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


Some more teacher and school funnies for you............





















HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL TEACHERS!!  

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Warm Holiday Wishes - Rudolph Days



Hi, Friends.......

You can see below what it looked like at my house here in Idaho last week. We had 2-1/2 inches of snow on May 16!  I don't care what hemisphere you live in.......that is just WRONG!!!!




Here is my apple tree all in bloom with the snow covering the blossoms. Fortunately, the flowers did not seem to have been harmed. It's a little early to say, but I think they were able to set fruit and will be fine. And even if we have a smaller harvest of fruit, that will just give the tree a little bit of a rest and make for a larger harvest next year. Time will tell....

 
Here is a lone, shivering hummingbird bravely guarding "his" feeder. Chilly temps and snow were not going to deter this courageous little guy. He perched there on the wire hook ready to take on all comers!!! It's difficult to tell from the photo, but this is a male Rufous Hummingbird....the fiercely territorial bully of the feeders!



We have 4 species of hummingbirds in my part of Idaho: Rufous, Broad-Tailed (with their zing-zing metallic wing sounds), Black-Chinned, and the tiny Calliope. They all visit my feeders, competing for that sweet nectar and gobbling up mosquitoes and other small flying insects. They put on quite the show in the early evenings!!

So, with this spring snow.......
Was I in the mood for making Christmas cards?????  Oh, yes!!!! 

Besides, I knew ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas Challenge was coming up. I had a bunch of layered embossed backgrounds I made months ago with leftover scraps of Christmas prints and took this opportunity to make them all into cards. I kept the design simple to show off the fun patterned paper designs. I ended up with 12 matching ones in this set!! YAY!!!  
(This helps make up for the Christmas cards I did NOT get made in Feb, March and April!)
 


Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (for blue outer pierced panel)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for inner scalloped panel)
Darice - Swirl Background embossing folder
Simon Says Stamp - Big Holiday Wishes stamp set [discontinued] (sentiment)
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Clear Sparkle embossing powder
Distress Ink in Faded Jeans (for inking edges of panels)
Sparkly glitter (on upper and lower edges of layered panel)
DCWV scraps

I hope you will join us in the Rudolph Days challenge through the end of the month. I might not have been too happy about having snow in May, but I am very glad to have a nice supply of Christmas cards beginning to accumulate. Hey, maybe I will even get them sent out this year!!! Ha!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. May Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's - Anything Goes Christmas
2. ABC Christmas Challenge - J is for Jingle Bells, K is for Keep it Simple (I used a simple design)
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 - Anything Goes Christmas w/ optional twist of Candy Canes
4. Christmas Cards All Year Round May Challenge - Precipitation
5. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #344 - Anything Goes
6. Crafting by Designs May Get Ready for Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Purr-thday - Winnie & Walter



Hi, Friends.......

I have three cat-loving crafty friends with birthdays in May (that I know of, at least....maybe there are more and I just don't know when their BDs are!!). They each visit my blog so they probably have a good idea who I am talking about! :) I have been in such disarray all month that I am just now getting cards ready for them....so each of the cards will be VERY late in arriving. Although they will see these three birthday cards on my blog here before they receive theirs in the mail, they won't know whose is whose. That will be a surprise they will have to wait for!

I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind:


1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - Love these relaxing colors!!!




2. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes (ends June 5) The theme this month is Birthday, but you can do any project with a cat(s) as the main subject!

 

Here's my card.......

This is such a sweet doggy and kitty from the Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set. I stamped them with Versafine ink in Onyx Black and watercolored them with Distress Inks. My layered background is embossed with my
Darice - Cherry Blossom folder.

Other supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
My Favorite Things - Cat-itude stamp set (for sentiment)

Hope my cat-loving friends will enjoy their kitty birthday cards! Hope you have had fun seeing them, too. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes
2. Deep Ocean Challenge #155 - Furry/Feathered Friends
3. Mod Squad - Birthday Bash
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends

5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters
6. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.

Happy Birthday Cats in Pink and Purple




Hi, Friends.......

I have three cat-loving crafty friends with birthdays in May (that I know of, at least....maybe there are more and I just don't know when their BDs are!!). They each visit my blog so they probably have a good idea who I am talking about! :) I have been in such disarray all month that I am just now getting cards ready for them....so each of the cards will be VERY late in arriving. Although they will see these three birthday cards on my blog here before they receive theirs in the mail, they won't know whose is whose. That will be a surprise they will have to wait for!

I made this card with the Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes (ends June 5) The theme this month is Birthday, but you can do any project with a cat(s) as the main subject!

Get your shades on because this is a bright one!!! Here's what I made......


