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Jane’s Doodles Challenge #10 Stenciling

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Hello, my crafty friends! I told you yesterday that I’m on a critter card roll and here is yet another! I *love* how this turned out!!! I used the complete set of Jane’s Doodles Under the Sea stamp set to create this square card. The stenciling was done using MFT’s Ray of Light stencil and white pigment ink over royal blue cardstock. The images were watercolored with Tombow markers and fussy cut. The stitched hill of sand was die cut with a die from the Creek Bank Creations set called Land and Grass Edge dies. I used a combination of inks, shimmer sprays, and white gel pen to dot the sand to resemble texture and shells. I stamped the sentiment and used an old Spellbinders label die (exclusive to ScrapMart, back in the day) to cut it out. I liked how it fit the center justified sentiment. I glued some images down flat, and others popped up with foam tape… but I wanted the crab to take center stage so I put him on with a mini Action Wobbler! I tried to get a picture of him moving! (Boy is that hard!!!) I used the last of the images and the other sentiment for the inside of the card. In hindsight, I wish I had stenciled the inside with a light blue ink, but this leaves me plenty of room to write a message without distraction.

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Jane’s Doodles is probably my favorite stamp company right now. I love how cute her critters are and she even has gorgeous florals too. I think you’ll be seeing another JD card soon!!! I’d love to know if you love Jane’s Doodles as much as I do, or if they are a new-to-you stamp company. Leave me a comment and let me know. ūüėä Hope you are having a great weekend, everyone!

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HB to One Fabulous Chick with Art Impressions

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I’ve been having fun using this 2018 set from Art Impressions called Spring Chicken. You might remember the last card I made with it HERE. This time, I’m using this trio of chicks all dressed up and ready to party! I thought this would be a great image to use for the current AI challenge theme All Layered Up! I watercolored this image with Tombow Markers and added white and black gel pens to their eyes. I watercolored the chicks first, then picked patterned paper from my stash before coordinating the colors on the balloon, cupcake and hats. The focal die cut was a magazine freebie called Layered Frames from Papercraft Inspirations Magazine. I used a MFT sentiment from The Whole Herd for the front, and used 2 sentiments from the AI Spring Chicken set for the inside. I think they worked so well together!

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That’s it for me today but I’ll be back soon. If you like critter cards, I think you will really enjoy the next few projects!!! Stay tuned!

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May Mid-Challenge Post for JDS

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Today I’m here to remind you that the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge blog is mid way through the May Anything Goes challenge. You still have until the end of the month to submit your entries! Remember you can enter up to 5 times, and it is a truly Anything Goes challenge… your project can be anything including baking, sewing, quilting, home decor, and of course papercrafting. Anything!

I decided to make a card using Pansies for Mom from Jan’s Digi Stamps as the images are just so pretty. The set comes with both b/w images and precolored. While the precolored version is gorgeous, I wanted to use my Prismacolor pencils to color these pansies to match the blue pansies we use to have when I lived in Florida. I tried to find a picture of what they look like in real life. I really remembered the centers being dark, but this picture below is probably more accurate. Too bad I didn’t find this before coloring the image!!! LOL Well, at least I like how the image turned out, and it shows that you don’t have to color them accurately to have it come out pretty! I used ancient patterned paper from my stash and navy, corrugated paper for an element of the sketch, which is from Stick it Down’s May challenge.

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Head over to Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenge to see what the rest of the DT made for the mid-month post and to submit your own entries!

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CASE the Fellow Creator Hop

I’m so excited to be part of another amazing Hop with Courtney Kreeber’s Facebook group called Handmade Happiness! We picked another crafter within the group to CASE, and that person selected someone else. In the event you are new to the acronym, CASE means Copy And Share Everything, which means you use another person’s creation as your starting point and give them credit for their original work. Sometimes you can keep it all the same, or put your own flare and design into it making an entirely new creation. I’m being CASE’d by the wonderful Virginia Fairchild, whose post you can find on Instagram or at PassionsAndDistractions. When you are done here, please pop over to see which card of mine Virginia chose to CASE and how she put her individual spin on it!!! (I’m so excited to see it myself!)

For my CASE, I chose the amazing Anna Mahtani who blogs at CraftyAnnaStudio. I was immediately drawn by her beautiful watercoloring and her knack for creating great card designs. A couple cards really spoke to me as both designs I would like to CASE and techniques I wanted to use. I couldn’t decide between the 2 so I CASE’d them both, cause I’m an overachiever like that! LOL (My family would attest that statement is SO not true… unless it involves crafting!!!).¬†Because I mentioned Anna’s amazing watercoloring, I’ll share this card first! Anna’s stunning floral is on the left and mine is one the right.

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Isn’t her photography amazing too?!?¬†Her project is featured in an awesome post she did called Five Simple Techniques Using Watercolor Pencils. I didn’t have the same stamp, but I had a similar bouquet from the same manufacturer, Dahlia by WPlus9. I used Derwent watercolor pencils to color my image, using some of the techniques she outlined in her post and was very pleased with the results! I hadn’t use my pencils in *forever*, and her post was just what I needed to dust off the rustiness! I altered my color combo to suit my set of pencils, but I loved the soft yellow wash of color around the bouquet and *had* to use that too. I kept the layout very similar, and since I didn’t have a label like sentiment I copied the look by stamping in Versamark on black and heat embossing in white. The sentiment is from Jane’s Doodles All Occasions sentiment set. Like Anna, I chose not to add embellishments so the floral could be the focus, but I did spatter the card front as I loved the look on Anna’s card. Here’s a closeup:

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Ready for something completely different? As I browsed Anna’s great website, one card really stuck out as being different. This may not be Anna’s typical style, but I fell in love with the card and the technique and HAD to CASE it! Again, Anna’s gorgeous card is on the left and mine is on the right.

