Monday, February 15, 2021

Valentine-Making Party

Yes, this is of me.  What of it?  lol...

Hi, Friends.....

Just a quick post to show you some shots from our annual Valentine Making Party with a few ladies at our tiny church.  I and another card-making girlfriend brought supplies to share.....and everyone* had fun making cards.

* Actually, I didn't make any cards.  I just offered assistance when someone needed help stamping or using the die cut machine.....and enjoyed the snacks the other ladies brought! YUM!!!  Fortunately... since I was the only one snapping pictures, there are not any shots of me with my plate (and mouth!) full.  😉


Picking out papers and adding embellishments is fun for everyone!
Here Linda is helping Theresa (age 90!) with her selections. ❤

 


Adalee (age 4) liked using lots of sparkly hearts on her cards! 
Awww....so sweet!!  ❤

Linda made some beautiful mix and match heart cards using the
Big Shot for die cutting and dry embossing!


 

Sharon gives Gwen a hand at stamping.


Susan (center) generously shared some beautiful Valentine card kits she got on Etsy.  Gwen and Delaina are at her table learning how to make them. 



Not shown in my photos:  Rebecca (Adalee's mommy) and Janis (gobbling snacks).  Ha.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my little Valentine making party.  It wasn't much of a party, really....just a craft afternoon...but it was fun.  I encourage you to do something similar as you are able.  

As you see, none of us is masked.  We are very blessed here in our part of Idaho to not be under any restrictions that way.  Life for us here in our tiny community and down the hill in town goes on pretty much the same as always.  Very thankful.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Stay healthy and creative!


Janis

You Know You Love Me

 


 

Hi, Friends....

I am back with my final card for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  This time we are to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

As I mentioned, I only have one love-themed embossing folder in my stash.  But I still got super-inspired and made several cards all using the sanding technique on Core'dinations cardstock of various colors.

For this card, I used the embossed panel as the background for a sweet NBUS kitty image that the lovely Di Wray sent me as a prize over at her Snippets Playground Challenge.  (THANKS, Di!)  

I kept things understated by not coloring the image, but keeping it in neutral gray with some white gel pen accents. I livened things up a bit by grounding my kitty on some sparkly rhinestone trim.  I used the paw print from the set as corner embellishments.


Supplies used include:
PaperArtsy - SM25 - Cat stamp
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Sakura - White Gel Pen
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
- retired

Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Dollar Store Rhinestone Trim

Hope you enjoyed seeing my sanded dry embossed cards over the last couple of days.  They were a lot of fun to make!  

Everyone be careful in the winter weather much of the USA is having.  We were very spoiled with our unusually mild winter....didn't even have a white Christmas!  But now we are finally getting our winter snow.  I don't mind it at all.....as long as I don't have to go anywhere!!  lol...

Stay healthy and creative!!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2.
DL.Art February Linky
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134
5. SUYP Challenge #63 - AG Cats
6. Creative Inspirations Jan/Feb Challenge - Animal Antics
7. NBUS Challenge #23 - NBUS
8. Cut it Up Challenge #219 - All You Need is Love (use a die cut)


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

Hi, Friends....

I am back with a couple more cards for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  This time we are to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

As I mentioned in my last post, I only have one love-themed embossing folder in my stash.  But I still got super-inspired and made several cards all using the sanding technique on Core'dinations cardstock of various colors

Here's one I made using standard white core red cardstock.  I teamed it up with a simple Unity sentiment stamped in Versafine - Satin Red ink.

This next card is made with Core'dinations - Gemstones Cardstock and stamped with Versafine Crimson Red ink.

 

Supplies used include:
Sentiment from Unity:  "Happy Valentine's Day!" from Sweet for my Sweet
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
- retired
Core'dinations - Gemstones Cardstock
Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget 
Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day!  One more card using this embossing folder to share with you.  See you soon!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2.
DL.Art February Linky
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Love - Black Magic Cardstock with Dry Embossing

 


 Hi, Friends.....

I am here with an entry for the current Let's Squash It! Challenge where the lovely hostesses, Jo and Gail, ask us to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

 In searching through my rather generous collection of folders, I was surprised to find only one with a love theme or hearts!  It is the sweet Couture Creations - Smooch folder.  It is so cute that I made several cards with it.  I hope they are sufficiently unique to qualify as three separate entries....but if not, I totally understand!

Remember when sanding the surface of cardstock was super-popular???  I had not sanded a dry embossed surface for quite some time so I decided to use that technique for each of my cards.  It always gives such a soft velvety texture to the design.  I hunted through my Core'dinations cardstock stacks for pinks and reds with contrasting or coordinating colors beneath the surface that would be exposed by the sanding.

I rediscovered a pad I had not used much.....an old Core'dinations Black Magic stack.  It has a thin layer of black paper fibers over a colored core.  How fun is this???  I used a glitter gel pen to add accents onto the black surface and embellished with ribbon and some charms.  LOVE!!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Black Magic 6x6 Cardstock
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Sakura Glitter Gel Pen
Ribbon and Charms from my stash


Hope you liked this fun card!  Stay tuned for a couple more posts using this same embossing folder!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2. Unstampabelles Challenge #108 - AG with no stamping
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134
5.
DL.Art February Linky
6.
Double D Challenges - Valentine Love



Thursday, February 4, 2021

WINNER of my Giveaway

 


Hi, Friends.......