I wanted to use wildly vivid colors for this card, so I stamped the Great Impressions - Three Black Cats in Versamark and heat embossed with some bright day-glo pink powder. Then I sponged around the trio with Distress Ink in Wilted Violet.  A bit psychedelic, isn't it?  :)
Other supplies used include:
Stampendous - Cat Sayings stamp set
Versafine Ink - Imperial Purple
Lawn Fawn - Small Stitched Rectangles die set
Winnie & Walter - Sketchy Thoughts die set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
Darice - Assorted Stars embossing folder
Ribbon from my stash
Hope you liked my bright and happy card. I wonder which one of my cat-loving crafty friends will find this one in their mailbox! :)

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes
2.
Card Mania Challenge #92 - Life is Colorful
3. Mod Squad - Birthday Bash
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters
6. Deep Ocean Challenge #155 - Furry/Feathered Friends

Happy Birthday - Laurel Burch Cat




Hi, Friends.......

I have three cat-loving crafty friends with birthdays in May (that I know of, at least....maybe there are more and I just don't know when their BDs are!!). They each visit my blog so they probably have a good idea who I am talking about! :) I have been in such disarray all month that I am just now getting cards ready for them....so each of the cards will be VERY late in arriving. Although they will see these three birthday cards on my blog here before they receive theirs in the mail, they won't know whose is whose. That will be a surprise they will have to wait for!

I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind:

1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes (ends June 5) The theme this month is Birthday, but you can do any project with a cat(s) as the main subject!

2. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly/ies plus L is for Layers &/or the color Cream (ends June 13) We have two fortnights to finish our projects up this time. No excuse (even for me) to not get at least one in there. Great prizes, too!!

Here's what I made......



I had fun getting out my Stampendous - Laurel Burch Indigo Cats die set and Stampendous - Laurel Burch Indigo Cats stamp set which I hadn't used yet. I chose a bright spring green layered and embossed background made from scraps. (Yes, I really do save all those skinny strips of paper for making these!!) I stamped the cat and butterfly with Versafine ink in Smokey Gray and watercolored them with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, and Fossilized Amber.
Other supplies used include:
Waffle Flower - On My Mark stamp set
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set
My Favorite Things Die-namics - Stitched Oval STAX die set
Darice - Interlocking Circles embossing folder

Hope you enjoyed seeing the fun Laurel Burch stamps. I still have two more birthday cards to post so I will see you later!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Show Us Your Pussies Cats Only Challenge #18 - Birthday or Furrything Goes
2. Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly/ies plus L is for Layers &/or the color Cream
3. Mod Squad - Birthday Bash
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters
6. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Add Sunshine (sunshiny color or a sun)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#6 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter

My new glasses are snazzy, but they have nothing on this old gal's 3Ds!!  lol....


Hi, Friends......

I am finally here with #6, the LAST of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza where I went wild with my Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection and made SIX cards!!! This card uses the last three panels from the sheet I was using in each of my cards.  Again, I made this baby card with one of the Winnie & Walter challenges in mind:


Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!





Here's my card......


This might be my very favorite of the cards I made in this series. I like the three-panel design in this tall format. I have a ton of long scraps that are too narrow for my usual A2 size card, but exactly the right width for this size. I used an adorable border die and added lots of flowers and some butterflies. Sweet!! I really like this one!!
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (the sweet xoxoxo border and little butterflies)
Prima flowers and other
Roses found at local thrift store
Want 2 Scrap - Adhesive Pearls
DCWV scraps
Distress Ink in Tattered Rose
Thank you for your patience as I flooded my blog with all these cards! I had a great time making them and hope that you have enjoyed all the variations I did on them. Thank you for taking a peek and leaving a comment or two. Your visits mean a lot to me!!

<3
Janis


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. CardzTV "Card Crazy Crafters" Anything Goes Challenge #1
3. CardzTV "Mailbox Smiles" Anything Goes Challenge #1
4. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
5. Dare2BArtzy - Girly Challenge
6. Allsorts Week #415 - Ring a Ring o' Roses
7. Unstampabelles #68 - Layering and Borders (no stamping)

Monday, May 15, 2017

#5 - Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza - Winnie & Walter




Hi, Friends......

I am back with #5 of my Graphic 45 Card Extravaganza where I went wild with my Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection and made SIX cards!!! I love this collection with its images that are suitable for baby boys or girls. I made this little boy card with one of the Winnie & Walter challenges in mind:


Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H. (ends June 9) - I noticed that the colors in the G45 papers were very similar to the lovely ones in the palette that Heather chose this time. The papers even feature roses along with the babies and mommies....just like in the inspiration photo!





Here's my card......



In addition to the Graphic 45 papers, I used scraps for matting and leftover bits of a doily from THIS PROJECT. I think the little wheel shapes have a sort of nautical look and go with the sailboats in the papers.
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (the rectangles with straight sides and the fishtail banner )
Graphic 45 Precious Memories collection
Winnie & Walter - Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set (sentiment)
Versafine Ink in Deep Lagoon
Doily scraps
DCWV scraps
Hope you are enjoying what I have been making with my G45 papers for the W&W challenges. I have one last card of this collection to post. I would love for you to join in, too. You still have plenty of time! Thank you, as always, for your visits and comments!!!

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Winnie & Walter May Color Combo Challenge with Heather H.
2. Not Just Cards Challenge #44 - One for the Boys
3. Crafty Hazelnut's May Patterned Paper Challenge
4. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 281 & 282 - Use Snippets
5. Bizzy Becs May Challenge - Anything Goes