Chaienne

Chaienne

Friday, August 29, 2014

Granddaughter's card for Her Mommy

Some kids would rather stay messy!


"A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays.  She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it."
                                                                       ------------------Henry David Thoreau

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Hi, Friends........

This post is dedicated to kids, and especially to my Little Peach, Andrea Burns, age 3.  I noticed that Simon Says Stamp was having a Summer Vacation: Kid's Challenge for ages 2-16.  Since Andrea's Mommy's birthday is tomorrow (Happy Birthday, my firstborn!), I thought that I would let my granddaughter make her a card and then I could enter it in the challenge.  I keep telling my granddaughter that she can stamp with Grandma when she turns 4, but I fudged a little bit and let her stamp just this time for her card.  I hope I didn't start something!! :)



I wasn't sure at age 3, almost 4, how much she could actually do herself, but she ended up doing a lot of it!  I lined up the paper in my cutter and helped her push down hard enough to connect for cutting.  I inked the stamp and placed it, but she pushed down on it with my help.  She picked out the flowers and leaf.  I dispensed the glue.....lol...  I placed the first two layers of the flower and the leaf and she put on the yellow center.  I mounted it on the card base.

 Here is our little Andrea (age 3) watercoloring a background for the card.



Thank you for letting me share this special post.  I'll be back to regular posting and new follower intros next time!!!  Don't forget to enter my DOUBLE GIVEAWAY for your chance to win!!!

Have a lovely day!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering my granddaughter's card in the following challenge:
1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Children's Summer Vacation Challenge 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Lord Will Give Strength






"The cat has nine lives -- three for playing, three for straying, three for staying."
                                                                 ------------English proverb


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Hi, Friends.......

I'm back with my 4th (and last...whew!!) card for the MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Challenge - Distress Ink Patterned Background.  I had the house to myself yesterday was super-inspired by this challenge so I spent the whole afternoon playing with my inks!!!  

I loved doing this card because I got to use my DCWV Adhesive Fabric that I had won from DCWV months ago.  (THANKS, DCWV!!)  This stuff is wonderful!!  It is white woven fabric with adhesive on the back.  You can die cut it, paint it, stamp on it (with rubber stamps, not with your feet!  Well, I suppose you could...) etc.  

First I was just going to do the regular tutorial technique with it, but I was still trying it with Distress Ink daubers (Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade) and it didn't work at all.....all garbled up.  So I misted it with water and let everything bleed together. LOVE IT!!! (I am crazy for Tie-Dye...and have been since 7th grade....back in ....ummm...a long time ago!) Then after that dried and I finally figured out the right way to do it by following the directions had perfected my technique, I inked up my Darice Fall Leaf Background embossing folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and rolled it with my brayer.  I really love how it looks over the tie-dye!

The other cards I entered in the challenge were finished last night, but this one I hadn't put together yet.  So a little bit ago when I was picking out my sentiment I noticed I had stamped and embossed some extras last time around and one looked like it would work.  Yay....  Oh, dear....maybe not.  I was horrified at the stray brown embossing flecks that were on the panel.  Out came my white gel pen.....dot, dot, dot all over each one.  Now to disguise the multitudinous white spots....sponge some Worn Lipstick over the panel.  Not only did it cover the white dots, but it coordinates better with my card, too!!  Yay, after all!!! I finished it all up with another of those Mrs. Grossman's Natural Art clearance finds.  LOVE how this turned out!!!

Whew.......that's a lot of posting for me for one day!  Hope you enjoyed my Distress Ink Background Challenge blitz!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Challenge - Distress Ink Patterned Background
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  Craft Creations New challenge 18/8-30/8/2014 - Anything Goes  
3.  Word Art Wednesday #147 - Anything Goes
4.  The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #76 - Spring or Autumn
5.  Allsorts Challenge Week #273 - Warm Sunshiny Colours

Pink Floral Thanks


 "You could never accuse him of idleness, and yet he knew the secret of repose."
                                                        ------------Charles Dudley Warner

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Hi, Friends......

I am here with my third entry into the MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Challenge - Distress Ink Background.  As you can see, I was incredibly inspired by this challenge and really went to town making backgrounds and cards!!! 

I don't know why I couldn't get a decently focused photograph of this card.  After taking nearly 20 shots that still were only marginal, I realized the ribbon veered westward as though it were heading off on a Pacific adventure!  Off came the ribbon for repositioning.  And the photographic efforts resumed.   

