Thursday, April 28, 2022

We Will Miss You, Ike :(

 


 

Hi, Friends.....

I am sharing very sad news today.  As many of you have already heard, our dear friend Ike (Suzy Eisenhauer) of Ike's Art, Ike's World Challenges, and Show Us Your Pussycats Challenges lost her battle with cancer and passed away early Thursday during the night.  Since then.....blog posts, FB posts, and emails have been showing up expressing what we all feel: grief and loss, but also a huge amount of gratitude for the privilege of knowing Ike, even if it was only on-line.  

Ike had the beautiful gift of making everyone feel special and valued.  I do not use digital images very much (rather, hardly at all!).  But anytime I used her artwork in a card or project she made me feel like a million dollars with her words of appreciation.....(even though my cards were never all that great!)

She was a loyal supporter of the Cat Lovers Hops here on my blog.  She sponsored our Hops from the very beginning in 2015 and graciously designed special sets of images especially for the Hop each year until she was too ill to do it.  I featured those images each year and designated Ike's Art as the official sponsor for the Daily Games feature on the Hop.  She was a dearly loved member of our Cat Lovers Hop family and it won't be the same without her!

She was a cat lover through and through and that's probably how she and I first got to know each other.  I recruited her to help me launch the first Cat Lovers Hop by submitting a project.....and then I couldn't get rid of her!!  Ha.  She stuck around and became part of the backbone of the Hops.  (What in the world are we going to do now???)

Ike was always positive and cheery in her outlook.  She spread joy and humor wherever she went.  Her emails and FB posts were often sprinkled with funny memes and wry humor.  Most times you would never guess she was suffering so intensely.  

She only mentioned occasionally that she was ill, but one could tell things were not good at all.  She courageously dealt with all life threw at her, including the nasty effects of chemo.  So it was a huge surprise to receive a package from her several weeks ago.  It was a birthday present.....this wonderful crocheted kitty lap afghan.  Sooooooooo fun and cute!!  


How she managed to make this when she had been ill for so long, I don't know...but it is something I will always treasure and remember her by.  How very like Ike to generously give of herself with a special handmade gift.  I know that many others have similar tales of the unique and creative gifts Ike sent "just because".....even with high postage costs and "donkey mail" clear from Greece! 

Ike will live on in the hearts of her family and her many friends around the world.  She made a tremendous impact on the papercrafting community and her art will continue to be loved...and used to bring joy to others!  

My prayers are with her family and to all those who will miss her dearly.  We will always love and remember you, Ike.  We are so blessed to have been privileged to know you! 💖💖💖


Janis

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April Rudolph Days - More Graphic 45

Haha....this made me laugh.
Credit to this post HERE.


Hi, Friends......

Well, here it is the end of April and time for Rudolph Days again!!  Where did this month go?????  Too much going on and nothing blogged....but I have been playing with my Graphic 45 again.  

I finished making all the 5x7 cards from the large cut-aparts in the G45 Let it Snow collection.....eighteen cards!  They are essentially similar to the ones I made in February, but I decided to dress these up with glitter and I LOVE it!!  Glitter gives them a nice vintage Christmas look and has the added advantage of spreading magical sparkle into every nook and cranny of my house!!  Ha...I know you all understand this concept well!!  (Even the cats ended up bedecked with it.  lol....  Gotta love glitter!! )  

You might have to click to enlarge the photo below in order to see the glitter.  So much fun!

 

Here's my set of eighteen cards!  Hey, who knows....YOU might get one of these this Christmas.  :)  


Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 - Let it Snow Collection
Solid cardstock, ribbon, and glitter from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope spring is sproinging at your house.  It is here, but it is a chilly one.  Had snow on Easter and a few flakes since then, but the daffodils are blooming and the birds are singing.  The chickens and cats are loving the warmer weather.  It's rainy today, but April showers bring May flowers so it's okay.  :)  


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. April Rudolph Days
2. Pam's Inky Pinkies Challenge #2217
3. DL.Art April Linky Challenge
4. ABC Christmas - H is for HoHoHo (features Santa)


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

March Rudolph Days

 


Hi, Friends.....

