Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Snowman Quilt Card - June Rudolph Days


Hi, Friends......

It's Rudolph Days time again over at Scrappy Mo's and (as usual) I am squeaking in on the last day! :) I am also making an entry in Jo's Christmas Kickstart Tag-Along Challenge with this card. There's still nearly a week to go on that one, so you still have time to make a card and have a chance at a cool prize! Yay!

I also am entering this card in the As You Like It - Digi or Rubber and Why Challenge where they ask us which form of stamp we prefer. I, again, vote for rubber. This time it is for a different reason. I keep all my scraps of paper and cardstock and when I want to stamp a little sentiment....as I did on this card....I love being able to snag the right size piece out of my scrap bag and make a little sentiment panel. It's hard to print out digis on scraps!

Are you like I am with loads of 12 x12 patterned paper....some with quite large prints? I am always trying to think of ways to use those oversized, but adorable images. This week I got out my Gina Marie quilt die to see if I could make a picture quilt by doing some inlaid die cutting. 


I am still experimenting, but this was my first attempt. What do you think? Does the white "framework" between the pieces break up the design too much? I tried a darker solid, but that didn't look too great. Hmmmm.... I have another one I made, too, that I will post later. But I am interested in your opinions and suggestions.


Supplies used include:
Gina Marie Designs - Stitched Quilt #3 Block Die - Flower Burst
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
The Cat's Pajamas - Fairy Christmas stamp set
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
DCWV Patterned Paper and Solid Cardstock
Bit of silver twine from stash
Dollar store Foam Snowflakes (still trying to use these crazy things up....some of them have 7 points!!)

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you all are doing well. We are getting rain....again!! Fortunately, though, the farmers up here had enough time to get their hay cut, dried, and safely put up in bales a few days ago. We don't farm, but a lot of our neighbors do and they depend on that hay for feeding their cattle.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. June Rudolph Days Challenge
2. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #32 - Care to Tag Along?
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #496 - AG Christmas
4. Get Crackin' on Christmas June Challenge - AG Christmas
5. Papercraft Challenge #59 - Geometric
6. All Sorts Week #578 - So Cute
7. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
8.
As You Like It - Digi or Rubber and Why
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Flamingo Anniversary - Lots-o'-Dots Scrap Background



Hi, Friends........

I am here with an anniversary card to share today. This was a special request and I knew which background I wanted to try out. I often make my "Strips-o'-Scraps" backgrounds with strips of a variety of patterned papers glued onto solid cardstock. But today I am introducing my "Lots-o'-Dots" scrap background. :)

I have sooooooooooooo many scraps of pretty papers and I got this idea of punching them with my 1" hole punch for a fun background. You can use a circle (or other shape) die for this, too, but nothing knocks out a pile of scraps faster than punch-punch-punch. This proved to be a great way to burn through a whole bunch of odd-shaped pieces in my scrap bags. It was totally addicting to watch my wastebasket fill up with the narrow frameworks of the leftovers!!  (Did it make a dent in my scrap bags???? No....but it was loads of fun!!! Ha.)

I used a fun flamingo image and really love how the circles in the background echo the curvy necks and round bodies of the birds. I colored the flamingos to coordinate with the pink background.....which took some creative blending of two different Spectrum Noir markers since they don't have this color of pink. I think I matched it pretty well. I added some white accents with a gel pen.



Supplies used include:
Gina K. Designs - Cuddles & Hugs stamp set (retired)
Thrift store sentiment stamp of unkn origin
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir Markers
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs die set - retired
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
Scraps for my background, mat, and focal panel
Sakura - White Gel Pen (medium point)

Hope you liked this fun card!! Thank you so much for stopping by today.

We have reverted back to our chilly rainy weather and I might need to build a fire in the woodstove tonight. Brrrr! It's supposed to warm up and be nice again for July 4th, though. Yay!


Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #381 - Use Snippets
2. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #444-#445 - Anything Goes
4. Let's Craft and Create Challenge #160 - AG w/ opt of Punch-It
5. Papercraft Challenge #59 - Geometric
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #117
7. All Sorts Week #578 - So Cute
8. Creative Fingers Challenge #189 - AG
9. Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge

10. Double Trouble Challenge #60 - Thing 1 only Something, Anything
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OWL Always Love You - Masculine OLC

GREAT GRAY OWLS

Hi, Friends....

Just getting around to posting the card I gave my hubby for Father's Day. I used a sweet owl couple image from Unity because we share a particular fondness for owls...esp Great Grays. The stamp is a red rubber miscut I got in a Unity grab bag. The original stamp has 3 owls on it, but I like having the two together....so I didn't mind receiving a mistake!

I didn't color the owls on my card like Great Grays, but they are our favorites. These fabulous owls are common in our area, but can be rare finds for many birders. I am on an Inland NW Bird email list and each year I alert the group when our owls arrive in the spring and detail where I have seen them. People travel to our area from several states away just to see our Great Grays. They are by length (but not by weight) the largest owls in the world and are amazingly tame. They will sit on a fence post in the early morning or evening hours when the sun is low and seem not the least bit concerned if you stop your car near them and roll down the window to observe them....or quietly get out of the car and watch them from a moderate distance away.  They are soooooooo humongous and gorgeous!!  We are blessed to have them here.

