Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills






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WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." You can still enter HERE
WEEK 3 Theme - "Adorable Teapot Collection"  Enter HERE
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
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Hi, Friends......

I am here with a pretty card in soft greens that I just love. Again, this is made from all scraps and strays that were already in my stash. Even the shimmery ribbon was a leftover strand that was too long to throw away!


I used Julee's sketch from the February Viva la Verve Challenge, reversing sides and putting a different panel on top. But I kept the main idea. :)



Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (scalloped rectangle)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (tag)
Spellbinders - Heartfelt Creations - Raindrops on Roses die set
Sizzix - Branch with Leaves die
Verve - Scripture Medley 2 stamp set
Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia
Distress Ink in Bundled Sage
Scraps from stash
Core'dinations kraft cardstock for base

Hope you enjoyed this card. I thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your encouraging comments!! Hope you will join in my ATC Birthday challenges going on all during February. Details are at the top of this post!! Have a great week.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Die Challenge with Lydia
2. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Use Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
3. Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Four Challenge with Shay (I used 4 different dies.)
4.
Word Art Wednesday Weeks #322-#323 - Anything Goes
5. Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge - February Sketch
6. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge
7. Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes w/ opt Fave Distress Ink Technique
8. HeARTful Stamping Challenge Feb.18-25 - Anything Goes + a stamp
9. Get Creative Challenge #66 - Use Ribbon or Washi

Grungy Valentine

Something similar happens at my house when I am giving Perdita and Jetta their twice daily dollop of canned cat food.....which seems to help settle their stomachs.  The other kitties (who don't need it) all start dancing around and hollering for their share of it!!

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Don't forget about my ATC Birthday Party 
with weekly ATC challenges!

Be sure to enter my Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can still enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." You can still enter HERE
WEEK 3 Theme - "Adorable Teapot Collection"  Enter HERE
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
so you still have lots of time!!
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Hi, Friends.....

Can you stand one more valentine???? 


Valentine's Day somehow sneaked up on me this year!!  Fortunately, I had this embossed background leftover from last year and only had to add the twine and put it on the card base to send this to my Dad.  I also sponged distress ink around the edges and on the embossing in a few places where the folder had slightly chewed up the patterned cardstock. 

 I think the distressing and the deep tones looked manly enough for Dad.  He's always more interested in the homemade cookies I include in his packages than in the cards I make, anyway! :)


Supplies used include:
Serendipity - Heart Scroll stamp and die set
Darice - Swirl Background embossing folder
Elmer's - Painters Markers in gold
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
DCWV Scraps
Jute twine from stash
Core'dinations cardstock for card base

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are having a lovely week!!

<3
Janis



Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. DL.ART February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
2. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #35
3. Power Poppy February Challenge - Love to Sparkle
4. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Grunge it Up
5. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge
6. Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes w/ opt Fave Distress Ink Technique
7. Joy Clair - Month of Love










  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Happy Birthday: Pink 'n' Kinda Grungy



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Don't forget about my ATC Birthday Party 
with weekly ATC challenges!

Be sure to enter my Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can still enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." You can still enter HERE
WEEK 3 Theme - "Adorable Teapot Collection"  Enter HERE
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
so you still have lots of time!!
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Hi, Friends......

I am here with a fun birthday card to share. Okay...be honest and tell me.....Am I the ONLY one who still has some pretty "bubble wrap" backgrounds leftover from Darnell's challenge last year?????  This technique was a ton of fun.....even though not a single one of my backgrounds turned out like it was supposed to!!!  lol...

Being the mad alchemist that I am....I've never been one to let strange and weird results deter me.  So I plunged headlong into a crazy "bubble wrap and reinker" frenzy.....making a ton of them. As a result, I still have quite a little stack remaining in my stash. The Scraps and Strays challenge (that's what I call it!) over at Winnie & Walter seemed like the perfect opportunity to get them out again. :) I selected a pink bubble wrap background and teamed it with other stash scraps and sequins for a card that makes me happy just looking at it!!




Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway die
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy stamp set
Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Walnut Stain
Glossy Photo Paper
DCWV Mercury Glass cardstock scrap
Core'dinations cardstock
Sequins from stash

I really love how this card turned out and might make more of this design in other colors sometime!! Thank you for stopping by!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Die Challenge with Lydia
2. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Use Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
3. Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Four Challenge with Shay (I used 4 different colors: pink, brown, gold, and white.)
4. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Repetitive Stamping Challenge with Crystal
5. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Inspiration Challenge with Gayatri
6. Winnie & Walter Rerun Challenge #27 - The Party (I drew inspiration from Crystal's gorgeous pink and white card with metallic accents HERE.)
7. Winnie & Walter January Color Challenge
8. DL.ART February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #35
10. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #320 - Use Snippets
11. Archi-Scraps February Challenge - Use Bling
12. Power Poppy February Challenge - Love to Sparkle
13. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Grunge it Up
14. HeARTful Stamping Challenge Feb.18-25 - Anything Goes + a stamp

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sending Warm Wishes

 




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Don't forget about my ATC Birthday Party 
with weekly ATC challenges!

