Chaienne

Chaienne

Monday, August 2, 2021

July Reveal for CCC - Lucky to Call You Friend!

 

Aren't ALL cats strange?????  Mine sure are!  lol...  ❤

 

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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with my July Reveal for the Card Chain Challenge.  Such a fun group to be part of!!

July's challenge theme options were:

Colour Palette Option

(Exact matching is not required.)

 
Sketch Option


(Orient as desired.)

Theme Options: Summer / Snacks / Friendship
Product / Technique Options: Scraps / Fancy Fold
 
I chose the Colors and the Friendship theme.   My card went to Linda in Michigan.

I had a background that I made from some epsom salt crystals dissolved in dyed water.  I had made the colored solutions for a VBS kid craft and had leftover.  Could I toss 'em??? No way!!  lol...  So I made backgrounds for me to use.  This particular one had some of the colors of the challenge and I blended yellow around the edges for the color palette suggested.  Love the crystalline structures that you get from this technique.  I gave the background a coat or two of clear spray lacquer to help set the crystals.
 
The butterfly and sentiment are from a beautiful set I just received from  Melanie over at the Double Trouble Challenge.  (THANKS, Melanie!!)  I absolutely love this gorgeous set!


Supplies used include:
CTMH Winged Masterpiece S2103 - SOTM March 2021
Versafine Ink in Crimson Red
Clear embossing powder from my stash
Distress Ink in Mustard Seed
Epsom salt background from my stash
Mixed Media paper

Hope you liked my card!!  It was fun to use one of these arty backgrounds.  I think the floral butterfly looks good against it. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  If you would like to join the Card Chain Challenge, the August sign-ups are still open for a few more days HERE.  We'd love to have you join us!

Stay safe in the heat and storms, everyone.  So far we are doing okay.  We have had a few intervals of thunder in the last few days but thankfully no near strikes....and we even got some rain!  YAY!!  Still praying for safety from fires.  We have a couple hot days predicted and then more t-storms.  This comes with the territory, but our dry summer is putting us at more risk than usual.  We do appreciate the thoughts and prayers.

Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Butterfly Challenge #159 (I just chose the Quick Sand yellow color option this time + butterfly)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

July Rudolph Days - Merry Christmas Sloth

 


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Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a super-fun card for the July Rudolph Days challenge over at Scrappy Mo's.  I have been trying to get this card blogged for the last several days and now it is the deadline so......here it is!!  lol....

I had some old Stampendous flocked snowflake stickers in my stash that needed to be used.  I thought they'd look good on a simple red background.  I received this adorable Christmas sloth in a set from the sweet and generous Holley Barnhart.  (THANKS, Holley!!!)  I wasn't sure how the sloth stamp would look in red ink, but I LOVE it!!  What do you think?


Supplies used include:
Stampendous - Class A'Peel Velvet Snowflake Stickers (retired)
Pebbles - Cozy & Bright stamp set
Versafine ink in Satin Red
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (apparently retired)
Scraps from my stash for mats and frames

Hope you liked this whimsical sloth Christmas card!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Stay safe in the hot weather if you are in the Northern half of the globe.  Here in my part of Idaho, we haven't had more than a few drops of rain in a couple of months and thunderstorms are predicted for the next four days. Eek! My family is packing Go Bags, in case we need to evacuate suddenly.  I would appreciate your prayers for safety from fire!  Thank you.


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
July Rudolph Days
2. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #146
3. Christmas Kickstart challenge 52, fluffy or furry


Thursday, July 29, 2021

WINNER of my STENCIL GIVEAWAY...(Arrrrrgh.....I CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT TO POST THIS!!!)


 
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Hi, Friends.....

I am such a total lame brain anymore!!  I was so busy getting ready for my vacation for our 40th wedding anniversary to Yellowstone that I forgot to draw the winner to my Christmas Stencil Giveaway!!!  I was hunting in my stash for something to make for Rudolph Days and spied that stencil still sitting there......(face plant!)  Will someone just shoot me and put me out of my misery now, pleeeeeeeze!!!   

So, finally......with the help of random dot org.....the lucky winner is:

Valerija

Congratulations!!  I will email you because it has been so long now that you probably are not checking for a winner notification anymore.   So sorry about that!  