Now the ribbon is located along I-5 in Oregon, instead of along Hwy 95 in Idaho, but at least it's not on I-84 in Oregon and Idaho!!!   I'm still not satisfied with the focus, either, but this is the best I could do!  Sheesh...

I again used the very fun tutorial that came with the challenge.  This time I used white cardstock and Distress Ink dauber in Worn Lipstick.  I can't for the life of me figure out which embossing folder I used......this happens when you use daubers instead of ink pads or refills.  Ha!  Still, I think it made a pretty background and I like it.....even though you can't really see it due to my photographic un-talent.  Ha.

Other supplies include:  Mrs. Grossman's Natural Art embellishment, Thank You stamp from my stash, Core'dinations cardstock, pink fabby shabby thrift store ribbon.

Got one more card besides this to squeak in under the wire for the challenge, so that's all for now!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Time Challenge #115 - Distress Ink Patterned Background
2.  Delightful Sketches Weekly Challenge - Layer it
3.  DL.Art August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4.  Dream Valley Challenges #89 - Flowers
5.  Craft Creations New challenge 18/8-30/8/2014 - Anything Goes

Autumn Thank You





"Cats can be very funny, and have the oddest ways of showing they're glad to see you.  Rudimace always peed in our shoes."
                                                                    ----------W.H. Auden
 

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Hi, Friends.....

I have another card for the MFP Tutorial Time Challenge - Distress Ink Patterned Background.  Again, I used the excellent tutorial provided with the challenge.




You can check out the first card I posted for this challenge here.  On this card, I used Distress Ink in Walnut Stain on some tan parchment looking sort of paper I've had in my stash for decades a long time.  This time I used my Darice Henna embossing folder and actually ran it through my Big Shot, too.  I am LOVING this embossing folder.  Expect to see it often!!

I won this wonderful Quietfire - Thank You, Rough-Hewn.  (THANKS, Quietfire!!!)  Isn't it perfect for this card???  LOVE it!!  I stamped it with Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy ink and used some of the coordinating cardstock.  (I love you, SSS!!!!)  I also used another one of the sweet Mrs. Grossman's Natural Art embellishments.  So sweet.....and even sweeter since it was on clearance!!  Ha.  Everything was mounted on Core'dinations kraft cardstock.

Hope you like my card!!!  Be sure to check out my DOUBLE GIVEAWAY post!!!

<3
Janis 

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Time Challenge #115 - Distress Ink Patterned Background

2.  Southern Girls Challenge - It's All About Texture 
3.  Dream Valley Challenges #89 - Flowers 
4.  Craft Creations - New Challenge 8-18 to 8-30 - Anything Goes 
5.  Word Art Wednesday #147 - Anything Goes 

DOUBLE GIVEAWAY POST!!!!






"Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience."
                                                                              ------------------Pam Brown

Hi, Friends......

It has finally arrived!!!  My 100th post and my 50 Follower Double Giveaway!!!!!  

Okay, here's the deal.  I was already getting a package of goodies ready for my 50 Follower Giveaway, when I suddenly realized I was also close to my 100th Post.  Well, I couldn't let that pass without a giveaway, too, could I?????  No way!!  

So I contacted Trish at Ribbon Roll Control.  You might probably don't remember this, but she sponsored a giveaway for me when I first started my blog.  Can you believe how sweet that was???  She told me at the time she would love to sponsor another giveaway for me, sometime.  So I asked her last week if she'd do that for my 100th Post Giveaway......and she said she'd love to.  Yay!!!   

She is giving away one of her wonderful Ribbon Roll Control units in either size (regular or petite) to a lucky winner here.  I have one of these and I L-O-V-E it!!!  The unit holds lots of ribbon with no dowel, so you don't have to take apart the whole contraption to get the roll you want.  The tough clear plastic is super-durable and never feels like it will come apart, even if I hold it by one corner.  The best part.....the cats have left it alone!  Ha. Here's a picture of what you can win (ribbon not included):

 


So I have TWO GIVEAWAYS!!!!  And you can enter both of them on this very post by leaving a comment.           