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Isn’t that freaking awesome?!? Her card is featured in her post Multicolored Embossing Technique for Backgrounds. I actually swooned when I saw this card and immediately knew I had to use this to make an anniversary card for my hubby. Again, I lacked the same stamp but found a masculine background stamp in my stash that I thought would work great for the technique and picked a background stamp called Cogs by Impression Obsession. Since I was using gears, I didn’t want to have 3 defined areas of color, so I sprinkled the embossing powders selectively over the design. I think I like Anna’s technique better as she had more contrast between the colors and with my sprinkling caused them to mix and blend more, causing more of a rusty effect. It’s yet another cool technique, but it just wasn’t as swoon worthy. I keep my design as similar as possible given my supplies and the need I had for my card. I used silver mirror cardstock for my frame and sentiment instead of gold. My sentiment didn’t have a shadow layer, so I die cut a vellum gear to be my base layer. Because it was so much bigger than the sentiment itself, I chose thinner vellum for its translucency. The “love you” is a Momenta die and the “DUDE” is from We R Memory Keepers High Rise Alpha dies. The sub-sentiment is from Pink & Main’s True Love stamp set. Again, I have to give Anna props on her photography… man was all that shininess hard to photograph!!! Here is another shot, just to give you both views!

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Yeah, just doesn’t have the oomph that Anna’s did, but the hubby did love it, so that is all that really matters. Love that man, though I showed him Anna’s card and explained the whole CASE thing and about a minute in his eyes were completely glassed over and I was talking to myself! LOL I would be upset but the same thing happens to me when he starts talking woodworking!!! Ha!

Here’s your homework: First you need to see what Virginia did to CASE me (especially since I think my style is ALL over the place! Then, you need to see who Anna picked to CASE cause I am sure it turned out amazing!!! From there, if you have time, continue on the hop or search #casethefellowcreator. Some are blogs, most are YouTube videos, and a couple Instagram posts. A little variety to keep it fun! Leave me a comment and tell me how you think I did with my CASE too! Thanks for dropping by!!!

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Jane’s Doodles Challenge #9 – You’re Purr-fect

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I have another card to share with you made with the Cats stamp set from Jane’s Doodles. I used¬† another piece of the patterned paper left over from the first card I made for this challenge. This time I used another of the 4 cats in the set, which I watercolored with Tombow markers and fussy cut, along with some of the accessory images. I die cut a scalloped circle die from Spellbinders, determined my image placement and stamped one of the sentiments from the Cats stamp set. I also add a shadow to help ground my image. The focal point seemed to be missing something, so I added Distress Stickles in Brushed Corduroy and a banner strip to match under the focal die cut to further help ground the image. These kitties are a ton of fun to play with. I colored a couple others, now we just have to see if there is time to pull together another card in time for the challenge!

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Jane’s Doodles Challenge #9 – Animals

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I had some fun today playing around with the Cats stamp set from Jane’s Doodles and this is the first card I made though I spent quite some time playing with the set. There are 4 different cats in the set, along with several accessories. I knew I had some cat patterned paper from DCWV, so I dug that out first. I stamped the kitty, watercolored him with Tombow markers to match the patterned paper and fussy cut it out. I popped him up on a turquoise die cut stitched circle from Simon Says Stamp which I ink blended a darker turquoise ink (from Impression Obsession) in the center to ground him. I stamped a sentiment from the same set and die cut it with a smaller stitched circle from SSS. After mounting the paper on a kraft card base, I decided it needed another pop of turquoise so I cut thin strips to add to either side. A quick dig through my sequin stash turned up the perfect shade mini sequin. I added a few final touches… black Glaze pen on the kitty’s eye, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush on the nose, heart, and yarn balls in the paper, and finally Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the nose and heart for shine! I decorated the inside with a strip of the patterned paper and fish image from the set. The inside is stamped with Birthday Wishes from the Jane’s Doodles All Occasions stamp set.

Stay tuned over this coming week as I play with the rest of the images in the set!

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Happy Birthday – a MFT Geometric card

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My one and only celebrated his 19th birthday a couple weeks ago (OMG, that makes me feel so old!) and I made this card for him. His favorite colors are lime green and black and this seemed an easy way to incorporate both colors in a masculine way. I created all the triangles from MFT’s Triangle STAX dies, including the frame ones which were made using 2 dies together. I was inspired by this card from Iliana Garza of My Sweet Petunia and Misti fame. I started with her layout of the 3 big triangles, which was the hard part. I was able to play around with the rest of the layout on my own, overlapping where it seemed appropriate. I glued all the triangles flat to the card because I wanted to pop the sentiment strip up on foam to have it floating above the background. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Birthday Wishes.

I love the geometric design of this card and could have spent all day making more in a variety of colors but I spent the day with my son instead, which was time better spent! Hope you are getting to spend some quality time with your kids during all this quarantine time!

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