Friday, February 14, 2020

Masculine Valentine Using SID Sketch



Hi, Friends......

I am here with another valentine to share with you. For this one I followed the Stick it Down Feb Card Sketch.


Here's my take..........

Supplies used include:
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Unity - "Happy Valentine's Day!" from Sweet for my Sweet
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Adhesive square rhinestones from my stash
Variety of DCWV patterned cardstock scraps
Core'dinations/Darice cardstock for card base

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you liked my valentine card!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Stick it Down February Card Sketch Challenge
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #426-#427 - Anything Goes
3. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Die-Cut Divas February Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
6. Kat Scrappiness February Challenge - Hearts
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #108
8. Double Trouble Challenge #49 - Again and Again (Thing 1: I repeated the rhinestones and the strips of patterned paper.)

Another Valentine from our Party


Hi, Friends......

You might have seen my post yesterday where I showed you some pics of the valentine making party I hostessed for ladies at church. Some of us made a few valentines for shut-ins in our little community. Here's the other one I made from scraps that afternoon for sending to one of our members who can't get out much. I love the floral print patterned paper background!!


Supplies used include:
"Happy Valentine's Day!" from Unity Stamp Co. Sweet for my Sweet
Ranger - Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi Designer Series) in Carnation Red
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Darice - Nesting Scallop Hearts die set
Darice - Checkered embossing folder (retired)
Core'dinations/Darice kraft cardstock

Hope you liked this cheery Valentine's Day card! Hope you are did something special today....even if it was spending time uninterrupted in your craft room! Yay!!! Great Valentine gift to yourself. My hubby is always out of town on Valentine's Day, but my son and I had a standing date to go to Chinese buffet. Yum!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Die-Cut Divas February Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #426-#427 - Anything Goes
3. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Stempelgarten Challenge #89 - Heartfelt
5. Dare2BArtzy February Challenge - Love is in the Air
6. Kat Scrappiness February Challenge - Hearts
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #108

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine for 104-Years-Young USMC Veteran


Maj. Bill White and his Story



Hi, Friends......

Did you happen to notice that Diana Larson over at DL.ART has a little mini-challenge along with her regular February Linky? She is encouraging us to send a valentine card to a certain retired USMC veteran, Major Bill White.  He is 104 years old and still going strong! I included his picture and a link to an article about him at the top of this post.
(I wish I had found this article earlier so I could have written a more personalized greeting inside my card before I mailed it!)

All the details of Diana's mini-challenge are on her February Linky. She has a little prize for a random participant in this mini-challenge. She'll be picking a winner on Valentine's Day....but if you are a late-night crafter (like I am!), you might still have time to submit an entry. Even if you don't enter her challenge, you can still send this dear veteran a card. I'm sure arriving a little late will still be fine...well, not TOO late!!  He is 104, after all.  :D





Supplies used include:
Dollar Rack stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Patterned Paper and Cardstock scraps
Darice - Ranunculus embossing folder
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain sponged gently over embossed pattern
Heart Punch from stash
Darice/Core'dinations Cardstock for card base

Major White, I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!!! Thank you everyone for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. DL.ART February Linky Challenge (I mailed this card to Mr. White today.)
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #426-#427 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
4. Double Trouble Challenge #49 - Again and Again Thing 1: I repeated hearts
5. Dare2BArtzy February Challenge - Love is in the Air
6. Kat Scrappiness February Challenge - Hearts
7. Papercraft Challenges #54 - Use at Least 2 Designer Papers
8. All Sorts Challenge #588 - Add a Heart
9. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge

10. CARDZ-TV  Anything Goes Challenge #108
11. Double D Challenge - Hearts

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentine Making Party




Hi, Friends.....

I mentioned a few days ago that I had held a valentine card making party for the gals at our little church. Several could not attend, but we still had eight ladies there to play with paper and ink...which was actually a pretty good number. I bundled up several bags and boxes of things to take, another cardmaker friend brought things, plus a gal and her two teenage daughters brought some supplies.

