Sending Hugs – Jane’s Doodles Plumeria

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This week’s challenge at Jane’s Doodles is Spring. This Plumeria set was perfect to make a springy card to help a friend who really needed to see some flowers. I don’t know her well so I wasn’t sure what types or colors of flowers she likes the most, but I’m hoping this makes her feel a little better all the same. I really need better photography skills and gear cause the picture does not match real life in color. Trust me that the flowers range from a delicate light pink to a a warm peach with pops of bright pink in the centers. On my monitor the colors are yellowed out terrible despite the bright lights I used. I used every single image from the Jane’s Doodles set, colored them with Tombow markers and fussy cut them out. There are no sentiments included in the set, so I dug through my stash and found a set by My Favorite Things called Greetings Galore with the sentiment I wanted to use, which I stamped in Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink as the color was the closest match I had. I decided to ink blend the edges with a little Wild Honey and Pickled Raspberry oxides to match the flower colors. I may spatter the panel with watered down inks before I mail it as it seems to be missing something but I’m afraid to mess it up experimenting right now. LOL!

The inside has a simple Thinking of You sentiment from the same MFT set in Pickled Raspberry.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope these flowers make you smile during this crazy time we are in right now. We need to lift each other up any way we can, and for me, that is going to be through handmade cards… though I will write on the envelope that I completely understand if she doesn’t open it for 14 days! 😁 She can see it here on the blog until she’s comfortable opening the envelope!!!

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Wishing you a Speedy Recovery with JDS

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Isn’t this bear adorable??? My best friend’s mom (and my surrogate mother) is having hip surgery soon. While this bear’s injury is to his head, I’m sure she will appreciate the sentiment! This set from Jan’s Digi Stamps, called Get Well Bear, has the main image as well as several sentiments, and accessory images that I chose not to use for this card. As typical of Jan’s images, they come in color and b/w. I love coloring, so I almost always opt for the b/w version. Though if I need a card in a hurry, I appreciate the ability to print of a colored version and the card is ready in a jiffy. This card is my DT piece for the current March challenge at So where it is truly an Anything Goes challenge!!!


I printed the image and used a square die from Simon Says Stamp to cut it out. I used Tombow markers to watercolor this image. There are several sentiments to choose from but I picked this 2 part sentiment as it is perfect for post surgery rehab. I die cut the first half with a fishtail banner die and used that as a guideline to make the mat for the banner. On the inside, I added the rest of the sentiment and matted it on matching green cardstock and patterned paper.

We also have some changes coming up in April.  We’ll be moving to a monthly challenge starting on the first Monday of each month and ending, as usual, on the Sunday before the new challenge.

In addition to that, we will be doing two, separate, random draws each month; one for those who use a Jan’s Digi Stamps image and one for everyone else. Each winner will receive a gift certificate worth $10 which can be spent at the Jan’s Digi Stamp store. If you use a JDS image, your chances of becoming a winner are so much greater and you can add to your collection of beloved JDS sets that much faster.  😀  Now, head on over to the challenge site to see what the rest of the DT created and to enter your latest creation (card, scrapbook page, quilt, baking delicacy, etc) for your chance to win! Make sure you are a follower of the blog as its the only requirement for winning!!!

ETA: This card was picked as a TOP ROCKER by 613 Avenue Create!!!

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March DT Post for Jan’s Digi Stamps

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share with you the DT cards I made for the current Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge! You can find the most amazing images in Jan’s Digi Stamp Store and Jan is adding NEW ones all the time! This card was made with one of her new sets for March, called Birthday Buddies. Isn’t this just the cutest?!? The best part about Jan’s sets are how many images come in them… this particular set comes with 20 including black/white outline images, pre-colored images, and multiple sentiments. I couldn’t pick just 1 from this set so I ended up making multiple cards!!!

I *had* to use this super sweet image from the set. Not only do you get the image in both b/w and color, you get it both with and without a additional banner in the scene. I printed both the image and sentiment on the same panel, then used Prismacolor pencils to color the images. I contemplated making the critters fun, stuffed animal colors but decided to go more realistic this time. After assembling the card, I decided to make my own embellishment from scrap paper and Flower Soft (remember that stuff?!?) and popped it up on foam tape for dimension. I added a line of adhesive gems to the bottom to add more green to pull out the color from the patterned paper. Man oh man, were those gems fiddly, but I like how it turned out!