HERE ARE THE RULES
To enter both Giveaways for my Grab-Bag of Goodies AND the Ribbon Roll Control:

    1.  Leave a comment on THIS post telling me what you like best about my blog.....my cat quotes, my cat pictures, my awful photography, my pretty cards, or my witty repartee.  Ha.
    2.  Extra entry for becoming a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect, using the thingy in the sidebar.  Leave a comment and tell me that you joined up and what your username is.  If you are already among the 51 elite followers, please leave a post telling me so and what your username is. 
    3.  Extra entry for subscribing by email, using the other thingy in the sidebar.  Leave a comment to let me know you subscribe, or already do.
    4.  Extra entry for Following me on Twitter, using still the other thingy in the sidebar.  Leave a comment telling me what name you use for tweeting.
    5.  Entries are open for one week.  All comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
I apologize, but my Grab Bag of Goodies giveaway is only good for USA addresses.  However, Trish is willing to ship internationally!!  So if you are not in the USA, please let me know that on each of your entries so you can still be in the drawing for the Ribbon Roll Control unit.

Okay, how fun is all that????  Hope you are as excited about my giveaways as I am!!!

Have a lovely day!!!

<3
Janis

"The Lord is My Shepherd"

These photos have been from an email forward called "Every dog needs a cat".


"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."
                                       -------- Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette


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Don't miss my Double Giveaway post for your chance to win!!
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Hi, Friends.....

I am here again with a big thanks to my new followers who have pushed me over that big 50-follower milestone!!  Be sure to look at the bottom of this post for their introductions.  Also, I have several cards I made and will have a separate post for them, so I will be over the 100 post mark!!!  That means I will have my  DOUBLE GIVEAWAY post up very soon NOW!!  Yay!!  Be sure to be watching for it!!

I am sharing today some cards I made for the MFP Tutorial Time Challenge, which was on making Distress Ink Patterned Backgrounds.  I haven't had this much fun with a technique since I was spraying whipped cream all over the place!!!  Ha!! I must have made 25 backgrounds yesterday with all my new Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis I received in a big JoAnn's order the other day.  Toooooo much fun!!



My background sheet is from DCWV Fiber Natural stack.  I used my Darice Leaf Background embossing folder and Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade.  The texture of the fiber paper makes it almost look like I put this through the Big Shot and embossed it, but I only rolled it with my brayer.  

The pretty little sunflower embellishment is from Mrs. Grossman's Natural Art and was a JoAnn clearance item.  I bought one of each style they had in the bin and used them on each of my next few cards.  LOVE them!!


The scripture stamp is from an ancient set whose box I my kids lost long ago.  I am thinking it is Rubber Stampede, but not sure.  I heat embossed the verse in gold and mounted everything on Core'dinations card stock.  I tried to keep the card fairly simple so the pretty background would show.  Love how it turned out!!!

NEW FOLLOWER INTRODUCTION TIME!!!!
Amy Cooley -  I can't find a blog for Amy to link for you, but I am very grateful for Amy since she is the one who tipped the balance and made me hit 50 followers.  Welcome and thanks, Amy.  I would love to introduce you better.  Email me using the sidebar if you have more info you would like me to share.  In the meantime, this ginormous 50-follower-new follower smile is for you!!!! 

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Denise Bryant I also can't find a blog for Denise, but I am so happy for her to be a follower!  I didn't have a blog for the longest time after starting to browse the card-making blogs, either.  Maybe sometime these lovely ladies will take the plunge and start one.  Welcome, Denise.  Here is your very own ginormous new-follower smile!!!

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Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful feedback on my blog!  This is post #99 and then you know what comes next!!!  Click here for My DOUBLE GIVEAWAY!!!!  

See you soon......

<3 
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birdie with Heart Balloons







"To err is human, to purr is feline."
                          ------Robert Byrne


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Remember that I've been shopping and stockpiling some goodies for a:


50 Follower Giveaway
I am getting closer and closer to that number!!! Yay!!! I would LOVE for you to become a follower so you can hurry us toward the giveaway and so you won't miss out on a chance to win!!! Who will help push me over that milestone number?
Also.....I noticed that I am very close to 100 POSTS!!! I have already contacted a sponsor who has agreed to offer a prize....so I will have a
DOUBLE GIVEAWAY!!
Yay!!! Keep up-to-date by subscribing and following to help me get to 50 Followers and beyond!
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Hi, Friends......

I am back with a quick card I made for this week's MFP Sketch With a Twist.  The twist they asked us to use is buttons.  Fun!  I don't use my stash of buttons nearly often enough.  How about you?


Here's the sketch they provided: 


I also continued my personal challenge of using the incredibly pretty and fresh monthly color palette from Inspired by Stamping:



My other card using this palette had lots of the aqua and peach, so this time I used lots of white.  I love the clean look!!




I was inspired to make this button balloon card by an adorable card by Kylie Adams that I found on the Cutting Edge Blog Hop.  So cute!!  I immediately knew what I wanted to do with buttons this week!!