Thank you to everyone who left comments and to those who also entered my drawing.   


Janis

Friday, July 2, 2021

June CCC Card Reveal - Sunshine and Rainbows


 

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Hi, Friends.......

Just a quick post to share for the Card Chain Challenge June Reveal.

The optional themes last month were:  

Colour Palette Option


(Exact matching is not required.)


Sketch Option


(Orient as desired.)


Theme Options: Things That Fly / Rainbows/ Friendship
Product / Technique Options: Stencils / Stitching (real or f
aux)

I chose the Rainbows, Friendship, and Stitching (Faux) and sent my card to Tina in Slovenia.  Fun!!

It was fun making the rainbow, clouds, and my flowery meadow with scraps!  Yay!
 
 
 
Supplies used include:
Lil' Inker - Rainbows and Clouds stamps and dies (retired)
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set (retired)
Solid and patterned paper scraps from my stash
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing my card.  There are still a few more days to sign up for the July exchange.  We would love to have you join us!!
 
Stay cool and safe during this heat wave and over the 4th!
 
Janis
 
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

GIVEAWAY: June Rudolph Days - Santa and Reindeer Stencil

 


 

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Hi, Friends.....

Are we all warm enough yet????  It is sooooooooo hot here in Idaho that even the bugs are dying!!!  (The only silver lining I have found!)  I have to water my garden twice a day.  I can't have the stove on (Okay, TWO silver linings...no cooking!), or have the lights on, or do ANYTHING in the house.....even craft!  So it is fortunate that I had played with this Santa stencil and embossing paste several weeks ago.  I am squeaking in with this card at the last minute for the June Rudolph Days over at Scrappy Mo's.

GIVEAWAY ALERT:
Although I am happy with the way this card turned out, this stencil is not really my style.  It is a gently used retired brass Quietfire Santa and Reindeer stencil and I have used it only this one play session.  I decided that I would offer it as a giveaway to a commenter who would like to have it.  Maybe nobody wants it, but if you are interested say "Yes, please to the stencil" in the comments.  This giveaway is open until 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time, July 7, 2021.  I will send this gift WORLDWIDE....just like Santa does! 

 

Supplies used include:
Leftover gesso spattered background
 
Quietfire Santa and Reindeer stencil retired (YOU CAN WIN THIS!!!)
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (retired)

W plus 9 - Tree Border
die set

Stamper's Anonymous - TH Collection 2016 Stamptember Holiday stamp set  (retired)

Versafine ink in Majestic Blue

Hope you liked my card.  I was wishing a snowy scene would make me feel cooler, but it didn't work.  lol...  (Feel free to remind me that when we had snow in May I said I was very ready for the warm weather to get here!!!  Arrrrgh!)  Stay safe if you are in one of the severe weather regions!!  Thank you for stopping by! 


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. June Rudolph Days
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #548
3.
CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #143

Monday, June 7, 2021

Glorious Spring Wishes

 


Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a spring card I better get posted while there is still some spring left!!  lol..... Our weather turned chilly again, so I will be glad for the sun and warmth to get here again!   I used a lovely NBUS stamp set that Holley Barnhart sent me for my basket of daffodils.  (THANKS, Holley!!)  Love how bright and springy these colors are!! 

Supplies used include:
Gina K. Designs - Springtime Baskets (retired)
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray
Spectrum Noir markers
M&C Boutique - Large Circle Frame die set (retired)
DCWV scraps of Butterly Garden paper
Assorted solid cardstock

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my card.  I hope your day is full of sunshine and flowers and even a few butterflies!!   


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Creative Fingers Challenge #209 - AG
2.
DL.ART JUNE 2021 Linky Challenge
3.
Word Art Weeks #493-494 - AG
4. Crafty Hazelnut June Patterned Paper Challenge
5.
Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #23 - Fun in the Sun (I went with a sunny theme)
6. We Love Choc Baroque June Challenge - Hand Colored or Paper-Pieced Image
7.
Butterfly Challenge #157 - N is for Naples Yellow and New York Pink (Just entering for Butterfly + two options this time.)



