Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Butterfly Window Card

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Hi, Friends.....

Quick post to get this pretty butterfly card in under the wire at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  I've been busy with Cat Hop things and also fighting a nasty cold....so I put off making this card.  Arrrgh...that's why I am posting it in the middle of the night!!  lol....

Mrs. A gave us several color options (wheat, wisteria, watermelon, and wild blue yonder), a theme (wood), and a window card fancy fold option.  Guess what????  I managed to find some fabulous Graphic 45 paper in my stash that had all 4 colors!  I used a big wooden butterfly and made the window card design.  

 I got the card nearly finished and realized the big butterfly was actually chipboard and not wood at all.  Oh, NO!!!  So I found some pretty flower/butterfly embellishments that Mrs. A had sent me once in a lovely prize.  I am fairly sure they ARE wooden.  I stained them to match the color of the chippie and added them, too.  Whew!!  

The Happy Birthday ribbon is some I made with my label maker.  I received this label maker as part a big stash-pruning prize a long time ago.  It came with a bunch of different tapes....and a number of them are printable ribbon.  This is the first time I have been brave enough to try custom printing a ribbon embellishment.  Fun!!


Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection
Southern Ridge Trading Co - big chipboard butterfly
Wycinanka - little wooden butterfly and flower embellishment
Distress Ink
Custom printed ribbon

Hope you like my card.  I love how it turned out.....even though it is the wrong season.  I will save it for spring.  :)  Thank you for stopping by!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenge(s):
1. Butterfly Challenge #173 - W is for.... (I used all the colors and the theme and the special fold!!!  Yay!!)

2.  I might be back to add some more....later.  :)


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

NOEL - August Rudolph Days


Hi, Friends......

The month of August had me hard at work lining up sponsors for the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop.  Have you checked out my sidebar to see our list of fabulous sponsors??!!   I am so very grateful for their generosity and support of our Hop!!

So I am squeaking in on the last day with a quick snippets card for August Rudolph Days.  I took a break from Hop work and made a bunch of strips-o-scraps backgrounds with bits of old Christmas cards and holiday patterned paper.  I really like this black/gray/red combo.  I also used snippets for the NOEL die cuts.  

Then.... I uncovered (to my horror) an entire bag of dollar store foam stars!!  Oh, dear.  Just as I was finally using up the last of my weird 7-pointed foam snowflakes, I find stars!!!  lol....  The bag has four colors.....gray, yellow, silver, and gold.  I thought the gray ones would look okay on this background.  To my delight, I find that I like the festive look!! 


Supplies used include:

Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Noel Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set

QuicKutz - Retro Diamonds embossing folder
Snippets of vellum and patterned and solid cardstock

Well.....that finishes things up for August.  One post.  Ha.

But we have around 44 sponsors for the Cat Lovers Hop in October!!!  Yay!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to get your claws sharpened and ready for the Cat Lovers Hop.  You can make your projects early as long as you don't post them until after the Hop begins.  :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. August 2022 Rudolph Days
2. Snippets Playground Challenge #435

Friday, July 29, 2022

PLS Bunny and Bingo Christmas in July

 


Hi, Friends.....

LAST ONE....LAST ONE!!!!  Here is my last Christmas in July card to share with you made from odds and ends from my holiday stash box.  Did all these cards make a dent in my scraps????  Nope. Not even close!  lol....  But I sure had fun making them and it did feel good to use some things that had been sitting around for a long time.

Recently I won a very, very generous prize from Pretty Little Studio.  Included in the package was a little assortment of vintage Christmas critters...mostly adorable bunnies!  I love the PLS critters and wanted to make one of the busy collage cards that I see little vintage die cuts featured in.  I'm not very good at making these cards.....mine usually end up looking like my stash box got spilled on the floor in a puddle of glue!!!  Bwahahaha!! 

But I got brave and opened up my box and pulled out a PLS holiday JOY Bingo card and a bunch of other little odds and ends that might coordinate....a snowflake (which I backed in vellum), a little die-cut button, a red doily, and some adhesive pearls along with a background of very old patterned paper.  

Here's the card I came up with....what do you think?  I really like it....esp for a first attempt with these supplies.

