Chaienne

Chaienne

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wintertime Masculine Birthday Card

How a kitty catches snowflakes on his tongue.  :)  Such sweet, fat wintertime kitties!!


Hi, Friends.....

I am back with my second card of the day.  This time I have a wintery masculine birthday card that I made while I still had my snowy backgrounds handy. This one uses a dry embossed background, but I have it reversed so the "debossed" side of the Darice - Snowflakes and Flourishes on blue cardstock shows. I also used the snowflake folder from my Darice - Seasonal Border 3-pack on a scrap of vellum and then double embossed it by brayering with Versamark and heat embossing with white powder. I folded the vellum around the background and secured it on the back of that panel.


I covered one edge of the vellum with a narrow strip of metallic silver foiled cardstock from my DCWV - Foiled stack for a bit of masculine gleam. The sentiment is from my Mark's Finest Papers - Silly Shells stamp set. I stamped it with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and heat embossed with clear powder on a scrap of white cardstock. I finished off the card by mounting it on a white card base with metallic silver photo corners. The light is reflecting in some strange ways on all the metallic parts, but they really are silver-toned. :)

Hope you like this card! Thank you for the wonderful comments you always leave when you visit. They make my day!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. DRS Designs Challenge #211 - Sparkle and Shine
2. MAWTT Challenge #12 - Embossing (Wet or Dry)
3. Little Red Wagon Challenge #326 - They Say It's Your Birthday
4. Double D Challenge - Brrrrr!!! Photo Inspiration  (I was inspired by the falling snow!)


5. Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Snow/Snowmen
6. House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
7. Addicted to Stamps Challenge #118 - Masculine
8. Twofers Challenge #12 - Metal Heavy or Not
9. One Stitch at a Time Challenge - Tic Tac Toe  (I chose lots of blue, own background, and metal)


10. Amusing Challenge - Shades of Blue
11. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #213 - Use Snippets

One Last Ornament Christmas Card

Eeek....I forgot to include a cat pic on my last post.....so here are two:

Stray mama cat gives birth in bird nest!  Story here.  Two sizes too small is just the right size, apparently!

And now for a different kind of cat in a different kind of nest.....

Bobcat in Squirrel's Nest.  That would be cool to see!!



Hi, Friends......

Here's one last Christmas card (didn't I say that already a couple of weeks ago??) before I get all my Christmas things tucked away.  I made some others of this design, inspired by Jennifer Grace's Frosty Festivities, but I wanted to try one in red, too.


As with my blue snowflake ones, I used my Spellbinders - Carnival Dream die set with some Echo Park double-sided paper. This fun die set has a fold and tuck design so your reverse pattern shows. Instead of a snowflake, this red one reminds me of a stylized poinsettia.  What do you think?

I die-cut a shimmery pre-made card base with my Sizzix - Circles, Scallop die set and used repositionable adhesive to attach the "poinsettia" on the front so the ornament can be removed and hung on the tree, if desired. The scalloped edge of the die cut allows the card to stand up nicely.  And....since the card base was an A2 size, this flat ornament card will fit in a standard sized envelope.
The addition of some sparkling rhinestones and silver ribbon trim was all that was needed to finish this card.  

Well, that's all for right now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your weather is better than ours!  It is rainy and chilly here in Idaho today.  Most of the snow has melted and it is very muddy.  

The cats are all lying around the house in dark, quiet nests waiting out the weather. Little Judith was gone again for a few days, but showed up this morning.  Jetta, the kitty who showed up again on Christmas Day after being gone for over a year, amazingly has pretty much stuck around since then.  Perhaps she is finally getting too old to be traipsing back over to the old house!  So glad to have her cheery and chipper little "rah-ROW!" greeting me on the back porch!!  So sweet!

Hope you are having a good week....and getting ready for an awesome weekend.  Thank you for visiting and for your wonderful comments!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Scraps of Life January Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas
2. DRS Designs Challenge #211 - Sparkle and Shine
3. Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #289 - Christmas
4. Fun Cuts Alphabet Challenge - J is for Jewels
5. Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #158 - Punches and/or Dies
6. Craftin' Desert Divas Linky - Shaped Cards
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
8. DL.Art January Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

Monday, January 25, 2016

Altered Treat Jar with Butterfly



Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a decorated jar I upcycled to use as a treat jar for a girlfriend.  Oh, yum!!!

