Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crazy Star Patterned Background - Winnie & Walter

Hi, Friends....

As promised, I am here to share another card from the "I think I can save this thing that I pulled out of my reject pile" reclamation project. lol...

This is an entry in the big Winnie & Walter - 3rd Birthday Bash celebration over on their blog!!! Not only do they have a GIGANTIC giveaway, but they have 10 different challenges that you can play along with.....including a chance at a big Guest Star slot, if you participate with at least 4 different cards starring their products!! (See their blog post for details on that.) Winnie & Walter challenges are among my favorites anywhere in the papercrafting blogosphere. I hope you will join me in wishing Shay and everyone at W&W a Happy 3rd Birthday and play along with the challenges!!!

Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti
Waffle Flower - On My Mark stamp set (for the word "birthday!")
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway die
Darice - Assorted Stars embossing folder
Distress Inks (Stars: Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet) (Sponging: Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold)
Clear Sparkle Embossing Powder from my stash

First off......I want to say that I really LIKE how this card turned out.....but it was a bit extremely touch and go for awhile! This card has a history like my Rainbow Stenciling card I posted earlier today.....because it too was a reject from that same W&W Rainbow challenge from last year. 

Old card I made using a good line of stars.
What was different abt this one was that I had botched the stamping and started over.....resulting in the simple but nice card shown at right. The card with the botched stamping went in the reject pile....and that's what I set out to reclaim for today's card!

SUPER-CRAFTY JANIS BRAINY IDEA: (Oh, out!!!) The botched line of stamping wasn't super-awfully botched (really only one messed-up star...besides not being centered too well), so I thought I could camouflage it by adding lots more stars around it. Well, I only met with limited success.....but once I got started on this project I HAD to see it through!! That led to a eureka moment of self-discovery: JANIS' CRAFTING PHILOSOPHY!!!.... which you can read below in an actual excerpt from an email abt this card that I sent to my crafty confidante, Karen. I have corrected some of my typos and added some bold:

I stamped more lines of rainbow stars and botched the stamping even more!! groan... So I misted it all with water. Hmmmm....the botches were less conspicuous. Then I threw caution to the wind and dry embossed the whole thing in a random star pattern. Oh, dear....can this background be saved???? Well, it can't get any I brayered it and heat embossed it with clear sparkle powder. Not great....let's try misting it some more!! Hmmm....this is actually starting to look better for a change!! (Janis' philosophy: Keep messing with stuff until it gets so awful that eventually it HAS to start looking better!!!) Okay.....I know! SPONGING!! Ahhhhh.....that is more like it! So now I have a chaotic, but colorful starry background made into a card. Whew.....that was quite a process, but I am happy with it. :)

So there you have it. What a mess....but I am really LOVING what came out of it. So glad to not have to put it back in my reject pile and work on it next time around!! lol...

Many thanks for stopping by. Be sure to go check out the Winnie & Walter - 3rd Birthday Bash celebration!!  See you next time!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - Bright Colours with Lydia
2. Winnie & Walter - Three Challenge with Shay (three kinds of stars: solid stamp, open outline stamp, dry embossed)
3. Winnie &Walter - Pattern Making with Mayuri
4. Winnie & Walter - Ink Blending with Vanessa
5. Mod Squad - Geometric
6. Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Words 2 Craft By Challenge #38 - Celebrations
8. CARDZ TV - Anything Goes Designers Challenge #3
9. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


  1. Hi Janis, thanks for your visit. I am now following you..{aNNie}
    With my DT hat on,
    Beautiful creation and great colour combo. Thanks for sharing at Allsorts 'ANYTHING GOES' challenge, good luck in the draw. ♥
    [aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

  2. wow! another bright and cheerful card :) totally love it

  3. Eeek!! This card is more fun than an actual birthday party! I can practically hear the horns blowing, see the party hats and balloons, and taste the cake (okay, not taste the cake..but everything else). I'm so glad that you didn't give up on this because the result is festive and so creative. Your offset die cut sentiment is perfect against all that color, and the scalloped rectangle adds to the energy of this card. The misting and embossing give wonderful dimension to your stars and gives a 3-D effect. LOVE THIS!!

  4. A beautifully bright and cheery creation, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts. Thanks for your visit and kind words as well.

    B x

  5. Oh Janis, this card is fantastic! Good luck in the challenge, I'll be rooting for YOU!

  6. What a cool explosive party background came out! Your philosophy cracks me up!!

  7. Beautiful background! Wow, your reject pile keeps providing amazing art for your cards! Thanks so much for playing along with us at  The Mod Squad Challenge Angie, Challenge Host

  8. Love the star background, beautiful card.
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts;-))m

  9. Wow! Who would have guessed because it turned into a beautiful card. It's bright and beautiful and happy. Well done Janis. Barbxx

  10. Wonderful and festive birthday's like a party on your card, just love it.

  11. Janis, Looks like you struck gold twice while digging through that reclaimed pile of yours! I love these bright, cheery stars. Thanks so much for linking up a second celebration card at W2CB. :)

  12. What a great card! This background is spectacular! Thanks for joining my Winnie & Walter Challenge!

  13. hello! so many amazing and bright colors...this is gorgoeus!
    I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  14. Lemonade from lemons!! Both cards are great. Thanks for sharing with Words 2 Craft By!


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