Friday, December 8, 2017

Sparkly Stars - Winnie & Walter


Hi, Friends.......

I am back with one final, last-minute entry into the Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge. Look at this wonderful inspiration palette that Heather gave us to work from:



I had this idea to die-cut some stars from super-sparkly glitter cardstock and put them on a blue background. I should have used something besides this DCWV glitter paper that is on a plastic backing of some sort. It is almost impossible to completely cut through when I use an intricate die. (Why don't I remember this from time to time...or at least write myself a note on the outside of the stack????? Nah...too easy!!! lol...)


So this arty look of leaving some of the pieces inside the star die cuts was not arty at all...it was necessity! I like it better like this, anyway. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :) )

I am also entering this card in the new Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge.  Shay is featuring the beautiful W&W Comfort + Joy stamp set (also on sale right now!! Yay!!).  I don't have this set (yet!) so I am taking inspiration from Heather's lovely card with the star trio in tones of muted gray and blue.  



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - True Multifaceted Star Cutaways die set
DCWV - Glitter Cardstock
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set

Hope you enjoyed my card. Next time, different glitter cardstock!!! :) Thank you for stopping by.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge

2. Winnie & Walter Rerun #26 - Comfort + Joy
3. DL.ART December Linky Party - Anything Goes
4. Uniko Challenge #44 - Christmas   
5. Word Art Wednesday #312-313 - Anything Goes
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #25  
7. Dare2BArtzy December Challenge - Spirit of the Season 
8. Stinkin' Inkers December Challenge - Celebrating the Holidays
9. Choux Choux Visions of Sugarplums 2017 Challenge - Christmas/Winter
10. Christmas Cards All Year Round  December Challenge - Anything Goes Holiday Related
11. The House that Stamps Built  DCC 126 - Glitter
 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blue Roses - Winnie & Walter


Hi, Friends......

I am here with another watercolor card that I made for the Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge. Look at this wonderful inspiration palette that Heather gave us to work from:



I love blue roses and had not yet used my W&W - Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses stamp. I knew it would be perfect for this challenge.

I heat embossed using
Stampendous - Clear Embossing Powder in Clear Bark and watercolored my roses with Distress Markers and a waterbrush. I kept this very simple and unadorned to let those roses take the spotlight. CAS is not my usual style, so this is about as clean and simple as I ever get! lol...



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Mini Scenery: Bed of Roses stamp
Winnie & Walter - Kindness with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Distress Markers in Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, and Hickory Smoke
Versamark Ink

Stampendous - Clear Embossing Powder in Clear Bark
Mixed media paper
Core'dinations cardstock

Hope you enjoyed my card. It's been fun playing with simpler cards and some watercoloring techniques. I am a little afraid, however, that if I ignore my scrap bags very long, they will secretly multiply. When I go back to my usual layered cards there might be twice as many scraps as there were before!!  Eeek!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge
2. All Sorts Week 444 - Thank You
3. Word Art Wednesday #312-313 - Anything Goes
4. DL.ART December Linky Party - Anything Goes
5. Craft Stamper December TIMI - Anythng Goes Stamping Challenge
6. Penny Black at All Sorts December Challenge - CAS

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Happiest of Holidays - Winnie & Walter

Oh, my goodness.....this fat wintertime kitty looks sooooooooo much like my Ophelia (a boy cat... long story....) who gets so fat in the winter we call him Loaf-elia.  :D
Hi, Friends......

I am here with a watercolor card that I made for the Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge. Look at this wonderful inspiration palette that Heather gave us to work from:


I decided to make a very simple snowy watercolor scene using the emboss resist technique with W&W - Our Town stamp set elements and no embellishments at all. My painting skills are limited, so this was quite a daring endeavor! lol.... But I like how it turned out.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Our Town stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Big Bang Confetti stamp set (for a few extra stars)
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set (for sentiment)
Versamark Ink
Distress Ink in Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke, Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans
White Sparkle embossing powder
Mixed media paper

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

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #362 - AG Christmas w/ opt. Quick and Easy
3. Choux Choux Visions of Sugarplums 2017 Challenge - Christmas/Winter
4. Word Art Wednesday #312-313 - Anything Goes
5. The Artistic Stamper December Challenge - Christmas
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #24
7. DL.ART December Linky Party - Anything Goes
8. HeARTful Challenge #22 - Anything Goes + a Stamp
9. Craft Stamper December TIMI - Anythng Goes Stamping Challenge
10. Penny Black at All Sorts December Challenge - CAS
11. Dare2BArtzy December Challenge - Spirit of the Season
12. Stinkin' Inkers December Challenge - Celebrating the Holidays

13. Uniko Challenge #44 - Christmas  
14. Christmas Cards All Year Round  December Challenge - Anything Goes Holiday Related 
15. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Icy Inspiration











 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Everyday Wonder Woman


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a card I made for a gal I know who is going through some rough things in her life. She has no idea of how awesome and how strong she really is.

 


  
This starry background is one I made a long time ago, but it didn't turn out the way I had planned so I just stashed it away for another time....like now! :) I inked the raised stars of my Darice - Assorted Stars embossing folder with Distress Ink pads and then dry embossed as usual with a sheet from my DCWV Woven Stack. Since my raised stars were inked, I used the de-bossed side for my background. To make it even more sparkly, I die-cut additional stars from the DCWV glitter cardstock.
Supplies used include:
Unity sentiment stamp
Versafine ink in Deep Lagoon
Gelly Roll pen to color the little star on the sentiment panel
Darice - Assorted Stars embossing folder
DCWV Woven Stack
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set (stars)
DCWV glitter cardstock
Baker's twine from stash

Thank you for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed seeing this card.