8. STAMPlorations Spring Fling Linky Party



 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Spring Butterfly - Joy of the Lord

 


Hi, Friends......

I'm back with a quick card I made with spring butterflies and an encouraging scripture verse.  As you might know, STAMPlorations is on the last day or two of their Spring Fling event.  I couldn't let it pass by without entering! 

As I have mentioned before, I used to make a ton of simple little note card sets that left me with untold numbers of patterned paper scraps exactly the right width for a slim-line card.  It's fun to pull out my embellishments and a simple stamped sentiment for a quick card using one of them as a background.  Here I used some dollar store butterflies and a foil lined flower chippie that Karen Ladd sent me a long time ago!  ❤

Other supplies used include:
Stampabilities - Nehemiah 8:10 G1009 (very ancient...has a 2000 date on it!)
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Clear embossing powder
Solid and patterned paper scraps from stash

Thank you for stopping by today to take a look at this quick and easy card.   Have a lovely week!!


Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Double Trouble Challenge #85 -AG + Opt YoYo Fun:  Thing 1 - AG, Thing 3 - Twisted Sister YoYo Trick: The Butterfly
2.  Butterfly Challenge #157 - N is for Navy Blue (Just entering for Butterfly + one option this time.)
3. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #142
4. Word Art Weeks #493-494 - AG
5. Get Ready for STAMPlorations Spring Fling Party
6. STAMPlorations Spring Fling Linky Party


YoYo Fun with Double Trouble

 

This is exactly how my cats feel about our little grandson!!  lol...

Hi, Friends....

I am here sharing a fun card I made with some scraps that happened to fall together in one of my (many) scrap bags.  I really love how the negative die cut looks with the pine, periwinkle, turquoise and aqua colors.  I added some pale mint glittery stars from scraps to echo the dry embossing.  What do you think?  Is this unusual color combo too weird????  lol...  (You can be honest!  Well, maybe not toooooooooooo honest!!!  Ha.) 
 

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Baby Cutaway die - retired
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set - retired
Darice - Assorted Stars embossing folder
Assorted solid and glitter cardstock from stash

And now for a fun little item.....
Double Trouble has a Bonus YoYo Fun challenge just about ready to close....so I am hurrying to get this posted.  One little extra they did was challenge us to find an old yoyo that was stored away somewhere and share a pic of the family playing with it.  They have a great prize if they have at least 10 entries, but sadly hardly anyone rose to the challenge.  No matter, I still decided to enter. 

Here I present my little 7-1/2 month old grandson, Miles, playing with an old yoyo my kids had when they were growing up. 
We never get rid of ANYTHING (ugh..), so I knew we still had one around!!! I actually knew right where to look and found two of them!  Ha.



Hope you enjoyed my card and my yoyo picture!!  Thank you for stopping by today.  


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Double Trouble Challenge #85 -AG + Opt YoYo Fun:  Thing 1 - AG, Thing 3 - Twisted Sister YoYo Trick: Rock the Baby  PLUS Bonus YoYo photo.
2.
CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #142
3.
Word Art Weeks #493-494 - AG
4. Creative Fingers Challenge #209 - AG
5.
DL.ART JUNE 2021 Linky Challenge
6.
Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #404 - Use Snippets  

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

May CCC Reveal - Coffee, Right Meow!

Hi, Friends......

I am here to share the card I made for the May Card Chain Challenge exchange.  These were the options to choose from:

Colour Palette Option
(Exact matching is not required.)

Sketch Option
Orient as desired.

Theme Options: Tea or Coffee and optional Cake/ Mandala Patterns/ Friendship
Product / Technique Options: Embossing Folders/Heat Embossing

I chose the Coffee Theme option and the Embossing Folder and Heat Embossing Technique options.  I used a wild background I made a long time ago from watercolor marker water.  My card was going to Cat in Maryland, so naturally I had to make it cat-themed, too!  😸

Supplies used include:
Technique Junkies - Coffee Kitty stamp
Your Next Stamp - Coffee...Right Meow!! stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder
Embossing Folder -
QuicKutz - Retro Diamonds (retired)

Hope you enjoyed seeing this fun card.  We would love for you to join in the Card Chain Challenge, too!  June sign-ups are still open HERE.  Hope to see you there!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. DL.ART JUNE 2021 Linky challenge
2. SUYP Challenge #67
3. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #141
4. Double Trouble Challenge #85 -AG + Opt YoYo Fun:  Thing 1 - AG, Thing 3 - Twisted Sister YoYo Trick:  Walk the Cat

Monday, May 31, 2021

May Rudolph Days - 1st Day of Christmas

 


Hi, Friends.....