Quick post here because the rest of this week is jam-packed but I don't want to miss getting this card posted for Mo's Rudolph Days.

I dug out a package of Christmas motif felt stickers and got inspired to use this tree as a focal image with scraps for the panel and background.  I went very simple with my usual clean and layered look.  I debated putting a sentiment on the front, but decided I liked it better plain to let the stylized tree and fun background paper be the stars. 

Supplies used include:
Hero Arts - Green Christmas Felt stickers (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (scallops) - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Lawn Fawn - Small Stitched Rectangles die set
Adhesive star from stash

Scraps of solid and patterned paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You still have another day to enter over at the March Rudolph Days.  See you there!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. March Rudolph Days
2. Snippets Playground Challenge #424
3. DL.ART March Linky


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Better A Lil 'Late Than O'Never

 


Hi, Friends.....

I usually don't make St. Patrick's Day cards, but lucky me.... I do have some supplies for the occasion.  I got them out and played around a little bit. I am barely getting these posted on the 17th! 

Instead of cards specifically for St. Patrick's Day, I made some Irish-themed birthday cards for friends who are celebrating in the second half of March.   If I dig around in my stash deep enough, crafty goodies for nearly every occasion magically appear....including some of Julee Tilman's Lucky Day digital images printed out way back when she had her Verve shop going.  So I put them with some fun patterned paper scraps to make a few cards.
 

Card #1

Thank you for the honor of entering card #1 in the following challenges:
1. Double D Challenge - Something with a Handle
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 535 and 546 - AG



Card #2

Thank you for the honor of entering card #2 in the following challenges:
1.
Colorful Options March 2022 - Gorgeous Green
2.
Double Trouble Challenge #105 - Bring on the Green
(Thing 1: Green, Thing 3: Plaid Design Background)



Card #3

Thank you for the honor of entering card #3 in the following challenges:
1. Snippets Playground - Ruby's Memory Challenge #423 - Use snippets
2. DL.ART March Linky

Supplies used include:
Verve Stamps - Lucky Day digital stamp set - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set
- retired

Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
- retired

Patterned paper and solid scraps from stash

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Hope you enjoyed these birthday cards and get an idea of how you can use St. Patty supplies for other March occasions.....in a "pinch"!

Thank you for stopping by today! 

💚
Janis


Friday, March 4, 2022

Celebrate In Style - Guest Designer for Paper Dragonfly

 


Hi, Friends......

I am honored this month to be a Guest Designer for Cat over at the Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges.  Are you ready to celebrate in style?????  I hope so, because the March theme is.....Mardi Gras! 


Wow...this was really a challenge for me, but I discovered I had a few Mardi Gras looking stamps in my stash.  So it was the perfect time to pull them out.  Dragonflies are optional for this challenge, but there is a special incentive if you do use them.  You can read all about that on the Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges blog.

I got really arty and maybe a little wild with my card.....which I guess is right on mark with the theme.  Mardi Gras really isn't a "thing" where I live so I had to Google Image search for Mardi Gras motifs.  To my surprise, a stamp set that I recently received from Impression Obsession had several images that could work:  fleur de lis and diamonds.  I chose a watercolor background from my stash and added gold embossed dragonflies.  

My masked lady with crown and wings was from a thrift store grab bag.  I managed to track down the name of the artist....Teesha Moore....but I could not discover what company this stamp might be from.  So if you recognize it, please let me know!!  I decided to give the gal purple skin for the occasion.....weird, huh?  But fun.  :) 


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Lawn Fawn - Large Stitched Rectangles die set
American Crafts - Head in the Clouds stamp set (retired) - dragonfly
Versamark Ink
Gold Embossing Powder

Impression Obsession - Masculine Set CL92
Lavender Pigment Ink
Distress Ink in Pumice Stone

Masked Lady by Teesha Moore (still trying to find that company made her)
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Unity - "Celebrate in Style" (still trying to track down)
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set - retired
Versafine Ink in Imperial Purple
Sparkle Embossing Powder

Hope you like my card.....even though it is not my usual style!  Please join us over at the
Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges for our Challenge #3 - Mardi Gras!  Thank you to Cat for inviting me to Guest Design!!! 


