that are a bit too big for a standard A2 card?  I love this adorable DCWV penguin, but the banners that embellish him are large. I had some stray envelopes that fit a 5x7 card.....and that turned out to be just the right size for this happy little fellow and his tiny mouse friend.....who better watch out for the kitty in the meme at the top! :)

I had a little extra uncovered space at the bottom of my card base,

so I added some glittery washi tape. I put a strip on the envelope to coordinate as well. I was inspired by the MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter Challenge, so I also smoothed some glitter glue on my snowflakes. 

(Please vote "yes" or "no" in the comments as to whether you think I will EVER use up these very strange Dollar Store snowflakes that include 7-pointed flakes in the assortment!!! I estimate that I still have roughly 50 left....unless I discover another little baggie of them hiding in my stash somewhere!!! Groan....I am determined, though!)


Supplies used include:
Inkylicious - Seasons Greetings x4 stamp set
Versafine ink in Imperial Purple
DCWV patterned paper
Scraps of cardstock from my stash for sentiment panel and mat
Washi tape
Strange Dollar Store snowflakes
Glitter glue in silver

Hope you like this sweet penguin card. Maybe it gives you some ideas for quick cards with hard-to-use designs. Not all our cards have to be masterpieces. I love the challenge of using old stash that I have on hand and accenting it with fun embellishments. Thank you for stopping by!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter


2. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Animal Magic
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #447 - AG Christmas
5. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #15 - Festive Things with Wings
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. Mod Squad - Christmas in July
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas 

Grungy 'Tis the Season



Hi, Friends.......

I am here with another Christmas in July card to share. This one ended up with kind of grunge feel. It's a different look.....but I like it. You, my cardmaking pals, can perhaps appreciate the techniques, if not the style. :)

I played around with double-embossing on colored cardstock. This background is dry embossed on red and then heat embossed with a warm-tone silver for an antique metallic look.



To add to the grungy look, I used the same embossing powder on black for the sentiment. The contrast isn't as great as I would have liked. But it is still readable, so I guess it is okay.

I wanted to do something a little extra with the sentiment banner, so I put a square of foam underneath the center and the ends and liquid glue in between them to give a slightly scrolled look. You can see the curves in the angled shot below. It's subtle, but the foam will help keep that strip from crushing when it goes through the mail.


I finished it off with some rhinestones and silver photo corners. The corners are a favorite accent of mine when I want something that's not too flashy. They are inexpensive and make a card look tailored and finished. They work especially well on masculine cards or cards with a busy double-embossed background. I keep an assortment of all the colors on hand.
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Darice - Christmas Tree embossing folder
Versamark ink
Warm silver embossing powder
My Mind's Eye - All is Bright stamp set (retired)
Scrapbook-Adhesives - Photo Corners
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock

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

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
2. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #447 - AG Christmas
5. Virginia Lu's July Show & Share
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. Cards und More Shop Challenge #38 - AG Christmas
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #94
10. Die-Cut Divas - AG
11. Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #98 - AG
12. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas
13. Mod Squad - Christmas in July
14. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Happy Christmas Shaker


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

Are you loving all the Christmas in July challenges??? I sure am. I love making Christmas cards all year long.......and seeing if I can actually get them mailed in December. That's the *real* challenge!  Ha.



I was inspired to make a shaker card by the MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 3 "Spectacular Shakers" challenge. This set of ornament dies is perfect for this style of card.




Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Spellbinders - Holiday Tags die set
Happy Christmas stamp I found in a thrift store grab bag
Versafine ink in Crimson Red
Scraps of kraft and solid cardstock from my Christmas stash
Acetate and sequins from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having a wonderful summer!!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 3 - Spectacular Shakers




2. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - O is for Ornament
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #446 - AG Christmas
6. TCP Tuesday Challenge #359 - Christmas in July
7. Cards und More Shop Challenge #38 - AG Christmas
8. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #189 - AG Christmas
9. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
10. Die-Cut Divas - AG
11. Papercraft Challenge #20 - AG with opt Up in the Air (I used ornaments that are hanging up.)
12. Visions of Sugarplums Challenge - AG Christmas
13. Mod Squad - Christmas in July
14. MFT Wednesday Sketch #446

Life is Beautiful




Hi, Friends........

I was inspired by the MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 1 "Wonderful Watercolor" and Day 2 "Remarkable Resist" challenges and decided to dig out my long-neglected Brushos to make a colorful background over an embossed design.

LOVE the vivid colors......so much fun!....and then when you add emboss resist, too....I am in raptures!!!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Waffle Flower - Doily Circle stamp set
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Canson -140 lb XL Watercolor Pad
Colourcraft - Brusho
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins

Hope you liked this pretty card. I need to play with my Brushos more often!!! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

🖤
Janis


 
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 1 - Wonderful Watercolor




2. MFT 2019 Camp Create Day 2 - Remarkable Resist



3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
4. Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps + AG



5. Stamplorations World Watercolor Month Challenge


6. Papercraft Challenge #41 - Sparkles
7. DL.ART July Linky
8. Craft Stamper June TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with stamping
9. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #396-#397 - Anything Goes
10. Penny Black and More - Bright Summer Colors (must stamp focal)
11. Three Amigos Challenge #28 - Summer Mood Board