Friday, January 18, 2019

Sending Joy with Penny Black



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a sweet card that I made using an adorable set I received from a crafty friend and hadn't inked up yet. So much fun playing with new toys. 😎

I used a very simple color scheme for this card. We get moderately snowy winters where I live and I notice how everything turns monochrome when it snows. This card reflects that look with only the pops of red and a touch of pink breaking the neutrals. I adore this bundled up little snowguy with the pup ready to play nearby. I even found some sweater knit patterned paper in my stash to put in the background to add to the warm, cozy "bundled up" feel.



I added some pretty sparkle to the snow and to the snowguy with my clear Wink of Stella pen, but naturally it is rendered completely invisible in this photo! lol...

Products used include:
Penny Black - Merry Delight stamp set
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray
Clear embossing powder
Distress markers
Spectrum Noir markers
Wink of Stella pen
Misc. cardstock, snowflakes, and fake raffia ribbon from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying a restful January.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #2 - Bundle Up!
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #81
3. Crop Stop Link Party #47 (I used Tsukineko Versafine ink and Ranger Distress Markers)
4. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - AG opt Something New
5. Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge - Let's Go Half & Half
6. Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
7. Double Trouble Challenge #19 - Warm and Cozy
(I did Thing 1 - all warm and cozy bundled up, Thing 2 - I have mittens and a puppy, Thing 3 - Double Dare by entering over at Creative with Stamps, too!)
8. Creative with Stamps Challenge #34 - Mittens


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

For a Very Special Person


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a pretty card using the wonderful color palette Heather chose for the current Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge.


I adore these pine and pink tones together!!! I was thinking about making a Christmas card with them, but I went Valentine-ish, instead.....using some of my newly acquired W&W products! FUN!!

I grabbed a couple sheets of smooshed paper I had on hand in the appropriate colors. I echoed the scalloped edge of the heart in the scalloped rectangles...and stamped and die cut a bouquet of flowers and leaves to put inside the heart. A few butterflies help me remember that spring will be here before I know it. I even got brave and put a few ink splatters on!! 


Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Sentimental: Gift stamp set
Winnie & Walter - True Dotty Heart Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in London Fog
Distress Ink in Black Soot, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Mixed Media Paper and Watercolor paper backgrounds I had on hand that had been smooshed with various leftover inks.

I'm not very experienced making bouquets for my cards, but I really like how this turned out. Hope you like it, too!! Thank you so much for stopping by today.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter December Color Combo Challenge
2. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Craft Stamper TIMI January Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
4. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #80
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #353 - Love
6. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New (I used my new W&W Dotty Hearts and Frenchy's Festive Florals sets)
7. Word-Art Wednesday Weeks #368-#369 - Anything Goes
8. Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly + I is for Include a Die Cut
9. Papercraft Challenges #28 - Celebrate
10. Allsorts Week 501 - Hearts and Flowers

11. Lost Coast Portal Challenge #67 - Anything Goes with Stamping 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Penguin Happy Holidays




Hi, Friends......

I am here with a fun little penguin card to enter into the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #37. I don't own the adorable Stampets: Penguin Rerun set for this month, so I took inspiration from the penguins that each of the designers used and the contrasting dark and light background that Kelly used HERE.




Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Tilda Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti stamp set (retired)
Versamark ink
White Sparkle embossing powder
Echo Park - Winter Wishes paper collection (retired)
DCWV Scraps
Snowflakes from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope January is a quiet relaxing month for you after the rush of the holidays.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Rerun No. 37 - Stampets: Penguin
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #343
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #419 - AG Christmas
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for AG Christmas
5. Christmas Crafts All Year Round January Challenge - Let it Snow
6. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Something New (I used my new W&W Tilda die set)
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New (I used my new W&W Tilda die set)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Introducing a New Challenge You Won't Want to Miss!!!

That's what my cats would say if I tried to put antlers on them!!  lol...


Hi, Friends......

Happy New Year to everyone!  I took a bit of hiatus from my blog during the holidays, but I am back.  I hope you are feeling rested and ready to take on a challenge because there is a brand-new one starting and I am so thrilled to introduce you to it!  

http://dottypuddingdesigns.blogspot.com/My crafty friend, Dotty Jo, over at Just a Dotty Pudding has just launched her super-fun Christmas Kickstart Challenge to get us going on our Christmas cards again!!  I am so ready.  I love making Christmas cards in January while my supplies are still out and there is no pressure!!  The challenge is fortnightly on Tuesdays and the inaugural theme is:  Rudolph and Friends....so get out your Rudy stamps or deer die-cuts and let's help Dotty Jo get her sleigh in the air!!  You can read all the details HERE.

Here's what I made:



I got brave and did some stamp surgery on this reindeer and tree stamp. It used to have a cathedral shaped arching outline, but I cut the thing off. I rarely use it with that around it, but I kept the outline in case I want it later. I made two variations of this card.....using scraps for my layered background.

On this first one, I tried stamping and heat embossing directly on the background. Major FAIL. lol... The deer had a seam through its middle and the silver blended into the background too much. Ugh. Then I had the bright idea (uh-oh...!!) to heat emboss it on vellum and stick that over the top of the failed attempt at embossing. Much better. I offset it a teence, although it is hard to see in the photo, so there is a bit of a shadow effect.


Here's another variation....with a paler sky and the image embossed on a scrap of white cardstock. Which do you like better????




Supplies used include:
Mark's Finest Papers - Crisp Winter stamp set (retired)
Versamark Ink Pad
Ranger - Embossing Powder
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Winnie & Walter - Comfort + Joy stamp set
Versafine Ink - Majestic Blue
Clear embossing powder
DCWV scraps
Vellum
White cardstock scrap
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you liked my cards and will play along in Dotty Jo's new challenge along with me.
(I'll even let you in on a bit of a secret: Dotty Jo invited me to guest there in a few weeks. Can you guess the theme she chose for that fortnight??? Shhhhh.....)
See you over there!!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #1 - Rudolph and Friends
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #342 - Use Snippets

3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #418 - AG Christmas or New Years
4. ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for AG Christmas
5. Christmas Crafts All Year Round January Challenge - Let it Snow 
6. The Artistic Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #422 - Winter Sparkles