I am here to announce the lucky winner of my Darice - Cats embossing folder from my giveaway post HERE.  


The lucky winner is:

 Valerija 

Congratulations, Valerija.  Please email me: jwoolbright at gmail dot com within 7 days to claim your prize.  Please include your snail mail address. 

Thank you to all who left kind comments on my card and entered my giveaway!!!  Remember you can have a second chance to win by playing along over at Let's Squash It! because I am donating another of this same embossing folder to their Prize Vault!!  Yay!!

Have a beautiful day!!  Stay healthy and creative!


Janis 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

GIVEAWAY!! Purr-fect Birthday...Dry Embossed with Ink


Hi, Friends.....

I do love me some cats and hearts and some bright colors....esp pink!....so I am here with a couple of fun cards to share with you for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  The current challenge (still open for another few days!) is Challenge #4 - Embossing Folder + Animal.  

Get your shades on.......and let's take a look!  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE having some inky fun.....so I smooshed my Distress Ink cubes directly onto my embossing folder, and then gave it a light misting of water, and embossed a piece of white cardstock.  You never know what you are going to get on crazy projects like these but I LOVE the results.....even if I have to clean a bunch of drips and sprays up afterwards.  It's all part of the process!!!  Fun!

A few tricks I have learned that help with this technique:
1. Use heavy-duty cardstock.  I use some 110 lb. weight that holds up well to the drenching it inevitably endures.
2. Use colors that will blend well with each other so when they bleed into each other you get a pleasing mix....not mud.  :)
3. Plan ahead as to which part you want to be colored....the design or the background....and smoosh the color on that side of the folder.  Here I wanted lots of color so I smooshed the background.  Just smooshing the cats and hearts would have yielded a different look....mostly white.
4. Fly with the arty look.  Don't stress about a bit of ink on the "white" parts.  It's all good.
5. If there are places that did not get enough ink, you can take a brush and pick up some of your ink from your pad and fill in where you need more color. 
6. If the paper is curly and warped after it dries completely, you can flatten it out under a heavy book.  If that is not enough, slip it back inside the cleaned-up folder and re-"squash" it.  Just make sure you get it positioned correctly so the ridges and bumps are in the right spots of the folder.  Comes out nice and flat...with fresh crisp embossing.  :)

Here's one I made in cool tones:


Supplies used include:
Darice - Cats embossing folder
Distress Inks
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock
Fiskars - Friends Furever
stamp set

Waffle Flower - Flora Cat Meow stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (apparently retired)

Did you notice that I mentioned I have a............

GIVEAWAY?????

I have two extra of these adorable Darice - Cats embossing folders.  I would like to gift one of them to the Prize Vault at the Let's Squash It Challenge Blog (Jo or Gail, please contact me to arrange this if you are interested).....and I would like to give one of them away to one of my commenters.

 

Here's how to enter to win one from my blog:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post clearly stating "Yes, please" for the prize draw and also leave your email address (in code is fine). 
2. Deadline for entries is 11:59 pm Pacific time, Feb. 2, 2021.
3. I will use random.org to help me select a winner.
4. I will announce the winner here on my blog a day or so later. 
5. Open internationally.....as long as I can mail to your country during the Covid insanity. I will do my part, but sadly I cannot guarantee delivery to international winners even if I mail it.  This is a weird time!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my cards.  If you have a longing in the depths of your stash for that embossing folder I hope you will enter my drawing, too.  Have a joy-filled day!!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #4 - Embossing Folder + Animal
2. Word Art Wednesday - Week #475-#476 - AG
3. Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2104 - Anything Goes
4. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #19 - Add a Heart
5. Creative Fingers Challenge #200 - AG

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

NOEL - January Rudolph Days

 

Hi, Friends......

It's already time to launch the January installment of the New Year's worth of Rudolph Days entries over at Scrappy Mo's!  Remember....if you enter EACH month during 2021, you are eligible for the special prize drawing in December!  I don't want to miss out.  [FOMO....(fear of missing out!)...is my middle name!  lol..]

For my entry I upcycled another scrap piece of salvaged gift wrap from the Christmas festivities.  I decoupaged it onto some cardstock and trimmed it to size.  This NOEL print fit perfectly on the slim-line card.  I added a large scrap of gleaming gold striped patterned paper behind it and placed a few of my weird snowflakes on top along with a star and some sequins.  Very simple...quick and easy!  Do you like the turquoise and gold?  I love that combo!


 

Supplies used include:
Salvaged gift wrap
Decoupage medium
DCWV patterned paper
Snowflakes and misc doo-dads from stash

Hope you enjoyed seeing this festive card.  Maybe it gives you ideas on upcycling your gift wrap, too! Have a lovely week!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Scrappy Mo's January Rudolph Days Challenge
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #526
3. Crafty Hazelnut's January Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Word Art Wednesday - Week #475-#476 - AG
5. Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2104 - Anything Goes

6. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #132
7. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #395 - Use Snippets