Friday, May 7, 2021

In Sympathy with Imperfect Gold Butterflies

 


Hi, Friends.....

Do you ever have old supplies that you've hoarded for a little too long and they no longer work right?  I hope I am not the only one that does that!!  Well that happened to me with a product that was included in a lovely manufacturer's prize.  They were Christmas motif adhesive transfers that you could smooth onto cardstock and then coat with glitter, etc to make shiny, shimmery holiday designs.  Sounded like such a fun idea that I hoarded them for several years (hangs head in shame) and over time the adhesive oozed into unrecognizable amorphous blobs in the packages.  :(  :(  :(

When I rediscovered them recently, I had an idea that they might not work properly so I already had a back-up plan!  Ha.  I pressed Nuvo gilding flakes over the blobs to see what would happen.  It was gorgeous!!  Then I die cut butterflies from the mess.  LOVE!!!  I adore the arty imperfect look. 

For some reason, though, the butterflies were still tacky.  Hmmm....what to do?  I dusted on some coordinating colors of Perfect Pearls that would hopefully deactivate the traces of adhesive.  It helped, but I was not satisfied.  Okay....enough of that.  I knew one fool-proof way to take care of this problem for good........clear embossing powder!!!  As we all know, embossing powder maddeningly clings to *anything* that is the least bit sticky or oily or wet.  I dragged my butterflies through my container and zapped it with my heat gun.  SUCCESS!  And as a bonus there is a bit of glossy sheen added besides.  Yay!!

Supplies used include:
X-Cut - Small Butterfly die
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Clear embossing powder
Ranger - Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder
Darice - Damask embossing folder

EK Success - Image Tree:  Card Set stamp set (retired)
Versamark ink
Ranger - Gold Superfine Detail Embossing Powder
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops

My stock of sympathy cards was getting a bit low so I combined this with an appropriate sentiment to have on hand.  I hope it doesn't look too fancy for sending condolences.  With the arty look of the butterflies, I think it works.  What do you think?  

Hope you liked my card today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I very much appreciate the time you take to visit and leave such nice comments.  Have a lovely day.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Stamplorations - Things with Wings Linky Party












2. Stamplorations May Theme & Prompt - Stamps + Wings












3.
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
4.
DL.ART May Linky Challenge - AG
5.
Creative Fingers Challenge # 207 - AG
6. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #140
7. Ike's World Challenge #144 - AG w/ opt Birds/Butterflies
8.
PIP Challenge #2118 - AG

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Welcome Spring


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a spring card to share with everyone for the Stamplorations -Things with Wings Linky Party.  I made it a little while ago, but it is new to my blog. 


A long time ago I die cut a bunch of these bird on branch pieces from patterned papers.  The negatives were way too pretty to cut up for other things, but they sat in my stash literally for years!!  I uncovered them some time back and made this cheery spring card.  I backed it with scraps of gold foiled cardstock and mounted it on a kraft card base.  LOVE!!

And here's a shot at angle to show off the golden gleam a little better:

 

Supplies used include:
Sizzix - TH Alterations - Bird Branch die (retired)

Waffle Flower - Welcome Spring
stamp set
Versamark ink
Ranger - Gold Superfine Detail Embossing Powder

Negative scrap from patterned paper

Scraps of foiled and solid cardstock

Sequins from stash

Hope you liked seeing my card. Thank you for stopping by today. You still have time to enter the fun over at Stamplorations! Hope to see you there.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Stamplorations - Things with Wings Linky Party

2. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
3. DL.ART May Linky Challenge - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #139
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
6. PIP Challenge #2118 - AG
7. Stamplorations May Theme and Prompt - Stamps + Wings


 

 

 

 



Sunday, May 2, 2021

April Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 


Hi, Friends......

Have you ever participated in the Card Chain Challenge?  I have been playing along for a number of months now.  It's so much fun sending and receiving lovely cards from new friends.  Even though I get them mailed off just fine, I can't seem to manage getting the cards blogged on here!  Arrrgh...crazy LIFE!!  This month I am determined to get my card blogged in time for the reveal!!!  :)

Each month we are given a bunch of options for colors, sketch, theme, products, and techniques so there is a lot of freedom on what kind of card you make.....you can use one or more of the options.....as many as you want.  

The April themes were: 

Colour Palette Option

(Exact matching is not required.)


Sketch Option
(Orient as desired.)

Theme Options: Small Furry Animals/Funny/Friendship

Product / Technique Options:   Die Cut/Paint

I chose the color palette (jade, lavender, and walnut), small furry animals (hedgies are sort of furry...lol), funny, and die cuts.

I used  a couple of NBUS products.  The super-adorable Hedgehog stamp and die set was part of a humongously generous prize package from Holley Barnhart.  (THANKS, Holley!!!) The leaf frame die was part of prize from Kat Scrappiness.  It is my new favorite...I love it so much!!  (THANKS, Kat!!!)  This card went to Linda W. in MN on the Card Chain.  

I wanted to use something for texture on the little hedgehog.  I found a scrap of burlap covered paper in my stash that was perfect.  I rubbed my Distress Ink pad over it to darken it.  