Supplies used include:
Pretty Little Studio Vintage Holiday Die Cuts and Journaling Cards
Memory Box - Lindeman Snowflake die
Poppystamps - Button Oval die set
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
Scraps of Patterned Paper and Vellum
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls

This concludes my garden of Christmas in July cards.  (Now what do I do with the half-finished cards that are stiiiiiiiiiiiiillll on my craft desk!??? lol...)  Hope you enjoyed my card today!  Thank you for stopping by.  And a HUGE thank you for those of you who visited each of my Christmas in July cards from the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers and left such nice comments.  You made me so happy!   Mwahhhh!  

Now I am officially a month behind in my Cat Lovers Hop preparations, but I am ahead of my game for Christmas cards!  So if I disappear from my blog again for awhile, you will know I am getting ready for our Cat Hop #8 in October!!  Yay!!!  

For those of you who are new to my blog, this is your official invitation to join us in October.  It is a frenzy-filled week of feline fun.....TONS TONS TONS of prizes!! See you then!!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. BYSH Cardmakers 2022 Christmas in July










2. SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG
3.
ABC Christmas challenge -  N is for New, O is for Old (The PLS die cuts are New and the other die cuts are old.)
4.
Papercraft Challenges Challenge #84 - Christmas in July

JOY - Christmas in July

 


Hi, Friends......

Here is my second-to-last (I think) Christmas in July card made from bits and bobs I found in my stash.  I ran across this pretty JOY die cut that was an extra from a card-making session several years ago.  This one never made it onto a card and it has been in my holiday stash box ever since.  I teamed it up with one of the strips-o'-scraps backgrounds that I double embossed in gold earlier this month.  The die cut kind of got lost in all of gold embossing and patterned paper busy-ness.  So I embossed a scrap of solid cardstock to mat it....just what it needed.


Supplies used include:
Creative Expressions - Festive Collection Joy 2 pc die set
Darice - Checkered Embossing Folder
Darice - Damask Embossing Folder
Versamark embossing ink
Gold Embossing Powder from my stash
Lots of patterned paper scraps for my background

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

Are you staying cool this summer???  Right now it is 99 outside and 84 inside, so I am not very cool....but I have acclimated so I am not too uncomfortable as long as I don't do anything!!!  Ha.  Thank goodness for naps and cold drinks to help me make it through the hottest part of these days.  Next week is supposed to be in the low 80s.  That sounds heavenly!  (I'll probably complain that I am cold!!! Bwahahaha!!)

Take care and stay safe in the heat.  I will be back soon with my last Christmas in July card.  See you then!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. BYSH Cardmakers 2022 Christmas in July










2. SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG
3.
Creative Fingers Challenge #236 - AG
4.
Papercraft Challenges Challenge #84 - Christmas in July
5.
ABC Christmas challenge -  O is for Old (Yep.....everything is old in this card, too!!  lol....)

Vellum Overlay Merry Christmas in July



Hi, Friends......

Back again with a Christmas in July card using a number of long-neglected things from my holiday stash box!  I have made so many Christmas cards this month.  It is very gratifying.  Many of them were duplicates or similar styles so I am not posting all of them, of course, but at last count I had made 21 cards for Christmas in July!  Yay!!

Wanna see my latest THANG?????  It's using vellum.  lol...  Vellum might be the most underused staple item in my stash.  I've been noticing it more and more in layered cards and I love it.  I got to thinking....layered is very much my style, why am I not using vellum more????  So here goes with my first attempt. 

I had this bright background paper that seemed a little much, so I die cut and embossed some vellum to lay over it and I really like the snowy effect.  It helps to give more definition to the oval focal point.  I used a felt tree from my stash and inlaid some red adhesive gems,  I topped it with a happy little Santa hat at a jaunty angle.  Michele Henderson sent me the little hats and they are sooooooo cute!!  (THANKS, Michele!)






