The star of the show today is a lovely Serendipity - Floral Butterfly that I die-cut from some orange Add a Little Dazzle - craft metal. (A few months ago, I bought a grab bag of odd-sized scratch and dent scraps when Monica was having a huge clearance sale in preparation for going out of business. I was hoping the grab bag would contain some different colors of the metal sheets that I didn't already have. Yay!! I got a bunch of new colors!! And best of all, they have decided to continue selling their craft metal, but with a more limited inventory.) This wonderful product is perfect for intricate die-cuts that might fall apart with a less substantial material....(like this did when I tried it with some vellum!!! EEEK!!) I am entering this in Mrs. A's "Butterfly + I is for Inks" Challenge.



Is there anyone else besides me who uses baby wipes, paper towels, or tissues for paint and ink clean-up....and then SAVES those colorful sheets for future projects???? Well that is what I used to cover this upcycled jar. I had some scraps of pretty orange ink-stained tissues that I Mod Podged on for a background and let dry overnight. This is for some of the "I is for Inks" part of the Butterfly Challenge.

Next, I dusted several colors of Perfect Pearls onto it...Sour Apple, Mandarin, and Biscotti....and misted it gently with water to set the powder. After the misting was dry, I took a fluffy brush and whisked the excess away and blended the rest of it together for a shimmery look. I love how the texture of the tissue shows with this fun technique.



I had some pretty floral wired ribbon from Terri at Terri's Making Cards. She sent this to me some time ago and I had not yet found just the right place for it. She also gave me the gorgeous dangling pearl trim. Both of these were just what I was needing for this project!!  (THANKS, Terri!!!)  

Can you see the pretty Memory Box - Gwyneth Flourish behind the butterfly? I cut it from watercolor paper that was dyed with my inky marker water refill experiment. :) This also counts for the I is for Inks.  


I prepared the lid by covering it with several coats of gesso and then rubbing with some Tangerine and Gold Gelatos and a bit of Mod Podge for sealing. I die cut some scraps with my Sizzix - Circles, Scallop and Paper Smooches - Gift Tags Dies and finished it with a bow made of crinkly ribbon.


Hope you like my altered jar.  I will fill it with candy as part of a little birthday gift for one of the gals.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely week!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Plus I for Ink Challenge.
3. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #51 - T is for Technique (I tried out a new technique for me with Mod Podge and Perfect Pearls)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gate-Fold Sympathy Card



Hi, Friends......

I am back with my last in a series of three gate-fold cards I made for the current Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge. They included a very nice tutorial on making gate-fold cards to follow for this challenge.  This time I made a rather masculine-looking sympathy card to have on hand.  If you missed my first two gate-fold cards, you can see them here and here.  



For the simple floral image, I used my Mark's Finest Papers - Nature's Brushstrokes stamp set and Distress Ink in Black Soot.  I stamped off onto a different piece of paper to mute the intensity of the ink before stamping onto my focal panel and then I heat embossed it with clear powder. I cut scraps for my panels with my My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set.  I like the clean, tailored look.  I kept with dark tones so the card would be suitable for a man, but heat embossed the sentiment from my stash with white powder to make it stand out against the deep leafy patterned paper scraps.

Thanks for taking a look at my cards today!  I hope you are having a wonderful mid-week!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge - Gate Fold Card tutorial challenge
2. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #218 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 212 - Use Snippets
4. House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
5. Make My Monday Challenge Blog - Stitching Real or Faux

Lacy Gate Fold Anniversary Card




Hi, Friends.....

I am back with my second in a series of three gate-fold cards I made for the current Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge. They included a very nice tutorial on making gate-fold cards to follow for this challenge. Making some extra anniversary cards to have on hand is on my January list, so I decided to do another one for this second entry.  If you missed my first entry, you can find it here.



I went with a more formal look for this card using my My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set and my Mark's Finest Papers - Lily of the Valley stamp set.  I stamped the flower image with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet and the sentiment with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray on a scrap of cardstock.  The deep red oval mat and the black patterned paper are from my scrap bag, too.  The lace is a thrift store find.  I like the vintage look it gives.  Repositionable Zots secure the card closed and yet allow it to be opened easily.

