Monday, January 10, 2022

Guest Designer - Let's Squash It! SEA-sons Greetings


Hi, Friends......

I am so honored today to be the Guest Designer over at the Let's Squash It! Challenge blog!  The theme this month is Dry Embossing + Under the Sea.  How fun is that?!!!  Thank you to Jo and Gail for inviting me to join them. ❤

As soon as I heard the theme was Under the Sea, I knew which set I wanted to use.  I won this super-fun and quirky Newton's Nook Designs - SEA-sons Greetings stamp set from Holley Barnhart last year during her February Celebration.  (THANKS, Holley!!)  It had not seen ink yet and it was time!! 

For my background, I pulled out some scraps of sea green patterned paper and die cut them into wave shapes.  Then I used a couple of embossing folders for some with bubbles and one with waves.  I sponged some Distress Ink over the embossing to give it some definition.  A few fish and sequins and some Wink of Stella for sparkle completed my card.  

Supplies used include:
Darice - Gradual Dots Embossing Folder (retired)
Sizzix Textured Impressions - Waves Embossing Folder
Pink & Main Scallop Waves die set
Distress Ink - Lucky Clover
Newton's Nook Designs - SEA-sons Greetings stamp set (retired)
Lawn Fawndamentals Ink - River Rock
Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Labels 3 Dies (retired)
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set (retired)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set - retired
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins
Wink of Stella clear pen
Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will join us over at Let's Squash It - Under the Sea!  Have a phen-octopus day!! (Sorry...that's the best pun I could think of using octopus.  I should have used a fish image....and then I could have said "fin-tastic".  *sigh*  lol...)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #419 - Use Snippets
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers + Die, Thing 3:  Mittens....EIGHT of them!  lol..)
3. Creative Fingers Challenge #222 - AG
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
5. DL.ART January Linky Party
6. Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge #30 - Use Circles (I used a circle embossing folder)


  1. Thanks so much for being our Empress, Janis! I love your card and that octopus is adorably cute with his mittens. Big hugs, Jo x

  2. Super cute card, Janis! Great stamp set! ;)

  3. Janis, a warm and cozy octopus... who would have thought such a clever entry into our Double Trouble 100th challenge where our theme is "Warm & Cozy"! Your octopus is so cute, and all the layers and textures of your background show you creative you area as a crafter!!! Thank you for sharing your card and crafty talents with us at DT!!! -Donna

  4. Cute octopus card. I like the embossing folders you used.

  5. What a cute image and I especially loved opening your post to see the "Cat octopus" ha ha! What a cute photo captured there and it's perfect to go along with your cute octopus card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

    1. I am tickled that you noticed! I wasn't sure if anyone would pick up on the theme. :)


  6. Love the swirling sea water background you created using embossing and design papers, and that octopus protecting himself from the cold sea waters... creative card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and BBTB2.

  7. Cute octopus card Janis!

    Hope you've found the comfy chair up in the Snippets Playground Treehouse!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  8. Love this card Janis. Been thinking, if you really do want a separate blog for Cat Lovers - and I do recommend it as already my life is easier and more 'ordered' - as much as it ever could be with a mad Havanese in the house of course -Loll is your lady. Just drop me an email.

    Happy 2022!


    Di xx

  9. Like your colors for this cool card - I have that stamp too - nice job ---TFS and linking up at WAW

  10. Fabulous card, Janis! Your octopus is so cute. Such a clever technique to achieve this great texture and color for the background. I love the octopus made of eight kitten tails, too! Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble Challenge #100.

  11. Love the quirkiness of your card. The Christmas octopus is so cute.


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