I am entering this card in the As You Like It - Digi or Rubber and Why Challenge where they ask us which form of stamp we prefer. Well, for me, it is a definite vote for rubber. I am not adept at using digis at all and my printer and I are often not on speaking terms! I love the versatility that rubber stamps give me for using different media and different inks. I also really like the organic connection I feel with the art by the simple acts of inking up and stamping.

I stayed mainly with blacks, browns, and grays for a masculine look. I masked off the edges, stenciled, blended distress inks on a kraft card base for a one layer card. I colored the owls with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.








Supplies used include:
Unity - 3-"Who"-lagins (mfr miscut...only contains two owls)
Cardz-TV - For the Birds stamp set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
UmWowStudio - Checker Board stencil
Distress Inks in Black Soot and Walnut Stain

Hope you liked my owl card. Hubby loved it, of course. 💟🦉🦉🦉
Thank you for stopping by today!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #11 - One Layer Card
2.  Kat Scrappiness June Challenge - All About the Boys
3. 
Dare2BArtzy June Challenge - Masculine 
4.  Papercraft Challenge #59 - Geometric 
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #444-#445 - Anything Goes
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #117
7. DL.ART June 2020 Linky Challenge
8. All Sorts Week #578 - So Cute
9. As You Like It - Digi or Rubber and Why
10. Tuesday Throwdown Challege #460 - AG
11. Creative Crafters Challenge #29 - AG
12. Creative Fingers Challenge #189 - AG
13. STAMPlorations June Stencil Challenge


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Sunday, June 21, 2020

More Masculine Cards - Graphic 45 "Good Ol' Sport" Collection


Hi, Friends......

Here's the other set of masculine cards I made using Graphic 45. This time it was the "Good Ol' Sport" collection. I stamped sentiments on the front of some them. Some have Father's Day greetings inside and others have all-occasion greetings.
Sentiment is from Altenew - Label Love stamp set




 
The tickets are from a border strip in the same G45 collection.
 










 

Sentiment is from a retired Simon Says Stamp - Kelly Purkey "Cheers" stamp set.

I used chipboard embellishments from the same Graphic 45 collection for the next two cards. The inside sentiments say "I'm Your #1 Fan!" from Unity.



















This outside sentiment is from Technique Tuesday "Keep Smiling".
Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 "Good Ol' Sport" Collection
Altenew - Label Love stamp set
Simon Says Stamp - Kelly Purkey "Cheers" (retired)
Technique Tuesday - Keep Smiling stamp set
Unity Stamp Co. - I'm Your #1 Fan
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired

Hope you liked this collection of masculine cards! Hope everyone spoiled the Dads in your life for Father's Day!!

🖤
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this set of cards in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #444-#445 - Anything Goes
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #117
3. Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Show & Share June Challenge
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
6. DL.ART June 2020 Linky Challenge
7. Kat Scrappiness June Challenge - All About the Boys
8. Papercraft Challenges June - Father's Day/Male

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

You are Purr-fect


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a cute little kitty card to share using a sweet Clearly Besotted stamp set that the lovely Di Wray gave me. (THANKS, Di!) I get asked to make children's cards and I think these adorable images are perfect for any occasion.  


I colored the kitties and the embossed background with Prismacolor colored pencils using Gamsol to blend the colors. The patterned paper is old stash that I've had for years. I only partially dry embossed the oval background panel to make a delineation between the floor and wallpaper.
(Sorry for the shadow on this photograph!!  Ugh....)

Supplies used include:
Clearly Besotted - You are Purrfect stamp set
Tsukineko - Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Darice - Checkered embossing folder - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops) - retired Prismacolor colored pencils
Gamsol
Scraps of DCWV patterned paper and solid cardstock
Ribbon from stash

I hope you enjoyed these adorable little furry friends. Thanks for stopping by today.

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. SUYP Challenge #55 - Furrything Goes
2. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #10 - Build a Scene
3. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
4. Cut it Up Challenge #202 - Perfect Pet
5. Power Poppy Creative Confetti - Baby or Child
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #116
7.
Creative Fingers Challenge #188 - Anything Goes
8. Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge
9. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #444-#445 - Anything Goes
10. Show & Share June Challenge

"Love is Patient" Wedding Card



Hi, Friends.....

A friend asked me to make a wedding card for her to give to a young man who lives in our neighborhood and his new bride. She requested it be big.....half-fold size instead of my usual A2 quarter-fold size.....and she wanted it very fancy...and spiritual. I take quite a few orders for my cards and I try to make them special each time, but a wedding card is so super-special that I was feeling a lot of pressure and stress to make it meet expectations.

Additionally, the new couple got married a few weeks previously, so all my stamps that said "On your wedding day" or similar sentiments wouldn't really work. In fact, NONE of my usual wedding stamps really fit the bill for this order. Thank goodness for online suggestions!! I searched "Christian wedding card sentiments" and found a selection from 1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter.  I knew it would be perfect.

