Friday, July 21, 2017

Maritime Card - Graphic 45

READ some fascinating tales/tails of able sea cats HERE.
Ahoy there, Shipmate Friends (sounds the bosun's whistle)......

I am playing catch up again! Here's a card that I made for my Dad last month for Father's Day. I got it mailed off with his gift in plenty of time, but I never got it blogged because of all my other June activities. I really love how it turned out, though, so wanted to share it with you.



I have a lone 8" pad of this discontinued and VERY hard to find "By the Sea" Graphic 45 collection. Needless to say, I hoard it like crazy!! But since my Dad is an old retired Navy man, I pulled out some of the wonderful anchor paper and chose a panel from one of the cut-apart pages. Instant card. Love, love, love!!! It didn't matter that I don't have any of the extras from this collection like the awesome card stock stickers, die-cuts, pockets & tags, or chippies. Some red twine was all the embellishment it needed. Yay!!!

Hope you enjoyed my card. Hey, it's Graphic 45....how can you NOT love it, right? :) Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Oh, and I want all my Cat Lovers Hop friends to know that I am already planning this year's hop!! Yay!! I hope to have one of my son's black cats as the 2017 badge kitty....perfect for October, right? :) I just need him to get a good shot of her. Black cats are so hard to photograph well. 

So..............mark your calendars for the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop......Oct. 23-28, 2017......right here at Her Peaceful Garden. Purr...purr...purr...

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Ribbon Girls July Any Image Challenge
2. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes Challenge #6
3. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 292-293 - AG Family Friendly
5. DL.Art July Linky Party
6. Unstampabelles Challenge #70 - Every Day is Special w/ Twist of Lots of Color
7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - We're Seeing Stars
8. CARDZ-TV Card Crazy Crafters Anything Goes Challenge #6
9. Card Mania Challenge #94 - Summer Fun
10. Fairy Tale Challenge #172 - At the Coast
11. House that Stamps Built - Inspiration Palette

 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wish You Were Here - Winnie & Walter and Graphic 45


Hi, Friends.....

I am back with another card I made for the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July.  Take a look at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!!!:


I had my Graphic 45 - Bohemian Bazaar collection out and noticed some papers with these colors. They are a bit deeper in hue than the inspiration palette, but I hope they are acceptable. :)




I dressed the card up with some layered Prima flowers and even used a couple of buttons for centers. Love the happy, playful look. The center of the checkered flower is a lovely jeweled brad from a pretty set that my crafty pal Karen Ladd sent me. THANKS, Karen!!!
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die set (leaves)
Graphic 45 - Bohemian Bazaar collection
Prima Flowers
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls

I really love how this no-stamping card turned out. Graphic 45 papers have such rich images and colors that I never miss the stamping, esp if I use one of their cut-aparts for the sentiment.

Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments. They make my day!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July
2. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes Challenge #6
3. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 292-293 - AG Family Friendly
5. DL.Art July Linky Party
6. Unstampabelles Challenge #70 - Every Day is Special w/ Twist of Lots of Color

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sending You Love - Winnie & Walter







Hi, Friends.....

Things have been crazy around here, so the few cards I have managed to make still haven't been blogged yet.  Eek!!  I got super-inspired by the Winnie & Walter Color Combo Challenge for July. You might already know that color challenges are my favorite kind of challenge and W&W has one each month. Yay!! So much fun.

Take a look at the fabulous inspiration photo and color palette that
Heather H. chose for this month....YUM!!!: 



My Dad's 94th birthday was last week so I used these colors for his card that I sent him along with some home-baked cookies.....which he loved. (He didn't mention the card....lol....)

I do lots of layering of backgrounds on my cards and find that the "middles" of the panels are often covered up and "wasted".  The tag on this card is cut from one of these hidden lower layers.

Aren't the little birdies in the W&W So Tweet set the most adorable things? I couldn't resist placing a sweet envelope in this one's beak. Now the little guy is ready to wing his way over to my Dad with my love.

Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
DCWV burlap, cardstock, and scraps
Distress Inks for coloring
Baker's Twine from a recent W&W package <3

Thank you for stopping by today. I know I am rather hit and miss on my blog posting in the last couple months. I am so glad for the W&W challenges that give me a great excuse to play in my craft room even when so many other crazy things are happening in my life!! I hope you will join in the fun and play along, too!