 

Supplies used include:
Kat Scrappiness - Foliage Frame A2 die
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set (retired)
Recollections - Hedgehog Lookin' Sharp stamp and die set
Clear Dollar Stamps - Elegant Accents Tag Frames (retired)
Versafine ink - Vintage Sepia
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
DCWV glitter cardstock
Scraps of burlap paper, and patterned paper
Serendipity Stamps - Mixed Wood-Grain Sequins (retired)
Spectrum Noir markers
Sakura Glaze Gel Pen

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card.  It was so much fun using that little hedgie!!  🦔

You still have time to sign up for the May Card Chain Challenge.  I hope to see you there!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #402
2. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
3. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #139
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
5. Creative Fingers Challenge # 207 - AG
6. NBUS Challenge #26

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Merry Christmas - April Rudolph Days

 

Hi, Friends......

It's nearly the end of April and that means it is Rudolph Days time again at Scrappy Mo's.  Last month I played around with a lovely Christmas canvas tag for my Rudolph Days card HERE.  I found the remaining two the other day and made a card for this month with another one of them.  Fun!  I am so determined to actually USE up some of my old stash!

 
Supplies used include:
Making Memories - Fa La La Well Worn Tags (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (retired)

Stamper's Anonymous - TH Collection 2016 Stamptember Holiday stamp set  (retired)
Versafine ink in Crimson Red
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain

DCWV Patterned Paper Scrap
Gold ribbon from stash
Scraps of Solid Cardstock from stash

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card.  You still have another day or two to enter over at Mo's for this month's Rudolph Days.  So I hope to see you over there!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are having some lovely spring weather wherever you are......or autumn weather for my friends in Aussie-land!   


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. April Rudolph Days
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #401
3. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #139
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #539
5. Crafty Hazelnut's April Patterned Paper Challenge
6.  DL.ART April Linky

Friday, April 16, 2021

MEOW!



Hi, Friends.......

Quick post here to get this fun card blogged.  My schedule is totally nutso and I cannot ever seem to manage the energy to post the cards I make anymore.  But I did not want to miss Challenge #400 over at the lovely Di Wray's Pixie's Snippets Playground.  Congratulations, Di!  What a great milestone.  You are amazing and a delight!!  Thank you for all the fun your posts and challenges are for us.  

I was able to make this card virtually completely from scraps.  I had that polka dot piece in my scrap bag near the black glitter paper and couldn't resist making a card using them together.  This Paper Smooches cat die has all sorts of little pieces that are perfect for using scraps, too!  The gray is actually the package label from an embossing folder.

 
 

Supplies used include:
Paper Smooches - Cat Dog Card Dies - retired
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set - retired
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
Sweet Dixie - Meow die set
DCWV Scraps from stash

Hope you liked my fun kitty card.  Thank you for stopping by today!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenge(s):
1. Pixies' Snippets Playground Challenge #400
2.
Unstampabelles April challenge #110, no stamping, layered with an animal
3. SUYP Challenge #65
4. Crafty Hazelnut's April Patterned Paper Challenge
5. DL.ART April Linky

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March Rudolph Days - Season's Greetings

 


Hi, Friends......

Squeaking in here to put my March Rudolph Days card in for the month over at Scrappy Mo's.  Can't miss that!!  

I used some scraps of soft vintage patterned paper and adhesive canvas tags I received as a blog prize a long, long time ago from Ria Montefalcon.  I don't even know if she is still blogging, but her kindness continues to be appreciated as I use these lovely supplies.  

Let me take a moment to thank each of you who have sent me lovely gifts over the years.  Your generosity has warmed my heart and enriched my crafting experience by allowing me access to many products I would never have been able to afford to purchase.  In turn, I am able to bless others with the cards I make from them. THANK YOU.....all of you!!  <3


Supplies used include:
Making Memories - Fa La La Well Worn Tags (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (retired)
Taylored Expressions - Twirls and Swirls (retired)
Patterned Paper Scraps and Solid Cardstock
Wired Ribbon from Stack

Hope you enjoyed this card.  Thank you for stopping by today!!  I hope spring is springing at your house.  My crocuses are blooming and my earliest daffodils will be soon.  There are still some traces of snow, but the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny this week......in the 50s and even hitting 60 degrees!  YAY!! 


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  March Rudolph Days
(More coming later....probably!  I always say that and then I never get back here to add more.  lol...)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tea-Themed Note Card Set

 


 Hi, Friends......

The Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop pulled me out of my posting absence to share a tea-themed notecard set I made using an ancient package of border wallpaper my daughter had given me a long time ago.  Perfect for cards.....but really how many of that same design do I need?  lol...   It ended up making 3 lovely sets I can give as gifts.

The border paper design was a little bit too wide for a regular A2 sized card, so I made these 5x7 instead....worked perfectly.  I have been wanting to use some of my larger scale pattern papers so I recently purchased a bunch of envelopes for this size of card.  They came in handy for these sets!  















For my sets, I varied the card base colors, patterned papers, and sentiments for an assortment in each gift.  There is another sentiment that isn't shown that says:  Tea Time.

Here's one of the sets:

Supplies used include:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Coffee & Tea stamp set (retired)
Impression Obsession - Serendipity Tea Time
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Spellbinders Small DOM March 2018 (retired)
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Border wallpaper from my stash
Old patterned paper from my stash
Park Lane solid core cardstock

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my note card gift set.  I felt really good to use some old patterned paper and also that pretty border paper.  All I have from it now are some scraps to use another time!  Yay!!  

Have a great day and I'll see you over at the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop - Coffee/tea/etc. theme
(More coming.....)