Here are some pics from our craft day:



 This table was our "Choose your Paper" station.  BEST WAY TO USE SCRAPS EVER!!!  lol....  I brought a bag each of pink scraps, red scraps, black/white scraps, and brown scraps......and a bunch of them got used!!!  YAY!!  That's good enough motivation for me to do another craft party soon.  lol....




The other cardmaker in our church brought a bunch of lovely intricate diecuts for the gals to use!! They had a ball playing with these gorgeous and delicate cuts!! You can see them at the end of the table here on the left.























This table was for diecutting and embossing.  I had not planned to include heat embossing, but one of the gals brought supplies for it.












This table was the stamping table.  Between us we had a good selection of valentine stamps to choose from.  I added reinker earlier to my "craft day" stamp pads, but they were still a little bit dry....and, of course, I didn't bring the re-inkers with me!!  Good thing one of the other gals brought her stamp pads!










I designated two tables as work stations where the actual construction took place.













Most of the gals made valentines to send to family members, but one gal had a great idea to also make a few to send to some ailing members of our church that can't get out much.  I made a couple for her to use.  

Here's one I made.....using scraps, naturally!  :)  (All except the scripty background paper and the card base.)


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Darice - Nesting Scallop Circles die set
Impression Obsession - Serendipity Love die
Butterfly diecut - one a friend brought to the craft party, not sure of brand
DCWV scraps!!
Core'dinations/Darice white cardstock for card base

Hope you enjoyed the party shots and my card! It was a lot of work....but a ton of fun, too. I might even be up to doing another in a couple of months...so I can use up more scraps!! lol...  Thank you for stopping by today!! 

🖤
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #371 - Use Snippets (Scraps)
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #426-#427 - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
4. Papercraft Business Challenge #26 - Valentine/Love
5. Cut it Up Challenge 193 - Love is in the Air
6. Kat Scrappiness February Challenge - Hearts
7. Papercraft Challenges #54 - Use at Least 2 Designer Papers
8. All Sorts Challenge #588 - Add a Heart
9. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
10. Double D Challenge - Hearts



Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Kid's Valentine with Dice Background



Hi, Friends.......

I am back with another quick post to get this kid's valentine in under the wire at the MFT Sketch challenge for the week. I discovered after the fact that I had reversed the sketch this time with the lower panel sloping the opposite way. :)



I had this piece of fun dice (I guess it is actually dominoes!) paper in my stash and made several valentines with it. I think it adds a playful look that is perfect for a child, either boy or girl.  Here's one of the cards I made:


Supplies used include:
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Glittery fun foam
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Ranger - Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi Designer Series in Carnation Red for edges
Tiny envelope stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Patterned paper scraps from stash

Thank you so much for stopping in today!! Hope you are getting all your valentines finished up and in the mail if they are being sent.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #475
2. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Double Trouble Challenge #49 - Again and Again Thing 1: I repeated hearts plus background has lots of dominoes.
4. Papercraft Business Challenge #26 - Valentine/Love
5. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #107
6. Kat Scrappiness February Challenge - Hearts
7. Papercraft Challenges #54 - Use at Least 2 Designer Papers

Grungy Masculine Valentine

 
One difference between cats and dogs!!! lol...


Hi, Friends........

I am here with another masculine valentine using the MFT Sketch for the week.  My recipe of dark colors + clean lines + texture makes cards for the male of the species easy!




This one has a grungy look that I also love putting into "guy cards". Again, it has no actual red in it, but substitutes a warm maroon instead.



Supplies used include:
Sizzix - Thinlits TH Mixed Media die set
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for edges
Patterned paper scraps from stash

Quick post here so I can get this linked up!!! Be back soon with another. Thank you for stopping by.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #475
2. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Die-Cut Divas February Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers
4. Papercraft Business Challenge #26 - Valentine/Love
5. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #107
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - With Love
7. Tales From The Craft Room Challenge #2 - Love is in the Air
8. Kat Scrappiness February Challenge - Hearts
9. Papercraft Challenges #54 - Use at Least 2 Designer Papers
10. Time Out Challenges #154 - Affectionate

 

Simple Masculine Valentine

Wish I had a stamp that says this.  We are always calling our fat winter-time cats "Loaf-Cats". 🖤


Hi, Friends.......