<3
Janis


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

2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Plaid 
3. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 290-291 - AG Family Friendly 
5. DL.Art July Linky Party
6. Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 289-290

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Celebrate Your Day - W&W Color Combo Challenge



Hi, Friends......
I am here with a sweet and whimsical card I made for the Winnie

W&W Color Combo Inspiration
&Walter June Color Combo Challenge.You can see the bright and happy inspiration colors in this photo. >>>>>>

W&W is one of my favorite stamp companies, so I'm very happy to see lots of entries this month. There are still 2 or 3 days left, so join in if you haven't yet!!

I always enjoy seeing what I can find in my UFO (unfinished objects) and scrap stash that will fit with color challenges, so that is exactly what I did for this series of cards. I have a ton (prob literally!!!) of patterned paper and lots of scraps.....an unending supply in every imaginable color combo. The real challenge is deciding which scraps to use!! :)


For this card, I had a scrap of the same MAMBI collection as my last card. I cut it into two sections and added a sentiment banner.


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Wink of Stella - Clear pen
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Darice - Honeycomb embossing folder
Sequins included as a bonus surprise in a W&W order <3

Hope you enjoyed my set of cards for the Winnie &Walter June Color Combo Challenge. They were so much fun to make!! Thank you for your visits and comments.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter June Color Combo with Heather H
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 290-291 - AG Family Friendly
3. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
4. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #207 - Summer Fun or TY
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Summer Sunshine
6. Card Mania Challenge #94 - Summer Fun

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happy Little Princess - W&W Color Combo Challenge







Hi, Friends......

I am here with a sweet and whimsical card I made for the Winnie

W&W Color Combo Inspiration
&Walter June Color Combo Challenge.You can see the bright and happy inspiration colors in this photo. >>>>>>

W&W is one of my favorite stamp companies, so I'm very happy to see lots of entries this month. There are still 2 or 3 days left, so join in if you haven't yet!!

I always enjoy seeing what I can find in my UFO (unfinished objects) and scrap stash that will fit with color challenges, so that is exactly what I did for this series of cards. I have a ton (prob literally!!!) of patterned paper and lots of scraps.....an unending supply in every imaginable color combo. The real challenge is deciding which scraps to use!! :)

For this card, I pulled out an ancient piece of MAMBI patterned paper with this adorable little girl dancing around on it. I think the W&W Happy die cut is absolutely perfect for this sweet scene. It's hard to detect in the photo, but I added sparkle to the dress, flowers, and clouds with my Wink of Stella pen.





Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway die
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins
Wink of Stella - Clear pen


Do you think my little 6 yr-old granddaughter will like this card? I do. <3 <3 <3 I don't think I can wait for her September birthday, I might have to give this one to her right away....just because. :)

Thanks for stopping by on your path through blogland. Your visits and comments bring a smile to my face!! I have one more little girl card to share, so I'll see you soon!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter June Color Combo with Heather H
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 290-291 - AG Family Friendly
3. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
4. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #207 - Summer Fun or TY
5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Summer Sunshine
6. Unstampabelles Challenge #70 - Every Day is Special w/ Twist of Lots of Color
7. Card Mania Challenge #94 - Summer Fun

Geometric Happy BD - W&W Color Combo Challenge

"...to rule them all" is RIGHT!  Mine sure do.  :)
Hi, Friends......

I am here with another of the cards I made for the Winnie
W&W Color Combo Inspiration
&Walter June Color Combo Challenge.You can see the bright and happy inspiration colors in this photo. >>>>>>

W&W is one of my favorite stamp companies, so I'm very happy to see lots of entries this month. There are still a couple of days left, so join in if you haven't yet!!

I always enjoy seeing what I can find in my UFO (unfinished objects) and scrap stash that will fit with color challenges, so that is exactly what I did for this series of cards. I have a ton (prob literally!!!) of patterned paper and lots of scraps.....an unending supply in every imaginable color combo. The real challenge is deciding which scraps to use!! :)

For this card I used one of the fabulous digital freebies on the W&W blog for that amazing geometric background. I printed this out a long time ago and am thrilled to use it finally. (Don't neglect looking at what they have in their W&W Freebies section. There are some really fun ones!!) I colored this one with my Spectrum Noir markers in the bright colors of the inspiration piece. I layered my new scripty birthday die cut (2 layers of white with 1 layer of black slightly off-set) over the background. This is kind of trippy for the eyeballs, but I think it makes a fun card.