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. 
I'll be adding some challenges later on.... :)

Monday, February 28, 2022

February Rudolph Days - Merry Christmas with Graphic 45

 


Hi, Friends......

I almost was unable to get this Rudolph Days card posted in time to get under the wire.  Not only is February a short month, but there were birthday festivities for me this weekend....not to mention that we have a fussy teething grandbaby in the house who isn't feeling well at all.  Then to top it off we were without power for the afternoon and evening today!  Whew!  I am delighted to be able to share my entry after all that. Yay!!

I opened up my new Let It Snow Graphic 45 collection the other day to make my Rudolph Days card.  Love!!!  I did a couple very simple cards....using cutaparts, borders, and pretty background paper.  Easy peasy and so pretty!!!  This is another of my "Use the pretty stuff before I die projects".  :)


Here's my second one....

Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 Let it Snow collection

Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Forest Green cardstock
Distress Ink in Pine Needles and Faded Jeans

Hope you enjoyed these cards.  This is your gentle reminder to use your Graphic 45....before you die!!!  lol...
Thank you for stopping by today.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenge(s):
1.  February Rudolph Days
(Maybe more later.....)


Monday, February 14, 2022

C is for Cat - Set of ATCs

 


Hi, Friends.....

It has been several years since I made any Artist Trading Cards.  In fact it was 4 years ago this month that I celebrated my online ATC 60th Birthday Party where I had weekly ATC challenges for you to participate in.  In honor of my birthday month this year, I am revisiting ATCs.  

I am also joining in with this last-minute entry at the Think Pink (and shades of red) Challenge over at Lost Coast Designs.  I used the Lost Coast Designs - Two Cats stamp on my cards...but only one cat on each ATC.  lol...  

I wanted to stamp a sentiment across the heat embossed image....so I dug out my StazOn ink pad that hadn't been used in years and years.  Amazingly, it only took me a few minutes to find!  It was dry of course but I have a reinker.  Now that I have it freshly re-inked, I need to use it again soon so I don't waste it!!  I added splatters of black to help tie in the black sentiment to the cards.  

(If you wish to see detail, please click on the image to enlarge.)

Supplies used include:
Lost Coast Designs - Two Cats stamp
Lost Coast Designs - ATC Lattice Set
Versafine ink in Crimson Red
Clear embossing powder
Distress Ink in Lipstick Pink, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, and Black Soot
Hampton Art - Graphic 45 - Raining Cats & Dogs stamp set (sentiment)
StazOn Ink in Black

Hope you enjoyed seeing my ATCs.  Are you interested in trading?  If so, send me an email  (jwoolbright at gmail dot com).  I might have to make more ATCs if more than three of you want to trade with me...since I want to save one for myself!  :)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Happy Valentine's Day to all!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this set of ATCs in the following challenge(s):
1.  Lost Coast Designs - Think Pink (and shades of red)
More later, maybe.... :)


Thursday, February 3, 2022

The Lord God is a Sun and Shield

 


Hi, Friends.....

How about something bright and colorful and warm and sunny for a change?????  Sometimes I get weary of living in a monochrome winter world of ice and snow and need some color.  What about you?  For our Southern Hemisphere friends, these are the colors they will be seeing soon.  For me I can dream of warm golden days.  :)

Supplies used include:
Verve - Scripture Medley 2 stamp set (retired)
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Clear Embossing Powder
MFT - Sunny Skies Die (retired)
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set (retired)
Prima - Gold Doilies


Hope you enjoyed this warm ray of sunshine today.  Thank you for stopping by!!  


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. PIP Challenge #2205 - Sunshine
2.
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #529-530 - AG
3. HA Stay Crafty Feb Challenge - AG
4. All Sorts Week #661 - AG
5.
Double Trouble Challenge #102 - Thing 1: AG
6. CHPP February Challenge - Use Patterned Paper

Sorry For the Loss of Your Furry Friend


 

Hi, Friends......