The friend requesting the card also made mention of a rainbow. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to use one on a wedding card! I finally decided to use silver and aqua with a rainbow assortment of flowers in very pale hues with satiny pearl centers for embellishments. 


What do you think of it?






Here's an angled shot so you can see the gleaming silver. LOVE!!!




















Supplies used include:
Scripture sentiment printed out from computer
Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Labels 3 Dies (retired)
Distress Oxide inks blended on edge of sentiment panel - Evergreen Bough and Tumbled Glass
Spellbinders - Nestabilities - 5x7 Reflective Moment die set
Verve - Sprightly Sprigs die set (retired)
DCWV patterned and silver foiled cardstock
Prima - Wildflower Mix
Miniature ribbon roses from thrift store
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
Silver doily from stash
Scrapbook-Adhesives - Photo Corners
Unity Grab Bag Flourish stamps (I'm not sure which sets these originally came from.)
Versamark ink
Ranger - Embossing Powder in silver

Hope you liked my card! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you are being able to venture out safely a little bit more than in the past few months. 

We are still having very cool weather right now but warmer days are on the way. Can't wait to get back out in my garden again. Hope I can avoid being swallowed by all the weeds that have grown during this cool rainy period!! lol...

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show & Share June Challenge
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #444-#445 - Anything Goes
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #116
4. Creative Fingers Challenge #188 - Anything Goes
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
6. The Sisterhood of Crafters - Here Comes the Bride

7. Creative Crafters  Challenge #29 - AG
8. Cuttlebug Mania - Wedding 
9. Allsorts Week #576 - Embossing Wet or Dry
10. Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge
11. Double D Challenges - Wedding

 

Masculine Cards - Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman"


Hi, Friends......

I haven't been posting much, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making cards! I just get bogged down with blogging sometimes. So to remedy that....I have decided I need to occasionally post small batches of cards together in one group. So I am doing that today.

With Father's Day just around the corner, I made a bunch of masculine cards to put in my box at church which supports the local crisis pregnancy center where I volunteer. Some of these have Happy Father's Day greetings inside and others are more generic so they can be used for any special occasion where a guy card might be desired.

Today I am sharing the ones I made with my Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman" collection. As with all Graphic 45 collections, these cards nearly make themselves. Hardly anything more is required than choosing which papers you want to coordinate with the cut apart panels! Easy peasy and so wonderfully vintage! It also burned through a bunch of black cardstock scraps for matting the panels. Yay!!

Some of my cards focus on apparel for the fashionable gentleman........


I added the chipboard "Dashing" tag from the same collection to this card.

The pocket watch was fussy cut from another sheet in this collection.


Inside sentiment says: "Hat's off to you!"

Some include examples of the cars you would expect such well-appointed gentlemen to drive.....





















Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman" Collection
Scraps of solid cardstock for matting panels
Cardstock for card bases

Hope you enjoyed this little collection of masculine cards! Remember to get your Graphic 45 out and USE IT!! So fun and easy and fabulous!!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #444-#445 - Anything Goes
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #116
3. Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #380 - Use Snippets
5. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
6. DL.ART June 2020 Linky Challenge
7. Kat Scrappiness June Challenge - All About the Boys
8. Papercraft Challenges June - Father's Day/Male
9. Creative Fingers Challenge #188 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Horsey Happy Birthday


Hi, Friends......

I was recently asked by a young gal to make a horse-themed birthday card for her to give to a friend. I was excited for the chance to use my Bella Blvd Barnyard collection again.
(You might recall I recently used it for a chicken-themed sympathy card for a gal who had lost a bunch of her hens in a skunk attack.)

I used last week's sketch from MFT, but didn't get it in on time to enter. No matter. Here's the sketch so you can see how I interpreted it.


For my card, I was trying to figure out how to make the adorable pony die cut stand out and not just look like a giant horse perched on top of a hilly barnyard. (I guess that would make it a "PERCHeron"! Bwahaha.......)

I think a bit of vellum behind the piece brings the focus up to the front and sets it off just enough without obscuring the fun patterned paper behind it. I was tickled to find that a birthday sentiment from a NBUS stamp set fit just right on the cloud, also. Love that the horse seems to be looking at it! :)


Supplies used include:
Bella Blvd - Barn Yard 6x8 Paper Pad (retired)
Bella Blvd - Barn Yard Paper Pieces (retired)
Lil' Inker - Rainbows and Clouds
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Farm Greetings (NBUS)
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray
M&C Boutique - Large Circle Frame die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Scraps of solid cardstock and vellum from stash

Hope you enjoyed this fun card.....and I hope it helps a special young horse lover have a great birthday!

🖤
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. TCP Tuesday Challenge #369 - Patterned Paper
2. Creative Fingers Challenge #187 - AG
3. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #115
4. DL.ART June 2020 Linky Challenge
5. NBUS Challenge #15
6. Crafty Hazelnut's June Patterned Paper Challenge
7. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #379 - Use Snippets
8. Double D Challenge - Use Your Scraps
9. Papercraft Challenges #58 - Spring