Monday, February 27, 2017

Giraffe Anniversary - Winnie & Walter

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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a super-fun anniversary card that I made for 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!!!

I try to make an anniversary card for each couple in our small church, so I always like to have some on hand. This one started with a stenciled background that had been lying dormant in my stash for quite some time that I die cut with my Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set. When I saw the adorable giraffes in the brand-new Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set, I knew I wanted to use it with this background.  (The background was made by sponging Versamark ink through a stencil from the Artistcellar - JKB TEXTures 2 Series 4-stencil set and then heat embossed with gold powder. Love the exotic animal print look!!)

 For my giraffes, I used a sheet of mixed media paper dyed with Imagine Crafts (Tsukineko) Walnut Ink Crystals. Have you ever played with these before? If you have used Brushos or ColorBursts, you have a pretty good idea of the process. These are more granular and crystalline than the fine powders, though, so you get some deeply concentrated areas where the larger crystals dissolved slowly. I LOVE the variations inherent in these kind of coloring media!! I hovered my clear giraffe stamp over my 9 X 11 sheet till I found a place with the right distribution of spots and waves. Then I stamped and die cut the sweet little pair.

Uh, oh.......Another Crafty Janis Brainy Idea hit me!!! Why not embellish the pair so you know which one is which!!?? I stamped and cut a hat out of the same Walnut Stain background using my Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamps and die sets. (Who knew the little hats for the birdies would fit the giraffes???? I thought I would give it a try and it worked!! Yay!!)  For Mrs. G, I made a simple blingy necklace from sequins. Aren't these two just adorable??? 

I pulled out a deep yellow patterned paper oval (MFT stitched oval die cut) and as soon as I had it behind them, I saw a big huge moon rising over the African savanna! Perfect. I cut some gold foiled cardstock hearts with the little heart dies from the same So Tweet set and combined them with some wonderful Serendipity Stamps - Mixed Wood-Grain Sequins. (How perfect are these for a safari look? I wish you could see them better in the photo!!)

Do you like my little giraffe couple?? I just love how this card turned out. So much fun!!!  Hope you enjoyed it, too.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you at my Virtual Birthday Party and also over at the Winnie & Walter - 3rd Birthday Bash celebration. I still have more cards to share with you, but most of them will have to wait until tomorrow!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - Three Challenge with Shay (I used sets of three hearts and three sequins.)
2. Winnie & Walter - Stencil Challenge with Kelly
3. Winnie & Walter - Cute Critter Challenge with Gayatri
4. Winnie & Walter - Sequins Challenge with Kate
5. Cuttlebug Mania - It's a Zoo Out There (must use a manual die cut/embossing machine)
6. CARDZ TV - Anything Goes Designers Challenge #3
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
8. Penny Black and More February Challenge - Use Favorite Stamp
9. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
10. DL.Art February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes


  1. SQUEAL!!! This card is so adorable Janis...and your papers and background are absolute perfection. Love the sweet giraffe couple and the jaunty Indiana Jones fedora and bead necklace on the two are such a clever addition. Your stenciled background and that rising moon make me feel like I'm right there on the savannah, listening to the cries of the hyenas in the distance. Okay, maybe not the hyenas... Any celebrating couple would go wild over this fun design!

  2. Happy Birthday to you!! What an adorable giraffe card - love the addition of the top hat and sequin necklace!

  3. Just love it. What an adorable image. Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  4. Happy birthday!
    must send you somthing :D
    I hope you get my mail from before :D
    your card is so sweet!

  5. Oh how cute are these giraffes?!! I love the hat on Mr G! I'm also loving the background - the gold, yellow and black together looks fab :) I'm in the middle of making a giraffe-themed card for my niece who has a birthday at the end of March. I think I might have to give the giraffe a sequin necklace like yours! TFS xxx

  6. It's a super background and I love the giraffe couple. It's a lovely card Janis. Barbxx

  7. I absolutely LOVE this card! I LOVE giraffe's and totally love how you "dressed them" to identify the male from the female. SO CLEVER!
    A great background too!

  8. Eeee ! I LUV Giraffes and this is fabulous :-) x

  9. Such a great, fun card
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  10. Oooo what a great fun card and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, luv Sam x

  11. WOW I love all of the details in this adorable giraffe card. The background is Gorgeous. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge.


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