Supplies used include:
Serendipity - Merry Christmas
Versafine Ink in Satin Red
Hero Hues Felt Stickers
Adhesive Gems from stash
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder
Vellum and Scraps of patterned and solid paper and cardstock from stash
Baker's Twine
EK Success - Santa Hat
Hope you liked the new look for my layered cards !  I will be reaching for my vellum often in the future, I think.  Thank you for stopping by today. Stay cool, everyone!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
BYSH Cardmakers 2022 Christmas in July










2. SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG
3.
Creative Fingers Challenge #236 - AG
4.
Papercraft Challenges Challenge #84 - Christmas in July
5.
ABC Christmas challenge -  O is for Old (Everything is old in this card!!  lol....)
6. 
Die-Cut Divas - Christmas in July (I used die cuts and an embossing folder)

Ho Ho Ho Elf Kitty - Christmas in July

 


Hi, Friends......

I'm back with another Christmas in July card for you.....made from more items in my holiday stash box.  My crafty pal, Karen Ladd,  sent me this fun elf kitty tag last Christmas (THANKS, Karen!!) and I couldn't resist putting him on a card.  I didn't want anything too fussy for a background that would distract the eye from him, so I just used a Sparkle embossing folder and made a cute speech balloon for him.  I had this very ancient Ho Ho Ho confetti that I glued on for the sentiment.  I know this is a super-simple card, but I think it turned out cute and I hope you like it, too!

Supplies used include:
Elf Kitty tag
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
- (retired)
Sizzix - TH Texture Fades - Sparkles
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set - (retired)
Confetti from stash

I have really gone crazy making Christmas in July cards this year.  Once I got going on those leftover odds and ends, I couldn't stop!!!  Right now it is too hot in my house and waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too hot outside to do much of anything else...so I might as well do this, right?!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Stay cool and keep crafting!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. SUYP Challenge #79 - Furrything Goes
2.
Let's Squash It! CAS Challenge (Is this CAS????)











3. BYSH Cardmakers 2022 Christmas in July












4.
SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG

5.
Creative Fingers Challenge #236 - AG
6.
Papercraft Challenges Challenge #84 - Christmas in July
7.
DL.Art July Linky Challenge
8.
ABC Christmas challenge - N is for New, O is for Old (The embossing folder and die were Old, but the kitty was relatively New!)  

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Deep Rose and Black Merry Christmas in July


Hi, Friends.....

Yes, I am back with yet another Christmas in July card made from things in my holiday stash box.  I ran across several of these dry embossed and sanded panels.  This particular piece is called Black Magic.....black on the outside and colored on the inside, so when you sand it the color magically appears.  The reason these panels had stayed in my box for so long is because they are too long for my regular A2 card size so they had been shoved aside for a long, long time.  My Christmas in July resolution of using neglected stash items meant that it was time to use these!  

I found that it fit just fine on a 5"x7" card base....but there was quite a bit of room to spare.  So I went to my long neglected adhesive gem swirls and cut one of them up to arrange behind the panel.  The card was still pretty sparse, so I put a couple of adhesive gems in the corners.  

One question.....is this still CAS????  

As I mentioned in my post right below this one, people often comment on my usual clean and layered cards as being CAS even when I don't think they are.  This one seems "CAS-er" than my usual, so I am going to enter it in the Let's Squash It! CAS Challenge and the supreme tyrant dictator twins who run that challenge can delete it if they see fit.  Muwahahahaha!!!  (Love you two gals so much!!)


Supplies used include:
Darice - Seasonal Border 3-pack
Zva Black Gem Swirls
Core'dinations Black Magic Cardstock
Patterned Paper from my Stash

Hope you enjoyed seeing this simple card.  The colors are a little out of the ordinary for Christmas, but I like the deep rose and black together.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Merry Christmas in July!!


Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Let's Squash It! CAS Challenge (If they don't delete it.....lol)












2. Double Trouble Challenge #116 - Christmas in July (I did all three Things this time.)










3. Jingle Belles - Bling on the Holidays
4.
SSS Wednesday Challenge - AG

5. Papercraft Challenges Challenge #84 - Christmas in July
6.
BYSH Cardmakers 2022 Christmas in July












7. ABC Christmas challenge - O is for Old (Everything I used on this card was old!  Hey, nearly everything in my stash is old!!!  lol...)
8.
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #553-#554 - AG