Supplies Used Include:
The Gossip Column: Geometric Generation Digital Elements
Spectrum Noir markers
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Bigger Bang Confetti stamp set (limited edition, no longer available)

Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder - Opaque Bright White Regular
Pretty Pink Posh - Sparkling Clear Mix sequins

Hope you liked this vividly bright card!! I have a couple more cards to share today, so stay tuned. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll see you soon. :)

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter June Color Combo with Heather H
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks 290-291 - AG Family Friendly
3. DL.Art July Linky Party
4. Dare2BArtzy July Challenge - Bright Colors
5. CardzTV Mailbox Smiles #5 - AG

Faith Scripture with a Little Bird - W&W Color Combo Challenge




Hi, Friends......

I am here with the first of several cards I made for the Winnie
W&W Color Combo Inspiration
&Walter June Color Combo Challenge.You can see the bright and happy inspiration colors in this photo. >>>>>>
 

W&W is one of my favorite stamp companies, so I'm very happy to see lots of entries this month. There are still 2 or 3 days left, so join in if you haven't yet!!

I always enjoy seeing what I can find in my UFO (unfinished objects) and scrap stash that will fit with color challenges, so that is exactly what I did for this series of cards. I have a ton (prob literally!!!) of patterned paper and lots of scraps.....an unending supply in every imaginable color combo. The real challenge is deciding which scraps to use!! :)

For this card, I used a background I had made ages ago by inking and misting an embossing folder and then closing it snugly over a piece of white cardstock. It acts as a stamp that way, leaving the surface smooth instead of embossed. I also went a little crazy with Nuvo drops. (I guess I don't know when to stop! lol... At least these came out in rounds, instead of like yellow chocolate chips! :)  )


Supplies used include:
Verve - Scripture Medley 2 stamp set
Versafine Ink - Deep Lagoon, Smokey Gray
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Darice - Flowers and Vines Pattern embossing folder
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Square STAX die set
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Drops
Distress Inks
DCWV scraps
Ribbon from stash
Thank you so much for stopping by! I will be posting a few more cards tomorrow.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter June Color Combo with Heather H
2. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
3. The Ribbon Girl July Challenge - Card plus Ribbon
4. Dare2BArtzy July Challenge - Bright Colors
5. Southern Girls Challenge #163 - Ribbon or Twine
6. CardzTV Mailbox Smiles #5 - AG

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Roses Just for You - W&W Color Combo Challenge


Need one of these!!  :)

Hi, Friends......

W&W Color Combo Inspiration
I am here with the first of several cards I made for the Winnie &Walter June Color Combo Challenge.  You can see the bright and happy inspiration colors in this photo.  >>>>>>
W&W is one of my favorite stamp companies, so I'm very happy to see lots of entries this month.  There are still a few days left, so join in if you haven't yet!!


I always enjoy seeing what I can find in my UFO (unfinished objects) and scrap stash that will fit with color challenges, so that is exactly what I did for this series of cards.  I have a ton (prob literally!!!) of patterned paper and lots of scraps.....an unending supply in every imaginable color combo.  The real challenge is deciding which scraps to use!!  :)



Some of the pieces didn't completely cut through on one of my roses....because of the very old cutting pads on my Big Shot. Instead of struggling to remove them, I left those parts in place for an "arty" look. Ha! To make it look all planned this way, I left some pieces in the other rose, too. The style of the right hand rose always looks a bit bare to me in the middle, so I glued in a random scrap for a center. 
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways die set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Versafine - Onyx Black ink
DCWV paper for background
Doily and scraps from my stash
I have several more cards for this challenge, so I will see you soon!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter June Color Combo with Heather H
2. Crafty Hazelnut's July Patterned Paper Challenge
3. DL.Art July Linky Party
4. Dare2BArtzy July Challenge - Bright Colors
5. WordArt Wednesday Challenge #288-289 - Anything Goes Family Friendly
6. CardzTV Mailbox Smiles #5 - AG

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Graphic 45 Wedding Card



Hi, Friends......

I am here with a wedding card I made recently. I've been on a Graphic 45 kick this month, so the lovely vintage designs seemed perfect for this occasion. I used bits and pieces from two G45 collections: A Place in Time and Secret Garden. Love how their papers coordinate so well!! I used doilies and Prima flowers to brighten up the muted colors.

You can get a glimpse of the envelope I made behind the card.  I used a piece of K&Co. patterned paper in coordinating colors with the design turned to the inside and the white on the outside.  I love those huge stacks of light-weight K&Co. papers for making envelopes!!!
Here's the inside of the card with another doily and a pretty border punched with my Martha Stewart Edger Punch - Doily Lace. I used Distress Ink-Walnut Stain on the edges of the elements and stamped my ages old go-to congratulations stamp with Versafine-Smokey Gray ink, heat embossing it with clear powder.


I hope you are inspired to get out your Graphic 45 supplies (I know you are hoarding them!!) and create something pretty for someone special. Thank you for stopping by!!! Your visits make my day.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Double D June Challenge - Wedding


 












2. Tuesday Throwdown #349 - Creative Borders (Mine are on the inside of the card.)
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
5. Allsorts Week #421 Challenge - Flower Power
6. Moving Along with the Times Challenge #48 - English Country Garden (I have roses on my card.)
7. If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #72







Glittery Snowflake Christmas Card - Rudolph Days


Hi, Friends....

I am here with a card I made for a different Christmas challenge recently, but never got it blogged! (Do you sense a pattern with all this flurry of end-of-month blog posts??? lol...) So here it is time for Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Days again and finally here is my card! Yay!!!




I used these fabulous glittery red and gold 7 POINTED snowflakes from my crafty pal, Karen Ladd. (THANKS, Karen!.....But what is with all these snowflakes having 7 points??? These and my own 7-point white ones that I still haven't used up!!!) I put the snowflakes through my Xyron Sticker Maker to make them adhere easily without gluing. (Do I get points for actually USING my Sticker Maker, instead of letting the adhesive dry up, thus rendering the entire little gadget useless??? Award them in the comments below....and please be generous! lol...)

I did a wintery white-on-white look with the dry embossed panel (Darice - Snowflakes folder) over a white card base. The sentiment stamp is a pretty one with that flourish, but I don't know what company it is from. I stamped with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and matted the panel with a bit of red cardstock from my scrap bag.  I think this makes a simple, but quite pretty Christmas card. I might make a few more of these with the other snowflakes in the pack!  


Personally, I'm glad that the snowflakes are only on this card and not coming down outside.  We had so much snow for so long this past winter that I honestly STILL find myself habitually looking out at night on the ground to see if there is any snow.  It hasn't been very many weeks since we had several inches, so I am not completely insane!!  (Emphasis on completely....Ha!)  Thank you for your visit and sweet comments.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Rudolph Days June Challenge at Scrappy Mo's - Anything Goes Christmas
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #339 - Anything Goes Christmas w/ opt twist of include a bear
3. ABC Christmas Challenge - L is for Love and M is for More than One (I used more than one snowflakes)
4. WordArt Wednesday Challenge #288-289 - Anything Goes Family Friendly

G45 Safari Adventure #4- Parrot Portrait Card

There's not a single one of my 15 or so cats I would trust with a small bird!  However, Caspian one time managed to climb into the baby chicky house by scaling the wall and squeezing between the rafters and the roof.  When I checked on the babies in the morning, there he was napping in the shed with all the chickies safe.  I have zero explanation for why he didn't bother them.  Too lazy?  Too well-fed?  Don't know.  I sure am glad, though!  (So is he!)

Hi, Friends....

I am attempting to post a few cards I made this month but didn't have the energy to blog earlier! I made a series of Graphic 45 Safari Adventure cards for the Unstampabelle's June challenge but they only want 3 posted at one time so this #4 is a spare. They asked for a masculine card with the twist of Add an Animal....and, as always, for their challenges with No Stamping. If you want to participate, you better hurry because their challenge ends tomorrow!!


For this card I used one of the G45 cut-apart papers and a border sticker.  I had a lot of black cardstock scraps, so it was easy to mat each of the elements.  So much fun making these cards. Hope you have had fun seeing them!! Thank you so much for your comments and visits...even when I binge-blog like this.

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Allsorts Week #421 Challenge - Flower Power
4. Pixies's Snippets Playground Week 287-288



























































G45 Safari Adventure #3 - Elephant on the Loose


Hi, Friends......

I am back with Card #3 that I made for a series of Graphic 45 Safari Adventure cards to put in the Unstampabelle's June challenge.  They asked for a masculine card with the twist of Add an Animal....and, as always, for their challenges with No Stamping.  It ends tomorrow so I thought I'd better get these posted!!!  Yikes!!! 



Hey, this time I managed to use stickers AND chippies from the G45 Safari Adventure collection to go with the ephemera card and some Core'dinations "Shattered" cardstock. Yay!!!

Hope you are enjoying this jungle safari because I still have another card to post. :)

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unstampabelles June Challenge #69 - To the Men in Our Lives w/ Twist of Add an Animal (no stamping)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Allsorts Week #421 Challenge - Flower Power
4. DL.Art June Linky Party - Anything Goes

G45 Safari Adventure #2 - Tiger on the Hunt for Cake





Hi, Friends......

Here is card #2 in my series of Graphic 45 Safari Adventure cards for Unstampabelle's June challenge. They asked for a masculine card with the twist of Add an Animal....and, as always, for their challenges with No Stamping. It ends tomorrow so I thought I'd better get these posted!!! Yikes!!



For this card I used the G45 alpha stickers to spell out a Happy Birthday sentiment. The burlap and giraffe print are DCWV. Twine is from my stash. Roar!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unstampabelles June Challenge #69 - To the Men in Our Lives w/ Twist of Add an Animal (no stamping)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Challenge #4 - Anything Goes
4. CARDZ-TV Card Crazy Crafters Challenge #4 - Anything Goes

5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper June Challenge 

G45 Safari Adventure #1 - Glossy Parrot Card



Hi, Friends......

I am attempting to post a few cards I made this month but didn't have the energy to blog! I made a series of Graphic 45 Safari Adventure cards for Unstampabelle's June challenge. They asked for a masculine card with the twist of Add an Animal....and, as always, for their challenges with No Stamping. It ends tomorrow so I thought I'd better get these posted!!! Yikes!!!



Are you like I am and tend to hoard those amazing Graphic 45 products???? Well, I have been doing a lot better about using the papers and journaling cards, but I get stymied when I try to add the other little doo-dads like the chippies and stickers. I decided for this series of cards, I would use some of those embellishments whether I knew the right way to do it or not!!   lol.... 

So with this card, I chose two of the small ephemera cards (I think these are designed for pocket scrapping, but I like them for fast card fronts!) and one of the chippies. I inked around the edges of the elements, tied a stray scrap of twine on the chippie, and added Glossy Accents to make the parrot really stand out. I LOVE MY G45!!!
Supplies used include:
Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Collection: Solids and Prints Cardstock, Ephemera Cards, Chipboard Diecuts
Distress Ink in Black Soot and Walnut Stain
Glossy Accents
Core'dinations Black Cardstock

Thank you for taking a look. I will be back with the others in this series a little bit later!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Unstampabelles June Challenge #69 - To the Men in Our Lives w/ Twist of Add an Animal (no stamping)

2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Challenge #4 - Anything Goes
4. CARDZ-TV Card Crazy Crafters Challenge #4 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Hop with Winnie & Walter

We lost our sweet Andale this last week.  She was our round little pumpkin kitty who showed up pregnant and hunting mice in our chicken house years ago.  She soon learned the advantages of buddying up with our Growl-Dog for protection and warmth, snuggling with her in the cozy Dogloo on cold nights.  Being a cat, sometimes she irascibly guarded the entrance of "her" dog house and wouldn't let Growler get inside....enforcing the squatter's right of possession with her claws.  We'd hear poor Growler whining for us to come out and safely remedy the situation!  