Hope you like my card.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I'll be back in a little bit with my last of the three gate-fold cards.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge - Gate Fold Card tutorial challenge
2. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #218 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
3. Mod Squad Challenge - Love is in the air
4. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 212 - Use Snippets
5. Rubber Dance Art Stamps January Challenge - Use Black, White + One Other Color (I used a dark red color)
6. House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
7. Make My Monday Challenge Blog - Stitching Real or Faux
8. Crafty Boots Challenges - Ribbon or Lace
9. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Best Friends

Monochromatic Happy Anniversary



Hi, Friends.....

I am here with the first of a series of three gate-fold cards I made for the current Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge.  They included a very nice tutorial on making gate-fold cards to follow for this challenge.  Making some extra anniversary cards to have on hand is on my January list, so I decided to do one of them first.  


I chose cream and yellow pieces from my scrap bags and stamped a lovely dogwood branch image from my Mark's Finest Papers - Works of Art stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold powder. I did the same thing with an old Inkadinkadoo Happy Anniversary stamp. This stamp has flowers on it, too, but I only inked the words.

I inked the edges of a couple layers and rolled them slightly for a vintage look on the "gate" part of the card and used some subtly patterned paper with a delicate print for the side panels.  I finished the outside with a bit of lace tied in a bow.  



For the inside, I used the sentiment from my Mark's Finest Papers - Lily of the Valley stamp set. It is actually a wedding set, but I think the words work well for an anniversary, also. I stamped them with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and used Vintage Photo for some scattered hearts. Repositionable Zots hold the front panel closed but still let it be easily opened.

I have two other gate-fold cards to post, so I'll see you soon!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge - Gate Fold Card tutorial challenge
2. One Crazy Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #218 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
4. Double Click Connections Challenge #40 - Anything Goes
5. Mod Squad Challenge - Love is in the air
6. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 212 - Use Snippets

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cat with Sneakers - Thank You!


One of my all-time fave Kliban Cat images.  :)

Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a really fun card for Ike's SUYP Cats Only Challenge this month with the theme of "Furrything Goes".  :)  If you haven't visited her SUYP blog, you are in for a treat.  Ike not only has fabulous cards, but challenge posts that make you smile as well as give you a place to sharpen your claws....skills!  

One fabulous part of the SUYP Cats Only Challenge Blog is Ike's wonderful FUR-EEEBIE, featured monthly.  She generously shares a kitty digi she designed each month.  This month I absolutely loved the crazy dancing cat she was offering, but wished so much the kitty had sneakers on because of a particular card I wanted to make.  No sooner said....than done!  Next thing I knew...I had a notification that the same kitty was now ready with sneakers.  THANK YOU, IKE!!!



Isn't that digi by Ike just so wacky and wonderful????  I LOVE IT!!  

The reason I wanted a kitty with sneakers is because a friend recently passed some tennis shoes to me that weren't right for her.  They were used, but still in fantastic shape for me!  I was so delighted that I wanted to make her a special thank you card.  

I wanted the colors of the shoes to really stand out, so I printed the digi onto kraft and used Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Pens for them. I used subdued, but shimmery, colors of gel pens for the rest of the kitty, except the facial features and toe pads. I wrote in "Image by IKESART.com" as a special acknowledgement of Ike's wonderful gift of this wonderful image.

Other supplies used: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, card base made from DCWV paper, Sizzix - Circles, Scallop die cut, ribbon and sentiment stamp from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed my card today.  I don't know if I have ever posted a card that I colored with gel pens before.....but I need to do this more often before the zillion-piece set of them that I got for Christmas last year...2014!....dries up!!  Eeek!  (For the record, I have never had my Sakura ones dry up, but I am not sure how long this big set of Brand X pens will last!)

Cat lovers, be sure to check out the SUYP Cats Only Challenge for tons of furry fun!!! See you there!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. SUYP Cats Only Challenge
2. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #172 - Penguins or Black, White, Yellow / alt Thank You
3. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #39 - You Crack Me Up :)
4. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #217 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
5. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - Anything Goes

6. Ike's World Challenge #54 - New Beginnings (Do new-to-me sneakers count?)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pain in the Neck - Get Well Soon!