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Next up is this CAS card using the birthday cake image and 1 of the sentiments. I colored the cake with Prismacolor pencils and matted the card front on coordinating patterned paper and cardstock. Quick and easy to pull off with these digi stamps. It would be even faster had I used the pre-colored image, but knowing 1 of my teamies would likely use that, I opted to personalize the color here and coordinated it with my patterned paper. I’m proud of myself because all of the patterned paper and colored cardstock came from my scrap bin! Whoo-hoo, making a tiny dent in the pile! I rounded the corners on all pieces, and added some adhesive pearls to finish it off! This one is my favorite of the 2 cards. 😊

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There you have it! Now, take a moment to pop on over to Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT created. Then, create a project of your own… *any kind of project*… it doesn’t even need to be a paper project and doesn’t have to use Jan’s digi stamps… and upload it to the challenge. Just remember, to win the challenge you need to be a follower of the challenge blog! That’s it… and be sure to come back because you can enter up to 5 times and enter as many other challenges as you like! And be sure to take time to browse the Shop to get some of Jan’s fun sets for yourself!!!



March 2CCC DT Post With a Very Special Sponsor

I have the immense pleasure of sharing the cards I made with a digi set from the incredible artist, and my friend, Donna Ellis of Creative Smiles! I had so much fun playing with this set I made 3 cards!!! As you know, the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge is always Anything Goes with a Critter. We’d love if you come play along this month where the prize is the image set the DT used!!! First up, my owl cards:

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This set, Great Horned Owl was originally created by Donna for Sparkle N Sprinkle and comes with a total of 17 images and sentiments! I like that each image comes both black and white and color, and in both jpeg and png. I immediately knew how I wanted to use the owl image. Using my Silhouette, I traced the owl images to cut along the edge. I prepped one colored owl and one b/w. I used masking paper to create the background by using a circle die to make the moon, and utilizing both the positive and negative masks to ink the background with Distress Oxides. It was so easy to get a smooth blend and I love how the sentiment is highlighted this way! For the b/w owl image, I colored it up with Prismacolor pencils and did the same ink blended treatment. Each panel was splattered with white paint for stars and then shimmer spray to make everything sparkle! An owl image was popped up with foam tape on each panel. Shame the shimmer is so hard to capture in photos! On to the 3rd card:

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There are these beautiful branches in the image set too, and I couldn’t *not* use them! Since they seemed so simple and elegant, I decided to do a CAS card using the left and right images. A little die cutting, a little ink blending, and a tiny bit of pencil coloring… and done! A few iridescent rhinestones finished it off.

This set is only available as the prize for the current 2CCC challenge, as Donna doesn’t have a store front or online site for purchases. However, she continues to blog at Creative Smiles, where she frequently creates and donates her amazing sentiments and the occasional image! Be sure to check out her blog as she posts great stepped-out tutorials too! And head over to 2CCC to see how the rest of the DT used this image and to submit your critter projects to try to win this set!

ETA: This card was picked as one of the DT Favs at A Perfect Time to Craft!!!

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February DT Post for Jan’s Digi Stamps

It’s time for the 2nd challenge of the month at Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenge Blog! Remember, the challenge is truly Anything Goes… any project of any kind! The DT team is making papercrafting projects with one of Jan’s Digi Stamps latest releases, but you could submit an entry to sewing, jewelry, or even baking! Now let’s talk about Jan’s new image sets. In time for Easter, she released a set called Cottontail Easter that was so much fun to play with that I made 2 cards and still didn’t get to use all the images included! My card’s feature this adorable bunny (both with and without a bowtie!) which I printed in black and white but the set also comes with precolored images. The set includes a variety of Easter eggs, some plain and others with florals. I was sad I ran out of time to play with the floral eggs! Let’s take a look at the cards, shall we?

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I used the (naked) bunny for a traditional Easter card. I used the Silhouette to print and die cut the images and added the included sentiment to one of the eggs for fun. The bunny is colored with Prismacolor pencils and the eggs, as well as the background, are ink blended with Distress Oxides. I used a stencil to create the grassy bottom.

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For my 2nd card, I also used the Silhouette to die cut my bowtie bunny for a love card, perfect for just about anyone! This one was also colored with Prismacolor pencils and the background is relatively similar, but with the focus on the banner cut sentiment, also included in the set. With another 3 sentiments to choose from, I could easily have made another 3 cards, all with the variety of floral eggs!

Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t share the other new sets Jan released this month. Its called Block Sentiments and Block Alphabets, and as their names implies they are a variety of useful sentiments and alphas that look like blocks placed next to each other. I ran out of time to play with this set but hope to in the coming months! Jan is adding new sets all the time so be sure to check out the new sets frequently!

From here you want to head to the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge blog to see how the rest of the DT used the new image sets. Then you’ll want to hit Jan’s Digi Stamps shop to browse all of her amazing digi stamp sets packed with images and sentiments in so many themes! Then be sure to head back to the Challenge blog to submit your entry! Use of Jan’s images aren’t necessary, but if you have them we’d love to see how you use them! Remember you can submit 5 entries but you need to be a follower of the blog to win!

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Friendship Hop 3 card bonanza!

The amazing Courtney Kreeber has organized an awesome hop of crafters in the community that you may not have heard of before along with the help of Renee Moran. I’m thrilled to be a part of the group! The first hop has a friendship theme to bring us together, especially as most of us don’t have any crafty friends IRL. I got so excited, I couldn’t stop at 1 card, so I made 3!!! Let’s get to it!

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First up is a super fun card made with My Favorite Things Sunshine and Friendship set. I had such a great time coloring up all these images with Prismacolor pencils that I had to include them ALL! The background is ink blended with Distress Oxides and a blender brush. I added accents with a white gel pen to the images and added a black gelly roll pen to the eyes and noses of the critters. The sentiment from the set was stamped in Versaclair Nocturne and heat embossed in clear. I love how this card turned out! I didn’t blend out the coloring with Gamsol for the critters so they would have fur like texture. Next up is something a little different…

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Like many card makers, I love coloring floral images! This beauty is from Ink On 3’s Dogwood Flower set. Again, I used my Prismacolor pencils to add color, using only the pencils this time to blend. The simply fabulous sentiment (pun intended) is from the same set. I used a frame die from Spellbinders called Candlewick to showcase the focal image. A few sequins from my stash in pink and black, and this card was done! This card came together surprisingly fast, given that I colored while watching my son play video games. The rest just fell in place!

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This last card is another critter scene. I bought a few *cough… bunch… cough* of MFT’s sets with Christmas money and I was eager to use another one. These cuties are from a set appropriately named Squirrel! and were also colored with Prismacolors. Same routine… oxide background, Prismacolors, sequins, done! And what about that sentiment… I love that we’re all crazy about this hobby and that y’all *get it* when I say I had so much fun I couldn’t stop!

Well, that’s it for me today. Big shout out to Courtney for pulling this together!!! I’m just as eager as you guys to check out the rest of stops on the hop. Next up on the hop is Teresa with a YouTube video at her channel, so head on over and see what she created. And be sure to swing by Courtney’s blog and YouTube channel for all the details and the full list of participants. Be sure to subscribe along the hop to the crafters that made you smile today! And to leave a comment here if you liked my cards! And click the links for more info on Courtney, Renee, and the Facebook group of crafters.




February DT Post for Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge Blog

I am so honored to announced that I am a new member of the DT for Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge Blog! Every month is Anything Goes, and while you don’t have to use one of Jan’s amazing images to win, we would love to see you use them if you have them! Stamp designers are always so inspired to see how you use their images, and Jan is no exception. She loves to comment on all the projects entered into the challenges! And note that I said projects… not just cards, anything you create whether its with stamps, or sewing, or even baked goes… truly Anything Goes! You can enter up to 5 times, just be sure to be a follower of the blog to win!


So now on to the cards… yes, plural!!! I used the set from Jan’s Digi Stamps called Friendship Flowers. Jan’s digi sets come with both black and white and precolored versions, as well as sentiments. I first had to print and play with the precolored image and used orange patterned paper to bring out the beautiful orange flowers in the bouquet. But soon after making that card, I just *had* to color up those amazing blooms myself!!! I selected patterned papers first to determine my color palette, and colored the image up with Prismacolor pencils. I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I used my Silhouette to print the images and die cut them out. I printed off extra as this image is great for practice. I’m still in my colored pencil journey, and I want to keep improving! I didn’t want to distract from the beautiful image so I only embellished each card with a spattering of gems in coordinating colors. Here are close ups and views of the insides:



Now, having seen the beauty of this set I know you will want to head over to Jan’s shop to see what else she has that you *need* in your crafty stash! So many styles to choose from too… critters, holidays, florals, you name it! And also be sure to check out the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge Blog! The DT used a variety of Jan’s images for samples for this month, so you’ll want to see all the inspiration there and to link up your latest projects too!

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