As many of you know, my hubby is a veterinarian.  He sometimes needs an extra special pet sympathy card for friends he helps through the difficult time of losing a pet.  He requested I make a card this week for him to send.  When he saw it, he liked the design so well that he asked if I might make him several to have on hand.  I made some for dogs and some for cats.  

I had the idea of this card from how pets leave such a hole in our hearts when we lose them.  That is symbolized by the dog shape die cut out of the heart and the pawprints leading away with the dog nearly out of sight.  The CAS design is uncluttered and straight to the point.  I was able to use scraps for the heart and the dog.  

















Supplies used include:
KI Memories - Pets stamp set (retired) - pawprint
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (retired)
Paper Smooches - Feline Friends stamp set (retired) - sentiment
Find It Trading - Amy Design - Animal Medley die set (retired) - dog
Darice - Nesting Hearts die set
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray
Scraps of red and shimmery gray cardstock

Hope this card inspires you to perhaps have a pet sympathy card or two on hand.  They can be difficult to make when you suddenly need one.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hope all of you in the path of the winter storms stay safe!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Snippets Playground Challenge #420 Ruby's Memory - Use Snippets
2. Cut It Up Challenge #244 - Hard To Say
3. DL.ART Feb 2022 Linky Party
4. Double Trouble Challenge #102 - Thing 1: AG, Thing 2: Entering at Dies R Us
5. Dies R Us Challenge 186 - Valentine's/Love
6. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #529-530 - AG
7. Double D Challenge - Hearts











8. Colorful Options Feb 2022 - Rosey Red

9. Die Cut Divas Feb 2022 Challenge - Angle It  (I have the pawprints angled up from the heart.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

January Rudolph Days - Another Chickadee Card


Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share a card for the January Rudolph Days.  When I played with this lovely stamp a couple weeks ago, I stamped several images and was not satisfied with any of them.  After coloring the first one, it looked better than I expected!  So I was emboldened to color another one and make it into a second card.  

The cardstock I used for this one was a cool beige....as opposed to my first card HERE in warm tones.  I decorated this one with gold sequin waste and net ribbon for a festive holiday look. Which of the two do you like better?  I think I like the warm tones better, but I like the gold on this one. 


Supplies used include:
Lost Coast Designs - Megan's Christmas Bird stamp (wood-mount)
Versafine Ink in Onxy Black
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Gesso
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Scraps of patterned paper, ribbon

Thank you for stopping by today.  I am going to be out of town this week so that's why I am getting my Rudolph Days card posted so promptly!  lol...   That gives you time to get yours ready before the end of the month too!  Hope you will join us!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenge(s):
1. January Rudolph Days

Thursday, January 20, 2022

All Nine Lives With You

 

SPECIAL NOTE:  Many thanks to those of you who have dusted off your dragonfly supplies and joined in the brand-new Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges that I recently mentioned.  See my winter-themed dragonfly card HERE.  Several of you have made a card and linked up already.  So happy to see people jumping in to support this new challenge blog that is all about dragonflies.  ❤❤❤

Hi, Friends......

I am here with a kitty valentine card I'm going to give to my hubby.  Awwww.....  💑😻  To make it seem masculine, I used dark tones, navy and taupe.

I followed the sketch over at the MFT Sketch Challenge #577.



I  am also entering this card in the Lost Coast Designs Challenge - Man Cave with a Masculine theme.


I opened up two fabulous stamps that I had never used before for this challenge: Lost Coast Designs - Star Cat plus a couple of the stamps from the Lost Coast Designs - ATC Lattice Set for background stamping.  The sentiment is from a new set, too: The Project Bin - Feline Good stamp and die set.  Don't you love it??  