Hi, Friends......

I am here with my third (and, I think, final) entry for the Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends technique challenge - Acrylic Block Stamping. If you missed my first and second entries, you can see them here and here.  I got super-inspired and made four backgrounds with this fun technique, but I think I will save my fourth one for later.


On this card, I used a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" acrylic block....but when I inked it up initially, I only made a roundish smoosh in the middle of it with the ink...and then stamped with it on white cardstock using Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Scattered Straw.  Then I turned the block on its side and inked the narrow edge and stamped with it using Vintage Photo.  Then I decided I didn't like the white background, so I sponged an ombre look using Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Barn Door.  Now, this I liked!


I stamped the giraffe image from Mark's Finest Papers - Above the Rest stamp set with Versafine Vintage Sepia on a scrap of vellum and heat embossed with clear powder.  This piece was my second attempt.....since I messed my first one up!  Arrrgh...  The first vellum scrap had some irregular cuts in it which I cut around for an interesting curvy edge.  I liked that effect so well that I cut this perfectly straight-edged second vellum scrap with a curvy edge, too!  lol...

The sentiment is from the same MFP set and I stamped and heat embossed it the same way as the giraffe on a scrap of cardstock.  I added the burlap paper scrap and the bit of jute for some safari texture.

Simple stamped sentiment inside of card.
This turned out to be a really fun card to make with the ombre sponging.  I don't do that nearly often enough.  

Hope you enjoyed my three cards for the MFP Acrylic Block Stamping challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends technique challenge - Acrylic Block Stamping
2. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #217 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
3. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Take a Stamp
5. House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
6. One Crazy Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #39 - You Crack Me Up :)
8. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Ombre

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Get Well Soon - MFP Technique Challenge

Let me count the places..........  (ugh!)

Hi, Friends......

I am here with my second card for the Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends technique challenge - Acrylic Block Stamping.  If you missed my first entry, you can see it here.  


On this card, I stamped with my 7/8" x 2-1/2" acrylic block, inked with two different colors of Distress Ink:  Shabby Shutters and Spun Sugar.  Then I got adventuresome and heavily misted the stamped cardstock.  After the water soaked in, I (not-so-)dry embossed using my brand new Sizzix Textured Impressions - Roses folder.  The water diluted out the pink ink, but some of the green blocks are still visible in the card below.  I used some of the same colors to sponge on the rose embossing.




While the paper was still damp, I stamped the flower in the center using Mark's Finest Papers - Lily of the Valley stamp set and more Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  I love the soft, dreamy, watercolor effects.

After the paper was dry, I rounded the corners and adhered it to my card base and stamped the sentiment from my Mark's Finest Papers - Above the Rest stamp set in Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  A bit of pink lacy thrift store ribbon finished it all off. 

Since this was a technique challenge, I felt free to do some experimenting around.  In hindsight, there are things I would have done differently with this particular card, but, all in all, I am satisfied.  My projects always are intended to help you explore different techniques and ideas right along with me.  My blog is more of a workshop than a showcase!  

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are getting ready to have a wonderful weekend!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends technique challenge - Acrylic Block Stamping
2. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #217 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
3. Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday Linky Party
4. DL.ART January Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5 Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Take a Stamp
6. House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
7. One Crazy Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes

Old and Cracked - Happy Birthday



Hi, Friends......

I got super-inspired today with the current Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends technique challenge - Acrylic Block Stamping.   Over at MFP they have a week-long technique challenge each month on the second Saturday with a tutorial they provide.  I love playing around with techniques, so these are a lot of fun for me.  :)  I ended up making 4 (count 'em...FOUR!) backgrounds, and have made 3 cards for the challenge so far.  Not sure if I'll get the last one made in time to enter or not, but I have it....just in case.  :)

This technique is very simple......but, as I was delighted to find out, there are all sorts of fun things you can do with it!  :)  In its most basic form, you simply ink up an acrylic block (I used Distress Ink) and use that as a stamp for a background.  Easy peasy.  


For my card, I used a 7/8" x 2-1/2" rectangular acrylic block with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters. I stamped them in a vertical column on the left side of my white cardstock.  