Be sure to enter my Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can still enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." You can still enter HERE
WEEK 3 Theme - "Adorable Teapot Collection"  Enter HERE
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
so you still have lots of time!!
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Hi, Friends......

Mmmmmm....yummy hot cocoa with whipped cream and a sweet minty candy cane on a very chilly Idaho evening!! I just love that there are Christmas challenges all year round. It gives me wonderful motivation to be making my holiday cards ahead of time and a great excuse to use Christmas memes! :)
 

Here's another "Scraps and Strays" card I made using a leftover cocoa image from the Winnie & Walter Freebie: Daily Grind Collection Vol. 1 - Holiday Mint.    I even had the stray sentiment floating about in my stash and layered coordinating scraps together for a fun and festive card!! Yay!!



I drew in some of the layers of whipped cream with a Distress Marker....very daring of me!!  lol... and also put a layer of Wink of Stella over it, but you can't see the shimmer in the photo.  :(

Products used include:
Daily Grind Collection Vol. 1 - Holiday Mint
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (has scallops)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Scraps from DCWV and Core'dinations
Distress Marker in Antique Linen
Zig - Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Twine from stash

Hope you enjoyed this card that might not be quite as out of season as it seems!! We are in a winter weather pattern right now in Idaho....we had blowing snow all day long and temperatures predicted to be in single digits tonight.  Brrr.... Sending sweet and warm wishes to you!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Die Challenge with Lydia
2. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Use Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly

3. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Comeback Challenge with Taheerah - I was inspired by Heather H's card HERE to use the warm mug as my focal point and include lots of pretty layers. <3
4. Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #373 - AG Christmas w/ opt Use Green
5. Mod Squad Challenge - Winter
6. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #152 - AG Christmas
7. DL.ART February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
8. Papercraft Challenges #5 - Sweets for my Sweet
9. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #35

10. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge 

Week 3 - ATC Birthday Party: "ADORABLE TEAPOT COLLECTION"

 
TOO LATE!!  ;)


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Don't forget about my ATC Birthday Party 
with weekly ATC challenges!

Be sure to enter my Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can still enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." You can still enter HERE
You are here --->   WEEK 3 Theme - "Adorable Teapot Collection"
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
so you still have lots of time!!
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Hi, Friends.......

Welcome to Week 3 of my ATC Birthday Party!!! Thank you so much to all of you who have entered Artist Trading Cards in the first two weekly challenges! I have loved your kitties and chickens. Everyone's entries have just been fabulous!!! Remember that each Monday in February I'll be announcing a new theme that pertains to me or something I love, but you can still play in the previous challenges, too!! All the challenges and giveaways close on Mar. 3, 2018.

The ATC challenge theme for week 3 is:


"Adorable Teapot Collection"

I have loved tea for a long time........even before I loved coffee! Hubby and I enjoyed herbal teas (tisanes), in particular, long before they were popular. Back in those days (late 1970s - early 1980s....remember I am turning 60, so I AM that old!!!), even before we were married, we were scouring the health food sections of stores to find any herbal teas at all. Some of our favorites were among the early flavors of Celestial Seasonings: Mo's 24 and Pelican Punch. Tell me if you have ever even heard of those!!! :)

Soon, friends and family were giving me teapots.....and a small teapot collection began brewing. I have more that are not in the photos below, but these are some of my favorites.

This was originally a bookshelf and is way too tall for my teapots, but hubby wanted them to be on display for me.  <3
 

I also have this little display case with a few of my kitty mugs and some of the other kitty things I have collected along the way. There's even a kitty wood-mount rubber stamp. I have a duplicate in my craft stash.


I apologize for only having one teapot ATC made to share with you. I wanted to do white embossing on one of my marker refill water backgrounds for a soft look. I used a cute and very old teapot stamp from my stash....one of the first rubber stamps my dear MIL ever gave me! 

I added the sentiment and little heart from Elizabeth Craft Designs - Coffee & Tea stamp set (sadly discontinued) and the little pair of tea cups from Stamplorations - Eat, Drink, Be Merry stamp set (retiring, only a few left). I sponged Distress Ink in Wilted Violet around the edges and splattered with some water.


Arrrrghhh.....this looks like a giant teapot-shaped spaceship!!  (sigh) Kind of like Elon Musk's Tesla roadster-turned-spaceship that is in space right now with its mannequin driver.  (LINK)  Some people have toooooooo much money!!  lol...

So............now it is your turn to make a teapot/tea themed ATC. I would love to see a teapot image on your ATC, but a tea cup or tea bag/tag will be acceptable. Please, no coffee themes for this challenge. I love coffee, but this is TEA ONLY. :)

Not sure what an ATC is???? Have questions about the Rules and Guidelines for my ATC Challenges? The answers to all those questions may be found on THIS POST.