We don't know exactly how old Andale was, but we estimate around 13 years.  She was a pretty little muffin cat with all those lovely swirls of tortoiseshell colors....one of our favorites.  The above photo was a typical pose for her:  dozing amidst the dried grass and rocks near our driveway.  <3 <3 <3  We miss you, sweet Andale. 


Hi, Friends....


I have been totally missing in action on my blog here.  I haven't had the energy to make very many cards and the ones I have made I haven't had the energy to blog!!  Ackkk!!

My life and schedule has been totally crazy.  I thought summer was supposed to be relaxed!!!  In addition to all my regular activities and responsibilities, the month of June is always super-busy for me because we have VBS once a week.  I am one of the co-teachers for the Bible lesson and so getting the room set up for the week's story and prepping is a challenge for this old grandma!  I LOVE teaching the kiddos, but it will be a relief to have it all finished this week and done for the summer.  :)

Yay!!  I managed to make a brightly colored coffee card to put in the Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.  I did not get it linked up in time for tonight's Flash Prize drawing because of some craziness between my camera and computer (not to mention operator error!!  lol...).  There are millions of other prizes, though, so I am not completely missing out.  Hope you are playing along, too!!!



Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set
Winnie & Walter - LS Exclusives:  So Tweet with Evelin T Designs die set  
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials:  Audrey Cutaways die set
Verve Stamps - Love From Me digital stamp set (I am lucky to have snagged this as a freebie, because now it is sadly discontinued.)
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
Versafine Ink - Black Onyx
Washi from my stash
Scraps of DCWV paper
The VERY LAST of a roll of hot pink ribbon I've had since my nearly-30 yr old daughter was a little girl!!!!  (You may save your applause for the comment section.  :) )
Hope you like my wildly bright card.  I am hoping to have the energy to blog a few of my other cards this month.  We'll see.....  Thank you so much for stopping by.  

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
2. Winnie & Walter June Color Combo Challenge

 












3. CARDZ-TV Mailbox Smiles Challenge #4 - Anything Goes
4. CARDZ-TV Card Crazy Crafters Challenge #4 - Anything Goes
5. Bizzy Becs June Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, May 26, 2017

Teacher Thank You Cards with Graphic 45

That's about right.....lol.

Hi, Friends......

My little granddaughter just finished Kindergarten this week.....and my, oh my, is she glad and relieved to be out for the summer!! lol....
(I completely adore my little sweetheart, but she's a rather.....umm.....active child! I think she gave her teachers a run for their money this last year. She had two teachers because she was in a K-1 class, not because she managed to run one off!! At least I don't think that's why.....)

My daughter asked me if I would make some teacher thank you cards...one for each of the teachers and one for the bus driver.
(Instead of cards, these brave and self-less educators probably deserve something more like medals and perhaps feel like they are ready for something more like straitjackets! I recall hearing about her long-suffering bus driver reportedly looking in the mirror at the kids in his charge and seeing only Andrea's feet visible above the seat in front of her! That was when she was actually IN her seat!! Oh, my....)


I was glad to make some cards for the occasion and pulled out my Graphic 45 - An ABC Primer collection to do so. It has the most charming vintage school children images!! One thing I love about Graphic 45 papers is that they coordinate so well with each other. All you need to do is layer them up and they look fabulous. I even did the insides this time!

Here are my cards:


#1 - Card front for the main teacher

#1  Inside with Unity sentiment stamp.


#2 - Card front for other teacher



#2 - Inside card with another Unity stamp



#3 - Card Front for the heroic bus driver.  lol...

#3 - Inside of card with same Unity stamp as #2.
Aren't those Graphic 45 papers just so much fun??? I hope these fine people who are investing their lives into educating our young people know they are appreciated! I also hope they all rest up this summer.....First Grade might be wild!!! Ha!!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering these cards in the following challenges:
1. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #205 - Boys and/or Men
(Each of these cards is a TY card. Card #3 goes to the bus driver, who is a man, and there are boys on card #1)
2.
Bizzy Becs May Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Not Just Cards Challenge #44 - One for the Boys (Card #3 is for the bus driver, who is a man.)

4. Cardz-TV Crazy Crafters Challenge #2 - Anything Goes


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HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL TEACHERS!!  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND DEDICATION.  <3 <3 <3