I stamped a wonderful vintage truck image from my Mark's Finest Papers - Big Boy Toys stamp set with Versafine ink in Olympia Green and heat embossed it with clear powder.  I die cut the image with my brand new My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set.  (THANKS for the huge prize, MFT!!!)  

I also used my Mark's Finest Papers - Background Fun stamp set for the fun sentiment and crackle background stamping over the paler blue panel, which I scrounged from my scrap bag along with the royal blue paper.  

Making some extra masculine birthday cards is on my list for January, so I am glad to get a good start with this one.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks for taking the time to comment!  I have two more cards (at least) to post for this acrylic block challenge......so, see you sooooooooooooooon!!!  

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Mark's Finest Papers Speedy Fox and Friends technique challenge - Acrylic Block Stamping
2.  The Male Room Challenge #26 - Anything Goes
3.  Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #50 - O is for Old
4.  Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Take a Stamp
5.  House of Cards January Challenge - Embossing or Color Challenge
6.  Shopping Our Stash Challenge #234 - Something New
7.  Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #39 - You Crack Me Up :)
8.  Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #211 - Use snippets
9. One Crazy Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes 

Hello, Friend - Stencil techniques



Hi, Friends.......

I'm here to share a bright, cheery card for the Waffle Flower stenciling technique challenge.  


I love winter days when the sky is blue and minute gleaming snowflakes called diamond dust are wafting down from a seemingly blue sky.  Everything looks iridescent and there are very faint hues of pink and blue in the sky.  That's the inspiration for this card.


I started with a patterned paper covered card base. I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp - Falling Snow Stencil and spread some of my new Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel through the small holes. It is subtle with this sparing use, but reminds me of the sparkling diamond dust. After the Glitter Gel was dry, I stenciled over the background again using a doily from my stash and some Distress Ink in Spun Sugar.

My sentiment is from the Waffle Flower - Flower Circles stamp set. I stamped it on a scrap of white cardstock with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and heat embossed it with clear powder. I stenciled over the top of it with the same doily and DI, too. I used dark pink DCWV scraps for matting and rounded the corners of everything with my WRMK Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper.

As I was putting my card elements together, I felt like it needed something else.  On a whim, I cut a wedge of the (now pink) doily that I used as my stencil and placed it in the corner for a fanciful bit of sunshine.  I love it!!  :)  A bright gingham ribbon and a few little snowflakes scattered here and there just for fun finished it all off.

Thanks for stopping by today.  And thank you so much for all the amazing comments you gave me on my Joyeux Noel card.  I am delighted and encouraged with your response!!!

Hope your week is awesome!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Waffle Flower January Technique Challenge - Stencil
2. Design Memory Craft - January 2016 Take the Challenge with Mou - Snow
3. 
Happy Little Stampers January Mixed Media Challenge - Stencil

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Joyeux Noel - Mixed Media

Awww....I miss watching kittens playing in the snow.
It's almost as much fun as watching a 5-yr old!


Hi, Friends......

All the enticing challenges with snowy themes have put me in the mood for playing with my snowy sorts of stash items.  The lovely snow outside helps, too.  :)   


Grandpa helping Little Peach onto her snow disk on top of her snowy gravel pile.


Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Most amazing man....ever!



Good Grandpa   ------------------>>>>>

  <3  <3  <3 





Back in the house, I pulled out all my snowy double embossed and molten technique backgrounds that have sat in cold storage since last winter.  :)



I chose a dazzling one where I used my favorite way of embossing:  my molten technique.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this technique, I will describe it in a nutshell.  You first dry emboss cardstock, then Versamark over it and heat emboss with layers of one or more colors of powder.  I like to use more than one to bring out the texture of the embossing.  As you heat emboss layer over layer, you achieve the delicious molten look that I totally adore.  This burns through tons of embossing powder!!!  If you have questions, please ask in your comments.  



On this particular one, I previously had inked my Darice - Snowflakes and Flourishes folder with Distress Ink in Salty Ocean before dry embossing the cardstock.  Then I Versamarked it, leaving a few parts bare so the blue would show through.  Then I heat embossed with several layers of silver powder to get the molten look.  