Quick post for Scrappy Mo's May Rudolph Days.  Pulled out a bunch of G45 odds and ends and made a collage background with some inked dry embossing.  Added gold doilies, photo corners, and bow for some holiday elegance.  Hope you like it!


Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you are having a lovely day today.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Scrappy Mo's May Rudolph Days
Double Trouble Challenge #85 -AG:  Thing 1 - AG, Thing 3 - Twisted Sister YoYo Trick: Bird in the Cage
3.
Word Art Weeks #493-494 - AG
4.
Creative Fingers Challenge #209 - AG

Sunday, May 30, 2021

I Hope You Feel Beautiful Today - Craftartista's 4th Blogaversary

 


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a pretty card I made for dear Mia's 4th Blogaversary over at Craftartista.  She not only has a challenge, but some lovely blog candy for each of the participants!  So sweet and generous!! 

 

I used Mia's gorgeous Mandala #26 for my card.....one of the many beautiful Freebies on her blog.  I colored the mandala with Spectrum Noir markers and added white gel pen highlights, Wink of Stella sparkle (not really visible in this photo), and Nuvo drop accents.


Other supplies used include:
Unity - "I hope you feel beautiful today" from I Hope You Feel Beautiful
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray
Darice - Stripes (5"x7") embossing folder - retired
Solid cardstock

Thank you for taking a look at my card.  Congratulations to Mia on her 4th Blogaversary!!  You are the sweetest!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Craftartista 4th Blogoversary - Use a Freebie Mandala
2. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #141
3. Word Art Weeks #493-494 - AG
4. Double Trouble - It's You Day Thing 1 - Girly Card, Thing 3 - Embellishments (Nuvo drops, white gel accents)
5. Allsorts - Any Celebration (not birthday) - Celebrating a Blogaversary
6. Get Ready for STAMPlorations Spring Fling Party
7. STAMPlorations Spring Fling Linky Party

Friday, May 7, 2021

In Sympathy with Imperfect Gold Butterflies

 


Hi, Friends.....

Do you ever have old supplies that you've hoarded for a little too long and they no longer work right?  I hope I am not the only one that does that!!  Well that happened to me with a product that was included in a lovely manufacturer's prize.  They were Christmas motif adhesive transfers that you could smooth onto cardstock and then coat with glitter, etc to make shiny, shimmery holiday designs.  Sounded like such a fun idea that I hoarded them for several years (hangs head in shame) and over time the adhesive oozed into unrecognizable amorphous blobs in the packages.  :(  :(  :(

When I rediscovered them recently, I had an idea that they might not work properly so I already had a back-up plan!  Ha.  I pressed Nuvo gilding flakes over the blobs to see what would happen.  It was gorgeous!!  Then I die cut butterflies from the mess.  LOVE!!!  I adore the arty imperfect look. 

For some reason, though, the butterflies were still tacky.  Hmmm....what to do?  I dusted on some coordinating colors of Perfect Pearls that would hopefully deactivate the traces of adhesive.  It helped, but I was not satisfied.  Okay....enough of that.  I knew one fool-proof way to take care of this problem for good........clear embossing powder!!!  As we all know, embossing powder maddeningly clings to *anything* that is the least bit sticky or oily or wet.  I dragged my butterflies through my container and zapped it with my heat gun.  SUCCESS!  And as a bonus there is a bit of glossy sheen added besides.  Yay!!

Supplies used include:
X-Cut - Small Butterfly die
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Clear embossing powder
Ranger - Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder
Darice - Damask embossing folder

EK Success - Image Tree:  Card Set stamp set (retired)
Versamark ink
Ranger - Gold Superfine Detail Embossing Powder
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops

My stock of sympathy cards was getting a bit low so I combined this with an appropriate sentiment to have on hand.  I hope it doesn't look too fancy for sending condolences.  With the arty look of the butterflies, I think it works.  What do you think?  

Hope you liked my card today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I very much appreciate the time you take to visit and leave such nice comments.  Have a lovely day.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Stamplorations - Things with Wings Linky Party












2. Stamplorations May Theme & Prompt - Stamps + Wings












3.
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
4.
DL.ART May Linky Challenge - AG
5.
Creative Fingers Challenge # 207 - AG
6. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #140
7. Ike's World Challenge #144 - AG w/ opt Birds/Butterflies
8.
PIP Challenge #2118 - AG

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Welcome Spring


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a spring card to share with everyone for the Stamplorations -Things with Wings Linky Party.  I made it a little while ago, but it is new to my blog. 


A long time ago I die cut a bunch of these bird on branch pieces from patterned papers.  The negatives were way too pretty to cut up for other things, but they sat in my stash literally for years!!  I uncovered them some time back and made this cheery spring card.  I backed it with scraps of gold foiled cardstock and mounted it on a kraft card base.  LOVE!!

And here's a shot at angle to show off the golden gleam a little better:

 

Supplies used include:
Sizzix - TH Alterations - Bird Branch die (retired)

Waffle Flower - Welcome Spring
stamp set
Versamark ink
Ranger - Gold Superfine Detail Embossing Powder

Negative scrap from patterned paper

Scraps of foiled and solid cardstock

Sequins from stash

Hope you liked seeing my card. Thank you for stopping by today. You still have time to enter the fun over at Stamplorations! Hope to see you there.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Stamplorations - Things with Wings Linky Party

2. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
3. DL.ART May Linky Challenge - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #139
5. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
6. PIP Challenge #2118 - AG
7. Stamplorations May Theme and Prompt - Stamps + Wings


 

 

 

 



Sunday, May 2, 2021

April Card Chain Challenge Reveal

 


Hi, Friends......

Have you ever participated in the Card Chain Challenge?  I have been playing along for a number of months now.  It's so much fun sending and receiving lovely cards from new friends.  Even though I get them mailed off just fine, I can't seem to manage getting the cards blogged on here!  Arrrgh...crazy LIFE!!  This month I am determined to get my card blogged in time for the reveal!!!  :)

Each month we are given a bunch of options for colors, sketch, theme, products, and techniques so there is a lot of freedom on what kind of card you make.....you can use one or more of the options.....as many as you want.  

The April themes were: 

Colour Palette Option

(Exact matching is not required.)


Sketch Option
(Orient as desired.)

Theme Options: Small Furry Animals/Funny/Friendship

Product / Technique Options:   Die Cut/Paint

I chose the color palette (jade, lavender, and walnut), small furry animals (hedgies are sort of furry...lol), funny, and die cuts.

I used  a couple of NBUS products.  The super-adorable Hedgehog stamp and die set was part of a humongously generous prize package from Holley Barnhart.  (THANKS, Holley!!!) The leaf frame die was part of prize from Kat Scrappiness.  It is my new favorite...I love it so much!!  (THANKS, Kat!!!)  This card went to Linda W. in MN on the Card Chain.  

I wanted to use something for texture on the little hedgehog.  I found a scrap of burlap covered paper in my stash that was perfect.  I rubbed my Distress Ink pad over it to darken it.  


 

Supplies used include:
Kat Scrappiness - Foliage Frame A2 die
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set (retired)
Recollections - Hedgehog Lookin' Sharp stamp and die set
Clear Dollar Stamps - Elegant Accents Tag Frames (retired)
Versafine ink - Vintage Sepia
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
DCWV glitter cardstock
Scraps of burlap paper, and patterned paper
Serendipity Stamps - Mixed Wood-Grain Sequins (retired)
Spectrum Noir markers
Sakura Glaze Gel Pen

Hope you enjoyed seeing my card.  It was so much fun using that little hedgie!!  🦔

You still have time to sign up for the May Card Chain Challenge.  I hope to see you there!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #402
2. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
3. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #139
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
5. Creative Fingers Challenge # 207 - AG
6. NBUS Challenge #26