<3
Janis

 
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Star Light, Star Bright
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #24
3. DL.ART December Linky Party - Anything Goes
4. Craft Stamper December TIMI - Anything Goes Stamping Challenge
5. HeARTful Challenge #22 - Anything Goes + a Stamp

Saturday, December 2, 2017

From All of Us + Easy Masking Technique - Winnie & Walter


Hi, Friends......

I am here with a fun card that I made for the Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge. Look at this wonderful inspiration palette that Heather gave us to work from:



I recently saw a wonderful card duo on Instagram by Catherine Gray that I wanted to try with my W&W So Tweet birdies. My card required a lot of masking, but I have a quick tip on an easy way to mask when you have the matching dies for a stamp set. I will share it with you below. I stamped and watercolored my birdies on mixed media paper and die-cut lots of little stars from glitter cardstock to add sparkle to my tree. I love how my card turned out!




Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set (for birds)
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set (for making masks)
Distress Markers - Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke and Stormy Sky
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set (for sentiment)
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals stamp set (for pine branches)
Winnie & Walter - Big Bang Confetti Cutaways die set (for stars)
Scraps of DCWV silver glitter cardstock
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for scalloped background)
Core'dinations Cardstock in Navy Blue

Can you spot the sleeping kitty in the background?  That's my Jetta.  <3

EASY MASKING TECHNIQUE - (FOR WHEN YOU HAVE THE MATCHING DIES FOR A STAMP SET.) 
When I first receive the matching dies for a stamp set...before I separate the individual pieces....I use the entire die framework to die cut a piece of plastic.  (I am using old developed x-ray film, but that's cuz I am married to a vet!  You can use make-your-own-stencil material or whatever you have on hand.)  Now I have ready-made masks either for the background or for the images.  Since this particular set had little dies nested inside the birdies (hearts, etc) there are perfect little holes for washi to stick through and secure the mask to my paper while I stamp around them.  Since the masks are a tiny bit larger than my stamped images, I just move them slightly to line up with the outline of my image on the side where I am working.  When I want to work on the other side, I lift the mask and line it up with that side.  Easy peasy.  These masks last and last....and since they are transparent I can easily see where I want to place them. 

Hope you enjoyed my card. Thank you so much for your sweet comments!!! I hope you have a lovely day!

<3

Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter November Color Combo Challenge

2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #362 - AG Christmas w/ opt. Quick and Easy
3. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Star Light, Star Bright 
4. Die-Cut Divas - Winter Time
5. The Artistic Stamper December Challenge - Christmas
6. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #24
7. DL.ART December Linky Party - Anything Goes
8. Uniko Challenge #44 - Christmas  
9. Choux Choux Visions of Sugarplums 2017 Challenge - Christmas/Winter
10. Christmas Cards All Year Round  December Challenge - Anything Goes Holiday Related

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

JOY - Winnie & Walter



Hi, Friends.....

Here I am with one more card for the the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge for this month. I have Christmas Community Bell and Choir Concerts this week, so I don't know if I'll be able to squeeze another project in this challenge before the gate closes. But I want to get this one in before I have to get dressed up for tonight. :)

This time I drew inspiration from Lydia's card with its fabulously festive stamped background. I hardly ever stamp my own backgrounds....(except for W&W challenges!)....so it is a fun change from my usual layers upon layers. Well, as you see, I did still managed to do sooooooooome layering. :) I even added a sprinkle of stars this time, too!


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (scalloped background)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (straight-edge rectangle panel)
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals stamp set
Distress Inks
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Joy Cutaway die
DCWV Glittered Cardstock
Tiny Gold Star confetti from my stash
Ribbon from stash

Thank you so much for stopping by. Your visits and comments make my day!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - Rerun Challenge #25 Merry and Bright
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Star Light, Star Bright
3. The Ribbon Girls - November Any Image Challenge
4. All Sorts Challenge Week 443 - Inspired by Winter or Christmas Song - My card is inspired by "Joy to the World"
5. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #23
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
7. Word Art Wednesday Week 310-311 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #361 - AG Christmas, optional twist: Doily

9. Uniko Challenge #44 - Christmas 

Happy Holidays - Gold, Black, Vellum


Hi, Friends......

Here again with another entry into the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge for this month. I again drew inspiration from Vanessa's lovely gold and black wreath card. I have really enjoyed using these rich and elegant colors!





Do you like that DCWV Mercury Glass background???? I totally LOVE it!! This is the stack that I had to buy THREE of before I would let myself cut into the first one! Ha. I heat embossed my sentiment on vellum to make an overlay, but the underneath pattern of the Mercury Glass paper doesn't show up too well in the photo.

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Clear embossing powder
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals stamp set
Versamark Ink Pad
Gold embossing powder
M&C Boutique - Large Circle Frame die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
DCWV Mercury Glass Stack
Vellum
Various adhesive rhinestones from stash

Hope you enjoyed this card. I have one more that I will enter into the Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge. It closes tomorrow, but that still gives you time to join in, too!! Hope to see you there.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter - Rerun Challenge #25 Merry and Bright
2. Mod Squad Challenge - Use a Wreath as Focal Point
3. Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper November Challenge - Use patterned paper
4. DL.ART November Linky Challenge
5. The Male Room Challenge #64 Use Vellum
6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
7. HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes + a stamp
8. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #361 - AG Christmas, optional twist: Doily
9. Word Art Wednesday Week 310-311 - Anything Goes Family Friendly

10. Cardz-TV Anything Goes Challenge #23
11.  Uniko Challenge #44 - Christmas