With inks and embossing powders this background was already sort of mixed media (maybe?), but I have been just dying to try my new Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I spread it around the entire edge of the background card and let it begin drying. After an hour or so, I could see that I was going to be totally in love with this wonderfully sparkly product, but I didn't have it as thick as I wanted. So I dispensed with my craft medium spreader and globbed it around very thickly with my finger and let it dry. (I'm sure my techniques probably make the amazing artists at Design Memory Craft roll their eyes!! lol...) Anyway....I LOVE the result.

I cut the piece twice diagonally and put it on black cardstock. Love how there are bits of the medium that have dried over the edge of the panel, giving added texture. On one of the panels, I tied some crinkly hand-dyed seam ribbon I won from Karen F. over at her weekly challenge at Little Scrap Pieces. (Thanks, Karen!!!) Isn't it perfect with this?

Do you like my sparkly snowflake? This is a brand-new piece I got from Southern Ridge Trading Co. Did you know they have a wonderful monthly challenge? Check it out and you can win some fabulous chipboard shapes, too! (THANKS, SRTC!!!) It started out as a plain brown chippie. With the magic of gesso, Gelatos, and more Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel, it turned into what you see. Soooooooooo much fun!!!

I added an anonymous Christmas sentiment from my stash that I stamped on a scrap of cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I mounted everything on a glittery silver premade card base. Oh, swoon...... This is my absolute-est favorite-est thing I've made in a while!!! The shine, sparkle, and glittery-ness are absolutely amazing. Nothing like going stark, raving mad about my own card, right? Ha. (Sorry....sorta...)

I hope you have enjoyed this card.  It was a total joy to make.  I very much appreciate your visits and your lovely comments!!!

<3 
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Design Memory Craft - January 2016 Take the Challenge with Mou - Snow
2. Southern Ridge Trading Co. January Challenge - Anything Winter (I used SRTC chipboard snowflake!)
3. DRS Designs Challenge #208 - Weather Outside
4. Craft Rocket Challenge #6 - Happy Anything (Happy Christmas!!)
5. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #211 - Use snippets
6. Amusing Challenges - Let it Snow
7. Creative Artiste Challenge #10 - Mixed Media Anything Goes with Twist: Use Chipboard
8. Stamps and Stencils - Mixed Media Oh, So Blue
9. Anything But Cute Challenge - Mixed Media Ring out the Old, Bring in the New (I used two new products: F-C Glass Bead Glitter Gel and the SRTC chipboard snowflake)
10. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #109 - Layer it Up (I have layers of paper AND layers of embossing powder!)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cat Sympathy Card - Simple Stories



Hi, Friends........

I'm here with a pet sympathy card I made for some close friends who tragically lost a dear kitty this week.   Sparkle was so much a member of their family....a lovely cat with an incredibly gorgeous fluffy gray coat with subtle swirls of color.  My own family will miss this beautiful animal, too.

I used elements from one of my favorite cat collections: Simple Stories Cat Sn@p Collection.  Cat Sn@p! 4x6 Cards, Cat Sn@p! Insta-Squares & Pieces, and Cat Sn@p! Stickers. My sentiment is from the Paper Smooches - Feline Friends stamp set.  I stamped it with Versafine ink in Onyx Black on a scrap of white cardstock.  I used DCWV scraps for matting.
Front of card
 On the inside of the card I used scraps for cutting out hearts and arranged them with a pawprint I had made from little Sparkle before she died and a tiny bag of her fur my hubby had collected.

Inside of card

Sweet Sparkle was such a fluffy thing that when I made her pawprint, I didn't get a very clear impression.  She was very patient as I made three quick prints with Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough.  I chose DI so I could easily and gently wash it off her furry little paw afterwards.  I misted the print with hairspray to set it and make it water-resistant before putting it on the card.  You can see evidence of her fluffy little "snowshoes" showing between her toe pads.  


Do you like the little cat clip? It's from Maya Road - Vintage Cat's Meow Clips. LOVE!!! 

I tied a tiny scrap of ribbon in a knot for a sweet bow on the bag of Sparkle's fur.

Thank you for taking this tour through my card.  Hope it has given you ideas on making special pet cards or journal pages.  The good part is that this doesn't have to wait until a dear pet is ill or injured.  You can make memory pages of your healthy active pets right now! 