I stamped and embossed my little birdie in white and painted with my Gelatos and waterbrush.  I think the little heart buttons were a dollar store find.  Sweet!  The papers are DCWV, including that fabulous burlap-looking one that I just bought.  It's called the Woven Stack and do I love it or what!??!!  Exactly what I needed for some subtle texture on this card!

Here's a close up so you can see my sweet little birdie and the texture.  I love how the birdie's wing is floral patterned.  I tried to echo that with peach butterfly print.
I drew in some balloon strings with a silver gel pen.  I am terrified to do anything free-hand, so please be kind in your comments.  Ha.  :)

I think that about covers my card.  Hope you like it!  Have a lovely week!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP SpeedyTV Sketch with a Twist Challenge #112 - Use buttons
2.  Inspired by Stamping - IBSIC #85 - Color Inspiration 
3.  Red Rubber Designs Inspirational #134 - Just Wing It 
4.  We Do Doobadoo Challenge #13 - Add Textures 
5.  DL.Art - August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

Let Love Be Genuine.....





"Time spent with cats is never wasted."
                       ----------May Sarton

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Be sure to look near the bottom of this post for info on my two giveaways that are just around the corner......
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Hi, Friends......

I am back with a card that I have been wanting to post for awhile.  When I saw Paulina's Cutting Edge Blog Hop I thought it would be a different sort of one to enter, but I hope it still qualifies!!  This is my second entry into this hop, since I already made and entered a different card on Friday.

Did I mention that there are prizes galore for entrants and commenters???  You better run over there quick!!! 

Her rules state that you must use at least one die cut, which I did.  But what I used were a couple scraps from the Sizzix - Labels, Fancy die cut I had used on this Christmas card I posted a couple weeks ago:
I used the corner scraps from the red die cut in this card.

I had the little ornate foiled corners that were the negatives of this cut still lying on my craft table hiding under things and generally making nuisances of themselves.  Too pretty to throw away, but not of any immediate use, either......until I thought of making them into "photo corners"!!  :)
 

I inked the edges of two of the corners with gold and teamed them up with some glossy and glittery DCWV Botanical Stack paper which is so gorgeous that it didn't need much else for embellishment. 
 
Here's an angled shot to show it better:


I stamped and embossed the sentiment (discontinued from Clear Dollar Stamps) in red and mounted it up on kraft.  I layered that with some glimmery Coredinations gold cardstock....corners cut with decorative scissors, not a die cut.  A simple tiny rose (part of some lovely happy mail from Terri Scott ....THANKS, Terri!!) finished everything off.  

Do you like it?  I really love how it turned out.  And perhaps best of all.....all the papers were scraps from other cards (...or failed attempts! Ha.)  Yay!!!  Love it when I can do that!!!

Hey, Everyone......Woo-hoo!!!  I have five new followers!!!  A total of 49, now, and so you know what is right around the corner......

My 50 Follower Giveaway!!!!
AND
My 100th Post Giveaway!!!

Yes, TWO giveaways!! They are coming up soon, so this is an excellent time to become a follower AND to subscribe by email so you don't miss the big announcement for the giveaway posts.

Please help me welcome my new followers.  Here they are in no particular order:


Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany.  Oh, my....if you want to see some gorgeous watercolor techniques, just feast your eyes on her blog!  She hails from Melbourne, so if she has her seasons upside-down, you will understand why!  Thank you, Jenny, for becoming a follower!  I so appreciate your support.  This ginormous smile is for you!!!
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Sue D is my next new follower to be introduced. I couldn't find a blog for her, but I see her name listed all over the place as winner of giveaways.  Holy Cow!!....Sue D enters more giveaways than I do!!  Folks, we are talking major commenter here!!!  Sue, I would love to introduce you more thoroughly.  If you have a blog or photo-page you'd like me to mention, please email me using the sidebar form.  Thank you so much for becoming a follower.  Here is your very own ginormous smile!!!
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Carole Robb Bisson of The Diamond Dragonfly is up next. Carole is the "Encouragement Coordinator" for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog. I am brand-new to entering the wonderful challenges there, but already I received absolutely the sweetest comment from Carole on my entry. Seriously, how many challenge blogs have anything even similar to an "Encouragement Coordinator"??? Carole is perfect for this position and that's only one of the many wonderful aspects of WAW. On Carole's blog you will find breath-takingly beautiful cards and tags (which seem to be her specialty!) all inspired by the Word of God. Please stop by and take a look!! Thank you, Carole, for becoming a follower. Your support is a real blessing and encouragement to me. Here's the ginormous smile I get having you as a follower!!