I used a piece of cardstock in my scrap bag that looked like it had been the backing from a gummed notepad. I tore the edges of the panels and even managed to tear out a little heart shape that is somewhat recognizable as a heart!!  ❤  My navy blue background is one I had on hand that I had previously splattered with some leftover gesso that I was loathe to just throw out.  :) 


Supplies used include (most of these I already mentioned):
Lost Coast Designs - Star Cat stamp
The Project Bin - Feline Good stamp
Versafine Ink in Majestic Blue
Clear embossing powder
Lost Coast Designs - ATC Lattice Set
Distress Inks
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired

Hope you enjoyed my card.  I can post this early since my hubby doesn't visit my blog.  lol...  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Lost Coast Designs Challenge - Man Cave - Masculine theme
2. MFT Sketch Challenge #577
3. All Sorts Week #659 - Add a Heart
4. Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #74 - Furrything Goes
5. We Love Stamping January Challenge - Anything Stamped + Opt of Wings
6. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #527-528 - AG
7. TFJB Challenge - Out with Old, In with the New (my stanp sets were new and the paper was an old scrap.) 
8. DL.ART January Linky Party

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Rainbow Christmas Tree

 


Hi, Friends.....

I am here to share a shiny card for the Christmas Kickstart - Rainbow Christmas challenge.   

I had to think about this one....how to incorporate rainbow colors into a Christmas card....Hmmmm.  I happened to have a rainbow paper pad out for a different project and leafing through it found a gorgeous foiled piece that I thought would be perfect.  Yes, you heard it correctly.  I pulled out a brand-new gorgeous uncut piece of cardstock to use....not a scrap or snippet to be found on this card!  

One of my crafty resolutions for 2022 is to NOT DIE before I use at least some of the pretty things in my stash!!!!  lol...  I do not always HAVE to use scraps.  I give myself (AND YOU!!) permission to use the pretty stuff.  You're welcome.  ❤

I went rather CAS with this card, but attaching those fiddly thin die-cuts on the embossed background without a bunch of gloozing was harder for me than it looks!  You know what I mean by gloozing...where the liquid glue oozes out from beneath the die cut.  I've tried cutting these out with adhesive sheets, but I get adhesive webs that I have to clear out.  Ugh..reminds me of spiders!!  Eeek.  

The rainbow tree has little mini-dots on it, so I used a dotty embossing folder for the background, too, that reminds me of snow falling.  I love how this turned out. 






























Supplies used include:
Clearly Besotted -Tree and Tinsel dies (retired)
Poppystamps - Fancy Merry Christmas die (retired)
Darice - Dot Background 5"x7" embossing folder (retired)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you liked my card.  The  Christmas Kickstart - Rainbow Christmas challenge is open for another week and a half, so there is plenty of time to join in!  See you there!!


Janis 

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Christmas Kickstart - Rainbow Christmas
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #527-528 - AG
3. DL.ART January Linky Party
4. ABC Christmas - A is for Anything Goes Christmas|
5. Papercraft Challenges #77 - Winter Wonderland
6.
STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge (CAS + Opt twist Rainbow)


Monday, January 17, 2022

Happy Birthday Balloons with a Sketch


Hi, Friends.......

Get your shades on......you're going to need them!  I am here with a card using the current MFT Sketch Challenge #576.  I thought of balloons and birthdays when I saw it.

 

I flipped the sketch and turned it into this happy card using some super bright fuchsia and turquoise papers....my favorite colors!!  The balloons have tiny rainbow polka-dots that are just adorable. 


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Big Balloon Cutaways die set - retired
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops) - retired
Inspired by Stamping - Graceful Hydrangea stamp set (retired)
Versafine ink in Smokey Gray
Hope you enjoyed my card.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Hope your New Year is going well.


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
MFT Sketch Challenge #576
2. AAA Birthday Game #33 - Two Favorite Colors



3. Cut It Up Challenge #243 - AG with a Die
4. Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
5. DL.ART January Linky Party
6. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
7. STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge (CAS + Opt twist Rainbow)


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Brand New Challenge - Paper Dragonfly!

 


Hi, Friends....

I am very excited to introduce to you a brand-new challenge blog:  Paper Dragonfly.  I happened upon it when I was browsing Paper Playful.  It is all about dragonflies and run by a gal named Cat....so you know it is going to be a great challenge blog!!  Purr..purr!  lol...