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your awesome comments!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. SUYP Cats Only Challenge #2 - Anything Goes Cats
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week #211 - Use snippets
3. The Paper Girls Challenge #95 - Home/Family (Pets are family, too!)
4. One Crazy Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
5. MAWTT Challenge #11 - Spots and Dots

Friday, January 8, 2016

Smile While You Still Have Teeth! Unity Hop 1-8-16




Hi, Friends.....

Do you ever have a card where you try some new technique and it doesn't work at all????  So you improvise and turn it into something completely different???  Well this is that card.  I won't embarrass the talented artist who had suggested the original technique that I utterly failed at by telling you who it was and what I *tried* to do!!  lol....  Suffice it to say that there is very little that cannot be saved by heat embossing and distress ink sponging!!  :)  

I used some more stamps from my new Unity - Smile, It's Your Day.  The sentiment just cracks me up: "Life is short.  Smile while you still have teeth."  I made this wacky card for a friend with a birthday this week. I hope she thinks it's as funny as I do!!


I stamped the flowers in DI Broken China on white cardstock.  Then I stamped over the top a Unity lacy patterned background stamp with white pigment ink and heat embossed with clear sparkle powder.  Then I sponged with DI Seedless Preserves and Spun Sugar, keeping the middle area pale for the sentiment.  I used Versafine Onyx Black for the sentiment and heat embossed it with clear powder again.  Since I stamped the words over the initial embossing, it is a bit uneven.  It didn't photograph well, but it is readable IRL.  I added some sequins and a blue bow and then mounted it on a patterned paper covered A2 card base. 

I really love how this turned out......despite my initial problems!  I adore the subtle lacy pattern of the emboss resist!!!  Hope you like how it turned out, too!!

Thanks for stopping by.  There are sure a lot of things going on in the papercrafting blogs right now....sneak peeks, CHA releases, etc.  Have you been commenting like crazy like I have???  I can spend hours browsing all the new offerings!!  "Supper?  As in a meal?  You actually want me to cook????  Bwahahahahaha!!!  Be right there (in an hour or two...)"

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unity Designer Hop-Along
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New (I used a new stamp set, and made something new out of a failed technique attempt.)
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (I used a new stamp set, and made something new out of a failed technique attempt.)
4. Amusing Challenge - New (I used a new stamp set, and made something new out of a failed technique attempt.)
5. Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #101 (I used the colors)

6. Double Click Connections Challenge - Use a Flower


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Smile and Sparkle......Hop with Unity Link Up



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a temporary departure from winter to share a couple of flowery cards.  Am I done with winter?  No.  Am I done with snow?  Definitely not.  I took Little Peach out today with her snow disk to slide down "her" gravel pile.  As I have mentioned before, this pile is the gravel leftover from filling in a plumbing trench.  She has had so much fun playing on this pile of gravel with the cats and the dog that it would have been worth just buying the crushed rock for her...even if we hadn't needed any!  Now that it is covered with a thick blanket of snow, it is even more fun.  :)  

I love winter here in Idaho.  It was a crisp 18 degrees, but the sun was shining so it seemed a lot warmer.  The very low humidity has dried the snow out to a nice crunchy texture, so it was a lovely day to play.  She slid and entertained her kitty and our dog while I took care of my chickens.....who have started laying again because of the brightness of the sunshine on the dazzling snow.  

Now, on to my card.....
I am so glad that Unity kept their link-up open until Sunday this week because I have gotten completely confused as to when the hops and link-ups are!!  lol.... 

I recently won the wonderful July 2015 Sentiment Kit Unity - Smile, It's Your Day. LOVE!!!! (Thanks, Unity!!!) I had so much fun with it, that I ended up making two cards. Yay!! I made one large card-sized background by doing some arty layered stamping with the solid and outline flowers and one of the leaf stamps with Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, and Shabby Shutters) on white cardstock. I cut it in half and used a piece for each of my cards.

The sentiments for each of the cards are stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with some fun sparkly pink powder.  The green checkered patterned paper and the pink cardstock are DCWV scraps.  The sequins photographed pinker than they actually are....they are more of an opalescent white with a pink sheen.  I colored in some parts of the flower with my clear Wink of Stella pen for more shine and sparkle.


On my second card, I layered another DCWV scrap and some vellum behind my sentiment panel.  I love how layering uses up scraps, but don't like how it obscures the pretty patterns.....esp the one I had stamped with this set!  The ribbon looks like it has a bit of a gray tinge, but it is actually just a shimmery sheer with white polka-dots.

One other thing I want to share is this incredibly useful new Distress Ink color chart that I made the other day.  I downloaded this blank chart from..... from...... from......  ARRRRRGH!!!  I can't believe I don't remember where I found this most up-to-date chart!!!  Unbelievable....  Anyway....I do have the PDF and I can email it to you if you are interested (jwoolbright at gmail dot com).  I don't have all the DI colors, but I have most of them.  It was simple to make with this free printable.  I never before thought I would really need something like this, but I used it the very first day I made it. I relied on it again today for choosing the ink colors for these cards, too!  I am so glad I made it!!!

Well, that's all for tonight.....I see that it isn't really tonight anymore!  lol....  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope your New Year has gotten started with time to craft and relax.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1.  Unity Hop and Link Up
2.  Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 210
Who knows....maybe I will get a few more added on here.....

Friday, January 1, 2016

Merry Cat-mas and Happy New Year!!!



This is our sweet Jetta, age 12-1/2......one of my son's black kitties.  She and a few other cats never successfully made the move over to this house when we relocated 4 years ago from the old place (which is over a couple of pastures and through what I call "Coyote Alley").   I don't know how many times we brought our little Jet-Girl over here and she traveled back to live on her own in the old barn.  Every so often for the first two or three years we lived here, she would show up over here for a few days and then disappear back over to the old house.  She hadn't been home (here) for over a year, though the current residents at the old place told us she was still alive and kicking.  Well, on Christmas morning, who should show up but our little Jetta!  What a sweet Christmas surprise.  We were all delighted....and none more so than our son who loves all black cats.  We brought her in, fed her some canned cat food, rabies vaccinated and dewormed her, took pictures (since we never know when we might not ever see her again), and really enjoyed loving on her with that lush winter coat.  As is her usual MO, she stayed around for a couple of days and took off again.  (sigh)  Her visit was a brief, but delightful, gift.  


Hi, Friends......

Oh, my goodness......my Christmas stocking and the packages under the tree were full of crafty supplies for me this year!!  

My Christmas stocking is the same one I have been using for over 50 years.  I remember receiving it when I was a small child, but I don't remember how old I was....somewhere around 4 or 5 years.  Over the years, it has held all sorts of goodies, but none better than this year when my hubby and kids stuffed it full of delights:  chocolate and washi tape!!  I put in an order at JoAnn.com for some splurge crafty goodies and let hubby wrap the box it shipped in to put under the tree for me.  Do you spy all those Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs items????  :)  I ordered a number of things that had been on my wishlist and were half-price.  Didn't he do a great job of Christmas shopping for me?  My kids really went wild choosing washi tape, so now I can stop hoarding and start using it!  Candy + Craft Supplies = Perfect Christmas gifts.  :)

Okay, on to my card......

I made this card for the Show us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge Blog - Krimbo Kitties theme. I am late getting in on the fun, but Ike had this free digi that she designed on the blog. It was so adorable, how could I resist????....(Even though I have only ever used a digi once or twice before, and it is all still very new to me!) This is the first of Ike's challenges at SUYP, but I hope there will be many, many more!!!


I colored the image with Spectrum Noirs and matted it with a red panel dry embossed with my Darice - Diagonal Stripe Background folder.  I used a festive scrap of Christmas paper and a bit of thrift store velveteen ribbon.....a nod to kitties who invented velvet on their ears.  :)  I added a few of the soft foam snowflakes that I am still trying to use up. (Yes, they are the ones where some don't even have the right number of sides!!  Really....can somebody please remind me in one year to donate the rest of these to my local thrift store and buy some properly constructed ones!!!  I'm soooooo serious!!!)  I mounted this all on a kraft card base.  Fun!!!  

Thank you, Ike, for this super-fun digi and exciting new challenge blog!!!  Now I have one Christmas card made for 2016.  :)  Happy New Year to everyone!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge Blog - Krimbo Kitties
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks #208/209 - Use Snippets
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Party (Hey...Anytime there are cats in the Christmas tree, believe me....they ARE having a party!! lol...)