I haven't posted anything for a little while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been crafting! :) I've made several valentines recently and even held a valentine card making party at our little church. I will be sharing a post about that sometime later this week. 💟

For right now, I want to share a simple masculine valentine I made using the MFT Sketch for the week.



Sometimes the customary "valentine colors" of red/pink/white look a bit too girly for a guy valentine. So I employed my favorite recipe for making masculine cards: Dark colors + Clean lines + Texture. 

Even though there is no actual "red" on this valentine, the warm browns work just as well, esp with a kraft card base. I adore using printed kraft corrugate for some great texture. It is a very simple card, but guys are a little put off by fussiness sometimes, so this is perfect.


Supplies used include:
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for edges
Patterned paper scraps from stash

Thank you for stopping by today! I'll be back with more valentines I made from this wonderful sketch. See you later!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #475
2. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes #424-#425
4. DL.ART February Linky Challenge
5. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #107
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - With Love
7. All Sorts Challenge #588 - Add a Heart
8. Dare2BArtzy February Challenge - Love is in the Air
9. Double D Challenge - Hearts

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Thank You, Mia!!



Hi, Friends......

Just a quick post to show you the wonderful crafty surprise that arrived today from dear Mia. (Please visit her blog: Craftartista). A few weeks ago, she offered a sweet House Mouse prize to celebrate her new appointment on the HM DT. She ended up awarding that prize AND sending blog candy to each of the others who had entered the challenge plus commented on her blog!!! How amazingly generous and kind!!

Wanna see what I got????????

This lovely gift package contained:
Colorful adhesive rhinestones
Shimmery white satin reindeer ribbon
Assorted colorful buttons
Cute ribbon bows in pink, black, and white (one of my favorite color combos!!)
Fun Christmas Countdown stickers
Dainty white doilies
Gorgeous cat pendant necklace (Purr...purr...purr!!)
Sparkling flower sequins
Adorable cat washi tape (How did she know I am a Cat Lady??????? lol...)
Herb Cocktail tea in bags (I love tea!!)
Fruities wrapped candy (YUM!!!)

I have no idea how she managed to stuff all those fabulous prize items in that little box!! Everything arrived in perfect condition and I can't wait to play with these new toys. :) I LOVE everything!!!

THANK YOU, Mia, for your sweet thoughtfulness and kindness!!!

🖤
Janis

Sunday, January 26, 2020

January Rudolph Days - Three Kings Double Embossed



Hi, Friends......

I am here with another Three Kings card to share that I made from this new set I just received as a prize from STAMPlorations. I am entering this one in Scrappy Mo's first Rudolph Days of 2020. Yay!! I used one of my backgrounds made from scraps of patterned and solid paper, which I am now calling my "Strips-o'-Scraps" backgrounds! lol...

I double embossed the background...first with an embossing folder and then with gold embossing powder. Love the rich effect. Perfect for my Magi. I also spattered the background and sentiment panel with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray in Bronze. The splatters actually look gold with a green halo....which worked great for this color palette.





I used the Power Poppy Creative Confetti Sketch as inspiration for this card:










Supplies used include:
STAMPlorations - Three Kings by The Bee's Knees stamp set
Gold and Maroon embossing powders from my stash
Versamark ink
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock
Lots of scraps for my "Strips-o'-Scraps" Background
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray in Bronze

Hope you liked this card. Be sure to join us in the Rudolph Days fun at Scrappy Mo's!! If you don't miss a month, you are eligible for a special drawing at the end of the year!! So get started now. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Scrappy Mo's January Rudolph Days
2. Power Poppy Creative Confetti Sketch
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge
4. Papercraft-Challenge #54 - Use at least 2 Designer Papers
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
7. Die-Cut Divas January Challenge - New Things (I used a new stamp set.)
8. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #370 - Use Snippets
9 STAMPlorations Theme and Prompt January Challenge - Stamps + Splatters

10. STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Colorful Three Kings


Hi, Friends.....