Side Note: Do any of the rest of you visit Paper Playful?  I certainly appreciate the kind ladies that give of their time to keep us informed and up-to-date on the current challenges.  Be sure to comment on their posts every so often to give them a thank you!!
Now....I have to be honest. I am not really into dragonflies.  I am not into bugs or crawlies of any sort.  You might say that dragonflies are not crawlies....and that is correct, but they ARE bugs!!  😨  But even I have to admit that dragonflies are quite intriguing with their beautiful iridescence and the way they zoom around.  Best thing about them, though, is that they are mighty predators of things like mosquitoes!  So I have a respect and grudging admiration for their place in my yard and garden.....same as I do for yellow jackets!  Ha! 

That said....I have a lovely dragonfly die lying unused in my stash that was part of a prize given to me by Mrs. A over at the Butterfly Challenge.  (THANKS, Mrs.A!!)  When I saw this new challenge, I thought that I definitely needed to use it. 


The Paper Dragonfly Challenge #1 theme is Winter Dragonfly.  Well, anyone with even half the winter we usually get here knows that dragonflies don't fly around in the snow!!!!  SO WHAT!  lol....  Cards do not have to reflect reality.  So I put the biologist part of me in a different part of the house and got to work with a winter-themed dragonfly card.  I made two of them and the one that I am showing you first is actually the second one....because I think I like it a tiny bit better than the first one.  But I ended up loving them both.  

This one ended up looking slightly Valentine-ish with the die cut row of hearts.  I used the debossed side of a snowflake embossing folder and a single die-cut snowflake along with my dragonfly cut from some wildly sparkly iridescent cardstock!! 

Now here is the second one............
Same colors, but even more shimmer with three dragonflies.  I sanded the snowflake embossing just slightly to add a tiny bit of contrast....but you can't see it.  lol....  I also added some sparkly gel pen to the centers of the embossed snowflakes.  I used gray card bases for a soft winter snowy sky look.  Which do you like better?



Supplies used include:
Tonic Studios - Rococo Delicate Dragonfly die
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder
Inspired by Stamping - Graceful Hydrangea stamp set (retired)
Simon Says Stamp - Studio Katia "Fresh Bunch" stamp set (retired)
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray

Hope you liked my cards.  And I really, really hope you will join us over at the Paper Dragonfly Challenge - Winter Dragonfly.  Let's support this new challenge as much as we can!!  ❤

Stay safe and warm....and watch out for dragonflies flying around in the snow!!  😉


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Paper Dragonfly Challenge #1 - Winter Dragonfly
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
3.
DL.ART January Linky Party
4.
Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
5.
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers)
6. All Sorts Week #659 - Add a Heart
7.
NBUS Challenge #34 - Use NBUS (my dragonfly was NBUS)

Friday, January 14, 2022

Christmas Chickadee

 


Hi, Friends.....

I noticed a few days ago that Lost Coast Designs was having a "Let's Fly" theme for their challenge blog.  Hmmm....I have just the stamp.  But could I get a card made before the gates closed?????  Wasn't sure.  I decided to give it a try.  It is a "challenge", after all.  Right?



The lovely Jo Avery sent me this beautiful Lost Coast Designs Christmas chickadee stamp some time ago (THANKS, Jo!!), but I had never used it....so it was lying there brand new just waiting to be inked.  It's totally gorgeous but I was a bit intimidated by it.  For one thing it was wood block mounted so stamping was going to have to be close to perfect first time.....no do overs!  Also, it is a large image which compounds the difficulty in getting a great image with no chance to try again.  

I decided to give it a try.  Oh, dear....fail, fail, fail.  I tried several times with paper on top of inked stamp and inked stamp on top of paper using a variety of cardstocks.  None of my impressions was perfect.  Some of the actual images looked pretty good, but I had stray ink marks here and there.  Oh, bother!  (This is what I get for trying to make a card the day before a challenge closes!!!  Eeek!!)

