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! 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 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
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!!!


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


  1. Happy New Year Janis!!
    Well done on using your leftovers, both the card look great and love the effect of the vellum in the first one!

  2. Hello and Happy New Year. These are fabulous - I think I like the pale sky one better :-)
    Thanks for the info on the new Challenge. I'm off to have a looksee xxx

  3. Hi Janis, what a gloriously lovely surprise to see you playing along with Challenge #1. Both cards are lovely and I am in total awe of anyone who can emboss on vellum! Tried it many times and failed on each and every occasion. Thanks for promoting my challenge. I'm so looking forward to having you as a guest. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Jo x

  4. Hello! Way to go saving the top card as you turned out great! My fave is the second one, only because I like the lighter sky better. Anyway, thanks for joining us at CCAYR with your snowy cards! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  5. Lovely work. Thank you for joining Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge. Hope to see you again next time.

  6. So happy to see you back in the craft room...and doing stamp surgery no less!! As for stamping on vellum...that just makes me shiver (and not in delight either). I always have a terrible time with it, but now that I see your success, I may give it another try. What a clever trick to save your card by adding the vellum stamped layer. Both versions are beautiful..and the pale one looks about 10 degrees colder!

  7. Happy New Year Janis! I hope your holiday was great!
    Both cards are great and I suppose if I have to choose 1 it would be the second although I like them both.
    I am guessing but I think the theme for your night may be (Christmas) cats???? LOL

  8. What a lovely pair of cards and I particularly love the embossing on the vellum - it really looks like molten metal.
    Happy New Year and thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.

  9. happy new year my friend!
    It's a beautiful card!

  10. Happy New Year! Your cards are very pretty! Thnaks for joining us at CHNC!

  11. Happy New Year and so nice to see you at our winter sparkles challenge at Tuesday Throwdown! I really like both cards....each is very unique. I like the vellum and the white paper, each has a very distinct look. So glad you shared both of these with us this week!

  12. Lovely card, Janis. Beautiful colours and scene. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma
    Happy New Year!

  13. I love them both! So fun with the silver tree and reindeer. Happy New Year!

  14. Beautiful Christmas card Janis. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  15. Great cards Janis and I love them both equally! Thanks for pointing us in the direction of Jo's new challenge - half the entries are from Playground Playmates already! Poor Jo, does she know what a wild lot they can be?


    Di xx

  16. Great cards Janis, thanks for entering it in The Artistic Stamper "Anything Goes - January Challenge"


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