I just received this fabulous STAMPlorations - Three Kings stamp set as a prize. (THANKS, Shery!) I rarely tear into a new stamp set right after receiving it, but I love this one so much that I had to!!  :)  I was playing with my artsy backgrounds and chose a particularly colorful one to do some simple line stamping of these Magi. This piece was leftover from a sprayed background I made for this Laurel Burch card.

My starry background was one I made a few months ago when I was using gesso for this project. I had some leftover that I didn't want to throw away.....so I splattered it over several colors of dark cardstock. This is one of the black ones. I added a sprinkling of gold star confetti to the sky, also.



Supplies used include:
STAMPlorations - Three Kings by The Bee's Knees stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Leftover backgrounds from my stash....one sprayed with different colors of Dylusions sprays and one splattered with gesso
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (for background panel)
Gold star confetti from my stash
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my artsy and non-traditional colored Christmas card. I liked this one so much that I made two of them to get my stash replenished for next Christmas!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
2. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
3. Kat Scrappiness January Challenge - No Designer Paper
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #473 - AG Christmas
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Moving Along With The Times - All Things New (I used a new stamp set.)
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used a new stamp set.)
8. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
9. Ike's World Challenge #128 - M is for Male
10. Die-Cut Divas January Challenge - New Things
11. Lost Coast Challenge #91 - Walk of Fame (Real or Fictional Famous People)

12. STAMPlorations Theme and Prompt January Challenge - Stamps + Splatters

13. STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Heart Breeze

Totally NOT TRUE of hubby and me, but it always makes me laugh!!

Hi, Friends......

I am here with another card I almost forgot to post for the MFT Color Challenge palette:

I used the Poppystamps Heart Breeze again for this card. You can see the lovely swirls better here than in the other one I made HERE. I kept this one rather CAS to show off those sweet hearts and flourishes.



Supplies used include:
Poppystamps - Heart Breeze die
American Crafts - Dear Lizzy Serendipity stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set

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

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Poppystamps January Challenge #64 - From the Heart
2. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
3. Kat Scrappiness January Challenge - No Designer Paper
4. The Creative Crafters Challenge #24 - AG
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #449 - Layered Die Cuts
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used an older stamp set.)
8. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
9. 
MFT Color Challenge #113
10. STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge w/ opt. Metallic

11. Cards und More Challenge #44 - Best of 2019 Challenges (I chose Feb 2019 - Someone Special)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Someone Remembers...


Hi, Friends.....

I'm here to share a bittersweet card. Just a year ago in our community a family lost their pre-teen boy when he took his own life. We were devastated. A friend at church recently suggested we let this family know they are still in our thoughts and prayers as the anniversary date approaches and asked me to make a card for them. I was honored to do this. I hope it can help bring some comfort to this hurting family.

I used what is probably my most favorite sympathy sentiment of any I have ever seen. It is especially perfect for marking the anniversary of a loss. This wonderful stamp is from the Dare 2B Artzy - Prayers 4 You stamp set. I can't say enough how much I love this entire thoughtful set.


Supplies used include:
Dare 2B Artzy - Prayers 4 You stamp set
Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke
Poppystamps - Grand Pine Tree die
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow stencil
Dreamweaver- Embossing Paste
DCWV Patterned Paper
Core'dinations/Darice solid cardstock
White cardstock from an upcycled commercial greeting card back
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set

Thank you for stopping by today. The time you spend looking at my cards and leaving comments means so much me!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a Stencil
2. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - AG
3. Ike's World Challenge #128 - M is for Male
4. All Sorts Week #555 - More than One Word Sentiment
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #422-423 - Anything Goes
6. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #449 - Layered Die Cuts
7. Creative Inspirations January Challenge - Something New or Something Old
(I used an old greeting card back.)
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge
9. Craft Stamper January TIMI Challenge - AG with Stamping
10. Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday December Challenge - Snowflakes
11. Dare2BArtzy January Challenge - Winter (I used a D2BA product)
12. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #248 - AG
13. STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge