Friday, April 16, 2021

MEOW!



Hi, Friends.......

Quick post here to get this fun card blogged.  My schedule is totally nutso and I cannot ever seem to manage the energy to post the cards I make anymore.  But I did not want to miss Challenge #400 over at the lovely Di Wray's Pixie's Snippets Playground.  Congratulations, Di!  What a great milestone.  You are amazing and a delight!!  Thank you for all the fun your posts and challenges are for us.  

I was able to make this card virtually completely from scraps.  I had that polka dot piece in my scrap bag near the black glitter paper and couldn't resist making a card using them together.  This Paper Smooches cat die has all sorts of little pieces that are perfect for using scraps, too!  The gray is actually the package label from an embossing folder.

 
 

Supplies used include:
Paper Smooches - Cat Dog Card Dies - retired
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set - retired
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
Sweet Dixie - Meow die set
DCWV Scraps from stash

Hope you liked my fun kitty card.  Thank you for stopping by today!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenge(s):
1. Pixies' Snippets Playground Challenge #400
(I hope to get back here and enter more challenges.  Any bets on whether I will???  Ha.)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March Rudolph Days - Season's Greetings

 


Hi, Friends......

Squeaking in here to put my March Rudolph Days card in for the month over at Scrappy Mo's.  Can't miss that!!  

I used some scraps of soft vintage patterned paper and adhesive canvas tags I received as a blog prize a long, long time ago from Ria Montefalcon.  I don't even know if she is still blogging, but her kindness continues to be appreciated as I use these lovely supplies.  

Let me take a moment to thank each of you who have sent me lovely gifts over the years.  Your generosity has warmed my heart and enriched my crafting experience by allowing me access to many products I would never have been able to afford to purchase.  In turn, I am able to bless others with the cards I make from them. THANK YOU.....all of you!!  <3


Supplies used include:
Making Memories - Fa La La Well Worn Tags (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (retired)
Taylored Expressions - Twirls and Swirls (retired)
Patterned Paper Scraps and Solid Cardstock
Wired Ribbon from Stack

Hope you enjoyed this card.  Thank you for stopping by today!!  I hope spring is springing at your house.  My crocuses are blooming and my earliest daffodils will be soon.  There are still some traces of snow, but the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny this week......in the 50s and even hitting 60 degrees!  YAY!! 


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  March Rudolph Days
(More coming later....probably!  I always say that and then I never get back here to add more.  lol...)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tea-Themed Note Card Set

 


 Hi, Friends......

The Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop pulled me out of my posting absence to share a tea-themed notecard set I made using an ancient package of border wallpaper my daughter had given me a long time ago.  Perfect for cards.....but really how many of that same design do I need?  lol...   It ended up making 3 lovely sets I can give as gifts.

The border paper design was a little bit too wide for a regular A2 sized card, so I made these 5x7 instead....worked perfectly.  I have been wanting to use some of my larger scale pattern papers so I recently purchased a bunch of envelopes for this size of card.  They came in handy for these sets!  















For my sets, I varied the card base colors, patterned papers, and sentiments for an assortment in each gift.  There is another sentiment that isn't shown that says:  Tea Time.

Here's one of the sets:

Supplies used include:
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Coffee & Tea stamp set (retired)
Impression Obsession - Serendipity Tea Time
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Spellbinders Small DOM March 2018 (retired)
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Border wallpaper from my stash
Old patterned paper from my stash
Park Lane solid core cardstock

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my note card gift set.  I felt really good to use some old patterned paper and also that pretty border paper.  All I have from it now are some scraps to use another time!  Yay!!  

Have a great day and I'll see you over at the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop - Coffee/tea/etc. theme
(More coming.....)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Hoo-Hoo Loves You?


 

Hi, Friends.......

In between my birthday festivities and before I run out of February.....I better post this little love card!  

I used one of my night sky gesso splatter backgrounds and a sweet little owl image.


Supplies used include:
Hampton Art Studio G - Owl
Sentiment from dollar rack stamp set
Lawn Fawn - Into the Woods stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set (retired)
Red ultra-fine Sharpie marker
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops) - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (apparently retired)
Patterned paper and ric-rack trim from stash

Thank you for stopping by today!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Double D Challenges - Anything with a Heart


 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  TCP February Challenge #376 - Patterned Paper
3. 
DL.Art February Linky
4.  CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #135
5.  Word Art Wednesday Weeks #479-#480 AG
6.  Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
7.  We Love Chocolate Baroque - Flowers, Butterflies, and Birds
8.  Cut It Up: Challenge #220 - B/W with Pop of Color

9. Lost Coast Designs Challenge #116 - Winged Things











Friday, February 26, 2021

February Rudolph Days - December 25th



Hi, Friends......

I am here with my February Rudolph Days card.  This is a short month (and my BD is tomorrow....YAY!!) so I want to make sure I get this card done and blogged!!!  Can't miss a month if I want to be eligible for the special draw at the end of the year!  :)

Long ago, I received a sweet assortment of items from Pretty Little Studio.  Love their vintage pieces!!  In it were some pocket scrap items, including some fun old-time Christmas scenes.  I could never quite figure out what background to put them on.  I am not completely sure this background is the best, but I chose this layered "strips o' scraps" piece for this panel.  It makes for a very busy card, but I think I like it.  I added snowflakes and twine for finishing touches.


Supplies used include:
Pretty Little Studio Christmas pocket card
Date stamp
Scraps of old Christmas cards for my background
Twine and snowflakes from stash
Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope to see you over at Scrappy Mo's for Rudolph Days!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  February Rudolph Days
2.  TCP February Challenge #376 - Patterned Paper
3.  Mod Squad - Fairytale Castle (include a building)
4.  CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #135
5.  Word Art Wednesday Weeks #479-#480 AG
6.  Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge

Dancing Spirit - Turner Syndrome Card 3

 


Hi, Friends......

I am here with my final card for the 3rd Annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop hostessed by the lovely Lori Kobular and her beautiful daughter, Julie.  I have participated in this Hop for several years, but before that I had never heard of Turner Syndrome.  

Here's a little of what I have learned about Turner Syndrome that I have cut and pasted from this informative page about Turner Syndrome HERE.

These TS gals show inspiring strength of spirit overcoming difficulties and challenges as the wonderful and valuable individuals that God designed them to be!!  The world may look on them as less than perfect, but God does not.  My card today spotlights the joy their lives reflect and bring to others.  

 

Supplies used include:
Stampendous - Laurel Burch Fish Wishes stamp set
Versafine ink - Smokey Gray
Prima Flowers
Adhesive Gems
Dollar Store Butterfly sticker
Scraps of Patterned Paper from stash
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Scallop Decorative Scissors
Thank you so much for stopping by today and letting me share some of the things I've learned about Turner Syndrome.  You still have time to join the card challenge and hop!  I hope to see you there!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 3rd Annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop
2.
CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #135

3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #479-#480 AG
4. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
5.
DL.Art February Linky
6.
Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2108 - AG
7.
TCP February Challenge #376 - Patterned Paper
8. Creative Fingers Challenge #202 - AG
9. 
Butterfly Challenge #152 - I is for Inside Out Card
(I used Inchworm, Iceberg  + Butterfly)


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hooray! Turner Syndrome Hop Card 2


Hi, Friends......

I am here with another card for the 3rd Annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop hostessed by the lovely Lori Kobular and her beautiful daughter, Julie.  I have participated in this Hop for several years, but before that I had never heard of Turner Syndrome.  

Here's a little of what I have learned about Turner Syndrome that I have cut and pasted from this informative page about Turner Syndrome HERE.

Girls and women with TS have 2-3 higher increase in risk of fractures.


I am inspired by the courage that these special gals display with the challenges they face!  So I made this Hooray card using some of the colors from the mood board.

 
Supplies used include:
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Hooray die
Nuvo Drops
Patterned paper scraps
Decorative scissors

Hope you will join in the hop and make a card for this important event!  Thank you for stopping by today.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 3rd Annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop
2.
Unstampabelles Challenge #108 - AG with no stamping
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #479-#480 AG
4. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
5.
DL.Art February Linky
6.
Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2108 - AG
7.
TTCRD AG Challenge Feb.23rd

8. Creative Fingers Challenge #202 - AG
9.
TCP February Challenge #376 - Patterned Paper
 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

It's a Girl Thing - Turner Syndrome Hop Card 1

  


Hi, Friends......

I am here with the first of three cards I made for the 3rd Annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop hostessed by the lovely Lori Kobular and her beautiful daughter, Julie.  I have participated in this Hop for several years, but before that I had never heard of Turner Syndrome.  

Here's a little of what I have learned about Turner Syndrome that I have cut and pasted from Lori's post:

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born missing all or part of her second X chromosome leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,000 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!


Since this syndrome only occurs in females, they have adopted the slogan "It's a Girl Thing".  Somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought I remembered a girly stamp set in my stash with that sentiment..... Voila!!  I was thrilled to find an older Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set had just what I was looking for!

Butterflies are also motifs for Turner Syndrome Awareness Events.  I found this stamped panel in my stash which I colored and embellished for my card.  I am not that great at coloring, as you can  see, but I still like these pretty butterflies.

 

Supplies Used Include:
Three Butterfly thrift store stamp
White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Sakura Gel Pens
Sharpie Markers
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - It's a Girl Thing (retired)
Versafine Ink - Spanish Moss
Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Labels 3 Dies (retired)
Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet
Sequins from stash
Scraps from stash
Hope you liked my card and learned a little bit about Turner Syndrome at the same time.  Thank you for stopping by and I'd love to see you join in the Hop!  


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 3rd Annual Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #397
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #479-#480 AG
4. Crafty Hazelnut's February Patterned Paper Challenge
5.
DL.Art February Linky
6.
Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2108 - AG
7.
TTCRD AG Challenge Feb.23rd
8. Creative Fingers Challenge #202 - AG

9.
Lost Coast Designs Challenge #116 - Winged Things












10. Butterfly Challenge #152 - I is for Inside Out Card
(I used Inchworm and Inking + Butterflies)


Monday, February 15, 2021

Valentine-Making Party

Yes, this is of me.  What of it?  lol...

Hi, Friends.....

Just a quick post to show you some shots from our annual Valentine Making Party with a few ladies at our tiny church.  I and another card-making girlfriend brought supplies to share.....and everyone* had fun making cards.

* Actually, I didn't make any cards.  I just offered assistance when someone needed help stamping or using the die cut machine.....and enjoyed the snacks the other ladies brought! YUM!!!  Fortunately... since I was the only one snapping pictures, there are not any shots of me with my plate (and mouth!) full.  😉


Picking out papers and adding embellishments is fun for everyone!
Here Linda is helping Theresa (age 90!) with her selections. ❤

 


Adalee (age 4) liked using lots of sparkly hearts on her cards! 
Awww....so sweet!!  ❤

Linda made some beautiful mix and match heart cards using the
Big Shot for die cutting and dry embossing!


 

Sharon gives Gwen a hand at stamping.


Susan (center) generously shared some beautiful Valentine card kits she got on Etsy.  Gwen and Delaina are at her table learning how to make them. 



Not shown in my photos:  Rebecca (Adalee's mommy) and Janis (gobbling snacks).  Ha.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my little Valentine making party.  It wasn't much of a party, really....just a craft afternoon...but it was fun.  I encourage you to do something similar as you are able.  

As you see, none of us is masked.  We are very blessed here in our part of Idaho to not be under any restrictions that way.  Life for us here in our tiny community and down the hill in town goes on pretty much the same as always.  Very thankful.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Stay healthy and creative!


Janis

You Know You Love Me

 


 

Hi, Friends....

I am back with my final card for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  This time we are to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

As I mentioned, I only have one love-themed embossing folder in my stash.  But I still got super-inspired and made several cards all using the sanding technique on Core'dinations cardstock of various colors.

For this card, I used the embossed panel as the background for a sweet NBUS kitty image that the lovely Di Wray sent me as a prize over at her Snippets Playground Challenge.  (THANKS, Di!)  

I kept things understated by not coloring the image, but keeping it in neutral gray with some white gel pen accents. I livened things up a bit by grounding my kitty on some sparkly rhinestone trim.  I used the paw print from the set as corner embellishments.


Supplies used include:
PaperArtsy - SM25 - Cat stamp
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Sakura - White Gel Pen
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
- retired

Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Dollar Store Rhinestone Trim

Hope you enjoyed seeing my sanded dry embossed cards over the last couple of days.  They were a lot of fun to make!  

Everyone be careful in the winter weather much of the USA is having.  We were very spoiled with our unusually mild winter....didn't even have a white Christmas!  But now we are finally getting our winter snow.  I don't mind it at all.....as long as I don't have to go anywhere!!  lol...

Stay healthy and creative!!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2.
DL.Art February Linky
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134
5. SUYP Challenge #63 - AG Cats
6. Creative Inspirations Jan/Feb Challenge - Animal Antics
7. NBUS Challenge #23 - NBUS
8. Cut it Up Challenge #219 - All You Need is Love (use a die cut)


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

Hi, Friends....

I am back with a couple more cards for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  This time we are to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

As I mentioned in my last post, I only have one love-themed embossing folder in my stash.  But I still got super-inspired and made several cards all using the sanding technique on Core'dinations cardstock of various colors

Here's one I made using standard white core red cardstock.  I teamed it up with a simple Unity sentiment stamped in Versafine - Satin Red ink.

This next card is made with Core'dinations - Gemstones Cardstock and stamped with Versafine Crimson Red ink.

 

Supplies used include:
Sentiment from Unity:  "Happy Valentine's Day!" from Sweet for my Sweet
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
- retired
Core'dinations - Gemstones Cardstock
Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget 
Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day!  One more card using this embossing folder to share with you.  See you soon!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2.
DL.Art February Linky
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Love - Black Magic Cardstock with Dry Embossing

 


 Hi, Friends.....

I am here with an entry for the current Let's Squash It! Challenge where the lovely hostesses, Jo and Gail, ask us to use a Love-Themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink.  

 In searching through my rather generous collection of folders, I was surprised to find only one with a love theme or hearts!  It is the sweet Couture Creations - Smooch folder.  It is so cute that I made several cards with it.  I hope they are sufficiently unique to qualify as three separate entries....but if not, I totally understand!

Remember when sanding the surface of cardstock was super-popular???  I had not sanded a dry embossed surface for quite some time so I decided to use that technique for each of my cards.  It always gives such a soft velvety texture to the design.  I hunted through my Core'dinations cardstock stacks for pinks and reds with contrasting or coordinating colors beneath the surface that would be exposed by the sanding.

I rediscovered a pad I had not used much.....an old Core'dinations Black Magic stack.  It has a thin layer of black paper fibers over a colored core.  How fun is this???  I used a glitter gel pen to add accents onto the black surface and embellished with ribbon and some charms.  LOVE!!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Couture Creations - Smooch embossing folder
Core'dinations Black Magic 6x6 Cardstock
Core'dinations Sand-it Gadget
Sakura Glitter Gel Pen
Ribbon and Charms from my stash


Hope you liked this fun card!  Stay tuned for a couple more posts using this same embossing folder!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Let's Squash It! Challenge #5 - Love themed Embossing Folder + Red or Pink
2. Unstampabelles Challenge #108 - AG with no stamping
3. WordArt Wednesday Weeks #477-478 - AG
4. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #134
5.
DL.Art February Linky
6.
Double D Challenges - Valentine Love



Thursday, February 4, 2021

WINNER of my Giveaway

 


Hi, Friends.......

I am here to announce the lucky winner of my Darice - Cats embossing folder from my giveaway post HERE.  


The lucky winner is:

 Valerija 

Congratulations, Valerija.  Please email me: jwoolbright at gmail dot com within 7 days to claim your prize.  Please include your snail mail address. 

Thank you to all who left kind comments on my card and entered my giveaway!!!  Remember you can have a second chance to win by playing along over at Let's Squash It! because I am donating another of this same embossing folder to their Prize Vault!!  Yay!!

Have a beautiful day!!  Stay healthy and creative!


Janis 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

GIVEAWAY!! Purr-fect Birthday...Dry Embossed with Ink


Hi, Friends.....

I do love me some cats and hearts and some bright colors....esp pink!....so I am here with a couple of fun cards to share with you for the Let's Squash It! Challenge.  The current challenge (still open for another few days!) is Challenge #4 - Embossing Folder + Animal.  

Get your shades on.......and let's take a look!  

I LOVE LOVE LOVE having some inky fun.....so I smooshed my Distress Ink cubes directly onto my embossing folder, and then gave it a light misting of water, and embossed a piece of white cardstock.  You never know what you are going to get on crazy projects like these but I LOVE the results.....even if I have to clean a bunch of drips and sprays up afterwards.  It's all part of the process!!!  Fun!

A few tricks I have learned that help with this technique:
1. Use heavy-duty cardstock.  I use some 110 lb. weight that holds up well to the drenching it inevitably endures.
2. Use colors that will blend well with each other so when they bleed into each other you get a pleasing mix....not mud.  :)
3. Plan ahead as to which part you want to be colored....the design or the background....and smoosh the color on that side of the folder.  Here I wanted lots of color so I smooshed the background.  Just smooshing the cats and hearts would have yielded a different look....mostly white.
4. Fly with the arty look.  Don't stress about a bit of ink on the "white" parts.  It's all good.
5. If there are places that did not get enough ink, you can take a brush and pick up some of your ink from your pad and fill in where you need more color. 
6. If the paper is curly and warped after it dries completely, you can flatten it out under a heavy book.  If that is not enough, slip it back inside the cleaned-up folder and re-"squash" it.  Just make sure you get it positioned correctly so the ridges and bumps are in the right spots of the folder.  Comes out nice and flat...with fresh crisp embossing.  :)

Here's one I made in cool tones:


Supplies used include:
Darice - Cats embossing folder
Distress Inks
Core'dinations - heavy duty white cardstock
Fiskars - Friends Furever
stamp set

Waffle Flower - Flora Cat Meow stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (apparently retired)

Did you notice that I mentioned I have a............

GIVEAWAY?????

I have two extra of these adorable Darice - Cats embossing folders.  I would like to gift one of them to the Prize Vault at the Let's Squash It Challenge Blog (Jo or Gail, please contact me to arrange this if you are interested).....and I would like to give one of them away to one of my commenters.

 

Here's how to enter to win one from my blog:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post clearly stating "Yes, please" for the prize draw and also leave your email address (in code is fine). 
2. Deadline for entries is 11:59 pm Pacific time, Feb. 2, 2021.
3. I will use random.org to help me select a winner.
4. I will announce the winner here on my blog a day or so later. 
5. Open internationally.....as long as I can mail to your country during the Covid insanity. I will do my part, but sadly I cannot guarantee delivery to international winners even if I mail it.  This is a weird time!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my cards.  If you have a longing in the depths of your stash for that embossing folder I hope you will enter my drawing, too.  Have a joy-filled day!!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #4 - Embossing Folder + Animal
2. Word Art Wednesday - Week #475-#476 - AG
3. Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2104 - Anything Goes
4. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #19 - Add a Heart
5. Creative Fingers Challenge #200 - AG