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Linda T of LiveLongLaughHardEmailOften is next in line. Linda's blog says it is a little bit of everything. She doesn't have a lot of current entries, but she has some *wonderful* inspirational quotes and poems. I really love the "Strength versus Courage" poem. Thanks, Linda, for becoming a follower of my blog and of Twitter. Here is a ginormous new-follower smile just for you!!!!
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Kren Kurts of A Fourth Life is the next one waiting in the wings. I see Kren's work a lot because I frequent the challenges on Mark's Finest Paper. Kren is on their DT (among others) and makes such lovely cards! She enters (and wins!!!) all sorts of challenges. Fun! Thank you, Kren, for all your sweet and supportive comments on my cards and thanks for becoming a follower! This ginormous smile is for you!!!

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Thank you, everyone, for all your nice comments.  I hope I can top 50 followers with this post.  Then all I will need to do is post a few more times to make 100 posts......then the GIVEAWAYS!!!!

Have a lovely day!!

<3
Janis 

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Pretty Pink Posh - Cutting Edge Blog Hop 
2.  Double Click AKA Abusybee Challenge - When Life Gives You Lemons  (Use any fruit)
3.  Brown Sugar Challenge #108 - Let's Get Krafty
4.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #146 - Anything Goes
5.  Savvy Handmade Cards - Photo Inspiration (I went with the fruit and color themes, instead of strictly Strawberries)


 









Friday, August 22, 2014

Cased and Cut - Bird on Branch



PREPARING TO MEET THE NEW DOG.....

"Cats are the ultimate narcissists.  You can tell this by all the time they spend on personal grooming.  Dogs aren't like this.  A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish."
                                                                         ------------James Gorman





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Remember that I've been shopping and stockpiling some goodies for a: 

 50 Follower Giveaway

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Don't miss my Double Giveaway post for your chance to win!!
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I am getting closer and closer to that number!!!  Yay!!!  I would LOVE for you to become a follower so you can hurry us toward the giveaway and so you won't miss out on a chance to win!!!  Who will be #45? #46? #47???
Also.....I noticed that I am very close to 100 POSTS!!!  I have already contacted a sponsor who has agreed to offer a prize....so I will have a DOUBLE GIVEAWAY!!!  Yay!!!  Keep up-to-date by subscribing and following to help me get to 50 Followers and beyond!
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Hi, Friends.......

Little Peach and her Mommy were gone all day, so Grandma got the Big Shot out and had fun, fun, fun!!  :)

I am very excited about this post because I am participating in two really big events.


AND


You can find out all the fabulous details about these two challenges at these websites:  


And did I mention that each of these has a hop along with it that promises to have some a-m-a-z-i-n-g prizes?!!! You do NOT want to miss those!

Paulina at Pretty Pink Posh is hostessing the super-fun Cutting Edge Blog Hop.  Anyone can link up as long as they follow her easy rules, which include using at least one die-cut on your project....which I did!!  More about my die-cut later....  

Now let me talk about the Case Study Challenge.  I had fun hopping through the list and wasn't sure I was up to the challenge of actually CASE-ing one of the cards.  I mean, you know, these crafters are pros....and I mean PROS!!!...and I'm just a Grandma who lives in her cave.  Now to CASE, as I understand the literal meaning, is to Copy And Steal Everything, right?  But at the challenge site, they are just saying to draw inspiration from one of the hop cards.  So I thought maybe even I could give that a try.

Here's the card from Barbara Anders' blog that I absolutely adore!  Isn't it just the cutest???!!!!  

I took inspiration from that lovely tree silhouette with the bat in it.  (Love bats!!!)  I also loved the patterned background and the sketch.  (I don't really know if she used a sketch, but I copied her plan!)



 Here's the card I made:



My pink background paper is from Glitz - Love You Madly.   I wanted it to be patterned, sort of like Barbara's, so I pulled out my brand-new Unity Itty Bitty- Feather Flight  that I just got yesterday as a GIU prize (No hoarding this one!  THANKS, Unity!!) and immediately did stamp surgery to separate the three feathers.  I used the "feathery-est" one and stamped the background repeatedly with Memento London Fog ink, stamping twice before reinking to get both lighter and darker images.  Love how it turned out!!