Thank you so much for your participation and all the super ATCs you have made so far. Remember that there will be a prize randomly awarded to one participant in each of the four weekly challenges plus one for the blog badge giveaway....5 prizes total. So be sure to post my ATC BD blog badge in your sidebar and participate in each of the weekly ATC theme challenges for the best chance of being drawn. You can enter any of the weekly challenges until March 3, 2018.

Thank you also for your sweet comments on my ATCs. I know mine are pretty basic compared to many of yours.....but I am having a lot of fun making my few to share with you. I can't wait to see your tea(pot)-themed ATCs!!!

<3
Janis





Thursday, February 15, 2018

Season's Greetings Tag





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Don't forget about my ATC Birthday Party 
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Be sure to enter my Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can STILL enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." Enter HERE
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
so you still have lots of time!!
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Hi, Friends.....

I'm not a big tag maker.....(understatement of the year, there!)....but in my efforts to use scraps, I realized some tags were in my future. 


Layered cards are my typical style, but I hate to "waste" all those lovely middle parts of the decorative mats that have panels above them. So I frequently die cut a shape from the hidden underneath layers for future use.....and quite often that is a tag. But then I don't use them!! Eeek!!! So I grabbed a couple of them to attempt a simple layered tag.

It's hard to tell in this photo, but the white piece is dry embossed with snowflakes. I took a glitter gel pen and colored in a few of the centers and stamped a simple sentiment. I wasn't sure how that would turn out (stamping over the embossed texture), but it worked perfectly. I added a stray snowflake button and a loose gold emBELLishment someone had sent me in a little fun Christmas grab bag. Even the ribbon is from my stray ribbon container....a trimmed leftover from making a bow in the past!



Products used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (tags)
Winnie & Walter - Comfort + Joy stamp set
Versafine ink in Onyx Black
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder
Simple embellishments and bit of scrap ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my tag! Who knows...you might see another one of these showing up later this month. :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Die Challenge with Lydia
2. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Use Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
3. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Anything But a Card Challenge with Kate
4. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge
5. Pile it On Challenge #139 - 3D Embellishments
6. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #322-#323 - Anything Goes
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #372 - AG Christmas w/ opt Cute
8. Mod Squad Challenge - Winter
9. Christmas Cards All Year Round February Challenge - Use Red
10. DL.ART February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
11. The Artistic Stamper February Challenge - Use Red
12. ABC Christmas Challenge - C is for Clean and D is for Distress (I made a Clean and uncluttered tag.)
13. DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #222 - Use Pink or Red
14. Get Creative Challenge #66 - Use Ribbon or Washi
15. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #319 - Use Snippets
16. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #152 - AG Christmas
17. The House that Stamps Built - Tic Tac Toe F1418 (I went down the left hand column: Ribbon, Bright Colors, and Die Cut.)


 




  
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I Love You.... Everyday



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Don't forget about my ATC Birthday Party 
with weekly ATC challenges!

Be sure to enter my Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can STILL enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." Enter HERE
The giveaways and challenges end March 3, 2018
so you still have lots of time!!
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Hi, Friends.....

I couldn't let Valentine's Day go by without posting this sweet owl card. I already have a card for my hubby, but I might give him this one, too! Whooo-hooo! It might be too cutesy for him, though. Still deciding. He doesn't get home until the wee hours tonight or tomorrow so I still have time to decide.

This is another "completely out of scraps and strays" card. I had this partial package of 3-D owl stickers and the sentiment strip cut off of a 12x12 paper. I teamed them up with a stray woodgrain background piece, some squares and loose leaf die-cuts, and a burlap banner cut ages ago. I also found some extra brown hearts I had cut several weeks ago. Yay!! LOVE this cute critter card! Awwwwww.....


Products used...ALL SCRAPS AND STRAYS!! Yay!!!
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die set (for leaves)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for hearts)
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Labels 3 Dies
DCWV scraps
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Ranger - Glossy Accents (for coating over the hearts)
Core'dinations Kraft Cardstock
Owls from stash
Hope you enjoyed this sweet critter card! Thank you for stopping by.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Die Challenge with Lydia
2. Winnie & Walter 4th BD Bash - Use Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
3. Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash - Four Challenge with Shay (I used 4 different die sets.)
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut
5. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper February Challenge
6. Pile it On Challenge #139 - 3D Embellishments
7. Allsorts Week 454 - Love is in the Air
8. Crop Stop Linky Party #37 - AG using product from company CS sells (I used Coredinations cardstock, MFT die, Ranger Glossy Accents, Distress Ink)
9. Power Poppy February Challenge - Love to Sparkle
10. The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge #343 - Include Animal(s)
11. Joy Clair - Month of Love














12. The House that Stamps Built - Tic Tac Toe F1418 (I went across on the middle row: Bright Colors, Patterned Paper, and Stitching.)