I soldiered on, though, and colored Mr. Chickadee (Mr. Tit, to you Brits and Euros!) He was looking better as I got him colored.  Then I got brave and decided to splatter him with white gesso....so scary!! But it helped. (Note to self: When you have stray ink marks.....add tons of stray ink marks to distract the eye. lol...)

I actually painted over some of the larger ink marks with the gesso, as well as some of the parts of the bird that are supposed to be white.  Then, throwing caution completely to the wind, I decided to splatter him with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink also!!  I hadn't ever tried splattering with two different inks before....new technique!  It worked.....I liked him even better!!  "Hey!" thought I, "this card might actually be okay in the end!"

I distressed the edges of the image and the vintage looking Christmas papers I had picked out.  Then I threaded a touch of gold trim through some red ribbon.  A little sprig of holly sequins finished up my card.  What do you think?


Supplies used include:
Lost Coast Designs - Megan's Christmas Bird stamp (wood-mount)
Versafine Ink in Onxy Black
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Gesso
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Scraps of patterned paper, ribbon, and holly sequins from my stash

Hope you liked my card.  I am delighted with how it turned out.  Glad I stuck with it!  


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Lost Coast Designs Challenge #135 - Let's Fly!
2.
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
3. ABC Christmas - A is for Anything Goes Christmas
4. We Love Stamping January Challenge - Anything Stamped + Opt of Wings
5. TFJB Challenge - Out with Old, In with the New (I used a new-to-me technique and a "new" unused stamp and some very old patterned papers)
6.
DL.ART January Linky Party
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #576 - AG Christmas

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Pray Always - Batch Cooking a Baker's Dozen of Cards Using a Sketch

 


Hi, Friends.....

Many of you have enjoyed the challenges that Mary over at CARDZ-TV has hostessed for many years.  It was always a fun place to get inspired and show off our creations.....and she was always so generous with her lovely Cardz-TV stamp prizes!  The challenges have sadly (for us) come to an end, but Mary has started something else on her blog:  Sketch Saturday.  It's not a challenge for prizes or anything, but she shares a video using one of her fabulous sketches (she has a ton of them!!).  



I got inspired to use the one she showcased last weekend.  I pulled out my bag of "blue/green family" scraps and selected several pieces from 5 or 6 coordinating patterned papers to use.  I took a few liberties with the sketch to better fit with the scraps I was using.  Sketches, after all, are inspiration launching points!  


Measure-measure, slice-slice, glue-glue.....before I knew it, I had 13 cards that were all the same....yet a bit different. I give a lot of cards and card sets to friends for them to use. These will be perfect for that.
 
 
used a lovely new die my crafty pal Karen Ladd sent me for Christmas. (THANKS, Karen!!) Love this die so much!! I ran out of the flowers I had started using and pulled another kind of flower out that was in coordinating colors. Then I ran out of those, too. (Hey, did you hear that....."ran out" means I am actually using things up!!!...Yay!!) So I scrounged around and found some butterflies to use. I also ran out of the glitter cardstock I was using for the sentiment die cut so I used a different color....which I didn't like as well, but it is okay.


Here's a shot of all 13 of my cards!  I know you can't see any detail.  I think you can click on the image and enlarge it if you wish.  Sorry for the shadow....Old Lady Photographer, here!  lol...

Supplies used include:
Diamond Press - Pray Always Die (247175)
Prima Flowers
Adhesive Gems
Butterflies
Assorted Scraps of Patterned Paper from stash
Solid Cardstock

Hope you enjoyed seeing the batch of cards I cooked up using Mary's lovely sketch!  If you enjoy sketches, be sure to watch for her next one on Saturday at her blog, CARDZ-TV.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Stay safe and warm!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
2. Crafty Hazelnut's January Patterned Paper Challenge
3. Creative Fingers Challenge #222 - AG
4. NBUS Challenge #34 - Use NBUS (the sentiment die was NBUS)
5. Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
6. DL.ART January Linky Party
7.
Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #30 - Use Circles (I used polka-dot patterned paper)
8.
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers + Die, Thing 3:  Prayer is my "Warm and Cozy", esp when I am troubled!)