I had never used my Tim Holtz Alterations - Bird Branch die before, so this was really exciting!  :)  I cut two pieces, one in black and one in silver, and layered them so the silver one just barely peeks out.  You can see it better in this angled shot:


Other supplies I used include:  DCWV - Twinkle Glints, Core'dinations cardstock, greeting stamp from my stash, Staz-On Black ink.

Hope you like my card!!   I had so much fun making it for these very special challenges.  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Eeeeeek.....I almost forgot!  I have a New Follower.....#44!!!  A big welcome to  Melissa Vandridge of Vandicrafts!!!  I only recently found her Artistry Challenges and I plan to participate often.  Melissa also has all sorts of interesting things on her blog, such as life hacks (what??? oh, yes, helpful hints!), recipes, and her own artistic creations!!  You really need to go take a look!!  Thank you so much, Melissa for becoming a follower.  Here is a ginormous new-follower smile just for you!!!
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Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.  Have a lovely day!!!
<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pretty Pink Posh - Cutting Edge Hop
2. Case Study Challenge - 4th Anniversary - Week 3
3. DL.ART August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Craft for the Craic- August Challenge #7 - Use craft item you have never used before (NBUS...ha!)
(I used my new Unity stamp and also my TH die.)
5. Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #146 - Anything Goes
 

EDITED TO ADD (I posted this too late to add last week.)
6.  Unity Friends with Flair #29 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Butterfly in Gold






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"Essentially, you do not so much teach your cat as bribe him."
                                                  ----------Lynn Hollyn
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Remember that I've been shopping and stockpiling some goodies for a:
 50 Follower Giveaway
I am getting closer and closer to that number!!!  Yay!!!  I would LOVE for you to become a follower so you can hurry us toward the giveaway and so you won't miss out on a chance to win!!!  Who will be #44??????
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Hi, Friends......

I am back with a card for this week's MFP Oriental Sketch Challenge.  It's been a few weeks since I entered this challenge so it was fun to get one made.  Here's the sketch they provided:



I also used the lovely color palette that Joanna gave us for the Inspired by Stamping Monthly Challenge.  Aren't those colors totally gorgeous???  Peach and aqua are some of my favorites!!






Here is my interpretation:



My butterfly is from that ancient Rubber Stampede - Victorian Butterflies set that I use quite often.  I embossed it in gold and did the same thing to gild the edges of my other pieces.  

I inked the edges of the background paper with some coordinating ink and used some metallic gold embellishments for accent.











Here's an angled shot so you can see all the yummy metallic gleam.  :)



I really love the simple lines of the Oriental challenges with their basic geometrics, such as the rectangles and diamonds in this one.  There is something really peaceful about the simplicity of them.  

Hope you have enjoyed my card.  Leave a comment and I will love you forever!!  Become a follower and I will give you a ginormous smile of your very own to take home and feed!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Oriental Sketch Challenge #50 
2.  Inspired by Stamping Inspirational Challenge #85
3.  DL.ART August Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4.  Creative Card Crew Challenge #68 - Embossing--wet or dry
5.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #4 - Kite or Diamond

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Turning 4.....(already????)





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"A dog is like a liberal, he wants to please everybody.  A cat doesn't really need to know that everybody loves him."
                                                                ---------------William Kunstler
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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a sweet birthday card for my granddaughter who will turn 4 next month.  (How is that even possible????)  It's unusual (very!!) for me to have a card ready this early, but I noticed the MFP Simple Salutations Challenge was a Paper Doll theme.  They are hoping for people to use their Paper Doll stamps, but (fortunately for me!) they said any doll stamp would be okay.  I searched through all my stamps, and would you believe I only found one tiny doll stamp????  I used it.  :)

I also used a Verve's Mojo Monday sketch from last week:


 Here's what I came up with:
 


The "Turning 4" greeting is from Verve - Geared Up and the little doll is one I got in a thrift store grab bag.  The paper and cardstock are DCWV.  The photo corners are from Scrapbook Adhesives.


I coated some Petaloo flowers with glitter and put sequins here and there on the background paper for some extra festive sparkle, as well as in the flower centers. 

I had a lot of fun making this pink glittery card for my Little Peach, but I'm sure she'll be much more interested in what's all wrapped up.  :)

Have a lovely week!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Simple Salutations Challenge #110 - Paper Dolls
2. August Viva La Verve Challenge
3. Verve August Inspiration Challenge - Sequin Stunner
4. Verve Celebrate Good Times Diva Dare

5. DRS Designs #135 - They Say It's Your Birthday